Party with the Chicks
Welcome back to Stamping with Buffy! I’m excited that our weather is warming up a bit. The snow has been fun, but it’s a little disappointing here. It only lasts a day or two before it starts melting. And then it’s just a mess. Slush, mud, yuck, and icy mornings from the day-melt freezing on the roads overnight. I’m ready for spring!
Last week, I saw a darling card from Bronwyn Eastley made with the Hey Chick and Hey Birthday Chick bundles. When I see a Bronwyn Eastley watermark, I know I’m in for a treat. She makes the most amazing cards. I also know I’m probably not going to make that card, because it’s going to be a lot of work, and I like to make quick and easy cards. Bronwyn is a true artist, and her cards are full of artistic detail. I was hoping none of my stampers also saw this card, but, alas – my observant Margo did see it and wanted to make it. I agreed to work with her, so over the weekend, I copied Bronwyn’s card so I’d be ready to help Margo. Well, I mostly copied. There were a few things I changed and a few I left out. But, for the most part, this is an exact CASE (Copy and Share Everything).
This card is not hard at all; it’s just a lot of die-cutting. The most difficult part was figuring out the measurements. I fiddled and dithered, then finally decided to just make it a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card to avoid weird 1/3″ measurements.
First, I cut a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock. I trimmed it to 4″ x 5-1/2″. Next I cut two 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ pieces, and scored the 4-1/4″ sides at 4″. Then I scored those two pieces at 2″. (Be sure you don’t include the 1/4″ flap in the measurements.) Then I used Tear & Tape Adhesive to adhere the 1/4″ “flaps” to the back of the 4″ x 5-1/2″ center panel. You may have to trim your adhesive a bit before you adhere the card base panels together, but now you have a 5-1/2″ x 12″ card base. All three panels are 4″, but the two side panels fold at 2″.
The Coastal Cabana layers are 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the four side panels, and 3-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ for the center. I used my amazing Blending Brushes to add some Bermuda Bay Classic Ink to all the Coastal Cabana pieces before adhering to the card.
The rest was simply stamping, die-cutting, and adhering. I stamped all the chickens using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then coloring with Stampin’ Blends and die-cutting with the Chicks and Birthday Chicks Dies. I die-cut the signpost two times, once from Soft Suede Cardstock and once from Crumb Cake Cardstock. I trimmed the post from the Crumb Cake sign and adhered it to the Soft Suede signpost after sponging a bit of Soft Suede over it. Then I stamped the sentiment using Soft Suede Classic Ink.
The fence is die-cut from Soft Suede, the chicken wire from Champagne Foil Sheets, the corn stalks from Garden Green, and the corn from Crushed Curry. I added a bit of Granny Apple Green “grass” behind the fence, and the Happy Birthday die-cut is Poppy Parade. I played with the chicken coop a bit. First I die-cut it from Poppy Parade, but it just didn’t look right, so I switched to a Basic White Die-cut, then colored it with Stampin’ Blends.
When you close it, the front is adorable with the peeking chicken, the cupcake eating chicken, and the dancing chicken.
So there you have it. A little coloring, a lot of die-cuts, and a fabulous birthday card that I’m not sure who I will send to. I have to get this right, because I will very likely not make another one!
True confession – When I saw the birthday chick chicken with the balloon, I thought, “Why is that chicken pooping a balloon?” I think it was Susan (my dear friend formerly from New York and now from Tennessee) who politely pointed out that the balloon was making the chicken fly. Before I noticed this, I had decided that the only people who would appreciate this were Wes and Jon, because my kids and I all have the imagination of a 13 year-old boy. Whenever someone says certain words, the boys look at me, because they know I’m going to giggle and probably snort. I was never like this growing up. I was not like this until the kids were maybe in their 20’s. I used to be an intelligent, grown-up mom. This is what happens when you raise boys and don’t have any girls in the house to balance it. For most of the kids’ lives even our dogs were male. Hopefully having a granddaughter will help me turn back into a mature grandma, but I’m not banking on it.
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