Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Scrapstuffz"Inspired by" Guest Designer~I know why the caged bird sings...

I am so excited today to be a guest designer at Scrapstuffz Inspired by challenges.  Here is this month's image:

When I got the assignment Maya Angelou had just passed and all I could think about was her story.  I usually only scrap pictures but this sentiment could not be expressed in the size of a card. 

I loved how the cobalt blue was so striking against the natural wooded background.  So I started with that and found some really old Creative Memories paper that I embossed with a new 12" embossing folder of trees.  I heavily chalked the paper with Quick Quotes Mocha Moma to bring out the embossing.   I also used some of the matching stickers adhered to white card stock and popped up with dimensionals. 

For the bird and the cage I wanted to use my Tim Holtz Sizzix die.  I experimented with many papers and settled on the copper glitter paper for a sort of "gilded" cage.  I then cut the bird three times.  The first is a brown printed paper for the branch, second is a cobalt tissue paper, third is the wing in blue glitter paper.  I put a brown pearl for the eye.

I had all these cobalt and copper beads in the jewelry half of my studio.  I popped the cage up so the beads would "dangle" appropriately. 

I liked how the bird feeder "dangled" in the image and thought mine should, too.  I used some copper ball chain on a 7 Gypsies brass hook.  I made one "panel" of my page woodgrain. I felt the cage popped more hanging on the solid slice of paper.  I also cut various music notes with my Sizzix.

I picked out a fitting quote from the novel, wrote it on craft card stock...

and used Creative Memories Sophisticate brown letters for the memorial.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my guest designer post as much as I enjoyed doing it!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges:


  1. Great Design...perfect for our challenge over at Fan-Tastic Tuesday...thank you for joining us it is much appreciated....I do love to see all of your fantastic creations, thank you for taking the the time to stop by...
    Suzy B ( Owner )

  2. This is AWESOME. LOVE the beautiful elements and the vintage feel! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! :) HUGS! Mynn xx

  3. Wonderful, love everything about it, the birdcage and bling are the best.


  4. Great catch on the picture. Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations for the 100th challenge, be sure to come back for the next challenge. Hugs, Maja

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely crafting for Fan-tastic Tuesday challenge 44 - hope to see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

  6. One of my favorite quotes! Thanks again for joining the pwp challenge!