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Monday, February 20, 2017

Colors and dies

I try to enter the challenge over at Color Throwdown each week as I find it very useful to being challenged to use different color schemes. And sometimes I have to dig deep in m stash to find a siuting image, but that way I also get to use some of my older and/or not often used supplies.

I used a Tim Holtz window die which hasn't been used in a while. I cut it with kraft paper and used a woodgrain stamp. I cut the leaves using the Leafy Sprig Border die from Poppy.
The strip of flowers were stamped with white and blue ink, the larger flowers only with blue, the colors turn out a bit greenish with this kraft paper. I colored in the details with a white gel pen. I believe the flowers are part of one of my first ever stamp sets, from Panduro. The bird was stamped with brown ink and I colored in the empty parts with a gold gel pen. I embossed the brickwall and applied white ink to whitewash the kraft paper.

This card is for:
Color Throwdown - #430 Color Inspiration
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies
Allsorts - Anything Goes


aussie aNNie said...

Gorgeous work Pia, with DT hat on, Beautiful creation and great colour combo. Thanks for sharing at Allsorts 'ANYTHING GOES' challenge, good luck in the draw. ♥
[aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

meg said...


brenda said...

A really lovely creation and such a sweet bird image, many thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week.

B x

Sue B said...

Oh this is beautiful Pia, a touch of Spring! I really love the window box and sweet bird. This is a fab design using a window die and the woodgrain effect looks awesome!
Hope you had a good weekend!
Big hugs, Sue B xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Love the neutral tones, this is a beautiful palette. And love the scene you have created with a few of stamps! The details with the gel pens look fabulous, and give a lot of textures to the flowers, the branch and the bird! So clever choice using the embossing to make the bricks wall!

Mrs.B said...

I love this one, lots of lovely textures and I just love the little bird sitting in the window box. A great design.
Avril xx

Emma Sims said...

You've made a great job with the colours! Thank you for joining us at HLS Anything Goes With A Die.

Emma - DT Member

Viv's Visuals said...

10 out of 10 for this Pia! x

Chrissy said...

FABulous the window and bird and coloured beautifully..gorgeous card.


Mervi said...

Gorgeous card, feels like the bird is waiting spring to come...
Lovely colours, stunning design.
Thank you so much for your entry over at Allsorts.
Good luck;-))m

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Pia, such a fabulous window scene - a great idea.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is gorgeous, Pia! I love the little window box overflowing with flowers and the adorable birdie! The bird looks realistic in these colours and how you've stamped and coloured it! Fabulous card! I love scenes like this!

Vickie Z said...

Sweet scene you created!! I am ready for spring! So happy you joined us at CTD!!

Wanda Cullen said...

OMGoodness, this is such a sweet, rustic windowbox scene! Absolutely LOVE it! So glad you joined us at Color Throwdown!

Brenda's Card Corner said...

Stunning card Pia! Love the wood grain around the window and the colors on the brick wall. Fabulous flowers and bird! Great job!


Anonymous said...

Stunning card Pia, love all the textures and that beautiful bird!
Val x

MaryH said...

This pretty card has a bird, so of course I'm going to love it! Also like the way you've done the window with the brick wall. That looks like some really warm texture with that, and the sweet little window box for birdie to sing his song. I LOVE this one, Pia! Good job, too on matching your beautiful inspiration colors. That is one gorgeous vase! TFS

Lena's Creations said...

What a lovely window scene you created. Love it Pia. Beautiful colour combo. Love the little bird.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oooh wow, Pia you certainly pulled it off brilliantly!!! I love the dies Used and stamps, that bird is just so eye catching, brilliant creation!!
Thanks so much too, for putting my candy on your sidebar, very much appreciated.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}
{Thank You Candy at Shaz in Oz Blog}

Monika Reeck said...

Ohh I want to be there looking for the bird and adorable flowers too
hey the flower is green?
ok I see color challenge
but the concept is cool
love the brick there too
you have adorable window Dies Pia
my job only until 28 February
Is not much to do I think hehe
still in the office
big hugs and I did catch up all yaay

Donna Ellis said...

Whoa! FANTASTIC creation, Pia! You have captured the color theme beautifully in this darling card. The white details in your flowers really does pop everything else so delightfully! It's happy and "tweet" all at once! And wouldn't it be great to use this for a masculine card as well as for a child or woman? Wishing you a great week! hugs, de

Karen Steele said...

This is a beautiful window scene card Pia! The embossed detail looks fab as does the sweet bird and flowers!

Tammy said...

WOW this is gorgeous Pia! I love the window scene you created and all of the details, it's a perfect match for the color theme!
Tammy x

*Vicki* said...

What a beautiful design which reminds me that Spring is on the way shortly! Love the wonderful wood-grain design on your window frame as well as the textured background! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

aussie aNNie said...

Back again Pia, No I used pan pastels on my poppies, I don't colour my images with paint shop or photo shop. Make backgrounds or frames etc but not colour...hope you found that cute image of Mo's

Donna said...

This is outstanding, I never thought to put a bird on my window die, love it, I may have to CASE this one, will give you credit is I do!

chrissy xx said...

A FABulous scene Pia.. I LOve this window/box with such pretty flowers
Such lovely colours too they do work well together.

Kim Heggins said...

Wow....what a stunning card, almost looks real. A bit of a different look for you but I really love this. Great view from your window too, gorgeous sky.

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a fantastic creation Pia. You are very talented Pia, you do comical cards and really beautiful nature creations and very great masculine creation and also lovely feminine.

Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our challenge at allsorts X

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card Pia love the window and embossed wall and beautiful die-cuts
Carol x

Marina said...

Really pretty - the flowers look great in the window box.

Paper Profusion said...

This wouldn't be my usual colour combo either Pia but your card looks really fabulous. Good idea to enter and strecth yourself. I love the window die too. Have a lovely weekend. Nicola x

Nonni said...

Your plan to enter a color challenge every week is great, I'm also trying to learn the color wheel a bit better this year and enter color challenges more often. This card has a lovely rustic feel, I love the natural look of these colors.

Helen Gullett said...

Such a beautiful scene. LOVE every single die cut you use to create it. Thank You for playing along with HLS February Anything Goes With Dies Challenge!

Asha said...

WOW! This is a stunner, Pia. Really loving the country rustic look. and the window box with the gorgeous flowers is a delight. And that little bird.... so perfect. IRL more birds will be stopping by for sure!
x Asha

scrappymo! said...

Stunning card, Pia. You achieved so many different shades of kraft paper and made such a beautiful card!
Love this die and your gorgeous design.