Saturday 19 March 2016

Enjoy the moment

The Less is More Challenge #268 is: what's outside your window...Well as you can see from the pictures at both ends of my flat: not much ;-)
At the bedroom side there's the gardens from the terraced houses next and in front of me and  the groundfloor flats.
At the kitchen/livingroom side there's a balcony and the alley. Although in the suburbs, we're still tightly packed together...The gardens at the back don't look like much at the moment, but they attract a lot, a lot!, of birds that start their song at 4a.m. I have no idea which birds these are except a few obvious ones.
At the other side houses and cars and street and trees also with more birds! l
I thought I could use a stampset from Create a smile with cars, but then I chose to go with this one from Katzelkraft..Les piafs..I love these more than the bird crazy from Tim Holtz which I also have and love.
The sentiment is from Daisy bucket, I bought that secondhand and had never heard of it before, but loved the font and saying.

It refers to the birdsong, that only lasts until the end of July and then things quiet down again, and although I don't like the early wake up, I do love their sound, it's much more pleasing than cars or sirenes etc ;-)

So I stamped everything with StazON and colored it with Distress inks and a green Spectrum Noir Aqua marker.
I love the combo of Wilted violet, Peacock feathers mixed with Mermaid lagoon. Idon't think we have colorful birds like that in my backgarden, but hey...

I use Schut hot pressed and smooth watercolor paper 300grams, I cut it up from a large block so it's not exactly the same size of a standard cardbase. I filled in the gap with a chevron Washitape in a peacock like color to match. I made the chevron point from the bird to the you eyes will follow that in a circle...try it, you'll start with the sentiment move to the bird, move down and go back to the sentiment...funny eh?

I mounted the watercolored panel with foamtape to the cardbase.

Really quick card, I think the coloring took me less than 10 minutes, it's coming up with the card and the design that can take a while ;-), setting everything up etc...
Also quick as I like it as CAS as possible...

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  1. Gorgeous make, LOVE the colour too - fab pix, you were quick too


  2. This is fab! I love your colouring, and the chevron is a genius idea to draw the eye around the card. Enjoy the birds while they're there (hope your mornings are not *too* noisy though!) x

  3. Mooie vrolijke kaart Maaike. Groetjes en fijn weekend, Ankie

  4. Love the crazy bird stamp - well done!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your view with us its always lovely to see where everyone is in the world.Love your crazy bird and its fantastic colouring.


  6. You've created such a vibrant little chap there! I'd be impressed if you managed to spot a bird with quite such wonderful colours out of your window, although my sister often sees parakeets from her London flat so never say never! Super CAS card. Lou x (Guest Designer at LIM)

  7. Mooie kleuren voor deze gekke vogel! Fijn weekend!

  8. Love this card...bright colors are my thing and this is perfect! Thanks for joining at Less Is More!

  9. Such a super card Maaike. That bird looks terrific in those colours. Ha ha! They can be a nuisance at that time in the morning, can't they?
    Thanks for visiting my blog and thanks for sharing this with us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

  10. I bet you'd love to see a bird just like this outside your window Maaike, he would cheer anyone up!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  11. Very eye-catching card - love your coloured bird! I did a double take, as I thought I was looking at Tim Holtz, but then realised it was a little different - also very good! Thank you for your visit:)

  12. What a fun and striking coloured birdie Maaike and maybe you'd forgive his chorus at 4am if he looked so cool! The birds here don't seem to sleep - I hear them about 1am onwards. Great to see what's outside your window and thanks for sharing at Less is More this week. Sarah x

  13. Loving your birdie card !

  14. A sweet view out your window, Maaike! Just love the bird stamps that are going out, and your have perfectly colored this one! Great card for the LIM challenge this week!

  15. Such a fun card, love the image and the sentiment. Karen x

  16. love the bird your colors of him ..awesome card

  17. Love the bright colours, super CAS card.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More