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Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Going for a two-for again this week. Love when that happens. Studio L3's Compendiul of Curiosoties Challenge this week is found on page #50 of Tim's book, called Weathered Wood Grunge and on Simple Simon Says Stamp and Show, the challenge this week is Show us a childhood memory. I went with a bird die-cut fior mine. When we were small kids, we rented an old farm-house for a couple of years when my Dad still taught publi schools. We had a huge swingset in the backyard and the top of it was old metal piping and was hollow all the way through. Every spring and summer, birds would nest inside so when the babies would hatch and try to fly, we would catch them and put them in a shoebox and stash them under our beds like some treasure and feed them earthworms and water. Of course they would be heard and let free but we couldn't resist the little creatures. We watched the nests in the trees also and kept track of eggs and babies as they hatched. I guess that's why I am still such a bird lover now! My background was colored with Tim's new colorwash sprays in butterscotch and meadow, after I die-cut some masks using Tim' fancy flouishes, then blotted slightly and sprayed again with yellow Glimmer Mist and a touch of Interference Red. Stamped a few inspirational words in black. Used Watermelon for the grunge bird and walnut stain distress ink. Added some lines with markers on his wings and beak and feet and pop-dotted him. Blended some vintage photo and olive distress inks around the background before ading the bird for depth.

14 comments:

Netty said...

Lovely story and lovely page Kathy. Annette x

MarleneMAZ said...

Great page and I love your little birdy!

Shelly Hickox said...

Gorgeous! The farmhouse sounds awesome. What great memories!

Lori said...

Love this, Kathy! The background color is great! And that's a great story...Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

craftytrog said...

Love your grungy little bird Kathy! x

donna said...

Wonderful story! Your page is terrific. I seem to recall "rescuing" a few birds myself.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Thanks for sharing the childhood memory Kathy. I'm a visual person and can just "see" thoe little birdies nesting, the eggs, the trees . . .

Have an art-filled day today! xo

Terry said...

Hiya Kathy, thank you for sharing your childhood memory with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, love the colors and your little birdie. Hugs Terry xxxx

wearestampers said...

Great story about the birdies. I love watching the babies too, and taking pictures of them! Great weather piece!
Pam

Lynn Stevens said...

What a sweet story about your treasured birds and a darling page.
TFS Kathy!
hugs Lynn

Kim said...

Lovely colors and story!

Terry said...

Childhood memories kept alive in art! Love this page!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Kathy, I love your sweet, happy little bird! I love that you used the weathered wood technique for him, and the colors are just great! Lovely background, too, and the story of your childhood bird-catching adventures is too sweet!

Nancy said...

Great page, Kathy! Oh, those metal swingsets - I remember them well!

Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!