Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CardMaker and CardSwaps Blog Hop

Hi there!

Today the CardMaker Blog Team is participating in the CardSwaps Blog Hop. You should have arrived at my blog from Marlene. Angelina will be your next stop. If you just happened to pop in and you'd like to start the hop from the beginning, head over to the CardMaker Blog to see what Brooke has created today.

The theme of today's hop is 'treat yourself' and we're focusing on the different ways we're nice to ourselves. Taking the time to do things that you enjoy is a nice thing (and sometimes a treat), wouldn't you say? And if you know me, you know I love to bird watch.

Here is the card that I made, incorporating some fancy birds into my design.

(Navy is my new favorite color right now. I have a feeling it will be making an appearance often in my future creations!) 

Feeding and watching the birds is just one of those things that makes me really happy. I love to see all the different kinds that visit my feeders and I often spend free moments watching them out my kitchen window.

This little girl has been a regular this summer...

I keep hoping she'll bring her man so I can see him in all his ruby-throated glory, but I will settle for the fact that she's brought her babies. So cool!

In addition to all the eye candy, there is an unscramble game as part of the blog hop. For those of you playing along, my letter is I. Your next stop is Angelina! Make sure to hop all the way through and collect all the letters, and Lora will take you to the CardSwaps Forum and give you more information about playing along with the challenges and games that coincide with the hop.

Have a great day!

STAMPS: Birds of a Feather - Papertrey Ink; Very Vintage Labels No. 18 - Waltzingmouse Stamps
CARDSTOCK: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy - Stampin' Up!; Oatmeal - Wplus9 Design Studio
PATTERNED PAPER: Peppy Pinwheel (Sweet Day Collection) - Echo Park Paper Co.
INK: Baja Breeze, Night of Navy - Stampin' Up!; Antique Linen Distress Ink - Ranger Industries
OTHER: Script Embossing Folder - ProvoCraft; Labels 18 - Spellbinders Paper Arts; Sewing Machine - Janome


  1. I love all the gorgeous shades of blue and the texture is amazing Anya.

  2. Oh MY!!! I LOVE hummingbirds! Your card is great. I love all the fussy cutting for the images. :)

  3. Very pretty... love the blues and texture. Enjoy watching the hummingbirds when I visit my son.

  4. The card is very soft and the hummingbird
    picture is adorable...
    Many thanks, Cindi

  5. Anya, sooo calming and serene. I don't use blue enough, but my fave color lately has been teal. I love those birds, and the font on the sentiment. You are a crafty superstar!

  6. Beautiful card and the close up picture of the hummingbird is beautiful as well.

  7. Very attractive card!I really like the stitched and embossed background piece. The bird accent is perfect.

  8. Oh I love your bird card!!! You photo is just awesome too. TFS.

  9. Lovely, all those shades of blue are so serene. I love watching the hummingbirds flit from bush to bush in my yard, they are so tiny and so busy! Thanks for sharing your great picture!

  10. Great card...lovely blues. Photo is AMAZING! How did you ever get it???

  11. Oh How Beautiful - your card and your hummer! Love the blue and the birds - I could day dream looking at this one .. so serene!

  12. LOVE your card - esp the stitching and the birds!!!

  13. What a fun way to treat yourself. Love your bird card. I'm amazed at that gorgeous picture you got of the bird, too. Wow!

  14. We love bird watching, too! Imagine that?! Last year, our hummingbirds left us; but they're back, in full force, this year, and we've just been loving it!

    Your card is simply beautiful! LOVE the monochromatic color palette, and your fussy-cut birds and stitching are absolutely perfect! LOVE!

  15. Pretty card your color choice is relaxing just like bird watching. Nice pic of the baby hummingbird.

  16. Love hummingbirds. Lovely card

  17. what a cute card. i love to watch the birds in the winter when we feed them. nice job of coordinating colors and i love the sewing.

  18. Oh my goodness, beautiful card and such a great hummingbird picture.


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