Thursday, July 1, 2010

Elegance in a Houndstooth Wrap...The PDCC36




What a fun week this has been in preparation for
the new color challenge at The Play Date Cafe.
I am the color host this week and absolutely
ADORE these colors!


First, we were inspired by this fabulous layout
courtesy of Marthastewart.com

Then, Ruby 2 Shoes issued a friendly little
'insider challenge' to me personally, to create
something using our 'under-used'
Tim Holtz Bird Cage Dies from Sizzix.

From there, the entire team got in on it, at least the
bird/birdcage-theme.  So we hope you enjoy it!


I used a couple of my favorite stamps from
The 'Houndstooth Background' which I used on my birdcage
was a perfect match for a little BOO that I used, those paper
flowers from Making Memories.
I also used the very versatile 'Swirl' accent stamp
for my bird.  I gave the white background a little texture
using my 'Stylized Flowers' EF from Cuttlebug
(another favorite) and topped it all off 
with bling here and there.


We are really happy to have Kelly Marie from
Lawn Fawn back as our guest designer and sponsor
this week.  Even Kelly got in on our little
'insider challenge'  : )

One more note...

A good friend to The PDCC made a HUGE
contribution to our challenge blog this week.
You'll have to visit The Cafe to find out what,
but I want to extend a personal thank you to our
friend Paul B of The Artsiders for not only his
wonderful gift to our team and you, the players...
but for his continued support and inspiration each week!



25 comments:

Cecelia said...

This is super cute! Love the colors and just might have to play along this week;0) Is the bird cage a template? It is very cute. Love it!

Helen said...

I love all the birdcages this week - but yours is my fave - how great does it look in houndstooth!!

Jennie said...

How fab is this? absolutely adore how you used the red ink, a totally different perspective on the stamp and birdcage:)
Hugs x

Suzanne C said...

Lovely use of the bird and birdcage. Love the houndstooth! So elegant!

Jan said...

a beauty indeed! Thanks for the inspiration!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

What a FAB idea for me to store away, your use of the houndstooth is Genius, and I luv it in pink, all of it!

Lisa Somerville said...

How pretty is that! The houndstooth looks wonderful on your birdcage, as does the swirl on the bird!

Stephanie Kraft said...

Sweet card, Julie and OMG, I just love the houndstooth birdcage!!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHHHH WOW! This card is super cute! I love that you used Houndstooth paper for the cage--stunning! I love the swirls and the bird--plus the flowers...BEAUTIFUL! You blew me away this week--I've changed my fav card of yours THREE times:) DEF. one of my favs;) LOVE IT!! Love visiting your blog--and working with you:)

Sarah Anderson said...

that houndstooth looks amazing on the bird cage - and I love, love, love the bling! Great card my friend :)

Belinda said...

So cute! Love the houndstooth!

1CardCreator said...

Looks gorgeous, I love the flower too! ~Diane

Theresa said...

What a beautiful card. I love the cage and the bird is fantastic. Fabulous!

Jen said...

OH MY GOSH JULIE!!! I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE that houndstooth birdcage! I must make one of those...oh so chic and awesome card!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Very pretty card Julie! What a fun birdcage & Love the rhinestone flourish!

Julia Aston said...

What fun inspiration colors - love your bird scene and all the bling!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful card and the cage looks stunning and all set off by the fab bling, I love it. Have a lovely evening, Tracy Evans x

Dazzled Nance said...

Gorgeous cad, Juli! Love your blog look too. Tim Holtz' bird cage die is very popular. I just got one myself but have yet to use it. Hoping to play this week at the cafe.

Ruby said...

Ooh Julie, I LOVE your card!! The way you've got the swirl on the bird looks great, and that houndtooth paper is fab!!! GORGEOUS!! We should pat ourselves on the back, we finally used our cutter!!! Yay to us!!

Your 'queen' comment made me giggle!! Thank you for thinking of me too! I'm very sore, but doing well. Can't sit for too long which is why I'm a bit quieter on my pc than normal, but I'll get around when I can :o) x

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Joanne Gilch said...

Just stopping by to become a follower, returning the same! Your blog is awesome. the card with the bird cage...cool!

Courtney Baker said...

Julie this is so cute! Love that bird cage!

Beedeebabee said...

You just know I LOVE those colors, and your birdcage is just so cute! I love it Julie! xo Paulette ;)

Monika Reeck said...

Hi Julie this is really adorable bird cage card..love everything on your card...just ADORABLE..hugs, Monika

JenMarie said...

Oh I LOVE this!!