Monday, 8 April 2013

Feathered Friends

This week, Simon Says Stamp and Show...Fly. I cheered when I saw the theme. My favourite subject is nature and especially birds, so here's an Easter card.

"An Easter Card"

This card has the standard book card construction.

"Left Hand Inside Panel"

The background for both panels has strips of lace. I can't bear to throw anything away, so these were odds and ends in my lace box that were too small to use for anything else. Tim Holtz' Seasonal paper stash provided the scene in the frame. The frame is decorated with gold metallic rub-on wax.


My husband has lots of girlfriends. Don't worry, they all have feathers! He keeps pet hens and also has a couple of pet cockerels. His favourite pet cockerel is called Chirpy, and this Graphics Fairy image is the spitting image of him (Chirpy that is, not my husband :-). I printed a few copies and cut out layers to decoupage. The edge of the feathers is fringed by taking short snips with a sharp pair of scissors, and all the edges are coloured with distress markers to get rid of any white bits.

"Right Hand Inside Panel"

The pages are rubbed with more of the metallic wax to match the frame on the left hand panel. The book aperture is filled with flowers and some feathers provide extra interest. That beautiful feather peeping out at the top is from one of our Barnevelder hens. They have the most gorgeous gold tinges to their feathers. If you want to see pictures of our hens, check out my husband's blog.

"Front Cover"

The panel on the front cover was made using modelling paste and a feather stencil. Once the paste was dry, I rubbed more of the gold metallic wax onto the panel and matted it onto the front cover of the book card.

Tim Holtz' paper stash: Seasonal
Graphics Fairy image
Spellbinders Antique Frame and Accents
Dreamweaver stencil - feather
modelling paste
gold metallic wax rub-on
cardstock: brown 300gsm, white 220gsm
assortment of feathers, dried flowers, paper flowers
scraps of lace
adhesives: PVA, Pinflair, Glossy Accents

Entered for the following challenge:
Simon Says Stamp and Show...Fly


  1. Maddy...your book card is fabulous! I totally love everything about it. The cover is wonderful. The left interior with the lace and rooster is so cute. The right side with the collage of dimensional flowers is so lovely, too. You always rock the book cards!!! I can't wait to have time to make one! Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  2. so beautiful - loving all the little details :)

  3. WOW!! Truly stunning Maddy. It is clear to see how much you enjoyed making this. The design is wonderful and all the detailing is just fantastic.
    That's a good tip about colouring the edges of cut out images to cover the white bits.
    I hope you have a good week.
    Sue xx

  4. I second that "WOW!" That was exactly my first thought.
    Absolutely beautiful.

  5. Hey again. I just wanted to thank you for the very sweet comment you left on my blog!!! You're always so positive and make me smile! :) THANK YOU!! Love your SSSS piece this week! Another gorgeous book card!!! <3 Candy

  6. Just back from Paris and catching on with everyone Maddy.

    Stunning creation yet again !

    B x

  7. Maddy what a gorgeous book love everything about it wonderful. Love Alison xx

  8. wow - such a fantastic book - a great work!!!

  9. Your work is amazing,love this x

  10. A very lovely creation - love the layers and lace. Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.


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