Sunday, June 7, 2015


I needed a birthday card and had to make it tonight because tomorrow is 'the party'.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do ever since I bought the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds which I think are a hoot and I also wanted to try smooshing.  I had watched several videos and it looks easy enough, right?  Brother... judging by the pile of paper I've discarded, I'm thinking this card must have cost me about $15 and that's not taking into account the stamp.  I ruined more paper until I finally figured out 'less is more'.  I'm not totally happy with this attempt but overall but I do think it's ok and I am tired.  I'd like to try some more of the technique because there's some smokin' good examples on people's cards.  These silly birds just crack me up with their funny expressions.  The sentiment is computer generated using the Mom's Typewriter font and I added some doodling with a Copic multi-liner.  My guy does have this one wonky eye but after a can full off paper, I'm good with it.
The recipient is 7, a real cut-up and the class clown.  Him and his two brothers will think it's a hoot and I can just about hear their noises now.... little boys and those armpit sounds!
Thanks for stopping by!
A Gem of a Challenge - Something Blue (hard to tell but my cardstock is a dark navy, the bird has blue in it and smooshing is blue)
ABC Challenge - K is for Kritters
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #11 Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Male Call
Marker Pop - #70 Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Masculine


Aileen (mum) said...

Love your card, the messylook sure goes with this bird. I reckon the kids will love it. I cant wait for my stamps to arrive, feel like I have been waiting forever. Think you did pretty good with the smooching. Its hard with watercolours knowing just how much to use.

Maxine D said...

'tain't nuffing wrong with this Marilyn, it is gorgeous - love that bird, and the way you have coloured it, and the background is so right.

Sarah said...

Great smoosh job Marilyn and I love the look on that bird's face!! xx

Christine L said...

Fabbie fun card hon and I LOVE your smooshing!! Remember when I did it a while back? I couldn't believe how difficult it was!! I had the same full waste paper bin!! LOVING these little birds too..... and also how you did the sentiment words!!

Christine x

Lorraine said...

Oh my! I'm just having a catch up and see I've missed some gorgeous cards over the last few days!
I love this little cutie - he's fab.
Lorraine x

Debra James said...

Hehe the sentiment on you fab card is brilliant ,gave me a laugh for the day, Thankyou

Kuni said...

What a cool bird, i love it.

jimlynn said...

That's the best sentiment ever! TOO fun and cute! I love those crazy birds too.

Sandy said...

Less is more - isn't that always the truth! Wonderful card now I have to go see what smooshing is. Or did you say smootching! You definitely hit the right age with the sentiment. What a hoot!!!! And of course very well done.
Sandy xx

Sue said...

This is such fun Marilyn I love it huggles Sue xxx

Chrissy said...

Love this bird and coloured beautifully Marilyn and the perfect amount of the sentiment and doodling..FABULOUS.


Jacquie said...

Fabulous card, love the background as well as the cute image. Thank you for joining us over at challenge 11, good luck.

Love & hugs

Jacquie J xxx

chrissy xx said...

He! he! LOve your cute birdie..
Fabulous CAS with Brilliant colours.
Had to laugh lol...With some of my cards? It would have been cheaper to buy one! But, it's the fun of making it that counts!

Sue said...

Fabulous card, I love the fun image and sentiment.
Thank you for taking part in A Gem of a Challenge.
Sue xx

Nancy said...

HAHAHAHA What a great card, Marilyn! It was a reminder of growing up with three brothers! lol I think your smooshing looks terrific! :o)

Eulanda said...

Bwaaaaaahhhh haaaa haaaa haaa! OMG THAT IS HYSTERICAL!! I love it and I think you did a great job!! I just got my set on the weekend and can't wait to color one up. They are so much fun!! Hugs!

Anne Lise Johannessen said...

Soooo cute :)

Very nice card!

jenn shurkus said...

LOL!!!!!! really funny card :) luckily paper isn't that expensive :) so we can keep trying! thank you for playing a long with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!!

Tammy Cochrane said...

OMG!!! I sooo love your card!! Those birds are such a hoot! Love your smooching technique. I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks for the heads up about the many attempts!!

Thanks for joining in at Love to Scrap!
Best of luck with your entry.
Tammy DT

C'est La-Vie Designs Unlimited, LLC said...

This is awesome!! LOL. I love those TH birds. Thanks for joining us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Spread the word! Our challenge is always anything goes! Good luck!

La-Vie B. – Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge Blog DT
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Andrea Norris said...

OK now I'll have to look up what smooching is :) The background looks great and the bird is fab. Good luck with your next attempt hope it goes easier. Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge and good luck
Andrea x

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

Oh this is completely FAB. Gorgeous colours too x

aussie aNNie said...

Love it, just got this set of crazy birds, about to stamp one up..x{aNNie My Personal Blog}

Stressed Stamper said...

not a clue what smooching is - but the card looks fab.
Sarah x

Cristina - La Marmotta Creativa - said...

Beautiful!!!!!Thanks so much for playing this time at Love To Scap!
Cristina DT

Sue said...

A cute card. Thank you for joining us at One Crazy Stamper this month.

Aaemie said...

Ha ha! Awsome, TFS with us at OCS!

wannabcre8tive said...

Omgosh, this is so cute. I love the crazy birds.