Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Bird Crazy Lovers

I'm still crazy about Tim Holtz' "Crazy Birds."  I've been wanting to break them out again and I think Valentine's Day is a perfect time to play with them, especially when there is a fabulous challenge to enter!  The theme for February at Stinkin' Inkers is "Love is in the Air" and your creation can be for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, or even a wedding; anything to do with L-O-V-E.  So, while love is flying all over the place, I present my Bird Crazy Lovers:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamps, #CMS212
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bird Crazy Dies, #660954
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things Stamps, #CMS237
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies, #660953
Clean Color Zig Markers
Derwent Water Color Pencils
Hero Arts MMH January 2017 You Are Loved Sentiment
Heart Googly Eyes {Dollar Tree}
Dimensional Dots

Playing with these stamps feels like I'm home.  I love all the crazy animals Tim's designed and I always have a stash colored and cut, ready to use when the mood strikes me.  However, for this card, I made these characters just for this card.  I didn't want the birds to be too red or pink; in other words, I wanted the card and embellishments to say Valentine's Day - not the color of the birds. 
Mr. Bird
Also, it was important that the birds were looking at each other; and I wanted to color.  Before I get into the making of the card, 
I just have to detour for a quick second.  I was rummaging through my stamp pads and found my Versafine Black Onyx pad; I must have had this pad for at least 15 years {and five of those years were in storage} and I figured this pad would need to be re-inked, but I'd recently seen a card on Pinterest that used this ink and wanted to try it again.  To my surprise, there was NO re-inking needed!  This pad was so juicy and vibrant that I only needed to stamp with my MISTI one time! Only once! I am hooked on this pad again.  It's been taken out of the drawer and is living on my desk.  Simply amazing since every other black ink I've used on watercolor paper has taken at least two re-inkings to get a good image -
Ms. Bird
these images were clearer and crisper than I've ever gotten on watercolor paper.  So, yes, I've gotten my images happily stamped and I colored them in with my Derwent Watercolor pencils first, and then added some more color using the Clean Color Markers.  I like using more than one medium to color; it gives me the richness I want and it's fun.

Angry Ms. Bird

I cut all my images and accessories, including an extra wing for our fancy guy, and assembled my birds.  I put a bow on her head and he's dapper with his hat and bow tie.  In his wing he is carrying a box of chocolate-covered birdseed to give to his honey.  As you can see, they both have love in their eyes; and, since they are birds, I expect they will get some "Love in the Air" as well <wink>.
A calmer Ms. Bird
One thing you need to be aware of when using shaped googly eyes is how the eyes are pointed.  See how she looks awfully angry in the above picture! Just a little thing to be aware of!  Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial.  You have an entire month to enter your Love is in the Air creation at Stinkin' Inkers; I hope to see you there! Christi

PS: As the requirement for Retro Rubber is to state how long I've had these stamps I'm going to say at least since April of 2015.

I'm entering my Bird Crazy Lovers in the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking - M, It's a Love Thing
Die Cut Divas - M, Love is in the Air, entry #2
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, #11, Anything Goes w/ a Critter {or 2}
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air
Retro Rubber - M, #79, Inspired by Love
The Paper Players - #379, Will You be my Valentine?
Just Us Girls - #426, Love
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


  1. How cute is this!!! Those heart eyes are fabulous as is your coloring.

  2. Adorable Valentine card! You did such a great job coloring these two "love" birds!! I read through your post and can't see how long you have had these stamps, which is necessary to be considered at a Top Pick for our challenge. If you could add that info before our challenge ends, that would be great! Thank you for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  3. I love those birds too. Fun card and not too lovey dovy. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking and Die Cut Divas.

  4. Gorgeous card Christi :-) the birds are so cute with their googly eyes, haha, this really made me smile :-D

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  5. Oh my gosh!! love this LOVE BIRDS!!! the heart googly eyes are fabulous, never seen them before, I must look out for them.
    Love the way you colored your birds, truly awesome.
    Thank you for playing with us at RETRO RUBBER, hope you play again soon.

  6. Romance is definitely in the air with your love-struck Crazy Birds couple! So incredibly sweet! Fabulous colours...and how adorable is Mr. Bird with his gift of chocolates! Truly heart-warming! Thrilled to see this gem in the JUGS gallery!

  7. I always like a crazy love card. Vibrant and funny too, love it. So glad you joined us at 2CCC, CarolG

  8. I smiled at these bright, googly-eyed birds. So brightly coloured and full of character! Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber this week.

  9. I love this card, Christi! Fun and fab birds and you're so creative turning them into a Valentine. OK, donning a DT hat now - I'm so excited to see you playing along with us in our "Anything Goes with a Critter" challenge at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies this month. Do join us again, won't you? Good luck.
    NanaConnie DT

  10. Oh wow! Love your birds with the heart eyes! Your coloring is beautiful too. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.

  11. Super fun card!! It made me smile. Thanks for linking up to our February challenge at a2z.

  12. This is fabulous and those heart eyes are a genius touch!

  13. This is great, kooky and fun, love the googly eyes. THanks for playing along at Retro Rubber this time. Claire DT

  14. love those crazy love birds, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx

  15. WHAT??? I had no idea there was such a thing as heart-shaped googly eyes but now I crave them! This little love-sick couple is as cute as they come and the combination of the eyes, that box of goodies tucked under Romeo's wing, and that expression on Ms Bird (hmmmm, if I accept his gift does this mean I owe him a kiss?) makes this a real winner.

  16. How cute is this, I have this stamp set and have never used it, gotta get on that! Thanks for joining us at

  17. Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Die Cut Divas Challenge this time and good luck :)


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