Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Feathered Friend Birthday Card


Hello and welcome! I made this birthday card for a good friend who is turning 60 and might need a little giggle. I thought this fit right into The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog's challenge 'Out With the Old, In with the New!', because I took one of my old card designs and made it into something new. Below is my 'old' design. I also used lots of my old products and tools, but in conjunction with my NEW FULL SIZED glass media mat.  I was excited to get the larger media mat as a Christmas gift from my son, having spent the last year or so working on the smaller travel version. 

You can see I went a little lighter this time, but followed my original card design. Since my friend loves birds, I just switched out the butterfly with a Feathered Friend. Sometimes new ideas just aren't as forthcoming as they need to be when you're under pressure. My friend's birthday always seems to sneak up on me, because it's right after Christmas. It's not like I forget her birthday; I forget that it takes a week to mail something across town.

First, I die cut the Feathered Friends bird from black and white card stock. I colored with Oxide inks--Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive and Forest Moss, dried and assembled.

The background is created by smooshing Oxide inks (Iced Spruce, Fossilized Amber and Broken China) onto the mat portion of my NEW glass media mat and misting with water until little beads of color form. Just dip the card in, and dry, repeat until you are pleased with the result. I did the same with the circle die cut from my stash. 

I glued the Flowery die cut to the background and wrapped with a dyed ribbon from the gift bag that Linda includes with her orders from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

I chose an Occasions Small Talk sticker and embossed with Broken China Distress Glazing powder. A bow already tied from another gift from The Funkie Junkie Boutique finishes the card. Such an easy project, and just what I needed to slowly stretch my creative wings after a nice long break over Christmas and the New Year. Here's hoping your New Year is starting off happy and healthy! Hugs! Sara Emily

Of course, I am happy to be sharing this with The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge, Out With the Old, In with the New! and Simon Says Stamp Monday, Insects/Birds.


  1. What a fun and witty card Sara Emily! Your friend will be thrilled I am sure!
    Hope all is well on your end!
    Take care,
    Paper Talk with Samra

  2. LOL I think your friend will still be happy to receive such a lovely card. Love how you reworked your old design. =) Thanks for joining us at The Funkie Junkie!

  3. Such beautiful cards! The designs look amazing with birds and butterflies and the softness of the colours is gorgeous 😁. Take care and Happy January! Hugs Jo x

  4. Fantastic card! Feathered friends is definitely one of my favorite TH dies to create with. Such a beautiful little bird. Thank you for joining the Funkie Junkie Challenge!

  5. Sara, these are just so beautiful! I love the inky background peeking through the die cut. Hope you survived the ice storm. We had snow here! Hugs!

  6. Sara, BOTH cards are AWESOME!! My fave parts: that fun background (because it's fun and easy to play on that TH Glass Mat). I'm actually jelly; you have both the Travel and Big Glass Mats! I'm thinking of the travel to keep here in Florida, and save my poor kitchen table from more glue spots. lol
    The best things in life come FREEBIE, and those little scraps Linda includes are just right for those times you need a ribbon and can't decide from your spools.
    And now, as you've told me during your TFJB DT time, I return the LOVE with;
    THANK YOU for sharing with us at The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog!!
    And yep; I'm having a ball with it!! :)

  7. Sara Emily what a beautiful card! I love your spin from the old to the new and the bird is delightful! He pops in such a lovely yellow coat! Very glad to see you join us in the Funkie Junkie Challenge!

  8. LOVE that bird! Fabulous card! Thanks for playing along with The Funkie Junkie Boutique

  9. Awesome cards, the yellow bird makes me think of our medow larks that start arriving about now on Oregon.

  10. Beautiful transformation.Fanstastic color selection.I love your fluffy , yellow bird


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