Thursday, January 12, 2012

Save the Eagle

     Did you know last Tuesday (January 10) was national Save the Eagle day?  Neither did I until I read about it over at Outlawz.  I can't enter this card in their challenge because that's a color challenge (and I didn't use those colors) but I have to give credit to them for the inspiration to use a feather or two on a card.

Sketch from Fetch a Sketch.

     This is another of those vintage images which seem to have me hooked lately, printed onto parchment paper, then die cut with one of my new die sets (hexagon), and matted with chocolate CS, cut one size larger.  I cut the background dp with scissors (after adhering it to the card front - cut all the way through the card), turned the cut off piece and adhered it to the back edge of the card.  Then I added a strip of brown CS to set off the wavy front edge and complement the wavy back edge.

     The striped dp is another piece from that same dp mat stack, Linen Closet - DCWV, matted with brown CS and wrapped with sheer brown ribbon.  I added the feathers (no, those aren't eagle feathers!) and punched a hole for the pearl brad before mounting the strip onto the card front.  Pearls were added to the image panel and then it was mounted last.

     TIP:  Here's a tip for getting feathers adhered to a card without having them glued down the entire length of the feather.  I scraped the tip of the "feather stem" with a craft knife to flatten it as much as possible, then put down a tiny drop of craft glue right where the feathers were to go.  Before adding the feathers, I punched a tiny hole for the brad right next to the glue spot.   Then, I added the feather tips to the glue spot, and put the brad in place.  The brad overlaps the feather tips and holds everything in place while the glue dries.  It's also securely glued in place.

     The eagle feeding new chicks is so symbolic of New Beginnings and certainly has lots to do with saving the eagles.  Without offspring, there will be no eagles left to save.

     Challenges for this card:
Anything Goes Challenge -- Anything Goes week
Bunny Zoe's - inspiration photo - lots of pastels and browns
Card Makin' Mamas -- Something New
Craft Garden -- monochromatic
Crafty Cardmakers -- no floral embellishments
The Crazy Challenge -- Pearls or lace
Daisy Doodles  -- New Beginnings
Divas by Design - New Beginnings or Thanks
House of Gilli -- Anything Goes
Ooh La La -- New Beginnings
Party Time Tuesday - Save the Eagle Day
Top Tip Tuesday -- Anything Goes
Truly Madly Crafty -- Anything Goes

     Hope your week is going well and that you may have found some inspiration while browsing around.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Donna Hanley said...

Connie, Sorry I haven't been on the computer much lately to comment. This card is just beautiful. Your stamping looks stunning on the parchment paper and I love the colors and design of your background paper. Thank you for a great tip on attaching the feathers. Hopefully I can keep that one in the back of my mind. Actually, I think I'll add that to the notes in my new Smash book right now. Thanks-

Bettina L. said...

Wow this is one beauty of a card. Love your colour combo and use of that sketch too. Love the feather tip too. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday for a new challenge. Bettina xx

Papercraft By Carole said...

I absolutely love the colours of this card!! The image is beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers. Cxx

Davi said...

NanaConnie, I do love that image and what a fabulous card with the layers and feathers :)

julie_woolston said...

Stunning NannaConnie I love the image the colours and feathers just set it off nicely .

Hugs Julie x

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

Oh woooowwww! Very pretty!

jimlynn said...

WHOA! Connie, this is just smashing! So pretty and I adore the addition of that feather.

Linda said...

This is gorgeous, love the tones you have used and the eagle looks fabulous. Love the layout and the embellishments.

Linda xxx

Linda w said...

Thanks for comment about Cooking it up with Katie, we'll correct that. Beautiful card. Hugs lin

Holly Young said...

WOW, love the image, and the feathers are genius!

Thanks for playing with us at Party Time Tuesdays this week, and I hope you play often!


Sally said...

A beautiful card, I love the feathers. Thanx for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

Rebekah said...

Just beautiful elegance. Thanks for playing at Divas this time hugs Rebekah xx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Connie, I love the image,Thanks for joining in with us at The Craft Garden this month.
Kevin xx

Danie May said...

Connie your card honouring the Eagle is fabulous. I love the feathers as a finishing touch. Thanks so much for joining us for our Feathered Friends Challenge this week at Party Time Tuesdays.

Danie - PTT Design Team

P.S. I would hate to see your fantastic card not be in the running for a prize, so please don't forget to add the PTT Logo to your sidebar to be eligible.

Mynnette said...

Oh, this is amazing! What a wonderful tribute to the eagle! And fabulous tip about the feather--thank you for joining us at CCM! :)

ShellBell said...

Oooh Connie! I love this card. The colors are just gorgeous. And the feather looks lovely. Beautiful job!

Glenda Atkins said...

Fabulous card, love the image, your monochromatic colouring and the gorgeous feathers. Thanks for the tip on to adhere them to the card stock.

Leanne said...

Absolutely gorgeous and thanks for sharing the tip!

Thank you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday! Hope to see you again!

Owner of Top Tip Tuesday

Joanie said...

Delightful card. Love the image and how effective printing on velum. Thank you for joining us at Anything Goes

sarah-Jane said...

Lovely card. I like the image. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design.
Sarah-Jane xx

Lynne said...

This is wonderful, love it. Thanks for joining us over at Anything Goes this fortnight. Lynne x

Caroljenks said...

What a beautiful card - your image is stunning! And such a fab Top Tip too - great idea to add the brad, I've never thought of that and always have to find something to glue the feathers 'underneath'! THANKS!
I have to mention your 'wavy' edge too - that is awesome - great work!

Thanks for joining us over at Top Tip Tuesday and we look forward to you joining us next time too :)

Carol x

Feebsy said...

Such a stunning card, the image is amazing and I really like your colour choice. The feathers are a perfect finishing touch.

Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


Cely said...

This is just stunning! Who would've thunk it was Save the Eagles day, right? Gorgeous eagle image too. :) Thanks for joining us this week at Party Time Tuesdays!

PTT DT member

Jenn said...

Adorable card! Love the nest!

Thanks so much for partying with us at PTT! Love to see you back soon!


Andie's Space said...

This looks lovely. Such a wonderful image & the feathers are great touch. Thanks for joining us at Divas By Design.
Andie xx

Daniele said...

such a delightful card so glad you joined us at OLL this week

Sara said...

Very nice, thanks for playing along with CMM!

Jenny said...

Beautiful card and a great interpretation of the sketch! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at Fetch A Sketch!