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Marty’s Masterpiece-July

July 24, 2011 3 Comments

Let me first tell you the story about Marty’s July Sketch…
Most of you know that my dad passed away at the end of November after a two month battle with brain cancer. Marty’s dad passed almost 11 years ago. Father’s Day for us was bittersweet-bitter for the obvious reasons, sweet because it was Marty’s 40th birthday. (ironic, eh?!) Since Father’s Day, this white bird sits on a window outside of our NYC apartment around 9:15pm every night. That little bird remains there all night long and by morning he is gone. It is not often that you see an all-white bird in NYC. My friend Corris has lived here all her life and said that she doesn’t remember seeing any. This sketch is out of love for that little bird of peace…hope you enjoy the design team’s creations!

Heidi Bound
New York City

The white bird really inspires me. I wanted to keep with a very clean, simple color palette for this card so used creamy white colors. I had that resin bird in my stash for quite some time and this project seemed like the perfect time to use it.

Michele Luxenberg
New York City
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Little Bird Creations Co.

The stamp is from Magenta’s new collection and was stamped with black StazOn on glossy cardstock. I smooshed Distress Ink Pads onto my craft sheet (Tumbled Glass, Forest Moss, Red Rose, Pumice Stone and Spiced Marmalade) and used them with water and a small paintbrush to color the image. The image was then mounted onto black CTMH cardstock and then onto a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card using “Vanilla Creme” CTMH cardstock.

(Michele has a little bird outside of her window, too)—And, for your “enjoyment”, I also included a picture of the little bird on my window sill. She’s BACK! And sitting on the same eggs…

Julia Smith
Midlands, UK
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Stray Dreams Blog

A Whole New Outlook – I have been drawing a lot lately, I have always wanted to draw more but never plucked up the courage or had the mind space til now, so this is one of the first face that I drew that just seemed to fit perfect in that setting of the windows against the building. She’s not trapped by any means she is just looking at a whole new outlook which is what drawing has done for me. I have used some text paper inked in the background, brown stazon for the Tando brick background stamp which is the first thing I thought of when I saw Marty’s sketch this month. The window frames are lollipop (popsicle) sticks, inks, painted and distressed. I even had a go a drawing the little birdie myself !!!! Another great sketch Marty.


Kathy Vargas
Stillwater, Oklahoma, home of the original Hideaway Pizza, Red Dirt Music scene and Oklahoma State University (OSU)
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Creating the Hive

What I got from Marty’s inspiration this month was the images of brick, which are man made in contrast to the bird which is nature. Bricks have straight lines and hard material in comparison to the curve lines of the bird and soft feathers. I had some crochet flowers that I had made earlier this year in my stash and embellished them with silver grey sequins. The crochet flower centers are from Melody Ross. Pink flowers are tissue paper that I hand molded and Glimmer misted. The centers are frayed fibers from canvas wall hanging. Paper cutouts, leaves are from the Mariposa collection. Text border is Melody Ross. My mom had gave me a zip lock bag of miscellaneous jewelry pieces which I wanted to put on a project instead of just laying in a drawer. Little details of contrast were the pink eraser dowels for the top and a little wooden clothes pin at the earring trim bottom edging. This will probably an on going project as I find other small and sentimental pieces of jewelry to attach to the canvas wall hanging.



Connie Deibler Harrisburg, PA
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Connie Stamps

I really liked Marty’s sketch and thought of creating a design very similar to the actual sketch (bricks and a window) but ended up with this design. I have vintage on my mind a lot lately so I used my scallop punch in the center of the top and bottom and threaded a piece of ‘First Edition’ dictionary picture through it. I added a black daisy made with the daisy Big Shot die and added some Very Vanilla Seam Binding and an antique brad. Thanks for looking!

Nancy Brokaw Forest Hill, Maryland

This card feature’s Stampin’ Up in color Poppy Parade card stock and Designer Series Paper and the fabulous Herb Expressions stamp set. A little white ribbon and flower for accent. The Designer Series paper reminds me of a vintage wallpaper in a victorian home. I love the simple lines of this card. Enjoy!

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Comments (Close):2

  1. Kathy Vargas
    July 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Love all the designs for July 2011. Thanks for sharing the story about the little bird of peace on the window sill. “Love conquers all”

  2. Pam Palmer
    August 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Heidi, I love your husband’s drawing of the bird. I have had a bird several times in the past two years sit on my deck. I never saw it here except after my mother passed away on August 29, 2009. I took a picture of it but it didnt turn out good. Thanks for sharing all of your talents and your husbands.