Honeycomb Happiness Chick Amongst The Flowers

by Joanne James20. March 2016 09:00

It's Sunday and time for a new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of our very own Birthday Girl, the lovely Jaydee, to host our challenge this week and she has a fun clean and simple theme for you to play along with:


So along with Jaydee's birthday - happy birthday wishes to you Jaydee! - we are also celebrating the arrival of Spring! For my card this week I was inspired to use the cute little chick from the Sale-A-Bration Honeycomb Happiness stamp set, this time in conjunction with the floral spray in the 'Number of Years' stamp set. I used this week's layout over at Freshly Made Sketches for my card - take a look:


Key points to note about today's card:

More than a number - The 'Number of Years' stamp set is big on numbers, but it also has this lovely floral spray which can be used in conjunction with the other stamps in the set or for something totally different, as I've done here. The watercolour-effect stamp was the perfect pairing for my no-line watercoloured chick today. I stamped it twice, masking my chick once so that some of the stems appeared behind for depth of field, then went over the top with my aquapainter to further enhance to watercoloured effect. 

No-line watercolouring - I've used this technique with this same little chick previously (you can see that card here). Today I wanted to use soft pastels and delicate colouring to have him peeking out of the spring flowers, so no-line watercolouring was the perfect solution. I stamped him in Sahara Sand and coloured him in So Saffron and Daffodil Delight with my aquapainter to give him a realistic finish.

Sketches are open to interpretation - Kim's sketch is great but I needed my chick to be grounded and not floating in mid-air, so I rotated the sketch through 180 degrees (this is allowed!) I used the floral spray to give the circular shape within the sketch without adding another layer to my card and keep it looking 'clean and simple'.

A bold Hello - With such delicate watercoloured pastels, I decided to stamp my sentiment in Versamark on Basic Black and heat emboss in white to give my sentiment some prominence. I then punched this out with my Word Window Punch. A nice contrast I think to the softness of the rest of my card.

I'm also linking up my card today with the challenge over at Addicted to CAS, where the current theme is 'delicate' and SUO Challenges where the theme is 'welcome Spring'.

Here's today's visual summary of the key products used on today's card for easy reference:


Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
Linda Callahan
Hannelie Bester
Colleen Begley
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 

I look forward to seeing what you create with this week's clean and simple theme. We have a jam-packed day of sport today: hockey and basketball training, followed by a hockey tournament, lunch and then both James Juniors are playing in a basketball match. I'm thinking we need to start the day with at least two Weetabix each to get us through to dinner!!

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

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Comments (17) -

Sandy mathis
Sandy mathisUnited States
3/20/2016 1:19:46 PM #

Joanne I couldn't wait to comment on this sweet and adorable card! I LOVE your beautiful no-line watercoloring, and the chick combine so perfectly with those delicate blossoms. Such an awesome card!

Melissa (Mel's Card Corner)
Melissa (Mel's Card Corner)United States
3/20/2016 5:47:18 PM #

What a beautiful card, Joanne! I love how beautifully delicate the chick and flowers look with the no-line watercolor technique. I've really been wanting to try that technique, so I may have to CASE your card. Smile

Linda Callahan
Linda CallahanUnited States
3/20/2016 5:53:55 PM #

This is the sweetest card ever!  I love the soft look of your coloring!  Beautiful springtime card!  Love it!

Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
3/20/2016 9:34:34 PM #

Spring has definitely sprung with this beautiful card!  The little chickie looks so adorable peeking through the blossoms.  Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
3/20/2016 11:19:58 PM #

Oh, this is just adorable...delicate and sweet!  Perfectly CAS too!

Kelly Schirmer
Kelly SchirmerUnited States
3/21/2016 12:20:22 AM #

Adorable spring chick, love the soft pastels!

Colleen Begley
Colleen BegleyUnited States
3/21/2016 12:54:19 AM #

Oh Joanne, this card couldn't be any cuter! I love how you used these sets.

Hannelie Bester
Hannelie BesterU.A.E.
3/21/2016 7:52:14 AM #

Joanne I love the way you rotated the sketch to fit your design!
Fabulous card!

Narelle Farrugia
Narelle FarrugiaAustralia
3/22/2016 9:57:48 AM #

Oh this card is too cute! I love that cute little chick with that sentiment! Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
3/23/2016 12:03:05 AM #

Words cannot adequately describe how super cute this is, Joanne!  I love how the chick is peeking out from those wispy flowers and the colors are just perfect.  Great use of the sketch and the theme--perfect!

Jenny Engelke
Jenny Engelke United States
3/23/2016 11:57:03 AM #

Brilliant combination! I love this cute, cute card!

LaurieUnited States
3/23/2016 4:33:27 PM #

Such a soft and pretty card, that chick is really sweet. Love the soft colors too!

Julie Gearinger
Julie GearingerUnited States
3/23/2016 7:28:11 PM #

Joanne- this is gorgeous!! Love the no line watercoloring on your chick as well as the flowers and fun sentiment!! Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges Smile

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
3/24/2016 2:25:55 PM #

Joanne, this is just gorgeous!  I love the no line watercoloring.  I need a lesson!  This card just shouts SPRING!  XX

Julia Quinn
Julia QuinnAustralia
3/27/2016 9:56:25 AM #

Beautiful water coloured image summing up the perfect essence of Spring. So glad you joined the fun at SUO!

Mary Brown
Mary BrownUnited States
3/27/2016 1:24:48 PM #

What a PERFECT spring card Joanne!  LOVE that little chick peeking out from the flowers!  Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!

Connie Babbert
Connie BabbertUnited States
3/27/2016 6:10:01 PM #

I LOVE that little chick peeking out of the flowers!  So sweet!  Perfect for spring!  Thanks for playing along with the Hello Spring theme this week on SUO Challenges!

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