Monday, May 7, 2012

Recipe Challenge: Chatty Chickens


 
 This is my entry for the Cricut Circle NSD Crop Recipe Challenge.  To say that I enjoyed this challenge is an understatement!  We were given a "recipe" to create any kind of project for this challenge:
  • At least three Cricut image cuts
  • Three patterned papers
  • A Butterfly, bird, or bug
  • Machine, pen, or hand-stitching
  • The color yellow
Anthropomorphic animals have been on my mind after seeing Jayme McGowan's Pinterest pinboard with this title (and thanks to her that I even have a term for 'critters in clothing') but it wasn't until I paid attention to my daughter's shower curtain (that I sewed years ago) that I decided to try this.


For the crafty details (all the cuts were made on the Expression unless otherwise indicated):
  • The chickens were cut at 4" from Noah's ABC Animals (page 27), flipping one.  I hand-cut their wings and little dresses with aprons.  I used a Micron pen to add "stitching".  I popped them up 1/4".  Their front wings are popped up an additional 1/16".



  • The clothesline was cut from Country Life (page 59), cutting at 3".
  • The grass was cut from Paper Doll Dress Up (page 78), cut at 1-1/4" (6" Fit-to-Length).  I used a Cuttlebug folder and inking to add a little texture to the grass.  I also used the negative space from the cut to add a raised layer of grass, popped up 1/16".  



  • The butterflies were cut using a Martha Stewart punch.  I colored them with colored pencil blended with gamsol and detailed with a Micron pen.


  • The inside text of the card was created by printing with Jokerman at 24 point.

I added a bit of white gel ink to their little beaks to help them show up against the dark clothes on the clothesline.


The card finished at 7" x 5-1/4".  This project was so much fun for me!  And YAY!  Another challenge completed!!

Thank you for checking my blog--- come back later today for the winner of The Good Old Days cartridge.  That will happen later this evening when my Master of Ceremonies gets home from her piano lesson!  

As always, you can see many of my previous projects by clicking here to go to My Project Gallery.



32 comments:

bird said...

This is really adorable. I just love the two chickens just cackling away. lol

Dianne said...

I love your blog. It is so different and your instructions are really great. What is Gamsol??? I never heard of it before nor have I seen it in the stores. TFS.

Dianne Bell - Sewpro02@Aol.com

Nadia (WithGlitteringEyes.com) said...

Dianne- I just learned about Gamsol myself! It is clear mineral spirits that you apply with a paper nub (it is pictured in the post). It blends colored pencil beautifully, giving the effect of art markers, like Copics (which I refuse to buy). I just bought my Gamsol as a kit (with two nubs and a sandpaper pack) at Archivers.

Tanya/Nonna said...

Oh my good golly! How cute is this card! I love those adorable little hens catching up on the latest gossip...too cute! At least it looks like they got their chores caught up while they were having their gab fest! Adorable card with so many fun details...love it!

Donna said...

OMG Nadia this card is toooo cute. I have a daughter and sister who have backyard chickens and I am going to have to try to scraplift this idea(mine won't be as adorable as yours, and I don't have Noah's cart). Thank you so much for sharing.

Donna C.
goCricutgo (CC)

MelodyR aka Ry&MysMom said...

LOL too cute! Love the dresses on the chickens - too clever!

Froggie said...

This is just way too cute. Love it.

mary said...

I've said it before: You are genius!

sandee said...

I didn't even know there was such a thing as for an animal in clothing! I LOVE your card and all the cute little details are just awesome! I will have to try my hand at dressing the animals up! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Hrvatica said...

This card is so cuuute! Love those hens in dresses.

Donya/Okscrappinmama said...

That is sooo creative and just stinkin' CUTE!! I luv it! Lots of details.

Donya
okscrappinmama

Lilygirl said...

Super sweet card Nadia!! You rock girl!!

cdm317 said...

This is too stinkin cute!

Cheryl Winget said...

Amazing card! Those chickens are perfect!

Dawn, RI said...

All I can say is I love your style.
God bless your talents.
Dawn RI

Sandy from Ukiah said...

This is just too adorable, what an inspiration you are...

Scrappin with the bug said...

This totally made me smile. I love the chickens. Great job. I am always in awwww of your work.

Sherrie K. said...

This is amazing!! I love everything about it!! The embossing looks great and just LOVE the chickens!! So cute!

Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Linda Kaiser said...

You continue to amaze me!! I love the chickens!!

Linda

Debbie said...

This is just too cute! You are so creative. Love it!

Princess Poodle said...

You had me at the chickens! Nadia, this card is just too adorable for words.

Sis Patterson said...

I love your chatty chickens! Their little dresses and ruffled aprons (with pockets) are so darn cute! I love all of the sweet little sewing details - and the clothesline is perfect for the conversation. I am so glad that you interviewed Jayme! This is a darling card!

cema1cema said...

Fantastic! Thank you so much for the gamsol idea! I have colored pencils and I sure don't want to by copics! Would it work for metallic colored pencils? Love your projects! Christina ccapps35@gmail.com

Lori said...

I don't even have the words to express how darn creative this is! I love,love,love this scene. I can just see the chickens squawking away happily.

Michelle said...

Oh my Gosh this is absolutely worth clucking about! Another amazing creation. There is so much great humor infused into this card! Best of luck with your entry.

Carolyn/MamaC said...

What did one chick say to the other chick? "I'm so glad that Nadia gave us such wonderful outfits! We are so special!" The other chick replied, "When is the next 'Hen Party'?"
Have a great day, Nadia!
Carolyn
http://cccscraproom.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

amazing! You are so talented!
williase at hotmail dot com

Sis Patterson said...

I can't believe this little darlings came home to roost at my house! Thank you, Nadia! They are beyond amazing and I will always cherish them. Your gifts of friendship and crafting are treasured! Hope to see you at the clothesline soon.

Susan in Devon said...

Love love love this card. So adorable. Another cart for my list! Sight! I will never have any money. Great blog what I have seen so far. TFS. xx

Anonymous said...

These chatty chicks are cute they made me smile. I have always had a thing for chickens, wanted to raise them for eggs, but live in an apartment. I too refuse to buy copics, the price is rediculous. I prefer prisma artist pencil crayons. I will be looking for gamasol now, thanks for the info in reply to diane. Now you have inspired me to reconsider Noah's Ark cart, I didn't think I had any use for it but now maybe. Thank you for all your creative artist sharing, I learn so much. I love to alter images and make them 3d.
Jacquelene L.
Canada

Melody Lane Designs said...

I just love these chicks! thanks for linking up at www.Melodylanedesigns.com

Sarah said...

WOW!!! Your card is amazing. I love the little chickens just chatting away while hanging clothes. Your card tells a great story. Thanks for linking up over at melody lane or I wouldn't have found you. Going to check out your older post now.
Sarah
craftingwithsarah.blogspot.com
MCCR DT

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