Sunday, October 6, 2013

One Way of Looking at a Blackbird / Favorite Color Challenge at PIO

This week at the Pile It On Challenge, we want you to use your Favorite Color as the main color on your project. Just between you and me, their challenge coordinator picked this theme with the plan to use her favorite color, purple (that's me, CG!)

There are many reasons that this card is special to me; for one, not only is purple my & my husband's favorite color, it's the official color of our local [American] Football team, the Ravens. I don't care much about football, except for the fun of rooting for the home team, but I also attended the University of Baltimore, the unofficial home of the Edgar A. Poe Society (the author of the poem "The Raven" for which the team is named). Their Creative Writing program also focused on the Wallace Stevens poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird", so long story short, I used the first stanza of that poem: "Among twenty snowy mountains, / The only moving thing / Was the eye of the blackbird." I had a particular design in mind, so my husband helped me out by hand-writing the stanza on a piece of notebook paper.
excerpted from "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" by Wallace Stevens

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Freckled Fawn generously supplied our DT with some of their great goodies to work with, including Geotag paper clips (available in their September kit) and feather wood embellishments (available in their October kit). Their products are so delicious; you've got to join in at Pile It On, as one lucky participant will win a $20 gift card to

I was playing with the Geotag paper clips (available in their September kit) and feather wood embellishments (available in their October kit), and found that they made a cute little bird. I used adhesive pearls for the eye and the tummy. I heat-embossed the feathers with black embossing powder that had just a touch of glitter added.

I really wanted there to be twenty mountains, so I made them myself in SCAL and cut them on my electronic cutting machine using two patterned papers I had in my stash. I also made backing layers with a silver paper (Recollections). I added some silver, elastic ribbon, punched one corner with a Marvy punch.

Crafter's Cafe #31: Just a bit out there (I think this is definitely a unique project; it also has some 3D elements)
Crafting By Designs: Anything goes
Crafty Creations: Winged Things
Creative Craft Challenges #20: Anything Goes
LEJ Designs: Things With Wings
Paper Minutes: Bizarre, Strange & Weird (I think this is kind of bizarre!)
Sister Act Card Challenge #27: Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stampers: Purple Power

Update: This was an honorable mention at Crafting By Designs!

Thank you for visiting,and hope you'll join us this week at Pile It On,


  1. i don´t understand that, but it´s interesting...

    xx Heike

  2. What a lovely card you have made. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “purple power” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

  3. Very nice card! Love the color combo. The raven paper in the background is really pretty. Thank you for playing along with us at CCCB.


  4. Thanks for sharing your lovely card for The Sweet Pea Stampers 'purple power'challenge - hope to see more of your lovely crafting soon - Hazel, Design Team x

  5. Cool and odd at the same time lol. You rocked it.

  6. Oooh! Fabulous card, love the creepy sentiment!! Can imagine it watching us now! lol Thanks for playing along this week at the Crafters Cafe! Mo x

  7. Very beautiful and elegant. Thanks for playing with us at Sweet Pea Stampers blog. Hugs! xx


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