Saturday, June 11, 2022

Can You Handle the Pressure? - BIRDS

Dear Ones~
There's a new challenge up over at Can You Handle the Pressure.   For this challenge blog you MUST use an EMBOSSING FOLDER on your project.  Heat (wet) embossing is permitted but only in addition to your embossing folder design.  Each new challenge will have a 'TWIST' which is optional ... your choice to use or not.

The OPTIONAL TWIST for today's challenge is:


  Here's my card:
I recently purchased some Nuvo Shimmer Powders, and they are so much fun. I had a go playing with them on a piece of watercolor paper, and the result is what I used to die cut the bird and flowers. I love how she turned out. I die cut a circle, embossed it with the SU Stripes and Splatters embossing folder and then sponged around the edge with Rococo Rose Ink from SU. I placed it behind the bird, thought it showed her off nicely. And I like the soft gray background instead of white or ivory. I feel like it really makes the die cut elements pop.

The Ingredients:
Stampin' Up Blackberry Bliss Card Stock
Tim Holtz Gold Metallic Card Stock
Recollections Stormy Sky Card Stock
Sizzix Tropical Leaves Embossing Folder
SU Stripes and Splatters Embossing Folder
SU Layering Circles Die
SU Rococo Rose Ink
Sizzix Bird Scene Die Set
Sizzix Geo Floral Frame Die
Spellbinders Mini Blooms and Sprigs Die Set for Flowers and Leaves
Spellbinders Yana's Sentiments for Greeting
GKD Master Layouts 2 Die Set

If you head on over to the Can You Handle the Pressure Blog and play along, you could win this fabulous embossing folder, and don't forget to check out all the beautiful cards the other designers have created.
Thank you so much for stopping by, your comments always make me smile. Please go take a look at the Can You Handle the Pressure blog, there's some wonderful inspiration over there. You won't be sorry.
Until next time dear reader, here's celebrating your Creative Muse.


  1. WHOA! Your colors! They look fabulous! So bold and bright! Your bird is magnificent and your posies POP! I love the gold sentiment and that wonky little frame. So many beautiful elements, my eyes can't keep still! Fantastic!

  2. Oh, Judy, this is sooooo beautiful! The arrangement, the colors, the BIRD! You did something amazing with those Nuvo powders. I recently bought Magicals, tried them once and put them away. The bird reminds me of the Northern Flickers that show up here now and then. Maybe in the fall? Can't remember for sure, but they're quite striking. Yours is the most beautiful ever!

  3. What a fabulous bird! I am very curious about the Nuvo Shimmer Powders now... what a wonderful effect! I love all of the details in your card. That Floral Frame die adds so much elegance, and I love the way you placed your bird on that wonderful rose circle. You are right about the gray background. It definitely shows bird's colors beautifully. I love everything about this card!!

  4. Wow, what a beautifully designed card, the colors are amazing! We are so very lucky to have you as part of our team!!!

  5. This is a gorgeous creation. The colours are so beautiful and the shimmer is evident too. That bird is wonderful and adding the gold frame makes the whole design perfect.

  6. Wow the colors that you got with the neuvo shimmer powders are wonderful. When I try powders I get a hot mess. A little bit of gold touches make this a winner. On and you did the inside too.

  7. I am amazed at the results you got with the shimmer powders, Judy. That bird is gorgeous!