Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Dancing Hummingbird

Good Afternoon Crafters !

I realized that I'm obsessed with stamping & inking while participating in Zumba recently.  Zumba is a fun areobic class with a variety of Latin dance steps.  While concentrating on following the fancy footwork, I suddenly noticed the tattoo of beautiful flowers on the shoulder of the lady in front of me and my mind left Zumba and went to thoughts of what a nice stamp they would make !   Of coarse I lost my step !

I received more beautiful stamps from Ryn of  Designs by Ryn to create more card designs for her and amongst them was another of her beautiful Hummingbirds.   This one is especially beautiful, he looks like he is dancing....... maybe not Latin Dancing but he looks very graceful !

Stamps used for this card:   Designs by Ryn CM-B9 Flying Hummingbird 2 and CM-F3 Black Eyed Susan.

The background was created by starting with white card stock (I use a smooth sheet that is meant for Copic Markers, it gives a nice base to work on).   I used the following Color Box Fluid Chalk Inks -  Yellow Citrus, Lime Pastel & Ice Jade and 'stamp smooshed'  the flower using the inks one at a time.   The final image is Color Box Boysenberry Pigment Ink which was stamped without too much 'smooshing'.    Stamp Smoosh is simply stamp and then give it a little 'twist'.. more dancing :)

I mistakenly mounted this background upside down, the flower looks better turned the other way, I will make sure to get it right on my next card using this stamp.   

I stamped the Hummingbird on water colour paper, embossed with black & coloured with Tom Bow markers & water.   He turned out to be a colourful bird.  It's fun to imagine what Hummingbirds in the tropics look like and maybe they are dancing there !    Here they like to hover over flowers which is amazing to watch.      

The Happy Mother's Day sentiment is from a nice little set from Kaisercraft - CS916 Occasions. 

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day !


ALIX said...

Wow Shirley, upside down or not : this background is really beautifil!!!I see several layers of flowers..And the bird is also very nice!!I love this card!!
Warm greetings, ALix

Ted and Helen Howard said...

Love the card.Vibrant colours and the background just goes so well with it.The bird looks like he is flying.

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow Shirley, this hummingbird is so gorgeous. I love the rich colours you've used on him. The background flowers look great too, and I would not have known that it was upsidedown.

Sue x

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, this is a lovely hummingbird and your card is great! I could picture you in the 'Zumba' class while you were having your creative thoughts about that tattoo....I have been an aerobic and fitness intructor for many years and I always love the 'dancing' classes! And Zumba is great with that joyful music! Warm greet, Miranda

Ryn Tanaka said...

Hey Shirley, thanks so much for creating another beautiful card with my stamps! I love how vibrantly you coloured Flying Hummingbird 2. The background looks fine to me as well :) Beautiful work!!!


OMGoodness Shirley - you've done it again!! Your colouring is amazingly beautiful, and Ryn's images are perfect for your style of work.
Love your Post about the classes too - the salt technique has produced some amazing backgrounds - no wonder you all look so happy!
Hugs, Sylvia xx

Creations by Shirl said...

Wowzer Shirley!
You sure rock with this card... It is so darn pretty! What a beautiful Mother's Day Card.... love all the colours you did on this hummingbird....Those bg papers are just pretty too.
Keep on crafting, I'm loving all your creativity going on!

Saakje said...

Hi Shirley.
You have made such a beautifull card with a great color choice. The hummingbird is gorgeous. Happy bird to get such a nice feathery.
Thank you for sharing. warm greetz. Saakje.

Ellen Taylor said...

Wish I could have been there for your class Shirley! I am sure you and your talents were a huge hit!!! Love your dancing butterfly and it's vibrancy is over the top fabulous!!! We had that snow last week, there is warmer weather to follow. Have a fab day girl!!

Anneke van Groen said...

Hi cous...i'm back!!!
I really, totally LOVE this card, such beautiful colours, great work as always!!!!
Hugs Anneke

maria's knutselplezier said...

Waw, Shirley I really love this card, very beautifull background and the bird has such beautifull colours,!!!



Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

WOOOW I love this bird very much. What a beautiful stamp Shirley. I adore him. your card is marvelous also the background.
Lovely greet

brenda said...

Hello Shirley

Thank you for your lovely comment and I had to come over and take a look at your blog which has been very enjoyable and see some familiar names as well.

Like myself you seem to have a love of working with colour and look forward to seeing more of your lovely work.

Your weather sounds much like ours here in the UK, Spring showed it's face and disappeared as quickly, now we have flood warnings, when only a week ago they forecast drought !

B x

Sophie said...

Ich bin ganz überwältigt, von soviel Schönheit und Eleganz.
Die Karte ist ein Traum.

Und weil mir auch alles andere so gut gefällt, bin ich ab sofort dein Fan :-)

Liebe Grüße

cparsons said...

Oh Shirley, it's beautiful! I love the colors and that background is so ... kind of dreamy. Our first hummingbirds came a couple weeks ago. They are such a delight to watch. Your card captures that feeling perfectly.

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Hi Shirley, this is beautiful. Thank you so much for coming over to visit my blog.

Emma x

G Peplow said...

WOW what a fab stamp and what beautiful colours you used, Shirley this is gorgeous! Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog and I will certainly become a follower as you have created some fabulous art work, Gay xx

Shannon White said...

Wowzers Shirley! This is Beautiful! Wonderful colors and Love your custom stamped BG. I am really loving your Gorgeously colored humming bird too! So Vibrant and Wonderful! 8-)


judith@poppy cottage said...

I love this hummingbird Shirley, you have coloured him in my favourite colours, so I don't see a problem at all! He looks great on your floral background, Judith xx

Marn said...

Hi Shirley!
WOW WOW WOW! Is this ever stunning! Such a work of art!! What an incredible card! First the colours, as always, are just right, and so pertty!! and there is that great black eye susan stamp again! Soo very nice! Then that stunning and gorgeous hummingbird is sooo pretty! and yes, dancing! Since you brought it to life so very well! Excellent and amazing vibrant colours, wow, masterpiece, so well done and well put together! Thanks for always sharing these great cards!
warm greetings, Marlene :)

Shirley said...

Oh my! That hummingbird is outstanding and so is the card, of course!!