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Monday, April 7, 2014

Unstampabelles Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

Yes, hard to believe but we are up to the 34th month of the blog Unstampabelles, and the 4th challenge since I took it over. Seems to be working!

Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

There is always a twist with this blog and the TWIST this month is to use predominantly PASTEL colours. 
The sponsor for the challenge is Regal Craft based here in Tasmania, but in the northern part of the state and I live about two and a half hours away in the south. I get there occasionally! And they do a great job with mail although I must admit with a Granddaughter going to Uni there currently, she is often the courier!

Regal Craft

It doesn't have to be an Easter card but I made one anyway!
This brad has been in my stash for so long and I was determined to use it up

I had a packet of two Kaiser wooden bunnies, so I painted one up and added some cotton wool to his bottom to create the bunny tail!

This diecut (Spellbinders) is so intricate but I used some wax paper and that helped. It is die cut from a scrap of paper left over from another project where I was playing with TH Distress Crackle paint and inks - this means the rushes have a lovely sheen and texture.

This is another Spellbinders die- and this one I didn't use the wax paper as I have used it a couple of times before, but it was tricky to get out as a result. Lesson learned! I have added some small bling here. 

A strip of ribbon and a backing of SU So Saffron and it was done. The card behind is a commercial blank from Regal Craft, our sponsors. The background paper is a piece from Emma's Garden by Jennifer Ellory. 

This photo was taken in the late afternoon sun.

OK, it's a simple card but they don't always have to be full of technique or layers and layers of stuff. I sometimes see cards with flowers added and think, why? They are not appropriate. So I didn't add anything more to this - it tells its own story.  We currently have two resident rabbits - wild ones. Ones descendant from those imported from the Old Country when white settlement took place here in Australia because the English missed them! They can have them back! We don't mind! Our two seem to have been inbred with some Lopp Eared rabbit or similar that has been a pet and either escaped or was let go - there are many of it's kind hopping around on the local hill reserve behind the house. However, these two have adopted us apparently and can be seen in full daylight in the driveway or hopping along the concrete just outside my craftroom windows! Glad I didn't plant out the vegie garden last season but was going to do it soon - not too sure now!

They look a bit like this but their ears are longer and stand up quite tall, and their tails are really white. Wait.....maybe......they are EASTER RABBITS! A bit too early though....hopefully a car or a cat or a dog might find them irresistible! 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Dream Valley challenges: Easter
Hobby Cutz Challenge: Foral and Fauna
Robyn's Fetish Challenge: Easter
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
Sunflowerfield Challenge: Spring or Easter


JanR said...

I love how you jazzed up the die cuts, Susan! That Easter brad is awesome! Great card.

cass said...

Wonderful Easter card, very creative, thanks for joining us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge for Easter this week.

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a beautiful Easter card! I love the way you've used all those lovely dies to create your scene. Thanks for joining in our Dream Valley Easter Challenge and good luck! Hugs, Wends x Dream Valley DT

NanaConnie said...

Love your wonderful combination of elements on this card, Susan! I'm so glad you shared this wonderful card with us by entering it into our challenge at Scribble & Scrap this fortnight. Hope to see you again soon and good luck in the draw.
NanaConnie DT

Anonymous said...

Lovely card.
Bunny - a real problem.

Merry said...

I really like this card Susan and love that reed Spellbinder die. I have to say how cute that you have rabbits hopping around your place. We just don't have them up this way and so it is a novelty to see one in real life. Wow, 34 months of Unstampabelles and four for you….way to go. :-)

Lin said...

Cute Easter scene. We used to keep rabbits, although I have a friend who swears rabbits are only for the pot!

Thanks for sharing with us both at
Hobby Cutz and also at Dream Valley

Hobby Cutz
Dream Valley

TRACEY MO said...

That a very cas card great colours combo.

Thanks for joining us at sunflowerfields design

Tracey dt

Mari said...

Such a lovely card :)
Thanks for joining our challenge at Sunflowerfield Designs!
Hugs, Mari

MagsB said...

What a fabulous Easter scene, Susan! I love all the die-cuts, and the pretty polka dot paper! Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

love Mags B x

Dawn Lancaster said...

I love your card & the little scene you have created! I also love the story about the rabbits! I hope you get your veggie patch planted!
Thanks for visiting my blog & for leaving such a sweet comment!
Dawn xx