The Road Less Traveled


Friday, May 25, 2012

Linked Up With Mary! Blog Hop Fun*

I had so much fun creating art for this blog hop!!  I adore Mary's birds and so I decide to create a whimsical bird card, with a little Steampunk attitude since Mary has the birds on wheels and gears.

VLVS Stamps Used:
Mary Vogel Lozinak Plates: 1398, 1399 (Some images maybe single images check New Releases for March - May)
Square Edged Gear:  17502
Gear Background:  18077

Other VLVS Products:
Miracle Tape

"Birds of a Feather..." "Flock Together," no matter how strange they are!  Using bright colors add to the whimsy of these images.  I love color and enjoyed creating this pop-up card.

I had a die from years ago that cuts the pop-up areas, however; an Exacto Knife cutting slits and careful folding can do the trick as well (see photos).  The outside teal paper is 6x8 and the orange decorative paper is like 1/8" to 1/2" smaller.  Play around and see what looks best to you.

1.  Stamped gear pattern stamp in bright orange ink and the small square gear in red.  The gears on the upper right are stamped "off the page" to give the illusion of  tons of gears continuing on the top.
2.  Stamped quote "Birds of a Feather," and mounted it with purple paper using Miracle Tape, then adhering to top of card.
3.  Birds and quotes were stamped and colored.  I used colored pencils but you can use watercolors, watercolor markers, Copics, whatever you choose!  Note that I cut off parts of wheels to use as accents on the lower part of the card.  Florescent gel pens were used on some of the birds and metallic gel pen in purple around the edge of the left bird head candy cane.

Feel free to play with these fun images mixing and matching parts.  Who knows what you might come up with.  I think next time I might cut the owl head off and put it on the candy cane, and the bird from the candy cane onto the owl's suit!  Be as creative, weird, strange, or fun as you want!!!

4.  The quotes stamped and cut out were then edged with gel pens. 

My friend Cathy Peper loves birds...wonder if she loves these strange fellows????  Please check all the links and get wonderful ideas from all who joined in and Linked Up!!! 

CreativeLea Yours - Lea


  1. very cute! love the bright colors!

  2. Your work is always so colorful and I love pop-up cards. I am really falling in love with these stamps.

  3. That is too darn cute!!!!! LOVE THE POP UPS!

  4. The deminsion is so much fun...TFS

  5. Love your card...and Mary's images......Robert

  6. oh this is so fun! I really love it!

    xoxox Carly

  7. What a Fun & Creative pop-up card :)

  8. What a cute card, Lea. You are so right about the vivid colors. They really make this piece pop. Mixing and matching the bird heads is also a great idea. TFS.

  9. Your card is so cute! Love these images of Mary's that you used. I love pop-up cards.. Great job!

  10. Such a cute card and love how it "pops" up . . . so creative. Thanks for sharing!!!

  11. Lea - your pop up card of quirky birds is so fabulous! Love it and my favorite MVL stamp has to be the bird head on a stick - LOL!!!

  12. Colours make these guys look so cutely child-like. Mary's characters are so versatile.

  13. Lea! The colors are so bright and pop SO wonderfully!!