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6/15/2014

A Hummingbird for Father's Day and a NBUS too.

Good evening, and thanks for joining me on my 2nd post for today. Normally I would have made DH a card with an old car, truck or something of that sort, but I found this delightful little Just Rite stamp that I've had for a while, and never used it so --- Hooray, it qualifies as an entry into Our Darnell's NBUS Challenge.  I have been fretting that I wouldn't get something made in time to link in & play along with Darnell's wonderful challenge. For those who don't know the term NBUS, (check the Bloganition tab...but it means Never Before Used Schtuff  - also called Stuff!).

DH & I enjoy watching the hummers come to our feeder in summer, so I thought he'd enjoy this little bird. Now I didn't color it perzackly like those birds we see - and these little guys are ferocious at times, chasing other hummers away from 'their' food supply. He did like the theme, so here's the card:

 
 
- Just Rite Backyard Birds set (JR 09230),(NBUS) and I don't know how old this set is. Stamped with Tuxedo Black onto Xpress snippet, die cut with a pierced circle die. Colored with copics. Had to use a .03 copic multiliner to fill in on the sentiment as some of it did not stamp as well as I'd have liked. This stamp & border fits onto the JRite wooden circle holder, and I wasn't applying enough pressure to get the print stamped nicely. I knew I could fix it, so I didn't restamp it.
 
- After coloring, diluted some Liquid Pearls Opal with water, brushed over the hummer and the flowers, for a lovely glimmer.
 
- sponged DI Spun Sugar and then Milled Lavendar with the image in the die.
 
- background created with Dylusions sprays: Cherry Pie, Turquoise and Funky Fuschia. Cherry Pie & Turquoise were diluted with White Linen, Fuschia with water only. This was sprayed over a Damask design stencil. Dried with a heat gun, then sprayed Tattered Angels Crimson Current (another NBUS) and some Irisdescent Gold.
 
- Leftover (ie snippet) S/B Scalloped Borders two that had been created with dylusions sprays and some over stamping for an earlier card. I liked it as a border with the purple-pinks of the background.
 
- sentiment is a Lil Inker die, from another snippet. Had tried using the SU doily stamping on black, embossing with a colored powder, didn't like the look. Needed something with a nice contrast on the background, so die cut the Lil Inker from this snippet. It looks like crocodile print when you can see only part of the snippet! Just goes to show, those boo-boo's will eventually get used.
 
DH was happy with his card, so that is what matters. We're going out to dinner (his choice of venue) with my #2 brother & SIL. So after doing some linking, I'm off to get changed. Thanks for joining me once again. Ya'll come back when ya can. Hugs
 
 

39 comments:

Carol L said...

You always make some of the prettiest backgrounds, and here you've gone and made another beauty! I love the colors here and especially the cool D@D sentiment! I hope your DH is enjoying a relaxing father's day :)

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card love the background and beautiful image and love the fabulous colouring-great idea diluting the liquid pearls for a shine
Carol x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Mary, what a delightful card to give hubby for Fathers' Day. The humming bird stamp is lovely - so glad it's not a NBUS anymore. I love humming birds - it would be just something to see them in our garden :) Thanks for visiting and commenting on the tea cosy I've just made. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous for any guy - or gal for that matter! Love the background you created for this too. I know your hubby loved it!
Lynn

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Mary!! I'm watching hummers fighting each other off the feeder right now!! I love how you colored this!! The design and colors are fabulous!! What a beautiful card!! Have a wonderful evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

scrappymo! said...

Wow! You got such delightful backgrounds with your sprays. Wish you lived next door...you could teach me a thing or two.

The image is pretty and the sentiment is lovely. We all need to remember that one!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Beautiful! I love hummingbirds!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I love your hummer card for your DH for Father's Day with all that NBUS, Mary! My DH is enamored with the hummers, too, so I get it. You did a beautiful job with the coloring of both the hummer and the background!

Thank you for joining in my NBUS Challenge and spreading the word, my friend! I'm worried now that I should have made the challenge shorter so people don't get sick to death of seeing NBUS all over Blogland! Not to mention, my name!! Anyway, you know I'm very appreciative of your ongoing friendship and encouragement!! Have a great week and I hope you continue to feel better! Hugs, Darnell

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning card and background...delightful humming bird...xx
The Journey is the Start

Sarah said...

Glad your DH liked your lovely card Mary, it's brilliant!! xx

rachel said...

this is stunning - love it Mary xx

Redanne said...

I love that gorgeous background you created, it is stunning and the little hummingbird is a real beauty. So pleased you were able to join in Darnell's challenge too.

The one thing I miss about living over here is that there are no hummingbirds.... sigh. Hugs, Anne xx

Christine Harrop said...

Fabulous card and terrific background. I love the stamp you have used Mary. Hugs Christine xx

Hazel said...

Mary this is a great card, delightful bird and a lovely background. Hazel xx

Marilyn said...

Awesome card!!

Di said...

What a beautiful card Mary - the humming bird is absolutely GORGEOUS! No wonder your hubby loved it - absolutely perfect card.

Hugs, Di xx

Pat said...

This is a great card for DH for Father's Day Mary. I love that background and the colours work beautifully with the pretty stencilling. The Hummingbird stamp is coloured perfectly and what a wonderful idea to dilute the Liquid Pearls to give that delightful sheen, and the leftover scalloped border and sentiment are lovely finishing touches too. Hope you and DH had a good family dinner. x

Cathy said...

Lovely card Mary, your background is awesome, love those colours. TFS the tip for water and liquid pearls too, would never have thought of that, Cathy x

Brenda said...

What a stunning Father's Day card Momma Mary! I love that inky damsk background-so pretty, your little hummer is just as cute as he can be!! I love watching them come to the feeders too, they are such a joy to watch. I love how you colored him, so realistic!! Love the cool "dad" die cut too. This is just a beautiful card all the way around. Hope the day was a beautiful one for you both!! Hugs, Brenda

Sheila H said...

Great card - so artistic. The colors are beautifully done, and I love the sentiment.

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty card with a great background, nice coloring. Hummers are so much fun to watch, we used to have them coming to our feeders, but they stopped. I miss seeing them. Hope you have a great week.

Karen Hasheck said...

What a pretty card for the NBUS challenge! I have a whole pile of NBUS too and so I joined this fun challenge. I am now a follower of your blog and would love it if you visited my blog and became a follower too. http://karenskreativekards.blogspot.com/

Bonnie said...

What a pretty hummer, Mary, and an awesome card! We love watching the birds too, but we don't have a hummer feeder. Sometimes we see them buzzing the flowers on the deck. That's always a treat!

Sandy said...

Beautiful card Mary - I love watching the hummers too.
Thunderstorms here every afternoon. It is not terribly hot but quite humid!
Sandy xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous creation Mary. Love it.

Kath x

Jean Straw said...

This is a lovely card Mary, I love the pretty way you coloured the humming bird. Thanks for the tip about the perfect pearls, it sounds like a good idea.
Jean x

Lynne said...

Such a sweet image and lovely card.
Lynne xxx

Patricia said...

Good. Morning Mary,
A fantastic card. Sweet image and great design

Patricia x

Brenda in IN said...

Beautiful card. Love your background and how you colored your bird. Hope you both enjoyed your dinner.

Susan (rainy) said...

What a great card for your DH! Love that you used the hummingbird image for him. My son had several hummingbird feeders for awhile, and he would say the same thing. They were very aggressive. He said that they would even go after him sometimes as he was filling the feeders! Wonderful card, Mary.

kanda said...

Fabulous card Mary. I love your hummingbird and the beautiful colours. Great use of your snippets xx

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Your comment was too sweet! You have created such a dreamy background, and the hummer is colored to perfection.

Sharon said...

Thank you so much for your lovely comments Mary and for joining my blog. Your cards are gorgeous and have loved my visit. I will be back soon.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon. x

Irish Cherokee said...

Awesome Mary. The image is beautiful and the background is spot on. Love your colors.

Sorry haven't been around lately. My reading list for followers stopped working several days ago and I have not had time to fuss with it. I am going to put blogger on my prayer list as near death. LOL.

Blessings
Jim

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous card and such a stunning background love your pretty humming bird

Anne

Pippa said...

Wow Mary, Just love the hummingbird image and the way you have coloured it in.

Shirley said...

Absolutely beautiful BG and your image is lovely! I know he loved the card! Lovely that Lil' Inker die too!

Petra Swart said...

What a lovely FD card, Mary!!! Love how you've done the 'D@D'!!! I'm sure you had a lovely day with the family!!!
Hugz

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love the sound hummingbirds make, especially when they are fussing at other hummers. We get them in the winter. Love the colors on your fab card!