Wednesday, April 9, 2014


Magda is hosting this week's Stampotique Designers Challenge, which is "Use a Pen". If you'd like to play along with this challenge, visit Stampotique Designers Challenge blog and be sure to read the rules, so that you'll have the chance to win a great prize!!!
This is what Magda said about her challenge.
"I always have a pen or pencil with me. Always with notebook full of drawings and doodles. I'm sure not only me! I would love to see a pen in your project. It can be a drawing, doodles, or simply some journaling. It might be even a single word. I'm looking forward to see your entries for this challenge!"
Apparently I misunderstood this challenge. I thought I was just supposed to use markers. Maybe that was wishful thinking on my part since I rarely (never) doodle and also never use my own handwriting in any of my work. I can't imagine doing so. It's not that I don't have good handwriting. I do. I just get really, totally, absolutely neurotic about my writing or doodling. If it's not perfect, I re-do it. Over, and over, and over, ad nauseum. Literally. Oh well. It's not easy being me.

So my project uses Copic markers. I tried to do a lot of blending to show my m/bad Copic skillz. You can be the judge of that.

Here my card that uses Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Lovebirds was stamped using Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with Copic markers, based on the coloration of the Fischer's Lovebird. Since the birds are so colorful, I kept the design simple and used a sheet of patterned paper from Graphic 45's Tropical Travelogue 8x8 pad, some cool gold and green mesh I've had forever, a die-cut, and some gemstones.

If you're interested about how I found out about loveirds,  I "googled" for information, as I often do when I'm stymied.

Wikipedia states:
"Lovebirds are 13 to 17 centimeters in length and 40 to 60 grams in weight. They are among the smallest parrots, characterized by a stocky build, a short blunt tail, and a relatively large, sharp beak. Wild-type lovebirds are mostly green with a variety of colors on their upper body, depending on the species. Their name stems from the parrots' strong, monogamous pair bonding and the long periods which paired birds spend sitting together."
So apparently lovebirds are a kind of parrot. That was my new fact for the day. I've always loved parrots and especially love seeing them in the wild. That's why I wanted to get Stampotique's Lovebirds stamp.

Here are some stories for you to read if you're bored.

When Beanie, our first cat passed at the age of eighteen, our daughter, aged nine at the time, told us,
"I've been doing some research. Our next pet should be a parrot since they live up to eighty years and I don't want to go through this again."
Here's another parrot story. My parents used to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends, one of whose birthday was January 1st. My parents and their friends liked to partake of spirits and that particular New Year's Eve, they did just that. They woke up the next day and my dad looked out the bedroom window, only to see a parrot in their crabapple tree. At first he thought he was a wee bit hung over and was hallucinating. So he called us all into the room and we told him we saw the parrot too and since we were young children, he believed us. So he decided he was being pranked and called the birthday boy to congratulate him on a great joke.  The birthday boy claimed innocence. So we concluded that someone's parrot escaped...

So there you have it.

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card into the following challenges:
Catered Crop Challenges: Put a Bird on It.
Hobbycutz Challenges: Flora and Fauna
The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #67: All Creatures Great and Small


  1. Superb card Kathi. Your birds look beautiful. This is one of my first and all time favourite stamps from Stampotique. They will LOVE what you did with this stamp ♥

  2. Very nice colors here, I love it!!

  3. Lovely card... Those birds are great!

  4. Fab card and design, thanks for playing at Hobbycutz, xxxx

  5. I haven't seen this stamp before but it is so cute. Great card, Kathi !

    Corrie x

  6. You did a fantastic job with the Copic markers, gorgeous birds!

  7. This is gorgeous Kathi, I love your colouring and what a fab stamp xx

  8. Beautiful colouring - you wield the pens to perfection! Love the bright birds on the leafy background. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Squirrel and the Fox.

  9. Oh Kathi, that's wonderful stories, thanks!! :) and I ADORE your coloring of your lovebirds, it's very clever to have "googled" for information before.. Well done! Hugs xx

  10. Love the fun stories. I had a couple of parrots that I found a home for, after realizing that I had no one in the family to inherit them. And the parrots would definitely outlive me--but my daughter said a definitive NO! So, I placed them with a young woman. And it hurt so much that I didn't keep in touch. (They were both talkers and did lots of tricks. I had spent hours and hours training them.)

    Anyway, on to your card...Love it! Great job of coloring that pretty image! Love the bg paper for it and the very cool mesh! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  11. Fab card and awesome colouring on those lovebirds! I'm the same with my writing, never like to use it - with all this fabulous fonts out there, I don't see the need!

  12. So bright and colorful! Very fun! We’re so happy you joined us at Hobbycutz in our “Flora and Fauna” challenge! We hope to see you back, again, soon! ~~Sammibug~~ DT Member For Hobbycutz

  13. Kathi,
    Love your creation, and the birds look awesome!!!

  14. Hi Kathi! your second card is very cute mmm... But the first one is great hahahaha!!!!!!! Do you really consider having one day thirteen cats tee-hee? This is ABSOLUTELY fun and well done, I love each detail! Bises! Coco X