Happy Day with A Happy Thing for PP228

There’s nothing like a quick and easy sketch to get your creative juices going.  There’s about seven thousand ways you could go with this week’s sketch from The paper Players.  I chose to honor the simplicity of the sketch by going simple.  How do you like me now?  Here’s my card:

A Happy Thing, Cheerful Critters, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP229And here’s the banner for Jaydee’s challenge that inspired my card:

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • A Colorful Bird.  I’ve been in love with this chubby, little bird since the moment I saw him in the Sale-a-Bration Catalog.  The projects created with this bird have been so colorful and so bright that he seems like a mythical bird.  The creative side of me says, “Let go of intuition – paint him with as many colors as you want” but the other side of my brain says, “define him, color him as he exists – if such a bird can exist?”  Well, from what I can tell from hours and hours of research (well, maybe it was a 2-minute Google search), this bird is a long beak bee eater – check out these images for yourself here – and he comes in a variety of colorful mixes.  Woo hoo!
  • A Daffodil Delight Base.  I don’t normally decide on light-colored card bases.  In general, I choose a darker shade so that the image on my card will pop.  With this cheery, “happy day” card, I couldn’t resist a Daffodil Delight base.  Rules were meant to be broken, right?  This card base, paired with this image and this Wild Wasabi-striped paper says, “I’m ready to be happy.”
  • Snipping the Beak.  I’ve filmed a fun, little video that I’ll be sharing with you tomorrow to show you how I cropped this circle but let his little beak pop over the edge.  It might be a new idea to you, or it might be something you’ve done before.  If so, I hope it’s a fun reminder of the technique.

Stamp Sets:  A Happy Thing, Cheerful Critter  Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper  Inks:  Tuxedo Black Memento, Blendabilities (Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Skin Tone Assortment – Bronze)  Accessories:  2″ Circle punch, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals

A Happy Thing, Cheerful Critters, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP229Thanks for stopping by today!  Pop over to The Paper Players to see the projects by their Design Team Members and to play along with this fun sketch.

Again, be sure to come back tomorrow to see my fun video about this card.  🙂


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  1. Thanks for doing the research on this cute little bee-eater. I like him even more having seen the adorable pictures of all of the rainbow bee-eaters. I dare you to make another card with a rainbow colored bee-eater. :-). Enough about the bird. You’re simple card is very nice and you did a great job using the blendabilities.

  2. Cute bird and lovely colours. A very nice card Brian.
    My first pack of Blendabilities came yesterday along with my new stamp set – ‘From The Herd’ – can’t wait to have a play!!

  3. thanks for shering this card, I realy like the combinations color is bum! you are the profecional lol

  4. Thanks for doing the extensive research about the bird! Nice card.

  5. This happy card makes me happy!

  6. Love the colour scheme you’ve used on today’s card Brian. Thanks for the link to the rainbow bee-eater pictures; this bird always reminds me of a kingfisher so now I’ve so many more colouring possibilities. A great CAS card with some nice subtle features, especially the overhanging beak. Thanks for joining us for our sketch challenge over at The Paper Players this week.

  7. Thanks for doing the research Brian, he’s a cute little chubs. The colors that you used are bright. Happy and my favorite tropical. Great job

  8. Great colors, the beak sticking out adds fun and character.

  9. Hi Brian:
    Congrats on finding the name of this bird. I wouldn’t be sure of what to put into the Google search – “long beak bird”, “fat little bird”, “multi colored bird with long beak”? LOL You get my drift. Anyway, thank you for finding the name, it’s always nice to be accurate in reference to a bird. Now, you can take all of that fabulous information with you to Leadership and share your knowledge! You did a fabulous job of coloring in this bird and I wondered how you got the beak to overhang the cropped circle. Just a beautiful card from a talented artist. Love it.

  10. I love this bright, cheery card. Great job!

  11. Awwww Brian I love him in those colors !!
    Great job !!!!!
    Hugs Frenchie,

  12. Spring is in the air, for sure with this little fella! Thanks, Brisn

  13. Whoops, I could not change it!

  14. Thank you for the link to see pictures of this sweet little bird. I love the colors you chose for him. Your card is a CAS but also very beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  15. Brian, great job coloring the little guy! Also, check out another bird called the kingfisher. He looks very similar!

  16. Brian, thank you for much for the research on the “bee eater!” He is a beauty! I love the simplicity of your card. The cut out bill is brilliant! Thank you for sharing with us at The Paper Players this week! XX

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