The Challenge #63 – Featured Designer, Darnell’s NBUS #6, Seize The Birthday – 25 February, SSS Wednesday 2 March

Hello …. bonjour!  I’m thrilled and delighted to be guest designing alongside the amazing Design Team at The Challenge … every week for the whole month as the Featured Designer … how exciting!  We have a fun and versatile sketch to tempt you this time around (it’s a little further down) … here’s my take on it …

The Challenge GD 1and here’s the sketch …

The Challenge #63 - March Week 1- SketchYep, I switched the background panel to the right rather than the left … those tropical cuties needed to be looking in the right direction!  I masked the card base, sponged on some ombré blue hued Distress Inks and spritzed over it with Shimmer Spray.  The MFT birds were die cut, stamped and coloured with Promarkers … and I cut the MFT palm leaves in green and sponged the edges with Distress Ink.  The birds were arranged against the tropical sky (popped up on die cut fun foam) in the upper most branches of their trees, nestled cosily among all the leaves.  The Avery Elle sentiment was the final touch.

There are so many ways to interpret this fabulous sketch … where will your creativity take you with it?  All the details are over at The Challenge … along with inspiration galore from the Design Team.  Do hope you’ll have chance to play along with us!

My tropical birds are flying off to …

Darnell’s NBUS – Anything Goes … my second entry for the lovely Darnell’s sixth challenge … the two birds on the right are both NBUS.

Seize The Birthday – Anything Goes

SSS Wednesday – Touchy Feely … those popped up birds amid all the texture-y leaves.

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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47 thoughts on “The Challenge #63 – Featured Designer, Darnell’s NBUS #6, Seize The Birthday – 25 February, SSS Wednesday 2 March

  1. Michele F

    Fabulous in every way! LOve the gorgeous blue sky you’ve created, Anita! And, of course, now we’re singing again!!! Perhaps your darling birds might MACAWS us to sing the Banana Boat song??!! All Day-O …

  2. Petra

    Big congrats on the GD spot, Anita!!!!! Enjoy!!!!
    And your card is so super cute with those beautifully coloured birds!!! Love all the greenery and the lovely ombre sky!!! The font and the size of the sentiment is just perfect to complete the picture!!!! Wonderfully creative!!!!
    Have a great afternoon/evening!!!!

  3. kimheggins

    Anita….so happy you could play with us this month at The Challenge! Your card is simply fabulous and those birds are as sweet as can be. Just love all the gorgeous colors.

  4. Becca Cruger

    This is just tou cute! You’re so good with making your sponged lines all straight. That’s the real reason I do mixed media… all I have to do is look sideways as white space and it magically gets a smudge on it.

  5. Cornelia (fun stamping)

    Big congrats on your GDT spot! Looking forward seeing your inspiration cards! Already you are stimulating me to play along with those a bit goofy looking birds! Just awesome, your cad!

  6. conil

    Couldn’t have a better Guest Designer than you. This card proves it. Those toucans are perfectly colored…love the plumage and the dynamic background. Another stellar card from the mind of Anita.

  7. Mary H.

    Oh this is so tropical & cheery. It just made me happy to see all this glow and delightfulness! Cute images, and lovely design. TFS & Have a super week. Hugs

  8. susannev2014

    Oh, Anita, this card makes me so happy! The sponged and spritzed blue is the perfect background for these colorful, fun birds sitting in the palm fronds (is that the right word?)!
    I really like that sketch! Hope I will find some time to use it this week…
    Congratulations on your GD spot!

  9. Rosemary D

    love your fun take on the sketch, anita!! your card is so bright and cheerful… perfect for a birthday!! congrats on being the guest designer!!

  10. BarbGhig

    Congrats on your Guest Designer spot, Anita! What a fun card!!! Beautiful blending with your DI’s on your panel, and I love the bright, bold colors on these darling birds! Love it!!!

  11. Rahmat

    Such a beautiful card Anita, love the blue inked panel, and the birds. I instantly recognized the leaves and sentiment brands, but had no clue that the birds were from MFT as well. You have colored the birds so well. Congrats on your GD spot!

  12. Bobby

    Congrats on your guest designing stint, Anita. I had to pin this card so I could refer to the wonderful coloring of those birds. They look so happy perched in their trees looking at each other.

  13. Joyce M.

    This is wonderful. I really love how you colored and situated your wonderful tropical birds. I would never have thought to go in this direction with the sketch, and I now see that it is the perfect thing to do. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. catcraig

    Anita, those birds are fabulous and I love the blue panel…the fact that it does not reach all the way across and is a bit offset…fabulous design element.

  15. lollthompson

    Your tropical birds are so fun Anita! Bright and cheerful, this card will definitely brighten the day of whomever receives it. 🙂 Congrats on your Guest Design spot! xx

  16. bronih

    Anita, your card is just fabulous! I love the vibrant colors and the perfect composition! And I just adore those tropical birds!!

  17. Bev

    I keep saying “I’m late,” every time I stop by your blog, I am definitely late, and so apologize. I popped by for a sec yesterday, but had no time to comment. Love those sweet little birds. Happy, bright, and downright fun. Congrats on the GD spot too! Lesley chose brilliantly! Awesome inaugural card for your month. Well done you!! Miss you and hugs

  18. Brenda L.

    Who better to be the guest designer than you Anita!!! Your talent knows no bounds for sure. I love this cute card and your take on the sketch, which is a fabulous one. Your beautiful ombre panel is so beautiful and your beautiful tropical birds was way to cute and they look so fabulous up against that ombre panel. You have them colored so pretty and bright. Love, love, love! Hugs, Brenda

  19. Diane

    WOW, Anita, you used those birds to PERFECTION on this gorgeous card!!!! I’m totally in love with the bright, vibrant, tropical colors you used!! This card totally rocks and I’m so happy to have you joining us at The Challenge this month!!

  20. djkardkreations

    This is one of those cards that makes the viewer grin from ear-to-ear, Anita! The design, the vibrant colors, the adorable birds nestled in their foliage, the perfectly blended and spotted background … perfection through and through!! Thank you so much for playing again in my NBUS Challenge #6! Miss you, mon amie! Lots of hugs, Darnell

  21. Claire A

    You always seem to find the best stamps Anita – I spent ages on the MFT website the other day and didn’t see those birds! Those palm leaves go brilliantly with them. What a fabulous, colourful creation!

  22. cmayne

    Cheering and applauding your GD role here; and what a group of finely-feathered friends you’ve created to dazzle and inspire us! I’m totally terrified of birds, but your gang here looks quite friendly! Truly…love them!!

  23. Nance Salkeld

    Hi Anita! I’ve been naughty about keeping up with my commenting lately. I’m so glad you are our Featured Designer this month! Just love your work! These tropical birds are just too cool! Love them!


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