I was still feeling kind of blah about my OCC card from last week, and I thought the best way to get out of that stamping funk was to play some challenges for fun. The three I chose to combine are Stampin' Royalty's color challenge, the layout from Freshly Made Sketches, and the challenge at SUO Challenges to use a bird.
I hadn't done any out-of-the-box cutting in a long time so I gave it a try with this image. I gave the flowers just some shading with the daffodil marker. The Baja Breeze strip was an experiment in texture: textured card stock, a strip of the ribbon border punch, and an overlay of seam binding. I really like the effect. I used the Fancy Fan embossing folder for the large layer of Very Vanilla, and then added pearls and a sentiment from Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired hostess set) to finish it off.
Sigh, fun time is over and I have to go get some (paying) work done. Boo hoo! I'll see you back here on Saturday morning with the latest fun challenge from the OCC team!