Friday, April 15, 2016

CAS Mix-up

Here we are with a lil' entry for April's CAS Mix-up:

I painted these Dina Wakley birds like zebra finches.  These are both male, however, because of the cheek patch. Maybe father and son. I had zebra finches in college named Johnny and June, and they had babies right in my apartment! They had a son and a daughter, and I named them Rosie and Pedro (based on patron saints of when they were born or something...) Well, I couldn't run a finch farm and study forestry, so I gave my best friend, Sarah, the females. I kept Johnny and Pedro. So maybe this is a picture of them... yeah, yeah... that's it!

Here's the challenge graphic for the CAS Mix-up this month:

Supplies and notes:

  • As mentioned, Johnny and Pedro is a Dina Wakley stamp [stamp component]
  • MementoLuxe ink in Tuxedo Black
  • Loew Cornel watercolors ["my choice" component]
  • Ranger Transparent Texture Paste through a Martha Stewart stencil [stencil component]
  • ... all on a library catalog card base
  • What you can't see is the easel adhered to the back, which is a die-cut by Tim and Sizzix.  I've said it before, but I love my easel die.  I love functional, and this thing is functional!  
So, no sentiment here.  I may come up with the perfect quote for this, but for now, it is just a cute reminder of past pets. 


  1. Your Johnny and Pedro are fantastic; you really do have a knack with birds, be they on paper or in real life! Super cool! As for me: I'm terrified of birds! I find them intriguing and beautiful, BUT I don't want them anywhere near me! The ravens here: hippo-sized and too smart...way tooooo smart! Your birds don't cause me heebie-jeebies, though; just dazzled by your artistry!

  2. What a cool idea to stamp on an old library catalog card! I remember a time we were trying to figure out what to do with all of them! Your finches are lovely and I loved the story! Great texture from the stenciling! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  3. Hi Mimi. This is so cool! I love that you've stamped on an old library catalog card. Those birds are sweet! ... great colouring. Love the texture and shine from your clear texture paste. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Ooh I love your birdie
    coool cool sentiment and love the texture paste too...
    fabulous made my friend
    you are great at using texture paste

  5. Love the natural look of this CAS design. Simple beauty!

  6. Johnny and Pedro ... what a pair. I think they'll be pleased to be featured on your card, Mimi.
    x Asha