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Darla Hutt-Watson

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Weaverville, CA, United States
Hi there! I'm Darla and I live in BEAUTIFUL Northern California! I am a mother of seven terrific kids and have been married to my husband for 32 years. I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator since 2010 and love ALL THINGS paper crafting. I also have a scrapbooking retreat business called Scrap Happens Retreats. I love teaching and learning new techniques, sharing ideas, hosting my retreats, being a wife and a mom. Hiking, bicycling, gardening and cooking are a few of my other hobbies. I'm living for Jesus and LOVIN' LIFE!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Swirly Bird and Paper Players Sketch Challenge

Hello everyone! I'm really late posting today...it's been crazy! Started with spin class at 6:30am...then a bike ride with a friend before it got to HOT...had to get my son to a birthday party (but first had to get a tire tube to float the river and a gift), then home to water, watch a movie with my daughter, shopping, farmers market for BLT Wednesdays and VBS!  I'm just now sitting down to blog!  

I made this card last night to participate in The Paper Players Sketch Challenge! I haven't participated in a challenge for a long time...so I had a lot of FUN!

My card base is Crumb Cake with the first mat cut from Island Indigo cardstock. The designer paper is from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper Series (it's BEAUTIFUL paper)! I took a piece of Mint Macaron cardstock, ran it through the Woodgrain embossing folder and matted it onto a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. The bird's nest is cut using the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits from Soft Suede cardstock.  The bird is cut using the Birds and Blooms Thinlits from So Saffron cardstock. I added a piece of 5/8" Burlap Ribbon and a sentiment stamped on Whisper White cardstock from the Flourishing Phrases stamp set. I colored a Basic Pearl black using a Project Life Journaling pen....you could also use a black sharpie (I didn't have one handy) for the birds eye!

Doesn't this thinlit make a great birds nest?!? 

Next time I'm gonna add some Linen Thread or separated Burlap Ribbon to make it look like pieces a momma bird would have brought back to her nest!

Below is the inside of the card...very simple with room to write a special note!

Here is the sketch that I followed!  You can add your creation by clicking here - The Paper Players!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow to share some more FUN ideas!

~Today's Thought~


  1. So sweet! I love the natural colors you chose for your little mama bird card. Good choice of embossing folder and love the DSP background! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  2. A beautiful take on the sketch Darla! LOVE your neutral color palette!
    Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week!

    1. Thank you Hannelie...I'm looking forward to participating in more challenges!

  3. What a sweet little card...that little bird looks perfect, perched on the scribbly swirl, especially with the woodgrain embossing in the background! Gorgeous! Thanks for playing with the Players and making my sketch look great!

    1. Thank you so much LeAnne...I had a lot of fun with your sketch!


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