Sunday, January 24, 2021

Blue Bird Birthday - Stampin Up! Birds & More Dies - The Paper Players 525

    Gosh we're already back to Sunday!  This past week went quickly didn't it?  Let's start the week off on the right foot with some stamping!  The Paper Players are back with a fun sketch challenge from Joanne.  This was a fun layout to work with (twice)!

  This card is an example of you never know when or where you'll get some inspiration.  Once I started working on this card I realized that a card I made last week shared some similar characteristics!  I must have been subconsciously using this sketch for this card here because I didn't even realize they were so similar until I took a closer look at the challenge icon and started work on this card!  I think I need to pay more attention.

  Here is the intended design for this challenge!

  This card starts with a Crumb Cake base that you can't see because of the lovely Old Olive pattern of Ice Cream Corner DSP covering the front.

  The only stamping on today's card is the black embossed sentiment at the top.  I love the big, basic birthday greeting from the Sweet Ice Cream stamp set.  And for those eagle eyes out there I did emboss the Whisper White panel with the Subtle folder before the heat embossing!

  While there is little stamping there is a bit of coloring on the die cut branch.  I used some Blends to give this leafy branch color with Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake .

  The bird is die cut in Misty Moonlight and then backed with a piece of Balmy Blue which is all trimmed off just leaving the bits you can see.  I at first left the eye Balmy Blue as well but honestly the bird looked a bit deranged so I cut a black eye with the die and glued it in.  Much better.  Finally this little guy was ready to be adhered with dimensionals.

  The final touch is the sheer striped Blackberry Bliss ribbon tied in a fork bow.

  Thanks to Joanne for her lovely layout that inspired 2 cards even if I didn't realize it at first.  I hope you'll play along with the team at The Paper Players and share your card in the gallery.  For more stamping goodness check out their sites!

Anne Marie

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Sweet Ice Cream

Ink: Versamark

Blends: Crumb Cake light, Old Olive light, Rich Razzleberry dark

Paper: Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Ice Cream Corner DSP

Accessories: Birds & More dies, Subtle embossing folder, black embossing powder, dimensionals, Blackberry Bliss striped ribbon


  1. Amanda, this is lovely! I love the Old Olive polka dots and that little blue bird. I LOL about his eye! He looks perfect! Such a creative take on the sketch! Have a fabulous week!

  2. Absolutely beautiful, Amanda! I love the clean and bold look. This die cut bird is adorable, and the bow is the perfect accent. What a wonderful take on the sketch!

  3. Hi Amanda! Wow! This card is beautiful! I love how you used the sketch, the colors you chose and the bold sentiment. They all work together so perfectly. Enjoy your week.

  4. Super sweet and cute. Love that darling little bird.

  5. I love your wonderful bird on his branch and the little tiny bow is the perfect finishing touch. Gorgeous take on the sketch

  6. Love had me at a BIRD!!! I can't wait to get my ice cream set so I can use that fun sentiment too!

  7. This card is wonderful! Love your choice of colors and the added bow! Have a fabulous day!

  8. Love this! Makes me ready for pretty!

  9. I love this so much Amanda! I have had these dies for ages and haven't even used them yet! But I have the ice cream suite in transit so I'm going to rectify that and CASE your card :-) I just love everything about it - the little bird, coloured branch, embossed panel and dotty background. Just gorgeous! And great job with my sketch not just once, but twice lol!

  10. Oh my goodness, what a darling card, Amanda! Love that sweet little bird and the pops of Blackberry Bliss. Adorable!


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