Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Spring Birds - Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches

   In honor of the bluebirds who have moved into our nesting box and are being quite industrious in building their nest I decided I needed to make a card with a bird theme!  We get bluebirds every year in the box and have a camera streaming to a tv in the house in it so we can see all the secret nest building and chick hatching stuff.  It's fascinating!  Each new pair of residents gets named so we don't just keep calling them "the birds".  This pair is named William and Anna after President William Henry Harrison and his wife Anna.  We started with John and Abigail for President Adams and his wife as they were the first residents of the white house (birdhouse) and have moved down the list of Presidents over the years.  

  On to the card!  I need to start on my Easter card stockpile so this was a nice springlike set of colors with the birds.  I'm also playing along with 2 challenges: Stampin' Up! Only Challenges has the theme of "anything that flies" and the Library Challenge has a beautiful book cover with all sorts of birds on it.  I also kind of used the book cover as inspiration for the open circle in the center of my card (challenge graphic below).

   I still have more than half a pack left of the SAB Paper Blooms DSP and it's got perfect colors for spring cards so I wanted to make sure to use some of it on my card.  I used a sheet in the background on top of the Seaside Spray card base.

  Another panel of Seaside Spray cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies is up next.  I stamped the leaves and branches in Seaside Spray in the two corners and then stamped the sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings in Night of Navy.

  For the circle panel I cut the leaf detail in Soft Sea Foam and then cut it out with circle die and then cut another Whisper White circle to back it.  It's hard to see in the photo but the white circle is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

  I stamped the birds in Seaside Spray and Night of Navy and then die cut them.  I added a bit of Rococo Rose ink to the breast of the bottom bird.  I popped the birds on dimensionals and then added a few Rococo Rose flowers with adhesive pearl centers.

  It'll only be a few more days and then I can make another bird themed card with eggs in a nest!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Birds & Branches, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Seaside Spray, Night of Navy, Rococo Rose

Paper: Seaside Spray, Paper Blooms DSP (SAB), Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam

Accessories: Birds & More dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Subtle embossing folder, adhesive pearls, dimensionals


  1. This is beautiful, Amanda - and so perfect to celebrate your little garden friends - we name ours, too, as they come and go, lol. I'm adding that book to my wishlist, too, lol, and now I want a cam for our feeders! Enabler! Thanks so much for playing at SUO!

  2. Wow love your card Amanda. Must be really lovely to have bluebirds in your nesting box each year must be so exciting waiting for eggs to appear. I especially love the way you name them and after presidents and their wives is extra special. The colours of your card and the whole layout is so pretty and I think the bluebirds are just gorgeous. Thankyou so much for taking part in the SUO challenge hope to see you on the next one x Natalie Arnold

  3. I like how you've placed these birds around the circle - such a pretty card. Thanks for joining The Library.

  4. Such a pretty card - and excellent news on the new nest box inhabitants too! We have a box with bluetits in that are currently nest building too - I could sit and watch them on the TV for hours, just fascinating!

  5. What a lovely card for Spring! I love the colors. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges! Come visit us again soon.

  6. I love your card, but I especially love your story about the bird box and the names for your bird couples each year. One year we had some birds build a next on the wreath hanging on our front door and we love watching them and their eggs and baby birds through the window Watching birds in the spring is really an amazing experience. Thanks for joining us at SUO Challenges.

  7. Such a lovely spring card, Amanda! I love the bluebirds and that you give your birds presidential names :) Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges, hope to see you in the gallery for our new challenge!


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