Stampin’ Up! Free as a Bird and Bird Ballad Friendship Card

Good Morning! Today I have a sweet friendship card that features a pair of birds from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper or DSP. Yes, the birds are from patterned paper – so pretty, aren’t they?

With this card, I’m playing in The Paper Players Challenge #148. It is a fun Tic-Tac-Toe challenge where you choose 3 or more elements to incorporate into your card. Here is the board. I chose florals, yellow and die-cut. Check out the other beautiful entries by clicking on the board. You can find supplies used to create my card at the bottom of this post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

I started by die cutting the pair of birds from the Bird Ballad DSP using the round Stitched Shapes die. I cut another stitched circle from scrap whisper white cardstock for the back. I sandwiched a white pearlized doily in-between the two stitched circle die cuts with liquid multipurpose glue. I stamped three flowers and two leaf branches from the Stampin’ Up! Free as a Bird cling stamp set on Whisper White using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the flowers using So Saffron Stampin’ Blends and colored the leaves with Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Then I fussy cut these with paper snips. I rolled two of the flowers with a ball stylus on the backs of the petals to give them dimension.

I took a panel of Whisper White cardstock and randomly stamped the floral bouquet from the April Paper Pumpkin kit – Hugs from Shelli – using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the flowers and leaves using the So Saffron and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends. Then I sponged the rest of the background in Pool Party. It looks just like the Bird Ballad DSP but with yellow flowers! Then I took an old edgelit to create the paper lace borders and attached them to the top and bottom of the faux DSP.

To make the label, I took a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock and stamped the best of friends sentiment from the Stampin’ Up! Free as a Bird stamp set in Versamark Ink after dusting with the embossing buddy. I then sprinkled it with White Embossing Powder and heat set. I made a bow with the retired Old Olive linen thread.

With all the elements done, cut a panel of Pool Party cardstock and ran it through the Scripty 3D embossing folder. I attached it to a Garden Green mat and attached the faux DSP with the lacy edge to the front, all with liquid multipurpose adhesive. I clipped the ends of the label to make fishtails, and ran it over my bone folder to get a gentle curve and attached it to the Pool Party panel with glue dots. I glued the leaves to the panel and attached the flowers to the stitched circle with glue dots. I popped dimensionals behind the birds on the stitched circle and attached it to the panel. I also popped dimensionals behind the panel and attached it to the card base. I finished the card off by coloring the pearls with the So Saffron Stampin’ Blends and adding them to the flowers and and attaching the flowers and bow.

For the inside of the card, I took a strip of the faux DSP and adhered it to the bottom of a Whisper White panel. I took the last yellow flower and glued it on top.
I matted it with Granny Apple Green and adhered it to the inside of the card. I also stamped another flower and leaf branch to the bottom of the envelope and colored them with Stampin’ Blends. Before coloring the envelope, I put a piece of scrap cardstock inside to keep it from bleeding through.

That Bird Ballad DSP is so pretty that it can stand on its own as the focal point for a beautiful card. I hope you like today’s card. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

Akiko


July 1 – 15 Host Code: 6X3A6D6C

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • So Saffron – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Granny Apple Green – (2) 3 3/4″ x 5″, 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″, (2) 1″ x 3 1/2″, 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, 1″ x 2″ scraps for flowers and leaves
  • Whisper White – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″,
  • Pool Party – 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
  • Basic Black – 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ scrap
  • Whisper White – 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, , 3 5/8″ x 4 7/8″, 3 1/2″ x 4 3/4″,

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! To A Wild Rose Hello Card

Good Morning! Today I have a blue floral hello card featuring the Stampin’ Up! To A Wild Rose photopolymer stamp set. I also used the coordinating Wild Rose Dies and both of these come in the To A Wild Rose Bundle at 10% off!

My design for this card was inspired by the current challenge at the Global Design Project #196 (#GDP196) where we CASE (copy and selectively edit) the designer. Here is the inspiration project. Isn’t it beautiful!

You can find supplies used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used. I started by die cutting the frame using the Stitched Rectangle dies on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I next took a piece of Whisper White cardstock and ran it through the Country Floral embossing folder and lightly sponging with Balmy Blue ink. I took the embossed piece and attached it to a Balmy Blue card base with snail adhesive. I took the floral frame and attached it to the card base with dimensionals so that it floats above the embossed piece.

I then started working on the floral arrangement. I stamped the large outline flower from the Stampin’ Up! To A Wild Rose stamp set in Balmy Blue ink on a piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the other two large flower stamps also in Balmy Blue after stamping off once. I die cut it with the coordinating die and brushed it lightly with Wink of Stella to give it a little sparkle. Too bad it doesn’t show up in the picture. I die cut two of the floral outline shapes in Thick Whisper White and two of the outline leaves in Old Olive

I took a scrap of Vellum and brushed it with the embossing buddy and stamped the ‘hello’ greeting from the Stampin’ Up! To A Wild Rose stamp set in Versamark Ink and sprinkled it with silver embossing powder and heat set. When cool, I die cut it with the Stitched Nested Labels die.

I made a bow with the Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon. I arranged the elements by attaching the die cuts to the back of the rose with glue dots. I added dimensionals to the back of the rose so that it would also float above the embossed background and I added glue from the fine tipped glue pen behind the die cuts where they would meet the frame. I attached the bow with glue dots. I finished off the rose with a glitter enamel dot and the background with Silver Metallic Pearls.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the flower three times on Whisper White after stamping off and masking. I attached the Whisper White panel to the inside of the card with snail. I decorated the envelope using the same stamping technique.

My sister and I have a thing that roses shouldn’t be blue because it’s not natural. But the rose is so pretty and the blue and white is so refreshing. Thanks for visiting!

I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July tomorrow!

Akiko


Don’t forget that we are in the earning period of Bonus Days where you get a coupon for $5 to redeem in August for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) in July. See the full details on the Stampin’ Up! Promotions Page.


July 1 – 15 Host Code: 6X3A6D6C

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Balmy Blue – 4 1/4″ x 11″
  • Whisper White – 3 3/4″ x 5″, 3″ x 4″
  • Thick Whisper White – 3″ x 3″, (2) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4
  • Old Olive – (2) 2″ x 2″
  • Vellum – 2 1/2″ x 1 1/2″

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project:


Stampin’ Up! Best Catch Masculine Birthday Card

Good Monday Morning! Today I have a masculine birthday card using the wonderful Stampin’ Up! Best Catch stamp set. You can find the supplies I used to create this card at the bottom of my post along with the sizes of cardstock used.

First I cut the vertical panel in Garden Green and embossed it with the Woodland embossing folder. I then lightly sponged it in Soft Suede to give it depth. I attached it with snail to a Pretty Peacock card base. I put it aside to work on the card front elements. I stamped the hat and fishing creel from the Stampin’ Up Best Catch stamp set in Soft Suede ink on Crumb Cake cardstock. I colored the band on the hat using an old Dapper Denim marker and the colored the creel with Dark So Saffron and Dark Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. I then die cut them using the coordinating dies from the Catch of the Day die set. I also die cut a set of cattails from Old Olive cardstock and colored the the tips using a brown marker.

I stamped the fish and the fish hook from the Stampin’ Up! Best Catch stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black in on Thick Whisper White cardstock. I colored the fish hook with Real Red, Crushed Curry and Garden Green Stampin’ Write Markers and the outside and feathers with the light Crumb Cake Stampin’ Blends. I then die cut it using the coordinating die. I colored the fish using various copic markers and then used the direct to paper technique to apply Versamark Ink to cover the fish. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder over it and heat set. When it was cool, I die cut it using the coordinating die.

I then die cut a large stitched circle from Pool Party cardstock. I stamped the ‘Happy Birthday’ greeting from the Country Road stamp set using Memento Tuxedo black ink and then embossed the stitched circle using the Subtle embossing folder to provide texture. I then die cut a larger circle in Basic Black for a mat. I then attached the reeds and fish hook with glue dots and the fish with dimensionals. I cut a piece of the copper trim and stretched it widthwise so that it resembles a net. I then attached it to the card base using a glue dot behind the creel. I then attached the creel and hat with glue dots and the circle using dimensionals.

For the inside of the card, I stamped the leaping trout in soft suede ink on Whisper White after stamping off 3 times and then matted it with Garden Green and Black before attaching it to the inside of the card with snail.

I hope you enjoyed this card. It has a lot of elements after the CAS (clean and simple) cards last week and was fun to make.

There is a park in my town with ball fields, playgrounds and a trout fish hatchery! When the grandkids visited this Spring we took them to play at the playground and then went to see the fish. They really loved it!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Akiko


Bonus Days Begins Today!

Today is the beginning of the Bonus Days promotion where you earn a $5 coupon to redeem in August for every $50 you spend (before shipping and taxes) in July. See the full details in the post here.


July 1 – 15 Host Code: 6X3A6D6C

Use this host code when you order and receive a free gift from me!  If your order is over $150, please do not use this code, but you’ll still get the free gift.  The free gift is your choice of any item valued up to $10.00 in the 2018-19 Annual Catalog or in the 2019 Occasions Catalog!  That includes some of the Host Exclusive stamp sets!


If you need any stamping supplies, I’d be very happy to be your Demonstrator.  Just click on the Shop Now button on the right side of the screen to go directly to my online store or contact me if you have any questions.  Happy Stamping!

  • Visit my online store here
  • See the current Stampin’ Up! clearance rack specials here
  • Earn FREE Stampin’ Up! products through my Wildflower Frequent Shopper Program – my way of saying thank you to my frequent shopper online customers.
  • Have any questions? I’d be happy to help, click here to contact me.

Cardstock Cuts for this project:

  • Pretty Peacock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″
  • Basic Black – 2″ x 5″, 3 3/4″ x 5″, 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Garden Green – 1 7/8″ x 4 7/8″
  • Whisper White – 3 3/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • Pool Party – 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″
  • Old Olive – 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ scrap
  • Crumb Cake – 1 1/2″ x 2″, 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ scraps
  • Thick Whisper White – 2″ x 2 1/4″, 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ scraps

Stampin’ Up! products used in this project: