Paper Players Challenge # 35 - Herb Expressions
Nature Walk - thanks so much

Birthday Bird and Two Minute Video tip

Hi Everyone.  Happy Monday night. I hope you all had a great weekend.

I have a card and a video for you tonight.

I saw the combined challenge across at the Play Date Cafe and Casestudy challenge.  Casestudy has an inspiration challenge and Play Date has a color challenge.  The colors?  Red, Green and Black!  Mmm. not colors that I put together often, hence the reason for me doing this combined challenge :-)  I still love the name "play date cafe"!  Y'all know that you should go check out the challenge sites.  Once again wonderful inspiration cards from the design team- and some amazing submission cards, too!

In keeping with my new year resolution to use tools/stamps that I don't generally use and do challenges that... well challenge me.... I chose to highlight the 2-step bird punch.   I have never used this punch before and it really is a pity!

I went with the theme of black, red and green.  I chose Cherry Cobbler for my red and Old Olive for the green. 

I also used a punch that I haven't used before.  The Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch is a punch that I bought when it first came out and, yep, it has sat there in my drawer all lonely! 

I decided that the image and the frame worked really well with the new So Happy For You stamp set.  I love the font from this set! I especially love the fact that I got it for free as part of Sale-A-Bration!

Scallop birthday (1)

To carry the black of the base card to the front of the card, I added a black wing to the bird.  You all know that I like repetitions of shapes/items... so the circle of the pearls fits with the circles in the dotted border punch frame, which in turn fits with the circles on the background DSP!  You will also notice that I added a little pearl for the eye of the bird.

I made a quick video for you showing how to create this wonderful little frame.  All you have to do is click on the image below and it will take you to the video.  Screen shot 2011-02-21 at 5.47.09 PM
Card recipe - all ingredients Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:

  • Card stock:  Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive
  • DSP:  Regals Patterns Pack (117154)
  • Stamp:  So Happy for You (121853 wood, 123220 clear)
  • Tools:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (119275), 2-step Bird Punch (117191), Stampin Dimensionals
  • Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon (120992)

I popped the frame on Stampin' Dimensionals.  I glued the leaves onto the base and then popped the bird up on dimensionals to give a little depth.  The wing was adhered at an upward angle using snail.

I was really happy with the card.  What do you all think?  I love this frame and know that it will be make a few more appearances on my cards!

I hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday - one filled with love, laughter and time spent doing the things you love, with those you love.  Me... errr.... conference calls most of the day!  Looking out of my office window at the wonderful, fresh, new layer of snow courtesy of the storm this weekend!

Prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.