Good evening Friends!
Today, on our daily bike ride we saw a bluebird! The blue color was gorgeous in the sun- the wings just glowed! My sweet hubby and I ride at Millennium Park over near Grand River here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We have a tandem TerraTrike. Our bike is a low to the ground recumbent three wheeler and we love it. We have had the bike for about 5 years now. I would totally recommend you check it out if you have any physical limitations like I do.
Seeing that lovely bird got my sweet hubby to challenge me to make a card inspired by our bluebird. I went to Google and search for free bluebird images and found so many to choose from! I picked the ones I thought were best. They do not replicate the real deal but they are beautiful.
Ok, so I am challenged to make this card and my darling niece Chelsea (who lives in Iowa and I miss her so much) has a birthday this week! Aha I can kill two birds with one stone (ew who comes up with these sayings anyway). So first I tried to come up with colors of card stock that would come close to a real bluebird. I initially thought Blueberry Bushel (146968) and Cajun Craze (119684) but they proved too dark for what I envisioned. I needed something softer but still bright. So I put Pumpkin Pie (105117) and Balmy Blue (146982) together and I liked it.
I went for the obvious and chose the bird from Petal Palette (clear 145788 )(wood mount 145785). I stamped the bird onto Whisper White (100730) card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black (132708) and cut it out using the matching die from Petals & More Thinlits Dies Set (145655). I have Pumpkin Pie (147155 Regals) and Balmy Blue (147156 Subtles) in the corresponding color sets of Stampin’ Write Markers so I used them to color the bird as pictured below. If you don’t have the markers I think a Stampin’ Sponge (141337) or Sponge Dauber (133773) and ink may work. If you try to watercolor using an Aqua Painter (103954) for the bird remember to use Shimmery White Paper (101910) or Watercolor paper (122959). The regular card stock doesn’t hold up to the water. The bird will curl up and you won’t be pleased. I touched up the edges of the bird with color too.
(Images ©  Stampin’ Up!)
I used my last piece of Pear Pizzazz (131201) to cut out the branch using my Big Shot (143263) and the die from Petals and More (145655). I stamped the small flowers from Petal Palette (clear 145788)(wood mount (145785) with Pumpkin Pie (147086) and used some Wink of Stella (141897) to make the flowers sparkle. I cut out the flowers using the matching die. I used the Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write (147155) marker on the edges of the flower but like I said before you can use a sponge or dauber instead.
Using Snail adhesive (104332) and my trusty old release paper, I got the branch ready to adhere (See my previous blog #586 for details). I placed the branch on Balmy Blue (146982) and left a couple leaves to move around to give a more 3D appearance. I attached the bluebird and flowers using Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals (144×108). I love that I do not have to cut the big Stampin’ Dimensionals anymore to attach tiny pieces!! So much easier! I stamped the sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) and a stamp from a retired hostess set called Happiest Birthday Wishes. I just love this set…Thanks Christi! I used the new Detailed Trio Punch (146320) to round the edges of the Balmy Blue (146982) rectangle. The Trio punch is awesome for adding those little details that set your card apart!
I got to this point and thought hmmm the card needs something else. So I personalized the card just for Chelsea by using the rounded pennant die from Playful Pennants Framelits Dies (146352). I used Tuxedo Black Memento (132708) and the Pick a Pennant stamps (146499). This bundle is great for personalizing cards and you can get 10% off if you buy them together in the Pick a Pennant Bundle (148393). The letters are easy to use because they are photopolymer and you can see right where to stamp. I love photopolymer because they stick to the clear acrylic blocks so well. Stampin’ Up! has the 1 3/16″ x 1 1/4″ teeny tiny acrylic clear block (118487) that works great for tiny stamps like the letters in this set.
So now I challenge you to make a card using the pictures of the
bluebirds as your inspiration!
PS: Don’t forget to sign up at paperpumpkin.com by August 10th for your August kit! You can get your first Paper Pumpkin kit for 50% the regular price of $19.95. Then join me on August 23rd and every fourth Thursday for the new Paper Pumpkin Club. Bring your kit and we will work together on the surprise projects!
PSS: Don’t forget that now until August 31st Stampin’ Up! has Bonus Days where you can receive a $5 coupon for every $50 you buy. The coupons are good during the month of September and that is when the new Holiday Catalog is coming out. I have seen the catalog (awesome!) and preordered some great holiday stamp sets for us to use at next month’s Stamp Party on September 4th from 7-9pm. Put it on your calendar now and please come! My next event is August 25th 10-2pm. I will be demonstrating how to make your own DSP (Designer Series Paper).
I would appreciate feedback on what time/days work best for you to come. I am thinking of adding a daytime Stampin’ Party...what do you think?
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