Thursday, September 10, 2020

Stampin' Up! Birds & Branches Birthday Card for the Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Happy Inkin' Thursday blog hop. You're in for a treat if you have never visited before. It's a weekly challenge and this week we have a theme challenge.
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I used the Birds & Branches Stamp Set and Birds & More Dies to create my card. I have never used this bundle before so I'm entering my card in the NBUS #18 Challenge =  Never-Before-Used-Schtuff!.

I chose my varying colors of green and yellow for a new-found challenge at Color Hues. It's their first challenge so check them out if you have time, but first check out our hop or you'll get side tracked like me! I have a list of hoppers at the bottom. I can't wait to see what they have created!!

Back to the task at card for the hop challenge...

My card base is Soft Sea Foam. I embossed a mat of Just Jade with the 3d Tasteful Textile EF. The Mint Macaron piece is die cut using two dies from the Birds & More set. The mat behind the sentiment is cut, as is the sentiment panel, with dies from the Ornate Frames set.

I stamped the birds on Whisper White card stock using Soft Suede for the outline and So Saffron on the female and Daffodil Delight for the male. He is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. She is just tucked under the die cut with liquid glue.

The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthdays Stamp Set stamped in Mint Macaron on a scrap of Soft Sea Foam. That stamp set was introduced January 2019 so it's over a year old and I can play at Retro Rubber Challenge #143.

RRCB 143

For the inside...

I stamped another stamp from Itty Bitty Birthdays and the images from Birds & Branches on Whisper White and adhered it to a mat of Just Jade.

On the envelope back, I adhered a piece of DSP from Flowers for Every Season. I stamped a bird on the front.

I want to thank Lori Pinto for my card inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Akiko. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the other team members and their projects.

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Amy Koenders


Kristi Gray


Sue Prather

Karen Finkle  - you are here!

Akiko Sudano



Card Cuts for this project:

Base - 4 1/4" x 11" - scored and folded at 5 1/2"
Embossed Mat - 4" x 5 1/4"
Die Cut - 3 3/4" x 5"
Inner Mat - 4" x 5 1/4"

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  1. So pretty Karen ;) love how you placed your birds and your design The colors are perfect

  2. Cute card Karen! Love the colors and the layering under your sentiment is perfect. :)

  3. KAREN! I love your card. Beautiful. And you colored the birds so well....the male is generally much more colorful than the female. I love the soft greens too.

  4. Love the hue of green you chose for your focal color on this wonderful card. I love all the die-cutting which adds so much texture and interest. Love the wee bird peeking out from the branches of the circle. This came out really lovely! Thanks for being with us for our first challenge at Color Hues!

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy for leaving a comment on behalf of Color Hues.

  5. Such a pretty card and color choices are perfect.

  6. Oh - this is super pretty! Love all the textures - and the little peeking bird!! :)

  7. Both the front of the card and the inside are so lovely. Great how you incorporated the little bit of yellow for the male bird! Thank you for joining us at Retro Rubber!

    1. Thank you so much, Neva, for leaving a comment on behalf of Retro Rubber.

  8. Lovely, Karen! I like the way you've framed it so that the bird is peeking out from behind at his friend. That's a great die cut too - a keeper. Thanks for joining in with us again at Retro Rubber Challenge.

    1. Thank you so much, Jan, for your comment on behalf of RR.

  9. I love your adorable bird couple, Karen! The design is just fabulous with lots of texture and dimension! It would make a great anniversary card design, too. I wish I was disciplined like this and could remember to finish off the inside and envelope for a complete look! Thank you so much for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

    1. Thank you, Darnell. I'm not always that disciplined!

  10. This is so did I miss seeing this one? I love your shades of green and those pretty dies, but my favorite part is the BIRDS! Thanks for playing with our colors at Retro Rubber this week!

  11. Great layering! Love the pretty die for the circle piece. I am a sucker for a bird card! Thanks for joining in the fun at Retro Rubber this time Claire DT

    1. Thank you, Claire, for leaving a comment on behalf of RR.

  12. Nice the one with the birds. Thanks for joining Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.


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