Free as a Bird Bundle for #GDP285 and FMS401

Free as a Bird Bundle

This stamp set and the Stitched Nested Label Dies are gorgeous, and I’ve used it for these two challenges.  I’ve also created a card with this set for another challenge, which will be posted tomorrow.  

Jumping right in, let’s look at the challenge banners:


Here’s the inside and outside of the card I created:


Easy Peasy Card

The Freshly Made Sketches challenges just beg to have clean and simple cards created.  Sometimes I have a real problem with that, but I did not today, and the Global Design Project sweet color combination just seemed to work with FMS.

My card really follows the sketch very closely.  The smaller offset circle comes from the In Color 2019 – 2021 DSP for the Rococo Rose.  The larger Mint Macaron circle comes from the Subtles DSP set.  Both circles have been outlined with their respective inks by lightly rolling the circles in their respective colors.  I decided to use Mint Macaron for the card base, topped by a layer of Whisper White, which I ran through the Subtle 3D folder.  I know I have used it a lot already, but the texture allows the whole card to have much needed white space without it being bland. After I ran the white through the Big Shot, I outlined it using the Rococo Rose ink pad.  I like the way the outlining creates a clean edge without adding bulk, so I tend to do it quite frequently.

Instead of using the triple leaf punch for this card, I chose to use sprig punch.  I already had a scrap piece of Mint Macaron stamped with the dots in Mint Macaron, so that’s what I used.

Easy Peasy Coloring with the Stamping Blends

I judged the size of the Stitched Nested Label Die by the height of the bird stamp.  She fits perfectly right inside this while allowing room for the simple sentiment, also from Free as a Bird.  I colored her using the So Saffron and Crumb Cake blends combos.  She is standing on a kind of sloppy patch created by the Mint Macaron blends combo.  I like the on purpose sloppiness and think a solid patch of Mint Macaron would be too much ink for this clean card.

As I tend to do, I colored in the stitches in the ditch using the Rococo Rose marker and thought I was finished.  Then I realized I wanted just a hint of So Saffron outlining the label, so I gently tapped each side into the ink pad.  

Time to Assemble

Assembly was easy peasy.  Everything is glued down using the Tombow liquid adhesive except the label, which sits on dimensionals for depth.  

I wanted to add just a little something something, and I remembered I have the In Color Faceted Dots.  Three of those for across the top, and I really wanted to add something down in the right corner of the label.  Thankfully, I had a Mint Macaron Faceted Dot from the Share What You Love suite.  

The card was then mounted on a white card base.  I wanted a sentiment on the inside, but did not want it just floating in space.  Therefore, I stamped another bird in So Saffron and then stamped the sentiment in the Momento Tuxedo Black, which is what I used to stamp the bird on the front.

Finishing Touches

As always, I finished by decorating the envelope.  I used a piece of the Rococo Rose DSP for the envelope flap.  Then, I stamped and colored a bird on the lower, left corner of the front of the envelope.  With that, I was done.

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


You Know You Want to…….

If you would like to order the bundle, stamp set, and/or punches,  and live in the U.S.,  please use the icon above to be connected to my store.  With just a few simple supplies, you, too, can create fabulous cards.   I would be honored to help you do so.  For example, check out this all-inclusive kit: Notes of Kindness Card Kit, item # 148266 ($35.00).  The only thing you need to add is a Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad (item # 132708, $6.00) and some Tombow liquid adhesive (item # 110755, $4.00).  One kit, 20 cards, 5 of each of 4 designs.  Check it out!  

pink and green leaf kit


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Wednesday was a HUGE day for Stampin’ Up!  Not only did the Holiday Catalog go live for customers, the Buy 3, get 1 Free DSP sale from the annual catalog starts!  I already have my FOUR sets of DSP picked out!  Get yours now!  


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Supply list:

Free as a Bird bundle, item # 151123


Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

Stitched Nested Label dies, item # 149638

2019 – 2021 In Color DSP, item # 149617

Sprig Punch, item # 148012

2-1/4 Circle punch, item # 143720

Mint Macaron cardstock, item #  138337

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Rococo Rose ink pad, item #  150080

So Saffron ink pad, item #  147109

Mint Macaron ink pad, item #  147106

Momento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item #  132708

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Crumb Cake blends combo, item #  144601

Mint Macaron blends combo, item # 147283

2019 – 2021 In Color Faceted Dots, item # 149607

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item #   110755

Dimensionals, item # 104430






A New (to Me) Challenge: Colour Inkspirations #159

Somewhere Along the Line

I came across this card posted on FaceBook by Stampincronelia – Corine van Wijk for the Colour Inkspiration Card Challenge, #159.  Obviously it’s been around for a long time, but Corine’s stunning card using the colors were a fabulous combination.   Therefore,  I did some searching and found the challenge information on Facebook.  ci#159’s color combination is Seaside Spray, Smokey Slate, Early Espresso, and Very Vanilla.  Gorgeous colors and the combination is stunning.  

At first, I thought that I would use this colors to create a sympathy card, which I think are difficult to create.  Instead, I decided to use the Colorful Seasons bundle, especially the “just breathe” sentiment.  The card I created follows:


The Elements

I went through all kinds of ideas, and first thought I wanted to create a window flap card.  However, the retired Smokey Slate DSP is one of my all time favorite DSPs and I am getting low on the color choices left in my stash.  Finally, I decided on a faux window card.  The top piece of Smoky Slate cardstock was first run through the Subtle TIEF, and then cropped using the largest square in the Stitched Shapes die set.  My dimensionals got a workout for this card because I popped the top cardstock up from the DSP panel.  This same set of dimensionals also allowed the whole front to be popped up from the Whisper White cardstock.

I stamped the sentiment in Early Espresso on Very Vanilla and then cropped it using the Rectangle Stitched die set.  I also cropped the branch from Early Espresso using the Seasonal Layers die set.  Once again, dimensionals added the depth I wanted for the sentiment.

The final color, Seaside Spray, in my mind, was always going to be for the flowers.  Originally, I had just four flowers on the front, but the even number bothered my sense of balance.  The fifth flower did not quite fit, which explains why I cropped it off the side.  I thought I still needed something, so I added the new In Color Faceted Dots to the center of the flowers and for the dot on the “j”.

Life is a Beautiful Thing, Even with Happy Accidents

For some reason, the inside sentiment did not want to stamp well at all.  Thankfully, I used my Stamparatus so I could stamp multiple times until I liked the result.  However, a problem arose when I microscopically moved the card and my final stamp was just barely off.  I’d already glued the DSP on the bottom of the inside and had attached the front to the white cardstock.  What to do?  My happy accident created a beautiful focal point on the inside.  I cropped a piece of Smoky Slate using the same large square die from Stiched Shapes.  Then I just had to repeat the stamping process, again using my Stamparatus.

Finally, I decorated the envelope using the flowers and branch from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  

When I started writing this blog post, I realized I would just need to change the sentiments and this could be a sympathy card.  I will remember this card next time I need one.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  

Have a Peachy Day!



Colorful Seasons stamp set – #143726     

Seasonal Layers – #143751

2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots – #149607

Stamparatus – #146276

Whisper White Medium Envelopes – # 107301

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