Pick A Pennant and Spot The Birdie for PP398

by Joanne James17. June 2018 09:00


Hello everyone! Did you miss me? My extended blogging break wasn't anticipated. I have had a few big things on of late: a girly weekend, a thirteenth birthday to prepare for and celebrate and I was performing in Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat along with the youngest of my James Juniors on Friday evening. Add to that a persistent knee injury from running that finally resulted in me needing an extended course of physiotherapy to put right, along with a spell of single parenting and well, as you can probably tell, family and school life has somewhat got in the way! I still held a couple of wonderful launch parties to welcome the arrival of the new catalogue, my class schedule is uninterrupted and I have been finalising the details for my next 2 retreats (I will blog these another time but meanwhile you can read all about them here) but blogging has had to take something of a back seat.

However, today is Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! I'm a little late but here nevertheless! It's the turn of the marvellous Jaydee to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for you to work with:


Thank heavens this week was clean and simple - although I must confess I had a couple of aborted attempts in order to achieve today's card - not enough time spent in my craft room, methinks! I eventually settled on a bright and colourful thank you card  - take a look:


I decided to go with a thank you card (we always need those, right?!) and some bright and colourful banners courtesy of the 'Pick a Pennant' stamp set and this week's challenge colours over at Just Add Ink featuring amongst others the new vibrant Granny Apple Green - love it! Now I know the challenge is 'clean and simple - birds' and there's only one feathered friend present amongst all those banners, but he's there and so I'm hoping that counts! I stamped my banners directly onto my one layer card, stamping the backgrounds off once to better highlight the patterns, whilst fussy cutting my bird and bows as I'm still waiting for my framelits to arrive.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. Today's card really is clean and simple - stamps, ink and paper: the 3 things Stampin' Up! do best!

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

I can't wait to see your clean and simple creations and look forward to visiting your blogs this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly. I'll be back as soon as I can with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 


Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (9) -

Kim Badelt
Kim BadeltAustralia
18/06/2018 12:38:26 #

The bright banners look really cheerful criss crossing the page Joanne, and I love the little blue bird you have perfectly placed to lead the eye to your sentiment. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.


Jan M
Jan MAustralia
19/06/2018 14:22:02 #

Such a fabulous clean and simple thank you card, Joanne! Your fussy cut bird and bows highlight your sentiment banner so beautifully and I love how the patterns and banners flow across the page. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.


sandymUnited States
20/06/2018 12:37:25 #

Joanne, I love this! The colors are gorgeous, and the banners are so fun. So much fabulousness on an almost one layer card!


Chantell Randall
Chantell RandallAustralia
20/06/2018 15:40:51 #

So cute - and lovely to see this stamp set used.  I think it's very versatile.  Chantell Just Add Ink


LaurieUnited States
20/06/2018 18:50:16 #

You sure sound busy! But busy is good especially when it's fun. Your card is fun too..love those banners and cute lil bird!!!


jaydeeUnited States
22/06/2018 03:38:18 #

Joanne, let me discuss the card first!   These colors are my favorite color palette - even though I grew up hearing that "blue and green should never be seen".... frankly, Mom, in this case you were wrong Smile  I love these colors together and I love your little birdies on a wireSmile  Fabulous take on the challenge!

I hope your knee is feeling better!  Joseph.... really!  How talented you are!   I hope you find some time to relax and recuperate, my friend


Annie A.
Annie A.United States
22/06/2018 13:17:02 #

I think your card is sweet and fun and one of my favorite color combos too!  I hope your knee is feeling better! Hugs, Annie


Claire Grantham
Claire GranthamUnited States
22/06/2018 14:33:12 #

I love your card, because I know I would not have the patience to stamp those beautiful banners. Love your cute little birdie on the banners. Cx


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
23/06/2018 13:38:59 #

Oh my, Joanne!  You have had your hands full.  So happy you were able to take your girls trip!  I am very sorry to hear about your knees.  Lots of running in my 30's resulted in double knee replacement for me!  UGGGG  Take card of yourself!  I would have loved to see you and your son perform in the play!  Such a special time together!  Great memories being made!
This card is adorable!  All those banners to celebrate and the color combo is perfect!  Your little birdie is so proud to shout thank you!  Have a wonderful weekend, My Friend!  Rest and Relax!  XX


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