Free As A Bird for PP445

by Joanne James9. June 2019 09:00

I've had a busy few days with the launch of the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and lots going on in the world of the James family and no time to blog, however today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Playersso here I am! It's the turn of the fabulous Anne-Marie to host this week and she has a colour challenge for you to work with:


Anne Marie's palette choice includes three of my favourite colours and I couldn't wait to create with them this week! Using this week's Freshly Made Sketches layout I decide to go for a fresh and summery card featuring the gorgeous new stamp set from the Bird Ballad Suite - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

I stamped the birds from the 'Free As A Bird' stamp set and coloured them with my Stampin' Blends and added a sentiment from the same set to a stitched rectangle in Highland Heather. I also added a  piece of Highland Heather gingham paper behind to add a hint of contrasting colour and some texture to the base using the Subtles embossing folder. I'm not sure if you can get purple birds with yellow tummies, but I guess when they are being coloured, anything goes!  

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. 

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!

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day; I will be spending mine getting some jobs done and preparing for the busy week ahead: tomorrow is the first of this month's card classes and the oldest of the James Juniors has 3 performances of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'CATS' to perform in at school this week (she is playing the role of Gus, the Theatre Cat). We also have cricket, summer hockey, a visit from my parents, 3 birthdays and Father's Day this week amongst other things - I think it's going to be a busy one! I'll be back tomorrow with another project featuring these feathered friends, so do pop by and take a look. Until then, enjoy your day and happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

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

Comments (9) -

LaurieUnited States
6/9/2019 12:20:20 PM #

Your row of birds is so sweet! I love how you added the sentiment too.


Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
6/9/2019 4:38:07 PM #

Just beautiful Joanne! Your shading on the little birds is beautiful and they look great with this trio of colors. Sounds like you have a busy week ahead! Hopefully you can squeeze in a little crafty time for you. Hugs!


Wanda Cullen
Wanda CullenUnited States
6/9/2019 6:27:38 PM #

I really love this bird image and you have totally rocked it with these fab colors!


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
6/9/2019 9:36:02 PM #

These sweet birds are gorgeous in any combination but your pretty colouring has really made them 'sing'! The little hint of the stripe peeking out from behind the panel really picks out the purples in the birds. Lovely, as always.


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
6/10/2019 12:18:46 PM #

Fun little card, I love your yellow and purple birdies!  That's the thing about art and can make things whatever color you want!  The little gingham peeking out from the sides is perfect too!


Kim S
Kim SUnited States
6/10/2019 1:53:32 PM #

That's such a sweet stamp!  Gorgeous colors - I love the bit of patterns on the edges. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
6/10/2019 7:56:02 PM #

Joanne, this is so pretty!  I love ALL that gorgeous yellow!  The gingham background is just perfect to help showcase your lovely birds!  Great way to use these colors!  WOW---you are super busy!  ENJOY your parents, the performances and birthday's!  XXX


Lee Ann Barrett
Lee Ann BarrettUnited States
6/11/2019 12:56:29 AM #

Those birds are so adorable!  And they really work well with the color palette from Paper Players.  Your twine is the perfect touch!  Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
6/14/2019 8:59:12 PM #

Absolutely stunning, Joanne! The Daffodil Delight cardstock provides such a cheery base.  Your coloring is spot on. Way to rock the challenge colors!


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