Festive Birds of a Feather for PP467

by Joanne James10. November 2019 09:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the fabulous Claire to host this week and she has a great colour challenge for you to work with:


I decided I would make another Christmas card for my stash using this week's colours using the cute 'Birds of a Feather' stamp set - take a look:


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

I did some layering onto my card base with a piece of Bermuda Bay DSP (this is last year's design but a current one would work just as well), along with a strip of retired glimmer paper for a pop of sparkly green, before my stitched rectangle. I did take a liberty here and used a piece of Pool Party; my birds were originally stamped on Whisper White, but the finished result was too 'white' so I fussy cut my birds and then paper-pieced two of them into a couple of outlines stamped directly onto the Pool Party rectangle, which works much better. The last birdy I popped up on dimensionals between the other two. Each of them was coloured with my Stampin' Blends and whilst it's difficult to see in the photo, I gave the fur on their Santa hats a liberal dose of clear Wink of Stella for some extra sparkle and shine. I added a couple of Granny Apple green glitter enamel dots and inked my partial sentiment with my Stampin' Write markers. I completed my sentiment by adding the last line inside my card, along with a trio of masked outlined birdies:


I was pleased with the finished card, until it occurred to me that there are four in the James 'flock' not three, and whilst I think odd numbers look better than even on a card front, it might make the recipient think we have reduced in numbers as the year has progressed! What to do? I think I need to add another birdie to the front of my envelope at least for the avoidance of doubt!! 

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; we have a day of homework and housework and the arrival of the muddy kit as the boys return from their rugby tour to York. Thankfully the weather stayed dry when it counted and all matches were played without incident. Alas the same couldn't be said for the female counterparts of Year 8, who were on a hockey tour to Wales this weekend and had play stopped yesterday afternoon due to - heavy SNOW!! It looks like winter has well and truly arrived here in the UK this week.

I'll be back tomorrow 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 (11) -

Donna Wakefield
Donna WakefieldUnited States
11/10/2019 7:24:54 PM #

Well, that is just the cutest flock of birds. I just ordered this set. I would not have thought to do them in blue colors. Thanks for the inspiration.


LaurieUnited States
11/10/2019 7:37:48 PM #

Those birds are SOOO cute! What a great job using the challenge colors.


Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
11/10/2019 7:58:25 PM #

I love this! The colours are fabulous and the birds just so mischievous and fun. I can't recall ever having seen that stamp before, so had to go away and look the set up!


Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
11/11/2019 10:26:24 PM #

Haha! This set wasn't on my list at all Jan until Rebecca was helping my pack some customer orders and she saw it and wanted it for the chicken holding the love heart. She nagged me so much I gave in so I thought the Christmas bird would be perfect for this challenge.


Windy Ellard
Windy EllardUnited States
11/11/2019 1:23:58 AM #

This card made me smile. Love the trio of Christmas birds and the bit of bling you added with the glimmer paper.


Su Mohr
Su MohrUnited States
11/11/2019 5:50:28 PM #

Joanne, you made those birds look so, so cute! I'm sure they love showing off in these colors!


Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
11/11/2019 11:38:46 PM #

Every detail on your card makes me smile!  The birds are so adorable in their hats, the polka dots, the gold shimmer and the Wink of Stella!  The inside is super fun, too!  You certainly made my color palette shine!  This card makes me SMILE!  XXX


Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
11/12/2019 5:34:15 PM #

What an adorable trio of tweeters! This set had never caught my attention until this card. What a perfect use of the challenge colors!  LOVE it!


LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
11/13/2019 2:59:47 AM #

Oh my, this is just so cute!  I glossed over this set, not realizing how cute it would be!  It looks great with the challenge colors...anyone would love getting this in the mail!


jaydeeUnited States
11/15/2019 5:32:46 PM #

OK... I had completely missed this set - but am in love with it!  Your little birdies are so dapper in these fun colors.  The little tough of gold is perfect.
Fabulous card, Joanne.


Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
11/16/2019 4:14:38 AM #

Joanne, all I could say when I first saw your card was "awww". This is too cute! Love your little bird trio and that simple pop of glimmer paper is the perfect touch. Adorable!


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