A Christmas Card for the Birds — FabFri31

It’s another Fab Friday!  And we have a great sketch challenge for you this time around.

I always forget that the For the Birds stamp set has a cute Christmas stamp.  So I pulled it out for this card.

Christmas Bird


Go by the Fab Friday site and check out what the other designers made.  And then make your own card and join us in the gallery.  We’d love to check out your creations too!

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds
Ink:  Staz-on Black, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Silver Encore
Paper:  Whisper White, Season of Style dsp
Embellishments:  Silver 1/8″ Ribbon, Essentials Hardware Clips, Needlepoint Border embossing folder

A Wagon Full of Birthday Wishes

Wagon Full of Birthday Wishes

I tell you — this Gingham Garden dsp just makes me happy.  I love the patterns, and the colors are so bright and cheery.  I hadn’t watercolored in a long time, so I pulled out one of the few sets I still have which are made for watercoloring.  I used a blender pen and my ink pads to do the coloring.

Enjoy your Friday!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Soft Sky, StazOn Black
Paper:  Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Gingham Garden dsp, SU Watercolor paper
Embellishments:  Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Island Indigo Baker’s Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Bells & Birds — FabFri08

I was recently asked to join the Fab Friday Challenge Blog design team.  It’s a relatively new challenge blog, and there are some really great stampers that are on this team.  I was honored to be asked and excited to join.  So every other Friday, a new challenge is posted on the blog.  Come by and play along!  I’d love to see what you do with the challenges!

This week’s challenge is a color challenge, and there are lots of colors to work with.  I keep forgetting that there is a cute Christmas stamp in the For the Birds set, so when I remembered recently, I knew I wanted to use it for this challenge.  I used my markers to color in the image.

Bells & A Bird

I bought a package of red, glittery bells at a Christmas clearance sale last year and stashed them away for this Christmas.  Of course, I forgot all about them until my little one found them the other day and was jingling away throughout the house.  For once, I was thankful that she was digging in stuff she wasn’t supposed to be.

Enjoy your Friday!  Don’t forget to go over to the Fab Friday challenge blog to see what the rest of the team did with the challenge this week, and play along with us.  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds
Ink:  Real Red, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, StazOn Black
Paper:  Pool Party, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Snow Festival dsp
Embellishments:  Pool Party 1/2″ Seam Binding ribbon, Pool Party Baker’s Twine, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Large Scallop edgelits die, jingle bell (non-SU)

I Still Love to Color

One of the main reasons why I loved the For the Birds set in the catalog when it first came out was because it has images that you can watercolor.  I have always loved to color and I still do.  There’s something that is so relaxing and calming about coloring.

I made this card using this week’s sketch over at the Retrosketches site.

I got the color combination straight from the Color Coach.  I find that I use that helpful tool quite a bit, as it provides suggested color combinations for each color.  Plus, I use it a lot to just see what different color combinations would look like together.

Color Coach - International Edition - by Stampin' Up!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds, Sweet Essentials
Ink:  Real Red, Lucky Limeade, Marina Mist, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue
Paper:  Summer Starfruit, Real Red, Polka Dot Parade, Watercolor paper
Embellishments:  Summer Starfruit 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Subtles Designer buttons, Pearls Basic Jewels

Birds from my Sweet Up-Line

I feel blessed to have such a sweet up-line.  She achieved some amazing goals this past year in her business (so proud of her) and she recently gave me the For the Birds stamp set, which has been on my wish list since the new catalog came out, for reaching one of my goals.  Thank you, Amy!  So when I made my first card with this set, I had her in mind.

I used this sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches site for my layout.


Have a great day, and thanks for visiting!

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  For the Birds
Ink:  StazOn Black, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, watercolor paper, Floral District dsp
Embellishments:  Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Brights designer buttons, Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine