NEW Bird Ballad Suite Friendship Cards

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I had so much fun on my Facebook LIVE today!  I shared two completely different projects and both were sneak peeks!  The first pair of projects I shared are the focus of today's post!  They feature the new Bird Ballad suite of products from the upcoming 2019-2020 Catalog, and Stampin' Up! has told us that this suite will coordinate beautifully with the awesome May Paper Pumpkin Kit designed by Shelli Gardner!
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Bird Ballad Suite Friendship Cards

Soft spring colors, pretty florals and beautiful birds are the themes for the NEW Bird Ballad Suite, as well as the May Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit!  When I opened my pre-order of new catalog products this week, I was immediately drawn to this suite and knew I'd be creating with these products first!  

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Background Basics—I started with a Petal Pink vertically-folded card base: 4-1/4" x 11", scored at the 5-1/2" mark.  I adhered a 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" piece of the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper to a 4-1/4" x 2-3/4" piece of Soft Suede cardstock, then mounted it onto the bottom of the cardstock with SNAIL Adhesive.

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Texture & Trim—I stamped the little leaves image from Free As A Bird cling stamp set in Petal Pink on the top of the card front, positioned so that the leaves would peek around the edges of the focal point.  Next, I tied some of the NEW Scallop Lace Trim around the card front into a double-knot and trimmed the ends.

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Nested Dies—I was excited to play with the NEW Nested Stitched dies, which are the first of the brand new, non-Sizzix dies that Stampin' Up! is offering!  I love the dotted border and I was happy that the dies ran through the machine smoothly and the die-cuts were clean and easy to remove.  I'm loving the cool shape of these dies, too!  There are 8 different sizes, along with a straight dotted border die for accents. I'm calling it another Instant Classic and a must-have for your collection!

Beautiful Birds—I stamped the Free As a Bird sentiment across the bottom of the shape in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then stamped the large bird image across the top, focusing on the three birds on the end of the branch. 

I used Stampin' Blends Markers to color in the image:

  • Soft Suede Duo for the branch.
  • Old Olive Duo for the leaves.
  • Pool Party Dark for the blossoms.
  • Petal Pink Duo for the bird bodies.
  • Calypso Coral Light for the bird heads.

Finishing Touches—I colored three Rhinestone Jewels with Bermuda Bay Dark Blends Markers and floated them around the background leaves.

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Two Cool—My second card begins with a vertical Pool Party card base.  I selected a different Bird Ballad DSP pattern for the bottom and mounted it on the same Soft Suede layer.  
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Delightful Details—This time, I colored the birds with Pool Party Blends Makers and Light Bermuda Bay heads. The flowers are colored with Light Mango Melody to mach the flowers in the DSP.  The background stamping is with Pool Party ink and the Rhinestones where colored with the Mango Melody marker.

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4 thoughts on “NEW Bird Ballad Suite Friendship Cards”

  1. What beautiful cards! I love this new bundle and you have used it beautifully. The Subtles are my favorite colors so these really made me happy. You have helped me remember that I do not always have to make a complicated card, for it to be beautiful.

  2. Fell in love with the sweet bird cards you just did. The new Stitched Nestie Labels are a must to try. Love job!!

  3. I think I’m in love. I can’t wait to see the paper pumpkin kit and then decide what I can’t live without!


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