Friday 18 September 2020

A little bird told me...

Hello, crafting friends!

I do love a bird and find it hard to resist bird stamps (well, vultures not so much, but small garden birds yes!) The cute birds on today's birthday card are from Stampin' Up's Birds and Branches and they're getting their first outing today.

The card started with stamping the branch and leaves several times onto a card panel. I added a sponging of Tumbled Glass distress ink round the edges of the panel to draw the eye into the centre.

Next came the birds. I stamped the solid image in pale yellow, then the detailed image in blue ink. I tried stamping the wings and cutting them out separately but felt they looked a bit clunky, so I stamped the wing over my stamped bird images and much preferred the effect. 

The 'wishing you a happy' part of the sentiment is from Silver Bells by WPlus9 and the 'Birthday' from MFT's From Me To You - stamped using a stamping platform. Finally, I gave the birds details with markers before glueing them to the panel. I like they way the appear to be regarding the sentiment with surprise and delight!

I'm joining in with We Love Chocolate Baroque where the theme is Wings with an Anything Goes option. To celebrate its move to a new home, the challenge is doing Tuesday give-aways this month so do come and play along! I'm also sharing this card at the NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) Challenge and linking up with Seize The Birthday, choosing the Anything Goes option.

I walked with my eldest son last week in beautiful wild marshland near where he lives. It was a warm evening with a glorious sunset and as we walked, two flocks of geese passed overhead in formation, filling the air with their honking cries. I was so certain that was the end of the summer and that autumn would follow swiftly but here we are enjoying another week of late summer sunshine. Thanks to Mother Nature, outdoor living is still a thing and our social lives are still revolving around walks and picnics in the fresh air - now that's something to be grateful for!

Sending hugs,


  1. I love your card, Vicky! I like bird stamps too, your added details are beautiful!

  2. A really super design with a lovely subtle background and great images, love the colours of the birds. Thank you for joining our 'Wings/Anything Goes challenge at We Love Chocolate baroque.

    Kath x

  3. It looks as though they are having a conversation,brilliant stamped images in gorgeous colours a wonderful card

  4. What a delight your card is Vicky, it has a lovely airy feel to it and I could almost be persuaded Spring is in the air(ahhhhh I wish).

    I am so pleased you gave your stamps their fist inking to join us at We Love Chocolate Baroque, thank you so much.

    As for honking Geese, we have flocks of Canada Geese living a field or two away and they gravitate between the lakes there and those on the golf course and fill the air with their flight and noise.

    Have a good weekend Vicky,

    B x

  5. What a lovely summertime card. Your birds are wonderful and I like the sponged element.

    The continued good weather certainly is something to be grateful for.

    Hug x

  6. This is so pretty Vicky!! I would never think to start off a bird with yellow but they look so natural with this colour combo and the layering is incredible. COVID may have affected a lot of things in our lives but I too am grateful that it didn't affect Mother Nature and that life is still going on in the world and our gardens. I love walking with my kids, we don't do it as often as when they were little (Phoebe is 15 and Max 13) but when we do a cherish it as the conversations are everything!!!

  7. What a gorgeous card, Vicki! The birds look truly delightful, reminding me of warm summer and spring (its rainy approaching winter here). Thank you very much for joining us at the Seize the Birthday challenge!

  8. This is such a lovely card, beautiful birds and branches Vicky. HOw wonderful to enjoy a special day with your son.
    Faith x

  9. I always love your birds, Vicky, and these are so beautifully done!

  10. What a delightful card Vicky, super choice of colours too - many thanks for joining us at We Love Chocolate Baroque Challenge xxxxx

  11. You totally transformed this image with your ability to color in an image ~ wonderful birthday card ~ Nice that you were able to enjoy the outdoors on a visit with your son too.


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