Sunday, May 31, 2020

Free as a Bird for PP493

Happy Sunday! Time for a new creative challenge over at The Paper Players
This week, Jaydee is hosting our monthly Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. 
Check it out and play along with us! 
I love a good Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge! It’s so fun to use the options to inspire your creativity. For my card, I decided to use the row right down the center as my inspiration: Girly - Die-Cut - Friendship. There are SO many different options with this week’s challenge, which row will YOU choose? 
For my card, I decided to use the Free as a Bird stamp set because it has beautiful images and the sentiments are great for a card to send to a dear friend. I also really like this stamp set because it is so perfect to color with Stampin’ Blends markers. 

The stamp set also perfectly pairs with the Stitched Nested Labels Dies, which are very versatile and one of my favorite die sets. I’ve listed all of the measurements for this card below and there is also a supply list at the end of the post. 
Here’s a little story and I hope it gives you a chuckle. Do you see those fun details tied in the Linen Thread bow? That leaf and key come from the Bird Ballad Trinkets! I love these little accents but believe it or not, this is the first time I have used them. I think I just forgot about them in the drawers of my stamp studio. Sadly, they will be retiring in just a couple days, so I better get busy using them, right? They really make for a fun accent on a card, so if you love them as well, get them while you can. Just make sure not to lose them in your craft room. Haha! 
Card Measurements and Details: 
  • Rococo Rose Card Base - 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored at 4-1/4” 
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - 5-1/4” x 4” 
  • Whisper White Cardstock - 5-1/8” x 3-7/8”,  emboss with Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder
  • In Color Designer Series Paper - 5-1/8” x 1”
  • Whisper White Cardstock - scrap to die cut a 4-1/2” Stitched Nested Label, stamp image in Momento Ink and color with Stampin’ Blends, add Wink of Stella to flowers and branch to accent image
  • Crumb Cake Cardstock - scrap to die cut a 3-1/2” Stitched Nested Label, cut in half and adhere to either side of the Whisper White Stitched Nested Label Die
  • Gold Foil - die cut a scalloped border front he Ornate Frames Dies, trim to 5-1/8” and adhere behind the DSP
  • Rococo Rose Cardstock - scrap to die cut TWO of the “berry” sprigs from the Frosted Bouquet Dies
  • Granny Apple Green Cardstock - scrap to die cut TWO of the “leafy” branches from the Frosted Bouquet Dies, add Wink of Stella for added sparkle
  • Whisper White Cardstock  - 2-3/8” x 3/8”, stamp sentiment in Soft Suede Ink and trim each end at an angle
  • Linen Thread, Bird Ballad Trinkets, Metallic Pearls - to accent card
  • Whisper White Cardstock (inside card) - 5-1/2” x 4” 
  • In Color Designer Series Paper (inside card) - 1” x 4” 
Finally, a peek inside the card. I stamped a coordinating sentiment from the set and added some gingham DSP to coordinate from the front of the card.  

I hope you will join us this week over at The Paper Players and share your project for our Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. We’d love to see what you come up with! You can link up your project through Noon PST on Friday June 5th, 2020

Be sure to stop by and say hello to The Paper Players Design Team: 
Anne Marie Hile (that’s me!) 

Thanks for stopping by today! All of the products that I used on this card are listed below. You can click on any of the photos to go directly to my Stampin’ Up!® online store

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Have a HAPPY day today! 

Anne Marie

Please note that the following products listed below will be retiring and will only be available through June 2nd (or while supplies last):

  • Frosted Bouquet Dies
  • Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder
  • 2019-2021 In Color 6” x 6” Designer Series Paper
  • Bird Ballad Trinkets
Product List


  1. I couldn't wait to comment on this card, I love it so much! I am so happy this set did not retire! I love how you colored the birds, and the little accents are delightful. Yes, I have a whole bunch of stuff I "forget" about in my craft drawers too!

  2. This is layered in sweetness Anne Marie! I love those little berry branches tucked in and the gingham peeking out!

  3. Anne Marie, like LeAnne, i LOVE this card. The soft colors with all of that wonderful white space makes me so happy and really showcases how beautiful that focal image is. Your "found" trinkets are the perfect finishing touch. GORGEOUS card, my friend. Thanks for rocking the grid this week


  4. Lovely feminine card Anne Marie. I really like the Free as a Bird stamp set and I really like your blends colouring. I also like the strip of gingham on your inside panel, what a nice touch.

  5. You know I love all those sweet birds! The gingham, embossing and all those little leaves are so beautiful! Twine, pearls and little trinkets make me SMILE! Such a lovely card and full of fun elements! Have a great week, My Friend!

  6. Adorable! I just love that row of birds!!!

  7. Every detail of your card is perfection, Anne Marie! From those sweet birds to the layered dies and embossed background, to the layers of die cut branches at each end. And of course the found trinkets! I have definitely been eyeing this set in the new catalogue and your card may have pushed me over the edge LOL! As always, an amazing card! I hope you have a fabulous week!

  8. Such a great card! Love those little trinkets! Great mix of elements that all come together for the perfect card!

  9. Oh - this is wonderful and right up my alley! Love the layers - and that peek of gingham! Perfection!

  10. So sweet and feminine, Anne Marie! I love all of the layers and the delicious details you have added!

  11. So soft and pretty Anne Marie and my favourite set for a friendship card. Lovely!


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Anne Marie