Monday, September 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink September 2017 Blog Hop

It's time for the monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop.  This is a chance for Papertrey's customers to show off our card making skills and share them with other customers and happens on the 25th of each month.  As soon as I saw Nichole's inspiration image this time around, I immediately thought of "Songbirds" Stamps and Dies.  I only have the dies.  The stamps have been on my wish list for a long time but I've always had other sets that I want more so I haven't gotten that set yet. I think it will be a lot of fun to see how many others thought of the same set.

I studied the inspiration image for a little while and decided that I also needed a few images from "Spruce & Sprigs" and some others from "Gran's Garden" Stamp Sets to create my card. Last week's Make It Monday at Papertrey Ink featured this exact idea; mixing floral elements from a few different sets. While I had my card done last week, I made it specifically for the Blog Hop so I couldn't link up to last week's challenge.  We left town on Thursday afternoon and just returned home yesterday afternoon so I didn't have time to make a second card.

When I am stamping, I like to use the negative as a place holder in my MISTI to stamp these images so I cut two batches of each group of coordinating dies found here and here (my dies are still attached to each other as of this moment) so that I could have them ready when trying to figure out my arrangement. I always use Stamper's Select White Cardstock for this. I also cut a couple of the birds, three of the branches, and two of the plain backers for the birds from Pure Poppy, Olive Twist and True Black Cardstock respectively. To stamp the white and yellow sprigs, I used Brilliance Ink in Pure Platinum and Galaxy Gold. You would never know the white sprigs are stamped unless you saw them up close, but it's okay because that was what I was going for. I only used the little pods (stamped in Brilliance Rocket Red and Papertrey's Scarlet Jewel) from Gran's Garden and nothing else although originally I had intended to use the leaves. The leafy branches from Songbirds Dies have the stitch lines in the leaves and I thought they were a better match to the little cut outs on the birds. As you can see, I also only ended up using one of the birds.


The Songbirds banner was die cut from some gold and white music print paper I have and has the words, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave" which fits in with the whole theme of Songbirds. I lined the die up on the paper so that the words would be on the banner.  

I played around with all of the elements until I got an arrangement that was pleasing to the eye and then mounted everything on a background panel of True Black Cardstock that had been die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte. I adhered that panel to a top folding card base made from Pure Poppy Cardstock for maximum visual impact. I've always loved Olive, Red and White together so tying in the neutral black was super easy. I also cut a white stitched rectangle for the inside of the card.    

Once I got finished with my card, I had to go back and add one small touch.  Can you find it? It's not the trees in the background although that is new, too! Thanks for stopping by today.  Have fun visiting all the wonderful projects that you'll find over at the Papertrey Blog!

25 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! I did think of this set first, and wanted to make a Christmas card, but just couldn't seem to figure out how to do it, so did something else. But you achieved what I wanted to do, and did it wonderfully!

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  2. So pretty! Love the beautiful red bird and music note strip of paper! Adds a nice touch! Happy hopping!

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  3. Oh Vicki, I LOVE all the die cuts! Beautiful! Gotta give a nod to your staging too, WOW!

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  4. Wonderful card Vicki...love that little bird and that strip of music paper is terrific. Cheers.

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  5. You've selected the perfect birdie for your charming holiday card! I need to add the Songbird set to my stash. Also nice touch to ground your florals/songbird on a music banner...love it. 😁

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  6. A beautiful layering of die cut sprigs and your red bird is lovely!

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  7. What a fantastic idea! I love your card design and how you created something for Christmas. Your red song bird with the stems and florals is wonderful.

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  8. Vicki, what a beauty and it's a Christmas card! One day I might get that songbird... I have always loved it!

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  9. This is so pretty! I love it Vicki!

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  10. Such a nice use of the colors and layout. I kind of forgot about that cute little bird. Will have to dig him out and use him.

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  11. Oh wow, really beautiful! Love the touch of red sequins. All your die cuts work so well together!

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  12. Vicki, I love that color combo, too. Lovely card!

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  13. Vicki, this is a beautiful Christmas card! Well done!

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  14. Stunning using that DIES and stamp
    Love love love this Vicki
    I want to have this on my post Box
    soo so adorable
    see you maybe on my PTI card
    hugs from Germany
    Monika

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  15. Lovely, lovely card Vicki...especially that GORGEOUS red bird! And lovely staging too! And congrats on the shout out on FB with this card...well deserved! :0)

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  16. How pretty! Love your greenery and the darling bird!

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  17. This is just gorgeous! Beautiful design!

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  18. Songbirds has been on my wish list for so long and you used it beautifully!

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  19. Beautiful card, Vicki. Love the Song Bird and the mix of flowers is stunning!

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  20. I thought of the Songbird too but your design just knocks it out of the park! Beautiful card.

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous colors and design! Clever to use the Christmas music paper and the red sequins add the needed bling!

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  22. Vicki, congratulations on your win! Your blog posts are so detailed, and your photo staging is fabulous. This card is my favorite and love every. single. detail. Did you add WOS to the pod leaves? I have loved Songbirds but like you others keep bumping it...but now I see how well you can use the dies only. The Christmas lyrics banner is perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! I didn't use WOS because I used Brilliance Pearlescent Inks but I normally use Shimmer Mist on everything unless it's for a guy.

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  23. Beatific card Vicki, congrats on your win at PTI

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