Every once in a while a stamp set comes along that totally resonates with you. That's what happened when I saw the lovely Free As A Bird set in the upcoming new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. I love the beautifully drawn images as well as the perfect selection of sentiments. This is a set I knew I wanted and I was stoked when it was among the pre-orders which we were allowed to make this month as Demonstrators for Stampin' Up!
The pretty flowers and leaves are part of the stamp set as is that gorgeous bird. Of course I had to look up "seed eating birds" for ideas of natural colours for my birds. Then came the onerous job of fussy-cutting. If I have one criticism, it is that the images don't have accompanying dies. Oh, yes, there is a die-set in the bundle which one can buy with a 10% savings, but those dies are elongated stitched hexagonals.
I don't usually go fancy with my backgrounds but it's difficult not to when one has a beautiful set of laser-cut cards. I couldn't resist the special tin designed for the Bird Ballad Suite. That's Mint Macaron cardstock behind the laser-cut design. I think it compliments the Balmy Blue which I used to watercolour my stitched circle very nicely, don't you?
For the little sentiments "banner" I used my Mint Macaron Stampin' Marker to add faux stitching after stamping "Congratulations" using Calypso Coral ink.
I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations by the Watercooler Artists over at our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.
I've entered my card into the following challenges:
Lemon Shortbread Challenge #94 - Anything Goes
Crafting From the Heart Challenge #243 - Anything Goes
Freshly Made Sketches Challenge #389 - A Sketch by Narelle