Bird Banter

A couple of week ago Rob and I went to Vermont to see my sister.  The first morning I woke up I looked out the window and there were a ton of Cardinals in her tree.  I have never seen so many Cardinals in one place before and I counted at least 19 of them.  It was the most amazing thing and so beautiful.  Then I went downstairs and she had Blue Birds!  Rob and I have a couple of bird feeders out but all we get are little birds, Mourning Doves, big, giant, ugly Blue Jays and a lot of squirrels that we do our best to keep out of the feeders!

So, I asked my sister how she does it and she took me bird feeder and bird food shopping.  Blue Birds eat dried mealworms.  I do have to say they are disgusting to look at but I try not to think about that.  Cardinals like Black Oil Sunflower seeds.  Who knew different birds liked different food!  I came home armed to the teeth with all my new contraptions and bird food.  Two weeks have gone by.  Not a single Cardinal or Blue Bird to be seen!  Sigh.

I made this card using a new stamp set from the 2018 Occasions Catalog called Bird Banter.  I am not usually big on cute sets but I love this one.  It has a bunch of cute birds along with cute accessories to outfit the birds.  Even the saying are cute.  They are perfect to color using your Stampin’ Blends or Stampin’ Markers.  I know it is hard to see but I embossed the bottom of the card using the Celebration Duo.  Here is a close up of it:

Lastly, I added some of the Tutti-Fruitti Adhesive Backed Sequins.

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Happy Birthday, Sam

Celebrations Duo, Balloon Adventures, Celebrate Today, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com

Today is Sam’s birthday.  Sam is my middle son and the awesome father of Madelyn.  He is 33 years old.  Can you believe that?!!  I must have had him when I was 10 (ok, maybe 20).  Time sure flies.  He became a father before I could blink an eye!

I made this card using a new Embossing Folder in the Occasions catalog called Celebrations Duo.  It has two embossing folders.  The other one says Happy.  The thing that is different about these folders is, the deboss instead of emboss so the words are pressed into the cardstock.  To make this card I “debossed” the word celebrate first and then stamped the balloons over it.  See how the ink doesn’t go into the word?  It is so clever!

To make the background I took 3/4″ strips in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder and adhered them to a piece of cardstock.  I used Balloons from the Celebrate Today stamp set and Balloon Adventures.  The “You” is from Crazy About You.

Happy Birthday, Sam!  I love you and am so proud of you!

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A Masculine Birthday Card

Celebrations Duo, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, Stampin Up, susanstamps.wordpress.com

The 2017 Occasions Catalog has some really fun and different things in it.  First of all there is the Celebrations Duo Embossing Folders.  They deboss instead of emboss.  It is a little hard to tell by the picture but the outside of the letters press into the cardstock.  A normal embossing folder does the opposite.  This set has two words.  One is the “Happy” I used on this card and the other says Celebrate.

Another fun item in this catalog is the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.  This folder embosses deeper than most folders giving the card a 3D look.  It is thicker than regular embossing folders too so you don’t need to use a bottom plate with your Big Shot.

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