Thursday, September 15, 2011

Put a Bird on It!

Hello Stampers! 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I appreciate all of my loyal customers and readers! 

Yesterday, after I posted here, I took the day off from stamping and spent the day with my new little granddaughter Allie.  She's just a little over 2 weeks old and seems so tiny to me.  She's not small for her age... she weighs almost 8 1/2 pounds now... but seems tiny in comparison to my strapping two-year-old twin grandsons.  She is such a sweetheart!  But today, it is back to stamping, stamping, stamping as I prepare for upcoming stamping parties and classes.  I hope I'll see you soon at one of my events!

I'm not much of a television fan, unless you count Home and Garden Television.  I don't watch the shows that everyone else watches and really have no idea of what is new this fall on TV.  Since I live in the Portland area, I've heard of the show Portlandia (but never watched a single episode) and the now-famous line "Put a bird on it!"  Apparently, something is considered "art" if it has a bird on it.  So today I have a very "artsy" card for you, because it has a bird on it!

Take a look...

This cute little guy is another one of the a la carte (individual) stamps that you find in that section of the big Stampin'Up! Idea Book and Catalog, beginning on page 17. The name of this stamp is Young Vermillion and he sells for only $7.95.  I'm thinking that Vermillions must be reddish in color, but I've decided that for today he's going to be brown.  Do we have Vermillions in Oregon?  Maybe one of you who is into birds can inform me.  Anyway, isn't he cute?  I knew the minute I saw him that this young Vermillion and this old stamper were going to become good friends.  I can see using him on cards for many different seasons and occasions.  Stamped in Early Espresso, like he is here, I can see him on Christmas cards as well.

Although my style is clean and classic, I do like the vintage style as well, as long as it is not too over-the-top with embellishments and torn and wrinkled paper that looks like it was picked out of the wastebasket. I think this card has the best of the vintage style, without the look of recycled trash. 

I started with a base card of Crumb Cake cardstock (formerly known as Kraft cardstock).  On top of that is a panel of Baja Breeze that I ran throught the Big Shot with the Finial Press embossing folder.  Next we have another layer of Crumb Cake and it was put through my Paper Crimper to give the look of corrugated cardboard.  Finally, we have Mr. Young Vermillion stamped in Early Espresso on Baja Breeze and punched out with the 2 3/8 inch Scallop Punch.This focal element is popped up from the surface of the card with a few dimensionals (sticky foam dots).  Some Very Vanilla seam binding and a tiny tag tied on with some Linen Thread add the perfect finishing touch.  Oh, and I mustn't forget to mention the sponging.  Sponging around the edges of each layer adds dimension and instantly gives a vintage look 

Here's a quick list with item numbers, for ordering ease.  When you order $50 or more, either at a party or online, your name will go into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate.  One lucky person will have their name drawn when all 50 squares on my 50-50 board are filled. 

Stamps:  Young Vermillion, 124092
                Tiny Tags, 118592

Ink:       Early Espresso, 119670

Paper:   Crumb Cake, 120953
              Baja Breeze, 111352

               2 3/8 inch Scallop Punch, 118874
               Very Vanilla Seam Binding120999
               Jewelry Tag Punch, 117190
               Linen Thread, 104199
               Paper Crimper, 101618
               Finial Press Embossing Folder,115963

I hope you'll be inspired to get out your stamps today and stamp something pretty.  Oh, and don't forget to put a bird on it!
Happy Stamping!


  1. Here ya go, I find the show very amusing!

  2. Hi Susan, glad you were able to spend some time with your new granddaughter...they grow up so fast it seems!

    Very pretty card! The color combo is one of my favorites and I love the bird image.

    I wasn't familiar with a Vermilion so I checked it out and discovered that the Vermilion, which has an almost scarlet colored head and chest, if found in the Southwest US, as well as Mexico and all the way down to the farthes point of South America.

    We have flycatcher's in Oregon, only they are more muted colors with a tan chest and gray/blue wings and tail. So really, you can make that image be whatever color you choose. Fun stuff!!