Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! for #GDP042

Happy Monday folks! I’m back after a busy weekend, no crafting, hence the lateness of today’s post! For today’s card I checked what was happening on the Global Design Project challenge this week. Hurrah! It’s a fantastic sketch by the super-talented Teneale Williams! Phew!


I already had the card front with the circle stamped using the Hardwood background stamp in my basked of unfinished projects. I had stamped through a mask that I made using window sheet a while back. The mask can be reused multiple times and just wipes clean as well!

The wood background made me think of Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin’ Up! Best Birds is a fabulous new stamp set and Birds & Blooms is the co-ordinating thinlits die set!

Best Birds & Birds & Blooms by Stampin' Up! Tracy May #GDP042

I stamped one of the sparrows and the branch in Basic Black Archival ink onto watercolour paper. I water coloured the sparrow first in a thin wash of So Saffron ink, before going over the top with Crumb Cake. I then added Chocolate Chip and Early Espresso around the top of the head, eyes, wings and tails. I felt the belly and cheeks were a bit too Crumb Cakey so I lifted some of the ink off with the aqua painter and kitchen towel. I love that you can do that with water colouring to high light certain areas.

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I thought the background needed a bit of a lift, so I splattered clear Wink of Stella all over it before adding it to a Soft Sky card base. I popped the bird and the branch up using the new foam adhesive strips. I also added a few sequins to finish the card off.

So what do you think? I really love this new bundle of stamps and thinlits! I’ve got a few more ideas swirling around my brain for them too!

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  1. Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!! LOVE!

  2. This card is absolutely STUNNING!! One of my favorite of the Global Design team projects this week!

  3. Love this card! Its beautiful xxx

  4. love it Tracy!

  5. Simply stunning Tracey, I just love it! Cheers Donna Z 🙂

  6. I love it!!

  7. Awwww, I wasn’t going to get this set! Your take on this weeks sketch has made me think again Tracy. Thanks so much fro playing with us every week. I look forward to visiting!

  8. Gasp. OK. It’s probably time for me to get this set inky! What a super cute card Tracy. Thanks so much for sharing your talents and joining in with this week’s Global Design Project!

  9. Tracy you are making stunning cards. I absolutely adore your projects. I’m wowed with your talent! . I got this set and I almost use it for this challenge as is so pretty but Im keeping it for something else. 🙂

  10. Beautiful! I adore this card

  11. Oh Tracy, this is a beautiful card and a great take on this weeks Global Design Project challenge. Love it. Thanks so much for playing along. xo

  12. Well done Tracy, your card is so cute! I adore your little bird. Thank you so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project challenge xx

  13. TRACY!!! This is gorgeous! I’m not a huge fan of birds, so I don’t have this set, but you may have changed my mind. Your coloring is exquisite! Thanks so much for playing along with this week’s Global Design Project sketch challenge.

  14. Great job! I love the card. The bird is really amazing.

  15. Gorgeous card Tracy and congratulations on your win.

  16. Congratulations Tracy! Your sparrow is so realistic – looks like it is about to hop down from the branch! Lovely colouring. D x

  17. Tracy – I skipped past ordering this bundle but I have added it to my wish list. This card is beautiful! Thank-you for playing along with the Global Design Project.

  18. Congrats Tracey on being a winner at GDP with this gorgeous card! It was my favourite and it seems like it was everyone’s favourite as well. Cheers Donna Z 🙂

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