July 30, 2019


I am having just so much fun fussy cutting the birds from the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper on page 166 of the Annual Catalog!

There is one sheet of this pack that is solid single birds. I started out this sheet by trimming off a section of the birds. I cut off their feet (gasp!!) since I wanted them to be merely sitting on a branch. Besides, the feet were so delicate -- actually their legs are just single lines. So, without worrying about the feet and legs, they are pretty easy to fussy cut, so I cut off another chunk of birds, and went to work adding to the flock. Soon I had quite a pile of birdies.

The reason I'd gone so nutsy cutting these birds is because I wanted to use them on a card for my July Stamp-In Workshop for my girls to create. A few of the girls are not as crazy about fussy cutting as I am, so I felt I was doing them a favor, giving them a wide assortment of ready-cut birds to use on their projects.

Another reason I went crazy with the fussy cutting is that the weather has been so beautiful that our deck simply calls to me: "Come sit out here, Linda! It's lovely!" Well, not wanting to be rude, I, of course, obey. But I always bring my fussy cutting with me. Such a pleasant activity to while away the shady time on the deck!

To create the card for the workshop, I stamped a simple branch on which the girls' chosen birdies could perch. I used the Colorful Seasons stamp set (page 56, Annual Catalog) for this purpose.

Since this stamp set also features several beautiful sentiments, I chose one of them to add to the bottom of the card.

On the DSP, the birds' heads are facing several different ways. 
I sort of liked this one looking over his shoulder.

On some of the birds, as I was cutting off their feet (gasp again!!) the black lines near the feet were often cut off also. I simply filled the lines back in with a thin black marker.

If you keep reading, I will share with you a tutorial on how to create this simple card. If you want to make the card and don't like fussy cutting, let me know and I can send you a few birdies. (I cut up one entire sheet!)

Pool Party cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (page 166)

Early Espresso ink
Petal Pink ink

Colorful Seasons stamp set (page 56)

Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Pool Party cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.

The next step will be done on a piece of Pool Party cardstock that measures 2 1/4" x 5". Stamp the branch in Early Espresso ink about centered onto this piece. In Petal Pink ink, add the flowers as desired, followed by the stamens in Early Espresso.

Choose a precut bird and adhere him to the branch.

Adhere this finished piece to a 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Attach this finished piece to the Pool Party card base with even margins on the top and the sides.

Add the sentiment in the lower right corner of the card in Early Espresso ink.



  1. How cute! Thanks so much for sharing this at out Party in Your PJs link party.

  2. That is very pretty! The colors are very calming and soothing too. Pinned.

  3. This is such a beautiful card idea. Thanks for sharing with us at #OMGHWW