January 15, 2022


There is something of a trashy backstory to this little yellow bird card. But, don't worry, I'll get to the trash in due time.

The stamp for the little yellow bird on the flowery branch is part of a set you can get for free during Sale-A-Bration. This, along with a lovely pack of Designer Series Paper (not the one in this card, however), can be yours with a $100 purchase (before tax and shipping). Isn't it adorable?

This card measures a cute 4 1/4" square, so it will fit nicely inside a regular A2 envelope. I love square cards, as I'm sure you've heard me mention many times in the past. They just seem to have a little bit more intimacy. Do you agree?

OK. Here comes the dirt. Are you ready?

I'd been working on the most recent Paper Pumpkin kit, Lots of Pun (December 2021), and had just finished pucnhing out some diecut elements. I was about to whip the "garbage" in the wastebasket, but fortunately I glanced at it and discovered it was actually an ART SUPPLY! I trimmed it a little, and used it as the perfect square frame for around the birdy circle! 

So, using this tiny inocuous frame that most people would have tossed in the garbage without a thought, I based an entire card on it. 

There were some scraps of the flowery DSP lying around that I'd used on a recent project, and when I discovered how well the blues in the flowers complemented the subtle design on the throwaway frame, it seemed destined to be. 

After stamping the bird on the branch in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I took my cues from the colors in the DSP to color the bird and flowers with Stampin' Blends. The colors I used were Dark and Light Pool Party, Light Granny Apple Green and Dark Daffodil Delight. I found one of the Layering Circles dies that cut this to just the right size to fit inside of my square frame.

The photo below shows the piece a little closer. 
Do you notice the fine Pool Party lined design? Perfect, eh? 

All because I didn't toss something into the trash, I have an adorable little card that is suitable for nearly any occasion.



  1. Replies
    1. Thanks, Joanne! I was proud of saving some garbage from the garbage!

  2. Your card design is really eye catching.

    Bridie @ Heart, Heath and Crafting

  3. Absolutely adorable, and kudos for that great save! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I always appreciate your wonderful comments so much!

  4. I love that you made a whole card around a throw-away item! I do the same thing in my projects. Most people weed their Cricut designs and throw the part they're not using (the inner or outer part) away. I keep them and use them on later projects. If I'm using words, and I need the individual letters, I save the outer part to use as a stencil later. I just did that with a bunch of hearts, using the inside and outside. I'm such a miser lol. The blue in the frame does look great with the blues in the flowers. Thanks for sharing with us on Crafty Creators!
    Niki ~ Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks, Niki! It's good to know I'm not the only miserly type around. With the cost of art supplies, it just makes sense to use "garbage" in our art. I really don't see it as being miserly or frugal; I see it as being smart! We are SMART! Yay us!