Sunday 31 July 2016

Freshly Made Sketches 247

I love it when the big brown box arrives from the courier bearing Stampin' Up stuff. For me, delivery days are either Tuesday or Friday. Friday's good as that means I can unpack it after work and have the weekend to play - although I actually do try to ration it so that I can have new stuff for longer. No, I really do!

But this weekend, I've played with two new things, the second being Best Birds. I've used this set to create something for this week's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches, which is the kind of sketch I really like: open and not too fussy.

On this occasion, I managed to resist using the crosshatched background stamp that's part of this set because I've got a bit of a love affair going with masked and sponged backgrounds but I can see that I'm going to be going back to this set again and again as it's got so many possibilities. In this card, I've used Peekaboo Peach and Emerald Envy inside a circular mask to get the background for the bird. I've stamped the branch in Versamark and used the delicious new copper embossing powder and coloured the leaves.

I die cut the bird twice in Peekaboo Peach and once in Early Espresso and the peach peeks out just a tiny bit to give a very 3D bird. I smeared a little versamark on the chest feathers with my finger so he could get some copper to dress him up a bit.

It's funny how your opinion on a set can change. When I first saw this set in the new catalogue, I couldn't imagine ever wanting it. Now, I think you'll be seeing it often!

Card: Emerald Envy, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach
Stamps: Best Birds
Inks: Peekaboo Peach, Emerald Envy, Versamark
Other: Copper embossing powder, Emerald Envy marker, sponges, circle framelit, pearls.


  1. I love the detail on that bird! And the sponged background is so pretty. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

  2. So glad you gave us more of a closeup! He is really lovely! Glad you joined us this week at FMS!