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Watch the Birdie!

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Hello!  Welcome to the Stampin' Addicts New Catalog Mega Blog Hop where we're featuring new stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalog.  If you've already begun the hop, I'm sure you enjoyed Cindy's awesome work with the Countryside stamp set at Hearts Delight Cards.  This stop will feature the Aviary stamp set. 


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This first project features the smallest of the bird cages and (I think) the cutest bird in the stamp set.  The colors used for this project include Rose Red, Marina Mist (new color!), Wild Wasabi (returning color!) and Bashful Blue.  Other new items on this card include the Dotted Scallop Ribbon punch, a strip of paper from the Brights Patterns Designer Series Paper pack, and 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.  Now let's expand this card to a scrapbook page (or two).


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Here is the card "opened up" to a scrapbook page.  The only difference is that this time the bird is "popped up" to show some dimension and he's joined by a number of his friends to create a more interesting background on the page.  If you were looking at an open scrapbook, this would be the left hand page.


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The opposing (or right hand) page uses the same elements as the left hand page, but now the birdie friends are hanging out on branches punched from the 2-Step Bird punch.  I think they're keeping company with the fella stuck in the cage.  Additional cardstock colors used for this page include Garden Green and Certainly Celery for the branches.

As I worked with this stamp set, I kept thinking gift tags.  I decided to make some, but needed a cute way to store them so they wouldn't get mangled until I was ready to use them.


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This box is made with the Big Shot using the Fancy Favor and Top Note dies.  The Top Note was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions embossing folder.  Additional items used for this project include the Small Heart punch, a heart Bitty Button, and Linen Thread.  The lid is held closed with a Velcro dot.  I could put 6 tags in the box very comfortably.

Aviary_Tag_Box_Bashful_Blue_Tag Aviary_Tag_Box_Regal_Rose_Tag Aviary_Tag_Box_Marina_Mist_Tag
(click on each tag to see a larger image)

I'm celebrating a milestone on my blog, I've achieved my first 10,000 blog hits!  Woohoo!  To celebrate, I'm offering blog candy!  Please leave a comment and let me know which of the projects you liked best.  I'll use the random number generator to choose a winner on Monday, 8/2.  Please be sure that your e-mail address is available to me so that I can contact you if you are the winner!  What is the blog candy, you ask?  It's all of these projects AND one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of each color cardstock used to make these projects AND a yard of Marina Mist 1/8" Taffeta ribbon AND a yard of Whisper White 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.

Next week I'll be sharing these projects again with a little more detail on how they were made.  So don't forget to bookmark this site or sign up to receive my posts in your e-mail.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!  I hope you enjoyed the projects.  The next stop on the hop features artwork by Holly using the Artistic Etchings stamp set at the Rubber Redneck blog.  You won't want to miss it!



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They're all adorable, though my fav is the right-hand scrapbook page, with the birds keeping the caged one company. Just love his cage hanging from the ribbon!


Congrats on 10K hits. The pink box is my fav. Thanks for the blog candy chance.


I love the box with the tags. Each tag is a project on its own, and so adorable. Can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy Woloshin

I love all of your projects, Mickey!! The tags and tag box are DARLING!!!

Tanya Boser

Adorable projects! And your color combos are just delicious!

Donna Bostock

They are all cute. I like the birdcage on the vine. My favorite is the tags. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


Your blog is incredible! I like all the samples but the box and tags are indeed my favorite!!
Sure missed you in SLC


I love our projects! The colors you used are just beautiful! My favorite though is the tags and box. I'll be ordering the Fancy Favor die!

Lisa Young, Add Ink and Stamp

Super duper job Mickey - as always! I love your idea of using this set for tags and the box is just darling! And I love how you used the branch from the 2 step bird punch to hang the cages!

carolyn Sharkas

I can't pick a favorite, as this is probably my favorite new stamp set, so I LOVE them all!

So cute, thanks for sharing them. now I am off to find your subscribe button.

ceashark at aol dot com


So cute! Love your scrapbook page.

Sarah Wills

Love them ALL Mickey...and that box is just gorgeous... :-)


My favorite is that cute box with the gift tags - great idea!

Kathy T

I love the box. Brilliant to use top note as a lid. Thanks for the chance at blog candy.


Great projects! I love your use of the branch punch with this set too!


Congrats on your blog milestone. I love the little gift tag box and tags. Those birdcages are just precious!


My favorite is the "gilded" birdcage on the tag box. The song, "I'm only a bird in a gilded cage" is now stuck in my head. TFS

Holly / InkPaperStamps

Cute, cute, cute, Mickey! I love how you turned your card into a scrapbook layout--and versamarking the birds to make a background is a neat trick!


I just LOVE the Aviary set and you've done such cute projects with it!


Great projects! I really like your tags and especially the box!


I love the little cute!! Great job!

Allison Ohran

Great projects! I love the colors you picked. I also adore the sb page ideas.


Beautiful projects, Mickey! I think my favorite is the box with the adorable little tags!

Valerie K

Your scrapbook page is darling! I love the idea of making tags with this stamp set! Must try that! Thanks for sharing.

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