Happy Bird-Day, Henry!

Stampin up bird day
My little grand nephew turns two this week and I took the opportunity to "punch" out a card with Stampin' Up!'s Jersey Shore Designer Series paper and square punches. 

My inspiration was today's Ways to Use It Challenge:  Birds (SCS WT172). This Pun Fun bird took flight, was inked in Brilliant Blue and stamped on Whisper White.  I stamped him once more on polka dot Jersey Shore paper, snipped out his tummy and mounted it with a Stampin' Dimensional.  He's then layered on Brilliant Blue and and Wild Wasabi Textured card stock.  Using a Photo Corners Punch, I added a corner accent in Pumpkin Pie and topped it off with some Robin's Nest Dew Drops (Fresh Mowed Grass).

The background is based on Splitcoast's Sketch Challenge (SC182).  TIP:  Having the 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" squares handy made this background a snap.  It can be a bit tricky lining up the squares on the card base (Brilliant Blue Textured card stock).  TIP:  Rather than trying to measure things out perfectly for alignment,  I start in the top left corner and work right or down, each time eyeballing my distance to the edges of the card base and between squares. 

TIP:  As you finish with the 3rd square to the right, just trim the excess (on the right) of the card base to make the right border even with the rest.  I do the same as I work down, too.  Make sense?  If not, just drop me an email or hit my Live Help button to chat in real time (if I'm on-line).  The final card base was 4 9/16" X 4 9/16" square.

Hugs and Pretties . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Pun Fun
Paper:  Jersey Shore Designer Series, Brilliant Blue Textured, Wild Wasabi Textured, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Ink:  Brilliant Blue
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Square Punches, Photo Corner Punch
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin Dimensional, Robin's Nest Dew Drops

NEW STAMPIN' PRETTY FEATURE:  Looking for other Pun Fun ideas on this blog?  I added a "blog bar" to my right side bar that allows you to type in "Pun Fun" and search past posts for all references.  Neat.  


  1. This is very cute for this sketch challenge. I like his belly!! Joan

  2. Your card is so bright and cheerful, your nephew will love it for sure.
    BTW, Are you feeling better?? I hope you do.

    Have a great day.
    God bless

  3. How fun!! I lvoe that paper, mgreat sketch too…I used the very saught after “eyeball technique” on mine too:-) Hope your back is better and that you have a wonderful weekend!! Kelly

  4. That’s a fun card! My son (who is 2) would love that card!

  5. Dudette! The bold colors rock the roof off the house! I love this card! The belly cracks me up! So clever!
    Elizabeth Bead Diva

  6. love it m!! wow…great colors. i find it really hard to use brillant blue-you did a fantastic job!! and i love that belly on the birdie!!

  7. Mary, this is why I check your blog every day! Not only do I always find a fabulous card, but your tips are so invaluable. I have struggled with getting little squares as even as the perfectionist in me wants, and now you have a great solution!!! Line ’em up and trim the excess to the right and bottom. One of those slap in forehead moments. Thank you!!

  8. Great card for a little boy! He will love it. The little raised belly on the bird is so cute and your dew drops are such a great accent. Very fun!!!!

  9. Very cute, Mary! Love that Jersey Shore paper and the Pun Fun set!

  10. I love this card! I never bought this paper and now I wish I had.

  11. colleen kramer

    So darn cute! Love the spotted belly…made me hear some formal narrator pointing out the spotted belly birthday bird…{giggle}. Think I’ve had way too much coffee this morning!

  12. Mary, I LOVE this card! It’s so sweet. And that Jersey shore—I will miss! Thanks so much for this….you may have pushed me over the edge to play along on the sketch challenge!

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