PPA70 Merry & Bright Bird

Stampin up bright christmas two step bird punch 2
Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to a new Pals Paper Arts Challenge (PPA70).  Take an intermission from turkey and stuffing to craft something beautiful using another one of Margaret Moody's fabulous sketches. 

Click here for challenge details and to see what the PPA Design Team has drummed up this week to inspire you.

6a00e54f95df928834013489687599970c-320wiSTAMPIN' PRETTY TIPS:

  • Stampin up pals paper arts bright christmas Bright Christmas is a sentiment staple for the holidays.  Using the clear-mount version, I was able to "eyeball" it and stamp right where I needed it.  No Stamp-a-ma-jig required.
  • The Stampin' Up! 1 3/8" Square Punch brought the "merry and bright" background to life!
  • This 5 1/4" x 5 1/4" square card has met it's match.  Stampin' Up! offers Whisper White 5 1/2" Square Envelopes (107289) for a coordinated mode of delivery.
  • Why not throw "daffodil" in with the traditional mix of colors?  I was inspired by this holiday look from West Elm catalog.

YOUR THOUGHTS?  Please share what you think about today's card and tips.  I treasure your comments and will respond to questions you ask at the comment link below.

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Stampin up two step bird punch Stamp Set:  Bright Christmas (Holiday Mini Catalog, WM 121678, CM 121318)
Paper:  Daffodil Delight (119683), Pear Pizzazz (119795), Poppy Parade (119793), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406)
Cool Tools:  1 3/8" Square Punch Extra Large (119877), 1 3/4" Circle Punch Extra large (119850), Two Step Bird Punch Extra Large (117191)
The Perfect Touch:  Brights Brads (119740), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)

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  1. These colors are absolutely wonderful together! What a great Christmas card and terrific take on the sketch!

  2. Mary, I so love the colors you used on this card and the black for contrast. Love the little bird in flight!

  3. Love this nontraditional holiday card ~ great sketch challenge! You mastered it.

  4. As usual, I just love this, Mary!

  5. Just stunning!

  6. Carla Bazhenow

    Your card is fabulous. I love those colors together and with that touch of black, wow!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Hugs,

  7. Happy Thanksgiving Mary!

    I love the simplicity of this card. Easy to make, but packs a punch (no pun intended!). The black is a really good contrast to the softer colors. Love that bird too!

  8. I am usually not a big fan of the non traditional Christmas colors but I really love this color combo. Maybe because the yellow represents gold for me. Anyways, a very clean, contemporary and beautiful Christmas card. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Stunning! Love the colors, the clean elements the circle softening the squares. I really like how the bird adds an elegance to a very modern look. Love !!

  10. Sandy (redstampinsam)

    Hi Mary – I’m surprised how refreshing this card is. At first it seemed a little to “modern” to me, but the color combination is really appealing — like when purple was added to the traditional black and orange Halloween scheme! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…gobble gobble!

  11. Love the colors you chose! It also reminds me of the Partridge family bus … one of my all time favorite shows when I was a child! Great card and Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Stunning color combination! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Merry & Bright is RIGHT~ Love the untraditional colors! Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Really like this card. So different from the ribbon and frills that are around at the moment.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  15. Vintage Mary Fish! Clean, simple and eye catching. Thanks for blessing my day and Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  16. I know this was going to be a stunner when I say the peek! Beautiful mix of colors!

  17. Love the retro look! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 🙂


  18. I love the bold & bright colors; yes, it is ‘merry & bright’!

  19. Love the clean graphic design with the bold colors – what a great look! The matching brads are perfect!

  20. As always I love your cards and this one is no exception!

  21. Annapolis Anne

    What a neat sketch!! I love what you did and hope to try it sometime this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  22. I love this sketch. I hope I get a chance to play this week. Your Christmas bird and color combination are great. Happy Thanksgiving.

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