Birthdays Are Feathers – The Paper Players #229

pp229Welcome friends to another Sunday and another challenge from The Paper Players. Can I just say, last week’s challenge was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Over 100 participants and soooo many beautiful and inspiring creations!! I was overwhelmed by all the talent!!

This week, Jaydee has a darling sketch for us. It’s a fun and simple sketch, with lots of room for interpretation…which is good because I got a bit carried away during the creative process. After I completed and photographed my project I had a moment of panic as to whether or not I had strayed from the sketch…!! Sometimes I get so caught up in the creation of the card that I forget what I am “supposed” to be doing!

SKP Watermarked Photos2-022I went looking through my stamps for inspiration for the circle element and found the beautiful Fancy Feathers stamp set by Clearly Besotted Stamps (one of my favorite designers). From there I added in patterned paper. I admit I was a bit stumped by the sketch as it called for patterned paper on top, as well as a sentiment, but no layer for a sentiment…this means I need to stamp on the pattern paper! Not usually a problem for me, but I prefer to have a bold pattern on top and a more neutral pattern on the bottom so this was upside down for me! I solved my quandary by making the bottom layer smaller.

SKP Watermarked Photos2-024 Did you notice that the bottom layer of the card is the same pattern paper as the envelope? It turns out that these two patterns are on flip sides of each other, so to make this card I have to use BOTH 6×6 squares of paper up AT THE SAME TIME!! That’s a bit hard on my paper hoarding tendencies!

In this case I had to be careful with my cuts because I’m using both a 6×6 piece as well as a 4x 5 1/4 piece. No room for errors! So I simply cut my 4×5 1/4 piece and made a cut in it at the appropriate spot and flipped the paper over to show the other side. To cover my seam, I elected to insert a small piece of scalloped cardstock. it covers the seam as well as providing a nice clean break between the two patterns.

SKP Watermarked Photos2-026I inked my feather up with Spring Moss ink and, using my MISTI, stamped onto my cardstock. I then used a sponge dauber to ink the stamp up again with Canyon Clay, stamped, and then inked up again in Soft Suede and just a touch of Blueberry Sky. I love the resulting variegated colors. I had some fibers on my table that I had rejected from yesterday’s card, it turns out that it is a perfect tone for this card so I figured out how to work it in. What do you think of the texture? I love it!!

SKP Watermarked Photos2-025My sentiment is also from the Fancy Feathers stamp set and has been stamped in Soft Suede ink. What a lovely thought as well as beautiful font!

SKP Watermarked Photos2-027I found a sentiment from the Inside & Out: Birthday stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I think it works very well with the outer sentiment! A nice card, perhaps masculine? A card for an older gentleman? What do you think?

So are you ready to play along? Be sure to check out the amazing inspiration from the rest of the design team:

The Paper Players Design Team
Products Used:
Cardstock: Fine Linen, Canyon Clay, Spring Moss by Papertrey; Primitive Whte by My Favorite Things

Pattern Paper: Now & Then: Mildred by My Mind’s Eye

Ink:  Blueberry Sky, Canyon Clay, Spring Moss by Papertrey Ink; Soft Suede by Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Fancy Feathers by Clearly Besotted Stamps; Inside & Out: Birthday by Papertrey Ink

Dies: Fancy Feathers by Clearly Besotted Stamps; Femme Frames (for scallop) by Mama Elephant; Stitched Mats: Rectangles by Lil’ Inker; Envelope Liner Die by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Retired Fiber from Making Memories; Candy Dots by Stampin’ Up!


  1. Debbie says:

    Such a sweet card, Shannon! I love the papers together. I haven’t gotten the feathers yet but can see that they have a nice, interesting touch on your card that would be enjoyed by anyone. Great card, Pal!

  2. karrenj says:

    This card is absolutely stunning and I can totally see the sketch! The font of the sentiment is beautiful and goes so well with that gorgeous feather and papers.

  3. Sandy M says:

    Girlfriend, your mojo is just rockin’ lately! Every little bit of this card is just stunning, the gorgeous feather, the papers, the sentiment, and that amazing bit of fiber. Love, love, love it all! A little confused about how you stamped the feather, though. Sounds like you stamped it twice but don’t get how you could have lined it up so perfectly.

  4. jaydee says:

    Shannon, I am in love with this sentiment…. I also love how you turned the sketch on its side and used the feather as your main shape. The map on the bottom of the card is perfect. Absolutely fabulous card. Thank you for rocking my challenge this week

  5. Joanne James says:

    Forgive my late visit this week – I couldn’t not pop by and let you know how gorgeous this card is though! The feather and trim look fabulous together and that sentiment combo is wonderful. You rocked the sketch for sure!

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