Lovebirds – The Paper Players #230

Good morning and welcome to another fun-filled challenge from The Paper Players this week!


Many of us have furry friends, or feathery friends, let’s make a valentine for them!

I have a confession to make. After a detailed search of ALL of my stamp collection…I have only three stamps of furry friends: Nothing, Nada, and Ziltch. Yep. It’s true. (Hangs head in shame) Apparently I will need to rectify this situation. But it got me to thinking that some people many not have furry friends, they may have feathery friends, or scaly friends, or slithery friends (eek). So, I decided to go with birds!

SKP Watermarked Photos2-037I don’t currently have any birds, but we did while I was growing up! And what better bird to feature as we get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a love bird!

This bird might or might not have been in a bird cage, alas, the bird cage stamp has flown the coop! Ha! Seriously though, it’s a clear stamp and I cannot find it anywhere! I’m guessing it has adhered itself to the bottom of something but it is definitely missing in action and I had a card to finish!!

So instead of a bird cage, I used my new staggered hearts stencil from Simon Says Stamp and lightly stenciled hearts across my background. I stenciled them in Sweet Blush ink by Papertrey Ink to match the pattern paper, also from Papertrey Ink. I really like the contrast of the black and the pink so I added a layer of black to add some more pop.

SKP Watermarked Photos2-039Though you cannot see it in the picture, my little lovebird has been given a generous coating of Wink of Stella so he really sparkles! I also added Wink of Stella to a few of the stenciled hearts to add a bit more detail.

SKP Watermarked Photos2-040Isn’t the font on the sentiment darling?? Clearly Besotted Stamps has such a beautiful array of fonts on their sentiments, making them a joy to work with.

And while I may not have stamps of furry friends, I do indeed have a few furry friends. I would like to introduce Buster (orange and white in the back) and Buddy (all orange in the front):

SKP Watermarked Photos2-041Both of my babies were rescues. Buster wandered into my backyard as an eight week old kitten and Buddy was about the same age when I found him at my local bank ATM. Poor guys had both been dumped. Little Buddy was only 1.1 pounds when I rescued him, he’s sure a LOT more than that now!! lol

So I hope you have fun with this challenge, make sure to pop over to The Paper Players blog and see what adorable creations the other designers have for you this week! And I can’t wait to see YOUR creations!! Happy Stamping!!

The Paper Players Design Team

Wishing you joy and blessings!

Products Used:

Cardstock: Stamper’s Select White by Papertrey

Pattern Paper: Happy Spots by Papertrey Ink

Ink:  Sweet Blush by Papertrey Ink; Tuxedo Black by Memento

Stamps:  Love Birds and All Occasion Sentiments by Clearly Besotted Stamps

Dies: Large Scallop Edgelit and Envelope Liner Die by Stampin’ Up!

Tools:  MISTI by My Sweet Petunia

Embellishments: Baker’s Twine from Really Reasonable Ribbon; Wink of Stella


  1. karrenj says:

    Sounds to me like a perfect excuse to go shopping for more crafty goodness 😉 Seriously though this card is so beautiful and elegant. The subtle color scheme and the gorgeous bird really make this card shine!

  2. Joanne James says:

    Nothing like a challenge to make you realise all the stamps you haven’t got, right Shannon? 🙂 I love this delicate pink, black and white card though; the lightly stencilled background and the fancy love bird add true prettiness to this card. Gorgeous!

  3. laurie says:

    I think this is just the excuse you need to buy a few more stamps! On the other hand, you sure came up with a cute and clever card for the challenge! So soft and pretty. Your cats are pretty cute,too!

  4. Sandy M says:

    Well Shannon I’m glad to hear that this challenge is going to send you shopping, LOL! Your sweet love bird is perfect, though. Love the patterned paper, delicate colors, and your signature matching envelope. Thanks for sharing pics of your fur-babies, too. They are precious!

  5. Debbie says:

    I personally prefer to see birds NOT in cages so your card is perfect in my opinion! Love the photo of Buster and Buddy, who seem to be inseparable! Great card, Shannon!

  6. Deb says:

    I love your card. The open white space with the pretty decorative paper at the bottom and the beautiful bird make this card very eye catching!

  7. jaydeestamping says:

    Shannon… firstly….. bless you for rescuing your kitties. they are both so handsome. Secondly, I love your card. The pink, black and white color scheme is beautiful. The black and white twine really adds so much interest and adds fabulous texture. Gorgeous

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