From My Heart to Yours for GDP059

I don’t have a large variety animal and pet stamps – no puppy or kitty sets – but I have wanted to showcase this fun birdcage from the Badges & Banners bundle for quite some time.  This week’s Animals/Pets Theme at Global Design Project was my perfect excuse to put this fun cage on stage.  Here’s my card:

Badges & Banners, Better than Email, Stampin' Up!, Brian King

And here’s the banner for the challenge that inspired my card:

GDP059Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Badges & Banners Bundle.  Stampin’ Up! designed the Badges & Banners stamp set to coordinate with the Best Badges punch.  What a pair!  While three of the images in the set can be used to make a perfect badge, Stampin’ Up! designers were working overtime to creatively flip the badge upside down to make a birdcage.  How adorable is that?!  The set also coordinates with the 1-3/8″ Circle and Duet Banner punches.  Here’s a look a the stamp set:  Badges & Banners Bundle, Stampin' Up!And here’s a look at three other cards I’ve shared with this bundle (you can click on the photos to see the original post for each):Badges & Banners, Mixed Borders, Touches of Texture, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA309My Hero, Stampin' Up!, by Jackie BeersBadges & Banners, Best Badge Punch, Writing Notes, Kinda Eclectic, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PP308
  • Paper Piecing the Cage.  The fun page of Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate dots is from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack sets the mood for this card (I pulled my color scheme from this page).  In addition, I layered a tiny piece of this spotted paper into the base of the bird cage – you might not have noticed it earlier if you were overwhelmed by my skills that allowed me to pull this card together.  Might that be the case?  🙂  I simply stamped the birdcage on the spotted page and snipped out the piece I wanted to layer inside the stamped image.  The repetition of the paper adds to the overall feel of the card. Badges & Banners, Better than Email, Stampin' Up!, Brian King
  • Mystery Set?  I used three stamp sets on this card.  We’ve already talked about the Badges & Banners set that was used to create the birdcage.  The “from my heart to yours” sentiment comes from Better Than Email, a fun photopolymer stamp set that all stampers should own.  The set was offered as a non-catalog set for a while in the U.S. and was officially added to the Annual Catalog earlier this year.  BUT…what about the third set?  My birdcage is hooked to a chain so that it’s not just floating in the middle of the air.  Do you recognize it?  I’m not even going to give you time to guess – I’m just going to tell you – the “chain” is from Mixed Borders stamp set. See it – right there in the middle of the set?  Of course it ‘s not designed to be a birdcage chain, but it certainly can be.  This is one of my excuses for why you need to just get all the stamp sets – you never know how one of them might come in handy.  🙂

    Mixed Borders, Stampin' Up!

    Mixed Borders, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Badges & Banners, Better Than Email, Mixed Borders  Papers:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, Whisper White, Pool Party, Calypso Coral  Inks:  Archival Basic Black  Accessories:  1-1/4″ Circle punch, 1-3/8″ Circle punch, Best Badge punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!


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  1. Very sweet. My favorite part is the bottom of the bird cage stamped on coordinating designer series paper. Clever touch!

  2. LOVE the birdcage – they’re all brilliant – but you always find parts and pieces that mystify me and this one is great. Thanks for not making me wait 🙂

  3. Love this card. My birdcage stamp has yet to see ink. I think you have inspired me!

  4. I love finding the stamps or dies that can serve other purposes or be used in versatile ways . You always trigger another idea for me .
    Fun card !

  5. Love it!! And that chain is SO CLEVER!

  6. Oh my goodness, this card is just perfect! I love the colors, the way the bird’s gaze looks up at the adorable sentiment, the DSP paper at the bottom of the stamped image, all the great layers… all the things. This is an awesome card and a great inspiration! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Nice card Brian – love your clean style! So… do you have all the stamp sets? How fun that would be!

  8. You always surprise but always do it in your own style. Fabulous card Brian.

  9. Two years ago, it was your cards that drew me to your blog…this card is no exception…NOW, I look forward to reading your clever writing every morning…cards are the icing!

  10. I love reading everyone’s comments as much as I love seeing all your great cards! : )

  11. Adores BK! You really are fantastic in your postings. You are an excellent teacher-The KING! See you in Atlanta next week!

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