Introducing Birds of a Feather

By June 12, 2008Just Cards

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Candice Aguilar has been at it again, bringing you her version of a trendy theme, BIRDS!  Many stamping companies have introduced bird images in one shape or another in recent months, but I feel that Candice’s version is presented from a refreshingly unique point of view.  I am anxious for you to be able to see the set in full, because it is impossible to do the set justice until you can see the big picture!

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I felt like going a little vintage tonight and thought it would be the perfect style for a baby card I had envisioned doing with this set.  It is a pocket card, so I began with the pocket.  I cut a 3.75 x 4.25 block of Vintage Cream cardstock.  I wanted to add pattern to it so I used my new favorite background set, Guide Lines (on sale Sunday, June 15th) along with Aqua Mist ink.  I created the pattern on the diagonal for some extra visual interest. (You can click to enlarge and see the detail.)

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I wanted to add some piercing details along the grid lines, so I pulled the thread out of my sewing machine and *stitched* as usual.  I was really happy with how easy it was and how great the results were.  (You can click to enlarge and see the detail a bit more here too!)

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Next, I scored 1/2-inch on three sides of the square using my Scor-Pal.  I love my Scor-Pal.  So much so, that Papertrey is now *officially* a proud retailer of this amazing tool!  That’s right!  As of the 15th, you can officially take the plunge and purchase your very own Scor-Pal from us!  Yay!  (add a stamp set to that purchase and you’ll have FREE shipping in the US!)

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After I was done with my scoring, I nipped the two bottom corners of the tabs and creased.  I now have my pocket!

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I wanted to create one more detail for my project using the Scor-Pal, and that was a decorative accent strip using Aqua Mist cardstock.  I cut my cardstock strip to be 1.25 inches wide and centered a 1/2′ section of the Scor-Pal in the middle of the strip.  I then just slid the tip of the scoring tool (included with the scoring board) down the  scoring channels.

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I roughed up the edges of the strip with my fingernail to help emphasize my vintage theme.  Here’s the finished look after I completed the scoring and flipped my mini masterpiece over!  I just LOVE how defined the score lines are when using the Scor-Pal, even with our heavyweight cardstock.  I have yet to find anything else that does such a great job.  And really, in the end, the product is twice as valuable if I can use it to score my projects AND use it to create accents like this!

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Here is my finished project. (Don’t forget, you can click to enlarge!) I love, LOVE, love the combination of the Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist & Classic Kraft cardstocks.  I think the contrasting polka dot pattern & Guide Lines creation are really striking as well.  I am beyond excited to see what else can be done with Guide Lines once it has circulated around our customer base after this release!

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Nest_closeup If there is one image in particular that I have been very anxious to play with from this set, it would be the birds nest & eggs!   Aren’t they just incredibly adorable!!!  I love them.  The eggs & nest are separate images so it is super easy to use two colors.

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Candice picked out the BEST fonts for the sentiments in this set.  You will find them to be just the perfect balance of trendy-retro-classic.  "Just Hatched" was the perfect catch phrase for this baby card!  I also layered a sparrow image from the set underneath the sentiment.   Loving the way that turned out.

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A tag pulls out of the pocket I created.  It is the perfect place to include a photo, poem or special note.   This happens to be a picture of MY little ones over two years ago when Ethan was born!  Hard to believe it was that long ago!  I hope you enjoyed today’s project!  One more sneak peek tonight and than tomorrow is the BIG day!  And on a Saturday night nonetheless!  Party time!  Yay! ………………………………………………………………

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You can check out what Amy has done with Birds of a Feather too!  Such a great project!

Lisa has even MORE to show you with her new Flower Garden set.

Did you see what Heather did for our Newsletter today?  Check out her use of Guide Lines!

And don’t forget about Candice herself!  She has been busy too!

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Stamps: (sentiment, bird & nest) Birds of a Feather, (block pattern( Guide Lines, (polka dots) Polka Dot Basics
Ink: Aqua Mist & Burnt Umber Palette inks, white craft from SU!
Paper:  Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist & Classic Kraft from PTI
Other: PTI Aqua Mist satin ribbon, Frayed Burlap Distress Ink from Ranger, hemp twine, tag die  & Nestabilities squares from Spellbinders, 1-inch circle punch (for pocket notch), sewing machine.

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 36 Comments

  • 1
    Steph says:

    BEAUTIFUL card and I really like what I’m seeing of Candice’s set so far! Her nature images are so peaceful and pretty. I also love the font used in that sentiment. I can’t wait to see this full set and the others this weekend!

  • 2
    Heather J. says:

    Nichole, Nichole, Nichole!!! The scor-pal too???? Ok, now I’m in trouble…as if I wasn’t before! Your project is so beautiful – thanks for the continual inspiration. Have a great weekend. Heather

  • 3
    Stephanie says:

    I’ve been waiting to get the Scor-pal, but not any more!!! LOVE the colors and image combo for this card…..beautiful!!!

  • 4
    Niki Estes says:

    Nichole, this is so pretty! I love the vintage feel. Those colors are wonderful together.

  • 5
    bunny says:

    GORGEOUS!!!!

  • 6
    Tamar says:

    that nest is just gorgeous -all vintagey almost and the colour combo is beautiful

  • 7
    Melissa (moster) says:

    This is darling and so in line with a baby shower invitation I received yesterday — same theme, same color scheme. My cousin created her nest using what looks like hemp. The inside said, Come help feather the nest!” SO cute!

  • 8

    This card is just precious. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Alicia Weiman

  • 9
    Kiim says:

    Beautiful project! I love the soft colors paired with the kraft paper. Wonderful!

  • 10

    OH MY GOSH, Nichole that photo is PRECIOUS!!! The card is darling too, of course, but what a sweet photo of your babies!!

  • 11
    Sara says:

    This creation is as beautiful as ever. Love that the scor-pal will be made available on PTI!

  • 12

    BRAVO!!!! Beautiful card and “project” too! I love to see cards that have something “TO DO” like pulling out tags, moving parts, this is wonderful! Beautiful color combo, too!

  • 13
    Bridget says:

    Nichole..what a sweet and heartwarming card!! I just love it and it even gave me goosebumps!! You are so talented..I could look at your cards all day long!! Looking forward to the release party!! Thanks again for all the wonderful ideas!!

    Bridget

  • 14
    Debbie Fisher says:

    I love vintage looking anything and this is stunning!!

  • 15
    Anya says:

    Nichole,

    What a gorgeous card! And I am SO excited that you will be carrying the Scor-Pal! I have been holding out to get one.. and now is my chance! Yay!

  • 16
    Joanne Boys says:

    Nichole, I think this is the most awesome idea yet. You are incredible. Please let me touch you – maybe the creative will pass to me.

    I have never been more excited about a monthly release than I am with this one.

  • 17
    Mimi Hornberger says:

    That is simply amazing. I can hardly wait! XO, Mimi

  • 18
    emily says:

    love the colors and the pocket.Very nice!

  • 19
    Shelly Kettell says:

    LOVE the card and STAMPS! I can’t wait to see it all!
    Question for you…when you sew…what do you do so the threads don’t come unraveled at the edge? I have used glue (don’t like that) and tape…just wondering if you have any special tricks! THANKS!

  • 20
    Michelle Wooderson says:

    Thud!! Wow, this is drop dead CUTE!!!!! I can’t wait to see the rest of the bird set and that background set is just SO up my alley, Nichole. Woohoo!!!!

  • 21
    Julia Aston says:

    Oh My Nicole! I just LOVE this little baby announcement – the colors – the stamps – the cute pocket – just beautiful!

  • 22
    Judy S says:

    This project is absolutely gorgeous! Just hope my daughter has another child so I can make the announcements! I can tell I’m really going to love this new bird set!

  • 23
    Chelle says:

    wow!!! i have to say, nichole…i always love your creations…your style and creativity are amazing and inspire me so much…with this card, however, you have blown me away…I LOVE IT!!! soooooo adorable!! thank you!!!
    chelle

  • 24
    Christy says:

    Wow, I absolutely love this card! You have the cutest cards but what I love most are the details. I love how the tag setiment matches the stamped image. I also love the hidden photo. So sweet!

  • 25
    Kim Howard says:

    How precious. I love the soft subtle colors of this card! Gorgeous as always!

  • 26
    Jocelyn says:

    OMG!!! I’m really loving all the sets that are due to come out this month! Actually, I want to buy everything in your store!!!! My credit card company is gonna be really happy! 😉

  • 27
    Debbie Olson says:

    Nichole, I love this color combo–just finished using it last night! This is one of the truly most gorgeous projects that I’ve veer seen–SO sweet!

  • 28
    annheidel says:

    Thanks for the directions to make this cute card. I adore these colors together!

  • 29

    Nichole, I literally, audibly *gasped* when I scrolled down to the image of your card! It is breathtaking!! What a sweet, sweet way to commemorate a birth…this would be great in a baby scrapbook! I’m definitely looking forward to these new sets…

    Keep it up, you are totally inspiring me! ;o)
    ~Michelle

  • 30
    Marie Cramp says:

    What a fantastic card!! I adore evrything you guys have come up with so far with these new sets. This may just break the bank…lol.

    Marie
    http://scrappingworld.blogspot.com

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    Granna on the Go says:

    Such a sweet and soft card. Love the photos of your children! Love the detail of the bow and how you finished the top of it. You have such a terrific eye for design and detail. Thank you again and again for sharing.

  • 32
    Marie says:

    I love that you can make your own paper with this stamp set, and it has so many possibilities!!! Also, what a super idea for using your sewing machine to do your paper piercing quick and easy!?!?! Thanks for the awesome idea!!!

  • 33
    Chantel says:

    So pretty, how do you come up with these ideas, takes me forever to figure out a layout and theme. Such a unique way of annoucing the arrival of a newborn. Thanks for posting this!

  • 34
    Lisa M. says:

    this is so simple that I think I will be able to easily replicate it! Great job and those colors are just delicious together!

  • 35

    Don’t you envy the freedom of birds, that they can fly without mechanical assistance? And no ticket needed!

  • 36
    buy propecia says:

    First of all why are you feeding birds anyway? Let alone the black ones…wait, is this about humans or animals. It’s hard to tell the difference most of the time.

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