What stamp set do you use when you can’t decide on one? One of your favorites of course. After thinking a long time about what to put in the oval of today’s sketch challenge, I decided on my old faithful bird from Always.


The card base is a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip folded in half.

It’s layered first with a 4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Old Olive cardstock, then  a 1/4″ smaller piece of Spring Silhouettes Designer paper.  Each corner of both layers was punched with the ticket corner punch.

The Chocolate Chip scallop rectangle is pieced together out of two rectangles cut with rectangle Nestabilites templates and layered with two pieces of Bali Breeze Designer Paper. Chocolate Chip Poly-Twill Ribbon was rapped around the designer paper piece layers. On the bottom right the sentiment from Always was stamped in Chocolate Chip. On the top right, three 1/4″ Chocolate Chip circles were topped with Old Olive brads.

Both the Shimmery White and the Purely Pomegranate oval layers were cut with Oval Nestabilities templates. I taped the Shimmery White layer on top of the scalloped Pomegranate one and paper pierced the edges. I inked up the bird from Always with Purely Pomegranate, rocked it’s edges in Chocolate Chip and just to make sure traced the edges with a Chocolate Chip Marker before stamping it on my Shimmery White layer. Felt Flowers from the Flower Fusion Tin finished with a Circle Ice Rhinestone brad topped that layer off. 

 Check here for a tutorial on how to paper pierce curves.


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

34 Responses to “Faithful bird”

  1. Oh, I love this, Beate! It’s so pretty!!

  2. Stunning Beate!!! Love your colours and that bird looks so pretty in Pomegranate and Choc Chip! Gorgeous!

  3. very pretty! Can you believe that I have the Always stamp set and have never used the bird?!

    Since I used this layout with this stamp set earlier this wek- you know I love it! I think I need to make another!

  4. I NEED this set….. dang it, every time I visit you, I NEED something else! Totally gorgeous Beate…. I always love your color combos too. 🙂 Happy Mother’s Day! 🙂

  5. Gorgeous, Beate! The colors are fabulous! And I LOVE the flowers. Love what you do with this bird! Have a wonderful weekend and Mother’s Day! HUGS!

  6. wow, It´s so beautiful.I love the colors, the bird is so pretty. TFS:-) Have a nice day!

  7. The inking you did for the bird is a very nice touch, very subtle. I’m wondering how your paper piercing spacing is so even on the oval…do you have a template you’ve made?

  8. WOW!! This is absolutely jaw-dropping stunning Beate!!! I love the layout, the colors, the stamp set, everything! All those scallops – yum!!! Love this, just beautiful! *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

  9. Yea,ummm, I really need nestabilities after seeing your super amazing card..lol WOW!!!!
    Happy Mothers Day.

  10. Beautiful !!! Love the colors. Great sketch challenge. TFS

  11. Beate, you always amaze me with the different patterns and colors of DP you put together!! I am always thinking, “why didn’t I think of that”!! Your card is so beautiful!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!!

  12. This is one fine birdie Beate! Your layers are great! Oh those Nestie’s! Have a happy healthy day, and enjoy your Mother’s Day! Catch a wave! Hugs, Deb

  13. This is so sweet! I am wanting this set more and more! 🙂

  14. Wow – this is a gorgeous card, Beate! I LOVE it!! This set is so pretty – I wish I had it now… 🙂 Great job as usual. (don’t I always say that?) 😉

  15. what a great card/sketch! will play this weekend. I like the darker sketch too

  16. I know what you mean….ALWAYS is my absolute FAVORITE set in this catalog…..and this card shows it off BEAUTIFULLY! You ROCK, BEATE!!

  17. I always love how you use this bird!!! Your card is gorgeous and the colors are fab!!! I’m glad I had time to play along too!!!

  18. This is really lovely, Beate- great textures & colors!

  19. what a great card. I love it.

  20. So pretty! I really like your choice of papers and colors!

  21. What a beautiful card! I love the color combo and all the dimension.

  22. pretty papers and love the piercing around the bird!

  23. I love the look and feel of your card…it’s so beautiful !!!

    Dance on 🙂

  24. Beate, this is just beautiful! I can’t believe I still haven’t ordered this stamp set yet! Everytime I see you use it I am bummed I don’t have it! It’s always perfect! TFS …hope you have a great night! 🙂

  25. Gorgeous card, Beate, as usual! Thanks for the tutorial on piercing curves; I hadn’t seen that. You rock!!

  26. This is Gorgeous McDorgeous! The only thing…I think maybe a brad stuck through the flower on the bird’s chest might be a nice touch…sort of like he got shot through the chest! lol! 😉

  27. Oh wow Beate!! This card is gorgeous. Now I have seen what I have been missing these past couple of months. I’ve been unable to blog surf since the middle of Feb (we’ve moved from TX to KY to OK and will finally PCS to DE in July!!!) and I wish I had the time to see all of the posts I’ve missed. I’m always so inspired by your projects, thank you. I am excited to hopefully get more time to check your blog in the near future. Take care!

  28. Oh Beate I LOVE this card. Love that bird in the oval. And this sketch is fabulous.

  29. I LOVE when you use your Always bird, Beate!! This is gorgeous, and your patterned papers are so pretty!! Your felt flowers, scallops and piercings are beautiful touches as well!!

  30. Beate simply stunning (as always) I sooo love this set and hope it appears in one of our Mini’s and soon!!

  31. Love all your layers and Nesties for this beautiful bird, Beate!

  32. Gorgeous! Love the colors, oh & HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

  33. This is so adorable ! I love this stamp set !

  34. WOw. This card is soo beautiful! Stunning!!

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