I'm sure you could've guessed that I'd be using new goodies here real soon and you're right. When I got home from vacation on Sunday evening my father-in-law called to say I had a few boxes arrive that he took home with him. So even though I didn't want to see the inside of a vehicle for a very long time we hopped in the car and went to visit him.
One of the first sets that really called out to me in this new Idea Book & Catalog was this Aviary! I always had a pet parakeet while growing up and also have always loved a neat bird cage as a decorative element. They are so... I don't know, visual I guess. Anyway, Stampin' Up! did not disappoint with this new set which includes 4 different cages, 4 birds and a perfect stand to put them on.
For this card I not only used the Diva's color challenge but also found a fun layout from the Clean & Simple blog to use. In case you haven't figured out I'm not one bit shy about combining old and new SU products. My sentiment here is an old hostess set from the last catalog called Picture This. I initially thought I'd use the "Happy Bird Day" stamp with the obvious connection to the bird in the cage... but then I saw this one and decided I hadn't really had the opportunity to use it. So I added some music notes near the cage by only inking that part with my Early Espresso marker then added the whole sentiment to the bottom.
Are you a fan of a little bit of glitter and bling? If so then SU's new rhinestones might be for you! I was so impressed to see FOUR different sizes of rhinestones on the set that I ordered! They should last me a while, even at this rate!
I'm not sure if you can see it but I finally broke down and bought the French Filigree background stamp with my new catty order. I've always had an eye for it, but now with the new Soiree papers and other coordinating items (like the amazing Elegant Lines textured impressions folder!!!) I couldn't resist any longer. You might even see it again tomorrow! ;)
Thanks for visiting me again!! It's so good to be back to blogland! Now why don't you go visit my Diva ladies and see what they've come up with for you!
Stamps: Aviary, French Filigree, Picture This
Colors: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Scallop border punch, Melon Mambo dotted grosgrain, Modern Label punch