Grab Swirly Bird and the matching dies before it retires
Do you find that there are some stamp sets in the catalogue that you don’t even notice and then you see a card made with it and you change your mind completely? Swirly Bird was one of those sets for me. To be honest it really doesn’t look like much – some shapes and patterns. But look a little closer and you’ll see a boat, a bird’s nest, a kite, a field of wild flowers and Christmas wreaths. I’ve owned it quite a while and used it loads and now it is about to retire. Boo! So here is a set of three cards which show off its versatility.
Card 1: Boat on the ocean
The design for the cards is simply a stitched rectangle of patterned paper with a nesting rectangle of Whisper White to stamp on.
On this card I’ve kept it fresh using Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and a small touch of Blueberry Bushel. The boat is made up of 4 stamps and I did need to stamp it a couple of times to get right. There isn’t a die for the boat so you need to fussy cut it out! The waves are from the matching dies cut in Coastal Cabana and I couldn’t resist using my favourite Well Said/Written stamps and dies for the sentiment. The Coastal Cabana splodges were a late addition for me (eg the card was assembled and I felt something was missing – I’d recommend doing it before assembling the card! I had to do a lot of masking!)
Card 2: A simple wreath
Again keeping to the simple design this card uses another of the dies as a wreath. I’ve added a couple of Highland Heather flowers using the also retiring Bitty Blooms punch with a pearl centre. Sorry if you are getting bored of the Well Written dies, I seem to reach for them all the time, and here is the thanks for the sentiment.
A hint of Gingham Gala patterned paper mounted on another piece of Highland Heather completes the card.
Card 3: Flowers to celebrate a birthday
For this one I chose the Garden Impressions patterned paper as my background and used Petal Pink, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz for the flowers and leaves. I snuck in another retiring stamp set, Picture Perfect Birthday, for the sentiment. I find myself getting a bit nostalgic at this time of year when the retiring list comes out!
Do you have a favourite? Can you see the versatility of the set? Let me know what you think.
Here are the supplies: