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Whimsy Stamps - Smile

Any reason is a good reason to smile! So true. Especially with the cold, dark winter days of January. So I broke out my brand new paper pack and this cute sentiment from Ann of Raindrop Echo Designs to make a card to hopefully put a smile on some one's face.





Of course I had to paper piece the banner, because I love paper piecing. The twine is actually from a bakery box. It may not be as cute as some of the multi-colored baker's twine you can purchase, but I love using recycled items.
Here is a look at the entire Happy Things Pennants digi stamp set.



Here in south-eastern Wisconsin, we finally got some snow and it looked beautiful! I thought some of my followers from warmer climates might like to see the snow. Here are some of the visitors we had while it snowed. (Watching the birds at my bird feeders is another thing that makes me smile.)

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Cardinals in the pear tree outside my office window.





A Downy Woodpecker that just left the feeders.







Purple finches or house finches? I can't ever remember which they are.






Wait a minute! This isn't a bird. It was warm enough that this opossum came out to get a snack. Honestly, this opossum does not make me smile. 'possums give me the heeby-geebies. My DD thinks they are cute. I think 9 year old girls think anything with fur are cute.
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Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great day!


Supplies:
  • Stamps: Happy Things Pennants digi stamp set by Raindrop Echo Designs on Whimsy Stamps
  • Papers & CS: Papertrey white CS, Bazzil Basics Raspberry CS, My Mind's Eye Tickled Pink paper pad
  • Inks: None
  • Tools: Stampin' Up edge punch, paper piercing tool, scissors to distress the edges
  • Embellishments: Zig chocolate marker, misc buttons, twine
  • Techniques: Faux stitching, paper piecing, distressing

Challenges:

Comments

Imke said…
Cheryl, your card is awesome. Love the different DP and the paper pieced banner looks fantastic.

Sweet visitors !!
Karin said…
Such a cute card and I love the paper; Nice and cheery! Enjoyed the wildlife pics too...
The Crafty Den said…
Hi Cheryl, what a bright and cheerful card. I love the cute banner stamp and the paper you've used is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in with my "something new" challenge over at cupcake craft challenge this week. Hugs, Denise x
Rainbow Lady said…
Superb card Cheryl and also loving your wildlife - the birds are delightful and the possum so sweet. Thanks so much for your entry Love Cynthia x We have Cardinals in Bermuda too but no snow there lol x
OMG I love the banner cards! That's just awesome! I also love the pics and the possum is cute.. kinda.. .if you don't think about ANYTHING you know about them.
MrsK said…
Hey Cheryl oh i would had a field day with all the little creatures in my back garden i'm one of those who would try and hug them LOL

Totally gorgeous card and i love the pennant banner and colours fantastic to shake the winter blues off!

Thanks for playing along with Cupcake Craft Room this month!

Hugz

Sal xx
What a great card and sure does make you smile, how can you now with this card. Love the pictures of the birds, I miss having a feeder, but with bobcats and coyotes running around not such a great idea for us, glad to see them through your pics. Tell your daughter thank you for the award to my daughter, so sweet.
Kim B said…
Great card and nice photos too. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.
KraftyKoolKat said…
Great cheery card Hunni. Thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx
Sara said…
What a fun card, thanks for playing along with SSD and DDSB!
MiamiKel said…
Oh my goodness gracious, your blog just made my day! Seriuosly! I am a HUGE winter snow fan and well, here in Miami we see NONE, lol! I love your photography, very inspiring and such a gorgeous peek into your winter wonderland! (I used to live in Milwaukee, missing it!) Now your card - gah gah gorgeous, love this paper and you can't go wrong with Echo park! I love the style and layout, it's a beauty - tfs!
*Vicki* said…
Such a really sweet card!! I love your design and colors!! Thanks for joining with us at Stamp Something!!HUGS
Pat (mspfd) said…
LOVE your card and fantastic photos.
princesskitten said…
What a fab idea - and look at all your snow! yikes
WencheP said…
Fabulous card! Love it! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

-Wenche
Martha said…
your pictures are amazing :)
Marianne said…
Indeed this card is cheery and makes you happy in those cold and dark days!
Love your photos too! I love to watch the visitors of my birdfeeder too, but it is always hard to capture on photo! You did a great job on that though!
marianne
Jacki Randolph said…
awww Cheryl this is a funtastic card!! Love the different papers and the paper pieced banner!! Fabulous creation!!
jackiescrafts said…
I love the design of this card and the colours you have used
Thanks for joining in at CYDA this time

Jackie x
1CardCreator said…
Beautiful card, sure made me smile and so did your pictures. ~Diane
xiumaiyuki said…
This card will make anyone smile! Actually, ALL of your cards make me smile. Oh, I'm with your DD on this one...that possum is adorable. sorry...heheee :)
Andrea said…
Eeeek...possum!! Love the banner on your bright and cheery card!!
Jen said…
Great design and love the banner. Thank you for joining us at Rainbow Lady's challenge.
Jen x
Samantha said…
Hi Cheryl, thanks for joining us on the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge! your card is Fantastic! love the papers!! ohhh they sure are nice! hope you continued to play Top Tip throughout the year too!

Love all your pictures too! that cardinal is Awesome! all your pictures are. hugs Samantha: 0)
Kim P said…
Great card...very festive!

Love thebirds too! My hubby is a bit of a bird watcher himself
WeirdCat said…
I think they are cute too, but then they don't appear in my garden! Great card, lovely composition, thank you for joining us at Digi Doodle Shop's Best this week
Ruth x
Peggysue said…
Fantastic card design! I love the fresh spring colors.
WELCOME to the DYSU challenge! I hope you will be a regular.
Joanne Gilch said…
My brother has trapped 37 possums and released them to a nearby park! 37!!!! That doesn't include the one that crawled under his home to end it's circle of life. And he doesn't even live in a rural area!!! Luvin that banner card and those papers are scrumptious!!!
Tammy said…
Gorgeous card Cheryl!! I love the banner! OM Gosh a picture of a Cardinal and a opposum...how cool is that!
Yummm...this card makes me yearn for Spring!! Thank you for helping me out on a day where we got 20" of snow!!!

I LOVE the banner!!! I think that will be on my list next time I'm shopping! And the faux stitching is perfect!!!

Thanks for 'friending' me and helping me out today too!!
Maria
racinggrandma61 said…
Adorable. Love the colors. Great job. TY for joining us at SMC challenges and be sure to come back and join us again.

Laralee DT
Karen B. said…
So cute, the card, not the hedgehog.
Vicky said…
This is fabulous I love these papers & the flags look awesome. Will be going over to get these I think.
Thankyou for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog this week, good luck.

Hugs Vicky xx
Meg said…
That card is just the cutest! I love your banner!!

Now, that opossum, on the other hand DEFINITELY not the cutest! That picture totally gave me the heebie-jeebies, too!
Amber said…
Love the card and what fun to see all those creatures out your window!
Ann said…
Another cutie pie card! Great colors! Thanks for playing (twice) at Wee Memories this week! :D
*Alison* said…
what a beautiful creation.. I love the colors.. Way to "STACK UP" and use your buttons.. Thanks so much for playing along with us at DYSU Challenge Blog :) Can't wait to see what you create next week.. HUGS

Alison-Owner
Regan said…
What sumptuous designer paper! This card makes me happy! Loving the digital banner stamp too! :)
Anita said…
Lovely card Cheryl. It is so bright and cheerful and yes, it did make me smile.

And I agree ... opossums are creepy!
Annika said…
Adore these papers - and WHAT a cute layout!!! I never seem to think of the paper piecing, really should use it more often! Such a lovely card!
And your nature photos are beautiful - so jealous of the snow...
Hugs
Annika
Catherine said…
Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week Cheryl ! Your card is gorgeous ! Good luck ! SMiles from Catherine (Thanks for the pics, they are fantastic !)
lindyloo said…
Thanks for joining us at the creative cottage with such a super card I love the bunttings linda x
Scrappy Scatty said…
What a lovely card I love the paper
Thanks for joining us over at Digistamps4joy hope to see you again soon
Love Jan xx
KelsMakes!!! said…
Gorgeous as always! Thanks for joining in at Digiistamps4Joy!
Marlene said…
Your card is GORGEOUS!!! Your wildlife pics are awesome!! Come on, the possum is kinda cute, no? As long as you don't have to greet it! Heehee!
Jinny Newlin said…
So sweet! LOVE your banner, Cheryl! Aw, come on... Not even a little cute ;). They, definitely, aren't nice, though. Thanks so much for playing along in Wee Memories Scrappy Saturday Challenge!
Eiglas said…
Lovely card Cheryl but I almost forgot to comment on it for looking at your fab bird photos! LOL!
Thank you so much for sharing with us over at Top Tip Tuesday!
Hugs
Eiglas
x
Jen Leeflang said…
Thanks for joining us on the Digistamps4Joy "Button Up" challenge. Your card is so cute, and I love the way you have put your card together - it made me smile!
JenLee
DS4J DT
KelsMakes!!! said…
I love this! Thank you for joining in at Digistamps4Joy this time x
Mandi said…
FAB card
Love the buntingLovely card
Thanks for joining us at the Creative Cottage

madni xx
Caroljenks said…
What an amazing card but your aray of wildlife beats it for me! Wow, those red birds are beautiful!

Thanks for joining us this week over at Top Tip Tuesday for our 'Anything Goes' challenge (and sharing your photos) :)

Carol x
Teri said…
Sweet and simple card hun. Love all the creature photos.
Thank you for playing at TCPF this time, and good luck!
Hugs,
Teri x
PCJ said…
Fabulous card, love the banners

Thanks for joining us at PCJ challenges this time and we hope to see you again soon!

Lisa x
Carol Ann said…
A lovely cheerful card. you have some gorgeous birds in your neck of the wood, not so sure I like the possum though! Thanks for playing along at CYDA this time.
Carol Ann xx
Fuzzy Slippers said…
Yummy card! I think they are purple finches, but you've got me thinking now. :) Really fun card! Thanks for playing with us this week at TTT! :)
Gemma said…
lovely creation! Thanks for joining in our Button Up challenge this fortnight at Digistamps 4 Joy! Gemma :)

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