Pretty Cards and Paper – Bird Ballard International Blog Hop


Welcome to this month’s Pretty Cards & Paper International Blog Hop. 

Our Design it with DSP name and graphic have had a bit of a rebrand – but our focus is still very much on designing projects with beautiful Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper – as well as the gorgeous cards available to purchase and use. Our Design Team is made up of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from throughout the world – one from each of the countries/markets that Stampin’ Up! has a presence in. 

Each month we will be featuring a different card or designer series paper and in June we are all using the Bird Ballard Designer Series Paper in our projects. 

Bird Ballard

Here’s all the important info:

BIRD BALLARD 12″ X 12″ (30.5 X 30.5 cm) Designer Series Paper 149592

Images in the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper were hand-coloured using Stampin’ Blends for a soft, blended look.

* 12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double-sided designs 
* 12″ x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm) 
* Acid free 
* Lignin free 

Coordinating colours: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, Whisper White

In my Technique classes last week I showcased a fancy fold – the Easel Card. I had samples of a standard easel card and a twisted easel card and attendees made a diamond easel card. My standard easel card featured the Bird Ballard DSP and in the project, I’m sharing today.


There are three different patterns from the Bird Ballad DSP used in the card, along with the front of one of the Bird Ballard note cards. I love how all these products work together – as well as looking good as stand-alone items.

The birds are not stamped – they are fussy cut from one of the patterns and then popped onto a hexagon (cut with the Nested Label Dies) in a second pattern from the DSP pack. The Sentiment is stamped onto a smaller die cut from the same pattern.

And the inside/base of the card has the bright and cherry stripes – a third different pattern from the DSP.

One of the things any easel card needs is some sort of “stopper” to keep the easel open. The front of the card must be supported – or have something that will stop it sliding shut.

I cut out the centre of the laser cut card front (it was behind the label so thought it would not be missed!) and wanted to use that. It was to lacey and not strong enough to use on its own, so I cut a circle of window sheet a little large and stuck the paper lace onto that. By bending it a little it makes a great stopper for this easel card. I also popped one of the gorgeous Brid Ballard Trinkets on top. This would have been enough to be the stopper itself, but in this case, it is just for decoration.



I’m delighted to be in the 2019 All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team. We each create an exclusive project for a monthly Bundle of pdf tutorials as well as creating another project we share in our monthly Blog Hop early each month. 

All Star Tutorial Bundle Design Team 2019



How to get the Tutorial Bundle

There are three ways you can receive the February 2019 All Star Tutorial Bundle:


If you live in New Zealand, you can shop with me, and as part of my customer loyalty rewards program, you will receive this month’s tutorial Bundle absolutely FREE  with an order of $50 or more with me during the month. 
That can be as simple as placing an order in my New Zealand Online Stop and using the current hostess code – see the top right for the current code. Your order will be delivered directly to your door. 
Or contact me by email:



Purchase the May Tutorial Bundle for $NZ21

All currencies accepted, PayPal will do the conversion for you.  


If you are in my New Zealand Team of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, you’ll be receiving all of the tutorial bundles for FREE!
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If you’d like to be part of my thINK Creative Team, I’d love to have you join us. 


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Until next time

Jackie Noble | creativeJax



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