Those who follow my blog regularly will recall the post I wrote on January 5th about my Maxamillion Amazon parrot. If you missed it, you can read about it HERE. I promised to share the Pocket Parrot story with you and today’s card, featuring the Bird Banter stamp set, presents the perfect opportunity.

Shortly after Max died I decided to purchase another bird. I went to the local pet store, asked lots of questions and settled on a Pocket Parrot that I named PeeWee. He was very young and I knew I’d need to be patient with him but I figured that would be easy since I was an experienced bird owner. I took him home, placed him in his new cage and spent a few hours acclimating him to his new surroundings. My Mom called asking about my morning and I was quick to share my excitement. She urged me to bring him over so she could meet him. Toting the small cage I marched upstairs to her master bathroom where she was putting on her make up.  After a few minutes I took PeeWee out of the cage. He perched on my index finger and as my face neared his beak he became very agitated and began to attempt to fly off my finger. Because he was young and in an unfamiliar area, I used my thumb to secure his feet so he wouldn’t fly away. But I underestimated him! He had gotten loose and began to hoover around my head furiously looking for a place to land and latched on to the nostrils of my nose. He was literally dangling from my nose! I’m laughing as I type this because, although painful, it had to be a sight!  I remember my nose starting to bleed and I began to lightly fan my hand towards him in hopes he’d let go. My Mom’s reaction was no help! She started laughing until she could see small drops of blood from my nose. I could see the concern mounting on her face so she began fanning her hand as well. Letting go of my nose was only part of the concern. His next attempt was at my left eye. Now, granted, I don’t think he was trying to hurt me, he was desperate for a place to land. He managed to take a nice chunk out of my eye brow before his flight around the bathroom. My step Dad heard the commotion and came upstairs to help. He grabbed a bath towel from the shelf and as PeeWee landed on the garden tub he was able to toss the towel over him so we could carefully scoop him up, calm him down and get him back in the cage. A little bloodied and battered I decided that this Pocket Parrot was a bit more than I could handle. I didn’t go home. I went right back to the pet store. When the store owner saw me, there was no explanation needed. He promptly gave me a full refund and this also promptly ended my bird-owning days. I never would have guessed that I could handle an Amazon Parrot and not this little few ounce bird.

The bird featured on my card is no threat. This Toucan was colored using the Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. The markers are effortless and allow you to blend colors, like I have here for his nose and wings. Since there is no black Stampin’ Blends I used the Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color in the body.

Bright yellow and black and white stripes provide the perfect borders for this tropical Toucan colored with alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!. Stampin' Blends and Bird Banter.

I used the Petal Passion designer paper, cut 2 1/4″ x 2 3/4″ and paneled it under the 2 3/4″ x 3″ piece of Thick Whisper White cardstock that houses the Toucan.

Close up of a bright yellow and black and white stripes provide the perfect borders for this tropical Toucan colored with alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!. Stampin' Blends and Bird Banter.

The Petal Burst Embossing Folder was used on the 1 1/4″ x 5 1/4″ piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock to complete the panel on the left. There isn’t one Dimensional on this card – which is a rarity for me.

Aerial view of a bright yellow and black and white stripes provide the perfect borders for this tropical Toucan colored with alcohol markers by Stampin' Up!. Stampin' Blends and Bird Banter.

I have an entire video series on using the Stampin’ Blends Markers which I’ve listed below. You’ll be coloring like a pro within minutes.

Check out the Bird Banter stamp set by clicking on the image in the supply list below. The best part of these birds – no cage required!

Happy 5 Year Anniversary!

Can you believe that Paper Pumpkin will be 5 years old in March?! We’re celebrating by including a free gift in the March kit complimented by a special anniversary box. But don’t wait! Ordering for this special anniversary edition is only valid through March 10th!

Not sure what Paper Pumpkin is all about? I’ve got the details of this monthly kit which includes a free stamp set and pre-cut supplies HERE. You can purchase Paper Pumpkin for one month ($19.95) or you can subscribe. A 3-month subscription automatically qualifies you for your choice of a FREE Sale-A-Bration product, too!  Oh, and did I mention that all my subscribers also receive – for FREE – a bundle of tutorials with alternate project ideas using their kit? It’s called Paper Pumpkin Parade which provides lots of inspiration for each month’s kit. See the sneak peek pictures of prior month’s tutorial projects HERE.

Paper Pumpkin 5 year anniversary special includes a free gift, special box and a bundle of free tutorials exclusively from Lisa's Stamp Studio. Paper Pumpkin Parade


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