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Sweet Songbirds and the Heavenly Hollyhocks

Did you know that World Music Day is celebrated on June 21?  Pretty cool huh?  World Music Day is the featured festivity for the Festive Friday Challenge and is the inspiration for the Inspo List.  What is the Festive Friday Challenge?  The Festive Friday Challenge is a bi-weekly challenge that has an Inspo List.  What is an Inspo List?  Every challenge has an Inspo list that has 10 items on it and those 10 items were inspired by a particular holiday, celebration or festivity.  You need to use 3 items from the Inspo list on your project.  You do not have to incorporate the festivity into your challenge but if you want to, you can.  Here is a link to more information about how to participate in the challenge.


From the list I chose music notes, black,  and white.


The card base is black  with a Basic White cardstock layer that was cut using the Split Card Textures dies.  The "split" is on the diagonal.  I stamped the single flowers from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set in Polished Pink.  Love the pop of pink.  The chubby Sweet Songbird was also stamped in Polished Pink and punched out with the Songbird Builder punch.  I did punch the beak out 3 times and stacked it to give the beak more dimension.  The musical notes are also from the Sweet Songbirds set.


The sentiment on the front of the card is from the Heavenly Hollyhocks set.  Inside I added more musical notes and a sentiment from the Charming Sentiments set.  

I hope you will join in the challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations in the Festive Friday Gallery.

FF #0111  World Music Day

For more inspiration, be sure to visit the rest of the  Festive Friday Challenge Design team.

Ann Schach

Beth McCullough

Sharon Hashimoto Burkert

Melanie Hungerford

Helen Jennings

Stephanie Lanzalotto

Melva Peters


Diane Evans 

Joanne James

Thank you for stopping by and if you need a catalog be sure to let me know,



Beth McCullough

Oh my goodness, Sharon! Your cards are always so darling! I love the cute bird with a flower in her hair along with the other Hollihocks. :)

Diane Evans

Love your card Sharon. Amazing as always

Melanie Hungerford

Love that partial die cut with the black showing through, gives such great contrast to make those flowers and bird really pop. Fantastic card Sharon!

Stephanie Lanzalotto

What a fabulous design, Sharon. I love the contrast between the two sides. Great colors and I love the graphic feel on the left and the sweet birds and flowers on the right. Wonderful take on our challenge.


Love the idea of putting the sweet bird in among the flowers :) TFS!!

Ann Schach

Beautiful, Sharon! I love Polished Pink paired with the black and white. It's striking! Adding the bird to the blossoms was a cute idea!

Joanne Louise James

Sharon this is just adorable! I love the way you used the die to drive the layout of your sweet pink border and the bird amongst those pretty flowers makes for the perfect card for the theme!

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