Followers

3/05/2014

Another Robin

Good afternoon & thanks for your time in stopping to chat. On Sunday there was a post of some robins - which was the theme of a Christmas Card group. I used a recently purchased image from Nice Crane, which had beautiful vintage birds, but they were a bit on the blue side, more like our area's Eastern Bluebirds. I could have shaded these pretty critters to be more like our local Robins, but I couldn't make myself dim their pretty feathers. Had a lot of interesting comments, one of which that English robins are blue. Did not know that. Hunted up a stamp by Sweet Stamps which looks more like the robins in our yard. Now the stamp says it is a Michigan Robin, but I colored him to look like a South Carolina robin. Think this little critter was a purchase from the Sept 2013 South Carolina Stamp Show.



- Sweet Stamps Michigan Robin (1016F) - colored with Copics on Xpress paper

- S/B Classic Oval die cut, embossed with Gold Ovals One. Viva D├ęcor Inca Gold paste rubbed around the outer edges. S/B Classic Scalloped Ovals for red mat (which is not showing up against the red border, I see now that I'm looking at the photo.)

- Background done with 2 colors of Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks and a brick patterned Impression Obsession Cover a Card stamp. This has been done for some time, so don't have the specific info just to hand, but can provide if needed.

- CLyn Tropical Flourish (B127) using the same paper as the red floral border - cut apart to fit where needed. This was from Paper and Stone sale order which arrived Monday afternoon after placing the order on Thursday evening. (remember: Not a paid endorsement, just sayin').

- black scallop piece is a snippet of glitter paper waste trimming. Green rhinestones and orange-y toned pearls to trim.

IRL I'm likin' the card, as the mat & border contrast does show a bit better than in the photo. This paper was from a really El Cheapo pack purchased from who knows where? Is very lightweight & a bit chintzy quality, but I liked this particular floral pattern. It reminded me of vintage wallpaper seen in some of the old restored houses we've visited - plus I just thought it was pretty with the brick motif. Never thought about the not-so great contrast with the mat color, which is a textured solid from the same paper pack as the red floral. Live & learn. Do it daily. Sometimes have to relearn 'cause I forget. :-)

Ya'll have a good evening, and come again when you've time. I'll share some of my Impression Obsession class cards later. Had a super time; enjoyed being with some friends. We had a great lunch & companionship. A 2 hour class managed to morph into an entire day with us. Thanks Gloria, old stamp group, Scrapbook Creations & Mitra from Impression Obsessions for giving me a special & very fun day. Hugs.

28 comments:

Jan Frances said...

Lovely bright card Mary and love the swirl that just completes your card x

Di said...

Lovely card Mary and English Robins aren't blue. They're a warm brown with red puffed out chests - we have one visiting the garden here and he's a saucy little thing They're generally solitary birds until it's time to raise a brood. Did you know they like to nest in old kettles? Truly! Very feisty and also inquisitive creatures,

Hope all is well

Hugs, Di xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I'm liking this card a lot. I don't mind the lack of contrast between the background piece and the scalloped border. It works just fine.

Benzi said...

For sure, that looks like a pretty robin...just like the ones bobbin' around in my yard. So glad to see them arrive. Mary, you made a super background and your frame is so pretty, too. That is very pretty dp.

Carol L said...

I think all birds are beautiful, regardless of color. Stamping gives us the option of making a purple bird if we want to, so everything concerning birds works for me! :) I love how you colored this image and the flourish adds to it's beauty! Enjoy your evening, and thanks for the hint of spring :)

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! The Robin looks so pretty - you colored it beautifully!! The background is awesome!! Your bird cards are so fabulous!! I love how you bring the birds to life in color!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

jimlynn said...

Oh good! Another robin. Don't think I'd ever get tired of looking at those pretty birds. Your card is so lovely and the colors are screaming spring! Love the way you did the background on here too. Just a beautiful card.
Lynn

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
Di is right English robins are brown with red breasts in the winter season, and in the summer season their breasts turn a rusty red and not so bright.
Love your super, and beautiful coloured bird card. What a very nice design too.
Was watching a coarse fishing program on the TV yeterday, and it was from Kansas, and the birds seen on it were amazingly colourful.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Pat said...

A lovely bright sunny card Mary, and the bird definitely looks like a robin. The background is nicely abstract and pretty pastel colours. The red floral paper goes beautifully with the CL die and the oval die you have used. I love the pretty green gems. x

Irish Cherokee said...

Glad I visited. Getting a lesson on different kinds of robins. Love the coloring of the Carolina robin and the border around the oval is a nice touch Mary. Spring is on the way and this card is like a bright spring day.

Rita said...

What a beautiful card Mary. We have Robin Redbreasts hear in Scotland and I have one that visits every day and is so tame. Never knew there was blue ones in England. So thanks for that. Sounds as if you had a great time with your friends. Hugs Rita xxx

Kellie 0:) said...

Hey Mary - Love the card. The only robins I know of have always been red breasted. I really don't mind the double layering of red - if you want more contrast you could always ink the top layer around where it overlaps. LOVE the gorgeous flourish too. TFS

Hazel said...

Mary another beautiful Robin card, love Robins so would never get tired of seeing cards with them on them . Hazel xx

Marilyn said...

WOW!! Beautiful card!!

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, this card is stunning!! I love that robin, he looks so real. I don't know how you colored him up like that but he is just beautiful!! I love the papers you chose to put him on too, so rich looking colors and go so well with this beautiful robin. When you click on and make the picture larger you can see your beautiful scallop mat against the red, so I'm sure it is even better IRL. Be proud because this card is just stunning! Hugs!

Shona Erlenborn said...

I'm also from Scotland and our little robins are so cute, my Dad had one that would visit him in his garage and actually eat out of his hand! Beautiful card Mary - love your coloring and the layers along with the DPs. I'm looking forward to getting my stash from Linda - I also got that Flourish die - love what you did with it.

Donna Ellis said...

How lovely your robin is, with his matching surroundings! A beautiful card, Mary, and pure delight! We still have not seen robins here. hugs, de

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful & cheerful design Mary, the Robin is coloured so well. I love the die cut layers and the flourish. We have been seeing Robins all winter, they used to fly south but are staying up here. I'm sure they are sorry this year..... we still have tons of snow. Have a great day, Shirleyx

Karen Petitt said...

Not sure who told you English robins were blue - they need a slap on the hand lol! In winter they are red and brown and the rest of the year they are russet and brown, more of an orange tinge than the rich red in winter.
Gorgeous card, love that stamp, I've a weakness for bird stamps, and you've coloured it beautifully. I've just been looking at red cardinals after seeing a card on Donna's blog, we don't have those here - they are so beautiful x

Chrisboldo said...

Love that beautifully colored bird. And the whole card is just fabulous!

Hugs
Chris
http://thecardphilelady.blogspot.com

Joni nina Andaya said...

What a GORGEOUS card Mary! Love all the pattern papers you used, so bright and pretty :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Have always LOVED robins. There used to be so many more of them, it seems. Or maybe its just that I don't live now where I did as a child. Your card is so lovely and beautifully colored, Mary.

Bonnie said...

This is more like our robins and colored perfectly! Love the touches to match his red breast! Very pretty!

Kathleen said...

Brilliant card Mary, love your Robin and the papers, but you do have some fantastic birds in your neck of the woods. We are quite lucky as we get lots of different sorts of tits and the general English brown and red Robins and this past couple of years we have had the most fabulous Bull Finches and the odd Blue Jay.

Kath x

Petra Swart said...

Your robin looks beautiful, Mary!! ...and your card is beautiful, too!! Love all the bright red and the dies you've used!
Hugz

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card. The papers, the image, the colouring, the inking...all are wonderful on this beautiful card. The robins are out in full force in our back garden as they are after the worms which seem to be plentiful this year!

Sheila H said...

Each of your bird cards is progressively more beautiful, Mary. This is absolutely stunning.

Faith A said...

I don't think we have blue birds in the UK, the only one I know is the Blue Tit a small nervous bird and he has yellow on him too.

I love your card and the colours you have used AND your spray, beautiful.