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3/02/2014

Christmas Card Club - Robins for Christmas

Hello & welcome.  Twice a month there is a wonderful Christmas Club group that I was lucky enough to join.  Every other week there is a Christmas theme for which we make a card. The lovely Margaret of Dutchess  selected Robins as the theme for today's challenge.

Upstate South Carolina has lots of Robins - and there are already some flying about. Recently purchased some vintage bird images, and one was used for today's card (and please don't notice that they really look more like bluebirds...old eyesight probably!) These remind me of the red breasted robins that hop around in our lawn. I meant to shade them darker colors...but these are so lovely, I just couldn't. So please indulge me and pretend these look more grayish brown like a 'real robin' does!

Here's the card:

- Nice Crane Design - Vintage Birds Greeting card set. Printed 2 images on Xpress paper. Die cut one image using Sizzix Indented Rectangles die (657569). Fussy cut the 3 birds from the second print; shaped each bird with a stylus and adhered to the main image. Sponged DI Tea Dye & Vintage Photo around the edges, and did just a small bit of shading on the birds, using a Spica pen to highlight their eyes.

- Stamped Stampendous Christmas Background on white c/s, sponged DI Vintage Photo around the edges, then airbrushed with E40, E41 in the center portion. Adhered to a white card base and curled opposite edges. (The outer dark blue is the background for the photo).

- airbrushed some lace from stash with E43 to create an aged look, and placed on the stamped base, trying not to hide a lot of the printed background.

- mounted the focal image using dimensional foam.

- Die_namites Elegant Holly die (DN-1064) cut from a green snippet; snipped apart the diecut  to place around the image, then added some red rhinestones for bling.

A very easy & fun card to make and I hope you'll join me in pretending these pretty birds can masquerade as Robins! Have a lovely afternoon, thanks for stopping to visit, and as always, Hugs.

42 comments:

Rita said...

Beautiful card Mary. I love those little Robins. Hugs Rita xxxx

vicki said...

Hi Mary I'm loving the robins what a beautiful christmas card, they look so sweet :) hope your having a lovely weekend
Hugs
Vic x

Donna Ellis said...

such pretty images, Mary, and lovely colors - really looks Vintage and sounds vintage with the sentiment. that stampendous background is GORGEOUS! especially done in the soft gold like that - very pretty card, Mary! hugs, de

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

What a great idea !!! Lovely colors and images !!! Hope you have a wonderful day !!

Hugs,
Mayra
Mayrasdesigns.blogspot.com

Irish Cherokee said...

Mary, the birds are colored beautifully. The background is masterfully done and suites the card perfectly. Beautifully done.

jimlynn said...

They look exactly like a robin to me......but then again, I've never actually seen one! They're beautiful and so is your card Mary. So pretty and I'd really love to see a real one too. Your sponging is so pretty on here and also like that touch of green!
Lynn

Hazel said...

Beautiful Mary, I do so love robins. We have lots of bird feeders in our garden with lots of different birds visiting. But the robin is always around, he was collecting the dog hair that was lying around from us brushing our lab Harris. So lovely to watch the birds picking up all the bits for their nests. Hazel xx

Donna Hanley said...

Mary they really look like the robins I have around here. This is a beautiful Christmas card. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. There is some great inspiration that I will have to case here. LOL Enjoy your week ahead.

dutchess said...

They look like cheeky robins Mary.....in their winter colours....love that background stamp...and that bit of bling is just perfect! lovely card xxxxx

Sally H said...

A Gorgeous card, Mary! I love cards with birds on and British robins do tend to get everywhere at Christmas. Nice to see some that are a bit different! Don't worry, Robins are different on every continent - these look rather like Australian robins to me! American Robins are a bit like African Robins and British Robins are half the size.

susiestacey said...

Hi Mary. Sally has confused me with all the different robins lol x We have robins all year round in the garden and when l am in the allotment (vegetable garden) in the summer the quite often get very close looking for worms. Your card is lovely and with imagination they are robins love the holly die too. Take care x Susan x

Redanne said...

So beautiful Mary, I love this so much, the birds are beautiful and I love the gorgeous background. Hugs, Anne x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card Mary. Your robins are a little brighter than ours I think but gorgeous nonetheless.
Hugs
xx

Carol L said...

These pretty birds remind me of spring more than Christmas, but they're pretty to look at regardless of the season! I love all the distressing and especially all the holly & flourishes with red gems! Very pretty card!

scrappymo! said...

Those robins are so pretty! Love the colours you chose...We do have some artistc freedom you know!
Lovely card Mary!
We are so lucky to have our Christmas Card club...you could not meet a nicer group of ladies!

Gail said...

Very nice!
I'll let you know when we thaw out enough to have robins!

Carol said...

They look perfect to me Mary! It's a gorgeous card, I love the vintage feel it has. Carol x

Hazel said...

Such a beautiful card for Margaret's CCC challenge (don't forget that you could enter it into my CHNC challenge extra for March and also our new Completely Christmas challenge 1). x

Zoƫ said...

Lovely card Mary. I like the script background and the holly accents. Zx

Benzi said...

They definitely look like robins. I just saw about 10 in our yard just a few minutes ago. Of course, the blackbirds come at the same time. I am so excited to see the robins because it is a sure sign that Spring is coming...even if we are getting ice tonight.

I love that image behind your robins, too. The aged look is gorgeous.

Pat said...

These pretty birds make a lovely Christmas card Mary, and I really love the holly die with the red gem berries. Hope you have had a good weekend. x

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, this is gorgeous, Mary!! The birds are amazing!! I love the colors!! The entire design is fabulous!! Love this!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Shona Erlenborn said...

Artistic licence - I think that's what we call it!! Just perfect the way it is. Love the little robins, especially "puffed up" with a stylus - great idea and that vintage background is gorgeous.

Diane said...

My gosh, this is gorgeous, Mary, the little bit of foliage is perfect.

Hugs diane

Sheila H said...

These robins are beautiful, Mary. My dad used to recite a poem about "robin red breast." I can't remember it, but your artistry reminds me of looking at robins with my dad when I was a little girl. The distressing, die cuts and bling nicely accent and highlight your coloring.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card Mary I love those robins.
Kevin xx

Clevercrafter said...

Lovely card for the3 CCC Challenge - still waiting for Spring to start here.
Lorraine

Marilyn said...

Awesome card!! Love the robins

Planetsusie said...

I love your card Mary - those robins are evolving like Maureen's!!! Also really like your design layout. Such a great card.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Brenda said...

This card is so beautiful Momma Mary! I love the robins and I love the papers you chose for this card. The holly leaves and berries are so festive and really add so much to this wonderful Christmas card! Hugs!

Sandy said...

This is stunning Mary. I do love birds. I will let you know when I see my first robin. Right now I still have plenty of Chickadees, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers (three different kinds), Cardinals, some Bluejays, Titmice, and a few others I do not know their names. Oh! And the every present Goldfinches with a few red finches (I forgot their names to - something like Bill and Sue?) I guess I had better study again. Rain this morning and I understand it is to get rather cold later on today.
My best to you sweet lady!
sandy xx

Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful card, Mary! English Robins look very much like our bluebirds so you can say these are English Robins! Whatever you call them, this is so pretty!

Christine Harrop said...

We have robins all year round and these are gorgeous - whatever nationality they are! Lol! My bird feeding station is a very busy place right now. Your card is gorgeous. For my digi images I just use some card that I buy at my local stationer/art shop - we don't have a craft shop unfortunately. It is just 210 gsm art card - but I don't know what that is in your American pounds weight. It is quite a light weight card stock and prints the digi and colours okay too. Hugs Christine.x

Karen Petitt said...

Really gorgeous Mary, love the papers you have used, the birds really pop off the page, stunning creation x

Nicecrane Designs said...

Wowwwww Mary,,,,,,,,, what a colorful and amazing Robins,,,,,,,,and these stunning dies match perfectly with my bird image,,,,Thanks a million for sharing my friend,,, I have just send you a nice gift...SHHHH

Princess Judy Palmer said...

I love your vintage birdies. They are nice and you've done great things with them on this card.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely card for my CHNC challenge extra for March - hope to see you again soon x

linda said...

such a pretty vintage holiday card! i just assumed they were blue robins. :)

Faith A said...

Such a lovely Christmas card, love those birds.

Petra Swart said...

I love the vintage feel of this card, Mary and those birds are beautiful!! Loving the bits of lace you added and the bling!! Great bg and a great card!!
Hugz

Asha said...

A little festive tweeting between the birds?! LOVE that image, Mary... and the diecut holly and bling... it's Christmas alright!
hugs, Asha

Suze said...

We don't have robins here but seeing your gorgeous ones I wish we did! Thanks for joining in the challenge at CHNC Extra for March.