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6/25/2016

Christmas Card Club - Cute

Hello and welcome. Today's post is for our lovely Christmas Card Club ladies. We make & share Christmas cards all year long, posting for each challenge every 2 weeks (or as my Brit friends would say 'fortnight'.). Each member gets to choose a theme, and we try to make cards around that idea, and it certainly helps to have a nice stash come December. This time our sweet Sylvie of Gibmiss wanted to see Cute. So I hope this card will be deemed 'Cute'--- I thought the image was cute when we found it in a sale bin at a stamp show.






- Impression Obsession (designed by Hannah Davies) cling rubber, inked in Tuxedo Black, colored with bright colors of copics. Added some lines in the birds' wings with a turquoise pentel pen, also used some fine line Staedtler Fine Liner pens (found mine at Target...but Amazon has these). Covered over some of the colored areas with WoStella, which managed to smear the turquoise, but still looks ok! Added SU Crystal Effects, which shines nicely IRL.

- Nuvo Crystal Drops (bright gold)

- Gina Marie Scalloped Square Frame die - this creates inner portion and a frame. Colored frame with copics, added some Crystal effects. After drying, placed the birds back in the frame. Matted with black, card base covered with a 6x6 pack of DP, that was on sale. (very thin DP - but some pretty patterns. Chose this chevron because it had the tropical colors of these goofy birds in the pattern)

- EK Success Tree punch - 2 layers. One from a snippet of green dots. Stamped an HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiment embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum (close up below). Then stamped another tree from clear package plastic snippet, tied some silver twine through the star that was punched with a small handpunch (you know, the kind we used to make holes with in school, but this one has a tiny star! It didn't like the plastic either!!!).



This closeup shows the sentiment better.

I'd be interested in hearing from you, if my links to products used, is at all helpful..OR if it may be distracting as you're reading. I don't know how to add all the product pics the way I've seen it done on other blogs. If it's more distracting than helpful, then I'll stop doing it!!! Sometimes I can't always find a good link. If a product is used that you want more details than I provide, do please contact me and I'll try to help if I can.

I hope you'll check out the Christmas Club member links as shown in the right sidebar. It's always such fun to see how each interprets the challenge theme.

Have a wonderful day, and God Bless. Big hugs too!


44 comments:

Pat said...

A very pretty card Mary and a great idea to layer a clear tree over the top to put the sentiment on to, and what a cute image too, and beautifully coloured, and your gold Nuvo drops are perfect. x

scrAPpamondo said...

This couple of birdie is really cute and fun! Love the two-layer tree with the little star and the sentiment! Love also the scallop frame. It's a so creative work!!

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! I love the image!! You colored it beautifully!! The tree with the sentiment overlay looks amazing!! Stunning my friend!! I think the links are helpful!! I used to add the pics with links at the bottom a couple of years but it was so time-consuming, I quit doing it. I do appreciate being able to click on a link if I want more info on a product. I hope you have a wonderful evening!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Donna Ellis said...

Hi, Mary! Beautifully colored IO image (and a great find at the show)! Your non traditional colors really bring those little Christmas birds to life! Gorgeous design? Hugs, de

Birgit said...

I like the links.....helps me see all the stuff:) I like this card because it is cute and funny. Love the layout and all you did.

Valerija said...

Lovely card and such a fun image.
Love it!
Valerija xx

Maxine D said...

What a fun card Mary - love those goofy birds, and you have coloured them fabulously. The product links don't worry me at all.
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Hi MaryH, I love the card. I like the colours and the image.

I don't mind either way about the links to products.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

brenda said...

What a real fun card with the quirky birdies and tipsy tree Mary. Lovely new blog layout as well.

Hope you have a good Sunday.

B x

Patricia said...

LOVE those cute birds making a fantastic card.
I like your links ... I can see the "stuff" or "Blogs" I like being "nosey"
Have a good day
Patricia X

Kath said...

A great card - love the fun image and your Christmas trees add the perfect finishing touch. I like to know what products have been used but have no preference if there is a link or not - does that help?
Kath x

Brenda said...

This Christmas card sure does qualify for cute Momma Mary! Those birds are totally cute (and they make me smile!) and I love how you have colored them up. Love the holly too they are perched on. Your sweet little scalloped frame is another cuteness factor to this card. Well maybe sweet is a better word for it. How clever of you to add the sentiment to the tree, love that idea! Hugs, Brenda

Rita said...

So very Cute. Love it lots. Hugs Rita xxx

Daffodil Cards said...

Mary, love the birds, very different, but beautifully done, Great idea to use the plastic packaging to add the sentiment to your tree and use both as the tag. Wonderful colouring and colours.
Hope you have a great Sunday.
Faith
x
PS like what you show and the links.

dutchess said...

Oh yes Mary that is super cute!....loving your layout and the dimension added by the tree.....perfect! Xxxx

Stampsnob. said...

Image is so cute the tree propped on the bottom perfect.........Lis

Pam said...

What a lovely Christmas card! The whimsical little birds are definitely cute and I love how you colored them! I love how the image is framed by the square scallop die cut. I agree with Lisa, helpful but time consuming for you. When I post a card I just want to get it posted. It seems to take a long time to do and from my observation, I think that there are only a very few people that actually read the post completely. You can usually tell by the comments they leave.
Have a great day!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

scrappymo! said...

This is so wonderfully cute! It has a sort of zany Xmas feel.
I lovat scalloped rectangle die. So versatile! Also love the Nuevo gold

I am glad you included the close up of the tree tag. I did not catch that the sentiment was there. Once I saw the close up, I then was able to spy it as well as the sweet star punched out for the glitter thread. Brilliant idea there!

Redanne said...

The image is just as cute as a button Mary, your colouring is wonderful and I love the design of the card. I find word links very helpful, especially if I am interested in a product, it is the picture ones I find distracting - I tried those myself but gave up as it is so much extra work! Hugs, Anne xx

scrappymo! said...

Me again
Sorry, but I forgot to comment on your links question.

I link any type of reference to the supplies used. When I have time, I do a recipe near the bottom of my post...but most of the time, I just mention in my descriptive part of how I made the card, just what I used.

When I read others posts, I see lots of different ways to describe or to link to supplies. Making links at the end of the post to what you used and where you purchased is lovely...but...way to time consuming for me. I am barely able to get round to visit at the mo so linking that way is not important to me.

When I read another's post, I can always google where to find the supplies as long as I know the name and manufacturer.

Christine Harrop said...

Oh I just love those birds Mary! Great card. I like your links and I like clicking tofindout more info etc. Hugs Christine xx

cheryl said...

Oh love these colours hun and gosh what fab images great layout too sweetie hugs cheryl xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, fabulous card, the image is brilliantly coloured with lovely bright shades, and I love the shape of the mat it's on, super tree and sentiment, a great idea.
No sure about the links Mary, but they are helpful for folk wanting to know what you've used etc. It's time consuming to do though, hope all is well with you and that your repair work is coming along, Kate x

Nancy Stislow said...

Mary, I just love your image and your imaginative layout! That stamp is awesome! It's a pleasure seeing your innovative cards. This is So well done and love the layers!

Sarah said...

They are definitely cute Mary and I love the colours you chose xx

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
This is certainly got the Cute Factor ... Love it...
Hugs Sylvie x

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Love this fun card with your cute birdies, lovely bright colours and a cheery feel. Sorry I haven't visited for a while, finding it hard to fit everything in to the day at the moment.
Lorraine

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, totally love the image and colours.

Kath x

rachel said...

your card is fabulous Mary - and I for one love to have links to products - its always good to know where you can find something that catches your eye! Hugs Rachel x

Zoe Tant said...

Gorgeous card Mary and I adore the pops of colour on your fun, cute images. Love that acetate layer on the tree too adding extra dimension. Perfect for our challenge. Zx

pam said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Mary, fantastic stamp and love the colours, such a great layout.

I like to see links, something I try do myself, I know it`s also time consuming, I still get emails asking about certain product though.. which I do not mind, as I like to help.
Hugs Pam x

Bonnie said...

This is a cute image, Mary, and I love the greens and purples! Awesome frame too!

Mrs A. said...

Oh yes this is darn cute! Love your colouring and extra embellishments. I had such a hard time doing this challenge. Kept thinking my idea of cute wouldn't be anyone elses. Hugs Mrs A.

Petra Swart said...

For sure your two little birds are as cute as can be, Mary!!!! Love the fun chevrons and the lovely scalloped frame!!!!! Such a lovely tree, too!!! Wonderfully done and a fun Christmas card!!!
Hugz

Sheila H said...

This card is definitely cute, Mary. It's also whimsical and fun. The colors are perfect. I love the tree. It's nice of you to add links. I appreciate the time it takes to add them. I use a lot of old products - discontinued stamps mostly - so I don't use links. Plus, I'm slow enough in posting so definitely don't need to add to what I post - LOL! Either way you go - adding product links or not - I enjoy your blog very much :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, beautiful colouring. I have the bird stamp as well, it's so whimsical :) Have a great day, Shirleyxx

Gerrina said...

It may be a christmascard, but it looks so fresh!! And funny aswell! Great way to use that image; you show so many so different styles and techniques; really beautiful and inspiring! Hugs, Gerrina

*Vicki* said...

How awesome to get those Christmas cards done so you're all not panicking at the last moments like I usually do!! LOL!! I'm hoping that in July, I will have started some myself! :) the colorful birds are so fn and I just love the touches of gold everywhere!! Fabulous idea to take the layered trees for a tag and place the sentiment on. TFS this happy and fun design! HUGS

Pippa said...

A very unusual design Mary. I like the bright colours you have used and how you have constructed the card, though to be honest it's not an image that would instantly appeal to me. I tend to be a traditional Christmas kind of gal! Having said that I appreciate what you have done with it.

Loll said...

Those birds are so cute Mary! Great colours and awesome design too. xx

Kim Heggins said...

Oh my....this is just adorable. Love those sweet birds.

Olga Fink said...

Oh Mary! this is so adorable and cute! I love it! so bright and cheerful!
xoxo Olga

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Your card is so whimsical (and cute!) I love the bold fun and funky colors on it. As for your links to products I'm on a strict stamping budget so I just bleep over them and pay them no mind. I do like to know who makes a product if I am interested in it so it is nice you mention. I put my info discreetly down in "the fine print."

Carol said...

What a fabulous image Mary...and I love how you've presented it. Carol x