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12/27/2016

Crazy Birds for Christmas

Good afternoon from sunny, lovely South Florida. I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas, spent with those that you love best. Also wishing you some of this beautiful golden sunshine we've enjoyed each day since arriving. Although the day can become quite warm, there's been a soft cooling breeze to make the warmth very pleasant. Quite a welcome change from the gloomy overcast & sometimes chilly days we had before we left home.

Today's share will be the 3 last minute cards done for the family. After scrambling to finish them, I very nearly left them on the desk at home. Just happened to spot the envelope stack on the desk when turning off the light downstairs, to head up the steps, be ready for a very early (4:30am) departure.



DD's card -
 
 
 
DH Card -
 
The circle on DH's card is a mess-up from trying to emboss the Hero Arts Infinity Circles as Jennifer McGuire shows in her video. Used heavy weight w/c paper, and it still cut through the paper in places, rather than just embossing. Was able to salvage this portion, so cut out the bird and just adhered him to the embossed circles. A S/B border die cut the 2 side borders. 
 
 


SIL card 

These images are from the small size of the THoltz Crazy Birds, which have the accessories with the set, and used the same set of matching dies to cut out the hats. (Then did a bit of trimming). Used the Misti to mask for the hat, then after doing all the masking, realized it would have been easier to just stamp the hat, stick over the top of the CB's head, and would have probably been placed better too! The white fur was done with the Marvy snow pen, then heat set to puff it up.

S/B circle used to cut out the central motif, then a larger one to cut the mat. The papers are from a Christmas 6x6 pack - from the stash. The added bow on SIL's card came from a gift box that had some Godiva chocolates. Should have put this on DD's card, but didn't! (always 2nd guessing myself LOL)

Each Sweetie got a 'pretty card' which has been previously shared, and then the 3 'funny' ones. I think they liked them!

We had a lovely but quiet Christmas day. We had agreed to 'no gifts', but still Santa showed up. It's very difficult to think of surprises for adults, who buy what they want (that they can _afford_!) through the year. None of us needed clothes or more 'schtuff'. However Gift cards were welcome, and Mr. got a nice set of Uggs to keep his feet warm this winter. He asked me the size when he first saw them. I said "Never mind what size, just see if they fit"...they did look quite large compared to his actual foot size. However, they did fit, and both kids said "Uggs run small, in whole sizes, so you have to pick the next size up". So guess I won't have to be returning these!

That's it for today. Hope everyone has had a good start to the week, and probably lots are back at work after the holiday break. Big hugs and many prayers going out to those of my friends who stand in need just now. God Bless. Thanks for stopping in.






38 comments:

scrAPpamondo said...

So pretty and fun cards, they make me smile! Love how you matched the papers with the colours of the crazy birds! Fab design! Love expecially the first one!
Hugs and Happy Holidays!

Liz said...

Three fun cards, Mary. Those Crazy Birds are perfect for special occasions all year round and look perfect in their Santa hats. Sounds like you had a good Christmas celebrating the festive season. Wishing health and happiness in 2017. xx

Veerle said...

Just love these crazy birds cards mary. They are so much fun to look at.
Hugs Veerle x

Kathleen said...

No matter what, Family and Friends are the main point of Christmas and I am so pleased that you are spending it at your Daughters.
Some fabulous cards shown here, great images and colours.

Kath x

Pat said...

I adore your three Crazy Bird cards Mary and have thought about trying the multi circle dry embossing technique as done by JM. If I give it a try I will let you know how I get on. The papers you have used are all very pretty and what a lovely bow on SIL's. Glad you had a good Christmas and that you are having some lovely weather, very welcome this time of year. x

Maxine D said...

What a fabulous idea to use those birds on Christmas cards Mary!! Love them
Blessings
Maxine

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Glad you are having such nice weather and enjoyed Christmas.

Sadly I had the stomach bug,so Christmas Eve (my birthday), Christmas Day and Boxing Day plans all cancelled. Brother and sil coming up this morning and will go ho0me Friday morning, so I am glad I am over the bug.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

brenda said...

Very cute cards indeed Mary, never quite got round to buying any of the crazy birds, but it's never too late.

Hope you had a lovely Christmas.

B x

Marilyn said...

Three pretty crazy bird cards!! Love the papers!

Donna said...

Mary, what wonderful cards! Your birds are adorable. I love trying Jennifer's techniques but they don't always work for me either. I guess it takes practice. LOL! Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy that lovely weather. I'd take a bit of warmth right now. The twins have caught a cold so they've been fussy this last few days. Poor things. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Stampsnob. said...

Isn't he just a love Great cards Mary ....HAPPY NEEWW YEAR .........Lis

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Hi Mary! It sounds like your holidays were quite enjoyable. I love your crazy bird cards. I am trying to use them or the cats for a few New Year's cards. I'm not getting very far thus far. We'll see!

*Vicki* said...

Your crazy bird cards are so cute!! Love the color and the festive details on these! :) Hope you had a nice Christmas! Wishing you happiness and creativity for the New Year! HUGS

Redanne said...

I love the Crazy Birds stamps and you have used them beautifully Mary, love the backgrounds you created for them too! I am glad that you are getting reasonable weather. All the very best for the New Year! Hugs, Anne xx

Donna Ellis said...

Your crazy birds are delightful, Mary, and such fun! Loving the colors you have selected. So glad you are enjoying your time in FL - some day, we will get to meet in person! Looking forward to that time. Maybe even next year? Who knows. Hoping your New Year is healthy and enjoyable, Mary, all year long. hugs, de

Donna said...

What fun creative cards Mary! Hope you are enjoying that warm weather and soaking up the sunshine.

Diane said...

Greetings Mary, gosh sunny Florida sounds just lovely. We are heading into a couple days where the low is 18 and the high is 33. Love the super cute crazy bird designs.

Have a wonderful new year.

Diane

Olga Fink said...

Fantastic cards Mary! Glad to hear you had a great time with your family!
xoxo Olga

Daffodil Cards said...

SUPER DUPER cards Mary. love those birds and how you have shown them off. Sounds like Christmas was good and the weather not too bad as well, nice to relax with family and not have to feel you HAVE to do something.
Enjoy the rest of your stay and have a Wonderful New Year.
Hugs
Faith
x

cotnob said...

A fabulous collection of cards Mary, such bright and cheerful designs.
It was lucky that you spotted them and didn't leave them behind!
I hope you are enjoying the holidays.
Pauline
x

Brenda said...

These cards are to cute Momma Mary! I love these birds, they always crack me up with their expressions. Love the santa hats on them too! Beautiful background papers as well. Your weather sounds just lovely!! I would be soaking up that sunshine!! Glad your Christmas with your loved ones was a good one. Hugs Brenda

Sarah said...

These are such fun characters Mary and are sure to have made the recipients smile!! Pleased that you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a happy and healthy new year xx

Mrs A. said...

So pleased to hear that your having a lovely time with your daughter and family. hope you have a Happy New Year. Love these bird cards. Hugs Mrs A.

Kathleen said...

Oh Mary, three fabulous cards, fabulous images and gorgeous backgrounds.
Very heavy frost here this morning, you are so lucky with the weather.

Kath x

pam said...

Hi Mary, fantastic cards! love these crazy birds and wonderful layouts with paper designs, bet these were well received by all..
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Hugs Pam x

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous cards love the crazy birds-best wishes for the New Year
Carol x

Nancy Stislow said...

What a terrific job you did using those birds, Mary! I love the festive papers you chose for your layout! Amazing that you are away from home and still manage to create!

Bonnie said...

All three are so fun, Mary! How could they not like them? Glad you had a nice Christmas and are enjoying the warm weather.

Carol L said...

So glad you had a nice Christmas with some surprise gifts. Santa is a jolly old soul isn't he? I love the crazy birds in their finest Christmas duds - the papers you paired them with are all too much fun, and I'm glad you didn't forget to take them along with you to FL! Have a wonderful and happy new year in 2017!

Rosie Guiher said...

Hi Mary Merry Christmas to you! I love the background paper on your dh's card. All the birds are colored so perfectly. Don't know how you do it but your coloring is always so pretty!
Thanks for sharing.
Rosie

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Mary, these are so cute! I love the crazy birds and you made some fun cards with them. I'm glad your trip went well and you had a nice Christmas. I am happy you are having such nice weather. Enjoy your time there with your daughter.

Kim Heggins said...

Ohhhhhh....these are so amazing! I love how you used these fabulous birds and turned them into holiday birds, so clever and so much fun! Merry Christmas!

Barb said...

What a lovely selection of fun Christmas cards. I love those crazy birds. They work for so many occasions. Wishing you and your family a very happy new year and hoping 2017 will bring you all good health. Barbxx

Sue - said...

What a fun set of cards Mary. How lovely to be in the warm and sun, I miss our winter sun holidays that we had before Roy was ill. They were a nice boost in the dull cold days after Christmas. Hopefully we'll be able to take them again, maybe next year.

scrappymo! said...

Three fabulously funny cards! Good to hear they were appreciated!

Enjoy Florida and the lovely hot weather...you lucky girl!
We have a couple inches of snow that fell today. It is pretty but slippery too.

Sheila H said...

Hi, Mary. I haven't visited in a while. Your holiday cards are lovely. I trust you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year!

crafty creations said...

Fabulous cards Mary

Its great to be back in the blogging world

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you

xx Hilda

Lisa said...

Happy new year my sweet friend!! I hope 2017 is filled with amazing things for you!! Your three crazy birds are so beautiful and festive!! I love how you've colored them and designed around them!! They are all so gorgeous!! I live in my Uggs in the winter!! They are my favorite item of clothing :) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
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