Sunday, 2 March 2014

Christmas Card Club - Feature a Robin

Here is the third card I made from the banner card kits I made up for the weekly craft day with my neighbour.  For this card I needed to feature a Robin as that is the Christmas Card Club theme chosen by Margaret at dutchess .

I used some of the Simple Stories 25 Days Of Christmas papers that I received from the lovely Aliwinn. After she made her 2013 Xmas cards, she posted a RAK on the Two Peas blog and gave away a huge box of her left over items. I won! Here is a photo of my wonderful package. There were papers, embellishments, stamps, a stencil, trimmings and much, much, more.

They have a lovely country, rugged feel...perfect for distressed cards and cards with a decided masculine feel. There are even papers for Project life type pages, or December Daily.

Here is the Robin card I made. I was on a bit of a roll to use up the last of the poinsettia images I had already coloured up. I used a K&Co 3D Robin and I think he fit the card quite well. I made him a little nest from some snippets of kraft card  and he Martha Stewart branch punch. I inked some of them up a bit and left others untouched to try and gain a bit of depth to the nest.

Here is a close up of the bird. I had to add a bit of red chalk to make him into a robin...he started this life as another type of bird...but was given the chance to evolve! lol

And finally the arty shot...You will have to take my word that the inside is can just see the edge of the sentiment. The shots Itook turned out too wonky to show you!

Card base - 5 inch square cream card from my stash
DP - Background is from a Heidi Swap 6x6 pad...I can't find the style name anywhere on it...
DP - Flag, PP mats are all Simple Stories 25 Days Of Christmas
Cardstock - Kraft snippets and red velvet card teensy snippets for the snowflake layers, from my stash
Punches - Martha Stewart snowflake and also her branch punch
Bling - cream pearls from my stash
Embellishment - K&CO 3D bird

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
3. Two Peas In A Bucket - Christmas All Year Long - March
4. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card with paper
6. Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas and Feature A Robin


downrightcrafty said...

wow this is gorgeous love the robin on his branch very effective
Hugs Kate xx

Christine Harrop said...

What a gorgeous card Maureen. Love your "robin" - well, miracles do happen all the time!! The little nest you created is great. Many years ago there was a TV programme called Robin's Nest. (The strange things we remember eh?) Love and hugs Christine xx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous christmas card Mo, I love your little robin, looks as if he's always been one! Cathy x

May said...

Gorgeous card...Love all the festive layers of beautiful papers...the robin is so fabulous...Hugs May x x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Maureen. That robin is gorgeous. Can't believe how lucky you were with your win........fabulous amount of stash!!!

Karen x

dutchess said...

Clever girl Maureen...he looks like a robin has that cheeky round look! the card! xxxxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous card! First off, that pile of "leftovers" you won is so yummy! It is filled with fabulous things. All your 2014 cards are right there in that pile waiting to be made.

But back to your robin card, it is so inspired! I love the vintage feel to it and all the extras you put it on. The evolved robin and his nest are so wonderful. What an awesome card!

jimlynn said...

Congrats on that win! That was a huge haul of goodies!

Your card - AWESOME!!! Totally gorgeous and love all the details you have on it. Just beautiful!


McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Mo, I love the robin and the poinsettia
Kevin xx

Zoe Tant said...

Stunning card Maureen I love the robin and the glossy poinsettia is beautiful. Hope you are continuing to enjoy your birthday celebrations. Zx

Glenda Atkins said...

What a treasure trove of awesome STUFF and your card is marvellous!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

This is one amazing Christmas card - that Robin is so pretty and so is your Poinsttia!

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card, love the robin and the little nest that you have made, well it looks like a nest to me.
Great papers too.
Wow what a great win, you look as if you did really well there.

Kath x

Elizabeth said...

Hi Mo, gorgeous card - love all the details on it, especially the robin's nest. And what a super win - I think you are going to have great fun using all those goodies. Hugs, Elizabeth xx

Unknown said...

Hiya, oh wow look at that pile of stash!! What a wonderful prize!

Gorgeous card you've made as well, really elegant and gorgeous colours.

I love the cards in the previous post as well, and you are soooo organised to be doing your Christmas cards now. I really should be doing the same but I will no doubt be panicking, as always, on the 1st Dec!!

Hope you, and yours, are all well,


PS - No home improvements pictures right now, hubby and builder are concentrating on extending the garages and they would make rather boring pictures!!! Hopefully that work should be finished in a couple weeks and soon after that we start on the house again, then I will share pics!!!

Carol said...

What a fabulous win must have been like having all your Christmases together opening it up!
Your card is gorgeous, love your branches for the robin to sit on. It's so satisfying knowing the cards are finished too :) Carol x

Mrs A. said...

The robin with his nest is superb.
Love the rest of the card too. It really all pulls together as if it had been a kit sent out to make up. Hugs Mrs A.

Hazel said...

What a lovely box of goodies to win. Your card is absolutely beautiful - love the robin. Thanks for sharing for my CHNC challenge extra for March and also my Patterned Paper March challenge (don't forget there is a new Completely Christmas challenge blog just started with anything goes) x

Brenda Brown said...

Gorgeous layered card and the robin sits perfectly on it - I now have that soge Rockin Robin going round my head lol xx

MaryH said...

Lovely, lovely! You had the same dilemma I did, with changing a bird into a robin. I love the effect you got, when you were braver than I! He's a beautiful robin and you already know my thing for Poinsettias. That was some swell haul of stash you nailed too, and how marvelously you used some of it on this gorgeous card. Well done, Miz Maureen! Hugs & TFS

Tracy said...

Such a stunning card.
I love the colours and dimension to it.
I think your bird used to be a chickadee, but looks great as a robin :)
Nice winnings :)

Greta said...

Wonderful elements perfectly put together! This is just beautiful & I love your "evolved" Robin!

Di said...

Fabulous card Mo - I adore the robin in his sweet little nest :) So many fabulous elements on this card and what a terrific haul you won too. Well done!

Hugs, Di xx

Susan (rainy) said...

Beautiful card! Love all the dimension with the pearled snowflakes and robin's nest. And very clever to add the chalk to the bird... I never would have know had you not said something. It is done perfectly.

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Maureen what a gorgeous card! Love your newly evolved robin. Congratulations on your win plenty to keep you going there! Susan x

Planetsusie said...

Well Maureen I have just laughed so loudly that Graham wanted to know what was happening. I told him about your evolving robin with the red chalk chest and that set him off as well!!! Seriously now, you have made a wonderful Christmas card and your design is amazing. As for the papers, they are superb - what a brilliant prize to have received, you are some lucky lady!

Big hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Beautiful robin card and in traditional Christmas colours, love it.

Peanut said...

Congrats on your win! And I see yo've put the loot to great use with this stunning card. LOVE the fabby details... it's a special card, my friend!
hugs, Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

Hettie said...

That is one happy Robin! Gorgeous card and weren't you the lucky one!
I want to see a December album from you now with all these goodies!
Bet your postie didn't try stuffing this parcel in your letterbox?!!

Karen said...

Really very gorgeous card. I love the stamped panel and the robin embellishment is fantastic. Will try to catch up a bit with all that I have missed xx

Pia S said...

What a great gift, plenty of goodies!
Your card is absolutely fantastic, I love the traditional look of it and my favorite detail on this card is the fab nest you made for this robin! Well done, Maureen!

Diana Seal said...

Beautiful Christmas card Maureen!!! Love the pretty Robin and all the wonderful details, especially the great robins nest and snowflakes. Beautifully done!!!
Have a great week!

linda said...

gorgeous card! love the way you very creatively made the robin. wow, that's some win and looks like it'll be a lot of fun creating more christmas cards with it.

Sassy Raggedy said...

Wow you really hit the jackpot with all those wonderful goodies...Your card Mo is just beautiful. You are one talented lady...I love it..Hugs, joann

Darnell said...

Holy cow, what a tremendous haul, Maureen!! Congratulations! And what an extraordinary card you made! Oh my, I love it!

And, I've just seen on Sam's blog that you had a birthday today (well, Sunday, the day of this post). Happy Belated Birthday and many, many more!! Hugs, Darnell

PS, I'm sorry I don't have time just now to leave comments on the last posts I have missed, but I have seen them and I have to tell you that you are doing some truly beautiful cards! Lots of fab inspiration for me~thank you!!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Really gorgeous card. Your 'robin' looks fantastic perched on those branches.
Caroline xxx

Bonnie said...

That beautiful robin fits perfectly with the poinsettia design! A beautiful card!

Renate said...

Mooie kerstkaart en echt schattig papier.

Groetjes, Renate

Renate said...

En bedankt voor je deelname bij CHCC Extra.

Groetjes, Renate

Michele Duffy said...

What an awesome RAK you won, and a beautiful card you made with it, very festive and I love all the details.

Sarn said...

I really like the card you've made using some of your big win of craft goodies Mo.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Mary Jo said...

Lovely card!
And what a great prize to win!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

They really do have a cute country feel! I love that robin!

Irene said...

A beautiful card Mo so festive. The evolved robin is brilliant, and a gorgeous coloured poinsetta. What a prize !!!!!!!!

Dragon said...

This is an amazing creation, so many beautiful elements. Wish I was on your Christmas card list!