Sunday, 2 March 2014

Christmas Card Club # 5 - Feature a Robin

Good morning to you all.  Well it's time once again for our little group to make another Christmas card.  This time it was Margaret's turn to choose the theme and her choice was to "Feature a Robin".

My Card

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(Sorry about the picture.  I made my card a couple of days ago and then forgot to photograph it.  I had to put the kitchen light on last night in order to get a picture, and some of the sparkly leaves are in shadow.)

I have used a digi image, "Kissing Robins", from Just Inklined which I bought a few years ago and never used.    I have coloured it with Promarkers and die cut it with SB Labels 18, mainly because it was sitting on my desk - I hadn't actually put it away after using it for my last card. But in fact this die works well because I wanted to use the inked border technique on my die cut and this is really good for the technique.  By inking the border rather than cutting an extra die cut it makes it lighter and less bulky for mail purposes, therefore cheaper!.  And as a popular supermarket says - "Every little helps", especially since Royal Mail are putting up their postage rates again next month!  I have used this technique quite a few times and once posted a link to where I found a tutorial from Becca Feekin (my favourite crafter of all time, followed closely by Sue Wilson) but since that was quite some time ago I thought I would add the link again in case you missed it and would like to try it.  You will find the tutorial here 

I used Twinklets Diamond Dust on the roof of the bird house having first spread some Glossy Accents over it. Gives a real icy feel.  The Holly Vine is from Memory Box and the Ivy Corner is a Signature Die from Joanna Sheen  I sprayed them with Crafters Companion Silver Spray and Sparkle. So I managed to get all the Christmas leaves in - holly, ivy and mistletoe. The Papermania Home For Christmas was a piece from my bit box as were the two red scraps of embossed card and the pieces I used for the die cuts. The poinsettias are from WOC.

Well yesterday was a really lovely day, bright and sunny though chilly, so lets hope it keeps up for a while. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.


Entered into:
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/chnc-challenge-extra-for-march.html

32 comments:

  1. Morning Christine,
    Love you robin card, very sweet image.
    Lydia
    X

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  2. Beautiful card Christine. Love the image too. I have forgotten to take photos of lots of cards too, but at least you still had this one. Mine are usually posted before I realise. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  3. Hi Christine! This is a really lovely card and I love that cute image! We had a beautiful day yesterday too, even sat on the garden bench for a little while cuddling one of the hens :) Happy Sunday, Carole Z X

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  4. A gorgeous card,love the design and fab image.x

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  5. This is gorgeous Christine, such a beautiful image and I love all your detailing with the wonderful touches of sparkle.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. A gorgeous card Christine. Love the image and all the pretty details
    Lorraine x

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  7. This is fabulous, Christine. Love your robins at their sweet little house. It is a great digi image!
    Your card design is lovely and the way you added the glossy accents to seem icy...sounds brilliant

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  8. Lovely card and love those robins, just beautiful with all those details..xxxAnnie

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  9. Beautiful Christine! Love to see them in their little home with the mistletoe above the door - that did make me smile, must admit. Great choice of backing paper with the little 'X' kisses on it. Brilliant card.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

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  10. Hi Christine
    Fabulous card... Love all your Dies ....stunning card....
    Thanks for joining us at Completely Christmas....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

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  11. Hi Christine
    Gorgeous creation... thank you for taking the time to join in with the fun,over at Completely Christmas, we would love your company in next week’s challenge as well…..
    Hugs
    Suzy B ~Owner~ Completely Christmas
    Xx

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  12. stunning Christine love the robin labels 18 is one of the dies I don't have must try and find them.melanie

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  13. Ah a lovely card Christine and so pretty with all the embellies to highlight that super image. Zx

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  14. Morning Christine - love your card. That digi image is gorgeous. We obviously all bought the JS ivy flourish at the same time!!! lol

    Karen x

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  15. such a cute pair of Robins and under the mistletoe...love the card...xxx

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  16. Hi Christine,

    A gorgeous card, love it all. We share the same favourite designers, I too love Becca's work and Sue's. Cannot access the Link you put on to the tutorial, not sure why?

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Hi Christine
    Love how you have given the illusion of layers without having them and your shading on the nest box is fab. Its very disappointing about the postage charges again.
    I love Becca's work and also Marisa Job's. I can't get the link to work either,sorry.
    Best wishes.
    Ang x

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  18. Hi Christine,

    Thanks for that, never thought of inking edges of dies, I know we have the Imperial Gold dies that we ink but this does look effective.

    Thanks for the Link,

    Love & Hugs


    Jacquie J xxx
    http://jewelscardcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. Lovely card, I really like that image and the ivy die cuts used.
    Lorraine

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  20. Great card Christine. A fab Christmas card
    Love Lea x

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  21. Gorgeous card Christine, Love the image & fabulous design... Thank you for the link I shall try this out...as postage is so expensive these days...Hugs May x x

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  22. Love this Christine, the image is gorgeous and I love your design. Must try out the tutorial too. Carol x

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  23. This is a beautiful card for Margaret's CCC challenge and also for my CHNC challenge extra for March - thanks for sharing there (don't forget there is an 'anything goes' on the new Completely Christmas blog) x

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  24. Lovely, Christine (and thanks for that border link..I will review it because I think it is a very good idea to do this!). Love your bird house & birds. Your leaves still had a lot of glitter on my monitor, your coloring is superb. What paper do you use to print your digi-s? I have much trouble with smearing, even after letting the image dry well, heat setting, etc. Yours looked just fine! Love your dp,the sparkling ivy and those wonderful poinsettias just brightened up all of it. Great card. TFS & Hugs

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  25. That is a gorgeous card Christine - and I must try to remember about inking the die cut/topper/image instead of adding more card - a fabulous way to keep those costs down. Have a lovely week xx

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  26. Thank you so much for entering our first 'anything goes' challenge on Completely Christmas with your lovely card - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT x

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  27. Good Tuesday Morning Christine,
    I seemed to have missed this beautiful card, sorry about that.
    I love all the wonderful detail that looks like multiple layers and the delightful Robin.
    Have a great day
    Hugs

    Patricia xx

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  28. Hi Christine,
    what a superb card. Your design is wonderful, and your colouring in of that really fab image is superb. Love that really great idea of the edges, and have book marked the blog to explore, so thank you for the link.
    I do hope all is well in the Harrop household.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  29. Sorry Christine I like Patricia seem to have missed this one. Superb design and love your image. Take care. Hazel xx

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  30. Wat een lieve kerstkaart. Ik vind je roodborstjes echt enig. Veel geluk bij de trekking van CHCC Extra.

    Groetjes, Renate

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  31. Oh my word! Christine, this is utterly adorable! Even Robind kiss under the mistletoe... that there, my friend, is the magic of Christmas!
    hugs, Asha

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