Saturday, December 18, 2010

Not a Christmas Card

Today is Sensational Saturday at Sugar Creek Hollow challenge blog and we were asked to create a card using one of the digi stamps from the winter collection that had not been used before.  I know with that flower my card may not look particularly wintery but I have decided that I am tired of winter already (I know it doesn't even arrive until next week but enough with the cold miserable weather already) so I am being a rebel and adding a little spring to the card.  I also happen to be tired of making Christmas cards and I never though I would say that.

I tried something new and cut this gorgeous bluebird, which can be found in the Sugar Creek Hollow Shoppe, so that some of the tail feathers were hanging over the edge of the Nestie.  I have seen it before and always wondered how it was done so I found a tutorial and it turned out to be very easy.  The bird was coloured with pencil crayons.  The sentiment is a freebie from Create with TLC and I have sponged the edges of both the image and sentiment with Weathered Wood and Old Paper distress ink.  The flower was made with a couple of punches and curled around a skewer.  The branches were cut from the Cindy Loo cartridge and my Cricut.  They were then glittered, although it is hard to see in the photo it is still on my desk.  I did some punched strips with my Martha Stewart Double Loops edge punch and added a few gems to finish everything off.

Image:  Eastern Bluebird (Sugar Creek Hollow)
Sentiment:  (Create with TLC)
Card Stock:  Blue & Black (Recollections), Peach Multi (DCWV)
Paper:  Linen Paper (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Colouring Medium:  Pencil Crayons (Prismacolor) with OMS (Taltine)
Tools & Embellishments:  Weathered Wood & Old Paper Distress Ink (Ranger), Gems (Michaels), Double Loops Edge Punch (Martha Stewart), Label 1 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Cindy Loo Cartridge (Cricut), Onyx Glitter (Martha Stewart)


  1. Cec,
    I am with you...I am tired of winter! I tiered of being cold and the snow coming in my house.

    Your card is beautiful, I love this blue bird.and you have done a great job in coloring it.

  2. Cec, what a beautiful card! The sentiment is gorgeous!! It's refreshing to see a non-Christmas card, isn't it? Lovely creation!

  3. Cec, I agree I am tired of winter already myself, but I do love making Christmas cards. I was thinking what am I going to do now, but your card has inspired me to think spring. Your card is gorgeous and as they say,"a breath of spring." Enjoy your holidays.

  4. Such a sweet little winter bird and you have captured EVERY detail. The DP is just fabulous...looks like you just took the colors from you paper and added right into the bird. Your work is OUTSTANDING and you have always given SCH your best. For that...I thank you! Merry Christmas and see you in a few weeks. Love, Tracy

  5. An absolutely perfect card with the most stunning of color combinations. So refreshing to see something other than red and green at this time of year. Beautifully done with such rich details Cec. You have such a flair for that. Wishing you a blessed Christmas!

  6. Sooo pretty! Love your coloring and sweet soft colors. Fabulous card!

  7. Wow Cec! I love this card. The blue mixed with the soft yellows and peaches are just breathtaking. Have a blessed Christmas!


  8. Hi Girl,
    Boy, am I with you on the winter cold, I am already tired of it as well. My fingers may be warm again sometime in March or April!!
    Your card this week is such a ray of sunshine on a cold dreary day; your colors and design are so beautiful, full of warmth with a true vintage feel to it! Simply gorgeous work as usual, it is such a treat to visit here!
    Have a truly blessed Christmas!

  9. Cec, what a sunny, perky card! I love how you cut your bluebird, and the colors are simply gorgeous, especially with the distressed ink! Your flower is divine and I just adore that sentiment - thanks for sharing that site with me earlier. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas!

  10. Hi Cec!
    This is gorgeous! Love the black leafs!

    Thanks for all the inspiration you have shared during this term. You are very talented and it has been a joy working with you.

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!



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