Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Going Round in Circles

It is that time again for another new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  The lovely Sue is our hostess for this one and is calling it Going Round in Circles.  She describes it this way:

"Including circles in my projects is one of my favourite things to do, so for this challenge I want to see circles, lots of circles, not just one ! Stencilled, stamped or even a circular project such as a wreath!"

I hope you will join me for this one - you could be a random winner of a wonderful gift certificate for Linda's shop or you could be one of our Guest Designers.

I thought this might a good time to get started on my Christmas card stash, especially since I am running way behind.  I decided to go a little non-traditional this time.

I chose papers from A Christmas Carol by Graphic 45 and a scrap from my stash to create the patchwork background.  Each panel was distressed with my scissors and the edges were inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

I cut a scalloped circle frame from the Graphic 45 paper pad using some Nellie Snellon dies that I have had for ages and inked all the edges with Gathered Twigs.  I found the bird online, changed him to sepia and printed him onto a scrap of card stock before mounting him behind the frame.

I dyed some venise lace with Antique Linen Distress Ink and added that to the card with a strip of burlap and a strip of brown ric rac.

The poinsettia is made from the Graphic 45 paper and a Marianne Creatables die.  The edges of the petals were inked with Gathered Twigs and after it was layered I added some brown pearls to the centre.  The poinsettia is mounted on top of some die cut greenery or rather brownery :).

I used Coffee Archival Ink to stamp a sentiment from IndigoBlu's Vintage Frame stamp set onto a sctap of card stock and punched it with a circle punch from EK Success before I inked the edges with Gathered Twigs DI and attached it to the card with some burlap string.

I am going to enter this card in the following challenges:

House of Cards - Bird and/or colour palette
Crazy Challenge - Burlap and/or Twine
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Real Lace and Pearls
A Vintage Journey  - Create Within a Frame

The following items used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. oooo! I saw your card over at F&F and had to stop by, Cec, to ogle over it some more! Beautiful colors and gorgeous design! Love it! Your masterpiece has been pinned for others to enjoy, too! hugs, de

  2. Ooh! Now this is a stunner, right up my street, perfect for the challenge. Good luck. I live it. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz DT

  3. Cec, this is a BEAUTIFUL Christmas card in some amazing non traditional colors! Love the combination, and your design is fabulous, too! What really takes the cake is that rustic/ elegant combination of the burlap and the lace, moderated by that rick rack--genius design element! Put my name on this one! Love Love LOVE it! Hugs!

  4. PS I think this meets all the theme qualifications at A Vintage Journey Within a Frame...just sayin'!

  5. I love this non-traditional colour palette Cec. The beautiful poinsettia and layers of lace/texture really set off the bird xx

  6. Cec, this Christmas card is an absolute delight! I just adore that gorgeous poinsettia, it is so striking and the little bird looks beautiful in the frame!

    Whilst I am here, thank you so much for joining in our Create Within A Frame challenge at A Vintage Journey. Hugs, Anne xx

  7. What a beautiful card! I love the gorgeous poinsettia and also how well the burlap strip tones down the lace and rik rak to give it more of a rustic, nature feel...and the little sepia bird, so adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Charming! Beautiful design and the colors are so warm and give a whole different feel to a lovely Christmas card. I love that you placed a bird in the center it makes if feel like a rustic Christmas.

  9. Cec, this is one of my all time favorite color combinations. I just think this is card perfection! Love the gorgeous teal poinsettia and that sweet wee birdie! Do you need my address? LOL

  10. wow!! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck.
    Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  11. ELEGANTLY EXCITING! LOVE this Cec. My fav Christmas cards are the "odd balls" like this one... unique and outstanding amongst all the red/greens. It's BEAUTIFUL in every way. Your mix of papers, the sweet birdie, the brown pearls (perfect), the lace - it's just STUNNING. Xj.

  12. Stunning card !
    Thanks for joining us at SPARKLES MONTHLY Challenges blog and good luck !
    Maryvonne DT Member

  13. Love the colors, your beautiful bloom - the pretty lace and sweet framed bird Cec! thanks for joining us in the AVJ create within a frame challenge! Julia xx

  14. Such beautiful and elegant card Cec. I love the combo and the lovely lace details.

  15. This is so beautiful! The colors (I love this combination of teal and lighter and darker browns), the distressed elements and background, the mysterious shades of the flower, the lovely lace and, above all, the peaceful simplicity of the bird picture. Really: stunning work!

  16. This is just charming, Cec - I love your circular frame and the pretty colour combination. Delightful! Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x


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