Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Christmas Cheer

For my second Christmas card from my crafty play date, I bring you another red + teal creation (no yellow this time):

This one is for three challenges. The sketch is from the current Mojo Monday sketch:

which I turned on its ear:

The second challenge is the current Merry Monday Christmas Challenge to use house(s) ... a bird house is a house, right?:

and the third challenge is Jingle Belles, which asked us to use something new.

Here's my card again so I can explain:

I loved the teal + red of this Jillibean paper (of course), so that was my starting point. I added the strip of red, then pondered the circle element of the sketch. I had a Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods set I NEEDED TO OWN, but hadn't yet used, and it has that adorable cardinal. Perfect.

But the cardinal is small, so I used a circle, but took some liberties since it's way smaller than the one in the sketch.

I stamped the branch (from my Hero Arts Bird & Branch Christmas set I'd just opened for my previous card) twice: once on a piece of linen ivory Neenah, and once on the red strip I'd cut. Then I colored them and lined them up, and stuck on the cardinal.

For my cheater house, I used the bird house from the Lawn Fawn set. The red strip needed something at the top, so it got a bird house. The Merry Monday challenge said house(s), but it didn't say they needed to be people houses.

Then I realized I had no sentiment, so I used another one from my Hero Arts set like I did on my previous card. Ink in Versamark, ink in dye ink, stamp, cover with clear embossing powder, then heat to set.

See, shiny:

There's a lot going on here, but I like how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stuff I used: linen ivory Neenah card stock, and the following:


  1. Yes, Merry Monday and yes birdhouse. That crossed my mind but lacked a Christmasy birdhouse... didn't think about a regular birdhouse in a Christmas setting. I did find a cat house that is on my desk and may be a MM card soon. Maybe. Or maybe I'll just come home from work and fall down. That has a certain appeal and it isn't even noon yet. Anyway, enough about me. Great card! Great wintery colors! Great use of adapting the sketch to your needs.

  2. I love that color combination. So smart thinking of the bird house...I finally found a house on an old HA set...I'll be pulling it out to play today.

  3. Love this card!! the colours and I do love birds too, a beautiful job well done.

  4. Spotted your card on Merry Monday - just love that you used a bird house! Great idea and so perfect with that sweet cardinal!!

  5. Love the color combo - and the embossed greeting - very pretty!

  6. Looks great. I love red and teal together

  7. I think this is my favorite ... than again, we're huge cardinals fans at our house (St. Louis Cardinals that is) ... so glad you helped us bring in the new at Jingle Belles.

  8. This card just made me smile when I saw the bird house...I think you nailed this challenge perfectly!! :0)

  9. Fabulous card! Love the colors and especially the cardinals. The bird house works great for the MM house challenge--such fun!

  10. Super cute card...we would love to have you join our "Winter Birds" challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such (It ends tonight with a fabulous prize and your clear EB powder counts) here is the link link up is moderated, so it will not show up right away.
    Diane CCNS DT

  11. A birdhouse definitely qualifies for the challenge! What a great interpretation! Love this cute little birdhouse and its bird. Thanks so much for joining us at Merry Monday.

  12. That is a gorgeous card! And I have to say I think I need that sentiment stamp - so simple but it says it all!

  13. Such a pretty card. Love that little birdie. Thanks for playing along with Mojo Monday!

  14. soooooooooo diggin' the teal + red... with or without yellow! if it ain't broke (& trust me it AIN'T!!!) why would you fix it?! awesomeness!!! ♥


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