Friday, 5 December 2014

Whatever next - an ice skating robin?

The current challenge over at Merry Monday is to have a bird (or birds) on your Christmas card. I needed to make my entry very quickly, in between loads of other things we're up to here - and this is the result:
I used:

- 3.75" x 3.75" square white card blank

- stamp from SU's 'For the Birds' stamp set, stamped in Memento 'Tuxedo Black' then coloured with Whispers pens plus gold and silver for the bauble

- final touch was to line up the card opened up and face down on my Hougie board and emboss a series of diagonal lines. Of course the board should really be used horizontally or vertically - but, by wedging two of the corners at an angle and then using a ruler to make sure the lines stayed true - it was a walk (or an ice skate!) in the park :)

I made two cards the same and that means I've reached my target, albeit four days late, of making 12 cards per month from January to November. Just need to label and write them now!

Edit: Sarah from Less is More says that this qualifies for the current challenge as Christmas is of course a celebration - so I'm linking in. I hate to miss LIM especially as it's the 200th challenge over there - think I was waaaay too fixed on working round the word 'Celebration' :)

It was so touching to see your lovely comments about Bernie yesterday, as you say, I just bet she'll be crafting away up there. She would be so embarrassed and humbled to know how much we love her, although I know that all of us did show that very strongly when she was her with us.  What was not to like? She was a star!!

I'm not sure how many of you know that Bernie's very first embossing machine, before her so much cherished Cuttlebug, was - wait for it - a second hand pasta machine! Now that's enterprising for you :) Bless her - always our thrift Queen!

Di
x

35 comments:

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thank you for more love bestowed on Bernie! And an ice-skating robin? Apparently so ... and very adorably, too!! I love it, Di!! Hugs, Darnell

vinita jain said...

I love it Di! Simply beautiful CAS creation and I adore that ice-skating robin!

scrappymo! said...

Great card, Di. Thanks for the hint about how to make the diagonal lines!

ike said...

How cool - a delightful CAS card. :-) Great work xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kathyk said...

Fab card and such an adorable little birdie

Kathyk

Laura said...

Gorgeous CAS card :)

SARN said...

Gosh robins are clever round your way aren't they? Mine don't do that!

Fab little CAS card and great embossing.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Hettie said...

Great card there Miss. Let's hope we get to see some snow and ice but not too much or too soon!
Hugs
xx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

A super perfect CAS Christmas card Di and if you haven't already you could pop this in at Less is More. Christmas is still a celebration! Hope all going well at home with 'you know what'! I'm having to curb my language at the moment!!! Sarah xx

Pippa said...

Great card Di. Nothing wrong with an ice-skating robin! x

Pat said...

This is such a cute robin Di and the diagonal lines work beautifully to make one great CAS card. x

Angela said...

Hi, I stopped by from Merry Monday.... Love the simplicity of your card...it's spot on!

Laurie Unger said...

Such a cute card!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

So thrilled you've linked this card up at Less is More Di especially being a special 200th challenge. It's super cute and a perfect CAS example.
Thanks as for your support and hope you'll be joining the next 200!
Sarah xx

Jacee said...

Lovely design Diane
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Jean said...

I love this Di, such acute little robin, and the diagonal embossed lines look great.
Jean x

Viv said...

Great card Di and I love that cute little birdie too ;) Viv xx
Guest LIM Designer

Chrissie said...

What a fun little image Di, I love robins... super card.
Thanks so much for joining in our celebratory challenge!
Chrissie
"Less is More"

Sandra H said...

Sooo cute Di is your card x

Sue - said...

Great card Di. Love the embossed lines - perfect finishing touch!

Kathleen said...

Well Miss, for someone who shied away from the LIM challenge for ages and ages you are certainly rocking them now.
Another fabulous LIM card, love it.

Kath x

Karen Petitt said...

This is fabulous Miss Pixie! I love the robin and the way you have linked up to the sentiment is fantastic! So very inspired Karen x

Bonnie said...

I'm glad your little robin dashed in to say hello and Merry Christmas! Love all the scoring! I think Bernie is smiling at all the love that is returned to her. Bet she's got a really good embosser now!

mamapez5 said...

A cute little robin enjoying himself. I don´t get on with my Hougie board very well. It needs too much space on on work-top. Well done on reaching your target.
My internet is working now it is after mid-night so I´m having a quick scoot round some posts. (Not literally of course!). Kate x

Mrs A. said...

Your full of such clever simple little ideas. We will all be thinking now why didn't we think of that!! Hugs Mrs A.

Mrs A. said...

Oops sorree. Held the button down for too long and posted meself 3 times. Hugs Mrs A.

Carol L said...

What a sweet and fun little card with that skating robin! I love the score lines too! And a pasta machine? How creative is THAT? I'm sorry I never got to know her :)

Debbie Henderson said...

So simple but yet so cute. Love the scoring for the background! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

Kristie Goulet said...

Very cute card. I love the scoring for the background. Thank you for joining us at Merry Monday!

Liz Bailey said...

I really like this card; it's so clean. And cute. :)

Greta said...

Life is so precious--another reminder to make each day count.
Your card is just adorable--love the scored lines, Di!

LesleyG said...

Great card, I have that set and also did some skating birds, but I love the diagonal line idea, thanks for sharing.
Bernie must have been a very special lady, you've said some lovely things. Big Hugs xxx

Ksenija Rizova said...

Di, your card is so adorable, love your clean style!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

A sweet and simple card. I'm enjoying the quick and easy cards for inspiration this year. I suspect that means I haven't made enough cards.... truly I probably should look into that.

Lucy Woods said...

Super cute great design Di!
Lucy x