Friday, 29 September 2017

All puffed up for Christmas

I love robins, especially when they 'puff' their feathers up to keep warm. So I was delighted when a sweet friend offered me a set of pre-stamped images to use for 'batch baking' some Christmas cards. I made eight cards the same in this run - and still have some robins left to play with:
I used:

- 6" x 6" square white card blank, side opening

- once I'd made the 'toppers' and could work out the spacing, I stamped the sentiments before gluing anything at all to the card front - using the Misti, Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and a stamp from the Paper Smooches 'Christmas Sampler' set of sentiments

- the adorable puffed up robins were already stamped and I then coloured them using Pro markers

- die cut the image using a die from the Tonic Studios set of plain circular dies and ran a ball ended tool around the inner edge of the die cut whilst it was sitting inside the die

- then I just cut eight squares of 4" x 4" card from a 12" square sheet of SU's 'Real Red' card stock (nine in fact, so that's now in the snippets folder)

- then topped the squares with slightly smaller squares of holly patterned paper from LOTV's ''Twas The Night' paper pad

- glued the layers together and then popped them onto the card front

- asked in-house critic if I should add googly eyes, the verdict was 'nope', so I obeyed! Ha, and probably stopped the cards from leaping over the thickness limit for normal sized letters :)

Breathed a huge sigh as am slowly getting back on track with the self-imposed Christmas card making target!

I was still short of inspiration though and was so thankful for these lovely images to kick me into action! I've since found out that they're from a set of three by Hobby Art called 'Round Robin' - what a perfect name :)

Crumbs, I almost missed ScrappyMo's Rudolph Days for September challenge this month! Entering this, at the gallop :)






31 comments:

Greta said...

The robin is adorable & love your coloring, Di! The paper is the perfect background!

mamapez5 said...

He is a very puffed up robin and he has made a lovely bright and happy set of cards We all seem to be batch baking now! The year is rushing by and leaving us all behind again. Kate XX

Glennis said...

That is just the cutet robin!

Aquarius said...

Well done catching up with your seasonal target and this round robin is wonderful. I'd say no to the googly eyes too, he is fine as is.

Jane Willis said...

Adorable and a perfect card for batch baking
Jane

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

An adorable Robin Di, he looks so proud of himself. He looks great against the backing paper you've used.

Sue xx

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

Jackie Trinder said...

Oh Di that robin is so cute your card is gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Pat said...

Hobby Art do some really cute images and this is certainly one of them Di, and I adore the holly and berries in the background backed by that pretty red. x

Em Louise Fairley said...

Adorable. Sorry I've been AWOL but my mojo is still on leave and it was getting me down. Hoping to have a play and create a few blog worthy creations this weekend, so I'll be back to the snippets party soon. I hope!
Hugs,
Em xoxox

Bunny said...

This is so cute. I love birds. They look so funny when they puff up. [Bunny]

Brenda in IN said...

This is an adorable image of the robin. Such a fun card and cute as can be.

Jenny L said...

Hi Di,
Happy Rudolf Days.
Got my GD hat on for this comment.
OOOOOOOOOO! I also love Robins and that one is so gorgeous and very rotund just like me. LOL.
Gorgeous card and brilliantly created as usaul.
Thank you for joining the Rudolf Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. GD

Sandy said...

Cute, cute, cute. Love the holly paper you used.

Kath said...

A lovely card and great robin. I'm way behind my Christmas card target so have got to get my skates on in October!
Kath x

Darnell said...

What an amazing friend that is! And just when you needed it because of Mr. Mojo being AWOL! You've turned the cuddly sweet robin into a great design for batch making, Di! I need to get on that just as soon as my challenge is over. Trying hard not to panic, but not succeeding, lol!!! Hugs, Darnell

scrAPpamondo said...

Supercute robin, love it! Great CAS!

Kathleen said...

Lovely design and the robin look great in the circle, with the lovely papers in the background.
Kath x

Sandra H said...

So adorable are your cards Di l just love that robin and the background too! x

Liz said...

Super cute Christmas card, Di. Love that robin - don't you feel that you want to cuddle him, he's so adorable. I'm not sure why I always seem to call robins 'he'? The females plumage is exactly the same. I've just google it and apparently females carry more body weight, so this little robin might actually be a 'she'. ;-) xx

laurie said...

Cute card Di! That image is adorable!

scrappymo! said...

Great batch baking. This robin is a little sweetie and looks wonderful on your pretty card. I love that LOTV paper. I think I still have two sheets of that paper...I have been hoarding it!!!

Thanks for taking part in the September Rudolph Days Challenge.

Jean said...

What a fabulous puffed up robin. I love your super card.
Jean x

Mrs A. said...

I really must remember your fab idea to run the ball ended tool. It gives such an elegant finish. Fraid my horse has shod a shoe so no way is it even limping into Mo's challenge!! Love your plumped up robin. He does look rather pleased with himself. We had one in the garden during the week and surprised to see it had quite a red breast on it already. Thought of you also when I was thumbing through my Qwerkity catalogue and came across
a lovely wickerwork hedgehog igloo. It would look perfect on your front lawn!! Hugs Mrs A. p.s I heard that!!!!!!

Maxine D said...

What a sweet image and a fabulous card
Blessings
Maxine

Cara said...

He's adorable. Love the cheerful card you made with him x

Craftychris said...

Love your gorgeously cute robin who looks right at home on the pretty holly paper. Well done making eight cards and blogging in time for ScrappyMo's challenge! Yay! Hugs xxxxxxx

ly heng said...

This is a really good idea that you have going on. manufacturing


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Fiki said...

very nice card!

Sue - said...

Love your robin! I think they make perfect Christmas cards!

Barb said...

A really sweet image. Robins and snowmen are my favourites in Christmas cards. Barbxx