Wednesday 3 August 2022

Another up cycled robin

Yours truly die cut four, possibly more, robin images from the batch of shop bought cards we'd received from family and friends last Christmas - for some reason robins were a popular choice! This is another card I whipped up the other day:

I used:

- white DL card, side opening

- a die cut robin image from one of last year's cards sent to us. The die I used is a Presscut 'Oval Stitch Hole' die then it was set aside

- snippet of Tonic mirror card 'Fire Stone Red', cut to totally fit the front of the card perfectly - had to be - due to the width of the robin oval image to be honest

- piece of DSP from the 12" x 12" pack of Lawn Fawn's 'All the Dots' paper pack bought as a mistake, (remember that 12 x 12 papers images are often much larger than their smaller 6 x 6 friends!), trimmed to just a bit smaller than the red mirror card layer and then the corners given an inward curve using an X-Cut small corner 'double' curve punch

- at that point, I used a snippet of leftover 'dots' paper and flipped it over to the opposite side pattern and then cut a strip for the sentiment - straight across although the pattern itself is very lovely and also diagonal

- glued the striped strip onto the dotted strip and let it dry

- meanwhile I die cut the sentiment using a teeny snippet of 'Fire Stone Red' mirror card and a Tonic Studios 'Mini Moments Merry Christmas' die (one of my favourites for small places!)

- then snipped the now dry striped band to the width of the dots paper (from the back as always) and added that panel to the red mirror card card front - using a glue pen

- next just glued the oval 'robin' panel in place and then the die cut sentiment onto the striped strip - using a fine glue pen

It's remarkably easy to order a 12" paper pack by mistake .... if you're in a bit of a hurry - just one wrong click and momentary loss of concentration is all is takes. Sigh. Once the order arrived I realised my stooopid mistake and then rashly ordered the 6" square pack as the pattern on the 12" is certainly a lot larger. My idea was and still is to make some matching envelopes to use up the 12" paper. But it worked well for this DL card IMHO.

Len fell in love with this card, despite my worries that it's perhaps a bit 'over fussy'. The dots from the backing paper being echoed in the image background really caught his eye and he immediately picked up on that point of detail. So my idea worked eh?! 

And hooray, I can enter this card into one of my favourite challenges over at Christmas Kickstart Challenge #65. The theme is 'Never in a Nativity'. So it's snowmen, gnomes, penguins - in fact anything that you wouldn't find in a Nativity scene. You have all of August to go and play! See you there as I want to go back and add more. Robins fall into the 'Never in a Nativity' category - yet there is a touching story about the robin and how it got its red breast.

'The story goes that the Robin felt Christ's agony during the Crucifixion, and went to pull a thorn from His brow. One version says that some of Christ's blood fell upon the birds breast, while another version says that the bird was wounded; both versions agree that the Robin was blessed for the act of heroism'. From the internet.

A very sweet story. We have a resident robin in our back garden - he tolerates a mate during the nesting season but they're generally very territorial and, I've said previously, will fight ferociously to protect 'their patch'. 


  1. A perfect piece of up cycling on this lovely robin card Di. xxx

  2. Great card and I'm sure your upcycling has made a much nicer card than the original shop bought version.

  3. Adorable card!!! Love the sweetness and you have done so well upcycling this robin!!! The light blue dots paper looks just perfect to simulate the snow! Love this card so much!
    Hugs, and lots of cuddles to Dudley! :)

  4. A fabulous card and such a beautiful Robin, so glad you've recycle him.

    Sue xx

  5. Hopped over cos this popped up in my blog feed and really caught my eye. The red/white/blue is such a gorgeous combo and I love the dotty background. Perfect for your upcycled robin. Gorgeous card. It reminds me that we used to take all the Christmas cards after christmas and cut around the images and sentiments with pinking shears to make tags for the following year. Long before die cutting became my thing LOL. I'm elfing at Christmas Kickstart this month so thanks for linking up there. Definitely never heard of robins in the stable LOL. Take care. Hugz

    1. Ha, ha! I remember the pinking shears to make tags as well! x

  6. I LOVE the robin, the red with the blue and a story I hadn't heard before, what a lovely story it is. LOVE your card Di.

  7. Yep, done that before Di, 12x12 designs do not translate well on to smaller cards and despite my best efforts to use them I have several beautiful large paper pads that I am never likely to use!! A fabulous bit of upcycling and one of my favourite colour festive colour combos, icy blue and red x

  8. What a gorgeous colour combo, Di! A lovely card and a great way to recycle that sweet robin image. Thanks for joining Gail and me at Christmas Kickstart, Jo x

  9. Another really beautiful arty upcycled robin Di and I love the blue circles on the dp and the striped strip is the perfect spot for your sentiment, also love the red mirror card cut to cover the base card. x

  10. Ooh how cute is your robin l just love the layout of the card too x

  11. This beautiful winter robin looks amazing on your slimline designed card, Di! Looking forward to seeing the rest of your upcycled robins. xx

  12. A great piece of upcycling Di! I agree with Len about the coordinating spots, works really well. xx

  13. I love the blue dotted background for the sweet robin image!


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