Saturday, April 20, 2013

Round Robin.

The little robin on this card looks just like the fat  one we have visiting our garden at present.
In fact all the birds are well rounded and Mr Squirrel is a very happy chappy too. They are costing us an arm and a leg to keep up with the nuts and sunflower seeds they they are scoffing by the bucket load!! It's nice  though to see all the varieties that pop in to visit us.
I'm trying out two items that I haven't used before on this card. Kraft paper and a Die-cut topper.The kraft paper is a Twistwrap  made by Foundations craft unlimited and has the look of tree bark which I  rather like.  The topper is from a sheet  called Robbins/Gold by Craft Creations Ltd. You get 6 assorted sized images and 9 smaller ones which you could use to make tags with.  The lace has been in my stash for ever and a day  (over more than 3 decades!) and the flower trims probably as long. They were originally attached to a loop of green ribbon each  but it clashed ever so slightly with the green ribbon threaded through the lace so it  had to go. Like wise the centres had a bead attached which I removed and replaced with the red pearls and the holly backing  paper came from a friend in America. The sentiment is from an old, old Christmas card just waiting for the right time so I reckon I have made a well and truly vintage card. 

 
Entering into the following Challenges:
Sweet Stampin Christmas: Krafty Christmas (use kraft paper).
Christmas Card Challenges: Something with wings.
Crafty Hazelnuts Extra: Anything goes.
Christmas Stamping all year long: Snowflakes,snowmen or a winter scene.
Pixie's Crafty Workshop: Use your snippets. (flower trims &  sentiment).
 


31 comments:

Heather said...

Wow! I don't know what the time period to qualify for vintage is, but I think you must have met it. : ) Just proves that it is a good idea to hold onto good stuff, you may use it sometime. Such a cute little robin and he goes perfectly with your cute card. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Merry said...

This little guy is cute. Wonderful card.

Jenny said...

Deine Karte sieht toll aus. Ich mag die Farben und das Motiv. Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL. Liebe Grüße Jenny

scrappymo! said...

Your card is proof of why we never throw things out! teeheee I might have taken 3 decades to use it but that lace looks great.

i haven't seen that tree bark look kraft paper before but it has a great texture, that is for sure!

Great card.

Mary H. said...

Love this fat lil' bird. We have robins too, but none as pretty as this fella. Your paper twist really does look like bark. I'm not sure what paper twist is - exactly. But it's pretty! TFS.

Doreen said...

Gorgeous card,fab image and design.xxx

Hazel said...

Totally gorgeous - I love robins on Christmas cards - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge extra for April with another lovely card - hope to see more soon. x

Sandra H said...

"WOW" Mrs A you have created such a beauty here your Robin is just so adorable l like to see the birds and squirrels in the garden and like you say they cost an arm and a leg but its so rewarding watching....back to your card so pleased you used Kraft card l think its gorgeous to use and as a Christmas card its just that little bit special love everything that you have added it truly is stunning .....we have a lovely day today hope you are having the same enjoy your weekend xx

Di said...

WONDERFUL Mrs A - love every detail and the fact you used so many old snippets. A true vintage card indeed.

Mr Fixit here has made a cage thing, too complicated to explain, but it keeps the wood pigeons from gobbling all the seed from the ground feeder - and they're too clumsy to get onto the bird table :) Know what you mean about the cost of feeding them - but I guess they do give loads back in entertainment value :)

Hugs, Di xx

aussie aNNie said...

Beautiful vintage and love the colour combo.xx

MagsB said...

What a lovely Vintage card! The Robin is so cute!

You asked about a freebie butterfly die I used, it's from this month's 'Simply Cards and Papercraft' magazine.

I hope you're having a good weekend!

love Mags B x

Carol L said...

Your plump little robin is so cute, and I love the gold edge and lace too!

Sherry said...

Rocking Robin Mrs A, looks great.

We do still feed birds in our garden, but are constantly worried about the cats (who now go outside - yah!!!) catching them. So far the little bells on their collars seem to be alerting the birds - mind you, one of the first times they went out Lily arrived back with part of a pigeon wing - yuk! Now we have a blackbird nesting in some ivy along the side fence, and not very high up either - hopefully she is cunning and checks before going in and out.

Sorry to hear you've some ills in the family at the moment. Hopefully, the arrival of Spring like weather will make you all feel better.

I've not been doing that much on the crafting side of things lately, just things I committed to a while back.

Take care xxx

MagsB said...

Hi, hun! You wondered what I meant by 'Speccies' - it's my Spectrum Noir pens, the full name is a bit of a mouthful!!!

Have a lovely week - hopefully we might have more sunshine, yay!!

love Mags B x

Violets Corner said...

The robin is so cute Mrs A, it's a fabulous vintage Christmas card. Oh, I have crafty items that are some decades old too! You never know when you'll need them.

Love
Maarit

Highland Monkey's said...

Robins are such cute little birdies. We have flocks of sparrows pinching the chickens food, soon they will be so fat they wont be able to fly lol

Hettie said...

Lovely robin card there Mrs A. Very cute and a good bit of using up there!
Nice to hear you are feeding the birdies. Hope you throw some seed into the chook run at the Treehouse!
Hugs
xx

Max said...

Hi Mrs. A
Thank you so much for your visit and lovely message, (well it was lovely apart from the hostage threat lol).
I must confess to being shocked to hear of Kanban closing especially given how much I and many of my friends have spent on their products over the years! My heart went out to all those who lost their jobs so suddenly but I suspect they're not gone for good and will be revived in some form or another. Originally thought your robin topper was one of theirs until I read it is from Craft Creations. You really see the detailed texture of the paper in close up. Great recycling too with your lace, embellishments and sentiment all coming together beautifully. I keep threatening to have a good old clear out and get rid of stuff I've had for years but somehow never quite get round to it and you've convinced me not to bother now. You may have some explaining to do to my husband though lol.

Luv'n'Stuff
Max
xx
Max's Craft Creations

Grenouille Greetings said...

Toppers are good! And you have done a great job with this little cutie, Mrs. A. I very much enjoyed visiting you - I particularly like your paper pieced card for your DIL - and I'm grateful you didn't desert me! Hugs, Lesley

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Awesome card and glad to see you even got a recycled bit in there. Those robins are amazing, absolutely beautiful. That bark like paper is also really cool too. Wonderful creation overall.

Lisa D.

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fabulous festive card Mrs A. xxx

Darnell J Knauss said...

Beautiful, Mrs. A! Good for you for using that lace and upcycling that card! You are an inspiration!! (And you are even more perfect because you love birds and squirrels, too!!)

Terry Oulboub said...

Mrs. A., I wish I had a garden like you so that I can sit and enjoy nature. I have a small patio to which I can sit - thinking of getting a bird feeder. Every now and again, there is a bird and mallard mate ducking around. I do so enjoy your craftiness. That robin is beautiful and so clever of you to find use for things in your stash. I know your DIL enjoyed her card - so pretty; love that image! Have a wonderful week. I'll be looking to see more of your darling creations.

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW love the red beads , the super gorgeous robin , the lace and everything about this beautiful beautiful creation and Thank you so much for the kind words on my Foam Flower Cala Lily tutorial

Pysselbus said...

Gorgeous card! Love the little Robin!
Thank's for joining us at CSAYL and hope to see you again soon!

Hugs
Linda

Faye said...

Ooooh, me likey, me likey a lot, very elegant. Thanks for playing at CASS. X

Gail said...

Very pretty card. Love that topper...so pretty! Thanks for joining us at the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge! --Gail

Jules said...

Hi Mrs A

Great use of your snippets and I love that gorgeous robin topper!

It is lovely to see all the birds visiting the garden isn't it. Lots of nest building going on around us.

Hope you have a good day.

Love Jules xx

Pamela said...

Your card is gorgeous.

Thank you for joining us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

Pam x

Tip Top said...

Lovely pretty card and great lace! Thank you for joining in at Crimbo Crackers – hope you can join me again for the next challenge! Crimbo Crackers

Sue - bearhouse said...

This is gorgeous. Such a gorgeous robin image and I love the colours and fabulous lacy edges
Thank you for taking part in the Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge
Sue xx