Sunday, March 04, 2018

A Clutch of Robins.

Well it was my turn this week to choose the theme for the girls in the Christmas card card and I decided on Robins. I sorted out a pile of old christmas card fronts and then riffled through my christmas papers for inspiration. These are the card fronts

and this is what I made with them.

First card. I trimmed the card front slightly smaller and then found some almost matching papers colourwise and used them to cut and layer onto cream card stock. I rummaged in my ribbon box and found a small piece of red ribbon which was just enough to make into a small bow.

 Second card and out came the acetate which I adhered to the card front with 3D pads and then hid them on the front with large cream flat pearls which do look a bit like the snow falling in the picture.
I backed the card with a blue spotty paper and a red design paper which came free in a Making Cards magazine Christmas special 2017 and used the same papers to also decorate the inside of the card.

Third Card  I made as a tent fold from Green card stock  and another paper from the same Christmas Papercraft Special 2017. Layered this up with dark red cardstock and die cut some fancy corners with my Sizzix Architectural Accents Set  654470.  Again I used the same paper to decorate inside the card and added more of the corner dies. 


 Fourth Card Another tent fold. I used my largest Sizzix scalloped circle to die cut the wreath  from the old card front  and layered up with a spotty snow paper and a brown and white ivy design paper that matched the wreath perfectly. The  cardstock base also matched the  red in the wreath. A length of ribbon trimmed and tied into a knot at the top of the card just finished it off nicely.

 Finally my last card . These Robins on this card front were just crying out to be made into a joy fold card. I trimmed the top row of  robins along with the sentiment and used as my front design
 with the rest of the robins inside. I used papers from Lily of the Valley's Krafty Christmas pad and used kraft card to make the card base. I added a tag inside and the warm wishes are stickers from my stash.
Five more cards to add to my Christmas Card Stash which is still a bit behind my target.
Looking forward to seeing what the girls have come up with for their cards.

26 comments:

aussie aNNie said...

Gosh what an amazing display of these gorgeous cards.x💖 [Aussie aNNie's Blog]

dutchess said...

Wow Valery you have been busy ...such fabulous cards and your recycling again so beautifully done ....
Hope you are safe and warm we have pouring rain here today and at last the snow is going and we will be able to get out! Enjoy the rest of the weekend xxxx

brenda said...

My you have been busy Valery, have already seen a few of your teamies creations, it's a great theme you chose. All of your are lovely but I do rather like the fourth one down with the funky Robins.

B x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

I love this gorgeous collection of Robin cards Valery, they all look great.

Sue xx

Zoe Tant said...

Thanks for a fun and easy challenge Valery. I can see why you picked it with all these wonderful cards to share. Zoe x

Brenda in IN said...

These are beautiful cards and I love that they are recycled. When I think of all the cards I have pitched that I could have recycled it makes me so sad. You have the best ideas and all the cards are lovely.

Michelle said...

Wow Valery Anne - what fantastic recycling and all the cards look fabulous! Michelle x

Anne said...

I love them all, some fab ideas for recycling

Anne x

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Mrs A all your cards are gorgeous. I adore seeing robins on Christmas cards they are such cheeky chappies. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Donna said...

Wow, 5 Christmas cards I tried to pick a favorite but I can not, each one is stunning!

Janis said...

I adore European Robins as Christmas motifs! Here in America, Robins are a completely different bird more often thought of as harbingers of spring and not considered winter birds. It has only been in these last few years of blogging that I have learned abt your robins. lol... You know us in the colonies...we think the world started here!!! Ha.

I just love what you did in upcycling your cards for this wonderful theme you chose. The sweet birds look so perky and festive. I always enjoy seeing your creative ways of reusing the lovely cards you receive!
<3 J

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cuilliesocks said...

My goodness Valery you have been a busy bee, what wonderful cards, brilliantly upcycled, you are a whizz at doing this. Loved the challenge, Kate x

MaryH said...

Some super recycling on these delightful birdie cards. I'm loving the robins in EACH card (especially #4's..made me smile) but I admire how you've taken the original card's image, added your magic touch with the paper patterns, embellies and just created such a different look to so many 'old cards'. You're amazing! TFS & Hugs

MagsB said...

These are fabulous, Mrs A! So inventive! I especially love the last one, those cartoony robins are so cute, and the decorated inside is great!

love Mags B x

scrAPpamondo said...

Such lovely array of Robin's cards! They are all so creative and love especially the last two! Great inspirations!

Cara said...

What a wonderful set of cards. I love how you upcycle the card fronts x

rachel said...

Great theme Valery (thankyou) and wow - you really have made plenty of fabulous cards! Well done you! Big hugs Rachel x

Karenladd said...

I am always loathe to toss Christmas cards that I receive, so this is the perfect way to up-cycle and pass on the joy!! I love those sweet robins, and the way you combined dies and ribbon so beautifully.

Valerija said...

Beautiful cards. Love them all!
Valerija xx

Carol said...

Five super cards Mrs A and all so different. Great theme too, I enjoyed making mine. Carol x

Sandra H said...

Awww what a lovely collection of cards and the robbins are my favourate bird just love the scenery too! xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow! Truly fabulous! What a wonderful set of cards you have made here using your trusty pile of old Christmas cards, you really are the recycle Queen and so talented too. It was a lovely theme and so enjoyable to create with this subject this time, thanks Mrs A.
Lorraine

Kathleen said...

Well you are certainly spoiling us here Valerie, a really fabulous set of cards, gorgeous images and super deigns.

Kath x

Liz said...

Oh WOW, what a beautiful set of robin cards, Mrs A! Great upcycling again. xx

Mia said...

Great recycling and beautiful cards, Valery. I LLLLLLLLLLOVE robins! Kisses, my friend.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful recycling cards,Valery.You have been busy :).

Gr,Sylvia.