Friday, 7 September 2012

Little Robin Redbreast

Good morning everyone, the weekend is nearly here and I certainly need mine after some wrestling with a very nasty VAT return this  week as well as having to do 3 others!
I did have a little respite though as it was lovely and sunny yesterday so I went to Arundel with my daughter and had a great time browsing the antique markets then had tea and cake at a tearoom where we saw a fat little robin eating someone's leftover scone.
This brings me neatly to my vintage card for this week's challenge over at Polka Doodles where our theme is What's the Word Bird? This is one of the samples made for Nikky for last week's Create and Craft shows and is the one I was most pleased with. So without further ado, here it is!

The papers and all elements on my card are from the new Studio 12 Picknix Collection 2 CD - Gingerbread Twist which has the most beautiful papers, images and gorgeous script too.
A little serendipity came in here to as I printed out the holly frame using a new pack of my usual smooth card only to find that 2 days later, the ink was still wet as when I sponged on the Distress inks it smudged rather badly. Inspiration struck so I printed it out again and added clear detail embossing powder and heated - problem solved! I inked the frame with Distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss and Pine Needles then cut it out and dry embossed the centre with the Cuttlebug holly sprig folder. I then rubbed Forest Moss over the raised areas.
I printed out the little robin, cut him out and rubbed Black Soot Distress ink round all the edges to make him really pop and added him to the frame with foam tape.
I added the holly panel to a red glitter card panel then assembled the card with panels of paper from the CD together with backing paper to which I added a brown faux stitched edge. The final touch was a sentiment border made by dropping the gorgeous script text into a Word document, printing it out and trimming the edges then inking them with Vintage Photo Distress ink.

Have a great weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Some challenges for my card:
My Mum's Craft Shop - Anything Goes
Anything Goes Challenge - Early Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge - Things With Wings
Tuesday Alchemy - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Winged Things


Silvia(Barnie) said...

A lovely robin and the green background rocks.

craftattack said...

Beautiful card, and I loved the story of the fat robin in Arundel! Valerie

Happy Days said...

This is gorgeous Fliss, I love it! I can't believe your ink stayed wet for that long! When I want to heat emboss a digi I have to jump through hoops!

Have a fab weekend

Claire x

brenda said...

Sounds like the perfect afternoon out Fliss, you have to make the most of the sunshine when it's here.

A great job with Nikky's latest artwork.

B s

Jacqueline said...

Lovely card Fliss - your vintage robin is gorgeous - Jacqueline xx

Josephine said...


Thanks for joining the 'winged things' challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!

sari said...

This is so sweet! Lovely image and sweet details!Thanks for joining us over at Tuesday Alchemy This week! Good luck!Hugs and sunshine!

Brenda Brown said...

He is a well fed birdie isn't he? Great card and colours.
Did you buy anything at the markets? Sounds like a fun day.
Have a great weekend.
hugs {brenda} xox

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss, so lovely to see you at Crafty Cardmakers for my challenge winged things with this beautiful card.this is such a gorgeous birdie sitting there all proud ! Love the design and layout here. Thanks for sharing with us and good luck.


Steph said...

What a lovely Christmasy card. I especially love the embossing and the inky frame! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything Goes this week, hope to see you again soon! x

Fiona said...

Crikey is it that time already ? Lovely robin card and great to get an early start. Arundel is lovely with beautiful antique shops, I bet they have posh chazza shops too!

Katya- Ангел ф кедах said...


Thanks so much for joining us this week at Tuesday Alchemy!
Hugs Katya x

Jill said...

gorgeous creation thanks for joining us at MMCS hugs Jill xx

Gaynor said...

This is great, love the design, thanks for joining our challenge at Anything goes, Gaynor x