Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas robin

Earlier this week, I won a digital stamp during Beccy's Month of Christmas Card challenge. Her next challenge prompt (Day 29) was to use the newest item in your stash. So I knew what was being expected of me lol.

I had picked this particular image (Baby robin) from Beccy's shop because I had left her a comment earlier this week saying that I loved to see coloured birds on cards but was a little scared to colour them myself. Me and my big mouth...

Anyway, I printed the image onto Neenah solar white cardstock, grabbed my Spectrum Noir coloured pencils and a book on European birds (purchased last May), took a good look at the European robin and set to work. And I have to confess I really loved colouring this sweet image using pencils AND I love how it turned out.

After my colouring was done, I had a look at my container of Christmas offcuts and found these three patterned paper pieces; the large one and two smaller ones. Just perfect for this week's sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. It's been ages since I've played along, but then it's also ages since I made a layered card.

After putting the card together, I thought it needed just a little something extra, so I added a few stray embellishments I happened to have put in my bits and bobs container. The sentiment is from the Merry Everyday stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

Jingle Belles - Holiday leftovers
Christmas Card Challenges - 52 Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Take your pick: Colours - Red and/or green
SSS Wednesday challenge - Anything goes
SSS Work it Wednesday - Holiday cards


  1. You certainly put a lot of effort into creating this card Marianne, and it was absolutely worth it! It's beautiful. I love how the little robin turned out... you did an amazing job with your coloured pencils. I love your version of the sketch too. Well done!

  2. Beautiful card! I really like how some of the image is off the panel!
    Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!!
    Debbie (TMS DT)
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

  3. Great take on sketch and your colouring is perfect . Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas Card Challenge

  4. What a beauty - and I love the use of your cut-offs, they are a perfect match!

  5. You can't beat a Robin for Christmas Marianne - do you have them in Crete I wonder - just an aside thought. The traditional colours work very nicely as well.

    B x

  6. Your colouring is beautiful. We have two very territorial robins who visit regularly and argue in the garden and this one looks the part :) Love the layers too. Xx

  7. hi Marianne! sweet bird, your coloring is amazing, such a peaceful card! so glad you played along with us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  8. what a brilliant use of offcuts to make that amazing image really SHINE! absolutely loooooove this gorgeous card! perfect addition to our buffet of delicious "holiday leftovers" at JINGLE BELLES! ♥a

  9. I always love a sweet birdie for the holidays ... so very glad you joined us with your holiday leftovers at Jingle Belles.