Sunday, December 10, 2017

Growing in Unity December Blog Hop

Hello! I'm super excited to be hopping with some very talented ladies that have participated with Growing in Unity the last couple of months. 
If you've been hopping, you arrived here from Amanda Garrett's  blog and you've reached the end of our hop. No pressure there being the end of the hop... yikes!! Haha! Anywho, onto my card... 

I have a sweet friend who likes birds and I wanted to make her Christmas card using these particular birds. I just love these sweet birds, but I also love the scene behind the birds so I wanted to make the card kind of like a window. I sure hope she likes it!




I started with a kraft card base that I stamped the birdy image from the Chick Time kit using Memento tuxedo black ink. I colored the image with prismacolor pencils and then set that aside. I grabbed another piece of kraft card stock to stamp the lovely pine cones and branches on from the Winter Blessings kit. First, I wanted to make sure that the pine cones and branches framed the scene so I laid the card with the birds on my grid paper and marked some general measurements for my 'window area'. I then laid the 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece of kraft card stock in the same part of the grid and lightly marked off the area with pencil. 




Then came the fun part, stamping the branches... I stamped them just twice - once in each corner and colored them using copic markers. I grabbed another piece of kraft card stock and stamped the pine cones several times. I cut out my 'window' by hand fussy cutting around the branches. I colored in the pine cones using copic markers and then I wanted to add a touch of gold so I used a Ranger Emboss It pen and then heat embossed some Ultra Fine Antique Gold embossing powder. Those pine cones look so cool in person. I wish the picture showed it better. I fussy cut the pine cones and adhered them and then I cut off the edges that went over the card. I popped up the pine cone and branch piece over top of the card base using dimensionals. All that was left was the sentiment... I originally planned on doing a banner with the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Cheerful Prancing kit, but it was much bigger than I anticipated so I ended up fussy cutting around it and adding it to the fence under the birds. It almost looks like the birds hung a sign on the fence. Haha! Well, that's my card for this fun hop. I sure hope you liked it!

Like I mentioned above, I am the end of the hop so if you happened to miss any blogs be sure to check out the hop list below AND don't forget to comment on each blog for a chance to win a prize package from Unity Stamp Co.




~ Blog Hop List ~



Thanks for stopping by!

See ya next time.
~ Crystal




40 comments:

  1. I love how the pine frames the little bird. So cute and elegant at the same time.

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  2. This is an awesome card I love the little chicks they are so cute and you have made them in a wonderful way to fit right in the scene

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  3. Wow. FAB work. I love the dimension you achieved with those pine branches and cones. I love it.

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  4. SO CUTE Crystal Love this set and i love that you made it a Christmas card! BEAUTIFUL!

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  5. Very cute and creative card! I do love mixing and matching stamp sets...great job! Wish I could see it in person...the pine ones look like they have white on them not gold! I’ve gotten an embossing pen, but this is the first very effective use I’ve seen of it! Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce! I know the picture doesn't quite capture the gold... but it is so pretty in person! :)

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  6. The pine cones pop off the card. The birds do look like they are holding up the banner. Your friend is lucky!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope my friend likes it! :)

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  7. This is beautiful! I am sure your friend will love it.

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  8. Incorporating those birds into a Christmas card is so cool. I really liked the idea of embossing on the pine cones too. Great job and I think you were a perfect ending to the hop. I was nervous about being the beginning.

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    1. Thank you, Denise! You're so sweet! I totally understand being nervous... but we both did great! :)

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  9. So beautiful! This was a lot of work with all the fussy cutting but well worth the effort. I love the barn in the background and it truly looks like someone is looking out the window. It reminds me of the barn we could see outside my mother-in-laws window, she would always watch the blue birds.

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    1. Thank you, Mary! It really was a fun project to put together. I hope my friend likes it! :)

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  10. Wow Crystal! You hit it out of the park with this one. This card is stunning; love all the details.

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  11. Completely adorable little birdies

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  12. This is absolutely adorable. I envy your coloring skills.

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  13. Beautiful card.
    Your friend will appreciate it
    because of the work you put into
    it. So much detail.
    she's a lucky person.
    thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Mary! I hope you're right!

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  14. What a sweet card. Love how the pinecones look.

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  15. Your friend is going to love this card! Just beautiful!

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  16. I love your color choices! They blend so well!

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