Friday 22 July 2011

The Holly and The Ivy...................meets Winter Wonderland DT

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today it is Team Marianne's turn to host the challenge at 

and it is Marianne herself hosting the challenge this week, with the fabulous theme of

The Holly and The Ivy
that is use either Holly or Ivy on your Christmas Creation

As always if you know me by now, I have to create a Christmas Card each week, so I always join in and point you in the right direction to aid you in working towards those all important Holiday cards

So here is my take on this weeks theme
Mandy at a Sprinkling of Glitter has really got me into using my round the edge punches by MS to better effect.  I have now worked out the exact size to be able to punch around both sides of the card and to fold it perfectly to match when it closes.  Thank you hun.  Also just a note for Mandy "the dress for the wedding still has not arrived, the knickers are looking more inviting!!!"
So the base layer is white card with the holly MS around the page punch.  On top of this is green mirror card and on top of this some fabulous holly paper.  The image has been framed with the green mirror card and so has the sentiment by the wonderful tag nestie.  The sentiment is Whiff Of Joy, the ribbon from stash about three years old.  The Robin image is also from last year and sorry cannot remember the make. But he has been coloured in copics.
I matched the inside to the front of the card and used a very appropriate Papermania Xmas sentiment to finish it off.
This is the little Robin.

Now I am going to let you into a secret so you can truly see the beauty of copics.  I coloured this bird and then tried a new technique on him, which did not go so well and caused the deep brown to bleed all over the image - disaster, however the blender pen is marvellous and over a period of two days on and off I patiently kept working the overspill until it had all gone. I am showing you the close up as I really really really need you to see the magic, go on zoom in, if you look really carefully you may just be able to see where I have cleared.

Anyway enough of copic magic and don't forget to hop on over to the Challenge blog to see Team Marianne's inspirational pieces.

I would like to welcome all my new followers and wish you all well in the 200 follower candy.  I will be posting my 300 candy at the end of the current candy.  For those of you that have not yet entered the 200 follower candy you can do so here, thank you to Feline for now advertising my candy too.

As always and very importantly I would like to say thank you to all my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave such inspirational comments on my blog, allowing me to hop back over to see your own beautiful work. THANK YOU!!

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

DYSU - Wings
Creative Belli - Xmas in July
ABC Christmas - O is for Old
ABC - Y is for yesterday
Crazy Challenge - Christmas in July
Paper Creations - Christmas in July
Christmas Inspirations - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad - Xmas in July
Creative Inspirations - Xmas in July
Paper Sundaes - Xmas in July

Hugs and Enjoy the rest of your day


chrissy xx said...

It's Gorgeous! Inside as well as out! LOve it.

Joan's passions said...

It's so georgeous!!!!! It's really Christmas... in July:)I love your work.Lovely

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card kate, that paper fits perfectly with your edge punch.
your bird is beautiful.

greetings karin


What a wonderful card, Kate!
Thanks forjoining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges. Hope to see you with us again soon.

Linda said...

Hi Kate you have done a fabulous job with the holly edge punch and that robin is coloured beautifully love Linda

Anne Temple said...

Absolutely love your idea of using a punch around the page to create the edge of a card. Your card is fabulous. Will definitely have to "borrow" this idea :-).

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card, I love robins and that backing paper is lush.
Kevin xx

Dawn said...

Such a lovely little robin & so beautifully coloured!Gorgeous layout too!
Thanks for sharing it with us at The Crafty Pad for our Christmas in July Challenge!
Good Luck

Lynda said...

Fabulous card Kate - the border is stunning and well worked out!

Love Lynda xxx

Sandra H said...

This is gorgeous! love the robin and ivy image so nicely coloured too and the background and lace its just adorable:) Sandra H

Stempelkobold said...

Stunning card! Lovely image and gorgeous colored! Thank you for playing along with us this week at the Crazy Challenge - Good luck, Dominique

coops said...

stunning card kate.i love the robin and gorgeous traditional papers :D

xx coops xx

Little K Smith said...

A beautiful traditional Christmas card Kate, I love the holly punch you've used around the card, it's really effective :)

Sally said...

Love the border and such a great Christmas Robin. Really makes you feel like Christmas is on its way!!
Enjoy the weekend.
Hugs Sally xx

Maggie's Crafts said...

Thank you for taking part in CHRISTMAS IN JULY challenge at The Crafty Pad!

Your creation is beautiful!:)

So happy you've joined us!


PinksyDoodles said...

This is really beautiful Kate. I love the holly edges.
Clare x

Helen said...

Beautiful card Kate - that punched border is just fabulous!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Unknown said...

Great card!! Thank you for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Fiona said...

what a lovely card, pretty image and I love how you have coloured the bird.

Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.


Adriana Melges Q. Weingart said...

So precious! Full of details... Lovely!
Thanks for playing with us at xMas Inspirations!

Amanda R said...

Beautiful card and I love how you used the holly punch around the image, just gorgeous! Thanks for playing along this week at Paper Sundaes!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow this is absolutely beautiful the design and image look wonderful thank you for joining our challenge at Creative Inspirations.
Lorraine x

Miranda said...

great card Kate, love the robin image is very cute
thanks for joining the PCI challenge this week

Karen W said...

This is just gorgeous, I love it and thanks so much for playing along with Creative Belli!!!

Arline said...

Beautiful card....really love the edge! Looks fab!x

Denise Sebold Esteves said...

So beautiful card!
Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges. Hope to see you with us again soon!!


Ren-Yi said...

What a fabulous bird card - great colors and a beautiful holly border. Thanks for playing along with us at DYSU.

Dorte said...

Beautiful cvard, I love the way you have used the MS punch, it looks great. Sweet image and fab colouring. Thank you for joining our "O for old" challenge at ABC Christmas challenge. Hope to see you next time.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Dear me this is one beautiful card! I am loving the punched edging- so cool! Love the pretty bird. Thanks for joining us at the Belli Challenge.

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