Sunday, 2 October 2016

Festive Birds for the Christmas Card Club!

Hello Everyone, I hope you are well and have enjoyed your day. We had warmth and sunshine..can you believe it, it's the 1st of October???

Well I'm here with the next Challenge for the CCC and this post will be scheduled for tomorrow. I nearly missed the date as somehow I thought it was next Sunday, and if I hadn't seen Lorraine's post I would have been very late indeed. Where has the time gone...ney! where has the year gone??

This time Mrs. A, our lovely Valery wants to see cards with Festive Birds on them, here is what I came up with;
A Cardinal Bird image, digital but not sure where from, water coloured and matted on to card cut with a Tonic die set. Embossilicious Folder, twine and some gems. The sentiment was part of a Candy win from Lorraine, and such a useful sentiment it is.
Now this is a lovely image from Kanban which I've had for ages and not used, as it's a Christmas stamp, I take it the bird is a Robin, but with his back towards the front. Coloured with Pencils this time, decoupaged the holly for a wee bit of dimension.

Always love using bird images so thank you Valery for choosing this them.

On my own with Teallach this weekend, Alistair away for the traditional October Adventure, still while  he is away playing, I was away buying, heee heee.  Bought a sewing machine, been wanting one for a while, like years and I've hummed and hemmed as to whether It would get used, and if I had room for it. Well I eventually worked out that it would and I have. Not an all dancing, singing one, I leave that sort to my friend Dale as she is a sewer, in fact I think she took a mortgage out for hers. This one is a level up from basic, and a Singer. So I'm happy, just trying how to work out" oh but I've had it for ages dear" sort of statement for when the Adventurer gets home. Somehow I don't think it'll work this time.

Do visit the other ladies of the club if you have time and see their lovely cards on this theme.
Thank you all for your visits and your kind comments on my last card.

See you soon, cheerio for now,


meg said...

Two beautiful and very different cards Kate, both appeal to me in different ways the cardinal as it is not native to us and the robin because it is. Enjoy your sewing machine you'll find it so useful

Wendy L said...

Lovely cards Kate, seeing more red cardinals on cards this year. I bought my sewing machine t make the fabric books for the grandkids, love it, dont use it much but very handy at times. Got mine half price and posted over here too, xx

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous cards Kate, love them both, love those colours and stamp used..xx

dutchess said...

Love the images on both of the cards Kate...and your colour combo on the first card with the die cut really makes the cardinal pop....
I am a car boot widow this weekend but I love it as I get to craft ...have coffee and watch a bit of to catch up....traveling up to Tain tomorrow to visit Aunty so hoping the good weather holds
Enjoy your new sewing machine...hope we will see some of your makes! Xxxxxx

brenda said...

Two beauties Kate, the cardinal is a lovely image but I think the second has to be my favourite today with the holly and I agree, I'm sure it is a Robin if he were to turn around.

I did think about a photo as you mention but truth is I'm not even sure when the album is, seems ages ago we had it out.

B x

Sandma's Handmade Cards said...

Two beautiful cards Kate and I especially like the image and the layout of your second card, it's beautiful. I hope you have fun with your new sewing machine. I haven't taken mine out of the cupboard for years but a a young Mum, I used to make clothes for myself and the children all of the time. I'm not sure that I would know where to start now:) Take care and enjoy your Sunday. Sandra x

Christine Harrop said...

Two super cards Kate. Mary will love your first one too. Have fun with your sewing machine. I have had mine for donkeys years (about 1988) and it was all singing and dancing - did everything but make the toast I think - but I used hardly any of teh fancy stuff. Strangely enough, having not used it for years, I have started doing a little sewing agin. Must be in the air. Hugs Christine xx PS had a great day yesterday but I hope it didn't tire Ang too much.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two lovely cards for the challenge this time Kate. You did a grand job of putting them together so quickly at short notice too.

Rita said...

Two perfect cards for the challenge Kate. Love them both. Great News re your sewing machine, so you have Dale to help if required. Enjoy and I'll see you later in the month. Hugs Rita xxxx

MRS DUCK said...

Hi Kate
Two smashing birdie cards. Always love a robin and don't cardinals look stunning.
Great inspiration for your challenge.
I thought every day was an adventure for Milk Tray Man lol!
Did have to laugh when you said you "hemmed" about a sewing pun intended eh, lol!
Have fun playing and though lovely meeting Christine yesterday, I am suffering for it now.
Ang x

Lorraine said...

Two fabulous bird themed cards Kate. Gorgeous colours and designs
Lorraine x

Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous Kate, I love the cardinal he is so majestic.
Linda xxxx

Sue said...

Gorgeous cards Kate! really love them both huggles Sue xx

MaryH said...

Am loving both of these pretty cards (but you'll know #1 stole my heart - of course). The fancy filigree circle on #1 really sets off that gorgeous fella. The Kanban bird is also very handsome, and I've never seen any K. images like this. Well done, Kate! Yay on the machine, and you deserve to have a treat. This will be a most useful treat, as you can not only do some crafts with it, but mending as well. And I liked the "oh I've had it for years"...That made me chuckle. TFS & Big hugs.

Barb said...

They are to beautiful cards Kate. I love cards with birds on and don't know why I don't use them more.

What a lovely frame that is round your cardinal but I think my favourite is the second card. He's a really sweet image and could probably be used in lots of colourways. Barbxx

rachel said...

wonderful Kate - I adore your birdie cards - brilliant! Hugs rachel x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Lovely card especially the bottom one. Hope you had fun sewing

cotnob said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards Kath, a gorgeous die cut frame on the first but I especially like the second one - such a lovely design.

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous cards Kate Two Stunners...
Enjoy your sewing machine
Hugs Sylvie xx

Jennifer Johnston said...

Two gorgeous Christmas cards Kate, Love them both. If I had to choose, I would have great difficulty but I think the last card would just pip the first one to the post lol! Enjoy your new sewing machine.
Hugs Jennifer xx

pam said...

Two wonderful Christmas cards Kate! I also have the Kanban bird stamp Never used it yet!
Enjoy your sewing machine. lol.
Pam x

Valerija said...

Gorgeous cards. Love the birds.
Valerija xx

Jenny L said...

Hi Kate,
2 very super cards and wonderfully designed also.
They are both coloured in fantastically too.
Wonderful that you have a new sewing machine.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jules said...

Hi Kate

Yes, we had a lovely little break thank you. Now back to reality!

Loving your two cards. I seem to use birds more in the run up to Christmas .. .. must be the love of the robin that does it!

How exciting to have found a sewing machine you are happy with. I am sure the Adventurer won't mind!

Love Jules xx

SARN said...

Two very lovely festive bird makes here Kate.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful Christmas cards, I love the birds :) Have a great day xxx

Erika said...

Two super Christmas cards Kate, the dies on the first card are beautiful and loving the bird and holly on the second.
Good to hear you've got a new sewing machine, have fun!
I still haven't got my new one going even though I have had it for over a month. It is busy gathering dust on my dining table.

Hugs Erika. x

Mrs A. said...

Two beautiful cards and you have used different mediums for each one so I feel very honoured. Love the second one looking back over his shoulder (do birds have shoulders!). Enjoy your sewing machine. All singers are a dream to use. hugs Mrs A.

cheryl said...

Oh hun these are two beautiful cards hun just love the dies you have used on the first one those birds are so beautiful. Wonderful detail as always. So chuffed you have a new sewing machine hun having only started sewing I love it. Great to learn new things just wish I had started sooner. Have great fun with it sweetie love cheryl xxx

Diane said...

Fabulous holiday cards Kate, love them both.

Hugs Diane

Sue said...

Kate, both cards are lovely holiday cards. Love the birds, but something about a cardinal is so special, especially when you see that bright red in the snow!


Anet van Zyl said...

Your Christmas cards are beautiful Kate. Hugs Anet x