Ok the snowman is cute, but aren't these cardinals just incredible? I must admit I nearly lost it trying to make them ... those beaks are about the size of a pin head. You might see some pin holes in them since I was poking them with a pin to move them, my fingers were just too fat.
I tried to stack them for the photo so you wouldnt' notice that the one guy lost his beak --- but of course it shows. Sigh. I just can't win. It is someplace on my table downstairs, or on the cat, or on the floor, or on my eyebrow. Think it is probably time to make another one. Ever try cutting a paper punch in quarters and gluing it?
Once again the inspiration came from Ellen Kemper's Blog ... you can find her cards here...
No, these aren't the NEW copic colors, they are colors that are new to me. We stopped at Hobby Lobby and who can resist 30% off. However, I had no clue which colors I already have, so I went with greens since I knew I have very few. Believe it or not, I didn't duplicate!
Here is the flowerpot I always color with any new markers just to see how they work. The yellow came out of my stash.
Then I pulled out my favorite digi frog and gave him shading and warts.
Can you believe this little girl was made with the owl punch? See the owl, upside down, for her hair? And the vest is her dress. I found a tutorial online and had to try it... Ellen Kemper is great with punches! Now I want to try all the other things she does with the owl punch!
Fortunately Elaine never reads my blog --- and I have the perfect Christmas card all made for her. I thought it would be hard to follow last year's card which was a snowman dead, face down in the snow, stabbed with his own carrot ... but when I saw this card and found the tutorial online, I had to try it!
Gathering the ribbon for the elastic was an "ah ha" moment, I think I will be doing that again and again... but not for boxer elastic of course.
Couldn't find my sanding block and tried a pencil eraser. Some distressing, but not enough. So I took the card and rubbed it on the bricks in the basement. Worked great aside from the fact I have some slightly discernible red stripes on the powder blue paint of the brick wall. Oh well. Adds character.
Why do I feel I have to hide this card from Mike !
Hard to resist casing this card by princess heather. If anyone ever asks you, distress stickles do NOT work the same as liquid pearls. This is one of those nice generic designs that can be a birthday or sympathy card ( or both?) so I will wait to add sentiments as needed.
Here is a direct quote from Donna C but I love the sentiment and can't say it any better than she did ...
firstname.lastname@example.org----- Nothing on this blog is personally copyrighted. You can use anything you want and I don't care if you call it your own. Copy things exactly and say they were your idea. If I run into them on your blog, I will be thrilled to see that someone loved my idea enough to copy it. If I put it on the net, I don't consider it stealing for you to use it in anyway you want. Go for it and enjoy! That is what this hobby is all about.