Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Bird Crazy

In case you haven't noticed, I am addicted to coloring the Bird Crazy birds from Tim Holtz.  I resisted coloring for a very long time, I never learned how and I just was not into it.  Now I am frantically looking through my stamps for more images to color! I am really enjoying it and I suspect that is because I don't know how to do it correctly - I have had a few Copic markers for years and I finally took them out for the very first time (you can see the results here). I have succumbed to peer pressure and I am glad!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Silver Paper
Glitter Paper in Red & Green
Distress Markers in Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso & Squeezed Lemonade
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamps, #CMS212
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bird Crazy Die Set, #660954
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Things Stamps, #CMS237
 Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Die Set, #660953
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Embossing Folder, Beaded Garland, #660041
Stickles in Diamond
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Wreath & Bow, #658267
Pop Dots
Dove Blender Pen
White Cardstock Scrap
Red Cardstock Scrap

It seems like I used SO much to make this card, but it truly wasn't that complicated.  I started, as always, stamping the bird on watercolor paper and used a Dove Blender Pen to blend all those Distress Markers. Then I used another stamped bird to cut out just the wing and pop dotted that to the bird's body. I was trying to make the bird look like a robin, what do you think? Once the bird was colored and dry, I used the die cut set to cut him out.  Setting the bird aside, I had already run a piece of silver paper through the Beaded Garland Embossing Folder and used the Stickles to sparkle every bead on the garland. Honestly, this was already made as I knew I'd be able to use it somewhere and I got this embossing folder last year and was dying to use it.

I glued my silver paper, after cutting it down to size, to a Kraft card base (the typical size I use is A2, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 - if I use another size, I note it in my supplies list) and put it under the large floor tile I have on my desk for heat embossing - double duty is a wonderful thing (I do wrap whatever I am putting under the tile with wax paper so the glue doesn't stick to it and nothing that is on the back marks the card - learned THAT the hard way).  I then stamped the Santa Hat on a scrap of white cardstock and did the same to a scrap of red - then I die cut both  stampings, using the red as the hat's base and layering the white ball and trim onto the hat.

I just got the Mini Wreath & Bow die - I got a great deal and rumor has it that the set is going to be
discontinued, so if you want one, better get one now - and I die cut the wreath out of green glitter paper and the bow out of red glitter paper, glued the bow onto the wreath. All I had left was gluing the bird to the card, and then I pop dotted the wreath.  Done!

Thank you for stopping by! I am trying to get 100 new subscribers by the end of the year and I only need 10 more - please, help my holidays to be less stressful and join! I've got candy to giveaway <wink> - enough bribes.  I sincerely hope your holiday season is going smoothly and that you & yours have a wonderful time! ~ Fondly, Christi
Another look
I am entering my Christmas Bird Crazy Card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More - #173, Holiday
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday (M) - Holiday Card
Paperminutes - Holiday Card w/ a Bird on It
Tuesday Throwdown - #272, Cute & Cuddly
A Snowflake's Promise - #11, Anything Goes Holiday Themed
Holly Jolly Christmas - Embossing (dry embossed background paper)
Merry Monday Challenge - #182, Christmas Card w/ a Bird
Emerald Creek Dares - Bringing Bits of Cheer


  1. I love it!! I am trying to decide if "he" is happy to see that wreath or not! lol!! I love the hat you put on his head, so clever! Thank you for stamping with this little guy so full of character! And thank you for sharing it at Merry Monday!

    1. Hmmm - I think "he" is trying to decide too!! Thank you for your kind comment Colleen :)

  2. thanks for your lovely comment on my "bird" card - had to come over and visit - your TH bird is so cute looking askance at the wreath. also looked at the challenges blog you are on and am going to follow that too.

    1. Thank you SO much Betty! I'm grateful you stopped by :)

  3. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "cute & cuddly” challenge over at Tuesday Throwdown & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT Tuesday Throwdown)

  4. Snap! I too LOve these little birds! FAB colours and design and I LOve your embossing folder.
    You've not had to twist my arm lol. I'm your newest follower..and I'm looking forward to seeing more of these crazy birds!

    1. Thank you Chrissy! I'm on my way over to your blog so I can follow you, too :)

  5. This funny little bird is adorable! Very festive!
    Take care!

  6. I love those birds! And the background is awesome!

    1. Thank you Susangail - I appreciate you stopping by :)

  7. I love this! The Crazy Bird stamps are definitely a fave of mine too! I would love to see your card in the Emerald Creek Dares - Bringing Bits of Cheer Challenge.

    1. Thank you - I will certainly link my little bird up :)

  8. Love the EF in the background and well done with the colouring, it is addictive!
    Thanks for playing along at ATSM. :)

  9. This was awesome! I loved the draped pearls. And again, I love how the crazy birds find away into so many creations! Thanks for joining the dare.

    1. What a cute bird! I love your embossing, too. Keep up the good work with your coloring! Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown!

  10. Love this card!! The background is gorgeous! thank you for sharing with us over at Emerald Creek Dares!
    Cathy - DT Member at Emerald Creek

  11. Wow - fantastic Card! I love the glimmering Background. Thanks for playing paperminutes last week.

  12. Love this card - that bird is fabulous and fun. Thanks for joining us for our Festive Emerald Creek Dares Challenge

    Karon DT

    1. Thank you Karon! Happy to have found the challenge :)

  13. Perfect placement of him looking at the wreath and I love the embossed background.
    Thanks for sharing at ATSM, Anita x


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