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Chickadee Christmas

>> Friday, August 7, 2015

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! Aye yi yi! What a day! It started out with what I call, a preemptive power outage. The power went out to apparently save itself from the approaching storms. The storm was actually close to 2 hours away. But our power is apparently scared of thunder even if it's not in the immediate area. This is a fairly frequent occurrence and defies any other explanation.  rolleyes So with power out, nothing much gets done (or written for blog posts) or created (cause it's like, DARK). And much later, the power comes back just in time for the storm, but hubs has to go to the Dr. BUT, the server has shut down and needs an act of congress to get it running again (we know how well that works!). For me, that means still no writing of blog posts & no access to all the pictures I need.'s gonna be a long day. 

And finally, here is the card I created to show you today. (Actually I made a few days ago, but as I said, I couldn't get to my pictures.) With all the hot temps, making Christmas cards has become a good thing. I've really been on a Christmas cards on kraft card stock kick lately. The color combo just really appeals to me. For my card, I combined the Chickadee with the Berry Branch using a little masking along the way, then I colored them in using Prisamcolor pencils. I did a little out of the box technique when I die cut w/ a square die, then doodled around the edge w/ a black Micron pen. I used another piece of kraft, stamped the versatile bg on it, then scored it like fence boards would look & used one point of a star punch to add the notches. After sponging a little distress ink on it, I stamped the Splatter Bg across it & the bird w/ white ink & white embossed for a snowy look. I also sponged the ink across the top of the fence & embossed. 
I added the greeting (new!) on top of the fence along w/ a white strip I die cut w/ a stitched curve die & I punched a few snowflakes out & added them on top of the bird panel. As a final touch, I added some glossy accents to the berries, but it's hard to see here. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend! 
stamps: DRS Designs - Bird on Branch, Simple Berry Branch, Splatter Bg, Versatile Bg, Season's Greetings (new!)
paper: Neenah white, kraft
ink: Versafine onyx, Distress ink vintage photo, barn door, Colorbox frost white pigment
accessories: white embossing powder, Prismacolor pencils, black Micron pen, stitched rectangle dies, stitched hills dies, fishtail flag dies, snowflake punches, glossy accents


Donna Whitten said...

So very pretty!

Shelia said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Julie! Love the splattered snow & the snowy tops of the fence!

Janett Ray said...

Beautiful. Love the snow on the kraft card stock.

Robin Clendenning said...

This is so sweet Julie! Ha! I just got this stamp out again too. It just makes me think Christmas for some reason. Love the little snowy fence you made too and the curved border is awesome! Love all the snow and snowflakes! Ha! I just noticed you have berries on your branch! That is so super cool and looks perfect!

nwilliams6 said...

Julie, this is soooooo pretty! I love the white on craft and your pretty bird and fence. Amazing!!! Really!!! Glad you got your power back and are able to get to everything. We lose power a lot in storms - it is frustrating. Lovely work! Very inspiring. Hugz

Karin said...

This is gorgeous! I love the layout and the falling snow. Just like looking out the window in winter! Lovely card :)

Sue said...

You have outdone yourself Julie! So many wonderful elements in this baby :) The berries are a fantastic addition to the bird's branch and I love your snowy fence!!

Jennifer E. said...

Gorgeous, Julie! Your snow scene seems so peaceful! Awesome job of putting together that image!

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