Monday, November 21, 2016

Three French Cardinals??? On A Christmas Card!
Hello and welcome to the third Monday in November...which means it's time for a new challenge at Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge Blog. Thanks for all the lovely comments from last weeks Guest Designer piece, Thankful Manor. I appreciate it and am so thankful for you!
This weeks challenge is "Trio-tastic: Use Three of Something".  You can do absolutely so much with this theme, and I look forward to seeing what you use. I decided to do a few 'three of something(s)'! I have three French Hens...I mean Cardinals, three candy canes, and Santa caps, and I have used only three, white, and red. Sorry if the 12 Days of Christmas is now playing in your head!
I die cut the Tim Sizzix Crazy Birds with Watercolor Cardstock, after stamping them with Black Soot Archival from Tim and Ranger. I die cut the Birch Trees and Tree Line with Wood Grain Cardstock.
I tore pieces of watercolor cardstock and covered them and all the trees with Grit Paste and then Distress Glitter, and let them dry. I prepared my card base with layers of matting.
I used the Planks Texture Fade to add lines to the Birch Trees, by swiping Hickory Smoke Archival Ink on the inside of the texture fade.
I inked the edges a little, and also added Grit Paste and Glitter here and there.
I needed the Santa caps to be reversed to look a little better, so I stamped the images on Tim's Tissue Wrap and turned them over as well as the die cuts and adhered the wrap down with Multi Medium. It was perfect.
I colored all the images with Distress Crayons and a Water Brush. Then I layerd the pieces with foam tape. I also added Glitter to the caps, and gave the candy canes a Glossy Accents coating.
I stamped the Crinkle Ribbon with Wendy Vecchi's Simply Stripes Background Stamp and here Red Geranium Ink, and then misted it with water to crinkle it.  The sentiment was computer generated.
I hope you play along with this fun challenge. Remember, you might just be the one who wins a $50 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!!! Good luck, and I look forward to seeing all the entries, and once again,  thanks for coming by!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. Your card is so adorable, Anita! I love those cute birds and the way you dyed the ribbon is awesome.

    Cathie ♥

  2. Ay! This is so great! I love the dimension in the birch background and the glitter here and there. The cardinals are fantastic in their red coats! What a fabulous scene! Hugs, Marzena

  3. I love love love this!!!!! The background is fabulous! The birds are just so much fun in their Santa suits. Your ribbon is amazing, too!

  4. I would like to know how you made the coats ?

    1. There are no's their feathers. I colored them with Distress Crayons. Thanks so much!

  5. Awwwww, I love the three French Cardinals!!! They are absolutely adorable, the red is stunning and I just love the eyes, they all look so inquisitive - I want to know what they are all thinking Great fun, beautiful colouring and fabulous design Anita, pinning!! Hugs, Anne xx

  6. This is a work of art! I smiled the minute I saw it, the birds are so stinkin' cute

  7. brilliant!! I love them .. and that ribbon is tres tres awesome!!! you are such an inspiration to me!! thank you <3

  8. I am in love with the birds♥ So adorable♥

  9. Anita, gorgeous card! I love how you changed the birds into Christmas Cardinals! Happy Thanksgiving! Maura

  10. Terrific card Anita - wonderfully coloured. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Nicola x

  11. Anita, these are so adorable! I love that these little birdies are all dressed up and ready for Thanksgiving!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  12. your 3 french cardinals are adorable Anita...tres bon indeed and I love that striped ribbon...hugs kath xxx

  13. This is such a fabulous and super cute card! Anita. Those birds are so adorable. :)

  14. How fun is your card????????? I love it so much, three cardinals are so cute and you're a genius!!! fab work as always! Barbara

  15. What a fabulous card, Anita...I love how you've created three crazy cardinals and adore the textured background of the birch trees, just wonderful! <3

  16. SUCH an incredible little card! I really like the way you've seamlessly combined sophistication and whimsy with the gorgeous birch tree background and your endearing little birds. Lovely work that made me smile!

  17. It's such a fun card. Anita! Love that you've made 3 of those crazy birds into cardinals! So fun! Love how your creative mind comes up with these amazing ideas! Hugs, Sandra


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