Friday, November 11, 2011

Aviary Jingle Bells

I was so excited this morning when, for the first time in weeks, I had an idea and it came together easily!!  I definitely have been struggling.  I'm still making cards and typically happy with the results - but they all seem to be so much work!  So many false-starts and do-overs and try-agains!

It's a good thing that I had the brainstorm this morning, because I actually had an entirely different plan for today's blog post but I am going to need my teenage son to help me with some blog/PC issues before I can post it.  So...here's some blatant self-promotion...

Coming next Friday...a Friday Focus post on Copics!!  I haven't done a Friday Focus in months.  These are posts that cover basic information with lots of tips and hints.  I've done Friday Focus posts on tying bows, embossing folder techniques, shimmer paint and many more.  Now I have a huge post almost ready to go on Copics.  I have photo tutorials of basic coloring, I have downloads of Copic matches to Stampin' Up and Papertrey paper.  And I have many, many links to advanced Copic techniques.  Be sure to come back next Friday!!

But right now, I am more excited about today!  I love the Stampin' Up Aviary set.  Those little guys and their cages can be so cute or they can be elegant.  I decided to embellish their cages and make them Christmas!!




The first thing I saw today was the CAS-ual Friday challenge to make a tag.  I knew right away I wanted to decorate the bird cages from Aviary for the Christmas season.  (Not many people wake up to the thought that they want to add jingle bells to bird cages??!!)


Then I saw the clean & simple Fall To Layout that had a tag and knew that I wanted to make a card/tag set!


Then at the very end I got stuck.  I was toying with a button in the lower right hand corner of the card but it wasn't right.  I looked around my desk and realized how much paper and ribbon that I had out and remembered that the current challenge with The Paper Players is a recipe challenge.  I looked and realized that I qualified except for the punch and one more dsp.  The light came on!!  I have a jingle bell punch and it's the perfect accent.  Then I used dsp for the leaves and it's so cute.  Thank you Paper Players!
  • Stamps: Stampin' Up Aviary and Great Greetings ('to' and 'from'), Papertrey Signature Christmas
  • Paper: Stampin' Up Real Red dsp and CS, Lucky Limeade dsp and CS, Silver Glimmer paper
  • Ink: Stampin' Up Real Red and Lucky Limeade
  • Accessories: Stampin' Up silver cord, jingle bells and scalloped border punch, Martha Stewart jingle bell punch, green ribbon from Hobby Lobby, silver and red ribbon from Michaels

27 comments:

Susan said...

Kim,
It's difficult to imagine that you ever get "stuck" when making a card! Your cards are always so bright and cheerful...I'm in awe of your talent!

Pauline said...

These are gorgeous Kim, love thes tag cards, and the aviary stamps are so pretty!

Bonnie said...

How fun! I love the tag and the Christmas card! I wouldn't have thought to use that set for Christmas, but it works.

LeAnne said...

These are REALLLLLLY cute, Kim! Super job on the Paper Players challenge!

Laura Davis said...

LOVE this!!!!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!
Laura

Ann Schach said...

Oh, wow! These are adorable, Kim! I LOVE the bells and the bling! Thanks for playing with The Paper Players!

Christina said...

These are adorable, Kim! I haven't used Aviary in a while, but this makes me want to pull it out. I love the bells and gorgeous lime green ribbon.

Julie Marshall said...

What a wonderful crisp, clean card! I love the papers, the bling and the ribbon. They all work perfectly together. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players!

Nance Leedy said...

Just today I had an itching to us Aviary and make it a Christmas card and there you go with this fabulous creation! LOVE it! The decorations on the cages are super cute and the glitter jingle bell is the perfect addition! So glad you could join us at The Paper Players!

Michelle-a-bella said...

Beautiful cards!

Anne Marie said...

Kim! *thud* That was my jaw hitting the floor after seeing this awesome card and tag duo! Avairy for Christmas? Why, yes indeedy, you showed us how it's done. Every detail looks fabulous and you had me at those bitty bells. So much fun! Thank you for joining us this week at the Paper Players for my recipe challenge! :)

Sue said...

Absolutely love the aviary tags!

Joyce said...

These are wonderful. I have pinned them to try for myself. I love that Aviary set, and don't use it nearly enough.

Dawn Braun said...

I adore how you turned these into jingle birds! I have this set, love it and never use it! :) Such a sweet pair with the tag!

Julie Day said...

LOVE this duo! I'm inspired to pull out this stamp set and give it a whirl. Love the added jingle bells :) Thanks for playing this week at CAS-ual Fridays!

kingstonmama said...

Gorgeous! I love those decorated bird cages. These are so bright and festive. :) Ann Y.

Christine Blain said...

Oh, Kim, these are ADORABLE!! What a fabulous idea to use Aviary for Christmas; I love it, and will be borrowing your genius, I think. The little bells and rhinestones are the perfect festive touches. Love, love, love what you've made!

Susan Joyce said...

Fantastic card, love all the little details on your card and tag. Congratulation's on being chosen the Headliner at The Paper Players this week.

Aileen said...

Hi Kim, Well done on it all coming together for 3 challenges. Your card and tag are absolutely fabulous. I love this set too but it's still on my wish list, I wouldn't have thought to make it chrismassy! x

Jen W. said...

Big congrats on your win at The Paper Players, Kim! Both the card and tag (and tag on the card!) are fantastic! I love all the little details - bells, gems, silver twine, shiny paper. Amazing!
And am super excited for your Copics post!

H2 :) said...

Bravo Kim! Brilliant use of the Aviary set. Your design is fabulous & the colours are so crisp! Gorgeous card & tag. :)

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Jenny said...

So festive and fun Kim and I see you made top spot too with this fab tag card combo :) Love this stampin up set and how you've used it :)
Jenny x

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

You should write a book "How to turn an everyday stamp set into a Christmas stamp set 101". Giggle! This is fabulous! Hugs xx

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

I love it!!! Super adorable, Kim!

Lisa said...

Oh wow I can't tell you how much I love these!! Beautiful :)

Michele Gross said...

So cute! Love the jingle bells :) Thanks for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!