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Deck the Halls Birdie

I have another Christmas card to share with you today.  I bought this image last year and never had the chance to color it.  If you have followed my blog for a while, you probably have noticed that I love birds and have several bird baths and feeders around my yard.    So, I just couldn’t resist this cute image.


2012-10-21 Phindy christmas card WM


I colored the little bird to look like a black capped chickadee because they are frequent visitors to my feeders during the winter months. 

I am still having problems with my ink smearing.  I tried to color this image very carefully but if you look closely you might see some smears.   [Please don’t look that close :)  ]  

I even broke out my Stickles and Glossy Accents for this card.  I usually forget to use them or, if I remember, I am too impatient to wait for them to dry so I just skip it.  I’m glad I had the patience to wait this time.  (Or maybe I should be happy that dinner was ready so I had an excuse to walk away so it could dry.)

Have a great week!  Thank you for stopping by!




  • Stamps:  Deck the Halls (digital stamp) from Phindy’s Place, Tiny Tags II from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Close To My Heart Cranberry
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest Solar White CS, Papertrey Kraft CS, Bazzill Basics Pinecone CS, Teresa Collins Christmas Cottage paper pad, Starbucks coffee sleeve
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot,  Papertrey Victorian Lace Border & Tiny Tags dies, Die-namics Let It Snow die, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Cranberry crinkle seam binding from My Craft Spot, May Arts Burlap twine, Studio 18 gem stone, Diamond Stickles, Glossy Accents



Nicole said…
Such a cute and sweet card. i love the image!! Have a nice sunday. hugs, Nicole
Sandra H said…
Hi Cheryl, This is so lovely x
Sue - bearhouse said…
This is gorgeous Cheryl. I love the image, your beautiful colouring and such fabulous layout

Sara I. said…
Absolutely adorable Cheryl! Love the image and how you colored it up - the button/twine/tag combo is darling!
Carla S. said…
Gorgeous card, Cheryl! Beautiful papers and a wonderful image!
Annette said…
so pretty...i love the image and that little tag with the snowflake...just it
awendybird said…
Beautiful card!! Thanks for playing along at Hiding in my Craft Room! ~Amber
Jac said…
An adorable image and fab colouring, thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments and Emerald Faeries
How cute is this!? Great job on the coloring and composition. Thanks for joining the fun on QKR Stampede.
Anita said…
This is so stinkin cute Cheryl! Love that sweet image and your layout is fabulous, especially that little tag.
HappyCrafter said…

Ah, what an adorable card! I love that image (love birdies!) and the overall card is very festive.
Imke said…
This is very lovely, Cheryl. Love the different DP and layers.
Christine said…
This is just stunning! I love it! Thanks for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge! Good luck xx
Lisa said…
What a beautiful card!! I love the design and the image is so cute!! You colored it can't see the smears at all!!

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cotnob said…
This is a gorgeous card Cheryl, lovely image and great layout.
Thank you for joining us at Bearly Mine Designs this week.
Jo said…
I love the image. I will have to go check that one out. You did a beautiful job with it. Thanks for joining us at TTCRD.
Lisa S. said…
Wonderful card Cheryl, love the color scheme and your colored image. Thanks so much for joining our Things with Wings challenge at Top Tip Tuesday.

Remember you can enter up to 3 projects and 3 tips. Good Luck!
Joanne said…
I can see why you really like this image, it's adorable! I love how you colored it and the button and snowflake really set it off. Great color combo too! Thanx for joining us at CC&CC! Aloha, Joanne
SmilynStef said…
What a lovely little image ... your coloring really brings it to life ... so glad you joined our Creature Feature at Jingle Belles.
Renee said…
Such an adorable card Cheryl....I love chickadees too, there are loads of them at my feeders & I sit at the window every morning drinking my coffee & watch them flitting around!
Hugs, Renee
Kristie Maynard said…
Oh my gosh! Is this cute or what? Love it! Thanks for joining the QKR Stampede challenge this week.
Shelly Schmidt said…
Wonderfully done- love the image and the darling layout!
Desire Fourie said…
Gorgeous and very creative. Wishing you a wonderful week.
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Riet said…
What a gorgeous card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx
chrissy xx said…
AWhh! What a cutie this image is.
LOving your colours too.
Thank you soooo much for joining us this week at CSAYL.
lauren bergold said…
oh WOW! what a ♥BEAUTIFUL♥ and amazing card! so many clever details, and your coloring of that lovely stamp is just totally wonderful! thanks for sharing this in our "holiday creature feature" at JINGLE BELLES! ♥
craftygranny said…
Gorgeous image and you coloured it beautifully . Thanks for joining us at osaat and good luck. Hugs trisha x DT
Beate said…
That is so so cute! Great coloring, embellishments and card.
Hugs and smiles
Ellapu said…
This is so cute TFS over at CCC this week
Elaine DT
Fabiola said…
hello, you card is too cute and so gorgeous, thanks to play with us at CSAYL, hope to see you soon, biz
Dawn Lancaster said…
I love your card! That image is just adorable! Thanks so much for joining in the Use an Animal Challenge at The Crafty Pad this week!
Good Luck
Dawn xx
Sarah said…
Such a pretty card-- hope you can figure out the smudging-- I know I had to switch to photo ink and that helped me a ton! Thanks for creating with us at QKR Stampede.
Bettina L. said…
Gorgeous christmas card. Just love the design with the sewing,ribbon, button and vintage colours. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday, Totally Gorjuss and ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back tuesday, saturday and wednesday the 31st for some new challenges. Bettina xx
Mamma Mia said…
Gorgeous card Cheryl - I love the really sweet image and your layout is fab! Thanks for sharing at The Crafty Pad this week in our "Use an Animal" challenge.
Helen x (DT)
What a gorgeous card you have made here. It fits our challenge this week well. Thanks for taking part and good luck. Best wishes, Kym (Bearly Mine Challenge Blog Design Team)
It's a beauty! Love that little mouse putting up the tree!!!

Sorry about the smearing - patience is a virtue, right?
Heather said…
What a gorgeous card! As I was thinking about what I liked about it, it was everything! That image is super cute and you colored it so beautifully. Don't tell anyone and they won't know there is any smeared ink, I didn't see it. Love the snowflake on the little tag. It's so cute. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.
Just a darling card. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative challenge. I love seeing your creation. Good luck on the challenge.
Hugs, Patricia
Joann Burton said…
Wonderful card. I love it...

Thanks for sharing with us this week at QKR. Hope to see you again next week as well. joann sassy raggedy
Ruza Rebel said…
Gorgeous card! Love all the layers, and your coloring of the image is lovely! Thank you for joining our QKR Challenge this week.
Ruza ~ QKR DT
Donna Ellis said…
Hi, Cheryl. What a darling image - little Christmas Mouse bringing the festivities to the bird's home. Really sweet coloring. Love your color choices, and the layers. The stitching looks great!
Audrey Pettit said…
wow! This is stunning, Cheryl! And what gorgeous photo staging, too! I LOVE the rustic, elegant feel to this design! The sweet image, the pretty papers, and the touches of kraft are uh-mazing! Love every little inch of this!
Nicola said…
Wow, this card is stunning Cheryl, such a sweet image and perfect details right down to the beautiful stitching - amazing design and finishing touches!
Thanks for entering our Anything Goes challenge over at Fussy and Fancy and best of luck!
Hugs Nicola xxx
Karin said…
That image is delightful and I really like the little snowflake tag! Great papers as per usual!
Fabulous xmas card, thanks for joining in with our Use a digi challenge over at OSAAT and
Good luck
Julie x
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Marie B. said…
Oh very cute! I love that little tag with the snowflake on it! A perfect little touch! :)
Cheryl oh my gosh! This is just beautiful! Love the image and the colors! Thank you for linking up and sharing with at The Crafty Pad :)
wow Beautiful Project, Thank you for entering the Cards Galore Challenge xx
Tammy Ortiz said…
What a wonderful Creation. This is so awesome.
We would like to thank you for Entering Chocolate, Coffee, & Cards Challenge.
Hugs from Tammy Ortiz - DT Digi Team for Chocolate, Coffee & Cards.
Tracey said…
Cheryl, your card is fabulous! Awesome job colouring your image and the colours you chose are perfect. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT! Hope to see you here again.
Hugs, Tracey (DT)
Helen said…
Awww...sweet card!
Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
Helen x
suzARTe said…
Thanks so much for sharing your lovely project at Anything goes, Just keep on creating.
Sorry it has taken so long to leave a comment. Just to let you know that the challenges are up and running again so hope you will continue to play along.
Also letting you know that I am having a giveaway on my personal blog as well hoping you will enter :)

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