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Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Christmas Card Club - Excited!!!!

 
I'm so excited to share my Christmas Card Challenge card with you today!  Our challenge was set by Margaret  this week.  The challenge is to feature a robin.  Now I didn't have a robin stamp of any kind and could have made a punch art robin at most, so I finally plucked up the courage to use my Undefined Kit that I received on the Stampin' Up! incentive trip last July and carve my own robin stamp.  It's a super kit, but it's a bit like packs of designer series paper, you don't want to use them because they are so lovely and so you have one to use and one to stroke! However, with Undefined you don't want to use it because you think you might not get the carving right, or you can't think of a design, or you think you can't draw or whatever, but now I've used it I'm all set to order new supplies to use with my carving tools and make more.  To see how it works visit my post on the Stampin' Up! Undefined Kit.
 I'm absolutely delighted with how my robin has turned out.  So delighted in fact that I've made the same card twice, but in a slightly different way. 
 Above is very simply stamped.  I used my markers to colour the stamp and then again used markers to colour and shade the handle of the spade I drew for the robin to sit on.  Below is the same 'picture', but I've used more layers and stamps to create a different feel.  The handle this time is stamped with the amazing Hardwood stamp to give the wood effect and I've used a brad to act as the pin holding it together.  Holly adds that festive feel and I've hand cut the leaves, smudged them a bit with ink and added a touch of crystal effects and dazzling diamonds.  Gorgeous Grunge which will be an all time favourite of mine has taken away the starkness of just a plain base card of naturals ivory and my robin once again is coloured with different shades in markers again. 

 
This is my stamp and the Undefined Kit which contains everything you need to carve your own stamps. It was much easier than I thought and I'm so proud of myself for finally using this great kit.

Have fun when you try!
 
Zx
 
 
Challenges
Completely Christmas - Anything Goes
CHNC Extra - Anything Goes
 

21 comments:

  1. How clever you are carving your own stamp...and he is a really cute robin.....all that decoupage ...a stunner Zoe....thanks for the catalogue will e mail younext week! xxxx

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  2. Stunning Design... thank you for taking the time to join in with the fun,over at Completely Christmas, we would love your company in next week’s challenge as well…..
    Hugs
    Suzy B ~Owner~ Completely Christmas
    Xx

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  3. No wonder you are excited!! I'd be thrilled too if I had made my own stamp. And a gorgeous specimen of bird-hood he is too! The holly gives it a real festive touch. Without it could be for a winter or spring birthday, particularly for a male. Hugs Christine xx

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  4. Wow Zoe - what a fantastic idea. You should be pleased with yourself as it's a brilliant robin. Two brilliant cards.

    Karen x

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  5. Hi Zoe. How very unique to design your own stamps, and its so charming too. I love your card so much. TFS. Hugs Rita xxx

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  6. How wonderful that you made your own. Well done!
    Your colouring is spot on and the cards are lovely. My fave is the second. I just love the brad n the handle and the layers.

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  7. Well no wonder you feel excited - to make your own stamp and for it to be just as good as a bought one is such an achievement - you should feel proud of yourself. The two lovely cards are fantastic too.
    Lorraine

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  8. You should be proud, this Robin is fab! Your handle is really good too!

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  9. Hi Zoe
    Fabulous cards.... Love the second one.... Well done you.....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  10. Two great cards Zoe, love the grungy one. Well done you making your own stamp it looks fabulous. Carol x

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  11. Wow! How clever to make your own stamp and what wonderful cards you've created for Margaret's CCC challenge - thanks too for sharing for CHNC challenge extra for March and also for Completely Christmas challenge 1 - hope to see you there again soon, Hazel, DT x

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  12. Thank you ladies for your lovely comments. I'm so pleased you like the undefined stamp carving. Zx

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  13. First, let me say two awesome & different cards made with the same stamp. You rocked on creating different feels with each card. Then I was wow'ed by the fact you carved this nifty bird. He's GORGEOUS! That must have taken some serious carving & artistic skill to get him captured so beautifully. Way to go! TFS & Hugs

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  14. Thank you Mary. It's actually really easy to carve the stamp the hardest bit is choosing what to carve!

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  15. Oh my word Zoe - I had to read your post twice because I thought , "noooo she can't have made this stamp!!! lol. I think you should be as proud as punch 'cos this is superb. I love how you made your first card then started to wonder "what if..." and came up with your second creation. They are amazing.

    Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

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  16. OMGee, how fabulous! The fact that you carved this is awesome Zoe, really fantastic. Love it, absolutely love it x

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  17. Great card hun love it fabulous work - thank you so much for playing along at Completely Christmas x

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  18. That is awesome Zoe! Amazing job. Thank you for my 'happy mail' recently, I did enjoy looking. Hope all is well with you xx

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  19. You made your own stamp?! Crack open the champers, my friend! He's a stunner! Well done! I love both versions...will there be a third and a fourth...? I'm looking forward to more!
    hugs, Asha

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