Friday, December 10, 2010

JAI 47 - Just add a colour combo

Hi there all - again ;)
when I first saw the Just Add Ink colour combo challenge this week - so bold and bright I was a bit stumped, now I could have opted out as its my week off from the DT, but I was lucky enough to get some inspiration from a comment my Miss 5 made, more about that later. First here is the colour combo.

And here is the Christmas card I made using them.

Literally while writing up this post I realised I made a big Oops. I was positive the combo used Real Red so that's what I used. The outcome would still have been the same but I would have changed the ribbon to the retired Riding Hood Red taffeta. So read on for the Real Red version....

When I first inked up my Aviary set I made a little thank you card for Miss 5 to take along to a friends house when she was invited for a tea party - she loved it but did say "why is the owl in the cage Mummy". That got me to thinking how could I set the birds free. Then as I was putting Mr 2 to bed and turning the combo over in my head the idea of using the cages to make a christmas tree dawned on me, and even better to use the birds as ornaments!

So I started out by selecting the smallest Aviary cage - I needed to fit three across the bottom. Which was the next step, stamping three cages (definitely use the Stamp-ma-jig for this) then two above then one for the top of the tree. Then I stamped a couple of birds in Daffodil Delight and two in Tempting Turquoise and that cute whimsical owl in Real Red. I made things easy for myself by punching out the birds using a 1/2" circle punch (and of course ornaments are usually round ;) I added a little silver cord loop to each ornament, and add them to the tree with dimensionals. I added a star to the top, embellished with a brad and stamped a stand for the tree, added the sentiment and some 1/8 Real Red taffeta to finish it off. The image panel was layered onto a Real Red base. The inside was finished off simply to match - with a nice sentiment and some more of the birds. I had fun with this one and have already delivered it to some good friends who I thought would appreciate the quirkiness of the card.

Thanks for visiting in this busy Christmas season, and don't forget if you can squeeze in the time this week why don't join in with the challenge this week too.

Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Aviary, Many Merry Messages, Tree Trimming Trio
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, small Star punch (R), Silver cord (R), 1/8" Real Red taffeta, Dimensionals, Double sided tape


  1. Very very VERY clever Kim! What a fantastic idea! Go you, thinking out of the square! It paid off!

  2. CUTE CUTE CUTE! Great card. Good thinking outside the square. It's awesome

  3. I like your Christmas take on this stamp set and that you have set the birds free! Cute idea.

  4. What a fabulous idea, its a great cards.

  5. Such a clever idea Kim, I love how you've mimicked a Chrissy tree and ornaments. Too clever!

  6. This is absolutely clever and definitely quirky!!! Love it to bits!!

  7. This is brilliant Kim! Love the clean lines of the card - it sets the "tree" off perfectly. All the birdies look very happy on the outside of the cages! lol :)

  8. I love my Christmas card Kim...thank you!


  9. This is just so gorgeous, Kim. I love the way your creative brain works - you never disappoint, when I check in to see what you've done! This card made me very happy (a much needed laugh amidst all the ho-ho-ho madness).

  10. Love your idea for adding the birds Kim.

  11. Brilliant! I have to admit, I feel a little sad to see the birds in cages, even though they're just ink!!

  12. What a FABulous idea, Kim! Love how you turned this into a Christmas project! Never would have thought to use this set for Christmas... Love it!

    Cindy :D

  13. This is so cute! I just love how you added the birds! Adorable!


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