Nesting Christmas Bird

Hi!  It’s another hot and humid day here in Florida and I’m still waiting for fall-like weather…

This week Karren Johnson from Stamping Stuff is our host at Freshly Made Sketches, and, as always, Karren has created a freshly made and fun sketch for us to use. Since it’s so hot here, but mostly because I’m already behind, I’ve made a Christmas card with it.



I paired a pretty red bird made with the Bird Builder Punch with the Wonderous Wreath bundle (stamp set and framelits dies) to create a nesting bird.  The Brick Wall provided a nice background.  I filled in the ‘grout’ with a Smoky Slate marker and sponged the bricks with a sponge that has really big holes (old sponge set from I-can’t-remember-when-or-where).  The ribbon is also an I-can’t-remember piece from my stash… possibly from an old Holiday catalog?  It looks like Cherry Cobbler, so maybe?

The sentiment was pieced together with a few stamps from Holly Jolly Christmas.

The details:  a few berries made with the small hole punch on my Crop-a-dile and some Snowflake Sequins covered with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Now that it’s November, I’m getting a little antsy for Christmas and am wanting to start decorating!  How about you?  I will force myself to hold off until the day after Thanksgiving, but I think I’ll get a few things out and trouble-shoot before that day arrives.  The lights always seem to have a way to delay the process!

FMS211 Karren J


Please hop over to Freshly Made Sketches to see the unique and various themed creations that the Clean Team has designed to inspire you using Karren’s sketch, and then head to your craft space to make something to show us!  I hope to see you in the gallery this week.

Happy stamping!


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  1. Robin Feicht

    Wow! That’s Gorgeous!

  2. Kim S

    Absolutely stunning! I love everything about this!

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  4. Arnoldo L. Romero

    I love the crisp and classic colors in this gorgeous Christmas card. Blessings!

  5. Narelle Farrugia

    Just is fabulous Cindy! The combination of red and green work so well with your grey brick wall – totally love it!

  6. Jen Timko

    Wow, Cindy! This is gorgeous. You have so many beautiful details, I could just sit and stare and this. Perfect use of the sketch!

  7. Jen Mitchell

    Nice take on that sketch Cindy! I love the wreath as the circle layer. The bird and the leaves complete the festive images perfectly!

  8. Jen Brum

    This card is so amazing Cindy! I love that wreath and sweet red bird! They are so gorgeous for Christmas! Looks amazing against the brick wall! Hope your fall weather arrives soon although you can send your hot, humid weather here any time you want!

  9. Peggy Noe

    Cindy this card is darling! I love the bird builder punch and love how you’ve combined it with the wreath and the brick wall. Perfect!

  10. Marsha Reed

    This is a gorgeous card, Cindy! I do hope you don’t mind that I have added this to my CASE file.

  11. Kathy

    Very nice. Don’t you love the brick embossing folder?! I am addicted to it. Looks great with smokey slate grout. Always enjoy your cards Cindy.

  12. JoAnn B.

    Very pretty card. Love the bird and branches with the pretty wreath. I like the way you did the brick wall EF too. TFS

  13. Amy O'Neill

    That brick wall background looks so realistic. And I love the pops of red. It sounds like you’re as eager as my daughter for the Christmas season to arrive — she was searching the radio this morning for any stations that might be playing Christmas music already (didn’t find any, thank goodness).

  14. KarrenJ

    This is a fabulous Christmas card, Cindy! Your brick wall with it’s grey grout is so cool and I just love the pops of red with the greens.

  15. Linda Callahan

    Genius use of the sketch! Love the brick wall with the wreath and the bird! Adorable card – love it for the holidays!

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