Reflections 17 years on......
Sporting - Clean and Simple for Paper Players #410

Christmas Tweet for Addicted to CAS

Happy Saturday!

It's the fabulous Carolyn's turn to host our Addicted to CAS Challenge this week and she has a code word that is very near to my heart:

Seriously!  How could I not love THAT as a code word :-)

I hope you play along with us this week.  If you do, and are chosen as our winner, the fabulous Kylie has a $20 gift card for you to her online store - Happy Little Stampers

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For my card, I knew that I wanted to use a wonderful little Penny Black stamp and I also knew that I wanted to color it as though it were an European Robin.  The European Robin is much smaller than the American Robin.  In fact they are very different .  Two of the largest differences are size - the American Robin is much larger - and also the English Robin has a very red breast.  That's why it is known as the "Robin Red Breast"! It's synonymous with Christmas in England and I have incredibly fond memories of them.  I remember seeing antique - Victorian - Christmas cards featuring them.  They make me smile.

As I am using a Penny Black stamp for this challenge, I am also entering this card into the Penny Black Saturday challenge - anything goes.

If you haven't ever seen one - just type in Robin Red Breast into google and you will see some fabulous photographs.

Because the Robin Red Breast is associated with Christmas... well, you know what is coming next.. You thought I made a Christmas card, right?  No...  I didn't! :-)

I had such fun coloring this card.  Coloring really does enable me to switch off from everything and just focus.  It really is a form of meditation and I always come away refreshed.

Once I had finished coloring the image, I used some fun foam to back it and mounted it onto a white mat.  I then put it onto a piece of red card stock from my stash.  I just wish I could remember what color the red is... it is such a wonderful rich red.

Here's my card:

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I hope you will join us and play along.  If you are looking for some inspiration - you have to look no further than the creations from our very talented design team, including our very talented guest designer - who used a very similar image for her wonderful CAS creation.  You can check out her card here Susan Bridgman

I'll be back tomorrow with my Paper Players card - as well as some photos.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.  Especially those caught up in Florence.



Card recipe:

  • Stamps:  Penny Black - Snowy Perch
  • Inks:  Copic Markers 


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Susan B

I love this (and I have that stamp so you've inspired me to get it out again). Beautiful colouring and perfect with the red card base. It's an honour to be a Guest Designer at ATCAS!

Barbara Ghigliotty

Absolutely gorgeous card, Susan! Beautiful coloring and lovely design...WOW! Thanks so much for educating us about the Robin Red Breast :)

Carolyn Bennie

Delightful.. such a true Christmas card here. Love that simple colouring - perfect for this card. x C

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