Friday, January 25, 2013

Winter Woodland

We have been experiencing a deep freeze for the past few days with the temperature below -25 degrees Celsius and then add the windchill and it is just unbearable to be walking any distance outdoors. 

Given the cold temperatures, I was certainly inspired to make a Christmas card.  I am still playing along on the Cricut forum in RAQ's Challenges.  The particular sketch for my card was a Viva sketch.  I have also decided to submit this card in the Merry Monday Challenge.  A great challenge but unfortunately I have not played along in a while.  The theme this week is "For the Birds".

Card recipe
Papers Graphic 45 and Bazzil
Cricut Winter Woodland
Snowflake embossing folder
Miscellaneous stamp and brads
Ink - Distressed Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Sepia archival, Versa white chalk

Over the holidays, I watched a few videos and was reminded how inking edges can add depth and layering also helps to give dimension.  For the cardinal, I used the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge but altered it as the bird did not have a wing nor feathery tail.  I inked the bird's chest and tail in distressed Black Soot ink.  The blue, cream and green frames are also from the Winter Woodland cart. The pine branches were made with the Martha Stewart punch and inked lightly with white chalk ink.  The sentiment is a stamp that I purchased at Michaels a few years ago and it is just hand cut.  I embossed the bottom layer using the Snowflake folder and inked with distress Vintage Photo ink. 

I am really happy with this creation!

I plan on being back soon and thanks for dropping by!



  1. Beautiful card Gisele, your cardinal is wonderful and I love all the fabulous details. Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday this week.

  2. So good to see you back, Gisele! And this beautiful card makes your visit even better! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday!

  3. What a beautiful card and so happy to have you back playing along with us at Merry Monday.

  4. That's just down right cold. I say stay inside and craft :) Super sweet card. Thanks for playing along with us at Merry Monday.

  5. Beautiful card Giselle, that bird is stunning! Stay warm! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

  6. Wow, this is fabulous....and you just need to stay inside and keep stamping! Thanks for playing with us this week!