Saturday 5 July 2014

Shrinkles Robin with Mail

Hi guys,

Today after work I went ot the shooting range with the OH and had a play with his gun. I think he was quite impressed by how well I actually did - even when the scope was out slightly  :D

Anyway, upon arriving home I decided to have a go with my new shrink plastic, which I have wanted to play with for ages!!! So I made this Christmas card:

Firstly the base was covered with Poinsettia vellum from the papermania range, and a turquoise spotty backing paper which I got from my mum. Down the centre I added a black stripy ribbon, which I last used for making a 2013 calender for my mum!!! I stamped the robin with mail from the Honey and Hugs Festive Frolics collection onto the shrink plastic with Staz-on black ink. I then coloured it in with promarkers, which does not give a fantastic finish so next time I think I will try glass paints instead. I followed the instructions and within two inutes of being in the oven my little embellishment was ready - if rather smaller than it started out. The sentiment I added was from a goody-bag I purchased last Christmas and then only used one sentiment, due to having already made most of my cards (this is typical for me - they are much cheaper this way lol).

I was originally going to make the little robin into a fridge magnet, but then found out that my magnetic tape actually only sticks back to itself! Goes to show you should read the instructions when you buy something - and then try it once you have it, as this is another thing in my stash that I bought last year (or rather had bought for me) and then have not used!

I am entering this card for the following challenges:
Sketchy colours - White, Turquoise, Grey and Yellow
Craft your Passion - Use ribbon; Divas by Design ribbons and flowers (poinsettias on vellum)
Passion for Promarkers 254 Things with Wings (Robin)
Deep Ocean - 81 Add a sentiment
Papertake Weekly ChallengeilovepromarkerscraftyribbonscatchthebugCompletely ChristmasCrafting by designs - Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland - spots and stripes
Crafty Hazelnut - Make your mark (robin)
ABC Christmas M is for Mail
JingleBelles Rock - Shopping Our Stash (ribbon, stamp, vellum and oven?) lol - SOS bonus
Simply create too #65 Christmas in July

AudioBook - Angel of Death by P.C. Doherty
This book is set in King Edward I's reign. Although the story-line is quite interesting (a priest whose family is known to be disliked by the king is murdered and the kings clerk has to find out who did it to relieve suspicion from the king himself) I found the story was quite slow. It did not keep you wanting to rush through the CD's to find out what happens next like some of the other books. However, the plot is good and works well and the clerk has an intriguing way of ferreting out clues. It is difficult to try and guess who the culprit is and you think along with the answers as they appear. Personally this is not a book that I would have chosen, but I am not sure if it is the writing style, the setting or the pace of the story that prevented me from properly enjoying the story.

Thank you


  1. This is great! Thank you for joining Sketchy Colors this week and good luck!
    Hugs,Kari :)

  2. What a lovely Christmas card.Love the softness the vellum and the colour of the paper give.The little robin is so sweet and glad you had fun making him.Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x

  3. Tinz: Thank you for entering our "Christmas in July" Challenge at Simply Create Too with your Christmas card--love your colors & the charm. Looking forward to seeing your entries in our next challenge too.

    Simply Create Too Design Team

  4. oh wow, what a fun and fab card, i especially looooove that you've used shrink plastic, i think i *HAVE* some of that somewhere, i kind of want to unearth and USE IT right this minute! thanks for SHOPPING YOUR STASH with us at JINGLE BELLES this week! ♥

    ps: always excited to meet a fellow audiobook addict! :)

  5. what a fab card ,love the cute robin
    Thanks for joining us at the I ♥ ProMarkers challenge and good luck in the challenges
    Tracey x

  6. Thank you so much for entering our Completely Christmas challenge 19 with your lovely card - we hope we'll see you again soon, Hazel, DT, also my CHNC challenge 184 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

  7. Hi Tinz,
    This looks fab. Love those papers. Shame I can't see the robin very well. I'm sure he's very cute! Thanks for joining us at Passion For Promarkers this week.
    Andie xx

  8. Love the CAS look, Tinz, great design and a cute image.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Christmas challenge and good luck in the draw.
    Dorte x

  9. Love your golden vellum ... so glad you shopped your stash with us at jingle belles.

  10. Isn't it fun to surprise our hubbies by doing well at something they enjoy participating in? Love the vellum and the elegant feel it gives to your card - that little robin is just adorable. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us for our Anything Goes Challenge at Catch the Bug!

  11. Gorgeous card :-) I love the cute shrink plastic image, very cute and the CAS design is fab :-)

    thanks for joining us on the ABC Christmas Challenge
    Lols x x x

  12. Lovely creation, thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons.
    hugs Anke

  13. Beautiful Xmas card! Thanks for joining in with the Winter Wonderland Challenge this week!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  14. Thanks for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 184 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for July - I'd love to see it there too. x

  15. very cute - great use of papers!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)


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