Using up the Christmas Scraps

The challenge this week at Die Cuts R Us is to use up some Christmas paper scraps. And I have plenty of those!! So I created a card using some of the scraps from 2 of my favorite papers -

The tree printed paper is from Imaginisce and the striped paper is from Basic Grey. The beautiful bird is a stamp from The Greeting Farm that was colored with a variety of red Copics and highlighted with a Spica sparkle pen. It's hard to tell from the photo but he is one glitzy cardinal!

I also added a band of white velvet ribbon (from PaperTrey Ink) - another Christmas leftover. The thank you stamp is from a set by Close To My Heart.

I've sort of gotten away from my Big Idea segments so to get back into the swing of that, I would like to offer up an idea for you to try on your next artwork. Take a look again at the bird in the card above. I cut him out so that a portion of him became the focal image and the rest was simply cut away (in this case, his tail feathers). So my challenge to you is to try using just a portion of an image the next time you've got your creative groove on! And watch here every Sunday for more Big Ideas to try!

I am spending the day relaxing and keeping hubby company. He's healing slowly and, as his pain meds are gone, he's feeling more uncomfortable than I thought he would at this point but at the same time, he's getting restless. So we may just relax and watch a movie or 2 to give him something to do while he's taking it easy.

Hope you have a relaxing day too! Until next time -



Gina said...

This is just gorgeous, I love that bird!

JazzyH said...

Great use of the scraps!

LORi said...

Great work Mary!!! Such a preety card and I am happy you shared it with DCRU this week!!


62 Cards - Sammye Jo said...

great job Mary!!!! So glad you joined us this week at DCRU!!!

Sammye Jo

Gwen said...

Mary your card is wonderful and the image you used from TGF...Superb coloring! Nice to have you at the DCRU challenge.


Haley D. said...

Love that beautiful bird! Great way to use up scraps, too.

Dell said...

This is beautiful and such a great way to use up scraps. Wonderful idea. Glad DH is feeling better too.