For anyone from the UK who reads this, the bird we most associate with Christmas here in the northern Midwest part of the US is the cardinal. And they look so pretty against the white snow. We have a couple of them that must nest somewhere nearby, as we often see them.
Anyway, I cut the edge of my paper with a Spellbinders wavy edge die, and then cut my red mat with the coordinating wavy scalloped edge die.
My little swag was made with the Martha Stewart pine branch punch. I love this punch and use it every Christmas.
The little bow was also made with a Martha Stewart punch. I added a little shading to it with a ProMarker (hard to see in the photo), and also added a little flat-backed pearl to the center.
I decided that I needed to ink a little around my stitched oval to make it more defined against the background paper. I'm not sure that was a good idea, but it's done now, and I don't want to go through the work of changing it.
I am finally done (okay, ALMOST done) making cards and the house is decorated. Now I've got to focus on getting the cards in the mail and baking some Christmas goodies.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and remember to laugh--a little or a lot--every day.