Thursday, 24 December 2020

AALL & Create: Pinecone Robin



For this week's AALL & Create project, I have a Christmas light-up, mixed media canvas. 

I used the Pinecone and Flourish stamp sets for my focal images along with Grungy Alphabet for the sentiment and the Neurons stencil for some background texture..

My background is brayered paint with stamping using a stencil (#104 Nodules). Heat embossed snowflakes (#3Grungy Alphabet) and white paint splatters were added along with some lights:

 Dried twigs form the branches for the pinecones.  The robin is made from air dry clay. I sat him on a nest of moss: 

Die cut pine needle branches were made from card smooshed, dipped and dabbed in puddles of Rustic Wilderness Distress Oxide. The pinecones were coloured with Inktense pencils then glazed with a mixture of Peeled Paint and Rustic Wilderness. Berries were made from polystyrene balls coloured with alcohol ink:

Alder cones, that I gathered on a walk, were given a light touch of white paint and mica flakes were sprinkled into the foliage for sparkle.

1. Brayer paint onto 300gsm card

2. Stamp the large pinecone and the small pinecone directly onto the background. Stamp several large and small pinecones and fussy cut them:

3. Stamp the bird into clay and cut out - leave to dry overnight.

4. Add some visual texture to the background by stamping with a stencil and cream paint.  Stamp out the letters for the sentiment. Use the star symbol tfrom Grungy Alphabet o heat emboss snowflakes. Pierce holes in the background along the branch and thread lights through. Add some white paint splatters.

5.  Colour the pine cones, crinkle to add shape and glaze with powders. Dye polystyrene balls with Red Pepper alcohol ink.

6. Colour 300gsm card with Distress Oxide and, when dry, die cut leaves. 

7. Paint the robin and add gilding wax. Assemble all pieces and add mica flakes or snow. 

8. Secure the card to canvas to hide the wires. Secure the on/off control switch to the base of the back of the canvas.

Stamps Used:
#269 Flourish 
#389 Pinecone
#397 Grungy Alphabet
all designed by Tracy Evans

Stencil Used:
#104 Neurons by Autour de Mwa

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You'll find lots of inspiration on the 

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafty Creations #416 AG 30/12
A Bit More Time to Craft 130 AG 30/12
Corrosive Challenges Dec AG 31/12
Lets Craft and Create #166 AG 31/12
613 Avenue Create Dec AG 31/12 
A Place to Start Anything Vintage 03/01
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Sparkle & Shine 06/01


  1. Hi Carole this is a gorgeous canvas. I love that it lights up. Have a good Christmas. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. so pretty!
    Merry Christmas! 🎅

  3. WOW, what a great canvas. I love the lighting feature. Love the theme and your colors are great!!Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

  4. What a stunning creation, Carole! Loving all the details and gorgeous bird!
    Thanks so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge this month! Hope you'll join in again soon!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  5. Gorgeous card and love all the texture you have created on your card. . Thanks for joining our last challenge of the year at Let's Craft and create and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.Michelle DT x

  6. This is so gorgeous!! I love the fabulous pinecones! And then it lights up, and it is amazing!! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  7. Such a pretty card - I'm trying to decided steam punk or distressed vintage, but I like all the elements that you used in this card. Thanks for joining us over at The House that Stamps Built.

  8. that is a gorgeous card! Thanks for joining us at 613 Ave Create!
    I wish you a Happy New Year!

  9. What a gorgeous project. Love all the detail.
    Thank you for joining our challenge at
    Let's Craft and Create this week and good luck.. Ursula Uphof DT

  10. Absolutely beautiful card! Thank you for joining The Creative Crafters challenge #35.

    Nan DT

  11. Wow. You have done such a lovely job with this Project. Nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for


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