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Hi everyone!

Barb Engler here. When I received an invitation to be one of the Honey Bee Stamps 12 Designers of Christmas, I was so honored and excited (not to mention, surprised.) Thank you so much, Melissa & Lisa!

Be sure to comment below to be entered to win today’s giveaway.

December 1 – 11 we will give away a $25 Gift Certificate to one person who comments on that day’s blog post
December 12th we will give away a $100 Gift Certificate to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave comments daily!

It didn’t take me very long to decide what stamp set I wanted to use. I giggle every time I look at the adorable, Snow Birds stamp and Snow Birds die set so, needless to say, I had lots of fun playing with the cute images!

I mean seriously – look at that little, sledding bird! Isn’t he the cutest?! I colored him and his snowman pal with Zig Markers. My background panel was created using Distress Oxide Ink, in Salty Ocean. Splattering on some water and white Distress Paint is an easy way to create a snowy looking sky. I then just cut a hill out of white cardstock and added the die cut images to the scene with dimensional adhesive.

For my second card, I wanted to pull out my Copic Markers and create a really bright and happy scene.

Ha! I love how bundled up they look in their hats and scarves! After coloring them, I added white, gel pen dots for a fun and festive look. The background on this one is even easier – I just used some pretty, blue glitter paper and another hill cut from white cardstock. At this time of year, with all the hustle, bustle and craziness, I am all for anything that makes creating cards easier and faster!

I hope my cards put a smile on your face today! Don’t forget to stop back tomorrow for a new post showcasing another designer!

Thanks again to Lisa and everyone at Honey Bee Stamps, for including me in this fun, 12-day celebration!


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129 responses to “Twelve Designers of Christmas: Day 4 Barb Engler”

  1. That stamp set is truly adorable and your cards today are brilliant. Cheers.

  2. These are adorable! Both backgrounds are great too! I really like the glitter paper, and I am not really a fan of anything glitter 🙂

  3. corinne h says:


  4. D.Ann C says:

    Those brightly colored chicks against that gorgeous sparkling blue sky just make my heart happy!

  5. Linda Carson says:

    I just adore both of these bright and cheerful beauties Barb! Fabulous coloring and design! Plus, they make me smile!

  6. Cynthia D says:

    Yep, these make me smile!

  7. Sue LD says:

    Cute and colorful cards. Love the sparkly background on the second one.

  8. Melissa Minelli says:

    I love that sledding bird! The coloring is really pretty on these and I like the cards!

  9. Amy says:

    These cards are adorable and I love how simple and easy the backgrounds are to create.

  10. Marcia Harper says:

    Barb, love these fun, playful, bright & cheery cards!

  11. Sally Keagle says:

    So darling! And yes, they did put a smile on my face. What a beautiful job on these cards.

  12. Myrna says:

    What cute little birds. They put a smile on my face. Love them.

  13. renee milner says:

    Such cute and cheerful cards! I really like how you colored these adorable little birds, and the blue sky backgrounds are the perfect backdrop. I need to remember to add details with a white pen–it makes such a difference.

  14. Leanna says:

    I love the colors. So cute

  15. Such sweet scenes, Barb …bright, fun, festive and so cute! Anita 🙂

  16. F. Andre says:

    Such gorgeous, festive colours on your cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  17. Inky says:

    Ooooo! Two lovely cards❣️❣️ Love that the birds feel like they are coming right off the card towards me❣️❣️❣️

  18. Diane Stricker says:

    Cute cards. The sledding bird is adorable.

  19. Susan Nelson says:

    I have always wanted hats for my birdie friends, but never thought of a sled! Love it.

  20. Awww how cute! I love those birdies, they’re so adorable!

  21. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the penguins bundled up in their
    warm caps. The colors are so pretty
    and the background reflects the cold.
    Both cards are fun.
    thanks for sharing.

  22. Jen says:

    Fantastic cards Barb! The sparkle is awesome and I love their darling faces! Thanks for sharing –

  23. Cathey Day says:

    Love the cute bright birds!

  24. Carol H. says:

    Barb, you shouldn’t be surprised at the invite–your cards are always so fabulous! Including these two! I just lOVE the little snow birds and the scenes you created on your cards!!

  25. FD91354 says:

    Love those snow birds.. and the three done with your copics are just so vivid and lovely!

  26. Debbie A Smith says:

    Your cards are just adorable! I love the both backgrounds especially the one you created with distress oxide. It has so much depth. I must remember how you did it.

  27. Angie Linton says:

    Love your cheery cards with these adorable stamps!

  28. Marsha Loyer says:

    Blue glitter paper as a background!!! Clever and easy idea.

  29. Janet Ingraham says:

    So sweet and fun!!!

  30. Becca Yahrling says:

    Doing a happy dance over here seeing all these cute birdies!
    And a sweet snowman, too. I have a thing for both. lol
    Both cards simply make me smile, they are so adorable.

  31. Carla Hundley says:

    Darling snow birds
    and your cards are
    so fun and festive!
    Carla from Utah

  32. Dana W says:

    Adorable cards!! Love these birds!!

  33. Karen B. says:

    Barb, these are adorable and your coloring is fantastic!

  34. Melissa B. says:

    Heavens what cute cards! Seriously! I just love your three birds bundled up with that beautiful blue background! The colors on that card just sing!

  35. Trina P. says:

    Super cute cards, Barb. Bright and colourful. Always love your colouring.

  36. Amanda says:

    Aww! The polka dot scarves are adorable and make it feel even more warm and cozy!

  37. Laura Zepeda says:

    these are just the cuttiest!! love them

  38. Denise Bryant says:

    Cute as can be! Love the sweet birds and your pretty coloring! The sledding bird and snowman scene is adorable too! Delightful cards!

  39. Robyn Schultz says:

    Those cards absolutely put a smile on my face! Loved your bright colors.

  40. Lucy E. says:

    Your cards are so bright and fun!
    Those birds look so care free and
    cheerful. Awesome coloring!

  41. Kinjal says:

    Hello barb,
    I do agree. The birds are super cute and you made them look even cuter.. these cards so easy and fun to make. Looking forward to more inspiration from honeybeestamp blog!

  42. Stacy V says:

    Those Christmas birdies are so so cute. Love how you stuck some glitter cardstock on as a background. Just the right amount of glittery impact!

  43. Jen shears says:

    Such happy creations with beautiful coloring!! Love them!

  44. Stacey L Palmer says:

    So very cute! Love the bright cheery colors.

  45. Teresa Selby says:

    Love the animals! Makes me shiver when I see animals bundle up too! Cool colors and cards. Love them. Great job and have a lovely week.

  46. Delia says:

    They are so cute! Thanks for the inspiration.

  47. Wendy O'dell says:

    There cute, colorful and glittery. What else could you ask for! Thanks for sharing ❤

  48. Lori Ritchie says:

    Oh my these little birds are so cute and such a beautiful card, love the glitter!

  49. Betsy says:

    Your cards are adorable. Love that you colored the birds it bright colors and adorned their hats and scarfs with polka dots. They look so cute all dressed for winter standing in the snow

  50. Teresa Doyle says:

    Oh Barb, these birds ARE sweet and both of you cards have put a smile on my face and why wouldn’t they? Ack, they are too darned cute for words.♡♡♡ them.

  51. Susan Pezza says:

    Love your cards, so adorable, makes me ready for a snow storm. We were building a new home beginning November of last year so we didn’t want any snow and Mother Nature actually cooperated with us and we moved in to the new house end of March with only one small snow storm the end of February. So I have a feeling we are looking at lots of snow this year 😉 . Thanks for sharing

  52. Sue Symens says:

    Your birds are adorable. Very cute card.

  53. Great design, beautiful card!

  54. Kari VanNoy says:

    Super cute! I love these fun birds and I love the backgrounds you created for them! I think I need this set…;)

  55. Arianna Barbara says:

    Sweet cards!!! Love them!!!

  56. Kati Caprara says:

    Hi Barb,

    I love these little birds and the vivid colors you used!! Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

  57. Debbie Rumpza says:

    I love these cards! Those birds… oh my. The glittery background is so perfect!

  58. Susan Brown says:

    Oh they do make me smile. So, so cute!

  59. Julie Booker says:

    What bright gorgeous colours used on the birds. A simple design but so cute. I’m going to borrow one of your ideas. Love the cards!

  60. Karen Gerek says:

    Adorable cards! Love your color choices and layouts. These birds make me giggle every time I see them used on a card. Congrats on guest designing!

  61. Barbara says:

    The 2 bird cards are so cute. I love the bird snowman how clever. Thank you for the idea.

  62. Peggy Allen says:

    Sweet cards. Warm winter wishes to you also. God bless, Peggy

  63. DGolly says:

    Every time I see a card made with those adorable birds I smile. So cute.

  64. These birds are just so cute! Love the polka dot hats!

  65. Jan Elmore says:

    How cute is that snowman? Love these stamps!

  66. Sue McRae says:

    Such fun and festive cards with the cutie birds!

  67. Christy Q says:

    Beautiful cards!! I love the glitter background on your second card – it really makes everything POP even more!

  68. Gilda (McStamper) says:

    Love your cards. The birds are adorable.

  69. Mary-Anne V says:

    What very fun snow scenes…love these cute birds!

  70. Marlyn Rojas says:

    Super cute card! Love it!

  71. Kathy McCluskey says:

    Those snow birds couldn’t be any cuter! I love your cards….thanks for sharing your creativity with us!!

  72. Linda says:

    These are very fun and cute cards! I especially love the 3 little birds all bundled up.

  73. MelissaF says:

    Super cute Snow Birds, I just bought this stamp and dies. Love your cards and coloring is awesome!

  74. Dixie says:

    Barb, these are the cutest birds ever. Well done!

  75. Iris Soscia says:

    Precious cards – love the birds and the critters.

  76. Helen LeBrett says:

    Such cute cards!! Love those little birdies!! 🙂

  77. Amy Cooley says:

    These colorful, chubby birds are so sweet and the coloring is beautiful!

  78. Linda Mc says:

    These birds have so much personality, love them and your vivid coloring!

  79. Your card is SO vibrant and fun! Love those bird images!!!! Thanks for sharing during this busy season AND happy holidays!

  80. Roberta S. says:

    Beautiful coloring. Love the 3 birds card. Thank you for sharing.

  81. Haejin says:

    such adorable cards~~

  82. Heather DePasquale says:

    I can’t help but be in love with these birds. Simple bright cards. Thanks Barb and Honey Bee for sharing!

  83. BarbaraF says:

    Those snow birds are so adorable…..love the cards. Great coloring. Thanks for sharing.

  84. lee says:

    This card would make anyone smile!!

  85. Kelly says:

    These are both so fun. the colors are so vibrant and cheerful!

  86. Pai says:

    These are so sweet!

  87. Taasha Blevins says:

    Love these sweet cards. The birds are adorable.

  88. Bunny Dobbie says:

    Love the birds any time of year and these cuties are so fun! I think I need to pick this set up too. Those bundled birds would be super for Canadian holiday cards!

  89. SabineVDK says:

    I love the blues in the cards! The birds are so cute, I just love your cards!

  90. irene Grau says:

    These birds are really just too adorable! Great cards!!

  91. Dee Earnshaw says:

    wow your cards re so delightful – love the bold coloring and fun designs:)

  92. So cute!!! Love your little scenes and those chicks are adorable. Just adorable. Happy Holidays!

  93. Becky Green says:

    I LOVE these little birdies too!!! SO ADORABLE!!! They DO look like they are having a BLAST!!! 😉 SUPER JOB for us, Barb!!! 😉

  94. Marjorie Dumontier says:

    Both of your cards are awesome and so adorable ! I’m a huge fans of these birds too ! margessw@icloud.com

  95. Starr Patrick says:

    So adorable !

  96. Keely Jones says:

    Love the birds! The background is amazing and makes them pop! Thanks for sharing!

  97. Kimberly Kendle says:

    Snow birds! So colorful!

  98. Carolyn S says:

    These birds are so adorable I can hardly stand it. Just love the little trio of cold birds. Fun colors and simply the cutest

  99. Margery C says:

    Cute birdies! Love your copic coloring. They make me giggle too!

  100. Jennifer says:

    These birds are so cute, love your cards

  101. These cards are stunners, so bright & happy & the birds are so cute. This is the set of examples of these stamps that have made me decide as a newbie I must invest in some Honey Bee products, have gone to my craft shop & asked them to look into stocking some x fingers crossed I can try this also x

  102. Beautiful cards! I love the simple background with the glitter paper.

  103. Jackie Parkins says:

    Those little chickens are adorable!

  104. Anila says:

    Your cards are so very cute… Love the bright colours used… Definitely festive…

  105. Jeanne Beam says:

    Such a cute, sweet card. Thanks for sharing…

  106. Isabelle says:

    Your two cards are adorable ! The 3 birds are so cute…

  107. Adorable scenes. Love these cute little critters. So fun.

  108. Lindarub says:

    What cute cards.

  109. Sara says:

    I’m obsessed with the glitter paper mixed with the copic colors – so pretty!

  110. Pooja says:

    Yes this stamp set is so cute..sure to bring smile on ones face !! I loved both of your cards n the bg too:)

  111. Lagene says:

    AWESOME Cards! Both are so bright and pretty!

  112. Deborah LeMarbre says:

    These are great Barb, adorable characters. Great Colors.

  113. Breina Burgin says:

    Love it! So adorable

  114. Jane says:

    Love your adorable cards!

  115. Oliev says:

    Gorgeous cards!

  116. Super beautiful and cute cards 🙂 I love the blue glitter background against the adorable cuties 🙂

  117. Denise Kasbohm says:

    Love these little birds with the blue glitter background. so cute.

  118. Isabel Z says:

    I love your creations–little works of art!

  119. Elizabeth Pollock says:

    Those little birds are just too stinkin’ cute. On my shopping list for my own presents… what? A girl has to get herself a few little extra presents while doing all that hard shopping for everyone else… Thanks for both the adorable card as well as a chance at the giveaway!
    Hugs for now from very brrrrrr New Hampshire…

  120. Bethany Gates says:

    Ahh, love their little hats!

  121. Nan says:

    These are just too cute! Love them all!

  122. Kristine Johnson Gifford says:

    Those little birds are so cute. They just make me smile! Thank you for your cute card and all your good ideas and inspiration! Merry Christmas!

  123. kathy dumpert says:

    Thanks for sharing more card creations!

  124. dana says:

    so many great ideas for christmas cards this year

  125. Beatrice Cristina Lawson says:

    I need this set:-) just looking at your cards made me smile and we could all use a smile right now. Love the sparkly background for the trio, so cute!

  126. Donna says:

    That bird going down the hill has to be the cutest thing ever! Thanks for sharing your creative creations!

  127. Michele W says:

    Love your cute and colorful cards. The blue glitter background is perfect for a holiday card. Thanks for sharing!

  128. Barb, your card is so cute, the birds are so cute love your coloring and love the stamp/ Thanks.