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2/15/2015

Christmas Card Club Challenge #4 - Snowy Trees

Good Morning, and welcome. It's been 2 weeks since the last Christmas Card Club post, and today it was my turn to select the challenge theme. When we lived in South Florida, I missed seeing the different varieties of trees. In South Florida, it's pretty much different species of palm trees and pines. Occasionally Live Oak trees with Spanish Moss.  That prompted my challenge choice (plus I thought everyone might be a bit bored with my cardinals!). Here goes:

Had a Penny Black clear set Nature's Friends that was handy& a NBUS. Started sponging a sunrise sky, after masking out a circle for the sun. Moved on to the snowy ground...ok so far. Stamped some solid trees from this set, then the tree overlay in the set. Added some glue in spots on the trees &  hills, then sprinkled over some SnS Twinkling Clouds to add snow texture. Impression Obsession tree die cuts in different sizes & shapes, using snippets of white c/.s to vary the tree look.  Rubbed Memento Olive Grove dew drop size around on the white tree die cuts, leaving spots of white.

- Gray Whale Colorbox Fluid Chalk stamped the foliage stamp from the PB Nature's Friends, got a very nice snowy effect.

IO deer trio cut from white c/s snippets. Colored buck & fawn with copics,  the bird perched on the foliage became a red bird.

added 2 bunnies cut from white snippets. Gray Whale ink applied directly to the bunnies, leaving some white fur. At the last minute, used 2 of the flying birds from the PB Nature's Friends using the Gray Whale, but thought 3 birds would be a more balanced look.

Am debating on adding a die sentiment, either Peace or Joy - but deciding where to place it. Did not mat this card, just left it as a scene, because the winter scape is already larger than my usual card size!

Do please check out my CCC team members' interpretation of today's challenge. Blog links are on the right sidebar. Also there's a new card added to Cards by Friends page.

By the by, we did have a wonderful family meal at Olive Garden last evening. Even though we arrived at 4:30pm, we had a 40 minute wait. When we left the restaurant about an hour later, we were told the wait name list was above 50! So we got there at a good time. Zuppa de Tosca, the salad and the garlic breadsticks were Mucho Delicious!

Ya'll have a wonderful day, and come back when you can. Hope your Valentine Day was as nice as mine was. Big Hugs.

46 comments:

Rita said...

What a beautiful scene Mary. I love it. I really enjoyed your theme too. Hugs Rita xxx

Pippa said...

Lovely winter wood Mary x

Sue said...

Lovely card Mary. the way the months are flying by, it won't be long to Christmas:)

You take care. Sue

dutchess said...

oh Mary this is great!....loving the fabulous die cuts and all your tree stamps...oh and those cute bunnies.....you have put so much work into this awsome card!
Mary you lucky girl ....the Olive Garden my favorite eating place I stuff myself on the bread sticks...lush....
hugs xxxxx

Christine Harrop said...

You have created a fabulous scene Mary! I love the bunnies and the deer - and of course the RED bird ... lol! The trees are are super. Great card for your challenge!! Hugs Christine xx

Zoe Tant said...

Lovely card Mary and so nice that it reminds you of pretty scenes. I love the Cardinals, but we don't have them here so Robins are popular here.
Glad you had a nice meal out, I like the Olive Garden when we visit the USA. Thanks for a different challenge. Zx

Sarah said...

Hi Mary. This is a wonderful scene. You have achieved so much depth here and the adorable rabbits are gorgeous! The trees are amzing too. I would be tempted not to add a sentiment so that the recipient could frame it!! xx

Carol said...

You've created a stunning scene Mary, I love it. The pop of red looks fabulous too. Really enjoyed the challenge...thank you. Carol x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
what a very beautiful creation.
I love your idea of the super trees.
Great and fab designing as always.
I see you managed to pop a little red bird in the fab scene too.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carol L said...

That's such a pretty winter scene you've created! I love the little bunnies at the bottom, and the trees look so lifelike and real the way you've colored them! Very pretty card!

Loll Thompson said...

Gorgeous card Mary. Love your wintery scene. Loll xx

Lisa said...

This is just gorgeous, Mary!! The trees look amazing!! I love the wintery scene you've created!! Love, love this!! I'm glad you had a wonderful dinner!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Donna Hanley said...

This kind of looks like my back yard right about now. Our sun just came out so the sky is beautiful just like in your card. Beautiful scene you've made here. So glad to hear you had a nice dinner last night. It's always nice to get together with special friends. Enjoy your evening.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

I really enjoyed this challenge Mary and your card is superb. Loving all the elements of your beautiful scene and the great effect you have achieved on those snowy trees.
Lorraine

Patricia said...

Mary that's is a stunning Scene Card. I love all the wonderful detail, it is all so beautiful.
Hugs

Patricia x

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous background and the trees and the deer are fabulous, not to mention the little Cardinal, cute.
Great winter scene.

Kath x

Sue - said...

A beautiful scene Mary. I don't think I'd add a sentiment to it.

pam said...

Beautiful scene you have created Mary, love the colour tones and layout.
pam

jimlynn said...

I don't think I'd add a sentiment to the front at all! It's beautiful as is and I like it that way. you used so many different dies on here and they all went together beautifully. Love the way you did the sky and sun too.
Glad y'all had a mucho good meal and a great Valentine's Day!
Lynn

rachel said...

this is a stunning scene Mary - brilliant make - I'm afraid my trees are a little too green - hope you don't mind! Hugs rachel x

Liz said...

A beautiful scene, Mary. The deer look like they're 3D, ready to go strolling through the snowy landscape.

Glad you had a good Valentine's evening. Sounds like you made the right decision to eat early. xx

Donna Ellis said...

How pretty, Mary! Your scene is so realistic - I have never been able to create a life-like scene - and this one is amazing. Maybe that should be a challenge I give myself this year? xo

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous card Mary....
Thanks for great Challenge...
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Cathy said...

Gorgeous card May, I love the texture and dimension you've achieved, so pretty, Cathy x

Maxine D said...

Oh Mary - love this - the colours and the subtle dimension are so lovely - I spotted the grey bunnies and thought they were a perfect wee accent.
Blessings
Maxine

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card. thank you for this theme to do this fortnight.

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, what a stunning card, the scene is fantastic and I love the way you have coloured the trees leaving that bit of white. Lovely deer dies, and super perspective.
It was a wonderful challenge, so thank you, I enjoyed it, hugs Kate x

mamapez5 said...

I love building a scene with stamps. This is gorgeous Mary. Lots of stamps and attention to detail. Well done! Kate xx

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!! Love the scene. Is that a cardinal I see

Mrs A. said...

Such a lovely serene scene. Love the watery sun in the background.
Perfect with the birds against the sky. I so enjoyed making a card for your theme. Hugs Mrs A.

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a gorgeous scene you have created - looks like it was a complete stamped image! Love all the little extras - bunnies especially, and your little cardinal - had to get one in, didn't you?

Stamping With Bibiana said...

so pretty..here in california we have so many to choose from...
congrats on a well done project
hugs from california,
bibiana

Pat said...

This is a very pretty Christmas card Mary and love the little rabbits, birds and foliage, and the lovely fir trees covered in snow in the background. The die cut deer are just perfect and love the way you have coloured them. A gorgeous scene! x

Hazel said...

Mary, love the scene on your card, it's beautiful. Hazel x

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, what a fabulous scene you have created here!! I swear I feel like I am standing outside viewing this scene in real life. So beautiful, so realistic! Hugs, Brenda

Petra Swart said...

You have created such a beautiful scene, Mary, it almost looks like a photo!!!! Love the bunnies and the birds you've added!! I think your card is stunning as it is and does not need a sentiment.
...and I see you did have a lovely time at the restaurant ...sounds like a very popular place!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Karen Petitt said...

That is a really beautiful snowy scene Mary and thank you so much for the challenge - I really enjoyed it and don't worry I didn't stress myself I love playing with my stamps and PP's it was really nice to stamp a little Karen x

Jean said...

I love this snowy scene that you have created Mary, all the die cuts and stamped images fit together so well. I like the little bunnies and stamped foliage in the foreground.
Jean x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Christmas card and love the scene you created
Carol x

Bonnie said...

This is a beautiful Winter scene, Mary! Love those snowy trees and the wildlife. Especially love that red bird! Hope we see a snowy scene from our windows in the morning and not an icy one.

JD/ Jill said...

So pretty! You've created a lovely scene here!

Benzi said...

Ooh, I do love this scene. The snow covered bunnies are just adorable and I love all the trees. Pretty sky, too. You made a winter wonderland.

Would you believe after I uploaded my photo of the ice, it has almost all melted. Yep, the sun came out. Just as well, though. It is so pretty, but dangerous.

I know about that wait at Olive Garden....almost always very long.

Kim Heggins said...

Mary...what a beautiful scene you created and I love your sweet pair of deer. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Mary, what a beautiful scene you made for this card. I love it all especially the bunnies in the corner! It sounds like your dinner was so good but the wait was a long one at 4:30! Good things come to those who wait.

Pia S said...

What a lovely winter scene! I love reindeer on Christmas cards, for me they sort of represent Christmas in that sort of good old fashioned, traditional way...

Sarah Mabery said...

What a beautiful winter scene. I really like how you left some of the white cardstock showing on the trees, making them look like they have snow on them.