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3/28/2015

Christmas Card Club - Critters

Hi and welcome. This will be a scheduled post so will hope that it loads properly. Our bi-monthly Christmas Card Club Challenge theme of Feature a Critter (or Critters) was chosen by our sweet Miss Maureen (otherwise known as Scrappymoi of Scraps of Life by Scrappymoi). This card has been partially done for several weeks, as a nice Cardinal punch was spied on one of my Hobby Lobby trips.

- I know you are surprised that I would be attracted to a cardinal punch, but there it is. These critters were punched from a snippet of white c/s and colored with copics. Tiny jewel & pearls added for the eyes.

- Lightweight silver glitter strip (a snippet) was used for the border, and 2 strips of the dark green added for a little separation between the border & the background paper. (Green is the reverse of this check paper)

- Red country check from a 6x6 Christmas pack, embossed with a Couture Creations EF. I can't remember the name, and not much of it shows anyway...LOL

- Sizzix TH Thinlits Merry Christmas die for the sentiment - done with white snippets, colored with copics. Only 2 layers but still gave a bit of dimension.

- green rhinestones were colored with various dark green copics to better go with the green border strips, as was the sentiment die.

Easy card once I got round to the finishing up part of it.

My fellow Christmas Card Club members are listed on the sidebar, so please check out the wonderful cards they are sharing this week. Thanks Maureen for having an easy & fun challenge.

Big Hugs, and thanks for popping round. Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. God Bless

40 comments:

Rita said...

Fabulous critter card Mary. I do love the Red Cardinals and know that you see them quite often. Hugs Rita xxx

brenda said...

Wow Mary, this is one very striking card, fabulous choice of colours. When I saw the thumbnail on my reading list I thought it was our footie emblem, the Liverbird (I'm a Liverpool DC fanatic you see). Then I thought silly me, they are Cardinals.

B x

Patricia said...

Good morning in Florida Mary.
Hope the weather is behaving.
Your card is beautiful, who would have thought you would use those wonderful a Cardinals on it???
Great colours and brilliant design.
Enjoy your day
Patricia x

scrappymo! said...

Your cardinals are beautiful! This is a lovely card, Mary.

I hope your trip is going well.
Take care!

Christine Harrop said...

I would have known this was yours even if I didn't know it already. Your trademark cardinals are a real giveaway and these a gorgeous pair Mary! Hope your husband is feeling better. Hugs Christine xx

Sue said...

Loving the bright Cardinals.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Wow that's a beautiful punch Mary and know your love of cardinals then I can understand why you just had to have it :)
Hope you enjoy your Sunday.
Lorraine

aussie aNNie said...

A brilliantly designed critters card, gorgeous and bright colours... Thanks for always popping in my blog too.xxx
{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

Bonnie said...

This must be a big punch! What beautiful cardinals and so perfectly colored. Looks like the pretty guy that was just at the feeder! Hope you are enjoying time with your DD.

Brenda said...

What a beautiful card Momma Mary! I love those cardinals, but never knew there was a punch for them! I love the way you have them colored up to look so realistic. You paper and embellishments are just perfect! Hugs, Brenda

Faith A said...

I was surprised to see you had coloured them, I thought they were cut from card, wonderful colouring.
We don't have birds around here so colourful and beautiful. It all makes a lovely Xmas card.

jimlynn said...

Cardinals are much too much to be a critter! LOL! Love these and the patterned paper you used is so pretty too. Beautiful card Mary.
Lynn

Diane said...

Morning Mary, wow love the Cardinal punch your birds are just awesome.

Hugs Diane

JD/ Jill said...

Just like Faith said in a comment above mine...I was surprised to read that they You colored them red! I thought that they had been punched out of red paper! What great coloring you do. Mine always looks so streaky (Is that a word? smile) Very nicely done card!

Lisa said...

This is so beautiful!! I can't believe the cardinals are from a punch!! You brought them to life in color!! The strip of silver paper is fabulous!! Gorgeous card, Mary!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Mrs A. said...

Wow. Didn't know that Cardinal dies existed. These are gorgeous and beautifully coloured. Papers goes so perfectly. hugs Mrs A.

rachel said...

these cardinals look awesome Mary - really beautiful - the whole composition is lovely and those red cardinals really pop xx

Redanne said...

Greets to you in Florida! You already know how much I love cardinals - so this is just beautiful Mary, I love it a lot! Hugs, Anne xx

Hazel said...

Brilluant card Mary, simple but effective. Hope OH is feeling better and that you are enjoying your time with your daughter and grand pets. Hazel x

Kathleen said...

Great card Mary, love the layout and your images.

Kath x

Karen Petitt said...

Rats Mary! Rachel has typed exactly what I was going to say, doh! Love those Cardinals - that must be a biggish punch - love those birds and if we ever get to the USA again I will be hitting a craft shop or three. Stunning card, love the die cut believe and those birds are perfect! Karen xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

.... and of course you have a cardinal punch! This is so clever! Love their eyes and great coloring, too! Hope your Florida trip is still going well.

Liz said...

A very striking card. The colours are really lovely. I've never seen a Cardinal - perhaps I'll get to see one IRL one day! xx

pam said...

Fantastic card Mary, your cardinals amazing, love the colours you have used,
Beautiful Christmas card.
Pam

Jean said...

Your cardinals look great Mary, that punch was a great find for you. Your card is really festive.
Jean x

Carol said...

A wonderful card Mary, love the cardinals...they're so majestic looking. Carol x

Pat said...

What pretty Cardinals Mary and love all the lovely colours you have used. I love that check background too, I alway think that a plaid or check looks great on a Christmas card. x

Maxine D said...

Love your cardinals Mary - we don't have them here :-) - Gorgeous card too.
Blessings
Maxine

Brenda in IN said...

Oh what a pretty card. I've never seen a cardinal punch but you sure made good use of it! I love the way they stand out on the white background. Love the believe layered on the front. I hope you are having a great time in Florida with your daughter and that hubby is doing okay now.

MiamiKel said...

THis is the sweet, Mary! I love the bold bright colors! Gorgeous card and so festive :)

Jacee said...

So lovely Mary, what a gorgeous colour!
hugs jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pia S said...

Oh I love your cardinals, Mary! I've actually never seen one IRL, we don't have them here in Norway. And I actually came to know of their existence here in blogland. I think it's a beautiful card,

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
fab card, and really great design.
Love those die cut birds, they are super.
I do hope you are having a wonderful break, and the weather is being kind to you.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Kim Heggins said...

Mary....this is just beautiful I love your sweet pair of cardinals, gorgeous! And your plaid paper, green bling. So festive.

Hettie said...

This is lovely Mary. I just spied your RD one below too. Liking that one.
Hugs
xx

Donna Ellis said...

What a great "Mary" card! Love the cardinals, and the cheery colors for Christmas! hugs, de

crafty-stamper said...

Brilliant card and love the striking Cardinal birds(thank you for your e-mails)
Carol x

Charlene said...

Very beautiful Christmas card! I love the birds, just gorgeous! Ty for your wonderful words of support on my health and have a great day Mary!!

Benzi said...

Oh, I love that cardinal punch and bought it for my sister. Every time I go in Hobby Lobby I eye it. I'll probably purchase it someday.

Your card is beautiful!

Zoe Tant said...

Super bright and cheerful card Mary. Love those Cardinals. Zx