Cardinal Thinking of You

Good afternoon on a gloriously beautiful Saturday afternoon. There's a lovely breeze coming through the house - along with plenty of yellow pollen. It's just so wonderful to air out the house. Prayers that all my friends who were in the path of the Midwestern tornados last week had no danger from those awful storms. Also, thanks for all the good wishes for DH - he's had a decent week; and thanks for your positive thoughts for our Sweet Brenda. Bloggers are such compassionate & supportive people...I'm so thankful that I've come to 'know' so many of you wonderful folks.

Today's card has been received by a very special person, so can share with you now. Hope your day is just as pretty where you may live, as it is here in Upstate South Carolina.

- WPlus9 Flora & Fauna clear Cardinal stamp (Miss Bonnie was the sweet enabler on this one!). She mentioned that she had ordered another Flora & Fauna set, so of course I had to go look. You know I was lost when I saw this cardinal! It was such fun to color with copics.

- S/B deckled oval

- Cheery Lynn Italian Flourish doily (DL103), cut in half to form the trim

- S/B A2 Scallop Borders One formed the edge of the card. The same bracket die was used to cut the black edge on the interior of the card.

- PTI Basic Bookmark 3 die was used on the inside to stamp the verse. (another item that Miss Bonnie had used & I loved the look)

- paper from a 6x6 pack in the stash. Flowers punched from a McGill punch using a pink snippet and tried my hand at flower making once again. Ho Hummm...

- Dee's Distinctively die cut sentiment, black snippet - 2 layers for dimension, and some WoS applied. (Forget which manufacturer the die came from, but if you are interested, I can provide the info :-)

I'll be back tomorrow with the Christmas Card Club post, and hope to get some scheduled posts done for next week as we'll be away for a few days.  Sending an early Happy Mother's Day wish to all my USA friends.

Thanks for joining me. Now we can go sit on the front porch swing, have some nice Southern sweet ice tea, enjoy the birds & breeze while we watch the world go by. Mr. is cleaning the pickup - get it ready to take a little ride. Ya'll enjoy the day. God Bless & many hugs.


  1. How absolutely lovely! The color combination on your cards pairs well together, and this little birdie is just as darling as can be! I'm a follower of your blog but for some reason it wasn't come up on my feeder so hopefully I won't miss any more of your beauties! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. This is wonderful Mary and I can't help thinking of you when I see this bird on others' blogs!! Love the beautiful die cuts you have used here. Martin Clunes is airing in the UK again this week with another of his brilliant animal documentaries"Man and Beast". O can't lie my absolute favourite has to be Horse Power particularly the Budweiser Clydesdales. Have a good day xx

  3. This is beautiful Mary. Whenever I see the Red Cardinal I think of it as "Mary's bird". The Italian doily is gorgeous and I love the way you have cut it to form a frame. Have just gone back to your last post to read about your friend Brenda. Please know that she is in my thoughts and prayers!!!! Hugs Christine xx

  4. Hi Mary, hope you are enjoying the weekend.
    love your card, stunning colour and a great image, he's a handsome bird, and I love how you have brought in the black, makes for a very striking card!
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  5. Another of your wonderful creations, love that stunning bird. You have framed it beautifully with your Die cuts.
    Patricia x

  6. Love your cardinal cards Mary, really cheerful colours.

  7. Hello Mary, what a lovely card, the image of your favourite birds is beautiful, goregous dies and design.
    Tornados sound really scary, so glad we don't have these extremes of weather.
    Pleased to hear that your husband is better, you take care, hugs Kate x

  8. Lovely card. I do love the Cardinal.

    Sure you enjoy sitting out with your drink watching the world go by. Sue

  9. Pretty way to do the trim around that oval image. Love the beautiful cardinal as well.....and colored just beautifully!
    So glad hubs is doing better this week Mary. Tell him to keep it up!
    Love this beautiful card.

  10. Gorgeous creation Mary and I also love your birds, especially the cardinals.

    We have had some rubbish weather, like winter again, central heating on again tonight.

    Kath x

  11. Thank you for the lovely comments you left me recently Mary - lovely to have you stop by. Love your card today and the cardinal looks such a pretty bird - l have never seen one in real life as we do not get them here in the UK. Sounds like you are having some lovely spring weather - ours is very mixed, one day bright and sunny the next cold, windy and wet. Take care x Susan x

  12. Very beautiful card Mary. Beautiful bird isn't it ?
    Veerle x

  13. Lovely card Mary's I think cardinals are so pretty but of course we don't have them here in the UK. Glad your hubby is feeling a bit better. Sorry I've not been commenting recently but have been popping by for a quick look.

  14. An absolutely stunning card, I do love it when you use the beautiful Cardinal and the design of this card is wonderful! It must be a great relief that hubby is feeling better (for both of you!). Take care. Hugs, Anne xx

  15. This is beautiful Mary, such a gorgeous image. Carol x

  16. A beautiful creation Mary. Hazel x

  17. A beautiful card, Mary! The brightly coloured bird looks so striking. I love the scalloped shape down the edge of the card. xx

  18. Hi Mary, beautiful image looks striking on the flower branch, love the die cuts you have used to frame the oval.
    Hugs Pam x

  19. A super cardinal image Mary and you have coloured it beatifully. Lovely dies you used as well, I like how you cut the doily to frame the picture.
    Jean x

  20. Another gorgeous card Mary and the black with the red looks so dramatic. The beautifully coloured Cardinal is framed so wonderfully by the split doily die and I love the pretty punched flowers, die cut sentiment, and the shaped front. x

  21. Beautiful card Mary, I like the sweet Cardinal image and the colours.
    Kevin xx

  22. Oh Mary what a stunning card - love the way you have used the doily die cut and offset - must remember that!!
    Have a wonderful Mother's Day

  23. An absolutely lovely card, and image Mary, love the staggered die-cut in the background too.

  24. Wonderful card with the most gorgeous colours and added goodies. Hope you had a lovely day for mother's day.xx {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  25. Stunning here today downunder, Mary, thank you, we are ever blessed in our autumn thus far, thank you, been praying for those folks with storms etc. the poor Philipines has been hit again, prayers for them also...
    ......we did have very wet few weeks in April, in 3 days 10 1/2", quite enough..

    Lovely bird card, very cheery to brighten any day.
    hugs,, Shaz in Oz.x

  26. Gorgeous! Beautiful coloring and I love the lacy edge around the image. Happy Mother's Day!

  27. This is gorgeous, such beautiful colouring Mary. Love the shape of the card and the dies, pretty paper too.

    Hope you are still enjoying that tea on the porch, I can just see you on there. Too cold to do that hear, but a promise of warmer weather next week, fingers crossed. Hope Hubby is well.

  28. I'm so glad I enabled you to get this, Mary! You've done a wonderful job with this cardinal! I love the pretty edge and the deckled oval! I'm hoping to get some ink on my Flora set soon.

  29. This is a lovely card. I love the scalloped border. Enjoy your away time. Happy Mother's Day to you and enjoy that sweet tea!

  30. I didn't know of the cardinals' existence until I started making cards and blogging. Seeing your wonderful cardinal I got curious, so I googled it and learned there are cardinals only in America. To me robins are the birds I'd think of for Christmas, but I've grown quite fond of the cardinals too. Beautiful coloring and layout, very pretty with the curvy edges and die cut frame,

  31. Beautiful image love the vibrant colour and layout-enjoy your ride
    Carol x

  32. What a lovely design, showcasing that beautifully coloured cardinal, Mary ... just a delight! Anita :)

  33. This is so beautiful, Mary! I love cardinals and you always make such beautiful cardinal cards!

    The dies you have used have such a lovely impact! They make your image pop!


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