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6/28/2015

DeeDee's Digis - Christmas Cardinal

Hello and welcome. Hope things are going just fine at your house, and everyone is feeling tip-top. It's been a bit cooler here today, after a nice little rain late yesterday afternoon. Think the temp is low 90-s instead of the high 90-s, but what seems to be making the difference, is the lower humidity. It's been a quiet Sunday here. Getting a few small house chores done.

Today's card is a cute DeeDee's Digi (Christmas Cardinal). I'm sure it will be no surprise to reiterate that I love cardinals, and this one was extremely easy to use...just as it printed out. The only thing added to the image was black spica pen around his black bib & under his feathers, to darken the print just a smidgeon. A little white gel pen on the branches...easy does it.


- green brusho background, using Lime, Emerald and Leaf greens. Sprayed the mixed media c/s with a gold spray lightly before dropping the brusho crystals over the surface. The spray wasn't quite wet enough for the crystals to spread nicely, so just spritzed a bit of plain water & watched the magic happen.

After drying the piece, die cut the oval aperture with an MFT xStitch die (stitching is on the cut out oval, which will get used later). There is a set of dies that have double stitching - can't remember what company. That would have been nice on this one as edge trimming. I'm trying to put a little moratorium on my die purchases. We'll see how long I last. :-}

- Inked up a Sheena Douglas branches EF with Memento Northern Pine ink (and boy did that get inky all over my fingers too). Then embossed. Liked the slightly mottled look of the inky background, but the brusho colors still show quite well.

- Impression Obsession twig branch cut from white snippet, colored with several of the Copic G dark greens. MBox pine cone branch cut from another snippet, colored with greens. Snipped the greenery apart, and placed strategically. Pine cones were colored with various Copic E browns, and dotted with some white gel pen, then tucked in among the pine branches.

- Sentiment is part of the digi set, and when it was printed, added a red line box around it, & cut out with scissors.

The Diver Dan June Challenge over at DeeDee's Digis still has a few days left this month. This is a cute set (I have it, but haven't used it yet.). So you still have time to get this summertime fun set and play along. It's priced at $1.25, a bargain for sure. Do check it out if you have time.

While I've been missing MoJo, I've been doing a bit more organizing of dies, stamps, etc. Have found more duplicates - so if some new followers' faces show up, I will be doing some candy. It's been a while since I saw some new faces - but also I've been lax in posting every day too. So hopefully that's gonna change!

In the meantime, take care, come again when you can, and big hugs.

40 comments:

Carol L said...

The green color on this card is dazzling and so pleasing to the eye! I love the added greens and pinecones and how that bird is perfectly perched on the branch! Nice job on this one and way to go getting so many Christmas cards finished so soon! I'm not into Christmas mode yet, but I hope to be very soon!

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The background looks amazing!! That cardinal just pops off the page!! The pine cones you added are fabulous!! Absolutely beautiful card my friend!! Love, love it!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful Christmas card Mary I love it!!
Kevin xx

Kathy said...

Mary, love your card. Great idea to use the inked Pine EF over the Brushos background. The cardinal is very pretty and the pine and pinecones are the perfect embellishments. ta ta for now, Kathy

Kathy said...

Mary, love your card. Great idea to use the inked Pine EF over the Brushos background. The cardinal is very pretty and the pine and pinecones are the perfect embellishments. ta ta for now, Kathy

Loll said...

Your gorgeous green background sets of the red cardinal perfectly. Love this card Mary ... it's so YOU! :) Stay cool! xx

Bonnie said...

This is such a handsome cardinal, Mary! Love that Brusho background and the added greenery and pine cones! Mr. Cardinal looks right at home!

jimlynn said...

Beautiful as always! You could use a cardinal on every card you made and I'd be happy. They're gorgeous birds! Love your beautiful card and all the pines. That green is stunning along with the red of the cardinal. Great design too!
Lynn

aussie aNNie said...

The cardinal is gorgeous and a stunner with the added beautiful colours, that green sure makes the card pop out.xx

Sarah Mabery said...

That cardinal is really lovely. And you created a stunning frame for it. I am always impressed by how much detail you work into your cards without them ever looking busy. Beautiful.

Maxine D said...

Gorgeous image Mary, and I love that background- it is a stunner!
Thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog.
Blessings
Maxine

Anita in France said...

The cardinal really pops, Mary, nestled amid all those fantastic pine branches ... such an awesome frame ... the effect of the brushos is gorgeous! Anita :)

Sarah said...

Such a fabulous card sharing your signature cardinal bird Mary!! That background is amazing and the pine cones and branches frame it perfectly!! As for Midsomer Murders, I quite agree with you on John Nettles being the best. I enjoyed watching him in Bergerac too, back in the day, which was another police type series set in Jersey. Mum and Dad enjoyed it so much they used to take us to Jersey for Holidays!! xx

Pippa said...

I love your cardinal cards Mary, and this one is another stunner.

Patricia said...

Hello Mary, your Cardinal is amazing making a fantastic card.
Love everything about it
Have a great day
Patricia x

brenda said...

A very striking card Mary, I do like to see modern colours on Christmas cards, but there remains something about the traditional reds and greens that never fail to please, so this one ticks all my boxes.

B x

dutchess said...

I love that Cardinal...it's so colourful...I did manage to see some on my visit to the states a couple of years ago or I would never have believed how spectacular they are...lwonderful background Mary so clever! xxxxxx

Sandy said...

Beautiful Mary - cardinals are a welcome sight anytime of the year but especially when there is snow on the ground and the male sits on a snowy limb. I was pleasantly surprised to learn we have a good assortment of little birds here including my favorite the Chickadee. So the bird feeder is set up outside my craft room window along with a bird bath.
Sandy xx

Pat said...

Your Brusho background is gorgeous Mary and the added die cut pine cones and branches enhance your gorgeous Cardinal perfectly and such prettily coordinated colours too! x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Knew it was you when I saw the cardinal. .... and what a beauty! Love the image and the background with the brushos, the gold and the pine sprigs and cones is awesome. Totally gorgeous.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Knew it was you when I saw the cardinal. .... and what a beauty! Love the image and the background with the brushos, the gold and the pine sprigs and cones is awesome. Totally gorgeous.

Petra Swart said...

Looking at your beautiful card, I would not have said that you are lacking Mojo, Mary!!!! Your cardinal is stunning and I love how you have added just the tiny bits of white to the branches!!!! Love all the beautiful greenery surrounding him and the pine cones are lovely!!! The sentiment looks great in the red and white!!! Beautiful!!!
Have a great day!!!
Hugz

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your cardinal framed with the pine branches and pine cones is so pretty, Mary!! I'll bet your mojo juices start flowing again when you finish sorting and organizing and discovering things you forgot you had. Usually that happens to me. I hope it's cooled off there and I hope you enjoy your Birthday today, my friend!! Mwah!! Hugs, Darnell

Sue said...

Fab card. I love the Cardinal.

Hope you have had a good start to the week. Sue

Jacee said...

What a wonderful festive design Mary, really love cones, I have a lovely flat bowl full of them on my dining room table mixed with pot pouri, a really fabulous card!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

brenda said...

Had to pop back Mary to wish you a Happy Birthday today, you share it with one of our Granddaughters Annabel.

Have a lovely day and by the sounds of things keep cool.

B x

Redanne said...

Love the Cardinal, he is stunning and I also love the gorgeous background you created with the Brushos and Sheena's stamp. I am so sorry that I have only just seen that it is your birthday (have put in on my blog calendar for next year). I hope you are having a good one, enjoy every minute of it! Big hugs, Anne xx

rachel said...

Happy Birthday! Love your card Mary - its a beauty! Big hugs rachel x

Kathleen said...

Happy Birthday Mary.
Fabulous card and a super image, great papers and sentiment.

Kath x

pam said...

Bit Late But Happy Birthday Mary, love the Cardinal beautifully colored and a brilliant background..
Hugs Pam

Jean said...

Your card is beautiful Mary. The cardinal bird looks majestic sitting on his branch, and I love the gorgeous green frame you made for it. The effect of using the super embossing folder on the Brushoed card looks great and the die cut cones and foliage are perfect embellishments.
I see from some of the other comments that it is your birthday today so I hope you have had, or are having a nice day. ( I can never work out the time difference.) Happy Birthday anyway.
Jean x

alexandra s.m. said...

How beautiful Mary!
I hope you have a marvelous day!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh this is a very gorgeous creation.
I love that fab Brusho background the colours are so vibrant and lovely.
That Red Cardinal image is so wonderful, and you have coloured it perfectly.
Now I think this must be the next best thing to seeing one of these wonderful birds in real life.
They must be so amazing with their wonderful red.
I am currently thinking of do some journaling, and keep watching u tube to get some info on how to do this, so I could really do with living close to you for you to teach me.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carol said...

This is beautiful Mary, so vibrant. Carol x

scrappymo! said...

Your cardinal is right in natures element. Your tree and branches around him are perfect.
I always think of you now, whenever I see a cardinal card! They always make me think of you!

Brenda said...

Great card, Mary. Thanks for share with us at CRAFT Challenge! Brenda

Brenda said...

Wow Momma Mary, I am so loving how this card turned out! You used this beautiful cardinal perfectly! Love your background of the brusho's and sprays and I love the pines stamped and embossed! Your pine cones and pine boughs die cut are perfect finishes to this card. Hugs, Brenda

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, I'm trying to catch up here, have not managed any commenting for days.
Gorgeous card, love the bird image, I know he's one of your favourites, the background is stunning, love everything about it, hugs Kate x

MagsB said...

Mary, hun, this is just so lovely, what fabulous colouring on the Cardinal! I love the leafy and pine-coney background, too, they really set the scene!

love Mags B x

crafty-stamper said...

Love the bright cardinal and fabulous background
carol x