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10/31/2015

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Bird

Hi There. It's time again for our Christmas Card Club - and since last time I forgot about the challenge until late Sunday evening--AND since this week it was MY turn to select the theme for our challenge, (Cardinals or any Christmas bird), I knew I had to be on time for this one! :-} LOL...I'm going to get this post done early! Before we get started, though:
        HAPPY HALLOWEEN to all my friends who observe the holiday.
 
 
Now on to the Christmas Card Club Cardinal (you knew I'd pick the cardinal for the bird on MY card, din'cha?!)


 
 
- Northwoods image (PP9864) - colored with Copics, WoS on Mr. C, some Pentel Slicca gold pen to highlight the pine needles, and a bit of SnS Twinkling Clouds Sparkle & Soft on the branches for snow (DH's idea to add that. Come to think of it, believe he found this stamp at the Stampaway show. The guy has this idea from who knows where, that I possibly like cardinals). Before starting to color the image, the sky was inked with BG0000, but doesn't show well in the photo. The snowflakes and falling snow were inked with a white gel pen, then over-colored with a Sakura Silver Star pen, so pretty gleamings.  Added some crystal Doodlebug Silvery Sprinkles around for a little more sparkle.
 
Die cut the shape with S/B Labels 15 (#7 Die). Had a white edge around the frame, embossed with the rubber mat & die- with tape to hold in place. Image slipped during embossing and creased in places not meant to be embossed. Happily a Teflon bone folder aided in smoothing out most of the 'wrong crease marks', and the worst of the boo-boo hand trimmed away. Gold edging done with a fine-line Slicca gold pen, and a finger dauber with Tsukineko Northern Pines (a dark green) darkened any white at the edges.
 
Dark green snippet from another project on the front; [the final result was not the original plan. Had done some more smooshing & playing with acrylic silks in reds & golds; used a holly stencil and pan pastels to create a background...trimmed into 3 rectangles. Colors just did not look right with Mr. C]. Back to the drawing board. the doily half was in the debris stack (a Cheery Lynn die cut from newsprint dp). Inked the edge with Delicata gold, tucked under Mr C - ok...that looked better. Hunted thru some paper packs - found this blue dp that looked better with the sky background--- MS twig punch...that will have to do.
 
A Die-Versions sentiment die, from red glitter paper snippet and I'm done! You'll see the path not taken - on another project. (I hope). Disappointment is when what you envisioned at the start, just didn't look great at the end! However fun was had by all, and I hope you like the card.
 
Do check out what my fellow Christmas Card Club team shared on the Christmas Bird challenge. Their links are on the right side bar! Have a wonderful Sunday. Big Hugs and thanks for visiting.


45 comments:

  1. Simply beautiful!!
    Happy Halloween!
    Have a blessed day,
    Migdalia
    Crafting With Creative M

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  2. Of course it had to be a cardinal bird Mary,you always spring to mind when I see one in blog land or on TV!! Love the doily behind your image and the twig punch is just right!! xx

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  3. Obviously it would be a cardinal Mary. I would be shocked at anything else! But it is a lovely image and a great card too. Hope you and Mr H are well. Hugs Christine xx

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  4. Happy Halloween Mary.....nearly bed time here and the ireworks are still going off.
    Loving your Cardinal...and all your fabulous work on this card.....wish we had these colourful birds in the uk.....have a good Sunday xxxxx

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  5. Gorgous card with all these pretty details, Mary! You have been very busy with it! Love the wing of the cardinal, it seems true! And the pine needles look great with the snow around!
    Also I craft through trial and error and sometimes the things come out very different from I had imagined... but it's right also in this way. :)
    Have a sweet Sunday

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  6. a wonderful make - I adore this bird - thankyou so much for the challenge - I would love to see a real one! You are very lucky! Big hugs to you! Rachel x

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  7. Beautiful card Mary, it's only what I expected from you my friend. Hugs Rita xxxxx

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  8. Don't celebrate it Mary but Happy Halloween to you too.
    Fabulous card always love your Cardinal cards and love the branch he is perched on, gorgeous colours.

    Kath x

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  9. Fabulous card Mary! huggles Sue xx

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  10. A beautiful card and a beautiful bird Mary, I too would love to see one for real. Always love this challenge that you set but still don't think I have one anywhere so I've gone "Crazy" this year! Carol x

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  11. Beautiful! Of course I love the cardinal, but also love the design on this. So lovely.
    lynn

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  12. Twoldn't be your challenge without a Cardinal Mary. Love your card even the embossing part that went wonky looks great. Mine is scheduled for 9am Sunday so you can't see it yet. Hugs Mrs A .

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  13. Beautiful card design, Mary! Love the shapes, layers, colors and textures! Cardinals always make me smile. XXOO

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  14. This is so gorgeous, Mary!! The cardinal looks amazing!! I love the pine branches!! What a stunning card this is my friend!! Have a great evening :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous card! Happy Halloween to you too! xxx

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  16. Of course you chose the cardinal! Love this sweet card. He's a beauty on the snow lined branches - Good idea DH! Love the doily in the background and the twig border - it all ties in so nicely.

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  17. Happy Halloween right back atcha! I love all the wispy pines that surround this beautiful cardinal! The doily and punched border combine to make such a pretty card! Well done Mary!

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  18. Wow, some pretty trees around your house, a colorful line up of Xmas trees, a washing line full of witches attire, skull eeek, and sweet cardinal card, a feast for my eyes Tfs xxx

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  19. Happy Halloween to you too Mary!! :)

    LOVE your cardinal Christmas card. Beautiful and elegant and I love the traditional Christmas colours. xx

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  20. Really beautiful, Mary!

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  21. Lovely card. Thank you for this theme for the Christmas club.

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  22. great card
    Happy Halloween:
    "-Where do you take a baby ghost?
    - To day-SCARE center!!!" ji ji ji
    Happpy day!"
    hugs from California
    Bibiana

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  23. Another stunning card Mary - love how you have let the Cardinal take the focus.
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  24. Fab Christmas card Mary. You are so lucky to have such a beautiful bird as the Cardinal.

    Hope you have a good day. Sue

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  25. Lovely Mary! Love those pine sprigs and Red Cardinal! Have a lovely Sunday! Hazel xx

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  26. Sometimes those things that don't work out are our creativity at work I think. Often it turns out even better than we imagined! A beautiful cardinal perched on the icy branch. He's beautifully framed and shows off beautifully with the dark green background!

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  27. A perfect card for your theme Mary and we had no doubt that you would choose the Cardinal knowing your love of them, they are beautiful aren't they?
    I love the colours you have chosen and the shimmering details of the WoS pen too.
    Lorraine

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  28. I've never seen a cardinal in real life, but I've googled to see pictures of real ones and they do look pretty. I guess they're to you what robins are to me. I love robins, there usually pare plenty in the tree outside my parents' kitchen window and it's so relaxing to watch them eat while having a cup of coffee. Your card is a beauty, lovely coloring and I love traditional Christmas colors...

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  29. Such a lovely traditional image...a very beautiful card
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  30. This is so pretty Mary and the Cardinal is perfect on that gorgeous background!

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  31. Hi Mary
    Fabulous card.... Mary...
    Thanks for the Challenge... and your kind words...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  32. This is beautiful Mary. Love that border down the side. Need that. Lovely image. Our version would have to be a robin as we do not have cardinals, other than those in the catholic church!!
    Hugs
    xx

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  33. Hello Mary, I so enjoyed your challenge so thanks for that, I love your card, beautiful image and colours, super card design.
    I must get myself a Cardinal image, they are lovely little birds, Kate x

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  34. Beautiful card Mary, I really like the stamp you used with the lovely pine branches surrounding the cardinal bird. I like the green background as well and the lovely die cut label shape.
    Jean x

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  35. Your cardinal is just sooo beautiful between all the pine needles, Mary!!! Love the sentiment in red and the doily and gold frame!!! Amazing what great ideas hubbies sometimes have, hey, and how wonderful when they buy you some great stamps - lucky you!!! Love your card!!!
    Hugz

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  36. So pretty Love the die and the bird is gorgeous...............Lis

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  37. Gorgeous card Mary!
    I love your Cardinal!!
    Thank You~

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  38. Beautiful cardinal Mary! So very pretty!

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  39. Gorgeous card, Mary. I'd love to see a cardinal IRL, they look so colourful. xx

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  40. A super Christmas card Mary, a fabulous image and lovely rich colours.
    Pauline
    x

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  41. Morning Mary, what a lovely design the cardinal is just perfect.

    Hugs diane

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  42. Lovely Cardinal on a very pretty card Mary. Zx

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  43. The delicacy of the stamped pine branches and wee pine bough border are lovely with the doily, Mary ... and gorgeous with that bright, vibrant cardinal! Hugs, Anita :)

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  44. Love the pine branches with the highlighting and the snow. They look so chilly. Love the card as well. We are seeing lots of cardinals around here now.

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