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9/04/2016

Christmas Card Club - Winter Scene

Happy Sunday! I expect you think I've departed for parts unknown..I'm still here!!! Just been taking things easy, and feeling better each day. And honestly, haven't been in the mood to make cards or blog. I've been reading, doing minimal house chores, taking naps, visited with a couple of neighbors, sitting on the porch when the days have been pleasant ....just totally chilling out. It's been lovely.

Today it's time for Sept 4's Christmas Card Club Challenge (can you _believe_ it's already September? We've had a few cooler, much welcome days, but then it got hot again). Our sweet Rachel chose our theme today, of a Winter Scene. I started 2 cards and about halfway through, decided each time - this isn't what I want. Then I saw a simple Penny Black card shared on Facebook.
Then I knew what I wanted to create. Hope you like it.


 
 
- Sponged Memento Summer Sky as lightly as I could to create the background. Die cut a Taylored Expressions Cutting Plate birch tree die. Used copics for a bit of shading over the white c/s.
 
- Impression Obsessions deer trio were cut from a piece of silvery DCWV mercury paper.
 
- Various tree dies were cut from green glitter paper, and placed around 2 stitched dies that created snow hills. Put dimensional foam behind a couple trees to bring them more into the foreground.
 
Before placing the deer on the card, tore a piece of gesso'd paper to place behind them, and then used foam bits to pop their bodies up, using liquid glue to keep their legs in place. Lastly added some Stickles Star Dust for shimmer. The camera picked up the opaqueness of the stickles on their legs, but the eye doesn't see it! We'll just say this is snow from where they walked to the front of the card!!!
 
Well, you know I had to add a red bird...which came from a white previously cut bird that was in the Impression Obsession small bird die (154_A)  envelope. (There's no crest on this fella, such as a cardinal would have, but again, we can take creative liberty. This was a last minute addition!!
 
Please do check out my fellow team members' inspiration on this fun challenge. Once I had the final idea, it was fun to envision this scene!!!
 
Hugs & have a wonderful afternoon. Thanks too, for the good wishes so many have sent to me. I'll try to be more proactive with blogging - but it's been relaxing to have some time just for me!
 
 
 


49 comments:

Valerija said...

Great scene. Love the trees on background.
Valerija xx

Liz said...

Great to see you back blogging, Mary. I checked your blog earlier today to see if I'd missed a recent post. Pleased to hear that you're feeling better each day. Glad you're taking it easy and finding plenty of time to relax.

Love your card, very festive and a beautiful scene. xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A perfect winter scene for our theme this time Mary. I love how you have layered the die cut trees and reindeer to create this gorgeous card.
Lorraine

rmgcreations.blogspot.co.uk said...

Beautiful card Mary. Glad to hear your being sensible about your recovery time. That the way to go. Hugs Rita xxxx

dutchess said...

What a great winter scene Mary...just love your die cuts...great effect cutting the deer out of that media...looks fantastic....and your signature red bird...of course. Lovely xxxxxxx

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! I love the scene you've created!! The layers of trees are so beautiful!! The deer are fabulous!! Love this!! I'm glad you are feeling better my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Sarah said...

I am pleased to hear that you have been taking it easy and enjoying your recuperation Mary. I think we all get a little bewildered at times by feeling that we "have" to blog, truth be told since losing Suzy I have been enjoying my family and animals and doing very little card making or blogging. Nevertheless it's lovely to see this card, such a lovey scene with texture and dimension and the little red bird looks just right. Hope you continue to improve. Take care xx

Christine Harrop said...

You have created a great scene here Mary. Love the birch trees in the background. Sorry I have been AWOL! Hope things went okay with your surgery. Take it easy and get well soon. Hugs Christine xx

Kathleen said...

Lovely card and a great design.
Glad to hear that you have been relaxing and enjoying the sunshine when it was available.
Take care Mary.

Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

So glad that you have been well! Chilling is always so beautiful :D
Lovely card, with a lot of details to look at! The deers are just stunning and love the glittered trees and the little red cardinal! Fab winter scene!!
Hugs

Redanne said...

The Birch trees in the background are beautiful Mary and so are the lovely deer - this is a beautiful card! So pleased that you are feeling better too! Hugs, Anne xx

Di said...

Love this card Mary - ha, I do like the walking deer too :) Take it easy, blogging should be fun not a race anyhow - love you!

Hugs

Di xx

April Cheetham said...

Such a lovely winter scene! April x

Gibmiss said...

Hi Mary
Happy to hear you are On the mend... Sorry have been away so not had time for any blogging...
Love your Xmas card....
Take Care
Sylvie x

Sheila H said...

Your scene is a winter wonderland, Mary - so serene and peaceful!

Pat said...

This is a beautiful scene Mary and I love the deer against that pretty background. I'm glad you are feeling better each day and that you have had a bit of a break from things which you obviously needed. x

Brenda in IN said...

This is really pretty, Mary. I do love that birch tree die used with the deer. It makes a beautiful winter scene. I'm so glad you are taking it easy and getting back on your feet. No hurry. It's nice to have a little break before the holidays start up and you have had a busy summer.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Beautiful winter scene. You managed to capture a lot of dimension and texture in this card Mary! Gorgeous deer trio and your own little trademark cardinal so cute up in the trees.

Andrea W said...

Such a lovely winter card! I really like how you arranged the trees and adding the cardinal is a nice touch of color. Glad you're feeling better.

Birgit said...

Sometimes we need to just chill and relax and not worry about blogging and anything. Else having to do with the Internet. I love your card and how you created the scene. The bird is just the perfect pop of colour

scrappymo! said...

This looks beautiful, MAry. I love the way you added the stickles to the deer and created the look of swirling snow.

Your card looks like a scene from the area my Dad grew up in. North Bend BC. Deer were plentiful there when I was a kid and there were lots of forested areas just like your scene...well except for the cardinal!m

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Lovely to have you back. Glad you are improving daily.

Very wise to take it easy and recharge your batteries.

Love the card.

Hope you have a good week. Sue

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Mary this is such a beautiful Winter scene those reindeer look ACE
hugs
lorraine x

Daffodil Cards said...

Beautiful card. love the effect on the deer, such a lovely scene.

I'm glad you have taken time out for yourself and enjoyed it too. That will do you more good than anything. Keep at it for a little while.
Faith
x

Marilyn said...

Cute card!! Glad to hear you are feeling better

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
so glad your taking things easy that's definitely the thing to do as you don't want any probs if you do too much too soon.
Blogging and creating is always there when you ready and feel like it.
Your card is very super and I love that gorgeous scene.
Those trees look really lovely and that bird in them is so sweet.
The glittery Christmas trees are also fantanstic as is the wonderful deers.
Love and biggest hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Bonnie said...

This is such a pretty, serene scene, Mary! I can almost feel the hush of snow coated ground and the chirping of that pretty, red bird!

Stampsnob. said...

Love the way the deer are sitting among the trees Lovely card Mary Kids just left feeling empty and sad Dog waiting at the door

Lis

Leanne said...

Hello! I hope you are recovering well. Love is winter scene you've created. The mottled deer look fabulous against the snow background. I'm sure this card looked spectacular in person.

Pia S said...

I don't like it, I love it!!! The scene is so well put together and the paper you chose for the deer make them look so special. One of my favorite cards of yours!

Nancy Stislow said...

What a beautiful, winter scene, Mary! I particularly love the deer with various shades like the sun shining on their fur. Gorgeous coloring in the sky! I think we may all be ready for winter, sad as that sounds.

Jean said...

This is a lovely wintry forest scene Mary, I like the way you have raised some some of the layers to create dimension.
I am glad you are taking time to recover properly. I hope there are still some sunshiny days left for you to enjoy.
Jean x

Diane said...

Great card. I love the way you die cut the deer. It's a perfect winter card.

crafty-stamper said...

Glad to see you back and that you are feeling better-your chilling days sound lovely.Beautiful card love the die cut deer and the haze does look like disturbed snow
Carol x

Pam said...

So happy to hear you have been resting and are feeling better! It takes a while after surgery to get back to "normal". Your winter scene is lovely.
I love the pretty birch trees in the background!
Pam
scrap-n-sewwgranny.blogspot.com

Diane said...

Fabulous deer and love the birch and fir trees Mary.

Hugs Diane

Team Clark said...

Glad to see you are hanging on and getting well, sweet Mary! This is such a beautiful card, sure to lift anyone's spirits! Hugs, Autumn

Maxine D said...

A wonderful card Mary - and it's good to know you are feeling better - it does pay to 'listen' to our bodies and do what it wants when we are not well.
Blessings
Maxine

Veerle said...

Very beautiful winter scene Mary.
Hugs Veerle x

Aileen Ryan said...

Beautiful card Mary, love those deer. Must get moving on the christmas cards.

cheryl said...

oh Hun I am so chuffed you are feeling much better sweetie sorry you had to go through all that. Just glad you are feeling more like yourself, as for your card hun its so beautiful a wonderful scene you have created,love the trees and the dear beautifully created card,my friend. Stay healthy.,and take things easy big hugs Cheryl xxxxxxxx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Such a cold and snowy winter scene. This is very nice. I sorted through Christmas stamps this past weekend but didn't feel the holiday love (Well, not for that holiday anyway).

Darnell J Knauss said...

Glad you are enjoying some "me" time, Mary! You've had a busy year and deserve some of that, although you are missed! Your Christmas scene card is beautiful!! Hugs, Darnell

Gerrina said...

Those deers look so elegant! Another fun card! Think you are going to make it! Hope you have a sunny week!

Olga Fink said...

Gorgeous card! great scene!
So glad to hear you have been relaxing!
xoxo Olga

Mrs A. said...

Oops neatly missed this card. Do glad I spotted it though. Your little scene is so tranquil looking. I love the little birdie on the tree. Hugs Mrs A.

cuilliesocks said...

Hi again, gorgeous card Mary, love the composition, such a splendid winter scene, fabulous background and I love the deers, Kate x

*Vicki* said...

Hello there! :) What an absolutely GORGEOUS winter scene you've created!! I just love those trees and the lovely dimension you've added with the color!! Beautifully done! HUGS

Anita in France said...

Sounds as though you've been having some lovely me time, Mary ... take your time chilling and resting ... we'll all be here waiting for when you're ready to make a full return! Your card is lovely ... a gorgeous texture-y, dimensional, wintery scene ... you captured the chill frostiness beautifully! Hugs, Anita :)