Sunday, 24 August 2014

Christmas Card Club - Cardinal Round II Card 12

This fortnight, it was Mary of Carolina Cards turn to chose the theme. Mary loves Cardinal's so it was no surprise when she chose that theme for us to follow!

I upcycled and made a Cardinal topper from a Christmas card that we received last year. It has a lovely satin finish with red mirri edging and I matted it on a snippet of silver mirri from my stash.

I wanted a clean feel to this card as well as the ability to mail it for regular postage! So clean it is.
One sheet of 6x6 paper, a couple of snippets of Christmas border from my bits box, and it was done. I must tell you that the red background paper is very close to the same colour as the cardinal' wing!!! Maybe even a litlel redder. I do not know why my camera is making the paper look a mauve/rose shade!

The fine red and white scalloped border is K&Co and the musical notes scallop I won in a RAK from Aliwinn on Two Peas In A Bucket (manufacturer unknown).  I am trying hard to use my Raks and prizes that I have been blessed with, so was pleased to work in that RAK'd border. Thanks once again,  Aliwinn.

I criss crossed some fine silver cord and tied it with a loopy bow,  just to tie the silver mirri card in.
I let the sentiment  on the designer paper be the wording, and called it a day. This is another card made at the lake and my Xmas supplies up here are sparse.

Card base - from my stash
DP - Heidi Swap 6x6 Christmas pad
Card Stock - snippets of silver mirri and snippets of kraft card for the snowflakes
Borders - Red and white scalloped glitter border is K&Co; musical notes border is from a RAK
Bling - Beige Pearls from my stash
Cord - fine silver cord from my stash

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card Club - Cardinal
2. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card with paper
5. Marks Finest Papers Christmas Card Challenge - must be Christmas
6. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Merry and Bright


Veerle said...

Hi Maureen, lovely card I like the cardinal bird so beautiful. Have a nice weekend, hugs Veerle xx

Rita said...

Gorgeous card Maureen. Bright and Cheerful. Hugs Rita xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A fabulous card and a bonus to be able to send it regular postage too.

Doreen said...

This is gorgeous,love the fabulous

Granmargaret said...

Lovely card.

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning love the cardinal and your card is super brilliant.xx

The Journey is the Start

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mo, what a lovely Christmas card, at at last I now know what a Cardinal is, looks a pretty bird, but I wonder if it's found in the UK. Fab colouring and design, I do like the silver cord, love it all really, hugs Kate x

Jenny L said...

Hi Maureen,
what a very beautiful card.
I love that super bird image, and your really fab design.
Yes you have achieved your goal as it looks very clean and lovely.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Carol said...

Fabulous card Maureen, great upcycling. Love your borders. Carol x

Christine Harrop said...

What a fabulous image Maureen and a great idea to recycle it. Far too nice to just bin or put into the recycling box. Your embellishments look great. Hugs Christine xx

dutchess said...

What a lovely vibrant card Maureen....and using up stash the way you wrapped the silver thread round....xxxx

Planetsusie said...

Hi there Maureen, these are such pretty birds I would just love to see one in my garden! Your card is beautiful and I love the embellishments.

Hugs to you Sue Pxxx

PS I hope you are both well.

Pia S said...

Great combo of different elements and I can totally understand why you wanted to recycle that image. The silver string is a nice touch, I like how you tied it.

Karen Petitt said...

Beautiful card Mo. I think we are all trying to use up our winnings as well as our old stash and I think you have achieved it here. Really beautiful Karen x

Sue said...

Gorgeous card Maureen and fab one for the challenge! its so pretty ..lots of huggles Sue xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Gorgeous upcycling, it's a lovely Christmas card.

Warm hugs

MaryH said...

Oh Mo - You know I love this one! A beautiful recycle and your papers are so pretty with the image too. Love the way you've done the silver cord, and great way to use up some of your RAK wins. You did a great interpretation of the bird theme, and thanks for sharing this beautiful bird with us! Hugs & enjoy your lake time.

Claire said...

Gorgeous card, that image is beautiful! Its a real challenge keeping cards flat enough for posting but you've done a fab job here
Claire xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Flynn) said...

Love this Maureen, what a good idea to keep the image from a card sent to you, I really must try to remember to do this! Susan xx

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous card, love the image.

Kath x

Sharon said...

The Cardinal is so beautiful and I love the papers and design.
Have a lovely week.
Hugs Sharon. x

cotnob said...

This is a gorgeous Christmas card Maureen, I love your image and fabulous design.
In answer to your question - Yes, I do you allow my cards to be pinned, I would be honoured if you add my card to your "cards - boy" board.

jimlynn said...

WOW! This is stunning! Great recycling on that cardinal image and love everything about this card. The criss crossing of the cording really makes it different and so lovely.

MagsB said...

A gorgeous card, Maureen! I love the recycled picture - but what really makes the card special, for me, is the crossed silver cord and the bow!

love Mags B x

Mrs A. said...

Fabulous reuse of an old card. My camera always makes blue come out a horrid mauve colour. I like your addition of the silver cord to tie in with the mirror card.
Hugs Mrs A.

Tracy said...

Such a pretty card.
I love the colours and I can see why you saved that image of the cardinal. Beautiful :)

Glenda Atkins said...

Beautiful card and I love the cardinal image, all so Christmassy, love it!

Asha said...

Puffed up and majestic! That bird is just awesome, Maureen. Beautiful accents on the card, without shifting focus from that noble bird. LOVE it! Rosie is (dare I say) a little better today. Early days yet, but I hope she sticks with the program! Thanks for your love and prayers. I lit a candle for her health at mass yesterday. Have a great time at the lake.
hugs, Asha

Elizabeth said...

Beautiful card, Maureen - love the cardinal. My camera has problems with red too, I'm thinking it might be picking up the amount of blue in the red because it often looks a very plummy red to me :( The silver cord is a great embellishment. Elizabeth xx

Sally H said...

A gorgeous card, Maureen! Love that cardinal - wish we got them here! So beautiful!

mamapez5 said...

I guess you use cardinals where we use robins, especially on Christmas cards. This was a good bit of recycling, and has made a lovely card. Kate x

Joann Burton said...

Beautiful card with the wonderful recycled card. I love it. Hugs, joann sassy raggedy

Jean Straw said...

Lovely card, the picture was well worth recycling. Isn't it annoying when the colours don't photograph correctly.
Jean x

Carol L said...

Oh my gosh, what a beautiful image panel with that brilliant cardinal! I love the snow-covered pinecones and evergreen branches too! Oh So pretty!

Di said...

Really lovely card Mo! I've never seen a red cardinal in the UK - don't think we get them here. Swop you one of Spike's babies for one? :) The twine is a lovely finishing touch too.

It was explained to me ages ago that colours in photos coming out differently when we know they match in real life is all down to the inks used in the printing process. Seems to happen to me a lot!

Hugs, Di xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Mo this is really lovely you are having fun doing your Christmas cards already :D Shaz in oz.x

Hettie said...

This is gorgeous Mo. I do love that image you have recycled. And that silver cord looks great.
I called by the other day but couldn't leave a message! Grr!

Jan Frances said...

Really lovely card, love that it is recycled too. Very festive xx

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a lovely card. The red and kraft and the shiny silver make such a great combination.

Hazel said...

I thought I'd already left you a comment, but it seems that I haven't - I apologise. This is a super card for Mary's CCC challenge and thanks also for linking for my Craftyhazelnut's challenges. x