Sunday, 24 August 2014


Hello blog friends and followers - this is slightly late today because I didn't have time to write the 'splurge' yesterday.   Oh and the maestro only took the pic this bright sunny morning (yes ... it is sunny here).    First of all I must say thank you so much for the comments on my little Christmas box, I'm so glad you liked it.  Now for this fortnight's challenge at the CCC - Mary asked us to use a Cardinal bird on our cards although she did say we could use any Christmas bird if we didn't have the right image.   I managed to find this lovely picture of a Cardinal bird on the internet and thought it would be perfect for my card.

 I coloured him in with my Flexmarkers and then cut him out using a Marianne Craftables die, I cut around the overhang of the spruce and popped the die underneath so that it wouldn't chop into it.   I have even been practising blobs - an homage to my blog bud Sue J (Ollie's Mam) who is the Queen of Blobs - and blobbed a few around my image.

Thank you for this lovely challenge Mary, I'm quite jealous because I guess you see these gorgeous birds all the time where you are in South Carolina.


7" x 7" White Card Blank - Anna Marie Designs
Digi - Colouring Pages found on the internet
Green Glitter paper - A5 Glitter Pad (very old stash - had to do a join on the lower edge)
'Softly Falling' die - Die'Sire Creatables
Corner Flourish die - Spellbinders Die D'Lites
Christmas Sentiment - LOTV
Pinflair Pearl Wand (for the blobs!!)
Stardust Stickles

That's it for now then - this Christmas card will be winging it's way to my friend across the pond later on this year.   Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog, I shall be checking out the cards made by the other girls later on.  It's really nice to see what everyone makes and to know that we are steadily building up our stash of Christmas cards.

Big hugs to you all and please take care of yourselves.

Sue xxx
I would like to enter my card into the following 10 challenges -

Clear it out Challenge -   (used Glitter Paper pad bought at least 10 years ago)


  1. its just perfect! and I love the creata a card die behind ....stunning xxxx

  2. A beautiful card Sue, I really love that image and the glitter card stock shows it off beautifully.

  3. I am jealous of your friend Sue because this is stunning! I love the fact that you cut around the stamped image and then die cut it. The green, red, and white pop perfectly and the embossed BG is fabulous too. Karen x

  4. Stunning card Sue, the Softly Falling die looks wonderful with the green glitter card. Love your image too. Carol x

  5. Beautiful image for a beautiful card, Sue - just right for Mary's CCC challenge - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for August - I'd love to see it there too. x

  6. Hellooooooooooooo me old matey!! I lurveeeeeeeeeee this card especially the blobs!!! LOL and that green glitter card is gorgeous and just love the background..well love everything about it really..lots of hugglesssssssss from all of us here xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  7. The shimmer of the glitter card is gorgeous! Love that shimmer...
    Your image is a pretty one and love off the die placement. It really makes it stand out!

    The blobs made me think of our other Sue right away...Must remember to try some too...I don't always keep them the same size so will have to just do some random ones...or I will be kicked out of the blob club...teeeheee

    Fabulous card Sue!
    Hugs to your DH and to you...oh...nearly forgot...and to the kitties too!!!

  8. Brilliant card I love everything you have done on it

    Patricia x

  9. Hi Sue me wonderful blogging mate.
    Another of your very super cards today.
    Love your superb design and the sparkle is fab.
    Your bird is coloured just perfectly, and yes you are right, Mary is so lucky to see these wonderful birds in her neck of the woods.
    I see the maestro has excelled with his camera work again.
    I was on Mary'sblog the other day, and she was showing her craft room in the basement.
    Well I couldn't believe all the crafty stash she had especially punches, and the little sweetie said if I lived closer I could go around there and share, and that's not all she said she had her stamps in the next room too.
    My green eyed monster is trying to rear his ugly little head again. lol.
    Love and hugs to all in the P household.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  10. Hi Sue

    What a stunning card. I love the beautiful cardinal and the colours you have chosen to use.

    Sarah x

  11. This gorgeous Sue, such a beautiful image. I love the embossing and the green glitter paper looks wonderful.
    hugs Sue xx

  12. A wonderful card Sue, love the cardinal and the beautiful die you cut him out with. I used to live in New England and we had these in the garden! Susan x

  13. Oh dear, I'm not trying to create green mayhem in the blog world! But yes we do get to enjoy these beautiful birds here in SC. Not sure if they lived in Florida when we were there. We worked and who had time to watch birds?! Your interpretation of this wonderful creature is just wonderful, and terrific that you found the image on the internet! I search for clipart at Christmas time to use on mailing address labels, so will have to try to find this pretty boy. Love the dies & pretties you've dressed him with & Sue's blobs are just wonderful. I think you have the knack. That must take such patience and a steady hand! The same invite goes to you just like the one to Jenny. I would dearly love to have ya'll visit me and we could play to our heart's content. You have to remember, I came to this craft late, and had to spend a lot of time catching up on supplies. I fear I may be starting to develop hoarders-syndrome. I see a new product or technique and feel the urge to try it! I need to just use the stuff I have, (plus organize it so I can find it). Thank you for interpreting my theme in such a beautiful way. Hugs & TFS

  14. I love those glittery corners. Thy look so right with that image you found and coloured in. A perfect card. Hugs Mrs A.

  15. Hallo Sue
    Een schitterende kaart

  16. So beautiful Sue. Love the gorgeous colouring and the blobs. Lol!! Your layout is awesome.

  17. Love your card Sue. The image is fabulous and the colours make it so "rich". Hugs Christine xx

  18. what a beautiful card! I'm originally from Michigan and besides the Robin, the Cardinals were my favorite! Especially when they were seen against the white snow! Lovely! Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out Challenge, best of luck!!

  19. Hi Sue, absolutely gorgeous card, all that sparkle is fantastic and so is the Cardinal image, wonderful design and embellishments, hugs Kate x

  20. Thanks for joining us @ CIO...great job on the challenge..that cardinal rocks...tfs

  21. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Pennys Paper Crafty and I hope we see you again soon!



  22. Hi hun fabulous card love him he is adoable and ty so much for joining the challlenge at Clear it Out hugs x

  23. Gorgeous! Being originally from NC the cardinal is our state bird and I love it. You created the perfect card for a cardinal lover like me. Thanks for playing and sharing with us at Mema's Crafts. Good luck in the challenge and the bonus challenge.

  24. Gorgeous Design perfect for our challenge over at Completely Christmas thank you for sharing with us, hope to see you again next week…..
    Suzy B (Owner)

  25. Stunning Christmas card, beauifully crafted, thanks for joining us at The Crafters Cafe this week.

  26. hi hun me again really fabulous Christmas Card and thank you so much for linking up with month at Fantastic Tuesday - hope to see u back soon hugs Judith DT x

  27. Great card, love the image, they are my favorite. Thanks for joining us at Mema's Craft's. PennyRae DT

  28. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper- Crafty Challenges.

  29. Stunning design, Sue! Richard is here with me staring at the bird ... but I suspect he's got other things on his mind! LOL. I love your blobbing ... subtle and very effective. I have to go. Richards's whiskers are vibrating ... I hope it's not that handsome bird that's causing it! Have a lovely week, friend. A cuddle for Miss B.
    hugs, Asha

  30. Wow, this is so pretty. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  31. Beautiful Christmas card! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  32. Wow what a pretty card, love how the birds stands out on the white..
    Great you could join Loves Rubberstamps, please join the new challenge too..
    Hugs Blankina

  33. Hi Sue, this card is gorgeous, love the colours and the bird image is beautiful, hugs Carole Z X

  34. Oh this is just the cutest card ever what a lovely image too and the layout is perfect for our challenge over at “ Sparkles Christmas Challenge Snowflakes “ good luck and hope to see you again next time Dt Member Sandra H xx

  35. Sue, beautiful card, love the cardinal and the way you colored it. The whole card is absolutely beautiful!

  36. I cannot see a cardinal without thinking of Mary these days! Yours is colored GORGEOUSLY and the card is beautiful, Sue! The shading in your bird is amazing - and all the coloring in the pine needles is done perfectly! Love the theme of the glittery green picking up the shininess found in pine needles! hugs, de


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Hugs Sue Pxxx