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Monday, November 9, 2015


I was given this beautiful cardinal image by my blogfriend Monika of Creative with Monika (Thank you so much!) She has opened up an Etsy Shop with a friend who makes digital images. The shop is called JavaCardLineArt.

I have to admit I've never seen a cardinal IRL. I actually became aware of their existence in blogland. So I didn't know how to color them up, but with a little help from Google I found lots of images for guidance.
I used my Marianne window die and added lace I got from Mervi in the window, so that it looks like they're sitting outside peeping in. I punched a few branches and added loose glitter to them and to the window. The window is mounted onto a paper dry embossed with a folder from Darice. Papers from Maja Design. Christmas greeting in Norwegian and branches with red berries from my stash.

This card is also for these challenges:
The Glory of Christmas -  #71 Glitter and/orShine
Fab 'n' Funky - #280 Die Cuts and/or Punches
Inspiration Destination - #58 Always Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - #162 Use Some Red


Sue B said...

Oh Wowzer!! this is SO awesome Pia… what a beautiful design with the window and the pretty snow on the panes. I love the cardinal birds sitting on their branch… this is a really stunning card !! :-)
Hope you have a good week!
Big hugs, Sue B xx

Monika Reeck said...

STUNNINGGGG agree with Sue B
you really coloring the cardinal PERFECTLY
me not I was wrong coloring him haha
and I will send your card to my friend HN in Java
he will be thrilled looking his cardinal so adorable like this Pia
(would you mind send me per Email the big size and I can put on the shop may I Pia?)
this is adorable scene love that snow window and tall the element behind the cardinal you made a winner card again Pia
love love love this
may I have this...I fly to Indonesia middle Desember
if you like I can give your card as a GIFT to my friend HN
he must be thrilled Pia
and you should see Jennifer Mc Guire challenge it is about share handmade kindness Sweety
you can join there ;)

Monika Reeck said...

I mean I will send him the link to your card Pia and one photo of your card to HN hehe sorry correction

meg said...

Beautiful work Pia, love the lace in the window and the "snow" on the glass and branches. The cardinals are fabulous as are the berries, love it.

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card Pia. Wonderful colours and design as always. Great job with that frame die. My friend has it but we've not been able to come up with anything we like. Love how you used it as a window. The cardinals are beautiful too..we have them all year round in our backyard..they are so pretty with a beautiful song. xx

Marlies said...

Oh wauw this is a fantastic card Pia. I love the effect of the window with the lovely birds. Beautiful made! hugs, Marlies

Lau W said...

OMG ! how much i loooooove this card Pia, a real beauty !!

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Pia, a fabulous window and your cardinals look wonderful sitting on their branch.

crafty-stamper said...

I am with you on the Cardinals just aware of them through blogs-I love the fabulous window die and it looks great with the snow and lace-a really beautiful card
Carol x

chrissy xx said...

Oh My! What a pretty scene you've created Pia..
I LOve all the snow that's gathered on the window panes and the pretty net curtain..Such sweet little birds too. LOve it.
Birmingham..It's a large exhibition centre. Crufts is also held there.

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Wow wow wow!!! These cardinals pop out very well from the card!! The window looks stunning with the lace and the snow! Such a wonderful winter scene you have created! It's a marvellous catch-eyes!! I love it sooo much and pinned it! :)

Tammy said...

WOW Pia, this is gorgeous!! I love that fabulous snowy window and the beautiful cardinals! Stunning card!

Brenda's Card Corner said...

STUNNING Pia!! You have done a fabulous job of coloring the cardinals! Love the window scene you've created, too! Sorry you've never seen them IRL, they are a gorgeous bird!


Patricia Alvarez said...

WOW!!! Your card is so beautiful! I love everything about it! Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia DT.

aussie aNNie said...

Brilliant card and gorgeous image coloured beautifully. Love the whole style with the snow and ice on the windows. Fabulous scene.x.xx
{ aNNie}

Michelle said...

This is super gorgeous Pia. The Cardinal image is beautiful and I love the window scene you have created with the snow - just gorgeous - Michelle x

Helen said...

Beautiful - so elegant and a great idea with the window.

Thanks for joining us at Fab'n'Funky.

Helen x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so gorgeous Pia. I adore that beautiful little scene you have created. The gorgeous lace and snow really finish it of a treat. AWESOME!!!

Laine said...

Wonderful card construction detail Pia. Love the window scene and your bright and beautiful Cardinals. I have never seen one either!

Donna said...

This is just stunning, love your window and the cardinals are perfect with it!

Donna Ellis said...

Pia! This is BEYOND gorgeous! Such wonderful color choices, and terrific textures in your masterpiece. I love this card! hope you are enjoying a wonderful week! hugs, de

loz said...

This is so Gorgeous Pia. I Love the window..Loz

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful and elegant card Pia...I love all the snow on your window sills, so perfect.

Mimi said...

There you go again wish awesome curtains... love it! Don't be surprised if I try lace curtains on a card I make... I'll give you all the creative credit!
I am a total bird nerd, and I have to say: this is hands-down the BEST coloring of male cardinals I have ever seen! You rock!

Unknown said...

stunning card how they r looking through the window.....thankyou for your entry ....glitter n sparkle ....DT Kathy x

*Vicki* said...

Wow Pia, I can't begin to tell just how gorgeous I think this wintry window scene is!! I love the details of the lace and the way you've used the cardinals from Monika!! So well done! :) Be sure to stop by my blog today for a chance to win a Whimsy Stamps card kit of your choice!
Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Adventures in Paperland said...

What a nice friend, this is a lovely image and your card is just beautiful Pia. You could link it up with our Wild Thing challenge over ABC Christmas Challenge. xx

Patricia St Martin said...

Love your winter window and the Cardinal look perfect and you even gave them some berries. Love how you have the snow.
Hugs Pat

Imke said...

Very, very beautiful, Pia ! The Colors, the vintage look, the cardinal, the embellishments - just great !

PS Hop over to the From the Heart Stamps Blog - You were the randomly blog hop winner on my blog:

Lisa Minckler said...

WOAH, woah, woah.....this nearly knocked the air out of me. This is such a beautiful, stunning piece of Christmas artwork. I'm so impressed. This would be out year around.
I got all involved in knitting and put aside blogging and now I regret not seeing ALL your amazing posts. You inspire me completely. to see more!!
hugs :)

sandie said...

You coloured them really well and perfectly perched in this window!

Marina said...

The lace is a great idea and , like you, I've only seen cardinals in crafty blogland. They look great on your windowsill!

Regina said...

Ooh this is so lovely and wintery, Pia!
hugs Regina

MaryH said...

You know I'll love this one! These are gorgeous birds, & you've got their shades of crimson red just perfectly colored. They look very much at home in front of this snowy window, with the pretty lace valance. The delightful pine branch & the red berries is something I'd see around my house. Love this winter scene you've created with my favorite birds! (wish I could send one over for you to enjoy IRL). TFS & Happy wkend. Hugs

sweetbloominscraps said...

Came to thank you for stopping by my blog and fell in love with this beautiful winter card! The window die is lovely with your lace and added snow! Wow!
Have a great day!

Unknown said...

Fabulous card, Thank you for joining in Glitter N Sparkle Blog Challenge xx DT Sarahjayne xx

Peanut said...

Great job with the cardinals... they look real. I've only ever seen them a couple of times when on holiday in the US. I don't think we get them here in Europe. I like the scene you've created for these birds.The snowy window is perfect.
x Asha