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Hello Friend Cardinal

So, once again this year I am having a problem with an amorous bird.  Some of you may remember the difficulties I had 2 years ago with a robin.  This year we have a cardinal that is continually hurtling himself at our windows.     At the beginning of the month, I had at least 5 male cardinals and almost as many females that were frequent visitors to my bird feeders.    Well this cardinal, let’s just call him my nemesis, has run off all the other males and now occupies his day by trying to chase off his reflection.     I work from home so I can hear him banging against the various windows around the house ALL DAY.   

Even though I am having these issues with my nemesis, I couldn’t resist using one of the new March releases from Tiffany  Doodles to make a card.  I really enjoyed coloring this gorgeous image.  (Yes, my coloring mojo made a brief appearance!)

 

2012-03-30 TD Cardinal WM

This card actually uses the 2nd image that I colored.  On the first, I was pretty much finished but was going to add a bit more shading.   I grabbed my Copic W3 (or so I thought) to give him a bit more shading on his wing.  The problem was that I actually grabbed a W9.  Yikes!   It was totally beyond repair.  I hate when that happens!

The clouds behind the cardinal were created using the tutorial mentioned in this post.

Here is a look at the complete set.  Don’t forget, all March releases, including this set, are on sale for 10% off through March 31.  Stop by the Tiffany Doodles blog to see other gorgeous creations using these images.

 

 

Here is a photo of my nemesis.    The first picture is of him planning his attack.  The second is how I see him most often lately.

 

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Happy Friday!  Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies:

  • Stamps:  Cardinal Pair (digital stamp) by Tiffany Doodles, Mega Mixed Messages from Papertrey Ink
  • Inks:  Stampin’ Up Ruby Red
  • Papers:  Neenah Crest solar white CS, Papertrey kraft CS,  Bazzill Basics CS, October Afternoon Sidewalks paper pad, sheet music
  • Tools:  Sewing machine, Big Shot, Spellbinders Nestabilities, Die-Namics Scallop die, Papertrey Tiny Tags die, Bow Easy, Copic markers
  • Embellishments:  Cream Hug Snug seam binding, misc. button & baker’s twine

 

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Comments

Trina said…
It looks like you already have those reflective decals up. You can try smearing your windows (and yes, blocking some of your view) with soap...
Your card is great! Love the music scallops and paper choices!
Hanneke said…
Wow, gorgeous card! Love the colors and DP! Love the music sheets you scalloped and placed on top of each other! Too bad your first image was ruined because of the wrong copic! Hope your nemesis will get his act together and stops chasing away the other birds, lol. Hugs, Hanneke
Kathy and Lucky said…
This is one gorgeous cardinal, your coloring is so amazing, would love to just sit and watch you color this, handsome boy. I rememer when I was growing up, we had a cardinal, that tapped our basement window all day, it was drving us crazy :) Have a great weekend.
Karin said…
Love how the big flowered paper compliments your beautiful bird! The music paper scallops are a great touch! Hopefully once spring is over, your cardinal will calm down...lol!
Annette said…
wow wee this card is gorgeous...I love how your colored this bird...so amazing...as always...Happy Friday friend..
whoistracy said…
Aww so sad. We had a robin that did that against our sliding glass doors a few years back. He actually hurt himself so badly he was bleeding. I think they must assume it's another rival they're seeing (instead of just their reflection). I hope he doesn't injure himself!

Your card is super cute though!! Love your coloring of Mr. Cardinal.
jimlynn said…
What a beautiful cardinal! Love all the DP you used on here too!
Lynn
Wow - he is really gorgeous!!!!!!! Sorry your first attempt got messed up - so frustrating when that happens!!!

I'm sorry you have to put up with the real life cardinal! Who does he think he is? King Cardinal?

Hope he moves on quickly!!
cotnob said…
This is a beautiful card, fab image and papers.
Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Purple Frog Challenge.
Pauline
x
1CardCreator said…
Sweet card, love the circle trim you did on it!
Pauline said…
Absolutely gorgeous Cheryl! Thanks for joining us at DYSU this week!
xiumaiyuki said…
Beautiful card to go with that beautiful pix of your nemesis. I can't stop picturing him banging at his own reflection.... oy!
pinky said…
Wow Cheryl your shading is amazing. Love this. Thanks for joining us at Crafts4Eternity.
Pinky
Mary J said…
You rocked that image Cheryl!
Lorraine said…
Gorgeous coloring of that Cardinal, Cheryl! It matches the papers perfectly. and LOL @ your Cardinal nemesis!
Anita said…
This card is beautiful Cheryl. Your colorign of the cardinal is absolutely gorgeous. Love the pretty paper and scallops too.
Tammy said…
Crazy, we just had a bird fly into our window yesterday; flew in pretty hard too as he was knocked out cold for a while. It eventually came around and flew away. This is a fab card! Great coloring!
Thanks for playing with us at LRW!
Tracy said…
Well, at least he hasn't killed himself. My mom's house has two windows on either side of the house that line up. I don't know how many birdies have crashed into one of them thinking they can fly straight through. :-( Your card is just gorgeous. Red's always a toughie, but you aced it girl! Hugs!
Shelly Schmidt said…
Gorgeous coloring Cheryl! I love the great image- your layout and nice DSP. I will have to show my hubby the Cardinal pics and your story.
Shelby said…
I love all of the circle elements you've used on this card and the music paper is gorgeous. I think the W9 worked out well and I couldn't have noticed it unless you pointed it out:) Birds can be a little crazy...I have a pair of swallows that always fly into my garage whenever it's open, and then they get all panicking trying to find their way back out!

Shelby
Cassidy said…
just found your blog! Your cards are amazing! What a beautiful bird. The only kind of birds we ever see where we live are pigeons. Though that would be pretty annoying having to hear the bird at your windows all day!

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CRAZYCRAFTSHED said…
Hi Cheryl
A gorgeous card love the image and fabulous colour's thankyou for joining us this week at CRAFTYCATZ

Hugs Dianne xx DT
Imke said…
Cheryl, the cardinal looks fabulous. Your coloring is breathtaking ! Love the hole layout and the different layers !
Wishcraft said…
Such a lovely card! Gorgeous colouring and love those papers. Sorry to hear about your little nemesis, hope he gives up soon!

Thanks for playing along with my WNW challenge this week :o) Lisa x
Tammy said…
What a beautiful Cardinal and your coloring is awesome!!
Tammy x
KraftyKoolKat said…
This is awesome sweetie. Love the colouring, I can just image how annoyed you were when you ruined the first one. Thank you for sharing the pics of your intruder although he is lovely.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxx
Michelle said…
That's funny, we have some masochistic birds here as well -- always banging themselves on our patio door, lol. Your card is stunning - I love the cardinal! Have a super weekend!
Marianne said…
Love it, Cheryl! Such powerful colours without becoming too overwhelming. Love every single detail, including your fab colouring.
Nicole said…
You coloured just beautifully!! The card is really faboulous. Hugs, Nicole
Pia S said…
WOW! I wish I had the ability to color the way you do... Beautiful!
Janette said…
WOW, what a stunning card, you made the Bird look fabulous and I love the colours and layout. Thanks for sharing it with us at CraftyCatz this week.xx
Cheryl said…
oh wow Hun this is fantastic your colouring is just amazing,really one,stunning card,with so much detail love it hugs Cherylxxxx
Riet said…
What a wonderful card Cheryl.

Hugs Riet.xx
Jacilynn said…
oh wow! these colors really pop. great card Cheryl!
Jennipher said…
Wow Cheryl, your cardinal is gorgeous. Your cards and coloring talent never cease to amaze me. Love it.
Jen Adcock said…
Beyond amazing! That Cardinal is an award winner. Those clouds are exceptionally perfect too. All colored to perfection. What a joy to admire.
Pat (mspfd) said…
Oh Cheryl, this is gorgeous. Love your wonderful design and beautiful coloring!
Becky B. said…
What a funny story about your nemisis cardinal...maybe your windows are TOO clean - ha! ha! ha! :)Seriously, though, beautiful card!!
Lisa Somerville said…
Beautiful! Love the papers and design! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!
Carol said…
Gorgeous card Cheryl, thanks for joining us at Crafty Purple Frog this time. Carol DT x
Naomi said…
This is absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVE the papers and LO! Thanks so much for joining us, this week, at DYSU!
michele said…
Fabulous card Cheryl! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity this week hugs x
your cardinal is colored gorgeous. Thanks so much for joining us at blogger's challenge this week.
Kathy said…
Cheryl, this is beautiful. Your coloring is lovely! Funny about your bird friend, made me laugh! Thanks so much for joining the Phindy's Place ribbon challenge this week.

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