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Monday, November 9, 2015

Muse Christmas Visions #27.....Beauty of the Season.....

Hello everyone: I hope your weekend was fabulous, up here in Crown Point, IN. the beauty of Autumn is almost gone, the gorgeous colored leaves are now raked and collected in piles along the sidewalks for the trucks to come and take them away, we still have a few trees in the front yard that are hanging on to the last of their lovely foliage but those leaves will soon be gone too.
But it's ok, that is Mother Nature doing Her stuff and every year we all enjoy the beautiful color palate of Autumn before the trees go to sleep for the Winter waiting patiently for Spring to arrive and wake them up again.
I have a card to share with you this frosty morning with one of my favorite Winter scenes, that I made for the Muse: Christmas Visions challenge, here is my card.

This beautiful image is from the 2014 SU Holiday Mini Catalog, sadly it's retired, this set is called "Beauty of the Season", I love it, Cardinals are gorgeous birds and I see them, all year round, coming to the feeders in my back yard. 
I stamped the image onto a Canson water paper panel with Stazon Jet Black ink and colored it with the aqua painter and SU markers in Cherry Cobbler, Bravo Burgundy, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip and Basic Black. I added a bit of SU white craft ink to the branch and berries and sprinkle it with SU Iridescent Ice embossing powder for a bit of sparkly snow, then heat it up to set.
The sentiment is from another lovely retired SU set called "Winter Memories" from the 2012 Holiday Mini Catalog, I'm so lucky to own this beautiful sets. 
 Here is the Muse card that inspired my card, I didn't have a kitty or any other critter hanging from a branch so I picked this Cardinal who's perched on one.
Thank you so much for stopping by, till next time, Happy Stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

21 comments:

Patti Willey said...

Cardinals are a very special treat to see, you're lucky you see them often! We don't around our house so when you see a pair or two they stop you in your tracks to admire! Love what you've done with the snowy branch! SU! Should see how well you blend using their Markers!

Birgit said...

This bird stamp, I have never seen before, nor do I see them live at all here where I live. It also sits on a beautiful snowy branch, a wonderful job!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Patti, this gorgeous birds stick around all year long, in the Spring, the're singing their little hearts out to attract their mates, and when the babies are out of the nest, they pester their parents for food, it's amazing seeing them from the kitchen window.
SU Markers are great for water coloring, I really love how they blend so well.

Maria A. said...

Hello Birgit, I see from your blog that you live in Stockholm, Sweden, I Google some pictures, Oh my gosh!! what a beautiful place it is.
This stamp set was from Stampin Up! but it's no longer available, you might be able to get it through Ebay?
This birds are so gorgeous, the male is deep red and their song is so melodic, you can hear them early in the morning, just beautiful.
Thank you for stopping by.

Sonny said...

So pretty ....love these birds . I have them all the time because they are North Carolina`s state bird . Tell Patti that they love Sunflower Chips from Pennington bird seed company !!
There is another beautiful Cardinal in this year`s SU Holiday catty . Since this stamp is retired ....
Beautiful coloring as usual and it is the bird you think of at Christmas so I think you met this challenge well !!

Aileen (mum) said...

Beautiful card Maria, love the finishing touch of the sparkly snow on the branch. Perfect

Anita Liedtke said...

I have never seen one in my life- yet... But your bird looks alive, like on a picture, love it and the colours ! Great idea with the sparkling snow, have to try that !

Maria A. said...

Yes Sonny, we are so lucky to be able to see this amazing birds all year round. I'll pass that note to Patti.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Aileen, this is a beautiful stamp set.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Anita, we are certainly lucky to see and hear this birds, I think next time, I will color this image with the female colors, they are not as bright but the hints of orange and soft browns are lovely too.

Mary Fish said...

You picked a beautiful "critter." Lovely work as always, Maria!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Mary, I adore this gorgeous feathered critters.

Ardyth said...

Love how the layout and image are really the same, but the feeling is completely different - very elegant! So glad you joined us at MCV this week!

Ashwini Rao said...

That is one handsome cardinal! A beautiful classic christmas card!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Ardyth, this image really needs very little to look beautiful, it was fun to play along at MCV. Can't wait for the next challenge.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Ashwini, Cardinals are beautiful birds and very traditional for Christmas cards.

Bonnie said...

So pretty, Maria! Beautifully painted!

wienerhoneymooners said...

I ADORE cardinals!!! I remember seeing them in Missouri and LOViING it!!! This is wonderfully colored, festively lovely images!!!! Thanks so much for joining us at MUSE Christmas Visions!!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Bonnie.

Maria A. said...

Thank you for stopping by, we are so lucky this gorgeous birds stick around all year. I always love playing along at MUSE Christmas Visions.

Darlene DeVries said...

So pretty Maria! I love the red frame - it really brings the card together. :)