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Chalkboard Word Bubbles for Paper Players #177

Cardinal on branch for ATCAS

Hi everyone.  Happy Saturday.  Hope you are all having a great week.

It's the first of the 2014 challenges at Addicted to CAS this week and the fabulous Loll has a great code word for us.

Now.... there were so many great places to go with this code word.  :-)  I know that it is past Christmas, but it is never too early to begin planning for the next Christmas, right :-)  The design team have created a wonderful set of cards for your inspiration.  Pop along to Addicted to CAS and check out the cards - and play along with us.

I started by die cutting a cardinal from Real Red card stock and cut a template from the Memory Box branch die.  I needed the negative space to create a branch on the Smoky Slate base by using Ranger Embossing Paste.  I love the effect that it gives.  It takes a little while to dry, but it's really worth it.  Once I had added the embossing paste, I sprinkled it with some Ranger distress glitter to give a little shimmer and shine. 

Once the embossing paste was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Versamark and used some silver embossing powder.  I then popped the Cardinal onto the branch using Stampin' Dimensionals.  To finish the card, I added a little "eye" to the Cardinal using a black marker and mounted the Smoky Slate layer to a piece of white heavyweight card stock.

Cardinal on Branch

Once I completed th card, I realized that I could create the same card by adding a Soft Sky background instead of the Smoky Slate and use the branch with a darker embossing paste and a die cut flower, or spring bird, to make a spring card.  For Autumn/Fall, I could use the same branch but with die cut leaves. 

I do hope you will join us and check out the fabulous inspirations from the design team.  Welcome also to Nancy Littrell, who is guest designer for January.  The winner will receive 3 digis from Deedeedigis, now that is a great incentive to play along!

I'll be back again tomorrow with my Paper Players card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers to those who need a little lift today.




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I love this Jaydee, the pop of red is stunning and against the background it really is fab x


I was going to write exactly what Sandy wrote--that pop of red IS stunning! I LOVE the simplicity of this card, as it allows the cardinal and branch to shine.

I hope you're staying warm. It didn't get above 30 here yesterday, and for this area, that's saying something. Br.


P.S. Hi Lou! :o)

Sandy M

Really pretty card Jaydee. Love the pop of red. The embossing paste also intrigues me. I'd like to give that product a try.

Loll Thompson

Hi Jaydee. Am loving the embossing paste branch. I have some in my drawer and haven't used it for ages (hopefully it has dried up!) :) You have inspired me to pull it out and play - thank you!! I love all your wonderful ideas for using the same layout and design (and embossed branch) --- so many wonderful possibilities! Loll xx

nancy littrell

So sweet Jaydee and love your suggestions for different seasons using the same branch die. TFS and always inspiring.

P.S. I am thrilled to be your GD this month. What an honor!

Harriet Skelly

This is gorgeous - CAS perfection! I never thought to use the negative space from a die cut with embossing paste - brilliant!


Your die cuts are just perfect. Your red cardinal is eye catching. LOVE it. Happy New Year, my friend xx

karen h

Awesome card - love the embossing paste branch! I agree - this would be a great card for different seasons!


Hi Jaydee!!

I am writing my message for a second time . . . it was not posted . . . "Happy New Your . . happy every second of yours and Lou's lives.

So CAS and soooooo pretty! Thank you. Once again, I would like to buy some sentiments like yours . . . they are large and beautiful -- in form and content. Are all of them digital? I would prerfer them in French but in English would be OK.

Thought our Winter would be mild but apparently a cold wave is arriving soon . . . brrrrrrrrrrr!

Warm hugs!!

Marina . . . from far Africa


Love you CAS design card and I so agree; the possibilities are endless with this type of design. A cardinal on a card always makes for a nice Christmas card but then I like cardinals.
See, you already got one Christmas card made up for 2014. I have about a doz. more to make and then my cards for 2014 Christmas cards will be done and out of the way. :}

Stay warm up your way and enjoy the remainder of the weekend.

Doris D.

Your tree branch is spectacular on the gray card with the red cardinal. I used the paste years ago and could never get the hang of it. You have mastered it perfectly.


A beautiful CAS design Jaydee. The red really "pops" from the soft background colour - LOVE it!

Happy New Year - Sylvia x

vicki dutcher

LOVE red birds and this card! Totally fabulous~ Happy New Year!

Beverly Blair

Hello lady ... sure hope you get this. It seems that I can't post on your website. Trying again. Please email me [email protected] if you receive this. Miss talking to you so much! Wonderful card, of course what else would they be xxxxooo

Julia Aston

Great texture on your branch with the embossing paste and love the bright red cardinal against the gray!

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