Wonderful use of space....the brush looks like it was designed for your page...great background paper, beautiful framing, love the photo of such a pretty bird and your cluster and ribbon are wonderful accents to the photo.
You did an amazing job with the brush challenge. Your layout is breathtakingly beautiful, and it totally stands out in the gallery. I love the combination of deep brown with this shade of coral red. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!
I've got to agree with the rest of the comments. This layout grabbed my attention right away. I love birds, and have never seen a real cardinal. (They don't live this far north.) That you have such a crisp photo of one makes me pea green! Love the way you used the brush to reiterate the theme of your layout, and the elements you've used are perfect.