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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Bird Song - Wednesday 13th June

Morning Friends!

My card today is another made from the little Stampavie  Tina Wenke bird stamp and I wanted to share it in a nod to the highly productive Spring we have enjoyed in our garden!

Beginning with our very tame Robin pair, who raised two broods (moving nest from one end of the garden to the other in between): the baby Robins were darling and one of them hung around for ages, becoming quite tame himself. The Robins were gone, all of a sudden, but all being well the male will be back in August. He has been with us for a few years now (I can tell by a marking it's him), so I'm hoping he'll be back again, once his 'holiday' is over!

We also have a resident pair of Blackbirds which have also been with us for a number of years. So far they have had two broods and we also see the fledglings on the grass from time to time.

We put a Tit box on the end of the summer house after we built it about 7 years ago. The first year a pair of Blue Tits snapped up this new 'des res' (carefully painted with my own fair hand, including a painting of a Blue Tit on the side!), the second year nothing and then  we built the enclosure for the hens right next to it. It's about 6ft tall, so almost reaches the height of the box. We thought that it would put any birds off and have been meaning to move it, but never got around to it -and then some weeks ago I spotted a Great Tit darting in with some feathers in it's beak. Back and forth it went with more nest building material and yay! we now have a family of Great Tits chirping away inside the box. They've been there about a week now and I can hear they're calls getting stronger all the time. The parent swoops in and out for food when I'm out there cleaning the hen coop, it's wonderful!

Last but not least, our little Sparrows, who have been nesting quite near to the Blackbirds and have also raised a brood and seem to be busying themselves for another. This year has been a great year for so many different garden visitors - we've seen Blue Tits, Goldfinches and we even have a tiny Dunnock scurrying about the undergrowth, which I also think has been nesting in the dense bush at the back of the garden with the Sparrows and Blackbirds...quite a little community!

So to the card, which I made for my friend's birthday....It's coloured with Promarkers and die cut using Spellbinders Labels 24, shaded on the edges with Spun Sugar distress ink. I cut felt flowers from Flower Creations (all Spellbinders unless stated!) and made one big flower and then I cut a  small butterfly from Flights of Fancy. The papers were all from stash, the lace I got recently at a Vintage Fair and I coloured it lightly with Spun Sugar.

The greeting is  an LOTV stamp, but with Heart Circles....

No work today, but a busy day ahead with lots of cards to make and designs to finalise! Happy Wednesday folks and thanks for stopping by!
Carole X


  1. Such a pretty card Carole! Loving all the different textures you have used and coordinated beautifully!x

  2. Hi Carole,
    Sorry so late getting to you sweetie. It has been very hectic for two days with the grandson (have him everyday) and visitors. Tonights visitors stayed till after midnight and that is why I am so late doing my comments.
    Anyway what a fab post today, I have enjoyed reading about the lovely garden inhabitants. We have just one massive fir tree left at the bottom of our garden and although we don't have nesting birds we always have tons of beauties in there as they come faithfully every day to feed and play. We have fitted up 3feeding items and always provide other foods loose on the top of the shed near the tree also. They love it and often can be seen eating then jumping into a puddle water for a wash if it has rained beforehand. I am sat here now and can here them all squabbling and its only 5am.
    Anyway I love your card. The colours are lovely and the felt flower is a perfect embellishment.
    Hope you have a good day Hugs Linda