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!