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Sunday, 24 June 2012

Vintage Birds

My oldest daughter Jessica works at The Birds of Prey Foundation giving tours to school groups, feeding, caring and bird flight demonstrations.  Last Sunday during a school tour she fell and broke her radial head (the round disc in your elbow).  She is a tough cookie, she completed the tour before going to the hospital.  They thought it could be mended with pins but had to replace the radial head.  I knew I would make her a card with birds on it.

Today on SCS the featured stamper is Laura ODonnell I was inspired by this card  she made with birds.  Check her gallery out, it is full of inspiration!

I stamped Impression Obsessions Hang in There F8726  and Love You C8558 with TsukinekoVersafine Vintage Sepia and clear embossed it. We are all avid bird lovers at my house and I just love this image!!! I colored the clothespins with a Memento Desert Sand marker and lightly sponged the edges with Desert Sand and a tad of Memento Rich Cocoa while it was still in a Spellbinders Rectangle die. Added a little red heart that was sponged with Rich Cocoa. Popped up the image on a Spellbinders Rectangle.  The Background is Impression Obsessions Cover-A-Card Music CC029 done the same way as the main image and added some piercing for some faux stitching and connected it with a Rich Cocoa marker.  SCS's free For All Challenge is  F4A122-Piercin' it .  I punched a border with an EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch and added some gorgeous pleated ribbon, lace, pin.  I popped it up on a card base and decided it still needed something and added a Spellbinders Parisan Accent to crown the image and a rhinestone to the bow.

We have Tree Swallows that nest every year in our backyard. Sadly we had a storm and the Mama bird didn't make it through the storm, so these eggs were done for. I had to remove the eggs so the male could find another mate and nest in the same box~ Papa bird found another mate and is happily nesting again.   

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!


  1. Beautiful elegant card Ellen:)
    Cute image:)Lovely paper and ribbon:)
    Big hug,

  2. Just a perfect and most gorgeous card for your daughter. So sorry about her accident. That had to hurt.
    I'm a bird lover, too, and think these images are fabulous.

    Glad you shared the awesome bird photos. I hate to hear about the Mama bird but looks like the male moved on and is back to the business of creating. :-) It's a 'man' thing.

  3. Hi Ellen, first your card is gorgeous. Love your bows, stunning ! I really love brown & blues together. Second, I hope your daughter makes a quick recovery, but sounds like it will take time with the surgery. Ouch ! Third, what a beautiful photo of the swallow and such a sweet story about them as well. Have a great week, Shirley x

  4. A gorgeous card Ellen, I love the image, so cute!!
    I hope your daughter is feeling better.
    Hugs, Berlinde

  5. The colors are perfect - blue and brown are so pretty.
    Poor daughter
    Poor Mama bird:(

  6. what a very beautiful card again ellen.
    that ribbon is fabulous and such a great color.

    greetings karin

  7. What a gorgeous card, Ellen...the bird image with the sponging around the edges looks awesome and I love the colors, ribbon, and diecuts you used!!!!! I am sooo sorry about your daughter's broken elbow...sounds like quite a surgery....I'm sending lots of hugs and prayers for a complete recovery!!!!

  8. Beautiful, Ellen!!! She will love this. Interesting about her elbow. I fell and broke mine, but waited a month to see a doctor. Don't ask......then I had 2 months of therapy. LOLOL Hope she has a really speedy and good recovery. Your card is a gorgeous keepsake too.


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