Wednesday, December 10, 2008

CC195 Winter Birds

Dang!!! It's been awhile. I've been sick. It hasn't been as nasty as bronchitis or anything. It's a mid-annoying, lingering head cold that just won't stop. JEEPERS!!!! *whine*

I received my beau-delicious paper from i {heart} papers, brand new to Kate's stock. It's subtle and elegant, called Diamonds and Pearls. I used this amazing pewter ribbon for the simplest card ever. Sometimes, with such beautiful supplies it just nice to let them shine simply.

stamps; winter birds (inkadinkado IHP)
paper; diamond and pearls (masterpiece studios IHP), pearlescent onyx (paper accents)
ink; black onyx (versafine by tsukineko), slate (adirondack by ranger)
accessories; pewter ribbon (may arts IHP), silver brads (making memories)

I love this owl stamp from Winter Birds. I've seen it used several times by different stampers, and I've thought - how perfect - every single time. This is unusual for me, to use birds at all. My kids laughed at me when this set arrived and I said I liked the owl. They know birds aren't my favourite, and I've never willingly bought a bird stamp set.

True story;

I was 4 or 5 years old and my family drove into the country to visit my dad's cousin, who owned a turkey farm. I don't know how it happened, but somehow I ended up being surrounded by turkeys. An entire flock of turkeys started chasing me. Those suckers were huge!!!!! GINORMOUS to a little guy! It was a terrifying experience. Shortly after that, we were visiting my grandparents. My brother locked me in my grandpa's big cage of prize winning budgies. They landed on me and I I thought for certain they would peck my eyes out! I know! There's no record of a flock of killer budgies, but try explaining that to a 4 year old who is out of their mind with fear! I've not been fond of birds since.

The catharsis;

I was visiting my other grandparents in Ontario the year after my marriage. It was midmorning and there had been quite the rain storm during the night. I drove into town with my dad and we saw a neighbouring farmer in a field near the road with his bob cat scooping up SOMETHING. I looked closer, and he was scooping up dead turkeys by the hundreds. I thought, 'What the heck?!!!' My dad explained that turkeys are so stupid that when they are in the rain if they look up and their nostrils get filled with water, they will drown. It was a heavy rainfall that accomplished this remarkable thing. Serves those DUMB BIRDS right - says the scared 4 year old!

Our house is close to a provincial park, and there is lots of wildlife. We keep getting many different kinds of birds visiting our yard. I'm starting to enjoy them. I figure, I'll be all grown up someday!

stamps; winter birds (inkadinkado), christmas expressions (CHF)
paper; sahara sand (SU!), cryogen ivory (unknown), cardstock vellum, pearlescent onyx (paper accents)
ink; onyx (versafine by tsukineko), very vanilla, sahara sand (SU!)
accessories; irridescent ice ep, black brads, illuminations wheel (SU!), french vanilla brads (bazzill), nestabilities (spellbinders), swiss dots, snowflakes ep folder (provocraft)


Cathleen said...

Oh Wow! these are both stunning cards! Love them

Debra said...

Beautiful cards, Loretta! I ordered this set a few days ago and I'm so anxious for it to arrive, especially now that I've seen these creations of yours (I feel a CASE coming on)! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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