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Free as a Bird Thank You for Paper Players #462

Hi Everyone.  Happy Sunday.

It's the fabulous Joanne's turn to host our Paper Players challenge today and it's theme week:

I decided to keep this clean and simple and allow the Free As a Bird image to be the undisputed focal point of the card.  Mind you, I couldn't help using my new dies as a frame :-)  I colored the birds with my Caran D'Ache pencils and added the simple sentiment.
Here's my card:
Free as a Bird (1 of 1)
As usual, the design team have some fabulous inspiration for you:

On a personal note:

In June we were lucky enough to have a pair of Robin's nest on one of the wreaths on the front door.  They drove the cats mad!  At first it was because they could see them through the glass in the door going backwards and forwards as they built their nest.  At night, they could see their shadows as they roosted in the nest.  Then, along came the chicks and they heard the chicks and then could see them raise their little heads everytime a parent came along with a nibble.   What was really interesting, is that it was very hard to see the nest hidden amongst the foliage of the wreath - take a look:

Can you see the nest? (1 of 1)

Can you see the nest?

How about now if I change the angle a little:

Can you see it now? (1 of 1)

You can just see a little of it poking through the leaves.  What was surprising was just how big it was.  We didn't really notice that until we took it down.  It was so perfect inside:

It's perfect (1 of 1)

Really amazing.   We are pleased to say that the Robin pair managed to successfully breed 3 babies and we were lucky enough to watch them all fly the coop.  The last one was very tentative and needed lots of encouragement from its parents as it sat on the grass.  I'm sorry I couldn't get a better shot of it:

Last of the babies flying the nest (1 of 1)

Once the baby had flown into the bushes, both Mom and Dad came back to the nest for a last look around to make sure it really was empty and their job was done.  We had learned that some Robins do re-use a nest, so we left it up - just in case.  Sadly, they didn't raise another family in it.  We were lucky to also have a pair of barn swallows nesting on the front porch as well and they managed to raise two babies.  We are so blessed to have nature so close.

I'll be back later with another card.  In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight.



Card recipe:

  • Card stock:  Neenah Solar White 110#
  • Stamps:  Free as a Bird - Stampin' Up!
  • Ink:  Ink on 3
  • Colored Pencils:  Caran D'Ache Luminance