Today I went to the rookery to collect the post and was surprised by the intense quiet that permeated the room. Usually it was bustling with birds coming and going, squawking and cawing, but today it was eerily silent. Much to my dismay, I soon discovered the source of the somber atmosphere. Smokester, our oldest post owl, had died last night. All the owls stood silently around his body whilst the ravens sat quietly in the rafters. Smokester had been been a post owl at the Guild Hall since the Lady Commander of Copics and I had rescued him from an enraged Ravenger many many years ago. He had become our most trustworthy owl, surviving through numerous attacks to get important messages delivered. We always suspected he may have had a little magic protecting him. I decided I needed some craft therapy in his honour.
started this CAS card by paper piecing the branch using the My Little
Shoebox “Home Tweet Home” set. The stamp actually has leaves, but I cut
them off since this was supposed to be a winter card. I then stamped the
owl from the Lawn Fawn “Winter Owl” set and paper pieced him using
different scraps of patterned paper I had on my desk (this is precisely
why I hoard keep
these scraps). I then cut a hole in the card using my Cricut and the
Art Philosophy cartridge and stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn
“Winter Fox” set. This card earned me +943 whitespace exp points.
the inside I stamped a sentiment using the BugBites “Mistletoe” set and
the “My Pink Stamper “Christmas Wishes” set. To be honest, I kinda regretted the sentiment combination, because they don't really match. Ah well... I then added some pine
tree branches on the side using the Dylusions “Christmas Accessories”
I stamped those same pine branches on the envelope to make it “woodsy”.
This little bird will be a hoot in the following challenges:
Christmas Stampin’ All Year Long Challenge #4: Clean & Simple
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #257: Simplify
Milk Coffee Make It Cute Challenge
CHNC Challenge Extra: February
Spark Your Creativity Now! Challenge #6: Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge #54: Wrap It Up
Paper Playtime Challenge #4: Sentiment Stamps
Tammy’s Scrapin’ Corner Challenge #51: Paper Piecing
Smokester’s presence in the rookery will be missed. It’s always hard when we lose a member of our crafty family.
~ Guild Master Crystal ~