Monday, 25 February 2013

Owl Miss You, Buddy

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.

I 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.

On 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” set.

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 ~


Wendy L said...

This is such a sweet or 'tweet' card, Thanks for joining us at Love to Create this week,

Debora said...

Such a cute card, and great paper piecing. Thanks for sharing with us at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner. Good luck!

Adrienne Crist said...

What a Darling little owl! Love the paper pieced scarf and CAS design! Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrappin Corner this week!
Adrienne DT

Desire Fourie said...

Such a wonderful creation. Loving the colours and embellishments. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
{Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Senior DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Tammy Ortiz said...

oh how sweet. My daughter loves owls. I am sorry for your loss.
We are so pleased to have you this week.
I love your Design. I love the colors and the image is so cute.

we hope to see you back next week.
Hugs Tammy Ortiz - Owner of Tammy Scrapin Corner


Lovely! Thanks for joining CHNC Extra challenge this month.

Hazel said...

This is lovely - love the owl's little scarf! Thanks for the entry for my CHNC challenge extra for February - hope to see you again soon. x

fabiola jaques said...

thanks to play with us at CSAYL with your nice and so cute création, hope to see you next time, biz

Heather said...

Great CAS card! Though, I do know from experience that paper piecing is not "simple". : ) Sorry to hear about your owl, but the card made in his honor is a fitting tribute. Thanks for playing with CSAYL.

Jenny said...

Die Karte gefällt mir sehr gut.
Danke für deine Teilnahme bei CSAYL: Liebe Grüße Jenny

Mian said...

This is such a cute winter card-love the owl and the paper piecing!

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Love to Create Design Team Member

Deb said...

Beautiful card!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!

Vicky F. AKA Crafting Vicky said...

Super cute card! I really love the wonderful paperpiecing.

Thanks for joining us at Tammy's Scrapin Corner this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

Julie E said...

What a lovely card with that scarf and the LO. A wonderful tribute too. Thank you for joining us at CSAYL.

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

So cute!!! Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!


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