Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Less is More - #268 - What's outside your window

The current challenge over at Less is More has the theme of 'What's outside your window' this current week. Either real life or in your imagination. I went for real life as we get hours of pleasure from watching the antics of a variety of birds in the garden, not least when they all queue up for a bath. The Stampin' Up stamp I used for my card sums it up really - they flick the water everywhere (some of the cleverer birds just sit underneath the bird bath and take a shower) and it's a constant job to keep topping up the water level for them.

Plus, over the past two weeks, we've spotted that our resident male robin has been joined by a 'wifelet' - so Spring must be in the air if he's let her onto his territory!

Bird bath plus robins - that's the focus of my Less is More entry this week:
I used:

- 4" x 5.75" white card blank

- a slightly smaller piece of white card stock, embossed using SU's 'Square Lattice' folder   and glued onto the card front

- a stamp from SU's 'For the Birds' set, stamped using Memento 'Tuxedo Black' ink and coloured in using Whispers Markers (they really do have the finest small tip on one end, ideal for colouring in little images)

- die cut the image using a die from the Lil' Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set

- attached the image panel to the card front using thin sticky pads

I just looked back through the blog and it's just over three years since I posted about a really unusual phenomenon which occurred in said bird bath:

I know a good few of you were already visiting the blog/Playground back then - but for those who weren't and might want to see the original post about the 'ice spike' which appeared overnight - it's HERE. And it also appears on Wikipedia - fame for the Playground!

Di
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38 comments:

  1. Super cute Birdie bath. Is it really 3 yrs ago! doesn't time fly when your having fun. Hugs Mrs A.

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  2. Our resident robin has become two, too, in spring a young robin's fancy turns to thoughts of......
    But the birds in our garden seem to just drink from the birdbath rather than bathing in it. And a lot of birds drink from it, thank goodness we've not had too many icy mornings this year because I always have to go out with hot water to thaw it out for them,
    I wasn't in the playground when the ice spike happened, it must have been just before I joined. I've never heard of that before and it's a quite amazing phenomenon
    Jane
    PS there is so much to talk about in this post I almost forgot to mention your card - perfect CAS with a gorgeous fun image!

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  3. Gardens and wildlife are such wonderful inspiration Di. Your card is a CAS beauty. I have learnt something new today..ice spikes...and it's only 7am. How interesting and glad you got a photo. Sun's up have a lovely day xx

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  4. A lovely CAS card - such a cute image. Your ice spike is spectacular too - I've not heard of them before.
    Kath x

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  5. Like you we love watching the birds and wildlife in the garden and paddocks Di and it offers so much crafty inspiration. You ice pick is indeed an unusual phenomenon, a fluke of Nature.

    A lovely CAS card and that embossing looks so textural.

    B x

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  6. Love this CAS card. The texture from the embossing folder is great and the image is gorgeous.

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  7. What a fabulous LIM card Di. I, too, can see all the birds bathing and feeding like crazy at the moment.

    I loved that ice article and had forgotten all about your fame from it! Well done that woman!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  8. How time flies, I remember the ice pick! What a fab stamp and your card is so CAS-lovely. I might use my new die for my entry!

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  9. Lovely CAS card Di...and the embossing folder you have used makes you want to reach out and touch! Haven't seen an ice spike before!....you learn something new every day!

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  10. A stunning card, love the embossing. My parents had a similar phenomenon in their bird bath this winter, it caught the light and was reflecting blue, so from the house they saw this strange blue light hovering just above the birdbath! Cara x

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  11. What a beautiful card! I love the image and colours, and what a lovely sentiment. Fab LIM entry!

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  12. Yay for robins, they really DO mean Spring is here don't they? That ice spike is amazing!

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the image and the idea of the bird shower. I'm sitting here watching our little birds, meanwhile I'm having to fill up the seeds more and more often. Will have to start charging them for meals soon. Lets hope they eat the greenfly in the summer.
    The ice spike is amazing, never knew you were so famous.

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  14. Oooo what an adorable image and such a perfect sentiment too, Luv Sam x

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  15. Di, I LOVE this card - the embossing of a total white bg really makes your sweet image pop! And that;s a fabulous story about the bird bath - amazing!!

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  16. Super cas card Di! Hadn't realised how famous you are!!

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  17. I love your bird bath Di and that very pretty embossing in the background. That ice spike is amazing! I must say I have never heard of this phenomenon before, and this post was about six monthe before I started blogging. x

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  18. Lovely card textures make this card !

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  19. Such a cute scene...and I love the texture too! Great CAS design. Lovely to see you at Less Is More, Di :)

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  20. Lovely card with these birdie at the shower and the sweet embossing. The sentiment is wonderful!
    This ice spike photo is just breathtaking!! :O
    .... Poor birdies, they haven't had fun with it :)

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  21. Hi Di this is a stunning card. I do love robins on cards they are so cute. Take care. Hugs Jackie

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  22. Oh yes I remember it well, have you put up with me for over three years, how time fly's.
    Well I nearly changed the habit of a blogging life time this morning, spotted your card and felt I should comment immediately but then I came to my senses and waited till this evening.
    Totally and utterly wonderful, looks really fabulous.

    Kath x

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  23. Beautiful CAS card Di. Love that image and embossed background. Fabulous view from your window.
    I've just been to visit my Dad and he was planning what he's going to do when he 'escapes' and top of his list is a trip to the garden centre to buy a bird bath xx

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  24. A gorgeous CAS card Di, I love the stamp and the embossing. I wish that ef was still available.
    Jean x

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  25. Fun post about the ice spike!

    Love the texture on your card, and that sweet bird bath image..such a pretty card, Di!

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  26. Hello Di,

    What a cute little card! I've had birds visit my feeders but someone stole my birdbath a few years ago. Can you imagine.

    Cool ice spike - I'll have to check out the post as I don't remember it.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  27. What an adorable card. The image is a treat and I really like the sentiment. Your embossing folder is my all time favourite.

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  28. What an adorable card. The image is a treat and I really like the sentiment. Your embossing folder is my all time favourite.

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  29. Gorgeous CAS card Di, loving the stamp and the embossing folder you have used!
    Off now to read the ice spike post, it looks amazing!
    Janice x

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  30. That's one gorgeous image and a stunning card Di, perfect take on outside your window and as always thanks so much for sharing and playing at Less is More this week. Hope you are keeping well. Sarah xx

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  31. Beautiful CAS card. Really cute image and I love the embossing folder you've used - one of my favourites.

    I've never seen an ice spike before - amazing! xx

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  32. Your card is CAS-tastic Di. I love watching the antics of birds too. But...that water phenomenon is amazing.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at Less is More.
    Sharon xx

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  33. What a sweet and fun card! Love your embossed background too. The ice formation is pretty amazing as well Lou x (Guest designer at LIM)

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  34. Di what an adorable image. I've not come across that sentiment before - lovely isn't it.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
    Anne
    "Less is More"

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  35. It's taken me a while to get around to seeing what's outside your window!
    This is just gorgeous Di, that embossing really highlights the image!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  36. Lovely card. I have dirt and some river rock in my backyard and brick in my front yard, not terribly inspiring but still I'm sad I missed this challenge.

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