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My son called me out to the front yard to witness something he spied . . . I’m not good with heights, but I climbed the ladder at his insistence . . . he has such a tender heart for critters . . .


Aren’t they wondermous?  The mama was higher up in the tree, warbling at me . . . I don’t know why Taylor and I were whispering back and forth, all a-hush and breathless . . . Every once and a while, from ground level, Taylor and I will see just the top of her head peeking out, as she’s nestled down in there, keepin’ her eggs all snug and warm.

Sometimes, things just like this are what inspire me in my artwork . . .

Branch image from "Nature" Clear Stamp Set by Rhonna Farrer for Autumn Leaves; Nest from Bird Set by Kodomo, Inc.; Tiny Bird image by Brenda Walton for K & Co./Inkadinkado;  Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Dark Brown; Watercolor Pencils by Derwent; Fabriano Mediovalis Reply Card (StarLitStudio on Ebay is an excellent source for 25 ct. packs of these lush Italian note cards with matching envies); Pink Gingham by SU!; Paper Blossoms by Doodlebug Designs; Sakura Quickie Glue Pen; Prisma Glitter; Foam Mounting Tape; Metal Edge Tag by Sticko/EK Success

That sweet nest in the tree out front just "sparked" me!

I created a simple wash of color as a back-drop for the focal, and when it was dry, the branch was stamped over the top of that.  The nest was stamped, watercolored, and trimmed out from a scrap piece of Fabriano–always save the scraps from botched projects for times like this! *wink*

It’s hard to see it in the photo, but I did glitter the egg–I love how it shimmers IRL on the card.  These little pink paper posies remind me of cherry blossoms, altho the cherry blossom trees along the driveway are all spent now–for a few days they were absolutely glorious, and when the wind blew it was like being in a pink blizzard!  All the blossoms and the gingham bow are secured with Mini Glue Dots–love those things . . .

People sometimes ask where I find inspiration for my designs . . . more often than not, these days, I find it in things like this. *grin*  I want to encourage you to look around, in unusual places, to find something that sparks ya’!

Wanna play? *wink*

P.S.  In answer to the question re: the spiral daisy turned lime?  It’s a stamp!  I stamped and white embossed the image onto lime peel paper.  That’s the cool thing about rubbah–with it you can make exactly the patterned paper you need, if you don’t have it on hand . . .  or it doesn’t exist . . .  *grin*

  1. I’ve seen this card before (just so lovely), but I haven’t seen the inspiration nest with eggs — so cool!!! How fun to see something so beautiful and turn it into an equally beautiful card!!! Totally awesome!!!

  2. Hi,
    Last weekend my grand-daughter showed me a robin’s nest at their house. It was in a flower pot on top of a shelf on their deck. I told her that I wished I had a nest at my house. Yesterday while I was at work my daughter called me and told me we have a nest built on top of the light fixture on our deck. This is the first time I have seen a robins nest anywhere in our yard. I have been having fun watching mama robin come and go. Keep us upated on the eggs progress.

  3. OH Julie what a great picture!! Mama Robin was not so happy with you but at least she did not bomb dive at you ;)
    BEAUTIFUL card!!!
    I just love your creations!

  4. Taylor has a good eye. It’s always so exciting to find a nest and this one is truly amazing Jules. The card is also and I’m happy to see that you are finding such inspiration in nature. Keep them coming.

  5. Gorgeous picture, beautiful card. The color of those eggs is absolutely my favorite color in the universe, and as close as many manufacturers have come, I truly don’t believe man has ever been able to reproduce it exactly. It must be a Mother Nature exclusive!!

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