Saturday, March 13, 2010

An osprey in a tree and a tri-panel card

My husband and I live in a very rural part of North Central Florida and enjoy seeing quite a variety of wild life from our yard. One of our favorite annual visitors is the pair of osprey that return to their nest in tall dead tree in our yard. Because these birds are protected, we couldn't take down this tree even if we wanted to. We enjoy the birds so much though, we have never considered having the tree removed. It is near the house, but not close enough to hit if the tree fell.
This pair of birds have been coming to their nest in our yard for about ten years now and we were a bit concerned when one of the osprey returned this February and sat on the branch for three days calling for the other. The other did not arrive and the osprey left. A week later, it returned and repeated it's cries. Again, its mate did not come.
Hubby and I were so saddened by this as these birds mate for life and it seemed that something had happened to one of them during the months they are away from the nest. Then the osprey returned to the nest a third time and on the second day, the other one arrived!! I was thrilled to see them flying around the tree together and then settling into the nest...I suppose to do whatever birds do in their nest after not seeing each other for months. LOL!
Anyway, I wanted to share this story and if you are still with me, I have posted a couple of photos below of the tree and nest as it appears from my back door. I can't resist looking up every time I leave the house. This also a pretty impressive sight on a clear night by the light of a full moon! Look closely and you can see one of the birds sitting in the nest!
I also wanted to share a card I made using a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers. It is called a tri-panel card and it was really easy to make. I think it would make a presentation for a gift card. I haven't stamped a sentiment into it because I don't know the occasion yet. I used the SU! stamp set Greenhouse Garden. I love this set and it is often overlooked. It's a lovely collection of two-step flowers that seem to look great in so many colors. I used sage shadow and chocolate chip card stock as the base for the To The Nines dsp, also from SU!
Someone was sweet enough to leave a comment on this post a month after it was posted asking for directions to make this card. Above I stated that it could be found on Splitcoaststampers, but that information is incorrect. I went back and searched for the original source for the tutorial to make this fold and found it on Christine Creations here: 
I'm so sorry for the misinformation. Thanks to Robin for helping me locate the source. Without her question, I would probably never have given proper credit to the creator of this cool fold!

Well, I'm off the do some stamping in my own stamping room today. Did a little organizing this morning and now I'm ready to create. Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Great card! Interesting how that opens up!

  2. Beautiful card -- and I love the story about the birds!!

  3. How exciting that these birds have reconnected! What fun it will be watching them nest!

    Love this stunning card!! Fabulous design and gorgeous colors!!

  4. I love your card!!! The colors are wonderful!! Do you have instructions for this card? Thanks Robin


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