Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas swallows

First, let me apologise for the dark pictures - it can be hard to find a bright day in Northern Ireland at this time of year! The theme today is swallows at Christmas. I love this picture and it is so typical of the Victorians. Of course, there aren't any swallows around now, they've all flown South for the Winter, so what on Earth are they doing on a Christmas card? LOL! Just a little memory of the Summer and of the next Summer to come. We have swallows nesting here and I love to see them returning year after year from their long journeys.

Christmas Swallows"

This gorgeous image is of course from The Graphics Fairy's blog - thank you Karen for all these lovely free graphics. I printed a couple of copies and cut out various bits for extra layers to add some depth. That telegraph pole looks very like a cross to me and I love the moody, Winter sky.


The large flowers are handmade from flat white paper flowers coloured with promarkers and layered. The smaller ones are from a bargain shop and were orginally cream, but were also coloured to match.


I love this little bird!

Entered for the following challenges:

Whoopsi Daisy - anything goes at Christmas
Sir Stampalot - Blue & Green
My Craft Spot - Handmade Flower Power


  1. Love the aqua feel of this piece :) Lovely!

    Visiting from BRAG MONDAY at GraphicsFairy, from (chilly) NW Illinois,
    ~Suzanne at WhyCuzICan

  2. I love the colours of this card and the image is beautiful! x x

  3. What a pretty card. Thanks for sharing with us at Whoopsi Daisy this week! Hope you enjoyed the blog hop.
    Karen C

  4. Maddy I love non-traditional coloured Christmas cards and these colours are stunning. The wee bird charm is so pretty and I love your flowers. Lee x

  5. What a great and very different card. Lovely.

  6. Stunning creation. Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot.

  7. A fabulous blue and green card! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  8. Fab Entry, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  9. Gorgeous card,love the colours and handmade flowers.Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week.
    Jayne x

  10. Simply gorgeous! (via Graphics Fairy)

  11. A really lovely creation.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

    B x

  12. Hi Maddy, this is really beautiful. I love those birds. Just reminds me, a couple of weeks ago I watched all the birds congregate on the banks of the Lagan near Central Station in Belfast getting ready for their winter hols. It's a fantastic sight and I've managed to just be there at the right time for the last 3 years.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Sir Stanmpalot, Ruth

  13. A great Christmas creation, love the design and colours. Thanks for sharing it with us at Whoopsi Daisy, hope you enjoyed the Christmas Blog Hop. Hugs Christine x

  14. Goodness, this is just gorgeous! Love the colors you have chosen and all the embellies you have added, wonderful! Thanks so much for playing at WHOOPSI DAISY this week:)

  15. Great creation,

    Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck!


  16. Beautiful! I love all the green you used! That is my MIL's favorite color. She would love this too! Thanks for playing along with us this week at My Craft Spot!


  17. I love the colors! Such a beautiful card and the flowers are a gorgeous touch! Thanks for playing along with us at My Craft Spot! I hope you'll play again this week!

  18. What a lovely Christmas card! The vintage look is super and your flowers look beautiful! I never would have guessed that they were once flat and white!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper
    smallbitsofpaper @ [remove spaces]

  19. Beautiful card!! The flowers are so pretty and I love your soft color combo! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!



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