“Quoth the Raven…”

"…wow, this is a cool picture of me."  Ok, that's not the way Edgar wrote the poem, but doesn't this guy look proud of himself?

Raven I absolutely fell in love with this set when I saw it in the mini catalog.  It's not what I usually go for, but something about this raven (and the owl that's also in the set) just hooked me.  And, of course, it reminds me of a story…(Yes, Mother, you know what's coming!)

I grew up in a farming family, so things environmentalists, "city people," and others think are beautiful creations, farmers considered just just nuisances.  Like blooming thistles, animals who don't carry their weight, and, well, certain kinds of birds.  Blackbirds, in particular, tended to ruin fruit on trees if they got there before the farmer did.  One day, my younger brother and I were picking cherries, and a blackbird flew right at my head.  To this day, birds creep me out.  (So it's amazing that I loved this stamp set!)  In my family, ravens, grackles and crows were all lumped together by the adult males under one term – "d*mned old blackbirds."  We weren't allowed to call them that, of course, but that may have slipped out when my little brother asked what I had screamed about that day.  I don't think he ever told on me, though.  He was a great little brother.  Today would have been his 49th birthday, and I'm sure he's smiling down from heaven at this story.

This raven is a wonderful bird, and would never fly at my head.  I knew I wanted some purples in his feathers, but this is the first time I've really missed Taken with Teal.  I used Tempting Turquoise, but it didn't have the bold effect.  Maybe if I had added a little green…

Here are the supplies –
Stamp Set:  Dark & Dreary
Ink:  Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Tempting Turquoise, Peach Parfait, More Mustard classic
Paper:  Peach Parfait, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Sahara Sand card stock; Newsprint designer series paper
Other:  Aqua Painter, Raven lace trim, stampin' dimensionals, 1 3/4", 2 1/2" circle punches; eyelet border punch

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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