Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A Murder of Crows ?

I love that groups of certain things have such great names. A group of birds is usually thought of as a 'flock' however, a group of Crows is known as a 'Murder' of crows - isn't that fabulous !  I've added a list of the collective names for other species of bird at the bottom, in case you're interested.

Today's project is another batch of Christmas cards, these I'm also taking along to try and sell at the Christmas Fayre at a local nursing home next saturday.   The reason for the title of today's post is that I used this fabulous stamp from Sparkle and Sprinkle - crows in santa hats - I love it.

Once again I've used a Clean and Simple (CAS) approach as they're cheaper/lighter to post - it's great that the cheapest postage is sufficient when I need to send out so many cards at this time of year, so CAS is perfect.

I stamped the row of crows with the sentiment underneath on to white cardstock and coloured just the santa hats in red using my Copics.  I then layered this up on a slightly larger mat of Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  I added this to a simple white C6 size base card and my design was complete !  I love the simple elegance of the design.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my project today, hope you've had fun.

Just for fun, here's a list of other great names for groups of different species of bird.

A bevy of quail
A bouquet of pheasants [when flushed]
A brood of hens
A building of rooks
A cast of hawks [or falcons]
A charm of finches
A colony of penguins
A company of parrots
A congregation of plovers
A cover of coots
A covey of partridges [or grouse or ptarmigans]
A deceit of lapwings
A descent of woodpeckers
A dissimulation of birds
A dole of doves
An exaltation of larks
A fall of woodcocks
A flight of swallows [or doves, goshawks, or cormorants]
A gaggle of geese [wild or domesticated]
A host of sparrows
A kettle of hawks [riding a thermal]
A murmuration of starlings
A murder of crows
A muster of storks
A nye of pheasants [on the ground]
An ostentation of peacocks
A paddling of ducks [on the water]
A parliament of owls
A party of jays
A peep of chickens
A pitying of turtledoves
A raft of ducks
A rafter of turkeys
A siege of herons
A skein of geese [in flight]
A sord of mallards
A spring of teal
A tidings of magpies
A trip of dotterel
An unkindness of ravens
A watch of nightingales
A wedge of swans [or geese, flying in a "V"]
A wisp of snipe


Kathyk said...

Can't picture being ABLE to "flush" many pheasants (Tee Hee!!! - sorry).

LOVE these cards, those crows are magnificent, Wynneth, especially layered on the Cherry Cobbler


Annie said...

fabby cards Wynneth, even better for real too! thanks for yesterday and hope to see you again soon. love the list .. . just wish the starlings in my garden would keep it down to a murmur rather than an all out din!
hugs, annie x

Linda said...

Lovely collection of CAS card - it's amazing what we can find out and I enjoyed reading through your list - we learn something new everyday - not sure how much of it will be retained though!

Katiejane said...

Well I have sure been educated today LOL. Love your CAS style and best of luck at the craft fayre, I'm sure they'll whizz off the table.
Katie x

Craftyrose said...

I'd definitely murder a few crows!!! Love the CAS style of these cards Wynneth! xx