Monday, 19 October 2015

Kookaburra's and Unstampabelles Challenge#51

I love Kookaburra's - and their call. I have grown up with them around me in the bush, and had several up-close and personal encounters. They are quite an intelligent bird and always seem to call at the most (in)appropriate moment: aka - when you have just done something stupid!

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They are kingfisher's of course

I love that poem by James Lister Cuthbertson - I learnt it by heart as a 11 yo
He emigrated to Australia from  Scotland in 1874 and wrote this poem in 1880

      The Australian Sunrise
The Morning Star paled slowly, the Cross hung low to the sea,
And down the shadowy reaches the tide came swirling free,
The lustrous purple blackness of the soft Australian night,
Waned in the grey awakening that heralded the light;
Still in the dying darkness, still in the forest dim,
The pearly dew of the dawning clung to each giant limb,
Till the sun came up from ocean, red with the cold sea mist,
And smote on the limestone ridges, and the shining tree-tops kissed;
Then the fiery Scorpion vanished, the magpie’s note was heard,
And the wind in the she-oak wavered and the honeysuckles stirred;
The airy golden vapour rose from the river breast,
The kingfisher came darting out of his crannied nest,
And the bulrushes and reed-beds put off their sallow grey
And burnt with cloudy crimson at the dawning of the day.

Here is my version of the Kookaburra in the early morning sunrise:

It is a die cut from Ultimate Crafts, die cut from black and then gold and the gold inserted into/replacing the black in sections

The sentiment is also a die cut  -  or two in fact.
The top one is die cut out of the white card and a second die cut in yellow inserted back in

I imagine (s)he is about to laugh at us all for missing such a glorious sunrise!

I found the instructions to make these sun rays on Pinterest
The inks are Tim Holtz Distress inks
I used a light yellow one first and then the darker one for the rays - working from the centre, and using the scrap paper to mask and  guide the placement of the rays - the distance between is just judged by eye...

In addition, I made a cute tag 

The die for the sun  - by Inspire - only arrived a few days ago and I had to use it!
It is cut from some scrap card that has Dylusion paint on it
(Made for another project I will show you next week)

Isn't this little die so cute  - Siblings by Intricutz (Couture Creations)

This sentiment is a Tonic  die
The background is washed in with some Distress inks scribbled on a block and painted on quickly
Some lace on the top and ribbon for the tag

Fun and quick to make!

Why not go over to 

to have a look at the latest lot of inspiration available from the Design Team
for the current challenge - The Sun!

It truly is inspiring and there are many opportunities to win or be the DT favourite as there are not that many entries yet.......not sure why

Any ideas? 

There are so many photo's in the magazines of cards with sun's on them at the minute
Perhaps we are trend setters!!

I will enter these in the following challenges:
Inkspirational: Glow - bird card glows! So does my sun in the tag!
Art by Miran: Anything Goes - both
Creative Fingers: Anything Goes - both


Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW love how you made the sun rays...I must try this technique
Dr Sonia

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

Thank you for taking part in our art by miran challenge,
I very much enjoyed looking at your project and all
the time and detail you put into it, good luck hugs tracy

sandie said...

I love that sunshine idea and it works so well with the dark silhouette. Also your lay out with the die cuts. Lovely 'glow' card for our challenge at Ink

Bellibone said...

So beautiful!! I love all the details you put into it and your coloring is lovely! Thank you so much for taking part in our Art by MiRan Challenge ♥

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Pia Larsen said...

This is a cutie of a tag :)
Thank you for sharing with us at Inkspirational Challenges. I do hope you'll join us for our next challenge as well.
Pia xx

cm said...

Your card and tag are certainly a-glow with delightful images and wonderful colours! The rays are especially gorgeous with your fabulous inking technique. Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity in the Inkspirational gallery!

Tindaloo said...

Awesome inking, love your card and the tag! :) Thanks for playing along at Creative Fingers! Hope you will join us again! And check back to see if you are one of our winners. Sorry about the late comment, migraines got in the way ♥ I got a huge blogcandy if you wanna join in! Tindaloo