Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Greetings - I am so glad you choose to come and visit my blog.

The subject of this post is a New Zealand indigenous bird, the Pukeko, also known as a Swamp Hen in other parts of the world.

I love this stylized stamp of these birds which so captures their cheeky nature.

I ran the card through the Flourished Frame folder to emboss it, and stamped the birds inside the frame. 

The birds were then painted with watercolour crayons, mixing a deep blue and black, then to try and give the sheen on the coats that these birds have IRL, I then over-painted them with irridescent blue.

The sentiment was stamped off centre in Memento Tuxedo Black as the birds were the focus of this card.

I am linking this to:

Thank you for call in -= May your day be blessed.


Chrissie said...

Hi Maxine...
These cute Pukeko(e)s (not sure of the plural of Pukeko) remind me so much of a fabulous holiday we had in NZ not too long ago. I have a fridge magnet of a really cool one!
It's a cute card but sadly you've linked it to too many challenges for us at "Less is More" where we have a maximum of 5 which may be combined.

Thanks and please join us again.
"Less is More"

Mandi said...

I'm afraid you have linked too many challenges for us
We only alloow a maximum of 5
Love that bird nevertheless

Many thanks
"Less is More"

Sonia said...

Fabby card! love the image. Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck

Feebsy said...

Fab card. I'll be honest I googled Pukeko as I wasn't sure what they were (New Zealand birds not a strong point for me!) and you've really captured their colouring to a tee. Love the embossed frame too it's gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


Jane said...

Cute stamp, I like the embossed frame.
You can view my card here

Karen Giron said...

This is darling! I love the embossed frame and your water coloring is perfection! Thanks for joining us at There She Goes :)

Mynn xx said...

What a darling duo! This card is just fabulous--your dry embossed frame is amazing! Thanks for joining us at CCM! :)

Scrappy Scatty said...

Lovely card
Thank you for joining us at Incy Wincy this week
Love Jan

Shelly Schmidt said...

So cute- I have never heard of this type of bird, but can image seeing them walking on by! Love how you framed them with the embossing!

Elizabeth said...

Cute - we had baby pukekos on our drive this morning... even cuter!

Lovely Linda said...

Awww Maxine - this is so cute - I love those cheeky birds and your gorgeous colouring! The embossed frame is perfect! When we were kids we used to call them 'pooh-kickers!'...of course we have grown up now...LOL! Thanks for making me smile today - and a little bit homesick! {{{hugs}}}

Torico said...

The embossed frame is gorgeous and the image is soooo cute! Thank you for joining us at this weeks TSG challenge.:)

Scrapcat 1 said...

Well I learned what the national bird of New Zealand is today, I think they are very cute.
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and we hope to see you again soon.

J said...

I love this card - the birds almost look like they have been embroidered... thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


Cyndi said...

Very cute and creative card! Thanks for joining us this week at Lollipop Crafts!

Pauline said...

Fabulous card, love the embossed frame, and the fun bird images.

Kathyk said...

Cute card and lovely image - hope you'll enter another week


Jessie/knightrone said...

Super cute!! Thanks for playing along with this week's There She Goes challenge!!

goldie said...

Really cute birdies!
Thank's for joining us at The Crazy Tic Tac Toe Challenge this week!Good luck!

Theresa said...

Totally adorable! Love the embossing. Thanks for playing along with this week's There She Goes challenge!!

Lin said...

I had never heard of a pukeko before. How lovely to come and be educated whilst enjoying your fabulous design. Beautifully coloured birds, and they look fabulous inside that embossed frame.

Thank you for joining us at Lexi's Creations and Crafty Cardmakers.

Lin xx

Amy said...

The pukeko's are so cute! And so nicely framed in the green card.