Sunday, January 29, 2012

I love a sunburnt country

It was Australia Day this week, and a time for all Aussies to reflect on how blessed we truly are to live in such an amazing country.  It's a time to celebrate what's great about living in the lucky country - a time for parties, for BBQs with mates and permission for that inner yobbo to stand tall - so that's why the theme for the new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox is


I love Australia. The lyrics to "I Still Call Australia Home" by Peter Allen move me to tears as does the welcome home message from a Qantas pilot, even if I have only been 'next door' to New Zealand for 2 days! The beauty of this country astounds me. I spend a lot of time trying to capture the beauty both above and below the water with my camera.

I think Dorothea McKellar said it best in her poem My Country:

I love a sunburnt country
A land of sweeping plains
Of rugged mountain ranges
Of droughts and flooding rains
I love her far horizons
I love her jewel-sea
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

The DT at The Squirrel and The Fox were lucky enough to have brand new Aussie images from Make It Crafty to play with for this challenge. I merged three of the images to create a truly Aussie scene.

I thought this lovely Jillaroo looked deep in thought so I paired her with a 'Thinking of You" sentiment. I love the way this scene came together. I was careful to scale the wombats to true size - did you realise they were that big? The average wombat weighs about 27kg (that's approximately 60lbs).

The image was coloured with copics, and edges sponged with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. Cardstock, ribbon and rivets were from my stash.

I hope you'll join us with your Australian or Party inspired creation this fortnight.

Entered into the following challenges:
Crafty Boots - Inspired by a song
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - Thinking of you/Missing you
CCEE Stampers - Aussie
Stamp n Doodle - Animal

Until next time,


CraftyDaffy said...

Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Boots Challenges with your lovely card. It has such a nice rustic feel and the image is colored beautifully! xx Denise

Carla S. said...

Fantastic card, Tracey! I love the images you merged and the scene you created! Wonderful coloring! Belated happy Australia Day to you!

Tracy said...

Fabulous card! The images look so great together and you did a wonderful job coloring them. I really like the added eyelets at the bottom. Great effect! WOW, I though wombats were rather little guys. They weigh as much as my lab! :-) Hugs!

Dee's Craft Room said...

Such a gorgeous card, really lovely design and makes me think of Australia. Thank you for sharing your card with us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


Jacq said...

Hi Tracey,
Oh My Goodness this is Simply Gorgeous!!! Love the scene you've created with Zoes Fabulous images,love the dp, the colour scheme is perfect. Love the layout and those eyelets are fab. Coloured to perfection as always. Loved the poem by the way.
Hugs Jacq xxxx

Lisa M. (aka. Lisa @ Farm Fresh) said...

This is so beautiful! Love your merged scene!!

Girl Scientist said...

What a gorgeous image, thanks for joining us at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards!

Kathy Bradley said...

Your card is adorable and colored perfectly. And, the picture of your sweet puppy, Loki, is adorable too! Thanks for joining us at CCEE - and we look forward to seeing you again.

Joanne said...

Great card, you really did a lovely job! And you are right, the image matches the sentiment perfectly! Super coloring too! So glad you played along with us at CC&CC. Aloha, Joanne