Good morning everyone,
Well its come
round again National bird feeding month , where we live in Surrey there
has been an invasion of Parakeets. You may assume they need a more
tropical climate than Surrey , apparently not!! As the birds originate
from the foothills of the Himalayas,
they seem to find our mild winters easy to cope with.
They eat berries,
buds, nuts and seeds, all of which are in plentiful supply in the area,
both in the wild and in garden bird feeders, and due to their
size - approximately 40 cm (16 inches) from top to tip of tail, they are
able to compete for food and nesting spaces with our native birds.
It's believed that there are
about 30,000 Ring-necked Parakeets living in the South East of England,
mainly in Surrey, with some flocks also sighted in Sussex and Kent.
one in the picture was photographed from my kitchen window, he was with
his mate (not photographed) they were eying up the garden bird tables
with great interest and popped down a few times to get some breakfast
Hundreds of them have taken up
residence in our local woodlands but food must be thin on the ground for
them to come into the gardens, its the first pair I've ever seen from
indoors before, though you can hear them in the summer quite easily..
Here's my card to celebrate today...
Its a really pretty little stamp by Bildmalarna of a little girl feeding her chicks and seemed ideal for today's project Bildmalarna have a huge range of stamps over at J and C Creations website, many of which are now reduced in price so why not pop over and grab a bargain
You will need:
Bildmalarna Minosa 'Chickens Stamp
Embossed 6' card blank
Spellbinders Floral oval die
Ribbon, paper flowers
Alcohol Pens to colour
I've used a Minosa 'Chickens' Stamp from Bildmalarna and coloured it in with my Spectrum Noirs
colours used were
Hair - TN8, TN7, TN2
Skin - F2, F3
Dress and top
CG1,CG2, LG2,LG5, LY2
Chicks LY2, LY1 , CT3
Basket - GB6, GB7, GB8
this was coloured, I cut the image out with my Floral Ovals die and
mounted it onto an 6 x 6'' square embossed card blank. I added some
ribbon down the side and some flowers in the corner and a few green
pearls to embellish. The sentiment is from an old stamp I've had
forever, and this was cut out with a 1.5 circle hole punch.
All items highlighted can be found on the J and C Creations website
if you would like to know more about our feathered friends and how you
can help them through this cold spell, why not visit the National Bird Feeding Society
If you would like to see more crafting items why not visit the J and C Creations website