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Sunday, February 24, 2013


Love elephants - they have such a knowing look......

I have the honour to be Guest on the Design Team for this week beginning Feb 25th for Love to Create.  The challenge is to
Wrap it Up!
(using string, twine, fibres, yarn....somewhere in the project)

 Jackie from Love to Create kindly sent me a digi of my choice to make my contribution to this challenge, and I chose an elephant! Not any old elephant of course - a flying elephant - in that it is a balloon! It comes from Eureka Stamps, who are one of the sponsors for this challenge.  The other sponsor is The Stampin Chef.

Isn't it cute!

Then the interesting part - what do I make with it?  My original idea didn't float, so I played around and settled on a three-fold-card, that opened down instead of across, if you know what I mean!

I have both my SIL and my MIL in hospital at the moment - so a Get Well card was in order! AH HA - light bulb moment!

The elephant is printed out twice in this size and twice in a smaller size (you will see why later) and coloured up with Copic pens.  I die cut one out and coloured in the background with a sponge and Momento Summer Sky ink to make it seem as if he is floating in the sky.  I then fussy-cut out the other one and layered it up onto the first, after wrapping some white string around the bottom of the balloon!

The sentiment is computer generated - I went online and looked up quotes about elephants, jokes about elephants, facts about elephants, images of elephants...................and found the sentiment on an image!
Once printed off I die cut it from the card and used the sponge to colour it up.  The flowers are from one of the very first stamp sets I ever owned - and in fact I was given it again by my DIL so for a while I had two sets! It is by Hero Arts and is called Bouquets of Wishes.  I coloured it up using my SU pens and huffed on it to stamp.  It is fairly open so I used my Prisma pencils to colour up inside the bouquet to take the white out. This is its very first outing! I wrapped some string around the bunch and together with the string from the balloon, took them down the face of the card into the second fold! You have to make sure that the card will fold when you secure the strings.

This little lady is from Annabelle Stamps and I have coloured her up quite a few times lately. Again I used Copics here.  She is standing holding the strings from the flowers and the balloon. This si where you can write your message if you want, or on the back. 

The third fold holds the punch line and the two smaller elephants! All coloured up and fussy-cut as described above, with strings attached and just floating away.....

The background papers are from Echo Park 6 x 6 stack Dots and Stripes, and the card is SU Primrose Petals 12 x 12 cut down and folded into a trio card. The card itself stands a bit like an easel card, but you could add a small hinge at the back of the first fold if necessary. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Craft Bloggers Network - anything goes
Forever Friends: Use an animal (the elephant!)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on guest DT post. Great card - thanks for the detailed instructions. Good luck with the challenges.

pst said...

What a fabulous card, I love the idea with the balloon elephants and the loosely tied strings. Thanks for joining us at FF this month.

Laine said...

Such a fabulous fun card, wonderful idea and design. Thank your for joining us this week as our GDT at Love to Create Challenge.

Wendy L said...

Love the image you have used for this card and the jokey sentiment, thanks for playing at FF this month, xxxx
Ps. Great card for Love to Create design team too, xxx

Jacki Randolph said...

Susan, your card is fantastic!! Love the three fold design and how you incorporated the balloon elephant within your design!! Simply adorable and such a sweet Get Well card with your sentiments!! Thank you so much for joining us as our Guest Designer and I hope you enjoyed joining us too!!

Mian said...

Hi there Susan! I really love your card especially the unusual fold and you have colored the image perfectly.

Thank you so much for being our Guest Designer and sharing your creativity with us at Love to Create!

Love to Create Design Team Member

~ Barb said...

Congratulations on your DT post. Your elephants are adorable and your sentiment is too funny, love it!
{Hugs} Barb