Monday, 14 May 2012

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 68

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, the challenge is set by Mynette who wants to celebrate her birthday with a balloon bonanza!

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I decided to make a card for one of my husband's brothers. And the funny thing is that I bought the topper at least five years ago for that very purpose!

My husband has twin brothers, and their birthdays are in August. And, especially when the children were younger, towards the end of the summer term, things got very busy, and I often forgot about their birthday until the holidays had started, and we were away somewhere. This led to me scrabbling to find bits to make cards with minimal supplies. And one year, I bought a pack of transport toppers, but for some reason I can no longer remember, I didn't use them. However, one of them was just perfect for this challenge, so I set out to make a background for it.

I used Photoshop Elements to make the background, sticking to shades of grey. I traced the hill contours by hand, and added some tree and branch shapes in black, and cloud and a watery sun in white. I matted the background on some silver card, and finished it with a birthday greeting. I'll be making another like it, with a different topper for the set for the other brother, as I'm quite pleased with the result.

Hope you can join us this time.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Craft Challenges where anything goes, 
The Paper Shelter where anything goes,
Poodles Parlour where anything goes,
Southern Girls where it's 'all about the boys',
One Stop where they want monochrome,
Crafty Emma where anything goes,
That Craft Place where they want monochrome,
Bunny Zoe where anything goes.


Kim x said...

Wow Jo this is just fantastic, I love it.
The colour choice is wonderful, but then it is one of my favourites.
hugs Kimx

Anonymous said...

Fantastic card truly stunning, love the monochrome and the great design on this super card.


Siv said...

What a gorgeous card! Love the shades of grey!
Thanks for joining the Southern Girls - good luck and hope to see you again!
Hugs Siv

Mynnette said...

I just ADORE the use of digital images to make that fabulous background! AND I just LOVE the monochrome coloring! This is fabulous, Josephine! :)

Meggymay said...

Love your card, its a great balloon topper and the background looks amazing.

Sally said...

Hi Josephine, I love the mon look on this card & well done on designing the background.
Sally x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Josephine this looks absolutely fantastic, the silhouette images and the background shading look superb, thank you for joining our challenge at The Paper Shelter this week.
Lorraine x

Feebsy said...

A brilliant card Jo. I really love the background you've created it's so effective. Will you be showing us the 2nd card? I'd love to see it.


marion82 said...

love the monochromatic!!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

you can visit
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Sue Nicholson said...

Very pretty card, thanks for joining us at poodles parlour, good luck, cheers Sue N x

Kim Dellow said...

Great make, love the black and white, so effective. Kim

That Craft Place Ltd said...

Wow, thats just stunning. Thanks for playing along with us at That Craft Place challenge this time xxx Lisa

Bea und Doreen said...

Simply stunning Jo. The balloon is amazing
Doreen xx

Maria Therese said...

Cool card! Thank you for joining us at Bunny Zoe crafts!

jackid said...

Loving this one think it's the best of all your entries thanks for playing AGAIN with us at Poodles
Jacki xx

Julie said...

Wow - this is fabulous! Thanks so much for joining in our final challenge at CES Challenges, Good Luck! Juliexx

Patty Sue 2 said...

Beautiful and the shades of black and white work so well! Thank you for joining us this time at THE PAPER SHELTER CHALLENGE! I hope we see more of your lovely work on the 1st!


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