Sunday, May 13, 2012

Take It "Easel" It's the HCTB Birthday Blog Hop

Yup, it's official... it's our very First birthday at Here Come The Boys so we're 
We have a special birthday challenge; make an easel card with a birthday theme (for a man or boy don't forget... it is Here Come The BOYS after all!)  We're sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, I've used one of the "Gus" images on my card which is for my Dad's 83rd birthday... Happy Birthday to you too Dad :-)
Bugaboo are offering 7 digis as the challenge prize...
 and there's loads of prizes to be had on the hop too... start at Here Come The Boys then hop along to each of the Design Team Members listed below and link up - there's a prize to win on each and every stop on the hop and a grand prize to be drawn from the entries but don't forget to enter at ALL of the hop spots and the HCTB blog!
I seriously love Bugaboo digis, I go for the "cheeky" ones, but there's a great range of cute and whimsical images too... something for everyone in fact.  With this in mind, the prize on MY blog is... a $10 Gift Certificate from Bugaboo.  Just add your link to the linky at the end of this post and in two weeks I'll draw a winner at random.
The Candy for the hop is AWESOME, here's a piccy to get you drooling: 
Before I tell you more about my card, I'll give you the Blog Hop order:
Here Come The Boys
Donna (you are here)
... so if you've come from Karen's blog you're on the right track and your next stop is Teresa; if you get lost you can always pop back to the HCTB blog and find your place :-)
Now on to my card:
It's an easel, of course (I LOVE easel cards!) I've added the sentiment (which comes with this Gus image) on a tab attached to the base, so it props up in front of the card when open (maybe the picture makes it clearer!)  It's for a birthday, so I'm entering Joanna Sheen's challenge and it's for a Man - lucky for me as Stamping With The Dragon wants us to make a Male Birthday Card, Divas by Design has One For The Boys, Allsorts Challenges has For a Man or Boy and Totally Papercrafts has No Pesky Girls Allowed as their challenge themes so I'm entering all those challenges.  Stampin' for the Weekend has "At Least Four Layers" as their theme... at least four layers here, so I'm in!  
I've coloured the image with Copics and added gloss to the balloon and glasses as well as pearl paint to Gus's hair... we have the term "Silver haired bodgie" in Australia... and I think this suits Gus perfectly, lol.
I've used papers from Basic Grey's Lauderdale pad, double matted on card from American Crafts and Black Glittered Card from Merci.  The glitter hardly shows in the photo, but then it never does.  
I painted the wood numerals with Jo Sonja Paint then used Heat Set powder to emboss them with fine teal glitter I've had for years; they look chunky in the pic, but are in fact quite smooth - just very glittery, lol.  The border on the base is cut with a Nellie Snellen Die and the buttons are from my stash. Lisa's Waste Not Wednesdays challenge to use stash is one I NEVER have trouble with :-)  Creative Craft ChallengesThe Paper ShelterCrafty Emma's Store and Colour Me Copic all have Anything Goes challenges running, so I'm entering all those too.
Well that's it for my Here-Come-The-Boys-Birthday-Blog-Hop-Easel card!!  What are you waiting for... register at Here Come The Boys site, then get hopping.
I'll be back in a few days with my Mum's Mothers Day Card - it's Mother's Day here today, Happy Mothers Day Mum and to all the Mum's celebrating out there :-)  - until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Teresa said...

Brilliant card Donna, Happy 'Here come the Boys' Birthday, Teresa xx

karen said...

Its fantastic Donna, great colours!! Happy Birthday to Us LOL! karenx

Caz said...

Fab card Donna. Love these images, they're so much fun.
Caz x

Wendy L said...

I love blog hopping. And I love following blogs from far afield. xxx

marion82 said...

excellent!!! love it!!amazing card sweetie!!!
Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!!

you can visit
for my free digis!!

coldwaters2 said...

Fantastic card full of wonderful colour and humor great image and design, love it, thank you for joining our challenge at The Paper Shelter this week.
Lorraine x

downrightcrafty said...

stunning love the image the addition of the numbers but fabulous sentiment
Hugs Kate xx

Donna said...

Such a funcard , I love these colours together and your fab design! Thanks for joining in our very last challenge at CES :) Donna ♥ x

Sarah said...

Hi Donna, another fabulous card! Love your colouring and the image is just great.

Thanks for joining in with us at Divas by Design this week.


franzesjoi said...

beautiful card, donna!! :) im your new follower :)

Pat K said...

Ahhh Gus never looked better Donna. Love the "silver haired bodgie" touch. Another great card. TFS. Hugs, Pat K.xx

Teresa said...

Hello Donna, Yes it's me again lol Your card is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us at Joanna Sheen 'Happy Birthday' Challenge.
Teresa xx

Liselot said...

What a fun card! Lovely stamp and fun text!

Keep It Sweet and Simple said...

Fantastic card - really made me smile and those glitter numbers are brilliant.
Thanks for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week.
Caroline xxx

Whisper said...

Super fun card, Luv Sam x

Wishcraft said...

Just fabulous hun! Love the image and your gorgeous colouring, great design too. Thanks for joining in with my WNW challenge hun :o) Hugs, Lisa x

PS. Your comment about Dex made me laugh - we did actually try chocolate milk at the weekend, but he'd got himself in such a state he threw it back up... all over me! Lovely...

rachel said...

great fun card - love the sentiment and image xx

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Just love that image gorgeous card happy birthday here comes the boys hugs Ginny x

Sandy said...

Love all the blues and your image is just so darn cute. Sandy :)

Mel said...

LOL, love your sentiment. Wonderful card, love the blues. Thank you for joining us at CMC challenges.

Susan said...

Awesome card! I love Gus and have a few of him. Happy B day to your dad. mine is gone now 7 years...I still miss him.
Thanks for sharing your work.

Suzanne said...

lovely card and colouring thank you for joining us at cmc this week

Aunty Sue said...

I so love Gus and am in the middle of one today great hop and card and Happy Birthday. Left link to my blog not card on yours but have entered my card on the challenge

Shelby Goolsby said...

Hi sweetie!! Sorry it has been so long, time has not been my friend lately. This is so darn cute, that sentiment made me laugh and great design as always. I hope you are enjoying your weekend.