Sunday, September 30, 2012

Would You Like to be an Astronaut...?

Well, a new challenge starts today over at Here Come The Boys... it's Monochrome!  A colour fan such as myself did see it as a challenge, lol, though once I realized "Monochrome" doesn't mean "dull" I was fine; even though I used shades of one colour (gold/brown - probably stretching the definition of Monochrome a bit there, to be honest!) I still managed to get a fair dollop of colour on to my card J
I used an image I found as a freebie colouring page herethis is Newton Firework - I  grabbed a couple more Newtons while I was there… they’re so cute! I coloured with Copics, it took about five minutes, lol.  Charisma Cardz challenge this time around is For the Guys, so I’m entering there, and Cards for Men has Animal Magic so entering there too.
This picture at least shows how shiny the gold is, lol. 
I like a nice sketch as a starting point, I've used this little beauty from Tuesday Morning Sketches for today’s card, rotating it 90°.
I thought I’d start with a coloured base, so nice and rich!  The patterned paper I've used is from the Basic Grey’s Indian Summer pad, the mat for the image panel and the stars are gold foil, it looks green in the main photo but is “very” gold IRL, some of the leaves on the background paper look greener-than-they-are-in the pics too - who knows why?!  
Cupcake Inspirations 
Creatalicious Challenges
Crafty Calendar has Browns and Creams for their challenge theme,  and Catch the Bug has Autumn Colours; Crafty Creations has Autumn Leaves, Crazy 4 Challenges has Leaves while Creatalicious Challenges and Cupcake Inspirations both have photo inspirations that are nice and autumnal with lots of leaves... like my designer paper! so I'm entering those. The Joanna Sheen challenge theme is Down in the Garden, while I'm pretty sure there aren't any teddies tied to fireworks down there, I'm equally sure there are leaves, so I'm in. 
I cut the image panel and mat with an Mpress die Curved Rectangles, I trimmed the top and the bottom of the mat as I feel there is too much difference in the size of the largest and second largest dies.  I embossed the mat and the plain coloured banners with Cuttlebug’s Forest Branches folder to add texture.  As always, I finished the inside to match the front.
The gold stars, which seemed the “right” embellishment for an Astronauts card, lol, were cut with MFT Dienamics Stacking Stars die.  My Mums Craft Shop has Stars as their challenge theme so I’m entering there, and Totally Gorjuss has Punches and dies so I'm entering there too.
Creative Craft Challenges, The Paper Shelter Craft Us Crazy and Simon Says Challenge all have Anything Goes themes, so, you guessed it, I’ll be entering those as well.
Well that's it for today's card, why don't you pop on over to the Here Come The Boys blog and check out the rest of the Design Team's inspiration... there's plenty of scope in Monochrome let me tell ya!  Why not have a go at the challenge yourself, there's a great prize to be had - don't forget to make your project suitable for a boy or man though :-)
I'll be back soon with another offering, until then Happy Crafting, Donna.... and Newton the Astronaut J


Cheryl said...

OMGosh, this had me laughing out loud! That image is so cute, and I LOVE the sentiment. Thanks for the link! I'm headed right over to get this for myself!!! Your card is awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches this week!

Melanie said...

Your card is absolutely AWESOME, Donna!
I love that image and got it for myself right away...


Lydia said...

This is beautiful xx I love all of the rich tones you have used and that image is just too cute xx thanks for joining us for our stars challenge xx Lydia (MMCS DT)

Sue said...

Awwww this is fabulous Donna. I LOVE that image with that brilliant sentiment. The colours are gorgeous too.


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

Brilliant monochrome card such a fun image hugs Ginny ♥

Tracey T said...

What a fabulous card - the image manages to be cute AND funny and I love, love, love those colours! Hugs, Tracey xx

Chris Boldovici said...

Just found your blog, great blog and card for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. I'll be a follower for sure. Love that image on the card too!

Pat K said...

Fabulous card Donna...and that image sure made me chuckle. Thanks for the link. hugs,xx

coldwaters2 said...

Oh wow that image is awesome he sure made me smile he is a little cutie, the colours and design are top notch, thank you for joining our challenge at The Paper Shelter this week
lorraine x

Cat's sCrap said...

What an adorable card ! Colours of season. Nice bear. The inside was worked as well as the outside. Great job !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week and good luck !

Hugs from France.

debby4000 said...

Love your adorable, fun card.

Heather said...

Poor Ted, what are you doing to him??
Your papers are fabulous and stunning with the it's of gold, your image is adorable and such fun!!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp challenge

Rene said...

Bwahahaha! This is awesome! Poor little guy! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations! Good luck!
Rene :D

NancyD said...

Great card and image. Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenge for "Anything goes". NancyD

Sue said...

Hello Donna, It's me again!! Just popping back for another look at your fab card and to say thank you for taking part in the Joanna Sheen Challenge

Tina said...

look at these colors so pretty, love this image and details...thanks for sharing at cupcake inspirations

sweetie dt

Lori said...

Great card and what a darling image! So glad you linked up at Craft Us Crazy!

Mandy said...

Brillaint card Donna, I did have a chuckle, gorgeous colours, super cute image and so beautifully coloured.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Wishcraft said...

Cuuuuuuuute! Love the image and great design :o) Hugs, Lisa x

belldoubleyou said...

I agree with all your other commenters, that is a great image and sentiment!

I really like how you sort of tell a story about what challenges you're entering -- so much more interesting than a list like most folks (including me) do!

Whimsey said...

HA - that's adorable!!!

Love the inside too; fabulous creation!

Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!


Bettina L. said...

Such a beautiful design. Love the design with the embossing, stars and image. Thanks for playing at Totally Gorjuss and good luck. Hope to see you back saturday for another challenge. Bettina xx

Dawn said...

Awe, that poor little bear! That is too cute and definitely nothing dull here. Beautiful colouring and details. Thanks for sharing with us at Creatalicious Challenges; hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Dawn

Wendy said...

Fabulous card, love the cute image and great colours....Thanks for joining us at Joanne Sheen Challenge.
Wendy xx