Saturday, November 16, 2013

Father's Day... Finally!

First of all I'd like to say a quick hello to my new Followers and my old, no wait a minute, that doesn't sound right... my Loyal Followers, that's better!  I finally got around to dragging one of my cards out of my "ready to blog" folder and actually BLOGGING it, lol.  I've got another ten at least sitting there twiddling their, whatever they twiddle!!  For today, it's the card I made for my Dad for Father's Day (which was the first week in September, where did that time go??!!)
I made an easel card... I love easel cards and so does my dad ("Right clever that is... ", he's Welsh - well Australian now, but if you're born Welsh... you can take a boy out of the valleys but you can't... and so on, lol)  The Paper Shelter has For Someone Special for their challenge, Dad is, I'm in :-) Cuttin' and Stampin' has Anything Goes with a Family Twist so I'm in there too.
The cute image is from Di's Digi Downloads, this is Henry's Hazy Days, I used it as a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that my Dad, despite being 84 and long since retired is just about NEVER "allowed" to kick back like this - courtesy of my 83 year old hyper active Mother :-)  She is convinced that it's what keeps him going - constant activity mainly in the garden (they have a large garden and only got a lawn mowing contractor this year when Dad couldn't start the petrol mower any more, he tried an electric mower, hated it, tried another smaller petrol mower, couldn't start that - gave in!!  Two grandsons each now have a shiny near new mower of their very own, lol. 
I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils, it gives such a lovely soft finish.  The papers are from Kaisercraft's Save the Date pad, the brown and blue matting are American Crafts.  As You Like It has What's your favourite; Spots or Stripes, I love both, but tend to use stripes more on men's cards, don't ask me why!
I used some of the cazillion gold border stickers (peel offs) I have in my stash for around the image and sentiment panels, as well as on the edge of the brown strip punched with a punch my Mum and Dad brought back from their last trip to Malaysia (they go at least once a year, stay at the same hotel as they have since 1989 - they are great friends of the staff there, attending one wedding and at least one christening over the years, I think it's cute!) 
The blue stitched ribbon is from my stash, as is the Covent Garden Card Candi and the tiny gold flat back pearls. Digi Makeover has Stitching for their challenge so I'm entering there.
The sentiment is/was a freebie from Create with TLC - I added "It's Father's Day".  I used Nestabilities Large Scalloped Squares to cut the mats for the image and sentiment (there's one "inside" for the jotting panel too, but I can't find a photo of the inside) Crafty Creations and Addicted to Stamps both have Punches and Dies challenges so I'm entering them, Pile It On has Show Us Your Tools, apart from my paper trimmer, corner punch (used here on the image and sentiment panel) and ATG (I LOOOOOOVVVVE this tool, I don't know how I applied glue before I had it!) the tool I use on almost every card is my Cuttlebug - so that's me showing my tools :-)
Anyway, sorry this was a bit of a ramble, and not just showing my card.  I have a DT card to show on Sunday, so I'll be back then - and I'll try to be succinct.... stop laughing I CAN do short posts, really, I CAN... well I can TRY :-)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna


Sarah said...

A great card and I'm sure your Dad was pleased with it! Gorgeous stripes and perfect for sharing with us at As You Like It Challenge this time. Sarah

Vicky said...

Aww simply gorgeous hun....:o)

biggest of hugs Vicky xx

*Vicki* said...

Such a wonderful layout! Love the design and your lovely border punch! Such a beautiful creation! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Addicted to Stamps Challenges! Hope you will join in our next challenge as well! Hugs - *Vicki* - ATS DT

Lorraine said... a short post...never!! lol
A gorgeous card. I love the cute image and fab layout and colours.
Have a lovely weekend
Lorraine x

Sue said...

This is wonderful Donna, I love the image - sounds perfect for your dear Dad. The papers, colours and layout are wonderful, I like how you have rounded all the corners.
I like reading your long posts, you always make me smile!
I hope you have a good weekend
Sue xx

Debs said...

Beautiful card, Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter Someone special theme, good luck with the challenge. hugs Debs

Unknown said...

What a gorgeous layout!! That hedgehog is adorable. Thank you for joining the TTCRD challenge and good luck to you.

Loz said...

adorable little image. love your card x

:: BlueInks :: said...

Oh my gosh...what a great card! I love the colors and how they display on the easel card. And those little matching brads...oh my! They caught my eye on MIM. Thanks, for sharing!

Wendy L said...

This is sooooo gorgeous, love it. xxx

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

Gorgeous image and design Ginny♥

kenli said...

Amazing card, so love the colours, great makes all of them . Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challendges.

Sandy said...

Wonderful card for your Dad, great layout, papers and image! Thanks for sharing with us at Make It Monday this week.

FiestyCrafter (Tina) said...

Adorable and cute card for Father's Day! Great layout . I can't believe you got the ribbons inside and out lined up perfectly, that's amazing. Great Job! Thanks for joining us at Love to Scrap! Challenge Blog

Nannieflash said...

Gorgeous card love your image and your papers. Thanks for joining us at TPS, good luck with the challenge. hugs Shirleyxxxxxxx

Pat said...

Lovely card, cute image, gorgeous papers and great design, thanks for joining in our Birthday Challenge at Fab'n'Funky, good luck.

Pat xx

Teresa said...

love your sweet card! Thanks for joining our challenge here at Cuttin’ and Stampin’!

Teresa R.
Cuttin’ and Stampin’ DT

Fresh and Renewed
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Emily Lauritzen said...

So cute! I absolutely love the papers you paired up with this adorable image!!
Thank you so much for joining us at Digi Makeover!
<3 Emily L.-DT

K Clark said...

Beautiful Thanks for join us at pile it on. We have started a new challenge today. Hope to see you back this week! Kimberly dt

Mary said...

Love it. Your colors and details are spot on. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Creations for our Die and Punch challenge. I hope you get to join us again real soon.

gail said...

Gorgeous card, love the papers and the image is so cute.