Saturday, June 06, 2015

Di's Dies Challenge - no I'm not stuttering!

So it's that time of the fortnight again... time for a new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, yay!!  The theme this time around is "Use Die Cuts"... not a problem for many of us I would think, there are so many fabulous dies out there now... I want them ALL, my hubby thinks I'm well on my way to achieving that; little does he know "evil laugh"  Anyway, here's my card... an easel again, what can I say? I just like them :-)
It was my husband's brother in law's birthday recently and I really was scraping the barrel for a card, so there's nothing else for it... time to make some masculine ones, that said I really don't mind making "guy" cards :-)  The image for this one is one of Di's newer ones (I'm just lovin' her meeces in case you haven't worked that out by the fact that they keep appearing on my blog, lol) it's called "Fore You" which I thought was the perfect sentiment.. which is why I printed that exact one, rofl.  You can get your copy here
I coloured with Copics and Prismacolor pencils, as usual, but didn't go quite as intense as I usually do... why, this is positively pastel by Donna's standards.  It is a bit brighter IRL, it was nearly dark when I took the pics so they look a bit dusky... and I really couldn't be bothered setting up the light tent when it's only a bit off reality :-)
The papers are from Echo Park, Walk in the Park pad (I think, the cover's been off it for years!)  
Now for the die cuts; the image panel was cut and embossed using Crafts Too Squares (I took a leaf out of Lucy's book and left it in the die to ink the sky, leaving the border clean and white - thanks Lucy, I think it works a treat!)  The trees border (which I was hoping looked like shrubs in this instance) is the Freemont Pine Landscape Die by Poppy Dies, I drew around the die and cut the black cardstock "shadow" freehand... definitely stood out better with a background.  The clouds are Memory Box; I cut a few of them out first tacked them to the sky with temporary glue then inked with Versamark Sky Blue ink leaving the clouds white... looks so much better IRL, sigh.
The ribbon and black pearls are from my stash.  Ooh, and I added some Viva Pearl pen to the head of the golf club to give it a silver sheen, again better IRL.
I propped the sentiment up on thick foam squares so it works well as a prop for the easel.  I finished the "inside" of the card like a little scene and added the jotting panel to the flap - if you know what I mean, hope the picture explains that better than I just did, lol.
Usually I follow the same sketch for the inside and outside of my card, but obviously this time it's only the outside that gets to use the fabby sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 I checked and you didn't have to use the pentagon shape :-) I just realised that I have the horizontal panel over the bottom edge of the image panel... I still have ribbon though so I hope it's okay (?!)
I found all these challenges to enter my card in... some sort of record I think!!

Simon Says Challenge Make It Masculine
My Time To Craft Male
Crafty Creations All Creatures Great and Small
Seize the Birthday Topping: Animals
Moving Along With The Times Happy Birthday
Crafts 4 Eternity Birthday
Aud Sentiments Bingo: I used Markers/Digi/Die Cut
Without Words Summer Holidays (Golf is my son's "summer holiday pastime... or was BC = Before Children, lol)
Little Red Wagon Use It Up (everything on the card except the new image!!) 
The Crazy Challenge Ribbon or Lace (Ribbon) 

Sweet Stampin' Something Old Something New (new image, old ... everything else!)
Inky Chicks Pearls (they're black, but they're pearls!)
Pile It On Focus on Colouring (Always Do, lol)
The Paper Shelter Make It Colourful

Digi Sketch Challenge Theme: Fave Colour Combo (I love all colour, use orange/green together a lot)
Cute Card Thursday Summer Colours
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Use Patterned Paper
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes
Art by Miran Anything Goes
Paper Creator Crafts Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes
Clear It Out Theme: Anything Goes Stash: You Choose!

Phew!  Well that's it for today.  Pop over to the blog and check out the DT's work.. it's to DIE for... see what I did there??  Hope you crack out your dies and have a go at the challenge, great prize on offer as always and if you use one of Di's cute images there's extra opportunities, oh yeah!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna


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

Brilliant card fabulous card design Ginny x

Lin said...

Darling image, Donna, and a great masculine card design, too! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Jacee said...

Wonderful design Donna, fab image, love it!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Debbie said...

Very nice card and just right for our Challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. Debbiex

Gail said...

What a very cute card! I love the image and the diecut trees are fabulous! This makes a great card for someone who golfs!! Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter challenge this week! Hugs, Gail

Regan said...

Super cute card! I love the clouds and grass! Perfect for the gold scene! Unfortunately, you have linked to our DT call and not the challenge. If you would like to be eligible for the prize, please delete this entry and re-link to the challenge.
Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge!
DT Coordinator

Annie said...

This is just so darn cute. I love those little meece and the way you have made such a fab easel with them is inspired. Love it. Thank you so much for sharing with us in our 'MALE' card challenge at My Time to Craft and also in our Bingo Challenge at Aud Sentiments. It's so good to see so many talented crafters joining in. Annie xxx

Colleen said...

Perfectly delightful card! those two critters are very cute! Great card design too with the pattern papers...Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Heather said...

Super cute mice. Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon this week.

Casi said...

It's just an absolutely lovely card. Sooooo cutte!

LG Kerstin

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments, good luck!!! Amy DT

Unknown said...

This is Amazing!! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
EnjoyScrappin2 {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Jacee said...

I'm back again Donna with my DT hat on this time, it's a great card, fabulous design, love it!
Thanks for joining in with this months challenge at Paper Creator, hope you’ll come and join us next time too, good luck!
Hugs Jacee ---- Paper Creator Design Team
Simply Paper Card Design

Ellen said...

Lovely card, well done! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

groetjes, Ellen

michele said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining is with our Birthday challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity hugs x

Paddington fan said...

Hi Donna,
A great mousey card, brilliant colouring and fab papers and die cuts too!! Thanks for joining our 'Something old, something new' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week, good luck in the prize draw and it would be lovely if you could join us again soon, love Jacky x

Whimsey said...

Adorable; LOVE how the trees hold the top fold in; very cute and intricate!

Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity! ~Michele, DT

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is super, Thanks for playing on MAWTT this week, Hazel (Didos) x

Craftyrose said...

Thank you for your kind comments on my blog Donna. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and for understanding my current thinking.Your makes are beautiful Much

MagsB said...

Aww, what a cute image! I love the sentiment, too! Fab card! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

love Mags B x

Glenda J said...

Fun colours and terrific colouring. Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

Kelly Schelske said...

This one is fabulous! I love every single element that fits so well together! I need to try a card like that!

Annette said...

This is gorgeous Donna. I love the meeces!
Annette - Netty's Cards
Proud to design for :
The Sugar Bowl Challenge,
Lili of the Valley,
Without Words Challenge
As You Like It Challenge.