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Sunday, 31 January 2010

An Elephantine challenge!

I started off this challenge card by popping over to Mo's Digital Challenge Blog, where the theme was shades of grey. I have this gorgeous digi of her's called Monkey Hug, which was perfect to be coloured grey. From there it snowballed, I remembered a couple of challenges were asking for baby themes and the elephant is hugging a baby monkey. Once I started I was whizzing around the various blogs trying to see what other challenges I could incorporate into the card.

So here we have it, my entry for

Creative Card Crew - Punch It - Punched and embossed border - I did enter an earlier card for this same challenge, but the rules said it was okay to enter more than once as long as it was a different project. 

Raise The Bar - Old - In fact the older the better. I have had the DCWV Old Worlde Stack for several years, I used that for the nestie mat and the punched border; and I have had the Basic Grey ambrosia paper for a long time also and not used it, and it forms the base of my card; which brings me to 

Basic Grey - Animals, and must have a Basic Grey element to the card. See above. I ran the paper
through my printer before using it and printed onto it the words 'Big Hugs are the best' in the corner. 

Simon Says - New Baby which could be a baby animal if desired and the monkey looks like a baby to me. 

Stamp With Fun - Also a baby. Clearly from the gorgeous DT cards here they also used baby animals for some.


Spoonful of Sugar - Freestyle....... lovely can use anything you like. 

PHEW. That was some challenge. Hope you like it.

The elephant I started to colour with prismas, but for some reason it just didn't want to blend so I resorted to a Memento inkpad called London Fog and painted the elephant in with that instead. I dusted around the image with a grey/beige chalk before matting it up with nesties onto some DCWV paper. No idea where the floral paper came from, just found it unloved in the bottom of a pile of 8x8 papers. I finished it off with a nice corner peel off, and a small elephant charm.



  1. stunning card, very impressive

    Bev x

  2. Great choice of image for the challenge! Love the charm, too. Thanks for playing along with us in Mo's Challenge This week.

  3. What a gorgeous baby card. The image is so sweet and the papers are stunning. Thanks for joining us at stamp with fun this week. Hugs, Denise x

  4. This is an adorable card and wow, did you pile on the challenges. Good luck and thanks for joining the fun at Mo's Challenge blog.

  5. WOW ... this is just adorable! LOVE the image of course and your take on the themed color is awesome! Thanks so much for joining us at Saturday Spotlight & Raise The Bar this week ... we do hope to see you again next challenge!! Very creative card!

  6. Great job! You've captured the emotion of the image even in grey.


  7. Love it :D Unusual colour scheme, but it works

  8. Oh how clever you are!! I love it!! That elephant and BIG hugs are so perfect!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Saturday Spotlight this week!! HUGS

  9. Love the coloring on the elephant and all of the elements on your card, including the little charm.

  10. Oh this is adorable.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

  11. Wow.. that's a lot of challenges. Good for you! Darling card. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Mo's.

  12. This is so sweet. What a great image to use..Thanks for joining us at Mo's..I really like the painted elephant..I think this is perfect for gray..

  13. Sweet image, beautifully colored, and I'd definitely call this a 'Bigger is Better' theme! Thanks for playing in this week's Spotlight challenge!!

  14. Great card Sweetie! It may be Grey but with all the lovely flourishes and lacy borders it soooo pretty.
    Sandra x
    (I've been brave and chopping into my Tiffany pad since my scrapbooking retreat in November ;o)

  15. That's a gorgeous card ! and I love your background on your blog. Yes my fat fingers got mucky again ! LOLOL XOXOXO Fab


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