Wednesday, 29 July 2015

'Digging around'

Our next door neighbours' little boy is obsessed with all things to do with 'digger dumper trucks' and such and one of Max's favourite games is moving earth from one flower bed to another - using one of his many toy trucks and JCBs. So, when it came to making his Birthday card, it was a bit of a 'no brainer' really - I found a card almost identical to this one over at Memory Box's gallery, but can't find a name to give credit to:

I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- olive green Core-dinations backing card as a frame

- pale blue card to build the scene on

- strip of brown Core-dinations card with a 'hole' dug, partly using a SU 'Itty Bitty' punch and then finished off freehand  :)

- a snippet of brown card and a snippet of olive green Core-dinations to die cut two Memory Box 'Arboscello' trees. I then radically 'pruned' the brown tree and just added a few of the leaves from the green tree

- the JCB is a Memory Box die called 'Excavator', die cut using goldy yellow and black card snippets. I just inked over the cab and the upright exhaust using a permanent black marker pen. The little face as suggested by my in-house critic was such fun to do (not!). It took umpteen attempts to add two eyes and a mouth to such a little peach coloured punched circle. In the end I used temporary adhesive to glue a little row of the circles onto my glass cutting mat and then went along adding eyes and noses to them, all using a black fine liner pen - and finally there  was one that was balanced and useable! So much easier than trying to add marks to teeny circles that want to fly away as soon as they're touched

- the clouds were die cut from white card snippets using MFT's 'Cloud Trio' set set

- the name 'MAX' was die cut using a snippet of blue Core'dinations card and Tattered Lace's Every Day Anniversary Alphabet (D695) die set and popped onto one cloud

- the number '5' was also die cut using Tattered Lace's 'Mini Numbers' die set and popped onto the side of the JCB - love these numbers but really they're very small

- added the smaller cloud to the 'scene' using glue and then gently shaped the 'Max' cloud and added it to the card using thin sticky pads

- inked in a little flock of birds freehand using a black fine liner

- final touch, a silver 'Happy Birthday' peel off, bottom right of the card to balance things out - and also 'cos my in-house critic insisted that you can't send a little boy a Birthday card without it having that greeting on :)  

I'd like to enter this card into the current challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz, where the theme is 'Something beginning with T'. I have on this 'ere card a tree and the beginnings of a trench :) It's my first time playing along with Cardsz 4 Guyz, but I hope not the last - maybe it'll pull me out of the 'girlie cards' comfort zone :)



Carol L said...

oh my gosh this is cute Di! I love the little operator on the big equipment! LOL Fun card for a fun young man who will clearly enjoy this one for a long time!

Liz said...

Oh WOW, this is perfect card for your little next door neighbour! I'm sure Max was/will be thrilled with it. xx

Mrs A. said...

Brilliant Di. Max is so going to love this. Hugs Mrs A.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

I laughed out loud when I saw this card Di it is real cracker!! so perfect.. wonderful to have the die to fit! hugs Shaz.x

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Jane Willis said...

What a great card, one any little boy (and a lot of little girls) would love!

Kath said...

A fabulous card Di and I'm sure Max will love it.
Kath x

scrAPpamondo said...

Max will be so happy for this!! Happy Birthday to him!
I don't like particulary excavators :D but your is cute... and I love so much the little scene with the tree and the birds that fly! The clouds pop out very well!

SARN said...

Utterly perfect for little Max.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue - said...

Absolutely perfect for any little boy! My eldest was very fond of diggers and tractors too and now he works for a building firm but doesn't use the machinery!

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

In the middle of a heat wave here, and I am feeling like a slug. That little digger is just awesome. I may just need to look that die up! So cute.

Bonnie said...

This is adorable and so perfect for a little boy who loves diggers! Love the "hole" he's digging!

Em Louise Fairley said...

Di, it's SOOO adorable! I love it! Hugs xxx

Barb said...

This card is genius. So much attention to detail. I love it and sure young Max will too. Barbxx

Pat said...

This is a great card Di and what little boy can resist a card which has his name on a cloud and his age on the truck! I like the punched out piece representing the piece of earth that has been shifted. Max is sure to love it. x

Jane Willis said...

I'd already commented on this without realising it was entered into Cardz 4 Guyz - lovely to see you over there and I hope you'll become a regular! You already know I love this card, so I'll just say thank you because wearing two hats at once gets a bit uncomfortable!

Sarah said...

WhAt a brilliant card Di, reminds me very much of my two when they were younger, they were lucky that we had the real thing and were able to go and "help" Daddy...happy days xx

Jacee said...

Cute design Diane
hugs Jacee
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Kathleen said...

I really 'dig' this card, great scene and fabulous dies.
I think Max will be made up with this card.
I used to enter a challenge for male cards but it packed up and it did make me get on with making cards for men, may have to take a look at this one.

Kath x

Brenda said...

What a perfect card for a little boy who loves to dig! I bet he will "dig" this card too. lol Pun intended. lol I love all the attention to detail right down to the little face. I can only imagine how hard it was to get one that was acceptable to use. Glad it was you and not me! lol I will have to check out that challenge, cause let's face it we all could use some masculine inspiration! Hugs, Brenda

Loll said...

Adorable! Max is going to love this! xx

LesleyG said...

I nearly thought you cut the digger by hand! But it's still awesome, I love it! xxx

Cazro said...

A super card, perfect for those younger who just love diggers. LOL So pleased you joined us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz

Viv said...

Such a great card Diane, my young grandsons love diggers too ;) Viv xx

Debs Willis said...

Di, this is so cute but can't believe all the trouble you went to for the face! Perfectionist - moi??? Lol
Have had a wander back thru recent posts, some great stuff there!
Debs xx