Friday, 19 August 2016

Len takes up card making!

A few weeks ago I got into a right pickle. Struggling with my back and with tons of other things to do as well, I just could not come up with a decent card for our little next door neighbour's 5th Birthday. He's crazy about all things to do with building and digger dumper trucks - and I hit a blank! One morning, at 5:30, Len crept out of bed and when I woke up he had saved my bacon!

This is what we ended up with:

I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, tent style

- Len's image, which he produced using Office Draw - bless him. There are loads of layers and little extras added onto the image itself and I only had to print it off onto a piece of white card

- then I trimmed it down to size, mounted it onto a frame of golden yellow card and glued it to the card front

- my only other contribution was to pop the little googly eyes over the ones on the little 'digger dumper' then print and and add an insert inside the card

The definition in the photo isn't too grand but I was stunned by the thought and detail from Len. He started just with the little digger dumper and then added bits like the cardboard box, the gift (he even embellished the bow!), the little boy, the word 'foreman' on his shirt, 'Max' on his hat, the hammer in his hand - even the eyes and mouth! There's a 5 on the front scoop of the digger dumper, the name of Max's 'company' added to the brick wall, the 'Happy Birthday' and even the little sun in the top right hand corner.

I know that a lot of you gals play with digital images really well - but this blew me away. Without any prompting, Len added so many lovely little details - whilst I slept blissfully unaware of him working away!

I'm so proud of his hard work - and little Max loved his card!

Di
x

34 comments:

  1. Wow! I think he is a keeper, Di!

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  2. Well I would say that Len is AWESOME! Nice job! I've tried a bit of digital cardmaking and it isn't easy! What a lovely and talented hubby you have!

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  3. Well, well, well, Len has been hiding his artistic and digital talents under a contractor's hardhat, hasn't he?! Excellent card for Max, Len, and high points on the "Husband of the Year" competition!! Hugs, Darnell

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  4. Hi Di, Len did a marvellous job creating the scene and adding the extras for Max. One very lucky little boy! ... have a great weekend.... Megan

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  5. Len made a fantastic card! I bet Max loved it. So many wonderful details to make it very personal and fun. Great job Len!!

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  6. Oh goodness, the struggles I have with the digital side of crafting (and me a techie, too!) and yet he can just get up early and produce this! He's been hiding his light under a bushel. Can you persuade him to start writing tutorials for us?
    Jane

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  7. Wowzer--now that is one great card for little Max! How fun that Len helped you out! I can't do anything like that on the computer, but that's OK since I have a house full of stamps--haha!

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  8. Clever Len! I know how much effort that's taken, love all the personal elements added, who needs moonpig lol xxx

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  9. I what a kind thing to do Di...what a keeper Len is and the image is brilliant...I would not know where to start. The little lad must have adored his card...fab!!! Take care, hugs xx

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  10. A fabulous card - Len's image is great. He should join us in the playground more often!
    Kath x

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  11. What a star Len is to help out &save the day. Great card & nicely personalised. Well done Len. Xxx

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  12. Brilliant! Well done Len - fabulous design. xx

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  13. Wow, Len has made a perfect image for Max, and your card looks great! I'm suer that Max will love it!

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  14. Fantastic you must have been so surprised. I'm currently struggling with a card for teenage nephew, does Len have any ideas? I refuse to buy one ( wash my mouth out for even thinking it!)

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  15. love this fantastic card.... we could all do with your Len sometimes lol
    Tilly x

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  16. This is just wonderful and how clever of Len - watch him he will be in there with the cuttlebug next.

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  17. Well done to Len. This is one special card. Bet you couldn't believe your eyes when you saw it. Hugs Mrs A.
    P.s. Norm sends his love and says he had to put elastic bands round his trouser bottoms to stop the ants eating him!!

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  18. Well done to Len, wish my hubby would take such an interest in my crafting. No wonder Max loved this card.

    Sue xx

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  19. Well done Len!! watch out Di...you have competition!! I never seem to be very successful with digital crafting.

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  20. What a clever and creative card!! Well done Len
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  21. Great work Len! Maybe he should have his own spot on your blog? It's great to see guys crafting.
    Hugs,
    Em xxx

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  22. Wow, that's fantastic. Len did a great job, and all the bits of personalization are wonderful. The googly eyes make the backhoe look like a character out of "Cars."

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  23. Well done Len.....great job! Loving your new blog Di ;-)
    Janice x

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  24. Wow, Len did good and what a lovely thing to do to creep down early to give it a go, and what a great success it was too. There is a lot of extra personalisation and little Max must have been thrilled with this. x

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  25. Wow, that Len is a keeper, I'd say - what a sweetie!!

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  26. Oh Di! My grandson Ben would so love this card for his 2nd Birthday! I don't suppose your clever Len would do the same but with a 2 on and Ben instead of Max? Happy to pay for it - it would be perfect. x Jo

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    1. Of course! Email on the way Jo - absolutely no charge, we'd be delighted to do it! Len is the designer and I'm the one trusted with guillotines and glue :)

      Di xx

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  27. Hi Di. What a great card Len did. What a great guy! I love your addition of the Googley eyes.
    And I'm sorry to hear about your back issues. Back problems are no fun. Hope you feel better soon.

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  28. A great card Di and this time not so much to do with your skills. Len has done a fantastic job. He's put so much thought into it with all the details and while you slept to. Now that's what love is all about. I do hope your back is soon better again. Barbxx

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  29. Go Len! That's so cool that he took the initiative and put all the little details together to make it happen. What a sweetie he is! And his card ain't bad either! In fact, it's super duper.

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  30. Watch out Moonpig - that is all I can say! What a fabulous card. No wonder everyone was happy.

    Such a kind thing for Len to do.

    Loving your new look blog too. You must be over the moon with it.

    Hope things are getting a little easier for you "back wise".

    Love and hugs
    Jules xx

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  31. Wow! This warms my heart to read about your fellow working away on this image for you and the little fellow next door. Three cheers for Len!

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  32. I could not do this so huge cheer for Mr Len. Miss Pixie if you need to take some time out just yell and I'll do the comments for a week for you Karen x

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  33. Ooooh wow Len the saver he did a fab job Di well done Len the card is gorgeous x

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