Friday, March 06, 2009

Just Patchy

This week on the Daring Cardmakers blog, Jane challenges us to think "Patchwork" and make our cards inspired by that theme. My card was inspired by one of my all-time favourite childrens' books "Elmer" by David McKee. I decided that the easiest way would be to cut my elephant with the Robo. I found some free clipart on the web, then tweaked it in PSP to make the trunk the right shape for holding a bunch of flowers. Knowing that the elephant would be very colourful and that it would be tricky to show the details like the legs and ear I decided to cut the elephant in a couple of layers and make the ear seperately, extending it to make a tab for slotting into the upper layer. I've used my tiny square punch to make all the patches and cut them from SEI Doodley-Doo Girl papers. Some of the flowers were also cut from these papers, others are Primas. To add to the patchwork theme I added some doodled "tacking" stitches to all the squares. The letters are rub-ons You can see the rest of the DT's cards HERE, and on the personal blogs too. We're looking forward to seeing what everyone does for this dare - maybe you'll take the chance to use up those scraps we're all guilty of saving "just in case"..... or maybe not! Anyway, if you do make a card for this dare, please pop back to the DCM blog and leave a message so we can come and see your cards.

18 comments:

Lythan said...

I love Elmer too! this card is just the cutest thing EVER!!!

Juliet said...

I absolutely love this Kathy! Fantastic fun card and lovely colours! Getting my thinking cap on now, hmmmm patchwork?
Juliet xx

Karen said...

Well what can I say!!!!! I just ADORE this card XXX

Rosie (Freycob) said...

This is fantastic Kathy! An ideal for a little one!

kathj said...

very cute, made me smile

Angelnorth said...

Adorable! My littlest fried (nearly three) picked out Elmer last time the library van came calling :o) Love the detail of the tacking stitches and the googly eye and the fact he's carrying a bunch of flowers - great stuff!

librariane said...

Yea for Elmer! This is a great patchwork elephant.

Hazel said...

Very clever use of Mr Robo and your talent - delightful card. x

Julie M said...

As soon as I saw your card, I thought of Elmer!!! Love it - a happy, joyful, friendly card!!

Julie

Carol Ann said...

That is so cute!

Janice said...

ooh Kathy, that is just incredible! Love the whole patchwork thing and your robo skills are becoming quite scary lol!

Pascale said...

Super card Kathy so unique too! Pascale :)

Dolly Mixtures said...

What a happy colourful card! Love your patchwork elephant anh the bunch of flowers in his trunk! Angela

CraftyC said...

A beautiful card Kathy, the ellie is brilliant!
Clairex

Juhi said...

wow!! such an adorable card, love the patchwork elephant and the doodled tacking stitches are simply brilliant!!

Jo said...

Your Elmer is just too cool! Brilliant card :)

jo xx

Ellepiggo by Vanessa said...

Brilliant Kathy :) Love your elephant!!

Vanessa.

esther said...

absoloutely brilliant inspiration for this card! loving the elmer take!