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Thursday 23 July 2015

$25,000 Reward

Good morning all.

Things are slowly returning to normal here and I hope I've caught up with most of you by now. A slow internet connection and the Ipad are not conducive to frequent blogging - hence my absence for two weeks.

Spent yesterday down home as it was my nephew's birthday, along with his Mum and Dad's wedding anniversary and as I was running late with the birthday card I had to hand deliver!

I finally made it into the craft room on Tuesday but the mojo is still hiding in the suitcase or perhaps under the pile of ironing I've managed to create! This is the card I made for my nephew....luckily the wedding anniversary card was made some time ago.

I made a similar card for my BIL last year and Jack asked me to make him one this year so I knew where this one was going. The backing paper was the waste paint piece from a gelli plate play (the results of which you may or may not see in the future!) which I ran through a Crafter's Companion brick wall embossing folder which I'd inked with black soot DI....I love how it turned out! The reward stamp was a magazine freebie...I managed to print the photo the right size and overstamp perfectly first time before heat embossing with black EP and cutting with a nestie die....love it when things go right first time!
The happy birthday die and stamp are from Whimsy Stamps and I finished with a smattering of sequins....I've had a few comments in the past from people who love sequins but feel they never manage to place them right....please know I belong in the same group! So if I can do it so can you!!

Challenges entered:
Crafty Gals Corner - to die for
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday - Bingo (embossing, sentiment, punches/dies)
Card Mania - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Dream Valley - embossing wet/dry
Fashionable Stamping - all about men
Penny Black and More - anything goes with a sentiment
We Love to Create - anything mixedmedia/creative/inky goes


  1. I can see why he would want to design like this off for his own. It's so cute and such a fun idea!

  2. It's gorgeous Carol . Really clever stamping. Well done for using a Gelli disaster too, I'm still not doing great with mine but will try to do a bit more practise soon. That card of mine has started off a whole big pile of new ideas and inspirations - there is just something about those birds that makes me laugh whenever I see them. Leave the ironing and have a play session - just for fun it always helps me to kick start and that's what inspired the first Crazy Bird card. I think you will all get bored of seeing them soon lol! Karen xx

  3. This is just gorgeous,love the image and colours.xxx

  4. Oh I love the brick work...it looks amazing! A perfect male themed card.
    Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenge this month.
    Dot x

  5. Brilliant card, I just love what you have done it.
    Have a good day
    Patricia x

  6. oh hun this is one brilliant card hun love it xxx

  7. A really interesting card Carol, lovely background and the fact that it started as a waste piece makes it even better. I expect your nephew was thrilled with this card too. The reward stamp looks very useful as well and I can see that turning up a few more times in the future.
    Glad you had a lovely holiday but the inevitable washing and ironing pile on your return is always a drag but interspersed with crafting sessions perhaps it won't seem so bad.
    Also thanks for joining in the challenge at Top Tip Tuesday this week and good luck.
    Lorraine DT

  8. Hi Carol, good to see you are back safely... Fabulous creation and gorgeous colours...
    {aNNie My Personal Blog}

  9. Great masculine card! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday. Lisa DT

  10. Love the background and fabulous design. I hope your mojo returns soon.
    Linda xxx

  11. Brilliant card Carol, awesome background. My mojo is also in hiding x

  12. A brilliant card Carol, your background is fabulous - a perfect masculine design.

  13. Clever and personal card. i'm sure he loved it. Zx

  14. Fabulous card Carol, love you you've put the photo in the reward notice, great background too, hugs Kate x

  15. You have to know I LOVE this fabulous background, and was delighted to read it was 'snippets' from a gelli play. It certainly embossed so nicely & pretty with the brick EF & the black soot. A super birthday card, and I know your nephew loved it. BTW, MoJo and ironing, are NOT friends, just in case you didn't know that. Which is why our iron hides away in the storage closet! (But MoJo is still wandering, so it must be something else at our house he is not liking). TFS & Hugs

  16. Great design, love the background, it's just perfect for the I image. Thanks for sharing with us for our challenge at Dream Valley and look forward to seeing you again Jennifer DT member

  17. A perfect male card for your nephew Carol, love the background wall and the wanted style poster.

    Hugs Erika. x

  18. This is fantastic Carol. love the background. Thanks for joining us at Craft your Passion. Hugs Tina (July GDT) xxx

  19. This is so great, Carol! What a fun and fantastic card, especially for a guy! Great job with the sequints! You know I did a whole paragraph in a post about placement, lol, and it was fun to read how many people just sort of toss them and stick them where they land! Enjoy the weekend!! Hugs, Darnell

  20. Oooo what a super idea and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x

  21. This is a brilliant card, love the design using the photo and the background looks fantastic.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  22. Carol this is such a fun masculine design. Loving the reward theme lol.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  23. Lovely idea and great papers you used.

  24. great card! I love it! the "mistake" background is really awesome!


  25. I saw your card over at Cindy's Manly Monday and wanted to come take a look. What an awesome idea! I love this! Might have to make my hubby one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Fabulous card with lovely colors and design. Love sketch. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner Agnieszka DT

  27. Such a great card. Love it. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Inspiration Destination. Good luck. Hope to see you again soon.
    Lynn, ID Creative Team Member

  28. Such a great card for a young man. Love the background you created.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our To Die For challenge.

  29. Thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  30. I love it !
    Thanks for sharing it with us and hope to see you again in our next challenge as well,
    DT Dream Valley challengeblog
    Made by Willeke {My Blog}

  31. This is really fabulous! I love the theme and the background is gorgeous!


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