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Thursday, 14 May 2009

A challenge card and a birthday surprise!

Hi all, :)
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Today i am officially a big boy! Yes it's my birthday today, 37 years young, feeling like i'm 87, i blame the company i keep! ;)
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Firstly i wanted to show you a card i made last night for this weeks Copics Colour Challenge. Maddy set the sketch this week, and i thought i'd try a male card for a change. The plan was to try my hand at the "Extreme Punching to Distress" technique, used to great effect by the very talented Irene Tan on her blog. I think i over did it though and it needs some work before it looks like Irene's ever does lol...
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It was fun making a different effect with the Crop-a-dile though, and a bit of embossing powder splashed here and there gave it a hint of metal effect.
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The sketch this week was this....
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The image was the fantastic Mikey, and the round bit's on the sketch were just screaming out for a pair of music speakers...the card didn't turn out quite how i wanted, but i learnt a lot from my mistakes during it...
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So thanks for the challenge this week Maddy and the rest of the ladies at Copic's Colour Challenge.
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Oh look who it is....."Hi Rotty.....did you know it's a special day today?"
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"Excellent! You've finished my house then yeah?"
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"Umm not quite Rotty, it's my birthday....or had you forgotten?"
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"Your birthday?!!! Me? Forget your birthday? Thats funny.....be right back!!!"
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"Aww bless him, must be getting me my prezzy".
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"Right then, quick....what rubbish can i wrap up for the clumsy one? Ah i think that will do!"
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"Here you go boss......a little something for you...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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"Aww cheers Rotty, what a little star you are! Tell you what, i'll let you unwrap it."
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"Oh joy....thanks boss.!..here we go then......DADAAAAAAAA!!!!!"
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"Wow Rotty, a new inkpad!!! Hmmm....looks very much like my inkpad that should be sat in Inky Cottage?"
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"Well i don't know about that boss".
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"Hmmm well i do Rotty, i think you forgot about my birthday didn't you?"
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"Well maybe, possibly.....actualy completely. Sorry boss, but Calvin Mouse said he'd remind me, so it's his fault if you think about it. Tell you what boss, you sit back and i'll show you a crafty technique you can use."
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"Are you kidding me Rotty? YOU......a craft technique?"
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"Yep, we used to do it when we raided peoples bathrooms, sometimes after taking a wrong turn up a toilet u-bend, we got into bother with some of the cupboard contents, and learnt a few things along the way......so watch this...."
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"First get your shaving cream, doesn't matter if it's shaving foam or gel, now spray a pile on some card."
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"I'm not so sure about this Rotty...."
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"Oh stop worrying boss, whats the worst that can happen? Now give it a stir until it's creamy like ice-cream"...
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"Now get some of your alcohol inks, and sprinkle a few drops of different colours in the cream..."
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"Then give it all a stir....."
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"Now take a tag or whatever you want to make a mess of, and place it on top of the cream, pushing it around so the card is covered in cream one side.....like this....."
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"You should now be left with this mess....."
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"Rotty is this actualy leading anywhere? Our readers are busy people you know."
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"Calm down boss....now get a spare bit of card and scrape the cream off.....you'll be left with the swirly ink prints on the card.....DADAAAAAAAAA!!!"
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"Wow thats fantastic Rotty, it looks like a marbling effect in sweets doesn't it!"
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"Sure does boss, now do your stuff with those ink pads and other rubbish you have in here, and do something with it!"
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"Sure thing Rotty...here goes, a bit of distress ink, embossing powder, a few stamp images, some UTEE.......what do you think?"
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"Thanks ever so much Rotty, that actualy turned out to be a great birthday prezzy my little creamy mate!! Does that mean you'll be joining Calvin Mouse for craft sessions now?"
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"Boss.....know this one thing......you will see me wearing a dress before i have cosy craft sessions with that mouse!!! Happy Birthday!!!"
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Well bloggers, hows that for a suprise, a crafty tip that despite being the messiest i've ever seen, could be of use one day.
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Have a great day all, i'm off to prepare a party tea for me and my girls, then it's a dvd and popcorn tonight.....YAYYYYY!!! :)

25 comments:

Heather "Hev" said...

Happy Birthday Calvin :)

Happy crafting and enjoy your tea party :)

Juliet said...

Happy Birthday Calv! Love the techniques used on this card - it's brill!!!
Thanks for sharing Rotty's latest antics with us too LOL!
Juliet xx

Heather said...

Happy Birthday!
I hope someone spoils you to death today.

I love the shaving cream trick. Will definitely be trying that one.

Hazel (Didos) said...

Happy Birthday Calvin, hope you have had a great day.
Love what Rotty has done for you, such a talented Rat!
Hazelxox

Gez said...

Happy Birthday Calv. :-)

Love your challenge card & Mikey's purple shirt looks fab. I am actually impressed with Rotty. Definately a 10/10 for his lovely creation. Just gotta try his tip. Wonder if you can talk him into a dress for the next Children In Need??

Enjoy your special tea party. Gez. :-D

Stressed Stamper said...

Happy Birthday..Hope Maddy had lots of surprises for you. Thanks for joining in the challenge...You and Maddy are both sooo talented, put's us all to shame.
Have a great day

Sarah

Ruth (ooffee) said...

Brilliant idea - thanks Rotty! I have just ordered some of those inks today - now I'll have to see about shaving foam (no men in this house LOL!) and try this out!

Happy Birthday, Calv! Hope you've had a great day and enjoyed your tea party!

Love your card - especially the "DUDE" sentiment and inking! Wonderful! When will you be doing some classes that I can join in?

Hugs Ruth xx

Sheena said...

Happy Birthday Calvin!!

A great tutorial too - thanks Rotty!!
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Sheena said...

Oh, and I loved the card too - the distressing technique is very effective!
xx

Sarah C said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOOU

I hope you had a lovely tea party.

Love the card you made using Maddy's sketch. It looks fab just as it is. Oh and a thank you to Rotty for that tutorial. I'd heard of the technique, but never knew how to do it :) xoxo

artycrafty said...

wonderful!
Happy Birthday Calvin and may you have a great evening!!!

Jennie said...

Oh I missed your birthday! Happy Birthday , I hope you had a good time :)
Hugs
Jennie

Nigel said...

Happy birthday Calv.

You're getting pretty handy at this card making lark ;)

maddy hill said...

isnt he just Nigel !!! lol ..
hope you had a fab day babes , thanks for joining in with the challenge you have made a fabulous card Calvin and i love the distress technique !
love
maddy x

Nora said...

Hope your birthday is everything you want and more, Calv! CHEERS!
~hugs~

Calv said...

Thanks everyone :)

I had a quiet but lovely birthday thank you, still feeling a bit icky from too much party food, but it was worth it! :)

Kimmi said...

Hi Calvin, hope you had a great birthday yesterday!! Fab card. Love the distressing technique!

Hope Rotty hasnt used all your shaving foam! :o)

Kim

joanne wardle said...

fabulous card. I don't think you overdid the punching at all. I think it's wickedly cool (or whatever the "cool kids" are saying these days!!)
to be honest I thought the speakers were tyres, but that's just because I know nothing!!

Tam said...

Hi
Happy Birthday Calvin.
Love your blog and great work indeed.
Happy crafting and enjoy your tea party.

Tami

Sue said...

LMAO, very funny and great Challenge card too, would love to have a go at distressing and will pop over to the link you gave,

Sue
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Hazel said...

Well done Calv and Rotty - strange about the shaving foam technique - there's some on my blog from earlier today (and I hadn't looked here first) x

Gez said...

Haha! Hazel's beat me here! & I didn't know she was calling!lol.

I'm just calling to say a BIG thank you to...Rotty! Thanks.x

I've just blogged a class we've done today at a mini cyber crop!

Hazel did a fantastic job!

I've linked back Calv. Hope you're having a great weekend.Gez. :-)

Hazel said...

Apologies to Rotty - I hadn't realised that Gez had got her inspiration from his tut - you are such a clever rat! x

Elaine aka Quixotic said...

Love the card Calv, and a belated Happy Birthday!!

Calv said...

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments and birthday wished, they are very much appreciated.