Saturday, 13 August 2016

Elephant love

Hello lovely people,

It's weekend time again so I hope you are having fun!

I had something else lined up to blog today but decided that since it was World Elephant Day yesterday that the pair of birthday cards I made for some lovely blog buddies were more appropriate...

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)

I have coloured the elephants with Copics but I do want to try colouring these cuties with Inktense pencils as well...I'm pretty sure they will look gorgeous either way!

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)

The buttons are clear buttons that I customised by adding washi tape across the back and trimming down.  The pattern shows through but in a lovely subtle way.

This worked out so well that I now need to get my hands on some more clear buttons because I only had a couple!

Cute handmade elephant birthday card (image is Adorable Elephants by My Favourite Things)


Looking at the photo above reminds me...does anyone else trim twine because it's too fluffy?!

Yes, I know it's supposed to be rustic and fluffy but my neat freak brain just can't cope with long strands all over the place, especially on the bow, so I always find myself tidying it up a little - lol!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Card recipe;
DP: My Girl - American Crafts
Button: from stash

Copic colours;
Elephant: T0/1/2/3/4
Elephant ears: R000/00/01/30 (R00/0120/21 on darker one)
Aqua balloon: BG10/11/13
Pink balloon: R30/32/35
Ground: E40/41/42

18 comments:

Ali said...

Gorgeous!!

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Such adorable ellies and loving the two colour combos equally. Great idea with the washi tape. Had to buy the scalloped borders after seeing you use them x

Chrissy said...

Your little elephant is adorable Kat and love your CAS designs and the stitching..gorgeous.

luv CHRISSYxx

Squirrel x said...

Kat! You're shading on these cuties is breathtaking hun - you know it's there but it doesn't slap you in the face. Both stunning cards sweetie - best source of clear buttons is hubby's shirts :D xx

Gibmiss said...

Fabulous cards Kat.. Beautifully coloured as always...
Love your idea with the buttons...
Hugs Sylvie xx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Kat, these two are so so super uber cute! I love that wee elephant set and it would suit so many purposes! Utterly gorgeous cards, I love the two colour palettes and as always, your fabulous stitching utterly rocks! The washi tape/clear button trick, inspired!! Never would have thought of that and they look fabulous!! Love this to bits hun. Hugs, Wends xoxo (Hope Dr Hubby is having fun with his new game, my hubby's well jel!)

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Just showed this to my wee boy Zac (he's 6) his response... "Mama, you're cuting me out!" - His way of saying it's uber cute! So there you go xoxo

Christine L said...

Ooh such fabulous colouring of that cute elephant Kat... I can never manage to get elephants 'right'! Love your gorgeous cards... and what a clever button idea! I've certainly logged that one!

And yes... I'm another twine trimmer!! LOL! I have some hemp cord too, which needs no trimming!

Big hugs and Happy Sunday
Christine x

Linda Levoir said...

These are so adorable! Love the way you coloured them and the colour combos you chose. What a great idea using washi tape behind the buttons, I never know what to do with washi tape. I'm with you on the button twine, I do try and buy smooth twine when I can because I'n not a huge fan of the hairy look, I don't often do rustic, and yes I have trimmed my button twine before lol! :) xx

Jennifer Bradley said...

How could anyone resist such a cute little elephant like this. Love the colouring and as always a fabulous design. Hugs ~Jennifer xx

Kerri said...

Great card love it!!

Sarah said...

These are totally adorable Kat and I love what you have done with the buttons, such a clever touch xx

Brenda said...

Belated Happy Elephant Day! Darling cards, I love your idea to colorize the clear buttons with washi...brilliant!

Tracy Freeman said...

Both so adorable Kat, brilliant idea with the washi. And yep I'm a twine trimmer lol sending hugs xxx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

Two adorable Ellie cards Kat. Such gorgeous colouring on both these images and pretty CAS designs using the lovely papers. Thanks for sharing your idea with the washi tape, I have a few reels of the stuff and just don't know what to do with them, mind if I 'borrow' that idea?
I hope your return to work isn't too stressful.
Lorraine

Annette said...

ADORABLE!!!!

Lynsey said...

Hi Kat, these cards are super cute! I love your button idea! I may have to borrow that!
Hugs Lynsey x

Janice said...

How cute is this elephant? Love the design of your card and such a great idea with the washi tape and buttons! I think you may have stared a mad rush now on the sales of clear buttons!
Janice x