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PENNY HANUSZAK, CONSULTANT, Independent Stamping Up Demonstrator, http://pennyhanuszak.stampinup.net


Friday, May 13, 2011

Monkey56: A Kid Card + Sketch Challenge and Guest Designer

Last week I posted a My Digital Studio Scrapbook layout for the A La Card Monkey54:  challenge.  My entry was a picture of my dog Murphy and I was absolutely thrilled to find out I was a runner up along with Heidi and Lucianna ........whoo hoo!!!!! The blog candy was won by Kathy the Paper Stamper for her absolutely fabulous "Serengeti" design.   Anyway one of the great things about being a runner up on this site  is you're invited to be a Guest Designer for one of the next challenges, and here it is, Monkey56: a Kid Card + Sketch
I have to say this challenge really had me putting on my thinking cap as I don't make a lot of kid cards and as such, don't have many kid orientated stamp sets or designer papers. While I was struggling with what's current and what kids like inspiration finally hit me. My soon to be 3 years old nephew loves all things Sesame Street so why not make him a card based on one of the Sesame Street characters.  Forgive me but not having kids and being relatively old in the what's "hip" department I couldn't remember what the characters looked like apart from Big Bird so I had to hunt for some pictures before tackling this sketch.  In the end I was able to design this card for him by using Stampin' Ups beautiful Celebrations DSP, Brights Collection cardstock, and a variety of circle punches.  And here is the card:

What do you think?  I think Ian will love it.  The outside is pretty straight-forward and follows the sketch but I've added a twist on the inside of the card.  I've repeated the character on the inside but scored across the top three scallops so that it folds back revealing a birthday message. layered underneath it.
Closeup of Embellishment on Card Front.  Since it's Ian's 3rd birthday I added some circles stacked with dimensionals and a # 3 cut out from the DSP to lend a focal point and provide interest to the card front. 

This is the inside of the card.  The face lifts up to reveal a hidden message.

This shows the label flipped up and the Happy Birthday stamp from the Punch a Bunch set in Pear Pizzazz.
Sketch:  A La Card Monkey  Monkey56:  Kid Card and Sketch
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Real Red (card base), Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Black, Pumpkin Pie
DSP: Celebrations Designer Series Paper Pg. 173 IB&C  #117164
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Set:  Happy Birthday Sentiment from Punch Bunch (Occasions Mini)
Accessories:  Pear Pizzazz Satin Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" 1" and 11/4" circle punches, 2" and 2  1/2" Circles die cut, 3 large gold brads (non  SU).


Patti said...

So cute!

paper bag create said...

Great job Penny!!! Love the birthday card and I'm sure that your nephew will be thrilled!! :)

Heidi said...

Penny! Your card is ADORABLE!! I think it's perfect..and your nephew will LOVE it! My favorite part if the way you made the elmo flip up to reveal a message inside. So happy to be guest designers with you! :)

Shirley Pumpkin said...

So Cute, look what a great card you came up with even though you were out of your element. Thanks for being a GD for us at A La Card Monkey!!

Sarah Milbourn Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator said...

So very cute, Penny!

Bev Gomez said...

OMG Penny! That is a great card. I love it! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog about losing my brother. Life must go on and thank God for my stamping business and people like you! Are you going to convention? I am at the Shilo so look me up if you are! God Bless,Bev

Anne Marie said...

Oh. My. CUTENESS!! Love your fun Elmo card! So bright and cheerful and perfect for a little one! Thanks for sharing this idea and inspiring me! Hugs! :)