Friday, 13 September 2013

On the road to Mandalay . . . . . .

Good morning everyone. Friday the 13th Eeeeeeek !!!  Hope this finds you happy and well. I also hope its not too cold or wet in your bit of the world. Although we have cranked the tog rating up a notch, no need for the heating yet thankfully. I have to go through my snuggle under my Shaun the Sheep fleece blanket for 7 consecutive days before its deemed cold enough for the heating to be switched on hahaha !!! No blanket required as yet.
Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. Nesta and I had a lovely time on Wednesday. A funny film at the pictures (thank goodness for Orange Wednesdays otherwise it would have been pricey) and a fab lunch too. Happy times !!!

A very warm welcome to Carol (Carol49gtlum) who has kindly become my 21st follower. Thank you so much and if you get chance, be happy to hear what you think about my offerings or life or the universe or anything really. Haven't had chance to check if you have a blog at the time I'm typing but rest assured, if you have, I shall swing by to say hello.
Patricia, you get back in this pond right now !!! I thought you Scots were a hardy bunch but as you're not, I've had the pond heated for you.
Val, I hope that your scan went ok and that it didn't cause you to panic. Glad you had a nice time with Wendy the day beforehand.

Now, to today's card. I said I had been asked to make a "rustic" elephant card for Thursday. Turned out Nesta actually meant ethnic . . . . . I was sort of relieved as I wasn't sure what a rustic one looked like lol !!! She then changed her mind and decided she wasn't giving me much notice. Then she changed her mind again . . . . . . Wednesday afternoon, still required for Thursday . . . . . .gulp !!! (for her Brother in Laws birthday)
Now, I don't have anything remotely elephant orientated so I had to look through books etc for inspiration, then hand draw what you see and colour it in with, hate to say this to you colourists, felt tips I got from the Pound Shop . . . . . I can hear the gasps now . . . .  sorry ladies. I did use metallic Promarkers for the shiney bits though.

The white spots were done with a white gel pen and . . . . . . Tippex . . . . . .sorry again.
The base card is a piece of A4 black card Hougied in half and there are several mats and layers of black and white, with gold metallic marker round the edges. 
I topped the picture with acetate (Yea, its taken me over 12 months but finally I use some acetate) then made a 4mm frame from black card to hide the tape (bonkers or what ?).
I did enjoy doing it as its another "out of the comfort zone" project and I had a call to say Nesta's BiL was very happy with his card.
I did try and upload another photo of Nellie's head but computer say no.

Hope its not too much of a shocker. Have a wonderful day folks and thanks for popping by the (heated) pond.

Ang x


  1. Well Ang, I think you have done a fabulous job with your card, firstly your hand drawn elephant is wonderful, the colouring (with your pound shop pens) is fantastic - goes to show how good a crafter you are as you were able to do this wonderful card without all the fancy tools., well done.
    Glad you had a good day out and enjoyed your film, I am meant to be away up to Inverness tomorrow, but maybe my big sister won't be speaking to me after letting everyone now it was her birthday!!! No I think I am forgiven well I hope so. Weather better be better none stop rain since 5pm yesterday, I think the dogs will be getting a very short walk this morning, this duck don't do water running down her, unless she is in the shower.
    Have a good day. Hazel xxx

  2. How clever are you, drawing an elephant free hand then using felt tips to colourt it. Very brave, delightful Ang I love the way you overcame the problem of not having an image and drawing it. You have captured it beautifully. We up north need the heating on as the temperature has dropped dramatically, the north south divide, but we are a hardy lot.

    Wilma x x x

  3. Good morning Ang,
    Wow! A heated Duck Pond .... great here I come.
    What a fantastic creation, that elephant is a "work of art" I love everything you have done to get the effect you have.
    You are amazing with all your different techniques ...... Just goes to show you do not need to spend a fortune to create something so stunning.

    You will be glad to know Hazel has been forgiven.
    We will be travelling together to see Kate (Cullisocks) in Inverness on Saturday
    Have a great day

    Patricia xxx

  4. Well done Ang, looks great and you must have a good hand!!!xxxxxxxxxxx

  5. Hi Ang,
    What a fabulous drawing, you are very clever, just goes to show you don't always have to buy expensive craft items. Getting a tad colder here in the south east, have had the heating on a couple of evenings, can't stand to be cold.

  6. Good morning Ang and what a creation. If you had not told us you had drawn and coloured it I would have thought it was a picture you had used, it is so good and the colours you have used look so authentic ethnic as well. Best wishes Jackie

  7. Hi folks, thanks for the lovely comments. Just wanted to clarify, I didn't draw this from my imagination (vivid as my imagination can be at times lol) It was a combo of a couple of pictures, one where I liked the shape of Nellie and the others that I liked the colours on. If it had been big enough to trace, trust me, I would have. If only you could see all the rubbing out under the felt tip lol ! And don't zoom in or you will see my lines are not that straight lol !
    Ang x

  8. Hi Ang. I was just about to congratulate you on your freehand drawing but then I read your comment. I still think it's a great, great card ethnic although I think rustic might have caused some problems.
    Sadly I was sent home from the hospital without the scan as my doctor was taken into hospital. I'm sure there's some irony there. Anyway I went back this morning and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be although I kept my eyes tightly closed and made cards in my head.
    Weather still ok here and still only sleeping under a sheet.
    Have a lovely day.
    Love Val x

    1. Hi again folks. I did draw this freehand but not from my head. It was inspired by pictures. Sorry, I should learn to articulate myself better.
      Ang x

  9. Well Ang, I think this is one fabulous card, and your image is wonderful. How clever of you to make and do with your tools so to speak, mother of invention, sort of thing when you've not got the right things.

    The colours are fantastic, no wonder the recipient like it.
    Have a great weekend, Kate x

  10. Hi Ang,
    there is no end to your amazing talents. This is very superb card, and hand drawn image,and so wonderfully coloured too. Love it.
    Have a wonderful crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  11. Hi Ang, Wow!, this is fantastic, well done you. It does not matter what media you use its the outcome at the end and this looks fabulous.

    Thank you for the lovely comments on my blog, do get some baubles I have not long had mine, tip-they are cheaper from than create and craft, I tend to look around for my dies now as you can easily get them roughly £5 cheaper or more.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  12. Good morning Ang
    Looking forward to seeing your Oramami boxes Hazel is hooked on making them as well.
    I made so may last year at Christmas, filled them with "home made goodies" everyone who giot one was delighted.
    Have a fantastic weekend

    Patricia xxx