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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Polka Doodles Challenge while grateful to Mo Manning!

Polka Doodles have a challenge currently for an age related birthday card.     I have disobeyed all the usual rules for aesthetics and it shows BUT I love this image and I am enormously grateful to Mo Manning of Mo's Digital Pencil for allowing me to alter an image to suit this birthday card for my widowed American Uncle who will be 90 on Sunday and whose card is going to be very late given that the last Christmas post for the States was ages ago.
My cousins advised me back in the summer that it was their dad's 90th in December and whereas I don't normally send him a birthday card I thought I would for this big occasion and I'm really miffed that it's going to be late.   It got stuck on my to do list behind all of the Christmas cards and I had insufficient time to really make it work.
My uncle Steve is a big cribbage player.   A healthy lifestyle, lots of walks, a recent romance (yup - that's right) and daily cribbage is what has kept him going for all these years.  My cousin sent me a photo of a cribbage board which I printed onto Kraft and mounted on foam to give it some dimension.    She also told me where to place the "pegs" which are pearls.    Apparently, and I have no idea how to play the game, if there is a Jack facing upwards and Uncle Steve has four 5s in his hand then he will win the game from the position where his pegs are placed on the board.  My original intention was just to use the board and some cards but however I layed out the elements it just looked so empty.  I trawled the web for images playing cards and couldn't find one but I do own Mo's absolutley fabulous "Darn It" image and I could see that he would make a good card player if only he wasn't sewing!!!   I e-mailed Mo and asked if she would give permission for me to alter the image and she oh-so-kindly agreed!    I am really pleased with how it turned out.  It took me forever to make the accompanying embellishments because my playing cards looked grey and having put my Stampin Up paper, the image, the Fiskers sentiment and the other bits and bobs together, my card isn't quite balanced but I'm sure my Uncle will like it anyway - just on the basis of the image!


debby4000 said...

Oh WOW this is fantastic Lesley.

dolcreations said...

This is Fantastic...Wow! What an awesome creation! Way to go girl....he is going to LOVE it!
Have a wonderful Christmas Lesley!
Thank-you soooooooo much for the darling Christmas card! I just love it! I will keep it in my scrapbooking room so I can admire it all year! Thank-you for the stamp as are too kind!

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Polkadoodles challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Enfys said...

What a fantastic card, and what a lot of thought you put into it. Thanks for entering it into the Polkadoodle challenge this week. Merry Christmas xx

chris said...

Hi Leslie this is gorgeous, I love these last couple you have done, they are so interesting with lots to look at, very special. hugs chris xx

Faye said...

Hun, one of your gorgeous personalised cards is worth the wait! Did I say have a lovely Christmas? So sorry I didn't send a card, haven't felt much like making anything and didn't want to send a bought one. Euuuuew! xxx

Mina said...

what a brilliant way to use this Lesley...he will love it to bits I bet...Merry Christmas and I wish you and those you love a wonderfully joyous holiday season
Mina xxx

Jules said...

Wow Lesley .. .. this is totally amazing!!

So much thought and effort. I am sure your Uncle will really appreciate it.

The best thing about late birthday cards is that they usually sit on the mantlepiece longer than the ones that arrived in time LOL!!!

I feel certain this one will be kept for always!!

I hope you have a really lovely Christmas.

Love Jules xx

anita01 said...

Wauw Lesley,

Wat een schitterende kaarten en een smaakvol blog, heb enorm genoten bij je en kom graag nog eens terug.

Wens je sfeervolle kerstdagen en een creatief 2011.

Warme groetjes,
Anita xxx

lalkygirl said...

wow lesley its a fab card,i bet your uncle will love it,
late or not !
i hope you and your loved ones have a very merry christmas and a happy and healthy 2011
tracey x

Kim Piggott said...

Totally brilliant work Lesley!
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!
kim x

Andie's Space said...

Hi Lesley,
WOW! This looks fabulous & I love how you themed it. You're so wonderfully imaginative. Have a fantastic Xmas!
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

Unknown said...

Oh Lesley...what a wonderful card!! I love Mo's images too...and you have created something truly MAGICAL here, sweetie!! And it made me smile because my great uncle played cribbage every day of his life too! Thanks for sharing and for bringing back such fond memories for me!! Hugs...Pat Frank

Tiets said...

merry christmas to you and your family!
hugs Tiets

Tip Top said...

Fantastic card and it will stand out all the more because it is late!! But that is a good thing as he'll keep the card on display for longer! Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!

Audrey said...

What a fun card! I love that cribbage board. Thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles.

Saskia said...

Great card! Lovely to see your work at Polkadoodles Challenge! Thanks for joining us!

Saskia :)

Colette said...

Brilliant card, your uncle will love it, glad you could join us at Polkadoodles this week. Good Luck! Colette xx

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

A really fabulous card. Thanks for taking part in the Polka Doodles challenge.

Vintage Milly said...

Fabulous card, well done you, thanks for joining in with our challenge this week, Em.x

Jenny said...

Great card! Thanks so much for sharing with us over at Polka Doodles this week.

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along in our age related challenge this week at Polkadoodles! Great project - fabulous composition - love it! Trust Santa was good to you....Cheers Claire x

Julie said...

This is a brilliant morphing of Mo's image form a darner into a card shark!! Love it!! Fab layout and again, great embellies!! Juliexx