Friday, September 23, 2011

Celebrating Elephants


We have a great sketch challenge by Bronwyn at Just Add Ink this week.

JAI 86 - Sketch (BB)

I was given the Under the Big Top set at Tasmanian Regionals a few weeks ago and I wanted to try it out.  I did change the sketch a little but it definitely inspired me to come up with this card. 


The elephants are standing on a ball on the stamp too but I decided to punch out 3 different sized circles of dsp from the brights stack for their circus balls instead. I thought it would look good in the dsp and I wanted the balls to vary in size.

I used Perfectly Penned for the sentiment and the celebrate today is perfect for a fun circus card I think. You can’t see it real well in the photo, but I used dazzling diamonds on the stars the elephants are holding and on the ends of the flourishes on the sentiment.  The elephants are on shimmery white and there is a rhinestone brad at the top, so it is more sparkly than it looks in the photo.


Ingredients :

Stamps : under the big top, perfectly penned

Card : black. shimmery white, pacific point, brights dsp stack, neutrals dsp stack

Ink : stazon, crumb cake

Other : crayons, aquapainter, white pen, paper piercer, glue dots, 2 way glue, dazzling diamonds, rhinestone brad, pumpkin ribbon, circle punches, scallop border punch


I think I may have made a gender and age neutral card with this one, what do you think?

Please take a look at what the rest of the design team came up with for this sketch and give it a try yourself.



  1. Kathy, I absolutely adore this card! SO clever! Thanks for posting it.


  2. I love how you have used the stamp set here, it is such a bright fun card. Thanks for the inspiration! ♥

  3. This is such a clever way to use this stamp/set. Very very creative and I think it's the perfect any-gender card!

  4. Well, this is just delightful!! I love the circus tent, and the varying sized balls, and the bright colours. Gorgeous, Kathy :)

  5. It definitely brings a smile to my face Kathy! That tent is soooo clever and I love how you perched the elephants on different sized balls - I will pinch that idea once I get my set at the Canberra regionals.

  6. what an absolutely delightful card!!!!

  7. Absolutely fabulous Kathy!...ok you have convinced me with this one, maybe l am happy l,m getting it!
    As kim said may be caseing this after regionals...Love it!

  8. Lovely card, Kathy! I must admit, the elephants are my favourites from this set and you've made them look so cute :)

  9. I love this card so much, its such a fun card. The layout, the colours and your choice of stamps really work.

  10. wow kathy, i just love your card, its really creative

  11. I truly love your creativity, Kathy! The circus tent and the little balls are so clever! I don't know how you come up with your ideas, but they are always so unique and AWESOME! The elephants appear to have a little blush on their cheeks and I love them too. Adorable to the max!

  12. Stunning card - the elephant image is adorable

  13. This is such a great card Kathy, and I just adore your little circus tent!

  14. Oh love this card Kathy. Falling in love with this stamp more and more. So fun and bright.

  15. I love this card - especially the stack of elephants! In the UK we got this set at regional training too, so have been looking for ideas with it.

  16. This is probably one of the best examples of how to use that set. I love it.

  17. What an adorable card! Love the tent:)


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