Thursday, January 28, 2010

Mo's Challenge # 16

Shades of Gray

This is my DT card for Mo's Challenge #16.
This week our hostess, Lisa Cook, asked that we use all shades of gray for our creations. Everything must be gray, including the image. I was a bit intimidated at the thought, until I remembered Mo's "The Tramp", and decided on doing a card with a silent movie theme.  I used a film strip stamp and stamped "Happy Birthday" in all the frames. I made the movie reel, layering several CS circles, then added the black and white gingham ribbon to look as if the film were unwinding. I Googled images of tickets, then printed them out in gray. The scrolls are a die cut from Quickcutz. I think they give it the right look, as there were always scrolls on the dialogue frames in the old-time movies.  I came up with the sentiment and printed it using the computer. Inside it continues, "but I'm not talking!". I finished it off with a few black mini brads.
I feel as if this challenge really tested my skills and imagination, but I really like how it turned out!.
Now let's see what you'll come up with!

Love Birds!

I really like this image! It's available free to members of Mo's Digital Pencil  SNR and PCP groups. I erased the original "Home, Sweet Home" using a card program, and put in my own wording.
I colored it with Copics and cut it out with my Cuttlebug and Nesties. I backed it with a doiley and mounted it on Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses DP using 3M mounting tape.
The flower was made using the Stampin' Up! scalloped circle punch and two smaller punches for the center. The branches were made with a Martha Stewart punch.
The hearts were made by gluing SU! Groovy Guava card stock onto lightweight cardboard (I use cereal boxes!), and were cut out with my Cuttlebug and a heart die. I used mounting tape for them, also.
It's finished off with satin ribbon, a Martha Stewart punched border, and some pearl cabochons. It's an unusual color combination, but I think it works.
The mini birdhouses are from my collection, and the carved purple finch (our State Bird) was a gift from my husband, years ago.


Dawn B. said...

Great job Elaine..This is the perfect image.

Sandy Hulsart said...

Elaine, you did a wonderful job on the Shades of Gray challenge. Love the film reel and the gingham ribbon, so clever.

Cherie said...

WOW!! Elaine how clever of you. Your card for this weeks challenge is a show stopper love it. x

Cathy said...

Elaine, Your Shades of Grey card is fabulous. Love all the "movie" details. Love it!!

Catherine said...

Elaine I do love the card you made for the challenge ! It is so cleverly done ! I am going to enter the challenge too because I just adore Mo's designs ! Smiles from Catherine

stampinfrog said...

This is so stunning!Love the shades of grey and this image of Mo's is fantastic!

The Wired Angel said...

Your card is very creative Elaine! So perfect for this challenge. Thanks for always getting around to all of the participants each week.. I do notice it and appreciate your involvement very much!

Julie said...

Wow - stunning!! Truly fabulous and all your elements go to create a very special card! Juliex

Elizabeth said...

You did a great job with the shades of grey and Charlie!! Beautiful movie details.

joey said...

Hi Elaine

two fabulous cards I love all the film strip on the grey card, and the gingham ribbon compliments it so well.


Candy said...

Hi Elaine,
Oh my goodness! You rocked the black and white challenge with your Charlie Chaplan image!! Wonderful idea with the film reel and ribbon!!
Your birds are just beautiful. Would love to know what colours you used for them. Such a very pretty card, and yet different for Valentine's Day.
Beautiful work on both cards :o)
Hugs, Candy