Friday 25 June 2021

John's Birthday Card, finished At Last! + Up Date Link to freebie Papers

 This is Hubby/John's Birthday card. Flowers? Gnomes? A mice? No! Well, yes but below is the back of the card, in my potting shed, which he built for me. His workshop/garage (far too small for a car to fit in!) shares a wall, this is my side of the wall  outside in the garden where the potty shed is.... and... above is inside his garage...


 ... where John keeps all his tools and bikes and things. The tall red tool box, with it's drawers and pull down lid, was  my inspiration for the card. So I've added, wires, gas bottles, cogs,  nuts, bolts, saws, hammers,  scissors and goggles. The card tells a story. John's spent the best part of the last eighteen months rebuilding his dad's (and Uncle's old bike) which, he rescued from a field some thirty odd years ago and stored in the little shed attached to his Office (Man Cave) where it stayed. It was covered in rust and rat the artical he wrote for a motorbike magazine he said mice, thinking they sounded far cuter than rats!

 He always wanted to rebuild the bike but years passed and every time he looked at it, the task seemed an impossible one! And then we had a pandemic and lockdown happened. That became the perfect time! He took pictures of the bike's slow recovery and wrote an artical for a members only bike magazine where it was published. It was a bit like "Trevor's Broom" as so much of the bike was just rust!  But he finshed it! 

John off for a day trip around The Isle of Wight.
When I first made the card it had a BIG mouse on it, but it didn't look right, then.... my Lawn Fawn order arrived, so I whipped off the big mouse and added lots of little mice from the Bubbles of Joy set and they were just perfect. I even managed to fix a thread from the rag to the little mouse's paw! 

   And on the other side, made it look like the little mouse was having a drink from the dripping watering can. To go with this, I've also made a bench card, which I'll add later.

This type of card is called a Chalk Board Card, although I have added lots of things around the bottom so you can't really see the legs and because it was double sided I didn't make the window box stick out. The idea came from Sam Calcott, her YouTube Tutorial is here

Well, I hope you liked it and will have a go at making one too! Hoping to add this to a few challenges later. Thank you for stopping by!


 PS Forgot. Because I couldn't write inside or on the back of the card, I downloaded a freebie Bike and turned that into a pull out card that just fits inside. To download this decoupage bike and 96 freebie Debbie Moore papers go to Crafts Beautiful. You may have to sign in.

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  1. OMGoodness - what an AWESOME card !!!! It's just fantastic :-)
    Superb job with that bike xoxo

  2. Wow! That's some card making....have a good birthday John.
    Love all those little mice, Job comes to mind!!! lol
    Sending you an email later. ..

  3. Amazing, amazing amazing. I could look at this for hours and still see something different. John must be thrilled to have such a wonderful card that tells a fantastic story. The finished bike looks brilliant. Well done to both of you. Elaine

  4. Fabulous card for your hubby. Love the card a lot. The mice and gnome are so cute on it. Hope John has a wonderful day. Edwina Brown

  5. Cool card! Love all the texture and elements! The motorcycle he rebuilt looks awesome!

  6. Awesome project. I love it. Thanks for entering your card at Penny's Paper crafty challenge
    Superrrrrr je kaart. Echt tof. Leuk dat je meedoet met onze challenge bij Penny's Paper crafty challenge

    DT Penny's Paper crafty challenge

  7. WOW WOW WOW your card is absolutely amazing a real labour of love and great attention to the little details a perfect keepsake little mice and all lol-and well done to your hubby for a brilliant job well done-love the motorbike tag too-just perfect.Thank you for joining us at Krafty Chicks and hope you will join us again
    Carol GDT x

  8. Such a brilliant and detailed card! I am sure your partner was over the moon to receive this. Very thoughtful, and I was smiling so much while reading it :) Thank for you sharing this amazing card with us. Looking forward to more!
    Hugs, Kinjal - DT Penny's paper crafty challenge

  9. super mooie kaart
    bedankt voor het meedoen aan onze challenge
    groetjes jolanda bongers
    dt girlz rebel challenge

  10. Oh this is so much fun and beautifully put together! What a joy it must have been for him to open and see how personalized it was. Very creative, bravo! Hugs, Autumn


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