Wednesday 23 March 2011

Russel’s 50th birthday – meet Elvis the Owl

Last weekend we had a fantastic time at our dear friend Russel's 50th birthday party, so I wanted to share the card I made for him. Russel is one of the kindest guys you'd ever hope to meet, so I wanted to make him a special card...but what to do? He loves listening & playing music & is a big Elvis fan, so I thought a music theme would be good, plus he has a great sense of humour so I wanted it to be a fun card. Enter Splitcoast sketch challenge 324, my trusty owl punch, tiny scraps of card, & some Elegant Soiree DSP & you get...Elvis the Owl!
He's ready for his close-up, so you can see him better...
I am quite chuffed to say I came up with Elvis all on my own. Most of the pieces are just normal owl bits & hopefully you can see what I've done from the pic, but just some little things...
To make the collar, I cut a little slit in an owl chest piece, so I could fold down the top. The belt is just a strip of card & the buckle is metallic silver card.
I wanted him to wear sunglasses (which clearly all rock owls must), so I used Crystal Effects® on the smaller circle & added a spot of white gel pen. I wasn't sure about how they turned out, but he just didn't look 'rock' enough with normal eyes.
The wings holding his Grunge Rock guitar are 2 step birdie punch wings folded over. The guitar is inked with not quite navy, but I stamped off first.
A bit more on the layout – I used Splitcoast sketch challenge 324 - just turned it upside down & stretched it into a square. This is the great sketch.
The final card front is 14.8 x 14.8cm. I used marina mist for the base (really love this newest blue), teamed with Elegant Soiree DSP & a little soft suede & vanilla for the Curly Cute greeting. When I was editing the pics, I realised I'd unintentionally used almost the same combo as this card. Apparently my current go-to male colours! The Timeless Type numbers got another run through too – I stuck two together for extra strength. Oh, before I forget, here's the inside of the card - I just repeated some paper & added another guitar.
OK, I think that's all I need to say, except Russ & his gorgeous wife (& fellow stamper) Nicky really liked Elvis, so I was really happy. Finding it a bit hard to concentrate, as our house is vibrating & so noisy with the sound of electric saws & nail guns. The good news is that it's due to our new floor being finally laid (yes girls, classes getting closer now!). If you'd like any more info, just drop me a line & leave a comment if you like Elvis. Thanks for stopping by.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Some Elvis Trivia – while googling to try to find an Elvis owl to case, I discovered that Elvis actually had a suit with a big silver owl belt – strangely enough called the blue owl suit! of course my Elvis the owl had to wear a blue suit too.

Stamps: Grunge Rock (Summer Mini), Curly Cute
Card/Paper: marina mist, soft suede, very vanilla, crumb cake, not quite navy, metallic silver, card Elegant Soiree DSP
Ink: marina mist, soft suede ink pad, not quite navy marker, white gel pen
Accessories: Crystal Effects®
Tools: 2 step owl punch, 2 step bird punch, Big Shot, Timeless Type junior alphabet dies


Sarah Milbourn Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator said...

Love it Di! So cute and so clever! I bet Nikki and Russell loved it. Sxx

Liam said...

Extremely clever. Just love this idea. The owl looks so cute with his rock guitar. Love it.


Unknown said...

Love this card and that owl is too stinkin' cute!! Great job!! I will be featuring this on My Crafty Picks #9 on 3-27-11. If you wish to decline please email me at

Take care

Sonia G said...

This is so funky! I love it!

Kim Butterworth said...

Very Groovy card, I love blue and brown together and that owl is just awesome.

Marilyn Goodrich said...

Rock on! Your Elvis rules :-)

Sam said...

This little guy is SO cute Di! You've also used my current favourite-est DSP EVAH...sigh! I think I may have to stock up on this one in due course.


H2 :) said...

This little fellow is absolutely gorgeous Diane! Especially love his blue suit & all your attention to detail. Brilliant card - love the colours. TFS :)

Christine Blain said...

Di, this is FANTASTIC! I'll bet it was the birthday boy's favourite card! Elvis the Owl is just way too cute, and I love his little guitar. Beautiful card!

Joy Jones said...

Over the top cuteness!!! Love it!