Wednesday 7 September 2011

Miner Ailment & A Sketch

Grab a cuppa chums, this is a long post!!!
It's Wednesday already & it's time for a new Sketch Challenge over at 
Woo Hoo! Feels like a very long time!!!!
Here's my card!

Here's the sketch
(sorry it's a bit blurry)

I made an easel "Get Well" card!
 I used the Sketch for the layout of the main easel section of the card.
You may have to study it a little to see the sketch!
I used some yellow cardstock for the base card.
The DP's I have used are called Charcoal Prints, 
by Sandra Ranarison for Dovecraft!
I've had them in my stash for ages!
The images I have used are Cole Miner & Coal Cart
Both of course from the fabulous Bonibleaux Designs, 
Is he not the cutest little miner you've ever seen!
He's dirty, so dirty, covered in coal dust, but he's oh soo cute!

I coloured the images with Promarkers then fussy cut round them.
I deliberately tried to keep Cole muted & dusty looking, 
just like he was down a mine shaft!
There was a large mining community where I grew up, 
so I was well  used to seeing lots of these pale dusty looking chaps around.

(I didn't plan on the dirty face & I'm not even sure how it happened but 
it sure adds a certain something! lol Actually, every time I look at him he seems to be dirtier)

 The Sentiments were both done in my graphics programme on the pc.
The triangle one was originally going to be just that but then I thought 
it would look better fussy cut too!
The font I have used is Charcoal First & you can download it free here.
I added a shadow to it to make it look like there was poor light!

I cut the circle sentiment out using a nestie & matted it onto 
a circle of black card!

I had to include a little canary for Cole to make sure he was 
safe from any pockets of gas! 
I used some bakers twine to "hang" the cage up
& I added some card candy!

You can just see the little panel I added inside for a message.
I added another to the back of the card too!
I hope you like him! I had a lot of fun with this one!
I hope you an find the time to enter the sketch challenge!

Now I must also remind you that the Halloween Images over at 
are all on 50% sale at present (excluding new releases)
& some of them will be retiring soon to make room for the  new citizens of Dudeville!
Make sure you pop over & check them out before you miss out!

Okay, so, this card was made with a few challenges in mind!
I'd therefore like to enter it into the following:
I Love Promarkers Metal Embellishment/Charm
Your Next Stamp Challenge  Inspired by a song (Working In A Coal Mine-Lee Dorsey)
Creative Card Crew Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges Just Charming (my canary in the cage)
Papertake Weekly Anything Goes, Use A Shaped Card
Top Tip Tuesday Easel Card
Cards For Men G is for (grubby)
Crafty Boots Anything Goes
Creative Stamp Friends Card For a Man
Make It Monday Anything Goes
Woodware USA Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenges Funny Or Punny
Sentimental Sundays Thinking of You
Sweet Stampin' Anything but a Birthday


  1. Oh so CUTE! Love the card and the sentiment is fabulous. Great idea about the bird cage too. VERY CUTE!

  2. What a fantastic card Dawn, I had a right wee giggle at it. Really fantastic. Lee x

  3. Just love this card, Great fun! and love your sentiment too! great Bloke card!

    There are loads of ways for you to win! @ Top Tip Tuesday so check out the rules....

    but you can get extra entries by visiting DT and or other challengers leave them a message and tell them you saw their card at Top Tip Tuesday
    Thanks for joining in the fun for our 1st Birthday challenge,
    hugs Samantha

  4. Great card. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Boots. Zo x

  5. Fab card, thanks for joining us at CCC xx Jan

  6. Dropped in seeing your card on MIM.
    Such a humorous card. Well Done

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  7. Great easel card using Cole! Love the sentiment and wonderful coloring.

  8. What a fun sentiment!! Cute card!! Thanks for joining us this week at Woodware USA!!

  9. Such a great "Miner" sentiment, Dawn! Fabulous easel card. Love your take on the sketch, too. :-)

  10. Dawn, I just had to comment on this Fabulous Card!!!!!
    It's just purrrrrfect! I love Cole - he's such a cutie - like you I grew up in a big mining community & know what you mean about the pale but dirty faces!!!!
    As for the Canary - you couldn't have found a better embellishment anywhere.
    Top Marks for you Dawn.
    This has got to be my favourite card this year!!!!
    Take care Dawn, Catch up soon, Big Hugs, Tilly x

  11. Fantastic card! Love all the elements, especially the canary in a cage.

  12. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your card Dawn, love the sentiment and the little embellishment too. :)

  13. Fab masculine card! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday with our birthday bash Easel card/box challenge! Remember if you stop by the DT blogs you will be in with a chance of winning more prizes!!! (I apologise if you have tried to see mine i forgot to schedule it but its there now!), and why not visit some of the other challengers and leave them a comment - again more chance to win! Good Luck and hope to see you again soon!

  14. lol what a fun card and sentiment !! A perfect combo ! Thanks for playing along with us this week, at My Craft Spot !

  15. Beautiful card. Love that image.

    Thanks for playing along with our new challenge at creative stamp Friends.

    Hugs, Katja

  16. What a coal, I mean cool card!! The sentiment is hilarious, great way to put a smile on someone who's not feeling well!

  17. Oh my goodness, now that is too cute! Really made me smile! Thanks for joining us this week at My Craft Spot!


  18. Nice card! with cute image and colors. TFS with us at The Corrosive Cha.
    Zulma DT

  19. Ooh I did laugh at this one, what a great card! Definitely one to bring a smile to the face of the recipient! Fab take on the sketch. Thanks so much for playing along with Sweet Stampin x

  20. Brilliant card! thanks for joining in with us at Stampin with the Dragon.
    Kevin xx

  21. This is SO fun and clever! I laughed when I read the sentiment! You've done such a good job putting this together!
    Thanks so much for playing along at My Craft Spot!
    Small Bits of Paper

  22. Your card is so adorable - love that little miner image.

  23. Hi Dawn...what a fabulous card, great image...a perfect card for a bloke!!

    Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.


  24. Wow, your card is wonderful. The image is so sweet.
    Thanks for joining us at the Top Tip Tuesday Birthday challenge and good luck.


  25. This is absolutely wonderful! Love the sentiment, the charm, and how you've incorporated the coal trucks in the background!

  26. What a great card dawn - it's fab! Cole certainly is a great character and I love his 'dirtiness'! Great colouring.

    Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this week to celebrate our 1st Birthday! Make sure you haven’t missed out on any of our amazing prizes this week – pop over to TTT to make sure you’re entered into ALL of our prize draws :)

    Carol x

  27. Fab card!!! That canary embellie is just marvelous!!! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog and for playing with us this week at Top Tip Tuesday. :)

  28. Hahahaha....this rocks! (get it?) LOL... Seriously though, this card is so cute and funny. Lovely work here and thank you so much for sharing it with us at Make It Monday!
    Good luck to you and have a great weekend.
    Lisa xx

  29. What a fab card, you just have to smile. Jo x

  30. Cute card! I love the funny sentiment and digi! Thanks for joining the fun at My Craft Spot!

    My Craft Spot

  31. LOL... great male card...

    Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

  32. Such a brilliant card. Well done on thinking that sentiment up,
    H xx

  33. Such a stinkin cute get well card, the sentiment just cracks me right up, it would even make the sickest smile. Thanks for joining the challenge at My Craft Spot.

  34. fabulous card , i love the charm and the sentiment -just brilliant ! thanks for playing along at I ♥ promarkers this week -Kate x

  35. Ha ha, great card, it is very whimsical.

    Thank you for entering the first Crafty Boots challenge.


  36. fantastic project hun and great use of the charm, thaks for joining us at creative craft challenges and good luck,
    hugs sandra DT

  37. This card is beyond cute. I love everything about it. Thanks so much for joining us at Stamping Dragon Designs.


  38. Fabulous card! I love the saying and everything! I saw it on TTT.

  39. Always a fan of a punny card! Thanks for playing along with the first crafty boots challenge! Amyxx

  40. Hee hee, very funny! Thanks for playing along with Fab N Funky this week!

  41. Ha, ha, ha. This is brilliant Dawn. Love it, lol. Thanks for taking part at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

  42. Oh, he is a hoot! Love the easel card :) Thanks for playing with us this week at Fab'n'Funky, we hope to see you back and Good luck!

  43. A fab card, I love it. Thanks for joining us at I ♥ Promarkers this week.

    Julie W x

  44. Wow... your card is perfect in all... great styling.

    Thanks for joiing us to Creative Stamps friends.
    Hugs Anja

  45. Wooaaw, this is AWESOME!! Great motiv and i love the touch of colours in all the grey.

    Thanks for joining us at Kreative Stempelfreunde/Creative Stamp Friends this time. Hope to see you next at the next challenge to :)
    Hugs, Nina.

  46. Simply "pun-tastic" :P Thanks very much for playing along with us at both Corrosive and the Creative Card Crew :D

  47. Awesome! Love the pun! What a fabulous, fun masculine get well card! Love your card candy and the bird cage charm is a wonderful addition! Thanks for joining us at The Corrosive Challenge for "Funny or Punny"! :)


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Dawn xx