Saturday, 25 July 2009

Do I like a challenge?

Well I do and I have the best of intentions but then real life catches up and lately the only cards have been sample invites that take all my time and energy, then come to nothing. I've had nothing left over for "fun" makes.
But by some miracle both my children went to bed by half eight last night and I made this little train with cards. It's a First birthday card for twins - I made congratultaions cards for them last year, they were very premature and I can remember worrying about suitable wording in the circumstances but now they are two bright nearly toddlers and their Aunt, Marie, wanted a special card.
I didn't use a template, I just tried a prototype (the one with A on the front) and then put it together as I went along. It's literally a series of boxes or part boxes for the basic shape and then nestabilities circles for the wheels, cylinder ends and buffers. I made little boxes for carriages and each carriage has a simple monogram card - one for each boy. To package it I made a 2 inch deep box base with 2 card loops that went over the front and back, then wrapped cellophane over the whole thing.I've left it open at the back, as I thought it would be nice to add chocolate buttons or something into the back of the train.
It was a really fun make - dd wants one (of course) - it's her birhtday next month and time permitting my aim is to try a purple one (her fave colour) with Dora the Explorer in the train and Boots and entourage as passengers in the carriages... watch this space.


Sandie said...

What a great idea. Love it. Can't believe you didn't use a template either, great work.

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week :)

Julie M said...

Oh my - this is amazing. What a lot of work and it is just perfect. A great card for twins too.

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay again this week!


Mandy - Crafty Angel said...

omg thats amazing! fantastic work!

thanks for joining us at paperplay this week!

hugs mandyxx

MayoMom said...

Oh Wow!!!!!!!!!! That is just amazing - there is a class in that.
Another taker here - DS loves trains!!!

ineke said...

what a lot of work... but it is sooooooo beautifull!!!!
and you did al of this in just a short evening???
i would be busy for days !!!
great job!!!!

lia said...

Wonderful ..what talent and PATIENCE .A complete work of art ,well done !

Scrappinmum said...

That's such a great talent you have! My DS loves train and I won't be showing that to him!! LOL

Elisa said...

I was impressed before I read the post, but when I realized that you did yourself without any sketch, i was speechless, I wouldn't be able to draw a train, let alone make a 3D one! It is amazing!!!!

Neasa said...

Wow wow wow! that is just pure talent. I'm in awe! Yes, I got the BIA, thanks so much. I have so far made an inside out notebook (that I won a challenge with!!!) I think I need to watch some more you tube videos to figure out how to get the covers on properly! I'll try to call over Saturday to see you. Looking forward to seeing you in Athlone in Sept. too! Kisses to kiddos. x x x

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

FABulous! What a treat for the person who receives this masterpiece! :O)