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On the first Sunday of the month, at 6pm UK time, we will set a new challenge which will close on the 28th of that month at midday. The DT will pick their top three favourites and you could win a prize and join us as a Guest Designer. Winners are posted on the first Sunday in the month (midday usually) before the new challenge - don't forget to come and check if you are a winner.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Challenge #14 2013 - Daddy's taking me to the zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow, zoo tomorrow.....

Welcome to another Quirky Challenge! If you would like to see who won the last challenge click here or scroll down to the previous post.

It's my birthday today so I get to choose an extra challenge! Still on the theme of songs, this challenge is to interpret the song "Daddy's taking me to the zoo tomorrow" ..."we're going to the zoo zoo zoo, you can come too too too".

I want to see lots of zoo projects, the more zoo animals the better and we have some lovely examples to inspire you with images from our lovely sponsors.

We have some great prizes from our two generous sponsors for this challenge.

 1st prize is from Bugaboo

2nd prize is from Doodle Dragon Studios

$10 worth of images.

3rd Prize from Bugaboo
2 Bugaboo images.

Now for some wonderful inspiration from the Design Team, this will be the last challenge for Monica and Marg for now, they both joined us for two months (you can apply using the link on the page for 2 month GDT applications). We would all like to thank Monica and Marg for providing us with some wonderful contributions which I am sure have inspired you to join in. I hope you will visit their blogs and share some love. 

 I decided to make a story book for Kenny, and I only decided this last night! So today I have spent all my time (when awake) preparing this little book which is very much a work in progress (will have to print some words to cover my awful handwriting), and I will show you the rest soon! I used the Chameleon from Bugaboo, (I see that Daire likes him too, too, too), to star in my story about the zoo!

This is the inside of the front cover, and you see I have a lot of pages to go! I hope you will forgive me not getting further, as you read this I am sitting in a restaurant about to order my birthday meal, and had to stop to post this and get ready or there would have been nothing to see! (Lots more Bugaboo animals to follow).
I have completed the first two pages, and one more, and here they are, the image is Lion Topper from Bugaboo, and Chameleon. I am not sure if I need to add more words or an arrow at this point. Can you see the patch? I forgot to take my finger off the Decopatch covered page, ended up ripping a fingerprint size hole in it!

I'm not quite so skilled as the rest of our design team... so no fancy cards from me! Today I have another art journal page to share with you, using the Chameleon from Bugaboo. I tried something a bit different this time, instead of colouring the image in, I collaged scraps of painted paper to build this little guy. The background is one I've had in my sketchbook for a while... I made it from cleaning excess paint off stencils and brushes, and the colours just seemed to go perfectly with my chameleon, it's like they were meant to be! To finish the page off I outlined each element and added a simple border with a black sharpie... and there you go!

Today I want to share this stretch card for our new challenge. I used images from our sponsor  Doodle Dragon Studios. I enlarged the images and printed them according to the size of the card, then with watercolor pencil, I painted each of the images then cut them out and stuck them to the appropriate places. You can visit my blog for more images and details. (Note from Cazzy: I will be visiting to see how this wonderful card is made).

Fantastic card Doris! Here's my fold out 'zoo' I played with the images on the computer and rounded them all up and put them into cages!

 I used the Doodle Dragon images as their wild animal images are so right for this theme to go with the song title Daddy's Taking Us To The Zoo Tomorrow.
I coloured them with a mixture of Promarkers & Graph It pens, cut them out, including the cage (which was coloured with Sakura Silver Metallic pen). I cut out the scalloped oval yellow card with a spellbinder die & the music notes were cut with Dies to Die For die (I wrote the song title "Daddy's taking us to the Zoo tomorrow" in a Sakura Glitter pen) & the backing paper with paw prints on is from my own stash as is the sentiment..

 I coloured the Bugaboo Zebra with my Promarkers & Sakura Glitter/Metallic pens. I used my Dies To Die For Music Notes cutting dies to make the notes in both pink & pastel green card. The green backing paper was embossed with my Provocraft embossing folder (leaves) added the wide white ribbon. The Zebra I decided, was going to be made into a musical carousel animal & that made the decision to colour the Zebra in pastel pink & a pale green. The pole the Zebra is stuck to is a plastic straw that I cut down (I don't have the cup that it went to anyway). The last item is the banner which has the title of the song that is this challenge: "Daddy's Taking Us To The Zoo Tomorrow"

  I made a Zoo Shadow Box, showing the panda, the tiger, the ostrich ant the toucan from the Doodle Dragon Studios 20 Zoo Collection. To make these animals I used the paper piecing technique. I love the ostrich, it has a great personality.

Now lets see what you can do, lets see lots of going to the zoo!

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  1. Fabulous makes everyone, and I see new techniques I might have to try.

    Cazzy x

  2. OMGoodness - what delightful zoo projects. Your DT is first class :-) Happy Birthday to you too :-D
    IKE xxx


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