Elephant – Birthday Challenge # 3

Elephant – Birthday Challenge # 3

Kevin came up with my “Birthday Challenge” #3 (as described HERE).  He has always loved “cute” elephants. He had a few favorite stuffed elephants early on, and that became his thing. I wasn’t surprised that his first card challenge for me was to make an elephant card.  Easy, right?  Not so much… he said it had to have a moving trunk…

I had A LOT of trouble getting the trunk right. I used the spinner element die from the Karen Burniston “Spinner Square Pop-up” die set to make the trunk move. This spinning mechanism is designed to have a hidden element spin out from behind a panel, but the trunk needed to stay visible the whole time and stay positioned so it looked like it was part of his head as it moved. Ugh!! I kept playing with the size, shape, and position of the trunk to get it to work. It’s not perfect, but it does move – lol!

The elephant is an altered Silhouette file by Hero Arts (design id #41591). The leafy paper is called “Grow” by American Crafts (#354800).  The balloons were cut with dies from the “Layered Happy Birthday” set by Spellbinders (#S5-345).  The inside sentiment is from the “Flower Builders” stamp set from Gina K Designs (retired?).

The paper I used on the front is American Crafts #35322 and GKD Tranquil Teal, and the Happy Birthday die was unbranded.  I used two “Rectangle Infinity Dies” by Hero Arts for the layers.

If I were to do this again, I’d make the front coordinate better with the inside…

Thanks for checking out my card project!

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8 thoughts on “Elephant – Birthday Challenge # 3

  1. Got to love your kids. This one sure makes it to the top of the picks. Your moving trunk looks perfect to me and I love the outside. It is all about business and the inside takes care of the animal fun.

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  2. Lisa, I love that you are still working on your birthday challenges. This is a wonderful elephant with a moving trunk card! Someone is really going to enjoy getting it. That was a smart way to get the trunk to move, too.

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