Monday, April 12, 2010

Hang in there!

I've been wanting to participate in a challenge over at Cinema Saturday forever, and when the movie of the week was Up!, I knew I couldn't let another week pass me by.  I love this movie so very much -- Carl (the little old man) looks so much like my Grandpa Neves, who passed away about 12 years ago.  He was so special to me, so of course the opening sequence of the movie made me start crying right away.  The whole movie is just uplifting and wonderful, and I LOVE it!  Phew.  Okay, my love fest is over.  The challenge was to use balloons on a project inspired by the movie.  The inside of this card says "Hang in there!"  I think about how Carl kept the memory of his wife alive and never gave up on their dreams together, and how my grandpa -- a real-life hero to me -- worked for 30 years at a job he hated (he worked for the IRS) so that he could support my grandma and their large number of children and ensure her a good retirement.  He knew how to "hang in there," and I think we can all use that kind of encouragement from time to time!

For this card, I just punched hearts from scraps of paper, added a few more diecuts for clouds, trees, and a little house, then doodled all around the edges and added the little guy hanging on for dear life.  The clouds, balloons, and the big tree are popped up on 3D foam.  I cut the card base a little smaller than usual so that all the elements could come out from the edges to add to the 3D effect and still fit in a regular envelope.  The 3D is another little shout-out to the movie!

Materials:  PP -- Scenic Route; Punch (heart) -- EKSuccess; Diecuts (little circles, clouds) -- Cricut

15 comments:

CraftsManda said...

What a great card and sweet story behind it! I love the colors and the little guy hanging on. You are too clever!!

Tonya said...

Oh my goodness! This is adorable! I haven't seen the movie but I love your description of how it relates to your own life. Thanks for sharing! I love, love, love those heart balloons hanging off the side!

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Looe the whimsy of this design - nice job!

Brooke S said...

I jumped up and down in my chair when I just decided to look on you blog today.. What a COOL surprise!!!!!!!! I looked at the card you made and thought this card reminds me of UP.. then I started scanning you post super fast to see if you had done this for any specific challenge and WAHOO! it was our Cinema challenge.... I am so proud to have you play with us this week... Thanks for making my day.... <3....

I love the sweet card you made... The kraft background is a deal breaker for me... I {heart} kraft paper... I love the free spirited interpretation you did with your paper piercing. So endearing... I LOVE IT ALL!

I agree this movie is so sweet I just want to cry when I watch this movie.. I reminds me of my grandpa as well... My Zach is a funny little guy with all theses random facts just like Russell as well...

PLEASE join us again.. WE are so happy you played...

HUGE CYBER HUGS
BROOKE

Toni said...

oooh what a wonderful card I love the little guy floating off xxxxx

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I love your card! Great freehand work and I actually had to do a doubletake when I read about the guy hanging on for dear life - he is so cute!

Aubri said...

I really enjoy this card

Tethered2Home said...

This is so sweet right down to the detail trim around the outside of the card. Beautifully done!

Maureen said...

love the heart balloons :) so colourful and cheerful...I'm still smiling about it :)

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

this is simply
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Lydia said...

This is so cute, love the little bitty house!!

jandokan said...

Cute, cute, cute...
did I already told you this card is CUTE :P

hugs Anja

Virginia L. said...

Congrats on your Audrey Award! This is absolutley adorable!!

P Freeman said...

Thanks, Tomi, for this wonderful homage to my Daddy. I really, really love the simplicity yet depth of this card, which I think also captures his character as much as Carl in the movie.

Congrats on the Audrey. The only problem I have with your cards is that when I get one, I have an intense need to frame it and hang it on the wall! Maybe I better learn scrapbooking so I can make one for your work.

Nishant said...

I think You are too clever!!
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