Wednesday 11 May 2011

I {heart} the 70's

When I was a little girl, I thought spacehoppers and clackers were 2 of the best toys to play with, although my bionic woman doll and weebles were my absolute fave toys as I remember, I also remember enjoying playing hairdressers with the boy next door (6 year old girl + scissors + 6 year old boys hair = one little boy with a VERY short (1" max) lop-sided fringe & me hiding from his mom in an ali baba laundry basket!).
I digress, back to spacehoppers... I lost count of the amount of times that I bounced and fell off my spacehopper cos I was the one who always seemed to bounce off the curb or  bounce into fellow hoppers and I never seemed to go in the direction I wanted to go! was such a laugh though, especially when the kids in our street had a hopper race! (of course I was always last, or ended up going sideways! lol) I was forever getting my knees grazed as a kid, my Mom always had the germolene at the ready :D
My sister, Helen, had clackers. I used to love playing with those. They weren't much to look at, and were basically hard plastic balls about 2" in diameter, attached to a ring or small paddle with strong string. You held the ring or paddle, allowing the balls to hang below. Then you had to get a rhythm going using a up/down motion, making the balls swing apart, then together again (a bit like a newtons cradle), gradually swinging harder until the balls 'clacked' together above and below the hand. Many bashed knuckles and bruises ensued, but you kept trying til you succeeded and it was part of growing up in the 70s :)

When I was part of the Sweet Stampin DT, I was asked to pick a theme for one of their challenges, and i'm delighted to see that it is still going ahead despite my leaving. The theme is Childhood Memories. I had the spacehopper in mind when I thought of the challenge, so have decided to take part in their challenge, this time as a challenger ;)
I'm going to give this card to my sister...

I drew the spacehopper onto card then coloured it with promarkers.
I also drew the clackers onto card too, didn't realise at the time how fiddly it would be to cut out the image though. Obviously they aren't to scale with each other, the spacehopper would be way too big for the card if they were to scale!
The paper is by Dovecraft, from their 'funky vintage' collection.
I got out my circle punches and echoed the design in the paper with some cardstock scraps and layered them along the top.
The paisley strip across the middle was made using a cuttlebug folder.
The sentiment and verse were printed off the pooter.
Now I have to remember that i've made this card because it isn't Helen's birthday until September!
I'm safe to say she won't see this on here because Helen doesn't blog, infact she hardly goes on the computer at all (yep, i know, she's the weird one in the family! LOL)

I have made the spacehopper into a digi image, it's free, if you want it, snag it ;)

After deciding to share the image, I had to scan the coloured spacehopper into my pc and then use my paint program to draw the outline again. Would have been so much easier to draw the thing in my paint program to start with eh?

I'm entering this card into the childhood memories challenge over at Sweet Stampin (Hi Girls! xx *waves*)

also the fab challenges over at
Papertake Weekly 'fancy a punch',
and Crafty Catz 'give us a quote/sentiment'


  1. hey Jo...this a fantastic card...I do remember my spacehopper and her looked exactly like the one on your card!!

    So glad you could join us for yiur challenge this week.


  2. Jo, this card is sooooooo COOL! And your post made me giggle. xxx

  3. Such a fun card Jo and a fab story behind the creation of your image! I had a space hopper as a child and it burst when it got caught on a rose bush...I was on it at the time and experienced some chafing to my legs when it went bang lol! We also had clackers but my fav toy was home made...a tennis ball shoved down the leg on my Mum's tights (not whilst she was wearing them) happy days ...not like our kids now sitting in front of computers and games consoles! Donna x

  4. hello hun this is so fab I had a bright orange spacehopper and I loved it.
    Thank you for joining us at the crafty catz this week hugs linda x

  5. This is such a wicked card hon!! The punched circles are brilliant as is your space hopper and clackers - your sister is going to love it!! :o)

  6. fab card, thanks for sharing your creation with us at Crafty catz, x carol

  7. OMGosh super card beautiful design and layout, and fabulous image

    Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Catz A Challenge Quote/ Sentiment,.

    Good Luck,
    Hugs Bridget Crafty Catz DT :0)x

  8. LOL ,,, there was a trip down memory lane :-) I liked Donna's 'toy' too ,, a ball stuffed down a pair of tights and tied to your ankle :-)

    Gorgeous card Jo , the image is very cute,, clever you :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Papertake Weekly Challenge :-)
    Lols x x x

  9. LOL! Wonderful card!