Sunday, 14 August 2011

A Special Card for a Special Person!!!

OK this has been received now so I can show you all what I've been working on - it took me quite a while to complete, but I think it's worth it when you see the end result!
Here's something I've never tried before - my first ever attempt and I hope you like it!  I even made the box, it's not the most perfect of boxes as I've only got my Trimmer to make it with, not a proper boxmaker.  It's OK but could do with some tweeking!
Here's the actual card, it's made to look like a book.  I made it all girly and pink as it's for Di and she loves pink - so I couldn't make it any other colour really!  I'd been looking for a lovely corner die cut and thought I'd found it - only to find when I got it home that it doesn't truly cut a corner die, it just cuts the corner of the paper, however with some fiddling around, and a small pair of scissors, and lots of cramp later, I managed to get them to look like corners.  I coloured them with Promarkers to match the colour of the backing papers and then added some Stickles all over including the borders (again, these came from Di, but I coloured them with Promarkers and added more Stickles!).

Here's the side view, which as you can see looks like a book - all nicely distressed with my first ever Distress Ink Pad!  I've also used some girly pink ribbon and instead of cutting the ends I tied them in a small knot.  Different....I don't like to follow the same as everyone else as those of you who know me, will know!
Here's the inside of the box, I just added some little butterflies (along with some gems and Stickles of course).  I'm quickly running out of Stickles again!  I used my first ever Distress Ink Pad on the sides of this and only realised after I'd got it, that I didn't have anything to put it on with so had to improvise with things around the house I tried.  I'm all for finding an alternative to costly items, so try my bright ideas first and only as a last resort do I head to the online shops!
A little ticket sentiment was added, it says it all to you Di!  You are so special and an angel on earth to so many people!  Your wings have already been earned.
Anyway I hope you all like it, and watch out for more interesting things to come! (In between hospital visits of which there are many at the moment!).
If you'd like to know how I made this card, then leave me a comment and I'll do a more photo intensive blog to show you as I have another one to make soon for a special occasion.

I'm entering this into my first ever challenges as follows:

 Fingers crossed for me here....!!!



jackid said...

Oh Karen it's stunning and I know Di would have loved it when she got it and will treasure it always as it is a beautiful creation
Jacki xx

jackid said...

Karen I think the only tip I can give you is enter more your cards are beautiful and your colouring is perfect thanks for playing along with us at Creatins By Gill M good luck with all the challenges
Jacki xx

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LisaG said...

Lovely card Karen! The colours are beautiful and the flourish on the inside is beautiful, espeically with the glitter to highlight it.

Well done!

Lisa - The Design Team


scrappingdragon said...

awww this is so cute please show us how you did it.

thank you

Tammy said...

Awww this is so sweet!! Adorable image and fantastic colors! Beautiful creation! Thanks for playing along with us at Catch the Bug!
Tammy :)

Jodie Mackrell said...

beautiful! thanks for playing this weeks Bugaboo challenge at catch the bug!

Jill said...

A gorgeous book!
Di would love it for sure :)
great colours
Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week and good luck!
Hugs, Jill

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

This is just spectacular. I just love this style card. You have done a wonderful job with your beautiful elements. Thank you so much for playing along with Speedy's Friends Challenge this week. It is such a pleasure to visit to see your work. Hope you can play again with us next week. Good luck in the drawing.

Bear Hug,

Jona Panesa said...

its a lovely box!

brenda said...

What super work Karen.

Thank you for joining us at Allsorts Challenge this week and good luck.

B x

melsanford said...

Oh this is beautiful! So sweet! I love all the glitter :-) Thankyou for joining us at Dream Valley! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Gill xx said...

Hi Karen
I bet Di was over the moon with this wonderful card. Congratulations it must have taken you a long time, but worth all the effort. I bet Di wil treasure it for ever. Hope the Package arrives safely this week. will speak soon.

Di said...

Hi Karen

I certainly am over the moon with your beautiful card - it's right here in front of me on my desk. Every detail is gorgeous and both the card, more like a book really, and the box will be treasured always,

Good luck with the challenges chick! I write mine in a book so I can check back so see the result, not that I ever win often but have been lucky a couple of times. Your card has to be a star!!!


Winnie and Patty said...

Karen--WOW!!! This is a fabulous card project! I love everything about it from the colors the the pearls to the ribbon, just everything! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Speedy the Cat's Friends challenge!

Janeen said...

Karen this is a labor of love and how creative you are. Yes, I'm sure it took a lot of time. Thank you so much for entering your first challenge with Speedy the Cat. We appreciate that and hope you will join us for many more.

Debs said...

Stunning project.
Thanks for playing along with us at Allsorts this week.
Good luck.
Debs xx

Lin said...

Fabulous creation! Love all the gorgeous detail, just perfect.

I also bought those Nellie dies thinking they cut corners only to discover they don't! but they do look equally amazing if you use them as intended to give your papers a funky corner to them.

Thanks for joining in with the fun at Dream Valley.

Lin xx

Ambreen said...

Super Duper stunning work Karen
loved the pinky pink

Donna said...

Beautiful card Karen and such a lovely design, thanks for sharing with us at CES this week :) Donna x

Lorraine said...

Stunning project. Thanks for taking part at The Crafty Pad this week.

Maggie's Crafts said...

Lovely creation! So happy you've joined us at The Crafty Pad this week.:)


Milliesmarvels said...

So very pretty! Thanks for joining us for this week's CES Challenge!

Kendra said...

Love the inside of this! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley!

Di said...

Hi Karen. I've just found the original tutorial for making book cards - and the lady there also knotted the ends of the ribbon! Spooky coincidence!