Tuesday, 4 September 2018

All the 9's!!

Hello again,

Did I mention yesterday that after a 2 year absence I made not one but TWO cards in quick succession last week??  This is because I was originally inspired by the fact that our dear next door neighbour celebrated her 99th birthday last week - wow!!

Our neighbour really is a lovely lady, and her son and daughter-in-law travelled down to visit her for the week and arranged a birthday tea party for her. If such a happy occasion couldn't inspire me to make rather than buy a card - what would??

So here it is ...

During the summer I had been thinking about trying to dip my toe back into card making, but I was very nervous as I know I will need a LOT of practice to get my colouring skills back. We happened to visit a garden centre I 'd never been to before, and discovered a branch of Crafter's Companion which was full of tempting stash including some fabulous large intricate dies which would make a brilliant focal point for a card without the need for colouring.

I ended up having a bit of a splash, but then faced some delay as the creaky old plates for my trusty Cuttlebug could not cope with the intricacy of the dies! However two new plates and a shim (and a bit more spending) later!! I was ready to give it a go.

This card is very different from my "normal" cardmaking style,  but I'm rather pleased with it though it sure wasn't quick - it must have taken me 45 minutes just to poke all the bits of card out of the die cut!! The die is very impressive though ... this card is an 8" * 8" and it is plenty big enough. I love the way I can actually make the butterflies within the frame 3-dimensional.

Stamp: Penny Black "Flourish Birthday" 4071F
Papers: Lili of the Valley
Tools: Die-Sire Create A Card Metal Die set - Butterfly Easel; Memory Box "Prim Poppy" die; Cuttlebug "Hippy Chick" numbers.

And here's the inside ... 

Pile It On #146 - Think Big (8" * 8" card and big die for a big birthday!!)
Moving Along With The Times #79 - Use Gingham and/or Buttons
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with patterned paper
Simon Says - Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes

I think after all that crafty effort I need a bit of a lie down ... but hopefully I'll be back before too long.


  1. Gorgeous card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT and at Craftyhazelnuts PP Challenge, xxxx

  2. A fabulous card for a 99th birthday - wow. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  3. That really is a beautiful die and your colour combo is perfect as 99 is a golden age. Thanks for sharing with CHN patterned paper challenge.

  4. What a beautiful card. I love the pop of gold. I'm sure your neighbor loved it. Thanks so much for joining us for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  5. another pretty card Pauline - Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Girl September challenge, best of luck, Mary, The Ribbon Girl www.ribbongirl.co.uk

  6. This is lovely. Thanks for joining us at The Ribbon Girl anything goes challenge x

  7. That's so pretty Pauline, those die cuts are so intricate! thanks for joining us this month at The Ribbon Girl Challenge
    Andrea x

  8. Echaba de menos ver uno de tus diseños, me gusta bastante como haces las tarjetas. Mucho glamour ;)

    I missed seeing one of your designs, I quite like how you make the cards. A lot of glamour ;)


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Pauline x