Tuesday, 13 August 2013

A Purple Rinse? No Just an 80th Birthday Card!

Morning! Been busy making a card for a sister. It's for a friend of my mum's who wanted it for her older sister who will be 80 years old young at the end of the week. Had no idea what I was going to do, made harder with lack of supplies...
 'What does she like?" "Moaning" came back the answer or something similar! So, something to cheer her up then!
First I thought purple, can't go wrong with purple and then I thought 'big' (for me) and made an 8x8 card. 
Cut a slice off the side, turned it over then fixed  a smaller square card to the front to do that over folding flapping thingy I did on John's Birthday card.. But made the second card smaller.
I did a bit of a cheat, I did that 'gutting?' where you cut out the middle of the Bazzil card (This one had a slight shimmer) as I only had one sheet of that colour,  I just had enough, almost, which is why there's two different purples, (the other without shimmer) but I'd started, so I had to finish! 
The first backing paper to go on was from a Humphrey's Corner Christmas decoupage pack, free from a magazine. You can't tell it has Christmas snow flakes/stars, but it was the right colour, and then... the printer did a wobblier..."Can't print...problems with black ink cartage..." problems with black ink cartage? What d'you mean!!?? You were only put in last week!" 
Honestly, printer ink costs more than gold! But it was no good, no amount of explaining or arguing with the computer or the printer made any difference.
 I used hubby's computer... imagine this...I'm in one room... I 'send' to his computer in another room to print out matching papers, pressed print and run down the hall ready to catch said sheet from the jaws of his printer just before it spits it out on to the floor! (Do that ten times and I'm sure I've lost weight) But that was no good. His computer left lines in the pattern, lines that weren't there, and completely decided to change the colour! Didn't ask, just took it upon it's self to lighten the shade a little or, put in an extra colour...
Anyway, after raiding the piggy-bank, new ink was bought for my printer, not forgetting I'm still out of paper so I'm using up some of my old manuscript (good paper, can't waist waste it!) and hunting through all my files and folders for scraps of paper that match... then I thought, who's to know? let's just go with what I can find. 
So this card has backing papers from Forever Friends, Humphrey's Corner, and a lovely freebie from SummerDrings  A Little Spring in your Step. Haven't got any 'posh' flowers, so punched these out from Forever Friends paper, missing out the Fishing Teddy...(Can't think I'll ever use him anyway) Added an embossed panel with Happy Birthday and inked with some Tim Holtz ink...  no reason, I just was in the mood to 'ink' something! Colour match was now forgotten completely! 
I added Acetate to the bottom of the smaller card to help it stand up...found the ribbon, part of a set from a two sheet gift paper parcel set from Tesco's. (Nice and long!)
The little catch came from a gardening/hardware store. 3p each. Added embossed corners, pearls from a magazine, a string of pearls and the poem, I made up! (It's okay to talk about beer...and it rhymed very well cheer!) I've even papered the back of the card but didn't take a pic of that, as the colour was nowhere near the colour it should be, but it still looked nice!
 There's three different Die Cuts, and thirteen brads...must be a record.
Then of course, what was I going to put on the front?? and as if by magic this little LOTV  digi image (already stamped out and free from magazine) popped out of a drawer, so I coloured it using purple and grey Promarkers... 
The font I've used is a freebie; it's called Amazone BT download it HERE
That's it! I'm not here for the next few days...off house/dog sitting as well as hubby having the week off (yay!)... I was just coming back yesterday from doing just that when I saw sis- in-law in her posh new animal ambulance ...it's a dead end road so I thought, "Are you coming to find me?" "No, I've got a dog to walk down here...." The one day I used her ambulance must have won her a few customers, how lucky was that, who says advertising doesn't pay!? ok, that really is it, bye for now!!!
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  1. ACK !!!! My jaw just clanged to the ground !!!!!! This is a stunningly GORGEOUS creation and I actually spoke out loud (here on my own !!!) when I saw this. It is truly amazing Spyder - genius masterpiece - no doubt she will be amazed and her sister will be overjoyed when she gets this little beauty :-D

    Mega Hugz
    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Fab card Lyn! have a good week.
    hugs, Helena

  3. Oh Lyn - this really is STUNNING! I'm with Ike on the jaw on the floor bit :) Just beeeeautiful!

    Hugs, Di xx

  4. A fabulous card. Love how it opens out. great detail and image. Elaine

  5. Nothing the birthday girl can 'moan' about when she receives your card Spyder - it's stunning and I loved reading about your adventures in making it :-) Good luck in our challenge. Ingrid xx (OSAAT Team )

  6. All that work and all those things, well the card is really gorgeous and I am sure there must be a challenge out there that asks you to use 13 brads, assorted papers, flowers and acetate, isn't there?

    The acetate was a good idea, will have to try and store that for a future card!

    Cazzy x

  7. What a lovely card. Great embellishments and lovely design
    Thanks for joining in at One Stitch At A Time this week
    Hugs katie x

  8. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Thanks for joining us at One Stitch at a Time this week, and good luck!

  9. Gorgeous layout on your card, adorable image!

    Glad you joined us for the challenge at OSAAT
    ¸..• ´¨¨)) -:¦:-¸.•´ .•´¨¨))*((¸¸.•´ ..•´
    Shell in Alaska

  10. Wow-Whee Lyn! That is one seriously awesome card! Your creativity is to be envied - well it is by me, that's for sure :0)

  11. Wow, sounds like you put a lot of effort into this card! And it paid off, because it is undeniably beautiful!!! Love all the purple, and the shades all match perfectly. I'm sure her sister will LOVE IT! I think it is really neat that you found so much of what you had already to use! Must have been meant to make such a perfect and purple card! Love the kitty and mouse image, and as always your coloring is aces! :) So glad you showed it!

  12. This is such a cute and fun card, I love this! Thank you for joining us this week at the Crafty Sentiments Designs! I hope you play along with us again soon!

    Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

  13. Ooooo fabulous card, guaranteed to cheer anyone up!

  14. Hi Lyn, I am running behind. My computer is messed up so everything is getting transferred to a new one. Everything is so different.
    I love this 80th birthday card. It is so pretty. I love the shape and all the detail and embellishments you put into it. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

  15. Wow, this is awesome, I love this fold and what stunning color choices! Thanks so much for playing this week at Crafty Sentiments:)

  16. Your card is amazing, I love this fabulous fold/layout and your color choices are just perfect! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments this week:)

  17. fab card and love the style of card, thanks for sharing with s at Crafty Sentiments this week

  18. Love your card and the colours are my favourite beautiful image, thanks for joining us over at Creative Fingers ~ Denise DT ~

  19. So much creativity in this card - love all the folds. Thanks so much for joining us this time for the Creative Fingers Challenge

  20. Beautiful work

    Thank you for joining this week at Creative Fingers

    Zoe x
    Handmade with lots of Love
    Co-Owner of Creative Fingers

  21. Stunning! Fabulous design, love the flowers.
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Fingers

    Huggsss, Angelique


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