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Friday 26 July 2019

Creative Card making with Annie

Hi everyone x It's Annie here with you today as we head out on the last leg of July's journey with our regular "Creative Card Making" post.
Grab a cuppa  as there are quite a few photographs en route :-)
Below is the finished card, which I will use for a forthcoming birthday of a close family member x
 The card measures 8.1/4 inches by 4.5 inches and the front panel measures 4.1/4 inches by 8 inches
The papers used  are from the Time is an Illusion pad by Stamperia. I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distressing tool. The card was then inked with Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China and Bundles Sage DIO's, which blended beautifully together. Some water  was spritzed in to my hand before flicking it on to the DOI's, before dabbing with paper towel. 
I planned to turn back the stamperia paper, therefore I stitched  on a button from my stash to ensure it remained in place. Some ribbon flowers from The Paper Garden were adhered on to the card stock.
I cut a tag out from the Stamperia papers as I wanted to write a personal message that I could place within the pocket on the front of the card. A few circles from the same papers  were cut out and adhered on to the front of the tag.
A mini doily  was adhered to the card after ageing with Vintage Photo DI. (my all time favourite x)
 You can see the tag sitting in the wee pocket. Now to adorn the front of my card.
I love the texture of this woven twine and after careful consideration adhered it using double sided tape.
 A large die cut Doily was aged with Vintage Photo and then I cut out a circle of the Stamperia papers using my 2.5 inch punch.
A piece of hessian ribbon was adhered below the mini doily, top left. One of Tim Holtz Scroll Dies was inked with Worn Lipstick DIO, then finally the large circle of Stamperia paper was applied.
Two pieces of lace from Paper Garden were subsequently adhered to the bottom of the card and along the bottom of the fold.
Using Tim Holtz punch 4 butterflies were cut out and edged with Vintage Photo DI, some Idea-ology spinners were then adhered.
 Once the glue was dry I raised the butterfly wings a little, which you can see below.
 Thank You so much for joining me today and I hope that you will be inspired to use those beautiful paper pads that we all have in our stash.

Amanda's challenge theme for this month is "Precious Metal" and there is still time to join in with us x
The challenge runs until Thursday 1st August  at 18:00 and you can find the details by clicking the link HERE. 
We love to view your entries and to leave some love on your blog so we hope you have time to hop on board.

Take Care and Happy Crafting
Annie xxx


  1. Creative card. . . No no no amazingly magnificent creative card!!!

  2. I love the peekaboo tag pocket - so clever with the button to keep that fold in place. The papers are lovely and the little butterflies finish everything off beautifully. Great card-making inspiration, Annie!
    Alison x

  3. A wonderful card and a bonus tag too, Annie . A fabulous additional treat for us to admire. The rolled back paper creating a pocket for the tag is a such a great feature and you have brought all your collaged elements together in a lovely harmonious way.

    Amanda x

  4. A fabulous card, those fold overs always look so cool! The papers you used are fabulous and I love all the additional textural elements! I am sure it will be loved by the lucky recipient! Wonderful inspiration, thank you! xxx

  5. So many wonderful layers and folds on this Annie! Love the colors and patterns, pretty butterflies and pearls! A beautiful vintage card! xx

  6. You never fail to astound me with the fabulous projects and cards you create. This looks to be extra special with the bookmark in place too. Beautiful creation. Hugs Mum xxxx

  7. Wow ! What a fabulous card! So many lovely layers. I really love the little pocket with the tag, such a great idea.somebody is going to be very happy to receive this ! Toni xx

  8. Annie, your special card is gorgeous, I just love all the layers you added and all the wonderful texture you created along the way! A very special card indeed! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. What a fabulous card! I love all the layers that you created and the design with the fold down corner looks amazing 😁. Happy and creative wishes! Hugs, Jo x