Monday, 14 September 2015

Some childlike fun

Hi everyone and thanks for being here today!
First of all a BIG thank you to all those of you who ordered stamps. Nearly 30 packets went out earlier today, so I am hoping they will arrive safely at their destination. Some of you are still on my "waiting list", just so you know, I have not forgotten you, but as I am busy all week it will have to wait until next Sunday.
On to today's project:
It's my oldest granddaughter's birthday soon, and this is the card I made her.

As some of you know, she lives in Australia, so in her mind her birthday is in Spring of course, while here in the Northern Hemisphere we think of it as Autumn. So on this card I wanted to illustrate both seasons going on right now. Here are some details:
The card itself was made using the accordion Flip 3D dies by Karin Burniston for Sissix, both the album and the frame. For the base I used Kraft card. and for the frame green Core'dinations card. For the Spring side I made a background using various sprays and inks. The butterfly was a little wooden embellishment to which I added some texture etc.
The Autumn side has again an inky background. The sweet little squirrel is made up from two Calico Craft parts, coloured with a mix of paints and Distress Markers. The sunflower was made with a Heartfelt Creations die.
An autumnal cluster made with mostly Sizzix by Tim Holtz dies.
And a flower cluster, the flowers were made with another Heartfelt Creations flower die and coloured with some of my new Shimmerz paints and sprays.
Well, that's it for right now. Making these accordion flip cards are really good fun, I had left mine to gather dust for far too long. Don't be surprised if there are a few more appearing soon.

Thank you for visiting like always and have a fun creative week. Mine will sadly be rather busy with my day job, but such is life....


Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Astrid,
die Gestaltung mit den zwei Jahreszeiten finde ich genial gemacht. Dein Werk gefällt mir sehr gut.
Hugs Silvi

Nicole Beadwright Campanella said...

An early happy birthday to your daughter. She will love this card. It is wonderful. Have a nice week.

brenda said...

A lovely warm Autumnal fee to this beauty Astrid, you daughter will adore it. The squirrels in the garden are hoarding the nuts just like this one.

B x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely Astrid, love how you showcased the seasons and I love the warm tones too. Love,the squirrel image. Good luck with the de cluttering I have just finished mine it feels great x x x x

butterfly said...

This is absolutely enchanting, Astrid! What a lovely idea to have the two seasons in one - one for where she is and one for where you are. I love that Calico squirrel and acorns - adorable - and the shimmering butterfly is lovely. Gorgeous.
Alison xx
PS - 30 packets - wow!

Mrs.B said...

What a lovely design and I love the idea of the Spring/Autumn theme to this. Your Granddaughter will love this, especially that gorgeous squirrel.
Avril xx

Meggymay said...

A fabulous design and a super idea to showcase two seasons. This card will be treasured by your grand daughter.
Yvonne xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

A perfect card to link you and your Granddaughter! I love my flip dies and use them quite a lot! I am sure your GD will love this if she is anything like my GD! Chrisx

Patty O'Malley said...

What a pretty card! Happy Birthday to your granddaughter!

Annie said...

a stunning card that your gorgeous grand-daughter will love Astrid. I like the idea of depicting both seasons, they really compliment one another so well. Looking forward to seeing more x

Best Wishes
Annie xx

Maryann Laursen said...

Another stunning creation here Astrid. I´m very sure your granddaughter will just love it. You really managed to mix the 2 seasons sooo well on it, so it still feels just as one with these amazing colors here. WOUW 30 packs of stamps, that´s a lot. It must really give some great space in your stamps to find, what you need afterwards then ha ha ha. But I know, sometimes we just need to clean out a bit in things, that´s simply nature and sooo nice, when it IS done ha ha ha.
Have a great week ahead now, and hopefully not too much work.

chrissie said...

A stunning card and such a wonderful shape to show off all the wonders

Love Chrissie xx

Dorthe said...

She will be so happy for the beautiful card grandma made her, it is lovely dear Astrid.
Love the two seacons, also showing in the chooses of flowers and berries , a gorgeous card for your oldest grandchild.
I Will be looking so much forward seing what you have chosen for me, Astrid, and will ofcoutse tell you as soon as it arrived to me !!
Hugs from Dorthe

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card for your granddaughter, I imagine she will be thrilled with it. 30 packets of stamps sounds like a lot, you must have went through a big clean out ! I've given away so many stamps over the years and I enjoy clearing things that I no longer think I will use. (occasionally I've looked for something I know longer have). Take good care, Shirleyxx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

What an enchanting card-project Astrid! Gorgeous! I can feel the love you set in for your little girl!♥♥♥

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful card, she will love it! Hugs, Valerie

Brenda Brown said...

What a delightful card for your granddaughter. I am sure she will love it and that it has been specially made by grandma. Don't work too hard xxx

Ros Crawford said...

Happy birthday to your granddaughter! Beautiful card for her!

Shari Trumbull said...

Astrid! What an amazing card! I love how you're creating in two seasons for your grand-daughter's b-day! So fun and playful! She's going to LOVE this!! XOXO-Shari

Sue C said...

Beautiful card Astrid ! Your granddaughter will love it ! Sue C x

Paper Profusion said...

Utterly gorgeous Astrid! Love the way you've done the contrasting seasons so beautifully. Congrats on being recruited to Shimmerz too. You'll be perfect with their products. Nicola x

Lynn Price said...

What fun, Astrid!! You are always so creative in these things! I am sure your granddaughter will love it, and what a wonderful way to help her understand the geographic difference in seasons! Beautiful details and colors, as always! xx Lynn

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, such a beautiful card - the seasons compliment each other perfectly and I love the little clusters of foliage in the corners. I'm sure your granddaughter will love it.

JackieP Neal said...

What a lucky granddaughter to have such a talented grandmother!! I love how you represented both seasons- so clever! A beautiful card which I am sure she will treasure! xo

Joi at RR said...

Your card is soooo beautiful Astrid. It's so perfect for your granddaughter. I would never have thought to do something like this. And if I did - I wouldn't have made the colors blend so wonderfully as you did. Love that little squirrel!! Unique and totally stunning creation. j.

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