Wednesday, 19 October 2016

A special something for a special person...

Hello everyone, welcome and thanks for dropping by.
I am still in full Christmas card making mode, and today I have a special card with a twist to share.
Now nothing terribly special so far, but inside is a clever surprise (well I think so anyway)...
The other day my friend Helen posted a stunning card with a link to a video tutorial. The moment I saw it, I just knew I had to give it a try. You see, inside is a really clever mechanism, with a pop up: tadah...
Here are some close ups of the fold outs:
A Tim Holtz snowflake, from is new SissixThinlets set.
A vintage santa, from last year's Papermania Victorian Christmas collection.
Another image from the same collection, - nothing like using up some of these old papers....
A little bell diecut with some stamping in the background (sorry for the bad lighting).
A little glimpse of the mechanism inside. When you open the card it just pops up, very clever.
And here a close up of the cover, I just love using leaves at the moment for the fronts of my Christmas cards.

Well, while I am at it, I also have another quick card to share, I didn't think it warranted an extra post.
This one was inspired by something I saw on pinterest. I used the Spellbinders Poinsettia die, but wished now I had used the Tim Holtz tatered poinsettia one, it has so much more movement to it.
The sentiment was cut from copper mirri card, darkened a bit with alcohol ink.
Here a close up still of the poinsettia, the one thing I do like about it is that it is embossable.

Well, that's it for now. Oh and do come back on Friday when I have another special gift project to share and some freebies!
Thanks for your visit and I hope you are having a good week!


Valerie-Jael said...

Gorgeous cards, the pop-up one is very special. Love the little 'Glanzbilder' you used, I often buy them here at the stationer's- Hugs, Valerie

pchickki said...

What beautiful and clever work. Love this festive card :)

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous festive cards Astrid. The pop up inside the first one is fabulous.
Yvonne xx

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Astrid, This could not possibly be any more special than it is!
Many thanks for the times you have left a comment on my blog or at the That's Crafty blog. I've appreciated it so much and during this time when I've not managed to visit blogs or be as active on my own blog, it made me feel as though I was still connected to this wonderful community.
Hope life is being kind to you.

Patty O'Malley said...

Both cards are fantastic, Astrid! What a treat the first one is to open up!

Helen Wallace said...

Two gorgeous projects Astrid. I love the muted tones which blend beautifully with the vintage images. So glad you created a twist and pop card. They are so satisfying to make. The layering and embossing on the second card gives a rich, lush look. Thanks for the shout out. :D

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! You really are on aChristmas roll Astrid!! Love, love, love that twist and pop card. I saw it on Helen's blog too and really want to make one myself .. just haven't got around to it yet. Yours is brilliant!! Love the colour mix and the images used on the pop up panels .. super gorgeous!! Don't know why you didn't think the second one merited it's own post but I love that one too. Stunning creations as always!! hugs xx

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow what an amasing project, I really love how you transformed the card, all details are stunning!! I really love it!!

Have fun!!

brenda said...

Just lovely, as your creations always are Astrid and such a clever fold.

B x

Redanne said...

Wow, I love the movement on that card Astrid, it looks very clever and I am going to check out the video right now... Your cards are both beautiful, two very lucky people are in for a real treat this Christmas! Hugs, Anne xx

Gitte said...

Wow beautiful creation.

froebelsternchen said...

Such fantastic projects and beautiful in every single detail- the pop up card is such a special piece.. gorgeous!

Annie said...

I am in awe of these fabulous cards Astrid xx I absolutely love your amazing details xx Sending huge hugs xx

chrissie said...

All stunning cards and the pop up one looks amazing. The people receiving them will really enjoy them for sure

Love Chrissie xx

Diana Taylor said...

Wow, what an ingenious card! I love the vintage feel and the snowflakes just pop against the soft muted colours. Beautiful.

Jackie PN said...

Gorgeous cards!!! Has Hallmark or American Greeting hired you yet???? They should!!
Jackie xoxo

Dorthe said...

Oh am I getting in Christmas mood here, visiting your exiting posts, Astrid. The card is gorgeous, that fold out so amazing, and your "pages" all different and so lovely. Also the other card is very beautiful, with the sentiment in cobber, over the wonderful flower ! Thank you for inspirering and making wonderful moments for your visitors !! Xoxo, Dorthe

butterfly said...

Wow - your pop-up card is amazing. I was already in love with the slightly melancholy look of the leaf and ivy against the earthy background tones, and then it opens up to such delicious delights within! A fabulous creation. And the second card is charming too - another lovely poinsettia - I so prefer them in white to red.
Alison x

sarascloset said...

Two beautiful cards--two very special people are going to be very lucky to receive these gifts! amazing pop up--I'm going to have to check out the video and put that on my bucket list! I love receiving pop up cards, so I should learn how to make them! Beautiful surprises inside, too! this is like 5 cards in one! Any your poinsettia card is gorgeous, too! Love all those die cuts--an elegant design! Hugs!

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