Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Happy Birthday Olivia!

Just a couple of weeks after big sister Mia's 10th Birthday Len's little grand daughter Olivia is eight today. I look on both the girls as if they were my own grand children and they in turn call me GranDi - which is so sweet.

Livi's main loves are horses and football (as well as dragons and dinosaurs) so I kept away from anything too girlie but still picked a really cute LOTV digital image to make this card:
I used:

- A4 white card stock, cut to 6" width but left full length so it would go through the Cuttlebug

- Presscut die set called 'Step Card Cutting' - firstly to cut the main body of the card. I don't have extended plates for the Cuttlebug  but whenever I use this die I tape the main cutting die in place on the card stock with removable sticky tape then after cutting one half just move the uncut card and die (which is still in place) up between the plates and then cut that part

- folded the card on the score lines and it was ready to decorate

- next die cut four scalloped panels using papers from the Dandelion and Daisy 'Picnic Patch' pad and backed them with very slightly bigger straight edged panels of SU's 'Wisteria Wonder' - this gave better definition between the pale patterned paper and the white card blank

- added the panels to the card front

- the image is a LOTV pre-coloured digital image called 'Annabel - Saddle Up', printed onto card and then die cut using a die from the Lil'Inkers 'Stitched Rectangles' set

- backed the image with a slightly larger snippet of SU 'Marina Mist' card

- then die cut the age and name using my usual dies and more SU 'Marina Mist' card which was backed with Stick It self-adhesive sheet

- added 'Olivia' and her age (8) to the image panel and ran it through the Cuttlebug using embossing plates plus an embossing folder which squeezed the little additions almost flush with the image panel

- the sentiment is die cut using more Stick It backed SU 'Marina Mist' card and an Impression Obsession 'Birthday Top Edgers' die 

- silly me had already stuck the bottom patterned strip onto the card front. Rather than rish wrecking the card front by trying to use the Cuttlebug to impress the lettering used a curved 'burnishing' tool to make the sentiment stick firmly (little fingers love to pick at things!)

- finally, I used a shaped die which comes with the set to add more patterned paper inside, topped with a scalloped white panel to write on

The diagonally patterned paper was a bit tricky to juggle with but I got a pretty good pattern match in the end.

Hope you have a fabulous day Livi! Big hugs from Grandad and GranDi - all the way to Germany.






22 comments:

Glennis said...

Gorgeous card Di

Megan J said...

Hi Di, a stunning card for Olivia's birthday, love the paper and hadn't even thought about having to pattern match it, you got a great result. Hope the young Miss enjoys her special card from her GranDi! Have a wonderful week.. Megan

Aquarius said...

A very special card and I'm sure it will be loved - great image

Carole said...

You pattern matched the backing paper! wow Di I would never have thought of that!! This card is brilliant and obviously so right for its young recipient. xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

What a fantastic card and image Di, I'm sure that Olivia is going to love this.

Sue xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Olivia is so sweet calling you "Grand Di" ! :D Adorable card, with a lovely image and a perfect match of dp! Surely she will love it!!

Bunny said...

I love this. It's so cute. Happy Birthday to her! [Bunny]

Em Louise Fairley said...

Beautiful card, Di, and happy birthday, Livi! xoxo

Brenda in IN said...

This is the cutest card for her. I love that her boot is off! Happy Birthday, Olivia. I have a granddaughter named Olivia and we spell her nickname the same way. She is twice as old though.

Craftychris said...

Such a gorgeous card for Olivia - a lovely image and pretty papers and the style of the card is so cool! I bet she adored it! I hope she had a wonderful birthday! Hugs xxx

Pat said...

A wonderful card for Olivia With lots of personalised embellishing beautifully done Di, and the pretty topper just perfect for someone who loves horses. I'm sure she will be loving this. x

Sandra H said...

So pretty and what a gorgeous topper so fitting for Olivia which l know she will absolutely love take care and thankyou too for your lovely comments xx

Mrs A. said...

Di, this is Super and I bet that Olivia will love that image and the card that you have made just for her. Hugs Mrs A.

Jeanne H said...

An absolutely adorable card, Di. Aren't grand kids wonderful? :-)

Darnell said...

Great job with the pattern matching, Di! That would be tricky! Livi is going to adore and cherish her birthday card that is so "her" in every way!! Hugs, Darnell

Fikreta said...

so pretty card!

Inkyfingers said...

What pretty stepper card Di and I love the cute image against that lovely paper! I bet it was well received.

Hugs
Carol x

SARN said...

Fabulous card for little Livi. Shaped cards always go down well.
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Liz said...

Super card for Olivia, Di. Sounds like a perfect design for her. xx

Greta said...

Sweet image & love how you made it so personalized for Olivia! Sending hugs, Di--Greta

Cara said...

Gorgeous card and you got that diagonal perfect x

KandA said...

It's a gorgeous card Di and a super image. Happy belated Birthday to Olivia xx