Tuesday 3 November 2015

Olivia's 6th Birthday

Our little grand daughter Olivia (aka Livi) had her 6th Birthday recently. Of the two little girlies, she's the more tomboy inclined of the pair of them. I knew she was crackers about dinosaurs from our visit there the other month and planned to make her card along that theme. But, it turns out that she loves 'Toothless the dragon' even more - so plans had the be switched pronto! There was also the fact that, as the girl's Birthday's are only a couple of weeks apart, it's always best to keep their cards fairly similar and this is what I came up with:
I used:

- 8" x 8" square white scalloped edge card blank

- plain pink card stock for the main frame and the frame round the 'Toothless' image

- covered the main card 'frame' with a piece lightish blue pearlescent card stock

- added a pink satin bow on a length of ribbon to the left hand side of the card and added a little 'Princess' charm to it, using opalescent cord - how I made the ribbon length with its bow is a new tryout for me, details underneath this list

- next die cut the greeting from white card using the Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' die and popped that down in the right hand corner of the card before adding '6th' - die cut from more white card using a Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die and Tattered Lace 'Every Day Anniversary Alphabet (D695)' dies

- at that point, as with Mia's very similar card,  I could see where to position the image so next that was glued in place

- added 'LIVI' to the image, die cut using white card and Tattered Lace 'Every Day Anniversary Alphabet (D695)' dies

- one white paper flower added to the side of the sentiment with a large clear gem added

- something was missing from the top right of the card so I added some star peel offs, sort of arching into the image - and just a tickle of clear Wink of Stella over the moon

And the idea how to create the bow all from one piece of ribbon came to me in the middle of the night before I made the card. I took a length of the pink ribbon and selected a hard backed book from the bookshelves in my craft room, making sure the book was wide enough to measure at least half the height of the card itself as this is going to be the strip of ribbon down the length of the card. Should have taken a few photos really but this is what I did next.

Folded the ribbon around the book with the centre of the piece of ribbon against the page opening side of the book. I'd left long enough ends to then be able to tie a bow on the spine side of the book - so at this point I had a piece of ribbon, wrapped around the book and tied in a pretty bow at one edge. The reason it's best to follow the tying of the bow on the actual spine is because your next move is to cut the centre of the ribbon in half - across where it lies across the page opening side of the book, makes it easier to slide scissors underneath :) So you now have a bow with its tails, tied in the centre of a length of ribbon hanging from each end.

Then it's just a matter of adding the length of ribbon to your card with the bow already neatly tied in the centre - the raw ends are hidden underneath the pink and blue card layer on the front of the card. I hope this makes sense, if not please say and I'll do a little step by step with photos! Don't know why I never thought to do this little trick before, it makes things much easier and you do end up with a neat bow which lies along the length of the ribbon.

Then, once again, I needed to make up a box to protect it en route to Germany :) Hope you had a super Birthday Livi!



  1. Very pretty card Di, and thanks for the idea on making neat bows!

  2. So sweet it looks Di. My daughter had gone through a bat man spider man phase when she was a toddler and for weeks she would be dressed up as superheroes! People didnt believe she was a girl!

    Dr Sonia

  3. This is gorgeous, Di :)
    Doesn't EVERYBODY like Toothless? (We have the DVD's)!!!

  4. Aww this is perfect for your Livi Di......I haven't heard of Toothless! She will love her special card from you x

  5. I am sure Livi - although Olivia is such a pretty name, we have an Annabel who insists on being call Annie - will love the pretty card you have made for her Di.

    Just read how you made your bow, not sure if this will help but when I do one round the card like that I use a tiny piece of the red line tape to hold the ribbon join and you can also scrunch it up so that when you add a bow it looks like it's been tied from the same length of ribbon. Does that make sense, not sure !

    The TL bow makers are excellent, I was always happy with my bows until TL sent me a couple and the options are endless for fancy, tripe and so on bows. That's how my 'system' above came into being as I wanted the ribbon to look as though it was one with the added bow.

    Think I better be quiet before I am as confused as I have probably made you by now.

    B x

  6. Can I have card like this for MY birthday please????? I absolutely LOVE "How to tame your Dragon" . . . one of my fave animated films. Toothless ROOLS!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  7. I have not come acrosss Toothless before but I don't have grandchildren so that is probably why. This is such a lovely card Di and the ribbon looks splendid and having the bow lie vertically is much nicer and more natural looking. I'm sure Livi will have been over the moon with this! x

  8. Hi Di, how funny, it's been ages since I had a peek on your blogg, but found this today :o))
    You should have seen Livis little face, she was totally amazed about her Toothless card. It is so fabulous, gorgeous - GREAT!. Big hugs and thanks a lot for your fantastic work and idea - also we still have decorated your Halloween card here - also so lovely :o))

  9. Toothless is the cute dragon of Dragon Trainer, it's right? I love soooo much this film!
    I have the dvd and I have seen it with my niece :D Your card is adorable! Just perfect for your grand daughter Livis!!

  10. Oh this Di is soooo pretty and l know Livi will love it xx

  11. What a lovely enchanting card for your little grand daughter, the blue and pink colour palette is so pretty.
    A great idea for tying the bow in the ribbon. Thanks for sharing it, I will certainly give it a go.
    Jean x

  12. Gorgeous card in blue and pink, I'm sure Livi loved it! Thanks for the instructions for tying the bow, I'll have to give it a go.

    I've never heard of Toothless the Dragon. Off to check it out on Google........ xx

  13. Such a pretty card, but need pics for the bow :(


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