Friday 1 November 2019

Olivia is 10!

Most of you know that we have two Grand daughters living in Germany, on Len's side of the family although of course I love them as if they're my own. Today it's Livi's 10th Birthday, and as always I had to scramble to make her card in time to post. Their tastes change so quickly that it doesn't make sense to make their cards too far in advance - she says, trying to convince herself!

For a good while now, Livi has adored dragons - especially 'Toothless'. I've used his image on a card for her in the past but the other day I spotted a great die, which was here from Amazon in less than 24 hours - and this is the card I made:
I used:

- 5" x 7" white card blank, side opening

- a sheet of paper trimmed to exactly fit the card front, from Papermania's 'Elegance' paper pack -it's cream with shimmery gold streaks as a pattern - then glued in place

- snippets of black, orange and lime green card, backed with Stick-It for all the die cute

- die cut the dragon from black card and the flames from orange card and popped them in place on the card front - using a Sweet Dixie die called 'Dragon'

- then die cut the word 'imagine' from lime green card, using the Memory Box 'Sketchbook imagine' die, left the backing in place and set it to one side before then die cutting it from black card

- left the black 'imagine' in the die itself and carefully peeled off the backing so I could stick the green 'imagine' on top of it (which would be the back in fact) - offsetting it slightly

- then removed the whole word from the die itself (leaving the black die in the die whilst setting the two together means less chance of distortion)

- then peeled off the backing from the green layer of card and popped the word onto the card front

- ran the whole card through the Cuttlebug using just the cutting plates to make sure everything, including those pesky little dots above the letters i were firmly adhered

- finally touches were to add some clear Wink of Stella to the flames and also to mix two different shades of green Stickles on a scrap of paper and then add the eye using a very fine stiff brush to pick up the Stickles

All done, in two shakes of a lambs tail!

It was all the more appropriate to make a card with a dragon on as Livi's Birthday present from us is an animated model dragon - not Toothless but another one of her favourites.

Whilst browsing for ideas on how the die would look when actually cut, I came across a lovely card made by Liz for the Playground, coming up to three years ago - HERE. It's well worth a look!

Happy Birthday dear Olivia :) x

Really sorry I haven't managed to skip around commenting on Playground entries as yet. It's been another busy week here - but I'll get round to see you ASAP!


  1. Fabulous card and being Welsh you can't go wrong with a dargon

  2. What a stunning card Di - love the background paper as it sets off the die cuts to perfection

  3. Love dragons! Fab card Di. Doesn't the time go quick! Love your snippets card too, and Dudley looks cute......he'd be cute whatever he flower ah bless, and glad you're levels are stable. Take care xxx

  4. Fabulous dragon and a super quick turn around from Amazon.

  5. This is beautiful Di! I love the shaping of the dragon die and the way it works so beautifully with that paper. Isn't it lovely to be able to make cards tailored to the tastes of our loved ones! Vicky x

  6. Beautifully done Di and perfect for Livi who will adore this sweet dragon I'm sure. x

  7. I love this cute card. I know she's just got to love it.

  8. Hi Di this is a wonderful card. That dragon is fabulous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  9. Wow Di what a fabulous card l just love the dragon die which l am sure will go down really well enjoy your day x

  10. Absolutely wonderful card Di, Olivia will love it I'm sure. Fabulous dragon die, Kate x

  11. Perfect card for a dragon-loving 10 year old!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  12. Super card, great image and background.

    Kath x

  13. Oh, I love Toothless too!!! :D That movie is amazing and Toothless remember me a very big dog. Well done for your granddaughter's card, I'm sure that she will love it! The die is just perfect and matches so well with the paper (and with the gift :D! )
    Happy Birthday to Livi!!

  14. Beautiful card, Di, I'm sure Livi was thrilled to receive it. I can't believe it was three years ago I used this die to make my great nephew a birthday card! xx

  15. Fabulous card, Livi will love it! The dragon looks cool on the fab background and I love his sparkly eye! Perfect sentiment too. Hugs my friend xxxxxxx

  16. Fabulous creation and I am sure she will love that dragon!



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