Saturday, 25 April 2015

Gatefold Card, Double Butterfly, Black + White

As some of you may know, my daughter has various Special Needs.  Her needs haven't changed, but my daughter's school has new people in key roles.  So...  let's just say it's been a tough week and we've got lots of school meetings ahead of us, trying to justify (yet again) why she's on a reduced timetable, needs 'energy conservation' strategies in place and gets ill so often...  I truly understand the words I read recently on someone's blog bio about card making being 'cheaper than therapy and better for you than drugs or alcohol'...  though not so sure it is cheaper...  guess it depends on the individual!

So...  it's taken me a little longer than I'd hoped to get my latest card finished, but here it is...



I know that I probably could have made it much simpler, but I'm afraid my brain gives me a 'wedgie' so once it's got an idea in it's head it doesn't leave me alone!  (That's a reference from the Big Bang Theory for those of you who may recognise it from somewhere).

I also normally run firmly in the opposite direction when it comes to black and white cards.  I've never made one before, but I saw this challenge on The Card Concept and decided to give it a go...


My inspiration's from the colour scheme and the spotty pattern, but I decided against uniform spots and went for haphazard instead.  I also softened the black and white with hints of Memento Gray Flannel Ink.

The dies I've used for this card include Tab with Text (Marianne Design/Collectables), Classic Squares (Spellbinders Nestabilities), Floral Square (Memory Box), flowers from Botanic Frame (Memory Box) and butterflies from Blissful Butterfly Border (Memory Box).

I designed the card so that the tabs don't fully meet when folded backwards for posting.
The reverse of this card also has a Tab with Text die added to it (with a Nestabilities Square at an angle), plus the two outer butterflies.  Except for the Tab with Text, these were also edged in Gray Flannel ink.




As always, if you can spare the time I would love to know what you think.

The Card Concept only accepts entries for six (seven if you count Mixed Media which is coming soon) distinct styles of card making.  I'm entering this into the "Shabby Chic and Vintage' category... 

Have a good weekend, everybody...  and thank you for taking the time to come 'visit' me :)  

12 comments:

  1. Your card is just gorgeous Donna and I love your clever design:) xx

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  2. So gorgeous! Love your take on the inspiration photo. Thank you for joining us at The Card Concept!

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    1. Thank you. This card took me way out of my comfort zone! Appreciate you taking the time to comment :)

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  3. Gorgeous card design Donna, love the layout details with flowers and butterflies, Stunning..

    Card making is deffo not cheap..if you want all they keep fetching out!!!
    Hugs Pam x

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    1. My blog's called Room In A Cupboard with good reason. If I can't make it fit in my small amount of cupboard space I can't have it. Not without making room!
      One way to keep the budget down, I guess!!!

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  4. So glad that you didn't 'stray away' from making a black & white card cuz this card rocks! The 'folding feature' is so cool - perfect for mailing! I love your 'ripped' notebook paper border - nice idea! Thanks for sharing with us at CCC :)

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    1. Thank you, Geri :)
      The 'ripped' notebook page is the die from Marianne Designs. First time using it...

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  5. Hi Donna, I love both your cards, but the black and white with tiny pink shiny stones is my favourite, it's beautiful. I love the way you've folded it, I was thinking of doing some different folding cards myself, but wasn't sure. Your card has convinced me to give it a go, thanks

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  6. I'm glad you're feeling inspire to give it a go :)
    I really struggle with knowing if cards I don't normally make are 'good enough' or not, so I value you taking the time to let me know your thoughts.
    PS. I have an envelope maker on order now!!!

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  7. What a beautiful work of art - every bit of it is done with the utmost care and attention and it shows - really classy. Like you "Black & White" takes me out of my comfort zone so I avoid but you have excelled at it. Love the comment about crafting being cheaper than therapy or alcohol lol. Need to remember that one! x

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  8. I always think maybe the cost of crafting will even out as time goes on... then I find something else I want to buy!!!

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