Monday, June 10, 2013

For my Grandma!

My grandmother is turning 80 this summer - a huge milestone birthday. My mom asked me to make her birthday invitations (you'll see those tomorrow!) and to create an extra-special card for her to give. I am so thrilled with how it turned out:

Supplies: Memory Box dies; AC Thickers numbers; corsage pins (Michaels) and beads; Bazzill cardstock; Pearl Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels); lace, seam binding, misc. gems; Cuttlebug embossing folder

When it was assembled, I misted it with 4 shots of Pearl Glimmer Mist - it adds just a touch of shimmer, and even if it gets a little 'blotchy' in spots it doesn't overwhelm the design. 

Beaded pins are all the rage, of course - but they aren't hard to make. These beads & end caps were left over from a Christmas ornament project I did a couple of years ago. 

The die cuts flowers with a gap between the 4th and 5th petals, so that you can create a bloom with dimension. I fold each petal roughly in half lengthwise, and then bend the end of the petal (you can see this really well on the pink & dark aqua flowers in the above pic). After all the mangling, dab some strong glue (Tombow mono works great) and join the petals together. Same thing with the centres - they are cut in a solid piece, but I bend up the edges, and glue them just by the very centre. 

A card like this is extremely heavy for paper - and of course you don't want to have pin ends and other bits showing on the inside. I've used very heavy card stock for my card base (I usually use 110 lb - this is easily  twice that thickness. Very stiff & hard to score - it needs to be weighted down overnight to hold the fold properly.) I have also created the design on a separate piece of card - cut just slightly smaller than the 5.5" base. The lace is wrapped around this & taped at the back. The pins are pushed through & the sharp ends secured at the back. Once I was completely finished with the design, I used strips of foam tape to secure the panel to the base - this gives space for the bulky items poking through to lay flat, and I find foam tape also helps to strengthen the entire card - you KNOW people leave these sorts of cards out on display for a while! You don't want them to fall over :)

AND, a card like this needs a box:

The ribbon is American Crafts, and the chipboard flourishes are from Fancy Pants (cut apart).

To create the box, I cut my usual card stock to 8.5" square. Score at 1" on every side, cut flaps, and assemble. For the base of the box, cut card stock to 8.25" square, score at 1" on each side. There's the perfect amount of room inside to add some tissue paper.

I didn't have a long enough piece of seam binding to tie the entire box, so I used a different ribbon, and tied the same 2 colours of seam binding around the bow to draw the box together with the card.

Have you subscribed to the latest Let's Get Trendy Now? They are always full of fabulous ideas for the latest trends - and this time is no exception! I cannot WAIT to play along with each challenge. This particular card is so very perfect for playing along with the Handmade Embellishments challenge - I've created the flowers & the pins :) And better yet? I've created a card that my grandmother is going to adore. Now how am I going to top this for the one from me.....hmmm..... :)

Speaking of my grandmother, I do have one more picture in this post for you - a picture of her & her family at about age 11. At the same age, I was her spitting image - to the point where people coming to the house would see it and ask if it was me, and where did we get it done!

My grandmother is standing behind shy girl in white :)

And in this photo, she's in red! Five generations in one photo - the baby is Connor, who's now 14, I'm holding him. There's my mom, and my grandmother, and my great-grandfather as well. 

OK! Enough pictures for one day :) You know  there will be more!
Thanks so much for letting me share with all of you!


Stacy said...

Oh this card is just perfect! I love the combo of pastel primary colors and the extra dimension of the flowers layered on the card. And I also see hearts and stars gems!! This is really fanstastic!

Dawn said...

WOW! Your grandmother's card is stunning! Every detail is gorgeous.

Hugs, Dawn

CinnamonSally said...

OM Goodness Jessi this card is a real show stopper, I love the texture you have created, the flowers are so pretty. Your Grandmother is sure to be thrilled with it, ( the box is lovely too)

Also thanks so much for your lovely comments today, you are so kind and a great blogging friend!

Ros Crawford said...

Hi Jessi ... Thanks so much for your lovely comment! Well done on your shout out too!!! And my this card is stunning ... beautiful flowers ... I love it!!

jimlynn said...

What a gorgeous card (and box) for your grandmother!!! Yes, you're right, eighty years is really a milestone! Hugs to her!
Love all the flowers on this beautiful card Jessi! So very lovely!

Lindsey said...

What an awesome post, Jessi. The oh-my-fabulous card, its box, and the sweet family photos -- thanks so much for sharing everything!

Lisa Arana said...

Congrats to your grandmother! Both cards are stunning. I love all the pretty layered flowers. And the blinged out 80 is perfect.

~amy~ said...

What an awesome card for your grandmother! Love that you made a coordinating box for it.

LOVE the pictures that you shared, they're awesome.

Cindy Groh said...

Wow. That is amazing. Love it.

Emily Keaton said...

Jessi, this creation is absolutely stunning!! So perfect for a wonderful milestone birthday like 80. Your grandmother is going to ADORE it!! So much dimension and attention to detail. And I loved seeing the great family pics!!!! Kudos to you for all of your hard and heartfelt work on this beauty, and congrats to your beautiful grandmother!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

What a beautiful card!!! Love it - awesome work!

~Tammy~ said...

I just want to eat conner up! Wow how time flies huh!!! Scary sometimes.

Your card is out of this world Jess...the box is amazing! You put so much heart and sole into your work! Your grandmother is going to love it!

lostinpaper said...

Perfect grandmother card, the more flowers the better I say! And those photos are fab, TFS!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful! LOVING those flowers! Thanks for playing along with Let's Get Trendy 3!!!!