Friday, December 14, 2007

Inside and Out

Hi everyone Gillian here, and it's my turn to dare you all this week
I dare you to take the design of your card to the inside as well as the outside.
Add a little finishing touch to match the theme on the outside,
or Surprise the receiver with a flap, foldout, decorated journal block to write on,
or one of those pop-out delights....
It really adds so much to a card when there is attention to detail on the inside
as well as the outside. I know some of you are finished your Christmas cards already
so this week it's Any theme, Christmas or not
But make the inside count too :)

What a fabby dare for the Daring Cardmakers this week. Gill always has such wonderful ideas, as you'll know if you regularly visit her blog - her work is always so inspiring to see.
Please pop over and visit the DCM blog to see some other "Inside/Outside" cards, and then visit the Team's personal blogs to see what delights are hidden inside. We love to have our cardmaking friends join in with our challenges, it's always faxcinating to see how different people run with the idea and make such wonderful cards.

I decided that if I was going to go to all the effort of designing the inside as well as the outside of my card, then it would be for someone special - and the person most special to me is my Hubby
so this is the card I'll give him this Christmas. Just hope he doesn't decide to have a sneaky look at my blog before we exchange cards.

I used a burgundy base card from PDA and BG Figgy Pudding papers. The gold textured card is also PDA, but I wanted a burnsihed rather than bright gold finish so I rubbed some Walnut Stain Distress Ink into the edges.
The trees are hand-cut from faux chipboard and that beautiful ribbon is from Ribbon Oasis.
Must admit I'm not really happy with the positioning of the sentiment but it's stuck fast now so I don't think I can change it
Inside I've added gold vellum to the same mix of papers and little trees. The scalloped strips for the message area were cut on the Robo.

Two sneak peeks now
These are from a couple of Christmas Pressies I've just finished making

And finally, it's my brother's birthday today so being totally unready for such things, I've made his card this morning. Oooops!


Stempelchaotin said...

Wow this is amazing. Wonderful paper and this cards, they are a dream. Love it.

Gillian :O) said...

Oh how special Kathy, I did wonder if it was for D, it's GORGEOUS!
the ribbon looks soooooo Lush and wonderful! and ofcourse the little trees with with your attention to detail making the pattern go across like that! Love it! :)

Lythan said...

What a gorgeous card Kathy. I've never sent Phil a card - I think he would die of shock!
Love your brothers card too, you have such an eye for the little details

Andrea, said...

Fab card, your hubby will love it

Rein said...

These are fabulous!!
love the papres you used.

Jackie said...

Fabby cards Mrs B! :)

Angelnorth said...

I'm going to have to disagree with you - I think the sentiment placement is just fine! The card looks fab, Kathy! Your brother's card is great too, nice to know I'm not the only last-minute minnie!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely stunning Kathy. The christmas card is like a book!! :)


My Paper World said...

Stunning card! Your husband will love it!

Paula said...

Very scrummy creation, Miss Kathy! You have my address don't!

Gorgeous artwork, & love those tags in the post below.

Rhi said...

Gorgeous Inside out card Kathy. Its as beautiful on the inside as it is on the front and so very luscious. I'm glad Im not the only one who ends up doing those important cards last minute!

Anonymous said...

stunning card your husband is going to love it :)

Glitter Monkey said...

Gosh these are really lovely Kathy. Glad to "hear" the zest back in your posts now you are feeling better. I have that lovely spotty Ribbon Oasis ribbon but haven't been able to bring myself to use it yet! Lol x

Sandra Evertson said...

What Gorgeous cards!
Seasons Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

Clare said...

Your hubby's card is gorgeous, the BG papers look so luxurious. The ribbon finishes it off perfectly.

Keryn Campbell said...

The colours on your inside out card are so elegent and all grown up, gorgeous.

Great how your style just switches for your brothers card. I'm jealous of how your can work so beautifully in such different styles.