Saturday, August 3, 2013

Bon Anniversaire + a Winner!

It's the beginning of a new month which means we have a brand new challenge over at the Inspiration Journal blog! This month we want to see what you did on your summer vacation and/or travel-themed projects.

I chose a Parisian theme for my card. After all, I did see that mini Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas, right? :) For the front, I wanted the look of an old, worn leather book, so I painted a piece of light chipboard with Barn Door Distress paint. When it was dry, I embossed it with Tim Holtz' Harlequin Texture Fade, then sanded and inked it. The frame is one of Tim's new releases from Summer CHA - one of my faves! It was cut from chipboard painted with metallic Distress paint and then sanded and inked.

The top is trimmed with die cut burlap paper (a new find!) that I added one of Tim's Remnant Rubs to. The top and bottom are trimmed with his new Natural Trimmings, another fave from this summer's release.

When I was glittering my fleur de lis, I didn't quite get enough glue on it and my coverage was spotty. Instead of trying to go back and fix it, I decided to leave it and just sponge over it with Gathered Twigs Distress ink. I think it gives it a really cool, vintage look! To make it more chunky and dimensional, I cut another piece from thicker chipboard and glued it to the back.

Here's where the real magic happens! Isn't that the coolest?! I love those glittery towers. I had no idea how to go about getting them to stand up like that, but I knew there had to be a Pop 'n Cuts die that would do it for me. So, once again, I pestered the brilliant Karen Burniston for an idea. Of course, she immediately knew just how to do it. "Cut acetate using the 3D Star insert and cut off the sides, which will create a triangle that you can glue your Eiffel Tower to."

Of course! I can't believe how perfectly it all fit together. Since I didn't want or need the cutout area, I trimmed that part off, leaving a small strip that I could adhere to the center of the card. I took a quick shot after I'd trimmed off one of the star's points, so you could see what I'm talking about. Very, very easy!

The banners were created with Karen's Flagpole with Lantern and Sign strip die. It cut most of the way through the burlap paper - I just had to to a bit of trimming. The greeting was computer-generated and then cut with Tim's Tattered Banners die and attached to a pin.

Here's a little Vine video to show how it opens up. So fun!

Okay, are you ready to see who won the cool Tim Holtz tote bag and adorable make-n-take? I put the numbers into the RNG and here's who it picked:

Which is Margie, who said:

"Thanks so much for sharing all these inspirational pics Shelley - I so wish I could have been there! And what a great giveaway - wow, I would love to own that bag signed by Tim. Thanks for the chance to win. Margie x"

Congrats, Margie! Once I get your address, I'll get your prize in the mail!

If you're looking for the products I used to create my card, you can find them at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember to use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% off your total!

Thanks so much for stopping by today - enjoy your weekend!


  1. How brilliant both you & Karen are! I love the Eiffel tower pop up, so awesome. I will certainly be trying it out myself.

  2. very clever! Love it.
    Sandra ltb

  3. So love the gorgeous colours and texturing on this card Shelly and the pop up tower is divine.
    Hugs Brenda xox

  4. What a wonderful make, gorgeous creation and fab idea! Hugs trace x

  5. Wow, what a great card! Congrats to Margie.

  6. Oh my goodness, that is GORGEOUS, I love the inside. Congrats to Margie.

  7. Wow, that's sooo cool!
    I believe that it will be very awesome to touch the card with the several different surfaces!
    And what a great idea with the pop up Tower!

  8. I LOVE this! The front with the embossing, the glitter, so many textures! And that stand up Eiffel Tower?? How COOL is that?? Love the banners too! Gorgeous!

  9. Don't know what I love most - the front or the inside!!!! A terrific make and so utterly inspiring! Thank you also for the lovely visit with my blog :)

    Hugs and Servus from Vienna,

    die amelie - Claudia x

  10. What a clever card! The front is very beautiful!

  11. I am staring and staring to soak in all the texture and awesomeness of this card. C'est magnifique!

  12. Stunning card. I so wish I owned a die cutting machine as I would happily make those Eiffel Towers all day long!
    Congratulations to Marjie - I wonder if it is my lovely friend Marjie who is the winner.

  13. Sure looks easier to make this Eiffel Tower pop up than the one I did for an altered book using my electronic die cutting machine and the 3-D cartridge! Not that it wasn't great when assembled, but this looks so much easier! Love it!

  14. Amazing inside, I love the tower and banners, very fun to see open. Fabulous card.
    Hugs Kelly

  15. This truly is the coolest! Love it!

  16. You are a genius girl! Love the Eiffel Tower here...pure genius! Gorgeous make!

  17. Love the card, Shelly. Can you share where you found the burlap paper? Thanks, Laura


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