Saturday 17 December 2011


I haven't taken time to add to my blog lately as Christmas card making has taken over but in amongst it all this is an easel card I made for an order.  The brief was that the lady really liked dophins so that's what I went with although I had no images.  A google images search for dophin digital stamps took me to this image from Stitchy Bear Stamps called Leaping Dolphins.  I felt this image was appropriate to put on a card for a lady celebrating her sixtieth birthday and instead of colouring it I left it in the raw black and white format and selected embellishments and papers to create a monochrome card.

To frame the image I tried to create a porthole effect and used a compass cutter to cut out the circle layers and then decorataed it with eyelets and little dolphin embellishments which were made using a Quickutz die. Little crystal peeloff dots were added in between to represent air bubbles.  The Happy Birthday, gingham and spotted backing papers were from a Cuddly Buddly download, A Patchworwk of Papers - Blue, and printed in greyscale.

For the base panel I tried to create a scene of dolphins playing in the waves and layered up Quickutz diecuts of waves and dolphins and then personalised it with alphabet die cuts to spell sixty.  The final embellishment was some black grosgrain ribbon from Stampin' up.

The easel stops were made using layered up circles cut using Spellbinders nestabilities dies. Although it brought the Christmas production line to a halt it was a refreshing diversion from the glitter and snowflakes to create this card.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
One Stitch At A Time Challenge 92 - Use a Digi

Thanks for reading
Liz xx


  1. Liz, this is so gorgeous...I'm sure your friend is going to love this card :)..I actually like the black and white concept...why not enter it in our challenge?

    You never know :)

  2. Hi Liz

    What a wonderful card - I love it.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

    Hazel x

  3. OMG this is brilliant! I especially love the port hole effect! I thought it was all just one paper piece to start with!! Fab effect, love it. Thank you for joining us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. hUgs


  4. Thank you so much for playing with us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. Hugs Nataliya

  5. STUNNING Liz. Saw this on MIM and popped over for a closer look..Loz

  6. stunning easle card beautiful images
    Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday

  7. What a beautiful card hun, love what you have done with the Dolphins...very creative!
    Also saw this on MIM!

  8. WOW your card and layout are fabulous, I saw this on Make it Monday and just had to say how fabulous this is!

  9. Sooo adorable image and you have realy made a greate work with this, so many pretty details.
    I saw it at MIM

  10. Hi Liz I saw your card on MIM what a clever card.Easel cards are one of my faves.
    Jane x

  11. Wow! I never though black and white can be such versatile and elegant colours!

  12. Stunning creation. Love the simplicity of your card. Makes it so elegant. Saw you on MIM