Tuesday 21 May 2013

Amour à Paris......part 2

This is the card I made for Niall and Steph whose engagement and surprise party I wrote about in the previous post "Amour à Paris.......part 1".

The theme for the card was based around the proposal at the top of the Eiffel Tower.  Whilst at the Papeterie last Saturday I was lucky enough to find two sheets of Kanban card from the Lavender Rose Collection called "From Paris with Love" and they then dictated the colour scheme.

This was an ideal opportunity to use the large Stampin' up French Script stamp to create backgrounds on two of the layers of the topper.  On the lavender layer it was stamped using Encore silver metallic ink and on the top layer the stamp was lightly inked with purple metallic ink to leave a faded impression.  Over the top of this the Eiffel Tower and Amour stamps from Stampin' up's Artistic Etchings set were stamped using silver metallic ink.  This isn't a set I own but I knew a friend who did, thank you Carol.  A little gem was added to the top of the Tower to symbolise where the proposal took place. The sentiment was also a Stampin' up stamp from the Petite Pairs set and it was punched out and layered using their oval and scalloped oval punches.

Spellbinders Curved Rectangle dies were used to cut out two of the layers of the topper with a faux layer added in between.  The faux layer was made by using the smallest die as a stencil to draw around before cutting it out by hand.  The edges were distressed and inked to disguise any uneven cutting.

The champagne flutes were cut using a Marianne die and were double layered using shiny and matt silver card and in the corners the Marianne die English Rose was used to cut the large rolled roses which are my crafting addiction at the moment.  Behind the roses are silver leaves punched using an X-cut embossing punch.

Layers of silver, purple, lilac and lavender card along with the patterned card from Kanban were used to decorate the panels of the z-fold card.  The picture below is of the back of the card.  The lilac card was embossed using the Regency Swirls Embossalicious folder and the Memory Box Precious Hearts die was used to cut the heart embellishments which were also double layered.  Peel offs were used to add Steph and Niall's initials to the small hearts and the date of their engagement to the large heart.

On the inside of the card messages were created on the computer and die cut using Spellbinders heart nestabilites dies and their grand nestabilities circle dies.  More of the heart embellishments were added too.  You can see from the pictures below how appropriate the Kanban card was to the occasion.

There was even enough card left to decorate the lid of the box.

The only other additions to the card were small paper roses and rosebuds in contrasting colours, a few more sparkly gems and lots of bows and ribbons to match the backing card not that I ever need an excuse to use ribbon.

It was lovely to be able to create a personalised card for Niall and Steph and hopefully it will be a reminder of their romantic weekend in Paris.

Thanks for reading today
Liz xx

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges
The Ribbon Girl May Colour Challenge - Lilac and Lavender
Marianne Design Diva's Monthly Challenge - Get Your Dies Out
Craft-Dee Bowz May Challenge - Anything Goes With Hand Made Bows
Crafty Boots Challenge - Celebrations
Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge - O's and X's Challenge (Ribbon/Stamps/Gems)
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Use your favourite ink - Encore purple metallic ink which was used to stamp the French script background, the sentiment, and was sponged around the scalloped edges of the base card the edges of the curved rectangles and the rolled roses on the topper and also the heart in the inside.
Challenges 4 Everybody Challenge 20 - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations May Challenge - Embossing and Texture 
Emerald Faerie Challenge 43 - Ribbons 
Delightful Challenges - Bingo (Patterned Paper/Punches or Dies/Flowers)
Fab'n'Funky Challenge 171 - Your Favourite Embellishment ( Rolled roses made using the Marianne English Rose die)
The Ribbon Carousel Monthly Challenge 81 - Celebrations
My Craft Spot Challenge 98 - Ribbon and Twine
LEJ Designs Challenge 54 - Die Cuts and/or Punches
Make It Monday - Anything Goes


  1. Very pretty card, I love your design and your die cut embellishments.

    Thank you for joining in the celebrations at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  2. Lovely card, beautiful theme and colours. Thank you for joining us for the Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge.

    Sylv xx
    CBN DT

  3. Wonderful colours and so many lovely layers and detail! Thanks so much for sharing your card with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah

  4. This is stunning Liz I bet they were thrilled to receive it and it will be a lovely keepsake to remind them of the day! Susan x

  5. Stunning card again Liz, great colour combo and a lovely keepsake of the special occasion. Great arrangement of flowers too,
    happy crafting and thanks for the visit.
    Hugs Erika.

  6. I love cards with an 'inside' Liz. And such lovely colors. Nathaly

  7. Wow! This is a masterpiece, Liz! I love the Kanban cardstock, your die cuts and those roses are stunning. The colours are gorgeous together too. This will make such a special keepsake.

    Thanks for playing along at Fab'n'Funky Challenges.

    Rachel x

  8. Love all your layers and openings on this card. The bows make it really sweet. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ May challenge.

  9. Love all your layers and openings on this card. The bows make it really sweet. Thanks for joining the Craft-Dee BowZ May challenge.

  10. s beautiful liz.really stunning design and colours and I love the champagne glasses :D

    xx coops xx

  11. Beautiful card! I love the gorgeous colors, beautiful folds and pretty flowers:)
    Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot!
    Sherrie K

  12. Stunning creation Liz, gorgeous shape and so romantic! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  13. Super engagement card Liz and so romantic with Tour Eiffel in the background.

    It's great to see you at Stamping Sensations challenge, thank you so much joining us.

    B x

  14. so very pretty!Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot this week!



  15. Fantastic card Liz.. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  16. Beautiful card...perfect keepsake for the couple! Thank you so much for joining us at MIM this week! Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
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  17. Lovely work Liz. My favourite colour purple.

  18. This is so pretty! I love the look of the silver with purple... So elegant!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  19. Hiya Liz, Popping over from Mim, this is a gorgeous card, love the fold. Joey xx

  20. So gorgeous and elegant, I'm sure they will treasure this card. Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network