Sunday, December 04, 2011

Surprise Pop-Up Card


The past 48 hours was NOT fun for me. My computer crashed!!! Aaarrrggghhh!!! Lots of cursing/swearing and frustrations while trying to get it working again. It wasn't pretty...LOL. Couldn't get it to work and as a last resort had to restore my laptop back to it's original manufacturer settings. Ughhh! This was something I (or anybody else) don't need right now (or anytime). Lots more Christmas cards to finish!!! Lost time! ...sorry, just venting my frustrations...LOL.

An evening update...Oh, my weekend had a lovely ending afterall.

First, I had a wonderful lunch with Diana, the owner of Magnolia-licious and Scor-Pal. Yes!!! I finally got to meet this lovely lady face to face. I've put a picture of us below at the bottom of this posting.

And second, I was able to restore my laptop with some advice from my sister--she's much much more computer savvy than me. I'm so computer illiterate. A bit more tweaking to do, but woo-hooo.....

Anyway, here's a card that I just finished.

A close-up of this adorable gal from Magnolia's So Jolly & Under The Mistletoe Collection 2009. This is Cozy Tilda.

Check out Magnolia-licious, Diana's on-line store for anything and everything Magnolia. You will find a large selection of the full-size as well as the mini version of Magnolia stamps. Magnolia doohickey cutting dies are available there also. New in stock are Marianne Design and Cheery Lynn dies. And check out the Memory Box dies for pre-order--they are simply gorgeous!!! Diana offers discounts, excellent services and you can earn store credits also!

This is a new type of card that I haven't done before. It is called a surprise pop-up card. I saw this type of card on Patti Jo's blog--that lovely lady give me lots of inspirations--and said I've got to do one of those! And Beate Johns has made an excellent tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here.

The way this works is there is a little tab at the top of the card that you pull out...

and it reveals a hidden message--your surprise!!!

And at the same time the panel that is hiding the message pops up. Cool, eh!

A few challenges I would like to enter with this card:
Simon Says Stamps - Anything Goes!
Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar - Anything Goes with option of sprakles
Polka Doodles - Week 48 Challenge - Secret Element Christmas Card
Charisma Cardz Challenge 47 - Spots
Crafts and Me - Challenge #63 - Pearls and Swirls

That's it for now.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Your visit is always very much appreciated. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 20 days and counting....yikes!!!

Materials and Tools used:

Stamps: Sentiments from Plaid

DP's: One sheet from My My Mind's Eye Playful Posies paper pad: TPC Studio Christmas Village Blizzard

Dies: Go Kreate XXL Frames Frilly #1; Spellbinders Labels Eight, Classic Inverted Scalloped Circles and Classic Circles; Magnolia doohickey Swirl

Punches: Snowflake punches from Martha Stewart and EK Success

Miscellaneous: Tim Holtz distress ink stamp pad Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood; Pearls from my stash

Here's a picture of Diana and me at lunch earlier today.


Danielle Champagne said...

How COOL Norma! such an outstanding style, I will have to try that.your coloring of this so cute tilda, is awesome. Love your choice of paper and colors, warm Vintage photo is so perfect with blue. I adore...
Well.. I understand you so well, my laptop showed some old age sign last month, along with the screen loosing pixel.. I begged for a new computer, which is my Christmas gift.
Wish you the same... LOL.
Much hugs.

Candy said...

Wow your card is gorgeous!! I just love your coloring! Fabulous.

Anne said...

This is so georgeus! I love the shape, and the image is so beautiful. :)

mlarisa said...

Это очень красивая открытка, мне нравится цвет и очень красиво раскрашена Тильда. Я тоже хотела купить такой штамп - он мне очень нравится - такой милый!

Larisa said...

What a super cute card! LOVE your sweet image and your shaped card!

Kelly Schelske said...

This is just gorgeous Norma! Sorry to hear about your computer troubles, that's never any fun.

Dena said...

Gorgeous card! So many beautiful details and I adore the pop up style!!!!
Sorry about your computer, what a pain!
Hugs, Dena

sara said...

beautiful card love the colour combo and your fab colouring thanks so much for joining us at just magnolia this week
hugs sara x

Pam Sparks said...

Love it Norma! I've even made this type of card ATC size! So fun! Adorable Tilda coloring and creating! Glad your day had a better ending and you had time to eat!

Suzi Mac said...

This card is stunning Norma, I love the design your colouring is amazing. Beautiful work.
Suzi x

Regina said...

ADORABLE Norma!!!!

Karen said...

Awesome card!!! What a great picture of you and Diana!!

RoseC said...

Norma, your Cozy Tilda looks fabulous on this fun surprise pop-up card. So glad to see your entry at the Crafts and Me Digi team's "pearls and swirls" challenge. ~ Rose

Barb Hardeman said...

Wow Norma! How cool is that to meet Diana for the first time! Great for Both of you, you are both warm hearted ladies! Now your card is just gorgeous! Your design details are always spectacular and gorgeously set off Tilda to perfection. Tilda is beautifully colored, as always, and I love this little surprise when you open the card! Awesome work again my friend!
Hugs, Barb

Rene said...

Oh this is GORGEOUS!!!!! I love it! What a wonderful hidden clever of you!!! She's beautiful!
Rene :D

Astrid said...

Ohh Norma, thats not nice your computer crache. But your card is fabelous and gorgeous and beautiful, and everything.
Hugs Astrid

Monique said...

What a gorgeous card Norma. Lovely details, beautifull paper, colours and colouring.

Hugs Monique

Pauline said...

This is stunning! Love the sweet image, and the beautiful easel shape. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week!

Pen to Paper said...

Wow Norma! Gorgeous!! I really love the color scheme you've used and the swirlies!



Pam said...

Gorgeous card Norma!!!! Love all the details.

Jean said...

Wowzers Norma, this is so spectactular.. Love your colors and your layout.. I think you have just make yourself the queen of the easel card making!! This one is just so beautifully done..

Your picture of you and Diana having lunch is great.. A wonderful picture of the both of you.
Hugs, Jean

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhh i love it! Its so cute! Yummy spotty paper too!

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz,best of luck!

Karen said...

Gorgeous card! Your coloring is awesome.


Gram's Treasures said...

Delightful card...unusual colour choice and wonderful detail! Thanks for joining us this week at Charisma. Good Luck!
Joyce xx

Anonymous said...

Norma this is an absolute delight! I adore the blue and brown combination and your beautifully colored Tilda, just lovely!
Hugs Julie P

debby4000 said...

Wonderful card, adorable Tilda and love how it pops up.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

Shell said...

Oh Norma this is stunning I love everything about it, thanks for joining us at Polka Doodles this week.
Shell xx

Jane H said...

Norma this is just adorable! Love the coloring and your dp is amazing!

Patti Jo said...

Hey there Norma! Oh, I love how you color Cozy Tilda and this layout is fabulous!!! Love how you've used the shape to make this card. Outstanding work as always! Bummer on the computer, but glad you're hooked back up and what a fantastic way to end the weekend! A special time being with Diana!!! (Thanks for the're so sweet!!!)

Anne said...

oh wow this is stunning!!! Love your hidden element. Fabulous colouring and great papers too.
A smashing card, thanks for playing along with Polka Doodles and good luck
Anne x

Christina C. said...

OMG, Norma, your amazing coloring of this sweet Tilda is so realistic, she almost jumps off the page!!!!
You truly give life to your images. Sign of a true artist!!!!!

cathylynn said...

WOWZERS Norma!! You card is beautiful and I love the function of it all! The colors are magnificinet and so is the picture of you and Diana. I bet that was a FANTASTIC lunch with lots to talk about! Lucky you and Diana!!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Only By His Grace said...

Hi Norma!
You know how much I love your creations dear friend. this one is so gorgeous. I am hoping to do some crafting soon and want to try this style. I love the soft blues and the snowflakes.
Super photo of you and Diana. How lovely to have afternoon tea with her. I think you should have this photo of you as your profile photo.
Hugs Maz

H said...

Ohh Norma, thats not nice that your computer crached. But your card is fabelous and gorgeous,I love the soft blue,I wish I could make a stunning card like you do.
I hope I can get that cute Tilda one of these days.
Great that you and Diana met for the first time. A wonderful picture of the both of you.
Hugs harma

Unknown said...

wow this easel card is stunning. i love very much your works.

Janine - Ellabella said...

Wowzer - this is absolutely stunning. I love the colors together and you have done it to perfection. Colouring as always fabulous.

Cami said...

Beautiful card Norma! I love this style and you've done wonders to it with your choice of papers, design, and coloring!

cabio's craft corner said...

wow. love this card idea and the card is gorgeous Norma. so glad you are able to get together with Diana and had a great time :-)

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along at Polkadoodles in our hidden element challenge - what a fabulous project! Cheers Claire x

Fliss said...

This is a stunner and the embellishing is just gorgeous.
Thanks for joining in this week at Polka Doodles and hope to see you again.
Fliss xx

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