Monday, July 9, 2012

Ciao Bre!

My beautiful niece left this past Saturday for a three-week trip to Italy.  She will spend most of the three weeks at an archaeological dig outside of Rome.  She was super excited and really looking forward to the experience she will gain on this trip.  She also plans to sightsee as much as she can while she is there.

We had a party for her last Thursday so I made her a pop-up Bon Voyage card.

The outside of the card is the Tim Holtz Alterations Vintage Valise die.  I cut the die from patterned Tim Holtz grunge board and the smaller pieces from Tim Holtz grunge paper.  The pieces are painted with Adirondack Paint Dabbers in Sandal, Espresso and Pitch Black.  I distressed the edges of the valise with Vintage Photo distress ink.  I fashioned a latch from extra die pieces to help hold the card closed.  I added brads from the Idealogy Mini Fasteners and then hammered the tops to distress them.  The tag was cut from the Sizzix Framelits Tickets set using Nomad paper from the Bazzill Wayfarer collection.  The sentiment stamp is from Inkadinkado.

The paper inside the card is also Nomad from Bazzill.  I cut two separate pieces for the top half and bottom half of the card so that I could use the image of the United States on the top half and Europe on the bottom half.  Inside the card I used Karen Burniston's Sizzix Bigz Zig Zag 3-D Pop-Up die.  I cut the die from acetate so that it didn't cover up the background paper.  If you look closely you can see the outline of it behind the airplane.  I love this die because it's so versatile!  I've used it in cards that open both horizontally and vertically.  Inside the card I used Tim Holtz Sizzix Vintage Camera Movers and Shapers die.  I painted the accents on the camera with a silver paint dabber. The stamp of the Roman Coliseum is from Stamp Cabana.   The color was added with chalks.  The airplane, from the Tim Holtz Visual Artistry The Journey cling stamp set, was stamped on glossy paper using black Ranger Archival Ink and mounted with foam tape.  The sentiment, Enjoy the Journey, is from the same Visual Artistry stamp set.  The passport stamp is an old one, from Inkadinkado's Dawn Houser collection, and it was also stamped on glossy paper.

As an afterthought, I stamped the small arrow from Stampendous in red on a separate piece of paper, cut it out and positioned it so that it points to Italy!

She loved the card as well as the cookie cake that I made for her.  Thankfully I have a day job and it doesn't involve making cookie cakes (obviously!)!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. FANtastic (I am now a fan of your blog.) Perfect.

  2. My daughter is so lucky to have such an awesome aunt and I am lucky to have her as a sister!!

  3. Hey Donna, if someone did all of that for me I would be SO touched!!! What an awesome and creative pop up card! There's so much detail!!! I love it and the cookie cake as well :)

  4. hey donna can you please tell me how to make that