Thursday, 15 March 2012


Hello Everyone,

And happy Handy Hippo Thursday to you all too. Apologies for the delay in sharing this card with you - we had a technical hitch this week but normal service is now resumed.

Today's card is a  6” square  card ... very feminine, very pink, lots of roses, pearls and ribbons. Even the Eiffel Tower is pink! I've added a birthday greeting but it could just as easily have made a lovely Mother’s Day card. The pretty papers are from the Wild Rose Studio’s Letters from Paris paper pack and I made the white organza flower by hand using the stunning ribbon from Handy Hippo.


As usual materials used for this project are available from Handy Hippo and if you would like to make the same project then simply click on the magic button below and it will take you directly to a shopping cart that contains everything you would need to make it. Once there, you can simply and easily remove any of the items that you already have in your craft stash.

It’s easy to add to your basket any other purchase that you might like and if something is temporarily out of stock you can request to be emailed once it is back in stock.

Here's how I made the card:
  • Base is a 6" square white card
  • The front of the base was inked with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar distress ink and left to dry before being stamped randomly with the Fresh Bloom flower stamp in Memento Angel Pink
  • The inside and back are also stamped with the flower stamp
  • The Eiffel Tower topper was made by trimming a section from one of the sheets of patterned paper in the paper pack, distressing the edges with the same TH ink used on the base, and matting it on to silver mirri card before attaching it at an angle. 
  • The rose embellishments were trimmed from another sheet of patterned paper - I believe this is known as fussy cutting - and the edges were inked with the Memento ink pad. The pieces were shaped by rubbing with a bone folder over the back, just to give a slight curve, then they were adhered as in the photograph using glue gel.
  • Make a bow with the pink ribbon and glue it to the top left corner.
  • Make an organza ribbon rose and glue it above the bow - see instructions below.
  • Add three pearls to the ribbon bow, just below the rose.
  • Stamp the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black on the topper.

How to Make a Ribbon Rose
The ribbon rose was made using the red extra-sticky double-sided tape - stick a 12" length of this down on the craft mat before removing the red topping. Fold the wide organza ribbon in half and adhere it to the tape and, then roll, pleating the ribbon at intervals, until it's all rolled up. This was my first attempt and it was a lot easier to make than it is to describe how to make it!

I hope you are enjoying this series of projects - my aim is to make the projects as varied as possible.  That way you will get a good idea of the range of materials available from Handy Hippo and, hopefully, there will be something to appeal to whatever floats your boat, be it stamping, decoupage, embossing, etc. I'm enjoying the challenge :)

See you next week with something a wee bit different again.

Happy Crafting,


CraftygasheadZo said...

This is so pretty, I love it, but then again after my trip to Paris last Nov, I love everything Paris. I need to get hold of these papers I reckon! Zo xx

Jackie said...

A stunning card Elizabeth, so beautiful. I'm not really a pink person but this works so well :o)
Jackie xx

Jo said...

Wow, that's so pretty! I have a similar paper, didn't know it could look this good!This is beautiful!
Hugs Jo x

scrappymo! said...

Beautiful card! I love the way you fussy cut the patterned paper!

coops said...

wow this is stunning elizabeth.really pretty and elegant ;D

xx coops xx

Marie-Louise said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth. Love it and the flower you made is fabuilous.

Debbie Rock said...

Sorry if this isn't the right place to leave you a "random" message ... am still trying to find my feet in blogland!
Just saw your message on Maggie C's blog and had to pop along to say The Mikado is my absolute favourite too! Love Debbie xXx

Craftychris said...

So very pretty - I'm loving the pink! xx

Bernie said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! SOOO Pretty!

Jules said...

So sorry Elizabeth .. .. I missed this yesterday.

Your card is beautiful.

Great images .. all pretty in pink!

Love the rose too. It looks great.

Love Jules xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Such a beautiful pink and feminine creation, I do love the Eiffel tower in pink in fact I prefer it ! Gorgeous flower too.