Sunday 3 October 2010

Bella on Mo’s Birthday – altered item with matching card

CD case back
CD case front

Inside view of the CD case, with a gift card illustrating where the pocket is...unfortunately it now looks as if there is a deformed owl peeping out! LOL

Here is something new from me, a matching set. A card and altered gift item to be exact - but taking the photo in the appalling weather we have had today has been ‘challenging’ in itself. Why make a matching set? Well my brain had been mulling over how to enter the Mo’s Digital Challenge this week & combine it with Quixotic's, when my son asked me to make a card for a friend of his whose 18th birthday is coming up. So I had to oblige of course, and thinking cap on, it occurred to me - I could throw in a gift item for good measure! Then it was down to what he might want to give and how I could then set about constructing something around that idea. Money, voucher or gift card – small, compact - and disguised in a CD case, more intriguing surely!?!?!? LOL.

The matching card was made following the sketch over at Bunny Zoe’s & I chose vibrant coloured papers to give the card a certain energy but I decided to keep the colour range for the Mo Manning image (Bella on her birthday), very limited as I felt it would have otherwise been a bit too ‘busy’, and a distraction from the image itself, well to my mind anyway. The image was coloured with Promarkers.

The altered item is far more complicated in some respects, not least as it took a while to decide how to do it! LOL. Getting rid of the inside part of the CD case was a task in itself before I could even begin, but that done, I then measured the pieces of card already inside the case so I knew the parameters I was going to be working with. The one thing I did know for sure was how I wanted to make the cover - using the same image as the card but making use of the ‘spotlight’ effect & with a magnifying glass as the highlighted area.

I drew the magnifying glass very simply (two rectangles and a circle) and coloured it in using Promarkers and a Letraset Fineliner Pen, and I am really pleased at how well that turned out, though I say so myself! I am rarely completely happy about my work, and whilst not 100% satisfied with it, it comes pretty close. LOL. Having cut the centre of that out, I then knew the circumference I needed for the ‘spotlighted’ area.

Opening the CD case reveals one side to be constructed to the same layout as the card (ie Bunny Zoe’s sketch but this time with the horizontal strip towards the top). The opposite side was constructed in one piece for both the pocketed side, and the back of the CD case. Onto a 12cm square I dotted randomly over the paper, smaller versions of Bella & Bronte as if it was a regular stamp creating a backing paper & added the birthday text. To the lower edge of the square I added a further 6.5 centimetres deep rectangle, so that this could be folded backwards to create the pocketed area, and to this rectangle, tabs to the sides of so that I would be able to secure the pocket into position. On the reverse side of the square (that is the internal side of the CD), I then added a slightly smaller square of co-ordinating paper so that it would decorate that inside of the CD behind the pocket. I am sure I am not explaining this too well! That done I could then fold the pocket into place and secured it with tape along the tabs. I created the mini sentiments on the PC, cutting them out using smallest Spellbinders, adding to front of the CD and pocket.

I do hope I have explained this sufficiently……..I am worn out now!!!

Mo’s Digital – altered item

Bunny Zoe - sketch

Quixotic - gift

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – layers

Paper Sundaes – something from your stash (take your pick, nowt new! LOL)

Crafts & Me – teenager

Crafty Emma - wear a hat.

I apologise for the poor photos and what is more, Blogger is playing me up.........arghhh!!!
Hope you like my card and gift set and I thank you for all the kind comments you leave.

Tine :)


  1. what a very cute image and also a cool idea with the cd case! nice of you to join us at stamptacular, good look!! also i'm giving away a candy so have a look at my blog!

  2. You are not alone in having blogger playing up, but your CD wallet/gift and card idea is fabulous and you selected a fabby image too


  3. A FABULOUS project!! wow thanks so much for all the details on how you managed to achieve this, i have never seen anything like it, i abolutely LOVE IT!! thanks for joining us at Mo's

  4. pretty card. Thanks for joining us at Paper sundaes this week.


  5. Wonderful CD case creations, love the image you chose and the coloring is awesome. Thanks for playing the Mo's Digital Pencil Challegne this week!!!

  6. Awesome idea, Tine! And well executed too. I love it. Will definately be stealing that one at some future time. I never know what to do with these altered challenges and so never join in. This was very creative. I like it!

  7. This turned out great.. LOVE the magnifying glass.. It is perfect for this.. Great job. Thanks for joining us at Mo's this week.

  8. This is wonderful! I love the magnifying looks so real, and the coloring of the image is great! Thanks for sharing your work with us in Mo's Challenge this week.

  9. What a fab gift for a Teenager Christine,great image too.
    Thanx for joining us at Crafts and Me.
    Trish (-:

  10. Hi Christine - fab card and what a great idea with the cd case. Love Mo's images, I must get some more of those :)xx

  11. WOW, totally fabby, love the magnifying glass, thank you for joining us at Mo's DP2 this week x

  12. Fabulous creation and i love the image and layout! great work. Thanks for joining us at Crafts and Me for our challenge this week. luv gina xx

  13. What an awesome gift set. I'm blown away by you creating/drawing your own magnifying glass. I thought it was a stamp, LOL. Great layout and color combo too!!

    Thanks for joining us this week and "using your stash" at Paper Sundae's.


  14. What a fabulous set! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  15. Absolutely fabulous. Your work is outstanding.

  16. Great idea hun, and I just love the colours you have used to colour Bella in, she looks fab!
    Thanks for joining us at CES Challenges this week!
    Good Luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  17. What a fantasic gift set! :) Image is adorable with great colours and colouring. And papers and layers are great.
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation with us and thanks you for joining at Stamptacular Sunday Challenge. Hope to see you again :)


  18. What a nice touch with the magnifying glass. Great idea and so creative. Thanks for joining us at Mo's challenge this week. Peggy x

  19. Beautiful shading - a fabulous image by Mo! What a wonderful gift. Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again next week!