Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shoppe Window Cardie for Mum!

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Just a quick post today to show you this card that I had so much fun making.  For Mother's day (you will remember if you read this blog) that I made the dresser card (here is the backlink to that post  So I thought it would be kinda fun to keep that brickwall theme.  I am envisioning that eventually mum will have a collection of  brickwall room cards, for every room in a fantasy house.

A week or so ago Redanne posted this awesome card that she came up with that I so loved. (Check out Anne's Chemist here ttp://  This is how the inspiration for this birthday card began.    I really loved Anne's idea of a window that you looked through - my mind immediately started seeing a fun idea. 

I wanted the card to look like a cheery shop window with a flower box, and a message- complete with a stripy awning.  I mean who doesn't like a stripy awning. awning window 009
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I filled the flower box with handrolled flowers and the greenery is Gold Christmas tinsel that I painted with Mowed Lawn distress paint and Forrest moss Distress Ink.  The flowers were tiny and painful to work clunky fingers around but they were surprisingly easy to do. 
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I used a scalloped edged scissors to cut one end of the awning and a corner punch for the top of the awning.  I folded that into shape.  I saw a more complicated version of this on youtube a while back but I cant remember where so I cant give credit to whom it is due.

I faux-glassed the window with acetate and wrote "Happy Birthday" on the shop window with a popart marker.  I love these markers - too bad I cant find them in my town mall anymore.

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I wanted the closed card to look as if there was a window blind hanging on the inside of the window.
When you open up the card - I wanted the inside to look as if you were looking at a wall with drawn blind. 

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I cut out little frames and drew tiny "wall art" that I framed in the gilded metal effect (you can find the backlink to that tutorial here  

I also stuck on a few charms to look like wall hangings. 
The blind functions as a message and gift card holder.

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Anyway - like I said - quick post today.


  1. Great design Candice, love the colours and ideas. Bet your mum loves it too.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. What a wonderful idea that your mother will have a whole townful of little houses and shops - much less space-consuming in 2D than 3D (like my mother's dollshouses!)... I love your bright and breezy florist's shop - definitely brings a smile to the face.
    Alison xx

  3. Candice...LOVE your card! That window is absolutely beautiful with the awning on top and the adorable window box underneath! You did a fantastic job on this! Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog about the classes in Estes Park. I'm kitting right now, actually. :) I'm really looking forward to it and hope to remember to take plenty of pics! <3 Candy

  4. Candice, its likewise fun to know fellow South Africans in blog land. So of course I have become your latest keen Follower. Love the window concept of your beautiful card.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  5. Hi Candice, I could not open your post for some reason (Blogger maybe) - I love what you have done, it is absolutely amazing! The brick wall looks fantastic and I love the way you used the pediment die (now I have a reason to use mine). I can see myself doing more of these now - inspired by you! Gorgeous work and thanks for your kindness in mentioning my Chemist shop too. You are very generous. Hugs, Anne x

  6. That is so clever Candice! Love the bright, cheery flowers and the very clever blind. Bet your mum is going to be thrilled with this. Hugs, Jenny x

  7. That is VERY cool! Love the idea of the blind lifting and what a neat way to use that die. The awning is fantastic!

  8. Oh, I love that. What a brill idea.

  9. Oh my goodness I love your card.
    So much detail!!!

  10. Just wondering where your September tag is ;)
    I just finished and posted mine...looking forward to seeing yours.
    Have missed hearing from you.


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