Friday, 2 January 2015

Dragon's Lair Designs Challenge - New Beginnings

Well good morning everyone and Happy New Year
I hope that 2015 brings you much happiness 

The Challenge Starting today on Dragon's Lair Designs is very apt indeed and is all about New Beginnings, now a very dear friend of mine is going to have a baby very soon so I decided to make a New Baby card, which is very much a new beginning indeed 

I decided to make a Diamond Fold card and used the Baby Giraffe as my focal image

To make this card I started with a piece of card 6 inches by 12 inches

I then scored the card at 2 inches, 4 inches, 8 inches and 10 inches, then took a pencil and made a mark on the top and bottom of the card at the 6 inch score line, what you then do is turn the card diagonally and make an x pattern between the mark and the first score line (this will be the 2" and 10" line) then you need to burnish all of your folds

I then made a template to enable me to get the right sized backing papers 

To make the template I drew around the middle diamond of the card and then made it slightly smaller all the way around by 1/16 of an inch, this then made it very easy to cut out my papers, to get the right size for the smaller sections of the card, simply cut out a whole diamond shape in you chosen paper and then cut this in half and then in half again

Once I had lined up all of my papers I inked all of the edges with a light brown chalk ink

Then I printed off and coloured my image and cut him out, I then stuck him to the front of the card using foam pads.  I then attached some wooden heart buttons to either side of the panels and stamped the New Baby sentiment and die cut it out, I attached these to the card on foam pads too.  One of the things I love about this card is that it folds up nicely to fit into a C6 sized envelope and yet still looks stunning when it is on the mantelpiece. 

I hope that you like my card and that I have given you some inspiration to enter the challenge yourself.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please do feel free to leave me a comment they are all very much appreciated

Happy New Year Everyone 

I am also entering this card into the following challenges


  1. This is gorgeous, love the card shape and beautiful image and papers.
    Linda xxx

  2. O my he's so adorable great card xxx

  3. Great card design - and that giraffe is too cute! Thanks for joining us at My Time To Craft!

  4. Totally delightful work, thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Allsorts challenge.

    B x

  5. Thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week tracy x