Saturday, 27 October 2012

Swan Story

Hello! Its a bank holiday here in Ireland this weekend so everyone's in good form with the extra free day.

For my post today, in order to enter certain challenges, I've made something invented by the fabulous Hels Sheridan who labelled it The T'Pouch.. The challenge over at Frilly and Funkie is anything but a card to include a hidden compartment. Also the challenge at The Stamp Man is Butterflies, Birds and Bees.

Here's what I've made;

The T'Pouch is folded in such a way that it can contain 2 tags that can slide in and out of T'Pouch independently of each other. My first picture above shows the side of the T'Pouch stamped with Stampington and Company's lovely image (Heavenly P2216) embossed with Judikins EP (Black Diamond). This is 'The Black Swan'. The quote of advice from Aesop (from my printer) is on the top of a 'tag' within the T'Pouch. (Sorry its not a proper tag shape but by the time I realised I didn't want to go cutting proper tag corners in case I went awry and wrecked the whole thing! Bit tight for time today!)

The reverse of the T'Pouch is;

The same lovely image, but this time embossed with Stampendous EP (Winter Wonderland). Obviously this is 'The White Swan'. I've stamped some relevant text on the top of the 2nd tag inside the T'Pouch using stamp from Paper Bags Studios (Beauty PBS-038-C). (The tag, that curled from embossing, is now under a heavy book to flatten as I was rushing to get post published first).

Continuing with 'The White Swan' I've pulled out the tag to reveal it in full;

Clearly she is a happy swan as she is surrounded by butterflies, dragonflies and a glittery rose pink heart. Going back to 'The Black Swan' however the revealed tag tells a different story;

Yes, you've guessed it, this poor creature has a sting in her tail!

Thank-you to Anita who sparked my brain with her Design Team inspiration piece where she had different birds on front and reverse.

Supplies; Stardream and Bazzill CS, Cromatica Paper, Punched shapes with SEI Velvet paper using Punch Bunch, EK Success, Woodware and Fiskars punches. Melissa Frances pearls, Karen Foster metal charm, Lace from The Funkie Junkie Boutique. Bows and ribbon from stash.

Wishing you all a really lovely weekend. Nicola x

I wish to enter T'Pouch to the following challenges;
Frilly and Funkie - Anything BUT a Card but with a twist
The Stamp Man - Butterflies, Birds and Bees
PaperPlay Challenges - Butterflies and Bees
Do You Stack Up - Embossing


  1. You totally had me at the gorgeous swan image, but then for it to be reversed from black to white and white to black....genius!!! And your hidden compartments...fabulous!!! I love it! It you took inspiration from my bird to make this then I am deeply honored!!! Fabulous make!!! And, thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie this fortnight!!!

  2. Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  3. great idea - thanks for the tip

    kitten - DYSU team

  4. Fabulous... love your T'Pouch, love the story too x

  5. Hi Nicola! Your cards and tags are gorgeous. I love that they are in black and white sooo…. elegant! You crack me up what do you mean not a proper tag….. I think they are wonderful. I love the one with the black bow, bee and broken heart. The lace is gorgeous too!

  6. Beautiful creations! Love how you reversed the colors for such dramatics effects! Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!

  7. Now that is inspired. Ying and yang in one delightful package. Just perfect. Have you seen that the Anything But A Card challenge is having a 'black' theme at the mo? and this would fit in beautifully. Just a thought. Hugs, Buttons x

  8. So very pretty! Elegant and classy!

  9. Wow what a challenge... and boy, did you rise to it.
    Faubulous creation.
    Sandra x

  10. Hi dearest Nicola, what a fabulous cards you have Made:)
    Black and white combo is very very elegant as Your embossed image:)
    Have a beautiful day:)


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