Friday, 4 September 2015

JAI 278 inspiration challenge - poinsettia in the woods pillow box (& instructions)

It's been a crazy week at colour me happy so our new challenge at Just Add Ink really snuck up on me. This week we're using these gorgeous floral pics as our inspiration.
Having limited time turned out to be my friend as I went with my first instincts rather than my usual indecisiveness. The colours in the carpet of tulips reminded me of a pretty floral print in our new Into the Woods paper pack. Last week I'd also been checking out poinsettia colours (who knew they came in over 100 colours? - not me!). One of the pics I saw was this gorgeous Golden Melody one.
So two thoughts collided & this is what I came up with - a pillow box decorated with a poinsettia.
I made a long pillow box with our new square pillow box die - so quick & easy. This version is about double the length of the normal square box. I cut 4 pieces with the die rather than the usual 2 pieces, adhered them together in the middle & hid the join with a belly band.
The wood print paper is the reverse side of the floral paper. If you'd like more info on how to make the double sized pillow box, leave me a comment & I'll share how in another post.

The poinsettia is daffodil delight, sponged & stamped in tangelo twist (the sponging is much more noticeable & pretty in real life). See how to make it, below.
I mounted the poinsettia on a simple tag with rounded corners. To reflect the natural theme I used a natural wood element sentiment. Here's a closer look at the tag.
So, do you think I met the challenge? I'm very happy it turned out like I hoped. Now I just need to fill the box with something nice & I have just the person in mind for it. Remember to check out the different ways the team interpreted the challenge & play along with us too. You'll find all the challenge fun here.

Make your own poinsettia
Supplies: new festive flower punch & leaf stamps from Reason for the Season stamp set (available together as a discounted bundle - score!). All 3 petal sizes & the centre are all in one punch!
Poinsettia Recipe
11 large petals: 8 daffodil, 3 old olive - yes I forgot to add the olive leaves before my pic.
4 medium petals: daffodil
2 small petal pairs: daffodil
5 centres: 1 x daffodil, 1 x tangelo, 1 x mossy meadow, 2 x old olive.
Petal prep: stamp each piece with the vein in tangelo twist (after stamping off once), score down the middle free hand with stylus. Fold petal in half, flatten, then re-open.
2 x punched circles - 1 x 1 inch, 1 x 3/4 inch (or just small card scraps)

Make the flower:
1. Punch shapes
2. Stamp veins with medium leaf & pair leaf stamps in tangelo twist & old olive ink (stamped off once). Sponge around edges with same colour ink.
3. Score down centre of each leaf with a stylus. Fold, then reopen.
4. Place dob of multipurpose liquid glue in centre of 1 inch circle. Adhere rounded ends of 4 large leaves to form a cross (no overlap). Place another dob of glue on top & adhere another crossed layer of 4 petals, off-setting them with previous layer
5. Repeat step 4 using the medium petals & 3/4 inch circle. Adhere on top of large petals, off-setting them with previous layer.
6. Adhere flower centres together then place in centre of poinsettia petals.
7. Add a small circle of tangelo, a pretty pearl or rhinestone in the centre.
8 Leave to dry. Once dry, gently push each petal end together & up to add more dimension.
9. Put your poinsettia on something pretty & give it to someone :-) 

Well that's all for me for now. Thanks for visiting today & come back soon. Here's a final image if you'd like to pin for later. Leave me a comment to let me know what you think, ask any q's or if you'd like to see a tute for the extended pillow box.
Until next time.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: You'll find most of the goodies I used today in our all new 2015 Holiday Catalogue. It's packed with more new Christmas, halloweem & everyday ideas that you could poke a poinsetta at.

See & download the Aus/NZ Holiday Catalogue here
See all Holiday Catalogue goodies in my online store
Contact me for your free paper copy to view with your favourite cuppa, if you don't already have a Demonstrator looking after you. :-)
2015 Holiday Catalogue

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order. Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.

Friday, 21 August 2015

JAI 276 - Just add male cards - suited up tutorial

It's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge & Jan has set us a well timed challenge to create a card for males, since it's Father's Day on September 6th in Australia. I ran a masculine card class last weekend too so I combined the challenge with my class card.  
I do love a man in a suit (whether it's my own darling man, James Bond, or maybe even a dressed up Mr Cumberbatch or the guys from Suits), so I created this formal / tuxedo type suit card. It was very popular with my class lovelies so hope you like it too.
 My card was adapted from this awesome card & tutorial by Sarah Jane Rae, which I pinned a while ago. I adapted her idea to make a smaller card using a standard half A4 sheet to fit a regular C6 envelope (the card front is 10 x 14.8cm or approx 4 x 6 inches). Sarah's card front was about double this size.  I used the envelope punch board to make my bow tie). I used some White Perfect Accent dots for the shirt buttons.
I also added a belly band around the front to add a bit more detail & space for a sentiment - birthday & Father's Day versions. The birthday sentiment is from Birthday Blossoms & I also used White Perfect Accents dots coloured with a black sharpie marker - easy! You can see the other sentiment in this pic:
 I really liked how Sarah attached the shirt front to one side of the jacket so I did this too. This larger picture shows more detail.
The card opens up to show a large space for your message. I stamped the birthday version with the fantastic sentiment from Happy Birthday Everyone, a must-have stampin' rewards only stamp set from the annual catalogue. The ' to a wonderful man' sentiment is from this set too.
I was hoping to share my instructions to make my card in this post but it's taken much longer to prepare than I expected, so I'll post them separately - hopefully sometime tomorrow - & edit this post to include the instructions link too.

Edited 21 August, 2pm
Re-edited 23 August 7pm

SUIT CARD TEMPLATES & BOW TIE TUTORIAL IS HERE!


Please refer to  Sarah Jane's suit card tutorial for instructions to make a large suit card. 
Use the measurements in my templates to reduce size to my standard size card version (14.8 x 10cm or 6 x 4 inch front) with an envelope punch board bow tie.
If you have questions or need more info about making my smaller version, please leave me a comment including your e-mail addy & I'll be happy to help.


VIEW & DOWNLOAD MY SUIT-TUXEDO TEMPLATES & BOW TIE TUTORIAL PDF.

Note: please choose the download option (arrow & line) to download. Do not choose 'share' as this just sends me an e-mail.

Here are pics from the tute so you can see what's included, but don't save them as they're just small versions of the actual doc.




Thanks for visiting & I hope you like my card. Please check out all the Just Add Ink fab team's creations here & try the challenge too - you can never have too many masculine card ideas.
Please leave some comment love & pin the card if you like my card. Here's a combined pinnable image if you do.

Back soon!
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.




Friday, 7 August 2015

JAI 274 inspiration challenge - Hardwood for Dad

It's inspiration pic challenge week time week at Just Add Ink & Trish has challenged us to use these fab images as our inspiration.
This challenge coincided with my dad in-law's birthday so that helped narrow my focus to make this card for him.

I really loved the graphic timber pattern so I recreated part of it using the large Hardwood timber background stamp. I wanted to stay true to the pic so that meant making separate strips with mitred edges. I started by stamping Hardwood on white & crumb cake card with crumb cake ink, then on sahara sand card with sahara ink. Then I cut it into strips with mitred edges, sponged the edges & adhered them onto another piece of card. The timber strips were quite wide so the card needed to be large to show off the pattern. The finished card front is about 8 x 6 inches (30.5 x 20cm).

I ummed & ahhed about the sentiment as I didn't want to hide the pattern. Finally I added a vellum banner with a smaller stamped (Bohemian Borders) soft suede banner on top to back the black, happy die cut (yes I used Crazy About You again - a definite fave). The birthday sentiment is from Tin of Cards - I thought the font worked nicely with the timber look. The linen thread loops added a natural touch & some softness. Here's a closer look
I was pretty happy with the final card & hope my dad in-law likes it too.

I think you'll love how all the team interpreted the challenge so pop over to the JAI blog to see their projects. We'd love you to try it yourself too. Thanks for visiting today & remember to pin my card if you want to save it for later.

Inky wishes, Di
Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one. Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Note - Stamp sets & bundles noted below may be available in other mount options (eg wood, cling rubber or photopolymer). I have listed the option that I used. Please check the online store if your preference is different.


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