Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Grateful Bunch take two - congratulations

Today's card has been received by it's lovely recipient so now I can happily share it with you.
If it looks familiar, you're not experiencing deja-vu, it's because I based it on this card I shared for Just Add Ink sketch challenge 295. Here is the original it so you can compare.
I made the congrats version for one of my awesome Diamond Stamper team gals who achieved a title promotion last month (woo hoo!). I thought the feel suited her style & I really liked how the original card turned out so I started with the same paper & vellum base, then mixed it up with a more sprinkled/trailing flower look. It's very sparkly in real life too thanks to the clear Wink of Stella - of course. The sentiment is from the gorgeous Cottage Greetings set.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer one layout more than the other? Either way I hope the recipients loved both cards.

That's all from me for today. Until next time, thanks for visiting. Remember to pin the card for later inspiration & leave a comment to let me know what you think.

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, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.


Friday, 5 February 2016

JAI 297 colour challenge - botanical blooms birthday

I hope you all enjoy a colour challenge as Nikki has suggested an awesome combination of pool party, blushing bride & pear pizzazz for this week's Just Add Ink challenge.
These colours say modern floral card to me so my new Botanical Blooms stamp & die bundle was perfect. This is my card.
The card base is thick white card with an overlay of printed Botanical Gardens vellum (a Sale-a-bration freebie - yay) attached at the top. I added pool party card cut twice with the vine die - love the curvy positive & negative leaf image - & a blushing bride strip underneath on the white base.
The vellum at the top isn't showing well in the pic but is more obvious irl. This pic better shows the vellum layer.
& this one hopefully shows the 2 layers.
It also shows the gorgeous sentiment from the equally gorgeous Birthday Blooms set, which I've heat embossed in pool party embossing powder. This colour is retired but you could create the same look by inking up your stamp in versamark, then pool party ink before stamping & clear embossing.

All this talk of vellum has gotten me distracted from the main act - the two flowers, cut with 3 dies from three Botanical Blooms dies - the large flower, large stamen & small stamen.  I lightly sponged, markered & curled the large petals with my bone folder, then added stamens & a sequin & pearl for the centre.
These flowers are so fun to make so I'm sure you'll see more in a rainbow of colours. Here's one more pic showing the card & flower for you to pin.

So, how do you think I did with the colour challenge?
The design team have shared lots of fab ideas to inspire you to try these colours & we'd love you to play along with challenge too. See them & join in here on the Just Add Ink blog.

More about Botanical Blooms
Botanical Blooms is part of the Botanical Gardens suite of goodies in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue & Sale-a-bration catalogues. The Botanical Blooms bundle includes a stamp set, coordinating dies AND Botanical Blooms DSP. These items are also available separately but you'll get 15% off all three items when you buy the bundle - score! The suite also includes darling flower embellishments, washi & matching card pack.  You can see all the projects & lots of samples on pages 26-27 of the Occasions Catalogue & in my online store.

This suite is so useful for lots of occasions, projects & people so you'll definitely want to include it on your wish list. Order the bundle & 1 accessory & you'll can choose a free Sale-a-bration item too - there are 2 coordinating SAB items (The Botanical Gardens vellum I used & fab Botanicals For You stamp set). Matchy matchy to the max!
More - watch this video with Stampin' Up!'s fab Shannon West.
You can see & order the supplies I used make my card & anything from the Botanical Blooms Suite from my online store.

Thanks for visiting today. I hope you liked my take on the challenge. Remember to pin my card for later inspiration & leave a comment as I love hearing from you.
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, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.


Friday, 22 January 2016

JAI 295 sketch challenge - grateful for dear friends

It's sketch challenge time at Just Add Ink & Tina has created this fab & flexible sketch.
 We could use any shape to represent the stars so I chose... flowers! You're shocked right ;-)

I thought it'd be fun to make try making clusters of flowers to fit the sketch using our new Grateful Bunch bundle, as it includes 4 different flower sizes... & a matching punch (yippee). What do you think - did I pull it off the sketch?

I stamped the flowers in early espresso ink onto shimmery white cardstock, punched the smaller trio & fussy cut the larger one, then coloured them with Stampin' Write markers (calypso coral, so saffron, soft sky, pool party & crumb cake) - so quick. The beautiful shadow lines of the images meant very little shading was needed. I just added an extra layer of marker in the shadow areas for a bit more depth. The shimmer of the card comes through the colour too, although hard to see in the pic.

To finish the card I mounted the flowers onto vellum with dimensionals, added a sentiment banner (Birthday Blooms) & adhered the vellum to the Wildflower Fields dsp (earn it free during Sale-a-bration). The vellum is only attached under the flowers & banner sentiment, plus a tiny bit under a tiny bud on the bottom of the right side.
Here's a closer pic to show the flowers & vellum-paper background.

I really loved how this one turned out & am very keen to make more to send too.

Tutorial - Tips for easy perfectly punched flowers
The trio of flowers in Grateful Bunch is designed to team perfectly with the matching punch, so I've put together a quick picture tutorial to show you how to make this quicker & easier using a template & simple stamping tips to position your stamp so it lines up quickly & easily. Then, you'll be making tons of flower cards too.
 

I think the pics should be self-explanatory but I'll review again in the morning & add some more info if needed. Running rapidly out of time tonight. Leave me a comment if you have any questions or need more info.

Thanks for visiting. Leave a comment to let me know whether you liked my card & whether the tutorial is helpful to you & pin it for later too.

Remember to pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the fun & clever ways the team used the sketch & we'd love you to try it too.

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, then alternative separate options at the bottom.. Please check the online store if your preference is different.

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