Monday, 25 May 2015

Sheltering Tree pop up book card & template

I love to make special cards for the Mums, Grandmas & all the other special mum-like ladies in our lives & fancy fold cards are top of the list to make them extra special. So for this year's Mother's Day class we made a new to me fancy fold called a pop-up book card. The card looks pretty normal from the outside (albeit quite large, a 14cm x 14cm front)...
...but open it up & up & you'll see why it's called a pop up book card. I used a surprising colour combination of so saffron, calypso coral & real red for the blossoms for this one (try it!).
A little tip on layering the blossoms - stamp the first layer in so saffron, ink up in calypso coral & turn the stamp upside down before stamping so the blossoms look nicely random. Then, use the small blossom stamp to add a touch of real red. Easy! You might notice I carried the scene over to the side panels too. Big thanks to Cheryl Algie for inspiring me to use Sheltering Tree after she shared a pretty pink version on a demo group (sadly not on her blog yet).
Here's a combined pic showing all the views for you to save and pin.

Make your own using A4 or 8-1/2 x 11in card
My card size was adapted from this beautiful card & tutorial shared by Deb Valder. Thanks so much, Deb! The basic card is made of just 2 pieces - the front which is just scored in the middle as usual, & the pop-out book insert, which is a little smaller. The pop-out insert is cut, scored & folded then partially attached to the base, leaving the pop out sections free.
Deb's tutorial uses 12x12 inch card. I adapted these to make a slightly smaller version using A4 card (& 8-1/2 x 11 inch too). This works better for me as it's what I & many of my papercrafting lovelies mainly use. Good news - I'm sharing my templates with you too.

My cutting & scoring templates
I've made two templates - one in centimetres for metric gals like me & one in inches. Each list the size pieces to cut & the all important pop-out insert cuts & scores.
If you haven't tried making this type of card before, I'd suggest you watch Deb's tutorial first to get the hang of the method, then you can follow the same steps using my measurements. It looks a bit tricky but is really just 2 cuts & some scorelines.
Note: the overall cm & inch measurements are ever-so- slightly different as I wanted to make sure they were as simple as possible to follow. As I mentioned before, they both fit standard A4 or 8-1/2x11 card.:

Download Tips: Click on the template name or pic below & the pdf document will open. Then, simply click the download button (arrow with line below it) & you can save the document to your computer.
Please don't right click the image to save as that will just save the small jpg image.


https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOQUhZeFJDS00xRzA/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-vLPiDO8NjOXzJjTXZUZjlrOUU/view?usp=sharing

Thanks for visiting, today. I think that's all I need to share to help you make your own version, but please leave a comment if you have any questions or just like my project & click on the links below to see what I used in more detail or order the supplies.
Inky wishes, Di

SuppliesTo 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, 22 May 2015

Embossed flowers for Mum's Day... or a wedding?

Today, I'm sharing a soft, pretty card we made at the end of April at my Mother's Day - ladies only class. It's also new challenge day at Just Add Ink & this week's challenge is to Just Add a Wedding. Sadly, I ran out of time to make a card for this challenge but now looking at this card, I think it could work for a wedding too. What do you think?
The sentiment & large flowers are heat embossed which gives them a lovely shine & tactile feel. The sentiment is from Butterfly Basics & the flowers are from a beautiful floral & lacy set called Petal Potpourri, in the Occasions Catalogue. I teamed these with some smaller flowers from Petite Petals, Something Borrowed DSP & gorgeously blingy jewel embellishment (our wedding collection suite). Sadly & to my total shock, none of these goodies will be carrying over to the new annual catalogue, so June 2nd will be your last chance to get them. See the supply list below to see & order these goodies.

I liked the card so much that I made this one for my own wee Mum. I used another paper design from The Something Borrowed DSP pack & a retired Mother's Day sentiment. I punched 2 centres from the flowers & curved the edges to give a more rounded look rather than using the bling.
So, are you sad too about these lovelies not going into our new catalogue? If so, make sure you order them soon. I'll be back next time with the second card from the class & it's a fancy fold.
Until then, 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.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Christmas curvy keepsake boxes

Let's say that today I'm getting in early for Christmas, rather than being late from last year ;-). Either way, I hope you enjoy seeing some Christmassy curvy keepsake characters. These are all based on cute boxes I've seen & pinned on Pinterest.
Rudolf the Reindeer
Rudolf is Santas favourite reindeer pal. He's based on this cute one by Darla. I added a fun tag from the Merry Everything stamp set & co-ordinating punch. You can see what I did on my handy dandy cheat sheet.

and here's the combined image for you to pin or save.
Santa's tummy & hat tag

I saw a bajillion of these last year so I have no idea who thought of the idea in the first place, but the choice of pieces is based on what I thought looked right. The fab Santa hat was a brilliant idea from my fellow JAI team member & truly lovely lady, Nikki. Here's a closer pic of the tag.
The hat is made with the pennant punch - sadly another retiring punch so get it now if you love making pennants... or Santa hats & it's 50% off too! To make it you'll need to punch 1 regular pennant in red & 1 scallop pennant in white. You place the white piece back into the punch - upside down so you can line up & cut the second scallop. The bobble top is  a half inch circle.
You can see a couple of options for making Santa's belly in my cheat sheet below. Note - the petite curly label punch is also retiring so if you like the cool, curvy shape, add that one to your list too.
Here's the combines cheat sheet to pin or save.
 Christmas robin redbreast birdie
This little birdie may be unfamiliar to my Australian peeps but when I saw Zoe's cute robin redbreast birdie box it made me smile & brought back memories of my Scottish childhood....& he's just so cute :-)
I added another stamped tag using Merry Everything to make him even cuter too. I wasn't sure what dimensions Zoe used, but here's the cheat sheet showing the pieces & positioning.
And here's the combined pic for you to pin or save.
See all my curvy keepsake boxes together here

I think that's all the curvy keepsake characters I have to share for now, but if you'd like to see more, you can check out my Curvy Keepsake die board on Pinterest, where I've pinned my fave ideas.
Thanks for visiting & I hope you've enjoyed seeing these fun projects as much as I enjoyed making them. Stop by again soon for more ideas. Leave a comment if you have any questions or just to say hi.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: Remember that many of the punches I've used are retiring very soon - the blossom, modern label, small oval, petite curly label & pennant punches - so if you love punch art, then order them as soon as possible.


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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