Doilies. Who would’ve thought I’d be in love with them like I am? I’m sad that the Dear Doily Bundle will be retiring when the new catalogue comes out in June.
A long time ago, I created vintage-y cards and used only Neutrals Cardstock. I veered from this style to a more cleaner style, but wanted to re-visit vintage for my projects today – not completely vintage, but a vintage feel with the colours I’ve used, texture I’ve added and my use of doilies.
I created two cards and a pillow gift box with this bundle.
For my first card, I embossed the Crumb Cake card base with my Lacy Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I added a circle of Fresh Fig Cardstock behind my lace doily cut with my Doily Builder Thinlits Dies. I then took my Fresh Fig, Pear Pizzazz and Powder Pink Markers and directly coloured the flower stamp from Dear Doily Stamp Set. After huffing on it with my breath, I stamped it on Whisper White Cardstock. These flowers are so easy to cut out when there are matching dies – no fussy cutting! I then stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink and punched out with my circle punch. I added an edgelit of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock and a torn piece of Powder Pink Cardstock. The sentiment I’ve used on my card is also from the Dear Doily Stamp Set.
I added a lot of layers to this card, so I kept a white background to let all of the elements be the focus. This time I stamped the small doily in Fresh Fig Ink directly to the card base. I then added the fresh fig backed doily, the flowers and the two-part sentiment. The second part of the sentiment is embossed on Crumb Cake Cardstock.
I am loving these little Kraft Gift Boxes. Super easy to decorate and are perfect when you realise you have no wrapping paper…..that’s me every time…..
I added all the same images and elements to my pillow box that I’d given to my cards. I then added some Whisper White Flax Ribbon and some Linen Thread to create a bellyband that I tied at the top of the pillow box.
I’m counting how many days I’ve got left to start my Christmas shopping and am almost starting to panic – I swear I’ve lost a week of December. I did however, manage to whip up a gift box for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge at least.
When you’re time poor after having had a shocker of a day at work and running behind with a Just Add A Gift Box Challenge, I can recommend these fabulous little Kraft Pillow Boxes. They’re already assembled and all you have to do is pretty them up!
Starting from the pillow box up, I added a belly band of Basic Black Cardstock, a strip of Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper (available during Sale-A-Bration), a Whisper White circle punched with my 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, a Lemon Lime Twist label cut with my Pretty Label Punch, a strip of Basic Black Cardstock with angled ends, a strip of Whisper White 5/8″ Flax Ribbon and this fabulous sentiment from Butterfly Gala Stamp Set (available in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue).
These sweet little butterflies I’ve adhered to my gift box aren’t stamped images unbelievably – they’re actually fussy cut images from Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper. These saved me stamping and colouring time. Just what I needed when I was running behind. I then added a Linen Thread double-bow and a Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequin to finish off my gift box.
If you need inspiration for those last minute Christmas Gift Boxes – pop over to Just Add Ink and take a look at the projects the team have created.
I have just spent the past weekend with amazing friends at our local Stampin’ Up! Onstage Event in Melbourne. This year Stampin’ Up! is celebrating 30 years and I have to say we were a little bit spoilt by this amazing company.
I roomed with 4 fabulous friends from the Just Add Ink Design Team – Nikki, Patrice, Kim & Jan. Even though the event is only a one day event, we stayed for two nights. Even then, two nights didn’t seem long enough as we only catch up once a year, and we have way too many things to chat about to fit into two nights.
My roomies gifts were given in these tall gift boxes I created. When I’m stuck for 3D ideas, I visit Pootles for her fabulous tutorials. I found the following tutorial that fit my gifts perfectly!
What to give for roomies gifts was on my mind for ages. This year my mum gave me the idea of giving Raspberry Drops made in Sovereign Hill. Sovereign Hill is a tourist attraction depicting the gold rush in the goldfields from the 1850s. I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned I grew up in a little country town called Creswick, located about 15 minutes outside of Ballarat. These Raspberry Drops are what I remember from growing up and visiting Sovereign Hill. I have to thank my dad for buying them for me as I ran out of time before Onstage to drive from Melbourne to purchase them.
The boxes I’ve created are made from Sahara Sand Cardstock. For extra support and decoration, I added strips of Basic Black and Whisper White Cardstocks to each of the four sides of the boxes. The lid of the boxes is made from Basic Black Cardstock. I decorated the top of the boxes with a mixture of thinlits from Flourish Thinlits Dies and my favourite flowers from Petal Palette. I then added some Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon and some Black Cord. The sentiment I’ve used is from a set called Waterfront – I really felt this sentiment fit for the weekend we had.
Yesterday I shared some gift boxes that I created for the Just Add Ink girls for Stampin’ Up!s Onstage Event last year.
I made the following gifts for my roomies.
My big shot got quite a workout with all the flowers, leaves and sentiments I cut, but I propped myself on the kitchen table and watched TV at the same time. The bags I’ve used are Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags and the flowers and leaves are cut with Botanical Builder Framelit Dies. The sentiment is cut with Hello You Thinlits.
If you’re wondering what’s in the bag – look below. I found the cutest foldable rubbish bins on ebay. They’re the perfect size for my desk and for when I hold workshops.
I made some gifts for my fellow Just Add Ink Design Team members for Stampin’ Up!s Onstage Event last year (yes, last year). I only just found the photos and thought it better late than never in sharing them.
The Clear Tiny Treat Boxes are filled with chocolate eclairs and ferrero rochers. I chose these chocolates because of the gold packaging – they matched the gold spots on the designer series paper from Pop of Pink Specialty DSP. I added a strip of Basic Black cardstock and then a strip of Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon. I then tied a bow with some Gold Ribbon, added a strip of gold sequins and used a glue dot to adhere them under the flowers.
My flowers are from my favourite (but soon to be retired) stamp set called Penned and Painted. I stamped the flower in Basic Black and the centre is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride. The outline of the leaves is also stamped in Basic Black and the centre is stamped with Pear Pizzazz and Always Artichoke. To finish them off I added a “For You” sentiment from a stamp set that I can’t quite remember at the moment – because it was last year and my memory is shocking……
I hope you like them. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more gifts that I made for the same event.
This weeks Just Add Ink inspiration pic is all about Christmas. If you’re like me and leave everything until the last minute, this challenge will hopefully inspire you to get going early on your Christmas projects.
I received my Stampin’ Up! Gift Bag Punch Board a few weeks ago and thought it was time to give it a go.
While I had the papers and stamp sets out, I decided to make up some simple gift cards to go with my gift bag. They measure 7cm x 7cm when made up. They are busy, but not as busy as my gift bag as people don’t tend to keep gift cards and I didn’t want to waste the ribbon or bling!
Our team has created gorgeous inspiration for you – so head over to Just Add Ink and check them out. While you’re there, we would love you to join us with this challenge.