Friends & Flowers for Just Add Ink #294

The Just Add Ink Challenge this week which is to Just Add Something New. My only dilemma was which new product to use! With the new 2016 Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues from Stampin' Up! recently released I had a few new things to choose from. I decided to use the Friends & Flowers stamp set (with a few other things thrown in). It coordinates with the Festive Flower builder punch. If you are a regular follower you will know that I love that punch!

This stamp set is full of possibilities. There are different flower petals and leaves, animal options and even a baby pea in a pod. I went with the obvious for my first card - a flower!

This is a super easy card fold that has been around for a long time called a Panelled Easel card. It is made like a normal card but the front it cut into 3 panels. I made the 2 outside 4 cm in width. These 2 outside panels are adhered down and the middle one becomes an easel.

It looks nice flat (well nearly flat!) as well. I have layered Basic Black cardstock with pieces of Birthday Bouquet DSP. 
Assembling the flower is really easy. I have some tips on how I do this in this post. I stamped and punched the petals onto Shimmery White cardstock, punched then coloured using an aqua painter and Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride ink pads. My most favourite new thing is my Wink of Stella pens. After my petals were dry I brushed the clear lightly over each one. I love the subtle effect. Blushing Bride glimmer paper sets off the centre. Remember to only adhere the flower to the bottom half of the easel section.

The back of the card has a simple message panel. I have used one of the free stamp sets that you can choose from in the Sale-a-bration catalogue called Perfect Pairings.

My next experiment with this set was to make a fish and a cat. Of course they needed a fish bowl to go in and some balloons from the Balloon Builder set. The Balloon Bouquet punch makes it so easy to punch the balloons.

I made a concertina piece to allow the card to easily stand up. The back of the tank has been embossed with the Softly Falling TEIF to give the idea of depth.

Of course every gold fish needs a Wink of Stella touch! 

I couldn't resist adding a cat. His ears and paws are made from one of the small double petals.

Don't forget that up until the end of March you can choose free products for every $90 you spend on items from any current catalogue. Here are the products I used to make these cards. You can click on them or on my shop link at the top right to order and have products sent straight to your door anywhere in Australia.
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  1. These are both such fabulous creations Lou! I love the sparkle and elegance of your flower easel card and the vibrancy and fun of the fish bowl and cat one. Thanks for joining with us at Just Add Ink this week :-)

  2. Hahah, Lou, I had the same dilema - which fabulous item will I use first! Both of your cards are awesome - love that glitzy shimmery bloom, and the card fold is one that I'll be trying out for sure. Your little fish tank card is genius and so fun! Thanks loads for sharing and joining the blog hop fun at Just Add Ink this week. x

  3. Gorgeous projects Lou! And I just adore what you've done with the fishbowl, very clever! Thanks for playing along with us in the Just Add Ink Blog Hop :)

  4. Oh the dilema of an SU demo..It seems we always have something new..:0) But great choice Lou, your flower is gorgeous and the fish bowl just made me smile..too cute! Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink.

  5. Lou your flower card is just stunning I love the impact of that gorgeous pink glittery flower. Then I saw the fishbowl - how fun!! and the cat using the flower stamps. Love the creativity! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week for the blog hop.

  6. Wow Lou, a gorgeous flower on a fab fancy fold, what more could a gal want. I love everything about it. Your fish bowl is such a fun card too. I haven't seen anything like that before. Very cool. Glad to see you got sparkly with the 'wink'- that stuff is a-mazing & must be put on everything ;-)
    Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week, Di :-)

  7. Lou, your cards are utterly delightful! The soft pink bloom on your first card is just beautiful. Love it to bits. The fishbowl card is so cute, it made me laugh out loud. You're very clever! Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week.

  8. Congratulations on your win Lou. I love both your cards, the fishbowl one is very clever

  9. Congratulations on your win Lou. I love both your cards, the fishbowl one is very clever

  10. What a well-deserved win! Both cards are amazing! The easel card is a beauty and the fishbowl card is a fantastic design that is perfectly executed, Congratulations!

  11. Amazing! How did you do the fish bowl? I admire your artistry. You are a demo worthy of admiration and aspiration.

    1. Thanks Sherri. The fish bowl was so easy. The card has the fold at the top. Then I trimmed the edges into a bowl shape. Cut out a hole for the window and adhere acetate. After adding the fish etc I added a small concertina of card to help it stand up. It's like a tent card.


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