Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Colour INKspiration #02 - Oh So Succulent!

Welcome to our 2nd Colour INKspiration challenge. Whether you are starting with me or have just hopped over from seeing the fabulous projects from Elizabeth - it's great to have you here. We were so overwhelmed with the number of entries in our first challenge. So much talent. Can't wait to see what you do with these beautiful colours!

I would normally look at these colours and think about how I could interpret them differently and not use the picture so literally. But.....they just screamed out to be used with my Oh So Succulent bundle. If you are a regular follower you will know that we had a falling out ......let's just say I was over fussy cutting teeny tiny succulents before I got the framelits! But we've made up this week and they helped me make a card and planter box (which I thought I couldn't kill until Millie my furry 'assistant' sat on it!).

The card came as an after thought. I had bit of the planter box that I had cut off and thought that it would make a perfect pot. The little flap that you normally fold in to secure your box makes a great pot base.

I must confess to not really liking Wisteria Wonder but I used it to stamp the outlines of each succulent and was really happy with the soft look it created.

I've used foam adhesive strips to raise the pot, my panels and succulents. I added some shading to my pot with some coordinating ink and an aqua painter.

Like my friend Kelly, I am also making a concerted effort to show the inside of my cards some love and attention.  For this card I cut a strip off the top of a long sticky note and stuck it over my sentiment as a mask. Then I just randomly stamped some of the images. It is a really quick and easy way to add some impact. I used the same technique for my envelope too.

Now to my planter box. I have had this idea in my head for a while but needed to make up with the bundle first! It was one of those projects that started off in one direction and with a fair bit of hacking off of pieces I came up with this. I have used the Window Box thinlit. I ended up using one full piece and just the hexagonal lid with the flaps attached. That becomes the back. I had thought it would be more of a terrarium but it looked too weird. The slats are made with one of the thinlits in the set.

I used the round end of my aqua painter and my Stanpin' Pierce mat to form the flowers. I have sponged a fair amount of Garden Green ink onto my Wisteria Wonder succulent to tone it down a bit.

The slats have a piece behind it to resemble dirt. I made it using another thinlit from the Window Shopping set.

The side of the box that I hacked off made a great shelf for the succulents to sit on.

So there we have it. That is how this colour combination inspired me.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have to blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.  

Make sure you keep hopping around. Next up is Rachel.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Watercolour succulents Pop Out Strip Card - JAI#343

So I'm back in love with my Oh So Succulent bundle. If you saw some of my other projects that I have made with them...when I didn't have the framelits...... you'll understand why we have been on a break! The challenge this week over at Just Add Ink is perfect for us to make up. This week the challenge is to Just Add Something Pop-Up & Interactive - JAI#343. Now if you know me, you know I love a good pop up and interactive card!

I am really loving the Pop Out Strip card fold that I first showed you here. It is so easy but is great for showing off your die cut elements....especially now that I can die cut them! The inside looks a bit plain in the photo but I really wanted to showcase the succulents and leave room for a big message.

The front of the card is pretty simple and I was able to use some of  my free Sale-a-bration products - Delicate Details stamp set and Metallic Ribbon. You can choose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue for every $90 you spend.

The Stitched Framelits that are back in stock are really beautiful for sentiment panels. The stitched detail really adds a touch of class. I've used Watercolour Pencils to colour each succulent. They make it really easy to shade so that you get depth to your images.

A strip on the inside is the perfect place to hang your succulents from. You can find out how to make this card fold here.

So I think I can well and truly say my Oh So Succulent bundle and I have made up and are back on track!


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