Just add a sketch with a matching gift box

This week over at Just Add Ink, there's a sketch challenge for you to try!

At first I was very challenged by this challenge as the sketch doesn't have a great amount of detail, but as I played around with ideas, including a fairly 'out there' colour scheme, I ended up loving the result.

Here's the sketch...

And here's what I did with it...


In the end I stuck fairly faithfully to the sketch design, using a hunk of ribbon for the wide element across the top and adding my own touch of a greeting in the bottom right.

And did I not mention that the colour combination was a bit mad?!  I can't tell you where it originated, other than the depths of my brain.  I just started pulling out some colours and spreading them out on my desk.  I ended up using no less than six of them, plus white, in the final project.

I had a particular someone in mind as I made this card and also had some gift packaging to do to go along with it, so in keeping with the colour scheme and overall design, I made a custom gift box:


I'm not going to tell you what's inside or who it's for as it should be due to arrive at its destination some time today and I have no wish to spoil the surprise in case the recipient should be checking in.

Here are the box and card together...


Very floral and rather bright and busy, but hopefully it will do the job of bringing some much deserved sunshine via the mailbox of a lovely friend of mine today :)

Head on over to Just Add Ink to check out the rest of the Design Team's take on this sketch and have a play along yourself!

"Just Add Ink #15 - Sketch and Gift Box" Stamps: Petal Pizzazz, Sweet Little Sentiments Paper: Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Taken with Teal, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP Ink: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, So Saffron, Kiwi Kiss, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Accessories: 1" Double Stitched Chocolate Chip Grosgrain; Small, Large and Scallop Oval Punches; 1/2", 3/4" and Scallop Circle Punches; Corner Rounder Punch; Small Star Punch; Rich Regals brads; Stampin' Dimensionals

Baby card parade - Day 5

Here's a fun idea for a baby card, and a great way to use all the lovely different but matching designs you get in a single pack of Designer Series Paper!

Quilt them!


This card, which is for the brand new baby of one of my school mum friends,  started out as a tiny seed of an idea in the stamping corner of my brain.  The yummy sherbet-y colours in the Tea Party pack of Designer Series Paper reminded me of the first quilt I ever made - a gift for a friend's first baby almost 7 years ago.

It also happens to be the last quilt I ever made to completion- but let's not even go there, because there is the cob-webby recesses of the upper shelf in my wardrobe - the resting place of the second quilt I ever made - but never quite finished - that is still a front, a back, and a middle held together with safety pins.

Moving right along...

For this card, I first figured out how many 1-1/4" punched out squares would fit neatly across the front of a card, and having determined that it was three, and also three down as I wanted to leave some plain colour at the bottom, I punched and arranged and fiddled and re-arranged, then fiddled a little bit more until I was happy with the way the different designs were situated.

Then I questioned myself, stood back and looked, fiddled a bit more and decided that I liked the way I had them the first time.

It's how things generally get done (or not) around here...

After I had stuck the squares the way I liked them, I used the paper piercing guide from the mat pack and pierced holes around the perimeter of each square.  The distance of the holes in the piercing guide were perfectly placed so that I didn't have to faff about with the corners, which made it a relatively quick and simple process.

I couldn't resist turning the pierced panel over and taking a pic - how wonderfully neat and cool is this...?


Kind of like braille for the OCD oriented.

For the lower panel I scored some vertical lines that kind of added to the quilted feel, which you can see a bit better here, as well as a close up of the sentiment:


What I love about this kind of card is that with the very vast array of different Designer Series Papers that are available, you could make a card for any kind of occasion along these same lines.

In fact it's just given me a GREAT idea for a special birthday I know of later this year...

Coming up tomorrow - another bright and funky baby boy card.

Be here, or be....elsewhere...

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"Welcome Lucia card" Stamps: Sweet Little Sentiments (Level 1 hostess) Paper: Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, So Saffron, Tea Party DSP Ink: Pretty in Pink Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, 1-1/4" Square Punch, Certainly Celery wide grosgrain, Rich Regals brads, Bone Folder & Paper Trimmer (for the scored lines), Stamper's Tool Kit, Stampin' Dimensionals