Friday, March 25, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #63 - Penguin Gift Card Holder

Ready for another challenge?  This week Keesh & the Inkspirations Team have a sketch for you to try:-

We had a special 18th birthday to celebrate this week (Happy Birthday Ryan!), so I made a gift card holder with this layout:-

 Which opens like this:-


I cut the basic holder from a single A4 sheet of Bashful Blue cardstock.  The top & bottom flaps are 2" & 1" respectively.  The flap on the right hand side is the full width of the gift card & the one on the left is 1/16" bigger than half the width of the gift card (this made the 1/8" blue vertical border line up perfectly in the centre of the holder).  I also added a small spine to each of the side folds, to accommodate the bulk of the gift card plus the top & bottom flaps.

I embossed SU's Shimmery White paper to look (hopefully) like snow flurries.  The inside panels are also Shimmery White paper & there was plenty of room for a greeting on the panel on the right.  :)

I chose the penguin theme for the holder as Ryan is a keen snowboarder.  Here is the birthday card I made to go with it:-

Ryan was very impressed with his snowy ensemble & I got away with using lots of Dazzling Diamonds!  :)

The penguins & the snowman were made with the Owl Punch (love that punch), plus a few others for various bits & pieces.  I have details of the basic penguin structure in this post (here) if you are interested.

Here's a close up of the little dudes:-

Hope this has you all inspired to play along.  Please make sure you go & check out the inspiration from the rest of the Team:-
The Challenge Site



Card Components:   (All SU except as noted)

Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pacific Point, Choc Chip, Shimmery White paper
Stamps:  Playful Pieces, Afterthoughts
Inks:  Pacific Point, Versamark
Other:  Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Large Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Punch Pack, Word Window Punch, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder
Non SU:  Balloon Punch, JAC paper, Wire, Embossing Folder, Clear Glaze Pen


Christine Blain said...

Utterly adorable! All the little details put a smile on my face; love, love, love what you've made, Helen. The gift card holder and card look like they were a lot of fun to make; your patience and talent amazes me, my friend!!

Lynne Armstrong said...

This is all sooo cute Helen...I'm sure Ryan loved it :) Love the embossed 'snow flurry' lol ... and the little snowboarding penguin with his very cute beanie...and the cute little snowman with his equally cute top hat. Well, I guess I really love it all LOL!!! A wonderful keepsake for a milestone birthday.
Hugs xx
PS Tell Ryan Happy Birthday from me :)

Diane Barnes said...

Oh wow, this is just sooooo adorably cute a very cool 18 year old way of course (grin). The 18 card is awesome too. Love the little snowboard dudes & go you for getting away with glitter with such style.
They're definitely on my 'must try this' list.

Marisa said...

You have been a busy lady, Helen! Great first card - just love your little penguin!! The 18 card is fabulous too - loving all the sparkly "snow" :) Perfect for any skier/snowboarder. Great work on both.

Kim Singdahlsen said...

What an amazing set! That snowboarder down the 8 is absolutely perfect. And the folding on the gift card holder is so unique!

Makeesha Byl said...

WOW Helen you are just so clever! Love your wee lil penguin and how you turned this sketch into a gift card holder! Just fabulous. Thanks so much for your inspiration this week! Love Keesh x

Suzie said...

Helen I love this little guy...I will be casing him for sure and the snowman. The card is very clever too. Loads of Talent this week TFS :0)

Alison said...

Way cute card!!! Love the embossing & the use of punch art!! :)

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Oooh! So much to enjoy in this post! Lots of wonderful detail. Thanks for sharing! Hugs xxaxx

Cindy Major said...

What a fabulously sparkly creation! I like the big sparkly numbers and the cute characters :D


Bronwyn Eastley said...

More fabulous ideas for me to put in my CASE file. Thanks for linking up your amazing cards at still addINKtive.