Monday, January 30, 2017

#GDP071 in 3D - Collapsing Flowerpot

Hello again, I was so tempted by the 3D challenge over at the Global Design Project this week, that I have just managed to complete & squeeze in another project.  I also used the colours from the new Color INKspiration Challenge #02 (there is more detail on Color INKspiration down below):-

H2 Designs | 3D Collapsing Flowerpot with Home Sweet Home dies for #GDP071 & Color INKspiration #02

This little project was inspired by a pop up pot card die from Karen Burniston.  I thought that I could create something similiar using the SU Home Sweet Home dies.  I did manage to create a pop up pot, which I filled with flowers & foliage, then layered onto a circular doily shape.  The pot can be "flattened" for transport.  

There were lots of construction issues I had to overcome, the first being that the Home Sweet Home die creates a rectangular house, not a square one.  I solved this by folding my cardstock in two & layering the fold line on a score line in the die to create one piece with two house fronts.  I repeated this to make the remaining two panels.  The lattice grid inside the house which supports all the foliage was trimmed down from several pieces of house fronts & then locked together inside the top of the pot (see bottom left picture).  The pot is held to the base by two tabs that I cut into the white base piece & then attached up inside the pot with strong tape (top right picture).  If you have ever made a pop up before, you may have discovered that is doesn't sit flat, that is because you might have a folded piece of cardstock inside another piece of folded cardstock, which causes buckling.  To get everything sitting flat, you should only have one folded layer, then any other layers need to be split, so they butt together when the project is open (you can see the splits in the scallop & mint circles in the top right picture).

I had a lot of fun & a great sense of satisfaction working out how to create this project, but I definitely don't need to make another one anytime soon, lol.

Thank you to everyone at GDP for inspiring me to create another 3D project.  You can find all the DT & gallery projects by clicking on the icon below:-

Here are the challenge colours for the Color INKspiration challenge:-

This is a new challenge that is run on Facebook, so you don't need to have a blog to join in the fun! The very talented Bronwyn Eastley is the creator of this new challenge & you can find out more about Challenge #02 on her blog here.

I must say I was VERY challenged with these colours - I love Soft Sky & Mint Macaron, but Garden Green & Wisteria Wonder don't even get a mention on my "go to" list.  I love the outcome of these colours, with the blues & greens mingling in the foliage with nice crisp white flowers.  

Thanks to both Teams for your fun challenges & thanks for stopping by!  :)

PS You can see my first #GDP071 entry here.

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! (some retired)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

#GDP071 in 3D - Home Sweet Home


It's been a very long time since I have participated in a challenge but the AMAZING team of crafters at the Global Design Project certainly enticed me with their current theme challenge of 3D & Off the Page.  :)

A friend is about to move into a new home after many years at her current residence, so I thought I would make her a little 3D house to celebrate her move:-

H2 Designs | Home Sweet Home Dies & Sweet Home Stamps

There was certainly a bit of paper engineering involved to work out how to create the solid side walls under the angled roof of the house, while still enabling the house to squish flat to fit inside the envelope! I based the structure on a "shadowbox" or "diorama" style card, but played around with it to get everything happening the way I envisioned.

I think I might christen this a "pull, push & pop" card, lol. You pull the sides to flatten it for mailing, then push the sides in to pop it out into a 3D shape for display.

I layered a stitched oval die-cut on a red scalloped oval on the back of the house to add a spot to write a message.  As well as the Home Sweet Homes dies, I used the cloud dies from the new Up & Away Thinlits to create the bushes, which are attached to the house & fences with dimensionals to create extra depth.  The fence palings are made from the Classic Label Punch which have been stamped with the linear image from Gorgeous Grunge.  The window openings have been die-cut, then backed with Vellum.  The roof was scored every 1/8 inch to emulate metal & the door was stamped with a mix of VersaMark & Real Red ink & then embossed with clear powder to give a glossy finish.

Thanks to everyone at GDP for a fun challenge & thanks for stopping by!  

Project Components
All Stampin' Up!
As listed above, plus
Real Red, Pool Party, Old Olive, Crumb Cake & Thick Whisper White cardstock,
Pool Party ink, Tear n Tape, Pearl

Edited to Add:
Thank you to the Team at GDP for choosing this project among the winners for this week.  :)

You can see a second project I made for this challenge here.

PS  If you are interested, you can find a tealight holder I made with the Home Sweet Home dies here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Hey, Chick - a Sale-A-Bration set from Stampin' Up!

Who doesn't love cute critter stamps?  :)

The new Hey, Chick set from SU has 3 adorable chooks, plus an "about to be hatched" chick.  Here is one of the girls on a cardstock envelope that I made to hold a gift certificate:-

H2Designs | Hey Chick, Window Shopping & Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

The chook has been stamped on watercolour paper with Basic Black ink, then coloured with an aquapainter & Basic Grey & Smoky Slate inks.  Her comb has been coloured with a Real Red marker, & her feet & beak with a Pumpkin Pie marker.

The white embossed sentiment comes from the new Window Shopping stamp set.

The envelope was made to the required size using the Envelope Punch Board & has been randomly stamped with the splotches from Going Grunge.  Then I created the wire pattern by using the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder as a "stamp" with VersaMark ink, which was then heat embossed with Silver.

Thanks for stopping by!  :)

Project Components
All Stampin' Up! (as listed above) plus
Going Grey, Real Red & Vellum cardstock plus retired Red Baker's Twine.