Friday, January 13, 2012

JAI 100 Just add crowns blog hop



Well hello there and happy 2012!
After a short intermission for Christmas and New Year I’m back with a bang ;) The Just Add Ink team have decided to start the year off by celebrating our 100th challenge with a Blog Hop. The theme of the blog hop is to Just Add Crowns (think royalty related theme). You may have just come from Kathy Tanner’s blog, if not make sure you go and check out her very cute princess! You can start the blog hop here, with any of the DT members or at the JAI blog. Because this is a special occasion we are also offering prizes!! – one for commenting on all the DT blogs and one for the winner of the challenge.

When the theme was set for this blog hop one idea immediately popped into my mind, something special I had been saving up to try for my gorgeous girl and seeing as her birthday is coming up it was the perfect time. Now kings and queens (who of course wear crowns, have to keep their crowns somewhere safe don't they ;) - and of course that would be a castle!! I first saw a castle card on Liam Pulcher's blog here and followed her link back to Deneen's tutorial here. I printed Deneen's templates two to a page, so approximately half size. I wanted my finished card to be as close to a standard A5 size, so once I cut out the template pieces I just widen them to 4” for each panel that way I could cut all three panels from one 12x12 piece, and just score the folds.
The glittery 7 surprise
The front and back unfolded

Close ups


Since this is my special little girls birthday card I went with a colour combo that would appeal to her tastes – well the pink (Regal Rose) and yellow (Daffodil Delight) do - although she is bit iffy on the Expresso! So starting with a Regal Rose base, I covered the front and back inside panel with DSP (Sweet Stitches), I also prepared a layer of impressed Expresso for the back panel that the front door opens on to. I sandwiched a bit of decorative scalloped trim in between some of these layers. Finally I added one more panel of Expresso for the turret roof. This probably sounds confusing so please do look at the photos. Then I added lots and lots of bling, and garlands of little flowers, with more bling!! Some vines and more flowers finish off the front, and yes those woodgrain doors do open to a little extra glittery surprise! The final touch for the top is a flag to fly from the turret – with a crown (of course ;) and more bling. I kept the layers on the inside pretty flat, a panel to write our birthday message and a large decorative embossed Happy Birthday (yes I’m still loving my coloured embossing powders J). The card opens with a kind of zig zag motion. I can tell you my kids were both entranced and my Mr almost 4 is lobbying hard to get a castle card for his birthday too!

Now don’t forget to keep going through the blog hop and join in the challenge. Next stop is Mae Collins, just click on the blog hop button below to get to Mae’s blog. All the DT blog links are on the JAI blog if there are any hiccups too.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy this right royal occaision J
Kim





Recipe: All SU! unless other wise noted
Stamps: Perfectly Penned, Create a Cupcake,Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Ink: Regal Rose, Daffodil Delight, Versamark
Accessories: Sweet Stitches DSP (R), Swirls scribbles sizzlet, Timeless Type alphabet sizzlet, Itty Bitty shapes punch pack, Woodgrain and Linen/Canvas Impression plates (PaperTrey Ink), Double ended banner dies (PTI), Mat Stack 1 and Mat Stack layerz dies (PTI), Corner rounder punch, Dotted Scallop ribbon border punch, Jewels – rhinestones, coloured rhinestones (Kaiser), Pretty in Pink brads, Butter embossing powder (Zing), Fine supernova glitter, Big Shot adhesive sheets, Double sided tape (X Press), SNAIL adhesive, Glue dots

32 comments:

  1. I love this - it's so cool. I know your daughter will love it too. Chantell

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  2. Oh my gawsh - what an awesome creation. And such complete info - wow - you did a great job!!!

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  3. Wow this is amazing. Lot of work but the effect is great. Your daughter wi8ll love it.

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  4. Oh wow and wow! What a work of art. Have set aside that template for a rainy day. Happy 100th, JAI. XX

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  5. Your castle is amazing, your daughter is going to love it, even with the espresso!

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  6. OMG WOW Kim! This is absolutely amazing!!! I'm sure your little girl will treasure it for a long long time!

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  7. Wow .... I love this castle card! I am a follower of Deneens blog too but have yet to make an attempt at this ... your work here is fabulous and i love all the detailing ... awesome!
    Congrats on the 100 milestone!!!

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  8. Fantastic idea, any little princess would love to receive this, and so much work, simply amazing

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  9. WOW. What a gorgeous castle Kim!

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  10. Oh my goodness, that is amazing, bet your princess loves it!

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  11. I've never seen anything like this - wow wow wow!

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  12. wow, wow and wow, that is stunning what a fantastic card.

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  13. Okay I have to say that my jaw literally dropped - what a simply amazing card creation - awesome & very inspiring!

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  14. Oh my! Your castle is truly spectacular & I'm sure was a huge hit. Love every bit of it! Hugs. Di :0)

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  15. This card is definitely a labour of love Kim! Totally, totally stunning!

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  16. OMG that card is so awesome, love it.

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  17. Awesome card Kim fit for any princess!

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  18. What a fabulous card I love it

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  19. This is such a spectacular card Kim.
    You can see how much love you have put into it and it's obvious your daughter would love it (and your son too).

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  20. WOW ... what an amazing card! And what a lot of work you have put into it. TFS

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  21. Kim, wow, what can I say...this is magnificent, stunning, absolutely awesome. Little Miss is going to just love this one so so much. A true work of art my friend.

    xox

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  22. Oh WOW Kim! This is gorgeous - so many details. I may have to CASE this one for my niece's birthday.

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  23. What a fantastic card. I'm sure this is one card that will be kept forever.

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  24. Wow – what an amazing card. I love projects like this - so unique! I think I am going to have to CASE this card for my daughters next birthday.

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  25. OMG this is AMAZING! cuter than cute! Hugs

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  26. WOW what stunning work looks Fab!!

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  27. Kim, you castle is just adorable, I love it. I have been having problems trying to leave a comment here, but finally I have been able to.

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  28. The castle is amazing..........you have outdone yourself....unbeleivable work!!!!!

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  29. WOW what an amazing card, you have put alot of effort into it.

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  30. Wow, wow, wow!! This is AWESOME Kim! Will have to try one of these myself. Hope you had an awesome Christmas. I'm not blogging much these days (no time) but have a FB page - Natasha's Creations. Take care

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