Thursday 21 March 2024

Simply Zinnia for Creativity Abounds


This month the international team at Creativity Abounds has a fun inspiration theme for you: Anything but a Card.
All thirteen of us have contributed a project to our Exclusive Tutorial Bundle, which you can earn as a free gift from me with a purchase of $90 or more (excluding P&P) or by being a member of my team. 
There's a sneak peek of my project and the whole bundle at the end of this post....


In addition to the exclusive bundle, we also put together a monthly hop on the same theme for added inspiration for you. So if you hop around from this post, you'll see a dozen more ideas for 'Anything But A Card' to help get your mojo going.

My project this month was inspired by a photo frame I bought on impulse in a sale, thinking that one day it might be useful. Sound familiar?

I used the Simply Zinnia bundle from Online Exclusives for this project.

To recreate this project you'll need a photo frame 8"x 8" (20cm x20cm) with a mat opening of 5"x 5" (12cm x12cm). If you don't have one of this size, you could adapt the measurements and method to what you have. 

Basic White 
15cm x 15xm (6"x 6")
1/2 sheet (approximately) of card for stamping 

Flowering Zinnia DSP - green stripe - 15cm x 4cm (6" x 1 1/2")

Tuxedo Black Memento ink
Stampin' Blends: Old Olive, Lemon-Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Cherry Cobbler

Zinnia 3D embossing folder

  1. Add the strip of DSP horizontally on the Basic White square, approximately 3 cm ( 1 1/4") from the bottom edge. Emboss with the Zinnia embossing folder.
  2. Stamp the trio of zinnias stamp in Tuxedo Black on Basic White. Colour the leaves in the green blends, the flower centres with the Daffodil Delight and the flowers in a mixture of Melon Mambo and Cherry Cobbler. Die cut them out.
  3. Stamp one of large single zinnia images and one of the leaves in Tuxedo Black. Colour with blends and die cut.
  4. Take the decorative mat out of the photo frame so you can use it as a guide to placement of the die cut zinnia stems. Attach two of the die cuts to the embossed square, one to the left side and one to the right. Make sure to vary the height so the final effect is not a row of soldiers. When happy with the placement within the mat opening, adhere them flat to the embossed panel.
  5. Attach the embossed panel to the mat panel from the frame. Lay flat face up so you can add the final pieces.
  6. Take the third of the zinnia stems and attach it centrally with dimensionals. Make sure that some of the stem breaks the frame and is visible on top of the mat panel. 
  7. Attach the single zinnia and leaf on top of the mat in the bottom right corner.
  8. Place back in the photo frame. All done!
Note: If you want to, you can include a sentiment in the Zinnia Garden frame.

Here's a peek at the project I've included in the Creativity Abounds Tutorial bundle for this month.

And here's the sneak peek of the whole tutorial package.

Here's our whole team. If you're interested in the tutorial but don't live in New Zealand, contact one of our team members from where ever you live.

If you live in New Zealand and don't have a Stampin' Up Demonstrator, I'd love to be yours. I can help you with ideas, get you catalogues and provide you with Stampin' Up products. You can leave a message in the comments or contact me using any of the methods listed in the Contact Me tab at the top of the page.

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1 comment:

  1. Jan your framed piece is stunning - a fabulous collection of colourful zinnias. As for those candles - they bring back memories, I love this technique!