Thursday, October 25, 2007

Botanical Bliss

Tinkering Ink has become one of my favorite papers because of their bold designs that challenge me to look at my layouts differently. When I was asked to review the new Botanical Bliss, I jumped at the chance. The papers looked so beautiful on the Tinkering Ink website, but they do not compare to the vibrant colors that I received in real life.

When my kit arrived I received:

  • 12 - sheets of 12” x 12” double sided cardstock (one side is patterned and the other solid)
  • 1 - sheet of small letters
  • 1 - sheet of monogram letters
  • 1 - sheets of tabs and tags
  • 1 - package of Finery
  • 1 - 5” x 8” package of transfers

As I looked at all of the colors and patterns, my mind was reminded of a vintage photo of my grandmother and great-aunt. I was amazed at how well the colors in this collection matched the photo that was taken in the early 1930’s. I am always looking for just the right colors and patterns for my vintage photos and it looked as if I had found the perfect match. When working with the Tinkering Ink patterns I find that using them in “small bites” is best. This allows my photos to shine against the bold patterns that are typical to the Tinkering Ink style.



  • Background Cardstock (Misc)
  • Patterned Cardstock (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • 1. d’Vine
  • 2. Whimsical Wildflower
  • 3. Radiant Rows (solid brown side)
  • Tabs and Tags (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • Rub-on’s (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss Transfers)
  • Ink (Ranger)
  • Buttons (Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint (Making Memories)
  • Glitter Glue (Hobby Lobby)
  • Adhesive (Ad Tech)
  • Sketch (Page Maps)
  • Machine Stitching

For this layout I wanted to document who the people in the picture were, but I did not want to take away from the layout so I created a hidden tag using the die’s from the Tabs and Tags sheet. You can see that I used a tab and attached it to a large tag. To add a finishing touch and to hide the tag, I attached a circle to the top of the tab. I used this one because it mimicked the flowers on my grandmother’s dress.


Finally, I was anxious to try out the Transfers. I decided to add the buttons to the page but first I needed to paint them. Once the paint was dry I added the flowers to the top of the buttons. The transfers went on extremely easy and finished out very smooth – I was thrilled! This was just the right touch I needed to complete my layout.


I knew that the pieces left over from this layout would make a beautiful card. I needed a birthday card so I decided on a design and finished this in a matter of minutes. “Voila”! A gorgeous card that I am proud to send.


  • Cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
  • Patterned Cardstock (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • 1. Whimsical Wildflower
  • 2. Radiant Rows (solid brown side and circle)
  • Tabs and Tags (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • Flowers (Spare Parts)
  • Ink (Ranger)
  • Fiber (Club Scrap)
  • Stamps (The Angel Company)
  • Sketch (Page Maps)
  • Adhesive (Ad Tech)
  • Machine Stitching

I have been thinking about this next project every since I found out I would be reviewing the collection. I had purchased this wine container with the thought of it being a great gift container for something other than wine. I first needed to add color to the container so I painted it with some Making Memories paint diluted with water. The bold flowers found on the Gorgeous Gerberas paper were very easy to cut out and use as the focal point in my design. Next, I used a monogram and small letters to create my word “Simple” and a scrap of Whimsical Wildflowers to cover the top. I added some beads and placed some Tie One On ribbon to the top, bottom, and closure.


For the inside of the box I printed my quote on the solid side of the Simply Seeds cardstock and added a few transfers for interest. I used the die cut band around the candle and attached the diamond shaped piece of Finery to the center. To finish the inside I cut a band of Radiant Rows that was left over from a previous project and attached it to the holder then added a large die cut flower circle to the front. What a beautiful gift to give for a housewarming or any occasion!


  • Supplies:
  • Patterned Paper (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss)
  • 1. Gorgeous Gerberas
  • 2. Whimsical Wildflowers
  • 3. Simply Seeds (solid color side)
  • 4. Radiant Rows
  • Tabs and Tags (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • Rub-on’s (Tinkering Ink, Botanical Bliss Transfers)
  • Finery (Tinering Ink, Botanical Bliss collection)
  • Container (Creative Imaginations
  • Paint (Making Memories
  • Ribbon (Tie One On)
  • Adhesive (Xyron and Ad Tech)
  • Candle (Hobby Lobby)
  • Trim (Walmart)
  • Fonts (AL Afternoon Delight and Felix Titling)
  • Quote (Laura Ingalls Wilder)

After completing all three of these projects I still have enough supplies to create several more layouts and projects. In my opinion, Tinkering Ink is one of the best manufacturers on the market today. With their innovative designs; beautifully textured Finery; and, the easy to apply Transfers, you just can’t go wrong when you add these to your scrapbook collection.

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