Friday, February 5, 2016

JAI #297 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well school holidays have finally wrapped up here and I have very happily settled back into the school routine as that means I actually get some stamping time!!!!! (and yes all those exclamation marks are very warranted ;) However, I did have to get one project done before school holidays wrapped up. The new Just Add Ink challenge this week - Just Add a Colour Combo from Nikki - was just perfect (as was the new SU! Blushing Bride glimmer paper) to glitz up something for my darling daughter. Here's are the colours.

And here is the super glitzy creation!

When my DD saw me putting together a water colour and glimmer creation - she instantly said that's what I want for my birthday! So who was I to argue ;) Using the new Blushing Bride glimmer paper was definitely a fun way to use my new Sunburst thinlet.  I added a little extra detail to the rays by adding a line of machine stitching. Then finished off the card with a scattering of sparkly sequins.

The rest of the DT have lots of wonderful other ideas for using this colour combo so do go check them out. Hope you can join us this week!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless other noted
Stamps: Sunburst Sayings
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Versamark
Accessories: Sunburst thinlet, Balloon framelits die, Starburst framelits, Circle punch, Scene it Skyscapes collection (PaperTrey), Numbers border die (My Favorite Things), Blushing Bride glimmer paper, Blushing Bride embossing powder (R), Sewing machine, Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Jewels - rhinestone, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, January 29, 2016

JAI #296 Just add nature

Hi there,
we have a challenge this week at Just Add Ink that I think will suit a lot of people. This week Di has asked us to Just Add Nature. So pull out your flora and fauna stamps and have fun creating something that takes you back to nature! For me it was a great excuse to play with some new Stampin Up! goodies ;)

My original idea was to have the bird as the main, and only, coloured element, but I have serious white space issues ;) and instead changed the top mat to Island Indigo. I loved the resulting contrast to the white flowers and foliage. I also added in lots of little pops of vibrant pinks to tie everything together. Cutting all the flowers and arranging them was a little fiddly but fun too and well worth the time!

Hope you can join us for the challenge. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for lots of wonderful nature inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Watercolor Wings
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Shimmer White, Vellum
Ink: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Rose Red
Accessories: Botanical Builder framelits, Circle framelits, Linen/Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Ink), Sweetheart Sequin mix 4 & 6mm (Pretty Pink Posh), Hot Pink twine (stash), White embossing powder, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, January 22, 2016

JAI #295 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
thank you to everyone who left comments last week on my Just Add Ink blog hop post. It was a real pleasure to hear from you! Well in between entertaining the kids while they are on their summer school holidays I managed to squeeze in making a card for the new Just Add Ink challenge this week. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Tina.

I broke out my favourite Sale-a-bration set - Flowering Fields.

Working with the sketch I decided to make little cameos using some of the flowers. This set really appeals to me as the flowers are very familiar as they are illustrations of native Australian flowers. The sketch was scarily CAS for me so I added a mat of DSP, toning it down with an overlay of vellum and since I was sewing it on I couldn't help but add some sequins underneath (yes again - it's a problem ;) It's very difficult to see but I also clear embossed the white mat using the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask so there is a lovely shine and gleam that adds an extra dimension to the card. Having dealt with my 'white space' issues I was pretty happy with how this turned out. 

Do check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous and inventive sketch inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flowering Fields, Tag-its #1 (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Copic markers, Wildflower Fields DSP, circle punch, cardstock vellum, Happy Patterns Decorative mask, clear embossing powder, Silver twine (R), Sewing machine, Silver sequins, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press) 

Friday, January 15, 2016

JAI #294 Just add something new blog hop

Hello and Happy New Year,
You may have noticed I had a bit of blogging break. It was I must admit nice to have a change from my weekly schedule and made the Christmas and New Year break that little bit more laid back. I even went to bed early a few times!!!

At Just Add Ink we always like to start the year off with a blog hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. This year Rochelle has suggested we all Just Add Something New. Now I know that won't be hard for the Stampin Up! demonstrators out there as the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotions have started! If you don't have anything new from SU! please join us using whatever new product you have and be sure to let us know what it is.

To make the blog hop extra special the design team have donated new SU! SAB items as prizes to the winner and two honorable mentions participants. Please note, to be eligible, you must  create a "NEW" project using "SOMETHING NEW TO YOU" and leave a comment on all the design team blogs, be or become a follower of the JAI challenge blog and blog your project exclusively linked to Just Add Ink. Any entrants that link to additional challenges will be disqualified. (The prizes are open to both international and AUS/NZ participants).

We look forward to kicking the year off with a celebration of new crafty goodness and inspiration and hope you will join the challenge with us.

You can begin the blog hop here on my blog or at any of the other design team members blog posts. Just follow the hop by clicking on the previous or next buttons you will find at the bottom of all the design team posts. Or you can start here at the beginning.

This is what I started the year off with.

That gorgeous flower showcases two of my brand new purchases. The SU! Birthday Blooms set was the first set I wanted from the Occasions catalogue and I coloured it with another brand new purchase - Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I began by white embossing my flower onto watercolour paper and then got to work colouring it. I was very happy with the vibrant intense colour I was able to get using my new markers. After it was dry I trimmed it out and then got to work creating a vintagey feel background for it. I mixed and matched DSP, added vellum and scattered the sentiment and sequins across the card. 

Now it's time to move to Jodene Tripp's blog (just click on the next button below) or you can return to the Just Add Ink challenge post (just click the previous button).

Hope you can join in the challenge with us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Zig Clean Color Brush markers, Watercolor paper (Ranger), Hearts Collection Framelits, Typeset Specialty DSP, Subtles Colour Collection DSP, retired SU! DSP, Sheer Basics Vellum Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink), Soft Sky seam binding, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Sparkling Clear sequins (4 and 6 mm) (Pretty Pink Posh), Fine Tip glue pen

Friday, December 18, 2015

JAI #293 Just add a gift tag

Hello there,
how is everyone coping with the crazy time of year? I will have to admit to feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the moment. I know eventually everything will get done - but I'm a way off from that point yet.

This week at Just Add Ink I set the challenge - to Just Add a Gift Card. I deliberately timed this challenge at the point when I knew I would be needing to get gift card holders ready for some of the older kids in my family. Since they just get a gift card I always try to make the packaging something special and different each year. It worked perfectly and they are in the post!

Hope the challenge proves to be as useful to you as it was to me!

Here's what I came up with this year.

A close up of the gold versions.

And the silver versions.

So where's the gift card? Turn it over and it's all revealed.

Opened up to reveal the gift card.

I have to admit I love the combination of the Softly Falling embossing folder and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits (my first pick from the SU! Christmas catalogue -sadly retiring :( ). A little glitter edging adds the Christmas glitz and the bell adds a fun interactive touch (the gold ones were salvaged from the neck ribbons from Lindt Easter bunnies - I knew they'd come in handy one day - lol!). The little star tag was added so I could right in the kid's names.

We'll be running this challenge for two weeks to take us across the Christmas period (closing date Dec 30) so you'll have time to join us and show us your great gift card ideas. Do check out the rest of the DT for some inspiring gift card ideas.

Thanks for visiting and a very Merry Christmas to you all - may it be happy, safe and fun!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: None !!!
Cardstock: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Real Red, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: None !!!
Accessories: Gift Card Envelope and Trims thinlets, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, Tiny Tags die (Papertrey Ink), Gold and Silver glitter, 1/4" score tape, Tombow multipurpose glue, Silver cord (R), Gold cording trim, Mini brads (R)

Friday, December 11, 2015

JAI #292 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well you can probably guess Christmas crafting is in full throttle here (when I can squeeze some in!) I will have to admit to not sending any Christmas card yet - eeek. But the good news is that I have another one to add to the stash courtesy of this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week Nikki has a great Christmas inspiration challenge for us. Here's the pic.

And here's what I made.

It's pretty clear what I pulled from the inspiration picture, the aqua/ silver colour scheme and I loved those diagonal stripes, but you needn't be as literal as me. It was fun though, taking the inspiration picture and putting it back together in my own way.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's inspired creations.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio (PaperTrey Ink), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Banner framelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, Christmas tree die (PaperTrey Ink), Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Pool Party and Silver embossing powder, Silver cord (R), 8mm Silver sequins (Beads Neez Hobbysew), Sewing machine, Fine Tip Glue pen, Doubled sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, December 4, 2015

JAI #291 Just add C

Hello there,
well we have just squeaked over into December this week and the kids are raring to decorate the house for Christmas. I'm rather looking forward to it myself - I'm a Christmas fan :) So that is on our schedule for this weekend. (I'm also hoping to squeeze in a visit to the new IKEA that only just opened a few weeks ago here in Canberra - we might just pick up a few extra Christmas decorations there too ;). With all this talk of Christmas it's rather fitting that the challenge this week at Just Add Ink (from Tina) is Just Add C. What do we mean? Well that means you can add any colour, material, technique, concept as long as it begins with C and it's the main focus of your project. Just a few ideas include Christmas (of course), cat, Cucumber Crush, cookies, candles, cake, car and chalkboard technique!

I decided to add Christmas (twice!!)

Version  1: Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe

Version 2: Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand

Why twice? Well when I first thought of this design the colours that popped into my head were Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand, and then I thought since Pistachio Pudding was retired how would I do this using current SU cardstock - so the Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe version was born.

As you can see the design, and even the colouring of my two deers are the same, I just changed up the finishing ribbon treatments. One point to note is that while I coloured my wreath on the coloured base cardstock I stamped and coloured my deers on white cardstock and then fussy cut them out and adhered them over the stamped base images.

Aside from that these are simple but I think but sweet cards (and another two to add to my Christmas stash!).

Do check out the rest of the team for inspiration for adding 'C' to your project they have some fabulous ideas! Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Hardwood, Tremendous Treats: Christmas (PaperTrey Ink), Santa's Sleigh (PTI)
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark
Accessories: Copic markers, Bitty Banner framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Circles framelits, Red glimmer paper, Bird Builder punch, Linen thread, Early Espresso baker's twine, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Doubled sided tape