Friday, July 31, 2015

JAI# 273 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink it's time for a colour challenge. Rochelle has given us an interesting vibrant colour combo that I really rather liked. I thought the colours would make a great birthday card so I pulled out a dotty stencil and got to work! Here's the colours.

And here is what I came up with.

I knew I wanted to explore what colour the inks would be on the kraft cardstock, and I also wanted to play with the dots stencil. So I pulled the stencil out and sponged a pattern of white dots on kraft then heat set them. Layered the stencil on again, offset slightly and then started scribbling on colour. (Going back sometime I saw Erica Cerwin do this scribble technique and tucked it away as something to try sometime. One point I do remember her saying is to make sure you keep all your scribbling in the same direction - it looks much better!). Anyway I loved how it turned out here so I then added some banners, throwing in some silver glimmer (this is for a birthday after all) and that's about it.

Do check out the rest of the fabulous DT creations. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Big News
Cardstock: Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Kraft
Ink: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Dots and stripe decorative mask, Banner Triple punch, Silver glimmer paper, Brights DSP stack (R), Handheld stapler, Clear embossing powder, Bermuda Bay sequin trim, Sponge dauber, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, July 24, 2015

JAI #272 Just add butterflies

Hello there,
butterflies are few and far between in the garden right now. Instead we see a thick layer of frost every morning but it's nice to dream of warmer times to come. Happily the challenge this week, from Di, at Just Add Ink is to Just Add Butterflies.  By way of an update, did the school holiday coming to an end mean I got some stamping time - yep it sure did!

The beauty of the new Watercolor Wings set from SU! is that you can let your imagination run wild with colour combinations when stamping the butterflies.  Having said that I stuck to a fairly subtle soft combo as I wanted something light, airy and fresh. I also experimented with adding a subtle background using a new stencil. First I sponged on some Pink Pirouette ink then versamark and clear embossed to get a shiny finish.The final subtle detail was to die cut the mats with a stitched die.

It's always a good time to play with butterflies so hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the wonderful winged inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, You've Got This, Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum
Ink: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlets, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Bitty Butterfly punch, Bird Builder punch, Flower Frenzy BigZ die (R), Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Happy Patterns Decorative Masks, Clear embossing powder, White Perfect Accents, Black Baker's twine, Dimensionals

Friday, July 17, 2015

JAI #271 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well by the hair of my chinny chin chin (speaking metaphorically that is!!) we have (almost) made it to the end of the school holidays. There have been times when I've welcomed the relaxation of routine but this time I am looking forward to the return of school. It also means (I hope) a return to crafting time for me! Luckily I could plan ahead so I have something to show you for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have another lovely sketch from Narelle for you.
I had fun mixing up different colouring mediums for this one.

I wanted a mix of soft pinks and yellow for this one. I actually coloured my flower and put it aside, as I wasn't quite happy with the pink tones. Luckily I managed to find the right tone in the end to go over and blend in to bring it down to a more dusky pink tone. (It started out what I can only call fluorescent pink - not joking!). I'm still loving watercolour texture and strong stripey patterns at the moment so of course both of those had to go in there as well, oh and lots of gold. 

Do go check out the rest of the DT, their creations will knock your socks off! Hope you can join us this week - we'd love to see what you do with the sketch.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Crazy About You
Cardstock: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: So Saffron, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Copic markers, Banner triple punch, Autumn Accents BigZ die (R), Stacked with Love DSP (R), Fancy Foil Designer Vellum (Gold), White embossing powder, Metallic thread (Gold), Champagne glimmer paper (R), watercolour paper (non SU!), Aquapainter, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, July 10, 2015

JAI #270 Just add inspiration - Christmas in July

Hello there,
we have a mid winter challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink which is very appropriate for the southern hemisphere at the moment as we had some super thick fogs this week that have kept the temp's real chilly!! This week the challenge is an inspiration challenge from Nikki - it's Christmas in July.

I thought this inspiration picture was a brilliant way to kick off my Christmas card making for the year! 

The first two things that really stood out to me were the tree and the stripes so I knew I had to incorporate both of those elements. I toyed with the idea of putting the tree in a bauble but decided to just make it a tree in a shaker instead. (Really you can never go wrong with a shaker!) The new SU! Christmas DSP had the perfect stripey pattern and then all that was left was to add some extra sparkly stars as background in the shaker and sequins of course!

Hope you can join us for this festive inspired challenge. For more Christmas inspiration do go check out the creations of the rest of the team.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Cardstock: Real Red, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Shaker Shapes: Circle die (PaperTrey Ink), Hearts and Stars Decorative Mask, Silver glimmer paper, Cherry Cobler and Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Merry Moments DSP, Silver satin ribbon, Corner rounder punch, Double sided tape (X Press), Sequins, Tombow mutli

Friday, July 3, 2015

JAI #269 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
we just made it through our second major germ war in the same school term in time to send DD off to her school camp. My beloved offspring both kindly shared their germs both times with me too. Given that it's only the beginning of winter as you can imagine I'm really hoping we will be immune for the rest!! With the upcoming school holidays I am trying to plan ahead for upcoming events, so I was keen to use this week's new Just Add Ink challenge  - this week it's a colour combo from me - to get a head start on Father's Day. Here's the colour combo.

And this is what I made for my Dad.

Texture, texture, texture is what you want for a masculine card and I packed a few different ones in here. Lots of earthy linen thread, shiny black embossed details, staples and stitching. I thought the black really added some punch into the more subtle colours of the colour combo. All the inky details add lots of depth too.

So can you see yourself putting these colours to good use? Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT did with the colours you'll be impressed!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Guy Greetings, World Map, Butterfly Basics, Plaid Builder (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories: Ornate Tag Topper, Bitty Banner framelits, Stitched Circles die (Simon Says Stamp), Typeset DSP, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Handheld stapler, Black embossing powder, Brayer

Friday, June 26, 2015

JAI #268 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
brrrrrrr we are back to heavy frosts this week - and we even saw snow (!!) when we went for a walk in the national park last weekend. The kids could only make teeny weeny snowballs but of course they had to try. Being mid winter there are no flowers in my garden right now but I couldn't but help pull some out for the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. This week we have a sketch from Narelle for you. Here it is.

Oh goodness me I struggled to get a decent shot in our mid winter light. Not entirely happy with this but it was the best I could get.

A bit of brayering brought in some colour to the front, then I scattered a few water drops over the top and once they were dry over stamped a few flowers as well. Aside from that it was straightforward layering of panels and a bit of flower fussy cutting. 

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Crazy About You
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red,Versamark
Accessories: Autumn Accents BigZ die, Typesett DSP, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie Blendabilies, Brayer, Black embossing powder, Red sequins, Dimensionals, Double sided tape

Friday, June 19, 2015

JAI #267 Just add typography

Hello there,
another week has flown past and that means it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a real interesting one for you from Di. We want you to Just Add typography. By typography we mean " the style, arrangement  or appearance of typeset matter". If you look for images of typography you will see lots of examples of text/words used to create an image. So that is what I set out to do.

I started by cutting a heart out of copy paper and using that as a mask through which I stamped my big 'love' sentiment, then I filled in the shape of a heart with lots of mix and match words. Then black embossed them all. I used the fine Project Life marker to hand draw in the outside heart shape. At this point I also stamped a few small Pink Pirouette hearts  adjacent to the big typography heart just to add a little extra depth. Since this was going to be a wedding card I wanted to tone down all that black. A vellum overlay solved that issue and also meant I could add in lots of sequins, once I had sewn a border around the edge to keep them in. A little sentiment banner over the front finished it off. It's hard to capture the subtle sheen of the embossing and sequins through the vellum - but it does look great IRL!

Hope you can join in the fun this week. Do check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Hello Life (SU!), Bountiful Banners, Wonderful Words: Love (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Vellum
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Real Red, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Hearts Collection framelits, Bountiful Banners die (PTI), SU! Project Life fine marker, Clear embossing powder, Sequins (Silver, pink, red non-SU!), Dimensionals, Sewing machine