Friday, April 24, 2015

JAI #260 Just add a sketch



Hello there,
well myself and many of the Just Add Ink design team have an exciting week ahead of us this week as we are all heading to the SU! South Pacific Inspire, Create and Share event (aka convention) (Big smile). Because we are going to be  - just a little busy next week :o - we are going to run the new Just Add Ink challenge for two weeks.  This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch  - a real classic from Narelle.

Here's what I came up with.



It has been a while since I've play with my Spiral flower die so I pulled it out and made something a little bold and bright to really shine against the neutral vintagey background. As you can imagine this turned out very dimensional - but luckily I was able to hand deliver it (in a big envelope) with promises it will not be opened till Mother's Day.

Remember you have two weeks to play along with the sketch (close date 6th May) - so I hope you can join us. Do go check out all the DT projects - they are inspiring!!

And I might add so are the DT girls - I'm really looking forward to catching it with lots of the team in just another 4 sleeps!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy about you
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Spiral Flower Original die, Autumn Accents BigZ die, Pansy and Petite Petals punches,Typeset DSP, Basic Bookmark 2 die (PaperTrey Ink), Gold Sequin trim, Cherry Cobler embossing powder,Tombow, Double sided tape (X Press), Hot glue gun

Friday, April 17, 2015

JAI# 259 Just add sequins


Hello there,
well I have survived the first week of the school holidays - always a good place to end up ;) The week started with me taking my two plus one to the zoo and ended up with a day of grandparent entertainment - I wish I could say I was relaxing while they were otherwise occupied but no such luck - just too many things on my to do list!!

One thing I did get off my to do list was this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have have a fun challenge from Patrice to Just Add Sequins (not just one or two but lots!!).

Here's what I came up with.


I have quite a few pink loving friends so with pinkness in mind this is what I came up with. To glam up the pink (Melon Mambo - it's rather hard to get this shade to photograph right - grrr) I added gold into the mix. I figured for a fun (pink) birthday card I couldn't go wrong with lots of dotty confetti and then using some of those as a guide adhered gold sequins over. A big sentiment and some sweet trimmings (more sequins!) finish it all off.

Hope you can join us for this fun challenge. Do check out the rest of the DT for lots of great ideas for incorporating sequins into your design.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Dotty Angles, Big News
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories: Gold foil sheet, Ovals Collection framelits, Extra large oval punch, Gold sequin trim, Melon Mambo 1/4" cotton ribbon, Blushing Bride baker's twine, Strawberry Slush thick bakers twine, Melon Mambo embossing powder (R), Tombow multi, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Add Ink #258 Just add a colour combo


Hello there,
well it's mixed feelings here today as school holidays start. Half of me is happy - delighted with the break in routine (no lunch boxes!) but the other half is already exhausted knowing that I have to keep the munchkins entertained for two weeks - eeeek! But before the onslaught begins it's time to tell you about this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a gorgeous colour challenge for you from Rochelle. You'll enjoy it for sure! Here's the colours.



And here is what I came up with.




I finally got to break out a new flower set that had been sitting in a pile of stamps for months - no joke! I love the impact of this botanical style image. I thought the little flower from Petite Petals was a great match to accent that main flower too. To add some depth I wanted to stamp some flowers direct on the DSP but didn't want them to compete with the punched flowers on top. So I broke out some gesso and brushed it over the DSP and stamped flowers. (I discovered in the process that you need to heat set your stamped flowers BEFORE you paint over the gesso!). I was pretty happy with the way this turned out. Just a simple mix of ink, DSP and gesso but a lot of fun to do.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations this week.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Petite Petals, Petal Potpourri, Four You
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories: First Edition DSP (R), Flower Medallion punch, Petite Petals punch, Flower Frenzy BigZ die, White and clear embossing powder, Gesso, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 3, 2015

JAI #257 Just add inspiration


Hello there,
things are going to be a bit crazy around here soon with first Easter and then school holidays and I just know that before I turn around it will be May and Mother's Day here. So I decided to try and get myself sorted ahead of time! Our new challenge this week at Just Add Ink proved perfect for it too! This week we want you to Just Add Inspiration, Narelle picked out the great images for us this week. You can pick whatever inspires you from the image - the colours, any or all parts or patterns in the image.



Here's what I came up with.



As you can see I picked up on the jar of flowers, the gorgeous earthy muted tones and added a little touch of lace. Adding the texty DSP was to me the perfect compliment to this muted vintage feeling creation. I'm pretty sure my MIL will like this one :)

Hope you can join us for the challenge this week. Do go check out the rest of the DT's inspired inspiration creations!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia Additions, Friendship Jar, Blooming Button Bits, Bountiful Banners (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Crisp Cantalopue, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Crisp Cantalopue, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Delightful Dahlia die collection, Bountiful Banners die (PTI), First Edition and Tea for Two (DSP) (R), Artisan embellishments kit (R), Jewel - pearls, Large pearls (R), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 27, 2015

JAI #256 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well finally Autumn is starting to set in - I can't tell you how much I love that fresh chill in the air and the increasing depth of colour in the leaves. Sometimes the colours are just so gorgeous I have to stop and just soak it all in!  Hopefully you will enjoy the challenge we have for you this week at Just Add Ink just as much as I'm enjoying my Autumn weather - this week we want you to Just Add a Sketch, designed by Tina. Here's the sketch.


 I did struggle with the Autumn light to get a decent photograph though!





Soft, pretty and layers upon layers is where I ended up and where I started from, well I was intrigued and inspired by a post by Melissa Phillips here about adding wings to tags. I'm definitely in a vellum phase at the moment so don't be surprised if you see some more :)

Hope you can join us this week. Oh and don't forget to visit the rest of the DT to see their gorgeous creations!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Vellum
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories: Brights and Subtles DSP paper stacks,  Butterflies Thinlet dies, Banner framelits, Starburst framelits, Bitty Banners framelits, Large Polka Dot embossing folder, 2 1/2" circle punch, 2 3/8" and 7/8" scallop circle punches, Angled Tag topper punch, Life is Beautiful die collection (PaperTrey Ink),Silver glimmer paper,Tea Lace Paper Dollies, Pool Party embossing powder, Essentials Piercing template, mat and tool, Jewels- rhinestones, Sponge, Pink Pirouette seam binding, Venetian Crochet trim, Soft Sky stitched ribbon (R), Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, March 20, 2015

JAI #255 Just add ovals for (Easter)


Hello there,
we have a fun and possibly tasty challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink. It won't be long till Easter is upon us -so this week's challenge, from Nikki, is Just Add Ovals (for Easter).

I decided it was time to revamp the bunny egg boxes I made for my munchkins back in 2012. You can see them here. This time I gave the boxes an Australian feel.




As you can see they hold quite a few of the little solid chocolate eggs - yum! I started by doing an image search for punch art koala's and kangaroos and used an amalgamation of the images to work out the basic proportions. Then I pulled out my oval dies to select the right scale for my bunny boxes and went to work. I was tempted to go with bright colours but my conservative side said no stick with grey and brown (it's so boring sometimes!). So to add some interest I used dotty DSP for both tummies. Darling daughter picked the kangaroo to be her's as it had a heart for a nose :) Thankfully my sweet son is pretty easy going and accepted the left over koala as his (the eggs inside may have helped with that :)

I used the same dimensions as I did back in 2012 (you can find a basic template) in that post. To add just a little detail to the boxes I stamped them with a wood pattern prior to assembling them.

Hope you can join us this week for the fun challenge, that if you spin it right could involve chocolate ;)

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT fabulous oval inspired Easter creations.
Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hardwood
Cardstock: Kraft, Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Basic Black 
Ink: Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Koala - Ovals collection framelits, Punches (2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 1 3/4" and 1" circle, Word Window, Owl builder), Neutrals DSP stack, Project Life marker, Dimensionals, Acetate, Sticky strip; Kangaroo - Ovals collection framelits, Owl builder punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, Large oval punch, Neutrals DSP stack, Project Life marker, Dimensionals, Acetate, Sticky strip


Friday, March 13, 2015

JAI #254 Just add a colour combo



Hello there,
it's Friday (always a good thing - especially after a busy week) and time to share the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo. This week it was my pick and rather ironically it took me a few goes to end up with something I was happy with. But then that's why they're called challenges! Here's the colours.


Here's what I came up with (the third time!).




I settled on a heart focal point to frame the sentiment. I kept that and the flower/ foliage accents fairly simply so as not to compete with the Tangelo embossed the Something Lacey background.  To add even more depth and texture I embossed the Old Olive mat. I quite like the way the front turned out but it took a while to get to that point!

Want to try your hand at the colour combo? I'd love to see what you come up with. Hope you can join us and do check out the rest of the DT - for some gorgeous colourful inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Something Lacey, Flower Patch
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Tangelo Twist, Old Olive
Accessories: Hearts Collection framelits, Flower Fair framelits, Flower Frenzy BigZ die, Bird Builder punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch, Lovely Lace embossing folder, Large Walking Cat die (Poppystamps), Clear embossing powder, Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)