Friday, August 22, 2014

JAI 228 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well its been another busy week here BUT finally no one was sick this week - maybe winter is on its way out! We actually have flowers in the garden here so spring must be on the way too although the temperatures don't reflect it yet. So in the spirit of spring, and cause it gives me the chance to play with some more new stampin stuff ;) I have another flower card for you. This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you from me! Here it is.

 I got to play with my new photopolymer background stamp set - love it!!

 Another week where I can't get the colour balance right for the inside!!! (Grrr)

I started out intending the card to be vertical but by happenstance had turned my gradient background horizontal and in one instant the layout changed. To do something different with the Blended Bloom flower I decided to step it up this week by colouring extra layers lifting them up with dimensionals. I trimmed out some stamped off leaves too for one side of the flower and added flags on the other side to balance it all out.

Hope you can join us this week and take the colours for a test drive. Do check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Dotty Angles, Kinda Ecclectic, Four You
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Calypso Coral blendabilities, Apothecary Accents framelits, Arrows embossing folder, 2013-15 In color sequins, Black glaze pen (Sakura), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 15, 2014

JAI 227 Just Add Chipboard

Hello there,
ever since we had our Just Add a Shaker challenge a few weeks back I've had shakers in the back of my mind and when a special family birthday was coming up I figured the new Miss Four would love to have one. I did use something special in the making - chipboard. And that is what we want you to add at Just Add Ink this week - Just Add chipboard. 

(Chipboard is a thick cardboard. You find it on the back of notepads, its the backing in your DSP packets, and can buy chipboard accents and alphabets. Coaster board and even multiple layers of cardstock glued together will be just as good).

Now I did a good job of disguising my chipboard so I wanted to include a couple of photos to show you how I used it here. First die cut and embossed.
And then covered with a layer of die cut and embossed cardstock.

Bright and fun and something to use for my shaker frame were the starting points - enter Sweet Taffy DSP and On Film framelit. I cut up some crazy strips of the DSP to cover the front of the card and then proceeded to cover most of that up (rolling my eyes at my good planning) with the die cut frame. The bright continues on into the shaker - with some stamped HAPPYs and lots of bright die cut Number Fours (too many actually - I'm always tempted to add to many shakey bits!). I'm pretty the new Miss Four is going to love this and also know she is going to have to shake it really hard to get the bits to move around :O

For lots of inspiring ideas for using chipboard do check out the rest of the DT.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Chipboard (of course!), On Film framelit, 1 3/4" Scallop circle punch,1 3/8" and 1 1/4"  Circle punches, Sweet Taffy DSP, By the numbers border die (Papertrey Ink), Daffodil Delight satin ribbon (R), Sequins, Jewels - rhinestone, Acetate, Scotch foam tape, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 8, 2014

JAI 226 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well this week was delightfully peaceful which was a nice change from the previous one that was filled with the kids taking turns with allergic reactions and tummy bugs - urg! The sun has come out too which almost makes me feel like its spring except for the fact that we've woken to super frosty mornings. The challenge this week at Just Add Ink to Just Add a Sketch was just perfect for a flowery springy card (one can hope). Here's the sketch.

And here is what I made of it.

The inside (ick I just couldn't get the colour balance right on this one!)

My original colour choice was a blue/crumb cake palette (just perfect for the friend it was intended for) and then found I needed to add the red to make it all pop. I had fun putting it together, playing around with the flowers till I was happy with the arrangement and adding lots of texture with ribbon, twine, buttons, rhinestones and candy dots.

Hopefully you'll find the sketch as user friendly as I did. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some great inspiration!
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Gorgeous Grunge, Four You
Cardstock: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories: Pansy punch, Petite Petals punch, Hexagon punch, Season of Style DSP stack (R), Coastal Cabana ruffle stretch trim (R), Tea Lace Paper Dollies, White embossing powder, White Baker's twine, Brights Candy Dots, Brights button (R), Jewels - rhinestone, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 1, 2014

JAI 225 Just add a colour combo

Hello everyone,
did you get into the Christmas spirit last week? On the home front we are right in the midst of winter germs at the moment - no fun at all! But I have used some of the occasions I've been laid up on the couch to do some colouring which I've enjoyed. 

The challenge we have for you this week at Just Add Ink was perfect for it as this week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo. Patrice came up with this very classy combination. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some stunning inspiration and join us in farewelling Susan who is leaving us to take on the exciting challenge of being on the SU! Artisan DT for the next year!

Really the star of this show is the flower - and while a grey rose sounds rather strange - I think it does look rather lovely! I added only a few supporting details the embossed panel, a sentiment tab, some background stamping, a button and some ribbon/twine. I do love my little details and can't resist adding a few or a lot!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Blended Bloom, Express Yourself (R)
Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron, Basic Black
Ink: Smokey Slate, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Envelope Punch Board, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Regal Colour Collection DSP, Smokey Slate 3/4"  Chevron ribbon, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Basic Metal button, Alcohol markers, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, July 25, 2014

JAI 224 Just add Inspiration (Christmas in July)

Hello there,
ooh we had some icy starts this week so the inspiration picture I put together for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge is really very apt! This week using inspiration from the picture we want you to think Christmas in July. It's never too early to get started on those Christmas cards and projects!

Here's my Christmas creation.

I embossed the poinsettia onto vellum twice, trimming out the inner petals as a top layer. I used alcohol markers on the back side of the vellum to add the colour. On the vellum you push the ink around rather than blend it but filtered by the vellum any blotchy bits aren't really obvious. To make the colours brighter I backed each layer of the poinsettia with whisper white. To make the centre pop I used white gel pen. I have to say I'm delighted I got to add another Christmas card to my stash!

Hope you can join us this week! Do check out the rest of the Just Add Ink DT for some fabulous inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Joyful Christmas, More Merry Messages, Dictionary, Background Basics: Medallions (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Real Red, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Real Red, Strawberry Slush, Basic Gray, Versamark 
Accessories: Cherry Cobler and White embossing powder, White Gel pen, Alcohol markers, 5/8" organza ribbon, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, July 18, 2014

JAI 223 Just add a sketch

Hello there, 
well we made it through the school holidays - all bar the last weekend anyway. We fitted in a trip to Sydney, a movie and a nasty cold. Mr 6 is a real magnet for colds. But that's done and dusted in time for school to start again. And right now its time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch. Tina has brought something a little different this week and it was fun to play with!

Here's my take on it.

We were lucky enough to receive the Blended Bloom stamp at the South Pacific convention in May. It only took me  - oh 5 weeks to ink it up and then after spending the time to colour it what do I do but chop it into pieces!!! LOL - well it was for a good purpose but I did take a deep breathe when I chopped it in half!

I coloured my bloom with alcohol markers. This does take a while but the saturated colour you get and the control you have of light and shadow is a lot of fun to play with. The bloom pieces were mounted up on dimensionals following the sketch and became the focal for my shaped card. I coloured a second flower centre and mounted that on top adding a little of Dazzling Diamonds for some sparkle (and it does beautifully!). The inside was finished off simply with some punched flowers given a little more dimension by running a marker around the edges.

Do check out the rest of the DT for some fun and fabulous ideas for the sketch. Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Dictionary, Blended Bloom, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Grey, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Grey, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Window Frame framelits, Bitty Banner framelits, Autumn Accent BigZ die, Classic Circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Boho Blossom punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (R), Alcohol markers (Copic), Two way glue, Dazzling Diamonds, Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals

Friday, July 11, 2014

JAI 222 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
we are in the midst of school holidays over here. It was a real delight to have just a few mornings where it wasn't the usual go go go! One memorable morning, darling daughter, son and the cat piled on to the kitchen couch with me in the morning sun and watched tv, wrote a story, flipped through the new SU! catalogue and just enjoyed the company - can you guess who was doing what ;0

Right onto this weeks Just Add Ink challenge - this week we have a lovely colour combo for you from Mae. 

I went a little vintage for this one (and pretty heavy on the Blushing Bride)

I wanted a patterned background but didn't want it to be too dominant, so I clear embossed a floral pattern. The main focal panel was coloured using an aquapainter. By stamping it twice I had some flowers I could colour and then trim out and add on dimensionals. Lots of textures, and inky distressing and some tiny pearls finish off the vintage impression.

The DT have come up with some wonderfully different takes on the colour combo so do go check out the rest of the team. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: So Very Grateful (R), Apothecary Art
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay, Versamark, Whisper White
Accessories: Labels Collection framelits, Stylish Stripes embossing folder, Pansy punch, 7/8" Scallop circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Hexagon punch, Victoria crochet trim (R), Vintage faceted designer button, Calypso Coral baker's twine (R), Jewels - pearls, Clear embossing powder, Aquapainter, Sponges, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensional