Friday, April 18, 2014

JAI 111 Just add a sketch

Are you confused? Seeing blue? When you saw red?? Yep that's right, this week I have not just one, but two cards for you!!

I try as much as possible to make cards for the kids to take to the birthday's they are invited too. So this week I used our Just Add Ink challenge - to Just Add a Sketch, to make not just one but two. For once I'll be ahead of the game! Here's the sketch.

What's your fav? The blue or the red?
Close up of the red
Close up of the blue
And of course - the inside - ta da ;)

I always find boy cards tricky - trying to get that balance between not being too plain but not adding so many extra embellishments that it ends up a girl card! So to deal with that I added in lots of texture. The embossed foil sheet looks awesome embossed with the chevron folder and the tire track background and car are all heat embossed to add some dimension and shine. If you looks closely you'll see a little peep of some chevron ribbon too!

I still have one these stashed away ready for the next birthday invite :)

Hope you can join us this week. Do check out the rest of the DT for lots of fabulous sketch inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Rev Up the Fun
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Black embossing powder, 2 1/2" circle punch, Chevron embossing folder, 3/4" Basic Black Chevron ribbon, 1/8" Mini Brads, Dimensionals, Pinking shears, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 11, 2014

JAI 210 Just add an Easter bag, box or basket

Hello there,
well just in case you have, with great will power, resisted buying the increasing multitudes of shiny brightly coloured Easter eggs that are spilling off supermarket shelves we are giving you a legitimate excuse to buy some before Easter in the name of your art. Your excuse - well this weeks Just Add Ink challenge is to make an Easter bag, box or basket.  If some eggs essential for the photo shoot don't make it into the bag, box or basket - well that's between you and the Easter bunny - lol. 

I decided it was time to make some new Easter boxes for my munchkins, they used the Bunny boxes I made for them back in 2012 again last year. So here is the 2014 version.

 Close ups

 Basic Instructions
 Step 1: Cut a 12 x 12 sheet of Crumb Cake in half at 6" (15.3 cm). Then score at 5" (12.7 cm) and 7" (17.8 cm)
Step 2: Cut two 2 1/2" (6.4 cm) by 4 7/8" (12.4 cm) pieces of Crumb Cake for the sides of the box. Score 1/4" (0.6 cm) in from edge on both long sides and one short side. Mark a mid point 1" (2.5 cm) in from the bottom and diagonally score to the bottom corners from the midline. Score a central fold from the top of the side to meet the diagonal fold (as pictured above).
Step 3: Decoratively die cut the box top front and back and add embossed pattern
Step 4: Diecut a window in the front side
Step 5: Cut window sheet and using sticky strip secure on back side of the window. 
Tip: I rounded the window sheet corners so the sharp corners wouldn't hurt little fingers fishing around for eggs inside the box.
A view of the box showing how the sides fit in and all the scores work.

I quite enjoy the process of working out how to make a new box. The fact that you can make 3D items effectively from paper never ceases to amaze and delight me! I also enjoyed creating the little scenes on the front for the kids. My DD new straight away the one with the bunny was her's (Ok the flowers might have clued her in) and my DS seems to be quite happy with his duck. One point worth noting is that I made the Easter eggs peeping out of the grass using a small oval punch to punch the patterns from the little banners in the SAB Banner Blast stamp set. 

I did think of adding some ribbon handles but so far have left them off for aesthetic reasons but may in the end need to add them for practical ones like the kids dropping eggs everywhere!!

Hope you can join us to eat some chocolate make a Easter bag, box or basket. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some inspiration 3D ideas.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Storybook Friends, Banner Blast
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Skye, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Winter Wisteria
Ink: Soft Skye, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Stazon Black
Accessories: Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Deco Label framelits, Ovals Collection framelits, Punches (Cupcake builder, Itty Bitty Shapes, Boho Blossoms, 2 1/2" circle, 1" circle, small oval (R)), Linen/Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Ink), Fringe scissors, Aquapainter, Jewels - rhinestones, Window sheet, Dimensionals, Gold marker, Double side tape (X Press) 

Friday, April 4, 2014

JAI 209 Just Add Layers

Hello there, 
well I have something sweet and soft for you this week. My MIL loves pinky peachy tones so that's what I pulled out to make her birthday card this year. My usual layered style (hint hint) was also just perfect for this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink - this week we want you to Just Add Layers. (Honestly not very hard for me I love my layers!)

So Very Grateful and the Scallops embossing folder were hot out of the box when I made this, and I just knew that the scallops folder would be the perfect complement to the soft feminine style I was aiming for. I pepped that up with some saturated colours for my flowers and added (just a little) of bling using the Silver Bakers twine and rhinestones.

For more gorgeous layering inspiration do go check out the rest of the Just Add Ink DT. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Perfectly Penned, So very Grateful
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Scallops Impression embossing folder, Black embossing powder, Copic markers, Silver Baker's twine, Jewels- rhinestones, Sanding block, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, March 28, 2014

JAI 208 Just add a colour combo

Oh Hello,
it's funny where your imagination can take you. On seeing Mae's colour combo for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge the first thing that popped into my head was flowers. I love that crafting lets you take what might seem somewhat unlikely colours and make them just seem right! Here's the lovely combo Mae picked for us this week.

Water colouring has been on trend for a while now and this was my first chance to dip my toes in the water - so to speak ;) It won't be my last either I can tell you! My colouring tool of preference is an aquapainter. To intensify the colour I keep my brush pretty dry, and for this card I actually mixed using markers directly in the areas where I wanted deeper colour then used the aquapainter over that and repeated that process again. I found this worked really well, even on the whisper white cardstock that I used, with very little warping.  I also embossed all my flowers reducing the opportunities for the colours to bleed. I wanted my flowers to be the focus so I kept the rest pretty CAS. I couldn't resist adding that twine bow and a tiny smattering of rhinestones though.

Do check out the rest of the DT for some gorgeous inspiration.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: So Very Grateful, Oh Hello
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Calypso Coral, Smokey Slate, Pacific Point, Versamark
Accessories: Oval collection framelits, Corner Rounder punch (R), Black and White embossing powder, Aquapainter, Calypso Coral Bakers Twine, Jewels- rhinestone, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 21, 2014

JAI 207 Just add a sketch

Hello and happy day to you all!
I've had a lovely week this week - I got to catch up with a crafty friend and spend hours chatting about stamping. DH was horrified I could spend four hours talking about stamping. My reply was that we had only just scratched the surface and could have easily spent another four hours talking about life, stamping and everything! 

I have also only just scratched the surface of using all the new stamping goodies I got in my last SU! box but you will see some of it for the card I made for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a sketch for you. The first one I've ever made - eeekk!

And here is what I made of it.

I don't think I'm ever going to go off the idea of using dollies I love the lacy detail - so girly! Aside from the dollies I did a fair bit of heat embossing another fav technique of mine. Using the chevron border punch on the large tag was a last minute idea but I love the peek a boo effect you get with the DSP beneath.

Do check out the rest of the DT for some great inspiration for this sketch.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Dictionary, Positively Chevron, Happy Day, Perfect Pennants, Starburst Sayings
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Chevron border punch, Starburst framelits, 1 1/4"and 1/8" circle punches, Fresh Prints DSP stack, Tea Lace paper doily, Corner rounder punch (R), White, Black and Pool Party embossing powder, Basic Black 3/4" chevron ribbon, Coastal Cabana ruffled stretch trim, Jewels - Rhinestones (Large and Basic), SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 14, 2014

JAI 206 Just add Saleabration

Hello there,
well the annual SU! Saleabration (SAB) promotion wraps up in a couple of weeks but before it does and while we all still have these lovely goodies in our hands to play with we thought it would be fun to make this weeks Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add SAB. So get out those stamps sets, the embossing folder the punch etc and come join us for some fun this week. This is what I came up with.

One to show you the shine from the embossing and gold foil trims

And the inside (with as my daughter pointed out crooked stitching but I decided it was all part of the handmade effect)

OK I can't deny this was labour intensive but I really enjoyed piecing this pattern together with all the banner punch pieces. Many of you will recognise that I pulled the colours from the Good as Gold card kit also a SAB freebie.

For once I kept it sleek and modern, with no sponging in sight!! The sharp angle of the banner shape and the geometrical patterns layering them created just called for that approach. Of course there had to be a bit of bling - so I used narrow strips of gold foil paper down the sides, some gold stitching (yum!) and embossed the black sentiment.

I loved how this turned out!! Do get out your SAB products and show us what you can make with them - we'd love to see it! For more inspiration check out the rest of the DT - you'll be wowed for sure!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Happy Day
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Sahara Sand, Summer Starfruit, Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Banner punch, Gold foil sheet, Black embossing powder, Gold thread and sewing machine, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 7, 2014

JAI 205 Just add a sunburst

Hello there,
well its not often you'll see a scrap page from me even though I began my stamping journey originally with the intention to scrapbook! I find it quite an intensive process that I have to plan and want to perfect (probably too much). However, I did capture some recent moments at my first scrapbooking retreat - such fun! 

This particular page was perfectly suited to the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. This week we want you to Just Add a Sunburst to your project with ink, paper, dies for example. The DT have lots of awesome examples to inspire you.

This particular moment was very special as it marks a turning point - the moment when my beautiful girl realised she could read books all by herself. Having been an avid reader since I was about her age seeing her take this step was very special and while the page isn't perfect (I can't help self consciously cringing about my hand written journalling) I'm so glad I have it down on paper!

TIP: To add some depth to the sunburst I sponged Melon Mambo ink to darken the areas closer to the centre and used Whisper White towards the edges to lighten the colour.

Hope you can join us this week at Just Add Ink.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Betsy's Blooms
Cardstock: Basic Black, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Ink: So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories:  Top Note BigZ die, Scallop circle punches (1 3/4", 1 1/4", 7/8" ), Boho Blossom punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Itty Bitty punch shapes, Classic circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Script alphabet Upper and Lower dies (PaperTrey Ink), Cheerful Treat DSP (R), Vellum cardstock, So Saffron brads (R), sponge, Jewels- rhinestones, Two way glue pen, Tombow Multipurpose glue, Double sided tape (X Press)