Friday, October 24, 2014

JAI 237 Just add clear block stamping

Hello there,
well I was busy busy busy this week! But even if you are having a week like me do try and find the time to join us at Just Add Ink this week because we have a fun challenge - this week it is to Just Add Clear Block stamping. This is the technique where you ink up your actual block and use it as a stamp. The JAI DT have lots of fabulous examples of how you can use this technique and here is what I came up with.

And here is how I did it.
1) I inked up (I literally just patted my ink pads on the block) my largest clear block with green, blue and brown ink in roughly the pattern I wanted (I used the cover image of my World Map stamp set as a guide).

2) Spritzed with just the finest mist of water. Then I stamped.
3) Once dry I stamped my map image over the top. You can see the ink colours are not a perfect match for land/sea but it still looks good!

This was my Dad's birthday card this year - in his young days he rode a motorcycle. So I thought this would appeal to him. Most unusually for me I went with a very rich dark colour scheme but it seemed to suit the card so I went with it.

Hope you can join us. Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: World Map, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Motorcycle
Cardstock: Cherry Cobler, Basic Black, Naturals White, Vellum
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Top Note BigZ die, Starburst framelits, Spiral Border punch, Black and White embossing powder, Cherry Cobler baker's twine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Vellum tape (Scotch)

Friday, October 17, 2014

JAI 236 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
we came home from a week away to a lovely almost summer like day perfect for slipping back into home life (and for doing washing) and then it was life back to normal this week as the kids went back to school. Luckily enough I was able to get my project for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge done before we left - just as well cause I sure haven't had time to do any crafting since we got home! 

This week the challenge is to Just Add Inspiration. Nikki found the great pictures to get us inspired this week.

I had a new feather set to play with, which was going to be perfect - and play I did getting very inky :)

I wanted to create a graduated background so I started by pulling out my brayer (I did say get inky) and worked my way through a whole spectrum of blues. All that wide open blue space made me a bit unsettled so I ended up overstamping text in versamark. I brought more colour in with my feathers - the green and gold from the inspiration photo. Then added more gold - and even pulled out my sewing machine! 

I had quite a bit of fun putting this one together :) Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some inspirational inspiration! Hope you join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Four Feathers, Dictionary, Happy Day (R)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Not Quite Navy, Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Versamark
Accessories: Four Feathers framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Tea Lace Paper Dollies, White and Gold embossing powder, Gold Baker's twine, Gold thread, Sewing machine

Friday, October 10, 2014

JAI 235 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
the flowers I used this week remind me of my garden at the moment. We have had a succession of trees blossom through a delightful array of pinks. Sadly the spring blossoms are gone but a lovely hue of bright green has settled over the garden and soon enough I will have roses too.  The challenge we have for you this week at Just Add Ink (with a little artistic license) is perfect for flowers - this week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo.

I needed a birthday card for a pink loving friend so I pulled out my markers and got to work. Sweetbriar Rose has a real classic botanical art feel so I was aiming to capture that feel. 

I considered colouring the image direct on the pink cardstock but decided it would be too difficult to get the tones I needed for the colour challenge. So instead I stamped and then coloured the image on white cardstock then fussy cut it out. To finish the card off I added lots of little details to create a (blinged up) vintage botanical feel.

Do check out the rest of the DT for some gorgeous colour inspired creations. Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Sweetbriar Rose, Express Yourself
Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, White (X Press Blending)
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Labels collection framelits, Spiral border punch, First Edition DSP (R), Copic markers, Piercing tool and mat, Gold sequin trim, Venetian crochet trim, Gold Baker's twine, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 3, 2014

JAI 234 Just add Baby

Hello there,
I've had a lovely week this week. It's been warm and that has meant cups of tea in the garden and the school holidays has meant time to have cups of tea in the garden :) The deal I made with the kids was that I'll take them out for activities in the morning and the afternoon we'd be at home and they'd have to occupy themselves.  What are you going to be doing Mum? they asked. Stamp was my answer!! Cause I'm on holiday too - lol!

This week we have a very useful challenge at Just Add Ink  - it's Just add Baby. One of the girls on the JAI DT is expecting her first bub very soon (how exciting!!) and to celebrate we decided a baby challenge was the perfect thing :) So please join us and show us your baby projects.

Since we don't know if bub is going to be a boy or girl I made one of each.

Here's the girl version

And the boy version

As you can see they both follow the same plan but I just changed up the colours and decorative details on each. The concept started with knowing I wanted to do an emboss resist effect with the big scale sentiment. I've been pulling out a watercolour paper a bit recently and it's been fun to combine it with reinkers and seeing how it all turns out! I carried the themes through to the inside using the new SU! stencils to created the sponged spotty/starry patterns.

Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for lots of baby inspiration! Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted otherwise
Stamps: Big News
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Early Expresso, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Early Expresso, Rose Red, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride, Versamark
Accessories: Watercolor paper, Apothecary Accents framelits, Starburst framelits, Large Polka Dot and Lucky Stars embossing folders, Hearts and Stars and Dots and Stripes stencils, Early Expresso and Gold baker's twine, Gold sequin trim, 2013-15 In color sequin assortment, White and Gold embossing powder,Tombow multi,  Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press) 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Just Add Ink 233 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
I'm breathing a sigh of relief and delight as another school term has just wrapped up. I'm looking forward to two weeks of no lunchboxes, some time with my munchkins and some time stamping! To begin "holiday" time we have a great challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch brought to us by Tina
The first thing I thought of when I saw the sketch was the big Amazing Birthday panel. It's perhaps a somewhat lateral approach to the sketch but by using colour blocking I was trying to represent the three elements Tina had on the banner.

As you can probably guess it's a masculine card - you'll be seeing a few more too in coming weeks - as September/October is the hot spot in my year for these. This one is for my DH. I just knew he would find the phrase "make your day ridiculously amazing" well a little ridiculous. So I found the perfect "your birthday" to layer right over the ridiculous - I think it worked out great! The final touch was adding a scatter of buttons, somehow that just looked right - and it adds just the right amount of metallic bling for a guy card ;)

Hope you can join us. Do check out the rest of the DT for lots of fabulous inspiration.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Amazing Birthday, Dictionary, Phrase Play #4 (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Real Red, Early Expresso
Accessories: Large polka dot embossing folder, Banners framelits, Hexagon punch, Boxy Banners dies (PTI), Basic Metal buttons, Piercing mat and tool, Pinking shears, Cherry Cobler baker's twine, Doubled sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop

Hello there,
it's not often you've seen an extra post from me this year as I have just been too busy doing the family work juggle. But a special crafting friend Nikki Spencer asked me to join in the Creative Blog Hop. 

So what it the Creative Blog Hop? It's a continuous blog hop every Monday where crafters answer questions about their crafting and creative processes. I'll answer the four questions and then at the end tag other crafters to continue on the blog hop the following Monday.

Nikki and I met as we are both on the Just Add Ink design team. Her creative talent always delights me and she is a truly warm and generous person. Despite living in different states we are lucky enough to catch up each year at the SU! South Pacific convention. So much fun!!! You can see Nikki's creative blog hop post here.

1. What am I working on now?
I'm usually juggling a whole bunch of different project for the JAI DT and my card classes. My last class was a special class on flowers and I have a christmas card class coming up next.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I'm not sure that it does! What it comes down to is that I love ink and paper. I think I can say for certain I don't have a distinctive style as such. I do like to chop and change and experiment. Even after nearly 8 years of crafting there are still so many new things to try. One thing I can say is that I do have a preference for layers and find CAS a really hard style to master!

3. Why do I create what I do?
Firstly I love the creative process. That spark of inspiration, of having that light bulb moment! Then seeing if you can take that idea and bring it to fruition! Secondly, I also love that I can share that passion and enjoyment of crafting with others. Show them you don't have to be anyone special - you just need to have a go and take it step by step! Last but not least I love being able to tailor gifts for family and friends, create those one of kind cards and projects that tell them that they are someone special!

4.How does my creative process work?
For my DT projects the starting point is defined by the challenge. Sometimes I have specific task in mind - I need to get that fathers day card made ASAP as a rather recent example - lol!! I also find it's really important to see what other crafters are doing. To get a feel for the trends, colours and textures that are inspiring others. I kind of visualise it as lots of snippets of ideas, colours and techniques going into my head and whirling around and when I'm mulling over a new project little bits will fly off and I'll think yes that exactly what I need to try!

Now I get to nominate other crafters to continue on the Creative Blog Hop next Monday, September 29th. I get to introduce you to two very talented and generous crafters who I both met through SU! and our shared delight in stamping. 

I asked Linda Higgins and was delighted when she accepted!  She is an inspirational SU! demo who reaches out to share that love of stamping through her blog. I always enjoy the chance to chat to Linda at convention - it's one of those great little moments that make convention special :) 

Linda Higgins

I'm Linda and I live on the NSW Central Coast (Australia) as a single mum with my two children who are 11 and 8. I have been a  Stampin'Up Demonstrator for a little over 8 years. I first was introduced to Papercrafts as a recovery strategy from Post Natal Depression after my daughter was born.  Creativity is an amazing form of therapy!  As a result I found new focus and friends and learned that artistic expression is so powerful to help you find yourself. I first became involved in Scrapbooking, which I adored, and then was invited to my first Stampin'Up workshop in 2006… I was instantly impressed with their product line, and saw the opportunity to earn some extra money for our family, doing something that I loved.  8 years later, I count myself as blessed to feed my little family with my paper crafting habit.  I run classes and workshops, both at home and in other's homes, and I have found so many wonderful friends and connections along the way.  I am indeed living my dream life, and am excited about our future. I hope you enjoy my creations too… which I share with the world via my blog, Youtube channel, Pinterest and Facebook page.  I love being part of the Papercraft community :-) and helping people discover their own creative journey. 

I also asked Di Barnes who has become a real special stamping friend. She is such a friendly, genuine, generous person! Di posts some fabulous projects on her blog with awesome instructions! I first met Di at my first SU! convention and have really enjoyed getting to know her over these past years.  

Di Barnes
Colour Me Happy

Hi there. I’m Di or colourmehappyDi if you see me online. My home is Sydney Australia, where I live with my darling husband, daughter, & two furry dogs.
I started scrapping in 2001 when my daughter was born, but my love-obsession with stamping & cardmaking really began in 2006 when Stampin’ Up! came to Australia & is still going strong. I’m fortunate to have my own room to create in, where there’s an ongoing battle with organisation & creative mess. Papercrafting has brought me so many blessings - the greatest being the wonderful friendships I’ve made through my Stampin’ Up! adventure.
Thanks to my lovely & talented friend Kim for tagging me in the Creative Blog Hop.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to stop by Linda and Di's blogs next Monday!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Just Add Ink 232 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
my garden is slowly filling up with more colour every day as spring bulbs bloom and trees blossom. So the inspiration picture we have for the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week is very fitting. This week we want you to Just Add Inspiration.

The orange and pink was such a striking colour combo I knew I had to pull that out some how, and I tempered it with lots of white space.

So I started with a big bold flower set and rock and rolled some flowers to get the colour variation I was after. To add some subtle detail to the white background I embossed a texture into it. Then it was layer some flowers and foliage up into bunches and that's about it!

Hope you can join us for this inspiration challenge. For inspiration to get you started make sure to check out the rest of the JAI DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Perfect Pennants (SU!), Cutting Garden (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush, Pumpkin Pie, Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, versamark
Accessories: Linen/ Canvas impression plate (PTI), Cutting Garden dies (PTI), Black embossing powder, 1/4" Melon Mambo cotton ribbon, Piercing mat and tool, Jewel- rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X press)