Friday, August 28, 2015

JAI #277 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
the ridiculously spring-like weather last weekend may well have inspired today's card. Sadly, the warm breeze we had last weekend did not last! Perhaps, the challenge we have for you at Just Add Ink this week will remind you of spring too. This week we have a colour challenge for you (from me). Here are the colours.

 And here is what I came up with.

I tried my hand at colouring my flowers using an aquapainter filled with Isocol (rubbing alcohol). It came out patchier than I was hoping for expecting, but I decided that it was an acceptable reflection of the play of light.  I couldn't resist adding a lot bit lot of black and white chevron DSP in. However, I did mute it right down by adding a layer of vellum over it.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's wonderful projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy About You, You've Got This 
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Mint Macaroon, So Saffron, Whisper White (oops!), Cardstock Vellum
Ink: Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Stazon Black, Versamark
Accessories: Center Style: Feminine die (Papertrey Ink), Stacked with Love DSP (R), Subtles DSP stack (R), Neutrals sequin assortment, White embossing powder, Whisper White baker's twine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Aquapainter, Isocol

Friday, August 21, 2015

JAI #276 Just add cards for males

Hello there,
despite a freezing cold wind there are hints of spring around - my first daffodil bloomed last weekend and for me that always carries the promise of spring! It also means that it's not long till it's Father Day here in Australia. To get prepared Just Add Ink usually runs male oriented challenge this time of year. So this week our challenge is to Just Add Cards for Males suggested by Jan. It can be for whatever purpose you need one - birthday, father's day - or even a masculine style thank you card.

Here's what I came up with - something fun for my DH's upcoming birthday. There is a little surprise inside!

Brace yourselves for a few photos now.
First, what you see when you open the card.

Now you start moving the magnifying glass over - can you see the secret message start to appear?

And finally all the message is revealed!


I always have to come up with something interactive for DH's cards and this year I couldn't go past playing spy and having a secret message he can discover. I know this is going to tickle his funny bone! I think I will get a lot of use out this spy set for the kids and DH in years to come :)

Hope you can join us and show us what you think is a great card for a male.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Secret Agent (PaperTrey Ink), BG Notebook Paper background (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cucumber Crush
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Pool Party, Basic Grey, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Secret Agent dies (PTI), Colored transparency sheet (Pure Poppy) (PTI), Spiral tab punch, File Tabs edgelits, In color envelope paper, Real Red brad (R), 1/8" circle punch, Linen Thread,, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 14, 2015

JAI #275 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well my winter weekends always feel jam packed so it's a challenge to fit in some stamping time but where there is a will there is a way. Well sometimes. I did manage to make a card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's a sketch (from me). Being a sketch you can use it for what ever purpose you need a card for right now - birthday, thanks, wedding. Here it is.

And this is what I came up with.

No inside today cause I forgot to finish it - :O
One of my favourite techniques is heat embossing and that is what this card is all about. I wanted to really play with it. So I pulled out my dotty stamp inked it up with versamark and stamped it on Smokey Slate. I choose a non-white base as it would really show off the colour. Then very carefully sprinkled my first embossing powder on about a quarter of the ink. Tapped it off then added the second to cover another quarter. Tapped it off and repeated that for the last two embossing powders. I was a bit worried that the versamark would dry off and the powder wouldn't stick before I got all four powders on. But it worked fine! The resulting colourful confetti pattern just said birthday to me so I finished it off with a shiny silver balloon.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT you'll be inspired for sure!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Celebrate Today, Dotty Angles
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Embossing powders (Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Silver), Balloon Framelits dies, Bitty Banners framelits, Silver Glimmer paper, Calypso Coral seam binding, Pool Party 1/4" cotton ribbon, Blushing Bride and Crushed Curry baker's twine, Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 7, 2015

JAI# 274 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
it seems that nearly all the males in my family have birthdays in September/October and of course we have Father's Day in September too - so I have a stack of male projects I need to get done. This week the new Just Add Ink challenge is an inspiration challenge from Trish and I thought it was perfect inspiration for a birthday card for my Dad. Here's the inspiration picture.  

Mmmm.. look at those lovely natural textures and woodgrain - just lovely. Perfect for my Dad as he taught himself to work with wood and is still happy to potter in his retirement. This is what I came up with.

I wanted to capture the woodgrain and also the different alignments of grains that you see in the parquet flooring. The final touches are very simple - a staple to ground the banners and a little clip. 

Hope you can join us this week. Do check out the rest of the DT for some wonderful inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted otherwise
Stamps: Guy Greetings, Hardwood
Cardstock: Early Expresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits, Banner Triple punch, Banner punch, Confetti Stars border punch, Woodgrain embossing folder, Corrugated paper, White and Early Espresso embossing powder, Handheld stapler, Clip assortment (R), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

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