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

Friday, July 4, 2014

JAI 221 Just add a shaker

Hello there,
oh my we have a fun challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink! This week Paula has challenged us to Just Add a Shaker. You can have so much fun with this one! Do check out the rest of the DT for a fabulous array of fun and inspiring shakers to get you going.

For a change I was inspired by our wintery weather (yes its still freezing cold!!!) or may'be its the first hint of desperation knowing I have a lot of Christmas cards to make and have, so far, only a handful! So a Christmas card is what it turned out to be.

I couldn't resist the challenge of making a double shaker. So I die cut about 6-7 snowflake layers, then die cut the centre out of all of them using the next smallest snowflake die. (You do need to line all the internal cuts up the same so that the centres will align). Then glue all the layers together. While that was drying I arranged a whole bunch of clear mount Christmas sentiments on a large block and stamped my whisper white mat. That done I could glue my snowflake shaker on. Then add a narrow strip of foam tape around the entire border of the whisper white mat. Now its time to add all the bits you want to shake :) I think the hardest thing is not to add too much! Then I carefully added my window sheet to cover both shaker compartments up. The last thing I had to do was add the navy border trim and silver snowflake die cut on top of the window sheet. The last touch a large rhinestone in the middle of the snowflake shaker.

The die cutting was a little fiddly - but overall this was a quick and fun card to make. It was also a definite hit with the kids - sparkly and interactive!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages, Greetings of the Season, Evergreen
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Brushed Silver
Ink: Night of Navy, Smokey Slate, Silver Encore
Accessories: Festive Flurry Framelits, Silver Foil Sheet, Window Sheet, Silver Glass Stampin Glitter, Silver glimmer paper, Large rhinestone basic jewel, Jewels - rhinestone, Sequins, Foam tape, Multipurpose Liquid glue

Friday, June 27, 2014

JAI 220 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well I have a another very spring like card today probably to counter the mid winter dark and cold we are having right now. Was so darn cold this week - brrrr.

This week we have a sketch for you at Just Add Ink. I think you will find that it lends itself to being CAS or more elaborate if you like. I think this week I kind of ending up some where in the middle - lol! Here's the sketch.

And here is what I made of it.

The embossed vellum overlay is only attached at the top, and to make sure it wasn't going any where I sewed it in place with my sewing machine. The only other point to note is that I coloured the flowers using markers and also using ink from ink pad lids using an aquapainter. The combination of both lets you get a more intense colour.

Hope you can join us this and try out the sketch - we'd love to see your take on it!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: So Very Grateful, Happy Day
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Real Red. Crushed Curry, Versamark
Accessories: Apothecary Accents framelits, Black and White embossing powder, Tea Lace Paper Dollies, Gold Baker's twine, Aquapainter, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, June 20, 2014

JAI 219 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
did I mention it was cold here. Seriously right now I'm going to bed with a hot water bottle and a heated rice pack - it's that cold!! But the cold weather outside means that staying inside where it's warm and cosy and pulling out my stamping supplies is a really good option - lol!

So here is the new Just Add Ink challenge for when you have time to be warm and cosy ;) This week we want you to Just Add Inspiration. 

The inspiration pictures really said clean and simple masculine card to me so this is what I came up with. 

I always struggle with masculine cards trying to find the balance. CAS is not really me, not adding those extra layers and extra twiddly bits is hard! But by exercising some will power I managed to keep the design to the banners, the embossed texture and the strong colours. With just a tiny bit shine brought in by embossing the two part sentiment (there had to be some!)

Hope you can join us this week. Do check out the rest of the DT with some fabulous ideas for how they were inspired. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Geometrical, Hip Notes, Keep it Simple: Birthday (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Crushed Curry, Not Quite Navy, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Accessories: Linen/Canvas Impression plate (PTI), White embossing powder, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)