Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration 04...Design Team

Hello there,
well today I have the pleasure of debuting as a member of the Colour INKspiration Design Team (which is quite exciting!)

If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Bronwyn Eastley's blog and I'm sure you were blown away by her awesome project! If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link or banner up top to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

Here's the INKspiration swatch for the new challenge - it's full of colour!

And here is what I created.

That lovely yellow canary(?) caught my eye and so a bird it was. The end result is a little bold, a little lush and perhaps vintage. The challenge runs till March 6. Hope you can join us ! Now next up on the blog hop is Mel Pagano. Enjoy!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Best Birds, Delicate Details
Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Stazon Black
Accessories: Birds and Blooms thinlets, Watercolor paper, Gold embossing powder, Aquapainter, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Friday, February 17, 2017

JAI #347 Colour

Hello there,
well thank goodness we had some relief from the unrelenting heat this week. My poor garden has suffered though I am hoping that if we get some rain we might get some flowers as we slowly transfer into autumn. 

This week at Just Add Ink we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo (from me). As it happens these colours are just perfect for a bouquet of flowers (and plenty of other things too - just check out the rest of the Just Add Ink design team for some great ideas!) Here are the colours.
And here is what I came up with.

 The inside.

Well you see before you my first go at no line watercoloring. I must admit while it was underway I wasn't sure it was going to look even half way decent. But somewhat miraculously it turned out ok! Adding the black really helped the colours to pop and a big banner can hide a multitude of sins (or dodgy colouring). I finished it off with clear wink of stella to the petals and gold wink of stella splatter and also accented the flower centres with a gold signo gel pen. Regardless of how it turned out it was a fun process and I was amazed at how different the flowers looked from their stamped version (is that a good thing?)

Do join us at Just Add Ink, we'd love to see what you do with the colours this week!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise specified
Stamps: Penned and Painted, Banners For You, Number of Years
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Versamark
Accessories: Bunch of Banners framelits, Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), Watercoloring paper, Wink of Stella - gold and clear, Metallic sequins, Large gold sequin (Hobbysew), Clear sparkling sequin (Pretty Pink Posh), Tear and Tape, Dimensionals, Fine Tip glue pen, Gold signo gel pen

Friday, February 10, 2017

JAI #346 Choose Two

Hello there,
well the icky sticky weather has continued - and so has my search for air conditioning ;) On the positive side I can say that the heat makes glue dry really quickly (more on that below). So this week at Just Add Ink we want you to Just Choose Two. See what Nikki has picked for us this time.

And here is what I came up with.

Where this ended up was not where I started but sometimes you just need to let things go the way they want! I did like the combination of ombre embossing (I used a rolling pin to get the partial pressure so the hearts only embossed on the bottom half of the front panel) and ombre colour behind the detail of the floral thinlet. I gave the detailed die cut some substance by cutting three layers and glueing them together. Then I covered the entire surface with glue leaving it to dry to a shiny glossing coating. Hanging the 'U' from the love sentiment was a quirky touch that just appealed to me so I added it in (and I liked that it draws your eye down to the embossed hearts too).

You can have a lot of fun with the Choose two challenges - do go check out the rest of the design team for some great ideas, then come back and share your take on the challenge!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Detailed Floral Thinlets, Heart Collection Framelits (R), Sunshine Wishes Thinlets, Happy Heart embossing folder, Headline alphabet die (PaperTrey Ink), Red glimmer paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Sponge brayer, Metallics thread - silver, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, February 3, 2017

JAI #345 Sketch

Hello there,
I know some people love the hot and balmy air of summer but in all honestly I have had enough. Actually I'd had enough of the hot temps a week ago and then it got hotter - just to spite me and there is no end in sight! Blerk! Luckily I was able to park myself under some air conditioning and work on this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Narelle. Here it is.
And this is what I came up with. Once I decided the bigger circle was to be a balloon it evolved from there.

The inside.

I didn't want to turn my balloon into a big black blob (which it should strictly speaking be as a silhouette) so while I cut the intricate die in black I backed it with white and an overlay of polka dot gold foil acetate. The balloon needed a finishing touch so I made some tassels out of metallic gold thread. To create the background I first masked my sun and brayered the background. Then I created a negative mask for the sun and filled it with colour. Using a stencil cut from acetate using the Sunburst thinlet I clear embossed sun rays over the top of the whole background - yum shiny! Splashes of gold and clear Wink of Stella and a few sequins finish it all off!

For more sketch inspiration don't forget to check out the fabulous projects of the rest of the Just Add Ink DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Cardstock: Whisper White (Thick), Pool Party, Shimmery White
Ink: Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark 
Accessories: Up and Away Thinlets, Sunburst thinlet, 2" circle punch, Clear embossing powder, Window sheet, Brayer (R), Gold foil, Fabulous Foil Gold Acetate, Gold metallic thread, Metallic sequins, Fine Tip Glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals

Friday, January 27, 2017

JAI #344 Inspiration

Well hello there!
Did you enjoy the Just Add Ink blog hop last week? I have discovered at least one new interactive fold I want to try! This week we are back to our regular schedule and we want you to Just Add Inspiration (from me).  Use the inspiration picture as your starting point - it might be the colours, layout or patterns that catch your eye. Here's the picture.

This picture just epitomises our summer weather right now - very bright and hot so I tried to capture the bright bleached colours and also reflect the layout.

You can see I tried to capture the layout and even some of the dominant patterns of the inspiration picture. I couldn't help taking that tiny hint of red from the band of the hat and turning that into a vibrant flower. I added lots of little touches of sparkle including splashes of wink of stella in the background, as well as swishing the flower petals with it, gleaming sequins and a Shimmery White backdrop. 

Hope you can join us, you might be experiencing the heat like me, or just dreaming of a summer to come! Don't forget to check out the rest of the projects from the DT too!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Diagonal Stripe, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Whisper White (thick), Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White
Ink: Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Versamark
Accessories: Watercoloring paper, Layering Circles framelits, Classic Label punch, Neutrals stack DSP, White embossing powder, Real Red Baker's twine, Sponge Brayer, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella - Clear, Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Fine tip glue pen, Tear and Tape

Friday, January 20, 2017

JAI #343 Just add pop up or interactive

Hello there and Happy New Year!
At Just Add Ink we are kicking 2017 off with our annual blog hop. This one is going to be a fun one! We want you to Just Add a Pop Up or Interactive element to your project this week.

You may have arrived from Shona Chambers blog or you can start with my blog and hop around to visit the rest of the design team, using the Next button located at the end of mine and the rest of the team's blog posts. Grab a cuppa and sit down for a fun and inspirational browse and please come back and link up your pop up/ interactive projects for us to see! Here's what I came up with - something special for my Miss who turns 12 very soon!

The front.

 Opening up - yes its a twist and pop card!

Fully open.

Some of the panel detail. 

This card proved to be a labour of love. Not so much the twist and pop mechanism but the fiddly masking and embossing detail that I put into it. There are plenty of tutorials for the "twist and pop" card around on the web - the one that I used you can find on Splitcoast Stampers here. As this was going to be my (baby) girls birthday card - it had to, of course, be special - so I clear embossed every layering detail on every ice cream to add some texture and shine. I couldn't add much bulk to the inside, hence the need to mask, but did add a tiny glossed up strawberry and cherry for some extra shiny detail (Fine tip glue pen dried overnight). The big panel of gold glimmer helps too of course ;) A sprinkle of sequins was all that was needed to finish off the front.

Now to continue hopping just click on the next button below. The many fabulous projects from the rest of the Just Add Ink team are waiting there to inspire you! 

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to join us in our first challenge for the year!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cool Treats, Labeler Alphabet
Cardstock: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Frozen Treats framelits, Large Number Framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Ovals Collection framelits (R), Tasty Treats Specialty DSP, Gold glimmer paper, Clear, gold and white embossing powder, Sprinkles embellishments, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

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Friday, December 23, 2016

JAI #342 Just add 'N'

Hello there,
well the end of the year is almost upon us and I have (almost) made it through the pre-Christmas chaos. To end the year at Just Add Ink we have one more challenge for you. We will be keeping the challenge open for two weeks (closing date will be Jan 4) so you'll still have time to play along after the Christmas festivities are over. This will be a non-voting challenge as the JAI team will be on summer holidays returning on January 20 with a blog hop to begin the year. So what is the challenge? Well we are ending the year with Tina's suggestion to Just Add 'N'. The main element of your project must be something beginning with 'N'. This could be navy, neutral tones, a night scene, or a nautical scene! 

Here's what I came up with.

A simple inside pocket.

I usually give my Dad a book gift card but make sure to create some special packaging for it. This year I used Night of Navy as my base, and added lots of sparkle with embossing, silver foil and silver glimmer paper. I think I made it fancy, as the die cuts add lots of detail and texture, without making it too girly - this is for my Dad after all! The holder was super simple to put together. Simply cut a piece of cardstock 4" by 12". Then score at 2" and 5". The 2" flap forms the pocket, just tape up the sides, and you secure the top flap by adding a 1" wide (roughly 9" long) belly band.

Hope you can join us either before Christmas (it's not long to go!) or after - remember the challenge close Jan 4. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's projects too!

Thanks to all who have dropped by my blog. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Christmas Pines, Merriest Wishes
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White (Thick)
Ink: Pretty Pines thinlets dies, Night of Navy, Versamark, Whisper WhiteAccessories: Silver foil, Silver glimmer, Silver embossing powder, Silver metallic thread, Rhinestones - Jewels, Tear and tape