Friday, July 22, 2016

JAI #321 Just add paper piecing

Hello there,
well after a short intermission (and having survived school holidays) I have another Christmas card for you. I thought our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week - to Just Add Paper Piecing from Patrice was a great one to use for this. The JAI design team have lots of gorgeous examples of paper piecing so go check them out and then join us :)

This is what I came up with (photographing this in the drizzly morning rain was a challenge so please forgive the dull images).

And the inside.

I pulled out a large line image poinsettia (sadly retired but still lurking on my shelves) and stamped it repeatedly on DSP. My aim was to have the text on the DSP radiate out from the centre of the flower. I trimmed out a bunch of overlapping petals for the base and then the upper layer. Next I water coloured the petals, adding a few little highlights with white ink. Once it was all dry I used Tombow multi glue to adhere the DSP petals to a flower stamped (and trimmed out from) cardstock. I used dimensionals to layer up the flower and secure the looped gold thread. I wanted something to contrast with the flower and I thought the bold gold striped vellum provided a suitable amount of Christmas bling. 

Thanks for visiting. Don't forget we'd love to see your paper pieced project this week too!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Reason for the Season, Flurry of Wishes, Joyful Christmas (R)
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Whisper White, Black Stazon
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Merry Moments DSP (R), Typeset DSP (R), Gold Natural Trim ribbon, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum (R), Red Glimmer paper, Cherry Cobler Dazzling Details (R), Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 15, 2016

JAI #320 Just add a sketch

Hello there, 
ooh I had fun with my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina has a great sketch for us and as I was pondering what I could do this fun idea occurred to me - and I think it worked. Come and see what you think. But first here's the sketch.

 And here is what I made of it.

Does that butterfly pattern look familiar? If you are trying to place it - it's the Fluttering embossing folder.  I inked up the embossing folder with ink and gently but firmly pressed it onto the paper. The inked impression was much more delicate but I kind of went to town with the journaling marker and added in lots of scribbly details. The process of colouring and doodling was something I really enjoyed - so fun just to play with colour and filling in the butterflies. This was also the first time I have tried water colouring on Shimmery White cardstock and I have to say it worked really well - and the shimmer is lovely too - but very hard to capture in a photograph. The only other thing to mention is that I made this a window card by cutting the circle element through the card front and mounting the sentiment on the inside so it peeps through. I may have gotten carried away adding all the butterflies on the inside ;) but all the colours looked so nice!

Hope you can join us for the challenge this week and don't forget to stop by the blogs of the rest of the DT for some stunning inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Papillion Potpourri, Enjoy the Little Things (R)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Tangering Tango, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Versamark, Stazon Black
Accessories: Fluttering embossing folder, Circle Collection framelits (R), Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punch, Project Life Journaling Pen (0.1), Black glimmer paper, Black embossing powder, Wink of Stella, Neutrals DSP stack, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 8, 2016

JAI #319 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
so far we have been taking school holidays slowly here, firstly cause it's cold and the kids were quite happy to have some PJ time in the warm house (this meant Mum got to stamp :), and secondly because my Mr 8 proceeded to get a cold as soon as school finished. Why does that always happen! Given the weather and the fact that we have just ticked over into July, it's appropriate that we have a challenge that is just perfect for a Christmas in July theme. This week at Just Add Ink Di has suggested we Just add Inspiration. Here it is. 

And here is what I came up with (using new stuff!!!)

I just couldn't resist using my new Foxy Friends set and stamping up a pussy cat - so cute! The inspiration photo was saying Christmas to me - so I dressed my cat for Christmas and added some wreath-like greenery. I searched through my stamp collection for a hat that was the right size and style and then stamped it on the back side of the glimmer papers and pieced the bits together. I've enjoyed dipping my toes into Christmas crafting but I promise I will have something different next week.

Do go check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous projects.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise indicated
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Number of Years, Presents for You (My Favorite Things - for the hat and sentiment)
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Garden Green, Real Red
Accessories: Fox Builder punch, Everyday Jars framelits, Large Numbers framelits, Ovals Collection framelits (R), A Little Foxy DSP, Red and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, SNAIL adhesive

Friday, July 1, 2016

JAI #318 Just add something beginning with S

Hello there,
I managed to squeeze in some inky time this week (to play with new goodies!!) which was great!!! (Those projects will be turning up on the blog in the next few weeks so keep an eye out). I was trying to get ahead on some projects - DT and for classes - before our winter school holidays start. Routines go out the window then and usually so does time for me stamp (although I have been known to cart along a craft bag with projects to complete if we are travelling). First off the rank was my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge from Tina. To Just Add 'S'. How do we want you to add 'S' ? Well we mean add anything that begins with S, as a major part of your project. This can be a colour like Smokey Slate, an object like star, sunburst, snail, or a technique like shadow box, or a shaving cream background. 

Here's what I came up with. How many 'S's can you find?

The inside

Well this is officially my first Christmas card for the year. Maybe it was the almost snowy weather we've had recently, or just the imminent approach of July! So I've gone all out and I think added at least six 'S' elements - star, silver (ribbon and embossing), sequins, shaker, snow globe, snowman. I reckon that's not bad. Are you curious how I made the base for my snow globe? Here's a pic to show you.

This challenge gives you lots of scope to have some fun so I hope you can join us. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's projects for some fun 'S' inspiration. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hardwood, Number of Years, Festival of Trees (R)(eek I only just realised this was retired!, Jingle all the Way (R)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Large Number framelits, Circles framelits (R), Bitty Banner framelits (R), Softly Falling embossing folder, Merry Moments DSP (R), Star punch (R), Silver glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder, Silver Satin ribbon, Project Life journalling pen, Window sheet, Foam adhesive strips, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Tombow multi, Sequins (R)

Friday, June 24, 2016

JAI #317 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well things got serious this week as I had to go and buy a new pair of thermal socks (my old ones were decidedly holey :o) The socks were an absolute requirement as it's been wet and it's been cold and my poor toes were feeling the cold!  However, some of that wet weather meant it was a good time to stay in and stamp (actually who needs an excuse ;).
My first task was this week's Just Add Ink challenge - this week I (yes me) want you to Just Add a Colour Combo. It's a very friendly colour combination - I promise!

The colours said flowers to me, and I knew instantly I wanted to try something I had seen my lovely JAI team mate and friend Nikki do recently. See her card here. She used the Botantical Blooms stamps straight to paper. It's funny I've been so absorbed by the matching dies that using the stamps like that had never occurred to me!! Here's what I came up with.

This is remarkably CAS and flat for me :o One way I got depth but kept it flat was by masking parts of the design as I stamped. The flowers make a great background for a strong but simple sentiment. To make that a little special I die cut three layers and then added a gloss top by covering it with glue (fine tip glue pen) and leaving it to dry. (Thanks for the tip Di :) I also pulled stripes into the sentiment to echo the stripey border. Sequins were the last thing needed to finish it all off.

Hope you can join us this week! Before you do, do go check out the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Crazy About You
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Hello You thinlets, Neutrals DSP stack, Metallics mix sequins, Clear sequins (non SU!), Wink of Stella, White embossing powder, Basic Black marker, Epic Day This and That washi tape (R), Fine tip Glue pen, Tear and Tape

Monday, June 20, 2016

Thank You...Friend

Hello there,
the little gifties I make for friends and family rarely make it to my blog but I wanted to post this special little ensemble.  Here's the finished projects - a triangular chocolate box and mini album ready to be filled with memories.

A side view of the chocolate box to show you the way it folds in at the sides (so clever!)

The mini album open. You can see it has eight internal pages and three tag inserts, that can hold journaling or more photos.

Here the mini album is wrapped up and they are both ready to be delivered.

The mini album was made with the Hip Hip Hooray kit (long retired). I used a great tutorial by Delys Cram you can download the pdf here. Envelopes are used as the backbone of the mini album. This could probably be adapted to many of SU! current kits.

The chocolate box design I had seen pinned on Pinterest. I came across a tutorial by Ilka Specht (it's in German but has a clear diagram with measurements). Her box was super petite and I wanted mine to fit at last three Lindt balls. So I used copy paper and played around with expanding the measurements till it was the size I needed (in the end I fitted four Lindt balls snuggly inside). I started with a piece of 9 by 7" (22.9 by 18 cm) cardstock and scored at 1 3/4 and 7 1/4" (4.4 and 18.5 cm) on the long side and 3/4, 2 1/2, 4 1/4 and 6" (1.8, 6.5, 10.8 and 15.2 cm) on the short side.

I used the tags, DSP and embellishy bits to thematically tie the two gifts together. Bling was added by using silver foil, rhinestones and sequin trim. All together it made a pretty package and I love that I was able to combine the sentiments on the two gifts to say thanks to my friend.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tin of Cards, Oh Happy Day
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: 2 and 1 3/4 circle punches, Tree Builder punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch (R), Hip Hip Hooray kit (R), Birthday Bouquet DSP (R), Shine On DSP (R), Silver Foil, Blushing Bride sequin trim, Strawberry Slush thick baker's twine (R), White Baker's twine, Linen thread, Jewels- rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow multi

Friday, June 17, 2016

JAI #316 Just add stripes

Hello there,
well this week at Just Add Ink, Patrice has challenged us to Just Add Stripes. My project turned out nothing like the ideas I originally had in my head - although funnily enough both projects used SU! Botantical Builder framelits. I changed directions as I realised I needed to make a birthday card and since it was for a good friend of my Mr8 I decided to make something fun and interactive - my first magic slider card. (I might add my Mr8 was utterly captivated). Here it is.

It's looking a little plain here - but wait.

The slider is half way and you can see the magic happening!

And with the slider all the way up.

And of course the inside.

It's another mix of old and new here (no BBB on my doorstep yet). But I pulled out Emerald Envy, which was the perfect colour for my dinosaur scene and combined that with Kraft. There are plenty of stripes - stripey background, stripey leaves, stripey banner - so I think I have that covered ;) The slider mechanism is created by having two identical scenes, one on the base layer that is coloured and one stamped on the top acetate layer. The white cardstock slider in the middle of these two is the piece that you pull up and makes the magic happen. You can find a tutorial for one here, it's little different from the way I constructed mine but you will get the same effect.

Stripes are such a wonderfully versatile element to use - do go check out the rest of the projects from the JAI DT and you will be wowed and inspired! Hope you can join us this week.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: No Bones About It, Botanical Blooms, Timeless Textures, Alphabet Rotary (R), Little Hot Rod (Papertry Ink) (the little clouds), Diagonal Stripes (My Favorite Things) 
Cardstock: Emerald Envy, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Emerald Envy, Versamark, Soft Suede, Stazon Black, Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Botanical Builder framelits, File Tab edgelits (R), Classic Rectangles nestabilities (Spellbinder), In Color 2016-18 DSP Stack, Go Wild DSP (R), White and Clear embossing powder, Tear and tape, Tombow multi, Staples, Brayer, Dimensionals