Friday, October 28, 2016

JAI #335 Sketch

Hello there,
well I am recovering from some travelling and a germ overload but am back into the swing of things here at home. One of the fun things to get into at this time of the year is Christmas preparations, the shops are all decked out, and it is truly time to get on with making some Christmas cards. This week's Just Add Ink challenge was just perfect for that purpose too as this week Tina has asked us to Just Add a Sketch.  

Please note this challenge will run for two weeks, closing November 9th, as nearly all (hooray) of the JAI design team will be at Stampin Up!s OnStage event in Brisbane, in early November. Here's the sketch.

Here's what I came up with using this serious cute mouse set from Stampin Up!

The inside

I pulled out some water colour paper and got to work colouring this carolling mouse. I kept very much to traditional Christmas colours, as they look good, and the red and green really pop against the blue background. After I was done with my mouse I trimmed him out and mounted him over the same image stamped in Stazon On on some vellum (that way you get some of the extra details and very importantly his tail!). I always think of carolling as an image of people out in the snow so out came some trees and a starry sky to make the background. Last thing to add was some silver details (and a fun jingle bell) for that all important Christmas bling. This was a fun card to make (it did take a while though so it will truly be a one off).

Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some fun sketch inspiration! Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting.

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Mice, Foxy Friends, Jingle All the Way (R)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Garen Green, Wild Wasabi, Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride, Stazon Black, Versamark
Accessories: Water color paper, Gift card envelope and trims thinlets, Layering Circles framelits, Silver embossing powder, 1/8" silver taffeta ribbon, Silver metallic thread, Metallic sequins, Mini jingle bells, Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Fine tip glue pen, Aquapainter

Friday, October 21, 2016

JAI #334 Inspiration

Hello there,
unfortunately I was going to be away for my Dad's birthday this year and so I wanted to do something special for him. Luckily this week's Just Add Ink challenge was just perfect to inspire a masculine card. This week we have an inspiration challenge for you from Di. Here's the picture - you can choose the colours, the textures, patterns and use those to inspire your project.

Here's what I came up with.

The inside with a surprise!

A close up of the inside to show the pop up

The inside pop up element is actually pretty simple - just cut a piece of acetate big enough for your letters and secure it in the centre fold by adhering to small bits of scored cardstock (to match base colour - as you can see it blends in very well) and then adhere those to the base.

I'm pretty sure this will make Dad smile :) The rest of the DT have some great inspiration projects. So please do go check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Celebrate Today, Guy Greetings
Cardstock: Kraft, Dapper Denim, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Accessories: Balloon framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, Woodgrain embossing folder, BigZ Alphabet Typeset (R), Neutrals DSP stack, Kraft specialty paper (R), Adhesive sheet (R), Window sheet, White embossing powder, Basic Black baker's twine, Sewing machine, Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Fine tip glue pen

Friday, October 14, 2016

JAI #333 Just add G

Hello there,
Well it's been an eventful week. So I'm going to keep this short and plunge straight into this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina has asked us to Just Add 'G'. Add 'G' you ask? Well that means we want you to add something, or several somethings, that begin with G as the main focus of your project. This could be colours - gold, or green for example, it could be an activity - golf, it could be a giant or gladioli or a technique or card fold as long as it starts with G!

The first thing that popped into my mind was gold. Since gold is perfect for blinging up Christmas cards I went gold, gold, gold and this is how it turned out.

The inside

See I wasn't joking about all the gold now was I! This is pretty simple in that it is just a mix of a bunch of different gold textures in a whole bunch of layers. All the shimmer is tricky to capture but I think you can get a feel for it.

Do stop past the rest of the DT for lots of fun and fabulous 'G' ideas.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless other wise noted
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits dies, Banner framelits, Gift card envelope and trims thinlets die,  Gold Glimmer paper, Gold Foil sheet, Fancy Foil Designer Vellum Gold (R), Gold embossing powder, Star punch (R), Metallic enamel shapes, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals

Friday, October 7, 2016

JAI# 332 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well the family and I enjoyed a very relaxing few days away at the coast this week. Unfortunately I came back with a nasty head cold that means I am writing this in a very drippy state - ick! However, in contrast to my decidedly icky state of health we have a bold, bright challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink. This week Patrice wants you to Just Add a Colour Combo. Here are the colours.

Here's what I came up with.

My initial concept for this card was several flowers with the petals coloured but leaving the leaves uncoloured only to discover to my shock, horror and amazement ;) a gap in my stamp collection - yes really! The only current line flower image I have is Birthday Blooms, which I love, but didn't quite fit my original planned layout. In the end I had to adapt to what I had and I think it came up quite nice! Honestly, it's very hard to go wrong playing with water colouring!

The rest of the JAI DT have come up with lots of gorgeous colour inspiration so please do go check out their blogs.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Banner framelits, Gift Card Envelope and Trims thinlets, Water colour paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Blushing Bride glimmer paper, Basic Black baker's twine, Sequins (In colour (R), Fancy Frost), White patterned vellum (PaperTrey Ink), Black embossing powder, Fine tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals

Friday, September 30, 2016

JAI #331 Just add wings

Hello there,
crazy busy describes my life right now. I've mostly been busy with good things like a visit by my brother and his kids - that made for a noisy chaotic fun weekend. We took them off into the bush to show them emu's and even better a platypus! And since the annual flower festival was on we took them to that too. Today's challenge from Just Add Ink is also nature related. This week Nikki wants you to Just Add Wings. Lots of options here - birds, bees, planes, angels!

One of the very first sets I ordered from the new SU! annual catalogue was Best Birds which sadly has languished untouched on my shelf. But it languishes no longer, here's what I made with it (minus some gold sequins that I decided I just had to add once I'd taken the photo's - grrr!)

Basically this is all about watercolour. I just stamped up lots of bits and then coloured them using my ink pads and aqua painter. Pink and green was the first colour thought combination that came to mind so that's what I went with. Then I added some little touches of gold to finish it all off.

The rest of the team have lots of wonderful inspiration for you so don't forget to check them out too!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! otherwise noted
Stamps: Best Birds
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Cajun Craze, Stazon Black
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Birds and Blooms thinlets, Banner framelits, Watercolour paper, Wink of Stella - clear and gold, Aquapainter, Metallics sequins (you'll just have to imagine them), Sewing machine, Fine Tip Glue pen,Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Friday, September 23, 2016

JAI #330 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well another jam packed week is behind me (are there any other ones?) The kids wrapped up Term 3 today and school holidays begin. That has a certain appeal (like not making lunch boxes up at 6:30 am) but it also means routine and my usual stamping windows go - well out the window. Before all the chaos hits I have put in some time on DT projects and today at Just Add Ink we want you to Just Add a Sketch (from me this week!) Here it is.

I had a completely different intention originally for this sketch until I realised that, with just a little adjustment, it was perfect to make a spinner card for my Dad. Here it is.

As you can see I brought the large horizontal banner to the front of the sketch to act as the track for my spinner. Despite the move you can still see how the elements of the sketch come through the design. I kept the rest of it pretty simple - no frills and bells for masculine cards - instead I opted for visual texture with the embossed background and some strategically placed highlights of stitching.

The JAI design team have come up with some awesome designs for the sketch, go check them out and then join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Guy Greetings, Diagonal Stripe
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Banner framelits, Mini Treat bag thinlet, Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp), 1/2" circle punch, White embossing powder, Sewing machine, Foam adhesive strips, Dimensionals, Tear and tape, Crystal effects (R)

Friday, September 16, 2016

JAI #329 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well it was another hectic week here. I was juggling extra hours at work to cover colleagues travelling, we had a big morning at the kids school for their annual learning journey, I had a headache, there was beautiful spring sunshine and then MORE rain. How's that for a potted summary!

In a midst of all of that I grabbed a few precious minutes to put together a card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a Just Add Inspiration challenge from Di filled with spring colours. Here's the picture.

I just couldn't resist I had to pull the perfect stamp out of my non-SU! stash - because it was a bunch of tulips! Here's how it turned out.

I started by colouring my tulips with the colours from the inspiration picture. Originally I had planned to have a white background for them but in the end the colours really popped against the dark gray so that's what I went with. So it didn't compete with the tulips I kept the background monochromatic. I also couldn't resist adding some sequins. I added just a few between the two stamped jar layers using a thin strip of double side tape around the edge to seal them in.

Hope you can join us this week. To play along just pick the bits that inspire you - the colours, image or patterns from the inspiration pic and don't forget to stop past the blogs of the rest of the DT!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Playful Backgrounds, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Garden Green, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Black
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Banner Framelits, Friendship Jar Tulips die (PTI), Copic markers, Clear embossing powder, Window sheet, Neutrals DSP stack,  Sequins - Metallic and Bold mix, Tear and tape, Wink of Stella, Melon Mambo twine (R), Dimensionals