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

Friday, September 9, 2016

JAI #328 Just add P

Hello there,
rather amazingly I escaped a cold that laid the rest of the family low and on top of that luck managed to bask in some spring sunlight - only briefly - but it was so pleasant to feel that gentle warmth. For those out there not so lucky I have something to show you that will brighten up your day - especially if you like pink. Why pink? Well because this week the Just Add Ink challenge from Tina is to Just Add something beginning with P. P?? you say - well what we want you to do is make the major element of your project something that starts with P. This can be a colour - pink, it could be a pop-up card, or an object like pots, plants or pandas. The possibilities are only limited by the things you can think of that start with P! I went pink because I was making a birthday card for my soon to be 6 year old niece. For most 6 year old girls you can't go wrong with something pink and sparkly! Here it is.

And the inside.

I knew I wanted to use the new SU! Sweet Cupcake set so I pulled out a selection of pinks and tried them out. In the end I settled on Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride for the cupcake on the front and Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo for the inside. I also used the first colour combination to added an ombre progression of colour to the front (after I had embossed my large dots with sparkly embossing powder). For the cupcake wrapper I used Smokey Slate and Basic Gray (stamped off and full strength). To finish off the cupcake I wanted to add some sparkle and loads of shiny 3D texture that meant Wink of Stella and dollops of crystal effects.

I was assured that this was a hit with my niece so I was a happy Auntie!

Do go check out the rest of the design team for lots of fun 'P' ideas.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps:  Sweet Cupcake
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Botanical Builders Framelits, Gift Card Envelope and Trims Framelits, Neutrals DSP stack, Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask (R), Iridescent Ice embossing powder (R),  Jewels - rhinestones, Crystal Effects (R), Wink of Stella, Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched ribbon, Silver metallic thread, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, September 2, 2016

JAI #327 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
we are rapidly trekking towards Father's Day here in Australia and I still have a couple of card to make - eek! Aside from Father's Day at this time of year I'm right in the middle of a whole stack of masculine family birthdays so the challenge this week at Just Add Ink was just perfect. This week Jan has suggested a great masculine friendly colour combo. Here it is.

I decided to take the colours and go a bit coastal and make a birthday card for my brother. Here it is.

I always find making masculine cards involves a lot of restraint with respect to embellishments. But I try and counterbalance that with lots of texture - in this instance with stamping, embossing the vellum, and adding burlap and twine. I also stamped my starfish twice, trimming out the second and mounting it over the top of the first. I think this will go down quite well with my coastal loving brother.

Hope you can join us this week! Do drop past the blogs of the rest of the DT for some wonderful colour inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral
Accessories: A Little Foxy DSP, Layering Circles Framelits, Classic Label punch, Softly Falling embossing folder, Burlap ribbon, Calypso Coral thick baker's twine, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals

Friday, August 26, 2016

JAI #326 Just Add Project Life

Hello there,
we had a wonderful burst of spring weather last week but sadly it didn't last. (I wasn't optimistic that it would but it's hard not to hope). However, it did inspire a very spring like project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rochelle has challenged us to Just Add Project Life (PL). You can make a PL scrap page or use your PL supplies to make a card. I went the card route.

I pulled out a new PL card pack  - Hello Lovely (which is just plain lovely!) and picked some favourites. In the end my short list came down to one with a gorgeous flowering wreath and one with bold B&W stripes - so I used both! This came together pretty quickly (ok trimming out the wreath took a while but it's very therapeutic). I just stitched some vellum over the B&W base mat then added the wreath mounted on dimensional. That allowed me to inset a glimmer mat, gold thread and sequins, then all I had to was add a sentiment - and I was done!

It ended up just perfect for another popular spring occasion - weddings :)

Hope you join in the Project Life fun this week. Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT to see what fabulous PL projects they have come up with.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Floral Phrases
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection, Sewing machine, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Gold metallic thread, Metallics sequins, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, August 19, 2016

JAI #325 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
oh my goodness what a change  - spring sprung into life this week - I'm sure it won't last but it was so nice to be lured outside by the sun and the few flowers brave enough to be out already. The almost new season also heralds the beginning of family birthday season. The new challenge at Just Add Ink this week  - to Just Add a Sketch from Tina - was just perfect for a fun card I thought up for my nephew. Here's the sketch.

And here is what I came up with.

My nephew has grown up by the seaside and loves to go to the beach so I created a fun underwater scene. I used a jar as the circle sketch element and turned it into a fun shaker house for a fishy. I also built in a little puzzle for my nephew using the new Labeler alphabet to create the inside outside riddle.

Hope you can join us for some sketchy fun at Just Add Ink this week! Don't forget to drop past the rest of the DT for some inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Labeler Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Fringe scissors, Window sheet, Foam adhesive strips, Brayer (R), Tear and Tape, Wink of Stella 

Friday, August 12, 2016

JAI #324 Just add inspiration

Hello there, 
well the kids finally succumbed to winter germs and here was I thinking we'd make it through winter without any. Silly me! They were actually off colour enough that they didn't fight which meant having both of them home was not as arduous as it might be normally and once I had all the housework done it also meant I had a chance to stamp. First up was this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Trish wants us to Just Add Inspiration with the lovely image below. I can just image lying in the flowers! To join us this week you just need to pick whatever it is about the image that captures your attention - colours, patterns, objects as the focus of your project.

Here is what made of it. 

I wanted to capture a feeling of lightness. So I started with a watercolour panel coloured with Pool Party at the top and Pear Pizzaz down the bottom. I also white embossed my flower on watercolour paper then tried to capture the hints of pink and purple I thought I saw in the inspiration photo. The last main element was the woodgrain - I didn't want it to be too strong and dominating so I added a layer of vellum between my flower and the 'picket' fence I created. A two part sentiment and scattering of sequins finished it off!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the inspiration from the JAI team!
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Hardwood, Jar of Love, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Watercolor paper, Early Espresso bakers twine (R), White embossing powder, Metallics sequin mix, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals