Friday, May 22, 2015

JAI #263 Just add wedding

Hello there,
we have gorgeous Autumn colours here right now with lovely crunchy piles of leaves lying on the ground. It's perfectly picturesque for wedding photos and I can imagine that the late Spring weather in the other hemisphere is likewise making people feel the love! Which is why we have a great Just Add Ink challenge this week (can you guess?) yes of course it's to Just add Wedding from Jan

Here's what I came up with.




I wanted to keep it light and fresh and clean and simple (well for me anyway). With some new dies to play with it came together super fast.

Hope you can join us and show us what you would Just Add for a Wedding. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some beautiful wedding inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Petite Places: Church (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Ink: Lost Lagoon, Pool Party
Accessories: Petite Places: Church die, Scene it: Basic Backer die, Scene it: Everyday die, Scene it: Skyscapes collection, Linen and Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Ink), 2013-15 In Color DSP Stack, Painted Blooms Cotton twine, Soft Sky Seam binding, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Tombow

Friday, May 15, 2015

JAI #262 Just add a colour combo


Hello there,
I have something delicate and spring-like for you this week which is a lovely counter balance to the cold wintery windy weather and the house full of germs we've been dealing with for the last week or more. This weeks new Just Add Ink challenge was perfect as this week Di wants you to Just Add a Colour Combo. Here it is.


And here is what I came up with.



The colours just made me think of nature so I started with a Hardwood stamped base and for the pop on the top I made my flowers a bright Calypso. Special touches include trimming my flowers out and mounting them up over clear embossed fern fronds. That subtle sheen adds another texture to compliment the rough burlap and soft seam binding. Finally the sparkle of the sequins finishes it all off.

Hope you can join us this week - I'm sure you'll find the colour combo a favourite. Don't forget to check of the rest of the DT for some gorgeous inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Butterfly Basics, Hardwood, Gorgeous Grunge, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Naturals White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, 2013-15 In color sequin assortment, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Clear embossing powder, Edgers #3 die (PaperTrey Ink), 1 1/4" Burlap ribbon, Pool Party seam binding (R), Pool Party Bakers twine (R), Aquapainter, Tombow, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, May 8, 2015

JAI# 261 Just add Inspiration

Hello there,
well it has been a busy, but good, two weeks. First school holidays and then off to meet up with many of the Just Add Ink girls at the SU! South Pacific Inspire, Create, Share convention. Catching up with them is always a highlight of my year :)

Now it's time to get back into normal routines and that means it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge - this week we want you to Just Add Inspiration. Trish found these lovely photos to inspire us. You can pick one or many elements out and use them in your project - the colours, patterns, objects. Here's the inspiration picture.




And this is what I came up with. Something special for my Mum for a milestone birthday.





I was trying to create a leafy branch scene - just as in the inspiration photo. It occurred to me that the SU! feather stamps and dies actually could/ do look like leaves too. Well I thought it was worth a try. I would have loved to add in some thin twiggy branchy bits but decided that was just complicating things a bit too much. My 'leaves' are a mix of ink and embossing in a lovely array of blue hues, brown and white. The base is watercolour paper and I started with a wash over that and then stamped some faint splatter. Then placed all the leaves and finished by stitching all around the edges and adding some detail to highlight the sentiment. Little vellum flowers finish it all off.

It looks much prettier in real life! My Dad saw it and said it was something special so I hope my Mum felt that way too.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT to see some lovely projects.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted.
Stamps: Four Feathers, Butterfly Basics, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Vellum
Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Versamark
Accessories: Feathers framelits die, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, watercolour paper (non SU!), Pool Party, White and Early Espresso embossing powders, Jewels - pearls, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals, Sewing machine

Friday, April 24, 2015

JAI #260 Just add a sketch



Hello there,
well myself and many of the Just Add Ink design team have an exciting week ahead of us this week as we are all heading to the SU! South Pacific Inspire, Create and Share event (aka convention) (Big smile). Because we are going to be  - just a little busy next week :o - we are going to run the new Just Add Ink challenge for two weeks.  This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch  - a real classic from Narelle.

Here's what I came up with.



It has been a while since I've play with my Spiral flower die so I pulled it out and made something a little bold and bright to really shine against the neutral vintagey background. As you can imagine this turned out very dimensional - but luckily I was able to hand deliver it (in a big envelope) with promises it will not be opened till Mother's Day.

Remember you have two weeks to play along with the sketch (close date 6th May) - so I hope you can join us. Do go check out all the DT projects - they are inspiring!!

And I might add so are the DT girls - I'm really looking forward to catching it with lots of the team in just another 4 sleeps!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy about you
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Spiral Flower Original die, Autumn Accents BigZ die, Pansy and Petite Petals punches,Typeset DSP, Basic Bookmark 2 die (PaperTrey Ink), Gold Sequin trim, Cherry Cobler embossing powder,Tombow, Double sided tape (X Press), Hot glue gun

Friday, April 17, 2015

JAI# 259 Just add sequins


Hello there,
well I have survived the first week of the school holidays - always a good place to end up ;) The week started with me taking my two plus one to the zoo and ended up with a day of grandparent entertainment - I wish I could say I was relaxing while they were otherwise occupied but no such luck - just too many things on my to do list!!

One thing I did get off my to do list was this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have have a fun challenge from Patrice to Just Add Sequins (not just one or two but lots!!).

Here's what I came up with.


I have quite a few pink loving friends so with pinkness in mind this is what I came up with. To glam up the pink (Melon Mambo - it's rather hard to get this shade to photograph right - grrr) I added gold into the mix. I figured for a fun (pink) birthday card I couldn't go wrong with lots of dotty confetti and then using some of those as a guide adhered gold sequins over. A big sentiment and some sweet trimmings (more sequins!) finish it all off.

Hope you can join us for this fun challenge. Do check out the rest of the DT for lots of great ideas for incorporating sequins into your design.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Dotty Angles, Big News
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories: Gold foil sheet, Ovals Collection framelits, Extra large oval punch, Gold sequin trim, Melon Mambo 1/4" cotton ribbon, Blushing Bride baker's twine, Strawberry Slush thick bakers twine, Melon Mambo embossing powder (R), Tombow multi, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Add Ink #258 Just add a colour combo


Hello there,
well it's mixed feelings here today as school holidays start. Half of me is happy - delighted with the break in routine (no lunch boxes!) but the other half is already exhausted knowing that I have to keep the munchkins entertained for two weeks - eeeek! But before the onslaught begins it's time to tell you about this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a gorgeous colour challenge for you from Rochelle. You'll enjoy it for sure! Here's the colours.



And here is what I came up with.




I finally got to break out a new flower set that had been sitting in a pile of stamps for months - no joke! I love the impact of this botanical style image. I thought the little flower from Petite Petals was a great match to accent that main flower too. To add some depth I wanted to stamp some flowers direct on the DSP but didn't want them to compete with the punched flowers on top. So I broke out some gesso and brushed it over the DSP and stamped flowers. (I discovered in the process that you need to heat set your stamped flowers BEFORE you paint over the gesso!). I was pretty happy with the way this turned out. Just a simple mix of ink, DSP and gesso but a lot of fun to do.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations this week.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Petite Petals, Petal Potpourri, Four You
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories: First Edition DSP (R), Flower Medallion punch, Petite Petals punch, Flower Frenzy BigZ die, White and clear embossing powder, Gesso, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 3, 2015

JAI #257 Just add inspiration


Hello there,
things are going to be a bit crazy around here soon with first Easter and then school holidays and I just know that before I turn around it will be May and Mother's Day here. So I decided to try and get myself sorted ahead of time! Our new challenge this week at Just Add Ink proved perfect for it too! This week we want you to Just Add Inspiration, Narelle picked out the great images for us this week. You can pick whatever inspires you from the image - the colours, any or all parts or patterns in the image.



Here's what I came up with.



As you can see I picked up on the jar of flowers, the gorgeous earthy muted tones and added a little touch of lace. Adding the texty DSP was to me the perfect compliment to this muted vintage feeling creation. I'm pretty sure my MIL will like this one :)

Hope you can join us for the challenge this week. Do go check out the rest of the DT's inspired inspiration creations!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia Additions, Friendship Jar, Blooming Button Bits, Bountiful Banners (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Crisp Cantalopue, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Crisp Cantalopue, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Delightful Dahlia die collection, Bountiful Banners die (PTI), First Edition and Tea for Two (DSP) (R), Artisan embellishments kit (R), Jewel - pearls, Large pearls (R), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)