Friday, January 30, 2015

JAI 248 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well I have barely recovered from the birthday festivities this week (as you can imagine from a 10 year old's point of view the more birthday festivities the better the birthday) but despite that I do have a new Just Add Ink challenge for you. This week we have a lovely colour challenge for you (from me :). Here's the swatch.

  And here's what I came up with on my first play with the new SU! butterfly thinlets.

I can't resist a second view - cause I really did like the way it turned out. This lets you see too that the butterfly is inset into the panel.

As you can probably guess I cut quite a few different butterflies for this, and piecing it together was definitely a labour of love - but in all honesty I do love being able to putter and I had a rare window the day I made this to indulge that. The really fun part was deciding which colours should go where - the pattern variations and colour combinations you could play with for this would be endless!

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

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Hardwood, Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Night of Navy
Ink: Sahara Sand, Night of Navy
Accessories: ButterfliesThinlets dies, Classic circle nestabilites (Spellbinders), Starburst framelits, Venetian crochet trim, Night of Navy seam binding, Rich Razzleberry 1/4" cotton ribbon, Pool Party ruffled ribbon (R), Jewels- rhinestones, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, January 23, 2015

JAI 247 Just add love blog hop

Well hello and welcome to the first Just Add Ink challenge for 2015. It's nice to be back :)

Once again we are starting off the year with a blog hop to showcase the design team's projects for the challenge. You may have arrived here from Louise Sharp's blog (wasn't her project delightful!) or you can begin the blog hop here. Just click on the blog hop button at the bottom of the post or the link in the text at the end to move on to the next DT blog (Jodene Tripp). (You'll be glad you did!)

So what are we kicking the year off with? This week the challenge, from Christine, is to Just Add Love with the added twist of using a tag sketch as part (or as) your project. Here are the details.

An important January project for me every year is a birthday card for my little Miss - I think you'll be able to work out what milestone birthday we are up to this year ;) The first version of this turned out like something you would make for your 80 year old granny - perfect for that but just SO not right for a 10 year old! The new version is scrappy and bright (but not shabby) and rather remarkably liked by Miss almost 10. Thank goodness for that!

One to show the shimmer and shine.

The inside

The rest of the Just Add Ink DT have a wonderful array of inspiration generating projects for you to see so please do continue on and visit the rest of the team. Your next stop on the blog hop is Jodene Tripp's blog. I know she has something just gorgeous for you to see! 

Hope you can join us for the challenge,
Thanks for visiting,

PS: Recipe below

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Dictionary, Kinda Eclectic, Teeny Tiny Sentiments (SU!), This Sweet Life, Sew Simple borders (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Pistachio Pudding, Smokey Slate, Rose Red, Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banners Framelits, Scallop Edge border, Small Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punches  (SU!), This Sweet Life dies, Basic Bookmark die 2, By the Numbers die (PaperTrey Ink), Gold Foil, Champagne shimmer paper, Gold embossing powder, All Abloom DSP stack, 2013-15 In Color DSP stack, Epic Day washi tape, Tea lace paper doily, Strawberry Slush twine, Jewels - rhinestones, 2014-15 In color sequin assortment, Tombow multi, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Year in review

Hello and Happy New Year to you all!

I thought I would take the opportunity to look back over the past year and pick out a few of my favourite creations from 2014.

In no particular order here are my top three:

No1. I can't go past flowers - and this card combines flowers and something I really enjoyed experimenting with in 2014 - watercolour/ emboss resist.

No.2. Love the combination of detail and texture in this card I made for my Dad this year. Somehow the ones I make for my family always turn out extra special.

No. 3. Its only very rarely that I crack the CAS simple recipe and while this one isn't exactly simple it is clean - lol!

Wishing you all the best in 2015.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to drop by on January 23rd when the first Just add Ink challenge for 2015 kicks off with a blop hop with the whole team.

Kim :)

Friday, December 26, 2014

JAI 246 Just add giving

Hello there,
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas day spending it with family and friends enjoying some yummy food and company! We were lucky enough to do that :) We have now moved on to the recovery period which involves more eating and spending time with the kids helping them work out, construct, read etc their Christmas presents. It's a time of year I enjoy very much!

We have one final challenge for you all this year at Just Add Ink and it's to Just Add Giving a lovely idea proposed by Mae, a former DT member. We'd really like to see what you made as special gifts for people in your life to thank them for their love, support, friendship and company. 

As the Just Add Ink team will be taking a little summer break till January 23rd this won't be a judged challenge - but we encourage you to share you wonderful projects with other crafters and link up your projects.

I have a fairly simple little project for you today - but then that's what you need in the lead up to Christmas!

A close up

I made quite a few of these delightful little boxes, but kept it fun and fresh for me by making them in a whole range of different colour ways. I was quite astonished with how much chocolate you could actually fit into these! The tag is almost bigger than the boxes but I was still having so much fun playing with my Festival of Trees set and punch that I just had to dress up the boxes.

For a little time on my part and a whole lot of inky fun I also had the added bonus of making people smile when they received one of these!

Go check out what the rest of the DT made as special gifts this year and please do join us in sharing what you made this year!

Happy New Year to you all and I'll see you in 2015 with the Just Add Ink's annual blog hop challenge on January 23rd. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Festival of Trees
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Curvy Keepsake box thinlets, Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Tree punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, Champagne glimmer paper, Season of Style DSP stack (R), Gold baker's twine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, December 19, 2014

JAI 245 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
I'm wrapping up work this week which is really important because I am still utterly completely disorganised for Christmas, on the crafting make stuff side (like Christmas cards - eek!). However, I am a super organised Mum on the got the kids sorted side so at least that's something!

Every year I pull out my favourite angel stamp and make a special Christmas card, this year this weeks Just Add Ink challenge was just the perfect inspiration for her. This week we want you to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the lovely picture Nikki put together for us.

And here is my angel

The main inspiration I pulled from the photo was the neutral palette. I was going to use snowflakes but decided to go stars instead as I liked the thought of using the stencil to create a backdrop of gold embossed ones.

What inspiration will you find? Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday (PaperTrey Ink), Bells and Boughs (PTI)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Expresso, Versamark
Accessories: Mega Mat stack 3 (PTI), Love Lives Here: Holiday dies (PTI), Bells and Boughs dies (PTI), Owl builder punch, Hearts and Stars stencil, Gold, Early Espresso and White embossing powder, Gold glimmer paper, Linen thread, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, December 12, 2014

JAI 244 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
is anyone feeling like Christmas is arriving just that little bit too fast??! And the shops are ridiculously busy already at 9 am on Saturday mornings!! Thankfully I'm well prepared on the present front but not doing so good on the handcrafted side - eeek! Luckily I have another Christmas card for the stash courtesy of this week's Just Add Ink challenge - this week we want you to Just Add a Sketch - a real fun one from Tina.
I was turning over the idea of threes, what three could I use rather than a tree? When this idea popped into my head.

It was a bit fiddly to put this together but sometimes it's nice to just putter and fiddle - and to have the time to do so! To give the penguins some depth I stamped the two little guys on the base and then diecut and coloured the big guy. He and the frame are mounted up on dimensionals. A bit of sparkle is essential for Christmas so I added a big glimmer snowflake frame and lots of tiny dots of dazzling diamonds. Even though it's likely to be just a bit warm (we are talking mid summer here ;) at Christmas the appeal of snowy images is still strong.

Hope you can join in the fun at Just Add Ink this week. Do check out the rest of the DT for some fun inspiration for the sketch.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise notedper
Stamps: Tiny Treats Christmas (PaperTrey Ink), Tremendous Treats Christmas (PTI), Winter Snow Globe (PTI), Endless Wishes
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer (R)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Banner framelits, Damask Snowflake dies (PTI), Tremendous Treats Christmas die (PTI), Circle punches, Copic markers, Dazzling Diamonds, Two way glue, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press) 

Friday, December 5, 2014

JAI 243 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
I am plunging, swimming, sweating (it's hot again!) heading full steam towards Christmas. The Christmas decorations aren't up yet but it's only a matter of time now! Somewhat scarily only a handful of Christmas cards are complete - but I was able to add another one using this week's Just Add Ink challenge to Just Add a Colour Combo. It's bright and cheerful perfect for the festive season.

I originally started with a white embossed panel behind my Christmas tree shaker but I was having white space issues again and re did the panel brayering the upper half in turquoise graduating the colour. I was much happier with that! Then I embossed it graduating the embossing so it faded out towards the bottom too.  Lots of fun star confetti fill up the shaker, ribbon and a banner finish it all off.

I had fun making this (except for the bit where my fingers got stuck to the adhesive and in the process of un-sticking myself ended up with my confetti all stuck to it - grrr!! But in the end fingers and confetti were both unstuck and the shaker was sealed up.) Hope you can join us! Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some great colour inspiration!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Many Merry Stars
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Silver foil, Silver glimmer
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, Strawberry Slush, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Shaker Shapes Tree die, Star die and Circle die (PaperTrey Ink), Bountiful Banner die (PTI), Lucky Stars embossing folder, Adhesive foam sheet (PTI), Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon (R), Brayer, Jewels - rhinestone, Double sided tape (X Press)