Friday, October 29, 2010

JAI 41 - just add birthday

Hello there,

this week Just Add Ink has a fun challenge up - its just add birthday! Now having a Miss 5 birthdays are a topic of considerable interest in our house. My offering this week was inspired by a birthday party I recently took my Miss 5 too. Her friends mother did a wonderful job of putting on a princess themed party and as the girls arrived they made their own tiara decorating them with adhesive rhinestones. So thats what I decided to make - a flower tiara. Here it is.

I started by giving my Miss 5 a choice of two colour selections. A) Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink and Orchid Opulence or B) Apricot Appeal, Almost Amethyst, Regal Rose - not surprisingly she went with A (I would have picked B). Then I cut out the base from Yoyo Yellow using the template from here. Next I made lots and lots of rolled roses a fabulous idea from Tania Gould one of my wonderful JAI teammates. You can find Tania's tutorial to make the roses here. I made the roses in three different sizes - using 3", 2" and 1.5" squares. Every time I made one it never ceased to amaze me that you can make something that looks like a rose from a piece of cardstock - love it. Its quite theraputic too :) So I rolled my roses squished them a bit to get the right shape and then using a glue gun put a dab on the bottom of each to stop them unrolling. Once that was done I sponged around the edges of the petals with the matching ink - and I did add some Pixie pink to the Yellow roses as well. Then I arranged the flowers on to the tiara and once I was happy with the placement Miss 5 added a dab of glue on the bottom and I put each rose in place. The finishing touch was to add all the rhinestones - one for each rose and some special big ones for the points of the tiara. I reinforced the band that connects the tiara together and then fixed it onto the front.

Miss 5 loves her tiara and insisted on putting on her Snow White dress to model it when I was taking the photographs. I got to admit - despite the bright colour scheme I rather like it myself as well :)

So why don't you have some fun this week and join in the challenge and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: None! - I know how often does that happen ;)
Cardstock: Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Yoyo Yellow, Pixie Pink, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Rhinestones, Pink and Purple Rhinestones (Kaiser), Glue gun (non SU)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

JAI 40 - just add a colour combo

Hi all,

well I'm back after a little break - life has just been plain busy! This week we have a lovely colour challenge for you at Just Add Ink. Here is the colour combo.

Now when I first turned my mind to these colours they said baby to me. Probably the pastel shades - of course I could have been influenced by my recent aquistion of the Baby Tees jumbo wheel. Before I actually got to the stamping I actually demounted my wheel and cut the little Tees into individual stamps (mounting them on Ezi Mount)- I pinched this idea from Renee van Stralen.

OK having adjusted my hardware it was time to stamp. As I wanted to colour the Tees I used Black Stazon. So I stamped three different Tees onto Whisper White. I decided to use Bashful Blue and Pear Pizzazz as the main colours and Blushing Bride and Sahara Sand as accents. So of the three Tees on my washing line two are Bashful blue and one is Pear green. I used an aquapainter to pick up ink for colouring. Once they were coloured I trimmed them out. Then mounted on dimensionals above a whisper White layer that I had sponged clouds onto. The little hangers the Tees are on are hooked onto a linen thread washing line hanging from large Bashful Blue buttons. I coudn't resist adding some Tiny Tags to my little Tees, just like when you buy a new ones from the shops. Although - ahemm usually I would recommend taking the tags off before washing so I plead artistic licence for this ;). I finished off the scene by adding some Pear grass and a little Blushing Bride flower - oh and adding crystal effects to the elephant, star and duckies on the Tees. This whole image panel was mounted onto a layer of Sahara Sand and then adhered to a Bashful Blue base. I stamped all around the edge of the base layer with a little alphabet stamp (from the hostess set Cute by the Inch).

I got to admit I was really pleased with how this turned out and I even had a spare Tee left over which I used to finish off the inside. So why don't you give the colour combo a try and link your creation back to Just Add Ink this week - we'd love to see it :)

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Baby Tees, Tiny Tags, Cute by the Inch
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Ink: Bashful Blue, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Bashful Blue buttons (R), Bashful Blue brad, Linen Thread, Aquapainter, Scallop circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Medium Jewelery Tag punch, Crystal Effects, Sponge, Dimensionals, Double Sided tape, Tombow

Friday, October 8, 2010

JAI 38 - Just add pink and bling!

Hi there :),

the JAI team have a fun challenge for you this week. You have to add bling and pink!

For some reason the combo of pink and bling made me think of making an acetate card - not sure why but I kind of liked the idea of rhinestone swirls over the clear surface. So I had to do it. Here's what I came up with.

So first off I started with some window sheet, cut it to approx 12 cm sq or 4"6 sq then I rounded the bottom corners mostly cause the sharp corners were just plain sharp! When you work with an acetate card the main thing to remember is that you can see everything on the back side unless you cover it up. So for both the front and inside I had to create panels for both the front and back sides. Pink made me think flowers so I went for a bit of wow imact using Petals Pizzazz. So I stamped the largest flower in Pretty in Pink, trimmed it out, then layered it with a punched Melon Mambo circle and then the sentiment. I added two more flowers on either side of my big one and layered those with small punched Daffodil Delight flowers as I thought the touch of yellow would add a bit of lift to all the pink shades. Now of course it was time for the bling! First some rhinestone brads for the flowers and basic rhinestones for the sentiment. My design for the rhinestone swirl came from a portion of the Baroque Motifs swirl. I just traced the swirl direct from the catty onto some paper then laid the paper inside the acetate card and of course I could see it - cause its clear ;) Then I laid the rhinestones out following the pattern of the swirl. The inside was as usual finished off simply with some flower background stamping in stamped off Regal Rose and Daffodil Delight. Then a follow up sentiment mounted up on a die cut tag. One final note I deliberately made the inside panel a bit bigger than the front so you could see little peaks of it above and below (creating a double scallop edging).

This one got a big thumbs up from my Miss 5

Thanks for visiting and why don't pull out some pink and bling it up and post your
creation on Just Add Ink this week :)


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Petals Pizzazz, Perfect Punches, Occasional Quotes
Cardstock: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Window sheet, Wide oval punch, 1 3/4"circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Scallop border punch, Basic Rhinestones, Clear Rhinestone brads, Lots of Tags sizzlits, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Friday, October 1, 2010

JAI 37 just add a colour combo

Hi there,

this week Just Add Ink has a lovely colour combo to work with. It's my week off from the DT but I always try to play along if I can. Here's the colour combo.

I was struggling with a nasty cold when I was trying to think up ideas for this challenge and it really was a struggle. The combo said flowers to me but could any ideas penetrate the fog in my head - nope :( So I turned to a great standby to CASE someone else's work. I saw a card on p102 of the new USA SU! catalogue and I knew instantly that it would be perfect. So here is what I came up with.

The layout and layering of the flowers is pretty much identical to the catty card. The one touch that I added was to emboss the card base with the Perfect Polka Dot folder. So starting from the begining ;) I embossed the base layer with Perfect Polka Dots. Then add a panel of Rose Red scalloped down the LHS. Another layer of Whisper White was added on top of that. On this layer I stamped the flower stems in Always Artichoke (having worked out the placement of the flower heads). The leaves were stamped in Old Olive trimmed out and fixed into place (two are up on dimensionals). I used Petals Pizzazz for the flowers in a mix of Pumpkin Pie and Rose Red, also using some DSP for each colour. I layered the flowers up, added the finishing touches - felt fusion flower and rhinestones. Then glittered up the Rose Red layers. All I needed to do then was add the sentiment embellished with some white taffeta and another rhinestone brad. The inside was finished off very simply to match.

I really like how bright and cheery this turned out!

Thanks for visiting - and if you have time this week why don't you play along with the challenge and link your creation back to Just Add Ink.


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Petals Pizzazz, Party This Way
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red
Ink: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Scallop border punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Felt Fusion (R), Rhinestone brads(Clear and Fire), White Taffeta ribbon, Always Artichoke narrow grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive brad, Two way Glue, Dazzling Diamonds, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Dimensionals