Friday, October 28, 2011

JAI 91 - just add a colour combo

Hello there :)

welcome back for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a colour combo with a twist - you get to pick part of the combo. Here's the combo to work with.(Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobler, Neutral of choice)
Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobler said flowers to me and since it gave me the chance to ink up my new Field Flowers set - one that was on my must have list - well flowers it was with a gentle vintage feel. Here's what came out of a very late Saturday night session of crafting.

First up I used a Sweet Sunday Sketch (#136) as my starting point, I will also confess to being slightly liberal with the conditions of the colour challenge as strictly speaking I used two neutrals - Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip - but it was only a tiny smiggin of Chocolate. But it just wouldn't have worked without them both. So very quickly I started by inking up the flower overlay stamp in Blushing Bride and then rock and rolling in Cherry. I did that a little different for each flower. Then using the more solid flower  stamped over that in Blushing Bride. The centres were all stamped with the overlay in Cherry and solid centre in Blushing Bride. I then trimmed all the flowers out and mounted them up on dimensionals above the stems stamped on First Edition DSP. To continue the text theme I also stamped a text background in stamped off Cherry onto Blushing Bride as the top mat for the main card panel. I gentley distressed the edges of the all the mats, and also sponged some Blushing Bride and Cherry Cobler as well. The front was finished off with some satin ribbon, and lace, as well as some Pewter hodgepode from my stash. Oh and just before I went to photograph the card I added some clear glaze dots onto the centre of the flowers to give a bit of shine and texture. As usual I followed through the theme to the inside.

Its been a while since I had a go at something a bit vintagey - I had fun :) and it was worth the late night. I would really like to try using Field Flowers with bright bold colours and in a more modern style however and see how that turns out - I'll let you know ;)

So what will you make of this weeks colour challenge?

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Field Flowers, French Foliage, Watercolor Trio (R), Background Basics Textstyle (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobler, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: First Edition DSP, Chantilly crochet trim, Sakura glaze pen, "Cherry" stain ribbon (local craft shop), Pewter Hodgepodge (R), Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, October 21, 2011

JAI 90 - just add a sketch

Ooh its so hard to capture the sparkle in the project I have for you today!! But oh my it is so pretty and funnily enough adds some texture too as its embossed sparkle. Ok more on that later. First up let me introduce you to this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a sketch for you. Here it is.

It occured to me I could replace the oval with another shape - and the shape of my choice - a Christmas tree. I've been wanting to make this felt Christmas tree card for nearly a year now - yah!

So my starting point was to cut a Christmas tree from felt and then arrange and stitch on some little buttons to be "ornaments". The colour palette was based off the DSP I used for the scalloped element. A bit non traditional but I liked it. I didn't want to pull too much attention away from the tree so I kept the background neutral, instead running an old SU Christmas wheel over with versamark and then embossing with glittered embossing powder. So not only does it seriously sparkle but you catch glimpses of Christmas sentiments as well. I finished the card off by adding a tree trunk, and a little taffeta bow with little sentiment tags.

I'm really pleased I finally got the chance to make my felt Christmas tree card!! Perhaps you might use this weeks sketch to get some project you've been wanting to do - done!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, All About Christmas (R), Tree Trimming Trio (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Christmas Tree die and large scalloped border die (PaperTrey Inc), Simply Chartreuse felt (Papertrey Inc), Sweet Blush, Spring Rain and Pure Poppy vintage buttons (PaperTrey Inc), Christmas Carnival DSP (Kaiser), Medium Jewelery Tag punch, Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Irridescent Ice embossing powder, Sticky Strip, Dimensional, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 14, 2011

JAI 89- just add inspiration

Well hello there,

I've been enjoying a few days holiday in Sydney squeezing in some shopping for me :) and beach visits to the kids delight. But even better was the chance to meet up a with a really lovely stamping friend Di Barnes. Hi Di :) As it happens the card I made for todays challenge is the one I gave to Di for her birthday. So what is the Just Add Ink challenge this week? Well cast your eyes down at the photo below as the this weeks challenge is an inspiration photo.

What a gorgeous scene! There are so many things to inspire in this photo! I decided I wanted to reflect the colours and how the tree seems to spread both up and down. So here is the end result.

As you can see I had a lot of fun using some still new crafting goodies. Usually I shie away from lots of white but it just seemed to work for this project. So I started by impressing a pattern on my front white panel. Then I stamped the large leafy flourish twice after working out where I wanted my central frame to go. Then embossed my black frame, trimmed it out, and then stamped my butterfly and sentiment. The butterflies were all inked up using markers and I used a blender pen to just blur the colours together a little. Another butterfly was mounted on top, embellished with a rhinestone and a few more rhinestones scattered about. That top white panel was mounted on dimensionals above the base card.

I was quite pleased how this one turned out - definitely more CAS than usual for me.

Thanks for visiting and do try and check out the other DT members as it will really inspire you!
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Creative Elements, Vintage Labels (R)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Stazon Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Designer Frames embossing folder, Corner rounder punch, Linen/Canvas impression plate (PaperTrey Inc), Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape

Friday, October 7, 2011

JAI 88 - just add a die cut

Hello there,

well today Just Add Ink has a challenge for you that is dear to my heart. It is just add a die cut. I LOVE to die cut and emboss and rarely produce something that doesn't involve one or the other, or even better both!! My die collection is needless to say rather extensive :) So really adding a die cut wasn't much of a challenge for me, rather it was working with pinks perhaps?? that I struggled with this time - in fact this card was my second go at the challenge as something just nagged at me (couldn't figure out what!) with my first effort. This one got the thumbs up from my Miss 6 - no surprise when its a combination of pink, butterflies and lots of shimmer and bling (smile). Ok here it is.

I started with a big die, the Scallop square card base, and finished by embellishing with tiny little die cut butterflies! So a Pretty in Pink base, layered with a Shimmer white mat, an embossed Pretty in Pink top layer. I made sure to only embossed the upper and lower areas as I wanted to leave a clear area to stamp and emboss the sentiment. The embossed areas were also misted with Frost White shimmer mist. Lastly the front was finished off with a row of bejeweled Shimmer White butterflies and a white taffeta bow. On the inside I added another row of butterflies but this time in pinks. 

So minimal stamping in this one, but lots and lots of shimmer, shine and bling - and some die cutting of course - lol!

Thanks for visiting, don't forget to go check out the other DT offerings they are just fabulous as usual!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Curly Cute
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Shimmer White (PaperTrey Inc)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop Square BigZ die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Final Press embossing folder, Clear embossing powder, White taffeta ribbon, Frost White shimmer paint, Isocol, Sticky strip, Jewels - rhinestones, Double sided tape