Friday, March 25, 2011

JAI61 - just add stamps only

Hi there,

this week at Just Add Ink we have an interesting challenge for you - its just add stamps - only stamps!! No DSP, no diecuts, no punches - just stamps, ink and cardstock. It's a kind of tricky yet conversely simple challenge at the same time.

So what did I do - well I broke out some new goodies that are a preview of something up and coming from the new Autumn/Winter mini (available from April)- and I made it nice and bright. Here it is.

I started by making my own DSP by selecting a bunch of colours (inspired by the Sew Suite DSP) and button stamps and stamping away. Then I stamped a sewing machine as the main focal element and stamped a tape measure background (Melon Mambo stamped off) Using clear mount stamps it was pretty easy to stamp this free hand. I free cut some extra buttons (remember no punches this week) to embellish the sewing machine focal point and then got a strip of Melon Mambo, ran it through the crimper, crumpled it up lots and then using some sticky strip created a ruffled "ribbon" border to run below the sewing machine. All that was left then was to add a sentiment. So bright, fun and a little quirky :) A good card to make/ finish while I was/am getting over my flu from last week!

I'll finish up today by letting you know that things are going to be quiet around here for a while, as I'm starting to gear up for making my convention swaps, so you'll probably only see my JAI DT posts once every week or two till mid May. Please hang in there as I will be back with more again after convention is over!

Thanks for visiting and why do you have a go this week at just adding stamps!


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Button Button, Sew Suite
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Regal Rose (SU!), Fresh Snow (PaperTrey Inc)
Accessories: Crimper, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Sticky Strip

Friday, March 18, 2011

JAI60 - just add a colour combo

Hello there,

this week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you - and its quite yummy! Here's the colour pic. Edited to add: My apologies I had the wrong colour swatch here orginally - the correct colours are Rich Razzleberry, Old Oilve, Crumb Cake and Whisper White.

I tried quite a distressed vintage style card first go round at this - which was fine but once I was done - it didn't well really appeal to me :(. So I decided to have another shot and this is what I came up with.

Thats it from me (sorry super brief I know) but I have been quite literally knocked off my feet with the flu this week, any questions leave me a comment or check out the recipe below.

Thanks for visiting - hope you have a chance to try your hand at this fab combo :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Itty Bitty Bits, Woodgrain, So Happy for You
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Cottage Wall DSP (R), Scalloped circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Corner rounder punch, 2" scalloped circle punch (EK Success), Scalloped circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Clear Rhinestone brads, Sticky Strip, Green superfine glitter, Large scalloped border die and Woodgrain Impression plate (PaperTrey Inc), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 11, 2011

JAI59 - just add a sketch

Hi there,
welcome back for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a lovely sketch for you. Here it is.

It’s going to be another girls birthday card I really figure I need to build up my stash to prepare for whenever Miss 6 gets invited to a party since I don’t always have the option to whip one up in time. (My card making is more of a slow cooking process than an....omlette - nothing wrong with an omlette though) ;) So here is my slow cooked card.

For this one I decided to use Candy Lane DSP as my starting point. So I pulled it out and decided which patterns I wanted to use. Having sorted out my layers I stamped my image and coloured her in, was pretty chuffed with how that turned out. Then it was sticking it all together and adding the finishing touches - in this case some stitching, and dazzling diamonds. I really love how adding these touches kind of lifts everything :) I know pretty brief again, for me anyway, but I'm tirrreedd. Any questions just ask!

Thanks for visiting and if you have time this week why don't you have a go at the sketch too!


Recipe: All SU! unless other wise noted
Stamps: Well Scripted, Agnes Ketto (Stampingbella)
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, White blending card (X Press)
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Tuxedo Black (Memento)

Accessories: Candy Lane DSP, Copic markers (R00, R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, E000, E13, E15, E19, E29, W0, Colourless blender), Scalloped Oval punch, Wide Oval punch, Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Martha Stewart border punch, sewing machine

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inkspirations 60 - Flower fairy fun

Hi there,

well finding time to do any stamping recently is well challenging, and when I turned my hand to this weeks Inkspiration challenge - a colour challenge - well I found it surprisingly challenging ;). Now I'm not going to babble on to much tonight as its getting late. So first up here is Keesh's colour pick.

This weekend is shaping up to be busy again as we already have a another birthday party for Miss 6 to attend - just as well I made a girls birthday card then!

I used an old Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge sketch (99) as the layout as for the rest well a mix of DSP and some colouring in (SU! markers for this one)- and of course some bling. Any questions just leave me a comment (told you I was going to be brief tonight!). I feel just a little unsure about this one - I'm still eyeing it off trying to figure out if I should add anything else, or not - lol!

Have a good night and rest of the week folks :)

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Party This Way, Maisy Ketto (Stampingbella)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Wild wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: So Saffron, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray, Blush Blossom, Basic Black
Accessories: Rose Red DSP (R), Washington Apple DSP (R), Subtles Pattern stack, EK Success border punch, So Saffron grosgrain (R), Rhinestones (Kaiser), Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Word Window punch, Blossom and classic Circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, March 4, 2011

JAI 58 - just add Amanda or Danielle

Hi there,

well we have a special challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week! As you would have read recently on JAI Amanda and Danielle who started JAI have stepped down so its only fitting that this week you Just add Amanda or Danielle. So go have a browse through their blogs and find something you like and create your CASE of their creation. I had a lot of fun making my "Amanda" and "Danielle" cards :) Read on to see what I came up with this week.

This card by Danielle caught my attention - it was just pure Danielle. I am also a great admirer of the wonderful watercolouring she does and she has defintiely inspired me to do more of that in 2011. Now here's my version. Same elements and layout.

Briefly I stamped my kitty in versamark on watercolour paper and then black embossed. Then watercoloured the image with Crumb Cake, Marina Mist and Cherry Cobler inks and aquapainter. I found that it took quite a while to build up the colour intensity that I wanted. Some cherry coloured satin ribbon and a large sentiment, a rhinestone brad, rounded bottom corners (wink) and I was all done!

Now here is the Amanda's card that caught my eye.

And now my CASE - again same layout and basic elements just with a bit of "Kim" twist.

I used a current fav colour combo for this - Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz/Old Olive - with a hint of black for accent. So Plum polka dots, then a large Rose Red rose, I used a fabulous tutorial by my talented DT team mate Tania Gould for this. Before shaping the petals I stamped them with fine text. Some swirly bits, a scalloped circle to frame the flower and swirls, a lovely satin bow and a sentiment - all done!! :) And of course I finished off the inside to match - I just had to use a much less dimensional flower!

I hope you find time this week to play along with this special challenge!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted

Danielle CASE
Stamps: Felix Cato (Stampingbella), Afterthoughts
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobler, Marina Mist, Basic Black
Accessories: Watercolour paper, Labels One (Nestabilities), Satin ribbon (local craft shop), Jewels - rhinestone, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, Aquapainter

Amanda CASE
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Background Basics Text Style (PaperTrey Inc), Background Basics Polka Dot (PTI) , Blooming Button Bits (PTI)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Word Window punch, 1/2" circle punch, Classic and scalloped circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Swirl and Scribble sizzlet (Sizzex), Old Olive satin ribbon