Friday, May 27, 2011

JAI 69 - just add fussy cutting

Hi there,

did you have a what the? momment when you read what this week's Just Add Ink challenge - lol. Yes - it's all about fussy cutting this week. Now you might ask what do we mean by that - well it's anything that involves detailed fancy scissor work. (I've heard the term is drawn from a sister craft namely quilting but don't quote me on that :) Now I figured some paper piecing fit right into this challenge and luckily I had the perfect (new) image to piece. Here's the result.

First up I started with the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge 113, as that circle was perfect for framing my umbrella girl. So I stamped my DSP with the image twice so I could then "fussy" cut the DSP out. I then paper pieced it onto another stamped image, which I had also coloured using Copics (E000, E01, RV29, E33, E35, E37, N2 just the skin and umbrella bits). To finish off the image panel I added a little Bashful Blue raincloud - just sheer serendipity that it was perfect to perch above the raindrops - isn't it nice when that happens :). Oh and of course the sentiment. Other points to note are the Square Lattice embossed background and the pink pearl details. The inside was finished off very simply with some more DSP to match. End result a sweet little card to cheer someone up.

Thanks for visiting and if you can get those scissors out and show us what you can do!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: My Umbrella (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Whisper White, X Press Blending card
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Basic Black
Accessories: Sweet Stitches DSP, Square Lattice embossing folder, Corner rounder punch, Classic Circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Cloud die (PaperTrey Inc), Copic markers, Pink pearls (Kaiser), Double sided tape (X Press), SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals

Friday, May 20, 2011

JAI 68 - just add a colour combo

Hi there :)

well life is settling down into its familiar patterns after Convention. Convention was a total blast by the way - but I imagine you would have guessed that anyway - lol. I had the absolute pleasure of meeting in person alot of the Just Add Ink team (I can't even tell you how much fun that was!)
as well as some other special stamping friends, including Di Barnes,

Sharnee Torrents (Bron's in this pic too),

Linda Higgins, Kirsty Brown

and Sarah Jane Kale. Next years Convention will be on my home ground - Canberra! (only 376 days to go - but whose counting - smile)

Ok now on today's new Just Add Ink challenge - this week we have a lovely colour combo for you. Here's the colour pick.

I actually made this one a while ago as a special birthday card for one of the JAI team - she loves to add a bit of stitching to her work - so I knew I had to include some :) The combo conjured up thoughts of soft vintagey flowers to me - and I couldn't resist the chance to do colouring of the blossoms from Elements of Style.

As you can see this one has lots of layers - a Baja Breeze base, then Perfect Plum mat, then DSP, stitching around this layer, then the focal image. This starts with a Pear Pizzazz mat, then scalloped Perfect Plum layer, then a split layer of DSP and the coloured image (aquapainter with ink pad lids). To embellish that I've added a double bow of white taffeta and added two double layered tiny tags with the sentiment. The inside was decorated with another sprig of flowers to match. End result soft and sweet I think.

Thanks for visiting and if you can why don't you see what you can come up with this week and join in the challenge.


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Elements of Style, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon On Black, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Circle Nestabilities- Classic and Scalloped(Spellbinder), Parisian Breeze DSP (R), Watercolour paper, Scallop border punch,Medium Jewelery Tag punch, White Taffeta ribbon, Sewing machine, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Double sided tape

Friday, May 6, 2011

JAI 67 - just add a sketch

Hello there,

I'm going to hop right into it this week and tell you about this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we want you to add a sketch (see below) one thing we do want you to note is that this challenge will run for two weeks, as the vast majority of the team (me included - Hooray!!!) will be at the SU! Convention in Melbourne, and otherwise (and very happily) occupied for a while. So here is the sketch.

And this is what I did with it.

I was feeling a bit whimsical when I was putting this one together, and I thought Aviary would be a good set to use to suit my mood. So after flipping the sketch I got down to work. So I started with a Whisper White base, then added an Early Expresso mat and then some Pink Pirouette DSP. I cut two white panels, stamped a cage directly on one and the stand on the other. Then I added a couple of extra cages mounted up on dimensionals. Going with the flow of my whimsical mood I added some curly label edging, and rounded the corners of the base panels. Of course I had to add my birds (in Melon Mambo) one climbing up to say hello to the other. I also added a sentiment and had some fun stitching that down to the card as well as adding some extra decorative stitching. The last touches were some buttons. The inside was finished off with two cages and this time both birds are out ;) Initally unsure I ended up really liking this one!

Thanks for visiting and why don't you have a go at the sketch - it's a good one! Things will be quiet around for the next week or so - as I will be off galivanting in Melbourne :O. But I will be back!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Aviary, On my Couch (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Early Expresso
Ink: Early Expresso, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Curly label punch, Modern Label punch, Raseberry Fizz buttons (PaperTrey Inc), Pink Pirouette DSP (R), Corner rounder punch, white embroidery thread, sewing machine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press it)