Friday, February 24, 2012

JAI 106 - just add a sketch

Hello there :)
yes I survived the second birthday party - it was mad, chaotic, involved a couple of dinosaur hunts and each kids had a turn to try and smash the cake - yes I did say smash the cake. I made what can best be described as a chocolate pinata - it was a hit (ha ha).  Here's a peek at it.

Ok on to this week's new Just Add Ink challenge - this week we have a sketch challenge for you - I quite liked this sketch - just something a little different and appropriately I used it to make a kids birthday card. Here's the sketch.

And the card
A shot to show you the embossing

Ok I started out by cutting three equal vertical panels, in a set of blues going from dark to light adhered those down to a backing mat, then wheeled them all with a stars wheel in versamark. Then embossed with clear embossing powder. I got exactly the effect I was after - yah!! Next I die cut and then stamped my rocketship. Then coloured with Copics. I added my rocketship to the bottom right corner on dimensionals. Then I stamped three flames, cut the yellow and orange in half and layered them to spread out under the central red flame and finished them off by adding some subtle glittery sparkle. The final element was to add a star up in the top left corner.  The inside was finished off continuing the space theme. Well that was short and sweet :) but I hoped detailed enough. I was certainly happy with the end result and so was the 4 year old recipient!

Thanks for visiting  - hope you have a chance to give the sketch a go this week.

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Out of this world (PaperTrey Inc), A Little Birthday Cheer (R), Classic Stars (R), Extreme Elements
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Whispher White, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Out of this world die (PTI), small star punch (R), Clear embossing powder, Copics , Silver brad, Real Red brad, Atyou Spica glitter pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, February 17, 2012

JAI 105 - Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
not much crafting going on at moment as I was busy last weekend surviving my Mr 4's birthday party - the most hair raising momment was when one of the rocketship cake's thrusters (=sparkler) actually burnt a hole in the tablecloth!!! Now I just need to survive Miss 7's party next weekend and then I can get back to some crafting again. Luckily I prepared for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge ahead of time - this week we have a colour combo for you. Here it is.

Something flowery was my starting point and I used surprisingly less Pool Party that I had originally planned but that was just the way it worked out - funny how some cards evolve on you!

So basically I just started by stamping a background pattern using the leafy foliage and then adding in flowers and finally filling some little spaces with the little Pool Party dots. Once the background was done I added a glittered strip across towards the bottom and then contructed my sentiment focal point. For this I layered a stamped and impressed die cut with a stamped decorative label. Added die cut foliage to either side, embellished those with rhinestones and added some threaded buttons to either side of the sentiment. I was pretty happy with it once it was all done but it did take some fiddling and an intermission of a day or two ;) to think about how to finish it off!

Thanks for visiting - hope you get the chance to play along with us at Just Add Ink this week!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Four Frames, (Turning a new leaf, Flower Fusion 7, Simple Sunflower, Love Lives Here: Holiday - all PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Certainly Celery, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, So Saffron, Concord Crush
Accessories: Turning a new leaf dies (PTI), Fillable frame #10 die (PTI), Linen/ Canvas impression plate (PTI), Decorative Label punch, Plum Pudding vintage buttons (PTI), Corner rounder punch, Sticky strip, Dazzling Diamonds, Jewels - rhinestones, Whtie ribbon (craft shop), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, February 10, 2012

JAI 104 - Just add Back to School

Hello there,
well this week at Just Add Ink we have a fun time of year challenge - it's Just Add Back to School - so set your imagination running and see what creative ideas you can come up with that fit a back to school theme! Go check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous ideas too! Since my lovely Miss 7 began the process of learning to read last year (I was so proud of the progress she made!!) I thought I might make up some bright fun little lunchbox notes that can get tucked in with her vegemite sandwich - well the same lunchbox anyway ;) The idea doesn't originate with me I'm pretty sure I saw the idea during a PTI release. So here they are. First the notes all bar one wrapped up ready to be tucked ;)

And here's a shot of all the notes open
And you didn't think I was going to forget my Mr almost 4 did you?? Here's a little stack for him too, so when his big sister gets one he can too :)
First I picked out my colours - pink, yellow and purple for Miss (her favourite colours) and orange, brown and blue for my little Mr. Then die cut the note bases and embossed them, all but the little flap. Next I picked out the images I wanted to use for each munchkin. Stamped these and then coloured them. Added a sentiment - some were handwritten some were a combination of stamped and handwritten, some just stamped. Punched out the image/sentiment and mounted on top of decorative mat. Then mounted that on the centre panel of the die cut. The flaps all fold together. I just tied a ribbon around each one as I knew Miss 7 would love that extra touch.

To be honest my aim was to keep these fun, colourful and simple - cause there is not a great chance that Miss 7's will a) make it home or b) make it home not smeared with vegemite!!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tiny Treats Valentine and Tiny Treats Birthday (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Retired SU! (Summer Sun, Only Orange, Pixie Pink, Lavender Lace, Ballet Blue, Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Going Grey), Real Red, Chocolate Chip, X Press Blending cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Lunchbox note die (PTI), Limitless layers 1.75" circles (PTI), 1 3/4" circle punch, Perfect Polka Dots and Petals a Plenty embossing folders, Large dot embossing folder (Quickkutz), Stars embossing folder (Cuttlebug), Copic markers (a whole bunch sorry I didn't write them all down), assorted 1/8" ribbon (local craft shop), Dimensionals

Monday, February 6, 2012

Inspired by

well its the last day of school holidays and I'm home with my two munchkins. I've been feeling ick with an undefined icky germ since Thursday but was definitely cheered by the opportunity to see what the first day of PaperTrey anniversary festivies would bring. But seriously thought I was feeling too icky to play along (even told a dear friend that!). I was wrong!! As soon as I saw Dawn McVey's post I had the urge and the idea and even ickiness was not going to stand in my way!! And the result - well here it is.

I stayed pretty true to Dawn's layout and used her background to inspire my own version. I went with a kind of blue/green version - one of things I really admire about Dawn is how she mixes and matches colours - I would never have thought hot pink and red would look so good together but she makes it look awesome every time! I pulled out a few things that I hadn't used - Bloom Builder 3 and the starburst flower stamps (Botanical Silhouettes) and some I use alot Woodgrain and Linen/Canvas Impression plate and Double ended banner dies. Finishing touches include Chamomile inking about all the edges, subtle glitter on the flower and a button - of course! In the end I was really happy with how the card turned out - its a bit vintage but a bit modern, its simple but not too simple - and its going to go a special friend  and that makes me happy too :)

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: (PTI) Botanical Silhouettes, Mat Stack one collection
Cardstock: (SU!) Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, (PTI) Aqua Mist
Ink: (PTI) Aqua Mist, Chamomile Tea dye, (SU!) Chocolate Chip
Accessories: (PTI) Mat Stack Four die, Turning a new leaf die, Double ended banner die, Bloom Builder Three die, Woodgrain Impression plate, Linen/Canvas impression plate, Chocolate Button, Chocolate Baker's Twine, Atiyou Spica glitter pen, SU! Dimensionals

Friday, February 3, 2012

JAI 103 - Just a colour combo

Hello there :)
this week at Just Add Ink we have a colour combo challenge, with a very Valentine/ love feel to it. Here's the combo.
And here is the card I made for my Mum and Dad to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary.

I had this idea in mind for my parents card for a while, and while December is not exactly tulip time I couldn't go past colouring up a beautiful bunch of red tulips. My Dad usually buys Mum a large bunch of flowers - often red roses so I figured this fit right in with the anniversary vibe.

The flowers were hopefully going to be the stars of the card so I kept the rest of the background fairly simple - some spotty DSP, white embossed dots, seam binding where the two join and then simple stitched frame detailing. I stamped the jar direct onto the large diecut, and then added the flowers and coloured them in. I also stamped the flowers a second time and then coloured the flowers. This second image was trimmed out and then mounted on top of the base image on dimensionals. The frilly jar embellishment diecut hides where the mounted coloured layer transitions to colouring on the base layer. The card was finished off with a little framed sentiment and just a touch of bling to carry through the red and white theme.

I can't deny that the colouring took quite a while but it is a very enjoyable thing to do (even when you do it three times over!!). But I was very happy with how the card turned out and of course more importantly so were my Mum and Dad!! Hope you find the time to add some red and white this week too :)

Thanks for visiting,

PS: I know I know red and white - but really could you have coloured the leaves any colour but green!!! It just wouldn't have looked right ;)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, Mega Mat Stack 3 die (PaperTrey Inc), Jar Toppers and Jar Label dies (PTI), Scallop border punch, Beautiful Blooms DSP (PTI), Cherry Cobler seam binding, Copics (R20, R22, R24, R27, YG93, YG95, YG97, BG0000), sewing machine, Red rhinestones (Kaiser), Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals.