Friday, May 25, 2012

JAI 119 Just add a sketch

Well hello there,
I have been flat out working on swaps for the upcoming SU! Convention here in Australia - 6 days to go!! you can't half tell that I'm excited can you :) I'm really looking forward to catching up with my fellow Just Add Ink DT members and seeing other old friends. Not to mention the excited buzz, the sneak peeks, the inspiration. I did say I was excited didn't I ;)

Ok enough babble this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge. Here it is.
And here is what I made of it. 

I started by flipping the sketch. The thought crossed my mind to use foliage to represent one of the elements of the sketch. So I pulled out Fabulous Florets and stamped and cut layers of foliage and flowers. Since I was going with a blue/pink colour scheme I inked the flowers in Pretty in Pink first then rock and rolling the edges in Marina Mist. I also couldn't resist using some of the new pleated satin ribbon - just gorgeous! All the white space on the top just made me uneasy so I added some subtle patterning and misting. I carried through the foliage and background to the inside and finished off the flowers with some subtle sparkle. Very hard to capture in photos!

Do check out the rest of the DT they have produced some wonderful examples of how this great sketch can be interpreted.

Thanks for visiting :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Grid (Kaiser)
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Modern Label, Word Window, 21/2" circle punches, Circle nestability (Spellbinder), Flirtaceous DSP, Spritzer tool, Pleated Blushing Bride satin ribbon, Marina Mist wide grosgrain (R), Blue rhinestones (Kaiser), Atiyou Spica clear glitter pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, May 18, 2012

JAI 118 Just add Mae Collins

Hello there,
well we had our first -5 degree night here this week - it was just wee bit chilly and alot frosty the next morning. I must admit to chickening out of my walk that morning - I had a cup of tea instead ;) 

This week the Just Add Ink challenge is to CASE one of the team and this time round it is the lovely Mae Collins who I had the pleasure of meeting last year at Convention. So go check out Mae's blog and find something to inspire you. Mae's card below was my choice - I loved the watercoloured flowers and the slightly distressed look.

Now my take on it.
I definitely went with the distressed vintage theme for mine. I kept Mae's layout pretty much as was and coloured my hydragea bloom using ink pad lids and an aquapainter. Twice. The first time was the base image, which served as a good practise. Then an extra bloom that I then trimmed out and mounted on top of the base. I finished off the bloom by adding little dots of clear glaze pen to the centre of the tiny blooms. You can't go past a bit of distressing, sponging, and inky layers to get a bit of vintagey feel. I also dug out a bit of long retired hodgepodge to accent the ribbon and finish off the front. Got to say I was happy with how this turned out and I will be colouring that hydrangea again!

So do go and check out Mae's work, you will be sure to find something inspiring CASE and join us this week at Just Add Ink.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: French Foliage, Because I Care (R), Sending You (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Stazon Black, Chamomile tea die (PTI)
Accessories: Newsprint DSP (R),  Word Window punch, Spiral tab punch (R), Corner rounder punch, Real Red Satin ribbon, Pewter hodgepodge (R), Aqua painter, Glaze pen (Spica), Sponge, Distressing tool, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, May 11, 2012

JAI 117 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well welcome back for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a colour combo for you and it was one I found challenging! Here's the colour combo.
And here is what I came up with

At the time I was making this I just couldn't get my head around the all yellow colour scheme and I just had to add the extra neutral accents. But I assure you others on the JAI DT have totally aced this challenge using only yellow!! If I had the time I would have another go round, not that I don't like this card - I do.

Anyway the key to this card was flowers, lots of flowers and lots of layers with buttons to finish them off. I had a bit of a play adding a scored border and accenting it with a daffodil line too.

So definitely a challenging colour combo for me! Why don't you give it a try and see how you go :)
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Button Buddies, Think Big Favorites #1
Cardstock: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Ink: So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, Corner rounder punch, Bone folder, Brights brads, Daffodil Delight satin ribbon (R), Harvest Gold vintage buttons (PaperTrey Inc), Black buttons (local craft shop), Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Tombow multi, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, May 4, 2012

JAI 116 Just add mother

Hello there,
well I'm back in chilly Canberra this week. Its been nice to get home and the chill factor at night, which I don't mind actually, meant I could pull out the down quilts - love snuggling up in that warm fluffy softness! I decided to inject a little bit of bloom into this weeks Just Add Ink challenge as this weeks challenge is all about the special women in our lives. Mothers Day is just around the corner here in Australia so we want you to Just Add Mother - or any other special woman in your life - and let them know how special they are.  I had organised ahead to make my mothers day cards (see previous post), in an effort to deal with our school holiday break, but my Mum's birthday is only a week apart from Mother's Day so I wanted to make a special card for Mum. Here it is.

The design for the front of this card, changed completely, right at the end. You know when you get that feeling that somehow just something isn't working for you! As part of that rearranging process when I was playing around with my bloom die cuts the idea occured to me to mount the rose on an oval and then have the flower stem coming up and then under the oval. I also had to stamp the sentiment up far enough that there was room for it to go all the way across - leaving a gap below - which I filled with a little scrolly stamp. Adding a little touch of leafy detail. The making details are I hope fairly apparent. The only point I might mention is that I rock and rolled the flowers to get the varigated effect and they were finished off with a little subtle glitter.

Sending smiles your way too :) Thanks for visiting.

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Kindness Matters (SU!), Rosie Posie, Enjoy the Ride, Little Labels (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Rosie Posie and Little Labels dies (PaperTrey Inc), Picnic Plaid impression plate (PTI), Scallop Square BigZ die, Classic oval and scalloped oval nestabilities (Spellbinder), Piercing tool and mat pack, Atyou Spica glitter pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape