Friday, September 30, 2016

JAI #331 Just add wings

Hello there,
crazy busy describes my life right now. I've mostly been busy with good things like a visit by my brother and his kids - that made for a noisy chaotic fun weekend. We took them off into the bush to show them emu's and even better a platypus! And since the annual flower festival was on we took them to that too. Today's challenge from Just Add Ink is also nature related. This week Nikki wants you to Just Add Wings. Lots of options here - birds, bees, planes, angels!

One of the very first sets I ordered from the new SU! annual catalogue was Best Birds which sadly has languished untouched on my shelf. But it languishes no longer, here's what I made with it (minus some gold sequins that I decided I just had to add once I'd taken the photo's - grrr!)

Basically this is all about watercolour. I just stamped up lots of bits and then coloured them using my ink pads and aqua painter. Pink and green was the first colour thought combination that came to mind so that's what I went with. Then I added some little touches of gold to finish it all off.

The rest of the team have lots of wonderful inspiration for you so don't forget to check them out too!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! otherwise noted
Stamps: Best Birds
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Watermelon Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Cajun Craze, Stazon Black
Cardstock: Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Birds and Blooms thinlets, Banner framelits, Watercolour paper, Wink of Stella - clear and gold, Aquapainter, Metallics sequins (you'll just have to imagine them), Sewing machine, Fine Tip Glue pen,Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Glue dots

Friday, September 23, 2016

JAI #330 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well another jam packed week is behind me (are there any other ones?) The kids wrapped up Term 3 today and school holidays begin. That has a certain appeal (like not making lunch boxes up at 6:30 am) but it also means routine and my usual stamping windows go - well out the window. Before all the chaos hits I have put in some time on DT projects and today at Just Add Ink we want you to Just Add a Sketch (from me this week!) Here it is.

I had a completely different intention originally for this sketch until I realised that, with just a little adjustment, it was perfect to make a spinner card for my Dad. Here it is.

As you can see I brought the large horizontal banner to the front of the sketch to act as the track for my spinner. Despite the move you can still see how the elements of the sketch come through the design. I kept the rest of it pretty simple - no frills and bells for masculine cards - instead I opted for visual texture with the embossed background and some strategically placed highlights of stitching.

The JAI design team have come up with some awesome designs for the sketch, go check them out and then join in the fun!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Guy Greetings, Diagonal Stripe
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Banner framelits, Mini Treat bag thinlet, Stitched Circles (Simon Says Stamp), 1/2" circle punch, White embossing powder, Sewing machine, Foam adhesive strips, Dimensionals, Tear and tape, Crystal effects (R)

Friday, September 16, 2016

JAI #329 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well it was another hectic week here. I was juggling extra hours at work to cover colleagues travelling, we had a big morning at the kids school for their annual learning journey, I had a headache, there was beautiful spring sunshine and then MORE rain. How's that for a potted summary!

In a midst of all of that I grabbed a few precious minutes to put together a card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a Just Add Inspiration challenge from Di filled with spring colours. Here's the picture.

I just couldn't resist I had to pull the perfect stamp out of my non-SU! stash - because it was a bunch of tulips! Here's how it turned out.

I started by colouring my tulips with the colours from the inspiration picture. Originally I had planned to have a white background for them but in the end the colours really popped against the dark gray so that's what I went with. So it didn't compete with the tulips I kept the background monochromatic. I also couldn't resist adding some sequins. I added just a few between the two stamped jar layers using a thin strip of double side tape around the edge to seal them in.

Hope you can join us this week. To play along just pick the bits that inspire you - the colours, image or patterns from the inspiration pic and don't forget to stop past the blogs of the rest of the DT!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Playful Backgrounds, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Gray
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Garden Green, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Stazon Black
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Banner Framelits, Friendship Jar Tulips die (PTI), Copic markers, Clear embossing powder, Window sheet, Neutrals DSP stack,  Sequins - Metallic and Bold mix, Tear and tape, Wink of Stella, Melon Mambo twine (R), Dimensionals

Friday, September 9, 2016

JAI #328 Just add P

Hello there,
rather amazingly I escaped a cold that laid the rest of the family low and on top of that luck managed to bask in some spring sunlight - only briefly - but it was so pleasant to feel that gentle warmth. For those out there not so lucky I have something to show you that will brighten up your day - especially if you like pink. Why pink? Well because this week the Just Add Ink challenge from Tina is to Just Add something beginning with P. P?? you say - well what we want you to do is make the major element of your project something that starts with P. This can be a colour - pink, it could be a pop-up card, or an object like pots, plants or pandas. The possibilities are only limited by the things you can think of that start with P! I went pink because I was making a birthday card for my soon to be 6 year old niece. For most 6 year old girls you can't go wrong with something pink and sparkly! Here it is.

And the inside.

I knew I wanted to use the new SU! Sweet Cupcake set so I pulled out a selection of pinks and tried them out. In the end I settled on Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride for the cupcake on the front and Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo for the inside. I also used the first colour combination to added an ombre progression of colour to the front (after I had embossed my large dots with sparkly embossing powder). For the cupcake wrapper I used Smokey Slate and Basic Gray (stamped off and full strength). To finish off the cupcake I wanted to add some sparkle and loads of shiny 3D texture that meant Wink of Stella and dollops of crystal effects.

I was assured that this was a hit with my niece so I was a happy Auntie!

Do go check out the rest of the design team for lots of fun 'P' ideas.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps:  Sweet Cupcake
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette, Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Botanical Builders Framelits, Gift Card Envelope and Trims Framelits, Neutrals DSP stack, Dots and Stripes Decorative Mask (R), Iridescent Ice embossing powder (R),  Jewels - rhinestones, Crystal Effects (R), Wink of Stella, Flirty Flamingo 3/8" Ruched ribbon, Silver metallic thread, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, September 2, 2016

JAI #327 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
we are rapidly trekking towards Father's Day here in Australia and I still have a couple of card to make - eek! Aside from Father's Day at this time of year I'm right in the middle of a whole stack of masculine family birthdays so the challenge this week at Just Add Ink was just perfect. This week Jan has suggested a great masculine friendly colour combo. Here it is.

I decided to take the colours and go a bit coastal and make a birthday card for my brother. Here it is.

I always find making masculine cards involves a lot of restraint with respect to embellishments. But I try and counterbalance that with lots of texture - in this instance with stamping, embossing the vellum, and adding burlap and twine. I also stamped my starfish twice, trimming out the second and mounting it over the top of the first. I think this will go down quite well with my coastal loving brother.

Hope you can join us this week! Do drop past the blogs of the rest of the DT for some wonderful colour inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Gorgeous Grunge, Hardwood, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral
Accessories: A Little Foxy DSP, Layering Circles Framelits, Classic Label punch, Softly Falling embossing folder, Burlap ribbon, Calypso Coral thick baker's twine, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals