Friday, June 23, 2017

JAI #365 Sketch

Hi there,
well I've had a lovely week, one in which I actually got to open that BBB that arrived recently and play with new stamping stuff - a real delight! So of course for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, I used something new - A Little Wild. This week Karren wants you to Just Add a Sketch.
I had the idea for this in my head for a couple of weeks, and with a slight alteration it came out the way I was hoping (actually even better). 

This set just stole my heart at the April SU! OnStage event, and I can't wait to play with it more! For my first outing I pulled out my copic markers and coloured up this cute bear, then created a sponged and cloud emboss paste background for him. It's super simple but I think super sweet  and finished off with a little scatter of the new iridescent sequins. 

The Just Add Ink DT have a gorgeous array of projects to show you so do go check them out. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Wild, Thoughtful Banners, Sweet Cupcake
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Little Loves framelits, Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Copic markers (E41, E43, E44, E79, E87, Y08, Y11, Y38, B00, B04, BG01, BG02, G000), Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Sponge brayer, Iridescent sequin assortment, White embossing powder, Embossing paste, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and tape

Friday, June 16, 2017

JAI #364 Inspiration

Well hello there,
its been a busy week but I was able to start it feeling relaxed and as though I had achieved a lot. That was due to the fact that we had a long weekend, oh my I enjoyed that! Sadly, what I achieved a lot of was not stamping, fingers crossed for next week, but I did get a project done for the new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Kelly has asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the picture. I think you'll find lots to work with here!

I took the challenge pretty literally this week. I only recently, gasp, ordered the copper foil for the first time so I decided to make a jar using that.

Did you spot the new brick pattern decorative mask and embossing paste? It proved to be super easy to work with and dried very quickly. I used the vase and colours from the picture as my main inspiration, but lightened it all up to give a much fresher, brighter feel. Lots more white and lots more yellow. I had to add a little of the grey tones though, and the strip of Wood Textures DSP at the bottom was the perfect way to ground the jar.

The Just Add Ink DT have a fabulous array of projects so do go check them out and then join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Number of Years
Cardstock: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Versamark
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Large Number framelits, Sewing machine, Copper foil, White and Clear embossing powder, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Pattern Party decorative mask, Embossing paste, Tree builder punch, Pearl basic jewels, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Tear and tape


Friday, June 9, 2017

JAI 363 Anniversary

Hello there,
well winter has hit and it is definitely chilly but we have also had the most beautiful sunny days. The gorgeous weather pulls me outside for a walk and after that I'm more than happy to stay inside and craft as it gets chilly. That's not a bad combination really! (This week was also the week my new catty BBB arrived :o but since I was working you'll have to wait a bit longer till you see any projects.) Of course I do have something for the new Just Add Ink challenge - this week Chantell has challenged us to Just Add Anniversary. We all need anniversary cards sometimes so this is a great chance to get one in your stash for right when you need it!

I mulled my design over and over and over! Couldn't make up my mind, had an idea, started to craft and came up with something different - go figure! Here's how it turned out.

I started by having a play and 'smooshing' my background with Powder Pink and Real Red ink. After drying that I flicked some water on it to add a little more texture. The last touch was to stamp faint repeated lines of hearts down the card and then flick Wink of Stella over the whole thing. The top layer is a big red glimmer heart that is overlaid with a banner sentiment. I needed to introduce some colour to the banner so I used my copic markers to add some ombre shading. The heart is off set with floral sprays and flowers. A little stitching detail and some new sparkly sequins (loving those tiny wee ones!) finish it all off. After agonising for days (not joking!) the design in the end actually came together quite quickly and I'm all set for my parent's wedding anniversary later this year!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's project for lots of inspiration!
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Birthday Blooms, Banners for You
Cardstock: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Ink: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Bunch of Banners framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, Hearts Collection framelits (R), Red glimmer paper, Watercolor paper, Clear Wink of Stella, Clear embossing powder, Copic markers,  Iridescent sequins, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, June 2, 2017

JAI 362 Inspiration

Hello there,
oh my it is chilly here this week, which makes snuggling up somewhere warm and crafting a very attractive prospect! Will you join me? Then join us in the new Just Add Ink challenge this week. It's a colour challenge from Nikki.

My Mum asked me to make a card for neighbour's who are expecting their first baby, since we know it's to be a boy, the colours were just perfect for a dreamy little number using Moon Baby.

I started by brayering a gradient of colour on Shimmery White, I though Peekaboo Peach would be a perfect for creating that suggestion of a sunrise or sunset sky. Then I coloured my dreaming baby on watercolour paper and trimmed him out. I layered him on a stitched Shimmery White circle, white embossed some stars and added a few glimmer clouds to give some gorgeous sparkle. Pulling out the sewing machine and adding a stitched border proved to be the perfect way frame this dreamy scene. 

The JAI DT have some gorgeous projects to show just how versatile this colour combo is, so don't forget to check out the rest of the teams projects!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Moon Baby
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Up and Away thinlets, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Water colour paper, White embossing powder, Aquapainter, Sponge brayer, Sewing machine, Dimensional, Tear and tape

Friday, May 26, 2017

JAI #361 Choose Two

Hello there,
ooh so exciting! We get to do watercoloring this week at Just Add Ink! Watercoloring is one of our Just Choose Two options for the new challenge. Kelly suggested a fun combo for us! 

I tried my hand at no-line watercoloring again. It turned out..ok..even a little nice but I think I have some development to go. But that's ok. I kind of like the idea even, cause it means I can do more watercoloring which is a really zen-like peaceful thing to do! 

I did pike out of no-line watercoloring my flower on the inside though.

I did fuss around (quite a lot) with how I was going to present my water coloured flower. I wanted it to be the focus, so didn't want to add too many distractions, but at the same time I wanted to frame it a little. The perfect solution turned out to be some delicate vellum leaves (inspired by the ones peeping out from Patrice's lovely flower card for last week's Just Add Ink challenge). 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's fun Choose Two projects and then come back and show us what you chose!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Diagonal Stripe, Wood Words
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Pool Party, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark, Crushed Curry, Powder Pink
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Rose Garden thinlets, Classic Label punch, Prismacolour pencils, Watercolour paper, Gold glimmer paper, White embossing powder, Metallic sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Colour INKspiration10

Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 10 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Elizabeth Gross's blog. If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Our INKspiration for this round has a very Autumnal feel, filled with rich tones.

I couldn't go past using the beautiful oak leaves from Colorful Seasons to make a wreath.

Wondering how I got that gorgeous vein detail on the little leaves, check out this post where I tell you how! The challenge runs till June 12th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Rebecca Scurr. Enjoy!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Thoughtful Banners, Jar of Love
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Delightful Dijon, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, Everyday Jars framelits, Seasonal Layers thinlets, Copper foil,  Seaside embossing folder, White embossing powder, Sponge Brayer, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, May 19, 2017

JAI #360 Sketch

Hello there,
between work and lots of visitors its been flat out around here so it was soooo exciting when I finally got the time this past week to get out the new In Colors and play!! Got to say I am loving these new colours. The work so well together! What was I working on? Well the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week of course;)  This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Narelle.
Here's the sketch.

And here is what I came up with.

I really like the new Lovely Inside and Out set so it was a pleasure to use it. I knew I wanted to use it as a negative diecut from the main panel. So first I prepped my panel by brayering a colour wash over it and adding tone on tone flowers, then I die cut my window out. Accenting that with a flower was just what I need to match with the sketch perfectly! To finish it off I used lot of gold - thread, sequins, embossing!

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the DT's gorgeous creations and then show us what you can do with the sketch!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out, Penned and Painted
Cardstock: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Whisper White
Ink: Powder Pink, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Lovely Words thinlets, Sponge brayer, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Metallic Gold thread, Sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, May 12, 2017

JAI #359 Inspiration

Hello there,
Mother's Day is this weekend. So my task this week was to make Mother's day cards (one for my Mum and one for my MIL). With that in mind the challenge this week at Just Add Ink was just perfect to help me on my way. The fact that I picked the inspiration pic for our Just Add Inspiration challenge is just pure co-incidence ;)

Here's the inspiration pic. You can use the colours, patterns, or objects from the inspiration picture for your project. This is what I came up with.

For this butterfly I used Powder Pink, Melon Mambo and Berry Burst.

But wait there's more ;)
This one is for my MIL. She has a real thing for more peachy/ salmon colours so for her version I used Flirty Flamingo for the base and Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo and Berry Burst for the butterfly.

Both of these are pretty straightforward. Brayer a gradient background (for me that was capturing the change from dark to light in the inspiration photo). Splatter some gold flecks on it and add a few tiny faint butterflies. The one point to note is that I stamped my butterflies on watercolor paper and to really enhance the watercolour feel went over the stamped images with my aqua painter. That pulled the ink out and created some lovely cloudy colour merging effects. Lots of vellum and gold accents finish the cards off.

Do you need a Mother's Day card or just a flower inspired card for a friend. Then join us in the challenge this week. But before you do check out the rest of the DT's beautiful creations.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Oh So Succulent
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Vellum
Ink: Berry Burst, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories: Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlets, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, Gold Glimmer paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold Wink of Stella, Gold metallic twine, Sponge brayer, Sewing machine, Tear and tape, Dimensionals

Friday, May 5, 2017

JAI #358 Stitching

Well hello there,
life has been non-stop for the last few weeks. Even with the school routine starting it didn't slow down, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will next week though! Luckily, I had the perfect project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge ready to share. This was one of the samples I made for my Product Spotlight presentation at the SU! OnStage event back in April. I promise I will get around to blogging the others soon! This week the challenge, from Rochelle, is to Just Add Stitching (Real or Faux).

I finished my presentation with two stepped up projects that showed how to use the new Color Theory suite with other SU! sets. I love to pull out the sewing machine so stitching was featured on both cards. Here's the first using stitching as an accent.

The inside. Eeek the colour is completely off in my inside shot, but then again I took the photo at 7 am on a wintery Autumn morning!

Now I get to show you my other project. This time using stitching to add a vellum layer, and I couldn't resist adding some glimmer faux sequins too to create a shaker element.

Anyone wondering how I got the leaf vein effect (there is no vein stamp for the smaller leaf in Colorful Seasons)? First ink up your little leaf stamp, then kiss it to the large leaf vein detail stamp. That takes the ink off your little leaf in a perfect vein pattern!! I was very chuffed to discover this!!! One point to note is that it works better if you have less ink on your little leaf rather than more.

Stitching whether it real or faux adds such great texture and detail to your projects, hope you can join us this week and show us how you have used stitching. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DTs awesome stitching projects too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Blossom Jar card
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Jar of Love, Diagonal Stripes
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Stazon Black
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlets, Sponge Brayer, Window sheet, Clear embossing powder, Silver glimmer paper, Sewing machine, Journalling pen, 1/8 handheld circle punch, Basic Black Baker's twine, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine Tip Glue pen

Dragonfly card
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Dragonfly Dreams
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Rose Red, Crushed Curry, Old Olive
Accessories: Seasonal Layers Thinlets, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlets, Silver foil, Gold glimmer, 1/8" handheld circle punch, sewing machine, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape 

Friday, April 28, 2017

JAI #357 Colour

Well hello there,
this week has been a study of contrasts it started down at the beach as we finished off the school break with a little holiday down the coast and as soon as we got back plunged full on into the daily school and work routine. Before we headed to the coast; however, I did put together a project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo from Jan. Here are the colours.

I found this colour mix to be quite intense so I decided to balance them out with a fair bit of white. It struck me they might be perfect for a sympathy card and having been caught out a couple of times when I should have sent one but haven't, I decided it was a good chance to make one to tuck away in my stash.

Having stamped and arranged a bunch of flowers I didn't want to cover them up too much but muting them a little with vellum was the perfect solution. So I white embossed my sentiment on the vellum strip. Given that I was intending this to be a sympathy card I have also kept bling to a minimum - there's shine from the embossing on the base mat and a scatter white sequins.

The rest of the team have come up with lots of (more cheerful) inspiration for you so do go check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Penned and Painted, Window Shopping
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand,Vellum
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), White embossing powder, White baker's twine, Metallic sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Tear and tape

Friday, April 21, 2017

JAI #356 Choose Two

Well hello there,
our Easter break flew by in a haze of paint as we took the opportunity to paint Mr 9's room. We got the job done but I seriously needed a rest after! In the pursuit of relaxation I did find the time to tackle the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a Just Choose Two challenge from Kelly. You have three options and we want you to Choose Two. Here they are.

Somehow the combination of circles and metallics appealed to me (although I couldn't resist adding flowers into the mix too).

Glimmery, shimmery shine - don't you love sparkle!! I think you know I do ;)

I went bold with this one and as I was splotching on splashes of colours I did have a moment of 'is this really going to work?' But I was delighted with the end result. I wanted to go with a sort of reverse contrast effect keeping my flowers white and gold and adding all the floral and landscape colours in behind them. I used lots of circles in the making of the card and for my stripey hillside. Metallics came into play in the flowers, glimmer mat and sentiment. This one was made and delivered within a couple of days. I'm happy to say the birthday girl liked it, lots :)

Do go check out the rest of the fabulous projects from the DT. Then show us your take on the challenge!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flower Patch, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Tempting Tuquoise
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Flower Fair framelits, Classic Scalloped circles nestabilites (Spellbinder), Classic Label punch, Water colour paper, Gold Glimmer paper, Subtles DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Sequins - metallics, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, April 14, 2017

JAI #355 Sketch

Hello there,
well last week ended with me attending and presenting (!!!) at Stampin Up!'s Sydney OnStage event. I hope to be able to show you the samples I made for my Product Spotlight segment soon. Once we got back to Canberra the first order of business was catching up on housework and getting prepared to paint Mr9's room (our Easter project).

My project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge does actually give you a sneak peek of new product coming your way very soon (wink). This week Narelle has challenged us to Just Add a Sketch. Here it is.

I used the sketch as my start point to create a card to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend.

Yes, more ombre ink. I just can't help myself at the moment! Pink and red for me are always a great combination for a wedding. But I wanted to keep it very light so I went very gentle on the red using it for the flower stamens and a small glimmer red heart. I used the sponge brayers to create an ombre background (pink with the faintest hint of red) and then covered that with vellum so I could add an assortment of white, pink and red sequins. I embossed a sentiment within the heart and added a little pop of green by adding two little leafy sprigs.

Do check out the projects from the rest of the team - they will delight you! Hope you can join us and show us what you create with the sketch.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Jar of Love, Floral Phrases
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Mint Macaron
Accessories: Seasonal Layers framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, Hearts Collection framelits (R), Glimmer paper (Dazzling Diamonds, Blushing Bride, Real Red), White embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Sequins (Metallics, Brights, assorted retired), Sewing machine, Sponge brayer, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape