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,
Kim 

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,
Kim

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colour INKspiration 07



Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 07 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Denita Wright's blog and I'm sure you were delighted by her project! 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 or banner up top 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.


I always package up some Easter eggs for my kids and this year the chooks from the (now retired) Saleabration set were just irresistible! This year I made some tags to go on glassine bags filled with pastel candy coated chocolate eggs.


Close up of the tags.


I used watercolour paper for my chickens and also for their nests. One of the Swirly Bird dies was just the perfect overlay to add detail and colour to a nest full of candy coloured eggs. The tags are easy to detach to minimise destruction in the pursuit of chocolate!

The challenge runs till April 24th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Jacque Williams in New Zealand. Enjoy!



Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy about You, Hey, Chick (R)
Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe, Stazon Black
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles thinlets, Angled Tag Topper punch, 2" circle punch, Water colour paper, Aquapainter, Gold binder clips, Fringe scissors, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Gold and Silver sequin trim, White gel pen (Signo), Whisper White bakers twine

Friday, April 7, 2017

JAI #354 Inspiration


Hello there,
well I am a tingle with excitement today (a nice change from last week) as today I am heading to Sydney for OnStage event that is on tomorrow! It's very exciting to know that I will have the new annual catalogue in my hands in just one more day. Before I head off however, I wanted to get my project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge finished. This week we have a legacy challenge from the lovely Trish who has just stepped down from the DT. She asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the inspiration picture. Use the colours, the patterns or an element to inspire your project.



The intensely coloured flowers caught my eye and as I began to play with the colours I realised just how lovely they were together. Here's how it all turned out.





I am really in a phase of playing with colour and ombre transitions. So I began with a brayered mat (Daffodil then a thin tint of Smoky Slate). Then overlaid that with embossed vellum. Stitching that on added even more texture. Then I surrounded my sentiment with an floral bouquet and a scatter of sequins.

The rest of the design team has lots of gorgeous inspiration for you so do go check them all out!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Everyday Jars framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Seaside embossing folder, Sponge brayer, Metallic sequins, Wink of Stella clear, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Friday, March 31, 2017

JAI #353 Critters



Hello there,
this week has been a bit rough. Our dearly beloved fur baby, our 18 year old cat is not well. Perhaps, appropriately this weeks Just Add Ink challenge is kind of about him. This week Karren suggested a fun one for us all. Just Add Critters. So find all those animal stamps and get to work!



The cattery we take our boy to when we go away is run by dedicated, passionate and truly caring people and they were super helpful when we had to make some last minute adjustments to our Christmas booking last year. So as soon as I saw this stamp I knew I had to make a thank you card for them.



Our boy is a chocolate Burmese so I tried to colour the cat on the top of the heap a bit like him. In his younger years he definitely wanted to be top cat! I coloured my heap of cats with copic markers and I had to add some tassels - cause what pussy cat can resist a tassle!

Don't forget to check out the fun array of critter cards from the Just Add Ink DT this week.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Labeler Alphabet, Art Impressions Stackers - Cat
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Copic markers, Banner framelits, Woodgrain embossing folder, Neutrals DSP stack, Basic Black baker's twine, Smoky Slate thick baker's twine, Copper metallic thread

Friday, March 24, 2017

JAI #352 Colour


Hello there,
well I had a HUGE week at work so I am really pleased that it's almost the weekend. Sleeping in and catching up on crafting are very high on the schedule! Before things went crazy busy I managed to make my card for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Nikki wants you to Just Add a Colour Combo. It kind of make me think of spring! Here are the colours.
And here is what I came up with.




I couldn't resist playing with colour gradients again - so an ombre effect for the background was my first goal. But first, to add interest I sponged the background with versa mark through a stencil, clear embossed it, then used the sponge brayer. I cut a circle offset from this and replaced it with a sentiment panel, framing the sentiment with an abundance of Flirty Flamingo flowers. A little strip of DSP to one side adds some contrast and a scattering of sequins add some bling. 

This is a lovely colour combination and the design team have out done themselves so don't forget to check them all out and then come back and join us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flower Patch, Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Flower Fair Framelits, Layering Circles framelits, Carried Away DSP, Happy Patterns Decorative mask (R), Smoky Slate embossing powder (R), Clear embossing powder, Smoky Slate thick baker's twine (R), Metallic sequins, Sprinkles embellishments, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration 06


Hello there,
well a crafting window of opportunity opened for me Sunday afternoon so I was able to join in with the Colour INKspiration blog hop for the new challenge (06).

If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Monique Fielder's blog and I'm sure you were delighted by her project! 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 or banner up top 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.

Here's the INKspiration swatch for the new challenge - the colours are gently intense this time!

The two blues made me think sky and that naturally led me to balloons. What could be better than gilded coral balloons floating across the sky!




I started by watercoloring my background (I embossed the clouds first). I also used a sponge brayer to colour a piece of whisper white in a gradient of Calypso Coral, then embossed gold balloons over the top and die cut them out. I just needed one large balloon, so I die cut that from Calypso Coral, clear embossed the front and backed it with vellum - oh and added gold tassels. Can you imagine how pretty that would look floating across the sky! A little twine bow and some clear accents (white ones with the backings peeled off) finish the card off. 


The challenge runs till April 3. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Jacque Williams in New Zealand. Enjoy!



Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Vellum
Ink: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Up and Away thinlets, Gold foil, Gold, Clear and White embossing powder, White Baker's twine, White Perfect Accents, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Tear and Tape

Friday, March 17, 2017

JAI #351 "L"


Hello there,
well having survived my germs I'm back to busy, busy, busy again. But not too busy for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Tina is asking us to Just Add 'L". Yes, "L". That means you must add as the main element of your project things that start with "L". That could be the colour lime, or a lemon, ladybug, lamb or light bulb or a card fold like a lever card or a luminary. There are so many possibilities!


Here's what I came up with.




In the end I decided to keep my card monochrome and let the detail from the leaves be the star. Those earthy tones were a great counterpoint to the glimmer banner sentiment, which adds lots of shine and shimmer. So much so that I didn't add any sequins - shock and horror - I know - no sequins!!!

Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT for lots of fun "L" inspiration. Hope you can join us this week!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden, Green, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Hello You thinlets, Silver glimmer, Clear Wink of Stella, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, March 10, 2017

JAI #350 Sketch



Hello there,
well I find myself laid up with a horrible head cold this week probably a legacy of last week being pretty stressful (our beloved 18 year old fur baby was having some health issues) and busy (training at work and then running classes on Saturday. Both of those were fun and interesting, but they take a lot of energy investment). Luckily, I was able to craft ahead for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Chantell. Here it is.


And this is what I came up with.



As soon as I realised I wanted the bottom portion of the sketch to be a field of flowers I got to work stamping and masking (post it notes were my go to for this). This is going to pink loving friend so I decided to keep the foliage black and white rather than introducing any greens. To get the slight blur in the Melon Mambo detailed layer I just quickly swished over my base Pink Pirouette layer with a damp aqua painter before stamping. To glitz it all up I added gold stitching, gold wink of stella splatter and sequins.

This is a super versatile sketch! Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT for some fabulous inspiration and then join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy About You, Penned and Painted
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Shimmery White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Stazon Black, Versamark
Accessories: Gold glimmer paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Gold wink of Stella, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Friday, March 3, 2017

JAI #349 Inspiration


Hello there,
well not much has changed; however, our weather has moderated - yippee - I'm loving the more mellow temperatures but I'm still busy, busy, busy. I did have fun putting together something for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Patrice has suggested a very colourful Just Add Inspiration challenge. Here's the inspiration picture.


And here is what I came up with.


The inside.

Funnily, as soon as I saw the inspiration picture the first thing I thought of was using the new succulent set from Stampin Up! Originally I had intended to have my shelves all on one side with the rainbow of coloured succulents trailing down. But, somehow it didn't look right and I needed to find a spot to fit in the sentiment too! Then the idea of putting the sentiment on a shelf occurred to me. That and staggering the shelves was the solution! I also added some substance to the shelves by glueing together three layers of cardstock. The difference is subtle but it does make a difference. Finishing touches included a rainbow of sequins, liberal application of wink of stella and some little random dots of colour.

The JAI design team have some wonderful projects to get you inspired so do check them out and then join us for the challenge!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Oh So Succulent, Hardwood
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Succulent Framelit dies, Brights DSP stack, Silver glimmer paper, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Tombow multi, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals, Sequins (Miscellaneous)

Friday, February 24, 2017

JAI #348 Ombre



Hello there,
well I've been busy busy busy. Busy at work, busy at home and busy crafting. I guess the good side to all that, is that I will have plenty to show you in the future! But right now it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week our new challenge come from Rochelle. She is asking you to Just Add Ombre. 


The JAI team enjoyed playing with the theme this week and this is what I came up with - a masculine-ish card for an uncle.



The inside.



I had a lot of fun playing with ombre effects here. First, I brayered a transition of blue inks onto both DSP and a Very Vanilla mat, taking care to make the light to dark go left to right on one, and right to left on the other (this is important!) Then I used the Sunburst thinlet die to cut the DSP. Taking the sunburst diecut I layered that over the brayered Very Vanilla mat. The end effect is two ombre transitions! As even masculine cards need bling I added a silver embossed sentiment, stitching with silver thread and a scattering of tiny silver glimmer stars. To complete the inside I sponged rays using an acetate template cut with the Sunburst thinlet die.

Do go and check out the rest of the teams fabulous ombre creations! And please join in the fun too!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tin of Cards
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Versamark
Accessories: Sunburst thinlet die, Layering circles framelits, Confetti Stars punch, First Edition DSP (R), Silver foil, Silver glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder, Sewing machine, Brayer (R), Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Tear and tape
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration 04...Design Team


Hello there,
well today I have the pleasure of debuting as a member of the Colour INKspiration Design Team (which is quite exciting!)

If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Bronwyn Eastley's blog and I'm sure you were blown away by her awesome project! 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 or banner up top 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.

Here's the INKspiration swatch for the new challenge - it's full of colour!


And here is what I created.






That lovely yellow canary(?) caught my eye and so a bird it was. The end result is a little bold, a little lush and perhaps vintage. The challenge runs till March 6. Hope you can join us ! Now next up on the blog hop is Mel Pagano. Enjoy!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Best Birds, Delicate Details
Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Stazon Black
Accessories: Birds and Blooms thinlets, Watercolor paper, Gold embossing powder, Aquapainter, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and tape
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