Friday, August 27, 2010

JAI 32 - just add material

Hello there,

welcome to another Just Add Ink challenge and we have a good one for you this week - Just Add Material. I remembering seeing someone from the PaperTrey Inc team in 2009 stamping an image on calico (sorry I can't narrow it down more) and its been on my list of try some time, since then. So this week was the week! My mind is already turning to Christmas cards - so thats what came out. Here's the result.

I got my hands on some calico (off white/natural coloured) from my local haberdashery and I inked up my tree really well with Real Red and pressed it down onto the calico - and it works! quite well! I trimmed out the stamped calico with some pinking shears, added some extra calico underneath to create a little pillow and then used my sewing machine to stitch the stamped calico to some Old Olive cardstock also trimmed out with pinking shears. The finishing touch was to add a Star brad to the top of the tree (I used my Cropodile to punch a small hole through the calico and cardstock for the brad prongs). I could then adhere this panel onto a Real Red base that had been stamped with snowflakes on the upper two thirds plus. At the base of the image panel I added a some layered Old Olive ribbon detail and then embellished that with three Real Red buttons threaded with silver cord. Below that I stamped the Christmas sentiment in versamark and then white embossed. I often don't decorate the inside of my Christmas cards but I did with this one - just nice and simple to match the front.

Thanks for visiting and why don't you try and add some material this week and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink - we'd love to see what you come up with!


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Many Merry Messages, Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive
Ink: Real Red, Whisper White, Versamark
Accessories: natural coloured Calico (local haberdashiery), pinking shears (local haberdashiery), Old Olive wide grosgrain, Real Red buttons, Star brads, Silver cord (R), White embossing powder, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Tombow

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Inkspirations 35 - Its a girl

Hi there,

welcome back - it's another week and time for another Inkspirations challenge. This week Keesh posted a truly lovely colour combo and I was really looking to have a play with it. Here's the colour pick.

Having looked forward to working with these colours would you believe I struggled! I changed the layout, I looked at every scrap of light pink DSP I had a hundred times (only a slight exaggeration), fiddled and changed my mind. In the end I decided it was incorporating the chocolate chip that I was struggling with. Finally I found a way and I also settled on a layout - flipping this weeks Sweet Sunday sketch.

Here's the result.

OK the final version ;) started with a Rich Razzleberry base, layered that with Whisper White to lighten the colours, then layered that with some Choc Chip DSP. Having worked out where my butterfly was going to be I could stamp my flourish flight trail. I inked up my leafy flourish in versamark and then choc chip and stamped it then embossed with clear embossing powder. Next having picked some Pretty in Pink dotty DSP I layered the two panels onto Razzleberry. Rounded a few corners and stamped the sentiment at the bottom of the long panel. The final piece is the butterfly feature - I stamped some Razzleberry dots onto Pretty in Pink, then punched out a butterfly. To fancy it up I added a wire body and big curly antennaes (I got this idea from a lovely card a special friend of mine made me for my birthday last year - you can see it here), and lastly added a rhinestone brad to bling it up a bit. The butterfly was mounted on dimensionals above a mat of white and Razzleberry circles. The inside was finished off simply to match.

It's not my favourite card of all time but I think it turned out quite nice in the end - and one I hope is suitable for greeting a baby girl to the world which is good as my beautiful little niece arrived this morning:)Welcome to the family baby girl!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Turning a New Leaf, Baby Button Bits
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Loves Me DSP (R), Berry Bliss DSP (R), Butterfly punch, Circle nestabilities, Rhinestone brad, Jewelery wire (local craft shop), Clear embossing powder, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive.

Friday, August 20, 2010

JAI 31 - just add a colour combo

Happy Friday everyone :),

this is my week off from the Just Add Ink DT but as usual I couldn't resist playing along, as the colour challenge this week sparked my imagination. Here's the colour combo.

The first idea I came up with thinking about these colours was a cupcake! May'be it was the Chocolate Chip as most cakes, especially if my DH has anything to say about it, are chocolate in this house. Now I've never made a cupcake card so I Googled it and perused a few blogs and found some templates - saw some wonderful tasty creations. But after all that I decided to try and make my own template. Here's the result.

As my starting point I used a tent topper card format, you can find a tutorial for it on Splitcoasters here. So to start I cut a Choc Chip base 4 1/8" wide and 9 " long, then folded over giving you a card base of 4 1/2". Then I just decided how much I wanted to taper the bottom in and used my cutter to trim the sides. Moving on to the Kraft layer I cut a strip of Kraft 3" high and about 9 " long. First using Real Red ink I stamped solid spots randomly over it, then I scored every 2/8". Once that was done I folded it up and down accordian style. I adhered it to the base using a mix of sticky strip and Tombow. Before I fixed the upper portion I tied choc chip grosgrain over the top, adding the little tags wth some linen thread. For the cupcake top I started by punching 6 (1 3/8 ") circles from post it notes then laying them out on some choc chip cardstock, making sure that the final dimensions was proportional to the bottom and would still allow the card to fit into a standard envelope. Using the outside of the circles as a guide I trimmed around the edges, then using that as a guide I cut my actual top out of Real Red DSP from Sweet Slumber. Next I dry embossed a swirl pattern onto the top and adhered the cupcake topper to the card. Now I had that in place I could trim the top corners of the base to match the curves of the topper. The final touch was to add lots of Dazzling Diamonds to all the swirl ridges on the cupcake top and just finish off the inside to match.

Thanks for visiting and I hope you get to enjoy a sweet treat this weekend :)


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Pick a Petal, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tiny Tags, Party Hearty
Cardstock: Kraft, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, Medium Jewelery Tag punch, Sweet Slumber DSP, Swirls Cuttlebug folder, Two Way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Linen Thread, Tombow, SNAIL adhesive, Sticky Strip, Double Sided tape

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Inkspirations 34 - roarrrr shhh!

Hi all,

welcome back to my entry for this weeks Inkspirations challenge set by the lovely Makeesha. This week Keesh set a sketch and yikes was it a tricky one! Here it is.

I decided to go with a baby card - no specific recipient in mind although I'm expecting to become an Auntie again in the next week or so but whether the bub is a boy or a girl is going to be a surprise. But at least now I have the boy side covered ;) Here it is.

I started out by thinking I wanted a blue/brown lion - so next I had to work out which brown and blue. I ended up settling on Brocade Blue and More Mustard and pulled some old DSP out of my stash to match. So having found all the bits and pieces I set to work!

I started with a Brocade base, then added a Mustard panel with DSP (stripes horizontal) then added DSP (stripes vertical) to the rest of the card base (after piercing around the edges). Then a Mustard panel with more DSP (a more muted blue stripe) was laid. The central lion panel mostly rests over this. I stamped my lion three times once in Brocade as the base, which I then cut using my circle nestabilities. The other two were used to trim out a Mustard lion head with mane and one little Brocade lion face. These two were layered over the original Brocade lion using dimensionals between each layer. The final touches were to add lots of buttons. On the left hand side I threaded and tied them all together with kitchen twine, then glued them down with Tombow. Two little Mustard buttons were added as accents on the right too. Lastly I stamped "Welcome baby" using Chocolate Chip onto twill and added it to the bottom of the lion with a 5/16 silver brad. The inside was finished off to match.

This card ended up being a bit of homage to retiring and retired product - I quite enjoyed having a rifle through my stash - I hope you liked it too.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise mentioned
Stamps: Wild About You, Short and Sweet
Cardstock: Blue Brocade, More Mustard, Whisper White
Ink: Blue Brocade, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Spring Showers DSP (R), Earth Element buttons (R), Rich Regal buttons (R), 5/16" silver brad, narrow twill, kitchen twine, Circle nestabilities, Piercing tool and mat pack, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Tombow, Double sided tape

Friday, August 13, 2010

JAI 30 - Helping Hudson

Hi everyone,
welcome to a very special Just Add Ink
challenge. This week the challenge is to just add wheels and is in aid of the Helping Hudson fundraiser. To find out more about this, and to buy some super papercrafting tutorial bundles go to the Helping Hudson website.

Ok so what do we mean by Just add wheels - well it can be to use a stamp/image that has wheels in it, or you could use any stamping wheel or punches too.

I dug out my Loads of Love set so I could use the truck image, and because this challenge is all about wheels - I put it on wheels - well a slider anyway so it could move. I wish I could claim the credit for this idea but I CASEd it from
Bev Watt. So here is my version.

First with the slider all the way in

Now with the slider half way out

Having a Miss 5 in the house, who is all girl! I am surrounded by pink so you'd think I might avoid it, but no I went straight to pink for this one. I used a mix of old and new. The base is Melon Mambo, but I have also used Pink Passion and some Pink Passion DSP. I stamped the truck three times, using Versamark - onto Pink Passion DSP, silver and black cardstock, then embossed them all with black embossing powder. Then I trimmed out the black wheels and silver bumpers and added them to the DSP truck. I then backed that all with another piece of cardstock so the truck was nice and solid. Next I used Melon Mambo and my So Swirly wheel on some Whisper White. I then used my word window punch to create the slot for the slider mechanism to run in. The slider is basically a variation of a spinner card, you can find a tutorial for one of these
here on Splitcoasters. To make the mechanism I made two dimensional/coin stacks. Dimensional, 5 cent coin, 2 dimensionals, 5 cent coin. I peeled the cover off the first dimensional in each stack and stuck them evenly spaced onto the back side of the truck. Then carefully manuovered the mechanisms into the card stock slot. Still working on the back side I added alot of dimensionals to the back of the swirly slot layer and also attached the pull tab to the truck, after punching an oval out on the LHS of the swirly panel so that you can easily access the pull tab. The last thing I did before adhering the swirly/slider layer to its Pink Passion backing was to add some turquoise coloured satin ribbon across the front. The good news is that we have a wonderful range of SU! satin ribbon headed our way in the new catalogue beginning Sept 1.

Ok to wrap up the rest quickly - I added a scalloped trim across the top and down the bottom direct on the base Mambo layer I used Versamark to stamp a selection of mixed birthday greetings. Them embossed them with white embossing powder. This idea was another great one I picked up from a fellow demo - this time Sharlene Meyer. The inside was just finished off very simply to match.

Thanks for visiting - and why don't you take the time this week to add some wheels and then link your creation back to
Just Add Ink.

Have a good weekend :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love accessories, A Little Birthday Cheer, Party Hearty, Upsy Daisy, So Swirly
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pink Passion, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Brushed Silver, Basic Black
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting turquoise, Versamark
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, Word window punch, White and Black embossing powder, four 5 cent pieces, dimensionals, Turquoise satin ribbon (local craft store), Blender pen, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape.

Friday, August 6, 2010

JAI29 - Just add a colour combo

Hi everyone,

this week the Just Add Ink challenge is to use a set colour combo. Its a nice one!! so I couldn't resist playing in my off week from the DT. Here's the combo.

The first thing that sprang to my mind on seeing the colours was that they would be perfect for making a winter birdhouse. Now I was lucky enough a few months ago to find a lovely little tutorial on Jo Dumbleton's blog here, on how to make one of these from scratch.

I used Kraft for the actual house part, stamping it with versamark in a woodgrain pattern. I used some Always Artichoke as the base flap for the roof, then layered that with scalloped Always Artichoke DSP, sponging the edges to give the impression of snow on the roof. The peak of the roof is a little piece of Rose Red. The roof is clipped onto the box, holding it closed at the same time with a library clip, tied with a little piece of Artichoke grosgrain. For the front I punched out the bird in Rose Red then layered that onto a White bird. I added a Rose Red DSP wing, and a little Artichoke eye. I added two branches in Artichoke for the bird to perch on, adding some Rose Red "berries". I sponged a bit of snow onto the branches and some crystal effects on the berries (and the birds eye). Last touch was to stamp some window sheet (acetate) with a little flower using White Stazon. Mind you its definitely best to fix the window sheet in place using glue dots before you stick the birdhouse together;)

The end result - a very cute little box that you can tuck some little goodies into and give to a friend.

Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to have a go at the challenge yourself and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cheep Talk, Background Basics Woodgrain (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Kraft, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: White craft, White Stazon, Versamark
Accessories: Two step bird punch, Scallop border punch, 1 3/4 inch circle punch, SU DSP (R), Rose Red DSP (R), Library clip, narrow Always Artichoke grosgrain, Window sheet, 1/8 circle punch, SNAIL adhesive, Glue dots, Crystal effects, Tombow

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Inkspirations 34 - hoot hoot hello

Hi all,
welcome back :) This week Makeesha Byl posted a colour challenge and as usual I tried to play along. The combo tends towards the boyish, and my first thought was to make a boys birthday card pulling my retired By Land set out. But then as I was falling asleep another idea struck and thats what I went with. Here's the colour combo.

Oh and there is an extra challenge this week to add buttons.

OK so I started off by cutting a scalloped circle card base in Close to Cocoa, then I stamped that with a woodgrain pattern. Next I added a Not Quite Navy mat, then the top Kraft layer. I then impressed a woodgrain pattern onto the Kraft layer. I finished that by rubbing a bit of white craft ink over to just highlight the woodgrain a little. For the images I stamped the branch from Cheep Talk, and one of the party hats from Party Hearty in More Mustard then trimmed them out. Then I stamped the owl (from Fox and Friends) and the sentiment tag in Not Quite Navy, punched the tag, and trimmed the owl out. I used a More Mustard brad to attach the tag to the end of the branch and then added dimensionals to everything and fixed it all to the card front. The last touch - some buttons, threaded with silver cord, to act as twinkling stars! I just finished the inside off simply with another owl.

I think this card must be my all time winner for the number of different stamps sets used - six by my count!! But I think its a happy mix :)

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Fox and Friends, Tiny Tags, Cheep Talk, Party Hearty, A Little Birthday Cheer, Background Basics Woodgrain (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Close to Coca, Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Whisper White, Rustic Ivory
Ink: Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White
Accessories: Medium Jewelery Tag punch, Scallop Circle die, Earth Element brad, Circle nestabilities, Woodgrain Impression plate (PTI), retired Neutral buttons, retired Silver cord, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Tombow

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This is where the stamping world really comes into play! When a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are asked for help they come to the rescue, ink and paper in hand, to work miracles. This is what has happened around Hudson over the last few months. First with his mum’s direct team, and then spreading out across Australia and New Zealand and over in to the US, the UK and Canada! His story has touched so many people so its time to share it with you all!
There is a HUGE online stamping event taking place, called Helping Hudson -A Wheely Great Cause! The organisers have been working really hard, securing support, tutorials and donations to get this event underway. There are going to be three weeks of stamping fun for you to join in – come back as often as you can, there will always be lots more to see, do and learn. It kicks off on the 1st August and will run right through until the 22nd. You’ll find it at

When you come on over to the blog you’ll find out all about Hudson, his family and his cause! But, more importantly, you can DO SOMETHING TO HELP HUDSON, at the same time as helping yourself learn how to make some great new paper craft projects. How?

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The Helping Hudson Crew will also be posting some awesome challenges throughout the three weeks. For a small donation you can join in and be in the running for some FANTASTIC Stampin’Up! Prize packs, kindly donated by Stampin’ Up! Australia (Aussie participants only) Also keep your eyes peeled for challenges over at Just Add Ink and Stamp A Memory too)
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