Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Inkspiration 41 - Starry wishes

Hello all,

welcome back to a new week. Trying to squeeze in some crafting time this weekend was a challenge, thankfully not because Mr 2 was sick again - he's back to full strength - hooray! No this weekend we had friends visiting - which was lovely but really busy. But I'm up for a challenge :) so I did manage to find the time. Just as well too as I had to make a birthday card for my hubby! Luckily Makeesha Byl set a great sketch for her challenge this week (the challenge is actually hosted on Kirsty Brown's blog this week). Here's the sketch.

For my hubby I often reach for star related themes as he is an astronomer by trade. I knew I had a cute little rocket ship but there was one catch. I needed to watercolour it (Kirsty's extra challenge this week). Why the catch - well the whole body of the rocket ship was actually a solid stamp. But I had at hand my handy Versamarker ! So with some hope and a lot of trepidation I went around the edges of the solid stamp areas as well as inking up the rest of the stamp then stamped it on watercolour paper. Then I black embossed it.And guess what it worked!! Here is how it turned out.

To go with the starry/rocket ship theme I started with a Night of Navy base, layered that with silver then topped that with Night of Navy again. As per the sketch (which I rotated onto its side) I added some layers/stripes over the top Navy layer. For these I started with some silver cardstock dry embossed with stars, layered with red and navy felt ric rac. I stitched the ric rac down onto the silver layer using the opposite coloured thread. The central element is of course the rocketship - so having embossed it, I got out my watercolour crayons and aquapainter and watercoloured it. I also added silver to the nose cone from my Silver Encore pad using an old blender pan. To finish off this image panel - I added some Night of Navy stars, pierced all the way around the edge and added a button and a sentiment. The final finishing elements were to pierce around the edges of the top base layer and also add some silver embossed stars.

As a special touch for my hubby I added a bit of an interactive inside, cutting a spiral from a circle and adding lots of stars to the spiral. You can find a tutorial for this type of pop up card on Splitcoasters here.

Thanks for visiting :)


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise mentioned
Stamps: Space Ships and Robots (My Cute Stamps), A Little Birthday Cheer (R)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Silver, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Silver Encore, Versamarker
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Large and Small Star punches, Silver and Black embossing powder, Real Red button, Mat pack and piercing tool, Watercolour crayons (Real Red, Night of Navy), Aquapainter, Navy and Red Felt, Large and Small Ric Rac dies (PaperTrey Inc), Stars embossing folder (Cuttlebug), sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tombow, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive

Friday, September 24, 2010

JAI 36 - just add a sketch

Hi there,

this week at Just Add Ink we have a great sketch challenge for you to work with. Here is the sketch.

Now I started with a completely different idea - even had the card two thirds done and then was seized with a new idea that I just HAD to make to see how it would come out. Which one are you going to see? Well I was kind of happy with how the second one turned out so here it is.

My idea out of the blue was to have a balloon floating across some of the map pattern DSP from the new Newsprint pack - add an arrow saying "Party This Way" and end result - a fun somewhat quirky card. It brings a smile to my face anyway :)
So I started with a Pacific Point base layered that with Vanilla and then added some of the map patterned DSP. Then I stamped the balloon basket and the Party sign in Pacific Point on Vanilla, and trimmed them out. To make the balloon I stamped the party balloon from Party This Way, again and again (masking) till I got a big enough balloon to punch out. I added a little ruffled Pacific Point flower with a rhinestone and rhinestones to the basket to finish it off. As per the sketch I also added a scalloped panel on the LHS, layered as per the base. That panel was finished off with some White Taffeta, dyed with Pacific Point, tied in a bow with rhinestone.
The inside was just finished off very simply to match.

Thanks for visiting, and why don't you have a go at the sketch too and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink - we'd love to see it!


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Party This Way, A Little Treat
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, 1 3/4"circle punch, Scallop border punch, Boho Blossom punch, Rhinestones, White Taffeta ribbon, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Friday, September 17, 2010

JAI 35 - just add sympathy

Hi all,

this week challenge for Just Add Ink is to just add sympathy. So far I've never actually had to make a sympathy card to give someone so I decided that was a good time to try. My end result is actually my second go at the challenge (if I get time I'll post my first card at the end too). So here is what I came up with.

I kept it reeaalll simple - which is itself a major challenge for me. So I started with a white base, then added a Brocade Blue layer, then the top mat - Whisper White again, pierced all the way around the edge. The stamping - well three trees - the trunks are all Basic Gray and canopies Brocade Blue. Stamped over to the left hand side to balance up the sentiment, also in Basic Grey. The inside was just simply stamped with three trees to match. So end result - muted but not gloomy (I hope). My first try at the challenge was alot more florally - using Mellow Moss and Pale Plum - must have been my week for reaching for retired colours.

Thanks for visiting, and why don't you have a go and link your creation back to Just Add Ink!


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue
Ink: Basic Gray, Brocade Blue
Accessories: Mat pack and piercing tool, Stamp-ma-jig, Double sided tape

Monday, September 13, 2010

Inkspirations 39 - Belated Fathers Day

Hi all,

well I'm back this week with my card for Makeesha Byl's weekly challenge this week a sketch. Here it is.

Now I did remember to call my Dad on Father's Day but I have been procrastinating about a card as I wanted to send him something that I liked and also thought he would like! So I used the sketch to hopefully come up with something that fits the bill!Here's the result.

I started out with a Choc Chip base, cut A frame, then added a Whisper White layer, then topped that with a Baja layer that I had impressed with a woodgrain pattern. I also smudged white ink over the pattern and then sponged around the edges with Chocolate Chip. For the flower element in the sketch I cut two frames, one from DSP and the other from Whisper White. Then I added a lounge chair, stamped on and then trimmed out from DSP, and a Choc Chip pussy cat to sit on the top. The final element was to layer some 1" retired Choc Chip stitched grosgrain under the frame and add the sentiment.

I was happy with how it turned out - some nice texture and good colours for a blokey card. So its off into the mail ASAP!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, On My Couch (PaperTrey Inc), On My Couch Additions (PTI)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Parisian Breeze DSP (R), Labels Two (Spellbinder Nestabilities), Woodgrain Impression Plate (PTI), 1" Chocolate Chip stitched grosgrain ribbon (R), Word Window punch, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Friday, September 10, 2010

JAI 34 - just add a colour combo

Hi there,

welcome back for another Just Add Ink challenge! This week its a colour combo. Here's the colour pick.

Boy oh boy did I struggle with this colour combo! Crumb cake is not a colour I work easily with although I'm improving and I can see that it works well with strong colours but with pastels!!! Yikes!! So I ended up going simple and I hope a little stylish.

I started with a Crumb cake base, stamped the little vine flourish twice in versamark, above and below the bottom right hand corner. Then in from the top left hand corner I stamped the sentiment and white embossed it. Its important to do this before you do the next step - or you'll end up with white powder sticking to your versamark frame! Next using a ruler and the new Versamarker I drew a frame connecting the two vine flourishes. One thing I would recommend is to use a very light hand, use more than the absolutely miniumum pressure and you'll get a thick chunky line. Next I stamped several of the large and smaller flower from Vintage Vogue in Pretty in Pink and So Saffron on Whisper White. Trimmed those out and then layered them up with dimensionals, adding a large pearl to the centre top to finish. Then I added some small pearls to the vine flourishes and finished off the inside to match.

Thanks for visiting and why don't you have a try at this colour combo and link your creation back to Just Add Ink
. I will be really keen to see what wonderful ideas you come up with so I can pick up some tips :)


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Versamark (pad and pen)
Accessories: Pearls, White embossing powder, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Inkspiration 37- Pennant Party

Hi everyone,

well I'm back for the Inkspiration challenge this week, after having last week off to visit my new little niece - its so easy to forget how tiny they are when their born - especially when you have two kids, now 2.5 and 5.5 years running around! So this week its not going to be a baby card ;) This week Keesh has picked out a nice combo of colours (see below) so instead I opted for boys birthday card (of the grown up type) since quite a few of the men in my family have birthdays coming up.

And here is what I came up with. I finally succumbed to the banner/pennant trend and I must admit it does give a fun look :)

I started with a Whisper White base, layered that with a Chocolate Chip and then added a top Whisper White layer embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. Across the top left corner I added a little string of three flags strung together with linen thread and mounted on dimensionals. For the central panel I started with a Choc Chip base cut with a scalloped rectangle nestability. I layered that with Whisper White. In the bottom left corner I stamped B is for birthday. Different bits inked up in the different colours and the central star is up on a dimensional. I finished off the top panel with a string of 5 flags in alternating colours, across the top right corner, again strung together with linen thread. This top panel was mounted over a strip of the (now retired) 1" Choc Chip grosgrain. I finished the inside off with another string of flags.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Party Hearty
Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Ruby Red, Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, 1" Double stitched Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Old Olive brad, Linen Tread, Mat pack and piercing tool, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Friday, September 3, 2010

JAI 33 - Just add a sketch

Hi all,

welcome back for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week its a sketch and yep once again I had to have a go on my week off ;) Here's the sketch.

I decided to turn the sketch and make the panel element a christmas bauble. Yes another Christmas card :) But its kind of nice to get a head start on the season! Here's what I can up with - and most unusually very little stamping!

I started by pulling out what's left of my Ski Slope DSP - my favourite SU! Christmas DSP - that decided me on a Real Red base layered with some Baja coloured DSP. I pierced the DSP all around the edges and rounded the bottom corners of DSP and Real Red base. Next I made the bauble simply by punching out 5 scallop circle folding them in half and then adhering each half back to back with another using Tombow. Having made my bauble I then added a strip of 5/8" Real Red grosgrain layered with some white taffeta down the DSP off centred to the left. I worked out where I wanted the bauble to go and then attached a rhinestone brad below the bauble location. I also made a taffeta bow and wrapped the prongs of another rhinestone brad around the middle, this was attached above the bauble. The bauble itself I glued down to the DSP with more Tombow. Then I could wrap the ribbon ends under the DSP and attach that to the base. Final touch was to stamp the sentiment - inking up my stamp first in versamark and then Real Red. Then clear embossing. Because the bauble folds down this is still reasonably mailable which is a bonus! (Although the rhinestones might prove tricky but do it just with a bow and you'd be right). I haven't finished off the inside but then I often don't with Christmas cards as I like to leave lots of room to write an annual hello there message to friends.

Thanks for visiting and if you have time why don't you try your hand at this great sketch and then link your creation back to Just Add Ink.


Recipe: All SU!
Stamps: Snow Swirled
Cardstock: Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Ski Slope DSP (R), Scallop circle punch, Clear embossing powder, 5/8" Real Red grosgrain, white taffeta, Rhinestone brads, Mat pack and piercing tool, Dimensional, Double sided tape, Tombow