Friday, June 24, 2011

JAI 73 just add a sketch

Hello there :)

I'm going to keep it short and sweet this week as I am plain tuckered out - may'be its the cold (or perhaps getting up at 6 am to get the brekkies and lunches etc!!) but this week, at Just Add Ink, we do have something special for you. Firstly a sketch challenge (see the sketch below) and to thank all you wonderful folk who have followed Just Add Ink (we hit the 500 mark last week) and play along with our challenges - we have some blog candy up for grabs. To the winner of the challenge (yes from this week onwards we will announce a clear winner and two runners up) and also for a random player in this weeks challenge. Here's the sketch (and don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some awesome inspiration!!).

And here is what I came up with - a bit out there for me colour and design wise.

Now I love my layers, so a one layer card is kind of scary - and to top that off I ended up going bold in the colour scheme. I picked out the Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Early Expresso combo using the Color Coach, and it is a great colour combo. I started out thinking a white or Pretty in Pink base but it just ended up that it looked best with Razzleberry as the base. To distract myself from the scary one layer base I impressed the front with a diamond pattern. All the flowers were cut with a flower die and then stamped with a mix of Pretty in Pink and Rich Razzleberry. Then I layered them up in a cascade down the card, using dimensionals, then embellished them with buttons and rhinestones. To create the horizontal at the top of sketch I added a couple of leaves on one side and the sentiment on the other. The inside was finished off simply to match.

Well I hope you have a chance to join in our festivities this week by playing along with the sketch challenge. Thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Afterthoughts, Sending You (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Early Expresso
Accessories: Spellbinder Blossom nestabilities, Diamonds Impression Plate (PTI), Bold and Subtles buttons, Jewels - rhinestone, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, June 17, 2011

JAI 72 - just add some colouring

Hi there,

well did you enjoy the black and white challenge last week - I can tell you there were some absolutely stunning entries!! This week at Just Add Ink it's all about colour again - or more specifically we want you to just add some colouring. Now you can use a wide variety of tools and media. For example blender pens, aquapainter, markers, chalks, copics etc. I have acquired a growing collection of copics, so I figure I had better put them to use and I must admit they are very fun to use (the hard part is keeping Mama's special texta's out of the hands of her beloved offspring!!). Now I am very much on my L-plates so please look kindly on my colouring efforts. I'm hoping to get some sort of hands on lesson soon! So here is the end result. The colours are a bit dull in this one unfortunately :(

And a super simple inside.

This is intended as another card to go in my girl's birthday party stash, so I started by looking through my DSP and pulled out an old favourite (now retired)- Candy Lane. I picked out one of the striped patterns and used that as a mat on my base (Regal Rose then Choc Chip), and also stamped my image on it so I could paper piece the girls dress. Aside from that little bit of paper piecing I bravely (or perhaps foolishly) coloured the rest of the image in using Copics (see Recipe below for marker details). After fiddling and adding layers of colour I trimmed the whole image out and mounted her on square of Pink Pirouette, with piercing detail, that in turn was mounted on a scalloped Choc Chip mat. Finishing touches included adding the sentiment using oval punches, and a knot of Choc Chip grosgrain, Oh and to the image itself, dazzling diamonds to all the cupcake sprinkles and crystal effects to the cherry, the little heart hair clip and shoes.

Well I had fun! Hope you get the chance to play along too. Thanks for visiting.


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Pure Innocence Hello Cupcake (My Favorite Things), Short and Sweet
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, X Press Copic blending card
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Candy Lane DSP, Scalloped square nestability (Spellbinder), Extra large ovals (small and medium), Scallop border punch, Wide Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Red rhinestones (Kaiser), Copics - my best guess at what I used, wrote them down on a scrap and of course that has now disappeared!! Note to self do not write on scraps of paper!!! Ok skin E000, E01, Shoes and cupcake icing R81, R83, R85, Cupcake wrapper YR 04, YR16, YR18, Hair E74, E77, E79, Cherry and Heart hair clip R24, R29), mat pack and piercing tool, Two way glue and dazzling Diamonds, Crystal effects, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, June 10, 2011

JAI 71 - Just add black and white

Hello there,

well its time again for another Just Add Ink challenge - and this week we want you to just add black and white.

I made my card not long after returning from Convention in Melbourne and I definitely had a case of butterflies on the brain (largely due to the fabulous wow presentation by Kirsty Brown). So butterfly it was :)

Because of the black/white colour scheme I wanted to make sure that I added lots of texture in different ways. First up embossing. I clear embossed a swirl on the main Whisper White panel (only catch is that its darn hard to get a decent photo of it). This panel was mounted on dimensionals above the base. I also black embossed the flowering branch from Elements of Style. Then die cut a butterfly from it. Next I cut a smaller black and vellum (to tone down the black) butterflies to layer over my flower embossed one. I finished off the butterfly by adding some rhinestones and black hemp twine antennae. The butterfly was mounted on a textured scalloped black square, and all of that was mounted on dimensionals above the white embossed layer. Last touch was to wrap some black hemp twine under the butterfly panel and tie on a sentiment tag. The inside was finished with a swirl and some more butterflies.

Black and white does make for a striking combination so if you can why don't you have a go!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Elements of Style
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Basic Black
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies BigZ die, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Scallop Square duo BigZ die, 1" circle punch, Linen and Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Inc), Black hemp twine (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape

Friday, June 3, 2011

JAI 70 - Just add a sketch

Hello there!

well another week has whizzed past here in chilly Canberra - I do love to snuggle up in my down quilt every night though - definitely one of the pleasures of winter :) Now this week we have a sketch challenge for you at Just Add Ink and ooooh its a nice one :) Here it is.

(Note: While the sketch is a circle you can frame it in a square - see some of the design team samples at Just Add Ink)
Now I must admit I am developing quite a fondness for circle easel cards so I couldn't resist making one for this. Now despite the need to build up a stash of girl's birthday cards I had an idea in my head and I just had to get it out. Want to see??

How cute is this little alien - I've been wanting to ink him up for ages - and todays he's a party alien! First up I actually cut all my Night of Navy base layer pieces with the Circle Scissors plus - I was quite surprised but very pleased when (with the assistance of alot of dotto) I was able to cut the double layer of cardstock. So with the base cut I added a mat of Real Red, then the image layer. This started out as Whisper White but with the assistance of my brayer I created a gradiated night sky. A bit of "crater" patterned embossed Sahara Sand cut to fit down the bottom and I had a planet for my alien to stand on. I coloured him in with copics, trimmed him out, then made him some balloons using a circle punch, scraps, white gel pen and silver cord. The final touches for the front included inking up the party sign with markers, and colouring a little rocketship, and adding some rhinestone stars. For the inside I used the Modern Label punch with the sentiment as the stopper for the easel card. The inside was a much for the outside just plainer - as I had to leave some room (lol) to write a birthday message! I have to admit I was delighted that this one turned out just the way I imagined it. My Mr three has already put dibs on this for his next birthday - mind you since he has to wait till Feb 2012 he may change his mind.

Thanks for visiting and if you can why don't you give this fab sketch a go!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Greetings Earthling, Party this Way, rocketship (non SU!)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White, Sahara Sand
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Circle Scissors Plus, Classic circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Copics (R08, 24,27,29, C001, 01,7, N2, Y13, 15, BG11), Brayer, Cuttlebug embossing folder, White embossing powder, Jewels - Rhinestones, Modern Label punch, 3/4" circle punch, Crystal effects, Silver cord (R), Dimensionals, Mini glue dot, Double sided tape (X Press)