Friday, September 30, 2011

JAI 87 - just add a colour combo

Hello there,

well I've been experimenting with a new card fold again this week (Ok actually several weeks ago - just as well considering the run of germs through the house recently). After having seen Patrice's (Patrice Easton) gorgeous telescoping circles card when Just Add Ink ran our fancy folds blog hop I was intrigued and it was at the top of my list to try so when the colour combo we have for the challenge this week came up well I decided to try colour and fold out together! Here's the colour combo.
(The colours are Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake and Whisper White) It might be hard to see what they are from the tiny colour swatch - need to talk to one of our JAI IT gurus about why thats happening! The lovely light colour scheme made me think of flowers and I couldn't resist pulling out my Eastern Blooms set, another advantage is that this set works well with markers which is all I have for the new in colours so far! So first up the unfolded card.

The fully unfolded version.
And now a close up of each layer.

I kept the design fairly simple, using the same elements on the first and third layers, but changing it up for the middle panel. Really it's all pretty straightforward inking and trimming out, and then all just finished off with paper pierced borders, and rhinestones. You can find a link to a tutorial for this type of card fold here.

Well I hope you find this colour combo as light and lucious (like a summer breeze) as I did :)
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Eastern Blooms (R), Well Scripted (R), It's Your Day, Iconic Images (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Scalloped Circle BigZ die, Classic Circle nestabillites (Spellbinder), Swirls and Scribbles sizzlet, Punch Pack, Jewels - rhinestones, Crumb Cake taffeta ribbon (R), Silver brads, Mat pack and piercing tool, dimensionals, Double sided tape.

Friday, September 23, 2011

JAI 86 - just add a sketch

Hi there,

well the house is still full of sickies here but luckily I made this card a few weeks ago as I just had to get some ink on my new Delicate Dollies set - one of the few items I preordered.  Was I getting ink on it for a purpose - of course ;) It's for the sketch we have for you this week at Just Add Ink. Here's the sketch.

Sorry about the blurry sketch image but its either that or a tiny thumb nail :(

Ok first up a confession this is the first time I have used Concord Crush, but something about the arrival of Wisteria Wonder insisted that I pull it out. The thought occured to me that the Dollies could make nice flower heads, and if I flipped the sketch what was in my head could work, hopefully! I started by stamping text in Wisteria Wonder over the Crumb Cake base, then I rubbed some white ink over where I wanted my smaller flower (dollie) to go. Then I stamped the smallest Dollie in Concord Crush over the ink cloud. The larger Dollie I stamped in versamark on Crumb Cake and then white embossed, twice.  I then sponged and rubbed Wisteria and Concord Crush ink over the white embossing. From the second flower I trimmed out the centre and mounted that on top of the first, adding a rhinestone to finish it. The big double scallopy border represents the vertical cross card element of the sketch, I also used it as a place to add the sentiment, and couldn't resist adding some (wobbly) zig zag stitching as a little balancing decorative element. The final touch was to add stitching to represent the stems of the flowers. (Ok I did do that before I dimensionaled on the sentiment strip). I really enjoyed my little experiment into playing with ink and layers on layers of ink and images. Something I will have to revisit.
Thanks for visiting :)
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Delicate Dollies, Background Basics: Text Style (PaperTrey Inc), Botanical Silhouettes (PTI)
Cardstock: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Versamark, Fresh Snow (PaperTrey Inc)
Accessories: Medium scalloped border die (PaperTrey Inc), White embossing powder, Jewels - rhinestone, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape

Friday, September 16, 2011

JAI 85 - just add baby

Hello there,
well as you may have guessed from the title of today's post this week at Just Add Ink its all about adding "baby". Now I actually gave you all a sneak peek of this card back in July, when JAI had our fancy fold blog hop. My card fold for the blog hop was a Trifold card and luckily enough I made two. Lucky cause things are real busy at home (sick cat, sick Mr 3, incipient sore throat - me :( and there's more but that will do so) at the momment anything that can save me time is just a life saver!! If you want to find my "tutorial" for the Trifold card click here to go back to my Fancy Fold blog post. So first up here is the card closed.

Card fully unfolded
Close up of the front
Close up of the inside
So very quickly I started with a Rose Red base, layered that with Regal Rose mats and then used Sweet Stitches DSP to top off all the panels. I also stamped the bear on the front on the DSP. Adding a couple of buttons and a felt flower to finish it all off. Other additional details include paper piercing lots of the borders another felt flower on the inside and some seam binding tied in a knot. It seemed a rather usual mix of colours and DSP for a baby card but I quite liked it how it turned out. Right I'm taking this sore throat off to bed now!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Well Scripted (R), Nursery Necessities (R), Baby Button Bits
Cardstock: Rose Red, Regal Rose, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rose Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Classic and scalloped oval nestabilities (Spellbinder), Sweet Stitches DSP, Mat pack and piercing tool, Harvest Gold felt and buttons (PaperTrey Inc), Vintage Cream felt (PTI), Hibiscus Burst button (PTI), Vanilla seam binding, Double sided tape, Tombow multi

Friday, September 9, 2011

JAI 84 - just add white and one other colour

Hello there,
well today I have the first in a string of more CAS guy cards. I have a lot of family birthdays through Sept/Oct not to mention Father's Day last weekend, and that made this week's Just Add Ink challenge just perfect. This week we want you to add white and one other colour (your choice on which).

I was rather purist and literally used just one colour - Pacific Point. Here's the result.

I had to make a Father's day card for my FIL, and I used two things as a starting point, first he has a flying affinity and second a sweet tooth. So a balloon filled with something sweet (Malteasers - not rabbit poo - as suggested by my DH!! - that didn't stop him from finishing off the packet I might add) seemed perfect. The card is pretty straightforward - lattice embossing in the background, sponged clouds, as a background for the balloon. A pull door so you can get at the goodies without pulling the card apart.

Reportedly my FIL liked the card and enjoyed eating the Malteasers. I tried to fit 5 in the balloon but just couldn't find 5 small enough to do - so I had to settle with four. I will admit to eating some of the rejects as well - another benefit of making a sweet treat card - lol!

Thanks for visiting :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Treat, Something Sweet, Everyday Button Bits (PaperTrey Inc), Father's Day stamp (local craft shop)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Sweet treat cups, 1 3/4" circle punch, Round Tab punch, Scallop circle punch, Lattice embossing folder, Double sided tape, Dimensionals

Friday, September 2, 2011

JAI 83 - just add a sketch


this week's project is a's my DH's birthday card....but since I'm 99.999999% sure he does not look at my blog I figure it safe to share here. Just as well as its my DT offering for this week's Just Add Ink challenge - lol! DH likes to get cards that do something, and I was keen to try a Marquee card that one of my talented Just Add Ink team mates (Jodene Tripp) showcased for our fancy fold blog hop back at the beginning of July. You can find the tutorial for it by Jan Tink here.

The sketch we have for you this week was just perfect for what I had in mind. So idea inspired the sketch and sketch inspired the card! What sketch you ask - well here it is (possibly a bit blurry not sure why but you can still see the elements).

And here's DH's birthday card, closed, with belly band on.
Belly band off and starting to open

Fully open to reveal the hidden sentiment
I pulled out some DSP that I thought would work with my rocketship/stars theme, and that helped me settle on a Naturals Ivory, Basic Grey and Real Red colour combo, with little accents of Crumb Cake. I stamped the front of the card with assorted stars. Then used copics to colour up my rocketship. I really wanted to have the sentiment frame on the top layer cut back further than the 1 3/4" circle on the inside, so after having nearly everything done, I got out a framing die, took a deep breath, lined it up carefully - and yeh!! it turned out perfect - phewww! There were a few readjustments with this card, as I had to adapt as I went from the US dimensions to Aussie ones. The end result had the kids fascinated though so hopefully DH will enjoy it as well.

It's a great sketch so why don't you give it a go! Thanks for visiting.

Recipe:All SU! unless otherwise stated
Stamps: In the Stars (R), Party This Way, Boy Basics: Out of this world (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Basic Grey, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/4" Limitless layers dies (PaperTrey Inc), Urban Oasis DSP (R), Copics (C1, C3, C7, R24, R27, R29, YR04, Y08, Y17), Real Red 1 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon, Star brad, Crystal Effects, Sticky strip,  Dimensionals