Friday, March 2, 2012

JAI 107 - Just add Nikki Spencer

Hello there,
well this week at Just Add Ink we are Just Adding one of the team - this time round its the very talented Nikki Spencer.  So go and have a browse through Nikki's blog and pick out something that inspires you and join us! My starting point was this card by Nikki.

What really caught my attention was how she masked the center off and then created a pattern around it - and the other main element for me was the vellum sentiment strip. So here is my take on it.
My colour choice was to a very large degree dictated by the colours I know my MIL likes - since this was going to be headed her way as her birthday card. She's very keen on apricot/peachy tones - so I pulled out some retired Apricot Appeal, and initially paired it up with Peach Parfait but ditched that and went with Calypso Coral to bring the red tones out more.  OK so following Nikki's lead I masked off the centre and then stamped a floral pattern (flowers and stamped off text with sponging around the edges) all around, once I pulled the mask off it did look very nice. BUT - the masked circle was too small for the flower die cut I had decided to use as the central feature - oops! So in the end I had to cut a vanilla scalloped circle and use that under the die cut flower instead. I die cut and stamped my large flower and mounted that over the scalloped circle. Next I stamped the sentiment on the vellum, the ends of which were tucked under the top stamped layer. The stitching finishing the front also helped to secure the vellum. The last touch were some tiny pearls for the centre of the flower. The inside was finished off to match as well. I was surprised out how much I liked the colours I used today - just shows its good to pull out things you don't normally head for!

Hope you get the chance to join us - enjoy checking out Nikki's lovely work :)
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: French Foliage (SU!), Rosie Posie (PaperTrey Inc), Think Big Favorites # 12 (PTI), Background Basics Text Style (PTI)
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Cameo Coral, Kiwi Kiss, Stazon On Timber Brown
Accessories: Scallop Square BigZ die, Small scalloped nestabilities (Spellbinder), Vellum cardstock, Jewels - Pearls, Double sided tape, Dimensionals, Sponge


  1. Kim such a pretty card with lovely soft colours!

  2. Your MIL is going to love your card Kim. Such a pretty combination of colours and I love your stamping on vellum

  3. This is gorgeous, Kim, and I'll bet your mother-in-law LOVES it. The colours are amazing, and I just love all the pretty details. The sentiment looks great on the vellum strip.

  4. I adore this Kim, l have looked at heaps this week, your colours are really soft and pretty together, it is a really beautiful card.

  5. Love this one my friend and it's going to be the perfect b'day card for your MIL given she loves these colours.

    I particularly love the vellum sentiment and all that gorgeous stitching. You always add plenty of detail to your cards - something I perhaps could learn from you.


  6. Very pretty Kim. I love the vellum sentiment and your sewing. And you've made the inside lovely again! I must stop being so lazy and do that myself sometime LOL.

  7. Kim, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love this set and the card is so soft & pretty.

  8. Kim I love your take on Nikki's card, the colours and the layout. Very impressed that you decorated the inside too...I don't usually do that myself but should do!

  9. This is so pretty Kim! I love the colours you used, and I really like the sentiment on the vellum too. Great CASE of Nikki's card!


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