Friday, August 31, 2012

JAI 133 Just add mustard and metallics

Hello there,
well when I first heard what the Just Add Ink challenge was for this week, I was, like really? How on earth am I going to do that!! But then an idea popped into my head and I was right. I just love it when I get that light bulb momment - what you have in your head may not always translate to paper but when it does it's great (big smile). So what is the Just Add Ink challenge? It's.......Just add mustard and metallics.

 And my idea? Well it was sunflowers. I must admit I redid this front panel at least three times, first working out the layout, then I smudged a flower then on the last leaf, forgot to stamp it off first - grrrr. Even this one isn't as perfect as I would like it to be but at that point I decided to live with it! The flowers were inked up in So Saffron and then I rock and rolled them in More Mustard. I used Garden Green for the leaves but stamped it off first as it was just too strong otherwise. Once I finished the stamping I impressed a plaid pattern across the whole panel. The last step was to add some stitching around the edge. Oh and of course add the sentiment banner. With more, mustard and an embossed gold sentiment - there you see I didn't forget about the metallics ;) I added one more sunflower to the inside to finish it off. I was pretty happy with how it turned out - these sunflowers certainly added some sunshine to my day :)
Thanks for visiting,
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Simple Sunflower, Half and Half (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: More Mustard, So Saffron, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Half and Half die, Simple Sunflower die (PTI), Picnic Plaid impression plate (PTI), Large oval punch, Gold embossing powder, Early Expresso twine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 24, 2012

JAI 132 Just add a sketch

Hello there!
well this week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch for you. It turned out to be perfect for the idea I had for a birthday card for a friend. Here's the sketch.
And here is the end result of sketch plus playing with some new stamping goodies ;)

The colour selection was decided based on colours that I thought my friend would like, they make for some unusual roses but definitely striking ones! It was (and will be) interesting to play with other colour combos using this set and see how the roses turn out. I played around with two mid purple shades - Wisteria Wonder and Perfect Plum. In the end the large rose on the front was stamped with Wisteria and the two smaller ones tucked underneath with Perfect Plum. I also played with a bit of under over foliage. I saw someones work on Pinterest that played with this idea and had been itching to try it out for myself. The colours and all the white give it a really fresh feel - almost summery - or is that wishful thinking on my part as it almost snowed here a week ago ;) All the early spring tree blooming however does give me some hope we are nearing the end of our winter! Anyway hope you get the chance to give the sketch a try this week!

Thanks for visiting :)

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: This Sweet Life, Beautiful Butterflies, Turning a New Leaf (all Papertrey Inc)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Wisteria Wonder
Ink: Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Hexagon die: Coverplate, This Sweet Life dies, Turning a New Leaf die, Large Scalloped border, Linen/Canvas Impression plate (all PTI),  Pool Party ruffled ribbon, Dimensionals, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive

Friday, August 17, 2012

JAI 131 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
hope you all had a good week and perhaps added some blue and bling to it ;) Mine was blue in another way. I spent two days at home with a tummy bug - not exactly my ideal way to pass time but on the upside it meant I got two days of blissful peace at home (because the kids, thankfully healthy, were packed off to school/ child care). Moving on, as did the tummy bug, this week at Just Add Ink we have a great colour challenge for you. The inclusion of Garden Green aroused some gasps of horror in the DT but I actually don't mind it although I don't pull it out often. So here is the colour combo.

Unfortunately I had to make a sympathy card and I thought these colours were suitable for this as I wanted something muted but not depressing. So this is what I came up with.

I wanted to keep things simple and not fussy but add depth to it. So I started by creating the background by stamping the text, and then inking up my stripes embossing folder and impressing both pattern and ink over the text. (Awesome effect I might add!!) The transfer from light to dark panels was covered with a bit of scalloped border and lace. The flowers were dead simple, Crumb Cake stamped over with Chocolate Chip then trimmed out and mounted over the stems. I did try to gently stamp off the lower ends of the stems so that the sentiment text stamped over would stand out just that little bit more. Aside from finishing off the inside to match that's about it.

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to go check out the rest of the DT for inspiration on using this colour combo,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: En Francais, Field Flowers, Little Labels (PTI)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip,  Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Chocolate chip, Crumb Cake, Garden Green
Accessories:  Adorning Accent Edgelit die, Stripes embossing folder, Classic oval nestabilities (Spellbinder), Brayer, Victoria lace, Sponges, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 10, 2012

JAI 130 Just add Blue and Bling

Hello there :)

oooh lucky me has the day off work today to go and potter around at the Craft Fair which is in town this weekend :) Not only do I get to spend the day with a friend but spend it doing, talking, chatting, and buying ;) crafty stuff - yah!!  Hopefully you'll get the chance to have some crafty time this weekend too and you might want to try the fun challenge we have for you at Just Add Ink this week. This week we want you to add blue and bling! Here's what I came up.

Close up of the bauble tag

Close up of the detail on the handle

Yes - back to Christmas again this week ;) But then I've just finished off my first Christmas stamp a stack for the year so Christmas is in the air here! The blue is fairly obvious ;) and for the bling - well I silver embossed dollies (snowflakes) all over the box. I also went super blingy for the tag. I got my hands on silver glimmer paper at Convention and I just couldn't resist using it here. More silver embossing and finally the bling was wrapped up with a rhinestone. The little box (2, 4, 6, 8 box) is quick and simple to make. You can find the tutorial that I used here.  The only change I made was to make a sturdy (but decorative) handle from cardstock. To finish it, all I had to do then was fill a cellophane bag with some yummy choccies and tie it up with some matching ribbon.

Hope you can join us this week! Thanks for visiting,
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Delicate Dollies, Delightful Decorations
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Silver glimmer
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Punches (Scallop Trim border, Round Tab, 2 1/2" , 3/4" and 1" circle), 2" scallop circle punch (EK success), Silver embossing powder, Medium cellophane bag, Sticky Strip, Navy organza ribbon (R), Silver cord (R), Jewels - rhinestone, Dimensionals

Friday, August 3, 2012

JAI 129 Just add a sketch

Hello there :)
welcome back for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a great sketch for you - lots of fun :) Here it is.

The idea for this card popped into my head while I was putting my little boyo to bed one night. I always stay with him for a cuddle, and I find the dark quiet environment works wonders for creative thinking. So having had the idea I had to put it to paper and I did from scratch that night. It was so nice to go to bed feeling happy with the outcome! 

My starting plan was to go with a browns plus blue colour scheme and then add a few eyecatching accents of pink.  So I used the balloon, the owls belly and the tags as the three accent features and kept the rest in the brown/blue palette. I almost went with DSP for the background layer but then pulled out a text stamp and used that instead. Fading the text as it travels down and also transitioning from blue=sky to brown=ground. To add a little extra interest I dottoed on a few clouds before I stamped the text and then pulled them off when I was done stamping. The rest is pretty straightforward - an owl, a branch for her to sit on, and sentiment tags :)

I had fun making this one! Hope you can join us for the challenge.
Thanks for visiting,
Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Party this Way, Tiny Tags, Happiest Birthday Wishes, Background Basics: Text Style (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Regal Rose
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Punches (Owl, Scalloped Dotted Ribbon border, Jewelery Tag, Cupcake, Scalloped Oval, Modern Label, Decorative Label), Parisian Breeze DSP (R), Sweet Always DSP (R), Early Expresso twine, Tombow multi, Double sided tape, Dimensionals