Friday, October 25, 2013

JAI 188 Just add Grunge

Hello there,
well I did say last week that I'd worked ahead a bit and today I have another Father's Day card for you - this time it was for my DH. The challenge we have for you at Just Add Ink this week was just perfect for it - as this week we want you to Just Add Grunge. Think splatter, layers, messy - a little or a lot!

And here is what I came up with.
A very simple pop up element in the middle

I kept it all pretty simple, and tried to add lots of textural elements - like the stamped grungy layers and hint of burlap. I did love how embossing the chevron pattern looks! DH is a big fan of interactive cards and I'd glimpsed a card on my Pin feed that used an acetate insert and figured it should be easy to do - and it was! and still packs a punch - winner!

Adding grunge is a fun thing to do so do join us this week! Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for lots of fabulous inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Positively Chevron, Gorgeous Grunge, World's Greatest (R), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Grey, Real Red, Crushed Curry, Versamark
Accessories: Typeset Alphabet BigZ, Bitty Banner framelits, small star punch (R), Clear embossing powder, Antique brad, burlap, acetate, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 18, 2013

JAI 187 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
well I had a lovely but tiring week off last week. Tell me I'm not the only one to come back from a week off only then to need a week to recover from it - lol! And yes, you guessed it - back to lunch boxes this week. Although I caught a lucky break as my Miss 8 had a special canteen sausage sizzle lunch one day. To deal with school holidays and various family events I worked ahead on the Just Add Ink challenges so for this weeks challenge (we want you to Just Add a sketch) I'm taking you back to Father's Day. Paula's great sketch just popped an idea into my head that I thought would be perfect as a card for my FIL. Here's the sketch. 

I'd stashed away but not used my SU! That's the Ticket set but it got a good work out here after the idea of using the tickets as the panel elements popped into my head. I kept all the tones fairly masculine using the Soft Sky (and the tiny red heart to add the colour pops). I used the DSP, stitching and a button threaded with twine to add texture. All the elements draw your eye down to the Sky "dad"  - which as it is a Father's Day card is a good thing ;) The inside was finished off simply to match. By all accounts it was well received by my FIL :)

Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some fabulous inspiration for this great sketch. Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: That's the Ticket, Take a Ticket, For my Family (R), Just the Ticket (Papertrey Ink), Boutique Borders: Father (PTI)
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Real Red
Ink: Early Expresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Ticket Duo builder punch, Just the Ticket border die (PTI), Windsor Knot DSP (R), Brushed Bronze designer button (R), Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Vintage Trinkets, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 11, 2013

JAI 186 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well school holidays are nearly done and soon I'll be making lunch boxes again. But in some ways it will be nice to go back to the usual routine. You can bet by Christmas though I'll be looking forward to a break again - lol! Now the challenge we have for you this week at Just Add Ink could make you think of Christmas or may'be not - your choice, as this week it's an inspiration challenge. Here it is.
And as it turns out I didn't go down the Christmas path.

This was my first outing with the Flower Shop set and what I wanted to do was capture the colours and the wreathy feel of the inspiration picture but with a birthday spin. The texty Smokey Slate (one of my most used new colours!) was an addition added during construction and I really liked how it set off the colours. This one turned out may'be not quite how I'd planned but nevertheless I rather like it! The rest of the DT have some fabulous ideas for you so do go check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Dictionary, Flower Shop, Yippee-Skippee!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Smokey Slate, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Perfect Plum, White Vellum
Ink: Smokey Slate, Crushed Curry, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Marina Mist, Calypso Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Punches (Boho Blossom punch, 2 1/2" circle, 2 3/8" scallop circle, Pansy), White embossing powder, Tea Lace paper dollies, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz 3/4" Chevron ribbon, Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 4, 2013

JAI 185 Just Add a Colour combo

Hello there, 
well the school holidays are here and this Mama has been enjoying not making lunch boxes this week - its the little things that make a different sometimes - lol! I've also got in quite a bit of crafting time (big smile) but I must admit I whipped up my card for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge a few weeks ago. This week we have a lovely colour combo for you.

I really am loving this Dahlia stamp from SU!, when I bought it, it was a bit of a gamble but its one that has paid off. It can be super modern or you can shabby it up a bit and it still looks fabulous!

Lots of inky goodness here, layering grunge, text and flowers. The main dahlia on the front and then one on the inside I embossed so I could watercolour over with Coastal Cabana and not have the Raspberry Ripple bleed. I dragged my white bakers twine through the Sahara ink pad to tone the colour down a bit and added some faux stitching to ground the sentiment then finished the card off white rhinestones and sequins. Fun!

Hope you can join us at Just Add Ink. Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Delightful Dahlia, Gorgeous Grunge, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla
Ink: Raspberry Ripple, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Hearts a Flutter framelits, Print Poetry DSP (R), Clear embossing powder, Coastal Cabana ruffled ribbon, White Bakers twine, sequins, Jewels - rhinestones, Aquapainter, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)