Friday, May 30, 2014

JAI 216 Just add watercolour

Hello there,
well I dragged my weary body home from a fabulous time spent with many of the Just Add Ink team at the Stampin' Up South Pacific Convention late last weekend. Spending time with those girls was a once a year special treat, as was catching up with a few other special friends - Di, Sam, Kelly you know who I'm talking about :) Here's a couple of pics to show you these special girls.

The JAI girls at convention - Nikki, Christine, Patrice, Paula, Tina, Delys, Louise, Narelle and I

The after party. Some of the JAI girls with friends (L-R: Kelly, Di, I, Narelle, Paula, Patrice, Bronwyn, Sam)

Now while convention for 2014 is done and dusted I still have my convention swap to show you and rather fortuitously it was just perfect for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to just add watercolour. So pull out your watercolor ideas/techniques for this one :)

We hope you can join us, especially as the winner of the challenge this week will be offered the opportunity to join the team to be a guest designer on an upcoming Just Add Ink challenge.

I pulled out a lot of SU! clear mount stamps for this and laid them all out on my largest block. Once I had found an arrangement I was happy with, I then clear embossed on Natural White cardstock. Then I got out my reinkers and applied the three blue shades in turn using a paint brush. Once that had dried, I white embossed a few stars over the top, splashed some drips over the top and once those had dried added the sequins. The sentiment focal was also white embossed over watercoloured cardstock. Then layered with a vellum butterfly, gold and linen thread, a gold mat and little banner.

Playing around with watercolour techniques is a lot of fun so please do join us. Don't forget to check out the rest of the JAI DT for fabulous challenge inspiration!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamp sets: Evergreen, Happy Day, Hello Lovely, Hip Notes, Peachy Keen, Perfect Pennants, Yippee Skippee!
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Naturals White, Crumb Cake,  Cardstock Vellum
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Indigo Island, Pool Party, Versamark
Accessories:  Elegant Butterfly and 2 1/2" Circle punch, Banner and Window Frames Collection framelits, Clear and White embossing powder, Sewing machine , Gold thread, Gold sequin trim, Linen thread, Gold baker’s twine, Natural  5/8” Chevron ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow

Friday, May 16, 2014

JAI 215 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well this past weekend was Mothers Day here in AUS. So in the lead up to that I was a busy girl making a card for my Mum and my MIL. Today's Just Add Ink challenge was just perfect for creating a flowery vintage number for my Mum (she loved it :). This week the challenge is to Just Add a Colour Combo. This lovely combo was suggested by Mae

We are running this challenge for two weeks as many of the JAI DT are heading to the SU! South Pacific convention (excited squeal!!!!). If you are at Convention please do come along and say hello, we love to meet the talented crafters who play along with the challenges!!

Funnily enough the inside was simple and done and dusted in no time but the front evolved over a couple of weeks. I started with one spray of flowers and ended up with a whole field with the sentiment pieces peeping out of the flowers. I also puzzled about how I'd add the sentiment to the vellum tag. I wanted to emboss (and did) and came up with the solution of sponging on the back to really make the embossing pop.

My mothers day was spent at home with the family, constructing a loop the loop racing set and helping with homework (this Mum can turn her hand to all sorts of tasks - lol) and just enjoying being together :) (Ok I did slip some stamping in there too ;)

Hope you can join us. Do check out the rest of the DT for wonderful inspiration for using these lovely colours.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Happy Watercolor, Label Love, For My Family
Cardstock: Cherry Cobler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Cherry Cobler, Garden Green, Stazon Black
Accessories: Scalloped Tag Topper punch, Artisan label punch, Beautifully Baroque embossing folder, Crochet Trim, Cherry Cobler seam binding, White embossing powder, Aquapainter, sponge, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, May 9, 2014

JAI 214 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
brrrrr it was cold here this week! And of course the kids cross country run was scheduled this week so as a devoted Mum I was out there watching them. A very BIG and HOT cup of tea was well deserved after that!! I might note that as an occasional scrapper I was also taking photos - hmm they might be good candidates for a SU! Project Life page - once the new catalogue arrives on our shores in July - I am not counting down the days at all - really I'm not - (wink)!

OK it's also Friday (yippee) and that means a new Just Add Ink challenge and this week we want you to Just Add a Sketch (one designed by me!). 

This was made for a very sweet friend I know who loves tealy blues. Actually the design for the sketch came about by playing with the flowers and just liking how striking yet simple the three lines of flowers looked. In the end I decided not to add any rhinestones or pearls as I thought the gold embossing and flowers themselves were enough embellishment.

This sketch has a lot of possibilities so do join us and don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for lots of inspirational ideas.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Petite Petals, Fabulous Florets, Gorgeous Grunge, Million and One
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay,  Pool Party, Wild Wasabi, Gold Encore, Versamark
Accessories: Petite Petals punch, Corner rounder punch (R), Simpy Scored, Gold and White embossing powder, White Gel pen, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, May 2, 2014

JAI 213 Just Add Inspiration

Hello there,
can you believe its already May!! This year is flying past. Right now is one of my favourite times of year because of the beautiful Autumn colours that are everywhere. Just seeing those jewel bright colours contrasted against the blue sky makes me happy :)

I have to say that the challenge we have for you at Just Add Ink this week is one that made me happy too. This week its an inspiration challenge - pick what inspires you from the picture - patterns, colours and go have fun!

And here is what I came up with for my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. 

One to show you the fabulous shimmer and shine.

The inside.

The inspiration picture was just perfect for celebrating such a special family occasion. Gold adds such richness and of course Gold = 50 years. How perfect was that! I loved the detail the chevron adds and I pulled the pink and blue from the photo to represent bubbly bubbles, and love that it also represents the two halves of their long partnership. 

I'll also confess it to being the first time I've used a tiled panel, it just seemed perfect for this!

Hope you can join in the fun. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for wonderful inspiration.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Positively Chevron, Memorable Moments, One in a Million
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Blushing Bride
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Starburst framelits, Banner punch (R), Gold Foil sheet, Circle punches (1/8",1/4" 3/8" (Itty Bitty Shapes), 1 3/4"), Gold Baker's twine, Vintage faceted designer button, Gold embossing powder, Dimensional, Double sided tape (X Press)