Friday, December 18, 2015

JAI #293 Just add a gift tag

Hello there,
how is everyone coping with the crazy time of year? I will have to admit to feeling somewhat overwhelmed at the moment. I know eventually everything will get done - but I'm a way off from that point yet.

This week at Just Add Ink I set the challenge - to Just Add a Gift Card. I deliberately timed this challenge at the point when I knew I would be needing to get gift card holders ready for some of the older kids in my family. Since they just get a gift card I always try to make the packaging something special and different each year. It worked perfectly and they are in the post!

Hope the challenge proves to be as useful to you as it was to me!

Here's what I came up with this year.

A close up of the gold versions.

And the silver versions.

So where's the gift card? Turn it over and it's all revealed.

Opened up to reveal the gift card.

I have to admit I love the combination of the Softly Falling embossing folder and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits (my first pick from the SU! Christmas catalogue -sadly retiring :( ). A little glitter edging adds the Christmas glitz and the bell adds a fun interactive touch (the gold ones were salvaged from the neck ribbons from Lindt Easter bunnies - I knew they'd come in handy one day - lol!). The little star tag was added so I could right in the kid's names.

We'll be running this challenge for two weeks to take us across the Christmas period (closing date Dec 30) so you'll have time to join us and show us your great gift card ideas. Do check out the rest of the DT for some inspiring gift card ideas.

Thanks for visiting and a very Merry Christmas to you all - may it be happy, safe and fun!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: None !!!
Cardstock: Garden Green, Night of Navy, Real Red, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: None !!!
Accessories: Gift Card Envelope and Trims thinlets, Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, Tiny Tags die (Papertrey Ink), Gold and Silver glitter, 1/4" score tape, Tombow multipurpose glue, Silver cord (R), Gold cording trim, Mini brads (R)

Friday, December 11, 2015

JAI #292 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well you can probably guess Christmas crafting is in full throttle here (when I can squeeze some in!) I will have to admit to not sending any Christmas card yet - eeek. But the good news is that I have another one to add to the stash courtesy of this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week Nikki has a great Christmas inspiration challenge for us. Here's the pic.

And here's what I made.

It's pretty clear what I pulled from the inspiration picture, the aqua/ silver colour scheme and I loved those diagonal stripes, but you needn't be as literal as me. It was fun though, taking the inspiration picture and putting it back together in my own way.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's inspired creations.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tree Trimming Trio (PaperTrey Ink), Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Banner framelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, Christmas tree die (PaperTrey Ink), Gold Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, Pool Party and Silver embossing powder, Silver cord (R), 8mm Silver sequins (Beads Neez Hobbysew), Sewing machine, Fine Tip Glue pen, Doubled sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, December 4, 2015

JAI #291 Just add C

Hello there,
well we have just squeaked over into December this week and the kids are raring to decorate the house for Christmas. I'm rather looking forward to it myself - I'm a Christmas fan :) So that is on our schedule for this weekend. (I'm also hoping to squeeze in a visit to the new IKEA that only just opened a few weeks ago here in Canberra - we might just pick up a few extra Christmas decorations there too ;). With all this talk of Christmas it's rather fitting that the challenge this week at Just Add Ink (from Tina) is Just Add C. What do we mean? Well that means you can add any colour, material, technique, concept as long as it begins with C and it's the main focus of your project. Just a few ideas include Christmas (of course), cat, Cucumber Crush, cookies, candles, cake, car and chalkboard technique!

I decided to add Christmas (twice!!)

Version  1: Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe

Version 2: Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand

Why twice? Well when I first thought of this design the colours that popped into my head were Pistachio Pudding and Sahara Sand, and then I thought since Pistachio Pudding was retired how would I do this using current SU cardstock - so the Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe version was born.

As you can see the design, and even the colouring of my two deers are the same, I just changed up the finishing ribbon treatments. One point to note is that while I coloured my wreath on the coloured base cardstock I stamped and coloured my deers on white cardstock and then fussy cut them out and adhered them over the stamped base images.

Aside from that these are simple but I think but sweet cards (and another two to add to my Christmas stash!).

Do check out the rest of the team for inspiration for adding 'C' to your project they have some fabulous ideas! Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Hardwood, Tremendous Treats: Christmas (PaperTrey Ink), Santa's Sleigh (PTI)
Cardstock: Pistachio Pudding, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Ink: Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Versamark
Accessories: Copic markers, Bitty Banner framelits, 2 1/2" circle punch, Circles framelits, Red glimmer paper, Bird Builder punch, Linen thread, Early Espresso baker's twine, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Doubled sided tape