Friday, January 29, 2016

JAI #296 Just add nature

Hi there,
we have a challenge this week at Just Add Ink that I think will suit a lot of people. This week Di has asked us to Just Add Nature. So pull out your flora and fauna stamps and have fun creating something that takes you back to nature! For me it was a great excuse to play with some new Stampin Up! goodies ;)

My original idea was to have the bird as the main, and only, coloured element, but I have serious white space issues ;) and instead changed the top mat to Island Indigo. I loved the resulting contrast to the white flowers and foliage. I also added in lots of little pops of vibrant pinks to tie everything together. Cutting all the flowers and arranging them was a little fiddly but fun too and well worth the time!

Hope you can join us for the challenge. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for lots of wonderful nature inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Picture Perfect, Watercolor Wings
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Shimmer White, Vellum
Ink: Island Indigo, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Rose Red
Accessories: Botanical Builder framelits, Circle framelits, Linen/Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Ink), Sweetheart Sequin mix 4 & 6mm (Pretty Pink Posh), Hot Pink twine (stash), White embossing powder, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, January 22, 2016

JAI #295 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
thank you to everyone who left comments last week on my Just Add Ink blog hop post. It was a real pleasure to hear from you! Well in between entertaining the kids while they are on their summer school holidays I managed to squeeze in making a card for the new Just Add Ink challenge this week. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Tina.

I broke out my favourite Sale-a-bration set - Flowering Fields.

Working with the sketch I decided to make little cameos using some of the flowers. This set really appeals to me as the flowers are very familiar as they are illustrations of native Australian flowers. The sketch was scarily CAS for me so I added a mat of DSP, toning it down with an overlay of vellum and since I was sewing it on I couldn't help but add some sequins underneath (yes again - it's a problem ;) It's very difficult to see but I also clear embossed the white mat using the Happy Patterns Decorative Mask so there is a lovely shine and gleam that adds an extra dimension to the card. Having dealt with my 'white space' issues I was pretty happy with how this turned out. 

Do check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous and inventive sketch inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flowering Fields, Tag-its #1 (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Copic markers, Wildflower Fields DSP, circle punch, cardstock vellum, Happy Patterns Decorative mask, clear embossing powder, Silver twine (R), Sewing machine, Silver sequins, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press) 

Friday, January 15, 2016

JAI #294 Just add something new blog hop

Hello and Happy New Year,
You may have noticed I had a bit of blogging break. It was I must admit nice to have a change from my weekly schedule and made the Christmas and New Year break that little bit more laid back. I even went to bed early a few times!!!

At Just Add Ink we always like to start the year off with a blog hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. This year Rochelle has suggested we all Just Add Something New. Now I know that won't be hard for the Stampin Up! demonstrators out there as the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotions have started! If you don't have anything new from SU! please join us using whatever new product you have and be sure to let us know what it is.

To make the blog hop extra special the design team have donated new SU! SAB items as prizes to the winner and two honorable mentions participants. Please note, to be eligible, you must  create a "NEW" project using "SOMETHING NEW TO YOU" and leave a comment on all the design team blogs, be or become a follower of the JAI challenge blog and blog your project exclusively linked to Just Add Ink. Any entrants that link to additional challenges will be disqualified. (The prizes are open to both international and AUS/NZ participants).

We look forward to kicking the year off with a celebration of new crafty goodness and inspiration and hope you will join the challenge with us.

You can begin the blog hop here on my blog or at any of the other design team members blog posts. Just follow the hop by clicking on the previous or next buttons you will find at the bottom of all the design team posts. Or you can start here at the beginning.

This is what I started the year off with.

That gorgeous flower showcases two of my brand new purchases. The SU! Birthday Blooms set was the first set I wanted from the Occasions catalogue and I coloured it with another brand new purchase - Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I began by white embossing my flower onto watercolour paper and then got to work colouring it. I was very happy with the vibrant intense colour I was able to get using my new markers. After it was dry I trimmed it out and then got to work creating a vintagey feel background for it. I mixed and matched DSP, added vellum and scattered the sentiment and sequins across the card. 

Now it's time to move to Jodene Tripp's blog (just click on the next button below) or you can return to the Just Add Ink challenge post (just click the previous button).

Hope you can join in the challenge with us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Zig Clean Color Brush markers, Watercolor paper (Ranger), Hearts Collection Framelits, Typeset Specialty DSP, Subtles Colour Collection DSP, retired SU! DSP, Sheer Basics Vellum Patterned Paper (Papertrey Ink), Soft Sky seam binding, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), Sparkling Clear sequins (4 and 6 mm) (Pretty Pink Posh), Fine Tip glue pen