Friday, July 29, 2016

JAI #322 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well this week has had some ups and downs. I got time to stamp, that was a good way to start but then my laptop was dying (really not good news). It did serve me well for five years. Although it's a bit sad that we consider that well and truly the lifetime for a computer I think! So it was time to move on and upgrade. Before everything got chaotic I managed to tackle this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rochelle wants you to Just add a Colour Combo. Here are the colours.

These colours had a very sweet vintage vibe to me and I knew instantly I wanted to make a jar of flowers.

Once again the weather was not my friend when I was trying to get a decently lighted photo.

Just a few things to note here that are a little out of the ordinary. Firstly, I used the burlap textured stamp in the Jar of Love stamp set to 'kiss' the water fill stamp for the jar on the front to add in a lovely watery texture. Now you may have noticed the jar label and be scratching your head and saying 'That's not in the Jar of Love' set and you would be right! I used a framelit from the PL Cards and Labels set, cut a label then cut both ends a bit shorter and used a Chocolate Chip marker to doodle a border that matched the stamped jar lines and had the perfect space to stamp the sentiment.

Hope you join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT projects!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Everyday Jars framelits, Project Life Cards and Labels framelits, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Subtles DSP stack, Early Espresso baker's twine (R), Venetian Crochet Trim (R), Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 22, 2016

JAI #321 Just add paper piecing

Hello there,
well after a short intermission (and having survived school holidays) I have another Christmas card for you. I thought our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week - to Just Add Paper Piecing from Patrice was a great one to use for this. The JAI design team have lots of gorgeous examples of paper piecing so go check them out and then join us :)

This is what I came up with (photographing this in the drizzly morning rain was a challenge so please forgive the dull images).

And the inside.

I pulled out a large line image poinsettia (sadly retired but still lurking on my shelves) and stamped it repeatedly on DSP. My aim was to have the text on the DSP radiate out from the centre of the flower. I trimmed out a bunch of overlapping petals for the base and then the upper layer. Next I water coloured the petals, adding a few little highlights with white ink. Once it was all dry I used Tombow multi glue to adhere the DSP petals to a flower stamped (and trimmed out from) cardstock. I used dimensionals to layer up the flower and secure the looped gold thread. I wanted something to contrast with the flower and I thought the bold gold striped vellum provided a suitable amount of Christmas bling. 

Thanks for visiting. Don't forget we'd love to see your paper pieced project this week too!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Reason for the Season, Flurry of Wishes, Joyful Christmas (R)
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Whisper White, Black Stazon
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Merry Moments DSP (R), Typeset DSP (R), Gold Natural Trim ribbon, Gold Fancy Foil Vellum (R), Red Glimmer paper, Cherry Cobler Dazzling Details (R), Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 15, 2016

JAI #320 Just add a sketch

Hello there, 
ooh I had fun with my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina has a great sketch for us and as I was pondering what I could do this fun idea occurred to me - and I think it worked. Come and see what you think. But first here's the sketch.

 And here is what I made of it.

Does that butterfly pattern look familiar? If you are trying to place it - it's the Fluttering embossing folder.  I inked up the embossing folder with ink and gently but firmly pressed it onto the paper. The inked impression was much more delicate but I kind of went to town with the journaling marker and added in lots of scribbly details. The process of colouring and doodling was something I really enjoyed - so fun just to play with colour and filling in the butterflies. This was also the first time I have tried water colouring on Shimmery White cardstock and I have to say it worked really well - and the shimmer is lovely too - but very hard to capture in a photograph. The only other thing to mention is that I made this a window card by cutting the circle element through the card front and mounting the sentiment on the inside so it peeps through. I may have gotten carried away adding all the butterflies on the inside ;) but all the colours looked so nice!

Hope you can join us for the challenge this week and don't forget to stop by the blogs of the rest of the DT for some stunning inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Papillion Potpourri, Enjoy the Little Things (R)
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Tangering Tango, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi, Bermuda Bay, Versamark, Stazon Black
Accessories: Fluttering embossing folder, Circle Collection framelits (R), Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly punch, Project Life Journaling Pen (0.1), Black glimmer paper, Black embossing powder, Wink of Stella, Neutrals DSP stack, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 8, 2016

JAI #319 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
so far we have been taking school holidays slowly here, firstly cause it's cold and the kids were quite happy to have some PJ time in the warm house (this meant Mum got to stamp :), and secondly because my Mr 8 proceeded to get a cold as soon as school finished. Why does that always happen! Given the weather and the fact that we have just ticked over into July, it's appropriate that we have a challenge that is just perfect for a Christmas in July theme. This week at Just Add Ink Di has suggested we Just add Inspiration. Here it is. 

And here is what I came up with (using new stuff!!!)

I just couldn't resist using my new Foxy Friends set and stamping up a pussy cat - so cute! The inspiration photo was saying Christmas to me - so I dressed my cat for Christmas and added some wreath-like greenery. I searched through my stamp collection for a hat that was the right size and style and then stamped it on the back side of the glimmer papers and pieced the bits together. I've enjoyed dipping my toes into Christmas crafting but I promise I will have something different next week.

Do go check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous projects.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise indicated
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Number of Years, Presents for You (My Favorite Things - for the hat and sentiment)
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Smokey Slate, Basic Gray, Old Olive, Garden Green, Real Red
Accessories: Fox Builder punch, Everyday Jars framelits, Large Numbers framelits, Ovals Collection framelits (R), A Little Foxy DSP, Red and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, SNAIL adhesive

Friday, July 1, 2016

JAI #318 Just add something beginning with S

Hello there,
I managed to squeeze in some inky time this week (to play with new goodies!!) which was great!!! (Those projects will be turning up on the blog in the next few weeks so keep an eye out). I was trying to get ahead on some projects - DT and for classes - before our winter school holidays start. Routines go out the window then and usually so does time for me stamp (although I have been known to cart along a craft bag with projects to complete if we are travelling). First off the rank was my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge from Tina. To Just Add 'S'. How do we want you to add 'S' ? Well we mean add anything that begins with S, as a major part of your project. This can be a colour like Smokey Slate, an object like star, sunburst, snail, or a technique like shadow box, or a shaving cream background. 

Here's what I came up with. How many 'S's can you find?

The inside

Well this is officially my first Christmas card for the year. Maybe it was the almost snowy weather we've had recently, or just the imminent approach of July! So I've gone all out and I think added at least six 'S' elements - star, silver (ribbon and embossing), sequins, shaker, snow globe, snowman. I reckon that's not bad. Are you curious how I made the base for my snow globe? Here's a pic to show you.

This challenge gives you lots of scope to have some fun so I hope you can join us. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's projects for some fun 'S' inspiration. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hardwood, Number of Years, Festival of Trees (R)(eek I only just realised this was retired!, Jingle all the Way (R)
Cardstock: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Large Number framelits, Circles framelits (R), Bitty Banner framelits (R), Softly Falling embossing folder, Merry Moments DSP (R), Star punch (R), Silver glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder, Silver Satin ribbon, Project Life journalling pen, Window sheet, Foam adhesive strips, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Tombow multi, Sequins (R)