Friday, April 28, 2017

JAI #357 Colour

Well hello there,
this week has been a study of contrasts it started down at the beach as we finished off the school break with a little holiday down the coast and as soon as we got back plunged full on into the daily school and work routine. Before we headed to the coast; however, I did put together a project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo from Jan. Here are the colours.

I found this colour mix to be quite intense so I decided to balance them out with a fair bit of white. It struck me they might be perfect for a sympathy card and having been caught out a couple of times when I should have sent one but haven't, I decided it was a good chance to make one to tuck away in my stash.

Having stamped and arranged a bunch of flowers I didn't want to cover them up too much but muting them a little with vellum was the perfect solution. So I white embossed my sentiment on the vellum strip. Given that I was intending this to be a sympathy card I have also kept bling to a minimum - there's shine from the embossing on the base mat and a scatter white sequins.

The rest of the team have come up with lots of (more cheerful) inspiration for you so do go check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Penned and Painted, Window Shopping
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand,Vellum
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Island Indigo, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), White embossing powder, White baker's twine, Metallic sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Tear and tape

Friday, April 21, 2017

JAI #356 Choose Two

Well hello there,
our Easter break flew by in a haze of paint as we took the opportunity to paint Mr 9's room. We got the job done but I seriously needed a rest after! In the pursuit of relaxation I did find the time to tackle the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a Just Choose Two challenge from Kelly. You have three options and we want you to Choose Two. Here they are.

Somehow the combination of circles and metallics appealed to me (although I couldn't resist adding flowers into the mix too).

Glimmery, shimmery shine - don't you love sparkle!! I think you know I do ;)

I went bold with this one and as I was splotching on splashes of colours I did have a moment of 'is this really going to work?' But I was delighted with the end result. I wanted to go with a sort of reverse contrast effect keeping my flowers white and gold and adding all the floral and landscape colours in behind them. I used lots of circles in the making of the card and for my stripey hillside. Metallics came into play in the flowers, glimmer mat and sentiment. This one was made and delivered within a couple of days. I'm happy to say the birthday girl liked it, lots :)

Do go check out the rest of the fabulous projects from the DT. Then show us your take on the challenge!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flower Patch, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Tempting Tuquoise
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Flower Fair framelits, Classic Scalloped circles nestabilites (Spellbinder), Classic Label punch, Water colour paper, Gold Glimmer paper, Subtles DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Sequins - metallics, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, April 14, 2017

JAI #355 Sketch

Hello there,
well last week ended with me attending and presenting (!!!) at Stampin Up!'s Sydney OnStage event. I hope to be able to show you the samples I made for my Product Spotlight segment soon. Once we got back to Canberra the first order of business was catching up on housework and getting prepared to paint Mr9's room (our Easter project).

My project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge does actually give you a sneak peek of new product coming your way very soon (wink). This week Narelle has challenged us to Just Add a Sketch. Here it is.

I used the sketch as my start point to create a card to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend.

Yes, more ombre ink. I just can't help myself at the moment! Pink and red for me are always a great combination for a wedding. But I wanted to keep it very light so I went very gentle on the red using it for the flower stamens and a small glimmer red heart. I used the sponge brayers to create an ombre background (pink with the faintest hint of red) and then covered that with vellum so I could add an assortment of white, pink and red sequins. I embossed a sentiment within the heart and added a little pop of green by adding two little leafy sprigs.

Do check out the projects from the rest of the team - they will delight you! Hope you can join us and show us what you create with the sketch.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Jar of Love, Floral Phrases
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Mint Macaron
Accessories: Seasonal Layers framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, Hearts Collection framelits (R), Glimmer paper (Dazzling Diamonds, Blushing Bride, Real Red), White embossing powder, Clear Wink of Stella, Sequins (Metallics, Brights, assorted retired), Sewing machine, Sponge brayer, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Colour INKspiration 07

Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 07 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Denita Wright's blog and I'm sure you were delighted by her project! If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link or banner up top to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

I always package up some Easter eggs for my kids and this year the chooks from the (now retired) Saleabration set were just irresistible! This year I made some tags to go on glassine bags filled with pastel candy coated chocolate eggs.

Close up of the tags.

I used watercolour paper for my chickens and also for their nests. One of the Swirly Bird dies was just the perfect overlay to add detail and colour to a nest full of candy coloured eggs. The tags are easy to detach to minimise destruction in the pursuit of chocolate!

The challenge runs till April 24th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Jacque Williams in New Zealand. Enjoy!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy about You, Hey, Chick (R)
Cardstock: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe, Stazon Black
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles thinlets, Angled Tag Topper punch, 2" circle punch, Water colour paper, Aquapainter, Gold binder clips, Fringe scissors, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Gold and Silver sequin trim, White gel pen (Signo), Whisper White bakers twine

Friday, April 7, 2017

JAI #354 Inspiration

Hello there,
well I am a tingle with excitement today (a nice change from last week) as today I am heading to Sydney for OnStage event that is on tomorrow! It's very exciting to know that I will have the new annual catalogue in my hands in just one more day. Before I head off however, I wanted to get my project for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge finished. This week we have a legacy challenge from the lovely Trish who has just stepped down from the DT. She asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the inspiration picture. Use the colours, the patterns or an element to inspire your project.

The intensely coloured flowers caught my eye and as I began to play with the colours I realised just how lovely they were together. Here's how it all turned out.

I am really in a phase of playing with colour and ombre transitions. So I began with a brayered mat (Daffodil then a thin tint of Smoky Slate). Then overlaid that with embossed vellum. Stitching that on added even more texture. Then I surrounded my sentiment with an floral bouquet and a scatter of sequins.

The rest of the design team has lots of gorgeous inspiration for you so do go check them all out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Everyday Jars framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Seaside embossing folder, Sponge brayer, Metallic sequins, Wink of Stella clear, Dimensionals, Tear and tape