Friday, December 9, 2016

JAI #340 Gift Tags

Hello there,
well I've been away most of the last week for work and I thought there was no way I was going to get a project done for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. But I'm delighted to prove myself wrong! I can tell you this challenge is just perfect for this time of year and you will love the inspiration from the rest of the team for fabulous, fun, fast tags. Yes tags! This week Jan challenged us to Just add Gift Tags.

Here's what I came up with for a special friend I was having a pre Christmas lunch catch up with.

And now attached to a little package.

Curious what's inside? A little felty Christmas tree! (Another little hobby of mine.)  

This challenge was just what I needed and my tag is going to serve as a prototype for embellishing several more Christmas gifts. Hope you can join us and show us your tags for all seasons - Christmas, birthday, whatever you need right now!

PS: I have to fess up that in my rush to make and deliver this I forgot to write in the tag - rolling eyes at myself - but it was kind of funny too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Christmas Pines, Merriest Wishes
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Scalloped Tag punch, Silver embossing powder, Silver foil, Silver glimmer paper, Silver and Blushing Bride sequins, 1/4" silver taffeta ribbon, Silver cord (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape


Friday, December 2, 2016

JAI #339 Sketch

Well hello,
I actually had a weekend at home last weekend and that meant I had some time to craft (but only after I got our overdue tax paperwork sorted - groan! It was a good motivator to get that job out of the way though!). This week's Just Add Ink challenge proved to be perfect for my purposes. This week Narelle wants us to Just Add a Sketch. Here it is.

And here is what I made of it.

The inside.

As you can probably guess this is for a very significant anniversary (the tag is a tiny clue ;). This year just before Christmas my parents reach the truly inspirational milestone of 60 years of marriage. So a special card is warranted that reflects that lifetime together. Flowers were my first thought and so I pulled out Jar of Love and started by creating a watercolour background using reinkers. It ended up with a lovely worn feel and is much more luminescent in real life. For the panel on top I stamped up a bunch of branches and flowers and created a bouquet to come out of my shaker jar (I included a few heart sequins in there if you look carefully). A little tag, a scatter of sequins and a liberal dose of Wink of Stella finish it all off.

I know Mum and Dad will like it regardless and while I was uncertain for a while if it was going to turn out ok I think it did in the end.

Hope you can join us this week. The rest of the team have lots of fabulous inspiration to get you going so do check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Express Yourself (R)
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Real Red, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Olive, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Everyday Jar Framelits, Tiny Tags dies (Papertrey Ink), Number Time Trio dies (PTI),  White and Clear embossing powder, Red glimmer paper, Stacked with Love DSP (R), Window sheet, Assorted sequins - SU! and Pretty Pink Posh, Memento 0.3 marker, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, November 25, 2016

JAI #338 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well another hectic week has passed. The most recent highlight was seeing my Mr8 perform in his first guitar concert. He only started learning this year and he did great - and so did the other kids! They were all so amazing, clever and brave to get up in front of an audience to show what they had learned.

Despite a busy weekend I did manage to snatch a little time to make something for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jan wants you to Just Add Inspiration. She picked a great vibrant filled image to get you going. Use the image to inspire your project - it might be the colours, an object or patterns. Here it is.

And this is where I ended up.

You just knew it had to be another Christmas card didn't you!
Those vibrant colours made me think the aurora's - aurora borealis and aurora australis I looked them up and the colours were perfect. So why not a Christmas night sky filled with one! To start I pulled out watercolour paper and got my reinkers a paintbrush and set to work. I toned down the colours with a wash of Night of Navy over the top, then added some water splotches and Wink of Stella for texture. Once that was dry I added fine splatters of white gouache over the top to complete the starry sky, leaving a little gap for my silver embossed Christmas star. The perfect companion to a background like this is a sweet silhouette die (my first pick from last years SU! Holiday catalogue now sadly retired). I cut that from shimmery white and also silver foil and offset the two slightly. A scattering of sequins finishes it all off.

The rest of the team have lots of gorgeous inspiration for you so don't forget to drop past their blogs too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jingle All The Way (R)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy
Accessories: Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Watercolour paper, Silver foil, Wink of Stella, White Gouache, Silver embossing powder, Jewels - rhinestones, Metallic sequins, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, November 18, 2016

JAI #337 Just choose two

Hello there,
well we have a fun new challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. For this new type of challenge we'll give you three options and you Just need to Choose Two and use those two in your project. 

So what can you choose this week? Well I set the challenge this week and your three options are dollies, die cuts and designer (patterned) paper.

Patterned paper is not my natural go to. So my starting point was dollies and die cuts. I wanted to use Merry Mice again (still loving these) and I was trying to think of different way to use dollies. When the combination of the singing mouse and the idea of using dollies as curtains popped into my head. A lot of this card was strongly influenced by a wonderful crafter Kelly Latevola. Kelly has posted two videos recently, one where she created a stage scene sketching her curtains in by hand with copics and another that is all about a spotlight. Do go watch these you'll learn so much about light and copic colouring!

Here's how I combined all that information to come up with my mouse doing a stage concert. (Please forgive the light quality I took the photos early in the morning and have tried to adjust for that but its not perfect).

So first up my dollies. I smooched them into my Real Red ink pad, then heat set them. The lacy edges were just not right for the swags, so I just cut the lacy edging off and that was perfect. I did use just a little of the lacy bits at the bottom. (Just a note as dollies are so delicate I did reinforce them with punched circles of red card stock underneath). As the finishing touch to the swags I used my copic markers to add detail, that worked great and was really effective. So where are my die cuts - there are two obvious and two not so obvious. The banner and stitched edging around the inside of the window frame are the obvious ones. Not so obvious, well I used a large circle one as the mask for the spotlight and a die cut of the Sunburst thinlet as a mask for my spotlight rays. The finishing touches were some dazzling diamonds to the mouse hat and fine tip glue pen to add gloss to the book.

Well that was a very wordy post today! It may have taken a while but I did have fun putting this card together. I hope you'll join us for this new challenge at Just Add Ink. Don't forget to check out the awesome projects from the rest of the DT too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Mice, Stitched with Cheer
Cardstock: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Sunburst thinlet, Stitched shapes framelits, Copic markers, Stitched rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), White embossing powder, Metallic Sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals

Friday, November 11, 2016

JAI #336 Just add a Colour Combo

Hello there,
well life has been busy busy but also lots of fun as I had the pleasure of attending Stampin Up's OnStage in Brisbane last week and catching up with lots of special friends. While I was straight back work as soon as I got home I did manage to snatch a little time for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge from Nikki. This week Nikki wants you to Just Add a Colour Combo. Here it is.

Here's what I came up with.

Now some of those special stamping friends of mine will recognise the design as a variation of the swap card I made for OnStage. You can see that just below. Ironically I think I like the new version better :o However, I have to admit replicating 20 of the original, especially when I had a helping hand (thanks Patrice :) was probably easier than replicating my new version.

As you can see there is lots of ink involved in the new version. First I brayered my background and once that was dry silver embossed snowflakes over.  Next I watercoloured my mice, once they were dry I added some sparkle to the lead mouse's hat, and shine (using the fine tip glue pen) to the light globes and ornament.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous colour inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Mice, Stitched with Cheer
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Night of Navy, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Smokey Slate, Stazon Black
Accessories: Gift card envelope and trims thinlets, Watercolor paper, Aquapainter, Fringe scissors, Silver glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder, Sewing machine, Silver metallic thread, Jingle bell - silver, 1/4" natural trim silver, Dazzling Diamonds, Fine tip glue pen, Tear and tape, Dimensionals

Friday, October 28, 2016

JAI #335 Sketch

Hello there,
well I am recovering from some travelling and a germ overload but am back into the swing of things here at home. One of the fun things to get into at this time of the year is Christmas preparations, the shops are all decked out, and it is truly time to get on with making some Christmas cards. This week's Just Add Ink challenge was just perfect for that purpose too as this week Tina has asked us to Just Add a Sketch.  

Please note this challenge will run for two weeks, closing November 9th, as nearly all (hooray) of the JAI design team will be at Stampin Up!s OnStage event in Brisbane, in early November. Here's the sketch.

Here's what I came up with using this serious cute mouse set from Stampin Up!

The inside

I pulled out some water colour paper and got to work colouring this carolling mouse. I kept very much to traditional Christmas colours, as they look good, and the red and green really pop against the blue background. After I was done with my mouse I trimmed him out and mounted him over the same image stamped in Stazon On on some vellum (that way you get some of the extra details and very importantly his tail!). I always think of carolling as an image of people out in the snow so out came some trees and a starry sky to make the background. Last thing to add was some silver details (and a fun jingle bell) for that all important Christmas bling. This was a fun card to make (it did take a while though so it will truly be a one off).

Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some fun sketch inspiration! Hope you can join us.

Thanks for visiting.

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Mice, Foxy Friends, Jingle All the Way (R)
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Dapper Denim, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Garen Green, Wild Wasabi, Smokey Slate, Blushing Bride, Stazon Black, Versamark
Accessories: Water color paper, Gift card envelope and trims thinlets, Layering Circles framelits, Silver embossing powder, 1/8" silver taffeta ribbon, Silver metallic thread, Metallic sequins, Mini jingle bells, Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Fine tip glue pen, Aquapainter

Friday, October 21, 2016

JAI #334 Inspiration

Hello there,
unfortunately I was going to be away for my Dad's birthday this year and so I wanted to do something special for him. Luckily this week's Just Add Ink challenge was just perfect to inspire a masculine card. This week we have an inspiration challenge for you from Di. Here's the picture - you can choose the colours, the textures, patterns and use those to inspire your project.

Here's what I came up with.

The inside with a surprise!

A close up of the inside to show the pop up

The inside pop up element is actually pretty simple - just cut a piece of acetate big enough for your letters and secure it in the centre fold by adhering to small bits of scored cardstock (to match base colour - as you can see it blends in very well) and then adhere those to the base.

I'm pretty sure this will make Dad smile :) The rest of the DT have some great inspiration projects. So please do go check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Celebrate Today, Guy Greetings
Cardstock: Kraft, Dapper Denim, Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Accessories: Balloon framelits, Balloon Bouquet punch, Woodgrain embossing folder, BigZ Alphabet Typeset (R), Neutrals DSP stack, Kraft specialty paper (R), Adhesive sheet (R), Window sheet, White embossing powder, Basic Black baker's twine, Sewing machine, Tear and tape, Dimensionals, Fine tip glue pen