Friday, August 26, 2016

JAI #326 Just Add Project Life

Hello there,
we had a wonderful burst of spring weather last week but sadly it didn't last. (I wasn't optimistic that it would but it's hard not to hope). However, it did inspire a very spring like project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rochelle has challenged us to Just Add Project Life (PL). You can make a PL scrap page or use your PL supplies to make a card. I went the card route.

I pulled out a new PL card pack  - Hello Lovely (which is just plain lovely!) and picked some favourites. In the end my short list came down to one with a gorgeous flowering wreath and one with bold B&W stripes - so I used both! This came together pretty quickly (ok trimming out the wreath took a while but it's very therapeutic). I just stitched some vellum over the B&W base mat then added the wreath mounted on dimensional. That allowed me to inset a glimmer mat, gold thread and sequins, then all I had to was add a sentiment - and I was done!

It ended up just perfect for another popular spring occasion - weddings :)

Hope you join in the Project Life fun this week. Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT to see what fabulous PL projects they have come up with.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Floral Phrases
Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Hello Lovely Project Life Card Collection, Sewing machine, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Gold metallic thread, Metallics sequins, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, August 19, 2016

JAI #325 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
oh my goodness what a change  - spring sprung into life this week - I'm sure it won't last but it was so nice to be lured outside by the sun and the few flowers brave enough to be out already. The almost new season also heralds the beginning of family birthday season. The new challenge at Just Add Ink this week  - to Just Add a Sketch from Tina - was just perfect for a fun card I thought up for my nephew. Here's the sketch.

And here is what I came up with.

My nephew has grown up by the seaside and loves to go to the beach so I created a fun underwater scene. I used a jar as the circle sketch element and turned it into a fun shaker house for a fishy. I also built in a little puzzle for my nephew using the new Labeler alphabet to create the inside outside riddle.

Hope you can join us for some sketchy fun at Just Add Ink this week! Don't forget to drop past the rest of the DT for some inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Labeler Alphabet, Gorgeous Grunge
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits, Fringe scissors, Window sheet, Foam adhesive strips, Brayer (R), Tear and Tape, Wink of Stella 

Friday, August 12, 2016

JAI #324 Just add inspiration

Hello there, 
well the kids finally succumbed to winter germs and here was I thinking we'd make it through winter without any. Silly me! They were actually off colour enough that they didn't fight which meant having both of them home was not as arduous as it might be normally and once I had all the housework done it also meant I had a chance to stamp. First up was this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Trish wants us to Just Add Inspiration with the lovely image below. I can just image lying in the flowers! To join us this week you just need to pick whatever it is about the image that captures your attention - colours, patterns, objects as the focus of your project.

Here is what made of it. 

I wanted to capture a feeling of lightness. So I started with a watercolour panel coloured with Pool Party at the top and Pear Pizzaz down the bottom. I also white embossed my flower on watercolour paper then tried to capture the hints of pink and purple I thought I saw in the inspiration photo. The last main element was the woodgrain - I didn't want it to be too strong and dominating so I added a layer of vellum between my flower and the 'picket' fence I created. A two part sentiment and scattering of sequins finished it off!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the inspiration from the JAI team!
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Hardwood, Jar of Love, Thoughtful Banners
Cardstock: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Smokey Slate, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Versamark, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Circles Collection framelits (R), Watercolor paper, Early Espresso bakers twine (R), White embossing powder, Metallics sequin mix, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals

Friday, August 5, 2016

JAI #323 Just add F

Hello there,
well I have had an eventful week. I am making great strides in mastering my new computer and am almost feeling at home with it all. Well until I hit the next 'what do I do now or how did I do that' moment. My milestone for this week was to relearn photo editing, tune in next week to see the results! Now on to this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina wants you to Just Add F. Add F? you ask. That means the main focus of your project must be something beginning with F. This could be a thing - like a fox, a fish a flamingo, a colour like Flirty Flamingo, a technique or fold like faux stitching or a file fold. As you can see there is lots of scope to let your imagination go. I'm still having lots of fun playing with my new Fox Builder punch so a fox it was.

It's always handy to have a baby card or two in the stash so I decided to go with that for my theme. I thought the colours of the A Little Foxy DSP was perfectly suited for a baby card (maybe more so a boy ?) so pulled that out to pick a pattern. I did load a few layers onto this one, mixing dry embossing, DSP, vellum and a dash of florals and foliage. Points to note - behind the fox I sponged a fair bit of white ink to tone down the blue there and all the flowers had a splash of wink of stella layered over them. It took some fiddling but I was happy with how it all came together in the end.

Hope you can in the fun this week. Don't forget to stop by the rest of the DTs blog they will wow you with their fun 'F' projects!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Jar of Love, Crazy About You, Number of Years
Cardstock: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Oval Collection Framelits (R), Everyday Jar framelits, Large Number framelits, Softly Falling embossing folder, Fox Builder punch, A Little Foxy DSP, Pool Party cotton ribbon (R), Piercing tool, Ovals piercing template (R), Sakura black gel pen, Sponge, Dimensional, Tear and Tape

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