Friday, March 24, 2017

JAI #352 Colour


Hello there,
well I had a HUGE week at work so I am really pleased that it's almost the weekend. Sleeping in and catching up on crafting are very high on the schedule! Before things went crazy busy I managed to make my card for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Nikki wants you to Just Add a Colour Combo. It kind of make me think of spring! Here are the colours.
And here is what I came up with.




I couldn't resist playing with colour gradients again - so an ombre effect for the background was my first goal. But first, to add interest I sponged the background with versa mark through a stencil, clear embossed it, then used the sponge brayer. I cut a circle offset from this and replaced it with a sentiment panel, framing the sentiment with an abundance of Flirty Flamingo flowers. A little strip of DSP to one side adds some contrast and a scattering of sequins add some bling. 

This is a lovely colour combination and the design team have out done themselves so don't forget to check them all out and then come back and join us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flower Patch, Birthday Blooms
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Accessories: Flower Fair Framelits, Layering Circles framelits, Carried Away DSP, Happy Patterns Decorative mask (R), Smoky Slate embossing powder (R), Clear embossing powder, Smoky Slate thick baker's twine (R), Metallic sequins, Sprinkles embellishments, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration 06


Hello there,
well a crafting window of opportunity opened for me Sunday afternoon so I was able to join in with the Colour INKspiration blog hop for the new challenge (06).

If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Monique Fielder'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.

Here's the INKspiration swatch for the new challenge - the colours are gently intense this time!

The two blues made me think sky and that naturally led me to balloons. What could be better than gilded coral balloons floating across the sky!




I started by watercoloring my background (I embossed the clouds first). I also used a sponge brayer to colour a piece of whisper white in a gradient of Calypso Coral, then embossed gold balloons over the top and die cut them out. I just needed one large balloon, so I die cut that from Calypso Coral, clear embossed the front and backed it with vellum - oh and added gold tassels. Can you imagine how pretty that would look floating across the sky! A little twine bow and some clear accents (white ones with the backings peeled off) finish the card off. 


The challenge runs till April 3. 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: Lift Me Up
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Vellum
Ink: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Up and Away thinlets, Gold foil, Gold, Clear and White embossing powder, White Baker's twine, White Perfect Accents, Dimensionals, Tombow multi, Tear and Tape

Friday, March 17, 2017

JAI #351 "L"


Hello there,
well having survived my germs I'm back to busy, busy, busy again. But not too busy for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Tina is asking us to Just Add 'L". Yes, "L". That means you must add as the main element of your project things that start with "L". That could be the colour lime, or a lemon, ladybug, lamb or light bulb or a card fold like a lever card or a luminary. There are so many possibilities!


Here's what I came up with.




In the end I decided to keep my card monochrome and let the detail from the leaves be the star. Those earthy tones were a great counterpoint to the glimmer banner sentiment, which adds lots of shine and shimmer. So much so that I didn't add any sequins - shock and horror - I know - no sequins!!!

Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT for lots of fun "L" inspiration. Hope you can join us this week!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Botanical Blooms
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden, Green, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Botanical Builder Framelits, Hello You thinlets, Silver glimmer, Clear Wink of Stella, Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, March 10, 2017

JAI #350 Sketch



Hello there,
well I find myself laid up with a horrible head cold this week probably a legacy of last week being pretty stressful (our beloved 18 year old fur baby was having some health issues) and busy (training at work and then running classes on Saturday. Both of those were fun and interesting, but they take a lot of energy investment). Luckily, I was able to craft ahead for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch from Chantell. Here it is.


And this is what I came up with.



As soon as I realised I wanted the bottom portion of the sketch to be a field of flowers I got to work stamping and masking (post it notes were my go to for this). This is going to pink loving friend so I decided to keep the foliage black and white rather than introducing any greens. To get the slight blur in the Melon Mambo detailed layer I just quickly swished over my base Pink Pirouette layer with a damp aqua painter before stamping. To glitz it all up I added gold stitching, gold wink of stella splatter and sequins.

This is a super versatile sketch! Do go check out the rest of the JAI DT for some fabulous inspiration and then join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Crazy About You, Penned and Painted
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Shimmery White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Stazon Black, Versamark
Accessories: Gold glimmer paper, Neutrals DSP stack, Gold embossing powder, Gold wink of Stella, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Friday, March 3, 2017

JAI #349 Inspiration


Hello there,
well not much has changed; however, our weather has moderated - yippee - I'm loving the more mellow temperatures but I'm still busy, busy, busy. I did have fun putting together something for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Patrice has suggested a very colourful Just Add Inspiration challenge. Here's the inspiration picture.


And here is what I came up with.


The inside.

Funnily, as soon as I saw the inspiration picture the first thing I thought of was using the new succulent set from Stampin Up! Originally I had intended to have my shelves all on one side with the rainbow of coloured succulents trailing down. But, somehow it didn't look right and I needed to find a spot to fit in the sentiment too! Then the idea of putting the sentiment on a shelf occurred to me. That and staggering the shelves was the solution! I also added some substance to the shelves by glueing together three layers of cardstock. The difference is subtle but it does make a difference. Finishing touches included a rainbow of sequins, liberal application of wink of stella and some little random dots of colour.

The JAI design team have some wonderful projects to get you inspired so do check them out and then join us for the challenge!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted.
Stamps: Oh So Succulent, Hardwood
Cardstock: Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Perfect Plum, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Succulent Framelit dies, Brights DSP stack, Silver glimmer paper, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Tombow multi, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Dimensionals, Sequins (Miscellaneous)

Friday, February 24, 2017

JAI #348 Ombre



Hello there,
well I've been busy busy busy. Busy at work, busy at home and busy crafting. I guess the good side to all that, is that I will have plenty to show you in the future! But right now it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week our new challenge come from Rochelle. She is asking you to Just Add Ombre. 


The JAI team enjoyed playing with the theme this week and this is what I came up with - a masculine-ish card for an uncle.



The inside.



I had a lot of fun playing with ombre effects here. First, I brayered a transition of blue inks onto both DSP and a Very Vanilla mat, taking care to make the light to dark go left to right on one, and right to left on the other (this is important!) Then I used the Sunburst thinlet die to cut the DSP. Taking the sunburst diecut I layered that over the brayered Very Vanilla mat. The end effect is two ombre transitions! As even masculine cards need bling I added a silver embossed sentiment, stitching with silver thread and a scattering of tiny silver glimmer stars. To complete the inside I sponged rays using an acetate template cut with the Sunburst thinlet die.

Do go and check out the rest of the teams fabulous ombre creations! And please join in the fun too!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Tin of Cards
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Soft Sky, Versamark
Accessories: Sunburst thinlet die, Layering circles framelits, Confetti Stars punch, First Edition DSP (R), Silver foil, Silver glimmer paper, Silver embossing powder, Sewing machine, Brayer (R), Tombow multi, Dimensionals, Tear and tape
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration 04...Design Team


Hello there,
well today I have the pleasure of debuting as a member of the Colour INKspiration Design Team (which is quite exciting!)

If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Bronwyn Eastley's blog and I'm sure you were blown away by her awesome 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.

Here's the INKspiration swatch for the new challenge - it's full of colour!


And here is what I created.






That lovely yellow canary(?) caught my eye and so a bird it was. The end result is a little bold, a little lush and perhaps vintage. The challenge runs till March 6. Hope you can join us ! Now next up on the blog hop is Mel Pagano. Enjoy!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Best Birds, Delicate Details
Cardstock: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry
Ink: Crushed Curry, Delightful Dijon, Elegant Eggplant, Stazon Black
Accessories: Birds and Blooms thinlets, Watercolor paper, Gold embossing powder, Aquapainter, Metallic sequins, Sewing machine, Dimensionals, Tear and tape
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