Friday, November 25, 2011

JAI 95 - Bah Humbug

Bah Humbug? Well not exactly - lol! But we do have a Christmas challenge with a twist for you this week at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge this week is to make a Christmas card but NO Christmas images allowed, NO traditional Christmas paper allowed! We want you to stamp a Christmas greeting and have some fun with some non traditional stamps. So get your thinking caps on ;) and see what fun ideas you can come up with.  I made a couple of "Bah Humbug" card versions as swaps for the Canberra regionals so I just stepped one up a bit as my offering this week. Here it is.

Just realised that I didn't get around to doing the inside for this one - oops! I'm somewhat distracted at the momment juggling lots of ready by Christmas crafting projects - not to mention the usual everyday business of work and family life. I've enjoyed using some different Christmas colour combos and this is another one I wanted to try - Old Olive, Perfect Plum and Riding Hood Red. My starting point was the idea of a button tree, so I cut myself a rough template, dottoed that down onto my white mat and started stamping buttons :) I used a Christmas sentiment stamped twice to create the trunk of the tree. To dress it up I added a few real buttons, some rhinestones and some star shaped brads, a Old Olive taffeta bow, and lastly to top the tree a glittery star (Boho flower punch). A scalloped border, with piercing detail down the right finishes it all off.

Do check out the other design team members they will all have some wonderful inspiration for you, and then perhaps you can have some fun and see what you come up with!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Button button, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Scallop border punch, 1/2" circle punch, Boho Blossom punch, Old Olive 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Jewels- rhinestones, Mat pack and piercing tool, Green glitter cardstock (Spotlight), Star Brads (The Paper Mill), Dimensionals, Double sided tape, Dotto, Sticky Strip, Tombow multi

Friday, November 18, 2011

JAI 94 - just add a sketch

Hello there :)

well you can tell we are heading into the home stretch heading to Christmas (well it kind of feels that way as things get busier and busier), ah and may'be the predominance of Christmas cards and projects might be a clue too (smile). I have already made lots of Christmas cards this year (mostly finished) - but I just can't seem to stop making them!! So this weeks Just Add Ink sketch challenge - well you can probably Here's the sketch.
I did turn this sketch around in my head for a few days, and then at the last minute changed my mind, as you do sometimes. To change things up I went with an alternate red/green combo - Rose Red and Garden Green.

This a real mix of old and new (old favourite scallop die and new stamps). First up I cut a scalloped circle base for the card, added a Garden Green mat, then on the top Whisper White mat I started by stamping a garland of greenery. Embellishing it with some little Rose Red berries and some little sparkly rhinestones. Hanging from the garland are three little Christmas ornaments mounted up on dimensionals. The front was finished off with a sentiment and few extra little embellishing touches - piercing detail on all the scallops and dazzling diamonds on the tiny little heart on the middle ornament. The inside was finished off simply to match.

Thanks for visiting, perhaps you'll get the chance to give the sketch a go and make... a... Christmas... card... (smile).


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday (PaperTrey Inc) , Think Big Favorites #8 (PTI)
Cardstock: Rose Red, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Rose Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Scallop Circle BigZ die, Classic Circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), small Star punch (R), 1/2" circle punch, Jewels: Rhinestones, Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, November 11, 2011

JAI 93 - just add a colour combo

Hello there :)

welcome back for another Just Add Ink challenge. This week we have a colour combo (and yep umm I did come up with this one!).  Here are the colours.

The first thing that popped into my head was gelato icecream. So what flavours? Well Mambo would have to be watermelon, the celery - perhaps pistacio or lime - but I must admit - Pool Party had me stumped - not to many foods appears on your plate blue!! Any suggestions? But in the end I went with flowers as I had a new (free!! ) flower set - Fabulous Florets (prize patrol at Regionals yah :) - just calling my name to play with it. So here is the outcome.

I coudn't resist rock and rolling again - it adds such a great random shading effect. So first up I inked up my solid flower in Pool Party and then rock and rolled in Melon Mambo - alot of times. Then I trimmed out a whole bunch of different layers for each flower (alot of times - lol - its a good idea to do this watching tv! but the end effect is worth it). I also stamped and trimmed out one foliage spray for layering as well. The layers were piled up on dimensionals, and once they were finally placed I also went around each petal with a glitter pen which if you catch the light the right way really adds a lovely sparkle.  The rest of the card is pretty straightforward using a recent Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge sketch (#133) as its starting point. So Mambo base, then Pool Party mat, then DSP (old and new), I zigzagged around all that to add some subtlish detail (subtle cause the thread was white and mostly disappears). The flowers are framed with a Blossom Spellbinder diecut and the sentiment was added on a flag ended banner - Melon Mambo embossed (more new stuff to play with :) A few hot pink pearls finished off the front and the inside was finished off to match.

I certainly enjoyed playing with some new stamping stuff and this gelato rainbow of colours. Thanks for visiting and I hope you get the chance to play along this week :) and don't forget to check out the rest of the design team!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Curly Cute
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Certainly Celery, Versamark
Accessories: Flirtaceous DSP, Fall Flowers DSP (R), Melon Mambo scalloped dotty grosgrain, Melon Mambo embossing powder, Blossom and circle nestabilities (Spellbinder), Doubled ended banner die (PaperTrey Inc), Pink pearls (Kaiser), Spica glitter pen, sewing machine, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals

Friday, November 4, 2011

JAI 92 - Just add a tag or a bookmark

Hello there,
well we have something fun for you this week at Just Add Ink. This week we want you to Just Add a Tag or a Bookmark - there are so many possibilities open with this challenge and we will certainly enjoying seeing what you make of it! I am travelling back in time for my "just add a" - to September and Father's Day. This is what I came up with...

Super simple inside  - just a little picnic basket as that was what we were planning for Father's Day.
I started with the idea that I wanted to recreate the family on a tag and have the tag as the feature panel on a card. So with my handy Stamp ma jig I stamped out all the family (including our puss - he thinks he is the first child!) and then coloured us all up to match my colour palette (Pacific Point and Real Red - bright boy colours). (The tag I just created by cutting cardstock to the size I needed to fit us all in). I added some texture by embossing the top mat of the main card, and finishing touches include a nice big strip of ribbon to underlay the main panel and then another bit to be tied off as the tag flag. Of course being a boy card I had to add some hardware - so out came the large eyelet ;) Oh and as the final touch a little heart balloon that DH and I are holding to just add that little touch of love to father day.

Thanks for visiting, oh and don't forget to visit the rest of the DT for some awesome tag/ book mark ideas!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: All in the Family, Family Favourites, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Whisper White, X Press blending white cardstock
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Square Lattice embossing folder, Modern Label punch, Word window punch, 3/4" circle punch, small heart punch, Antique Pewter eyelet (R), Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon (R), White gel pen, Copic markers (B02, B05, B06, RV14, R24, R27, R29, E000, E01, E13, E19, E33, E35, E39, E71, E74, E77), Black embroidery thread, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, Glue dots, Dimensionals