Friday, August 30, 2013

JAI 180 Just add colouring

Hello there,
despite a certain chill spring is in the air here and my garden is filled with the scent of hundreds of pink blossoms. My card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge was also made for a pretty little blossom  - my niece - for her birthday! So what is the challenge - sketch, colour? nope ;) this week we want you to Just Add Colouring (you can use pencils, markers, crayons etc....). I always find that while colouring takes a while it is a really relaxing and fun thing to do :)

I rifled through my DSP stash to find something girly and fun (pink) and that helped determine my colours. Using copics matched to the SU! colours I coloured in my stamped fairy girl - twice. On one I paper pieced her dress (inside) and the other (front) I added a dotty pattern using copics.  Then both girls were trimmed out. I used a paper dollie to frame her on the front (it also helps mute the DSP patterns a little) and had her stand on the sentiment. A bit of sparkle, shine and a big bow finish off the front.

I thought this cute little fairy was just perfect for the little cutie it was intended for!
Hope you can join us for some colouring this week! Don't forget to go see the rest of the gorgeous colouring ideas from the rest of the JAI team.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Pure Innocence Fairy Girl (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, X Press blending card
Ink: Early Expresso, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Copic markers, Large Scallop Edgelit, Sweet Always DSP (R), Tea Lace Paper Dollies, Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 23, 2013

JAI 179 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
I was supposed to be prepping for an upcoming class last week when the idea for my card this week just kind popped in to my head and the prep was cast aside! But this flew together like it was supposed to be together. It's another of these slightly scrappy shabby chic cards and I used the great sketch we have for you this week at Just Add Ink. You can work this in so many ways!

Its only taken me a year but I've discovered Raspberry Ripple and just love the combination with Crisp Cantaloupe and in this case with a dash of Summer Starfruit. I had fun with this card layering on ink and then different embellishy bits and finishing it all off with a sprinkle of bling! Mind you quite a few of the bits and bobs are still "new" and its always fun to break out new stuff and play :)

Do check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous ideas on how to play with this sketch. Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Dictionary, Layered Labels, Label Love, Hearts a Flutter
Cardstock: Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Delicate Dollies sizzlet, Bitty Banners framelits, Hearts a Flutter framelit, Artisan Label punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch, Vintage trinkets, In color Dahlias, Tea Lace Paper Dollies, Summer Starfruit stitched ribbon, Print Poetry DSP stack (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Essentials paper piercing pack, Piercing tool and mat, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, August 16, 2013

JAI 178 Just add snowflakes

Hello there,
well I have to say some of the weather we've had here in Canberra this week was very wintery and a perfect match for the seasonal challenge we have for you this week at Just Add Ink. This week we want you to Just Add Snowflakes. I have to admit that no actual snowflakes were sighted here. Although, DH and the kids did find some when they went hiking up a local "mountain" nearby, much to the delight of the kids :)

I got to crack out some new stuff for this  - yippee. I was so pleased when my new snowflake set arrived in time for me to embossed that big silver snowflake. 

The Night of Navy panel was impressed with a star pattern (inked with white ink) to create the effect you see. This panel was set up on dimensionals so that the snowflake (embossed in silver on vellum) sits down within the circle window. A big rhinestone finishes off the snowflake and I just added some ribbon and a sentiment tag to finish it off. Of course 5 minutes after I'd stuck it all together I realised I'd planned to round the bottom corners. Sigh - well may'be next time.

Hope you can join us for a little bit of snowy fun - do check out the wonderful snowflake offerings from the rest of the DT.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Festive Flurry (SU!), Tremendous Treats: Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Soft Skye, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Versamark, , Encore Silver, Fresh Snow (PTI)
Accessories: Star Spangled Impression plate (PTI), 2 1/2" Limitless Layer circle die (PTI), 1/8" circle punch, 1/8" Silver taffeta ribbon, 5/8" Whisper white organza ribbon, Regal Candy dot, Silver cord (R), Dimensionals, Sticky strip

Friday, August 9, 2013

JAI 177 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
well for a change we have survived the week germ free - a very pleasant change I can tell you! and probably for you too after weeks of hearing about them - lol! I had a lot of fun cracking out some new rubber for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to add a colour combo - and it just lovely!
I had to take a small(ish) colour liberty as I had no DSP in Smokey Slate and I was determined to paper piece this fabulous dahlia with DSP so I dug through my stocks to find some in Basic Grey as a substitute. Here's the outcome.

More shabby chic my way and I loved doing every itsie bitsie detail - very therapeutic ;) It'll be hard to part with this one as I do love it so! I even broke open my artisan's kit from the previous seasonal catalogue to add the lace - it was worth over ruling my hoarding instincts to do so ;) OK enough gushing! Do go and check out the rest of the DT for some beautiful inspiration for using these colours and have a go yourself and join us.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Viola's Lace, Wonderfall
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Ink: Smokey Slate, Soft Skye, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Hearts a Flutter framelits, Autumn Accents BigZ die, 1 1/4" circle punch, Neutrals DSP stack, Epic Day This and That DSP, Spring Break DSP (R), Twitterpated DSP (R), Artisan Kit lace (R), Sycamore Street button (R), Calypso Coral baker's twine, Stampin glitter chunky sprinkles (R), 2 way glue pen, Dimensionals, Tombow, sponge 

Friday, August 2, 2013

JAI 176 Just add blokes

Hello there,
well another plague of germs has hit our house this week so it's just as well I had this one prepared early for this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink. This is a great challenge to get yourself prepared ahead for any guy related occasions - birthdays, Father's Day for example, because this week we want you to Just Add Blokes (Blokes = men, here is AUS).  And that's just what I did! Here's my Father's Day card for my Dad.

I don't often pull out DSP  (although I have plenty of it!) but I knew I wanted to use bites of colour and pattern to support the main image. The chair is kind of simple but also kind of quirky which I think is how the whole card turned out. I also couldn't resist adding the arrow clip because this card really seems to be speaking directly to you, and the arrow kind of says start here!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous bloke (guy) inspiration! Thanks for visiting.

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Polka Dot Parade #3 (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou (R), Going Gray (R), Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Blue Bayou, Basic Grey, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Polka Dot Parade #3 die (PTI), Howlstooth and Scaringbone DSP (R), Spring Break DSP (R), 0.3 mm  black Copic multiliner, Linen and Canvas impression plate (PTI), 3/4" circle punch, 7/8" scallop circle punch, Word Window punch, Hung Up Cute clip, Island Indigo bakers twine, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press), SNAIL adhesive