Friday, April 25, 2014

JAI 212 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
hope you have all recovered from Easter (and all that chocolate!!!!). The last two weeks have been fun but kind of crazy as its been school holidays mixed in with Easter and the ANZAC day holiday (for the non Aussies and Kiwi's this is when we commemorate all the men and women who have served and died in our armed forces). But before we head back to the lunch box routine we have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week it is a colour challenge from Delys.

I was a bit short on baby cards and thought the colours would work great for a baby boy card.

The delightful little animals from Storybook Friends are just perfect for creating whimsical and fun cards. So that was the feeling I was aiming for. I added a lot of dimension by using the sentiment banners, vellum clouds and by mounting my little fox up on dimensionals. I couldn't resist using my fringe scissors again either to ground my fox too. I'm counting gold as a neutral because I just had to add some gold stitching and bakers twine. I reckon celebrating a new bub needs just a bit of bling!

This colour combo is really versatile - check out the rest of the JAI  DT to see what I mean!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Storybook Friends, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Very Vanilla, Vellum
Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Cupcake Builder punch, Fringe scissors, Gold embossing powder, Gold thread, Pinking shears, Gold Baker's twine, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X press)

Friday, April 18, 2014

JAI 111 Just add a sketch

Are you confused? Seeing blue? When you saw red?? Yep that's right, this week I have not just one, but two cards for you!!

I try as much as possible to make cards for the kids to take to the birthday's they are invited too. So this week I used our Just Add Ink challenge - to Just Add a Sketch, to make not just one but two. For once I'll be ahead of the game! Here's the sketch.

What's your fav? The blue or the red?
Close up of the red
Close up of the blue
And of course - the inside - ta da ;)

I always find boy cards tricky - trying to get that balance between not being too plain but not adding so many extra embellishments that it ends up a girl card! So to deal with that I added in lots of texture. The embossed foil sheet looks awesome embossed with the chevron folder and the tire track background and car are all heat embossed to add some dimension and shine. If you looks closely you'll see a little peep of some chevron ribbon too!

I still have one these stashed away ready for the next birthday invite :)

Hope you can join us this week. Do check out the rest of the DT for lots of fabulous sketch inspiration.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Rev Up the Fun
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Black embossing powder, 2 1/2" circle punch, Chevron embossing folder, 3/4" Basic Black Chevron ribbon, 1/8" Mini Brads, Dimensionals, Pinking shears, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, April 11, 2014

JAI 210 Just add an Easter bag, box or basket

Hello there,
well just in case you have, with great will power, resisted buying the increasing multitudes of shiny brightly coloured Easter eggs that are spilling off supermarket shelves we are giving you a legitimate excuse to buy some before Easter in the name of your art. Your excuse - well this weeks Just Add Ink challenge is to make an Easter bag, box or basket.  If some eggs essential for the photo shoot don't make it into the bag, box or basket - well that's between you and the Easter bunny - lol. 

I decided it was time to make some new Easter boxes for my munchkins, they used the Bunny boxes I made for them back in 2012 again last year. So here is the 2014 version.

 Close ups

 Basic Instructions
 Step 1: Cut a 12 x 12 sheet of Crumb Cake in half at 6" (15.3 cm). Then score at 5" (12.7 cm) and 7" (17.8 cm)
Step 2: Cut two 2 1/2" (6.4 cm) by 4 7/8" (12.4 cm) pieces of Crumb Cake for the sides of the box. Score 1/4" (0.6 cm) in from edge on both long sides and one short side. Mark a mid point 1" (2.5 cm) in from the bottom and diagonally score to the bottom corners from the midline. Score a central fold from the top of the side to meet the diagonal fold (as pictured above).
Step 3: Decoratively die cut the box top front and back and add embossed pattern
Step 4: Diecut a window in the front side
Step 5: Cut window sheet and using sticky strip secure on back side of the window. 
Tip: I rounded the window sheet corners so the sharp corners wouldn't hurt little fingers fishing around for eggs inside the box.
A view of the box showing how the sides fit in and all the scores work.

I quite enjoy the process of working out how to make a new box. The fact that you can make 3D items effectively from paper never ceases to amaze and delight me! I also enjoyed creating the little scenes on the front for the kids. My DD new straight away the one with the bunny was her's (Ok the flowers might have clued her in) and my DS seems to be quite happy with his duck. One point worth noting is that I made the Easter eggs peeping out of the grass using a small oval punch to punch the patterns from the little banners in the SAB Banner Blast stamp set. 

I did think of adding some ribbon handles but so far have left them off for aesthetic reasons but may in the end need to add them for practical ones like the kids dropping eggs everywhere!!

Hope you can join us to eat some chocolate make a Easter bag, box or basket. Do check out the rest of the JAI DT for some inspiration 3D ideas.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Storybook Friends, Banner Blast
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Soft Skye, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Winter Wisteria
Ink: Soft Skye, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride, Stazon Black
Accessories: Adorning Accents Edgelits, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Deco Label framelits, Ovals Collection framelits, Punches (Cupcake builder, Itty Bitty Shapes, Boho Blossoms, 2 1/2" circle, 1" circle, small oval (R)), Linen/Canvas Impression plate (PaperTrey Ink), Fringe scissors, Aquapainter, Jewels - rhinestones, Window sheet, Dimensionals, Gold marker, Double side tape (X Press) 

Friday, April 4, 2014

JAI 209 Just Add Layers

Hello there, 
well I have something sweet and soft for you this week. My MIL loves pinky peachy tones so that's what I pulled out to make her birthday card this year. My usual layered style (hint hint) was also just perfect for this weeks challenge at Just Add Ink - this week we want you to Just Add Layers. (Honestly not very hard for me I love my layers!)

So Very Grateful and the Scallops embossing folder were hot out of the box when I made this, and I just knew that the scallops folder would be the perfect complement to the soft feminine style I was aiming for. I pepped that up with some saturated colours for my flowers and added (just a little) of bling using the Silver Bakers twine and rhinestones.

For more gorgeous layering inspiration do go check out the rest of the Just Add Ink DT. 

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Perfectly Penned, So very Grateful
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Scallops Impression embossing folder, Black embossing powder, Copic markers, Silver Baker's twine, Jewels- rhinestones, Sanding block, Double sided tape (X Press), Dimensionals