Friday, October 30, 2015

JAI #286 Just add W

Hello there,
we have a fun new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week Tina suggested we Just Add W. What on earth do we mean? Well that means you can add any colour, material, technique, concept as long as it begins with W and it's the main focus of your project. Just a few ideas include Water, Watercolour, Winter, Wolf, Wild Wasabi! Put your thinking cap on and have some fun!

I'm still on my Christmas card drive so the first thing that popped into my head was 'Winter'. So I set out to make a wintery card - and nothing says cold like a polar bear! So here is what I came up with.

In a recent SU! Artisan blog hop Susan Wong tickled my funny bone by simply white embossing the bear from Thankful Forest Friends and turning him into a polar bear! I just loved how that colour change changed the bear so profoundly. This challenge proved the perfect time to stamp my own polar bear. First I chose some cool colours then added some sparkly stars and snow and finished it all off with pops of red. For a fun finishing touch I found the perfect sized santa's hat for my polar bear :)

Hope you can join us for this fun challenge. Don't forget to go see what W's the rest of the team used to inspire their projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Festival of Trees, Winter Snow Globe (PaperTrey Ink), Cool Yule (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Tree punch, Scene it: Basic Backer die (PaperTrey Ink), Scene it: Skyscapes die collection (PTI), Copic markers, Silver glimmer cardstock, White and Silver embossing powder, Softly Falling embossing folder, Winter Frost DSP (R), Silver thread, Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon (R), Dazzling Diamonds, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 23, 2015

JAI #285 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
DH and I had to plan out the big summer school holidays this week. What I realised in the process was that those holidays are only nine weeks away which means Christmas is ten weeks away -eeekkk! I know the time is going to rush past so you'll be seeing a few more Christmas cards from me. Speaking of which the new challenge at Just Add Ink - to Just Add a Colour Combo from Nikki was I thought just perfect for pulling out my favourite angel. Here's the combo.

And here is what I came up with.

First I worked out which colours were going where on my angel. Then I got to add lots of lovely foliage to frame her.  At the last minute I decided to die cut a window out of my Slate woodgrain mat and inset the angel layer rather than layering it on top. Of course I had to add some glimmer (what's an angel without some shimmer!).

So can you see yourself making something with these lovely colours? Do join us this week and share it with us. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT did with the colours this week too!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday (PaperTrey Ink), Bells and Boughs (PTI)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Lots of Labels framelits, Woodgrain embossing folder, Love Lives Here: Holiday dies (PaperTrey Ink), Bells and Boughs die, Doubled ended banner die (PTI), Silver glimmer paper, Blushing Bride embossing powder (R), Winter Frost DSP (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow multi,  Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 16, 2015

JAI #284 Just add a fancy fold

Hello there,
well I've survived another school holidays. We did manage to get out for a town for a few days to enjoy some time down the coast. Adventures there included watching whales as the sun rose, which was pretty special and an encounter, fortunately at a safe distance, with a red bellied black snake!!

Following on with my animal theme I made a card recently that was perfect for this week's Just Add Ink challenge - to Just Add a Fancy Fold.

A view looking down shows you how simple this fancy fold really is.

And you can flatten it out for posting!

I first came across this fancy fold - a shadow box - on Kelly Kent's blog here. She includes some great instructions for Australian sizing there as well as a link to a video tutorial. I thought it was perfect to make something fun for my husband for father's day. So I pulled out some monkey's to colour and made a little scene for them to hang around in. The kids loved the idea that they each had a monkey to represent them.

We'd love to see what fancy fold you create this week. Please do join us and don't forget to check out the amazing fancy folds the DT has made this week!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tremendous Treats: Birthday (PaperTrey Ink), Tiny Treats: Birthday (PTI), Heart 2 Heart #6 (PTI)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Early Expresso
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Whisper White
Accessories: Ovals Collection framelits, Mighty Oak die collection (PTI), Tremendous Treats: Birthday die collection (PTI), Heart 2 Heart die collection (PTI), Sweet Dreams DSP (R), Owl builder punch, Bitty Banner framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (R), Copic markers, Fringe scissors, Crystal Effects, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 9, 2015

JAI #283 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch for you from Narelle. It's got some classic lines that I thought would be perfect for my parent's wedding anniversary. This year they are reaching 49 years! The nice thing is that our family is always together for this event each year as it's right before Christmas (yes I'm doing a bit of planning ahead here :).
Here's the sketch.
And here is what I made of it.

Dad often gives Mum red roses so I decided to go with that theme this year. Using red and mixing it with earthy kraft and some softening vellum. As you can see I did make one small change to the sketch pulling the horizontal element from the back to the front of the layers. To add some mobile pops of colour I tucked some red sequins in under the vellum, stitching them in. The inside was finished off with another little red rose.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects. Hope you will join us for the sketch this week.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Botanical Blocks (PaperTrey Ink), Year of Flowers Collection (PTI), Round and Round (PTI)
Cardstock: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Cherry Cobler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Brights DSP stack (R), Copics, Sheer Basic Patterned Paper Vellum (PTI), Double ended banner  die (PTI), White embossing powder, Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Fine Tip glue pen, Double sided tape (X press)

Friday, October 2, 2015

JAI #282 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well I have survived (barely) the first week of the school holidays. Keeping the munchkins entertained meant not a lot of stamping time. So it's just as well that I was able to prepare for this weeks Just Add Ink challenge early!! This week we have a gorgeous Just Add Inspiration challenge from Narelle.

I thought this was perfect for a couple of little girl cards I had to make.

I couldn't resist making a blue version too.

For my initial card I wanted to capture the silver/grey tones, pink of course and all the circle and swirly elements. For my backgrounds I stamped rows of dots (Smokey slate stamped off) and then I stamped again in Versamark (offsetting the dots slightly and embossed them with Iridescent Ice powder. My two fairy girls I coloured with Copics, then mounted over the top of swirly cut silver glimmer paper, grounding them with the sentiment. The cards were finished off with a scattering of color coordinated sequins. They both turned out super sparkly, super cute and super fun!

Hope you can join us. We'd love to see where inspiration takes you! Don't forget to visit the rest of the DT for some wonderful projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Polka Dot Basics (PaperTrey Ink), Express Yourself (SU!) (R), Agnes Ketto (Stamping Bella) (R)
Accessories: Copic markers, Bitty Banner framelits, Circle Scribbles die (PaperTrey Ink), Silver glimmer paper, White and Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Double sided tape (X press), Bermuda Bay sequins, Miscellaneous sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella pen
Pink card
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Smokey Slate, Versamark
Blue card
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Smokey Slate, Versamark