Friday, June 30, 2017

JAI #366 Just add A

Hello there,
it's Friday and that means its time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina has asked us to Just Add A. This means that you need to add something that begins with A as the main focus of your project - it could be an animal, material, technique or fold. For example, ant or apples, acetate or an accordion fold.

I decided to add acetate and make a window in the front of my card.

Well this was tricky to photograph, especially in mid winter light :( I also had trouble getting rid of all the stray embossing powder speckles even with throughly dusting the acetate with my powder pal before embossing. So I tried some distraction by adding white gel pen dots to the inside - it works - from a distance. Aside from those issues this turned out ok. I played around with adding the sentiment on the inside in exactly the same place so that when the card is closed the white sentiment on the front has a slightly offset black shadow. One thing to remember when you make a card like this is that because of the acetate window you are going to see the back side of whatever you stick on the front of it. So to make it tidy you need to cover that all up on the inside with matching die cuts (you can kind of see that in the last picture).

Our 'letter' challenge are always fun and the Just Add Ink team have lots of fun inspiration to get you going so do go check them all out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Tranquil Tide
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder, Enamel dots (R), 0.3 mm Copic multiliner, Heat resistant acetate, White embossing powder, White gel pen, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Colour INKspiration 12

Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 12 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog. 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 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. Our INKspiration for this round has a very snuggly winter feel with lashings of colour. In fact we are asking you to choose at least four of the eight colours to use for your project.

I settled on Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Cherry Cobler and Smoky Slate.

This card is all about dies. I just cut a mini rainbow of hugs and then played with their arrangement till I was happy and then out came the sewing machine to stitch them down. The challenge runs till July 10th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Lou Kitzelman. Enjoy!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Cherry Cobler
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Lovely Words thinlets, Silver glimmer, Sparkling clear sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Sewing machine, SNAIL adhesive, Tear and Tape, Fine tip glue pen

Friday, June 23, 2017

JAI #365 Sketch

Hi there,
well I've had a lovely week, one in which I actually got to open that BBB that arrived recently and play with new stamping stuff - a real delight! So of course for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, I used something new - A Little Wild. This week Karren wants you to Just Add a Sketch.
I had the idea for this in my head for a couple of weeks, and with a slight alteration it came out the way I was hoping (actually even better). 

This set just stole my heart at the April SU! OnStage event, and I can't wait to play with it more! For my first outing I pulled out my copic markers and coloured up this cute bear, then created a sponged and cloud emboss paste background for him. It's super simple but I think super sweet  and finished off with a little scatter of the new iridescent sequins. 

The Just Add Ink DT have a gorgeous array of projects to show you so do go check them out. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Wild, Thoughtful Banners, Sweet Cupcake
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Little Loves framelits, Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Copic markers (E41, E43, E44, E79, E87, Y08, Y11, Y38, B00, B04, BG01, BG02, G000), Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Sponge brayer, Iridescent sequin assortment, White embossing powder, Embossing paste, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and tape

Friday, June 16, 2017

JAI #364 Inspiration

Well hello there,
its been a busy week but I was able to start it feeling relaxed and as though I had achieved a lot. That was due to the fact that we had a long weekend, oh my I enjoyed that! Sadly, what I achieved a lot of was not stamping, fingers crossed for next week, but I did get a project done for the new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Kelly has asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the picture. I think you'll find lots to work with here!

I took the challenge pretty literally this week. I only recently, gasp, ordered the copper foil for the first time so I decided to make a jar using that.

Did you spot the new brick pattern decorative mask and embossing paste? It proved to be super easy to work with and dried very quickly. I used the vase and colours from the picture as my main inspiration, but lightened it all up to give a much fresher, brighter feel. Lots more white and lots more yellow. I had to add a little of the grey tones though, and the strip of Wood Textures DSP at the bottom was the perfect way to ground the jar.

The Just Add Ink DT have a fabulous array of projects so do go check them out and then join us!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Number of Years
Cardstock: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Versamark
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Large Number framelits, Sewing machine, Copper foil, White and Clear embossing powder, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Pattern Party decorative mask, Embossing paste, Tree builder punch, Pearl basic jewels, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Tear and tape


Friday, June 9, 2017

JAI 363 Anniversary

Hello there,
well winter has hit and it is definitely chilly but we have also had the most beautiful sunny days. The gorgeous weather pulls me outside for a walk and after that I'm more than happy to stay inside and craft as it gets chilly. That's not a bad combination really! (This week was also the week my new catty BBB arrived :o but since I was working you'll have to wait a bit longer till you see any projects.) Of course I do have something for the new Just Add Ink challenge - this week Chantell has challenged us to Just Add Anniversary. We all need anniversary cards sometimes so this is a great chance to get one in your stash for right when you need it!

I mulled my design over and over and over! Couldn't make up my mind, had an idea, started to craft and came up with something different - go figure! Here's how it turned out.

I started by having a play and 'smooshing' my background with Powder Pink and Real Red ink. After drying that I flicked some water on it to add a little more texture. The last touch was to stamp faint repeated lines of hearts down the card and then flick Wink of Stella over the whole thing. The top layer is a big red glimmer heart that is overlaid with a banner sentiment. I needed to introduce some colour to the banner so I used my copic markers to add some ombre shading. The heart is off set with floral sprays and flowers. A little stitching detail and some new sparkly sequins (loving those tiny wee ones!) finish it all off. After agonising for days (not joking!) the design in the end actually came together quite quickly and I'm all set for my parent's wedding anniversary later this year!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's project for lots of inspiration!
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Birthday Blooms, Banners for You
Cardstock: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Ink: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Bunch of Banners framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, Hearts Collection framelits (R), Red glimmer paper, Watercolor paper, Clear Wink of Stella, Clear embossing powder, Copic markers,  Iridescent sequins, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, June 2, 2017

JAI 362 Inspiration

Hello there,
oh my it is chilly here this week, which makes snuggling up somewhere warm and crafting a very attractive prospect! Will you join me? Then join us in the new Just Add Ink challenge this week. It's a colour challenge from Nikki.

My Mum asked me to make a card for neighbour's who are expecting their first baby, since we know it's to be a boy, the colours were just perfect for a dreamy little number using Moon Baby.

I started by brayering a gradient of colour on Shimmery White, I though Peekaboo Peach would be a perfect for creating that suggestion of a sunrise or sunset sky. Then I coloured my dreaming baby on watercolour paper and trimmed him out. I layered him on a stitched Shimmery White circle, white embossed some stars and added a few glimmer clouds to give some gorgeous sparkle. Pulling out the sewing machine and adding a stitched border proved to be the perfect way frame this dreamy scene. 

The JAI DT have some gorgeous projects to show just how versatile this colour combo is, so don't forget to check out the rest of the teams projects!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Moon Baby
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Up and Away thinlets, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Water colour paper, White embossing powder, Aquapainter, Sponge brayer, Sewing machine, Dimensional, Tear and tape