Friday, October 21, 2016

JAI 334: Just Add Inspiration


How's the weather at your place? As crazy as it is here in Adelaide? Wednesday we needed the heater on in the evening, yesterday I nearly turned the air conditioner on, and today we are back to needing the heater again! What is going on?? Luckily I have some crafting to distract from the weather!

This week at Just Add Ink Di has chosen this picture to inspire our creativity. There's a wealth of things you can take inspiration from!

The thing that most caught my eye was the huge ampersand in the middle of the photo. Next was the colour palette, so those are what I went with on my card.

The colours are quite masculine, I think. I went with Night Of Navy, Real Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White. The ampersand is from Letters For You. It's a great size for a feature element on a card.

I think my favourite part of the card is the bow! Not very masculine, but I just had to include it. I lightly twisted together strands of Night Of Navy and Whisper White Baker's Twine with a length of Linen Thread.

This card will be for my hubby as a thanks for taking on so much while I've been recovering from my ankle surgery. I wanted to let him know how much I appreciate all he's doing, so I left plenty of room on the inside for a lengthy message,

You can see what the rest of the Design Team have created over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Thursday, October 20, 2016

AWH October Blog Hop: Designer Series Paper


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin' Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit!

I don't know about you, but I tend to be a bit of a DSP hoarder. It's just too pretty to cut up! This blog hop was a great excuse though, and I only used one sheet of Floral Boutique DSP, so I still have plenty left in my stash.

I wanted to make a gift set, so I started off with some gorgeous smelling tea light candles. I cut small strips of the DSP and adhered them to the tea lights. Such a quick way to jazz up the candles! You could also use Washi Tape.

Pretty candles need a pretty box to go into, so my trusty Gift Box Punch Board came out to play. I teamed the Not Quite Navy and Whisper White DSP with Crumb Cake to coordinate with the Burlap Ribbon I used for decoration.

I made a Gift Box that was 3.23 x 3.25 x 1.75 inches in size to hold the candles. I then wrapped a length of the DSP around the box, followed by the Burlap Ribbon and finished with some Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine.

I also decided to decorate an old Mason jar I had tucked away in the back of my kitchen cupboard. I kept the decorations consistent, however I used three rows of the Burlap Ribbon, as one looked far too stingy! I had intended this jar to be used as a vase, but the recipient may have to stick to dried or fake flowers.

Finally, I made a card to give with the jar and the candles. The stamp set I used is the one that comes with the Watercolour Wishes Card Kit - it was perfect for my needs.

On the inside of the card I used a small strip of DSP to finish off the inside of the card. It's a great way to use up small strips that I would usually just chuck out.

Here are the three items together, so you can see how nicely they coordinate.

Well, that's it for me - I hope I have inspired you to chop into some of your DSP if you're a hoarder like me! Now you're off to see what gorgeous projects Ros Davidson has made for your inspiration.

Bye for now,


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Friday, October 14, 2016

JAI #333: Just Add G


Are you ready for another Just Add Ink challenge? I'm still off my feet by doctor's orders, but I did manage to do a little bit of stamping. It's not easy using a lap table, but where there's a will, there's a way!

This week it's another one of my challenges, and I'm challenging you to Just Add G. What will you think of? Ghouls and ghosts for Halloween, greenery in a garden or glitzy, glittery gold? The list is endless!

I always start by brainstorming a list of G things, and then go from there. Top of my list this time was ginger bread men, but I ended up going a slightly different direction.

I fussy cut one of the ginger bread houses from the Candy Cane Lane DSP as a feature element on my card. The houses are so cute!

I added some of the sweet little jingle bell embellishments in the bow on the tag. A few tips - use a needle threader to attach them to the Baker's Twine, and take care if you thread them onto the metallic Twine, as I found the metallic thread frequently broke as I slid the bell into place.

I fussy cut another house to go on the inside. I used one of the houses on the edge of the paper that was only missing a little bit on the side. Most people wouldn't even notice!

What will you create this week? How will you feature 'G' on your card? You can see the fabulous Design Team creations over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,

Friday, October 7, 2016

JAI #332: Just Add Colour


I didn't think I'd be able to play along with this week's Just Add Ink Challenge, but here I am!

Last week I had surgery on my ankle, and I've been stuck in bed ever since. I haven't been able to get up and stamp, but Thursday lunchtime I had the brainwave to use My Digital Studio to create something for the challenge. This, I could do from bed on my laptop!

Patrice picked this gorgeous colour combination for us to use. I really love the addition of Basic Black, as it adds a real touch of drama to a project.

I love this photo of my Nana on a go cart. The smile on her face is so big - she was clearly having the best time! She passed away in July and I miss her so much, but photos like this of of her remind me that she lived a wonderful life, and that makes me happy. The fact that I snuggled up under the blanket she crocheted me while I made this layout also made me happy.

Thanks for stopping by! You can see what the rest of the Design Team made using the colour combo over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Summer Christmas Cards


I really love Christmas - it's such a fabulous time of year! There's a lot to do to get ready for the big day, but once it's all done the best part is sitting back and relaxing with family, laughing and enjoying being together. One of my favourite things about Christmas, though, is that it's summer! Lots of that relaxing happens around the pool with a cool drink in hand and kids playing and splashing in the water.

I was recently introduced to Paperless Post, who were looking for bloggers to design their ideal Christmas card for a summertime Christmas celebration. Summery Christmas cards aren't something I do often, so I was excited to give this a go! I ended up having so much fun that I created three different cards.

The first stamp set I reached for had to be Day At The Beach - is there any other more perfect stamp set for this task? I was a little stuck for summery Christmas sentiments, so I asked a group of fellow demonstrators and they helped me out for the first two cards.

LOL, I really loved this first one - Let It Snow.... Elsewhere. So apt for Australia! I sponged this card, using sticky notes to mask off the horizon and the shoreline. Can you see the 'foamy' sea on the shoreline? I stamped over the top of the sponging with Whisper White craft ink and the little splatter stamp from Swirly Bird. I quite like the effect!

I used the Labeler Alphabet stamp set to create my custom sentiments for this card.

One of my other demonstrator friends helped me with the sentiment for this one - I love the play on words! I'm really loving the cards you see around that are a wreath of flowers and foliage around a sentiment. I decided to use that concept, but to replace the flowers with summery images.

I once again used an alphabet stamp set to create the custom sentiments. They come in so handy! This card was quite large (5 1/8 inch square) so I was able to use the slightly larger Brushwork Alphabet stamp set.

I think this last card might be my favourite of the three. It's a smaller, notecard sized card, and I love how the red sunglasses take centre stage.

I've never used a hashtag in my life, but I just had to include one on this card.

Here are the three cards together.  All so different, but all use the Day At The Beach stamp set to create summery Christmas cards.

Thanks so much to  Paperless Post for having such a great idea - I had a blast doing it!

Bye for now,


Friday, September 30, 2016

JAI #331: Just Add Wings


Luckily for me, I didn't blow away in the storms that hit Adelaide this week. It was pretty close though! I actually stamped today's Just Add Ink card by candle light because we lost power for a few hours. Photographing it was a challenge, but I got there in the end!

Anyway, this week Nikki has challenged us to Just Add Wings to our cards. I thought really hard about what I was going to create, and had all these big plans which totally went out the window when we lost power. I was forced to make a CAS card, and to be honest, I like this card much better than the one I had pictured in my head!

Aww, aren't those Ladybugs sweet?  They were quickly stamped in Basic Black ink and then watercoloured with Real Red ink and my Aqua Painter. The card base is Thick Whisper White, reverse embossed with the Large Dots TIEF. I then quickly and messily watercoloured in each dot, a bit of a play on the spots on a ladybug.

The round panel didn't look quite right just popped up on the card base, so I ended up looping some Black Metallic Thread behind the panel. I love the look!

Apologies for the dodgy pic of the inside - remember it was mid-storm!

What wings will you use on your card this week? Don't forget to share your card with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A CASE of Washi


No, my post title doesn't refer to a crate of Washi tape, CASE means Copy And Share Everything! Today's card is a CASE of a card, well, a few cards really, that my lovely Upline, Sue Madex, made. You can see her cards here. CASE simply means I saw Sue's card, I liked it, and so I made my version. Most important though, is that I've given credit where it's due and told you that it's Sue's design, not mine.

I chose to use the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape pack. There are 5 different patterns to choose from. It's been a popular pack for classes - I'm up to my second pack already!

To get the washi even, I started from the bottom and placed about 4 strips. I then jumped to the top and placed another 2 or 3. I then filled in the gap in between with strips to make them fit. I made sure that the last strips sat underneath where the sentiment was going. This way any uneven gaps were mostly hidden by the sentiment!

I completed the card with another strip of Washi on the inside. I love the stuff - it's so cheap, but it makes a huge impact on a card.

Bye for now,