Friday, December 9, 2016

JAI #340: Just Add Gift Tags


Another week has flown by, and it's Friday again - where are the days going?

Of course, Friday means it's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week we have been challenged to create a Gift Tag.

I went ultra simple with mine. I had a few tag kits left over from a class I ran a year or so ago, so I decided to use the 'bits' in the kit to come up with something new.

Sigh. I really miss the corrugated cardstock SU used to stock! I still have some in my stash, but only to be used for special occasions. In this case, the pieces were already cut, so I didn't feel bad using it.

I cut the small detailed star from the Starlight Thinlits, and popped it up on Dimensionals. The circle is the largest Stitched Shapes Circle die, and the merry is from Merry Greetings Thinlits. Very quick and very simple - something to keep in mind for the last minute tags you always end up needing at Christmas!

I hope you can play along with us at Just Add Ink. There's not many more weeks before we go on a short break over the Christmas/New Year period.

Bye for now,


Monday, December 5, 2016

A Gingerbread Man on Candy Cane Lane


I'm in the full swing of things now with Christmas cards - are you? My favourite DSP from the Holiday Catalogue was the Candy Cane Lane pack. I loved the non-traditional colours and all of the gingerbread houses.

This was a card I made quite a few weeks ago as a class sample. It was a CASE of one of my recent Just Add Ink cards, with a few changes to make it easier to make in a large group.

He's a bit out of focus, but I think the Gingerbread Man is my favourite stamp in the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set.

I especially love the way that, by changing the placement of the bow, you can also have a Gingerbread Woman!

Bye for now,


Friday, December 2, 2016

JAI #339: Just Add A Sketch


Oooh, these weeks are whipping by!

It's Friday, so it's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Narelle designed an awesome sketch for us to use.

There's a lot to love about this sketch - I certainly had a lot of fun playing with it.

I used a stamp set that I won in Prize Patrol at the recent On Stage event. It's called Swan Lake, and it's a lovely one to colour. In this case, I stamped with Stazon on Shimmery White cardstock and watercoloured the swan.

I used Blushing Bride on the swan, Marina Mist for the water and Soft Sky for the sky, with a smidge of Crushed Curry on the beak. The floral motif stamped on the background was coloured using my Chalk Marker.

You know me - I also had to do the inside of my card. I love this little stamp, and thought it was perfect there down in the corner. I also love the sentiment, so prefect for a heartfelt thank you card.

You can join in the fun at Just Add Ink too. Just make a card based on the sketch and link it up over on the blog. Easy!

Bye for now,


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Happy Ornament Clear Block Stamping


At the recent On Stage event, one of the stamping techniques we saw during a stamping demonstration was stamping with your clear blocks. I was very intrigued and decided to try it when I got home.

I used the new single stamp from the Holiday Catalogue called Happy Ornament. It was a stamp I overlooked a bit at first, but ended up buying, It's a great one for quick and easy Christmas cards.

So, onto the technique! To colour the bauble I scribbled on the clear block with my Tempting Turquoise marker, huffed on it, and then pressed the clear block to my cardstock to transfer the ink. You can repeat if you aren't happy with the result. I then stamped the bauble over the top and cut out just the bauble section with my snips. I stamped the bauble a second time, and adhered the coloured bauble over the top. I then coloured the rest of the bauble with my markers. Doesn't it look great?

I used the Playful Backgrounds bubbles on the background of the front, so I carried it over to the inside as well.

Bye for now,


Monday, November 28, 2016

A Bloomin' Hearts CASE


Today is the last day to grab a bargain in the Online Extravaganza - have you had a look yet? Today's card uses one of the products that is discounted by 30%, the Bloomin' Heart Thinlit Dies. I also used the coordinating stamp set Bloomin' Love.

The card is actually a CASE of this card made by Valerie Moody, a member of Stampin' Up!'s Artisan Design Team. I loved the white on white elegance of Valerie's card.

The Real Red heart was stamped with the heart from Bloomin' Love before being cropped with the Sweetheart punch, The little birdie comes from the Tree Builder punch.

I'm not usually one for lovey-dovey cards, but it can be handy to have a few in your stash for the odd occasion that you need one.

Bye for now,


Friday, November 25, 2016

JAI #338: Just Add Inspiration


Phew! I've had a busy week! How about you? Is it time to sit a bit and relax over the weekend? I hope so!

This week's Just Add Ink challenge is a fun inspiration photo, put forward by Jan. I deliberately didn't think about using paint brushes to paint a wall, because that's no fun! Well, not for me anyway. Instead I thought about paint on an artist's palette and went from there. What do you think of?

I decided to have a play with some of my reinkers and my Stampin' Spritzer to create an arty background using the colours in the picture. It took me 5 goes to get a piece I was happy with, but then I ended up going back to the first piece after they had all dried!

To get the background I spritzed a piece of Shimmery White cardstock with water using my Stampin' Spritzer. I then dripped ink from my reinkers onto the cardstock. If the colour didn't spread well, I gave it another spritz. Once I was happy, I placed a paper towel over the top to soak up some of the extra water and then left the pieces to dry. I then used my largest die in the Layering Circles Thinlits set to cut the circle. I laid it on the paper and moved it about until I was happy with the mix of colours within the circle.

From memory, the colours I used were Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder and Elegant Eggplant. The dragonfly (a sneak peek from the upcoming Occasions Catalogue) was cut from Gold Foil paper.

The sentiment stamp set I used is also from the Occasions Catalogue, it is a set that is designed to coordinate with the Dragonfly dies. You can see that I've also used a small dragonfly on the inside of the card. The bundle was one of my first 'must-haves' from the catalogue.

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, with hopefully some time to join us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Thursday, November 24, 2016

AWH Christmas Blog Hop


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls have created some amazing Christmas projects to inspire you with the theme, It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We have tags, gift bags, teacher gift ideas, decorations and many more fun projects to create this holiday season.

I have decided to use Merry Mice for my projects. It's my absolute favourite set out of the Holiday Catalogue, and it's also been a favourite among my customers - especially as it's currently 25% off in the Stitched From The Heart promotion. It's a ripper bargain for just $22.50!

I stamped the singing mouse on Shimmery White cardstock and coloured him using Dapper Denim, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.

I love the subtle little scalloped border the Layering Circles Thinlits provide. In this case, a cute touch of Real Red that doesn't overwhelm the rest of the card.

I love the cute little star stamps in this set. They give a nice finishing touch to your card.

I had a bit of extra time up my sleeve and some extra stamped images, so I decided to make a set of tags using the Merry Mice. I masked the little mice so that I could stamp them as individual images. My Stitched Shapes Framelits finally arrived, so I kind of went a little nuts with them!

I hope you've been inspired by my Merry Mice projects, but now you're off to be dazzled by the lovely Kathryn Mangelsdorf.

Bye for now,


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Rebecca Jacovou
  2. Ros Davidson
  3. Kathryn Ruddick
  4. Kate Morgan
  5. Rachel Palmieri
  6. Claire Daly
  7. Mary Kelly
  8. Monika O'Neill
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  11. Catherine Proctor
  12. Judy May