Friday, March 24, 2017

JAI #352: Just Add Colour

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http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-352colour.html

Here we are again, with another new challenge for Just Add Ink. This week Nikki has given us this gorgeous colour combination to work with. I fell in love with it straight away.
http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-352colour.html

You may have worked out that I'm a bit in love with the Sponge Brayers. I couldn't resist getting one out again for this card. Tempting Turquoise looks fabulous as an ombre background, don't you think?


I cut the largest Stitched Shapes Square Framelit from the base once I'd brayered it. I added a few layers underneath it to hide the cut. I love the colours together with a splash of Whisper White - they look so crisp!



I recently purchased the Foxy Friends bundle and finally got a chance to play with it on this baby card. I look forward to playing some more in the future - I think it's going to be great for baby/toddler cards.









I had lots of fun making my card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. I hop you do too! You can link your card over at the blog.


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, March 23, 2017

AWH Blog Hop: Easter

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Today I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some Easter projects, seeing as Easter is only about 3 weeks away!
Saleabration is a great time to join or place a $90 order to get extra free items – ask me how!
Blog Hops are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next one. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links. Now let’s get started!


I don't really send Easter cards, so after a lot of thinking about what I could do instead of a card, I decided to scrap a layout of an Easter from my childhood. I rummaged through my box of photos, and found this gem from around 30 years ago. My sisters and I are wearing blue and pink nighties, which tied in beautifully with the colours in the Falling In Love DSP.



I had to laugh, as my sisters and I each got a Humpty Dumpty egg. They are still around now, and my children regularly receive them at Easter. In fact, I went to a Chicks at the Flicks movie last night and received a sample one in my goodie bag!


I also laughed, as I had to date this photograph based on my haircut! I dragged out my old school photos, and based on those it had to be either 1986 or 1987.


I haven't journalled on this layout yet. I have typed up the text on a Project Life card, however what I thought looked blue actually turned out more of a green and didn't look right on the page. Sadly, my typewriter ribbon ran out, so I have to wait for my new one to arrive so that I can add the text.



I cut this 'sweet' from Cupcake Cutouts Framelits many months ago at my friend Kathryn's house. I cut it in Whisper White, which wasn't going to work on this layout. No problem - I just grabbed my trusty Sponge Brayer and my Sweet Sugarplum inkpad, and hey presto! A Sweet Sugarplum title! I love that the brayer has given it a textured look, very different from if I'd cut it with SS card stock.



Did you know that butterflies are a symbol of Easter? I certainly didn't until I Googled symbols of Easter while I was brainstorming for my project. The life cycle of the butterfly reflects the story of Jesus over the Easter period. You learn something every day!


That's it from me for now, but next on the list is Rachel Woollard. She's bound to inspire you with her creativity!
http://handstampedbyrachel.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/art-with-heart-easter-blog-hop-hop-hop.html

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

JAI #351: Just Add L

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Gee, these Fridays are rolling around fast! Time for a new challenge!




http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-351just-add-l.html

This week at Just Add Ink it's one of our alphabet challenges, and this time was are asking you to Just Add L to your projects. It can be anything L related - the theme, the name of the stamp set, the name of the colour, etc. Just make sure you let us know in your post what your L elements are.



http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-351just-add-l.html

For my L card, I went with Leaves and Linen Thread.



I've been seeing an ink technique around a lot lately, and it was one I wanted to try. You basically drip a few reinkers onto a large clear block, push the colour around a bit with an Aqua Painter to spread it out, and then press your cardstock onto the block to pick up the ink. I love the effect, bit it took me a few goes to get one I was happy with! Trying to work out the best mix and ratio of colours was the hardest part.



I ended up with Crushed Curry, Old Olive and Cajun Craze - fabulous Autumnal colours. The leaf was cut from some retired Corrugated Cardstock that I still have in my stash.



What will your L elements be? Can't wait to see it over at Just Add Ink this week!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, March 9, 2017

JAI #350: Just Add A Sketch

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Yay for Friday! It's been a long week in my house! Are you going to be doing some crafting over the weekend? Why not join in the new Just Add Ink challenge?




http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-350sketch.html


 This week Chantell has designed a fantastic sketch for us to use. I really loved this one, as it's so simple. I couldn't wait to give it a go.



I straight away knew I was going to make a masculine card using the new Urban Underground SDSP from the Occasions Catalogue. I paired it with the Guy Greetings stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.



I made this card for one of my brothers-in-law, who is a mechanic. The vintage car stamp was a great choice for him.



LOL, I really love the sentiment, To A Classic. Perfect for men of a certain age!



Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created? Don't forget to link up your card when you've made it - can't wait to see it.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, March 2, 2017

JAI #349: Just Add Inspiration

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I hope you're having a great week! Are you ready and raring to go with Just Add Ink's latest challenge? I know I am!


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/03/just-add-ink-349inspiration.html

This week Patrice has found this very yummy looking picture to inspire our creativity. Yum! I love macarons, especially lemon ones.



The first thing I noticed in the picture was the rainbow of colour. My logical mind loves that it's arranged in nice neat rows and in colour order, so that's what I went with for my card.



A rainbow of colour is fabulous for a kid's card, so that's what I decided to make. This end result was my third attempt. In the first attempt, I started at the top and ran our of room for the birthday stamp. The second go round I stamped a few of the happy stamps too hard and ended up with halos. Third time lucky!



These are the colours I used to create my rainbow. I hope you can read the labels - they are my dodgy home made ones, as I still have old pads from before SU made labels to go on the ends.




I just had to include balloons in my card, not only are they great on kid's cards, but they are also in the Inspiration photo. I didn't notice them at first, as I was too busy drooling over the macarons!


I hope you can play along with us again this week at Just Add Ink. I'm really looking forward to seeing the rainbows of colour that this picture will inspire!


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, February 23, 2017

JAI #348: Just Add Ombre

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Here we are again on a Friday, ready for a new Just Add Ink challenge!




http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/02/just-add-ink-348just-add-ombre.html

This week Rochelle has challenged us to Just Add Ombre to our cards. I don't think I've ever made an ombre card in my life, but I was certainly willing to give it a go! Wikipedia tells me that ombre is is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.



I went with Mint Macaron for my ombre background. I first watched this video tutorial by Alisa Tilsner to get an idea of the technique behind the ombre look. It's pretty easy - just load up your sponge brayer and start rolling! Stampin' Up!'s new sponge brayers are the bomb - so much easier than the old rubber brayers.



Once I has the look I was after on the background I set it aside and started work on the Jar Of Love jar and flowers. There was a lot of stamping and cutting involved, but I think that the awesome background deserves the effort.






I had a few flowers left over, so I used them to create a smaller jar of flowers on the inside.


There are soooo many ways to incorporate ombre into your card making. I can't wait to see what you make. Link it up at the Just Add Ink blog so we can see what you create.


Bye for now,


Tina

AWH Blog Hop: Kid's Birthday Parties

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Today I’m excited to bring you a blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today we focus on the kids in our lives, from birthday cards to party ideas.


Hopefully you've arrived from Rachel Palmieri's blog, but if you haven't you can just start hopping from here and keep hopping until you get back.


Sale-a-bration continues and this week we have three new additional items you can earn for free with a $90 order - ask me how!
I decided to make a lolly bag for my project for the Blog Hop. Apart from getting the invitation in the first place, I think the lolly bag is one of the big things on a kid's radar when they attend a birthday party!


I started with a Night Of Navy base and used my Gift Bag Punch Board to create the box. While it was still flat I Silver Embossed the city scape image from Everyday Hero onto the front a couple of centimeters from the bottom of the bag. I also Silver Embossed the same image a few times on a separate piece of Night Of Navy cardstock. I then Clear Embossed the 'ray' image onto the background. It turned out a little darker than I'd like, but I still think the effect works.



The superhero was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock, coloured with my new Watercolour Pencils and then blended with my Clear Wink Of Stella pen. I think the WOS is my favourite way to blend the pencils. I stuck with shades of Black and Grey on the superhero, mostly because the new Lego Batman movie is coming our soon, and this fits right in!


You can also see in the photo that I have trimmed the other city scape pieces and layered them across the bottom of the box. The top layer is popped up on Dimensionals to give more depth.


What do you think? Would a young party goer love to get a box like this to take home? I think so!


You are about to continue the Blog Hop by jumping over to Ros Davidson's blog. She's fabulously creative, so you're bound to find oodles of inspiration there.


http://rosdavidson.typepad.com/ros_davidson_live_life_an/2017/02/kids-birthday-card-blog-hop.html

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