Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 Calendars

Hi!


Each year I run a class in January to make a calendar for the year ahead. It can be a bit of a challenge trying to come up with a new design each year, but it's always a fun challenge!



This year's design was based on the mini magazine holders that you see around the internet, mostly they hold notecards. My adaptation is wider and shallower to accommodate the pages for each month of the year.



After I made this sample, and ran a few classes, I ended up adding an extra pocket to the back of the base. I found that unless they were made very square with the folding and gluing, they tended to be a bit tippy. The pocket solved that problem, and also added a little place to keep a pack of sticky notes and a pencil or two.




I alternated the position of the calendar on each page to help with weight distribution. I left quite a bit of each page blank. My thoughts were that you could either add a photograph to each page, or a plain piece of cardstock so that you could write down important dates for each month.


Lots of people have asked me for the tutorial, and now that I have finished my classes for the month I have it ready for you to access. You can find the tutorial here.


I have one spare kit left over from my classes that I am going to send someone in Australia who comments on this post. That's all you need to do! I will draw the winner on Saturday 27th January, so don't forget to check back to see if you are the winner.


Bye for now,


Tina



Thursday, January 19, 2017

JAI #343: Just Add A Blog Hop

Hi!


Welcome back to our Just Add Ink challenges for 2017. It's always so exciting starting off a new year, and I love that we start the year of challenges with a Blog Hop. Usually I get to see everyone's creations before challenge day, but on Blog Hop day I get to hop along and be surprised just like all of our lovely followers.


You may have arrived here from Christine's blog, or you may have started here. It really doesn't matter, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started!



http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/01/just-add-ink-343blog-hop.html

To kick us off in style for 2017 we are all making projects with an Interactive or Pop-Up element. I decided to make a 3D spinning card using the new Lift Me Up range of products.



I used the Up & Away Thinlits to cut through both the card base and the DSP at the same time. It's not really recommended that you do this, but I wanted to get the two layers to line up perfectly. I then stamped and cut 4 smaller balloons. I folded each one in half, and then glued them together. Before I glued the last balloon in place I added a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine through the middle. This twine is then firmly held in place between the layers of cardstock and Carried Away DSP.



videoThis allows you to twist the balloons around, 'winding' them up. Then when they are released, they spin around. Hopefully you can see the end result in the video. It's the first one I've done, so apologies for the quality!




















Here's the inside of the card. I kept all of the elements low so that they can't be seen when the card is closed.





That's it for me, now you're off to Narelle's blog.


https://narellefarrugia.com/?p=5811


Of course, if you get lost, just pop back to the Just Add Ink and pick up where you got lost. It's also where you link your cards when you enter the challenge. Don't have a blog? You can still enter - just email the JAI team with your card and we will add it to the entries.


Bye for now,


Tina

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Hi!


Merry Christmas!


I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas period - I certainly am!


I'm having a little break from blogging right now while I spend some time with my family, but I'll be back soon with some fabulous new stuff from the Sale-A-Bration and Occasions Catalogues.


Bye for now,


Tina

Friday, December 23, 2016

JAI #342: Just Add N

Hi!


Welcome to the last Just Add Ink challenge for 2016!


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2016/12/just-add-ink-342just-add-n.html

This week it's one of my letter challenges, which just happens to be the letter N. What inspires you that starts with the letter N?



I decided to use Night Of Navy, as blue is one of my favourite colours. I paired it with the Number of Years stamp set.



I had been making some ATCs for a swap and I had the Number Of Years stamps out on my desk, so it was easy enough to keep them out and get to work on this card.



I love the sweet pop of colour in the flowers - ooh, Nature! there's another N for my card!




I stamped the flowers again to complete the inside. I love the sentiments on this card, from Bunch Of Blossoms stamp set. Did you notice that they aren't necessarily specific to a birthday? In fact you could use this card for a range of special days, including an engagement or a wedding, or even just to tell someone you think they are amazing.


This Just Add Ink challenge will run for two weeks, so you have plenty of time to get inky and link up your creations.


Bye for now,


Tina

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Red Foil Santa's Sleigh Christmas Card

Hi!


I have one last Christmas card for you for 2016. This was one I made as a class sample using the Santa's Sleigh bundle.



The card base is just half of an A4 sheet of cardstock, scored and folded in half, and then one half is scored and folded in half again. You can probably see it better in the second photo. A smaller, matted piece is then attached to the front so that it over laps the inside of the card.




The DSP on the front is from the Pop Of Pink SDSP pack. The foil design ties in nicely with the foil sleigh and 'merry'.


Bye for now,


Tina

Monday, December 19, 2016

Jar of Love Wreath Card

Hi!


I've decided to break away from the Christmas cards for today, to show you a pretty card we made in classes a couple of months ago. I wanted to use the Jar Of Love stamp set, but without the jar. I've noticed a lot of wreath cards around, so I decided to give it a go with the floral stamps from the set.



What do you think? I quite like it! I used the colour combination from the Blooms and Bliss DSP and just started stamping! I eyeballed my circle, but some of my class ladies drew a faint pencil line, which they erased later.



I find it best to start with the biggest stamp and work my way down to the smallest, filling the gaps as you go.




Of course, there's a few extra little flowers and fronds to finish of the inside.


Bye for now,


Tina

Friday, December 16, 2016

JAI #341: Just Add Colour

Hi!


Not many Fridays left in the year now!


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2016/12/just-add-ink-341colour.html

It's our second last challenge for the year at Just Add Ink. This week Kim has put together a colour combination for inspire creativity.



It's a tricky one this time, but that's half the fun of doing a challenge! I still haven't sent out my Christmas cards, so I took the opportunity to make one more for the stash.



I used Shimmery White cardstock for the base of my CAS card, as I love the subtle shimmer it gives. The circle was masked, sponged in Basic Grey, double masked using the stars mask, inked with Versamark and then heat embossed using white embossing powder.




I added this die cut tree from the Santa's Sleigh Framelits. It's funny, when I purchased the set, the tree was my least favourite. I've ended up using it a lot more than any of the other framelits in the set though!


Are you like me and squeezing in just a few more Christmas cards at the last minute? Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the DT have made and to add your own creation.


Bye for now,


Tina