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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

On The Waterfront At Bermuda Bay

Hi!

Have you been enjoying our weekly Colour Creations Blog Shares? I have! It's been fun using colours that I may not have used for a while. Which is a little funny, as this week is Bermuda Bay, a colour that I featured heavily on last week's Basic Grey card!


This week's card started off with a 'I wonder what it would look like if I tried...' thought. In this case, I was thinking about brayering some colour onto the pale Wood Textures DSP.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Waterfront, Wood Textures DSP, Stitched Shapes Framelits

What do you think? I loved how it turned out! It was exactly the beachy look I was going for. I layered it on a Sahara Sand card base - which is another colour I don't use a lot of, but is a great alternative to Crumb Cake, which was a bit dark for this look.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Waterfront, Wood Textures DSP, Stitched Shapes Framelits

I used Bermuda Bay (ocean), Sahara Sand (beach), Crumb Cake (trunks), Old Olive (palm leaves), Pool Party stamped off (sky) and Daffodil Delight (sun) to create the scene on the front. I then created a matching scene on the inside.

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Once again - no sentiment! I don't particularly have a purpose for this card yet, so I will wait to stamp something else when I know what Im doing with it.

You can find the rest of the group's blog links over at Catherine's blog again this week. It really is amazing how differently we all use the same colour.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 14 June 2018

JAI #413: Just Add Colour

Hi!


Welcome to the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Di has given us this very cool Colour Combo to work with.


I think this one is lots of fun! It includes the new core colour, Granny Apple Green. Don't have it yet? Easy - substitute a different green. Maybe Old Olive or Pear Pizzazz? As long as it's a similar colour, it's still OK.

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I purchased the Bike Ride bundle just before the end of the last Annual Catalogue. I'd been on the fence about the bundle all year, and when it carried over I decided to take the plunge. It's such a fun set, that was perfect for these fun colours.

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How cute is that dog, popped up on the back of the bike, looking very happy with himself?

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So cute that I decided to pop another dog on the inside!

You can head on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the gorgeous cards that the rest of the Design Team have created. You can also link up your creation - can't wait to see it!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Up & Away With Basic Grey

Hi!

Time for another feature colour Blog Share!


This week we are featuring Basic Grey. I must admit that it's a colour I don't used very much, so it was a bit of a struggle this week for me. My card classes this month have been trying the Polished Stone technique, so I decided to give the technique a whirl using Basic Grey.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Lift Me Up, Up & Away Thinlits, Polished Stone Technique

To make the Polished Stone panel I took a piece of Glossy White cardstock and a cotton ball. I squirted some Isocol (rubbing alcohol) on the cotton ball and then dripped some drops of Basic Grey, Smokey Slate and Bermuda Bay ink from my reinkers onto the soaked part of the cotton ball. I then just dabbed the cotton ball all over the Glossy cardstock until I was happy with the look. I had to use my old Archival Basic Grey reinker, and I don't think it worked quite as well as the Classic reinkers do, as it reacted differently with the Isocol. Good enough, though!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Lift Me Up, Up & Away Thinlits, Polished Stone Technique

I adhered the panel flat to the base and then popped up the Whisper White panels on either side. It's a fun, different way to add a bit of interest to a card. How do you like the sentiment feature? Using a rectangle under a flag is a little quirky, but fun touch to the card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Lift Me Up, Up & Away Thinlits, Polished Stone Technique

I used another Polished Stone panel on the inside. I actually made this piece first using a Glossy offcut as a test piece for the larger panel on the front. I suspected the Archival Basic Grey might not work, so I made a smaller piece first rather than waste a larger piece. Thankfully, it worked well enough that I was happy to keep going.

As usual, Catherine is hosting the Blog Share, so you can find the links to the other blogs there. Enjoy - there's always some amazing projects to see!

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 11 June 2018

Old & New Are Better Together

Hi!

Today's card is one that features some old favourite Stampin' Up! stamps with some new product. It's Lovely As A Tree and Nature's Poem DSP. Although the DSP is a part of the new Nature's Poem suite of products, it was also designed to compliment the everlasting Lovely As A Tree stamp set.

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I love this pattern from the DSP pack. The veiny, translucent leaves are just gorgeous! I thought the softer, muted colours (there's also the same pattern, but in a richer colour palette in the pack) were very suitable for a more masculine sympathy card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Lovely As A Tree, Better Together, Nature's Poem DSP

All that Crumb Cake looked a little stark on it's own, so I stamped the tree from LAAT in the corner. Although it doesn't stand out much, it really adds some interest to the card. Any how gorgeous does Crumb Cake look teamed with Tranquil Tide?

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I let the inside mirror the outside by using a smaller strip of the Nature's Poem DSP. It's definitely a pack to add to your DSP stash - or should I say DSP hoard? LOL!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 7 June 2018

JAI #412: Just Choose Two

Hi!

Yay for Friday, and double yay for a Long Weekend! Do you have plans? I need to sort out my youngest's wardrobe, but otherwise I'm hoping to craft as much as possible. I have a sewing project or two planned also.


This week for our Just Add Ink  challenge, Lou has tasked us to choose two on our cards.


Hmm, which two will you choose? I went with spots and splatters for my card.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Picture Perfect Birthday, Swirly Bird, Wood Textures DSP

I decided to try a new to me technique on this card. I can't recall what it's called, but you basically ink up a mask and then press the cardstock to the mask. In this way, you get the reverse of the pattern you'd get by sponging ink onto the cardstock through the mask. I chose this spotty design from the now retired Seasonal Decorative Masks, inked it up with Mint Macaron ink, spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, and then pressed the card to the mask. I love how it turned out - the splotchy, grungy kind of look.

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To finish the front, I stamped some splatters in Early Espresso ink to layer under my sentiment. I really, really, really wanted to add some bling, but I was trying hard to keep this card more on the masculine side, so I ended up using a few retired Enamel Dots in Early Espresso to jazz it up a little.

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The bottom of the inside was created the same way as the front, but instead of inking the whole piece of cardstock, I gently bent the card so that only the bottom touched the mask. I pressed with my fingers to ink up the small section. Doing it this way gives a random, messy edge rather than a straight one, which would look a little odd.

As usual, the Design Team have risen to the challenge and produced some wonderful cards. You can see them over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your cards. Which two will you choose?

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Hello, Balmy Blue!

Hi!

Some of the Art With Heart team have decided to do a weekly Blog Share that highlights a different colour in our range each week. Today marks the first of the Blog Shares, and we are featuring the new colour, Balmy Blue.


Blue is one of my favourite colours, so I was very happy to kick off this new weekly event with a shade of blue. Balmy Blue is a mid-blue, but leans more towards being a softer blue. It's part of the new Subtles collection and it's a gorgeous colour.

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I don't actually have anything in Balmy Blue, apart from the cardstock. I decided to make the cardstock a feature of the card by creating this layered scalloped section. It's my favourite part of the whole card!

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I simply cut a heap of the smallest Stitched Shapes Circle, chopped each one in half and then layered them in alternating rows on a piece of Night Of Navy cardstock. I was surprised by how quickly and easily it came together!

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You may have noticed that there's no stamping on this card - yet! It's partly because I'm waiting for my Balmy Blue inkpad to arrive, but also because I haven't decided what occasion to use this card for. It may well end up as more of a letter than a card, not requiring a sentiment at all. Who knows? LOL

Why don't you pop on over to Catherine's blog? She'll be hosting the Blog Share each week, so that's where you'll find the links to all of the people participating each time.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 31 May 2018

JAI #411: Just Add A Sketch

Hi!


Woot woot for Friday - it's been a long week this week! It's so close to the weekend, and I can't wait. In the meantime, let's get stuck into the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jan has designed this awesome sketch to work with.


I'm usually very literal with sketches - why reinvent the wheel if someone else has done the hard work? This time, though, I took a few liberties.

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This card was made a few weeks ago, so it has a bit of a mix of old and new products. The new are now available, with the new Annual Catalogue going live today. Yay! The DSP I have used is from the new Tranquil Textures DSP pack. It's designed to coordinate with the Tranquil Textures suite, which is a very ocean themed suite. I'm not mad on the ocean stuff, but I love the grungy, textured paper in the pack. It's an awesome way to get the look without having to make any mess!

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Guy Greetings, Picture Perfect Birthday, Tranquil Textures DSP

Instead of the heart shaped element, I used some Copper Trim. I cut a length around 12cm, threaded it onto my thumb and then cut along the tube to open it up flat. I then teased it out to make a flat net, which was adhered under the sentiment panel. I probably should have cut a longer piece so that it stuck out a little more, but it's very hard to tell how big the piece will end up when its still in ribbon form.

scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Just Add Ink, Guy Greetings, Picture Perfect Birthday, Tranquil Textures DSP

The anchors are from the now retired Guy Greetings, stamped in Fresh Fig to match the colours in the DSP. I stamped off the one on the front, but the one on the inside is full strength. The sentiments are from Picture Perfect Birthday.

The Design Team have done an awesome job with Jan's sketch this week. Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to check it all out and to link up your card. See you there!'

Bye for now,

Tina