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Thursday, 16 August 2018

JAI #422: Just Choose Two

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Time for the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Rochelle has set the challenge to Just Choose Two.


It's an embossing week! Powder, Folder or Paste - which two will you choose? I went with the Folder and Paste combo.

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I made this card for Ada to give to her school Performing Arts teacher. A few weeks ago she organised a day of concerts to show off all that the kids have been learning with her. It was amazing day and a half of rehearsals and three performances, and the teacher did such a wonderful job of organising. The rapport she has with the kids is an incredible thing to see - they all adore her. I wanted to make the card as special as she is, so I went all out.

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I used a retired SU mask to add some Shimmer Embossing Paste to the card. When it dried, I sponged Berry Burst and Powder Pink ink over the top. It makes me think of a tulle tutu - can you see it?

The stamps I used are from The Ink Road set called Pitch, Please. Can you tell which series of movies it's themed on? LOL - the perfect set for this card! Before I move on, I'll point out that I used the Subtle Embossing Folder on the Berry Burst layer  - it's just hard to photograph!

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The stamps on the inside are from a Kindred Stamps set called Building Blocks. If you think of a movie from a few years back that had a very catchy song with the word 'awesome' featuring heavily, you will work out the theme of the stamp set. LOL.

That's it from me for this week. You can, as usual, see the rest of the team's cards and link up your own acrd over at the Just Add Ink blog. See you there!

Bye for now,

Tina

Splattered Stars

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Once again Claire Daly is running a weekly Blog Share with a Christmas theme. She did this for the first time last year, and it was so much fun and inspiration that she's decided to do it again this year. It's called Heart Of Christmas, and will be on Thursday mornings between now and Christmas.

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Today's card was one I made for a class. I'd had a request to do the splatter technique that you can see on the main panel. It's such a fun and easy technique that I was happy to comply.

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I started by using my sponge brayer to ink the Shimmery White panel with Blueberry Bushel ink. I then spritzed some water into my cupped palm, dipped my fingers into the water and then flicked the water over the panel. Where the water lands it pushes away some of the ink, leaving lovely splatter marks behind. If you blot the water before it dries the effect is even more pronounced. The gorgeous gold foil star and matt finished off the front.

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I toyed with the idea of using the little bits out of the star on the front to decorate the inside, but they were just too fiddly. I probably should go back and stamp a pale star over the sentiment - what do you think?

You can see the rest of this week's Christmas cards over at Claire Daly's blog. It's always worth a look.

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

A Beautiful Day For Cherry Cobbler

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Are you excited for a new week of Colour Creations? This week's it's an old favourite - Cherry Cobbler.


I always try to do something a little different on my Colour Creations cards. It could be a new technique or stamping style, or just a new way to use my stash. I actually used two techniques for the first time on today's card.

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The first technique is called Ghosting - and it's why I had to photograph my card at a weird angle! I cut some Glossy White cardstock for the card background and then stamped the large flower all over using Versamark ink. I then used a sponge brayer to go over the top with Cherry Cobbler ink. The versa mark resists the ink, leaving a soft outline. It's just like Emboss Resist without the heat embossing.

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The second technique is called Pointilism, and it's how I coloured my focal flower. I used my Blends markers on Whisper White Cardstock, after stamping with Memento. Here's a little breakdown of how to do it

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I worked one petal at a time. First, I coloured all over with my Light Calypso Coral Blend.

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Next, I took my Light Cherry Cobbler Blend and used the pen nib end to gently add some dots onto the petal. I kept them fairly spaced and more towards the outer edge of the petal.

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Lastly, I used my Dark Cherry Cobbler Blend to add more dots over the top. These were a little closer together, especially towards the bottom of the petal where I wanted the shading effect to be darker. I used the same technique on the leaf using the Dark Pineapple Punch and both Old Olive Blends.

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I mimicked the front of the card on the inside, but in reverse.

Are you inspired to try Pointilism with your Blends? I think I need to practice a little more to perfect my technique, but I certainly had a lot of fun with it.

You can see what the other ladies participating have done with Cherry Cobbler by following their links on Catherine's blog. Don't forget that you can right click on each link to give you the option of opening the link in a new tab or window.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 13 August 2018

It's Good To Be Green

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Is that a Kermit quote? I can't remember, it just popped into my head when I was thinking about a title for this post. Anyway... on to toady's card! This week I have a card that I CASEd from the Annual Catalogue. I recently purchased Swirly Frames and this was my first time using it. I liked the green card on page 137, so away I went!

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I made a slightly simpler version of the card. While I own both the Tropical Escape DSP and Tropical Thinlits, I do not own the Tropical Chic stamps. I am still in two minds about them - do I really need the stamps? The Concept Artist used the stamps on the squares in the catalogue card, but I just chopped some of the DSP. Easy substitution!

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I also used a pair of sentiments from Dragonfly Dreams on my card. That's what CASEing is all about  - taking the bits of a card that work for you, and finding something in your stash for the bits that don't.

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I used some more of the Tropical Escape DSP for the inside. This card is a great way to use up all those tiny scraps that seem to accumulate. The squares on the front were about 1 1/4 inches, and the strip on the inside could be as narrow or as wide as you wish. If your scraps are too narrow, just add a second or third. Too easy!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 9 August 2018

JAI #421: Just Add A Sketch

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Time for the next Just Add Ink challenge! This week Narelle has designed a fabulous sketch for us to work with. I love a good sketch challenge - don't you?


Last month my daughter Ada turned 13. When I asked her what she'd like me to make her for her card, I fully expected her to say 'Harry Potter'. She astounded me by sending me an image of a ballerina. She's been taking Jazz and Tap lessons for years, but only picked up ballet this year, so she's a little in love with it right now. I was a lot stuck with what to do with the image she sent, but once I saw this sketch, it all clicked into place!

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I used my PictureMate to print the image onto Whisper White cardstock and then smooshed some Melon Mambo ink over the top. The colours of the dance studio she attends are hot pink, black and white, so they were the colours I stick with. Of course, any dancer knows you need to add some bling, hence the Glimmer Paper panels along the sides.

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I had to flip the sketch to make the elements of it fit around the dancer. I used vellum for the circle so it didn't cover too much of the smooshing. The numbers were stickers I had in my stash. They were a pale pink that didn't work with my colour scheme, so I tapped my Stazon inkpad over the top to change the colour. You can still see the pale pink along the sides, but I liked that effect. They were a bit plain when they were just black, so I went over the top with my Wink Of Stella pen to add some glitz.

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I also printed the ballerina for the inside, just waaayyyyy smaller. I'm pleased to say that Ada loved the card. I'm always a bit anxious showing her, as she can be fussy - typical teenager!

The rest fit eDesign Team have done Narelle's sketch proud. You can see their cards over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Calypso Statements

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Welcome to the new Colour Creations Blog Share. This week we are featuring Calypso Coral.


Did you know that in Greek mythology Calypso was a nymph who was the daughter of Titan Atlas and Pleione and is famous for trying to keep Odysseus captive so she could marry him - sadly for Calypso, he was already married! Thanks, Wikipedia! Totally irrelevant to my card, but interesting nonetheless.

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I've had this image from Floral Statements stamped and ready to colour for over a year, and I decided that this week's Colour Creations was finally the time to use it. I coloured the flower with my Calypso Coral and Old Olive Blends.

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I also used my Light Cherry Cobbler Blend to add some darker highlights to the flowers, and finished by using my Light Pool Party Blend to draw an outline around the outside of the image. It's a simple trick that helps the image to pop against the white background.

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I finished the inside with a sentiment and some leaves from Flourishing Phrases. I found that the leaves were a bit stark for what I wanted, so I went over them with a Blender Pen (not to be confused with a Blend marker!). This pulled some of the colour into the veins of the leaves and softened them a little. Much better!

As always, you can find the links to the rest of the blogs over at Catherine's blog. It's always worth a look - the ladies do such a great job with the colours each week.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, 6 August 2018

A Fishy CASE

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I recently got around to purchasing the new set of Embossing Mats, and have been having some fun with them. As is often the case, I found a card to CASE for my first try with them. You can find the card I CASEd here at Kathy Maurer's blog. It was such a fun card that I couldn't resist CASEing it!

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I kept the card pretty much the same - only a few minor changes. I switched the colour of the card base, simply because I didn't have enough of the colour Kathy used.  I also used some retired epoxy dots to use for the air bubbles rather than rhinestones.

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Can you see better in this picture - the long swirly die from Swirly Scribbles was used to emboss the cardstock base and represent waves? Perfect for the little fishies to swim in!

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Kathy didn't show the inside of her card, so I was on my own here. I couldn't resist adding more fish and using the bubbles from my favourite background stamp underneath.

Bye for now,

Tina