Thursday, July 20, 2017

JAI #369: Just Add Inspiration


Well, the school holidays are coming to an end for us. It always makes me a bit sad, as I love having the kids home for a couple of weeks R 'n' R.

Being Friday, it's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Rochelle found this gorgeous image, that is certainly bound to inspire you. I know I found it inspiring - who wouldn't love to float away in a balloon over that lake, forrest and mountains?

You can take anything you like from the picture - the colours, nature, a balloon, whatever you like! I liked the look of the sky (and I wanted to play with my Texture Paste!!), so that's what I based my card on.

Stampin' Up!, scissorspapercard, Texture Paste, Lift Me Up, Up & Away, Sunshine Wishes, Just Add Ink

Have you played with the Texture Paste yet? It's a lot of fun! For this card I just used the paste as is with the cloud mask. I quite like that the clouds didn't come out evenly, as clouds aren't smooth in real life. I made a similar background and I used my palette knife to fluff up the clouds by gently slapping it against the paste. It reminded me of the way I get meringue peaks when I am making a Lemon Meringue Pie. Yum!

Stampin' Up!, scissorspapercard, Texture Paste, Lift Me Up, Up & Away, Sunshine Wishes, Just Add Ink

I saw this trick of having a shorter rectangular matt under a banner on a card recently and quite liked it. I filed it away in the old memory bank, and surprised myself when I actually remembered to use to on a card.

Stampin' Up!, scissorspapercard, Texture Paste, Lift Me Up, Up & Away, Sunshine Wishes, Just Add Ink

'I hope your day is on cloud nine'. It's such a great sentiment for a birthday card, don't you think?

You can see the cards the rest of the Design Team have created over at the Just Add Ink blog. Why not join in the fun by linking up your card that has been inspired by our picture?

Bye for now,


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

AWH HOC Week 8


Woo Hoo! I'm back on the Heart Of Christmas blog shares. Having to miss last week was not fun, so I made doubly sure I'd have time this week to make a Christmas card.

AS with my past card, I'm still playing with the Be Merry Suite of products. I was going for a bit of a clean vintage with this card - there's a bit of sponging, but no other ageing type effects.

Christmas Card using Be Merry DSP, Merry Mistletoe, Sheet Music. scissorspapercard, Stampin' Up!, Art With Heart, Heart Of Christmas

The Be Merry DSP has lovely, traditional colours, but I keep finding myself adding Crumb Cake to the mix Don't you think it works beautifully? It really adds to the vintage feel, as does the Sheet Music background stamp.

Christmas Card, Be Merry DSP, Merry Mistletoe, Sheet Music, scissorspapercard, Stamping' Up!, Art With Heart, Heart Of Christmas

I tried something new with the sentiment panel, by having the Garden Green layer only exposed on two sides. I quite like the effect. Here's a confession - I accidentally trimmed too close to the sentiment, so I went for the lopsided look to try to hide it! The twine and the wooden star from the Hearts and Stars Elements help to give the panel balance.

Christmas Card, Be Merry DSP, Sheet Music, Santa's Sleigh, scissorspapercard, Stamping' Up!, Art With Heart, Heart Of Christmas

I used all of the same elements on the inside as I did on the outside, just pared back a little. I wasn't going to include the star, but at the last minute I added him to the card.

You can see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created by heading over to Claire's blog. She's got all the links to everyone's blogs there.

Bye for now,


Monday, July 17, 2017

A Foxy Coffee CASE


Today's card is a CASE of a card made by Jen of World Of Jen Craft. I found the card when I was searching for cards made using the new Coffee Break DSP. I'm not a coffee drinker, so the suite didn't appeal to me until I saw the paper. I immediately fell in love with the colours and patterns in the DSP. It's a fantastic pack for male cards.

Jen's card uses the new This Little Piggy stamp set, which I don't own, so I substituted for A Little Foxy. I was aiming for a card that could be used for a new baby, or a birthday card for a young boy.

I quite like the fox in Pear Pizzazz - it makes me think of a stuffed toy that a young child might have.

Have you seen or purchased the Coffee Break DSP yet? It's a great addition to your stash of paper!

Bye for now,


Thursday, July 13, 2017

JAI #368: Just Add A Twist


Here we are again, another Friday, and another Just Add Ink challenge. I love Fridays for that very reason!

This week the challenge is from Kelly. She's dared us to make a Christmas card, with a twist! The twist is that we needed to use a Birthday stamp set to create the Christmas card. What fun!

After perusing my stamp sets, I decided I'd attempt a wreath using stamps in Happy Birthday Gorgeous.

I very lightly traced a circle on the card front and then stamped the leaf around it, overlapping the ends of the branch. I was very pleased with how well the circle turned out. To fill out the spaces between the leaves, I used the dotty stamp from Number Of Years to stamp over the leaves. I really love the effect it gives - a bit of an Australian wattle type look to the wreath.

It still didn't look quite finished, so I scattered some retired Candy Dots in Real Red around the wreath. It gave the card a lovely lift.

I quite happily used all of my Candy Dots on the outside, and then realised I hadn't saved any for the inside. Ooops! Luckily a pencil eraser inked in Real Red ink gives a similar effect, so I was able to recreate parts of the wreath on the inside of the card.

I think the team have had a fun week with Kelly's challenge. You can hop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what they've created and to join in the fun.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Guest Blogger: Ada


It's school holidays here now, as well as Ada's birthday. It's been a busy start to the break, so I didn't get a chance to create a card for The Heart Of Christmas as I've been doing the past few weeks. Hopefully next week!

Today I have two cards for you - the first was made by Ada for her BFF, Hannah, who celebrated her 12th Birthday last month. I printed the Bugaboo digital stamps and Ada did the rest.

Ada used my Stampin' Write Markers to colour the images. I was very impressed that she manage to get some great shadows/highlights with just the markers - no blender pens or any other tool. Pretty awesome for a 12 year old!

Ada and Hannah are both huge Harry Potter fans. I think Hermoine, and Emma Watson for that matter, is a fabulous role model for young girls, so I'm happy that they love the books and movies.

Ada's birthday was yesterday. When I asked her what she wanted on her card, she said she wanted the same as the card she'd made. I decided to overrule her and do something different, but still in the Harry Potter theme. She and Hannah both want to be in Ravenclaw, so that's where I started.

I found an online colouring book site that had Harry Potter images and printed the Ravenclaw crest. I used my Copics to colour it. I haven't coloured for a while and I'm a little rusty, but over all I was pleased with the result.

Sadly, the cardstock I used bled quite badly, despite being meant for Copic markers. I think next time I'll stick to Whisper White, which I've found fabulous with Copics.

So there you go, a pair of Harry Potter themed cards for your enjoyment.  If you'd like to see what the Art With Heart team have created for The Heart Of Christmas, you can pop on over to Claire's blog to check it out.

Bye for now,


Thursday, July 6, 2017

JAI #367: Just Add Colour


This week at Just Add Ink Patrice has set the challenge for us, and it's a colour challenge. Lots of lovely neutrals with a fabulous pop of lemon lime.

This one was a tricky combo I think! It's good to get the old brain matter working a bit harder sometimes though. I needed to make a card for Ada to give to a friend who was turning 13, so I decided to crack open my new Text Ya Later stamp set, which I think is perfect for teen cards.

I love the text stamps in this set. I knew the birthday girl would get a real giggle out of the 'crappiest of birthdays to you' stamp.

I also love that the set includes some of the commonly used emojis. I've only recently started using them in my texts, and they are a lot of fun.

What will you do with these colours? If you get your thinking cap on, I'm sure you'll have as fun a time with them as I did! Check out the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

AWH HOC Week 6


Welcome to this week's The Heart Of Christmas blog share. Can you believe we are up to Week 6? One more week closer to Christmas!

I've had quite a few weeks where I've gone with less traditional cards, but this week I'm back to a very traditional Christmas colour combo - Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White, with some touches of Early Espresso and Crumb Cake thrown in.

I had a wonderful day stamping with some local demonstrator friends on Sunday (thanks, Kathryn!), and I took to opportunity to stamp some images from sets that I don't own. This card uses some of those images. They are from the new Merry Mistletoe stamp set, which coordinates with the Be Merry DSP.

It can be tricky, stamping without a particular card in mind. Trying to judge how much space to lead around what you've stamped is the hardest! It does make putting together a card difficult, but I think that's sometimes part of the fun.

What do you think? Have I done a good job with my bits and pieces card? I think so!

You can visit Claire's blog and see what the others in the team that are participating this week have created. It's bound to be inspirational!

Bye for now,


Thursday, June 29, 2017

JAI #366: Just Add A


Oh, boy, hasn't it gotten cold? I don't know about your part of the world, but here in South Australia we are having a bit of a run of miserable weather. On the upside, it's perfect for staying inside and getting some stamping done!

I have the new Just Add Ink challenge for you today, and it's one of my Alphabet challenges. This week is bought to you by the letter..... A!

What will you create that uses the letter A? Something with animals, Always Artichoke, angels, or even for an anniversary? The choice is yours, just make sure it's clearly an A theme.

I was struggling to think of something for this challenge (my attempt at African Daisies went straight into the bin) until I sat listening to my daughter's saxophone lesson and remembered I had the retired Skating By stamp set, which has an Acoustic Guitar. Bingo!

I stamped the guitar on some of the new Wood Textures DSP. It's perfect for an acoustic guitar, even if the wood grain is a little hard to see in my photographs. I used the rest of the sheet of the DSP on the front of my card.

The Soft Sky DSP is from the Coffee Break pack - another of my favourite packs from the new catalogue. I teamed it with Dapper Denim for a lovely, masculine look.

I had two tiny offcuts left from the papers, so I put them to use to highlight the sentiment. This is a great trick when your sentiment seems too small for the area where you've stamped it. I cut the Wood Textures piece to be the same length as the sentiment, and the Coffee Break layer a little longer to really stretch it out a bit.

Stay warm this weekend, hopefully you can get some stamping done so you can play along with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Heart Of Christmas: Week 5


Once again I have managed to create a Christmas card for this week's The Heart Of Christmas blog share. I truly have amazed myself that I have managed to create every week so far. I've been on a bit of a learning curve this week, as I have a new computer, which also includes a new way to manage the files on the computer, but also a new photo editing system to learn. Bits have been easy, bits have been difficult, but I'm getting there.

Anyway, on to my card! I recently hosted an ATC swap that featured the Rock'n'Roll technique. I had fun with it, so I decided to use the same technique on my card. I was hoping for a bit of a wintery, snowy feel with out the typical snow flakes.

The stamp I used is from the new set, Lovely Inside & Out. It's not one you would look at and immediately think Christmas, but sometimes that's half the fun of new rubber - working out alternative uses for it. I stamped it in Soft Sky and then rolled it in Dapper Denim to get the darker outside edge. It's time consuming, as you need to clean the rubber each time you stamp it, but I think you'll agree that the effort is worth it.

After I stamped the 'snowflakes', I went over the Soft Sky section with my Wink Of Stella pen to give them a lovely shimmer. Very hard to photograph though!

Well, that's me for another week. With any luck you'll see me joining in again next week too. In the meantime, head on over to Claire Daly's blog so that you can see what the others have created this time. They are bound to impress!

Bye for now,


Thursday, June 22, 2017

JAI #365: Just Add A Sketch


Here we are again on a Friday with another Just Add Ink challenge. This week it's a sketch, designed by Karren.

I really like this sketch! You don't have to use the same shapes - any will do, as long as we can see the basic sketch in your card. Having said that, I ended up following it quite closely.

I used the new Ribbon Of Courage bundle that I recently purchased. It's one of those sets that I hope I don't have to use much, but I'll always keep it handy. The sentiment is from the new Ronald McDonald House Charities set, Sharing Sweet Thoughts.

The background DSP is from the Petal Garden DSP stack.  It's a 6x6 inch stack that also coordinates with the Memories and More pack of the same name. There's some really sweet florals in the pack, but also some plainer patterns. A very good mix!

I left the inside blank, apart from a few little decorations. I wanted plenty of room to write a heartfelt message to the recipient of this card.

Well, that's it for now. I hope I see your card linked up at the Just Add Ink blog!

Bye for now,


AWH Blog Hop: Favourite New Bundle


Today the Art with Heart Team girls are showing you their favourite bundles from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. Bundles make creating a breeze, because of the perfect coordination. It's a bonus that you get 10% off by bundling the products together too. There are 24 bundles in the new catalogue so ask us about them, or for a catalogue today!

While thinking about which bundle I could use, I decided that this blog hop should be my favourite bundle right now, as often my favourite changes depending on what I'm stamping with! In the end I decided to go with the Tabs For Everything bundle. It's one that's been designed with the new planner in mind, but I've made a card to show that it's more versatile than you might think.


I decided to make a horizontal pocket card, as the tab punch makes an excellent 'handle' for the insert. I started with a piece of DSP from the Birthday Memories pack, and selected the rest of my colours based on the colours in the stripes. Can you see the scalloped edge peeking out? That's the new Decorative Ribbon Border punch.

The Sweet Sugarplum pieces were stamped in the coordinating ink using the star stamp from the Tabs For Everything stamp set. The two tags were also stamped using images from the set.

Here's the insert pulled out of the pocket. There's plenty of room to write a message for the recipient, and you could even tuck a gift card into the pocket with it. How gorgeous is the Daffodil Delight ribbon?  It's Double Stitched, so on one side is two straight stitches (which you might be able to see on the knot part), and on the other is crosses. It took me a few goes, but I finally managed to tie the bow so that the crosses were showing on both loops and tails.

That's it for me, next you're off to see the gorgeous work of Catherine Proctor. If you get lost, or find a broken link, you can find a list of all the blogs at the bottom of this post.
Bye for now,
Caroline Manwaring
Kate Morgan
Alisha Watson
Claire Daly
Rachel Woollard
Rebecca Jacovou
Kimberly Hern
Judy May
Tina Gillespie < you're here!
Catherine Proctor
Andrea Roberts
Sharon Davern
Monika O'Neill
Ros Davidson

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Heart Of Christmas: Week 4

This week's Christmas card was inspired by a desire to have a play with the new Embossing Paste and glitter. I was very pleased with the effect!

I took a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock and use some washi to keep it and the mask in place. After applying the paste, I removed the mask and sprinkled with Gold glitter straight away. I set it aside to dry while I finished the rest of the card.

The paste does a great job of holding the glitter in place. The edges are nice and crisp, except where I need to get a paint brush in to remove the extra glitter!

I used a strip of Gold Glimmer paper to finish the inside. The Basic Black Baker's twine was a great way to tie it all together.

If you'd like to see what the other ladies in the Art With Heart team have created this week, pop on over to Claire Daly's blog. You'll find links to everyone's blogs there.

Bye for now,