Thursday, November 16, 2017

JAI #386: Just Add R

Hi!

This week's challenge is a fun one!


It's my turn to set the challenge, and this week at Just Add Ink I've asked you to add 'R' to your card. What does this mean? You just add anything R related to your card - note that I said 'related', not 'rated' LOL!!


You could use a stamp set that starts with R, a technique, a colour, anything, as long as it starts with an R. I always like to see how many of the feature letter I can get on my card for these challenges, and this time I got 2 (3 if you can stretch and call the Jute Twine rope).

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First, and most obvious, is that I made a round card. So very easy with the Circle Framelits. I just cut my card to size, folded it, and then ran it though the Big Shot with the Framelit, making sure that the framelit hung over the folded edge to leave a hinge.

The second R is the robin on my card. I have no idea if it actually is meant to be a robin, but I'm going with it! The stamp is a little sneak peek of a stamp set that is coming out in the Occasions Catalogue in January.

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Did you notice that the leaves on the DSP also followed the 'round' theme? It took a bit of measuring, but I cropped it from the middle of one of the sheets of DSP from the Painted Autumn DSP. I think it was worth the effort - it works so beautifully with the round card.

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I cropped another little robin for the inside of the card. The sentiments I have used on this card are also a sneak peek, although they come from a different stamp set to the robin. Lots to look forward to in January!

In the meantime, why don't you play along with our R challenge this week? You can see th ret of the Design Team cards over at Just Add Ink, where you can also link your card.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

AWH HOC Week 25

Hi!

Welcome to this week's Heart Of Christmas.


This week I decided to make a card from scratch, rather than modify a Watercolour Christmas Kit card. My daughter participated in a choral festival of music recently, and one of the sections of the performance was a retelling of The Nutcracker. It straight away made me think of the Christmas Around The World DSP, so that's the paper I reached for this week.

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I also wanted to use the new Tinsel Trim. I needed a 'reason' for it to be on the card, so I ended up splitting the front panel and using the trim to divide the two patterns. The tinsel is fabulous - a little bulky for mailed cards when you tie a bow - but a fun, sparkly addition to any card!

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Another Holiday Catalogue product that I hadn't used much is the Black Rhinestones - not just for Halloween, they make a nice addition to the sentiment panel on my card.

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The tinsel was a little bulky to add to the inside, so I opted for a strip of Real Red cardstock to edge the DSP. The sentiment is from Hearts Come Home.

As usual, pop on over to Claire's blog where you can find the links to the rest of the team participating today. Not many weeks left now!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, November 9, 2017

JAI #385: Just Add A Sketch

Hi!

If you're reading this on Friday morning, you're doing so as I'm zipping my way to Melbourne for Stampin' Up!'s OnStage event. Just imagine - a huge room full of people passionate about Stampin' Up! who are learning about all the new products about to be released in 2018. It's pretty amazing!


In the meantime, it's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. Kim has designed this fabulous sketch. I've been amazed at the imaginations of the Design Team this week.


I wanted to get some swaps done for OnStage, so I ended up using lots of bits and pieces to throw together this card. The leaf die cuts came from a stamping day I attended way back when the current Annual Catalogue came out!

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Ssssh! Don't look too closely, but one leaf is Very Vanilla, and the sentiment circle is Whisper White. Oops!

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The church die cuts are from the Hometown Greetings Edgelits set. The church looks great in the row, but I think that it looks fabulous as an individual element on a card.

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What do you see in this fabulous sketch? As the DT have shown this week, the possibilities are endless! You can see the cards over at Just Add Ink, where you can also link up your card.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

AWH HOC Week 24

Hi!

Welcome back to the fourth last week of The Heart Of Christmas. On the home stretch now!


This week I have another card for you that's made using bits and pieces from the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit. I was determined to use up some of the offcuts from the cards I have made previously.

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The Emerald Envy panel was one of the offcuts from the card I made in Week 21. For that card, I chopped some sideways strips from the card base to make a feature panel. The panel on this card was what was left from that card base. The Real Red banner was snipped in half to extend the length, and she sequin trim was added over the top.  One of the 'risks' in chopping up the cards to make something different is that I forget to use the pretty bits, like the sequins, so I made sure I used them on this card!

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There's those Foil Snowflakes again - I couldn't resist!

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To finish the inside I stamped the verse sentiment. I then used a retired star punch to crop some stars out of the envelope liner offcuts. I'm so determined not to waste a single thing from this kit!

I've had a lot of fun chopping it up and seeing what I can create with it. I've been pondering over the wreath card base for a couple of weeks now - hopefully I'll have something to show you next week.

You can see what the rest of the team have created by popping on over to Claire's blog, where you'll find the links to the rest of the blogs.

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, November 2, 2017

JAI #384: Just Add Inspiration

Hi!

Is is really Friday already? Where did this week go?


It most certainly is Friday, which means it's Just Add Ink challenge day! This week we have an Inspiration Challenge, suggested by the lovely Jan.


Come on peeps - put aside the Christmas stuff, and get that Daisy punch out again!

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I really love the Inspiration photo, but had absolutely no idea what I was going to do for it. After pondering for a few days, I happened across a 'reject' on my craft desk. It was the watercolored panel underneath the daisy. It was a test piece for an ATC swap I'd done recently, but it hadn't quite turned out the way I'd hoped. Luckily for me, instead of chucking it as I'd usually do, I put it aside.

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The panel is Dapper Denim ink on Glossy cardstock. It warped a little with the water, so I mounted it on some Thick Whisper White card to help straighten it out. I really love the imperfect, blotchy look of the panel. The silver Faceted Gem was coloured with a Copic marker in the closest colour to Dapper Denim that I had. I think I used B97.

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I was really stumped with how to do the inside. I couldn't really replicate the glossy panel on the front, so in the end I went for super simple, to match the CAS look of the front of the card. I like how it turned out.

The Design Team have created a fabulous set of cards this week. Everyone has such a different take on the same picture, which is fabulous! You can see everyone's cards over on the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link your card.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

AWH HOC Week 23

Hi!


Not many more weeks before Christmas now! I've been steadily building up my stash of Christmas cards - how about you?

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This week's card features the stamp set that was available on promotion for the last two months - I forgot that it would be retired by the time this post went live! It's called Merry Patterns, and included these candles, a reindeer and a fabulous set of sentiments.

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I've also used the Year Of Cheer DSP from the Holiday Catalogue. It features yardstick weight paper that has metallic designs. The sheet I selected had both gold and silver foil snowflakes, so I decided to use some plain gold and silver foil with it. Oh, and a Silver Foil Snowflake. I'm really loving them - I've nearly finished my second pack!

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I loved the look of the candles on the front with the foliage in front, so I repeated it on the inside. The foliage is a great way to hide the fact that you may not have lined up the second candle stamp very well!

Why don't you pop on over to Claire's blog, where you can find links to the cards that the rest of the team have made this week?

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, October 26, 2017

JAI #383: Just Add Cake

Hi!


Welcome back to another challenge this week at Just Add Ink. This week Chloe has challenged us to Just Add Cake to our cards.


Pardon the pun, but I thought this would be a piece of cake! Then I had a look through my stash..... Nothing! No cake related stamps, dies or punches. What?!? Thankfully the ole thinking cap was working well this week, and I eventually came up with the brilliant idea (if I do say so myself!) of making a cake topper.

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I wanted to go with something ultra feminine and girly, so I decided that I'd start with pink and go from there. The Gold Glimmer paper adds a touch of glam to the topper, don't you think?

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I love the look of the layered ribbon streamers at the base of the topper. I just selected a few different trims that worked well together, cut them the same length and then stapled them to the bottom layer of the topper. Too easy!

The topper was adhered to a long bamboo skewer using a strong glue. A second Powder Pink scalloped circle was glued to the back to hide the skewer.

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I chopped off around a third of the skewer so that the topper didn't sit too high off the cupcake. I really hate wasting anything, so I decided I'd make a mini topper to go with the main one. I already had a couple of stars cut from the Gold Glimmer paper, so it was easy enough to make. Then I thought that two cupcakes looked a little lonely, so I made three more mini toppers. Now it looks like a party of cupcakes! My 12yo daughter Ada gave her tick of approval, so I guess I hit the mark!

The rest of the Design Team have come up with some cracking great ideas this week. You can see their cards over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your Just Add Cake creation. Can't wait to see what you do!

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AWH HOC Week 22

Hi!

Welcome to Week 22 of The Heart Of Christmas.


This week I have another card for you that I've made by modifying a card from the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit. I've taken the Pool Party watercolour card base and chopped it up to create a new card. Well, you'd actually be able to get two cards from the one base.

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I cut the card base in half, and then trimmed a half inch from the bottom. I stamped the piece with the trees from Watercolour Christmas. The trees were then coloured using my Wink Of Stella Pen.

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I added some little scallops here and there on the card. I recently saw someone use a scalloped circle on top of a plain circle for their sentiment, so I decided to use the same look on this card. I love the effect it gives! I also used some Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes to finish off the front.

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I used the half inch piece I trimmed from the front of the card to finish off the inside. A couple of Christmas trees and another row of tiny scallops ties the inside to the front of the card.

I've really enjoyed giving the old brain a bit of a work out by coming up with new ideas for the Watercolour Christmas Project Kit. You can see what the rest of the Art With Heart team have created over at Claire Daly's blog.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, October 23, 2017

Daisy Delight Bridge Card

Hi!

Have you jumped on the Bridge Fold card bandwagon yet? I have, and I had a lovely time making this card.

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Aren't those half daisies so cute?! You just punch one daisy in Whisper White, use a sponge dauber to add a bit of Daffodil Delight ink to the centre, snip through the middle of the daisy, and glue the two halves back together so that the petals overlap. Finally, you stamp, crop and adhere a flower centre to the middle of the daisy.

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I stamped a little jar with water on the back section of the front, and then sponged a little Soft Sky ink behind where the daisies sit. It really helps the white daisies to pop off the page.

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There's not a whole lot of room on the back of the card for a sentiment, so I kept my stamping simple.

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The best part about Bridge Fold cards is that they fold flat and still stay the correct size for an envelope. The recipient just needs to unfold the card for display. Too easy!

Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, October 19, 2017

JAI #382: Just Add Colour

Hi!

I hope you've had a lovely week. We've had a few hot days here in Adelaide, and I've loved it! Bring on summer!


During the week, I also created a card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. It's a colour combo this week, suggested by Patrice.


Isn't it lovely - the yummy neutrals with the pop of Fresh Fig.

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There's lots of different bits and pieces on this card. Do you create like that, or do you stick to one stamp set? I do a bit of both. In this case I've stamped with the flourish from Timeless Textures, the flowers from Oh So Eclectic and the sentiment from Jar Of Love. Chuck in some vellum, Black Thread, silver sequins, some Pick A Pattern Washi tape and leaf dies from Eclectic Layers, and you have a card!

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I coloured the flowers with my Fresh Fig ink pad and a Blender Pen. I wanted a heavy concentration of colour at the base of the flower, fading to a super pale shade near the tips of the petals.

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I used a lot of the same elements on the inside, but I opted to leave out the black elements, as they dominated too much in the smaller space I was decorating.

This was such a fun colour combination. You can see what the rest of the team have created over at Just Add Ink. You can also link up your card there when you're ready.

Bye for now,

Tina

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

AWH HOC Week 21

Hi!

Are you ready for your weekly dose of Christmas inspiration with the Art With Heart team? If so, welcome to this week's The Heart Of Christmas post!


This week I have a card for you that was made using the Watercolour Christmas Project kit. I'm a big fan of this kit. You can stamp and assemble the cards as directed, and make 20 Christmas cards in a very short time, or you can do as I've done - have a play, make some cuts, and make many more cards using bits and pieces of the kit.

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For this card I chopped up one of the striped card bases to make the feature strip on my new card. To get a piece long enough, I had to chop it sideways across the card base, which meant that there was score line through the card. This was easily hidden under the sentiment panel,

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I took one of the gold foil envelope liners in the kit and chopped it up to make a mat for the sentiment. I love how it gives a bit of extra glitz to the card. The front was still looking a little plain, so I popped a gold Foil Snowflake under the sentiment. Problem solved!

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For this inside, I used another off cut from the chopped up card front to add a little strip at the bottom of the card. Once again, a piece of Gold Foil from the  envelope liner added the necessary glitz to the inside.

You can see what the rest of the Art With Heart ladies playing along today have created by popping on over to Claire's blog. You'll find all of the links there.

Bye for now,

Tina

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Beautiful Bouquet CASE

Hi!

Today I have for you a fun set of cards that I CASEd from Leonie Schroder. I saw them on a demo Facebook group and thought they looked so fresh and fabulous - I just had to CASE them right away! Leonie CASEd the cards from Jennifer McGuire, who called it the Four From One technique.

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Basically, you cut one card front and die cut a shape into it. Jennifer and Leonie used hearts, but I went for an oval.

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You then need to cut four card bases. I cut them from Thick Whisper White, and cut two in landscape orientation, and two in portrait orientation.

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You then adhere the two pieces from the card front to two of the card bases using temporary adhesive. In my case, this was the oval and the card front with the oval hole. Next, you stamp around the shape, making sure that half the stamp is on either side of the edge of the shape.

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Once you've finished stamping, you carefully peel apart the layers. You should be left with two card bases that have been stamped, and tow pieces of card front that have also been stamped. On two pieces the stamping is on the outside of the oval, and on the other two, it's on the inside. All that's left to do is stamp the sentiments and assemble the two also cards. Oh, and embellish, if required.

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I can't forget to stamp the insides either!

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Here are the four cards together. If you look closely, you can see that the top and bottom card fronts were stamped together, and the two side cards were stamped together. It really is a super fun technique to try!

Bye for now,

Tina