Thursday, May 25, 2017

JAI #361: Just Add Two

Hi!


It's time for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, and I've taken a little trip down memory lane!


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This week Kelly has challenged us to Just Add Two to our cards.


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-361just-choose-two.html

I love these challenges, they are so much fun! This week I chose to add flowers and watercolour to my card.



If you went through your preteen/teen years in the late 80's/early 90's, you probably had a pair of floral jeans. I wasn't quite girly enough for floral jeans, so I turned a pair of plain jeans into a statement piece by graffiti-ing all over them. Boy, did I love those jeans!


Anyway, today's card takes me back to those carefree days. I stamped the jeans pocket on Shimmery White cardstock and then watercoloured it with Night Of Navy ink. I stamped the pocket again on the Daisy print paper from the new Delightful Daisy DSP, fussy cut it right along the lines, and then adhered it to the full pocket. I love the look of the jeans pocket.



The border was stamped using the stitching and rivet stamps from Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set, which the pocket also came from. The border took a little bit of planning and masking to get right, but wasn't really too tricky. The background daisies, from Daisy Delight, were stamped three time per flower. I was meaning to stamp them off each time, but on the first flower I forgot to stamp off the third layer, so I ran with it for the rest of the flowers. One of those happy accidents!




The sentiment stamps are from another new set from the upcoming Annual Catalogue called Happy Birthday Gorgeous. It coordinates with the new Happy Birthday thinlit, and I'm guessing it's going to get a real work out this year!


Which two will you choose? Flowers, Washi or Watercolour? I'll find out when I see your card linked at the Just Add Ink blog, I'm sure.


Bye for now,


Tina

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams CASE

Hi!


Today's card was one I CASEd from Pam Scales. You can see her blog here, but I couldn't find her gorgeous card on her blog, so I can't link directly to it.



I changed a few things, but essentially the card is the same. Pam used a banner across the top of her DSP for the sentiment, instead of the ribbon I used. She also used a different DSP. I used Blooms and Bliss on my version.



The layers on the Dragonfly are so pretty. The top layer was cut from more of the Blooms and Bliss DSP, and was adhered onto a solid Rich Razzleberry Layer.




I love the dotty stamp in the set for creating little borders on my cards. It can either be bold or subtle, or anywhere in between.


Bye for now,


Tina

Monday, May 22, 2017

Perth OnStage Swap

Hi!


I just realised that I haven't showed you the card I made as my swap while I was at OnStage in Perth last month. If you follow me on Fabebook, you probably would have seen a photo of me making them, but not the finished product. Well, here it is!



Yes, my love affair with the Sponge Brayers lives on! I used Sweet Sugarplum ink to create the ombre background, which went a lovely, deep, dusky pink. I loved the sentiment for this card, as I made it as a swap for my friends that were going to OnStage.



The Basic Black butterfly had a layer of Gold Foil paper behind it. I think it looks a little like a Monarch butterfly. The gold certainly added a bit of luxe to the card.




Most people only make a card front for swaps, but as I was only making 12 I decided to make a whole card.


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, May 18, 2017

JAI #360: Just Add A Sketch

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My past couple of cards for Just Add Ink have been pretty, feminine Mother's Day cards, so for this week's challenge I decided to go the exact opposite.


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-360sketch.html

This week we have a fabulous sketch, designed by Narelle, to guide our creativity.

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-360sketch.html
When I saw the large circle, the first thing that popped into my head was a circular opening, so that's what I went for on my card.




I also wanted to try the balloons from Lift Me Up in sepia/vintage tones. I chose Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. I quite like the look!




I cut the opening in the Crumb Cake layer using the Layering Circles Framelit that fitted inside the largest circle Stitched Shapes Framelit. I then used the two Framelits to create the stitched border around the opening. Just something a little different!




The inside of the card continues the vintage balloons theme. I only recently purchased Guy Greetings, but I'm finding that I'm using the sentiments a lot on masculine cards. It's a great font for male cards.


The Design Team have been very creative this week in using the sketch in their creations. You can see what the rest of the team have created over at the Just Add Ink blog. You can link your card up while you're there!


Bye for now,


Tina

AWH Blog Hop: New Catalogue Products

Hi!




Tonight I am participating in a blog hop along with the super talented ladies in the Art With Heart Team. We thought it would be fun to share some fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new 2017-2018 annual catalogue, which is available 1st June. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!


I have decided to use the new stamp set, Fabulous Flamingo, for my cards. I received it at the recent On Stage event in Perth as an All-Attendee giveaway. It's probably not one I would have purchased for myself, so I was very surprised to find that I quite enjoyed creating with it!



I had a lot of fun making this card. I stamped the flamingo first using the new In Colours, Berry Burst (stamped off once) and Powder Pink. The outlines are Early Espresso. I then fussy cut the flamingo.



The rest of the card was stamped using another new In Colour, Tranquil Tide, for the grass, Dapper Denim for the water and a mix of Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive and Garden Green for the palms. After I stamped each section, I lightly went over the images with my Aqua Painter. It gives a little 'halo' effect and extends the colours in a subtle way without blurring the image.



I'm not entirely sure what I'll use this card for, so I haven't stamped any sentiments for it just yet. It may just end up being one of those thinking of you cards.


While I had my Aquapainter out, I decided to have a go at another technique. This time I heat embossed the outline stamps of the flamingo and then brushed a wash of colour over the top using Berry Burst.



It's actually quite tricky to line up the two outline stamps when you're stamping with Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock! I think I did alright though. I used a fair bit of water for the colour wash, as I didn't want the Berry Burst to be too strong.



The base of the card was stamped using the palm fronds. It's fast becoming my favourite stamp in the set. A little slither of Gold Foil paper at each end of the flamingo panel, with Basic Black twine at the bottom, finished off the front nicely.




I had a small strip of the Gold Foil paper left, so it was perfect for finishing off the inside of my card. There's those palm fronds again too!




Well, that's it for me for this Blog Hop. I hope you were inspired by my cards. Next you're off to visit the blog of Ros Davidson, where you're bound to be inspired!
http://rosdavidson.typepad.com/ros_davidson_live_life_an/2017/05/new-catalogue-blog-hop-sneak-peak.html

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:


Monday, May 15, 2017

Decorated Photo Frame

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Today I have a project for you that was my sample for two different classes. The ladies in the groups were all pretty much non-crafters. I was asked to design a decorated photo frame for them to make, so I had to design something WOW, but that was easy for beginners to make.



When I first showed the ladies they were all a little freaked out. They thought it was going to be hard, but thankfully they trusted me that it wasn't, and gave it a go. They were all so happy with the end result. The kits had a variety of colours, and I had a huge selection of dies for them to choose from, so all the frames looked very different.



Most of the flowers were 'punch, brad and scrunch'. We punched 6-8 layers of cardstock or tissue paper, pierced them and added a brad. The layers were then scrunched up, and flattened out a little to give a dimensional look.



Sitting underneath the flowers were diecuts from the Flourish Thinlits. The word love is from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.




I was so pleased that everyone had a fabulous time making the frames, and came away with a great sense of accomplishment. Mine is now hanging proudly on the wall between my dining room and craft room where I can see it all day long.


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, May 11, 2017

JAI #359: Just Add Inspiration

Hi!


It's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge. What do we have in store for you today?


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-359inspiration.html

This week Kim has suggested the challenge for is, and it's an Inspiration Photo. What a fabulous one for those last minute Mother's Day cards! I have no idea what kind of flower it is, I just know that it's a pretty one.


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-359inspiration.html

I didn't have many floral stamps in my stash that suited the picture, so in the end I went for the bloom in You've Got This. I stamped it in Momento ink so that I could colour it with my Copic markers. I was hoping to get the lovely variegated look in the photo, but I'm just not skilled enough in colouring small areas to get it right. I still think it looks OK though.




Once I'd coloured the flowers I used a sponge and my Pool Party ink to lightly sponge the rest of the background. I really love this effect, and I think I'll be using it again soon. A few clear sequins around the sentiment finished off the card.


I took photos of the inside too, but they were terrible, and I'd already sent the card before I realised. Oh well, you'll just have to imagine the inside. What will you stamp this week for our Just Add Ink challenge? I can't wait to see your card.


Bye for now,


Tina

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Underground Drinks

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Do you find it easy or difficult to make masculine cards? I must admit that, like most, I find them difficult to make. It was with great joy that I realised that the Occasions Catalogue had a fabulous selection of products for male cards.



On this card I used the Urban Underground suite, including the Urban Underground DSP and Washi Tape and the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I paired them with the Mixed Drinks stamp set for a beer loving man.



The Hexagons folder is an extra deep embossing folder. It's a great textural element on a card.




I added another mug of beer to the inside of the card, except this time I stamped off the Delightful Dijon ink first. I think it gives a more realistic looking beer. What do you think?


Bye for now,


Tina

Monday, May 8, 2017

Retiring Party Animal

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I had to laugh at the blog post title, as I reflected on how long it's been since I considered myself to be a 'party animal'. Probably a good 20 years! I'd much rather curl up with a good book these days. And if that doesn't make me feel old, I don't know what will.


Anyway, in case you hadn't guessed, today's card features the retiring Party Animal DSP, with a sneak peek at a new Annual Catalogue product.



I think this confetti/streamer paper is my favourite from the DSP pack. Emerald Envy is a fabulous colour, so bright and vibrant.



How cool does this new Thinlit look? It's called Happy Birthday Thinlit, and will be available from June. On this card I have cut it twice - once with Tangerine Tango, and again with Basic Black. I've adhered them together, offsetting the black so that it looks like a shadow.




I repeated the candles on the inside just to finish off the card.


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, May 4, 2017

JAI #358: Just Add Stitching

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This week's challenge at Just Add Ink was suggested by Rochelle, and it's one that's right up my alley! This week we are adding stitching to our projects. It cane be real stitching, or faux, it really doesn't matter as long as it's stitching.


http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/05/just-add-ink-358just-add-stitching.html

I've been sewing since I was a very little girl, and it's something that I've wanted to incorporate more in my card making. I've recently purchased/modified a new desk so that I can have my paper crafting on one side and sewing on the other. It's not quite finished (IKEA has temporarily sold out of the drawers I need!), so the sewing side has become a little bit of a dumping ground. I managed to clear a little space to allow me to sew on my card though.



I went for a mix of retiring and new products on the card. I stamped the sunburst from Kinda Eclectic (retiring) on some Powder Pink cardstock in the matching ink (new!). I then laid the two die cuts from Sunshine Wishes (carrying over) on the card and sewed through the three layers. I finished by stamping the You from Crazy About You (retiring).



I then adhered the Powder Pink panel to some Berry Burst cardstock (new!) and stitched around the edge of the BB card to give a border. Now, if I'd been paying attention and not trying to cook dinner at the same time, I would have noticed that the tension was all wrong on the sewing machine. Whoops! I did notice in time to sew a much nicer looking border on the PP panel. Lesson learned!




I probably should have stitched a border on the inside BB card too, but by this point of time in making the card and trying to cook dinner the vultures children were circling and demanding to be fed. Oh well!


I hope you can join us - will it be real or faux stitching on your card? I can't wait to see it over at Just Add Ink.


Bye for now,


Tina

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Timeless Babywipe Technique

Hi!


Continuing in the theme of, 'Yay! It's carrying over!', is today's card featuring Timeless Textures. It's one of my favourite sets for adding a touch of grunge or vintage to a card.



This card was made as a class sample. We played with the babywipe technique, where you drip reinkers onto a folded wipe and then use the wipe as an inkpad. You can see that the flourish stamp has multiple colours. It's such a cool effect!



Can you see a tiny piece of DSP behind the vellum sentiment banner? It's from the colour family DSP stacks, and sadly these are retiring and not being replaced.




I really love this card - it's so soft and pretty!


Bye for now,


Tina

Thursday, April 27, 2017

JAI #357: Just Add Colour

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A little sad today, as it's the last day of the school holidays. I really enjoy the downtime and the lazy days. Anyway, it's Friday, which means it's Just Add Ink day!


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This week we have a colour challenge, suggested by Jan. I really love the combination of Sweet Sugarplum and Rich Razzleberry, so I was happy from the start! The addition of Sahara Sand and Island Indigo adds a fresh take to the combo.

http://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/04/just-add-ink-357colour.html

I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek of a new stamp set that's from the upcoming Annual Catalogue. I was lucky enough to receive this set, Daisy Delight, at the On Stage event I attended in Perth recently.



It's so pretty! To get this flower, I stamped the outline three times on Very Vanilla cardstock in Rich Razzleberry and then watercoloured them in Sweet Sugarplum using a fairly dry Aqua Painter. Too much water makes the VV cardstock pill, and I certainly didn't want that! I then punched the flowers using the new Daisy punch and layered them so they were offset. It gives such a lovely, full flower, more like a Gerbera.



Can you see another sneak peek in the centre of the flower? The new Faceted Gems are gorgeous! They were certainly a must-have for me when I saw them at On Stage.




Did you notice the stamping under the daisy on the front of the card? I used my Timeless Textures stamp set, which is carrying over to the new catalogue. Yay!


Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the team have created? I'm certain they will inspire you to stamp along with us this week.


Bye for now,


Tina