Friday 12 July 2013

JAI #173: Just Add Water


Straight into it today, as it's school holidays and the kids are demanding my attention!

 The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to add water.  It was inspired by a water bottle at the recent Convention! You can see the pics and read the story on the Just Add Ink blog.

For my card I decided to use water in a technique rather than as an image on the card. I used the faux watercolour technique, where you ink up your stamp, mist it with a little water and then stamp.  The edges of the stamp go a little blurry and give a watercolour like effect.

You can see the blurriness and also the loss of detail in the flowers that occurs as a result of the misting.  It's a lovely effect, beautiful on female cards. To get the two colours on the sentiment I stamped it in each colour and trimmed the centre bit from the Always Artichoke image before layering it over the Perfect Plum image.

Not hard to tell who got this card!  I was a bit lot late in sending my mum her Mother's Day card. Luckily for me she's a forgiving type.

Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Label Love, For My Family (retired)
Ink: Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Always Artichoke
Other: Always Artichoke Seam Binding Ribbon (retired), Artisan Label Punch, Basic Jewel Pearls, Dimensionals

Bye for now,


Wednesday 10 July 2013

Soccer Ball Fun


One of the overseas blogs I like to look at is Stampin' On The Fly. Jennifer has some amazing cards.  Recently I saw this card on her blog and decided to CASE it for the Children's Cards class I ran last month.

I changed a few things about the card, including making it a regular sized card, adding the sun and changing the greeting.

How awesome is the soccer ball? We embossed the Whisper White cardstock and the Basic Black and then just used Paper Snips to cut the black hexagons out.  The grass was created by double punching with the Scallop Border Punch.

Stamps: Itty Bitty Sentiments, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Marina Mist
DSP/Cardstock: Polka Dot Parade DSP, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black
Other: Big Shot, Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Snips

Bye for now,


Monday 8 July 2013

Epic Day Washi Tape Birthday Card


One of the products I was most excited about in the new catalogue was the washi tape.  I've seen lots of it used on cards and layouts on the internet but hadn't used any myself.  It's one of those things that I knew I'd love and become addicted to.  Now that Stampin' Up! have added it to their range I can indulge to my heart's desire.

This card was one I made for a few classes I ran last month.  I thought it was a great way to show how washi tape can be used on a card. I used the Epic Day Washi Tape with the Epic Day DSP.

I love the way the tape is translucent so you can see some of the DSP and stamping underneath the tape.

We used some more of the tape on the inside of the card.  It's such a cheap way to decorate a project.  For $8.95 you get 3 rolls of tape, each 4.6 meters long.  That's nearly 14 meters of tape!  I have the more feminine Gingham Garden Washi Tape on it's way to me and I can't wait to play with that too.

Stamps: Clockworks, Just Believe, French Foliage (retired), For My Family (retired)
Ink: Basic Grey
DSP/Cardstock: Epic Day This and That DSP, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey
Other: Epic Day This And That Designer Washi Tape

Bye for now,


Sunday 7 July 2013

JAI Scrapbooking Challenge #19: Just Add Monochrome


It's the start of another month (we are past half way this year!!!) so it's time for another Just Add Ink Scrapbooking Challenge.

This month Ruthy has challenged us to go monochromatic on our layouts. In case you're not sure, this means that you need to stick to one colour on your layout.  You can use shades of that colour, but it needs to be predominantly one colour. I chose Pool Party for my colour.

I've had this photo on my desk for months waiting to be scrapped, and this was the perfect opportunity.  Black and white photos are great for monochromatic layouts as they can look more dramatic on the page. Doesn't it look like Rob and Hudson are sharing a joke?

The base page was a sheet of DSP from the Epic Day pack.  It has the distressing around the edge already so I used some Linen Thread to create the bunting as it matched the colour of the distressing.

The journalling was hidden on a tag under the main photo. I used the new This and That Rotary Stamp to add the date to the tag - it's a great stamp for your scrapbooking.

I used the smile stamp from the Happy Day stamp set as the main title of my page.  I liked how the DSP had lots of descriptive words printed on it, so I picked some of the most appropriate words and outlined them with my Pool Party marker.

Stamps: Happy Day, Itty Bitty Sentiments, Remember This And That Rotary Stamp
Ink: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Basic Grey
DSP/Cardstock: This And That Epic Day DSP, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die (retired), Mini Library Clips (retired), Linen Thread, Pool Party Brads (retired), Pool Party Button (retired SAB), Ticket Duo Punch, Small Oval Punch (retired), Dimensionals, Stapler

I hope you can play along with us this month at Just Add Ink.  What colour will you choose?

Bye for now,


Friday 5 July 2013

JAI #172: Just Add Inspiration


How exciting - time for the first Just Add Ink Challenge with the new catalogue.

This week we have decided to use the new Annual Catalogue front cover to inspire our crafting.

I struggled for a while to decide what I was going to do for my project when I got a sudden bolt of inspiration.  I hope you can see how the catalogue inspired me!

I took this photo in December, long before I saw the cover, but it works so well!  I'm not so sure that Rob will be happy with his lily-whites splashed around on the Internet but I guess that's life for a scrapper's husband!  I paid a little more homage to the cover image by including some bunting in the top corner.
I hope you can play along this week at Just Add Ink.
Bye for now,

Wednesday 3 July 2013

Shimmery Wildflower Meadow


I've had a lot of fun playing with this new stamp set, called Wildflower Meadow.

I this case I used my Island Indigo marker to ink up just one of the stems on the stamp. All the white space adds some elegance to the card I think.

To glam it up a little I spritzed the whole card to make it shimmer.

I used the same stamp, but a smaller stem to decorate the inside of the card.

Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Sweet Essentials, For My Family (retired)
Ink: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Other: Island Indigo Baker's Twine, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint/Isocol Mix (retired)

Bye for now,


Tuesday 2 July 2013

Welcome to the New Annual Catalogue!


Stampin' Up!'s new Annual Catalogue begins today!  Lots of yummy new stuff to play with.  Being a demonstrator I get to order some of the new products a month early and I have been able to have a play.

On this card I have used a new stamp set called Happy Day.  Don't you just love the medallion image?  I coloured it with my Basic Black and Riding Hood Red (now retired, sob) markers to get the two colours.  I finished it off with a Basic Black Glimmer Brad.

The DSP is also new to the Catalogue.  It's called Modern Medley and is a lovely mix of Basic Black and Very Vanilla patterns. Can't wait to play some more with it!

The flourish under the sentiment is also from the Happy Day stamp set - another pretty image.

Stamps: Happy Day, Curly Cute (retired)
Ink: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (retired)
DSP/Cardstock: Modern Medley DSP, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red (retired), Very Vanilla
Other: Basic Black Glimmer Brad, Dimensionals, Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon (retired)

Bye for now,


Monday 1 July 2013

Farewell Two By Two


This farewell is a bit of a sad one for me, as Two By Two is one of my all time favourite baby stamps.  I was cheered to realise though that it can be bought as a download for My Digital Studio, so in one sense it will never retire.  Yay!

Keeping with the theme, lol, I have also used more of the retiring Print Poetry DSP Stack paper on the card.  I kept the card fairly simple as I wanted the coloured panel to be the hero of the card.

In the past when I've coloured this image I've always used realistic colours.  This time I decided to make it look like a boat full of teddies so I used lots of bright colours. As the card was for a girl I kept it to a girlier palette.

Flags are really on trend right now, so I used a few scraps of DSP to create some flags on the inside.

Stamps: Two by Two, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Black Stazon, Raspberry Ripple, Island Indigo, Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Marina Mist
DSP/Cardstock: Print Poetry DSP Stack, Watercolour Paper, Very Vanilla, Gumball Green
Other: Big Shot, Ovals Collection Framelits, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Dimensionals, Blender Pen

Bye for now,