Friday 30 August 2013

JAI #180: Just Add Colouring


Gee, the weeks are flying by!

Time for another Just Add Ink challenge! This week Nikki has challenged us to add colouring to our projects.  You can watercolour, use markers, crayons, whatever you like to colour your image.  I chose to watercolour on my card.

I used a new stamp set called You're My Hero.  It's a great one for boys cards.  I also used my new favourite set Gorgeous Grunge to create the background.

I used watercolour paper to stamp on and colour the image.  It's fabulous quality paper, perfect for watercolouring. I used my Real Red and Daffodil Delight inkpads to colour the image.

I also coloured the police car in the stamp set using Pacific Point and Daffodil Delight. A cute finishing touch for the inside of the card.

Stamps: You're My Hero, Gorgeous Grunge, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Basic Grey, Stazon
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Watercolour Paper
Other: Big Shot, Circles Framelits Dies, Aqua Painter, Paper Snips, Dimensionals

I hope you can play along with us this week at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 28 August 2013

A Daydream medallions CASE


Woops!  Looks like Wednesday snuck up on me and I forgot about blogging this morning!

Today's card is one I used for a couple of parties I ran in July.  It's a CASE from the Annual Catalogue.  You can find the original card on page 114.

I kept the colour scheme and stamp set but I changed a few things.  Instead of stamping each layer onto the one piece of cardstock we stamped each layer separately and then cut them using the coordinating Floral Frames Framelits.

Every second layer was popped up on Dimensionals.  I also used Vintage Faceted Buttons for the centre.  It is such a pretty card and I think everyone enjoyed making it.

The inside of my card is fairly plain, but at the parties we stamped some of the smaller Medallions stamps.

Stamps: Daydream Medallions, Sassy Salutations, Make A Wish
Ink: Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe
Cardstock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Floral Frames Framelits, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Bye for now,


Monday 26 August 2013

Epic Day This And That Journal: This Is 38


I was pretty excited when Stampin' Up! released the Epic Day Smash Album.  I bought one as soon as I could, and then thought "OK, now what am I going to do with it?" There was a part of me thinking it was too pretty to use, but I squashed her back in her box.  I had a few ideas, but in the end I decided to use it as a kind of diary for a year of my life.

I sat down last week to decorate the front.  And then I got a blank. I ended up starting with the numbers.  I turned 38 last week, so it was a good starting point. I wanted them to stand out, so I covered them with some of the brighter paper from the Epic Day DSP pack.

I love the coordinating Hexagon punch for stress free creating! I simply punched a few, sponged them and adhered them onto the cover.  I had previously stamped Off The Grid over the cover, and also Flowering Flourishes.

I used Notable Alphabet to stamp the rest of the title. I chose the title "This Is 38" as I want this book to be a keepsake of my life this year, so my family can look back and know what I was like at 38.  I will aim to keep it about me - not the kids, not Rob, just me.  It will be a challenge, as most mums love talking about their kids and family!

This is the inside of the front cover.  I took a selfie photo on my birthday so when I print it, it will go here and I will write some bits about myself.  I'm really looking forward to completing this album all about me!

Bye for now,


Friday 23 August 2013

JAI #179: Just Add A Sketch


Friday once more, so another Just Add Ink challenge!

This week Mae has designed a sketch for us to use.  Interpret it how you'd like, but the sketch must be the inspiration for your card.

I chose to make a very literal interpretation of the sketch using some of my new goodies from the new Annual Catalogue.

This was my first play with Gorgeous Grunge, Off The Grid and Smoky Slate.  Love them all!

I cut the arrow shape from the Smoky Slate layer using a punchie for a template and then popped it up on Dimensionals to give it a better effect.

Some complimentary stamping on the inside.  The clock was originally meant for the front, but I felt it needed more than just the red hands.  I restamped one for the front that had the red body, but didn't want to waste the grey one, so I used it on the inside.

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, Off The Grid, Clockworks, Make A Wish, For My Family (retired)
Ink: Basic Black, Basic Grey, Smoky Slate, Real Red
Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Basic Grey
Other: Paper Snips, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder Punch, Fiskars Arrow Punch

What do you think you'll do with Mae's sketch?

Bye for now,


Thursday 22 August 2013

JAI Scrap #20: Just Add Digital


I know, I'm really late with this layout, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

This month Ruthy has challenged us to go digital in our layouts.  A great challenge for me, as I'm really loving playing with My Digital Studio.  I went completely digital, but you could try hybrid if full digital is a bit scary!  Hybrid just means you use bits of both - it could be as simple as printing a title you made on the computer and adding it to your paper layout.

I love the convenience of being able to scrap with any photos you have on your computer, and not having to wait until you've been to the shop to print some off!  These photos were of my kids having a wonderful time in these inflatable balls that you get into and then roll around in a pool.  They had an awesome time!

I hope you have time to play along - there's only 10 or so days left to get your entry in over at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 21 August 2013

More Blown Ink Cards


In my last post I showed you a couple of blown ink cards that I'd made as samples for a Children's Cards Class.  I was having so much fun playing with ink blowing that I decided to make a couple more.

For these cards I stuck to one colour of ink for the blown bits. I think I used Rose Red paired with Daffodil Delight (it was a long time ago!!).

I used the new Label Love stamp for the sentiment and the retired slot punch to create holes to fed the ribbon through.

The cards were made for my twin nieces, who were turning 7.  One likes pink and the other likes yellow, hence the colour schemes for the cards.

The Daffodil Delight ink takes longer to absorb into the cardstock, so the splatters were a bit bigger.

Here they are side by side.  They were so much fun to make.

Stamps: Label Love
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Rose Red, Whisper White
Other: Artisan Label Punch, Slot Punch (retired), Rose Red Seam Binding, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Straw

Bye for now,


Monday 19 August 2013

Blown Ink Technique


A couple of months ago I ran a Children's Cards Class.  While a bit stuck for ideas for the class I decided to have a bit of a look on the internet.  My first stop was Ros Davidson's blog, as she is the queen of kid's cards. I didn't have to look far before finding these cards which became the inspiration for my class cards.

Don't they look fab!! I was really pleased with the bright rainbow effect. I made two cards using the technique, as it was so much fun.

The sentiment is from the retired I Dig You stamp set.  I kept it nice and simple so it didn't detract from the ink rainbow.

An old favourite, Sassy Salutations for the inside.

Here's the two cards side by side.  I love how you can do the same thing but get totally different results each time.

Stamps: I Dig You (retired), Sassy Salutations
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other: Circle Punches, Straw

Bye for now,


Friday 16 August 2013

JAI #178: Just Add Snowflakes!


It's great to be back doing the Just Add Ink challenges again.

This week is a tricky one for me - to Just Add Snowflakes. With the arrival of the new catalogue I had a big clear out of my retired stamps.  When I went looking for something for this card I realised I had no snowflake stamps left. Hmmm, time for the old thinking cap!

I decided to used the rock salt technique to create the look of snowflakes.  It's pretty easy, you just grind some rock salt onto your cardstock and run it through the big shot. It creates lots of little divots in the cardstock in a random pattern that you then colour over to highlight. Many people brayer, but not being confident with the brayer I decided to sponge the colour on.  I started with a layer of Soft Sky over the whole card front, then Marina Mist from the ground up, finishing with Night Of Navy over the top third.

Here's a closer look.  You can see that I also spritzed the finished card with some shimmer paint (retired) to give some extra effect.

I kept the inside simple, by just stamping the Lovely As A Tree stamp again in Soft Sky that I stamped off once.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Sweet Essentials, Postcard, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Night Of Navy, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Piercing Mat, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Sponges, Shimmer Paint (retired), Rock Salt

I hope you can play along at Just Add Ink this week,

Bye for now,


Wednesday 14 August 2013

Wildflower Meadow in Pool Party


Wildflower Meadow and it's coordinating embossing folder weren't items from the new catalogue that initially got my attention.  Upon closer examination I realised just how versatile the pair could be.

For this card I kept the stamping and embossing fairly simple. Pool Party ink on Pool Party DSP gives a lovely, subtle background which I enhanced by embossing over the stamping.

Pearls for the centre of the flowers add a lovely finishing touch.

Bye for now,


Monday 12 August 2013

Strawberry Slush Modern Medley


I really love the Modern Medley DSP in the new catalogue.  I decided to have a play one day and see what the paper looked like in colour.  What do you think?

To get the colour I simply brayered the Strawberry Slush ink over the Modern Medley DSP.  I love the result.  I think the card looks a bit like lingerie - I think it's the lace and black ribbon!

A bit different to my usual card making style, but sometimes it's fun to experiment.

I hope you have a great week.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 7 August 2013

With Sympathy


Firstly, apologies for the long blog absence.  And that's about where I stop knowing what to write.

Sadly, a day after writing my last post we got the shocking news that Rob's dad Neil had died suddenly while visiting family in the UK.  And so began the long and emotional task of bringing him home for burial. We were finally able to lay him to rest on Saturday in a beautiful, heart wrenching ceremony.

We miss him so much, and it's going to take a long time to recover and for life to feel normal again.  Part of that is getting back into my papercrafting and blogging again. One step at a time.

Ironically, I'd made this card in the weeks before Neil's passing. It was meant to be my Just Add Ink Design Team entry for the challenge after he died.  I hadn't made a Sympathy card for a very long time prior to this one.  Funny how the universe works sometimes.

Bye for now,