Friday 31 October 2014

JAI #238: Just Add A Sketch


Happy Halloween, for those that celebrate the holiday. I don't really, but Rob and the kids do, so celebrate it I must!  Anyway, it's time for another Just Add Ink challenge, and this time Kim has designed a great sketch to inspire our creativity.

I had lots of fun with this sketch.  I cut quite a few Word Bubbles and played around with the positioning of them on the card.  None of it looked right though until I added the On Film film strip underneath.

The Tangello Twist background was created using the zig zag stamp out of Work Of Art, just stamped repeatedly.  I was quite impressed with how well I was able to line it up without the use of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig!

I was able to use the Word Bubbles I'd cut for the front and not used on the inside.  I hate to waste things, so it was a great solution!

I hope you have time to play along with us this week. The Design Team has had a lot of fun with the sketch.  Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to have a look?

Bye for now,


Monday 27 October 2014

Happy Wonderful Christmas


Today I have another Christmas card for you in Gold and Purple.  I used the lovely, rich Blackberry Bliss with Rich Razzleberry and Brushed Gold for this card.  I'm not usually a gold person, but I love this combination for a luxurious looking Christmas card.

This card is a CASE of one I found on Splitcoast Stampers.  You can see the original card here.  While the original creator went for more traditional colours I wanted to try the richer colour combination to see how it worked.  I was pleased with the result.

I also changed the main sentiment - I really love the Happy Wonderful Christmas saying. It's very cheerful and perfect for Christmas!  I used Crumb Cake ink to stamp the background stars.  It's a lovely subtle colour and it echoes the Brushed Gold nicely.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for your Christmas cards this year.

Bye for now,


Friday 24 October 2014

JAI #237: Just Add Clear Block Stamping


Are you ready for another Just Add Ink challenge?  This week Paula has challenged us to try some Clear Block Stamping.  Never heard of it? It's pretty much just what it sounds like - you ink up your clear block and stamp with it.  Easy peasy!

I decided to use my clear block stamping to create a background for a masculine card.  I used one of the smaller clear blocks and inked it in Cajun Craze, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight (not at the same time!) before stamping the tree over the top in Memento ink.

I was originally going to use the stamped strip to create a banner for my card, but at the last minute I cut a small section off the bottom to create the piece for the sentiment.  The space in between looked a little bare so I added the Linen Thread and attached it with some staples.  It's a great way to embellish a male card without it getting too girly.

The Design Team have come up with some wonderful samples of Clear Block Stamping to inspire you this week.  Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see for yourself? You're bound to come away inspired to stamp!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 22 October 2014

A File Folder Card


Today I have a card for you that I CASEd from another Demonstator, Paula Stringer.  You can see her original card here.  I had wanted to make a file folder card and her's was the cutest sample I could find in a quick Google images search.

I used the same DSP, Maritime, but changed up a few of the elements to suit my purposes a little better.

I love the cute File Tab Edgelits  to create an interesting little feature on the card.  If you don't have the Edgelits, you could use the Envelope Punch Board to create a similar look.

Here's the insert I created for the card.  I love the look of the rounded corners on the card, and I carried the Maritime theme through by using the row of flags across the top of the insert.

Bye for now,


Friday 17 October 2014

JAI #236: Just Add Inspiration


Woo hoo, it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge!  We are doing an inspiration challenge this week, selected by the lovely Nikki.  I have been itching to do this challenge ever since I knew it was coming up - it's so pretty!

Isn't it a fabulous inspiration photo?  There are so many possibilities, and the Design Team have come up with some majorly stunning samples to inspire you.

I decided to attempt a stylised peacock tail, and I'm thrilled with how it turned out. I used the retired Scribbles Swirls Sizzlit to cut a heap of shapes and arranged them on my card to replicate the tail feathers.

It was such a fiddly card to make, but I was really pleased with how it turned out, so I didn't mind the fiddliness so much!  I thought the sequins were a nice finishing touch too.

I used some of the offcut pieces to finish the inside.  I had thought I was finished with them when I completed the front, so I had to rescue them from my bin to do the inside!

What do you see in the inspiration photos?  Why don't you join in the fun over at Just Add Ink?

Bye for now,


Monday 13 October 2014

Memory Keeping with PLxSU: About Me


Today I have for you a 6x8 PLxSU layout that I completed as a part of a worldwide team of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and Project Life By Stampin' Up! devotees.  We have started a Facebook group and have decided to run a monthly PLxSU Challenge for you to participate in.

For this first month Delys suggested an "All About Me" theme so that you could get to know us and we could get to know you.  Great idea!

So, I could have gone the whole "My name is Tina, I live in Adelaide, Australia with my husband and 3 children. I'm a qualified high school social sciences teacher but I've chosen to be a full time mum for now.  I learned the piano and clarinet when I was younger and I love to read, sew and papercraft" road, but I chose to do something a little different.

The 3x4 inch card on the bottom left really struck me as I was looking through my PLxSU supplies. You really do need to live in the moment sometimes and appreciate what you have rather than push on for what you want.  It's a lesson that is sometimes learned the hard way, don't you think?

I am what I am, and that's good enough for me.

We'd love to know All About You now.  Head on over to the Facebook group to participate in the challenge. Here are the blogs of the other ladies in the MKPLxSU team so you can see what they've created this month too.

Claire Daly

Delys Cram

Constanze Wirtz

Julie Kettlewell

Janet Wakeland

Bye for now,


Sunday 12 October 2014

Layouts 77 and 78


Today I am cheating on my 100 layouts a little and including a mini album as 2 layouts.  To be fair though, there was a HEAP of work in the mini album so I think it balances out.  The album has very little Stampin' Up product in it.  I actually did it at a class at my LSS, Seriously Scrapbooking, taught by the gorgeous Natalie May.  Her blog is called Happy Daks if you want to check her out.

I added a couple of extra pages to the album as I had more photos than pages.  The beautiful photos were taken by Mel Minnie Photography at the Botanical Gardens in March.

Bye for now,


Friday 10 October 2014

JAI #235: Just Add Colour


Are you ready for another Just Add Ink Challenge? This week Kim has put together a fabulous colour combination for us to use.

I really like the girly colours with the blue thrown in - so pretty!

I went a bit old school on this card by throwing in a crimped strip.  How long has it been since you used your paper crimper?

As this was for a 21st I also used my new Gift Box Punch Board to make a matching box.  I love how easy it is with the punch board!

I love the retired Dress Up framelits for a fab card for older girls. In this case I used one dress for the dress and cropped the second dress to create the cardigan.

I hope you can find time to play along at Just Add Ink this week with Kim's fabulous colour combination.

Bye for now,


Monday 6 October 2014

A Holiday Catalogue CASE


I have another Christmas card for you today, and it may be one that you've seen a lot of.  It's CASEd from a card in the new Holiday Catalogue and it's obviously a popular card because I've seen it CASEd heaps!

Do you recognise the card? It's so pretty!  I changed the colour scheme and went with the All Is Calm Washi colours of Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Basic Grey and Silver.

The Festival Of Trees stamp set and matching punch have been a very popular item from the Holidays Catalogue,  I know it was at the top of my list!

I've seen lots of lovely cards using this set.  My eye has been caught by a few that have curved the sentiment so guess what I will be trying next!  I love that you can do this with photopolymer stamps, it really adds to their versatility.

Bye for now,


Friday 3 October 2014

JAI #234: Just Add Baby!


This week we have a special challenge theme at Just Add Ink because one of the Design Team girls is due to have a baby any day now. Most of the Design Team have gone with baby cards, but as I made one for last week's challenge I decided to do something different.

This is the first page in my daughter's Project Life Album.  Wasn't she a chubba bubba!

I love the simplicity of Project Life.  In this case I decided to jazz it up a little by adding the stamped elephant to the journalling card.

For some strange reason when we printed these photos way back in 2007 they were printed at 4 inches by 5 3/4 inches (or thereabouts).  To make up the shortfall in the pocket I just cut one of the 4x3 inch cards into 4 strips so I could add one to each of the photos.

Here's the second page in the album too, when she was introduced to big brother Alex and then had her first bath.  Rob gave all three kids their first baths, which was a great bonding experience. In the journalling I commented on how fluffy her hair was - she was born with really long, thick dark hair.

It's a fabulous theme this week, so I hope you can join in the fun at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,