Friday 28 November 2014

JAI #242: Just Add Inspiration


Apologies for the blog absence, both Hudson and I have been sick, so blogging had to take a back seat.  We are on the mend now though, just in time for the new Just Add Ink challenge.

This week Trish has challenged us to use this inspiration picture to shape our creations.

Isn't it pretty? I love the watercolour look on the left side, but I ended up taking my inspiration from the flowers on the right side.

This card was made for a very special lady who turned 60 recently.  I know she loves having flowers in the house, so I decided to make her a card full of daisies.

It was a big hit! The flowers were super easy to create using my Flower Patch stamp set and the matching Flower Fair framelits.

I even added some daisies to the back of the card. I think that there can't be many people who don't smile when they see daisies, they are such a cheerful flower.

So, what direction will this inspiration picture send you in?  I can't wait to see over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Thursday 20 November 2014

JAI #241: Just Add A Sketch!


Woo Hoo, it's Friday! Yes, it's been one of those weeks! Let me forget it all and jump into the new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week we have a sketch for you.  It's one I designed for the challenge, and I hope it inspires you all.

I decided to stamp a whole panel of flowers, colour them with my Blendabilities and then chop it up to create the three vertical panels in the sketch.  I think chopping up the cardstock after colouring them was the hardest part of this card - it wasn't something I wanted to mess up after spending so long colouring!

It all turned out beautifully though! I used Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities to colour the flowers and then coordinating ribbon and cardstock.

I couldn't get the horizontal panel working to my satisfaction as it was in the sketch, so I decided to abandon it and try something different.  The ribbon/die cut are a great substitute I think.

I really love these flowers from the I Like You Hostess stamp set - they are great for colouring!

I hope you can find time to play along with my sketch this week at Just Add Ink.  I'd love to see how you interpret it!

Bye for now,


Monday 17 November 2014

Layout 83: Hollywood Horrors


Another layout for you, and it's another 'spooky' one.  I've done a few lately!

This photo was taken at the Royal Adelaide Show just before Rob and the kids went through the Hollywood Horrors ride. I had to laugh at how frightened Ada looks, even though she insisted she wanted to go on the ride.

I scored around the outside of the layout and then wrote most of my journalling along the score line.  If you'd like to know how I did it you'll need to sign up for my newsletter.  There's a sign up box over to the right on my sidebar.

Bye for now,


Friday 14 November 2014

JAI #240: Just Add Texture!


On the JAI Design Team we get our challenge lists a bit in advance, which is often quite useful.  The new challenge is to Just Add Texture on your projects, and I was glad I had a bit of thinking time for this one!  Not because I was stuck for ideas, but more because I needed time to choose which option I was going to use to add texture to my project.

In the end I decided to go with a bit of 'bandage' from Rob's Halloween costume on my layout.  Rob has been planning this costume for years, but every year he leaves it to the last minute and runs out of time.  This year he got organised and was able to pull the mummy look together.  He wanted to use real bandages, but after finding out the cost he decided to make fake bandages with cheesecloth died in tea.

I pinched a short section and adhered it to my layout using a Stampin' Glue Stick.  I made sure I frayed the edges a little more before adhering for a bit of added texture.  I think it looks great!

So how will you add texture to your project?  There are a heap of options - why don't you check out the rest of the Design Team's work over at Just Add Ink to get some inspiration?  Don't forget that we also have a Design Team call on at the moment.  It's a fabulous, close team that is lots of fun to work with, so why don't you check out the requirements and apply?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 12 November 2014

Happy Birthday Hudson!


Nearly 2 months ago my not-so-baby boy turned 7. Today I have for you the card I made for him.  He did get it on the day, I just haven't blogged it yet!

I saw this card made by Alison Barclay and decided I would CASE it to make Hudson's card.  I used similar colours to Alison's card, but changed her star to a 7 for Hudson.  I used copy paper and a ruler to make a template to sponge through.

I decided to add some paper piercing to give the card some extra oomph.  I pierced 7 holes each time - 1 hole for each year!

I thought this sentiment was great for the inside.  It's very cheerful, plus it leaves lots of room for a special message for my boy.

Bye for now,


Monday 10 November 2014

Memory Keeping With Stampin' Up! Project Life: Gratitude


Today I have for you a 6x8 PLxSU layout that I completed for the new Gratitude challenge.  The Design Team for the Memory Keeping with Stampin' Up! Project Life Facebook group are challenging you to create a page about Gratitude.  What are you grateful for?

No, I'm not grateful for the tissue box in my car.  Actually, sometimes I am, but not for the purposes of this layout!

I used cards from the Happiness Is PL Card Collection. The journalling card was perfect for this challenge!

I saw this quote about a week or so ago on Facebook.  I took a screen cap of the quote and then recreated it for my page using another Happiness Is card and my Alphabet Rotary Stamp.

I hope you can play a,long with this challenge.  You can upload your layouts to the Facebook group here.

You can see the layouts that the rest of the Design Team have created by popping on over to their blogs.


Saturday 8 November 2014

Layout 82: Halloween 2014


I've had a little burst of scrapping lately, mostly back to the more traditional 12x12 instead of Project Life.  It's been a while since I've done any 12x12 and I'm really enjoying it.

Rob took the kids Trick or Treating last week.  They really enjoy the dressing up part of it.  Ada plans her outfit for weeks, while Alex just throws something together at the last minute!  Lucky he and Rob had built a 'Steve' head (from Minecraft) for a birthday party earlier in the year, so it wasn't too difficult for him to put together his outfit.

The house is from the Set Holiday Homes.  You can purchase it as a Photopolymer set out of the current Holiday Catalogue, or you can do as I did and purchase the MDS download.  I opted for the download as I wanted the flexibility of being able to resize the images.  In this case I printed the house at approximately 3 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches, printed it and then coloured it with my Blendabilities.

I did a lot of soft collage stamping in the background of my layout.  I deliberately used softer colours so that I didn't take too much focus away from the photos and the house.  A bit different from more traditional Halloween colours, but I love the effect.  I used Soft Sky, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

Bye for now,


Friday 7 November 2014

JAI #239: Just Add Colour


Today we have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink.  It's a gorgeous colour combination out forward by Nikki.  I really love this combination, it's so classic and can be either masculine or feminine.

I had been asked to make a sympathy card, so I thought I'd use the challenge colours.

I used some DSP from the Trim The Tree Stack, which is in the current Holiday Catalogue as the base of my card.  I like that this DSP has a mix of Christmassy patterns and plainer patterns that could be used for a range of cards.

I like the combination of Flowering Flourishes and Petite Petals. The coordinating punch makes cropping the flowers so easy!

I hope you can play along with us at Just Add Ink this week.  The Design Team have made a gorgeous range of cards for your inspiration.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 5 November 2014

Layout 80: Sweet Moments


I've been a bit slack in keeping up with my scrapping lately, and my self-challenge to scrap 100 layouts this year.  I am getting close to my target, but the end of the year is rapidly approaching!  Today's layout came about as I had a left over photo from a recent mini album project that I didn't want to waste.

I started with a base of the Typeset Specialty DSP and then used the Dots Decorative Mask, my Lost Lagoon inkpad and marker and a sponge dauber to create a background.  I tilted the mask a bit so that the dots weren't too evenly lined up and then I randomly daubed a few, traced a few with the marker, and on some dots I did both.  I wanted a fairly rough look to the background.  I then stamped over the top with some of the stamps from Kinda Eclectic.

In a couple of places I punched the side of the SDSP with my trusty Spiral Border Punch.  I'm so pleased that this punch has made a come back - it was one of my old favourites that I could never bear to part with.

I wanted to do a little journalling, but I couldn't work out where to place it, so I ended up going with the old hidden journalling trick by creating a tag to pop in behind the photo.  Easy!

Bye for now,


Monday 3 November 2014

Festival Of Trees in Lost Lagoon


Here's another Christmas card for you.  I'm really loving the new stamp set, Festival Of Trees.  The stamp and the matching punch make Christmas cards a breeze!

The Lucky Stars Embossing Folder is a fantastic addition to most Christmas cards, adding a lovely textural element to the card.

The new Lost Lagoon ribbon is gorgeous - so soft and pretty

I really love the sentiments in the Festival of Trees set, perfect for both the inside and outside of the card!

Bye for now,