Friday 27 March 2015

JAI #256: Just Add A Sketch


This week at Just Add Ink it's a sketch challenge, designed by me for your inspiration.

It's a cute little sketch, if I do say so myself!  Here's what I did with it.

The most difficult part was choosing which tag punch to use!  To matt the tag I cut a strip of Rose Red cardstock that was 2 1/8 inches wide (the tags are 2 inches wide) and then punched it with the Ornate Tag Topped punch.  However, instead of sliding the cardstock along the channel into the punch I inserted it into the punch over the top of the channel before punching.

I love this sweet little baby stamp!  I framed the image with a couple of rows of paper piercing. It's a great, inexpensive way to add a feature to a card.

What are you going to do with the sketch?  The Design Team have had a fun time playing with it and have come up with a stunning bunch of cards.  You can see them over at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Friday 20 March 2015

JAI #255: Just Add Eggs or Ovals!


This week at Just Add Ink we are challenging you to add Eggs or Ovals to your papercrafting.  While at this time of year it is a chance for you to show us your Easter crafting, it doesn't have to be Easter related - any eggs or ovals are fine, as long as they are a feature on your card.

I don't usually make Easter cards, so I don't have any Easter stamp sets.  It was an easy problem to solve though, I just browsed through my My Digital Studio downloads until I found something suitable.  This little cutie came from the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Brush set.

I coloured the images with my Blendabilites.  I think the little sheep is so very super cute!

With a little bit of digital cropping and pasting I created the rows of Easter Eggs to liven up the inside of the card.

So what will you do with ovals or eggs? Pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the other Design Team members have created this week.

Bye for now,


Friday 13 March 2015

JAI #254 : Just Add Colour!


This week at Just Add Ink we have put together a gorgeous colour combination to inspire your creativity.  The Design Team have put together a fabulous collection of gorgeous cards that you can see over on the blog.

Isn't it gorgeous? I love the combination of green and golden brown with the splash of orange.

I must say that I'm really thrilled with how this card came together.  I wanted to layer the Baked Brown Sugar base and matt, but they needed something to break it up a little.  The dry embossing frame worked a treat, and adds a bit of interest without shifting the eye from the main image.

I only used Tangelo Twist ink on the flower - I simply stamped it off to get the different shades.  The stem used the two shades of green in the colour combo.

If you know me, you know that I always 'do' the insides of my cards too.  Another Lotus Blossom finished it off perfectly!

What do you see in the colours? Make sure you share your creation with us over on the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 11 March 2015

Do You Ever CASE Yourself?


Have you ever made a card that you really loved and thought you'd like to make it again?  I do it often, and even sometimes with my scrapbooking.  Today's card is a CASE of myself, with the original card being this week's Just Add Ink card that you can see here.

The main changes to the card are a different, softer colour scheme and no bling - can you believe that I ran out?  Nooooo!

On my original card I used the colours from the Inspiration picture as my colour scheme.  This time I used DSP from the Sale-A-Bration Best Year Ever DSP pack, so I used other colours from the pack on my card - Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.  The technique for layering the butterfly was the same.

I'm not sure which one I prefer -the original, bolder colour card, or the new, softer version.  What do you think?

Bye for now,


Monday 9 March 2015

Memory Keeping With PLxSU: March


Welcome back to another Memory Keeping With PLxSU Blog Hop.  The Design Team are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from all around the world who love the combination of Project Life and Stampin' Up!  This month's theme is a commonly scrapped theme, which is made much easier and faster with the use of Project Life.  We are scrapping with a Travel theme this month!

Rob and I are not be travellers - our one and only overseas trip was to Paris 3 years ago.  We are unlikely to ever go on a trip like this again, but it's nice to dream sometimes! The top left photo was taken from the airplane window.  I love that it's above the clouds, and the title can have many different meanings.

I was originally going to write some pros and cons on this card, but in the end I decided that it worked better using the card to print the adventure definition onto.  It's one of the stamps from the Travel Log download in MDS that I simply resized to suit and printed on to the card.  Easy!

OK, so the above card from the Happiness Is Project Life Card Kit was a bit of a no-brainer to include on the layout!

The journalling is really the crux of this layout - if we ever get the chance to travel again do we go back to Paris and explore the city at a more leisurely pace and fall even more in love with Paris? Or do we go somewhere completely new and have a different adventure? Hopefully sometime in the future we will have to solve this dilemma, but until then we will keep dreaming!

You can see the other Design Team Travel themed layouts on their blogs.  For lots of PLxSU inspiration you can join our Facebook group.

Bye for now,


Friday 6 March 2015

JAI #253: Just Add Inspiration


This week at Just Add Ink Nikki has selected a gorgeous bunch of pictures to inspire our creativity.

I was taken by the bold pink and black colour combination with little hints of blue and grey.

Can you tell I quite like this pink DSP? I also used it a few weeks ago on my JAI card!

I love how striking the Basic Black butterfly looks with the Island Indigo backing.  To get this look I first cut a butterfly in Basic Black and then adhered one wing to a sheet of Island Indigo cardstock.  I cut around the butterfly and then repeated for the other side.  The reason I cut the Island Indigo in two sections was so that there would be a gap in the Island Indigo on the back of the butterfly. This allows you to bend the wings of the butterfly up without resistance if you so desire.

The Just Add Ink Design Team have aced this challenge - why don't you pop on over to see the gorgeous creations on the blog?

Bye for now,