Friday 26 June 2015

JAI #268: Just Add A Sketch


Are you ready for some fabulous Just Add Ink inspiraiton?  I am!  This week Narelle has designed an awesome sketch to guide our creativity.

Lots and lots of possibilities with this sketch.  I decided to make a colourful kids' card using the new Cherry On Top DSP Stack.

I didn't want the fabulous patterns competing with each other so I stuck to a fairly neutral pattern for the background and stepped it up on the next layer.

I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write marker to only ink up the 'happy' bits of the stamp from Amazing Birthday.  The birthday on the flag came from Remembering Your Birthday.

I really love the fun colours in the Cherry On Top DSP stack. They are so perfect for kid's cards.

Why don't you pop on over to have a look at the rest of the Design Team at the Just Add Ink blog before you play along with us?

Bye for now,


Thursday 18 June 2015

AWH Blog Hop: New Annual Catalogue


Today I bring you another AWHT blog hop with some of the awesome ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today our focus is on our New Annual Catalogue!

I would also like to highlight the joining special for the month of June. Our group is one
of the largest teams in Melbourne and offer support, fun and friendship to anyone who would like to join us; from Hobby demonstrators to Business demonstrators to anyone in between. And for the month of June, there is a bonus special, you get to choose any two stamp sets of your choice for free along with your starter kit ($169). What are you waiting for, contact me today to find out more.

My card for this Blog Hop uses three new items: one of the new In Colours, Mint Macaron, a new stamp set called Endless Birthday Wishes, and the new Essentials Piercing Template.  I think Mint Macaron is about to become my favourite green - it's a really pretty, dusky green.

On a side note: do you pronounce it macaron or macaroon? I use the former, but everyone seems to have differing opinions!

I also used some old favourites - the confetti stamp from Dotty Angles and some Dazzling Details.  I used the Dazzling Details to highlight the icing trim on the cake and also some random dots in the confetti background.  It adds a lovely feature to the card without introducing a third colour.

Endless Birthday Wishes is a photopolymer stamp set, which means it's totally clear.  They cling brilliantly to the clear blocks, and lining up your images is a breeze!  There are a ton of words and phrases in both the printed and handwritten fonts that you can mix and match to make a custom sentiment.  Too easy!

Now you're off to see the work of the fabulous Judy May.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:
  1. Kathryn Ruddick
  2. Jenny Van Dijk
  3. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  4. Nikki Sadler
  5. Ros Davidson
  6. Kate Morgan
  7. Kayleen McLean
  8. Genna Gifford
  9. Tina Gillespie
  10. Judy May

Monday 15 June 2015

World Map and The Open Sea


Is it just me, or are the World Map and The Open Sea stamp sets the perfect pairing?  I use them together lots.

This time around I've also paired them up with Gorgeous Grunge (splatters on the map) and Butterfly Basics (sentiments).

The colour combination of Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Real Red and Whisper White is fabulous for a male card.

Do you find making male cards easy or difficult? I must admit that if I have no set card to make I usually tend towards the feminine, but I do enjoy making masculine cards too.

Bye for now,


Friday 12 June 2015

JAI #266: Just Add Colour


Gee, these weeks are flying by!  Before I'm ready, it's another Friday and time for the new Just Add Ink challenge.  This week Nikki has set a colour challenge for us.

Pink Pirouette - tick.  Night of Navy - tick.  Gold - Argh!!! I am so not a Gold person, but I guess that's what challenges are all about - pushing you out of your comfort zone.

I made this card over the long weekend when I had a few new goodies from the new Annual Catalogue to play with,

The first thing that caught my eye about the You've Got This stamp set was the fabulous crosshatch type background stamp.  I can see myself using it heaps!

The huge flower is pretty awesome too.  On my card I've heat embossed it in Gold.  It's very hard to capture in a photograph, but it looks really pretty.  I coloured the flower using my Blendabilites, but you could just as easily use Stampin' Write Markers. In fact, in some places the Blendies pulled some colour out of the embossing and muddied the pink a little.

I wasn't sure what to put on the inside so in the end I just left out a sentiment and stamped the flower again in Pink Pirouette at the bottom left.  I hope you can see it, as it's quite pale and therefore hard to photograph.

What fun will you have with this colour combo? Are you a fan of Gold or not?  Doesn't matter, take the plunge and play along - I can't wait to see what you make on the Just Add Ink blog!

Bye for now,