Thursday 30 July 2015

JAI #273: Just Add Colour


It's Friday, so you know what that means - time for a new Just Add Ink challenge.  This week we have a gorgeous colour combination for you.  I fell in love with this combo instantly!

How fabulous is it?  The beautiful, rich jewel colours are balanced wonderfully by the neutrals.  I've been wanting to play with Hey Girl since I got it a month or so ago, and I had a niece turning 11, so it was perfect timing!

I got my Blendabilites out to colour this one. I know, they are discontinued, so it's a bit of a tease, but I thought they'd work really well with the image. I used my Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write marker for the butterflies as there were no BB Blendies. To ground the images I used my Aqua Painter with some Crumb Cake ink.  It's difficult to tell, but I also used the Aqua Painter with some Soft Sky ink to do the sky.  The card just looked a bit funny stark white.

One of the things I love about this set is the cute little butterflies.  I especially love that you get two - one facing in each direction.

See you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Friday 17 July 2015

JAI #271: Just Add A Sketch


Wow, three posts this week! Hopefully I can keep up the pace! Today's post is the new Just Add Ink Challenge, which is a fantastic sketch designed by Narelle.

I decided to break out my new Sprinkles of Life stamp set for this card.

I've teamed it with the new Cherry On Top DSP Stack.  The combination is fabulous for a cute kid's birthday card.

It's been a while since I used the Floral Frames Framelits, so I decided to dust them off for this card.  The whimsical shape is another great addition to a kid's card.

I love this sentiment for the inside, and it just calls for at least a double scoop on the cone.

What will you do with the sketch? I'll see you over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Thursday 16 July 2015

AWH Blog Hop: Christmas In July


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls are presenting some fabulous Christmas projects to inspire you. This year we already have new Christmas sets to play with in the 2015 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, and some old favourites too. We also have a brand new 2015 Holiday catalogue coming soon. If you would like a copy of any of our catalogues, to attend a Stampin' Up! class or join a large fabulous group of crafty women by becoming part of the team (hobby demonstrators welcome), be sure to contact me.

So I decided to go with some old favourite stamp sets for this Blog Hop. I'm pairing them with the new Thick Whisper White cardstock.  I really love this new cardstock - it's perfect for making single layer white cards as it holds its weight well.I decided to make a pair of window cards, firstly with the Festival Of Trees stamp set and the matching Tree punch.

I started by punching the Tree shape in the front of the card.  I then masked off the bottom of the card using sticky notes that I trimmed to a curve. I then sponged over the top with Soft Sky ink and a sponge.  Finally I stamped a sentiment and the snowflakes using the spotty stamp in the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.

I then stamped the tree through the window I'd created earlier.  It was a little tricky to line up, but the photopolymer stamps make the job a lot easier! When the card is closed you get the full effect of the window.

And that's how the inside looks.

Next I decided to use another old favourite, Wondrous Wreath, to make a second window card. This time I used the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits to create my window.

I actually used a few of the Framelits on the front of this card!

I really struggled with what image to use on this inside that could be seen from the front.  The obvious answer is the flower stamp but I didn't think it would work, so in the end I just opted to stamp a sentiment that wouldn't be visible though the window unless you look at it from an angle, as it the photo.

That's it for me for this month's Blog Hop. Next you're off to Kayleen McLean's blog for lots more Christmas in July fabulousness.

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. Ros Davidson
  2. Rachel Woollard
  3. Tina Gillespie
  4. Kayleen McLean
  5. Claire Daly
  6. Kathryn Ruddick
  7. Judy May
  8. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  9. Kate Morgan 
Bye for now,


Monday 13 July 2015

MKPLSU Blog Hop: Happy Times


It's been a little while since I've been able to participate in a Memory Keeping With Project Life by Stampin' Up! challenge, but I'm back for July.  This month we have decided to focus on the Happy Times Collection.  The thing that most drew me to this Collection was the cute little wood laser cut house.  I haven't used it today because I intend to use it on the front page of the album.

I've been planning to put together an album of the renovations we have made to our house, and the Happy Times Collection is perfect to use - lots of happy home type sayings in the pack!

For this layout I have only used the Happy Times Accessory Pack to create the journalling card.  It was as quick as using the four star stickers in the corners, connected by some doodled lines and topped with the banner sticker.

I chose to use one of the new Variety Pack 2 pages on the second page of this layout as it suited the mix of photos I had. It's not a full sized 12x12 page, but I love the versatility as you can use a selection of both portrait and landscape 6x4 inch photos on the page.  I can see myself using a lot of these pages!

As I said in the journalling, I can't wait for the paving to be finally completed so we can all start being able to use our outdoor space again.  One of the hardest parts of the job has been not being able to use my clotheslines!

You can see what the rest of the Design Team have done with the Happy Times at the following links:

Claire Daly, Australia
Julie Kettlewell, UK
Constanze Wirtz, Germany
Janet Morrow Wakeland, USA
Kim Holterman, Netherlands
Elizabeth Richards Peterson, USA
Kate Denyer, UK

Bye for now,