Friday 28 August 2015

JAI #277: Just Add Colour


This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour combination put together by Kim.

My first thought was that the combo would make a great baby card, but in the end I went for something totally different

I went for a tone on tone Mint Macaron base.  It's a great option when you want to add a layer to your card without making it really obvious.  I embossed the layer with the Fluttering TIEF.  I love that this one is a square so that you can emboss in either direction.

The butterfly from Watercolour Wings is stamped in two layers of So Saffron and a top layer of Calypso Coral. Just don't look too closely at how badly I lined it all up!

I did a much better job of lining it up on the inside!

I hope you can find the time to play along with us this week at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Friday 21 August 2015

JAI #276: Just Add Male Cards


Oh gosh, it's been a hugely busy week!  Thank goodness it's nearly the weekend, which means it's time for the new Just Add Ink Challenge.

As it's zooming ever closer to Father's Day Jan has challenged us to make a male card.  Silly me didn't even twig onto the Father's Day connection, but my card would be super easy to change to be a Father's Day card.

Do you remember me telling you I was in love with the Corrugated Paper/Leaves Framelits combo for male cards? I think that was in my JAI post last week! Such a winning combination for masculine cards. Chuck in a bit of splatter from Gorgeous Grunge and you're getting close to perfection, LOL!

Isn't it just begging you to reach out and run your fingers over the corrugations?

Super easy inside - you could easily whip up one or a few of these cards in no time!

Here's the link to the Just Add Ink blog so you can see the rest of the Design Team's masculine fabulousness this week.

Bye for now,


Thursday 20 August 2015

AWH Blog Hop: Father's Day


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team girls are presenting some fabulous Father's Day ideas to inspire you. We also have our brand new 2015 Holiday Catalogue available from 1 September, with some amazing Christmas inspiration for you. Be sure to request a catalogue today!

The Schoolhouse DSP was one of the DSP packs that first caught my eye in the new Annual Catalogue.  I've used my two favourite sheets on my card for today's Blog Hop.

Don't you just love the bikes?  They are so much fun! And I'm a real sucker for scattered polka dots. This card is a real departure from my usual masculine cards. It's so light and airy!  I usually go for neutrals with a splash of colour, but this card turns that 'rule' on it's head.

I really love the bold black matts, they add a cool touch of drama to the card.

The next stop in the Blog Hop is the fabulous Genna Gifford. She's bound to amaze and inspire you with her awesome talent.

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


Wednesday 19 August 2015

Birthday Blossoms Catalogue CASE


Today's card is one I CASEd from page 8 of the Annual Catalogue. I had been browsing online for inspiration for a card made using the Birthday Blossoms stamp set and lots of different variations of the same card kept popping up.  I quite liked it so decided to CASE the card.  It wasn't until a few weeks later when I was flicking through the catalogue that I realised that everyone had been CASEing the card in the catalogue!

I made a few changes, most obvious is that I changed the colour scheme.  I used one of my favourite combos: Always Artichoke, Rose Red and Very Vanilla. The large flowers are stamped on Blushing Bride cardstock. I also used the Decorative Label punch to finish off the banner piece instead of the Lots Of Labels Framelits.

I also tied my Linen Thread a little higher and used Dazzling Diamonds on the centre of the flowers.  Such a lovely, subtle shimmer.

I love the stamp with the smaller flowers - it's pretty much the reason I bought the set! It's a great way to finish off the inside of the card, don't you think?

Bye for now,


Monday 17 August 2015

Bokeh Technique


Have you become a member of the Bokeh fan club yet? I'd seen lots and lots of cards on the web using the technique but I'd been too scared to give it a go - it looked so hard!  Then my stamping ladies asked to try the technique so I gulped and said 'sure'. I was so wrong about it being hard! It's a great technique, a little time consuming, but certainly not difficult at all.

We used Washi Tape to secure the cardstock to the work surface.  As well as giving you stability while you work, it adds a lovely white border to the piece.  We sponged Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride (I think!) ink over the cardstock and then, using various sized circle templates, sponged White Craft Ink over the top.

It's such a pretty effect!  We found that we needed to sponge the White Craft Ink on much thicker than we expected to get the effect we needed. The Congratulations was actually stamped over the top, it just looks like it was stamped underneath the White Craft Ink.

I used the dotty stamp from Dotty Angles in the same colour inks as on the front.  It's not really bokeh, but I hope you can see where I was going with it.

Bye for now,


Friday 14 August 2015

JAI #275: Just Add A Sketch


Yay!  It's Friday! I've got a big day of stamping planned, and I hope you do too, or if not today then sometime over the weekend.

This week at Just Add Ink it was Kim's turn to set the challenge, and she has designed a fabulous sketch for our inspiration.

As the sketch wasn't too 'fussy' I decided it would make the perfect starting point for a birthday card for Rob. It was his birthday earlier in August, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit, the only member of my family to actually get their birthday card on their birthday this year. Sigh...

Rob is a HUGE St George Dragons fan, so nearly every card I make him has the same colour scheme - red, black and white. It's such an easy combo to work with!  I stamped the background in Real Red ink using the angles stamp from the Dotty Angles set.

I used my Leaflets Framelits to cut the leaf from White Corrugated Paper.  It was one of my must have products from the new Annual Catalogue - a great way to jazz up a male card.

What do you see in the sketch?  The Design Team have interpreted it in lots of different, fabulous ways.  Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to take a look?

Bye for now,


Wednesday 12 August 2015

Another Work Of Art CASE


Last Wednesday I showed you a card I'd CASEd using the Work Of Art stamp set to create a flower.  Today I have another CASE that uses the stamps to create a sailboat.  Again - so very clever!

I really loved this card and was keen to make it when one of my class ladies showed me a picture of it.  I'm a bit of a blue person so all the blues really appealed!

We used the stars from the star border punch on the flag (I'm drawing a blank on it's name right now!).  They were a little fiddly to stick down but worth the effort.

The swooshy stamps are great for adding a subtle background to a sentiment.

Bye for now,


Monday 10 August 2015

MKPLxSU Blog Hop: This Is The Life


This month the Memory Keeping with Project Life by Stampin' Up! Design Team are blog hopping using the This Is The Life kit.  It's a kit I'm really enjoying using as it's full of gorgeous colours and patterns on the cards. This month I've created another page in my 'Home' album, in which I'm documenting the changes and renovations we are making to our house.

Today's page goes right back to the beginning.  A few months after we moved in we decided to make over Ada's bedroom and make it a little more girly.  My sister and I painted the lower third of the walls and then Rob and I applied a cute wallpaper border. I still have a section of the wallpaper that wasn't used so I'm thinking I might add an extra part page so that I can include a sample in the album.

I've used the Day To Day Project Life stamp set to include the date on the page.  I try to date everything as I think it's really important.

I really went with a dotty theme on this page!  A lot of the colours in the dots are also in the photos of the wallpaper, so I thought they worked well on the page.

Here are links to the rest of the Design Team that are participating in the blog hop today.  They've done fabulous things with the This Is The Life kit, so why don't you check them out? While you're clicking, we have a Facebook group where you will find heaps of PLxSU inspiration too.

Delys Cram, New Zealand
Julie Kettlewell, UK
Constanze Wirtz, Germany
Janet Morrow Wakeland, USA

Bye for now,


Friday 7 August 2015

JAI #274: Just Add Inspiration


Oops!  I'm a little late with my Just Add Ink post this week - time is just flying by!

This week we have a really cool Inspiration picture for you.  I really love the neutral colours and the feeling of home in the pictures.

I've taken the colours, textures and the 'home' inspiration from the pictures and decided to do a cover page for my latest Project Life Album.  I'm documenting the improvements we have made to our home along the way.  It's an album I've wanted to do for a very long time!

I've pulled cards from a few different kits to get the look I wanted for the page.  I mostly stuck to the neutral color palette, but I couldn't help sneak a touch of blue in along the way.

As soon as I spied this cute little wood laser cut piece in the Happy Times Accessory Pack I knew I just had to have it for this project.  It's the perfect piece to start my album with.

I hope you're inspired by our picture this week and can play along with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 5 August 2015

Work Of Art Flower CASE


Is Work Of Art one of those stamp sets that you look at and think 'what on earth would I use that for'? Me too. Well, I used to think that.  Now I've seen so many fabulous cards that some very creative people have made using the stamps that I think it's a fantastic, versatile set.  Today's card is a CASE of one such creative use.  I don't even know where the idea started, as there are so many versions of the card out on the web.

I love the way the smaller swooshy stamp can be used to create a flower.  So clever!

You just stamp the swoosh 5 times.  Some of the time I didn't reink before stamping again.  Easy!

I liked the card so much that I did two versions - a Thank You and a Thinking Of You.

Bye for now,


Monday 3 August 2015

Watercolour Wash


Today I have a card for you that uses a very quick and easy, but effective background technique.

It's as simple as grabbing a few inkpads, your cardstock and your Aqua Painter and away you go!  I used Garden Green, Melon Mambo and Pacific Point. You just swish a bit of colour over your cardstock and you're done!

The Basic Black die cut butterfly looks fantastic over the top, adding a bit of drama to the card.

Hmm, I should have stamped the middle sentiment a little better than that!

Bye for now,