Friday 30 September 2016

JAI #331: Just Add Wings


Luckily for me, I didn't blow away in the storms that hit Adelaide this week. It was pretty close though! I actually stamped today's Just Add Ink card by candle light because we lost power for a few hours. Photographing it was a challenge, but I got there in the end!

Anyway, this week Nikki has challenged us to Just Add Wings to our cards. I thought really hard about what I was going to create, and had all these big plans which totally went out the window when we lost power. I was forced to make a CAS card, and to be honest, I like this card much better than the one I had pictured in my head!

Aww, aren't those Ladybugs sweet?  They were quickly stamped in Basic Black ink and then watercoloured with Real Red ink and my Aqua Painter. The card base is Thick Whisper White, reverse embossed with the Large Dots TIEF. I then quickly and messily watercoloured in each dot, a bit of a play on the spots on a ladybug.

The round panel didn't look quite right just popped up on the card base, so I ended up looping some Black Metallic Thread behind the panel. I love the look!

Apologies for the dodgy pic of the inside - remember it was mid-storm!

What wings will you use on your card this week? Don't forget to share your card with us at Just Add Ink.

Bye for now,


Wednesday 28 September 2016

A CASE of Washi


No, my post title doesn't refer to a crate of Washi tape, CASE means Copy And Share Everything! Today's card is a CASE of a card, well, a few cards really, that my lovely Upline, Sue Madex, made. You can see her cards here. CASE simply means I saw Sue's card, I liked it, and so I made my version. Most important though, is that I've given credit where it's due and told you that it's Sue's design, not mine.

I chose to use the Playful Palette Designer Washi Tape pack. There are 5 different patterns to choose from. It's been a popular pack for classes - I'm up to my second pack already!

To get the washi even, I started from the bottom and placed about 4 strips. I then jumped to the top and placed another 2 or 3. I then filled in the gap in between with strips to make them fit. I made sure that the last strips sat underneath where the sentiment was going. This way any uneven gaps were mostly hidden by the sentiment!

I completed the card with another strip of Washi on the inside. I love the stuff - it's so cheap, but it makes a huge impact on a card.

Bye for now,


Monday 26 September 2016

An Eggplant Star Of Light


Today I have a Christmas card for you that I have been making with my classes this month. It's been a really popular card, and such an easy one to make.

Nearly every Christmas I make at least one purple and silver card. I think it's a fabulous, elegant colour combination for Christmas cards. In this case I teamed Elegant Eggplant with Whisper White and Silver. This card was my first play with the Star Of Light bundle. I fell in love with the swirly star stamp that I have used for my background as soon as I saw it.

It is hard to see in the main photo, but the star is cut from some Silver Foil paper. It adds a lovely bit of luxury to the card. I popped the star up on Dimensionals. My class ladies were cursing me just a little bit, as you have to cut the pieces quite small to fit behind the star, but they all agreed that the end result was well worth it.

Some of my clever class ladies used the bits that popped out of the star on the front of the card to further decorate the stamped star on the inside. They were very clever to think of that!

Bye for now,


Friday 23 September 2016

JAI #330: Just Add A Sketch


Welcome back to another Just Add Ink Challenge!

This week Kim has designed a fantastic sketch for us to use in our card making.

I love the layered circle and square - it's nice to mix up the shapes a little sometimes!

I made this card for my son, Hudson. He turned 9 last week and absolutely loves In The Night Garden, especially the Tombliboos! He watches it and laughs and says 'uh-oh' when they do silly things like fall over and lose their trousers. Sometimes he gets so excited he shouts 'uh-oh' - that's just how much he loves it, so of course I had to make his card using one.

Ignore my terrible colouring, I was in a rush!

I actually coloured two images - one was a test to see how the colours worked. I liked the end result, so I included the 'test' image on the inside of the card.

What will you do with Kim's sketch? I hope I see you over at Just Add Ink!

Bye for now,


Thursday 22 September 2016

AWH Blog Hop: Holiday Catalogue


Today some of the Art with Heart Stampin’ Up! team girls are sharing some fun and fabulous ideas to inspire you from our brand new Holiday Catalogue available now until 3rd January 2017. Be sure to request your copy of the catalogue today!

You have come to my blog from the very talented Ros Davidson. Blogs are full circles, so you can start hopping here and then at the end of each post is a link to the next. There is also a list of participants at the end in case of any broken links.

I have two cards for you today, both made using the new Jars Of Cheer stamp set from the Holiday Catalogue, as well as an old favourite, Embellished Ornaments.

My classic Christmas colour combination is Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White, and I stuck with it for these cards, with the addition of Crushed Curry for the flame of the candle.

I left the candle white, but I did add a layer of Clear Wink Of Stella to give it some shimmer. Sadly, it can't be seen in this photo.

I really love the holly branch in Embellished Ornaments to add some feature touches to the card, both inside and outside.

For the second version of the card, all I have really done it change the orientation of the card and the main panel. A small change that has a big effect, I think.

The candle was coloured the same way, but once again I failed to capture the Wink Of Stella glimmer. Oh well, you'll just have to imagine it!

Just for a change, I stamped a second candle on the inside rather than the holly branches. I think it suits the landscape card better than more holly.

Well, that's it from me! The next stop is my fellow South Australian, Kathryn Mangelsdorf. She creates some really amazing stuff, so pop on over there to check it out.

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Bye for now,

Friday 16 September 2016

JAI #329: Just Add Inspiration


This week at Just Add Ink we have an Inspiration Challenge for you, suggested by Di. Aren't those tulips gorgeous?

I must admit that it took me a little while to work out what I was going to do for my card. I don't have any tulip stamps, so I had to improvise a little. In the end I decided on splatters to represent the flowers and leaves.

I was quite pleased with how it turned out in the end. I think the mix of colours works well.

As usual, I carried the front theme to the inside of the card. The splatter stamp is from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set.

What do you see in the inspiration photo? Make sure you link your creation up at the Just Add Ink blog so we can check it out!

Bye for now,


Wednesday 14 September 2016

Jar Of Love Floral Wreath


I was playing around with ideas for cards using the Jar Of Love stamp set. I was mostly trying to think of ways to use the stamps without using the jars. This is the card I came up with.

I started by stamping the sentiment in the middle and then the flowers around it, starting with the largest flower and ending with the smallest.

I pulled the colours from the Blooms and Bliss DSP - Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron with Whisper White. It's a great combo!

A few sweet blooms finish off the inside of the card.

Bye for now,


Monday 12 September 2016

MKPLxSU September Blog Share


Welcome to another Memory Keeping With Project Life by Stampin' Up! blog share. We are a group of SU Demonstrators from all around the globe who share a love of Project Life and Stampin' Up!

This month we have an open theme for our blog share - we could use any collection which took our fancy. I decided to use the Moments Like These collection.

The page I created documents my daughter, Ada, and her recent hair cut. She's very proud of her very long hair, and it had grown to waist length. You can probably see this in the 'before' photos down the left side of the page. A few factors came into play and required her hair to have a trim, the most pressing of which was dance competitions. Her hair needed to be in a ponytail for the comps, but the weight and length made it both difficult to get her hair into a high pony, but also to keep it in the ponytail.

I really loved this simple journaling card. I used my Watermelon Wonder marker to colour the heart and the strip that separated the two parts of the card. I  also used it to highlight a few words here and there in the journaling to add a bit of interest to the page.

I used one of the 2 inch square cards from the coordinating Accessory Pack to create this little feature on the page. I trimmed the card a little though, as I didn't want it to cover too much of the photo underneath. A tiny paperclip from the pack holds it in place.

You can see what the rest of the team have done by clicking on the links to their blogs.

Julie Kettlewell
Constanze Wirtz
Anna Pickering
Sandra Korten
Delys Cram
Linda Dalke
Elizabeth Peterson
Allison Okamitsu

Bye for now,


Friday 9 September 2016

JAI #328: Just Add P


Here we are at Friday again, and somehow the week has slipped past yet again!

This week at Just Add Ink it's my turn to set the challenge. It's a letter challenge and this time it's the letter P. Have you caught onto our letter challenges yet? They are soooo easy! Anything relating to the letter P is what you need to create with. A stamp set, a colour, a theme, a technique - anything!

This week I chose the Pop Of Pink Specialty DSP to make a Patchwork card - there's 2 P things already. See how easy it is? If I add in the colour pink and the paper doilies I'm up to 4 P items on my card.

I made this card for my daughter, who is competing in her first ever dance competition as a soloist today. She's only ever competed in a troupe before. I wanted to let her know that no matter what, we are proud of her. Silly me wrote on the inside before I photographed it, so I haven't included a photo. I used some more hexagons to create more of the patchwork in the bottom left corner - you'll just have to imagine it!

What P things will inspire you to create this week? I hope to see you over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,


Friday 2 September 2016

JAI #327: Just Add Colour


Ooops! Friday snuck up on me again!

Here we go with another Just Add Ink challenge, and this time it's a colour challenge. Jan has put together this lovely combo.

Isn't it lovely? I hadn't made a mini album in a while, and so I decided that I would make one for JAI this week.

I used this retired SAB paper from a couple of years ago to make the album covers. It wasn't until I was half way through that I realised the colour wasn't actually Soft Sky, but it was so close I don't think it really matters too much. I really love the floaty, dreamy look of the paper.

You can see that I used Dapper Denim for the hinges of the Gatefold Album, and Calypso Coral for the pages. I haven't added photos or other decorations to the album, as I will be giving it to a friend as a gift. She has two boys, so I can't imagine she'll want to pretty it up too much!

She will be able to fit up to 16 half sized photos in this album. I followed the tutorial here.

I hope you can join in the fun this week! See you over at the Just Add Ink blog.

Bye for now,