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Thursday, 20 February 2020

JAI #493: Just Choose Two

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Welcome back to a new Just Add Ink challenge! This week Patrice has challenged us to Just Add Two to our creations. Which two? Any of these two:


Now, for some reason I became a little fixated on having felt on my card. I'm not quite sure why - maybe because, of the three, it's the one that I was least likely to have. Nothing like making it hard for myself! LOL! I was sure I had a felt Christmas ornament that SU retired a long time ago *somewhere* in my craft room. I never found it, but I did find some cheap sheets of felt in the kid's craft stash.

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I trimmed some green felt and attached it to a piece of Shaded Spruce cardstock with TomBow glue. Before it dried, I ran it through my Big Shot with the Layered Leaves 3D Embossing Folder. I was quite impressed with how well it held the embossed design!

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To finish the card, I layered a piece of vellum embossed with the Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing folder with some of the Poppy Moments leaves and a Large Daisy. The second of my Two items is a button, the centre of the daisy. I used a Medium Classy Designer Button, which retired a while ago, and coloured it with my dark Pineapple Punch Stampin' Blend to change the colour from vanilla to yellow.

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The inside was finished off with a So Saffron daisy and a sentiment from Varied Vases.

So which two will you choose? You can check out what the Design Team chose over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your Just Choose Two card.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 16 February 2020

CTC #263 Week 1: CASE The Kerchief Colours

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Hello, and welcome once again to the CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. I'm the first stop on this week's blog hop, so you may have come here from our Facebook group, or you may have come from Judy's blog. Either way, just keep hopping until you get back to where you started!


This fortnight we are CASEing the colours of the Kerchief Card Kit. There are a heap of colours (Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Early Espresso, Gold, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade, White), so there are lots and lots of options. I recently received the card kit, and so I pulled it out to inspire some creativity. I naturally lean towards blues, so this week's cards focus on that side of the palette. I thought it would be pretty to punch some butterflies from the floral part of the card, and that naturally led to making a paid of Floating Frame cards.

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Have you tried your hand at Floating Frame cards yet? They were all the rage about a year ago, and I haven't made one for a while. I punched as many butterflies as I could from the front of the pre-stamped card. I was so right about the butterflies looking pretty in the floral print!

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This first card features most of the butterflies. The Press 'n' Seal pulled off a bit of the top layer as I peeled it away, but I decide to just go with the distressed look to some of the butterflies. I cut a Stitched Circle and layered it under a Subtle embossed layer for my sentiment. The gaps in the front were filled with gold sequins.

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A couple of spare butterflies were used to finish off the inside.

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The second card uses the butterflies cut from the centre of the first card. A larger gold Stitched Circle layers underneath, and the background is embossed sing the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder. A Sentiment from Label Me Bold finished off the front of the card.

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I had run out of Kerchief butterflies, so I used a gold one to complete the inside, LOL!

You have two weeks to get your card made and entered into our challenge. It's super easy - just photograph your card and post it to our Facebook group. Done!


Now it's time for you to hop on over to Michelle's blog. Au revoir 😉


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 13 February 2020

JAI #492: Just Add A Sketch

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Hello, and welcome to the new Just Add Ink challenge! This week we have a sketch for you, designed by the lovely Jackie.


There's so much that could be done with this sketch, don't you think? I have a nephew that turned 14 this month, and the sketch worked perfectly for the card I wanted to make for him.

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I used a long-retired SU stamp set, called Play Ball, as the main feature of the card. In case you couldn't guess, he's a keen cricket player, so the cricket ball was the perfect image for his card. There are so many different colour cricket balls, but in the end I settled on the deep red of a Test Match ball.

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I stamped the ball all over the Cherry Cobbler cardstock in matching ink, and then ran the whole piece through my Big Shot with the Subtle Embossing Folder. I also stamped the ball in Memento ink so that I could colour it with my Cherry Cobbler Blends. I left one tiny spot of light to help give the impression of a round ball.

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I repeated the ball on the inside, also coloured with my Cherry Cobbler Blends. I hope my nephew likes it!

The Design Team have had lots of fun with this sketch. You can see their cards over on the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also link up your card for this sketch challenge. See you there!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 9 February 2020

CTC #262 Week 2: CASE The Koala Sketch

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Thanks for joining me from Julia's blog, or are you starting here? Either way, please do continue on with the CASEing The Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop until you've visited all of our blogs. You'll find the link to the next blog at the end of my post.


For this round, we are challenging you to CASE the layout of this cute Birthday Bonanza card. Here's the sketch we are using as the basis of our cards.


I decided to use a technique, called stamped block background, to create the rectangle elements on my card.


The technique uses a clear block, and inkpad and a spritzer. I gently pressed the clear block into my Coastal Cabana ink pad, misted it lightly with the spritzer, and then 'stamped' it onto my cardstock. I started with the middle rectangle, and then repeated the process to stamp the two outside rectangles. The stamping part can get a little messy, which adds to the look. To make it a bit more messy, I used my Aqua Painter to flick some more Coastal Cabana ink over the card front.


Once it was dry, I stamped the poppy outlines over the rectangles, making sure I went out of the lines. I then used my Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker to add a rough outline to each rectangle, skipping over the poppies. A strip of Golden Honey SDSP, a few sequins, a sentiment from Label Me Bold, and another poppy/leaf cluster finished off the front of the card. After I finished I realised it's a very Port Power looking card! I don't follow the football, so it was very unintentional.


I used the larger poppy outline again for the inside. This time I used the coordinating filler stamp, stamped off, to colour the flower.

Our challenge is run through our Facebook Group, so you can pop on over there to upload your card. Tis is the second week of this challenge, so you only have a week left to get your card made and uploaded to the group.


For now though, please hop on over to see what Peta and Marvi have been getting up to!


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 6 February 2020

JAI #491: Just Add Inspiration

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Thanks for joining me for the new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Nikki has given us a tropical Inspiration Photo to work with.


Doesn't that look so pretty? If it weren't for the sand, I could quite happily relax on those cushions for hours.

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I decided to go for a clean, fresh look, so I kept my card fairly simple. I used my Stamparatus to stamp the beach hut from Waterfront on a strip of Whisper White. I stamped the Flirty Flamingo huts first, and then repositioned my cardstock so that I could stamp the Petal Pink huts in the gap.

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The palm trees were stamped directly to the card base in Soft Suede and Garden Green. The strip of beach huts was then trimmed to fit around the trees and popped up using Dimensionals. The sentiment is from Timeless Tulips.

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I stamped a smaller version of the front for the inside. I added the sand, as the hut and trees looked a little strange floating in the air!

What inspiration do you take from this week's photo challenge? You can see what the rest of the Design Team did with it over at the Just Add Ink blog, where you can also enter the challenge. I can't wait to see what you make!

Bye for now,

Tina

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Music From The Heart

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When I was lucky enough to be asked to present Beautiful Moments at OnStage in Sydney last November, I also received a few extra stamp sets in my presenter pack. One of them was the fabulous Music From The Heart stamp set. I was soooo excited to see it, as I am a musician. It's a set that will definitely find a place in my 'keep forever' shelf!

Today's card was made for a mate of Alex's who was turning 18. He's a quiet lad, but is passionate about music, and so it was a perfect set to use for his card.

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I used lots of bright colours to stamp the images on the card - Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover, Pineapple Punch and Real Red. The keyboard image was stamped on a Whisper White scrap, fussy cut and then trimmed into two pieces to allow it to stretch across the width of the card.

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Here's a trick for making sure you stamp the notes and guitars in the correct place: lay the Stitched Circle die on the card where the die cut circle will end up, and trace around the inside of the die lightly in pencil. This saves you having to guess where you need to stamp the images.

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I used the same colours to stamp across the bottom of the inside. The sentiment also comes from the set. There's a few cute pun stamps, and a few more for different occasions. the hand-written font is lovely.

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 2 February 2020

CTC #262 Week 1: CASE The Koala Card Sketch

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After two weeks of CASEing the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, the CASEing The Catty Crew have a new challenge for you. This fortnight we are CASEing the layout of this cute Birthday Bonanza card from page 34 of the January-July Mini Catalogue. Did you buzz on over from Peta's blog? Keep on buzzing through my post!


To make things nice and easy for you, the lovely Siobhan has simplified the card into this sketch.


I decided to flip the sketch onto it's side, and use my Nested Stitched Dies instead of the rectangles in the sketch.

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The hexalong shapes made me think of bees, so it was a natural jump to pull out my Golden Honey DSP. The bees were fussy cut from one of the sheets and then popped up on each of the hexalongs.

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I used my retired (sob!) Golden Glitz Delicata ink to stamp the birthday sentiment from Label Me Bold. A few black sequins filled in the empty space on the hexalongs. It's s nice, subtle way to fill the space.

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I couldn't bear to waste this large bee that was on the edge of the DSP, and therefore not a whole bee. Now he can fly again on the inside of my card, LOL.

Don't forget that this week is Week One of the new challenge, which means you have two weeks to make your card and get it posted into our Facebook Group.


Michelle was feeling a bit tropical this week - it must have been the heat! Anyway, pop on over to her blog next to see her fab card.


Bye for now,

Tina

Thursday, 30 January 2020

JAI #490: Just Add An Easel

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Thanks for popping back to check out what the Just Add Ink team are doing for our new challenge. This week Lou has challenged us to add an Easel to our creations.


There are *lots* of different types of Easel Cards out there, but I decided to do something a little different and actually use an easel image on my card. I don't have any stamps or dies, so I googled free easel clip art, and when I found one I liked I cut the shape on my Scan 'n' Cut.

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I really loved this vintage woman. Check out the hairstyle! I'm sure it was very fashionable over 100 years ago. This image set the tone for the card - I went for vintage colours and papers. The newsprint behind the image is from the Come Sail Away DSP pack. I tried to cut a piece that wasn't obviously sailing related, and then inked the edges to age it further.

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Perennial Essence DSP was the perfect choice for the artwork, don't you think? I used another piece from the pack to cut the oval background. This sentiment from It Starts With Art was also perfect for the card. The metal flower underneath is from the retired Share What You Love Embellishment kit. I aged the silver flower by colouring over it with my Bronze Stamping' Blend.

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I'm not entirely sure what I'll use this card for - I guess it could be anything, depending on what I write on the inside!

I hope you have a lot of fun thinking of easel ideas for our challenge at Just Add Ink. I can't wait to see what you make!

Bye for now,

Tina

Sunday, 26 January 2020

CTC #261 Week 2: Sale-A-Bration

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Happy Australia Day! I hope you've had a lovely day doing fun things. I was up early to play in my concert band at an Australia Day breakfast, and then played later in the afternoon at a Citizenship Ceremony. I could do without the speeches, but it's always fun seeing the range of new citizens welcomed to our city.


Australia Day or not, it's time for our weekly CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Blog Hop. As it's Week 2 of the challenge, we are still CASEing anything from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Flicking through, this Lily card with the die cut ombre background caught my eye. I love blue, so I think it was natural that I was drawn to it.


If you've been following my blog for a while, you know that I love a good sponge brayered ombre background, so that's how I chose to CASE this card. It was tempting to use the blues, but I decided in the end to use purples - Purple Posy, Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape.

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It's interesting how this process shows up some of the undertones in the colours. For example, Purple Posy has a grey undertone, and you can see this at the top of the card where the purple fades out. Once I'd rolled on the three colours, I flicked some water over the top. Such a fun, cool effect!

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I die cut the starry swirl from Black Glimmer paper and adhered it to the ombre background. I forgot to peel off the coating on the back of the paper, so popping out all of the little bits was a pain, but I think it was worth it! I used the stars, plus a few extra in Whisper White and Gorgeous Grape that I had floating around on my desk, to finish off the front. The sentiment comes from Label Me Bold, a stamp set I am really loving.

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It's soooo hard to see, because it's very thin border, but I used the offcuts from the ombre background as a border for the Whisper White panel on the inside. When I rolled the front panel, I did a full card front sized piece for this very reason. It's a great time saver!

I'm all done, so I'm off to kick back for the rest of the Australia Day long weekend. I think I might do some sewing tomorrow. I have a quilt on the go that needs a little more work. It's for Alex's 17th birthday in April, so in theory I have plenty of time, but we all know how time can run away on us! Check out our Facebook Group for lots of inspiration, and upload your card for our Sale-A-Bration challenge.


To continue the hop, next up is the fabulous Siobhan.


Bye for now,

Tina