Thursday, 15 February 2018

Just Add Ink #396 - Add A Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day, mine was marvellously productive, both in and out of the craft room. I managed to smash out a few challenge cards while ticking off lists of recipients deserving a handmade card. Win-Win.
Speaking of challenges, it’s challenge time over at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fun sketch to play along with.

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My daughter and her friends had recently received their University Acceptance notifications, so I needed to make a few cards that were easy and fast to replicate. I am so excited for them all, with Orientation for most of them starting next week (This extra lucky Mum has even been invited to hang with said daughter on  Day2!!!)
Anywho, onto my card lol

I have used a Whisper White card base then added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist. Using the Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp, I have applied Black Momento ink and stamped onto Whisper White card. Before adhering diagonal background to the Lemon Lime layer - I wrapped some white bakers twine around the bottom.
The next layer of whisper white card has been stamped with a splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Black Momento Ink. The Petal Palette bouquet image was also stamped in the centre of the panel and then again on some scrap whisper white.
The base leaves have been coloured using a Lemon Lime Twist colouring pencil. The Flowers (stamped on scrap) were coloured using So Saffron and the Colour Lifter Stampin' Blends. The coloured flowers were fussy cut ( I don't have the die's......yet) and placed over the stamped image using mini dimensionals.
To finish off the card I added a sentiment from the Colour Me Happy Stamp Set, white heat embossed on So Saffron Card.
I hope you get time to play along with us this week. You can add your card to the gallery here. Also, be sure to check out all the stunning and amazing creations the Design Team have made.
Until next time, stay crafty

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Party Panda's

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Its a gloriously sunny day in my craft studio today, a sign that it is too hot to go outside, unless its in the pool under shade lol  So, whats a crafty gal to do......craft of course!

I was quite excited about getting into the studio today as I had a few more new stamp sets that needed to be shown ink for the first time. The Sale-a-bration Party Panda's was one of these sets.

I made a few quick and easy cards to start off. As the Panda does not require a lot colouring, these cards were so fast to construct, the timely part would be fussy cutting the Panda.

Both cards use Perfect Days Memories and More cards. The buffalo check DSP is now retired, I had a few card front pieces left over and wanted to use them up.

This card also uses a few Perfect Days Memories and More cards, tilted on the card front. The Guitar image is from another Sale-a-bration set - Epic Celebrations.
Until next time, stay crafty
Saturday, 3 February 2018

Woodland Friends - We Must Celebrate

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. I have a two cards to share today. Both use the We Must Celebrate stamp set - I love these little woodland creature images.

I have used two different colouring mediums - the first card uses the Stampin' Blends and the second Water Colour Pencils.
Perfect Days Memories & More cards were used to provide the angled layers behind the coloured stamped panel. I have also used a set of Paper Roses Rectangular Stitched Dies for these cards. These are not a Stampin' Up product.

This next card uses the smaller images in the stamp set to create a background. I chose the acorn, branch and mushrooms. The images were stamped in Crumb Cake ink and coloured with Water Colour Pencils.
As you can tell this card was created to wish friends a Happy New Years. These adorable critters would also make gorgeous baby cards and décor pieces for a children's room. I am currently working on another 3D project with these cute images, stay tuned for its reveal. In the meantime, you can check out the box card I made a few weeks ago with this stamp set here.
Until next time, stay crafty
Thursday, 1 February 2018

Lots of Happy Stamp Set

Hello Crafty Friends,

I have been on a blogging mission this morning. This post is my tenth in a production line of creativity. I have been lucky enough to have an enormous crafting session in the studio recently. During this time I designed and created 25 cards - not including any for the Design Teams  I am on. These were all just free flowing, no limits, colour schemes or themes to adhere to.

This one was created using 'extras' left over from previous projects. I often do this, just pull a whole heap of elements together and hope they work lol

The card front has been splattered with Early Espresso ink and then attached to the Whisper White card base. A stitched circle was cut from the Wood Textures DSP and used for the central focus point. To this I added a large letter "O". The Lots of Happy stamp set has been inked in Black Momento and coloured using Stampin' Blends and the Lemon Lime Twist water colour pencil from the Lots of Happy kit. Also from the kit, some Lemon Lime Twist ombré ribbon was tucked under the Wood Circle. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Party Pandas has been white embossed on Black card.

The second card in todays post also uses the Wood Textures DSP. I was so late to the party with this DSP, I honestly thought I could live without it but alas it appears that is not so. Its so versatile.

I have layered the DSP over some Kraft and then Black card stock before adhering to a Sahara Sand card base. I have stamped some whisper white card with the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp and cut a piece to place across the centre of the card.
The floral bouquet from the Lots of Happy stamp set were stamped in opposite corners and then coloured using SU Blends and Lemon Lime Twist Water Colour Pencil. Next, the sentiment was stamped in the centre. Placing a stitched circle framelit over the sentiment I partially die cut both ends so that the floral images were not fully cut with the framelit. Remove from big shot and fussy cut the remainder of the floral images.
A layer of Black card was placed behind the sentiment circle and a few die cut foliage elements were adhered behind the floral images.
Thanks for stopping by today, hope you had time to get into your crafty space and create something you enjoy doing. Until next time, stay awesome

Just Add Ink Challenge #394 - Just Add Romance

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Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome, hope you are having a fabulous day. Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Yipeee!!! This weeks challenge is such fabulous timing for those making Valentine's Day cards - Just Add Romance.

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I made a special card for my wonderful Hubby, Daniel. He is the more proficient chef/cook/baker in our household - emphasis on baker! He makes the most wonderful Chocolate Cake, Pavlova and Slices. So for his Valentines Day card I decided he needed a "Kitchen of Love" - really I just wanted to use my Apron of Love Bundle.......again. I just love this bundle.

As you can see the card has a simple 'pop up' base, with the kitchen counter being the main pop up component.  I added an extra layer to the pop up mechanism, behind the acetate window in the oven. Silver Foil card has been placed approx. 1cm behind the oven front - attached to the kitchen counter and card base "floor". To this I added 3 heat embossed cup cakes.

The oven has been made using the Heart and Home Framelits - cut down with the bottom ledge reattached. Acetate has been placed behind the die cut before attaching to the kitchen counter which had an opening made with a craft knife.

The cooktop has been created using Silver Foil card with various dies and punches - Owl Builder, Home Sweet Home, Stitched Shapes.

All sentiments have been white heat embossed as well as the cupcakes, oven glove and apron pocket with flowers (tucked under the banner with "made with love" sentiment.)
The card front is also a little special. Using the large letter Framelits to spell out LOVE, replacing the O with a die cut heart.  To make it that little bit extra special I made the heart with a small shaker element. Then in a banner, the sentiment from Petal Palette was stamped, fussy cut and placed over the heart.

The Design Team have created some stunning cards to inspire you to get crafty with a Romance theme. We would love for you to join us, you can play along by adding your creation to the JAI gallery here. I can’t wait to see all the amazing cards.

Until next time, stay awesome

Monday, 29 January 2018

Magical Day Wizard

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. Quick post to share a card I am sending off today. Its a simple one using the cute Wizard from the new Magical Day stamp set.

I started by making the water coloured background using Shimmery White card with splashes of Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder Inks. Put aside to dry while you work on the other components.
The wizard image was stamped in Black Momento Ink and coloured using Pool Party & Smoky Slate SU Blends. The Celebrate You Thinlits have been used to die cut the "amazing" in Black and Pool Party card. Layer the Pool Party over the black, allowing a little black to show, providing a shadow and also raising the die cut slightly without too much bulk.
Silver Foil card was used to matt the card front and also for the Stitched Circle . The sentiments "YOU" and "are simply" were stamped in Black Momento ink in the centre top portion of the card front allowing room for the other elements.
Adhere die cuts and stamped image with tombow and then adhere card front to a Pool Party card base.
Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Saturday, 27 January 2018

Magical Day Unicorn

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. Just a quick post today to share a card that made me giggle as I was creating it. Hope the recipient has a chuckle when she opens it.....she may not.  I filled it with loads of tiny punched hearts that probably fell all over her floor!! I can just picture her laughing and cursing simultaneously, as she cleans up the mess.

I just adore the Magical Day stamp set. The chubby Unicorn is simple and easy to colour as are the other images in the set - the mermaid, seahorse, knight, dragon and wizard.

I have shown the "clean" version of this card,  with a die cut YOU flipped around and the U cut down to form the J.
"May Unicorn's fart rainbow coloured sequins all over your day"

On a Whisper White card front I cut two lines using a stitched curved line die (not Stampin' Up!) but two simple cuts made with a trimmer will suffice. Place this over the card base and lightly mark with a pencil the space you want filled with sequins.

Stamp card front ( I used the tiny sparkles in Powder Pink, but they do not show up well in the photo), add White Glitter card die cut clouds and place the coloured and fussy cut Unicorn just over the opening of the two lines.

I lined the marked area with double sided adhesive, ensuring a small overlapped the pencil marks. Then I simply poured the irredescent sequins container on the adhesive and poured off the excess. I pressed the sequins flat and then poured them over again to fill the gaps.

Adhere the card front to the card base with Tombow. You could raise the front from the base with dimensionals but this one was being posted so I needed to reduce the bulk.

Until next time, stay crafty
Sunday, 21 January 2018

We Must Celebrate - Shadow Box Card

Hello Crafty Friends

Hope your having a great day. I am so excited to share today's post as I have been keeping this information to myself since December. For those who visit my blog regularly,  you would have noticed a new Design Team Member Badge added to my sidebar.
Todays card uses a tutorial by Bronwyn Eastley at AddINKtive Designs.  Every month I will be sharing a creation using one of Bronwyn's fabulous tutorials. Spoilt for choice, I finally decided to use the Shadow Box Card Tutorial. So much wow factor and the card folds flat for posting! Double Bonus. You can purchase this tutorial from Bronwyn, here.

I have created the Shadow Box with Sahara Sand card. I tried adding DSP to the outside but because I added so many elements to the inside, it became very busy so I have left the front and back plain. The inside back and sides have been lined with Pool Party card. Pear Pizzaz and Emerald Envy card were used for the grass tab inserts.
The Woodland Critters - Bear, Racoon, Rabbit and Squirrel are from the new We Must Celebrate stamp set. The sentiment, mushrooms and acorn are also part of this set. The cute birds are from the new Flying Home stamp set. All images were stamped in Black Momento ink, coloured using Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut.
The banner surrounding the sentiment is from the Number of Years set. I have used the Sprinkles of Life bundle to create the tree and the clouds were created using the Lift Me Up Bundle.
I absolutely adore this card style. The base is simple and fast to construct and uses only one sheet of A4 card. While I was decorating my card I had so many idea's for future cards using this impressive and fun fold.
I have already started on two other versions of the Shadow Box Card. I cannot wait to share them. You can view/purchase Bronwyn's amazing tutorials at AddINKtive Designs here. All projects come with detailed, easy to follow instructions and photographs.
Until next time, stay crafty

Friday, 19 January 2018

BBQ Box Card - Apron Builder

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going great. I have a quick post to share today. I wasn’t going to write a blog post for this card, but after posting on a Stampin’Up! Demo only Facebook page, I had many requests to know how it was created.

If you are familiar with the construction of a box card, this card will be easy to replicate. No worries if you are not, it’s a simple design, the Wow is all in the decorating.

You will need
  • Apron Builder Thinlits
  • Black & Silver Foil Card
  • Happy Birthday Thinlit 
  • Stitched Shape Framelits
  • Hexagon TIEF
  • Acetate strips &  Adhesive
  • Owl Builder Punch
Black Card Box Base
28cm x 10cm 
Score longside at 8cm,13.5cm,21.5cm and 27cm
Score short side 4.5cm from top (not shown on diagram but it is the only horizontal line visible)

Flap insert for Card Base
10cm x 1.5cm score at 1cm & 9cm

Let’s Create
To construct the box - first Remove with a trimmer the two large rectangular flaps. In the diagram above they will be the first and third boxes on the top line. Put aside for now. 

This will leave the two sides for your BBQ.  Adhere flap with Tombow to construct box.

Attach flap insert inside box (towards front) with Tombow. (see diagram below)

With one of the rectangle offcuts from the above step - score at 1cm on the horizontal line along the length of the offcut. To this attach the Silver Foil Card punched circles for the buttons. Adhere offcut inside front of box - ensure buttons are facing the right way.

Use the other offcut to die cut two small shapes to strengthen the sides. I have embossed mine with a hexagon Embossing Folder. Attach with Tombow to the tops of the side flaps

The Owl Punch was used to create the buttons and wheels. 

Apply decorations - doors, utensils, glove. Adhere thin strips of tear n tape to the backside of the Happy Birthday Die Cut. To this adhere four thin strips of acetate on the "B" "r" "d" and the "y". Now attach the acetate to the flap insert on the inside of the box card. 

Construct Box first including inserts. Always fold the box when adhering flaps as this will ensure it sits properly when folded flat for posting.
The cabinet handles were offcuts left over when die cutting the fish slice utensil. 
Tombow applied to silver card and left for a few hours becomes a semi permanent adhesive. The Utensils are held on this way. 
A small panel can be attached to the back of the box for a further space to write a message.
Until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Just Add Ink #392 - Blog Hop

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to another year of Just Add Ink Challenges. We are starting off the year of challenges with a Blog Hop.  The entire Just Add Ink Design Team are hopping so we have loads of inspiration to start off your crafting year. If you are following the hop you will have arrived here from Jo Stubbings. Be sure to follow the hop all the way through to see all the creations the DT have to share with you.

The Blog Hop challenge is to Just Add Something “New”. We all know as crafters that sometime over the festive season we got new crafting goodies. I was an extremely lucky girl to receive a brand new Silhouette Cameo 3. I have wanted one for a while, so best I learn the evil machines secrets.  
I was also lucky enough to be able to place a small Stampin Up order Just after Christmas. My cards today use one of the Sale-a-bration stamp sets - Epic Celebrations. I love those sneakers! I made three cards all with a fairly neutral colour scheme so that they can be used for either female or male teens. The guitar image also lends itself to musically themed cards.

My first card is a simple box card made to look like a Guitar amplifier.  I have heat embossed the guitar (gold) earphones (white) onto Black card and then fussy cut. Silver Foil card and a small dot Embossing Folder were used to create the speaker. The Gold Foil buttons were punched using the smallest circles on the Owl Punch. White Heat Embossed sentiments and DSP were added to the box card along with strips on the sides for handles.

The second card uses those funky sneakers coloured with Pool Party Blenders. The Sahara Sand card front was heat embossed in white and adhered to the White card base. Some vellum was roughly torn and adhered with a spot of Tombow. Over the Tombow spot, Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party Stitched circles were added with dimensionals. The sneakers and Heat Embossed sentiment were adhered with Tombow.

And my third card is another Guitar themed card, using torn vellum as in the card above. The Guitar was inked in Versamark and stamped onto Smoky Slate Card. This was adhered to a layer of Black which was then adhered to the Smoky Slate Card Base. The Guitar was stamped in Black Momento Ink and coloured using SU Blends. Some Black & White Bakers Twine was tucked behind the guitar and a White Heat Embossed sentiment added with Tombow.

Next up in the Blog Hop is the super talented Kim Badelt with her stunning project. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Colour INKspiration #25 - Apron of Love


Hello Crafty Friends,
Welcome to another year of Colour INKspiration challenges and the Colour INKspiration #25 Blog Hop. You are visiting Jackie Aitken, in Western Australia, and have possibly arrived from visiting the lovely and super creative, Lou Kitzelman in stunning Nambour, Queensland. Wasn't Lou's creation absolutely stunning!

To start off the New Year, we have a fresh and vibrant colour combination for you - Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy and Whisper White.
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I chose to make a Mother's Day card using this fabulous colour combination along with the new Apron of Love Bundle. As I am gifting a small piece of jewellery,  I decided to make a "Card with Gift Box". This style of card cannot be posted, but it can be kept and put on display after the gift has been opened.

The card base has two sides with the reverse perfect to write your personal message. The front is for decorating. And of course the box comes off the card and has a lid.

I started with a large Perfect Days Memories & More card, cut down and adhered to the card base. The Apron and front of the gift box have been created using a small Perfect Days Memories & More card. 

The Oven Glove, Rolling Pin, Cupcakes and Apron front have been white heat embossed onto Night of Navy & Lemon Lime Twist card. The Mum sentiment has been fussy cut and adhered with Tombow.

Silver Foil card was used to create the baking tray and the cooking utensils. All the sentiments are from the Apron of Love stamp set. The cupcakes were created using the Lift Me Up Stamp set and matching dies.

I finished the card by adhering a small silver foil gift bow to the top of the gift box. I hope you are inspired to give this kind of card a go. It is easier than it looks and the fun part is in the decorating.

Next up in the blog hop is the amazingly talented Denita Wright-Smee and her gorgeous creation. Enjoy x

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty