Friday, September 30, 2011

Butterfly friends


This week at Just Add Ink we have a fantastic colour challenge.


I was excited to give this colour combo a try because Pool Party is one of my new favourite colours.

Even though these colours are really quite bright, I decided to try making a “subtle” card with them.



The background piece is the elements of style flower embossed in white and I used the emboss resist technique again and sponged pool party and crumb cake over the top of it.  Then I sprayed it with vanilla shimmer smooch spritz, although you can’t really see the effect of that much in the photo.

I used crumb cake on the Friendly words wheel and then stamped the kindness matters over the top with stazon.  I also stamped the middle butterfly onto calypso coral and cut it out and popped it on top.

I attached the friends tiny tag with a pin from vintage trinkets and added one of the little buttons to the card too. They were another birthday present (Yes, more … I am lucky aren’t I!)


Ingredients :

Stamps : kindness matters, friendly words, elements of style, tiny tags

Card : crumb cake, white, calypso coral, pool party

Ink :  crumb cake, stazon, versamark, pool party

Other : white ep, crumb cake taffeta, vanilla shimmer smooch spritz, vintage trinkets, scallop trim border punch


Please check out JAI to see what the rest of the design team have come up with this week and give these colours a try yourself.



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Resist Leaves

On Saturday we had our first new club meeting.
The hostess wanted me to teach them the emboss resist technique and asked if I could use razzleberry on the card too.

This is the card I came up with a few weeks ago.
This one used razzleberry, olive, basic grey and white.


Then for club I decided to do it in 2 other colour ways so that the ladies could choose which one they liked best.

This one used pip, wisteria, celery, basic grey and white.
I think it was the favourite on the day.


And this one used NQN, basic grey and white.
I left the ribbon off this one entirely as I thought it would make a good “man’s” card.


Ingredients :
Stamps : french foliage, en francais, tiny tags
Card : white, basic grey, celery, razzleberry, nqn, wisteria, olive
Ink : versamark, basic grey, nqn, razzleberry, pip, wisteria
Other : white embossing powder, jewellery tag punch, linen thread, celery ribbon (ret.), olive ribbon (ret.)

Everyone loved the cards they made AND we all had a great time learning, creating and chatting!
I can’t wait for our next club meeting!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Celebrating Elephants


We have a great sketch challenge by Bronwyn at Just Add Ink this week.

JAI 86 - Sketch (BB)

I was given the Under the Big Top set at Tasmanian Regionals a few weeks ago and I wanted to try it out.  I did change the sketch a little but it definitely inspired me to come up with this card. 


The elephants are standing on a ball on the stamp too but I decided to punch out 3 different sized circles of dsp from the brights stack for their circus balls instead. I thought it would look good in the dsp and I wanted the balls to vary in size.

I used Perfectly Penned for the sentiment and the celebrate today is perfect for a fun circus card I think. You can’t see it real well in the photo, but I used dazzling diamonds on the stars the elephants are holding and on the ends of the flourishes on the sentiment.  The elephants are on shimmery white and there is a rhinestone brad at the top, so it is more sparkly than it looks in the photo.


Ingredients :

Stamps : under the big top, perfectly penned

Card : black. shimmery white, pacific point, brights dsp stack, neutrals dsp stack

Ink : stazon, crumb cake

Other : crayons, aquapainter, white pen, paper piercer, glue dots, 2 way glue, dazzling diamonds, rhinestone brad, pumpkin ribbon, circle punches, scallop border punch


I think I may have made a gender and age neutral card with this one, what do you think?

Please take a look at what the rest of the design team came up with for this sketch and give it a try yourself.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Queen of Clean


I was named the Queen of Clean at Freshly Made Sketches this week.

I was so excited!

What an honour for one of my cards to be chosen.  Thanks Linda.



You should have heard my family laughing when I told them I was the “Queen of Clean”! 

That title definitely only applies to cardmaking, I wouldn’t win any awards for my housework!  (I’m far too busy stamping!)

Thanks so much ladies :)




Monday, September 19, 2011

Birthday Butterflies


Today was my last day of holidays and I was determined to make another card with some more of my new toys.

I used the brilliant sketch at Freshly Made Sketches again. I have only just made their deadline, but I loved it so much I wanted to try it again.  Thanks for a great sketch Lesley, I’m sure it is one I will use often.

I am also entering this card into the challenge at The Paper Players this week.  It is a Clean and Simple challenge to use animals or plants and I’ve used both!

My Razzleberry Foliage card got a “Cut Above Award” from The Paper Players last week.  It was a real honour to have been chosen. Thanks so much for all your kind comments :)




I used the emboss resist technique again on this card with Pool Party ink and I white embossed the flower from Just Believe.  The butterflies were stamped onto pool party and so saffron card using stazon and then cut out.


Ingredients :

Stamps : perfectly penned, kindness matters, just believe

Card : pool party, white, crumb cake, so saffron

Ink : stazon, versamark, pool party, crumb cake

Other : square punch, glue dots, white embossing powder


This card is using more of my new birthday goodies.  Didn’t I do well this year!  My daughter bought me the butterfly which is from a set called Kindness Matters.  I already own a lot of butterflies, because I love them, but this one is my new favourite :)

The Perfectly Penned was actually a present I bought for myself, because, well, I just had to have it :)


Friday, September 16, 2011

Razzleberry Foliage

Wow! Two posts in one day, I must be on holidays and have new stamps to play with :)

There is a great colour challenge at The Paper Players this week.  The colours were perfect because the hostess for my next club asked me if we could do something with Razzleberry.

I decided to combine it with the wonderful new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

My hostess had also asked if I could show everyone the emboss resist technique and so this card was born.


Ingredients :
Stamps : en francais, french foliage, tiny tags
Card : white, olive, razzleberry
Ink : basic grey, versamark, razzleberry
Other : linen thread, jewellery tag punch, white embossing powder, olive ribbon (ret.)

None of these stamps are actually new in the catalogue but they’re all new to me.  They’re all birthday presents I received yesterday from my family and I’ve had so much fun playing with my new toys today :)
I think my club are really going to enjoy making this card.

Baby Bunny


This week at Just Add Ink our challenge is to Just Add Baby.




I had seen one of these “onesie” cards over on my friend Rita's blog a while ago and it was just so cute I had been waiting for an opportunity to try one.

She has a link to a tutorial by Becky Jensen here if you’d like to make one too.


Ingredients :

Stamps : confetti, the nicest things, teeny tiny sentiments

Card : white, shimmery white, pink pirouette

Ink : pip, stazon

Other : circle punch, scallop circle punch, button, aquapainter, crayons, rhinestones, scallop trim border punch


Why not enter our challenge? It will give you a great excuse to make something cute and you will have a baby card all ready for when you need one.  Please check out the sweet cards the rest of the JAI design team have created this week too.



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Merry penguin


There is a new sketch challenge site in the blogosphere called Freshly Made Sketches.  Their first sketch is a great one and I just had to play along.


I had seen some examples of the cute little penguin you can make from the owl punch and I had wanted to give it a try.  I thought he would be perfect on a Christmas card. 





I  used some things I wasn’t meant to on this card.  My sister bought me Tiny Tags for my birthday (which is not for a few days) but I knew it would work so perfectly on the penguin’s present that I just had to use it.  Hopefully she won’t mind :)  The designer printed brads are from my eldest daughter and she said I was very naughty to have used them early. But when I showed her the card she totally understood why and was happy that I did because she thought it was so cute :)


Ingredients :

Stamps : confetti, tiny tags

Card : pool party, island indigo, crumb cake, white, black, peach parfait, brights dsp stack

Ink : white, stazon

Other : designer printed brad, ribbon (ret.), tag punch, owl punch, white brads, big shot, polka dot ef.


I stamped the confetti snowflakes in white and also rubbed the white pad over the top of the polka dot embossed piece.

I cut the fish shape free-hand, everyone was amazed that it wasn’t a punch or a die. ha ha :)  There was some debate about the fish in my house though!  My idea was that the penguin got a present from Santa and it was a fish wrapped up in xmas paper and you could tell what it was because obviously a fish would be hard to wrap!!!!!  But some in my family just saw it as a cute red striped fish! Oh well!

I printed up a little letter to Santa on whisper white using the chiller font in Word. 

You might be surprised to know that owls and penguins have the same handwriting! :)



Friday, September 9, 2011

Very Merry

This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you.
The challenge is to use white plus one other colour.
I decided to use white and my favourite stampin up colour Baja Breeze.
I thought I would get Dasher out and make my first Christmas card for the year.  I had seen a great sketch challenge at Paper Players last week that I thought would be perfect for him.
My friend Rita had very kindly sent me a little care package with some samples of ribbon and other bits and pieces and this gorgeous baja seam binding was one of the goodies she sent.  Thanks so much Rita, what a lovely, thoughtful gift.
I actually used baja ink refill mixed with some frost white shimmer paint to stamp Dasher and I stamped the snowflake from winter post on the baja with it too. I also daubered some onto the embossed piece of shimmery white card.   It is very sparkly and pretty in real life.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Dasher, winter post, short and sweet
Card : baja, shimmery white
Ink : baja, versamark
Other : baja seam binding, baja ribbon (ret.), rhinestones, white embossing powder, big shot, wallpaper ef, rhinestone brad, frost white shimmer paint

I also made the same card in chocolate and white.

It’s very pretty too, I think it just needed white seam binding instead of taffeta to make it look that bit more “special”.
I have a huge Stampin Up order coming this week with more seam binding in it. Can’t wait!
I could (and probably should) make a whole collection of these cards in different colours, but I don’t like stamping that way.  I like to create different designs and challenge myself to come up with something new.  It might depend on how many cards I have ready by December though :)
Please have a look at what the rest of the JAI team came up with for the white with one challenge and give it a try yourself.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Glad we’re friends

This week at Just Add Ink we have a lovely sketch challenge from Bronwyn.


I needed to make a card for one of my daughter’s friends who was turning 10, so I used the sketch and this is what I came up with.


My daughter wanted the card to be a little more grown-up and not so “kiddish”, now that they’re into double digits :)  She thought this card was perfect for her friend who loves black, bling and pink.
The flower is actually melon mambo, but in the photo it looks more red than pink unfortunately.  I used a black permanent marker to colour the rhinestones and the clear rhinestone brad.

 I also used 2 new in colours, pool party and island indigo.  I used white craft ink on my finial press embossing folder with pool party and it looked gorgeous.

Ingredients :
Stamps : best yet (ret.)
Card : black, white, island indigo, pool party, melon mambo
Ink : stazon, white, melon mambo
Other : big shot, polka dot ef, finial press ef, rhinestones, rhinestone brad, filigree brad, circle punch, island floral die, scallop trim border

Please take a look at what the rest of the design team have come up with this week and give this sketch a try yourself.