Thursday, 19 July 2018

Just Add Ink #418 - Colour Challenge - Blended Seasons

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to this week’s Just Add Ink Challenge. We have an absolutely gorgeous colour challenge for you to play along with - Blushing Bride, Soft Sea Foam and Daffodil Delight.

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Soft Sea Foam has to be one of my favourite of the new revamped colours - such a soft and subtle shade. I am also loving the new Blended Seasons Stamp set and couldn’t help myself and had to use it again for this week’s challenge. 

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Onto Shimmery White card, I have stamped the large floral image several times and fussy cut. Using Daffodil Delight and Blushing Bride inks, with a small,  dryish paint brush I have coloured the lower and top portions of the petals, leaving a white ring that extends all the way around each flower. The leave were coloured with Soft Sea Foam.

A whisper white card front was cut to 3/4 of the width of the Soft Sea Foam card base and then embossed with the Subtle embossing Folder. Strips of Gold Glitter card (thicker strip on the right hand side) were adhered to the embossed card front before adhering to card base with foam strips.

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Before adhering the fussy cut flowers and leaves were adhered along the right hand edge with Tombow, half a Pearlised Doily and Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon were tucked under the heat embossed sentiment. A few iridescent sequins were added to finish the card.

After taking the photo I actually cut the pink flower buds and relocated them on an angle so they wouldn't get crushed when it was posted.

Love the stamp set I have used in this card? This limited edition bundle will be available to purchase from your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from 1-31 August 2018. If you live in Australia and purchase the stamp set or bundle from my Online store during the sales period,  I will send you the PDF instructions to create the eight cards shown in the picture below for FREE.

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Be sure to stop by all the Just Add Ink Design Team members blogs for more inspiration using this weeks challenge colours. We would love for you and your crafty friends to play along, if you have a blog you can add your card to the Just Add Ink gallery hereDon't have your own blog? No problem! Just send us an email to with a photo attachment. We'll upload it to our challenge entry blog.

Until next time, stay awesome, stay organised and stay crafty

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Colour Your Season Bundle

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Just a quick post to share a few more projects created with the new Limited Edition "Colour Your Season" bundle, which will be available to purchase next month - August 2018. Be sure to get this fabulously versatile bundle during this period - while supplies last.

I have collated a few of the cards I created using this amazing bundle into a collage so you can see some of the different images, sentiments and die cuts.

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The first card has been coloured using Stampin' Blends and then fussy cut. The Gold Foil die cut, created with the gorgeous Stitched Season Framelits, has been cut in half and adhered to the card base over the stamped foliage. A strip of my favie Brights DSP has been added to the bottom of the card front.

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The second card has had the card front sponged with Coastal Cabana and then splashed with water using a paint brush. The Stitched Season Framelits were used to create the Wood Textures DSP frame, which was adhered directly over the sponging with Tombow. Again, the stamped image from Blended Seasons was coloured using Stampin' Blends.

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The third card has been stamped and coloured using Stampin' Blends. The Granny Apple Green stitched frame was adhered over the card front with Foam Strips for extra height. The Gold Heat Emboss sentiment on vellum was tucked under the frame and a Gold Foil Bow added on top of the frame.
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The fourth card has been washed with Coastal Cabana and Lemon Lime inks over White Embossing Paste. A Coastal Cabana frame was added with dimensionals followed by the stamp image. The large flower image has been stamped on Sahara Sand and fussy cut. A simple white heat emboss sentiment was placed over the top.

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The fifth card has again been stamped on to Sahara Sand card and then coloured using water colour pencils. The coloured image was fussy cut and adhered directly to the card front with Tombow.

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The final card I have to share today has had the Floral image heat embossed in gold and water coloured using Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green. A Gold Foil Frame was added to the die cut Granny Apple Card front which were both adhered using Tombow. To finish the card a vellum heat embossed sentiment and pearl embellishments were added.

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I am working on a few Christmas Card samples with this bundle, which I will hopefully have completed to share with you shortly.

Until next time, stay awesome, stay organised and stay crafty

Sunday, 15 July 2018

ESAD DSP Promotion Blog Hop

Good Day Crafty Friends,

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Welcome to the ESAD Designer Series Paper Promotion Blog Hop! You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken in Western Australia. If you are following the hop you may have arrived here having visited Peta Stephen.

The Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP Promotion is such a great way to increase your DSP stash.  The Annual Catalogue is full of stunning patterned papers and this promotion enables you to grab some of the DSP packs that may have been on your wish list.

I have a few cards to share using two of the selected packs in the DSP promotion -  Tropical Escape and Wood Textures. The first two cards are the same design - gift card holders. The actual card slips out of the folder and opens to reveal a space for a gift card.
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Thick Whisper White card works best for the card folder base. Wood Textures DSP has been added to the card folder flap and then ribbon is used to secure the flap closed. The card front has had the same piece of DSP added so the lines in the wood grains matched the piece on the folded flap.

The embellished cluster has been created using a combination of stamps and framelits: cake soiree, tropical chic, foliage frames and stitched labels. I left the sentiment for the inside of the card.

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The second card in this design uses a smaller panel of DSP from the Tropical Escape 6x6 DSP Pack. A strip of Black and White DSP has been added to the folded flap for this card. The ribbon used to secure the fold closed has had two sponged feathers added with bakers twine. The stamps and framelits used to create the cluster in the right hand corner are fairly much the same as the first card.

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I have used Coastal Cabana and Lemon Lime Twist as I love the contrast with the Black and White DSP.

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The next card uses the Wood Textures DSP to create a frame.  The new Stitched Season Framelits were used to create the detailed stitched frame. The Shimmery White Card has been sponged using a mask created with the negative die. The stamped floral image from the new Blended Seasons stamp set were coloured using Stampin' Blends and adhered over the frame with mini dimensionals.  

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This limited edition bundle is only available to customers during the month of August 2018. Make sure to order during this period to avoid disappointment of missing out.

My favourite DSP Pack that is part of this Buy 3 Get 1 Free Promotion is Tropical Escape. I love the tropical theme and the colours are right up my alley. Here is a few cards I created with only 12 of the 48 sheets that come in this pack of deliciousness.

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I also mixed in a few pieces of the Wood Textures DSP along with the Tropical Escape DSP to create these ten cards. For more details on these sets of cards, you can check out the details in an earlier post here.

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That's all from me today. Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate you and time you have invested to read my blog post.

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Up next in the ESAD DSP Promotion Blog Hop is talented Rebecca Scurr. You can use the arrow button or the Blog Hop participant list below to navigate your way through the hop. Enjoy the creativity and inspiration and please leave the talented folk Blog Hopping, a comment for sharing their crafty projects with us all. 

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Blog hop participant list:
18. Denise Buetler
19. Mandy Depiazzi

Until next time, stay awesome, stay organised and stay crafty

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Blended Seasons - No Line Watercolouring

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going swell. My Big Brown Box arrived yesterday so I had to open it and have a play with some new goodies!!! First out the box was the new and soon to be released Blended Seasons stamp set. This set will be available to purchase during the month of August. It has coordinating dies which I will be sharing projects created with soon. But today I wanted to share a simple but time consuming card I made with just the large floral image stamp.

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Onto Water colour card, I stamped the floral image in Powder Pink ink. I masked the image and stamped it again on the left hand side to fill it up. I wish I had flipped the image before stamping again so the two flowers at the top of the card were not identical.

To colour the image I used Flirty Flamingo, Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green inks with a fine paint brush. For this technique to be a success you need to colour a little section at a time and once one section is complete, you must let it dry or move to another section not touching as the ink will spread.

I did this card in between yesterdays house cleaning. Paint a petal, do the linen. Paint a leaf, get the idea. 

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After all the water colouring was complete I gold heat embossed the sentiment and adhered a layer of Gold Foil before attaching to a Sahara Sand card base.

Hints & Tips
* I use several paint brush sizes - 0 and 2 and have cut the tip of the size 0 brush so it forms a sharp point.
*Have two water sources - one to clean in between colour changes and one purely for adding water to your card/ink pad.
*Always have paper towels close by. I have one under the jar of clean water so I can dab off the excess, a sheet under my ink pad in case i pick up too much ink and also one in my left hand to dab from the card if i have applied the ink to liberally.
*Stamp the image in the lightest ink possible - Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Petal Pink or Blushing Bride all work well.
*Mix a portion of ink with water (I just use the inside lids) and test the saturation. I usually make two puddles - one slightly lightly than the other.
*Break each image up into segments and 'paint' one segment of an image at a time. Allow each painted segment to dry before applying ink next to it, otherwise the inks will blend.
*Apply ink to each segment in lots of three - first application is a dot of the ink from the ink pad. Wash brush, dab on paper towel and then dip brush into clean water and add to your project. Spread ink using the water on your brush, working the ink half way or three quarters of the way up/down your segment. Repeat process spreading final application all the way to the edge of the image.

The Limited Time Colour Your Season bundle will be available for customers to purchase next month. There are 12 stamps in the Blended Season Stamp set and 10 coordinating dies. Also being released as part of this Limited Edition Package are new water colouring pencils. More info coming soon.

More creations using both the stamp set and coordinating dies coming soon. Until then, stay awesome, stay organised and stay crafty