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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Colour INKspiration #22 & #23

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration Blog Hop #22 and #23. You are visiting Jackie. If you are following the blog hop you would have arrived here from fellow West Australian, the super creative, Nicole Wilson. Wasn't her framed art absolutely beautiful!  Joining us for this Blog Hop is guest designer Libby Dyson.

The Colour INKspiration Team have two stunning challenges to play along with this fortnight. Both are stunning inspiration pictures with a gorgeous collection of colours. You can choose to play along with just one or both challenges.
 
Here is my card for this yummy collection of colours. I adore this picture and the colours,  Christmassy with a lovely seaside theme. However, as you can see I didn't take any of those directions with creation. I wanted a CAS card with a slight Scandi feel. I adore this elongated style of card at the moment, and tend to make one in this size more frequently than not.

 
Card Base is Sahara Sand. Matt layers are Pear Pizzaz. The Whisper White back ground was stamped with the Post Script background stamp (stamped off as full strength was just too harsh). The deer from Merry Patterns was also stamped in Soft Suede and cut using the Stitched layers Thinlits. Marina Mist ink was used to stamp the flowers from Hello Friend stamp set and the sentiment from Colour Me Happy.
 
 

 
 
The second fabulous colour inspiration is a lovely rustic colour theme for Christmas. Such a classic and timeless colour palette for the Festive Season. I may have to adopt this for next years decorations.
 

Again, I didn't make a Christmas card lol I just wasn't feeling florally or santa-ish in the craft room during this creative session, so went with another simple card that would help me chew through my ever growing stash of DSP.

The card base is Crumb cake with a layer of whisper white and then Real Red card. Next, a layer of the funky black and white tartan looking check from the Merry Little Christmas DSP. A Silver Foil card banner was tucked underneath the Whisper White and Crumb Cake Stitched circle elements.
 
 
I have used the lanterns image from the Colour Me Happy stamp set and coloured with a Real Red Marker. The sentiment (one of my favourites at the moment) was inked in black Momento and adhered with mini dimensionals.
 
 
 INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Hope you join us and play along.  Up next in the blog hop is fabulously talented Monique Fielder with her creative idea for Christmas Gift giving. Enjoy!

 

 
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. Until next time, stay crafty
 
 

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Just Add Ink #386 - Just Add R

Good Day Crafty Friends

Happy Friday! Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week Tina has asked we Just Add "R". I love letter based challenges as the choices are limited to your imagination. I instantly thought Real Red or Rich Razzleberry with some Ribbon, but as you will see from my card, I ended up creating something that none of these elements.

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As I am still in Christmas Card mode, I finally decided to add Reindeers for my "R" element. I had a piece of shimmery white card that had been water coloured with Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise inks, just laying around from a previous project I opted not to use. I often make multiple backgrounds especially when water colouring or using embossing paste, as I am too lazy to do just one at a time - its the setting up and unpacking!
 
I like to work in a clean crafty space, and cannot leave these things out, cramping my style lol Its the same when using my sewing machine, I do multiple card fronts then pack the machine away. I think its time for more counter space in my crafty space, so I can have stations for each technique - wouldn't that be awesome!! A station for the Big Shot, Sewing Machine, Sponging/Water Colouring, Heat Embossing, Silhouette/Printer/Laminator.....Hubby says "keep dreaming" Gah!!
 
I will win one day soon lol My crafty space is on a Mezzanine level which also acts as a second lounge and has a portion for a desk with the computer. We watch tele up here in Winter as its easier to heat the Mezzanine level than the whole two storey house. Ive only been a demo for close to two years and my crafty space has encroached more and more into the lounge space.

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The water coloured card was cut using the reindeer die from Santa's Sleigh bundle. These die cuts were adhered to a whisper white card front which has a layer of vellum over the top. This was adhered to a layer of Sahara Sand which was then wrapped in Neutral Twine, before adhering to another layer of whisper white.
 
A stitched oval was cut from whisper white card and then a Sahara Sand reindeer adhered to the right. I then stamped the top part of the sentiment from Merry Patterns in Crumb Cake ink. The "season" portion of the sentiment was stamped on a scrap piece in Soft Sky and Sahara Sand inks, fussy cut and then adhered to the stitched oval.
 
A Soft Sky snowflake die cut using the Colourful Seasons Bundle, was attached to the twine with the Merry Christmas sentiment stamped in Sahara sand attached to the snowflake.
 
This card has been addressed ready to send to one of the Design Team members - the lovely, talented and extremely supportive, Kelly Kent. Just waiting on a visit to the Post Shop, Kelly xx
 
I hope you can join us at Just Add Ink for this weeks challenge - Just Add "R". The Design Team have created some stunning cards to inspire you, be sure to check them all out here
Until next time, stay awesome

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Just Add Ink #385 - Sketch Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. I cannot believe its Friday already! Why is it that the closer we get to the silly festive season, the weeks to seem to fly by faster and faster?
 
Being Friday means its challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Kim has created a fabulous sketch to inspire your creativity this week. Such a gorgoues sketch to work with, I found it extremely easy and fast to decide what goes where.

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-add-ink-385sketch.html
 I decided to take a break from my run on making Christmas cards and make something different using the stamp set that came with my new Stampin' Blends (alcohol markers) Colour Me Happy. I just adore the lanterns and little bird images in this set.
 
 
The card base is a square 6x6 square whisper white, with a strip of Merry Little Christmas DSP down the left hand side. I also fussy cut a few branches from the DSP for embellishments under the sentiment and bird.
 
 
 

The circle element of the sketch has been stamped with the wreath from the Hello Friend set in Old Olive ink. This was then cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. To add a little interest a black circle was tucked behind. The bird image from the Colour Me Happy stamp set has been coloured using the new SU alcohol markers in Rich Razzleberry and Crumb Cake. The sentiment is from the same stamp set - stamped in Archival Black.

 
Before attaching the stitched circle to the card base, a piece of DSP and Old Olive card were cut and placed underneath, on top of a delicate doily. To include the last element of the sketch some Black & White Bakers Twine was added.
 
The Design Team have created some stunning cards with this weeks challenge sketch. I hope you are inspired to play along with us. Join us by adding your card here.

Until next time, stay awesome

 
Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Color INKspiration Challenge #21

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to my blog. You are visiting, Jackie. If you are following the blog hop you may have arrived here from the wonderfully talented Rachel Palmieri. I am so excited to be able to join this fortnights Colour INKspiration blog hop, having missed the last one.

Our stunning colour palette for challenge #21 has been provided by Rose Packer. Joining us on our blog hop is our guest designer, Megan Lenske.


I initially wanted to create a colourful floral bouquet with the challenge colours, but ended up in a totally different direction. My 3D Aquarium card is completely foldable for posting.



I started with a Thick Whisper White card base. I scored an A4 sheet into 4 even panels leaving a tiny edge for a tab. Using the layering square Framelits, I extended the die cut to remove a rectangle on two of the scored panels. A piece of acetate was adhered to the inside of both rectangles with tombow.

The background was sponged with Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz inks and them flicked with water. After this dried I flicked small amounts of Soft Sky and Pear Pizzazz. Once dry, I then stamped the seaweed image in Black Archival and applied Pear Pizzazz with an aqua painter.

The sand was created from Sahara Sand card and stamped with crumb cake using the seabed image from Magical Mermaid.  Next the fish were stamped in Archival Black and coloured using an Aqua Painter in all the challenge colours.



A few fish were adhered directly to the background along with the sandy floor. The background was then adhered to the box card base. The floating fish were adhered with acetate to the tabs at the bottom of the base card using tombow. Shells and seaweed die cuts created using a small leaf die from the Eclectic Layers Framelits were littered throughout the sandy sea bed.

The sentiments from Seaside Shore were stamped in Soft Sky and Pear Pizzaz, die cut using the stitched shapes Framelits - extended and shortened. The Ahoy There was fussy cut and adhered using mini dimensionals.



INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Hope you join us and play along.  Up next in the blog hop is fabulously talented Rose Packer and her stunning creation. Enjoy!

  https://wp.me/p6g0iC-13w
 
Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. Until next time, stay crafty
 
 
Thursday, 2 November 2017

Just Add Ink #384 - Inspiration

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. The warmer weather is finally on its way to Western Australia. I walked into my craft area this morning to find the sun had been beaming through my window, onto cards I had laid out the night before. The ends of all the card bases had begun to curl slightly. Time for the blinds to be permanently drawn!! Such a shame as its lovely working under the natural light, with the sunshine warming my back.

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/11/just-add-ink-384inspiration.html
 
Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week, Jan has chosen a stunning inspiration picture for us to work with. I just adore all the blue tones, especially the centre of those amazing blooms. For my card I chose to use the vibrant colours in the picture - the blues, white and yellow.


The card starts with a Thick Whisper White card base. The next layer is WW card embossed with the Softly Falling EF. The layered panel has been created by extending the square stitched framelit and the square scalloped edge framelit to make rectangle layers.


The flower die cuts were created using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits - again extending the die so the stems were longer. Dapper Denim, Tempting Turquoise and a little Marina Mist inks were splattered onto some, others had a brush apply ink directly to the die cuts.
 
To incorporate the yellow from the challenge picture, the sentiment was white heat embossed onto So Saffron card and adhered to the card with mini dimensionals.

 
 
The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some gorgeous cards inspired by this weeks challenge picture, be sure to check them out. Inspired to play along? We would love for you to join us, you can add your creation to the JAI challenge gallery, here.
 
Until next time, stay crafty
 
 
 
 
Thursday, 26 October 2017

Just Add Ink #383 - Cake!!!

Hello crafty friends,

Hope your day is going well. The teen kindly reminded me today, that it was only 2 months until Christmas! Seriously?! How did that happen? My Mum is flying over from NZ for the first time in five years, to spend Christmas with us. I had planned to make so many decorations - so far, I've completed nudda - nought - nil!! I have at least started some Christmas shopping (the part I dislike the most) and not wrapped a thing (normally, the thing I enjoy the most about Christmas) Fingers crossed as we move into November, I will embrace the Chrissy spirit and smash out all my planned creations.

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/10/just-add-ink-383just-add-cake.html

Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink. This week, Chloe has asked that we Just Add Cake. Yep CAKE!! Such a fun theme! Who doesn't love cake. And oh my....you have got to see all the fabulous creations the JAI Design Team have shared. Browsing through the gallery made me hungry for CAAAKKKKKEEEE!!!!!

As usual I made two cards for this challenge....well, actually I made three but the third got binned due to it resembling something a cat would vomit up!
 
Both cards use a stamp set that came with a craft magazine. I cannot recall the publication, as I biffed it soon after. Should have thrown the stamps too, they are poor quality but I just adore the food cart!!
 
The first card has an embossing paste brick wall background. The chef, cart and cakes were coloured using my new Stampin' Up! Blends. The chef is from the Birthday Delivery set and the birthday sentiment from the At Home with You stamp set.

 
This card has used the same freebie set, stamped multiple times on two lines, to replicate a cake shop window. The Powder Pink awning was created using the scalloped edge die from the Colourful Seasons bundle. Again the images were coloured using my new alcohol Blends. For something different I stamped the sentiment multiple times and adhered with mini dimensionals across the front panel.
 
For more amazing cake inspiration, check the fun, almost edible and adorable DT creations here. Until next time, stay awesome
 
Thursday, 19 October 2017

Just Add Ink #382 - Colour Challenge

Hello Crafty Friends

Hope your day is going well. It’s Friday!!! Wahoooo! Which means it’s challenge time at Just Add Ink! This week we have a colour challenge - Fresh Fig, Smoky Slate, Black & White. 

Now, I thought this was going to be an easy challenge but honestly, I struggled immensely. I think I just overthought it as I had an idea in my head, but couldn’t pull it together with any stamping so went with my safety net of die cuts and heat embossing. 

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/10/just-add-ink-382colour.html

I must make a confession. I initially used the wrong grey. And here I was thinking yay I’m ahead of my schedule - took the photos for my blog post, just about ready to upload to the Design Teams album and dun dun dun...I noticed I used the wrong grey!!!! Gah! 

I was able to rescue some parts of the card without having to redo it. The layer on the card base couldn’t be rectified so just tell your eyes to tell your brain that’s it’s Smoky Slate not Basic Grey! 


The background has been embossed with the Sweetheart EF. The sentiments have been gold heat embossed and tucked in between a layer of Fresh Fig and White White Card. The stitched rectangle has been created using the largest square from the stitched shapes Framelits, by extending the die cut. 

A vellum circle was also cut using the stitche shaped Framelits. This was tucked behind the Lamppost which was created using the Christmas Lamppost Thinlits with Black and Gold Foil Card. 



The roses were created from Fresh Fig card using a Thinlit from the Paisley and Posies Bundle.  Slightly mist the die cut and roll the card into a flower shape, let dry then adhere tombow. The leaves were die cut in Smoky Slate Card from the same Thinlit set. 

The Design Team over at Just Add Ink have shared some absolutely beautiful creations using this weeks challenge colours - be sure to check them all out here.  We would love for you to join us and play along, create a card using the challenge colours and share it with us on the Just Add Ink.

Until next time, stay crafty
 


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Just Add Ink #381 - Just Choose Two

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink and this weeks challenge is Just Add Two! One of my favourite JAI challenges! 

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/10/just-add-ink-381just-choose-two.html

I chose to use sequins and colouring. I love Tulle shaker cards as they are not bulky, which makes them fabulous for posting. They are also a lot less hassle to work with opposed to acetate sheets. 


The fabulous thing about Tulle Shaker cards compared to other shaker cards is the sequins are sandwiched quite tightly between the layers of Tulle. The benefit of this is that sequins are always showing even when held upright - they do not drop to the bottom. 



I have used my favourite stamp - Birthday Blooms for my colouring aspect of the card. Stamped in Archival Black ink and coloured using an Aqua Painter with Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight inks. The flower was fussy cut. 


The card front has been created with strips of Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Powder Pink. After adhering the strips to Whisper White card, it was embossed with the Hexagons EF. 

The Layering squares Thinlits were used to remove the centrepiece for the shaker window. On the reverse side of the card front - Tulle was added with double sided tape. Sequins were placed on top of the netting and then another layer of Tulle was adhered. To hide the mess, cover with a larger square of Whisper White before adhering to a Melon Mambo card base.
 
The sentiment from Floral Phrases was white heat embossed on black card and attached with a few mini dimensionals.
 
I loved this challenge, probably because I was creating a pink card, with colouring, two of my favourite items for a card. Be sure to check out the amazing creations the Design Team have shared using this weeks challenge. Why not join us and play along, you can submit your challenge card here.
 
Until next time, stay awesome
 
Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Colour INKspiration #19 Blog Hop

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration #19 Blog Hop. You are visiting Jackie.  If you are following the blog hop, you would have arrived here from the very talented, Denita Wright-Smee. Be sure to follow the hop all the way through, so you don't miss out on all the amazing creations the Design Team have shared.

The colours for this challenge are : Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Grey, Garden Green and Daffodil Delight.



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On first glance of the inspiration picture I was inclined to go masculine and geometrical. But as I tend to often do, I decided to not listen to my initial creative thoughts and tried to think how I could use these colours for something tropical. Well, that didn't exactly eventuate either, I wouldn't call it tropical at all, but that was where I was heading with this being the final result.

I decided to make a wall hanging with a matching card as it will be given as a gift. To be honest there is little stamping in my projects - just loads of die cutting. The following items have been used to die cut the flowers and varied leaves : Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Everyday Jar Framelits, May Flowers Thinlit, Botanical Builders Framelits, Christmas Lamppost Thinlits.
 

The Card has a thick Whisper White Card Base. The Christmas Lamppost Thinlits were used to create the wrought iron looking frame. Two of each die were cut in Basic Grey to match the layer with the white heat embossed sentiment. The sentiment is from Colourful Seasons.
 
A layer of Smoky Slate was cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits - by extending the largest square die to create a rectangle. This was embossed using the Hexagons EF. The flowers have been created using Daffodil Delight and White Card. The leaves with Garden Green and Gold Glitter card. 
 

The Wall Hanging has been created using an A4 piece of Glossy White Card that has been backed with the card that the large DSP packs come packaged in. 

 The sentiment from Colourful Seasons has been heat embossed in gold.  Using card stock in the challenge colours with the variety of  Dies listed above, I made six little clusters. All pieces were adhered (patiently over two days lol) with tombow.


INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Hope you join us and play along.  Up next in the blog hop is fabulously talented Nikki Spencer and her stunning creation. Enjoy!

https://nikkispencer-mysandbox.blogspot.com/2017/09/colour-inkspiration-18.html

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today, until next time, stay crafty