Thursday, 14 September 2017

Global Design Project #104 - Case the Designer

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fantastic day. Its been hectic crazy in my neck of the woods of late. With this being my daughters final year at high school we have been busy with Year 12 stuff like balls and graduation preparations.

I have finally caught up on things (for now lol) and have had a chance to create a card to enter into this weeks Global Design Challenge!! Wahoooo! This weeks challenge is case the designer with a stunning creation by Allison Okamitsu.
I don't have the Lovely Inside and Out bundle...yet, it's on my list for October! So this required me to put my dazzling pink brainstorming hat on and think outside the square. I love the repetitive stamped background Allison has created so decided to start there. I used the sentiment from the hostess set In The City, inked in Powder Pink on whisper white card.

I also chose to give my card a similar layout to Allison's substituting the die cut word with a cheeky looking Toucan on a Swing! 
The Toucan and Floral images from the Good Vibes stamp set have been water coloured and fussy cut. The circle was cut using the Layering Circles Framelits. A panel of Whisper White card was sponged in Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise, splattered with water using a paint brush and placed behind the card front cut out. 

I snipped the tips off the ends of a toothpick and secured some Black & White Bakers Twine for the swing.  A rhinestone jewel was added to the Toucan's head flower and a greeting from the Perfect Days Memories & More card pack was adhered with dimensionals.

Until next time, stay crafty


Just Add Ink #377 - Just Add Colour Combo

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. Its starting to warm up ever so slightly in Perth. Yipee! I had warm sunshine on my crafting table this morning, which was a first in a long time. It will be a short window of perhaps a month, before I will have to start drawing the blinds to work at my counter - Perth sun is a killer on my ink pads and cardstock. If I leave an unfinished project untouched for a few days, the sun will bleach my card stock and colouring. 

Anywho, enough waffling! Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week Rochelle has chosen a stunning colour combination to inspire you

I have beach towels, tea towels, table cloths, outdoor cushions and a hammock with stripes in these colours! Great clean and crisp colours for summer décor and anything poolside. I instantly thought nautical but  I chose to make a Christmas card using lots of white to ensure the challenge colours popped.

I started by making a band with strips of Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party and Dapper Denim.  I then cut this down the middle and adhered to either side of the card base. I flipped the direction of one side so there was more interest opposed to making them the same on each side. 

Next I stamped some floral images using all three colours onto some whisper white card. From this I cut three snowflakes using the colourful seasons Thinlits and adhered directly to the card base using tombow.

I also cut a house from a strip of whisper white card, that had been die cut using the Hometown Greetings Edgelits. Some dazzling diamonds glimmer card was placed behind the house. (I must say the glimmer paper looks amazing in the light of the computer and my dimly lit crafty space, compared to direct sunlight - which is almost blinding!) The deer from Santa's Sleigh Bundle has also been cut from dazzling diamonds glimmer card.

The sentiment has been heat embossed in white on Dapper Denim card. Lemon Lime Twist and Pool Party strips were tucked behind. A band of vellum has been laid over the snowflakes and then everything adhered with Tombow. The deer and sentiment were raised with dimensionals.

I can see myself making loads of Christmas cards with this fabulous colour combination. I just love it! Why not join us at Just Add Ink and play along. Don't forget to check out the talented Design Team's amazing creations!

Until next time, stay awesome

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Colour INKspiration CI#17 Blog Hop

Hello Crafty Friends,

Welcome to the Colour INKspiration #17 Blog Hop. You are visiting Jackie.  If you are following the blog hop, you would have arrived here from the amazingly talented Bronwyn Eastley! How fantastic is her gorgeous card!

I am so super excited to be taking part in this blog hop as Guest Designer with the talented Colour INKspiration Crew.  Tanya has chosen this weeks inspirational image and stunning colour combination of Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist and Tempting Turquoise.

Don't you just love those colours!!  Such a bright and fun colour combination. It instantly made me think of summer - sun loungers, beach towels, beach umbrella's and music festivals. Fun, Fun, Fun! So with that in mind I decided to create a beach themed Christmas card. This is what I came up with, Santa on Boxing Day at the Beach. Watch your toe's, Santa!

I have created a card in a box with the front and side flaps removed. The front of the box has an additional panel  added to create an underwater scene. The panel has an acetate window and was created using the shells and crab images from the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set. They, along with the Palm Trees and Beach Huts, were watercoloured using the fun challenge colours. 

The seaweed are die cuts made using the Eclectic Layering Thinlits. A layer of vellum was cut using the scallop edge thinlit in the Colourful Seasons bundle. The Pool Party background has been embossed using the Softly Falling Embossing Folder.

The Pool Party and Tempting Turquoise waves inside the card, have also been cut using the scalloped edged Thinlit from Colourful Seasons. Santa was stamped in Black Momento and Flirty Flamingo inks and then cut on a slight angle.  The bottom half has been placed under the window sheet on the front panel and the top half has been adhered to the back of the front panel.

A few rhinestone jewels have been added to the Beach Shack door handles and a couple tucked into the sand in the window panel. I used the sentiment "Happy Holidays" from the Fesitve Phrases stamp set ( its the one the Elf is holding, I have cut away the Elf parts carefully and used them to hold the greeting on the back of the card) See Below

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 the super talented Nikki Spencer and her stunning creation. Enjoy!

Thanks so much for visiting, until next time, stay awesome

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Joy of Sets #006 - Letter T

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. Its challenge time again over at Joy of Sets, and this week we are using the Letter T as our inspiration.

I decided to use the Tranquil Tulips hostess stamp set. I adore Tulips and this set was one of the first to hit my wish list when I saw it at convention in April.

I started with a whisper white background and sponged some crumb cake ink through the Brick Wall stencil from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set. The Tulips were stamped in Powder Pink, the other floral image from the Tranquil Tulip set was stamped in Bermuda Bay and then fussy cut.

The small flower from Jar of Love was stamped in Sweet Sugar Plum, die cut and adhered with mini dimensionals. Small dimantes were added to the centres. I also used two small flowers from the falling flowers stamp set. These were heat embossed in white powder and sponged in Powder Pink and Bermuda Bay.

A few strips of Old Olive card stock were cut for the foliage and added to the vellum jar.  Using the Jar of Love bundle, the jar was stamped in black Momento ink and then die cut. An additional vellum jar was cut and coloured from behind using a sponge and Bermuda Bay ink.

A Doily has been folded and added to the card front before adhering the Vellum Jar and Floral Arrangement. Pink bakers twine was wrapped around the jar's opening. The sentiment from Floral Phrases was stamped in Old Olive ink, curled slightly, then attached with dimensionals and some retired glimmer paper was tucked underneath.
Why not join us and play along with this weeks challenge. Find a stamp set that has the letter T in its title and create a card. Don't forget to share it with us at Joy of Sets Challenge Blog
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Until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Just Add Ink #376 - Just Add D

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. I have some fabulous news to share with everyone today, but that can wait for now, as its challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Yipeeee!! This week, Tina has suggested we Just Add "D"

I have chosen to Add Dogs, Diagonal Stripes (in the DSP on the bottom) and Dots. I absolutely adore the Santa Paws stamp set. The stacked cat and dog Christmas tree is such a fabulous image to colour.

I stamped the image using Black Momento onto a Whisper White card front, slightly trimmed down on the front bottom to allow room to reveal a little strip of DSP. I also stamped the sentiment in Real Red and then put this piece aside.
On a piece of shimmery white card, I stamped the image again but this time using Archival Black ink. Let the ink dry thoroughly before using an aqua painter to colour the entire stamped image. Once dry, light washes of Tempting Turquoise ink was used to colour the background.

I used a variety of sizes from the Layering Circles Framelits, to cut different parts of the water coloured stamped image. Tombow was used to adhere the coloured die cut circles to the stamped image on the card front.
The contrast between the coloured and uncoloured areas is a lot more vivid in real life. I used the same technique for the next two cards.

These two cards use the images from the Ready for Christmas stamp set.
Why not join us and play along with this weeks Just Add "D" challenge. Be sure to check out the Design Teams creations, they will definitely help get the creative juices flowing.

Speaking of Design Teams......The amazing crew at Just Add Ink has asked myself and fellow Guest Designers, Lou Kitzelman, Jo Stubbings, Rachael Lewsley and Denita Wright-Smee, to stay on and join the DT on a permanent basis!! HOW FRIGGEN COOL IS THAT!!!! I am one happy glamper!!  The Design Team at JAI are amazingly talented, but also such a lovely bunch of beautiful souls. I am in such good company and look forward to my journey with the Just Add Ink Design Team.
Until next time. stay awesome

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Just Add Ink #375 - Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your Friday is treating you well. It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink and Kim has challenged us with a sketch.  I loved the simplicity of this sketch,  I decided to rotate the orientation, to create two tent fold cards.

The first card has a glossy white card front. Using a stencil from the Party Pattern Decorative Masks, I sponged Black Momento Ink, lighting the saturation gradually towards the centre. Then I removed the mask and lightly sponged Flirty Flamingo and Daffodil Delight inks.

The card front was adhered to a layer of black card before adhering to the Flirty Flamingo card base. A vellum circle was cut using the Stitched Shapes and glued to the card front with a dab of Tombow.

The sentiment from Birthday Delivery was white heat embossed on black card and a layer of silver glimmer card was attached to the bottom.  The flower and leaves were die cut using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits and adhered to the vellum circle.

The inside of the flower is also glossy card with Flirty Flamingo & Melon Mambo inks applied with an aqua painter.
The second card uses the large flower and a leaf from the Falling Flowers stamp set. I stamped the images in Archival Black onto Shimmery White card and water coloured with Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight. The centre image was stamped first and then masked and repeated to create the panel in the sketch.

I used the Circle Stitched Shapes to cut the two circles and raised with dimensionals for the outside ring and foam strip for the inside ring. The sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, was white heat embossed on black card and punched using the window word punch (now retired)

As always, the amazing Design Team have created and shared some stunning projects using this weeks challenge sketch, be sure to check them out here. Why not join us and play along.

Until next time, stay awesome
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Brightly Lit Lamppost & The Sausage Dog

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day. It's been a busy day in the crafting studio. I have had over ten cards "in progress", spread over my counter for weeks. I finally ran out of room to start a new project, so was "forced" to finally put these cards together. 

I love Christmas and love Christmas cards in non-traditional red and greens. My Christmas tree is white. We decorate it in bright, bold colours like Hot Pink, Turquoise and Lime Green.  It probably has something to do with Christmas being in the middle of summer here in Australia. Its Beach and BBQ time, making it hard to relate to a wintery Christmas with snow, snowflakes, sweaters and scarves. But I do dream of having one white Christmas.

Today's cards use the Lamppost Thinlit from the new Brightly Lit Bundle. I have also used the little sausage dog and presents from the new Ready for Christmas stamp set, sentiment from Santa Paws, hat, boot and mittens from the Santa Suit Bundle.

Starting with a piece of Glossy White card stock, I masked the bottom and left hand side to create a frame, then sponged some Powder Pink and Daffodil Delight. The little dog, presents, boots and Santa hat were stamped in Black Momento ink and coloured using the Subtle's Stampin' Write Markers.

The lamppost was die cut in black card and the lantern backed with gold foil. The sentiment was stamped onto Powder Pink card and cut down slightly so it had a border when adhered to the die cut banner.

The second card has a Sahara Sand card base with a layer of Soft Sky. The Soft Sky card has been embossed with the Softy Falling EF. The snow banks were made by tearing some whisper white card  and then sewn to the embossed Soft Sky card. I then adhered this to the card base with tombow.

I freakin' love this sentiment! Every time I stamp it, I sing it lol.  The lamppost was again cut from black card and backed with gold foil. The little dog was adhered with mini dimensionals.

The mittens were made using the Santa Suit Bundle. Two sets of mittens were cut and coloured using Stampin' Write Markers and adhered with a mini dimensional.
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Until next time, stay crafty

Monday, 28 August 2017

Joy of Sets #005 - Letter J

Hello Crafty Friends

Its challenge time over at Joy of Sets. For this fortnights challenge we are using the Letter J. Pull out a stamp set , current or retired, with the letter J in its Title and play along with us.

I chose to make a Piano themed card using the Jar of Love stamp set, minus the Jar. I love the flowers in the Jar of Love bundle, they are my go to for any small floral images that don't require colouring or fussy cutting.  Do you have musician friends? If so these cards are perfect. They are relatively easy to make and also a great way to showcase the new Music Script background stamp.

The Piano card uses the Floral images from Jar of Love and Tranquil Tulips. I wanted a pink toned Floral arrangement laying across the top of Piano. I also wanted my lid to open leaving the keys on what is the inside of the card.

This type of card is made using one full sheet of A4 card. I scored the long side at 10.5cm and the short side at 14.85cm. Then cut away one square or essentially what is one card front from a sheet of A4.

Next I folded it into place and cut a curved edged to the card front. This should open sideways to reveal the music sheet underneath. Then u lift the music sheet (tent fold) to reveal the card inner and keyboard.
The sentiments from Colourful Seasons were heat embossed in White on the front and stamped in Black Momento on the inside. The keys have been made using the Window Words punch (now retired)

The Guitar is very basic and easy to make.  Using Layering Circles to make the cuts in the card front and the border around the outside. 

I have stamped the Music Sheet Background Stamp onto whisper white and adhered behind the cutout with tombow. The strings are metallic gold thread. The bottom bar was made using the retired window words punch. The sentiment from Pocketful of Sunshine was heat embossed in white on black card and adhered with dimensionals.

The Joy of Sets Design Team have created some inspirational cards, using retired and current stamp sets, why not pull out a stamp set with the letter J in its title and come play along with us.

Until next time, stay crafty & awesome

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Just Add Ink #374 - Inspiration

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day.  It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink and this week we have an Inspiration Challenge. When I saw the inspiration picture I was instantly drawn to the texture and colour. I saw all the wood textures and the white tones with slight blue hues, and the silver spoon!

My daughter loves white cards and I have made this one to go with a gift she is about to receive for her amazing achievement in Year 12 Ancient History.

I pulled out my favourite stamp set - Birthday Blooms, and heat embossed the large floral image on Vellum with white powder. I fussy cut the image and flipped it over and sponged some Soft Sky.

A stitched circle of whisper white was adhered to the whisper white card front then cut on the right hand edge - enough room to allow a strip of silver glimmer paper to show when adhered to the card base.

Vellum leaves were punched and adhered using tombow and a sponge, then the card front was embossed using the Wood Grain Embossing Folder (retired).

The vellum flower was attached to the circle on the card front and the congratulations sentiment from Floral Phrases - stamped in Soft Sky, was slightly curled and adhered over a nest of silver metallic thread. I added a few white sequins and then adhered the card front to the card base with silver glimmer strip on the right hand side.
The Design Team over at Just Add Ink have created some amazing projects for this inspiration challenge, be sure to check them out. We would love for you to join us and play along.
Until next time, stay awesome