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.

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 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.

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!

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!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today, until next time, stay crafty
Thursday, 5 October 2017

Just Add Ink #380 Sketch - Beachy Christmas

Hello Crafty Friends,

Happy Friday to you all! Hope you have a fabulous weekend planned. I'm crossing my fingers and all other appendages, that the Sunshine returns to my neck of the woods. It's challenge time at Just Add Ink. This week Narelle has inspired us with an amazing sketch to work with - see below

I need to start adding to my Christmas Card collection or I will never have them all done in time. As most are being posted overseas, I probably only have until the end of the month before I start missing postal deadlines.

I find it hard to make Christmas cards with traditional colours and patterns. They remind me of my high school uniform, red woollen jersey with a tartan green skirt. Yuck. Yuck and Yucky!  I prefer to use the soft, subtle colours, often teamed with metallics. For this weeks sketch challenge, I chose to use the Beachy Little Christmas stamp set.

I started by gold heat embossing the shells and tree, onto shimmery white card. These were water coloured using Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. Once coloured, I fussy cut the Christmas Tree.

On Powder Pink card, the sentiment was gold heat embossed in the top right allowing room for the square component of the sketch.

The card front was then cut into two panels and the inner openings backed with gold foil card. The Powder Pink panels were adhered to the shimmery white water coloured card with dimensionals.

The layering squares Framelits and stitched shapes Framelits were used to cut the Powder Pink, Gold Foil and Very Vanilla card. To finish off the card, gold metallic thread was adhered behind the tree and a gold rhinestone to the tree topper.
The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some swoon worthy cards using Narelle's sketch. Why not join us and play along with this weeks challenge, the more the merrier!
Until next time, stay crafty

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

GDP #107 - Thanks using Hello Friend

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. Yay, made it to hump day, only a few more days and it's the weekend!!!!! School Holidays can be chaotic times - routines go out the door, the house is a mess, sleep ins occur, meaning everyone fends for themselves at breakfast and lunch time. All of which equates to less crafting time.

I did however manage to whip up a card for this weeks Global Design Project #107. The theme is Grateful. It's also a timely challenge for me, as I have a few Thank You cards I need to make and send out.

I have used a few layers to create this card and totally love it. I started by creating the Wood background, inking the Wood Grain Background stamp in Sahara Sand onto Whisper White card. A layer of vellum was laid over the top and then sewen with a basic stitch. Natural twine was wrapped around four times and then these layers were adhered to a Sahara Sand card base with dimensionals.

The next two layers are cards from the Memories & More Perfect Days pack - both matted using Sahara Sand and Softy Sky. The wreath from Hello Friend was white heat embossed on Sahara Sand card. The flowers have been stamped in Softy Sky. The wreath and flowers were fussy cut and adhered using dimensionals over a vellum scalloped circle. The Layering Circles Framelits were used to create the vellum scalloped circle.

A natural twine bow was added at the top of the wreath with a thanks tag tucked underneath the wreath so the sentiment dangles below. The Sentiment from In The City was cut down from a longer greeting.

The design team over at Global Design Project have created some wonderful 'Grateful' themed cards. Be sure to check them out along with all the stunning participants entries. Or join us all and play along.
Until next time, stay crafty