Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Colour INKspiration #28

Good Day Crafty Friends,
Welcome to the Colour Inkspiration Challenge #28 Blog Hop. You are visiting Jackie Aitken. If you have been following the Blog Hop, you possibly have arrived here after visiting, super talented Rose Packer. How beautiful are all the Design Teams cards! The inspiration comes from this fortnight's gorgeous colour combination  - Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Sweet Sugar Plum and Lemon Lime Twist.
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I looooove the coloured wood crate light fittings!

For my card I chose to use the Large Letter Framelits to create an extra large card. I started by sponging Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sugar Plum inks onto Shimmery White Card Stock. Once I was satisfied with the ink saturation and blending, I used an Aqua Painter to splash droplets of water.

After washing my hands from the sponging (the amount of White Card Stock I have ruined with inky finger stains shall remain secret lol but I have learnt my lesson), I created the card base and card front. To create the card front, the FUN letters were stuck together with painters tape to prevent moving in the Big Shot. Die cut FUN three times. Then die cut the letters FUN from each piece of sponged card. Pop the coloured die cuts into the white frame and adhere to card base with Tombow.
The Birthday sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede and adhered with mini dimensionals. Then, the amazing die was cut from Silver Foil Card and adhered with Tombow.
To finish the card I added a little banner created with card stock using the four challenge colours.

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. You can also use neutrals such as white, black, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Metallics. 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.

Next up in the blog hop is the lovely and super creative, Lou Kitzelman.
Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time, stay crafty
Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Beautiful Peacock - SAB

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope your day is going well. I spent a few hours in the craft studio today, working on a new business venture. I am so excited to be able to offer tutorials for my creations. I spend a lot of hours designing and creating unique fancy fold and 3D cards. I love to share my ideas and projects and now have a wonderful opportunity to provide PDF tutorials.

My first Tutorial is NOW AVAILABLE - click the image below to visit the Addinktive Designs Tutorial Shop.

Also, I do have a card to share with you all today. It is so pretty in real life, I almost don't want to part with it lol. The gorgeous stamp set I have used today is called, Beautiful Peacock. It is a Sale-a-bration stamp set - which means its only available until the end of March 2018. Contact your SU Demo to enquire how you can earn this stamp set for free. If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, contact me if you live in Australia and I will be more than willing to help.

You will see a sneak peak of my favourite background stamp poking out from the sides. I CANT STOP USING IT!  For this card I have inked up the Diagonal Background Stamp in Lemon Lime Twist - yummy!! So fresh and vibrant. 
The card front has been stamped using the pretty swirly detail stamp. Inked in Lemon Lime Twist, I then added some Tranquil Tide with a sponge dauber to get a ombré effect.
The Peacock feathers were inked in the same colours using the same technique.
On scrap Whisper White Card Stock, the tail feathers were inked using the same colour but in reverse. Again, using a sponge dauber to get an ombré effect. These were then fussy cut and adhered with mini dimensionals.
The Peacock body was inked in Smoky Slate, fussy cut and adhered with mini dimensionals. The Amazing die from the Amazing You Thinlits has been cut in Turquoise Iridescent Card Stock, adhered just underneath the bird with Tombow. To finish the card some bling was added to the birds body feathers.
Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Monday, 26 February 2018

Petal Palette & Amazing You Thinlits

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day.

A quick post today to share two cards I created recently using two of my current favourite items from the Sale-a-bration and Occasions Catalogues. The Amazing You Thinlits are so versatile and I just adore the font used for the "amazing" die. These are also carrying through to next years Annual Catalogue so expect to see many more cards using these dies lol

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I have a thing for Background Stamps and the Diagonal Stripe is currently one of my most heavily used. I adore Black and White stripes and using colour can change the effect quite dramatically.

The roses have been made using the Thinlits from the Cake Soiree Bundle. Some Shimmery White card has been water coloured using Powder Pink, Melon Mambo and Berry Burst. From this I have die cut the roses. The die cuts have then been adhered to Power Pink card and fussy cut down.

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The Diagonal Stripe background stamp has been inked using Crumb Cake and lines the side of the card base. Before adhering the card front to the base I have adhered a thin strip of silver glitter card using Tombow.

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The leaves have been die cut using the May Flowers Thinlits. Lemon Lime twist and Pear Pizzaz were smooshed onto some shimmery white card.
The splatters were made using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set (now retired but never leaving my collection lol)
Don't forget to check out the Addinktive Designs Tutorial Shop, for fabulous WOW factor cards. There are loads of Fancy Folds and 3D card designs to choose from. All the hard work has been done for you. Click on the image below to view all the amazing designs.

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Just Add Ink #397 - Add H

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Happy Friday!! I don't know about you, but for me, it has been a long week, so I am totally looking forward to a relaxing weekend, crafting and maybe just a little bit of house cleaning. 

Miss Teen had Uni Orientation this week, which meant it was the first time in a while, that I had the entire house to myself. I was able to accomplish a few long overdue chores like the weeding - gah! Organising the pantry (insert happy face) and groom the pooches.

I also managed to squeeze in some crafting time, which meant I was able to create a card for this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge.

This week we have a fun challenge - Just Add H. I choose to add Houses for my "H" element........little bird houses. Aren't they just the cutest!

The 6" x 6 " Thick Whisper White Card Base has a strip of Foil Frenzy DSP down the right hand side with a sliver of Black Card. The Whisper White Card Front has been embossed with the Woodland Embossing Folder.

The bird houses, birds and butterflies are from the Flying Home stamp set. The floral bunches at the bottom of the card are from the Lots of Happy Card Kit. The sentiment from Petal Palette and banner from Number of Years. Can you tell I like to mix and match my stamp sets lol

All images have been stamped in Black Momento ink, coloured using Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers, fussy cut and then adhered with mini dimensionals. 

The Design Team have created some wonderful cards using the "H" theme, be sure to check them all out here. We would love for you to join us and play along with this weeks challenge. Just create a card using this weeks challenge theme and add your creation to the gallery here.

Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Flying Home Shadow Box - AddINKtive Designs

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. Its another gloriously sunny morning, here, in my neck of the woods. 
My craft studio is located on a mezzanine level in our house, I am lucky to have an entire second level which overlooks the lounge and dining areas downstairs, and also has windows at both ends of my long room. We use this area in winter as our second lounge when its chilly, as its a smaller area to heat.
Not only do I have the luxury of space, I have a huge "bar" counter - yes, the previous owners built a bar upstairs, which I utilise as my major creating space. In addition, I have two desk spaces both with computers,  a couch and armchairs, a television, the dogs beds and toy box, my little photo booth and all my crafty items.

I can see small glimpses of the Ocean from one window and from the other window, the Sand Dune Hills that block my little community from the major roads. Our foreshore and streets are lined with Pine Trees. Directly out my window I have a very tall Pine Tree and an Olive Tree, both of which I can see into. The Olive Tree is home to nesting birds all year round. When deciding what to create for this months AddINKtive Designs project, I happen to be looking at the Olive Tree. This reminded me of the fun and extremely cute stamp set - Flying Home.
Todays card uses the Flying Home stamp set and a tutorial by Bronwyn Eastley at AddINKtive Designs.  Every month I will be sharing a creation using one of Bronwyn's fabulous tutorials. Spoilt for choice, I have decided to use the Shadow Box Card Tutorial. So much wow factor and the card folds flat for posting! Double Bonus.
You can purchase this tutorial from Bronwyn's tutorial shop, here. There are loads of tutorials to choose from, so be sure to check them all out - for less than a cup of coffee, all the hard work has been done for you.

I have used Bronwyn's tutorial with the following stamp sets: Flying Home for the images, Number of Years for the sentiment banner and Petal Palette for the Best Wishes sentiment. All images have been stamped in Black Momento ink and coloured using Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

I absolutely adore this card style. The base is simple and fast to construct and uses only one sheet of A4 card. While I was decorating my card I had so many more idea's for future cards using this impressive and fun fold. Just need more time the day!!!!
I have created a few versions of this wonderful Shadow Box Card and cannot wait to share them all. You can view/purchase Bronwyn's amazing tutorials at AddINKtive Designs here.
There are various 3D and fancy folds cards to choose from. All use Stampin' Up items and for a few dollars you will receive a PDF to complete your project at your own leisure. All projects come with detailed measurements and easy to follow step by step instructions with photographs.
Thank You for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty,
Thursday, 15 February 2018

Just Add Ink #396 - Add A Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day, mine was marvellously productive, both in and out of the craft room. I managed to smash out a few challenge cards while ticking off lists of recipients deserving a handmade card. Win-Win.
Speaking of challenges, it’s challenge time over at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fun sketch to play along with.

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My daughter and her friends had recently received their University Acceptance notifications, so I needed to make a few cards that were easy and fast to replicate. I am so excited for them all, with Orientation for most of them starting next week (This extra lucky Mum has even been invited to hang with said daughter on  Day2!!!)
Anywho, onto my card lol

I have used a Whisper White card base then added a layer of Lemon Lime Twist. Using the Diagonal Stripe Background Stamp, I have applied Black Momento ink and stamped onto Whisper White card. Before adhering diagonal background to the Lemon Lime layer - I wrapped some white bakers twine around the bottom.
The next layer of whisper white card has been stamped with a splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set using Black Momento Ink. The Petal Palette bouquet image was also stamped in the centre of the panel and then again on some scrap whisper white.
The base leaves have been coloured using a Lemon Lime Twist colouring pencil. The Flowers (stamped on scrap) were coloured using So Saffron and the Colour Lifter Stampin' Blends. The coloured flowers were fussy cut ( I don't have the die's......yet) and placed over the stamped image using mini dimensionals.
To finish off the card I added a sentiment from the Colour Me Happy Stamp Set, white heat embossed on So Saffron Card.
I hope you get time to play along with us this week. You can add your card to the gallery here. Also, be sure to check out all the stunning and amazing creations the Design Team have made.
Until next time, stay crafty

Monday, 5 February 2018

Party Panda's

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Its a gloriously sunny day in my craft studio today, a sign that it is too hot to go outside, unless its in the pool under shade lol  So, whats a crafty gal to do......craft of course!

I was quite excited about getting into the studio today as I had a few more new stamp sets that needed to be shown ink for the first time. The Sale-a-bration Party Panda's was one of these sets.

I made a few quick and easy cards to start off. As the Panda does not require a lot colouring, these cards were so fast to construct, the timely part would be fussy cutting the Panda.

Both cards use Perfect Days Memories and More cards. The buffalo check DSP is now retired, I had a few card front pieces left over and wanted to use them up.

This card also uses a few Perfect Days Memories and More cards, tilted on the card front. The Guitar image is from another Sale-a-bration set - Epic Celebrations.


Until next time, stay crafty

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Woodland Friends - We Must Celebrate

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. I have a two cards to share today. Both use the We Must Celebrate stamp set - I love these little woodland creature images.

I have used two different colouring mediums - the first card uses the Stampin' Blends and the second Water Colour Pencils.
Perfect Days Memories & More cards were used to provide the angled layers behind the coloured stamped panel. I have also used a set of Paper Roses Rectangular Stitched Dies for these cards. These are not a Stampin' Up product.

This next card uses the smaller images in the stamp set to create a background. I chose the acorn, branch and mushrooms. The images were stamped in Crumb Cake ink and coloured with Water Colour Pencils.
As you can tell this card was created to wish friends a Happy New Years. These adorable critters would also make gorgeous baby cards and décor pieces for a children's room. I am currently working on another 3D project with these cute images, stay tuned for its reveal. In the meantime, you can check out the box card I made a few weeks ago with this stamp set here.
Until next time, stay crafty
Friday, 2 February 2018

Lots of Happy Stamp Set

Hello Crafty Friends,

I have been on a blogging mission this morning. This post is my tenth in a production line of creativity. I have been lucky enough to have an enormous crafting session in the studio recently. During this time I designed and created 25 cards - not including any for the Design Teams  I am on. These were all just free flowing, no limits, colour schemes or themes to adhere to.

This one was created using 'extras' left over from previous projects. I often do this, just pull a whole heap of elements together and hope they work lol

The card front has been splattered with Early Espresso ink and then attached to the Whisper White card base. A stitched circle was cut from the Wood Textures DSP and used for the central focus point. To this I added a large letter "O". The Lots of Happy stamp set has been inked in Black Momento and coloured using Stampin' Blends and the Lemon Lime Twist water colour pencil from the Lots of Happy kit. Also from the kit, some Lemon Lime Twist ombré ribbon was tucked under the Wood Circle. The Happy Birthday sentiment from Party Pandas has been white embossed on Black card.

The second card in todays post also uses the Wood Textures DSP. I was so late to the party with this DSP, I honestly thought I could live without it but alas it appears that is not so. Its so versatile.

I have layered the DSP over some Kraft and then Black card stock before adhering to a Sahara Sand card base. I have stamped some whisper white card with the Diagonal Stripe Background stamp and cut a piece to place across the centre of the card.
The floral bouquet from the Lots of Happy stamp set were stamped in opposite corners and then coloured using SU Blends and Lemon Lime Twist Water Colour Pencil. Next, the sentiment was stamped in the centre. Placing a stitched circle framelit over the sentiment I partially die cut both ends so that the floral images were not fully cut with the framelit. Remove from big shot and fussy cut the remainder of the floral images.
A layer of Black card was placed behind the sentiment circle and a few die cut foliage elements were adhered behind the floral images.
Thanks for stopping by today, hope you had time to get into your crafty space and create something you enjoy doing. Until next time, stay awesome
Thursday, 1 February 2018

Just Add Ink Challenge #394 - Just Add Romance

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Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome, hope you are having a fabulous day. Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink. Yipeee!!! This weeks challenge is such fabulous timing for those making Valentine's Day cards - Just Add Romance.

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I made a special card for my wonderful Hubby, Daniel. He is the more proficient chef/cook/baker in our household - emphasis on baker! He makes the most wonderful Chocolate Cake, Pavlova and Slices. So for his Valentines Day card I decided he needed a "Kitchen of Love" - really I just wanted to use my Apron of Love Bundle.......again. I just love this bundle.

As you can see the card has a simple 'pop up' base, with the kitchen counter being the main pop up component.  I added an extra layer to the pop up mechanism, behind the acetate window in the oven. Silver Foil card has been placed approx. 1cm behind the oven front - attached to the kitchen counter and card base "floor". To this I added 3 heat embossed cup cakes.

The oven has been made using the Heart and Home Framelits - cut down with the bottom ledge reattached. Acetate has been placed behind the die cut before attaching to the kitchen counter which had an opening made with a craft knife.

The cooktop has been created using Silver Foil card with various dies and punches - Owl Builder, Home Sweet Home, Stitched Shapes.

All sentiments have been white heat embossed as well as the cupcakes, oven glove and apron pocket with flowers (tucked under the banner with "made with love" sentiment.)
The card front is also a little special. Using the large letter Framelits to spell out LOVE, replacing the O with a die cut heart.  To make it that little bit extra special I made the heart with a small shaker element. Then in a banner, the sentiment from Petal Palette was stamped, fussy cut and placed over the heart.

The Design Team have created some stunning cards to inspire you to get crafty with a Romance theme. We would love for you to join us, you can play along by adding your creation to the JAI gallery here. I can’t wait to see all the amazing cards.

Until next time, stay awesome