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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
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 

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/10/just-add-ink-380sketch.html


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.

http://www.global-design-project.com/2017/10/global-design-project-107-theme.html

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

 
 

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Just Add Ink #379 Inspiration Picture

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Well, that week went uber fast! Thank goodness it's nearly the weekend. Hope we get a spot of that elusive thing they call sunshine. 

It's challenge time over at Just Add Ink! My favourite time of the week. I am supposed to play along fortnightly, but I simply adore JAI challenges and just cant help myself. I love the variety in the challenges, they are so much fun and always inspire me to create items outside my comfort zone. 

This week, the fabulously talented, Kelly Kent has chosen a stunning picture to draw inspiration from

https://just-add-ink.blogspot.com/2017/09/just-add-ink379inspiration.html

I just adore the pink and neutral tones. Plus, that jug of delishiousness makes me think of mocktails by Pool. I'm not a big drinker but give me a smoothie, frappe, glass of fruity punch and I'm a happy glamper. No I don't camp - are your crazy.....there are poisonous snakes in this country! 


I chose to take the pinks in the jug of yummyness and soft white in the tablecloth and use them in my card. My card didn't turn out how I envisioned but was happy with it as I knew the receiver loves pink and stitched cards. 

I stuffed up the card front stitching at the very end (see pic below) right hand top corner. blahhh!


It annoyed me so much I had to cover it with little glitter hearts. Then they looked ridiculous by themselves so added the Berry Burst hearts lol 



I'm really digging square cards at the moment. This one is half a 12x12 sheet of Blushing Bride for the card base. 
 
The card front has been water coloured with a light Powder Pink wash. Embossing paste and white embossing powder were applied through the medallion stencil, from the Party Patterns Decorative Mask set. I heat set the powder so the embossing paste has a lovely bright white sheen. 
 
I then attached the card front to a layer of Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake card with a zig zag stitch around the border. 
 
The Floral images from Remarkable You and Birthday Blooms were heat embossed in gold and water coloured using Powder Pink ink. The sentiment was also heat embossed in gold. A lace doiley, glimmer white card and vellum leaves, strip of glimmer white card, year of cheer embellishment and powder pink ribbon were layered using a Whisper White stitched circle as the centre piece 

Be sure to check out my fellow design team creations here, so many beautiful cards - I love all the pinks! We would love for you to join us and play along. 

Until next time, stay awesome

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Colour INKspiration CI#18 Blog Hop

Hello Crafty Friends,
 
Welcome to the Colour INKspiration #18 Blog Hop. You are visiting Jackie.  If you are following the blog hop, you would have arrived here from the very talented, Julia Quinn.  How stunning is her card with all those gorgeous flowers cascading down the brick wall!!

I am super excited to be joining the Colour INKspiration crew on a permanent basis.  Colour challenges are so much fun and I am extremely grateful to be on this journey with such lovely and extremely talented ladies.
 
When I saw the challenge inspiration picture, I instantly fell in love with the scooter. I always wanted a Pink Scooter when I was a teen, but this wasn't an option unless you brought brand new. I had a second hand Army Green scooter.  It was ugly, loud, but cheap to run and always got me from A to B. (maybe with a few friends on the back!)
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Basic Grey, Sweet Sugarplum, Powder Pink and Sahara Sand is such a gorgeous combination. You also have the option of adding a green of your choice.
 
I chose to make a card I designed last year which was filled with succulents. I've revamped the Greenhouse and created a little Conservatory using the challenge colours.


The card is basically an envelope card, with four windows glued together to look like the top and front of a conservatory. To fold for posting you push the centre inwards and it folds into itself. The two flaps, top and bottom, that hold the sentiments, become the envelope. Or, you have the option of attaching a panel to the back for writing and then put the whole card folded into an envelope.

TUTORIAL FOR ORIGINAL SUCCULENT GREENHOUSE CARD HERE If unable to read (haven't had time to update those terrible pictures) please feel free to message me and I can email you the PDF or WordDoc. Thank You for your interest x
 
Back Wall and Floor
Onto Very Vanilla card, I have sponged Sahara Sand ink through the brick wall stencil -from the Party Pattern Decorative Mask set. I've also used the same mask set to create the rug on the floor, with the medallion stencil and Powder Pink ink. A Powder Pink stitched circle has been adhered with tombow to the centre of the medallion stencilling. Both the floor and walls have been attached to the card with Tombow.



Furniture
The chairs and coffee table were cut in basic grey card using the Colourful Seasons Thinlits. To make the coffee table - just cut two chair bottoms and adhere together. The coffee table openings were backed with Sweet Sugarplum card. The beverage is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink. To enable the card to be folded the furniture is attached to the floor with strips of acetate.


 
The standing lantern on the back wall has been made using the Brightly Lit Bundle, with flowers from the Hello Friend stamp set and the leaf die from Eclectic layers Thinlits.

The Sweet Sugarplum flower boxes on the back wall, were created using the Hearth and Home Framelits window box cut down. The same flowers and leaf die that were used to create the lantern have been used to fill the flower boxes.
 


The flower basket outside the conservatory is the Hot Air Balloon from Up and Away Thinlits, cut down. The exterior is cut from Sahara Sand card and backed with Basic Grey.  The basket is filled with flowers from the Hello Friend stamp set inked in both Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum.
 
The sentiments from Colourful Seasons were stamped in Sahara Sand on panels of very vanilla card. These panels have then been added to layers of Sahara Sand and Powder Pink before attaching to the very vanilla card front. The whole card is then put onto a Sahara Sand card base.
 
A few rhinestone jewels have been added to some of the flowers on the back wall to finish it off. 


Folded for posting, wrapped in Powder Pink ribbon with a bow and gold sequin trim.



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!
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
 
Monday, 25 September 2017

Joy of Sets #007 - Letter W

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a fabulous day and have managed to squeeze in some crafting time for yourself.  It's challenge time over at Joy Of Sets. This weeks challenge letter is "W".
https://joyofsetschallenge.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/jos007-letter-w.html

Not familiar with JOS blog challenges?  Fiona Whitehead runs a fabulous Facebook group page called Joy Of Sets. It's an inspiring group where Stampin' Up! Demonstrators and non Demonstrators share their creations using both retired and current Stampin' Up! Products.  You can also enter the monthly colour challenge just by submitting a picture of a card you have created using that's months chosen colour, directly to the FB group page - no blog needed.

Alongside the FB group page, Fiona has started a fortnightly blog challenge - Joy of Sets Challenge Blog. Each fortnight a different letter is chosen and participants are required to enter a card, which has the challenge letter in the stamp sets title eg this fortnight we are working with W - I chose to use Watercolour Wings. 



To a Thick Whisper White 5"x5" card base, I added a strip of Merry Little Christmas DSP. Then to a Whisper White card front that had been embossed with the Softly Falling Embossing Folder, a strip of black card was added behind the card front before attaching to the base.
Two layers of Whisper White card were used as the base for layered butterfly cluster - the top layer has splatters of Powder Pink ink, created using the gorgeous grunge stamp set. Bakers twine was wrapped around the top before adhering to the card front with dimensionals.



 
Using the Watercolour Wings stamp set, the butterfly was inked in Powder Pink and Momento black. Old Olive card was used to cut the leaves using the Botanicals Builder Thinlits. The frames behind the butterfly were created using the squares from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.


A few banners of card were tucked behind the butterfly cluster and sentiment, to tie the cards overall colour combination together. The sentiment from Floral Phrases was stamped in Old Olive to coordinate with the ribbon tucked under the sentiment. A few rhinestones were added to finish it off.
 
Hope you are inspired to play along. Pull out a current or retired stamp set that has the letter "w" in its title and share with us here. Thanks for stopping by today.
 

Until next time, stay awesome



Oh So Succulent Greenhouse Card

Good Day Crafters.

Welcome to my blog. Today I'm so excited to share my very own creation!! I designed this envelope fold Succulent Greenhouse card quite by accident. It showcases the amazing new Oh So Succulent Stamps & Dies, which are available as a bundle from Stampin' Up!

 


My "happy accident" occurred when I was trying to construct something completely different. I was fiddling and dropped it on the floor, when I picked it up, my creation was on a different orientation and looked more like a Greenhouse than what I was originally trying to create. 

 

Close up look at the inside of the card reveals planter boxes and pot plants fill of water coloured succulents.

 

I designed this 3D card as an envelope fold so that it can be folded and either a stamped sentiment or belly band used to keep it closed. 

This creation was the first project I posted on a public site and over 1200 Stampin' Up Demonstrators liked it!! I was flabbergasted to say the least - and inundated with requests for a tutorial lol 

So, if you missed it, or are not a Stampin' Up! demonstrator then below I have provided my instructions to recreate my project. 

 

 

 

Hope you find my instructions useful. Happy Crafting x