Monday, 19 March 2018

Magical Day Fairy Castle - AddINKtive Designs

Good Day Crafty Friends,

It’s time to share this month’s creation for the AddINKtive Designs Team. I am so excited about this fancy fold card as I absolutely adore it!  Bronwyn has been extremely busy creating loads of new tutorials, all fancy folds and some with multiple interactive components in the one card! 
The PDF tutorials have detailed step by step instructions with clear photographs. All cards in the Tutorial Shop are designed using Stampin' Up! products and fold flat for posting. Check out all the amazingly detailed fun fancy folds over at AddINKtive Designs here.

I chose to use Bronwyn’s Castle Bridge Fold Card Tutorial to create this Fairy Castle themed version. Any excuse to use those chubby unicorns!! lol You can find the tutorial I used to create this fun, fancy fold here.

To get the clouds and brick detail to really pop on such light coloured Card Stock, I sponged White Craft Ink onto the cloud and brick wall stencils and then applied White Embossing Powder and Heat Set. 

I also added an extra tower in the middle of the fold. This was created using the smaller towers as a template and extending the shape.

I have used lots of White and Sweet Sugar Plum Glimmer Card Stock so the Castle sparkles and shines from all angles.

The Mermaids in the windows had their long locks chopped and then reattached closer to the window frame so that it looks like their hair is blowing out the window. 

All images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Coloured using a mixture of the light coloured Stampin’ Blends.

I cannot wait to make a Dragon & Knight version of this amazing Fold. 
Until next time, stay crafty
Thursday, 15 March 2018

Just Add Ink #400 - Inspiration

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Happy Friday. Wahooooo......for Fridays!  I have been really looking forward to this weekend as I have a SU Demo Retreat Day on Sunday - cannot wait!
Being Friday means its time for a new challenge over at Just Add Ink. This week we have a gorgeous inspiration picture to tickle your creativity.

For my card, I wanted to use the soft subtle pastel colours and the speckled detail in the inspiration photo.

The Sahara Sand card base has had a layer of Soft Sky added before adhering the card front. The background was stamped with the Airmail Background Stamp in Sahara Sand and then flicked with Early Espresso ink, using a paint brush.
The floral image from Petal Palette was stamped in Archival Black ink, coloured with Sahara Sand on the leaves, Soft Sky on the Flowers and then die cut and adhered with dimensionals.
I love the delicate die that comes in the Petal Palette bundle and couldn't resit adding a Soft Sky die cut under the Oval Stitched Shape.
To finish the card I added a neutral twine bow, Powder Pink sentiment and the fussy cut stamped leaf.
The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some wonderful cards using this weeks inspiration picture. You can check them out and enter your creation here.
Until next time, stay awesome
Thanks for stopping by, I do appreciate you and the time you take to visit.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Just Add Ink #399 - Add Water

Good Day Crafty Friends,
Happy Friday! Friday means its challenge time at Just Add Ink (insert smiley face) This week's challenge is "Just Add Water".
I instantly thought water colouring, as its my favourite way to colour.  Then,  I looked at my stamp sets and the Magical Mermaid spoke to me.
I really love this stamp set and haven't used it nearly as much as it justifies. For my card, I wanted to keep to a watery colour combination so grabbed a few blue toned ink pads - Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point.

I created a quick stencil using different sized circle punches and dies. On Whisper White Card Stock, the blue toned inks were randomly sponged through the stencil, resembling bubbles. I also sponged some circles onto a piece of scrap Whisper White Card Stock and die cut a Stitched Circle.
The Mermaid was coloured using all the Blue Tones from the Stampin' Blends range with a tad So Saffron for her hair. She was fussy cut and adhered to the stitched circle with dimensionals. A few clouds were sponged on the edges and added under her tail.
To finish the card, some Tempting Turquoise Bakers Twine was wrapped around the card front before adding the sentiment banner and a few Tempting Turquoise flowers with rhinestone centres.
The Just Add Ink Design Team have created some gorgeous cards to share using this weeks Just Add Water Challenge, be sure to check them out.
We would love you to play along with us, you can add your card to the gallery here.
Until next time, stay crafty

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Just Add Ink #398 - Colour Challenge

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Welcome, hope you are having a fabulous day. It's almost Friday - yipeeeeeeee!!! Friday's also means its time for a new Just Add Ink challenge.

This week we are playing along with a fabulous colour combination - Berry Burst, Sahara Sand and Whisper White.

For my card I chose to use the gorgeous Lots of Lavender Stamp set. I adore the floral bouquet and thought it would look extra lovely in Berry Burst.

The Whisper White card base has had splatters of Sahara Sand ink applied with an Aqua Painter. Neutral Twine was wrapped around the front and adhered behind with Tear & Tape. On scrap Shimmery White Card, I have inked the images in Archival Black and coloured the flowers using Berry Burst ink and an Aqua Painter.
Once the water coloured panels were completely dry they were fussy cut. The Sahara Sand foliage was created using the Cake Soiree Framelits, these were tucked behind the flowers and adhered with Tombow.
The sentiment from Petal Palette and banner from the Number of Years stamp sets  have been white heat embossed onto Berry Burst Card Stock and then fussy cut.
I added a few gold glimmer hearts made with the Owl Builder Punch. The card front has been added to a layer of Sahara Sand and then adhered to a Berry Burst Card Base.
We would love for you to play along with us. Create a card using this weeks challenge colours and add it to the gallery here.
Until next time, stay crafty

Tuesday, 27 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

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
Sunday, 25 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

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.

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.

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

Tuesday, 20 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

Sunday, 4 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