Thursday, 21 December 2017

Just Add Ink #391 - Tree's, Twine or Tags

Hello Crafty Friends

Its almost Christmas!!! Only a few more sleeps now. I am so excited. I am one of those that stay up until midnight on Christmas Eve to open my presents. I have done it since I was a child, the suspense kills me, so I get it out of the way and get to sleep in on Christmas Day. Now, that's the best present anyone could ask for in my book.

Its challenge time over at Just Add Ink, and this week we have the final challenge for 2017!!! This week Kim has asked that we Just choose two from either Twine, Trees or Tags.

I chose to use all three elements for this challenge. Tags, with trees and twine. These were all very easy and fast to create. I love personalised tags with my Christmas wrapped gifts and this years theme is predominately pink - some of the gift wrapping has pink flamingos with santa hats! These tags will go nicely with the last minute gifts that will be purchased over the next few days.  Here is a picture of my Christmas Tree.

 Onto my challenge creations - I made four pink gift tags - two long or regular size and two small.

I love the tree image on the Merry Little Christmas DSP, and seeing its about to retire, I decided it was time to use the remainder of my stash. Combined with a few die cuts, some stamping and twine, these tags took less than an hour to make.

To a Powder Pink card base, a slightly smaller piece of DSP in Black and White Buffalo Check was adhered with tombow. The Powder Pink front has a stitched frame cut to reveal a piece of the tree DSP tucked behind. The sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Momento Black ink, die cut and adhered over the dsp on the inside of the stitched frame. To finish it off, the To and From were stamped and Black and White Bakers twine added.

This tag has a Whisper White card base and a Powder Pink front. Again a stitched die frame was removed from the Powder Pink card stock and some DSP placed behind the reveal. The Merry Christmas sentiment from At Home with You stamp set was inked in Momento Black and die cut using Stitched Framed dies. Black card die cut trees were attached behind the sentiment and loops of silver twine added. To and From were stamped at the top and Black & White Bakers twine for hanging.

The two smaller tags use some of the off cuts. The heart tag was created by folding a piece of Powder Pink card in half, die cutting a shape from the front, adhering DSP in the reveal then stamping the sentiments and adhering the off cut heart with dimensionals. A small black card stock tree die cut was placed over a Black & White bakers twine which has been adhered in a heart shape. The fourth tag literally uses scraps left over from making the other three tags, adding a neutral twine bow to finish it off.

I hope you find time to play along with us this week, you can add your creation to the gallery here. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my crafty friends a very Merry Christmas. Make loads of memories and cherish those that you love. Stay safe out there and see you in the New Year.

And finally, a very special Merry Christmas to "Sally" & Jan - part of the Just Add Ink Design Team. (For those who do not know - Sally is Jan's special pooch) So from my boys to Sally, The JAI Design Team and all my crafty friends and their fur babies.............

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

Lol - they don't look overly impressed, may have something to do with the treat in Mums hand that is not being given to them or the fact they have these foreign things around there necks...don't worry I only put them on for the photo and they get to destroy them on Christmas Day xx
Stay Crafty
Friday, 15 December 2017

Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop - Sketch

Hello Crafty Friends,

Welcome to my blog and the Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Jackie Aitken. I am so excited about todays post. I have been invited by the delightful Kelly Kent, to join her and her team in their monthly blog hop as a Guest Designer - such an honour! Kelly is such a giving, thoughtful and caring lady, she is generous with her time, extremely helpful and so very creative. She has an equally amazing group of ladies in her team of Paper Adventurers, so I was more than delighted to join them in their final blog hop for 2017.
I am lucky enough to be on two Design Teams with Kelly. She is constantly creating and sharing. Kelly also designed this months blog hop sketch -is there anything this wonder woman cannot do! Such a wonderful sketch, I was able to produce this card with little thought process - just select stamps and colours.

Starting with a Sweet Sugar Plum card base, I added a layer of Early Espresso. The next set of layers are using the same colours with the addition of some gold foil card, cut into the three panels as detailed in the sketch.
The centre cluster has been mounted on another set of layered card in Sweet Sugar Plum, Early Espresso and Gold Foil. These have been cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits - taking the largest square die and extending the cuts.
I have used the Hexagon Embossing Folder on the three Early Espresso Panels to provide a point of difference between the card base and the layered centre cluster.

The large floral image in the Birthday Blooms stamp set is my go to stamp for Birthdays, Congratulations and Thank You cards. I love colouring this floral bouquet either with water colour pencils, SU inks or Stampin' Blends. This one has been coloured using ink pads and an aqua painter. A light layer of Daffodil Delight was laid down first and then left to dry. Once dry I then use an extra fine paintbrush to apply darker lines of Daffodil Delight.
The flower was fussy cut and then adhered to gold foil, which was then fussy cut. This gives the floral image a gold border to match the layers. The pistols in the centre of the flower have been heat embossed in gold, using a paint brush to apply the Versamark.
To complete the sketch, a gold foil banner was tucked under the centre cluster and a gold heat embossed sentiment on Sweet Sugar Plum card was adhered with a mini dimensional.
Be sure to hop all the way through the Paper Adventure's Team Blog Hop, the girls have created absolutely beautiful creations to share with you. Next up in the blog hop is Kelly Kent. Enjoy xx
Thank You for stopping by and visiting my blog today. Until next time, stay crafty
Thursday, 7 December 2017

Just Add Ink #389 - Hometown Greetings

Hello Crafty Friends

Hope your Friday is going great. Its been another exceptionally busy week in our household - prepping for Christmas, planning activities for Mum's visit in a few weeks time and my daughter graduated Year 12 - High School, on Wednesday night. Such a proud Mumma Bear. Not going to lie, I did shed a few tears as she walked the stage to receive her certificates, looking beautiful in her graduation gown and sash.
On top of my already hectic schedule, Hubby asked if we could send cards to the Boutique Builders we subcontract to. Compared to the larger, commercialised building companies we deal with, these bespoke Builders not only are amazing to work for, but they care about what they do, how they do it, while maintaining a high level of craftsmanship and value for money.
This week over at Just Add Ink, the amazingly talented Kelly has provided us this Inspiration Picture for Challenge #389. A stunning array of naturally wrapped gifts. So pretty and I bet it smells divine. I thought I would use this weeks challenge to create one of the Thank You cards for our Boutique Builders.
I really wanted to replicate the gorgeous presents in the picture for my Christmas Day Table setting, but the greenery will have gone yuck by the 25th - boooo, I so adore the brown paper wrapping, twine and greenery combination.
Stamps: Pop of Paradise
Card/Dsp: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Black, Old Olive, Merry Little Christmas DSP
Other: White Craft Ink, Neutral Twine, Botanicals Builder Everyday Jar Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Hometown Greetings Edgelits
Be sure to check out the amazing creations the Design Team have shared to inspired you and or join us and play along, you can submit your entries here.  Hope you have an amazing weekend, until next time, stay crafty 
Monday, 4 December 2017

Onstage Display Stamper Application - Perth 2018

Good Day Crafty Friends,
Today's blog post is a special one. It features cards I have blogged about previously, so I am not showing anything new. The purpose of this post is to collate a collection of my creations to enable me to apply to be an Onstage Display Stamper for Perth in 2018. 

Below are three (standard size) card fronts.

#1 Bella & Friends with water colouring and sponging details



#2 Beachy Little Christmas Shaker Card



#3 - Hello Friend and Wood Grain Background with Memories & More "Perfect Days"

Scrapbook Page - Flower Shop, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Floral Phrases DSP


Below are two of my recent 3D projects

#1 - Santa Suit Bundle, Beachy Little Christmas Box Card

#2 - Conservatory using Colourful Seasons and Brightly Lit

Thank You for stopping by and reviewing my application to be an Onstage Display Stamper. 



Thursday, 30 November 2017

Merry Patterns

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Happy Friday! Today I would normally participate in the Just Add Ink challenges, but time has slipped away from me this week, so unfortunately I didn't get time to create something. I was totally bummed as this weeks challenge is Just Add GLITTER! The JAI Design Team have created some absolutely stunning projects, be sure to check them out here.

As mentioned yesterday, I am posting a few cards over the next few days as a catch up - the discovery of unwatermarked photos in my phone has prompted me to smash out these photos of cards I made months ago.

Stamp Set: Merry Patterns
Ink: Pool Party, Whisper White
Card: Sahara Sand, Pool Party
Other: Memories & More cards "Perfect Days"
Stamp Set: Hello Friend, Merry Patterns
Ink: Sweet Sugar Plum, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Berry Burst
Card: Whisper White, Sweet Sugar Plum
Other: Hexagon Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder
Thanks for visiting today. Until next time, stay crafty

Santa Paws

Good Day Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a few cards I have created with one of my favourite stamp sets from the Holiday Catalogue - Santa Paws

I have shared the following cards in previous posts - you can view the original blog post with details for each card by clicking on the photos
The next card uses just the sentiment
And finally, the following card was the first card I made with the stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by today, until next time, stay crafty
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bright Wishes - Blends

Hello Crafty Friends
I have been playing with the Stampin' Up! Blends and have got to say I absolutely love them and cannot wait for Stampin' Up! to release even more colours.
Let me just add, I am not an expert,  I have not had any formal training in alcohol marker use. So if I find them easy to use then so can anyone.
Here are two cards I coloured using thick Whisper White card, an array of SU Blends colours and the Bright Wishes stamp set.

The images were stamped in Momento Black ink (to prevent bleeding when using alcohol markers) and coloured like I would when water colouring. The sky and grass are added last.
Almost all of my images previously were water coloured, which I still adore and find easy, just time consuming as you wait for layers to dry. Colouring with alcohol markers is so fast, clean and portable! I coloured these two while waiting for my daughter to complete her Christmas Shopping.
Thanks for visiting my blog today, until next time, stay crafty
Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas In The Making

Hello Crafty Friends,

Hope you are having a great day. Following on from yesterday's post, I have another four cards to share quickly with you today.

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Whisper White, Old Olive, White Glimmer
Ink:  Momento Black
Other: Merry Little Patterns DSP, Blends Alcohol Markers

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Powder Pink, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White
Ink: Pool Party, Powder Pink, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Other: Gold Embossing Powder, Colourful Seasons Thinlits

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party, Real Red, Old Olive
Other: Pool Party Ribbon, Stitched Shapes Framelits

Stamp Set: Christmas in the Making
Card: Whisper White, Powder Pink, Black
Ink: Momento Black
Other: Blends Alcohol Markers

Thanks for visiting today, until next time
Monday, 27 November 2017

Merry Patterns - Colourful

Good Day Crafty Friends,

I have a quick post today. I just discovered a whole heap of photos of cards in my phone that for some reason I have missed blogging. So over the next few days I will be sharing a few Christmas Cards I made months ago....I have now sorted a system which includes a blog organiser, so fingers crossed, this wont happen again!

Stamp Set: Merry Little Patterns
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Card: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo
Embossing Folder: Softly Falling

Stamp Set: Merry Little Patterns
Inks: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party
Card: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist

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