Friday, June 24, 2011

Chocolate monkey


This week at Just Add Ink we have a wonderful sketch challenge.


I have turned my card the other way around though because it just worked better for the idea I had.


I used my new chocolate set (and that cute monkey again).

I stamped the background stamp “so much chocolate so little time” with versamark onto crumb cake and clear embossed it. I did faux stitching around the edge of this piece and sponged crumb cake around the edge.

With the little chocolates I stamped and cut them out and bent the wrappers to give it a real 3D look.  I also used crystal effects on the chocolate part and once it had dried, drew the swirl on the top with a white gel pen.  The little chocolates were stuck on with mini glue dots to give them dimension.

The ribbon is an old roll of choc chip stitched grosgrain and I have put pip satin ribbon over the top of it.


Ingredients :

Stamps : eat chocolate, fox and friends

Card : crumb cake, white. marina mist. choc chip

Ink : choc chip, marina mist, regal rose, versamark

Other : choc chip grosgrain, pip satin ribbon, clear embossing powder, crystal effects, mini glue dots, white pen, piercer


There are lots of gorgeous cards from the Just Add Ink design team using this sketch.  Check them out and be inspired!



Friday, June 17, 2011

Wedding birds


This is my final card for this months Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew.

CCREW0611HF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM - Holiday/Seasonal Focus: *Love Birds* It wouldn't be right to have June, weddings, flowers, etc without the birds! Let this Love Birds Shower Ensemble inspire you! You do not have to do wedding cards, however you must use a bird.




I decided to try using the Awash with Flowers set in a different way.  I embossed it with silver ep on white.  It looks very pretty in real life but the photo doesn’t really capture it.

The other new thing I tried on this card was the bow.  I made a double bow from organza ribbon, attached it with a vintage brad and then used my heat gun to “melt” it a little (like I do with the ribbon flowers).  It gave it a lovely “shabby chic” look.


Ingredients :

Stamps : awash with flowers, teeny tiny sentiments

Card : white, black, shimmery white

Ink : versamark

Other : silver embossing powder, pearls, bird punch, big shot, tulip embossing folder, organza ribbon, antique brad, word window punch, modern label punch



Monday, June 13, 2011

Party Owl

This is another card for this month’s Creative Crew colour challenge.
CCREW0611DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM - DSP/Color Focus:
*Sunny Garden*
June, a time for iced tea, gardens bursting, and riots of color. This month we're going bright.  Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait.


I decided to use my new owl punch again cause he’s so cute!
I used a stamp from Party Hearty for the “Celebrate”.  I masked it to just get the part I wanted.  I punched a circle for the balloon and used crystal effects on it to make it shiny.  I cut a little end piece for the balloon and tied linen thread to it and the owl’s wing. I also just cut a triangle for his party hat.
When I showed this card to my friend Mae (who is also on JAI) she said :
“How did you make the end of the balloon?”
I told her I had just cut it and she said:
“Oh I thought you might have used one of the owl’s feet for it.”
Why didn’t I think of that.  Anyway I’ll know what to do next time.  Thanks Mae.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Party Hearty
Card : black white, pear, poppy, crumb cake, hostess dsp stack, brights dsp stack
Ink : stazon
Other : owl punch, circle punch, linen thread, dimensionals, crystal effects, bird punch, scallop oval punch

These are definitely not my kind of colours …. but I really like how this card turned out. 

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bee black and white


This weeks challenge at Just Add Ink is to just use black and white.

Amazingly I have never made a black and white card before. This is what I came up with.




Yes, I know, I made another one of those ribbon flowers!  But they are just so beautiful.  I made it with the organza ribbon this time.

I used shimmery white for the card and stamped the elements of style swirl onto vellum with stazon. I attached that to the shimmery white with black brads and stamped the bee from nature walk onto shimmery white and cut him out and used dimensionals for him. (I have no idea why that bee is a he – but he is!)


Ingredients :

Stamps : elements of style, nature walk

Card : black, shimmery white, vellum

Ink : stazon

Other : black brads, organza ribbon, sticky strip, circle punch, antique brad, big shot, polka dot embossing folder


I hope you’ll take a look at what the rest of the design team at Just Add Ink have come up with for this challenge and I’m sure you’ll be inspired to make a black and white card too.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

Owl birthday bag

This bag is for another challenge at the Splitcoast Creative Crew.
CCREW0611DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM - DSP/Color Focus:
*Sunny Garden*
June, a time for iced tea, gardens bursting, and riots of color. This month we're going bright (which is a true challenge for me) Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait.

Of course everyone on the crew is American and not experiencing a cold Tassie winter at this moment. Ha :)
I have never put these colours together before or used any of them very much.  They really were a challenge for me, but I’m happy with how it turned out .

I had only just given in to the lure of the owl punch and so I decided to try it out and make a cute “bright” owl.

I also did some paper piecing.  I stamped and cut out the little bag from the Birthday Bakery set, and also used real tissue paper at the top and linen thread for the handle. 
I added wings to the owl by using the scallop oval punch so that he could hold the bag.

Then I made a very simple little bag using card covered with the same dsp.
I tried to make the big bag the same as the little bag the owl is carrying.

Here is a close up of the owl.


Ingredients :
Stamps : Birthday bakery
Card : pear, poppy, white, peach, daffodil dsp from brights stack, in colour dsp stack
Ink : stazon
Other : owl punch, oval scallop punch, heart to heart punch, linen thread, crop a dile, string, tissue paper, dimensionals

Isn’t he cute!
He’s very fun to play with too, I wish I’d bought him months ago!


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Island Prayers

Well it’s a new month and that means new challenges at the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew.
Here is the challenge:
CCREW0611CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM - Catalog Focus:* FLOWERS*
Stampin' Up! has flowers! Ribbon Flowers, Rub-on Flowers, Button Flowers, Brad Flowers, Crocheted Flowers, Paper Flowers, Die Cut Flowers, Stenciled Flowers! The challenge is to use any flower except stamped flowers!


I had just bought my first flower die for the big shot and decided to use it for the challenge.  It’s the Island Floral Die.  It was actually in the Summer Mini catalogue but it was carried over and is still available.
I saw a gorgeous flower done by Nikki Spencer and she had a link to a tutorial by Joanne Leddy showing how she’d made them.  They are so gorgeous. I did mine the same way except that she used the fancy flower punch instead of the die, so mine is bigger.  I also don’t have the boho blossoms punch amazingly (I’ll have to rectify that soon!) I used a retired punch (trio flower, I think it was called) for my flower centre.  The other thing I did differently was that instead of spraying the flower with water, I sprayed it with white shimmer paint/alcohol solution. So it is very sparkly in real life.
Ingredients :
Stamps : Thoughts and Prayers
Card : vanilla, suede, pink pirouette, river rock
Ink : suede, crumb cake
Other :  Big shot, island floral die, square scallop die, beautiful wings, little leaves, vintage wallpaper, trio flower punch, pearls, brayer, square punch, piercing tool

I think the flower turned out beautifully and I’m very happy with my new purchase. Yay!
I hope you’ll try this challenge too.