Friday, March 30, 2012

Easter Bunny


This week at Just Add Ink the challenge is to Just Add Easter. 

A lot of the design team went with 3D items for this one but I decided to make an Easter Card.




I bought this Penny Black stamp a very, very long time ago because I loved it. And while some stamps fall out of favour I still really love this one! He is just so cute!

Ingredients :

Stamps : Tiny Tags, Spring Joy (Penny Black)

Card : crumb cake, pink pirouette, x-press it, subtles dsp stack

Ink : crumb cake, memento black

Other : big shot, square scallop, nesties circle, linen thread, pip taffeta ribbon, tag punch, mat pack, white pen, copics


Please take a look at the great Easter items the JAI team have created this week and enter our challenge too.



Thursday, March 29, 2012



I was made a ColourQ Courtier again this week.  WooHoo!

Thanks so much to the wonderful team at ColourQ!  Your challenges are always very inspirational.

I will make sure I tell my club that they are making an award winning post-it note holder tomorrow! LOL!  They will be impressed!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Field of Colour


I was made a ColourQ courtier last week for my Irish violin girl card.  Yeah!

Thanks to the ColourQ team for challenging me to choose different colours.  I know I wouldn’t have put all those greens together myself but I was actually really happy with how it turned out.

When I saw the pretty colour combo they have at ColourQ this week, I decided to take the challenge again and use them for our next club project.


The club hostess asked me if we could learn brayering this week so I used the colourQ colours and came up with this:




I stamped Field flowers in Wisteria and then Razzleberry and they look so pretty in this combination of colours. 

I don’t have Cool Caribbean so I used Pool Party instead. I brayered it and then turquoise at the top and wisteria and then razzleberry at the bottom.


Ingredients :

Stamps : Field Flowers

Card : Razzleberry, white

Ink : razzleberry, wisteria, pool party, turquoise, olive

Other : brayer, post it notes, pen


Instead of a card, I thought we might make post it note holders.

I even found a turquoise pen for mine :) But they are all different colours in the pack and only one other turquoise. They’re going to have to fight for it :)

Hopefully they enjoy making these.



Friday, March 23, 2012



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

JAI#110_Sketch (Mae)

At first I thought it was a bit of a tough one but then I got this idea to use my new Dinoroar set again and I ended up being very happy with it. 

It’s great when that happens isn’t it!




I flipped the sketch and I should also say that this is a big card (just as a dinosaur card should be!)

I just printed the sentiment from the computer and used 2 different fonts.

I tried ribbon, paper and lots of different things to get the line behind the rectangles (as in the sketch) but I wanted all the focus to be on the dinosaurs.  So I stamped the “splat” stamp from French Foliage (it is honestly worth buying that set just for this stamp) in a line behind them instead.  I liked this much better, it kept the card clean and simple.  I also used a very neglected colour, mustard, and I think it works great on this card.


Ingredients :

Stamps : Dinoroar, French foliage

Card : mustard, black, white, x-press-it

Ink : memento black, mustard

Other : copics


My husband is turning 50 this year and this is going to be for him.  It’s actually not till October, but I just got this idea and instead of waiting till closer to the time (and quite possibly forgetting what I was going to make)  I decided to make it now.  So I’m all prepared!  Well the card is anyway.

Please take a look at what the rest of the design team have come up with and give this sketch a try.



Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Enchanted Violin

This is the last of my cards for my daughter’s violin teacher.

I found a new sketch challenge site called retrosketches.  I thought this sketch was interesting and I loved the design team samples so I decided to give it a try with my little violin girl.


It was kind of hard for me to cut off part of the image, but I’m actually really happy with how it turned out.
And I am loving the everyday enchantment paper.  I wasn’t going to order more supplies to earn some more of it, but I think I might just have to!

Ingredients :
Stamps : Violin girl (MFT)
Card : pool party, crumb cake, x-press it, everyday enchantment dsp
Ink : memento black
Other : copics, pool party ribbon, pool party brads

Hopefully the teacher likes this set of cards I’ve made for her.  I have also bought her a nice pen and some postage stamps and they will all be in a pretty box for easy storage.


Monday, March 19, 2012

Bright violin


Yes, just another violin girl card for my daughter’s teacher.

This one is very clean and simple.  And very bright and cheery.



Ingredients :

Stamps : violin girl (MFT)

Card : crumb cake, white, x-press it, brights dsp stack

Ink : memento black, stazon, crumb cake

Other : square punch, copics


I have no idea what she’d be playing this time but perhaps she is just learning and is playing a nursery rhyme?



Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baja violin

This is another violin card I have made for my daughter’s violin teacher.  I have been searching for card challenges and found a great sketch at The Friday Mashup.  This is my first time playing along with them.  It’s a great challenge site where they give you a couple of options.  This week you could do the sketch, mother of pearl technique or a combination of both.  I love doing mother of pearl, but I couldn’t see it working with this stamp and I have to get some more of these cards made.  So I’ve just used their sketch.

I have used a combination of blues, baja and not quite navy.  These are 2 of my favourite colours.  I hope the teacher likes them too!


Ingredients :
Stamps : violin girl (MFT), the nicest things
Card : baja, NQN, white, x-press it, ret. dsp
Ink : memento black stazon, crumb cake,
Other : copics, baja seam binding, big shot, nesties

I think the little violinist is in more of a classical mood this time.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Irish Jig


This is the first of my cards for my daughter’s violin teacher.

I used the colour challenge at ColourQ for my inspiration.


I don’t have Glorious Green so I used Garden Green instead.  Of course I did have to use some skin colours for her face and I also had to make the violin the correct golden brown colour too.


I really like the way this one turned out.    She looks like she’s playing an irish jig to me.

I will just leave the card blank on the inside so that it can be used for any occasion.


Ingredients :

Stamps : violin girl (MFT)

Card : wasabi, celery, garden green, x-press it, subtles dsp stack

Ink : memento black, stazon, crumb cake, celery

Other : celery button, white gel pen, square punch, white thread



Friday, March 16, 2012

Violin Birthday


After violin lessons this week, my daughter came home a bit upset because it was her teacher’s birthday and we didn’t have anything for her. Her teacher didn’t tell us it was her birthday and it was a big one – 80!  She’s an amazing lady, still teaching kids violin and playing in orchestras herself.

Well anyway, I had only just bought this stamp of a little violin girl.  I thought it would be cute to put on some cards for her at some stage.  I just didn’t realise how soon I’d need them.  I’m so glad I bought her when I did!

This is the birthday card I made for her.



I used this week’s sketch at Freshly Made Sketches for my inspiration.  I’ll admit I had a bit of trouble with this sketch at first.  I kept trying to put ribbon where the horizontal line on the sketch is and tried turning the sketch too but I wasn’t happy with it.  But I finally thought to have the sentiment in that spot instead of ribbon and turned it into a square card – and it worked. Yay!


I have decided to make my daughter’s teacher a series of cards all using this violin girl stamp but in different colours and designs.  She does appreciate my cards and I think this will be a useful gift. I don’t have time to make many for her though unfortunately. Perhaps I could make her some more during the year?


Ingredients :

Stamps :  Violin Girl (MFT), Perfectly Penned

Card : black, textured basic grey, neutral dsp stack, x-press it

Ink : memento black, stazon

Other : rhinestones, nesties, big shot, copics


I will post some of the cards I make for her over the next few days.



Mermaid Beach


This week at Just Add Ink we have a theme challenge. Just Add …. Beach.

Mine is kind of more like Just Add …. Fairytale Beach or Imaginary Beach.




As soon as I saw this sheet of Everyday Enchantment dsp I thought it would make a perfect mermaid’s tail and I’ve been waiting for a chance to try it. 

My youngest daughter’s birthday is coming up and she loved the other card I made with this stamp but she said she just wished she had brown hair.  She wanted the mermaid to have brown hair and green eyes like her!  So I’ve done that and I think she’ll love her.

I put a small amount of dazzling diamonds on the bubbles, her tail and the 7 so it’s nice and sparkly.  I used one of the clear buttons that SU used to sell and punched a circle of pool party cardstock to place behind it. I threaded it with some ribbon from the everyday enchantment pack and made it go all kind of wavy, similar to how you do with curling ribbon.


Ingredients :

Stamps :  Mermaid Laugh (CC designs), Blowing Bubbles (MFT)

Card : black, xpress-it, pool party, everyday enchantment dsp

Ink : memento black, pool party

Other : dazzling diamonds, big shot, tasteful trim, timeless type alpha, copics, clear button, everyday enchantment ribbon, circle punch


Please take a look at what the rest of the design team came up with for the Beach challenge and make a beach card too.



Saturday, March 10, 2012

Suitcase wedding


I got asked to make yet another wedding card :o  I have made more of them in the last 2 weeks than I have in my whole life!

Anyway I went looking for some inspiration again and found another great sketch at Mojo Monday to try.


I found out that a “theme” at the wedding is suitcases so I decided to create a card incorporating them.




I used triangles of saffron dsp to create a sun, as though they are heading off into the sunset together - with their suitcases :)

This card has lots of texture (it looks better IRL) I have embossed crumb cake dsp for the background and embossed along one edge of the banner.  I have faux stitched the sun’s rays and created a little scrunched flower using the boho punch.


Ingredients :

Stamps : tiny tags, whimsical words, digi suitcases Tiddly Inks

Card : crumb cake, white, neutral dsp stack, subtle dsp stack, windsor knot dsp (ret)

Ink : crumb cake, espresso, memento black

Other : boho blossoms punch, big shot, framed tulips ef, vintage wallpaper ef, linen thread, rhinestone brad, tag punch, nesties, linen thread, mat pack, piercer, white pen, copics, organza ribbon, pearls


Wishing them a beautiful wedding today!



Friday, March 9, 2012

Four 4 You



This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you.



I had a little boy’s birthday card to make, so I used our challenge colours to make it. Actually it’s twin boys who are having a birthday, I’m trying to decide whether to buy them a joint present and then I will just give them this card or whether to buy them a present each and then I will need to come up with another dinosaur card.  Still pondering that one, but anyway here it is ….




I have only just bought this set and I enjoyed playing around with these dinosaurs and seeing what I could create with them.  They’re cute!

The T.Rex has a letter balanced on his tail, the Diplodocus? (not quite sure what this one is meant to be?) has his head through the “O”, the Pterodactyl is flying off holding the “U” between his feet and the Triceratops is taking a bite out of the “R”.

The birthday boys love dinosaurs and I hope they love this card too!


Ingredients :

Stamps : Dinoroar, tiny tags

Card : espresso, island indigo, pool party, whisper white, x-press it card

Ink : memento black, pool party, espresso, island indigo markers

Other : copics, mat pack, piercer, tag punch, big shot, timeless type alpha, white pen, stripes ef, linen thread


Please take a look at the great cards the rest of the JAI team have come up with this week and play along with us using this fun colour combo.



Monday, March 5, 2012

Wedding Flower

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that last week I was asked to make a wedding card for one of the teachers at school. I was happy with how it turned out but then I was asked a couple of days ago to make another wedding card for the same person.   That made it hard because I have no wedding sets and I didn’t want to use the set I used last time (Always) again.

So I started looking at challenges for some much-needed inspiration today.
I found a great sketch of Rita’s at Freshly Made Sketches

And The Paper Players have a theme challenge this week which is Spring and that means flowers and butterflies to me.

So I decided to combine the two challenges and this is what I came up with:


I made a big paper flower again using very vanilla and spritzed it with champagne shimmer mist. I made another crumpled double bow too (thanks Ann).  I  clear embossed the butterfly from Kindness Matters and coloured them  with a blender pen and baja and river rock. I  have bent up their wings and attached them with mini glue dots.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Kindness Matters, Tiny tags, Cheer and Wishes
Card : vanilla, baja, suede, river rock
Ink : suede, versamark, crumb cake, baja, river rock
Other : tag punch, big shot, polka dot ef, lattice ef, swirls scribbles, island floral, 5 petal flower punch, fancy flower punch, antique brad, lace, crumb cake seam binding, blender pen, champagne shimmer mist/alcohol, clear ep, linen thread

Hopefully the person I made this for will be happy with the card.  I may just have to invest in a wedding set, it would make things so much simpler!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Butterfly Field


This week at Just Add Ink our challenge is to case a member of our design team, Nikki Spencer.

Nikki has made so many gorgeous cards that it was a bit hard to choose one actually.  But this is definitely one of my favourites.

It is just so pretty and stylish isn’t it!

Well here is my case:




I went with the flowers and butterflies theme like Nikki did and used a similar colour combo in a way, although none of the same colours are actually used.

It’s quite a clean and simple card, just right for a thank you card I think.


Ingredients :

Stamps : field flowers, french foliage, kindness matters, perfectly penned

Card : white, confetti white,crumb cake, island indigo

Ink : stazon, island indigo, pool party, daffodil delight, calypso coral, crumb cake

Other : blender pen, mat pack, white pen, linen thread, corner rounder punch


Please take a look at the rest of Nikki’s fabulous creations and try casing her for our challenge this week.