Friday, June 29, 2012

The sky’s the limit


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


I used these colours to make a 21st birthday card for my nephew.




I sponged clouds using marina mist and I also sponged some grassy hills using wild wasabi.

I stamped and clear embossed the balloons with espresso onto espresso dsp and cut them out but stamped the baskets onto the card itself. I sponged a little espresso around the edges of the balloons too.

The sentiment comes with the set and I thought it was quite appropriate for a 21st birthday.


Ingredients :

Stamps : up up and away

Card : espresso, marina mist, wasabi, white, neutral dsp stack

Ink : espresso, versamark, wasabi, marina, crumb cake

Other : clear embossing powder,  espresso taffeta ribbon, oval punch, lots of tags, big shot,  timeless type junior alpha


A 21st card for a male is pretty hard to do I think, but I was quite pleased with how this turned out.

I would never have chosen these colours together and that’s why colour challenges are so wonderful. They “make” you try something new.  I hope you’ll take a look at what the rest of the JAI team have created this week and give this combo a try yourself.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mambo Dancer

I haven’t played in a Dynamic Duos challenge before but when I saw the colours for this week I just knew it would be perfect for another ballerina card.  I am making a set of these for a friend’s birthday.  I haven’t made many for her yet and it’s only a few weeks away!

I also wanted to play along with The Paper Players this week who are celebrating their 100th challenge.  To play, you get to choose one of their past challenges and I chose no. 79 which was a Clean and Simple challenge with the addition of a Tag.


Ingredients :
Stamps : Tiny Dancer (Tiddly inks), oval all, Dream (My stamps)
Card : melon mambo, black, x-press it
Ink : white, memento black, stazon
Other : copics, white pen, oval punch, oval scallop punch, organza ribbon, black ribbon (from stash), library clip, dazzling diamonds

She’s pretty in pink isn’t she?  I hope my friend likes these cards.


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Exciting News

I have some wonderful news to share.
I am now a Dirty Girl!  That is, I’m part of the Splitcoaststampers Dirty Dozen design team.
I was so excited when I was asked to join the team, it is such a huge honour!!!!!!!!

So I have been working very hard over the last few weeks making lots of cards for the Dirty Dozen and you can see them on Splitcoaststampers if you are a fan club member. If you’re not a member you can click here for more information.


Friday, June 15, 2012

Marina Flower

This week at JAI our challenge is to case Delys.
And this is the card I decided to case, isn’t it pretty!

My next club hostess asked if I would teach them how to make the ribbon flowers I do. So I thought I would case this card and use a ribbon flower rather than the punched flower as Delys has done.


When I was reading Delys’ description of the card, she said her background panel was done using a technique called Crayon Resist Technique.  It didn’t look like what I think of as crayon resist. I thought of the Crayon Resist tutorial done by Danielle Daws for JAI here if you’d like to see it.  So I decided to google the term to see if I could figure out how Delys had created her background. 

I didn’t find it but I did find a technique called Crayon Rubbed Embossing that I had never seen before. I thought it looked very effective and so I decided to try it on my card instead but I have used the same embossing folder as Delys.  There is a Splitcoaststampers tutorial by Lydia Fiedler here if you’d like to try it too. It is a very different way of using your embossing folders.  I really like how it turned out and  now I will be able to teach my club ladies 2 beautiful new techniques this month :)

Ingredients :
Stamps : sincere salutations
Card : white, basic grey
Ink : stazon, marina mist
Other : marina mist satin ribbon, antique brad, white crayon, brayer, finial press ef, bird punch, scallop trim border punch

Please check out Delys’ blog and join us in casing one of her creations.


Friday, June 8, 2012

Baby Hedgehog


The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to Just Add Pearls.

I made this baby card for my daughter’s teacher who just went on maternity leave.  We didn’t know whether she was having a boy or a girl so I tried to go neutral with yellow. This card was from all the families in the class and we bought her a little present as well.  She absolutely loved it :)

I’ll admit there are only a few pearls on there but they are still an important element of the card.


Ingredients :

Stamps : In a nutshell (Penny Black), Curly Cute

Card : basic grey, going grey, white, x-press it, daffodil delight, saffron, neutral dsp stack

Ink : memento black, stazon

Other : copics, big shot, nesties, daffodil taffeta ribbon, mat pack, white pen, pearls


Please take a look at what the rest of the design team created this week and play along with us.


Friday, June 1, 2012

Happy Nature


This week at JAI we have a photo for inspiration.


I was inspired by the colours of the crates on the wall.  I thought they were close to wisteria wonder and pool party.  I was also inspired by their rectangular shapes and that they were housing a collection of sorts.


The photo inspired me to use my grid technique again.  If you’d like to see a tutorial on how it’s done just click here.

Ingredients :

Stamps : en Francais, French foliage, perfectly penned, kindness matters, nature walk

Card : black, crumb cake, white

Ink : stazon, pool party, NQN, wisteria, eggplant, crumb cake

Other : Nothing (AMAZING!)


Please take a look at what the rest of the design team have come up with this week and let the photo inspire you to create something beautiful.