Friday, July 29, 2011

Trendy wood

This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you.
I have never tried this combination before but I liked how it turned out.
I decided to make a Thankyou card for a teacher from my daughter’s school, who gave up his entire Sunday recently to take a school team to an Epilepsy trivia challenge in Launceston. I just wanted him to know how much we appreciated it.
I had seen some really gorgeous cards by Jan Tink using the woodgrain stamp a while ago but I had only recently given in and bought it.  I had been dying to try it out and when I saw the colours for this weeks challenge I thought that choc chip and sahara sand might work well with this technique.
Jan has a great tutorial on her blog here.  Take a look if you’d like to see how it’s done.
I did the same as she does in the video except that I stamped and sponged with choc chip and sahara sand and I used white craft ink.
For the trees I “rock and rolled” the leaves using celery and NQN and the trunks are choc chip but I also used my white pen on one side to highlight them.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Trendy trees, teeny tiny sentiments, woodgrain
Card : choc chip, sahara sand, vanilla, celery, white
Ink : celery, choc chip, sahara sand, white, NQN
Other : Big shot, square lattice embossing folder, choc chip button, linen thread, sponges, white pen

Please take a look at what the rest of the Just Add Ink design team have come up with using these colours and give them a try yourself.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blushing Hippo

This is my final card for this months Creative Crew challenge.
CCREW0711DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- DSP/Color Focus: Show us what you can do with the In Colors! You can use other colors, but In Colors should be the main focus of your project.


This is another Triangle Tri-fold card but this time I used the cute hippo from Pun Fun.  I used dazzling diamonds on the hippo’s bow and balloon and paper pieced her using blushing bride and pear pizzazz card stock.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Pun Fun
Card : pear pizzazz, blushing bride, white, in colour dsp stack
Ink : stazon, pip, old olive
Other : rhinestones, white taffeta ribbon, dazzling diamonds, 2 way glue, scallop trim border punch, big shot, polka dot embossing folder

Unfortunately I must have knocked the little rhinestone when I took the photo and hadn’t realised, so the card looks a bit “off”.  I did fix it before giving it to one of my daughter’s friends for her birthday though and she thought it was very cute!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Owl club


Isn’t he cute!

This is a card we made at our last club meeting.


We learned how to make a Triangle Tri-Fold card, how to make the medallion using the scallop trim border punch and how to make the owl using the owl punch.

We learn something new every time we meet and have lots of fun doing it!

I am looking to start a new club with the release of the new Stampin Up catalogue in September.  If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about it, click on the “club link” at the top of the page and email me.  I love sharing this passion of mine and I’d love some new club members.


Ingredients :

Card : espresso, white, crumb cake, windsor knot dsp (retired)

Ink : crumb cake

Other :  owl punch, scallop trim border punch, espresso thin taffeta ribbon



Friday, July 15, 2011

True friend


At Just Add Ink this week we have a photo to inspire you.

If you live in Hobart like me, this looks absolutely idyllic. I think we’ve had rain, sleet, snow, gale force winds and temperatures under 10degrees every day for more than a week now!  It feels like it will never end!


So I wasn’t really in a “warm” mood when I created this but I was definitely inspired by the photo.  The sea, the sky and the leaves and flowers trailing over the railing were my inspiration.


I decided to make a Joy Fold card.  Chantelle made a great card and tutorial for the JAI blog hop and I used her instructions but made my front panel slightly smaller.  I have made a joy fold before but haven’t for a long time.  It was great how that blog hop encouraged me to try new folds and rediscover old ones.

I finally bought the Elegant Lines embossing folder last week and decided it would work perfectly with the water theme.  It is very pretty and I’m happy with my purchase!  The main panel is sponged onto glossy white cardstock and stamped with stazon.  On the white I have clear embossed the same swirly leaf pattern from Vintage vogue and I rock and rolled the flowers from that set with PIP and rose red.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Vintage vogue, punch bunch

Card : white glossy, black, white, baja

Ink : stazon, versamark, pip, rose red, NQN

Other :  white brads, big shot, elegant lines, glue dots, clear ep, circle punch, scallop trim border punch, sponges


Please check out what the rest of the design team came up with this week and I hope you’ll be inspired to make a “warm” card too.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Peaceful Star

This is another card made for the Splitcoast Stampers Creative Crew challenge.
 CCREW0711DF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- DSP/Color Focus: Show us what you can do with the In Colors! You can use other colors, but In Colors should be the main focus of your project.

I decided to use Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade and see if I could come up with an interesting Christmas card.

This is called a  Star Card.  Delys made a lovely one for the JAI Fancy Folds blog hop and she has instructions on her blog if you’d like to try to make one.

I also used the cropadile to punch a little hole in the top and I used a button and linen thread to make a little loop so that the star could be hung somewhere.

Stamps : Occasional greetings
Card : sahara sand, white, pear pizzazz, poppy parade, in colour dsp stack
Ink : stazon, cherry cobbler, old olive
Other : gold brads, 5 petal punch, nesties, button, linen thread

This is how the card looks when you open it up.

I just left the centre triangle plain to write a message.  I thought I might give it to one of the girls teachers for Christmas. My youngest has a male teacher this year and I think the fold would appeal to him although perhaps the poinsettia on it is a bit too “girly”?


Friday, July 8, 2011

Just for you

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

At first these colours said “male card”  to me, but instead I decided to go very soft and feminine.

I also decided to try some techniques that I hadn’t attempted before.
One was the spotlighting technique.  I used the tag to highlight an area of the stamped image.
The other was the faux mother of pearl technique. I’ve included this second photo because you can see the shine a little more .  It is done on glossy white with frost white shimmer paint and also sponged with soft suede to make it darker.  here is the great tutorial by France that inspired me, if you’re interested in trying it out.

Ingredients :
Stamps : Elements of style, very vintage wheel, teeny tiny sentiments

Card : naturals ivory, very vanilla, glossy white, cherry cobbler, soft suede

Ink : stazon, white craft, suede, crumb cake marker,

Other : crochet trim, jumbo eyelet, oval punch, linen thread, pearls, frost white shimmer paint, scallop trim border punch, beautiful wings, hodgepodge hardware, blender pen

I was tempted to send this card to my good friend Rita in the US, who is also a stampin up demo.  She has repeatedly said how much she hates this stamp, yet it’s one of my favourites.  I’d love to be able to convince her that it’s gorgeous.  I decided against trying though, I know everyone has different tastes (but how can you not like this one?)  :)
Instead I gave it to my daughter’s violin teacher with a gift card as a thankyou for all her help with the Hobart Eisteddfod this year.  No prize this time unfortunately (there were so many brilliant young soloists!!!) but it was a wonderful experience for her and her teacher is so generous and giving of her time and knowledge I hoped this might show our appreciation of her.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Owl of us

This is the other multi-flap card with pocket I made. I used this tutorial if you'd like to give it a try.  I made this one first and it was a little big, which is why I altered the sizing on my other multi-flap card.
I decided to use my cute owl punch again with some retired dsp and ribbon that I had.  It is a guys card, so I just knotted the ribbon rather than tying a pretty bow this time.
When you untie it, this is what you see.  3 owls looking down and 3 owls looking up.
Then when you lift the flap upwards this is how it looks.
I decided to just use a fun font in Word to write the greeting.
I used a great technique for adhering the pupils. By applying some tombow mono multi onto the end of a stylus or push pin and letting it dry it becomes “tacky” and you can easily pick small pieces up with it.  You just put the glue where you want the pupils to be on the owl, pick up the pupil with your stylus and place on glue. It works brilliantly!

Ingredients :
Stamps : None (what?)
Card : sahara sand, windsor knot dsp, crumbcake, white, black
Ink : crumbcake (I sponged every piece of owl and it looked much better that way)
Other : owl punch, celery ribbon, Word font “chiller”

There are 6 in our family so it’s a perfect card from owl of us.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Snail Wishes

This is another card for this month’s Splitcoast Creative Crew.
CCREW0711CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Catalog focus: Show off your favorite new catalog or mini catalog item.

It’s another sneak peek of a new set we will get in September when the new catalogue comes out.
It’s from a cute set called Button Buddies and I’ve teamed it with Heard from the Heart.  I used the 2-way glue pen and dazzling diamonds to make a little “snail trail” on the wishes, you can just see a hint of glimmer in the photo.  I also white embossed the grass from Inspired by Nature on top of the dsp.

Stamps : Button buddies, Inspired by nature, Heard from the heart
Card :  espresso, white, brights dsp
Ink : espresso, versamark
Other : white ep, olive button, olive grosgrain, espresso taffeta, rhinestone, piercer, gel pen, 2-way glue, dazzling diamonds

He would be great to use when you want to send some “snail mail” to someone special!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pretty pink pig

It’s the start of a new month and that means another round of Splitcoast Creative Crew challenges to take part in.
CCREW0711CF, CreativeCrew, SUO or SUM -- Catalog focus: Show off your favorite new catalog or mini catalog item.


In the US the new Stampin Up catalogue has just been released.  We have to wait till September for ours but this is a sneak peek of one of the new sets.
My oldest daughter loves pigs and collects all things “pig”.  This card is for her.  Can you guess what I’m writing on the inside by looking at the front of this card?

Ingredients :
Stamps : Button Buddies, confetti
Card :  pink pirouette, regal rose, pip, white
Ink : pip, white
Other : big shot, square lattice, square scallop, timeless type alpha, rhinestones, white taffeta ribbon, regal rose grosgrain, subtle button, nesties

Hogs and Kisses!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fancy Folds Blog Hop JAI 74




Wow!  My first ever blog hop! How exciting!  I hope you enjoyed seeing Jo’s Tri-fold (Z-shape) card and are keen to see another fancy fold.  I decided to try something new, it’s called a Multi-flap card with pocket and I LOVE IT!

I think the only problem with it is that it’s a bit hard to photograph.  But anyway this is the front of the card.


Then when you undo the beautiful satin bow and open the front flaps, this is what you see.


Then it opens upwards to reveal this.


Close-up of top panel.



I saw a tutorial for this fold here and I loved the look of it and wanted to give it a try.  I made a card (which I will show you later on this week) following these directions but I found that it used 12”x12”cardstock and it was too big to fit in the Stampin Up square envelopes.  So I changed it a little to make this one slightly smaller.

Here are my new dimensions:

Cut card 25 x 20 cm.

Score at 12.5 cm on both the short and long sides.

Cut 26.5cm x 7 cm card.

Score at 4, 4.5, 17 and 17.5 cm

I cut the dsp at these sizes:

26.5 x 6.5 cm

(3x) 12 x 12 cm

6.5 x 8.75 cm.

6.5 x 3.5 cm

12 x 7 cm

All other instructions are the same as given by Maria in the tutorial.


Inside the little pocket is a plain card to write your message.  I also put a dot of tombow mono multi on the back of a gift card, let it dry and then stuck it onto the back of this plain card.  A great way to send a gift card to someone special.


Ingredients :

Stamps : Occasional greetings, because I care, vintage vogue

Card : neutrals dsp stack, vanilla,espresso, crumbcake

Ink : espresso, crumbcake

Other : big shot, beautiful wings, scallop square, antique brad, neutral brad, pearls, vanilla satin ribbon, sticky strip


Thanks for looking at my card and I hope you’ll give the multi-flap card with pocket a try. 

Please click on the link to go to the next blog in our hop where you’ll see Patrice’s gorgeous fancy fold card.