Friday, July 21, 2017

JAI #369 Inspiration


Hello there,
well it was back to school this week. We have a schedule again (that's good!) but it has been hectic moving back into that work/ school balance. Luckily, I was able to pull my project for this week's Just Add Ink project out of the bag so to speak. My nephew had a milestone birthday during the holidays and I made a special interactive card for him that was inspired by the Just Add Inspiration challenge suggested by Rochelle. Here's the pic.



I created one big balloon on the front of his card. I did say interactive didn't I, the push is a hint ;)



This was challenging to photograph but I'm hoping you can see the glow of light behind the numbers. I tried my hand at making a circuit with Chibi lights and found it pretty easy and a lot of fun!


The inside was finished off with a smaller balloon.


There are a couple things I learnt putting this together. Firstly, you need a double height of dimensionals otherwise your card front will push your circuit closed, without you even pushing it! Secondly, did you see that white tab of cardstock in the top photo? That was a nifty tip I read about leaving a gap in your SNAIL or double sided tape edging so you can slip that tab in between the battery and the copper tape that will close the circuit. While that is tab is in there you can put the card in an envelope, and mail it and it won't switch on until you remove the tab. Last tip, I was originally going to back my numbers with vellum but you could actually see the copper tape and LED lights through it. Using Whisper White instead proved to be the perfect solution, you could clearly the light but none of the mechanics.

The JAI DT have a wonderful array of inspirational projects for the challenge this week, do make sure you go check them all out. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Diagonal Stripe, Thoughtful Banners, Number of Years, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers (R)
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Large Number framelits, Duet Banner punch, Balloon framelits (R), Dynamic Stitched Basic Edges (My Favourite Things), Chibi Lights, Clear embossing powder, Basic Black baker's twine, Sponge brayer, Dimensionals, Tear and tape
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Friday, July 14, 2017

JAI #368 Use birthday to make Christmas


Hello there, 
well this week has been a bit busier and also chillier (the kids enjoyed smashing the ice sheet that formed each night on our little fountain outside though)! The chill weather is actually a perfect segway to our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. This week Kelly has asked us to Just add a twist - the twist? Well, to use a birthday set to create a Christmas card. So get out all your birthday sets and look at them in a different way - it takes a bit of creative thinking but it's such a fun way to see if you can get more use from your stamps!



Here's what I came up with. 




I spotted the string of lights in Confetti Celebration and couldn't get the idea out of my mind of using them as Christmas lights. But what to drape them on?? I settled on the sweet little elephant from A Little Wild. I kind of liked the idea that he could hold them up using his trunk. It took some fiddly masking (I had to stamped the lights first so they would be in front of the elephant) which meant I had to cut teeny tiny light masks. But rather remarkably I managed to get everything in the right place first go! Then I coloured up my elephant and lights before fancying the lights up with wink of stella and then a coat of fine tip glue pen to get a lovely glossy sheen. For the background I brayered up a night sky, adding some texture with a splatter of white gouache and the gleam of gold stars. There had to be stars with for my elephant to wish on!

I was delighted my minds concept worked out so well (big smile). We'd love you to join the challenge this week, before you do though, go and check out the projects from the rest of the design team!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Wild, Confetti Celebration, Moon Baby, Labeler Alphabet, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, X Press it Blending
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Classic Label punch, Star punch (R), Copic markers, Gold glimmer paper, White and gold embossing powder, Sponge brayer, Fine Tip glue pen, White Gouache, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Colour INKspiration 13



Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 13 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from my lovely friend Nikki Spencer's blog. I'm sure you were wowed by her project! If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Our INKspiration for this round is filled with delicate floral tones.

Here's what I came up with this time.




I still had mermaids on my mind when I started thinking about these colours. So out she came again. This time I decided to keep the colours focused in the mid section of the card and even created a wave line at the top. With the mermaid looking out over the waves I thought "thinking of you" was the perfect sentiment! As a last minute addition I wrapped silver thread over my watercolored embossed panel to add more texture and sheen to the 'water'. The challenge runs till July 24th. Hope you can join us! Next up, on the blog hop is another friend, the very talented Kelly Kent. Enjoy!




Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Magical Mermaid, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Blending cardstock (X Press)
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Lemon Lime Twist, Sweet Sugarplum, Fresh Fig, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, Water colour paper, Seaside embossing folder, Copic Markers, Silver glimmer paper, Sweet Sugarplum DSP, Silver metallic thread, White embossing powder, Wink of Stella, Iridescent sequins, 1/8" Silver taffeta ribbon, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, July 7, 2017

JAI #367 Colour


Hello there,
we are in the middle of our winter school holidays here, and the kids and I enjoyed a week off. We took it pretty easy, heading out for an excursion or some exercise in the fresh (very fresh!) air, and then snuggling in for afternoons at home. For once I actually got some stamping done! The proceeds of that stamping time will arrive here on the blog in future weeks. Right now I have something for you for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Patrice has asked to Just Add a Colour Combo. I loved this one! Here are the colours.


When I looked at these colours they seemed to me to be perfectly suited to use with a new set I have been keen to ink up.




I couldn't resist the new mermaid set in the 2017-18 SU! annual catalogue. To create an appropriate watery background for her I started by inking up my biggest block with Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist and Crumb Cake at the bottom. Then spritzed the block with water until I could see beads, then pressed my watercolour paper into the wet ink. I dried my panel and then using more ink and a sheet of acetate I smooched ink over the first layers to get more texture and depth. Dried the panel again and then sprinkled water over the panel to add some water splotches. My mermaid and seeweed I coloured up with copics and then fussy cut out. For the sentiment panel (and inside) I brayered a gradient of Smoky Slate, flicked Wink of Stella over it and then silver embossed my sentiment. I then finished it all off by adding a sprinkle of iridescent sequins.

I loved putting this card together, the inkiness of the background and the meditation of colouring. We'd love to see what you make with these colours. Don't forget to go check out the rest of the Just Add Ink DT, they have loads of beautiful inspiration for you.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Magical Mermaid
Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Watercolor paper, Copic markers (E41, E43, E44, E87, C00, C01, C03, C05, YG0000, YG01, YG17, YG23, YG25 ), Iridescent sequins, Silver embossing powder, Sponge brayer, Linen twine, Silver metallic thread, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Friday, June 30, 2017

JAI #366 Just add A



Hello there,
it's Friday and that means its time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina has asked us to Just Add A. This means that you need to add something that begins with A as the main focus of your project - it could be an animal, material, technique or fold. For example, ant or apples, acetate or an accordion fold.



I decided to add acetate and make a window in the front of my card.





Well this was tricky to photograph, especially in mid winter light :( I also had trouble getting rid of all the stray embossing powder speckles even with throughly dusting the acetate with my powder pal before embossing. So I tried some distraction by adding white gel pen dots to the inside - it works - from a distance. Aside from those issues this turned out ok. I played around with adding the sentiment on the inside in exactly the same place so that when the card is closed the white sentiment on the front has a slightly offset black shadow. One thing to remember when you make a card like this is that because of the acetate window you are going to see the back side of whatever you stick on the front of it. So to make it tidy you need to cover that all up on the inside with matching die cuts (you can kind of see that in the last picture).

Our 'letter' challenge are always fun and the Just Add Ink team have lots of fun inspiration to get you going so do go check them all out!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Butterfly Basics
Cardstock: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, Tranquil Tide
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Pinewood Planks dynamic embossing folder, Enamel dots (R), 0.3 mm Copic multiliner, Heat resistant acetate, White embossing powder, White gel pen, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Colour INKspiration 12



Hello there,
welcome to the Colour INKspiration 12 blog hop. If you are hopping your way around the blog hop, you will have arrived from Nikki Spencer's blog. If you are starting the hop here but would like to go to the start at the  Colour INKspiration challenge page over on Facebook, just click the link to be redirected and ask to join the group, that way you can load your projects directly to the Facebook group and join in the fun every 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Our INKspiration for this round has a very snuggly winter feel with lashings of colour. In fact we are asking you to choose at least four of the eight colours to use for your project.



I settled on Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Cherry Cobler and Smoky Slate.





This card is all about dies. I just cut a mini rainbow of hugs and then played with their arrangement till I was happy and then out came the sewing machine to stitch them down. The challenge runs till July 10th. Hope you can join us ! Now next up, on the blog hop is Lou Kitzelman. Enjoy!




Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Cherry Cobler
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Lovely Words thinlets, Silver glimmer, Sparkling clear sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Sewing machine, SNAIL adhesive, Tear and Tape, Fine tip glue pen

Friday, June 23, 2017

JAI #365 Sketch


Hi there,
well I've had a lovely week, one in which I actually got to open that BBB that arrived recently and play with new stamping stuff - a real delight! So of course for this week's Just Add Ink challenge, I used something new - A Little Wild. This week Karren wants you to Just Add a Sketch.
I had the idea for this in my head for a couple of weeks, and with a slight alteration it came out the way I was hoping (actually even better). 




This set just stole my heart at the April SU! OnStage event, and I can't wait to play with it more! For my first outing I pulled out my copic markers and coloured up this cute bear, then created a sponged and cloud emboss paste background for him. It's super simple but I think super sweet  and finished off with a little scatter of the new iridescent sequins. 

The Just Add Ink DT have a gorgeous array of projects to show you so do go check them out. Hope you can join us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Wild, Thoughtful Banners, Sweet Cupcake
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Little Loves framelits, Hexagons Dynamic embossing folder, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Copic markers (E41, E43, E44, E79, E87, Y08, Y11, Y38, B00, B04, BG01, BG02, G000), Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Sponge brayer, Iridescent sequin assortment, White embossing powder, Embossing paste, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and tape

Friday, June 16, 2017

JAI #364 Inspiration


Well hello there,
its been a busy week but I was able to start it feeling relaxed and as though I had achieved a lot. That was due to the fact that we had a long weekend, oh my I enjoyed that! Sadly, what I achieved a lot of was not stamping, fingers crossed for next week, but I did get a project done for the new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Kelly has asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Here's the picture. I think you'll find lots to work with here!



I took the challenge pretty literally this week. I only recently, gasp, ordered the copper foil for the first time so I decided to make a jar using that.






Did you spot the new brick pattern decorative mask and embossing paste? It proved to be super easy to work with and dried very quickly. I used the vase and colours from the picture as my main inspiration, but lightened it all up to give a much fresher, brighter feel. Lots more white and lots more yellow. I had to add a little of the grey tones though, and the strip of Wood Textures DSP at the bottom was the perfect way to ground the jar.

The Just Add Ink DT have a fabulous array of projects so do go check them out and then join us!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Number of Years
Cardstock: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink: Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Versamark
Accessories: Everyday Jar framelits, Bunch of Banners framelits, Large Number framelits, Sewing machine, Copper foil, White and Clear embossing powder, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Pattern Party decorative mask, Embossing paste, Tree builder punch, Pearl basic jewels, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

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Friday, June 9, 2017

JAI 363 Anniversary



Hello there,
well winter has hit and it is definitely chilly but we have also had the most beautiful sunny days. The gorgeous weather pulls me outside for a walk and after that I'm more than happy to stay inside and craft as it gets chilly. That's not a bad combination really! (This week was also the week my new catty BBB arrived :o but since I was working you'll have to wait a bit longer till you see any projects.) Of course I do have something for the new Just Add Ink challenge - this week Chantell has challenged us to Just Add Anniversary. We all need anniversary cards sometimes so this is a great chance to get one in your stash for right when you need it!



I mulled my design over and over and over! Couldn't make up my mind, had an idea, started to craft and came up with something different - go figure! Here's how it turned out.



I started by having a play and 'smooshing' my background with Powder Pink and Real Red ink. After drying that I flicked some water on it to add a little more texture. The last touch was to stamp faint repeated lines of hearts down the card and then flick Wink of Stella over the whole thing. The top layer is a big red glimmer heart that is overlaid with a banner sentiment. I needed to introduce some colour to the banner so I used my copic markers to add some ombre shading. The heart is off set with floral sprays and flowers. A little stitching detail and some new sparkly sequins (loving those tiny wee ones!) finish it all off. After agonising for days (not joking!) the design in the end actually came together quite quickly and I'm all set for my parent's wedding anniversary later this year!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's project for lots of inspiration!
Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Birthday Blooms, Banners for You
Cardstock: Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White
Ink: Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Bunch of Banners framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, Hearts Collection framelits (R), Red glimmer paper, Watercolor paper, Clear Wink of Stella, Clear embossing powder, Copic markers,  Iridescent sequins, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, June 2, 2017

JAI 362 Inspiration



Hello there,
oh my it is chilly here this week, which makes snuggling up somewhere warm and crafting a very attractive prospect! Will you join me? Then join us in the new Just Add Ink challenge this week. It's a colour challenge from Nikki.

My Mum asked me to make a card for neighbour's who are expecting their first baby, since we know it's to be a boy, the colours were just perfect for a dreamy little number using Moon Baby.



I started by brayering a gradient of colour on Shimmery White, I though Peekaboo Peach would be a perfect for creating that suggestion of a sunrise or sunset sky. Then I coloured my dreaming baby on watercolour paper and trimmed him out. I layered him on a stitched Shimmery White circle, white embossed some stars and added a few glimmer clouds to give some gorgeous sparkle. Pulling out the sewing machine and adding a stitched border proved to be the perfect way frame this dreamy scene. 

The JAI DT have some gorgeous projects to show just how versatile this colour combo is, so don't forget to check out the rest of the teams projects!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Moon Baby
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Up and Away thinlets, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, Water colour paper, White embossing powder, Aquapainter, Sponge brayer, Sewing machine, Dimensional, Tear and tape

Friday, May 26, 2017

JAI #361 Choose Two


Hello there,
ooh so exciting! We get to do watercoloring this week at Just Add Ink! Watercoloring is one of our Just Choose Two options for the new challenge. Kelly suggested a fun combo for us! 


I tried my hand at no-line watercoloring again. It turned out..ok..even a little nice but I think I have some development to go. But that's ok. I kind of like the idea even, cause it means I can do more watercoloring which is a really zen-like peaceful thing to do! 



I did pike out of no-line watercoloring my flower on the inside though.


I did fuss around (quite a lot) with how I was going to present my water coloured flower. I wanted it to be the focus, so didn't want to add too many distractions, but at the same time I wanted to frame it a little. The perfect solution turned out to be some delicate vellum leaves (inspired by the ones peeping out from Patrice's lovely flower card for last week's Just Add Ink challenge). 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's fun Choose Two projects and then come back and show us what you chose!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Birthday Blooms, Diagonal Stripe, Wood Words
Cardstock: Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum
Ink: Cherry Cobler, Pool Party, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark, Crushed Curry, Powder Pink
Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Rose Garden thinlets, Classic Label punch, Prismacolour pencils, Watercolour paper, Gold glimmer paper, White embossing powder, Metallic sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals
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