Friday, December 23, 2011

Just Add Ink #99........

With Christmas only a few days away and this being the last JAI challenge for 2011...Our challenge is to just add "Wrapping or Pretty Packaging"....From the talented Delys Cram,  being the silly season I'm sure you all have some beautiful gifts wrapped up ready to give family and friends, so this weeks challenge is perfect for sharing your style of gift giving.........or you can choose any theme for packaging as l have done, with a "Birthday" gift box.........

I love this box, as it hold a decent size gift and is lovely to decorate, as there is plenty of surface area to embellish, here's a close up of my paper rosette and flower embellishment.

The DT have some great packaging ideas to share with you, pop over to the JAI Blog and check them out if you haven't already.

Well that's it for me for JAI 2011, a very big "THANK YOU" to all of you that have left lovely encouraging comments throughout the year, l am very appreciative of each and every one and incredibly humbled by your lovely words.

It is with much sadness we say goodbye to Bronwyn Eastley & Tania Gould from our Design Team, both of these girls have been a joy to get to know and have provided myself and the rest of the DT with many laughs and so much "Inspiration" and best of all their friendship....l wish you both much "Happiness" wherever life takes you. xxx.....But don't think this is the last you will hear from me..:0)

"Wishing you all much love, laughter and happiness for a wonderful Christmas and 2012"
Bring on the cake stamp set
Love Letter & Melon Mambo DSP
Very Vanilla-Lucky Limeade & Basic Black Cardstocks
Melon Mambo Ink
Eyelet Border punch & Tab punch
Beautiful wings Embosslit & Little leaves Sizzlits
Basic Black Satin ribbon
Pink Ribbons, Flowers & Black glitter paper Non-SU

Friday, December 16, 2011

Just Add Ink #98...Just Add "Sparkle"

Our Challenge to you this week is to just add "Sparkle" from the lovely Patrice Easton,  adding sparkle is such an easy thing to do, especially being this time of year, you can add it to Christmas cards, Birthday cards just about anything really.

Well as it's nearly Christmas and l still need a couple more cards, l went with that theme for mine, but l did sidestep the traditional colours and went for a more earthy tone.........

                           Here's a close-up so you can see l did actually "Add Sparkle"............

A short and sweet post from me today, we would love you to play along with our challenge for this week and hope that at this busy time of year you can find some crafting time and join us!
Check out this weeks DT entries for heaps more inspiration.

"Thanks for popping in & Have a great weekend"
Basic Black & Very Vanilla Cardstocks
Lovely as a tree & Sincere Salutations stamp sets
Soft Suede & Basic Black Inks
Basic Black Satin Ribbon & Gold Brads
Sizzix Embossing Folder (non-SU)
Gold Glitter & 2-way glue pen
SU scallop circle Die & Circle #2 Die
Post it note & 1-3/8" circle punch for masking.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Just Add Ink #97

HoHoHo.....Bah Humbug and all that, wheres your Christmas Spirit, well mine has officially taken a leave of absence this week, l really don't want to play anymore!!!.....but I'll still have the pressies!

OK, enough of my Pre-Christmas grump and onto what your here for, this week over at Just Add Ink we have a very pretty Inspiration pic for you, our lovely Jo Eades came across these very pretty and I'm sure very expensive little purse's and thought they would be perfect for a challenge.

Pretty cute..huh! Now as I'm still playing catch-up on my Christmas cards and l have the perfect person to give this to, as she has just re-done her Christmas theme this year and has a gorgeous White tree and lots of those big shiny baubles in these exact colours, l figured l could give it a go and tick another one of my list!

Once again with the very simple, but l really like it, makes a nice change from the stock standard colours l usually reach for, l also played around with a second one, but decided l liked the first one best!

Well, I'm off to grumble a little more as l prepare to venture into the land of tinsel and crappy service and hit my first big shopping centre for a day of Christmas shopping!.....Here's hoping l only need go there once!

The rest of the DT have some brilliant projects to share with you as usual, so pop on over to the Just Add Ink Blog, if you haven't already and Oooh & Ahhh a little and play along if you can, we love seeing your interpretations of our challenges.

"Thanks for listening to my rant, keep safe & have a lovely weekend"

Supplies used:
Melon Mambo-Lucky Limeade-Pool Party & Poppy Parade Inks-Cardstock & DSP
& Kaisercraft DSP
Curly Cute-Winter Post & Season of Joy stamps
Sizzix Texture Plate and SU Striped Emb/Folder.
Circles #2 Die.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Just Add Tania....JAI #96

Good Morning....We have a fun challenge over at Just Add Ink this week, we have been Challenged to Just Add fellow DT member Tania Gould
I love Tania's work, she has such a flair for gorgeous "Vintage Inspired" projects and let me just say choosing a case project wasn't easy...but after much deliberation, l finally settled on this beautiful card to case.....

I loved the simple clean lines and pretty colour combo Tania has used and decided to pretty much case it exactly.....but, l ended up making 2 cards, the first one was as l intended and pretty much a straight case, that was until l decided to use the Stampin Up formula of +ONE and took it that one step further and ran it partially through the bigshot using the Square Lattice embossing folder.
Well, you know when you do something and regret it straight away, that was me!

Definitely thinking that the added Embossing was overkill and did nothing to enhance Tania's gorgeous card in anyway!
So, l decided a very simple clean version was the way to go and a much better show of the lovely new Stampin-Up DSP called Spice new absolute fave!
The rest of the DT have CASED Tania beautifully, Including Tania, Lot's of lovely inspiration over at JAI and of course check out Tania's Blog, choose a project and play along, we would love to see your creations.

"Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful festive weekend"
Supplies: Card 1
SpiceCake DSP
Pick a Petal & Sincere Salutations stamp sets
Soft Suede ink
Pear Pizzazz Button, Linen Thread.
1/2" Circle punch & corner Rounder
Window sheet & Timber Brown Staz-On.

Card 2: above supplies +
Pool Party & Soft Suede Cardstocks
Square Lattice Emb/folder
Soft Suede Marker.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Just Add Ink #95..."Bah Humbug"

Well that week just flew by and it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge, This week we are Challenging you to use your "Creative Minds" and design a project for Christmas.....Ahh...easy l hear you say, but we have thrown in a twist........Create using "NON-TRADITIONAL" Christmas stamps or Designer Papers!

I found this Challenge lot's of fun, especially sorting through my stamps to find something appropriate, it's funny how we forget how many gorgeous stamps we collect......always good to re-discover those, nearly as much fun as going shopping!

Anyway, here's my creation and l must say I'm very excited with the versatility of this cute little set!
                         Lot's of layered punches and Die cuts and some sparkle to finish it off!

Don't forget to check out the awesomeness the rest of the JAI girls have for you this week and hopefully you can find the time and creativeness to join us.

           "Thanks for popping in" & enjoy your weekend!
Best of everything stamp set
Cherry cobbler-Very vanilla C/Stocks
Cherry cobbler-Pear pizzazz & Crumbcake Inks
Holly Jolly DSP (l figured spots don't count as traditional)
Gold glitter paper & Sparkly E/P-Red bling-Non SU
Pear pizzazz Seam Binding & Linen thread
Striped Embossing folder
Perfect pennants-Top note & Circles#2 Dies
1-3/4" Circle- Jewelery tag & Scallop ribbon border Punches.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Add Ink #94

This week our Challenge over at Just Add Ink is an awesome SKETCH from Bronwyn, l had a lightbulb moment as soon as l saw it and as Bron had provided the sketch and is the Master of "Easel Cards" it is fitting that this became an Easel also!
Here's my Christmas version of the Sketch, l figured as l have been... Oh So slack, with the posting of Christmas projects that l would at least try to combine some JAI projects and maybe inspire!

Lot's of "Shimmer & Glitz......

The rest of DT at JAI have come up with some amazing projects for you, so pop over and take a peek if you haven't already, hopefully you will join in the fun with this weeks challenge.

"Thanks for stopping by" & have a great weekend!
All Supplies are "Stampin-Up"

Friday, November 11, 2011

Just Add Ink #93

Good morning stampers, this week at Just Add Ink we have a gorgeous colour challenge for you......provided by Kim Badelt
I love these colours together and new exactly what l wanted to do with them, l have seen so many variations of whirligigs/pinwheels around lately and thought they would be perfect for such lovely summery colours.

  I love the fun whimsical feel of this one & l was surprised at how quick it was to put together & l am in love with the new glimmer brads too, the colours are really pretty!

Have you seen the gorgeous inspiration the Just Add Ink girls have for you this week?...hopefully you will be inspired to play along, we love to see your take on the challenges each week.

All products are Stampin-Up.

"Thanks" for stopping by and leaving your lovely comments, they are much appreciated...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Tripple Treat Flower.....Just for fun!

Another CAS card today, made with a single stamp called Triple Treat Flower stamped in Lucky Limeade & Pool Party inks, l love that this stamp co-ordinates with XL Flower punch and the 5 Petal flower punch.
I used the Houndstooth Embossing Folder to add some texture to the Lucky Limeade DSP and lightly sanded it for a distressed effect.

The greeting is from the Word Play set, stamped in Lucky Limeade on Confetti white Cardstock.

To finish it off l added some of the lovely ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party and some Basic Pearls coloured with co-ordinating permanent markers.

All products are Stampin-Up.

"Thanks for stopping by"

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just Add Ink #92

It's Just Add Ink time again and this week we are challenging you to just add a "TAG or BOOKMARK"...
I had been wanting to try one of these elasticated bookmarks for ages and decided this weeks challenge was the perfect time, after watching the Stampin-Up video available to Demonstrators on Stampin Connection, this was what l came up with.............
Do you like my attempt at an artistic, I love the colour combination, inspired by Stampin-Ups awesome "Spice Cake" DSP and it was fun to use felt  for the leaves and add some extra texture.

It's hard to see in the pic's, but the flower and butterfly have both been misted with Champagne shimmer paint, l layered multiple Doily punches on a 2-1/2" circle to form the base for attaching the rest of the elements, l like that it looks like a giant size doily.
The flower was Die cut from the Blossom Party and Daisies #2 Dies, using So Saffron cardstock inked with More Mustard and secured with a Vintage Brad.

The rest of the DT at Just Add Ink have some gorgeous inspiration for you, so pop over and take a peek if you haven't already and hopefully we have inspired you to join in with this weeks challenge and look forward to seeing your entries.

All products are Stampin-Up with the exception of the felt.

"Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend"

Friday, October 28, 2011

Just Add Ink #91

This week our challenge over at Just Add Ink is a gorgeous colour combo, provided by the lovely Bronwyn Eastley from "addINKtive designs".

I went with "Whisper White" as my neutral and a rather CAS design for this week, l'm pretty happy with this and it was nice to use a few new toys in the process.

I used the Houndstooth embossing folder and teamed it with the co-ordinating flower punch image from the hostess set Posy Punch, l have misted the flower with some Frost White and Isocol mix applied with a mini mister bottle.

 The sentiment is from "Word Play" and is heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler E/P, well this will be another super short post from me, as l have a sweet little bundle to go cuddle..:0)

The Just Add Ink girls have some beautiful inspiration for you and if your up for a challenge we would love you to play along too!

All products used are Stampin-Up.

"Thanks again for popping in & for the lovely comments you leave"  Have a lovely weekend and enjoy a very long one if your in Oz.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another precious bundle........

                         Thought l would introduce you to the newest little man in my life.........

weighing 8lb-14oz
Arrived in the early hours last Thursday morning.

Mum, dad & Rafe are all doing well and Nan is overjoyed to have another little man in her life....:0))
We now have 3 beautiful grandsons to love, cherish and of course "Spoil", l can honestly say getting old definitely has it's perks and being a part of their lives, watching them grow and the joy they bring is by far the best one.

"Life is good" 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Just Add Ink #90

Our sketch challenge for this week over Just Add Ink is pretty cool and very easy to work with, thanks for that Bron, well l thought it was fun, what do you think?

Now in keeping with my plan of a few weeks back (Which hasn't actually gone to plan as yet...:0), l decided to Christmas this one and am very happy with how it turned out, as  it was quick and fun to make.

Well that's it from me, a super quick post for this week, due to delirium from sleep deprivation, the cause of which l will share shortly in another post...:0)

Don't forget to pop by Just Add Ink and be inspired by the creative loveliness the rest of the Design Team has produced and hopefully you will join in this weeks challenge and l look forward to seeing your creations.

All products used are Stampin-Up.

"Thanks as always for stopping by & enjoy a fabulous weekend"

Friday, October 14, 2011

Just Add Ink 89#.....

This weeks Just Add Inks Inspiration challenge is brought to you by the talents of  Delys Cram who is at present enjoying sunshine and cocktails on a well earned "Incentive Trip" to Fiji, compliments of Stampin-Up......

Here's my take on the inspiration pic, l couldn't resist using this gorgeous elephant stamp l had bought forever ago, as l had been wanting to use this frame and as the stamp itself is rather lge, l decided to combine all 3.....
Apologies for the initial pic, as it was extremely difficult to photograph with the frame on due to the reflective glare!

Once l removed the frame it was much easier and produced clearer pics.

I stamped and embossed the image using Versamark ink and Black E/P, once that was done l used post-it notes to mask the bottom and using my 1-3/4" circle punch l made the mask for the moon, also using a post-it note.
Using a sponge and Not quite Navy ink l sponged in the sky fading off to allow for Pumpkin Pie sponging from the horizon line overlapping the colours for a softer effect.
After removing the moon mask l added a small amount of both colours to the moon to blend it into the background.
Once l was happy with the top half l removed the masks at the bottom and sponged with Early Espresso and a little Basic Black inks.

If your after some more inspiration pop over to Just Add Ink and be inspired by the brilliant ideas the Design Team produced for you this week.

"Thanks for stopping by & have a great day"

Friday, October 7, 2011

Forever young...

Here's a follow up post to co-ordinate with this weeks Just Add Ink entry, l thought l would use the same  Forever Young stamp set & Mocha Morning DSP and create a different look!

For the Embossed background l used the Palour Prints background stamp & again clear EP, for the sentiment l used the Decorative label punch & also used this to frame the Cameo, but reduced it in size by halving it and overlapping.
The lace border effect is 2 of the Tripple layer Doilies (setting #3) punched in Crumbcake to match the DSP and bottom layer of the image panel.

I must say that playing with this piece of DSP was a real struggle for me, as those that know me, know l have a severe issue with the feel of anything "Velvety"....l'm sure this is a result of being made to sit on Velvet lounges growing up in the 70's and as Jodene suggested "Flocked wallpaper"...hmmm this is also true as my  bedroom was wall to wall "Purple Demask Flocked paper" the in thing back then, complete with Limegreen cane furniture!

All products are Stampin-Up.

"Thanks again for stopping by"