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Just Add Ink Challenge # 6

Organic Grace It's time for another challenge at Just Add Ink and this week it's a SKETCH CHALLENGE, my favourite sort! If you haven't already, go and check out the other Design Team Members' gorgeous creations on the JAI site or visit their blogs! I'm blown away each week by the amount of talent amongst those lovely ladies. This time around I wanted to do a card using black, white and shades of grey and seeing that SU don't have any DSP in those neutral shades (except a bit of black in the Urban Oasis), I thought I'd make some of my own using the collage technique. Firstly, I embossed the flourish stamp from the Baroque Motif's set onto the Going Gray textured cardstock, using white embossing powder. Then I stamped the En Francais background stamp over the top using Basic Gray ink. I rubbed the ink off the embossed flourish before stamping the flowers from the Organic Grace stamp in Staz On Black. The flowers and dragonfly were stamped with t

And the Winner is ......

Last Friday I had my 100th posting and to celebrate I offered a prize; a pair of earrings made from the Pretties Kit, like the ones featured in my 'Just Add Dimension' entry. All you had to do was make a comment and follow my humble little blog. Well, the draw was very random because I just asked my son to pick a number from 1 to 6. He had no idea why and just said 3. and so the winner is ...... Number three ...... Mae Collins! Who needs Random Org?? Congratulations, Mae. Please email me with your address details so I can pop them in the post to you ASAP. Your earrings have been made with white 'pearls'. Cheers, Bron XX

I Couldn't Resist the Stamp with Us Colour Challenge

Welcome Baby Esther When I saw the gorgeous photo for the latest Stamp with Us Challenge , I thought the pastel colours would provide a perfect starting point and give me the inspiration I needed for a baby girl card. Here's the Project Recipe: Stamps: Something Sweet, For Everything Ink: Pale Plum, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow Cardstock: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow Accessories: Sweet Treat Cup, Cake Sprinkles, White Taffeta Ribbon, Soft Subtle button (retired), Spring Fling DSP (retired), Eyelet Border Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals Stamp with Us Colour Challenge What a cute photo for the challenge. No wonder I couldn't resist playing along. Until next time, happy crafting, Bron :)

JAI Challenge # 5 - Just Add Dimension

Jewellery Box, Earrings and Bracelet This week, at Just Add Ink , the challenge is to just add 'dimension'. Wow! the possibilities are endless!!! I ought to know because it took me a long time to decide on what project I was going to submit! What would I make? .. a box, a bag, a card with Stampin' Dimensionals (Hang on ... 99% of my cards just have to have those, as I can't live without them!) What about a pop-up card or maybe some jewellery? Over the summer, I bought quite a few templates from the Digi Chick Boutique and I wanted to use one of those. I had made quite a few cup cake gift boxes and was tempted to do another, until I saw some great jewellery boxes on Splitcoast using the match box template. I finally decided to make some jewellery pieces using the Pretties' Kit and the Filigree Brads and make a jewellery box to accompany them. The Pretties' Kit can be used for a Variety of Projects I printed and cut out 6 small matchbox templates (w

Just Add Ink - Challenge # 4 - Colour

JAI Colour Challenge It's time for another challenge at Just Add Ink . I'm really enjoying participating in each one as a member of the Design Team. This week's colour challenge is really 'yummy' so get that mojo happening and let's see what you can create!! My picture was made using the 1 3/8 " Square Punch, lots of different accessories, techniques, cardstock, DSP and other punches. It was inspired by an example I found in a 2008, Fall/Winter SU American Idea Book and Catalog (p. 161). My upline, has made something like this and I have been itching to give it a go! Thanks Amanda for the inspiration!!!! It was really easy to make and it would be great to take to to a workshop, as it displays quite a variety of products, in fact way too many to put in this post! I think I'd go nuts!!! However, if you want any more info, please don't hesitate to drop me an email. The Gorgeous Colour Palette I covered the chipboard frame ( purchased

Inkspiration's Sketch Challenge # 18

A Kind Word I love the colour combo of Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss and Whisper White and have made a couple of cards recently using those gorgeous colours. This time around, I've added Pale Plum to the mix. For Keesh's challenge I wanted to ink up this girl stamp from a Kind Word as I hadn't used it yet!! Plus, I was dying to use some Flower Soft for the basket of flowers. With all this in mind, the sketch took on a very flowery theme! Inkspirations Sketch Challenge # 18 I altered the sketch ever so slightly because I didn't want to cover up the border that I had made using the Trio Flower Punch and DSP. Here's the 'deets' for A Kind Word - Stamp Sets: A Kind Word, Vintage Labels, Boho Backgrounds Cardstock: Whisper White, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum Ink: Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and for the watercolouring I used Blush Blossom Crayon, Perfect Plum Marker, Kiwi Kiss, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip Ink Accessories

Silhouette Stamps

Sunset in Cambodia - Inspired by Nature Sunset in Cambodia - Inspired by Nature & Bird on a Branch Sunset in Cambodia - Pocket Silhouettes Sunrise at Swansea - Pocket Silhouettes Sunrise at Swansea - Inspired by Nature Sunrise at Swansea - Upsy Daisy I just love the Stampin' Up! range of silhouette stamps that they have in the Idea Book and Catalogue. A few days back I posted a photo using this technique . Here are the rest of the cards I made. I simply found some photos of sunrise/sunsets from our personal collection and stamped silhouette images over the top with Basic Black ink. It's a very effective technique that I found in a recent card making magazine. I think they would make great Sympathy cards or for general use. I purposefully didn't put sentiments on most of them because I thought it spoiled the images. My hubby took these magnificent photos. Have an awesome day!! It's my last day of the holidays before I go back to teaching t

Freebies!!!

Free Stamp Sets - Organic Grace/Vintage Labels using Perfect Plum, Kiwi Kiss and Confetti White I have been wanting to do a post to advertise Sale-a-bration since it started on January 25th, but have been a little pre-occupied with being on the Design Team at Just Add Ink. I did, however, take part in a massive blog hop and made a few examples using the Happy Moments Stamp Set but have not got in contact with my customers!! Shame on me. You'll be hearing from me soon! Sale-a-bration really is a great time to hold a workshop. Take the above example for instance, if you host a workshop during the SAB period (until the end of March), you could get all three stamp sets featured and a punch for FREE! This is just one example - Hold a workshop and if sales reach over $600, you get a SAB stamp set of your choice for FREE (in this case - Vintage Labels). You would also be eligible for a Level 1 or 2 Hostess Set (in this example, Organic Grace). Then you'd have $70 to spend!!!

Just Add Ink - Challenge #3

Eastern Influences This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is a SKETCH CHALLENGE based on the sketch below. I think sketch challenges are the easiest to do as you can use any colours and stamp sets etc. that your little heart desires and the layout is all worked out for you! I was really eager to ink up my Eastern Influences stamp set and wanted to use Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss and Bravo Burgundy together. When I saw that big circle I knew I wanted to get the brayer out!!! The sky couldn't be any of those colours that I wanted to use, so I added Bordering Blue to the mix. I think Eastern Influences is going to be one of my favourite sets - just love the birds and the blossoms. Here's JAI's First Sketch Challenge Here's the Project Details: Stamp Set: Eastern Influences Cardstock: Glossy, Plain and Textured Whisper White, Textured Always Artichoke Ink: Basic Brown, Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy, Bordering Blue, Mellow Moss, Pale Plum Accessories:

I'm no Zindorf

Sunrise at Swansea - Upsy Daisy I was around at Tania's the other day, having a lovely time stamping and embossing, when on my way out the door, Tania mentioned that she forgot to ask me to demo the brayer! I suddenly remembered a great technique that I saw in a Card Making Magazine recently. There were some examples of Stampscapes stamped over photos of sunsets. Brilliant idea!! I thought this technique would look great using the Stampin' Up! Silhouette range of stamps . So here I am with example number one out of six that I did this afternoon. I'll show you the rest in a later post. I printed out lots of photos that my hubby had taken on a family holiday to Swansea (on the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania) and some sunset photos taken in Cambodia in 2008. I just printed them on Whisper White cardstock, stamped the silhouette in Basic Black and for this example, I added a sentiment from Pocket Silhouettes. Voila! So easy. I certainly won't stop trying to m

Star Wars

Star Wars' Pop Up Card Darth Vader I have been wanting to do a pop-up card for ages and came across some great ideas from Stamp-n-Design . There's a great castle pop up that Lynn has done and a link to where she found all the FREE templates. You should check it out! Well, this is pretty simple, no fancy ribbons or other accessories etc. as it was made for our son's 20th birthday. He's been keen on Star Wars since 'forever', so thought that this would be a bit of fun to make. The only SU products are the cardstock (Riding Hood Red, Basic Gray and Whisper White), Basic Black Ink and Silver Jumbo Brads! Got the DSP from a craft shop and the sentiment is from the Spring Mini (09). Ryan thought it was a hit!! That's the main thing. May the force be with you! Bronwyn