Friday, April 30, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge # 15 - Sketch

Coffee for Tess

Here's my take on this week's sketch at Just Add Ink. I had so ... much fun putting this one together. It's a combination of an idea I've had for ages plus an idea from my lovely friend, Amanda.

I was waiting for the right time to make a card using the sentiment, "Chocolate, coffee, men - some things are better rich" and show the three said 'objects' but was always stuck for an idea on how I was going to 'stamp' the chocolate. Up until the last minute it was going to be a chocolate cupcake until I remembered about the DSP from 'Good Morning Sunshine' - perfect!

Amanda and I had talked about ways we could use 'Tess' other than with her collection of stamp supplies and she came up with the coffee cup and matching sentiment. So I blended the two ideas for this week's sketch.

I hope it brings a smile to your face!

JAI Challenge # 15 - Sketch

Chocolate made from Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Brushed Silver Cardstock for the Foil and Scallop Square Punch for the 'bite'.

I have used Paper Piecing for her clothes and hair. Soft Suede cardstock was used for the trousers and Baja Breeze DSP for Tess's shirt. Her hair is textured Sahara Sand with Chocolate Chip ink sponged over the top.

I had to cover the original sentiment with a new one stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock because it had 'bled' a little. I actually thought the 'boo boo' was a good thing 'cause I like this idea better.

I hope you've enjoyed taking a peep and I would love to hear about your ideas on how you've used the Tote-ally Tess stamp set.

Project Recipe:

Stamp Sets: Tote-ally Tess, Share a Cup, All in the Family, Sip by Sip, Sanded
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Brushed Silver
Accessories: Baja Breeze DSP, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, 1 3/8" Square Punch, Spiral Punch, Scallop Square Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Stamping Sponge

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Bron does 'Simple' - K. Werner's One Layer Card Challenge

# 1

# 2

I think # 1 has more appeal. What do you think?

I'm knee deep in SWAPS at the moment and at the same time I'm thinking about what to do for this week's Just Add Ink DTM submission! My last post which showed cards made from the Scallop Circle Die got me thinking about why I find it so difficult to do SIMPLE (They were SWAP reject ideas by the way).

I went to my computer and decided to upload the last two cards into my Splitcoast Gallery and I came across this card here. I really liked the simplicity of it and thought I'd ink up my new Hostess Level 2 Set - 'Asian Artistry' and give the idea a go!

I'm super duper pleased with myself that I did a ONE LAYERED CARD! Yay! I think I might even do a handful as SWAPS for people that love the clean and simple approach to card making. My question is whether or not I'll be able to leave them like that or add some paper piercing in the corners. Either way, they will still remain one layer. I think I kinda like this new found obsession.

My customers will be happy to know that you won't need any major 'tools' to complete these examples. All you need is some cardstock, ink, sponge and stamps. My friends who know me well will be aware that I love all my gadgets, especially punches so this is a bit of a mind shift for me.

After paying a visit to some of my favourite blogs, I've just realised this fits into K. Werner's latest challenge - bonus. So .. I'm off to link it up with about an hour to go before the deadline!!

Project Recipe for Asian Artistry:

Stamp Set: Asian Artistry
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black
Accessories: Stamping Sponge

Thanks for stopping by,
Bron XX

Two More Cards Made from the Scallop Circle Die

Vintage Thank You

Project Details:
Stamp Sets: Cute & Curly, Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Wheel, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kraft, Very Vanilla (Textured)
Ink: NQN, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Kraft Taffeta Ribbon, Half Back Pearl from Pretties Kit, Bella Bleu DSP, Scallop Circle Die, Medium Jewelry Tag, Eyelet Border Punch, Curly Label Punch, Jumbo Eyelet - Antique Brass, Crop-A-Dile, Crimper,Big Shot

Welcome Baby Girl

Project Details:

Stamp Set: Short & Sweet
Cardstock: Pink Pirouette
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Eyelet Border, Photo Corners, 1" Circle and 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Silver Brads, White Taffeta Ribbon, Candy Lane DSP, Big Shot

The inspiration for this card came from a Splitcoast Member's Gallery and the original idea can be traced to here.

This was the first time I had a play with my new Big Shot Die Cutting Machine. It's totally awesome!

My next dINKy chicks' stamping group will be making 3 quick and easy cards using the Big Shot. It is scheduled for Friday night, June 25th for the total cost of just $9. Apologies for the long wait but with School Reports, Just Add Ink commitments, SWAPS to make for Sydney etc. life is a tad hectic!

The good news is my SWAPS are so much easier to do with the Big Shot but fussy me still has lots of little stamped images that need cutting out with my trusty Paper Snips to be popped up with Dimensionals, stamps to be aligned with the Stamp-a-ma-Jig etc. Fun times ahead! Why can't I just do simple???

Thanks for taking the time to drop by!
Until next time ...

Bron xx

Friday, April 23, 2010

Vintage Girl - Tutorial on Faux Linen and Emerging Colour

Vintage Girl

Here's a tutorial I have put together to show you how to combine a few techniques to make a Vintage Picture/Scrapbook Page or Card.

Step1: Soak your crocheted flowers and twill tape in a bowl of coffee. Remove and let them dry. If you're in a hurry, use a heat gun to dry them (Don't get it too close to your embellishments).

Step 2: For the FAUX LINEN look, get a piece of White Glossy Cardstock and sandpaper it both ways - horizontally and vertically.

Step 3: Print out a photo or an image from your computer onto the cardstock.

Here's a close up of the image with the faux linen look. I downloaded this free image from the Graphics Fairy.

Step 4: Mask the image with a cut out and place the Wheel Guide over it ready to roll the 'Very Vintage' Wheel stamp over the top.

Step 5: Using a cartridge filled with a few drops of Sahara Sand Ink Refill, roll the wheel stamp across the masked picture.

Step 6: Repeat as many times as necessary to cover the area you require and remove the masking from the picture.

Step 7: Using a blender pen and some ink from a refill or from your stamp pad, colour in some of the images on the background stamp.

When I did this step I was thinking about making a large focal picture for a scrapbook page. However, half way through the process I decided I would put it in a frame instead, so unfortunately all my coloured images turned out to be 'hidden', making this step unnecessary! Oh well!

Step 8: Stamp images from 'Vintage Vogue' using Always Artichoke Ink.

Step 9: Rub the surface with an embossing buddy.

Step 10: Stamp the Baroque Background Stamp over your image using Versa Mark.

Step 11: Cover the stamped area with Clear Embossing Powder and shake off excess powder.

Step 12: Emboss with the Heat Tool until clear image emerges.

Step 13: Sponge over the image using a wedge of Stamping Sponge and Sahara Sand Ink to complete the EMERGING COLOUR technique.

Step 14: Buff off the ink from the embossed area with a tissue.

Step 15: Cover a chipboard frame (non-SU) with Bella Rose DSP using Tombow Glue.

Step 16: Place your image behind the frame and secure the backing chipboard and stand with Sticky Strip.

Step 17: Embellish your image with some cute accessories. For more details on this part of the process, please look at the accompanying post, here.

It was a bit of a long process but worth it in the end because I was happy with the result. It looks much prettier in real life! Let me know if you try something similar. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Happy crafting,

Just Add Vintage - Challenge # 14 at Just Add Ink

Vintage Girl

This is my Vintage Theme inspired 'scrapbook' page made using a chipboard picture frame. It will be a present for Lisi when she opens her own shop called, 'Miss Vintage' in Perth, Tasmania, very soon!

The smaller crocheted flowers are from the retired SU Summer Mini Catalogue, but the large crocheted one was made especially for this project by my very talented friend, Andrea H (All of them, plus the twill tape was dyed with coffee). The rose was made by twisting twill tape onto cardstock secured by sticky strip. Amanda, at Just Add Ink, has a great tutorial on how to make these.

The hat pin and pearls are from the SU Pretties' Kit.

The ruffled ribbon is made from SU twill tape and gathered on the sewing machine.

The free image of the girl is from the Graphic's Fairy

Ink - Always Artichoke, Pink Pirouette and Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets - Baroque, Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel, Heartfelt Thanks
DSP - Bella Rose

This is only a brief summary about how this picture came together. I have made a TUTORIAL on another post to highlight some of the techniques that were used in the process. You can view it here.

I hope you have been inspired by my entry for this week and by the awesome work of my fellow DT Members at Just Add Ink. If you haven't already, you need to check them out as they are nothing short of sensational!

So ... think lace, pearls, distressed, crumpled ... etc. and have a go at Just Adding 'Vintage' for this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

If you're a member of the Dirty Dozen Fan Club on Splitcoast Stampers, you'll also be aware that Vintage is the theme for this month! So, the bonus is you'll be able to upload your entry in the challenge there too. Have fun!

Until next time,
Bron XX

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Scallop Circle Die Meets Rich Razzleberry

Scallop Circle Upsy Daisy Card

If you haven't already heard, there's a new mini catalogue out this month and it has some fantastic new products!!!

Last weekend, I started to play around with the new Scallop Circle Die, new Cottage Wall Designer Series Paper and the new colour, Rich Razzleberry. I'm in love! I'm fine tuning some ideas for SWAPS so they will be a bit quicker to make using my brand new Big Shot Machine! This card is not one of them but a first attempt!

I got out the old faithful 'Upsy Daisy' stamp instead of Vintage Vogue to see what it would look like!

I'll be back with more ....

Bron XX

Haute Tote Designer Bag

Haute Tote

I told you I'd be back with another one of these fantastic Haute Tote Designer Bags!

Here's one I made using the Candy Lane DSP, Chocolate Chip cardstock for contrast and Jumbo Brads. The clip attachment is non-SU from my jewellery stash.

I'm hooked!

The template from Creations by AR can be purchased here. Happy crafting.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge # 13 - Colour

It's time for another COLOUR CHALLENGE at Just Add Ink. It's a lovely palette to work with and here's my take on this week's challenge! There's that little owl again!

Trendy Owl

Here's the Yummy Colour Combo for this Week

Lovin' the Top Note Die and Metal EdgeTags

Here are the Deets:
Stamp Sets: Fox & Friends, Trendy Trees, Funky Forest, Polka Dot, Think Happy Thoughts
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip and Barely Banana
Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss (textured), Barely Banana, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Top Note Die, Metal Edge Tag, Crop-A-Dile, 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Linen Thread, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle Punches, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat, Stamp-a-ma-jig, DSP from Urban Garden, Bella Rose and Good Morning Sunshine.

Have a great weekend, Bronwyn.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge # 12 - Sketch

Altered Jewel CD Case to hold a Music/Gift Voucher

This Week's Sketch at Just Add Ink

With Gift Tag

Inside the Case - A Mini Envelope for some Money/Voucher and a 'CD' made from DSP

Here's my DT submission for this week's sketch challenge at Just Add Ink. While I was surfing the net I came across an idea to use an empty Jewel CD Case as a mini albumn. I decided to make it hold a voucher or money instead, as my daughter often gives Music Vouchers as birthday presents (She's nearly 17). I have an idea to convert a DVD case for movie tickets too. Stay tuned for that one.

Here are the Project Details:

Stamp Sets: Pocket Silhouettes, Think Happy Thoughts, Winter Post
Ink: Old Olive, Orchid Opulence, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Cottage Wall DSP, XL Two-Step Bird Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, SU! Scallop Envelope Bigz Die, 3/4", 1" & 1 1/4" Circle Punches, Small Tag & Tag Punches, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Rich Razzleberry 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Crop-A-Dile, Crystal Effects, Sticky Strip, Stamping Sponge

I LOVE sketch challenges and I hope you can find time to join in this week's challenge at Just Add Ink.

Here's a reminder about a couple of the rules - Provide a DIRECT LINK to your post and projects must be NEW. Here's a NEWBIE which I'm pretty happy about - Projects must be EXCLUSIVE to the JAI CHALLENGE.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope to be back soon but will have to put some more energy into making my SWAPS for Sydney.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane # 6 - Bugs 'n' Butterflies

Pick A Petal and Sprinkles

Priceless and So Swirly


I should be creating some new stuff (Well I have but that's for JAI and SWAPS for Convention, so I can't post those things just yet!), but my mum's also staying with me at the moment and she's still fast asleep in the spare room, which happens to be my stamp room!! I've spent my early morning browsing through sites and purchased some more templates! I love 3D stuff. Can't wait to find the time to make some of them! Anyway, these cards will have to do for now!

It's funny to look back at cards I made a long time ago. Thank goodness a person can improve with practice, although I still have days when nothing seems to go right and my mojo takes a holiday!

Until next time,
Bronwyn XX


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