Friday, November 25, 2011

JAI 95 - Bah Humbug

With Christmas only a month away, it is very timely for Just Add Ink to have a Christmas Themed Challenge. However, this challenge is a little different to the average and we've entitled it 'Bah Humbug'!

JAI 95 - Best of Everything Button Tree
for the 'Bah Humbug' Challenge

The challenge is to make a paper craft project with a Christmas theme but you're not allowed to use 'Christmas stamps', Christmas patterned papers etc. (except for the sentiment of course). I hope you have fun with it and I'm looking forward to seeing what creative ideas our 'challengees' come up with.

Here's My Project Recipe:
Stamps: Best of Everything
Card Stock: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi (textured), Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red
Accessories: Two Tags Die, Perfect Pennants Die, Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon (retired), Boho Blossom Punch, Linen Thread, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Vintage Buttons (PTI), Neutrals DSP Pattern Stack, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Dimensionals

Happy stamping!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #96 - Christmas Stocking

Christmas Stocking Card

I purchased this stocking die a few days ago and it's been sitting on my craft desk just waiting to be used. The latest Inkspirations Colour Challenge was just the inspiration I needed to launch me into making my first Christmas Card for the season that will be mass produced!

Here's the lovely colour palette -

I used a Sizzix Bigz Stocking Die and matching embossing folder, the little bird stamp from SU's, Best of Everything and a Scallop Trim Border Punch. It was a very quick and easy Christmas card to make and that's a good thing when you have to make a few of them!

Thanks for taking a peek,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Freshly Made Spice Cake

Here's a card I made especially for the latest challenge at Freshly Made Sketches -

Freshly Made Spice Cake

I hope the leaf flourish is okay for the 'square' section of the sketch as I did not want to cover up the woven panel.

Here's the sketch -

It's been so nice to take some time out to craft before the rush to write end of year reports, go to presentations nights, son's graduation, organise the finer details for daughter's leaver's dinner, all of which are fast approaching! So I'm crafting while I still have a small window of opportunity.

Project Recipe:
Stamps: Spiced Paisley (SU December Release), It's Your Day
Ink: Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Blossom Party Die, Spice Cake DSP (SU December Release), 1/2" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Victoria Crochet Trim, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Leaf Flourish Die (Marieanne Creatables) and ...
... this amazing die called Wittle Weaver from Cheery Lyn Designs -

This cuts and embosses and makes it so easy to weave ribbon etc. to form a lovely background.

PS: (22/11/11) Thanks to Cindy Hall and the girls at Freshly Made Sketches for this award -

Thanks for stopping by,

JAI 94 - Spiced Paisley Scallop Circle Easel Card

I love sketch challenges and this week at Just Add Ink, I have designed a round sketch for our 94th Challenge.

JAI 94 - Spiced Paisley Scallop Circle Easel Card
(Colours used: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, More Mustard, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz)

JAI 94 - The Sketch

I made a scallop circle easel card using the beautiful DSP called Spice Cake and the matching stamp set, Spiced Paisley (SU December release). As you can see, I stuck pretty much to the sketch layout and used a swallow sizzlit die for the bird image and a beautiful flourish leaf die from Marianne Creatables.

My tutorial for a scallop circle easel card can be found here -

Life can be very busy at this time of the year but we hope you'll snatch some crafting time over the next few days, to join us at Just Add Ink for our latest sketch challenge. Make sure you hop on over to our challenge blog, check out the gorgeous inspiration from the other DT members and link up your own entry.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spice Cake Icecream Cone Card

Ever since my friend, Grace, made a cute icecream cone card from the Petal Cone Die, I've been meaning to make one for myself. I've been playing around with some new DSP called Spice Cake (December SU release) and came up with this idea to make a paisley inspired version.

The 'scoops' were made using the 2 1/2" circle and 2 3/8" scallop circle punches.

River Rock card stock was used for the cone and a Cuttlebug Paisley Embossing Folder. The cherry is from Button Buddies and embossed with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder for some extra shine.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you've had a great weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Reindeer Tag Easel Card

I love my Fridays off ...

... because I get some time to play.

I went into my craft room ...

... and this is what I made today!

I was inspired by these you see ...

... but an easel card was beckoning me! :)

JAI 93 - Colour Challenge

JAI 93 - Mum's Birthday Card

We have the most beautiful colour combination for the Just Add Ink Challenge this week, brought to us by our talented DT Member, Kim. If you'd like to play along, all you have to do is make a paper craft project using the gorgeous colours below (or similar), post it on your blog and link it up to the JAI challenge site.

My 'project' was affectionately dubbed the 'Rocking Horse' card by some of the DT on our JAI Ning Site because of its unusual shape as you can see from the back view -

Back View

I got the idea for this style of card from the latest free Kaiser Craft Workshop Magazine, November 2011. It features on the front cover and on page 8. I stuck pretty much to the layout and used a variety of stuff that was in my stash (long project recipe to follow).

It's a tad more tizzy than the norm for me but I enjoyed using lots of different accessories.

Project Recipe -

Stamps: Forever Young, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Ink: Melon Mambo, Pool Party
Card Stock: Glossy White, Textured Pool Party
Accessories: SU - Designer Printed Brad - In Color, Basic Pearls, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle and 1" Circle Punches, 1cm Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Flirtatious Speciality DSP, Dimensionals, Brights and Subtles DSP
Non-SU -
English Tea Party Lace Doily Die (Cheery Lynn Designs), Circle, Scallop Circle Nesties and Fleur de Lis Accents (Spellbinders), Doily Border Punch (Martha Stewart), Rolled Rose Die (Marianne Creatables)

Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #94

Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog.

I made another card today from my 'To Do List' using the colours from the latest challenge at Inkspirations. I only have 3 baby boy cards to do and I'm all caught up :)

Inkspirations Blossom Party

Isn't the combination so bright and funky? I love it!

Project Recipe: (SU)

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Melon Mambo
Card Stock: Glossy White, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Blossom Party Die, Word Window and Scallop Trim Border Punches, Melon Mambo Pom Pom Trim, Old Olive Brads (Brights), Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Brights and Regals DSP Patterns Stack, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Dimensionals, Non-SU Corner Rounder Punch

PS: Thanks to Nancy Riley for choosing this card as one of her iPICKS #154 and for the Honourable Mention at Inkspirations.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

A Book Mark for Color Throwdown #166

When I saw an elasticised bookmark in the Impressions Magazine, I was keen to give it a try. The video on Stampin' Connection was very helpful and Nikki's beautiful example for the latest Just Add Ink Challenge was more than enough inspiration to get me into my craft room today to try one of my own.

Color Throwdown #166

I decided to use the colours from the Color Throwdown #166 and discovered some Green Tea DSP in my stash that I had completely forgotten about that matched the colour combo perfectly.

I used SU's ribbons, button, Itty Bitty Punch, Pearls, DSP and the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die. The Bird Cage Die is from Marianne Creatables.

Now, all I need to do is cover that journal!

Color Throwdown Combo

Thanks for stopping by,

Pocket Silhouettes for Play Date Cafe and Mojo Monday

Pocket Silhouettes

It's a long weekend here in Northern Tasmania so I'm enjoying making some cards that are on my 'To Do List'. I've looked at some of the current challenges to get me inspired and have combined a colour challenge at the Play Date Cafe with a sketch challenge at Mojo Monday.

The Play Date Cafe #106 - Gray Yellow Pink
(I used SU's Basic Gray, So Saffron and Pink Pirouette)

Mojo Monday #213 - Round Sketch

Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, November 4, 2011

Freshly Made Sketches #9

My boss is turning the big '6' '0' on Monday and I needed to make a card for all the staff to sign. As masculine cards are really not 'my cup of tea' I turned to Freshly Made Sketches for a 'no fuss, no frills' sketch - just perfect! It was nice to finally have some time to play along.

I'm 150% certain Alan never reads my blog and I know that his lovely wife will be whisking him away over the long weekend to enjoy this special 'milestone'... so it's pretty safe to publish this post.

All products, with the minor exception of some Kaiser Rub Ons, are from Stampin' Up! Colours used - Marina Mist, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by,

JAI 92 - Just Add a Tag or a Bookmark

JAI 92 - Double Pocket Card with Tags

The challenge this week at Just Add Ink is to ... add a tag or a bookmark to your paper craft project. I made a basic Pocket Card from the beautiful Mocha Morning Speciality DSP to hold the two matching tags.

Some extra detail was added to the pockets by using the Eyelet Border Punch for some edge trimming as well as some machine stitching to hold the pockets together.

The layering of punches for the sentiment was an idea I picked up from a very talented demo called Julie Davison. You can find her beautiful card HERE. The finishing touch was the addition of a gorgeous rose bead that I discovered in my craft stash while I was searching for the Linen Thread.

The tags were stamped with Soft Suede using the flourish from Elements of Style.
I hope you get a chance to play along with our 92nd challenge. Over at Just Add Ink, there's some truly inspiring projects from the rest of the team to help get your creative juices flowing.

Happy stamping and enjoy your long weekend if you live in Northern Tasmania.

PS: Instructions on how to make a basic Double Pocket Card from DSP can be found HERE on You Tube. Enjoy!

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