Friday, 20 January 2017

Just Add Ink #343 Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back for our first Just Add Ink challenge for 2017. I must admit to being excited to be back creating amongst this group of very lovely and amazingly talented ladies again! 
We always like to start off the year with a Blog Hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. This year, Nikki has suggested a fun and exciting theme to kick things off by suggesting we all "Just Add a Pop-up or Interactive" element to our projects. 

So we are starting off the year with a celebration of crafty goodness and inspiration and hope that you will join in the challenge with us and create your own Pop Up or Interactive card.
You can begin the blog hop here on my blog or at any of the design team members blog posts. Just follow the hop by clicking on the Next button at the bottom of all the design team posts. Or you can start at the beginning by clicking Here or on the challenge banner above.

If you are happily hopping along you will have arrived here from Chantell's blog and her amazing venetian blind card.

For my project, I have a Surprise Slider card using the new Cool Treats Bundle for my oldest Niece whose birthday is not far away :-)

You can see there is a tab at the top of the card and pulling this up is the mechanism for the slider to reveal 6 scoops of ice cream :-)

The slider mechanism was easy to create using my paper cutter to cut a slot behind the ice cream scoops. I used some tap washers with Dimensionals inside to run up and down the "track". Ideally, the top layer would be larger to easily hide the underneath layers but in this case I had to be a little creative, lol. Therefore the top layer of scoops is only able to be adhered under the cone so as to hide the surprise scoops. I used a tutorial by Jennifer McGuire for inspiration that you can see here.

If you look closely, you can see the track behind the scoops in the photo above. For durability, I used the Thick White card stock for both the card front layer and the Pull Tab as it is strong enough to keep it's shape and hold up under the weight of the washers too. 
An added layer of Pool Party behind the silver 6 allows for a touch of colour to peek through as well as extra height :-)

This stamp set is so cute and fun and I am in love with the sweet Sprinkles Embellishments - perfect for a Shaker card or sprinkled on top of a project too :-) 

Thanks for stopping by today and I am sure you will have fun hopping around to all our talented Just Add Ink team members.
 Next you are off to visit the lovely Shona and her wonderful project which I know you will love. 
 If you get lost along the way, just click on the challenge Banner at the top of any design team member's post to take you to the full list of names. Enjoy!

Card stock: Whisper White (Thick), Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer.
Designer Series Paper: Tasty Treats Specialty
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Chocolate Chip, White Craft
Stamps: Cool Treats
Accessories: Big shot, Frozen Treats Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Project Life Corner Rounder, Subtles Enamel Dots, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Fast Fuse
Non SU: Tap Washers (Bunnings)

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Happy Dragonfly Birthday

Happy Tuesday and welcome! We have had a hot few days here in Melbourne lately and the cool change is due to come through overnight with a sprinkle of showers that the veggie garden will gladly welcome. One good thing about 38 degrees is that washing dries really quickly - and so does ink :-)

This card is one I made recently for a lovely friend's birthday. Keeping it elegant as well as clean and simple was the aim here. The background uses Distress Inks, blending to create an ombre effect and keep the central area light to seem (hopefully) as though the dragonflies are flying away into the distance. I love how adding simple flicks of water and Wink of Stella can make such a difference! The dragonflies are layered on top of each other to create more dimension and I resisted the idea of adding some Wink of Stella to them as sometimes I've found it doesn't look quite as even on White card stock as on other surfaces and there already was plenty of sparkle to the background too :-)

Card stock; Whisper White (Thick), Watercolor Paper, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Wishes
Access: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, White EP,
Non SU: Distress Inks- Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry
Stitched Rectangle Die - Simon Says Stamps
Sequins: Crystal Reflections - SSS

Can you tell that I love this Dragonfly bundle already? Yes, it has so many possibilities when combined with the lovely co ordinating dies and different textures and endless colour combinations...
And yes, I am continuing my New Year's resolution of trying new things. It also meant that a little extra storage in the new Craft room was needed too - a new Ikea bookcase add on and so good to have a tidy home for everything (almost :-) )

Happy stamping until next time,


Monday, 2 January 2017

Sending Sunshine

Happy New Year to you! I hope that 2017 is a wonderful year for you and all your family!

This year I'd like to broaden my horizons a little bit craft wise with some new techniques and what better way to start than with a challenge?! Today, I've created for a new colour challenge called Colour Inkspirations that is for Stampin Up enthusiasts and can be found on Facebook here.

This week the challenge colours are Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Daffodil Delight. 

And here's my card:

The yellow made me think of warm sunshine and as that is what we were lacking here in Melbourne today, I decided to make some :-) For the background I used a "smooshing" technique, adding colour to a piece of Window Sheet (or acetate) and then spritzing it with water before "smooshing" the colour onto the watercolor paper. I love how this technique gives a completely different result every time you do it. Then, I flicked some Clear Wink of Stella over it all when it was dry for some subtle sparkle.
Tip: I find both, taping down the watercolor paper to a wooden board whilst it is wet and then when dry, adding a layer of Thick White card stock underneath helps keep the warping of the paper to a minimum :-)
The Dragonflies are added to each other with dimensionals to allow both colours to show through and I cut 3 of the sunshines and layered them on each other for more 3D effects.

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White - thick and standard, Silver Glimmer, Vellum, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Sunshine Wishes thinlits, Stitched Circle Framelits, Metallic Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella, Window Sheet

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to try some new challenges and techniques in 2017 too.

Happy stamping until next time,


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Dragonfly Birthday

Happy New Year's Eve everyone! I hope you are enjoying the holidays and that the weather is treating you well. Here in Melbourne, we had some heavy rain to end a steamy, humid week and many people were caught out on the road and had backyards and some even their homes flooded. I was lucky and only had water lapping at the back door and not inside.

In the week before Christmas we had a trip into town to see the Nutcracker Ballet with my lovely friend Katerina and her daughter Miss N - and it was a good time to pass on a card and small gift for Katerina's Birthday on Christmas Eve.

The card is a CASE from the Stampin Success Magazine - I loved the effect and changed the orientation of the card but kept the general idea. An Aquapainter on Watercolor paper was used to colour the butterfly and for the background, used the lid of the Aquapainter to help me flick on some colour. Then added plenty of Wink of Stella to cover the die cut Dragoanfly.

Card stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Soft Sky
Ink: Dapper Denim, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Aquapainter, Wink of Stella, Brights Enamel Shapes

And I also made this cute little gift bag to hold a gift voucher I made for her too. It uses the same stamp set for the sentiment and the Blooms and Bliss DSP for the bag itself.

Underneath the shortened Hello Lovely layer, is where the gift tag is. There are three layers and the
the bow and handle keeps them all together.

Card stock: Soft Sky
Designer Series Paper: Blooms and Bliss
Ink: Dapper Denim
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Framelits, PL Hello Lovely Card Collection, Bakers Twine Trio Pack (Gold)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and that 2017 is a wonderful year for you and all your family!

Happy stamping until next year :-)


Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Meowy Woofmas - a Case

Happy Christmas to you!!I hope that you all had a wonderful day with family and friends and are  enjoying this often relaxing Boxing Day. I had a lovely day shared with friends - lovely company, beautiful food and spoilt as always - Sally included! We have been saying for months that Summer has been hiding - but she came out in full force for Christmas Day - 37 degrees! A total scorcher!

 So with the rush all over (unless you're braving the shops today) it's time to share the last and possibly the year's cutest Christmas card :-) I saw this by Laura Bassen and knew it would be perfect for some of our doggie friends. And as such, why meddle with perfection and so it became a rather rare CASE. I am still learning Copic colouring so it was a great reason for some practice and also the background is created using my new Distress Inks.

We made a couple of these -  for one of our park friends and family and the other to accompany our annual hamper for the Vet Referral Hospital in Hallam as Sally's  Specialist and team have always been so very generous to both of us.

For the occasion, Miss Sally was dressed in her Elf costume, and to save time, we decided to do this at the Park after her walk so she could still roll in the grass beforehand. In theory this was a good idea. But in practice it was very costly as I tool my mobile phone out of my pocket and put it on the grass... a toddler with Grandad in tow wanting to give her a pat was enough of a distraction and we left the park without it. Suffice to say it was stolen and so...a new phone was needed and quickly as it was the Friday before Christmas! However the staff at the Clinic were very happy to see her and made a lovely fuss of her :-)
UPDATE: It turns out my hairdresser called me shortly after I'd left the park and "got some guy who found your phone in a park". Anthony then made the huge effort to pick it up and contact me via Facebook to return it. And with Apple's "cooling off" policy, I was able to return the new phone too.
So nice to have a good new story at Christmas :-) Taking a cake into the salon was the least I could do!

Card stock: Water color paper, Whisper White Thick and standard
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black ,
Accessories: Big Shot,  Brights Enamel Shapes

Non SU:
Stamp: Meowy Woofmas (Mama Elephant),
Accessories: Copic Markers, ME  Co-ordinating Creative cuts, Glossy Accents

This is what the fuss was all about - she didn't mind wearing it except for the hat :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you are enjoying spending time with friends and family over the holidays.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 23 December 2016

Neutral Noel for JAI #342

Hello and welcome to the last Friday before Christmas for 2016! Time has flown and Christmas and the end of the year are almost here. The decorations are up and blinking and the carols have been playing. It really is my favourite time of year even though this year the timing has caught me somewhat by surprise and I am not as ready as usual or as much as I'd like.

And it is also our last challenge at Just Add Ink for the year. This week, Tina has a letter challenge to spark our creativity  - she has asked us to... Just Add...."N". There are lots of "N" ideas you could use from Navy coloured to a Nativity or Noel. Our lovely design team have all created wonderful cards to inspire you this week so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look. This challenge runs until January 4th to give you some time amongst the holiday's fesitivities to join and share with us :-)

I chose "Neutrals" and a "Noel" for my "N" items and made 2 cards!! I don't often use a lot of Crumbcake card and so this ended up being a true challenge for me but I like how well the copper and emerald green pop against it so I will make a few more of these instead of my usual white based creations. Now I'm left wondering why I didn't use them more before!

The "Noel" is embossed in Copper and the background has some Gold Wink of Stella flicked onto it. I've only recently worked out how to do this and it is quite easy when you know how like all things :-)   First make sure your pen's nib is full of ink, then place on the inside of the lid and the motion is that of doing a tick - like you are marking school homework and the more ink, the bigger the splatter will be.

The second card uses the same design, just real ribbons are added for some softness and texture instead of the die cut ones. Which one do you prefer? In both, the white spray is stamped in Versamark and then embossed onto the Crumbcake layer and the Noel in Copper. The only other colour comes from the die cut green leaves and on this one, the red and white twine.

Card stock: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Emerald Envy, Copper Foil
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Pines
Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Copper EP, White EP, Gold Wink of Stella, Burlap Ribbon, Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine, White Perfect Accents, Mini Pinecones

I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the rest of the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create using the letter "N" too :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and all throughout the year and a special thank you for all of you who have taken the time to leave comments. I love hearing from you and hope that you are inspired to make some cards too and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and may 2017 be a wonderful year for you and all your family!!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 16 December 2016

Trees for JAI #341

Happy Friday to you and welcome! This week has simply flown. We are still struggling with no home phone or internet despite many phone calls to the local hopefully the fault will all be sorted out soon as it's been two weeks now and it's too long already.

Much happier news though is the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. Kim has suggested a beautiful colour challenge for us all to use and it works so well for Christmas and all the last minute parcels and cards you may have to decorate. The lovely design team have all made wonderful creations to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look.

Here are the colours:

And here is my card:

The first idea that came to mind was to create Old Olive trees and the rest came from there. I've used trees from Santa's Sleigh and am wondering if the central tree is a little high but is a bit late now. For the background and to add details to the tree, I simply flicked on some Clear Wink of Stella to add a subtle Silver wink :-)

Card stock: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark
Stamps: Santa's Sleigh, Christmas Pines
Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Framelits, White EP, Clear Wink of Stella, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Metallic Thread

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the wonderful cards the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge too.

Happy stamping until next time,