Friday, 21 October 2016

Big Thank You for JAI #334

Hello and welcome! Well, the move has finally happened and we've just spent our first night in the new home. The strangest thing is waking up in the middle of the night a little disorientated and once we have realised where we are, needing to turn lights on to find our way. But it will soon become the new normal for sure :-) Sally is a little anxious about it all but we will be going back to the empty one today and that will help her work out that the new place is home now.

Also new today is the challenge at Just Add Ink where Di has suggested a photo filled with school shapes and letter ideas for our crafting this week. The design team have all created such fabulous and varied cards so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.

Here is the photo:

And here is my card:

What first jumped out at me from the photo were the large letter stamps and different typography elements so it seemed the perfect time to bring out the large text stamp in Thankful thoughts. The swirly shaped flowers represent the other swirly shapes on the table and the colours and there is the Hardwood background for the table itself. With all involved in the move, and such at least one thank you card has been needed so is perfect timing too :-)

Card stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Cucumber Crush
Stamps: Thankful Thoughts, Swirly Bird, Hardwood
Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Basic Rhinestones
Non- SU: Stitched Rectangle Dies - Simon Says Stamp

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the beautiful cards our lovely team has made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fabulous photo for inspiration too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 14 October 2016

Rugby Slider Card for JAI #333

Hello and happy Friday to you! This week has been full of early mornings and busy days - by this time next week we will have just spent our first night in our new home! Goodness, where has the time gone? Today we spent a little time in the new garden, giving it a tidy to get it veggie ready whilst waiting for a delivery....some might say it was an excuse to get away from packing and enjoy the sunshine and they wouldn't be wrong :-)

Also ready to be enjoyed is the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  Tina has suggested a letter challenge that is sure to be Just Add ...."G".so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and see the fabulous cards our lovely Team have made to inspire you and we also have another announcement that you won't want to miss!

 For my "G" elements, I went with goal posts, grass and geometric shapes to create this rugby themed slider card for my brother's birthday. Our family are all rather passionate All Black rugby supporters - the national past time of New Zealand for sure :-) So a goal kicking slider card will hopefully appeal to my fabulous brother - and the rest of his young family can play with it too :-)

To create the slider track, I used the Shooting Star Framelits and there is a video tutorial by Stampin Up showing how to use them you can see here. I created the goal posts out of strips of card stock and rounded the edges using a small circle punch.  The rugby ball is made using circle framelits and the 13/4 circle punch andfaux stitching details are added with a White Gel Pen. Then, it's mounted using Dimensionals with their edges snipped and placed between eyelits. Using your Embossing buddy both on the sides of all things sticky, as well as the slider track will help it slide better.

Card stock: Whisper White (Thick and standard), Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Serene Scenery
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Shooting Star Framelits, Circle Framelits, 1" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Paper Snips, Brights Enamel Shapes

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to see what you will create with "G" elements this week!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 7 October 2016

Summer Floral Background for JAI #331

Happy Friday everyone and welcome! This week has really flown and I am really looking forward to moving into the new home- 2 weeks today! The sunshine also arrived today - we had our warmest day since May, a lovely Spring like 26 degrees. That's what we like to see :-)

This week at Just Add Ink we have a couple of announcements to make plus a fabulous colour challenge set by the lovely Patrice. It's a beautiful mix of bold and vibrant colours that are so versatile and would suit many themes - flowers and Autumn/ Fall, Halloween and so many more so I hope you feel inspired to join us :-)

Here are the colours:


And here is my card:

 I decided to sponge the colours onto the Irresistibly Floral DSP and make a summer themed birthday card. It's a bit hard to see the Blushing Bride but it's used on the smallest flowers. When sponging on this DSP I found it is good to have a paper towel on hand to polish the white lines in the paper and remove the ink before it dries so the design pops thru cleanly. Then I layered some butterflies and covered the  black one in Wink of Stella - love that sparkle! Of course that could never be enough sparkle so I also added some to the flower centres and several more petals beyond :-)

The sunshine is die cut 4 times from white card stock and piled on top of each other to create some height and strength. The easiest way is to leave the dot of the "i" in the cut page until you need it otherwise they can be fun to find lol!

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Basic black, Blushing Bride
Designer Series Paper: Irresistibly Floral
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Versamark 
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Bold Butterfly Framelits, White EP, Clear Wink of Stella, Fancy Frost Sequins. Black 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 all the fabulous projects the design team have made to inspire you this week and and I look forward to seeing what you create with this fun colour combo too.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 30 September 2016

Pink Wings for Jai #321

Hello and a very happy Friday to you! Here in Melbourne it is a Public Holiday as we have the Grand Final of the footy on Saturday and there will be a parade today. It basically will be a Melbourne vs Sydney kind of thing the way it's worked out - and the local team, the Western Bulldogs haven't made a Final match in 62 years so even though I don't follow the game...Like most locals, I'm hoping the "Dogs" get over the line as would be a once in a lifetime event for their fans :-) EDIT: Am pleased to be able to say they DID win - woo hoo :-)

So just in time for the long weekend is our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. Nikki has suggested a fabulous and fun theme for us all to use - to Just Add WINGS!! Now there are all sorts of different wings - fixed, floating and coloured and colourful. Our wonderful team have all created a beautiful and wide variety of Winged ideas to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and fly on over and take a look and join us :-)

For my wings, I went with a mix of stamped and water coloured ones I haven't played with butterflies in a while and decided to aim for a soft and pink and girly look for the layers. The base layer is stamped in Melon Mambo - stamped off x5 for the lightest shade and then one less each time for the rest. The next butterfly is water coloured and die cut from water colour paper. And the top layer is of course some shiny gold foil for a bit of bling :-)

And many thanks to Di Barnes for creating this lovely new watermark too :-)

Card stock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Water color Paper
Designer Series Paper: Pop of Pink
Inks: Versamark, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Watercolor Wings, Timeless Textures, Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Butterflies Thinlits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Gold EP,  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Black Metallic Thread

It's all go for us at the moment too as we have now found our new home - less than 5mins drive away and there is much to do and organise in the next 3 weeks.  I am really blessed by the many offers of help already - from neighbours to old and new friends it really is awesome!! 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the rest of our lovely team's amazing cards and I look forward to seeing what you create with this fun theme this week too.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 23 September 2016

Scenic Flourish for JAI #330

Happy Friday to you and welcome :-) It's been a busy week with the impending house move getting closer. Hopefully this weekend is the one we find our new home. And we are taking Sally to the vet specialist today too as it seems she may need one last op to remove a torn ligament. So she's fasting (just in case) this morning which means she's still in show without breakfast - though I don't blame her :-)

So today we have a fun new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week, Kim has created a fabulous sketch for us all to use. Our lovely and talented team have all made beautiful cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us.

Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

I changed the large banner to the die cut strip and used leaves as my second smaller banner. Then it seemed to need some more leaves on the other I kept them underneath only.
The beautiful Serene Scenery DSP provides the perfect background for the floral pops of colour. And there is a light water colour wash added to the rectangle layer before using the Gold Wink of Stella to flick some gold touches - yes, they went everywhere :-)

Card stock: Old Olive, Whisper White (underneath the DSP so it can be popped up on dimensionals), Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Vellum, Watercolor Paper.
Designer Series Paper: Serene Scenery
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Birthday Blooms
Accessories: Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Gold EP,  Gold Wink of Stella, Metallic Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stitched Circle and Rectangle Dies- Simon Says Stamps

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the inspiration from the team this week I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fabulous sketch this week too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

More Swirly Bird Birthday

Hello and happy Tuesday  to you! I hope your week is going well. Here in Melbourne it is School Holidays and the Melbourne Show is in full swing - everything from baby animals, those insanely scary rides to showbags...and the sun is shining and the days starting to warm up a little  so perfect timing. And of course it is so lovely to see all the spring growth and blooms in the garden and also in the streets and parks when we are out walking with Sally the Lab. So many colours and birds - my favourite time of year :-)

The card I have to show you today is based on one I made recently for a lovely friend's birthday.  You can see that card here. I used the same stamps and design and just changed the colours to include those of a recent Just Add Ink colour challenge. Please not that this is not the current challenge - you can see that here :-)

Swirly Bird is one of my favourite stamps this year and this time I wanted the die cut panels to be popped up on dimensionals. As is the "bird's nest" :-) Very CAS today!

Card stock: Whisper White, thick and standard, Dapper Denim. Basic Black
Ink: Calypso Coral, Dapper Denim, Soft Sky
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles thinlits, White EP,  Subtles Enamel Shapes

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are able to enjoy the sunshine wherever you are and whatever you are doing today.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 16 September 2016

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop! This is my first time joining these talented and lovely ladies in their monthly hop and I am very honoured and excited to be doing so! In case we are new to you, our hops work on a circle basis so if you've started with me, just keep following the links until you wind up back here again.  So it's time to grab a cuppa and sit back and prepare to enjoy as you hop along to see the projects that all 9 of us have for you and we hope that you are inspired as we show you our Favourites from the Holiday Catalogue (or" Catalog" the spelling depending on where in the world you live :-) )

So a big warm Australian Spring welcome to you if you've just come from the talented Heidi Weaver - I just love her beautiful projects this month and I'm sure you do too!


For my three projects I've gone with a theme....beautiful Copper Foil! My usual style I would describe as Clean and layered with bling. I love a little dimension and sparkle :-) So todays' projects start very clean and become more layered as they progress so I hope you enjoy them.

This first card is very CAS - allowing the pretty copper star to shine. I've overlaid the star with a delicate vellum die cut from the matching Framelits. The sentiment is from a Christmas Carol (We Three Kings) so it was irresistible to the singer in me:-)

Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Copper Foil, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Smoky Slate
Stamps: Star of Light
Accessories: Big Shot, Starlight Thinlights, Copper EP,  Metallic Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals.

The second card has a little more layers and colour in amongst the copper details and uses the fabulous new Christmas Pines bundle - right down to the Mini Copper Pinecones! How gorgeous are they!! I stamped just one spray of pines and overlaid die cut branches and pinecones.

Card stock: Emerald Envy, Whisper White, Copper Foil, Soft Suede, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi
Stamps: Christmas Pines
Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Mini Pinecones, Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine (Red and White), Brights Enamel Shapes, Snail, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

For my third project I stepped it up a little and created a Gift Bag and Tag. The gift bag is created using DSP from the lovely Presents and Pinecones pack and the Gift Bag Punch Board. There is a great tutorial showing how to create the bags from Stampin Up that you can see here. Mine is a medium bag - using an 11"x 9" piece of DSP to start - and I created a flap to cover the top which is held in place by the copper band that the Tag is attached to.

For the Tag I couldn't help making a shaker ornament using the Merriest Wishes Bundle and Mica Flakes for snow. ( Shaker cards are my favourite in case you were wondering :-) )I die cut two of the pretty ornaments - one white, and one in copper and then used simple Circle Framelits (or you could use a punch) to cut the white version shorter so it fits within the copper circle. I also cut the Foam Adhesive strips in half longwise so they wouldn't be so easily seen as the outer circle width is thinner than the strips. Then it was a case of adding a back and a copper strip edge to enclose it all and suspending it on the tag itself. Such fun!!

Card stock: Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Copper Foil, Window Sheet
Designer Series Paper: Presents and Pinecones
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Merriest Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot: Merry Tag Framelits, Triple Banner Punch, Bakers Twine Trio Pack (Gold), White Organza Ribbon, Copper EP, Regals Enamel Shapes ( Cherry Cobbler), Mica Flakes (white), Dimensionals, Foam Adhesive Strips, Fast Fuse, Snail, Gift Bag Punch Board.

Thanks for stopping by today and now you are off to visit the lovely Marsha Reed and her gorgeous projects or you can head back and see the loveliness that Heidi Weaver has created for you - either way you won't be disappointed!
If you happen to get lost along the way, just click on  the "Home" button which will take you to the Wacky Watercooler Blog Homepage and a full list of all the participants :-) 

Happy stamping until next time,