Friday, July 30, 2010

JAI #28 - Just Add A Man Card

Well, here we are, almost at the end of another week!  This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is Just Add A Man Card along with a great colour combo thrown in for good measure!

The colour combo is

I must admit, I don't mind making masculine cards.  With as many males as there are in Jarrod's family, it's kind of been sink or swim, lol!  The most trouble I had with this challenge was reading & understanding it! 

Anywhoo, after realising that my original ideas had nothing to do with the challenge, I had to come up with something else.  Hoping to get some inspiration, I pulled out my catalogue and soon the floor was covered with DSP, chipboard and stamps, but I was coming up empty.  I prised myself up off the floor and as I sat down at my desk I noticed some offcuts left from cutting down some 12 x 12 Chocolate Chip for my adopted team's Deconvention.  Light bulb moment and this is what I ended up creating!

The stripes were created from the offcuts and adhered to the card using Mono Multi adhesive and my Quickie Glue Pen, which has a really, really fine tip - kind of like a pen.  The circles I made using my Circle Scissor Plus for the first time - yay me!  I used the Timeless Type Alphabet Junior sizzlets to die cut 'dad' out of Baja Breeze cardstock and covered them with a coating of Crystal Effects, so they're nice and shiny!  I used dimensionals to adhere the letters to the circles and to adhere the circles to the card.  Rounded the corners and I was done.  Father's Day cards for this year are done & dusted!

Thanks for visting and for all the lovely comments you have been leaving me!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Supplies Used:  All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps:  None!
Ink:  None!
Cardstock:  Kraft, Baha Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Circle Scissor Plus, Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Junior, Crystal Effects, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Mono Multi Adhesive, Quickie Glue Pen - Sakura

Sunday, July 25, 2010

JAI #27 Sketch Challenge

This week over at Just Add Ink it's a sketch challenge.
I had lots of ideas for this great sketch - one kept sticking in my mind, however trying to get it to work took way more time than I would have liked.  In the end, after filing lots of stuff in the round file, this is what I came up with.

Supplies Used: Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  Turning a New Leaf, Take Three Trio - Spring (PaperTrey Ink)
Ink:  Versamark, Black Staz On
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, Urban Oasis DSP
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Corner Rounder, Black Brad, Black 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon (PaperTrey Ink)

Friday, July 16, 2010

JAI #26 - Design Team Debut!!!!!

Oh My Goodness - it's finally here, my design team debut!    I'm so excited and nervous all at once.  Thank you to all of you who have left me messages of congratulations, it's so very much appreciated.  *hugs* to you all!

This week's challenge is Just Add - EMBOSSING.  Heat embossing is one of my favourite techniques.  It was the first thing I tried when I started stamping.  I still remember how cool it was watching that powder melt before my eyes. 

Anyway, this is what I came up with

I thought I'd also add in a little dry embossing as well, so I dry embossed a 'frame' on my watercolour paper.  I then masked the edges and stamped the daisies using Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.  I then made up a wash of water and a couple of drops of Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive reinkers and brushed it all over the watercolour paper using a paintbrush.  Then I waited for it to dry, which took AGES.  When it was dry, I matted it onto some Basic Black, wrapped some Linen Thread around a few times and added the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Tiny Tags, stamped using Black StazOn onto watercolour paper and punched out using the Jewelry Tag punch.  I also dry embossed a couple of lines at the bottom of the card base and added the main image using dimensionals.

So that's it - first assignment over!  Thanks for visiting and look forward to seeing your challenge entries.  Hope your day is a good one

Supplies -  All from Stampin' Up!
Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Tiny Tags
Ink:  Versamark, StazOn Black, Old Olive Reinker, Kiwi Kiss Reinker
Cardstock:  Kraft, Watercolour paper, Basic Black
Accessories:  Embossing Buddy, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Bone Folder, Ruler, Linen Thread, Jewelry Tag punch,

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Part 3 - Things I've made and not yet shown

Here I am, back again with more things that I have yet to post here.  Sad thing is, I will still have more to show after this. *blush*

Anyway, here's the first

This was a case from here, with a few minor changes - I used Fox and Friends from the current Autumn/Winter Mini as I didn't have Cheep Talk when I made this card.  I also decided to cover the whole front of the card with patterned paper.  I won't tell you how pieces of paper I wasted until I realised that the easiest way to achieve this look was to use Dotto to hold the cardstock and patterned paper together, run it through the BS and, remove the paper, THEN trim it to size.  I know, DUH, right!

Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  Fox & Friends, Trendy Trees
Ink:  Pacific Point
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, So Saffron, Good Morning Sunshine DSP
Accessories:  Movers & Shapers Curly Label Bigz Die, Big Shot, Word Window Punch, Old Olive 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon

This was supposed to be a case from pg 197 of the US 09/10 catalogue.  The patterned paper is from the Patterns Pack II DSP (Level 1 Hostess) in Garden Green.  The 'thanks' was diecut from Garden Green cardstock, using the Timeless Type Alphabet.  Turns out this is slightly larger than the Many Thanks sizzlet SU used in their sample, which messed up the whole design.  I made the flower by punching 3 scalloped circles from Very Vanilla and scrunching them up really, really well.  By doing this, you break the fibres in the paper, allowing you to be able to pull them apart, it also give them a kind of faux suede look.  A brad in the middle holds them all together and the edges have been distressed using Tea Dye Duo from PaperTrey Ink.

Supplies:  Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  None
Ink:  Tea Dye Duo (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Kraft, Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Pattern Prints II DSP
Accessories:  Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Medium Sizzlet Die, Little Leaves Sizzlet Die, Big Shot, Brad, Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Corner Rounder, Crafter's Tool Kit

Last one for tonight

This set uses the cutest little set from Sassafrass Lass.  Can't remember the name of it but I loved the fact that the flower is almost the same as one featured in the Good Morning Sunshine DSP.  I inked it up using my Pink Passion and Kiwi Kiss markers (which I made up myself from a tutorial I found here).

Supplies:  Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Sasafrass Lass, PaperTray (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Ink:  Pink Passion, Kiwi Kiss markers, Stazon Black
Accessories:  Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon

Monday, July 5, 2010

Just Add Ink #24

Well, here I am, back a little later than anticipated, but I guess you get that, lol!  Lucky there is some sort of football program on tonight, otherwise I'd still be fighting with my OH over the use of the laptop.

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is a sketch challenge,

Cute, hey.  I actually have  a non SU! set that would have been perfect but as I have to refrain from using 'contraband', I came up with this instead

I was so happy with the way this one turned out, I made another using the another sentiment from Upsy Daisy!

I have a lot of stamps that I purchased when the catalogue first came out that I have yet to use *blush*, so I have set myself a little challenge to use them all, at least one, before the new catalogue comes out in September.  In this case, I've used 2 - Inspired by Nature and Upsy Daisy. 

I also need to apologise for the quality of the photos.  I think I mentioned that I got a new camera for Mothers's Day and I forgot to adjust the settings for these photos.  I've left the aperture open too wide and have ended up with too shallow a depth of field, which has meant that the sentiments are not as sharp as they should be.  Lesson learned.  Check settings before you start!!!!

Have a good night!

Supplies Used
Stamps:  Inspired by Nature, Upsy Daisy
Ink:  Versamark, StazOn Black
Cardstock:  Basic Black (smooth & textured), Basic Grey, Whisper White
Accessories:  Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, dimensionals, Embossing Buddy

Saturday, July 3, 2010

July 2010 Stampin' Up! Promotion

Stampin' Up! have a fabulous promotion for the month of July.  I thought I'd add an update here, even though I have my great SU! Demonstrator Website that updates automatically, just in case you missed it!

I already have a few of these sets - Big Bold Birthday, Cottage Garden (which I was lucky enough to win at Convention) and Tiny Tags.  Cheep Talk has been on my wish list for ages, so I decided this was a GREAT time to get it. 

If you'd like to take advantage of this great offer too, just email me your order!   I can ship direct to you, Australia wide.

I'll be back a little later with my entry for JAI24!