Saturday, January 29, 2011

JAI #53 - Just Add Inspriation/Add A Burst of Colour

or if' you're like me, just do whatever!  It's safe to say that I did not properly read or understand the DT challenge at JAI this week.  We were given this beautiful photo with the description 'Just Add Inspiration - Add a Burst of Colour'.

Now, I did give this photo a glace - yep, bright yellow but as you can see from what I made, the bright colour was the only thing I took from this photo. *smacks forehead.  This is what I made

When I read  'Bursts of Colour', I immediately thought of black, white, with a bit of something bright to really pop!  Then I was reading Cath's Moxie Fab World blog and there was a colour challenge of black, white, bright pink and orange.  Perfect!  What stamps should I use - lightbulb - Avairy.

Then it went downhill a bit.  The stands for the birdcages ended up being a bit low in the end and not quite as evenly spaced as I would have liked.  I should have started again at that point but I had stuck that ruffled ribbon down and it was stuck good & proper and I didn't think it would withstand another move around on the card before totally unravelling.  I thought there was a bit too much white space at the top so I added a couple of score lines - oops, bad move - we'll fix that by adding a little more ruffled ribbon and some bling to blind anyone looking too close!

Well, must dash.  I've got the grocery & meat shopping to put away before I start the ironing (fun day, hey?)

I'm looking foward to seeing your creations this week.  Don't forget to check out the great creations the other DT girls have come up with - just beautiful!

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies Used:  All SU! except where noted
Stamps:  Aviary, Occassional Quotes
Ink:  Black Staz On, Regal Rose, Peach Parfait
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestone Jewels, SAMJ, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Modern Label Extra Large Punch, Hibiscus Burst Satin Ribbon (PTI)

Songs I listed to whilst blogging (and eating my lunch):  Telephone - Lady Gaga & Beyonce, 17 - Ladytron, Fantastic Voyage - Lakeside, Immagination - Laura Branigan, Immigrant Song - Led Lepplin (yes, in the L's on iTunes)

Friday, January 21, 2011

JAI #52 - Sketch Challenge

This week at Just Add Ink it's Sketch Challenge Time.  And yowzers, I found it super tough.

Usually I have some idea of how I want things to work out, but with this sketch I was totally stumped.  In the end, I picked up  my colour coach for some inspiration.  The combo of Pure Poppy, Not Quite Navy and Sahara Sand  had caught my eye before, however it's a bit masculine and I thought this sketch was a bit feminine.  So that was the challenge I set myself, to see if I could make a masculine card from a feminine sketch as I had no other ideas!
Here's what I made:

I used my Top Note die to cut the wavy line, I used the Square Lattice embossing folder (from the Summer Mini) on the Not Quite Navy layer and I clear embossed the sentiment and the dots.  A couple of slivers of Sahara Sand cardstock and I was done.  The Not Quite Navy layer is popped up on dimensionals to give it a bit of lift.

So what do you think?? Does it work????  I hope so.

Be sure to check out what the other Design Team have come up with!  Thanks for visiting :)

Supplies Used:  All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Apple Blossoms, Birthday Basics (PaperTrey Ink)
Cardstock:  Pure Poppy, Not Quite Navy, Sahara Sand and Sahara Sand DSP (from the Neutrals stack)
Ink:  Versamark
Accessories:  Heat Gun, Clear Embosssing Powder, Embossing Buddy, SAMJ, Big Shot, Top Note Die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Dimensionals, Corner Rounder (retired), Tombo Mono Multi, Quickie Glue Pen (Sakura)

Monday, January 17, 2011

JAI # 51 - Just Add Monochrome

OMG, where is my head at this week????  Can't believe I nearly forgot to post this.

Anyway, this week the challenge at Just Add Ink is Just Add Monochrome.   This is what I made

I must admit, I have made this card before, but I've never gotten around to sharing here.  So when my original idea didn't work out the way it did in my head, I resorted to what I knew would work!

I have stamped the swirl from Baroque Motifs 3 times with Versamark and then embossed with some embossing powder that I have had in my stash for ever.  I don't have a lot of it left so I am quite stingy when I use it as it looks so pretty on Very Vanilla.  The sentiment is from an old SAB set from a couple of years ago.  And yes, it is on crooked. *aaargh* - didn't notice until it was way, way too late.

Normally I make this as single layer card but this time I thought I'd  mix it up a bit and make an additional layer.  The card base is 5" SQ and the layer is a 1/4" smaller (I think).  Both the layer and the senitment are popped up on dimensionals.

Be sure to check out what the rest of the design team have done, all gorgeous as usual.

Well, that's it from me for tonight.  Thanks for visiting :)

Supplies Used:  All Stampin' Up! except where noted
Stamps:  Baroque Motifs, Congrats
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Accessories:  Heat Gun, Embossing Buddy, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Dimensionals, Pearl White Embossing Powder (Inky Pinky)

Friday, January 7, 2011

JAI #50 - Colour Combo

This week at JAI it's a colour challenge

When faced with a colour challenge, I like to gather all my colours together to see what they look like together.  These were kind of floral colours to me, so I started pulling out stamp sets I thought would look good, when I came across Cheep Talk.  Bingo, just what I was looking for and this is what I made

I took a bit of inspiration from Felicity's Christmas card with the ribbon treatment, and I was pleased to use another stamp set for the first time :).  It's a bit hard to tell but the little bird is popped up on a dimensional as is the sentiment.

Well, that's it from me today.  Finally, it appears we are getting some warm weather, typical when I have to return to work on Monday :(  Hope you have a wonderful day and weekend.

Supplies Used:  All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
Stamps:  Cheep Talk, Hello Again
Ink:  So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Riding Hood Red
Cardstock:  Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla, So Saffron
Accessories:  Riding Hood Red Striped Ribbon (retired), Linen Thread, Bigshot, Cloud Die and purple button (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Aussie Cards for Sale

Today, when I was going through my Google Reader I came across a post on Karen's blog about Aussie Cards for Sale, which is an Australian website specialising in Handmade Cards.  They are looking for new designers to sell their cards on their website, and since I make way more cards than I sell (or send out *blush*), I thought I throw my hat into the ring, in the hope I may get chosen.

We have to showcase at least 4 on our blog for consideration, so I'm adding just a few of my favourites

Thanks for the heads up Karen, hopefully we'll both get selected :)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Quick Thank Yous

Well, that ended up being a longer than expected break.  Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.

Unfortunately the New Year didn't start as I would have liked and I've made up a few thank you cards for those who helped me out on Sunday morning.

These first two will be for the lovely nurse at Mitcham  Private (whose name I didn't get) and for the radiographer who copped a call at 9.00 am on a Sunday asking her to come in. 

Same design, both use papers from on old Basic Grey 6x6" pad (Sultry maybe).  Sentiment is from SU!, stamped in Cherry Cobbler Craft ink and embossed with Clear EP and punched out using the 1-3/4" punch.  This has been added to Papertrey Ink's Mat Stack 2, cut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock and embellished with a couple of Kaiser Pearls.

This last one is for my Doctor.  I'm pretty sure I woke him up when I rang his message service at 7.00 am.  I'm very thankful he was able to see me as early as he did.

Again, same design as before, paper from a different Basic Grey 6x6" pad (Mellow maybe?).  The sentiment has been stamped in Papertrey's Orange Burst pigment ink as I couldn't get a good impression with  my SU! Pumpkin Pie craft cube - it seems to be a bit dry.  It looked a bit 'clean' so I 'dirtied' it up to match the paper using SU!'s distressing kit - Tea Stain and Charcoal inks.  The mat was cut from Kiwi Kiss cardstock using Papertrey's Limitless Layers and has been distressing with the Tea Stain ink.  It's a little different but I like how it's turned out.

Thanks for visiting.  I'll be back later in the week with my JAI DT submission.

Supplies - SU! unless specified otherwise

Card 1 & 2
Stamps:  Elegant Thank You
Cardstock:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, DSP - Basic Grey
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler Craft
Accessories:  1-3/4" RD Punch, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Mat Stack 2 die - Papertrey Ink, Pearls - Kaiser

Card 3
Stamps: Elegant Thank You
Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Very Vanilla, DSP - Basic Grey
Ink: Orange Burst - Papertrey Ink
Accessories: 1-3/4" RD Punch, Big Shot, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Distressing Kit - Tea Stain & Charcoal ink, Limitless Layers - Papertrey Ink