Sunday, April 29, 2012

Colour Q 134 Challenge


For some time now I have wanted to play along with the Colour Q Challenges for quite some time but it has just never worked out.  After a bit of tidying in the studio last night, I decided to see when this week's challenge closed, and as it turned out, I still had time to play along.

This is the colour combo for this week

And this is what I came up with

I used my new Apothocary Art set and the coordinating Labels Collection framelit.  I used my blender pen to colour the flowers using Calyspo Coral and Pumpkin Pie inks, the main image and sentiment are stamped using Bravo Burgandy - I think this is the 2nd time I've used it in 6 years.  The sentiment is from a PTI Anniversary set - Round and Round.  The background has been stamped using PTI's Background Basics - Tin Types using Pool Party ink.

I know it's really simple but I really like  how it has turned out.  And now I have realised that if I can make it down to the studio on a Saturday night, I can play along with Colour Q more often - yay!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Supplies Used - All Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  Apothocary Art, Background Basics - Tin Types, Round and Round (PTI)
Cardstock:  Pool Party, Watercolour Paper (LSS)
Inks:  Pool Party, Calyspo Coral, Bravo Burgandy, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:  Big Shot, Framelits - Labels Collection, dimensionals, corner rounder (retired)

Friday, April 27, 2012

JAI 115 - Sketch Challenge

This week we have a sketch challenge at Just Add Ink.  Check it out.

And this is what I came up with

Now I've flipped it and taken a bit of a liberty with the sketch but I really love how it's turned out.  I fell in love with this stamp set, which has a coordinating framelit die, during the Clean & Simple class I took with Online Card Classes.  I don't know what it is about it, because I've never felt the need for a bike set before, but it's just so super cute that I HAD to buy it.  Being a framelit die, I found it was easiest to stamp the image first then centre the die over the top. The hills are cut from Old Olive (back) and Lucky Limeade (front) using the In the Meadow die collection from PTI.  Again, as soon as I asw this die set I knew I had to get it because there is just no way that I could ever make hills like that.  It's a lesson I learnt early - know your limitations and buy something to overcome them, lol!  That's why I stamp - because I can't draw to save myself.  And of course, no bike would be complete with out some bling - Candy Cane stickles in this case.

That's it from me, thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the rest of the DT's interpretation of the sketch.  I look forward to seeing your take on it.


Supplies Used:  All Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise.
Stamps:  On the Go Bike (Hero Arts/Sizzix)
Ink:  Real Red, Bashful Blue
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Old Olive, Lucky Limeade
Accessories:  Big Shot, In The Meadow die (PTI), Candy Cane Stickles (Ranger), dimensionals, corner rounder (retired)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

JAI 114 - Just Add Jodene

This week the challenge at Just Add Ink was to Just Add Jodene - meaning CASE one of Jodene's gorgeous creations.  This week is my 'off' week but with today being a holiday for ANZAC Day, I was able to get down to the studio to whip this up

This is the card that I CASED.  I love the die that Jodene used on her card, it's actually on my wish list so I had to improvise.  I've used the Lace Ribbon Border punch to punch a few rows out and have adhered them to the card front using Mono Multi liquid glue - not my favourite method but my punch nearly had a heart attach when I last tried this with the all purpose adhesive sheets behind it.  The frame and sentiment are from PTI Mat Stack 2 set and die cut.

Well, that it from me - heading off to Roast Night at the outlaws since there is no Zumba tonight.  I'll be back on Friday with my DT submission.  Hope you can stop by then.

Thanks for visiting

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mat Stack 2 (PTI)
Ink:  Baha Breeze, Going Grey (retired - sad)
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baha Breeze
Accessories:  Big Shot, Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Baha Breeze Seam Binding, Mat Stack 2 die, Mat Stack 2 Layerz die, Dimensionals

Friday, April 13, 2012

JAI #113 - Just Add Inspiration

This week at Just Add Ink, our challenge is to create something using this very pretty photo that Jodene found

And this is what I came up with.

Now, I must admit, I made my card based on a memory of a conversation we DT girls had regarding the colours in this photo. For some reason, my memory thought the colours were more Peach/Apricot, but in hindsight (and when I looked at the picture), it's probably more of a coral. Oops.  I was going to redo it using Calypso Coral instead of the Peach Parfait that I used but I got sidetracked tonight playing some new Wii games I picked up today from Dick Smith's closing down sale - got to love a bargain!

Originally this was going to be a kind of 1 layer card - I had masked off where the sentiment is but when I removed the mask - copy paper that I had adhered with my beloved Dotto, the Dotto ripped the top of my cardstock, so I had to make a 'panel' for the sentiment.  I'm not really sorry about that because I changed my mind on where I wanted to place the sentiment anyway :)
Well, that's it from me, be sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team have come up with - lots of beautiful projects for your viewing pleasure.
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful weekend.  Hopefully the weather will actually be as nice as predicted.
Supplies Used:  Stampin' Up! unless noted otherwise
Stamps:  Fanciful Flowers (Annabelle Stamps)
Ink:  Peach Parfait, Pool Party, Sahara Sand
Cardstock:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Pale Blue Pearls (Kaiser), Dimensionals

Friday, April 6, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - The Aftermath

Whoo Hoo, I graduated. 

I haven't quite finished yet, still a couple more techniques to go - I was going to do them tonight but the storm made it a bit too wet to trudge downstairs to the studio.  Besides, I had just cleaned up this mega mess, the floor is just as bad - just as well it didn't fit into the frame :)

Now I have to go and upload all of these into the class gallery before it closes on Monday. 

Hope you're enjoying your Easter break.  Catch you later

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 9 - Perfect Splatter Distress Technique

How pretty does this look?  I wasn't sure about it when I finished it last week, but when I photographed it today, it thought it looked great.  I love the big spotches of gold through it  - it looks so luxe.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 9 - Perfect Mist Distress Technique

I must have been the only person on the planet not to already have Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex in my stash.  So I HAD to remedy that situation.  I added some to the Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade and So Saffron mists that I had already made and this is the result.  I don't like the big spotches but I wasn't quick enough to mop them up and I didn't want to do another layer cause I did like how the colours looked together.  See the shimmer :)

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 8 - Shattered Stains Technique

Again, when I heard we were using crackle paint, I did lash out and buy some of this Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I have used some old, retired SU chipboard and used reinkers instead of stains.  This is a super cool technique that I will definately be using again.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 8 - Crackle Paint Resist Technique

Oh my, it's probably wrong to say how much I love how this turned out, but I do.  This tag uses some of my new Distress Crackle Paint (in Shabby Shutters) and my new (and one and only) Tim Holtz stamp.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 8 - Paint Dabber Resist Technique

I must admit, when I saw that we were going to use this sticky backed canvas, I did buy some so I would have it in time for class as I had seen it used on one of the JAI challenges and it looked SO cool.  I did also manage to find a Snow Cap white paint dabber too :)  I really love how this turned out too!

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 7 - Distress Powder Resist Technique

Now, I have NO idea if I did this correctly or not, as I couldn't see the powder 'turn' when I embossed it.  I kind of wish I had of added a bit of red to this, just for a bit more of a pop of colour, although I might have covered it up with the brown I added around the edges :)

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 7 - Rusted Enamel Technique

I like how this has turned out.  I do wish I had of perhaps crumpled the tag first because I think that it would have made it a little more realistic.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 7 - Nostalgic Batik Technique

So I have skipped ahead to Day 7, which focused on different embossing techniques.  Day 6 we looked at Distress Markers.  Since I don't have any of those, and have used the techniques shown previously, I decided to skip ahead to Day 7.

I wish I would used a bigger/bolder image to stamp on the LHS of the tag, oh, well, there's always next time, hey?

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 5 - Marbled Stains Technique

I absolutely love this.  I only wished I had of waited a little bit longer for the tag to dry properly before stamping on it, so the blacks would have been a bit blacker.  Again, the only stain I have is Picket Fence so I used my Distress Ink pads for this technique.  I think they worked pretty well.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 5 - Stamping with Stains

I really like how this turned out.  I managed to find myself some Picket Fence stain for this technique, along with a few other new supplies.  It's funny that the cost of the class was super cheap, considering the wealth of information we have gained, but I have spent a small fortune on supplies to complete these techniques.  I haven't brought everything Tim showed, but have managed to get myself a nice little stash of Ranger products for future use.  The thing is, since doing this class, I can see a whole heap of new ways to use some of my stamps, which is a good thing.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 5 - Stained Kraft Resist

This was kind of interesting since I don't have any Kraft Resist paper/cardstock or any of the distress reinkers, except for Picket Fence.  So I used some retired SU! DSP, embossed an image on it and then used my inkpads to try and recreate the effect of using the distress stains.  I was really, really happy with how this turned out until I noticed what I did, take a look

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 4

As I mentioned in my last post, the only technique from Day 4 that I was going to try out was the :Layered Misting Technique cause I have already tried colouring with Reinkers and I didn't really like the results I got using my SU reinkers to make the custom stamp pad.  I will revisit the custom stamp pad once I get some distress reinkers.

Anywhoo, this is my Layered Mist Technique tag. 

I managed to find one of Tim's masks to use for this technique.  It did take me quite some time though to work out how the stupid thing worked.  Once I did, which was purely by accident, I was good to go.  My base coat uses SU! Real Red, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade and Pumpkin Pie reinkers.  I then laid out the alphabet masks and then sprayed over a mist of Not Quite Navy.  I kind of wish I had chosen a slightly darker colour to have gotten a better contrast as the NQN has turned a bit green.  But this was a super fun and really messy technique that I will definately use again.  I will cover my off white desk up a bit better next time though. 

This is just one of number of posts I'm doing tonight showing all the techniques I've learnt.  There's probably a way to do it, but I couldn't find it, to add more than one photo from each post to the class gallery using Inlinkz so I have to do a separate post for each tag I made.  Sorry.