Friday 25 January 2019

Sprinkled With Love for JAI #441

Happy Friday folks and welcome 😊It's another hot week here in Melbourne -a sweltering  44 degrees today and it's going to be a holiday weekend to celebrate Australia Day so lots of people out and about celebrating at parks and cooling off at beaches.

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So what is needed for celebrations? Why cake of course!! πŸ˜€So Jo provided us with this great Inspiration Photo for us to use for our new challenge this week at Just Add Ink. Our design team have created some awesome projects to inspire you so I hope that you might take a moment to pop on over and have a look and we'd love you to join us too.

I decided to go fairly literal this time especially as my sister sent me some photos of some very similarly, gorgeous cupcakes for Miss 4's birthday party. This is the Saleabration stamp set, Hello Cupcake so a lot of fussy cutting but also a lot of embossing and sparkle!

The icing layers are first stamped with versamark and then the individual colours. After which they were sprinkled with Iridescent Ice embossing powder andheat set to that they really sparkle! The cupcake base had a similar treatment as dye inks wipe off vellum card stock but you can add some Clear EP and the colours are then nicely set and safe to touch.

As you can see, I'm still in love with the Rectangles - creating a frame to hold the Vellum layer - and that gorgeous Lovely Lipstick Foil has got to be the best thing ever offered as a Saleabration free item don't you think?  I will be stocking up that's for sure πŸ˜€

Card Stock: Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White (Thick and standard), Vellum, Lovely Lipstick FoilDesigner Series Paper:How Sweet it is (If in Australia or NZ this should be called Sweet As 😁)
Inks: Grapefruit Grove, Powder Pink, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron
Stamps: Hello Cupcake (Saleabration 2019), 
Accessories: Big Shot, Rectangle Framelits, Irridescent Ice EP, Irridescent Sequin Assortment, Gingham Adhesive Sequins,

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you create with this yummy Photo as your inspiration.

Happy stamping until next time.


Friday 18 January 2019

Just Add Ink Blog Hop - Just Add Something New

Hello and welcome to our first Just Add Ink challenge for 2019!! I must admit to being excited to be back creating amongst this very lovely and talented group of ladies again!
We always like to showcase the first challenge of the year with a Blog Hop and the team have suggested a fun theme of "Just Add....Something New" for all our projects for this week.

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 to create your own project using something New to you. Whether that be a new stamp or die, ink or maybe a technique that you're trying out.
You can begin the blog hop here or at any of the design team members blog posts. Just click the Next button at the bottom of each team member's 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 from the very lovely  Lou Kitzelman's blog and her gorgeous cacti themed creation.

For my project, I have used the new Happy Tails stamp and punch bundle paired with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits to create a pet sympathy card.

When I first saw this stamp set I must admit I did let out a little squeal of delight! It has been a long time since D is For Dog retired and we had a Lab image to use!! Sadly, this inking is in memory of one of our walking friends, a gorgeous golden girl from Guide Dogs Victoria who we've known since we used to meet her in the park with Sally Senior and this seemed a perfect image to use for her memory.

Those that know me may also notice that this is a new colour palette too. The soft colours are a change from my usual bright with white style but these soft colours seem to suit the theme here. The image is coloured using Watercolor Pencils and I did use a photo to try and get the shading as near as possible to real life. These personal touches are what really is so lovely about being able to make a card.

Thanks for stopping by today and I am sure you will have fun hopping around to all of our talented Just Add Ink team members.
 Next you are off to visit the lovely Rachael and her wonderful projects 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: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Vellum
Inks: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight (Watercolor Pencil)
Stamps: Happy Tails, Buffalo Check
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Layering Circle Framelits, Dog Punch, Iridescent Sequins Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Snail

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday 15 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019!!!!

A very Happy New Year to you and welcome back! I hope that you had a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful start to 2019 so far! Here we are in the midst of Summer - so that means school holidays and long hot days and occasional early morning trips to the beach. And currently, Melbourne is in the midst of a heat wave as we host the Australian Open (Tennis).
So before we get back into the fun Just Add Ink challenge routine (which starts with a fab Blog Hop this Friday!) I thought I'd share the last of the Christmas and New Year cards I made this Season. I purchased the Dashing Deer set only in December and surprised myself by how handy it turned out to be πŸ˜€

For the very last (but possibly my favourite) of the Christmas card designs, is this one. Very clean and simple and lets the metallic infused DSP and embossed sentiment be the bling.

Same idea but different, was the first of the Happy New Year cards. Traditionally, I don't make these but did find I needed a few this year.

To centre the numbers, I used my grid paper and measured but found using some twine as a "level" really helped too 😊

I also wanted to create some New Year cards with a fireworks theme so for these, I turned to Brusho.
Sprinkling a little of the crystals and then hitting them with a spray of water created great effects.

The colours move and partially blend and raising the numbers on white die cuts helps them be distinctive.

I love how unpredictable each Brusho attempt is - you never quite know how it is going to work out. This one has a real sense of movement and I teamed it with a black sentiment to add to a masculine look.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the last of the Seasonal cards for 2018 and I and look forward to sharing some new creations and challenges with you soon.

Happy stamping til next time,