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JAI 32 - Just Add Material

Hello

I hope you had nice weekend. The weather didn't live up to the forecast (surprise!), but the sun is shining today so all is well with the world.  I did get out in the garden to do some fertilising and mulching, but there is still so much more to do. Hopefully, I will fit some more in today (between stamping, of course!).

I saw the Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Material on the weekend and decided to give it a go. Instead of adding material (which I do with almost every card I make - I'm addicted to ribbon, as you may have noticed!), I thought I would USE material to stamp on. Having been a quilter and embroiderer I have a good stash of fabrics to choose from. I've used a 'very vanilla' cotton, which I backed with iron on interfacing (to give it more body) before cutting out with the Top Note die and Big Shot. I was surprised how well this turned out. 

The main image from 'Upsy Daisy' was inked with Baja Breeze and some highlights were added with the Not Quite Navy Stampin' Write marker and stamped on the fabric. I sponged around the edges with Baja Breeze (carefully, as the edges will fray) and then went around the outside edge with the Not Quite Navy marker for some definition. The overall effect is quite a soft 'impressionist' look. To make it easier to work with, I mounted the stamped fabric onto some cardstock using the Anywhere Glue Stick. This is so superior to the newsagent type and doesn't go 'blobby' (a new technical term!).  The Top Note was then mounted on a background of 'Urban Garden' DSP for a monochromatic look.  The rest of the details are below.

Fabric_TopNote_Upsy-Daisy_2
 

Card Details

Stamps

Upsy Daisy, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Kraft, Urban Garden DSP, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze

Ink

Baja Breeze

Accessories

Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon

Tools

Oval and Small Oval Punches, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Cream Fabric, Iron-on Interfacing, Stampin’ Write Markers (Not Quite Navy), Anywhere Glue Stick, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals

Enjoy your week.

 


OCC Sketch Challenge & New Goodies

Hi there

These last weeks of winter have been particularly cold, wet and grey in Melbourne so I'm really looking forward to some sunny spring weather.  The garden is certainly enjoying the rain, with my daffodils and azaleas now in full flower.  Lets hope that tomorrows forecast of a sunny day comes to pass!

The card I have for you today is based on this OCC Sketch Challenge and uses a couple of the new products from the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalgoue - only 4 more sleeps until we get to order - woohoo! The 'For You Flower' is one of the a la Carte individual stamps.  It has lots of possibilities - I've stamped another flower in Rose Red and then punched out the centre and popped it up on the full flower.  You can also cut out the centre with the 1 1/4" punch and then matt it on a 1 3/8" circle of a different colour. Highlighting part of the text with a different colour (using a Stampin' Write marker) also works well. This stamp matches a wonderful flat style punch which takes away the time consuming fussy cutting.

I've mirrored the 'For You Flower' with the flower spray from the 'Eastern Blooms' stamp set which has the same 5-petal flower shape. Stampin' Write markers direct to the rubber were used on the spray. I like the slight variations you get in the colour using this method. The rest of the details are below.

For_You_Eastern_Blooms 

Card Details

Stamps

For You Flower (NEW), Eastern Blooms

Cardstock & Papers

Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip DSP, Whisper White, Rose Red

Ink

Rose Red

Accessories

Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Flat back adhesive Pearls (not SU)

Tools

Eyelet Border Punch, Fancy Flower Extra Large Punch (NEW), 1 3/8” Circle Punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Old Olive, Regal Rose, Rose Red), Dimensionals

 Stay warm and have a good weekend.


Seaworthy Birthday

Hello

It has been a while since my last post, having been busy with work and life in general. I've also been making some swaps with some products from the new Catalogue, which I will be able to show you on 1 September. Can't wait to have all those yummy new colours and stamp sets to play with!

Today I want to share with you a card I made for our Godson's 19th birthday today - Happy Birthday Joss! I always find masculine cards a bit of a challenge, but it is hard to go wrong with Kraft and Night of Navy. The side panel was made using the wax paper resist technique with Baja Breeze and Night of Navy to get the watery theme going. I have recycled the cord from a clothing label to make the square knot (instructions courtesy of Google!). The surfing image is from the Seaworthy stamp set and the sentiment is from a retired stamp set - Riveting. I hope he likes it.

Seaworthy_Birthday

Card Details

Stamps

Sanded Background, Seaworthy, Riveting

Cardstock & Papers

Kraft, Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White

Ink

Versamark, Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss

Accessories

Recycled Cord, Jumbo Pewter Eyelets

Tools

Wax Paper, Iron, Cropadile, Dimensionals, 13/8” Circle Punch, 11/4” Punch, ½” Circle Punch,

Enjoy your week.

 


A Touch of Shabby Chic

Hi folks

Today I want to share with you a card I made for the birthday of a special friend recently. I had to go outside my comfort zone a bit to produce my version of the shabby chic style. To do this I've used (quite) a few techniques to add texture and interest to the card including embossing, distressing, sponging, spritzing and stitching (yes, the real thing with a sewing machine!).

The card is in the style of an easel which I really like as it sits nicely to display your handiwork and yet folds down flat for ease of posting (although this is slightly tricky with the embellishments I've used, in which case a small box is the way to go).  Finding a place to write your message is the slightly challenging issue though.

Due to time constraints I had to photograph it at night so the light is quite harsh.  One benefit is that I learned more about Photoshop elements in the process to cut out the background shadows. Without further ado, the first photo is the side view, showing the easel style:

Easel_Side_View

The next photo is of the flower detail. I tried out a process that Shelli Gardner demonstrated at Convention this year. This involves using a bone folder to soften the DSP (or cardstock) so that the layers of the paper start separating to give a shabby, frayed appearance.

Easel_Flower_Detail

Here are the details of the products used:

 

Card Details

Stamps

Oval All, All A Flutter

Cardstock & Papers

Kraft, Baja Breeze, Confetti White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip

Ink

Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke

Accessories

Chocolate Organza Ribbon (not SU), Clear Rhinestone brad (Pretties Kit), Small adhesive pearl (not SU), Flower (Pretties Kit)

Tools

Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Embossing Folder (Marg’s Melodies), Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Extra Large Bird punch, Open Scallop Edge Punch (not SU), Sewing Machine, Sponge Daubers, Spritzer, Aqua painter, Dimensionals


I hope to be back at the end of the week. Until then, stay warm and dry!
 


JAI 29 - Colour Challenge

Hello

It has been a lovely sunny winters day in Melbourne today (Sunday) and I love having the sunshine flooding into my craft room.  I can see 'Pretty in Pink' blossom on trees in the neighbour's yard from my window (I'm upstairs) so spring must be coming soon, thankfully. I'm so looking forward to having more daylight to use after work.

Today I have a card based on the Just Add Ink #29 - Colour Challenge using the colours below. 

JAI28

I love the richness of Rose Red and Always Artichoke and with Kraft and Very Vanilla these make a great combination for Christmas cards as well.

I have used Stampin' Write markers directly to the rubber of the lovely floral spray image from the 'Thoughts & Prayers' stamp set onto Very Vanilla. This has been sponged, matted and layered on more sponged layers! On the Always Artichoke layer I have dry embossed the border and then lightly sponged over it with a dauber to highlight the design. Anyway here it is.

Thoughts_Prayers_Artichoke_ 

Card Details

Stamps

Thoughts & Prayers, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Papers

Kraft, Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Very Vanilla

Ink

Always Artichoke, Rose Red

Accessories

Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Small adhesive pearls (not SU)

Tools

Scallop Edge Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Decorative Border Embossing Folder (not SU), Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Enjoy your week.


'Men in Our Lives' Blog Hop

Hello

Welcome again to the Art with Heart team monthly Blog Hop - thank you for visiting my piece of cyberspace! The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details.

You may have come from the blog of the lovely Kathryn Ruddick, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog and check out the inspirational projects.  If you leave some 'comment love' on each blog and then email Nikki at  nikki@inkyart.com.au, you will be in the running to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 9 August 2010 to leave your comments. Only those who are not Stampin' Up! demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

This month our theme is the 'Men in our Lives'. It may sound strange, but I struggled with this one for a bit until I realised that I have much to be thankful for in the lovely man who is my Mum's husband. My Dad passed away when I was in my late twenties.  Mum reconnected with a childhood friend a few years later and they have been happily married for nearly 20 years. 

None of this is particularly unusual, except that in the past 18 months Mum has been having a lot of medical issues that started with a hospital acquired staph infection after a knee replacement operation. John has been an absolute rock throughout the entire time and has taken over all the household chores including the cooking, shopping, laundry and so on as she is confined to a wheelchair at the moment. This is in addition to ferrying her to and from the never ending list of medical appointments, many of which require a 5 hour round trip from their home in the country to Perth.

Given I am so far away, I truly appreciate having a wonderfully kind and compassionate man taking such great care of her  - thank you John from the bottom of my heart. This is the card I made for John to express my gratitude.

Uncharted-Gratitude

I have white embossed the lighthouse image from the 'Uncharted Territory'stamp set three times - onto the Baja Breeze background, as well as Kraft and Confetti White. The lighthouse and cliffs were cut out and paper pieced over the image on the background. The same process was used for the sailing boat. I have finished it off with some jumbo pewter brads and the sentiment from the 'Life Definitions' stamp set. I'm pleased with the way it turned out and the image is symbolic of John's role in Mum's life. The full details are below.

Card Details

Stamps

Uncharted Territory (Retired), Life Definitions

Cardstock & Papers

Basic Gray, Kraft, Baja Breeze, Confetti White

Ink

Ancient Page 'Coal Black', Baja Breeze

Accessories

Jumbo Pewter brads

Tools

White embossing powder, Heat Gun, Cropadile, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you visit the next stop on the Blog Hop - my lovely and talented friend, Chistine Blain who is also having a birthday today. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Christine!

Have a great weekend.


Helping Hudson Sketch Challenge

Hi there

I've finally had time to try out Challenge 1 over at the Helping Hudson website. If you haven't visited yet, there are fabulous tutorials for you to purchase and challenges to try with the proceeds to assist with the fundraising for a Kid Walker for Hudson. It is a great cause and will help a little boy achieve a better quality of life. Here is the sketch:

Sketch_1

When I first saw this sketch, I thought it would be a snap but they don't call them challenges for nothing! Anyway, I have finally achieved something that I'm relatively happy with using one of the retiring stamp sets - 'Embrace Life'. I really like this set, but I haven't actually used this particular stamp until now. This is what I came up with:

HH_Challenge_1 

The flowers were stamped in Basic Gray as this is a permanent ink and water coloured with the aqua painter and matted on Basic Gray. The rest of the details are below.

Card Details

Stamps

Embrace Life, Whimsical Words (Retired)

Cardstock & Papers

Rich Razzleberry, Basic Gray, Whisper White

Ink

Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink

Accessories

Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon

Tools

Scallop Oval Punch, Oval Punch, Watercolour Crayons, Aqua Painter, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber

Don't forget - it is the Art with Heart team monthly Blog Hop tomorrow. The theme this month is 'Men in our Lives' and as it will be Father's Day soon I'm sure you will be inspired by the team's creations.

Until then,


Top Note Christmas

Hello

Just popping in with a couple of cards that I made on our stamping weekend.  This is such a great idea and suitable for lots of different occasions using different DSP. I can picture a lovely baby card or even combining stamped cardstock and DSP. What am I talking about - the faux quilted Top Note of course! My lovely friend Christine showed us how to do this and it is super easy. 

The cards I have use the Holiday Treasures DSP for a Christmas flavour. I have chosen Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red for the base cardstock for two different looks. I like the contemporary look that Baja Breeze gives to the traditional Christmas colours. Firstly, the Riding Hood Red version-

Top_Note_Christmas

and my favourite, the Baja Breeze version.

 Top_Note_Holiday_Treasures_

This is definitely one that would be suitable for reproducing a few of in relatively short time - unless like me you agonise over which square should go next to which ! Here are the details:

Card Details

Stamps

Snow Swirled, Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Polka Dot Background

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Holiday Treasures DSP

Ink

Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red

Accessories

1" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon , Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, 5/8” Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon

Tools

Lots of Tags Die, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers, White embossing powder, Heat gun, SNAIL adhesive,  Dimensionals

I hope you have had the opportunity to pop over to the Helping Hudson website to partake of the challenges or purchase some fab tutorials. I'm pleased to have been able to contribute to and support this great cause to raise funds for a Kid Walker for Hudson.  It's my day off, so I hope to enter a challenge or two myself.

Have a good day.
    
 


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Stock up on your favourite products before they are gone FOREVER!  SOME products are also discounted - this is indicated on the list. You can order from today, up to and including 31 August 2010, while stocks last. Get in early to avoid disappointment. 

I'll be keeping the list updated so that you can see what stock has been sold out.

Items marked with a * WILL be available in the new 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue, but in a different configuration. For punches, this means the new flat, locking style (woohoo!) and for cardstock, in different colour and style (smooth and textured) combinations.

Contact me if you would like to place an order.

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