Sunday, 22 January 2017

Krafty Mums

Hi and welcome!  Today's card was made for Darnell's latest NBUS challenge.  This challenge has the optional twist of coloring on kraft.  I'm not great with colored pencils - I just don't have the patience to go lightly and blend, blend, blend - but I do enjoy using them for relatively quick colored pieces.  Coincidentally, I was on a local website that specialises in gaming and DVDs here in NZ the other day and lo and behold, they stock Polychromos pencils.  I've been hankering after these for some time, so decided that fate had sent me to that website on that day specifically to buy them.  Who am I to deny fate? 😃

This WP9 image is NBUS as is the Power Poppy sentiment.  I stamped the floral image onto some tan cardstock and colored it with my Polychromos.  (Five points for spotting where I made a boo-boo and colored where I shouldn't!  It's pretty obvious!)  Once I was finished coloring, I stamped the sentiment then outlined both with the white pencil.  Some clear sparkle pen was applied to the two big blooms.

I adhered the tan panel to the NBUS Park Avenue frame, cutting out a couple of the leaves on the left to overhang the frame.  I then adhered both panels to a white card base.  I finished the card with a few sparkling clear sequins.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Beautiful Bouquets:  Mums (WP9), Tea in the Garden (Power Poppy)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid,  Black Soot Archival
Cardstock:  Strathmore Toned Tan Paper, White
Dies:  Park Avenue (Mama Elephant)
Accessories: Polychromos pencils, Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen

Friday, 20 January 2017

Happy Hedgehog

Hi and welcome to the first challenge of the New Year at Just Add Ink!  And we're having a blog hop!

If you've come from Kelly's blog, you're in the right place.  If you want to start at the beginning click on the graphic below.

Our theme this challenge is Pop-Up and Interactive.  If you're anything like me, you might be gulping about now 😃  But when you think about it, interactive can include things like a slide-out panel, a lift up flap or a shaker card.  Anything that requires the person receiving the card to do more than just open it.  So don't be daunted!  And if you've never made an interactive card, now is the perfect time to try one.  If you're looking for help, check out Jennifer McGuire's blog.  I've done a search on interactive plus a search on pop-up - just click the links.

For my card, I wanted to use these adorable little hedgehogs to make a slider card.  I didn't want the hedgie to be rolling around willy-nilly so I didn't pop up the top layer on foam tape.  That means the slider mechanism isn't as free-moving so as to slide back and forth.  But it does slide easily when moved with a finger.

I stamped, colored and die-cut the images and worked out where I wanted my hedgehog to "land" when he got to the bottom of the slider, before die-cutting the slider element out of patterned paper.  The sky was sponged with a cloud die-cut and Tumbled Glass ink.  Here are a few photos of the hedgie on the move:

Thanks for visiting.  Your next stop on the hop is Christine.  Click on the graphic below to be taken to her blog:

Products used:

Stamps:  Happy Hedgehogs (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass
Cardstock:  White, Watercolor Wash (MFT)
Dies:  Surf & Turf, Happy Hedgehogs (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Slider Disc


Lemons and Limes

Welcome to the new Fusion challenge.  I hope you enjoyed our anniversary celebration and the wonderful guests the design team invited.  Our new challenge is a nod to Australia Day, which is on 26 January.  The wattle is a symbol of Australia so we've gone with that as our photo inspiration this time.  You can be inspired by the floral theme, the colors or as in my case, the citrus at the bottom of the photo!

I stamped and colored this free stamp I got with my last Stamplorations order to represent a lemon and a lime and fussy-cut it out.  I white-embossed the sentiment onto a black card base and adhered the citrus with foam tape.  Lastly, I stitched down some vellum flags with my sewing machine.

Thanks for visiting.  The design team have come up with some wonderful inspiration for you.

Products used:

Stamps:  Lemons (Stamplorations), Just Because (PTI)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS), Versamark
Cardstock:  Black, White, Vellum
Dies:  Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, sewing machine


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Wag Tail

Hi and welcome!  Today's post is for the new challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the oh-so-talented Cindy Hall.  Cindy has come up with a simple and versatile sketch that is sure to get lots of use in my craft room.

For my card, I went to my NBUS box again and came up with a card using Playful Pups by MFT Stamps.

This is a pretty simple card.  I stamped and colored the image onto a panel of white cardstock and then added the sentiment.  I backed that onto a panel of Green Apple cardstock which had been cut with a scalloped border, making sure to leave more green at the top as per the sketch.  

I finished off with some glossy accents on the dogs' noses and that was it!

And, for a bit of entertainment, I've made another video - this time with a voiceover!  Don't laugh at my Kiwi accent :)  And apologies for the shaking - it wasn't until after I finished filming that I realised the clamp holding my iPhone was shaking with every little knock on the table.  We've moved my clamp so hopefully that won't happen again.  If you want a giggle, you can watch here or over on YouTube.

Thanks for visiting.  The FMS Design Team have some gorgeous cards using Cindy's sketch so head on over and check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Playful Pups (MFT)
Ink:  Intense Black (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Green Apple (SSS)
Dies:  Stitched Scalloped Borders (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories:  Copics, Glossy Accents


Monday, 16 January 2017


Hi and welcome to the reminder post for The Flower Challenge, where this month we have a Blue and Yellow Color Challenge for you.

I colored up a gorgeous Power Poppy image this time and once it was colored, I die-cut it with a scallop-edge die and foam-mounted it onto a kraft card base.

The sentiment was white-embossed onto a black banner.  And that's about it!  Please pop over to the challenge blog and check out what the rest of the DT came up with.

I'm linking this up to the current Power Poppy challenge - Winter Blooms.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Daffodils (Power Poppy), With Sympathy (Avery Elle)
Ink:  Intense Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Black, Desert Storm
Dies:  Sunshine Layers (WP9), Stitched Sentiment Strips (MFT)
Accessories: Copics, White EP


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Coral Flower

Welcome!  Today's card was made using the colors from 4 Crafty Chicks, the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch and the gold theme at CAS-ual Fridays.

And here is my card:

I stamped the flower onto a panel of white with 3rd generation black ink and then colored it in using Copics.  Once the coloring was finished, I over-stamped with Versamark ink and gold-embossed.  (Thank goodness for the Misti!!)

I also gold embossed the sentiment onto a strip of Soft Navy cardstock and when I was looking for a banner die to die-cut it, I saw this die and thought it would give the card a modern look so went for it!

I die-cut the panel with a stitched-edge die and adhered it to a white card base.  The card was finished with some rainstones to mimic the sketch.

Thanks for visiting!

Play Badge

Products used:

Stamps:  Mon Ami (CASual Fridays)
Ink:  Black, Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Soft Navy (SSS)
Dies:  Blueprints 21, Blueprints 25 (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, Rainstones


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at 4 Crafty Chicks

Glittery Love

Welcome to my blog and to the latest challenge at Inspired By All The Little Things, where this week, I am the hostess.  My guest is the super-talented Hannelie Bester, whom I'm sure you all know already!

For my card, I focused on the black, red and white color scheme as well as the glittery hearts to come up with this card:

I did some inlaid die-cutting with the black heart and the red glittery "love" and adhered them to a white card base.  I then stamped the rest of the sentiment in black and added some stamped hearts around the image.

Really simple, right?  Thanks for visiting.  Head on over to the Inspired By blog and check out what the DT have come up with and also pay a visit to Hannelie's blog - you'll be so glad you did!

Products used:

Stamps:  Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Caring Hearts (SPD)
Ink:  Black Soot Archival, Lipstick Red (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, Black, Red Glitter Paper
Dies:  Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts), Pierced Heart Stax (MFT)