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Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop # 5

With a group of stamping friends, I am joining Bron Eastley’s next 60th Birthday Celebration Blog Hop.

Bron is celebrating her 60th Birthday with six blog hops over six months and today is Hop # 5 – Fancy Folds. Bron loves Fancy Folds and so do I!

For this Blog Hop, I decided to make Diamond Fold Cards. These are fun and easy to make (as long as you get your measurements right)! I even showed my sister how to make them during one of our Face Time Craft-a-noons!

I enjoyed making them so much – I ended up with a few versions.

Next in the Blog Hop is Leonie Stuart – Click the button below to visit Leonie’s Blog and see what Fancy Fold she has made.

I’ve had a great week of Cultural experiences. I started the week by going to the Van Gogh Live exhibition. It was fabulous. I enjoyed the music, the enlarged artwork and holistic experience. Very peaceful and calming I thought.

At the end of the week, I rocked it out to some great energetic, loud (in-ya-face) music at the Yungblud concert. Yungblud is a young Pop Punk style artist from the Doncaster in the UK. Such a fun concert and I had a great time.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 614 – Under the Sea

When I saw this Challenge come up I instantly knew what I was going to make. I had actually been thinking about it for a while – even before the Challenge.

I made a milestone Birthday Card for my BIL Rob. He turned the Big 5-0 recently. Rob has a wonderful saltwater Fish Tank that has a great display of Coral, Urchins and colourful fish. Whenever, we visit I spend ages looking at the creatures inside. I especially love the Clown Fish.

Here is the card I made for Rob.

Here is the link to Just Add Ink, so you can join our Under the Sea Challenge and also view all the Design Team projects.

Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink Challenge # 612 – Choose Two

This week we have a “Choose Two” Challenge at Just Add Ink that Di suggested. This idea is to include either Fur, Clouds or Stitching on your projects.

For my card, I decided on Stitching and Clouds.

To be honest, I was a bit stuck with this card. After using the Blending Brushes to make a few cloud panels – cutting them up into different arrangements I still could not settle on a card design. So I pulled out my Catalogue and picked a page. I saw a cute little card on Page 18 that inspired both my layout and colours.

I used the Hippest Hippos Stampset and the Stitched Greenery Die. The flowers and leaves are made with the Pierced Blooms Dies.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to check out all the Design Team Choose Two projects – there really are some beauties to see. And also join us for the Challenge.

Big Shot, Blog Hop, Colour Combo, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Friends, Inspiration, Plentiful Plants

Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop # 4

CASEing the Catty, a Page in the Sixties

Today I am joining Bron Eastley’s 60th Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. We’re a group of stamping friends that are celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes!  This is the forth Hop and the theme for our projects today is – CASEing the Catty, a Page in the Sixties.

CASEing from the Catty is such a great way to start a card or layout. I often tell crafters that the Catalogue is not just a Catalogue – but a source of inspiration and ideas.

I myself, often use the Catalogue when looking for Colour combinations, Embellishment ideas or layouts.

For this Blog Hop I have put together 3 cards.

From Page 61 I CASE’d this card.

Here is my version:

I used the Hues of Happiness DSP and the In the Moment Stamp Set (Ohh love that Stamp set).

The next two cards really pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone because they both feature bright and bold colours.

On page 62 you will find this packaging idea that I used for inspiration for my next card.

Here is my version:

I used Parakeet Party card as the base, Hues of Happiness DSP with the Plentiful Plants Stamp Set. Then finished it with the Tahitian Tide Metalic Woven Ribbon and Daffodil Delight Glossy Dots.

Page 65 features this mini card. I used both the layout and the colours to make a card.

Here is my card

I used the new Splendid Thoughts Stamp set and Splendid Stems dies – that just happen to be on Page 65 of the new Mini Catalogue (July-December 2022).

This was really fun! I think I will go off and CASE a few more cards from the 60’s pages. While I am doing that – you can head off to the next Crafter in Bron’s Blog Hop. Next up is Cathy Proctor. Click the link below to visit Cathy’s Blog.

Challenges, Friends, Inspiration, Just Add Ink, Stencils

Just Add Ink # 610 – Inspiration Challenge

Just Add Ink have an Inspiration Challenge this week. It features black and white pictures with colourful balloons.

Here is the card I made:

I used a stencil to make an interesting Black and White background. I used the “Hey Girlfriend” stamp set (retired) to add a pop of colour.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink – here you can see the great creations by the Design Team as well as join this Inspiration Challenge.

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Just Add Ink # 608 – Colour Combo

Hi ya,

Just Add Ink Challenge time again and this week we have a colour challenge.

The colours are bold and vibrant and quite autumny. I decided to use the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set to make my card with.

Follow the link to Just Add Ink to join this challenge.

Last weekend I went to a Team stamping afternoon. We did a Shoe box swap. That means we all designed a card and then provide the materials & supplies for 10 others to make it your card.

We all moved around the room to different places, until we made 10 different cards while 10 people make the card the you design.

It was a really lovely afternoon and I came home with some great cards.

Here are some of the cards we made (not all mine though).

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Just Add Ink # 607 – Choose Two!!

Hi ya,

I decided to play along with the Just Add Ink Challenge this week. I put a fun card together that I am going to send to one of my Friends.

To make this card – I choose some bold colours – Night of Navy, Mango Melody, Real Red and Crumb Cake. I then decided on the layout.

I used a stamp that I have had in my stash for a long long time. It’s perfect for this Challenge because it features both the Coffee Cup and Tea Cup, the Beans and the little Sugar cubes…..cute aye?

I am going to send this card to a friend of mine – she drinks tea and I drink coffee and we often get together to download the week we have both had.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to join this challenge and/or check out what all the Design Team have made.

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Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop #3 – Inky Blues

Happy Friday everyone,

It’s time for Bron’s 3rd Birthday Blog Hop. Bron’s favourite colour is Blue. So the theme for this months Blog Hop is INKY BLUES.

Blue just happens to be my favourite colour too. I really like all shades of blue – dark, light, bright….doesn’t matter, I like em! So this was the perfect theme for me.

The card I made started with a base of Pacific Point. I stamped the flowers from Bottled Happiness with Pacific Point and Night of Navy Ink.

Last weekend, it was my Birthday and I received some lovely hand made cards.

My sister, Nadine gave me a great fancy fold card – that I just had to CASE. So I continued the Blue Happiness and put together another card.

Here is the card I got from Nadine – Haha, just realised it’s Blue too! Pretty!!

So here’s my take on this Fancy Fold. I adjusted the fold and dimensions slightly.

There is very little stamping on this card (only the Sentiment). I have used the Hues of Happiness DSP and lots of fussy cutting.

I can’t wait to make my way through the Inky Blues Blog Hop to see what the rest of the group have made. The next stop on Bron’s Birthday Blog Hop is Jan Clothier. Let’s go and see what Jan has created…….

Here are more of the handmade cards I received.

Challenges, Fine Art Floral, Just Add Ink, Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink # 606 – Sketch Challenge.

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

I decided to flip the Sketch to make my card and used the Amazing Silhouettes Stamp Set with a selection of colours to create a multi-coloured panel. I then cut the panel to match the sketch.

For the embellishments and sentiment I used the Art Gallery Stamp Set, Sunflowers Dies and a little bit of White Bakers Twine.

The colours I used are Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody.

Follow this like to Just Add Ink to see the fabulous cards the Design Team have made for this Sketch Challenge.

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Just Add Ink # 604 – Case Yourself!

Hi ya, well here’s an interesting Challenge! Just Add a Case of Yourself!

So that means CASING a previous card that you have made. It could be from a previous JAI Challenge or perhaps a card you have created, that you love.

This Challenge made me go back an review a whole lot of Challenges and pick out a few of my favs, that I will share with you at the end of this post.

The card I chose to CASE was from Just Add Ink Challenge # 400 (18 March 2018). Such a pretty card with soft colours and a Bokeh background.

I decided this time to create a Bokeh background using really bold colours. The colours are Merry Merlot, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide. I then decorated the Card using the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see and the CASEd Projects from the Design Team and join in on this Challenge.

Below you will find pics of a few of my other fav cards.