3D, Big Shot, Card Classes

All Day Class / Product Show Case

I had a really fun day today – carding all day with friends.  I held an All Day Card Class where we made projects using 2 main products.  The Mixed Bunch Stamp Set and matching Blossom Punch.  Both of these products are in the current Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

First up – to Welcome everyone to the stamping day I put together some little Butterfly Treats.  Don’t they look colourful all together.

For our first project we made some Flower embellishments.  We painted them with Crystal Effects so that they were all shiny.  These are made with 3 of the Blossom Shapes.

These could be used on Cards, Scrapbooking pages or made into Magnets, Hair Clips or brooches.

Our second project used the Twitterpated DSP and Pleated Satin Ribbon which is also in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

Thirdly we combined Melon Mambo, Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake to make this pretty card.  We stamped the Crumb Cake with Whisper White Ink and the Mixed Bunch Stamp Set.

After breaking for a yummy lunch we made this cute box.  The mane of the Lion is made with the Blossom Punch.   We used the Fancy Favor Big Shot Die for the box.

And lastly we made this Black, White and Gray Card using some embossing techniques.

So you can see from these projects – that there are a variety of things you can do with one stamp set and punch.   The projects that I have done here have all been inspired by projects, cards or technique’s that I saw done by other talented Stampin Up Demonstrators at the Stampin Up Convention in Canberra a few weeks ago.

Big Shot, Card Classes, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 88 – Die Cuts

Hi everyone,
It’s been a while since I have updated my blog – mainly due to life being very busy – but also because my computer had a melt-down…..literally!  The computer guy said it’s not worth fixing – so I am still computer-less.  Luckily we have more than one in the house at the moment – so I can still get this post done.

This week at Just Add Ink is Just Add Die Cuts.  There are so many lovely Die Cut shapes and ideas – but I stuck to the Top Note for this one.  I did actually make another card with the Butterflies too – but I kinda like the colours of this one more.

The colours used are Wisteria Wonder, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Blushing Bride and Whisper White.  The flowers are from the Vintage Vogue stamp Set.  We did this card as part of a Kissing Technique Class – and inked the Flowers with Wisteria Wonder Ink first and then stamped them on to a stamp that was covered in Concord Crush – so it picked up the ink of the other image.  Then we stamped it onto the Whisper White Card stock. 

I really like the colours together – it’s bright and beautiful.  Hope you like it too.

So pull out some Die Cuts – or make some and put together a project for the Just Add Ink Challenge.  You can enter here and also check out the Design Team projects and other entries.

Happy Stamping.

Big Shot, Challenges, Just Add Ink

JAI # 79 – Distressing Week!

Ohhhh it’s all very distressing this week at Just Add Ink……and if you’re not distressed then your ripped off!  And if you’re all that….then do that to your projects too!

Get what I mean?  That’s right we are Just Adding Distressing or Ripping to our projects this week.  I quite often like to add a bit of distressing to my cards…I think it adds extra texture to the elements of your project.

It’s funny where we find inspiration too.  This week – I had no idea of what I was going to make – and thought about it quite a bit for a few days until Sunday…when Sarah decided on a Purple T-shirt with a cool pattern on it…….

and there was the start of my card……..

This has heaps of things on it…..first I used 3 different Wheels to create the background and then added a layer of Silver Embossing over the top of that.  After distressing and ripping and sticking a few bits together I made some Butterflies with the Big Shot.  I did them in Perfect Plum, Basic Black, Melon Mambo and a few in Acetate that I inked with some Staz on White.

Then stuck it all together.  The stars I raided from Sarah’s craft stuff….I hope she does not notice or else she’ll probably take them back.

To finish it all off I sprayed it with some Shimmer Paint….which is hard to see in the Pic’s but is cool IRL.  You can kinda see it here.

 So if you feel like having a ripping good time…..go to Just Add Ink and have a go.  The Design Team have a great range of distressed / ripped projects to show you too.

Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 75 – Colour Combo

Just Add Ink has a fantastic Colour Combo for you to try out this week…..I think I will use this colour combo again – cause I really like it.  Here it is…..

I have a little story about what I made this week, which I will get to in a minute.
Firstly though – let me show you what I made using these great colours.  I had been flicking through a few magazines a few weeks ago and saw some pictures that I had marked to use at inspiration at a later date….so I got out one of them and used it.

I stamped and clear embossed the swirly stamp from Baroque Motifs onto some Newsprint DSP and the sponged it with Soft Suede Ink.  I roughed up the edges a bit and then attached it to the Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I used Black Stays On to stamps on some acetate and then cut it so it only covers the bottom of the card.  (It’s probably hard to see here though).
I then used the Sewing Machine to stitch in Black Cotton around the card a few times……and this is where my little story starts…….

I got the Sewing Machine out – I had borrowed – and started to set it up.  After threading it – I started to sew…..but NO – it didn’t work.  All the cotton bunched up at the back.  I knew I must have threaded it wrong…..so started again……but that didn’t work – so I tried again………but that did not work.

Now this went on for some time…….like about a little over an hour!
I’m sure you can imagine how frustrated I was by this time – that’s right – ready to throw something……..but I didn’t.

My Husband then said he was off to bed….but I said I HAVE to finish THIS first!!
And quickly and calmly (although a bit annoyedly) explained what was going on.

Being THE MAN he goes…..Oh well would you like me to have a look?
I was just like……Humrph – if ya want.

And typical – no joke within about 3 or 4 minutes he had a bloomin thing working!!   Darn it!

So – once I had finished stitching – I then added my ribbon, Flower – made from the Fancy Flower, Boho Blossoms and Two-step Bird Punches – and Words.  Then mounted them on the Very Vanilla and Soft Suede Card.

I found these colours just worked so well together.  The Design Team have put together some beautiful projects too.  I hope you have a go at making some thing with them.  Go to Just Add Ink to check out the DT projects and show us yours.

Challenges, Just Add Ink, Scrapbooking

JAI # 73 – Sketch Challenge

Ohhh – a Sketch Challenge.  When I get a Sketch Challenge to do I and I have no Cards that I’m thinking of making – I like to have a go at a bit of Scrapbooking……..and that is what I did with this sketch.

Here is the sketch……

Here is my page…….

I had been wanting to  use that picture of Sarah for some time.  I really love the photo. It was taken by Ana in February last year when we were at Garvey Park celebrating Ana’s 21st Birthday. We had had a BBQ and the girls were running round the park as the sun was going down.

I have used Peach Parfait and Chocolate Chip.  The DSP is called Sunny Garden.

To enter your project into this Sketch Challenge – visit Just Add Ink here.  While your there – check out the lovely projects that have been put together by the Design Team.

Challenges, Just Add Ink

JAI # 67 – Sketch Challenge

It’s time for another Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge.  Hmmmm – I really went outside of my comfort zone for this one…….. Here is is Sketch

And this is what I did with it……

I used Riding Hood Red and Crumb Cake Card, with the Love Letter DS.  I Black Embossed the swirly stamp from Baroque Motifs and then did a Brick Wall Technique.  Here’s a close up. 

You can do so much with this Sketch – as you can see on the Just Add Ink Web Site here.

Challenges, Just Add Ink

JAI # 66 – Just Add a Flower (For Mothers Day)

Happy Mothers Day to all those Mum’s out there…..here’s a Card and Challenge for you.
Make a Card / Project that has a Flower on it……cause let’s face it – All us Mum’s love Flowers.  Here’s my card…..

I combined this Challenge with another one this week.  It’s a colour Challenge that I had set for the Stamping Team I belong too.

The JAI Girls have put together some beautiful projects with Flowers on for Mothers Day – go and check them out here.  And don’t forget to have a go at the Challenge yourself.

3D, Card Classes, Gifts

Card Class – Easter Projects

Easter is not far away…..we have been eating Hot x Buns for quite a few weeks now….I love them.  I stash a few packs in the freezer, they are great in lunch boxes as well as a snack when visitors pop over.   Yummy!

And then there’s all the Chocolate of course! 

Last week we did an Easter Projects class.  I decided to show the ladies a quick way to pack up a few eggs for a surprise treat.  We made a little pocket sort of shaped like a Chip Packet out of a square of card.


We used Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive – the idea with to do colours like a carrot.  As in Easter Bunny……carrot……get it?

The Stamp Set is called Hello Again.  We also used these colours and Stamps to stamp on the Ribbon – but you can’t quite see it in these pics.

Our second project was a card……

This card was inspired by a lovely card I saw done by Marlene Peters (Canada).

The colours are Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Early Espresso and Whisper White.    In this picture it is hard to see the glitter on the Egg Shape – I think the glitter really sets it off.

I also got an Easter surprize on my doorstep the other day….from my friend Kim.  Kim had sent me some yummy marshmallow eggs…that I have hidden because otherwise someone (not me) would have scoffed them already – so I snaffled them away and they don’t even know I have them…..hee hee hee.

Also in the pack was this ‘cute as’ little bunny box…..

 It’s really cool how it folds at the ends – very clever.  You can’t see it in the pic – but it has a little round fluffy bunny tail too.  The goodies that were inside…..are gone!

Thank you Kim, that was a lovely surprise.  You are very clever at making these cute boxes.

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Aus-NZ Challenge – February

The February Challenge with Kim and Nadine was to use the current In-colours which are Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade, Concord Crush, Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz.  Again – we all came up with total different projects.  Here they are:

Kim’s one came with Yummy’s!  She put together a Sweet Treat Cup Flower Card.

It’s sunny, bright and IRL glittery too.  Kim has used all of the In-colours on this card and they look fantastic.  The inside of the card is also stamped with a pretty design around it too. 

Nadine’s card was also Bright and vibrant.  She used the Brayering Technique and a mask.  Then did some silhouette stamping.

These colours look awesome together.

My project started as just a 3D box for each of them…..but then I decided that I need to use more colour – so I made some little cards to go inside the box which is bundled up in some Cellophane bags. 

Here are the Boxes…..the Pink went to Nadine and the Green to Kim.

And these are the cards.  I used the SAB Stamp Set, Sweet Summer.

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Just Add Ink # 55 – Just Add LOVE!

Can you believe it’s pretty much the middle of February already??  Man – the year is moving fast.

The theme at Just Add Ink this week is LOVE – with February being the month of Valentines and everything.   Here is the project I put together……..

This idea has been playing around in my head for a while.  It first stemmed from a swap I received at the SU Perth Regionals last September from Zara Borrell.  Zara had made a cute Gift Card Holder in the shape of a corset.   And I thought it would make a great box – but I kinda did not know how it would go until one day when I had taken little Sarah to a certain fast food restaurant – and was mucking round with one of their boxes………and the rest they say is History!!

I really love how this has come out – I think it would make a great Valentines Gift, Wedding Trinket box or even I nice box to present to a Bridesmaid in.   I have used Blushing Bride – card stock, Ink and Ribbon. 

It would be great to see a Just Add Love project from you too.  Join in here at Just Add Ink.  And check out the other Design Team Members entries too.