Just Add Ink # 186

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Just Add Ink challenge this week is an inspiration challenge. Use the picture below to inspire your own creation...

I love this flower wreath. The colours are gorgeous but I did not find this challenge easy. In the end I basically copied all the elements across to my card.

This is what I came up with...

I used the paper doily die to give me the wreath shape and put the paper words behind it so the die would stand out against the white striped background.

The stamps used for the flowers and leaves are both from retired Stampin' Up! stamp sets but the sentiment is from the sweet essentials stamp set and the frame is from the label something stamp set.

Here is the inside of the card using the words from the Blooming with Kindness stamp set...

I would love to see what creations you can come up with. Please go to the Just Add Ink wesite, http://just-add-ink.blogspot.co.nz/ see the creations from the design team, then add your own.


Punch Art Ideas

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Tuesday, 08 October 2013

I often get asked where I get my punch art ideas from...
Well, all over the place really. Sometimes I am making a card for one particular punch art design and an unwanted piece falls out of the punch that looks like something else and so that starts me on a whole new track. Sometimes I have an idea in my head and sketch it out and try to make it with my punches and sometimes I copy a picture I see and translate it into punch art.

The Just Add Ink challenge that I posted a few days ago (see previous post) was one such example. I had a very old card with a bear on that I liked...
And so made it up using my punches. (Full list of punches used in the previous post).

Here is another example. I had a baby shower invite and the friend that it was for liked pandas so I decided to make her a card based on her invite.



Just Add Ink # 185

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Thursday, 03 October 2013

A Colour Challenge
I am so excited to be a guest designer for JUST ADD INK this month.
It is good news for my followers too as I will have a lot more posts up. I would encourage you all to take part in the challenges. They are a lot of fun.

The Just Add Ink challenge # 185 is a colour challenge featuring these 3 colours below:

I love the raspberry and coastal blue colours together. They are fresh and vibrant and really complement each other well.
Here is my submission, which is a covered notepad and covered pencil.

Stampin' Up! products used are:
Card - coastal cabana, raspberry ripple, sahara sand
Paper - birthday basics, neutrals paperstack
Inks - crumb cake (for sponging) and early expresso marker
Punches - full heart, owl, 1 3/8" circle, large oval (arms), small oval (muzzle), 1/2" circle, itty bitty shape cross (inner ears), cupcake (nose)
Simply scored metric plate.

You can see the scoring I added for texture more clearly on this photo...

I hope this inspires you to enter the challenge this week. Please do visit the JUST ADD INK website here:http://just-add-ink.blogspot.co.nz/  to see the what amazing creations the rest of the design team have come up with. There is a lot more inpiration there, so be sure to tap into it!



Birthday Basics

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Friday, 20 September 2013

It's been a busy month. I had a Stampin' Up! stand at the Sistas conference and along with the help of my lovely downline, Leonie, we were able to set up a card making station for ladies to come and make a gift card. We asked for a gold coin donation and all the profits ($211.00) have gone to 'A Girl Called Hope' mission in New Zealand.
It was fun to see some ladies who had never made a card before, catch the bug and come back for a second and even, a third go!

My post this week is very brief, just 3 cards all made with the new birthday basics designer series paper.

Perfect Blend
The "Perfect Blend" stamp set is a new favourite of mine. I love coffee and have friends that do too so yes it is perfect!
Other stamps used are from the "Hello, Lovely" set and the "Sweet Essentials" set.

Sketched Birthday
I used two stamps from the Sketched Birthday stamp set but there are 8 in the set, so lots more card making possibilites!

Butterfly Bundle
September special is 15% off the bitty butterfly punch and Papillion Potpourri stamp set. I thought I would showcase them here with this gift card that I CASEd from Rachael Knight. The Birthday Wishes words are from the "Bring on the Cake" stamp set.



Double Slider Cards

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013

These cards have the wow factor and my recent class of ladies loved making them. If you want to know how to make cards like these then see your local Stampin' Up! demonstrator who I am sure will be able to help you.

By The Tide
Pull on the tab at the top to reveal the hidden message.

Both the top and bottom slide out at the same time... Wow!

Betsy's Blossoms
A feminine version. These cards measure 9.5cm x 14.5cm when closed up and fit in a standard C6 envelope with ease.

And the inside...

I must confess that I had as much fun with these cards as my customers did.



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Friday, 23 August 2013

Chalk Talk Dies #1
The tag on the front of this card was on a gift I received at the manager's reception at the Stampin' Up! convention. (Yes, I am a great believer in recycling!)
It was cut out with one of the new framelits diecuts called 'chalk talk'.
I added the lovely tag made by the Stampin' Up! staff to a card that I made for my daughter. The card has a pocket inside to hold money or gift cards...

Chalk Talk Dies # 2
Here is another tag made with the same framelit die, with a second chalk talk die cut piece added on top.The butterfly is from the new backyard basics stamp set and it also has co-ordinating dies to cut out the images.

Paper Bows
These gift tags I made a couple of weeks ago to put on my customer's goodie bags at the Hamilton Extravaganza.

Just Kissed Flower
This is one of the tags I made to go on my customers bags for when I deliver their order. The stamps (big flower and sentiment), I used were from a demonstrator only set called 'Workshop Words Too'.  The big flower is a solid image stamp and I wanted to add some pattern to it so I used the kissing technique.
If you have not done this with your stamps yet, then keep reading and I will tell you more...

I inked up my solid image stamp (flower) in marina mist ink and laid it face up on the table. Then I inked up my patterned image stamp (Big circle from Betsy's Blossoms stamp set) in Night of Navy ink. I picked up the solid image stamp and kissed it to the patterned image stamp. ie I pressed the two inked up stamps together.
Then I stamped my solid image flower onto the cardstock. The pattern from the other stamp had transferred to create a great look.

Give it a try!



Great Sport

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

I love this stamp set as you can make a variety of cards for the males in your life quite easily. This first card was CASE'd from the new catalogue (page 53). It has the new style brads on (which are actually two separate products; a silver brad base and candy dots. The candy dots are adhesive coloured dots to stick on the brad base. You could also stick on pearls or rhinestones or dots of paper and then seal them with crystal effects... so many possibilites!)

There are 4 sports ball stamps in this "Great Sport" stamp set, as well as a large decorative element stamp and a banner. The balls are soccer, football, baseball and basketball.

The basketball also makes a great tennis ball if you use a marker pen to ink up the stamp. Just ink up the curvy lines on the ball and not the two straighter lines.

Great Sport Punch Art
I used the honecomb embossing folder and circles framelits to make the soccer ball;  the 1 3/4" circle punch to make the cricket ball and of course the basketball stamp to make the tennis ball.




Brayered Backgrounds

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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

I showed you some simple brayer techniques back in March (see 15th March and 29th March posts.) And I have a couple more for you today...

Horse Frontier
Mask off portions off your white card with sticky note paper and brayer in the exposed white strips with colour. Move your sticky notes across and repeat with another colour. You will need to do this 3 or 4 times to get in all the coloured stripes that you want.
Bear in mind that the stripes don't have to be evenly coloured or perfectly straight as the uneven look adds to the charm of the background.
Finally add some thick and thin lines with an early expresso marker pen.

By the Tide
For this brayered background I laid some small punched circles under the white card that I was braying on. (I used the circles from the cupcake punch. Initally I had smaller circles but they didn't show up so well and I accentuated them with a marker afterwards.) When you brayer over the white card, it ink goes darker as it brayers over the raised area of card (where the circles were underneath, by the lobster) and it made a great effect for my under the sea look. I was happy with how it turned out and would put more circles under next time or even experiment with other shapes underneath.

Thanks for visiting
from Rhonda


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