Friday, February 25, 2011

JAI#57 - Colour Challenge and farewell

Well this is farewell to Amanda and Danielle as the leaders of the Just Add Ink Design Team and also a colour challenge...which I turned in to a 'With Sympathy' card...and maybe I made this subconsciously as I was sad to see both Amanda and Danielle leave this fabulous challenge site that they created.

Here are the colours they gave us to use...

If you visit me regularly here you will also know that I am inspired by the very talented Michelle Zindorf who is a whizz with the brayer! I enjoy the depth of colour and projects that can be made with this tool and so when I saw the three colours we were given I thought I would blend them together with the brayer because I couldn't think of anything else to do at the time.

I started off by brayering my Whisper White cardstock with River Rock and then added Daffodil Delight and finally finishing it off with Cherry Cobbler. I was happy with the results! Then off course this simply had to be stamped with one of my all time favourite stamp sets Lovely As a Tree from which I used two of the images to give my picture some depth of space.

Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, River Rock, Basic Black
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, River Rock, DSP Patterns Stack - Neutrals Collection
Accessories: Brayer, River Rock 3/8" Double Stitched Ribbon (not available in current IB&C), Adhesive
 
I sponged the edges with Cherry Cobbler and mounted this on to a piece of River Rock from the DSP Patterns Stack - Neutrals Collection (watch out for some more projects using this paper stack as it is such a versatile one and which has inspired me to buy the similar ones in the other SU! colour collections). I tore a little corner off my image so a small piece of the printed DSP could peak through, this was sponged with River Rock and I then attached a piece of River Rock 3/8" Double-Stitched Ribbon (not currently available), which I had gathered by pulling the stitching threads, before mounting on to Daffodil Delight, giving just a thin border. I then mounted this again on to Cherry Cobbler before finally mounting it on to my card base of River Rock.

I didn't want my 'With Sympathy' greeting to stand out boldly on the card so I stamped it with Cherry Cobbler which blended it in to my background a little more. However, I should have used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure the greeting was straight, if you look closely you can see it slopes up a bit which I didn't really want! The Stamp-a-ma-jig is a really handy tool to have when you need to place an image or greeting in an exact location, helps keep things straight if you are like me and some of your images are not mounted straight on your wooden blocks!


Here is a close-up of my gathered ribbon...


If you would like to purchase any of these SU! tools I use please contact me or if you would like to book a workshop to have a go at using the brayer then give me a call or drop me an email to maecollins2@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to hop on over to the Just Add Ink site to see what other ideas the very talented Design Team came up with when using this colour combination. Don't forget to join in the fun and make a project yourself and share it with us at Just Add Ink.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cards for Christchurch

It has been a terrible twenty four hours for Christchurch, New Zealand with a 6.3 earthquake that has devastated the city and caused a tremendous loss of life. Many people are injured..some severely, many  people have lost their homes and possessions...or they have been damaged greatly, and many are having difficulty contacting their loved ones.

My heart and prayers go out to those people affected. I hope and pray that there will be more survivors...and send prayers of strength and perserverance to those assisting with the rescues. It is so hard to know how to help in times like these and when we are not there in person.

Therefore, the whole of the Just Add Ink Design Team (some who have family and friends in Christchurch) want to do something and this is what we have come up with...

Victim Support are a group affiliated with the NZ police force and are trained in dealing every day with adversity, helping and supporting people in need. We thought they would appreciate some cards that they could write on and take to victims of this devastating quake.

If you would like to do the same then you can send a homemade card (blank inside with envelope if possible) to:

Victim Support
PO Box 2109
Christchurch
New Zealand

Thinking of you, Get well soon, With sympathy or just a plain blank card would be appreciated I am sure.

This afternoon I was going to start on one of my swaps for SU! Convention, to be held in May of this year in Melbourne, but I thought my effort was better put in to making some cards for this worthwhile cause.


Recently I stumbled across a card created by Amy Celona, who had been inspired by a card in their IB&C using the Just Believe stamp set, and I had wanted to CASE this one at sometime. Well today I did as I thought it was an appropriate design for Cards for Christchurch and so I set about making eight of them. If you look closely in my photos you may be able to see that because I had a bit of a production line going I ended up forgetting to tear the Early Espresso cardstock from the bottom of six out of the eight cards...however, I didn't think it really detracted much from the design of the card anyway.


I better go now as I want to pop down to the Post Office and get them in the mail. If you would like to do something for those in New Zealand then you might like to put your creative energies into making some cards too.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Stampin' Up!'s Final Donation Amount for the Australia Flood Appeal...

In a previous post I mentioned that Stampin' Up! was assisting those affected by the Queensland flooding by raising money for the Australia Flood Appeal from the sale of stamp sets. Well I am proud to say that during the appeal SU! raised $11,862 from these stamp set sales.

Thank you to all who supported this appeal--you truly have made a difference in the lives of others. All proceeds will be donated to Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal on behalf of Stampin' Up! demonstrators and customers in Australia and New Zealand.

I was also donating a percentage of my demonstrator profits during this period to the Appeal and with a small top up, I donated $50 to those affected by the floods in Queensland. Thanks to my customers who purchased items through me during this time.

Friday, February 18, 2011

JAI#56 - Sketch Challenge

If you visited the Just Add Ink site last week you would have read the announcement that Danielle Daws and Amanda Reddicliffe have decided to step down from JAI at the end of this month. This must have been a difficult decision for them both as they created this fabulous challenge site and it has been their baby from day one! They have provided lots of exciting challenges and inspiration for us as a Design Team as well as those who played along regularly or just now and then. I wish both Danielle and Amanda best of luck in their future endeavours and have enjoyed working with them as part of the Design Team. However, all is not lost...Delys Cram and Bronwyn Eastley have agreed to continue hosting this fabulous site...so we will continue to bring exciting new challenges and inspiration to those that enjoy joining in with us at Just Add Ink.

So, on to this week's challenge...which is a great sketch challenge that I had fun playing with!


And, here is my take on the sketch...

Stamps:Just Believe
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise (Creative Combination taken from the Color Coach - a great resource to have for only $28.95!)
Cardstock/Paper: Pear Pizzazz Textured, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Corner Rounder Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlits Dies, Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Write Marker, Blender Pen, Rich Razzleberry 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Bow Easy (non SU!), Adhesive

Now pop on over to Just Add Ink for more inspiration and to see how the other Design Team members have interpreted this sketch. Then don't forget to have a play yourself and enter your project as we would love to see what you came up with using this sketch for inspiration!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Just Add Love - JAI#55

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is a good one to get me motivated and to do something that is on my 'to do list'...that is to design some wedding stationery samples...for those who know me and my family will know that my son is getting married next January and he has asked me to make the invitations! Sarah, his fiance, loves the colour purple and so I used this in my initial samples with Elegant Eggplant and Brushed Silver. I only wished that SU! had some satin ribbon in Elegant Eggplant as I think that is a richer/more elegant looking ribbon for a wedding, but the grosgrain ribbon looks alright too.



I used the heart stamp from the set Punch Potpourri, which is a Level One Hostess Gift. I really like this set as each image has a coordinating punch which makes cutting out your images so much quicker and easier! You gotta love that!!

I simply wrapped some silver cord a few times around the card and raised the heart over this with Stampin' Dimensionals. The "you're invited" text is actually from the Compliments to the Chef stamp set.


I printed out the Bride and Groom text on to some Card Stock A4 White Vellum and then punched them out with the Scallop Oval Punch. The only think I don't like about using vellum is what adhesive to use as no matter what type I choose it still seems to show through. I might try some Mini Glue Dots next time, rather than my snail adhesive!

If you look closely you may notice that this "you're invited" text is darker than the other, that is because I embossed this one make it bolder.Both my heart images were inked up with Versmark and then Elegant Eggplant ink before stamping on to Whisper White cardstock and then Clear Embossed, prior to punching out with the Full Heart Extra-Large Punch.


I think I actually prefer this placement setting with the Brushed Silver cardstock, although on the other one I really like the impact of the silver thread over the Elegant Eggplant cardstock. Not sure that I like the ticket-corners on this design, what do you think?

Which design to you like the best or do you like specific elements in each?

I just love the Textured Impressions Vintage Wallpaper for romantic type cards/stationery. I actually like different elements of each of these two similar but differant designs and I think I may actually swing the card around in my next sample so it opens up and not sideways...so watch for other samples/designs that I will post another time.

Now it is time for you to pop on over to the Just Add Ink site and see what other fabulous ideas the Design Team have for you with this week's Just Add Love challenge!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Sweet Treats...

This Saturday my friend Jody-ann and I have been invited back to participate in this year's Eaglehawk Neck Fair with our J@Mpot stall...unfortunately as Jody-ann is nursing her husband back to health I will be doing this alone...although my daughter or my husband will come and help me set up and pack up (my daughter will visit friends on the Tasman Peninsula or if it is my husband he will go fishing for the duration of the fair).

As this Fair is so close to Valentine's Day...this coming Monday so don't forget your Valentine!...I thought I should make a few items targetted as this special day. I decided to make a few different Sweet Treat gift ideas for those who hadn't as yet got a little something for their someone specail...it would also brighten up the stall with something new and bright using Real Red ink and cardstock!


These items below are quick and easy to make using the Big Shot and the Top Note Die as a topper for SU!'s Small Cellophane Bags. Simply fill them up with something sweet and decorate the topper. I used the heart image form the Punch Potpourri set (Level 1 Hostess Set) which fits perfectly with the Full Heart Punch, a 'happy valentine's day' greeting from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set which fits perfectly in the Word Window Large Punch and then mounted this on to the Modern Label Extra-Large Punch. 


The next ones I made were filling tubes with red lollies and putting a topper on using again the same heart stamp/punch as previously but mounting them on to a piece of Real Red using the Scallop Circle Punch. I also added the greeting 'Amour' from Artistic Etchings stamp set to continue the love theme!


Finally, I made a few packaged with a match box fold (inspiration found on Tabitha Davis' blog), using Crumb Cake cardstock and stamped with the I {Heart} Hearts stamp set and then again topping with my heart image as before. The window was punched out with the Curly Label Extra-Large Punch and the sweets were again put in a small cellophane bag.


What do you think? I think they fit the theme well and will brighten up my stall but the ultimately question is will they sell...I will let you know next week!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

I have been Scrapbooking!!!

I have neglected my scrapbooking hobby of late...well about a year...but today I went to a scrapbooking event with my friend Sarah and I got inspired again - thanks to Angelene, Tish and others!

I started my daughter's New Zealand school trip album last year with a couple of pages but that was it and so today I managed to finish the cover page (see picture below) and put together a few additional pages. They are not complete as yet so I won't photograph them to share with you here because I need to add some journalling and put in some embelishments/elements from her trip before I will be happy with them.

I found an outline map on the web of NZ and printed this on to Stampin' Up!'s Card Stock Vellum but as it was only A4 size and I wanted to hide the adhesive edges where I adhered it to my page I overlaid some red cardstock, sponged with Basic Black ink, over the sides. I then used the fern leaf stamp from the retired stamp set Organic Grace and embossed it with Silver Embossing Powder to add a feature symbol of NZ on to the cardstock. I used my Big Shot and the Timeless Type Alphabet set to cut out of Brushed Silver cardstock my title, including the year she went on her trip.

I am happy that I have started again and can't wait to mix this in with my usual card making and 3D items that I have been doing. My daughter also said that she is going to hassle me to keep going with this project now that I have started and I have some ideas floating around in my head on how I want it to come together...so watch this space for some more scrapbook pages over the coming weeks!

Stamps: Organic Grace (retired)
Cardstock/Paper: Red (non-SU), Card Stock A4 White Vellum, Brushed Silver from Brushed Metallic pack
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Accessories: Paper Tearing Ruler (CM), Sponge, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Big Shot, Adhesive


I hope you have enjoyed seeing something a little different here on my blog today and thanks for stopping by. Feel free to leave a comment if you feel inclined as I love to get feedback from my blog followers!

Friday, February 4, 2011

That time of the week again! JAI Colour Challenge...

Another week has passed and so it is that time of the week again for another Just Add Ink challenge, this week it is a colour challenge...

I again struggled with the challenge this week, not because of the colour combination but because my past week as been busy with supporting a friend while her husband has been in hospital having open heart surgery and because I didn't have any Rose Red cardstock (just some tiny off-cuts!). My friend's husband is slowly on the mend and will be out of ICU hopefully by the time this post goes live on my blog!

I had a few ideas floating around my head for this challenge and until I sat down at my craft desk to create my DT submission I didn't know which idea I would go with. This is the card I finally created...


Stamps: Just Believe, French Script, Sanded, Tiny Tags
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Cardstock/Paper: Patterns Pack II DSP, Early Espresso, Regal Rose, Soft Suede
Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Clear Embossing Powder, Sewing Maching, Sponges, Jewelry Tag Medium Punch, Pewter Brad, adhesive


First I stamped French Script (now retired) in Soft Suede on to a piece of DSP from Patterns Pack II (last catalogue hostess gift), then I inked up my image from the Just Believe stamp set in Early Espresso - but before I stamped it on to the DSP I removed the ink from the flowers and coloured them in with my Rose Red Stampin' Write Marker (thinking this was the only way I was going to meet the Rose Red part of the colour challenge!!). After stamping this image on to my DSP I decided that I would clear emboss the image for added impact. So out came my Stamp-a-ma-jig, a very handy tool to have in your stamping supplies, to help me align the image that was now to be inked in Versamark before applying the Clear Embossing Powder. I then sponged the edges of my DSP with Rose Red ink and adhered this to a piece of Early Espresso cardstock.

I was really happy with the process so far and so I decided to do something else that I haven't done for a while, I got my sewing machine out and stitched around the edges of my DSP on to the cardstock. If you look closely you will see that it is not really neat but I was still happy with the effect it produced.

I really wanted to mount this piece on to Rose Red cardstock but not having any off-cuts large enough, and my friend did not have any either, I substituted it for Regal Rose cardstock but to deepen the colour I inked the edges with Rose Red ink. I wrapped a piece of 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon around the front panel and attached a couple of Jewelry Tags stamped from the Tiny Tags stamp set using a Pewter brad.

This feature panel was then adhered to a card base of Soft Suede which I had stamped with the Sanded background stamp using Soft Suede ink.

I was very happy with the result, what do you think?

Even though I faced challenges to complete my card, apart from the actual colour challenge itself, I really enjoyed the process taken in putting it together. This is one of the aspects I enjoy about my craft - time out from the every day chores and pressures of daily life!

So pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what other fabulous ideas the rest of the Design Team had from using this lovely colour combination!

Thanks again for stopping by for another JAI challenge and I will see you back here next week for the next one!

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