Thursday, 28 March 2019

Just Add Ink #450 - Just Add Babies

We are all about Babies at Just Add Ink this week. Which turns out to be perfect timing as my cousin just had a baby boy and I needed to make a card to celebrate!

I thought a tri-fold card would be a fun fold to use to mark this special occasion. 

By simply adding a die cut window on the front of the card you get to see part of the inside panel and also the totally cute bottom of the elephant. The A Little Wild stamp set and coordinating Little Loves framelits are perfect to use as you get to see both the front and back of the animals. Just too cute!

Open again and you get to see the inside message panel. (Sorry it is blurry - it was blowing a gale!) To make this type of card, cut a piece of A4 lengthways at 10 cm, then score at 10 cm and 20 cm. The inside flap will be a touch shorter as A4 is not quite 30 cm but that works out perfectly as it fits snugly into the other folded section.

I coloured this cute fellow with Stampin' Blends, added in some star borders and some Silver and Pool twine to complete the look.

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members have created all things baby. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Colour INKspiration Challenge #52 Blog Hop

Warning - don't spend too long looking at our gorgeous colour combination pic if you are on a diet! Believe me .... it is hard to focus and get creative! Maybe just take a quick peep!

It is always sad when you need to make a sympathy card. I always find it hard to know what to say in the card so I always hope that the love and time I put into the card somehow conveys how truly sorry I am for the loss suffered. I used our colours for this card in the hope that it was not too sombre and I think I got the ratio of each right.

This was one of those cards that started off in one direction and ended up in a totally different one. The sentiment panel originally had the sentiment stamped in Soft Sea Foam, the die cuts adhered, then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder. It looked at bit .... dull! So I watercoloured over with a light wash of Granny Apple Green. The ink caught in the different textured parts which I quite liked however the sentiment didn't stand out enough. Restamping in Early Espresso and fussy cutting before adhering with dimensionals was an easy fix!

Some Soft Sea Foam foliage coming out from under the sentiment panel with some silver metalic thread and leaf finished off my design.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. You can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black as well as Metallics. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have the lovely Leonie. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it!


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Monday, 18 March 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Geared Up Garage

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hopThe Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it. Get ready for lots of inspiration and lots of reasons to use (or buy😊) this stamp set! Currently you are visiting Lou Kitzelman on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Hi!

For this hop we are featuring Geared Up Garage.

It is a really great bundle and perfect for masculine cards. But of course it can be used for any gender and lots of occasions. Today I have gone a bit traditional as I wanted to showcase the bundle and coordinating Classic Garage DSP for an upcoming class. I made a standard easel card.

The front grill decal (as you can tell I have no clue about car terms but I mean the silver thingy around the Happy Birthday sentiment) is the perfect thing to hold the easel upright. I love the different sentiments in this set, as well as the small design elements such as these nuts.

When I made my first card, I cut 2 of everything but (as usual) didn't get around to making it up straight away. In the meantime I came up with a fun fold called an adapted easel card. You can see some other ones I have made here and here. It is a really great fold that allows your die cuts to stand up - just a fun change! So I used the same precut pieces to make this other version.

By simply scoring in different places you get a different look. The links above will take you to the instructions and measurements so you can make one for yourself.

This stamp set and the coordinating framelits are great for achieving a collage-y effect .....  quickly!

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is the fabulous Charlet Mallett. She will be sure to wow us! She always does. 


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