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Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week.  They are asking for a card with a bit of grunge.  For this challenge I started with base card made from soft suede cardstock. I then cut another panel of soft suede that was 5mm smaller than the base card.  This panel, I embossed with the wood grain folder. I then cut two panels of very vanilla cardstock. The first panel I stamped all over with an extreme elements stamp using soft suede ink.  Then using the simply scored scoring tool, I scored a line 5mm inside from the edge all the way around.  Using a craft knife I cut 3 sides and folded the panel down and then score it and then folded the panel in half so that the stamped image was showing and adhered.  On the other panel I stamped a star with versamark and used early espresso embossing powder.  I adhered the star panel to the base card and then adhered the grunge frame over the top.  On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla I stamped another star using versamark and embossed using gold embossing powder.  I trimmed the star and adhered it to the star in the frame. Off setting it so that you could see all the points.  Inside the frame I added 4 circles punch out using the owl punch.  I then stamped the birthday wishes sentiment using early espresso embossing powder.  Using a scrap piece of soft suede I adhered a line under the sentiment and added early espresso circles created using the owl punch.  I highlighted the edges of the frame and the sentiment with scraps of Early Espresso cardstock.  I then stamped the edge of a very vanilla envelope with the extreme elements stamp and highlighted it with a strip of early espresso cardstock.

20131026-223255.jpgStamps: Extreme Elements (retired), So Happy for you (retired), Simply Stars
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories:  VersaMark, Early Espresso embossing powder, Gold embossing Powder, heat gun, embossing buddy, Owl Punch, craft knife, dimensionals, Wood Grain embossing folder, simply scored scoring tool

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At Sunny Challenges & Creations they are asking for shaped card entries. I thought I would use this challenge to give me some inspiration for my daughter’s birthday card. I used the largest 3 frames from the Label Collection framelits. The largest was used on a Whisper White base card and on a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock. The second largest frame was used on some Print Poetry DSP. The inner frame was the third largest and I embossed this frame with the Cloudy Day embossing folder. I then created the minion using the owl punch and one of the flowers from the Itty Bitty Punch set. I got the idea for the minion and balloons from Diana Gibbs. I improvised a little by changing the minion’s outfit colour, using a white gel pen to add stitching and giving him a mono eye and with the balloons, I used the retired Blossom Petal Builder punch to make the balloons.  Inside the card I made a pocket for a gift card we are giving her and used the sentiment from the Tag It stamp set.  To make it pop a bit.  I added a Cherry Cobbler scallop trim and some small coloured dots from the owl punch.  I think it makes it look very celebratory.

 

20130825-182552.jpgStamps: For the Birds, Tag It
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Print Poetry DSP Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Daffodil Delight, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories:  Labels Collection Framelit Die,  Blossom Petal Builder punch, Scallop Border Punch, Owl Punch, White Gel pen, Big Shot

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Just Add Ink have a Theme Challenge this week.  I decided to make a Christmas card using some of Stampin Up’s  new stamps Dies, DSP and embossing powders.

Stamps: Heart of Christmas, Scentsational Seasonal Season
Paper:   Whisper White, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Festival of Prints DSP Stack
Ink: Close to Cocoa (retired), Early Espresso
Accessories:  Holiday Collection Framelit Die,  Versa Mark, Early espresso Embossing Powder, Sugar and Spice Scented Embossing Powder, Rhinestone, Owl Punch (for small dots), dimensional, Heat Gun, Big Shot

I started with a base card made from Early Espresso cardstock.  I then added a piece of Festival of Prints DSP that was slightly smaller than the base card.  Next I stamped a piece of Whisper White cardstock with Versa Mark using the Heart of Christmas stamp.  With some Early Espresso embossing powder and a heat gun,  I embossed the sentiment on to the Whisper White cardstock.  I then stamped and embossed the steam image from the Scentsational Season stampset using Close to Cocoa, Versa Mark, Sugar and Spice embossing powder and a heat gun.  On a scrap piece of Whisper White, I stamped the mug image from the Scentsational Season stamp set and cut out the image with the framelit die.  I adhered the cup to the Whisper White cardstock with dimensionals and then adhered the Whisper White cardstock to the base card.  I finished off by adding a strip of Festival Prints DSP, a rhinestone and 4 Cherry Cobbler dots, which I punched out with the Owl punch. 

Sorry the picture isn’t better, I need to learn to take photos of embossed cards 🙂

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Just Add Ink have a Colour Challenge this week.  I decided to make a card and little gift bag and I thought I would play with some of my retired stamps, inks and DSP.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)
Paper:   Whisper White, Basic Black, Pattern Pack II DSP
Ink: Going Gray (retired), Brocade Blue (retired) Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal (retired)
Accessories:  Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Label Collection Die, Rhinestones, Scorepal, Ribbon, Cropadile

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I then added a piece of Whisper White cardstock that was slight smaller than the base card.  Next I added a piece of Patterns Pack II DSP (retired).  With the DSP I used the colours Brocade Blue, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal and Basic Grey as I decide to play with the colours.  I then used a scrap strip of Whisper White cardstock to which I stamped happy birthday multiple times.  I decided not to use the stampamajig as I wanted the words to be a little uneven.  Adds a bit a character, I think.  I then used the Beautiful Wings Embosslit die to cut out multiple butterflies in various colours.  I cut the Black butterflies in half and used them as highlights behind the White Butterflies.  I added the Butterflies to the card going from largest to smallest.  To make the gift bag I used a 21cm x 27 cm Basic Black cardstock which I scored using the scorepal.  I adhered the box together using sticky strip and added Patterns Pack II DSP (retired) to the flap.  I trimmed the flap using a template I made with the Labels Collection framelit die.  I punched two holes using the cropadile and added matching ribbon.  To finish off, I added Happy Birthday stamped on the smallest of the labels created using the Labels Collection framelit die.  I distressed the label by sponging and added some butterflies and a rhinestone.

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Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week.  When I first looked at the sketch I was a bit stumped about how I was going to approach this sketch and then I decided to look through my stash of scrap papers and here is what I came up with.

Stamps: Apothecary
Paper:   Old Olive,  Jolly Holiday DSP (retired), Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Owl Punch 1 ” Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Glue Pen, Swiss Dot embossing folder, black marker

I started with some scrap Old Olive cardstock that was 9.5 cm x 30.5 cm.  I then trimmed and embossed some Whisper White cardstock to be slightly smaller than the base card and adhered it to the base card.  I then added the 1″ Cherry Cobbler circle, a piece of Jolly holiday DSP and a piece of Basic Gray cardstock.  I stamped the Birthday Greeting from the apothecary stamp set on to some scrap Whisper White cardstock and then added a slightly bigger piece of Old Olive as backing to the sentiment.  I added the sentiment to the base card.  I felt that the card seemed a bit simple, so I decided to tweak the card by piercing the corner of the grey cardstock.  It is better to think of these things before adhering to cardstock :).  As a result, the piercing did not look so clean so I used a black marker to define the holes better.  I then punched out what seemed like a million little black eyes using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the black dots over every second pierced hole.  I think the effect looks good.  I wouldn’t have thought of it, if I had pierced the paper before adhering it to cardstock.

 There you have my take on this week’s challenge. 

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A CASEd card

Stamps: Well Scripted  Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Old Olive Ink: Blushing Bride, Old Olive, Early Espresso Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Framed Tulip embossing folder, Antique Brad , Blossom Petal Builder

 

I was looking on you tube the other day and came across a really beautiful card and I decided to case it.  I did take the liberty of using different colours, sentiment stamp and embossing folder.  This card is fairly simple to make and I think it has a real wow factor to it.  I started with a whisper white base card which was trimmed to be in proportion with the embossed piece of whisper white cardstock.  Just remember you should stamp your sentiment before adhering your flower.  I got a little carried away with making my flower and did it afterwards and it was a bit fiddly to stamp.  I then embossed 2 pieces of blushing bride cardstock which I then punched out 8 Petals using the Blossom Petal builder.  Using a piece of sponge, I then went over the embossed image with some blushing bride ink.  It really adds some depth, however you could follow the instructions on youtube and brayer the card.  I believe that both are affective.  I then adhered 4 petals to the base card and then curled 4 petals using my bone folder before adding them to the flower.  I then punched out 2 old olive leaves and sponged the edges to add some depth.  I tucked the leaves a little under the flower.  I finished off the flower using an antique brad.

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I decided to vary the sketch slightly as the flower I wanted to use was a little bit too big to leave the square in the middle.

 

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired)

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Bella Rose DSP(retired
Ink: Black
Accessories: Blossom Punch, Owl Punch (for small dots and circles in the centre of the flower), Devine Swirl embossing folder, Swiss Dot embossing folder

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock and added a layer of Swiss Dot embossed Whisper White cardstock.  I then punched out series of small dots using the Owl Punch.  I adhered the dots around the edge of the embossed cardstock.  With a square piece of Bella Rose DSP, I adhered a piece of Basic Black cardstock  behind it and then adhered it to the base card.  Next, I punched two flowers with the Blossom Punch and two circle using the Owl Punch.  With the black blossom I cut out all the petals so that I could adhere them behind the white blossom.  I embossed the flower using the Devine Swirl Embossing folder.  I added the two circles to the centre of the card and then I cut the petal down to the centre circles.  I then used the Bone Folder to shape the petals.  I adhered the flower to the base card using two dimensional to give it a little extra height.   To finish off the card i added the birthday sentiment from the Happy Moments stampset.

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