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Just Add Ink has a new challenge this week. I thought it would be good to use this sketch with a new technique that I have been seeing online recently. The technique is where you use masking tape to add ink to your card. You ink up the masking tape and adhere it to the cardstock you want to stamp. For this challenge I adhered the masking tape in thin strips, using 4 of the current Stampin Up in colours, Pistachio Pudding, Baked Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush. I added a sentiment and acorns using versamark, early espresso embossing powder and a heat gun. I also made an envelope using some retired DSP, to tie in with the brown of the base card. Overall I think the card turned out well.


20131020-213801.jpgStamps: Just Thank You, Wonderfall
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Baked Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Thin masking tape, VersaMark, Early Espresson embossing powder, heat gun, embossing buddy

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For Susannah

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired SAB), Punched Posies (retired hostess set)
Paper:  Concord Crush, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White , Pear Pizzaz In Color DSP pack (retired)
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Green Ice Brad, Foam pads

This card is for Susannah.  I promised Susannah last week that I would blog again but I didn’t get time and I thought I better do it this week as I dislike breaking promises.

For this card, I used the colour challenge from Stampin Royalty and the Sketch from Clean and SimpleBoth websites are great places to find some inspirations.  I started with a base card made from Concord Crush.  Before adding a layer of Pear Pizzaz In Color DSP pack (I substituted Pear Pizzaz for Certainly Celery as I had run out of cardstock), I trimmed a small strip from the front right side of the card.  Next came another piece of Concord Crush followed by a reverse piece of Pear Pizzaz In Color DSP (retired).  I added a strip of Whisper White cardstock and Tangerine Tango cardstock.  I stamped thank you from the Happy Moments stamp set (retired).  I then stamped two flowers and two leaves, which I trimmed with paper snips.  I adhered the leaves to the base card and then joined the two flowers with a green ice brad.  Once joined, I adhered the flower to the base card with a foam pad. There you have my take on this week’s Challenges and thank you to Susannah for inspiring me to blog again 🙂 and don’t forget to visit Stampin Royalty and Clean and Simple.

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Just Add Ink #84


This week Just Add Ink have an interesting colour challenge.  Use white and one other colour.  For this challenge I decided to use Spring as my inspiration and I used So Saffron as my other colour choice.

Stamps: For You Flower
Paper:  Whisper White, Apricot Appeal , Washington Apple DSP (retired)
Ink: So Saffron
Accessories:  Fancy Flower Punch, Itty Bitty Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Mat, Paper Piercing template, 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.

I started with a base card made from Whisper White cardstock and then added a layer of Washington Apple DSP (retired).  Using a paper piercer, paper-piercing template and mat,  I pierced holes around a piece of Whisper White Cardstock.  I adhered the pierced Whisper White cardstock to the base card.  Using So Saffron ink, I then stamped the For You Flower(retired) stamp twice.  I punched the first flower with the Fancy Flower punch and for the second, I punched out the centre of the flower using the 1 1/4″ Circle Punch.  Before adhering the punched out centre to the flower, I pierced the largest ‘you’ word.  I then stamped a sentiment from the So Happy For You  stamp set (retired) and punched out three Itty Bitty circles from a piece of scrap Washington Apple DSP.  To finish off the card I added a thin strip of cardstock.  I think the strip might be Apricot Appeal (retired) and not So Saffron as I first thought.

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Just Add Ink have a Theme Challenge this week.  The theme is tearing/distressing.

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke, Sand (non SU), Autumn Spice DSP (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories:  Owl Punch (for small heart), I heart heart punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Itty Bitty Buttons, Twine, Ovals Die, Glue Dots, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Paper Piercer, Sponge, Piercing Mat and Template

I started with a piece of Always Artichoke texture cardstock which I folded into a tri shutter fold card.  I decorated the card using Chocolate Chip cardstock, Texture Sand coloured cardstock and Autumn Spice DSP.  On the chocolate chip panels in the centre and on the 2nd and 4th fold of the card, I distressed the edges using my thumb nail.  I then sponged the outer edges with Chocolate Chip ink and added Chocolate Chip hearts to 2nd and 4th fold.  In the centre I added the sentiment ‘Congratulation’ from the Well Scripted stampset.  I tore around the sentiment and them sponged the outer edges using Chocolate Chip ink. I adhered the sentiment using dimensional.

I then created two outer panels in the centre of the card using Autumn Spice DSP and Sand Coloured textured cardstock.  I added twine, hearts and itty bitty heart buttons.  For the remaining panels I used Sand Coloured textured card stock with Autumn Spice DSP.  On the outer edges, I used the paper piercer, piercing  mat and template to pierce around the outer edges.  I also pierced the some of the flowers on the DSP on the 2nd and 4th fold.

For the front and the back of the card I added panels and then decorated the back panel with Chocolate Chip hearts that I crushed and manipulated until the cardstock separated to make two hearts.  On the front I adhered an oval sentiment that I stamped with the Little Hellos stamp set.  I coloured the icing on the cake with Frost White Shimmer paint.  I added a small Chocolate Chip heart to the top of the cake.  For the outer edge of the oval, I adhered the Scallop Trim Border that I had punched out using Chocolate Chip cardstock. 

I finished off the card by adding a flower that I made using the Boho Blossom punch, Itty Bitty flower punch and an itty bitty flower button.

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I made this card  for the Scrapbook Boutique Challenge.  Scrapbook Boutique have asked for a card that has the colours white, lavender & purple on it.

I decided to be a little bit different and make a boy’s card using the colours Rich Razzleberry,  Lavender Lace, Early Espresso and Whisper White.  I started with a base card that was 14cm x 14cm.  I embossed pieces of Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, and Lavender Lace with various embossing folders.  I then coloured a Magnolia stamped image that I got from my sister-in-law using various inks and blender pens.  Using the Little Leave die, I punched out a branch of leaves.  With the Curly Label Punch and Decoartive Label, I punched out some cardstock for the backing of the sentiment.

Stamps: Magnolia stamp Is this Your Egg, Well Scripted

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall DSP (retired), Early Espresso, Lavender Lace 
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Basic Black, Really Rust, Soft Suede, Blush Blossom
Accessories: Swiss Dot, Stars & Square lattice embossing folders,  Blender Pen, foam pads, Little Leaves die

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Just Add Ink have an interesting Challenge this week, A blog hop of Fancy Folds.  For my inspiration, I used the Diamond Fold card that was on Mae Collins website.

Stamps: Fifth Avenue, Afterthoughts (hostess set)
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Basic Black Marker, Dimensional, Swiss Dot embossing folder

I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I followed the instructions link that was on Mae Collins website.  Once I had folded the base card.  I added strips of Cherry Cobbler cardstock the left and the right of the Diamond.  I then adhered a piece of Swiss Dot embossed cardstock to the Diamond and stamped one of the flowers from the Fifth Avenue stamp set.  I stamped the flower twice, once on Cherry Cobbler cardstock and the other on whisper White cardstock.  I then trimmed both flowers and offset the White Flower over the Cherry Cobbler flower.  I then coloured the stamens black and adhered the flower to the Diamond. 

I then stamped part of the sentiment ‘for you’ from one of the from the Afterthought stamp set.  After finishing the card, I thought I could have also put the sentiment ‘Just’ in the top Left corner of the card and ‘for you’ in the lower Right corner, maybe next time. 

I am going to give this card to a special friend who has been away from work for a while and she is coming back next week.

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A Wedding Card

Last week my friend told me that she is going to get married in France.  I was so excited for her and to celebrate the occasion I bought a new stamp set, the Magnolia Bride and Bridesmaid stamp set.  For her card, I started with a base card 13cm x 13cm made from Whisper White cardstock.  I then added a few layers of different cardstock.  Next I used the Spellbinder Fleur De Lys die, to punched out a two different sized circles, which I then embossed it with the Swiss Dot embossing folder. I stamped the Magnolia stamp twice and coloured them both in using various inks and a blender pen.  I cut out one of the stamped images, to add a little depth bride and the bridesmaid.

For the wedding dress, I used Frosted White Shimmer paint and I added small pearls to form the necklace around the bride’s neck.  I punched out a series of flowers to which I made incisions to form petals and added small pearls to the centre.  I adhered the flowers to the base card as well adding some small punched out hearts and two embossed Fleur De Lys symbols.  I finished off the card by adding ‘Congratulations’ from the Well Scripted stamp set.

Stamps: Magnolia Bride and Bridesmaid, Well Scripted

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose DSP (retired), textured pink paper, Rose Red
Ink: Regal Rose, Early Espresso, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzaz, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel,Blush Blossom
Accessories: Swiss Dot embossing folder, foam dots, Owl Punch (for small hearts), I heart heart punch, thin Pink ribbon, Fleur De Lys Die, Pearls, Shimmer Paint, Blender Pen

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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week.  I thought this Sketch would work really well for a card for my friend in Europe.  I started with a base card made from Chocolate Chip cardstock.  I then added a layer of embossed Cherry Cobbler, a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and some Cottage Wall DSP.  I stamped a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock with the fox stamp from the Fox and Friend stamp set.  After stamping the image on to the cardstock, I added a layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock behind.  I then used a dauber to slightly colour the edges and then adhered to the base card.  Next I added the sentiment, “Hi There”. 

I will be sending this card to my friend as well as the cooking magazine I promised.  It’s a few weeks late so hopefully she wont mind too much.

Stamps: Fox and Friends, Basic Phrases

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Cottage Wall DSP (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Swiss Dot embossing folder, foam dots, sponge dauber 

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I am doing another double Challenge.  Today I have combined the sketch from the girls at Double Dutch and the theme Just Add a Flower from Just Add Ink.  I am also using these challenges to help me come up with a Thank You card for my sister-in-law, Anita.  My husband visited his family in the Netherlands and he brought back some stamping things that both his sister and mother gave me.  I am so lucky :).  I have never used Magnolia stamps before.  I started with a base card made from Basic Black cardstock.  I then added a layer of Cherry Cobbler cardstock, followed by 4 pieces of Bella Rose DSP (retired).  I then trimmed and embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock, using the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I adhered the embossed cardstock to the base card.  I then used by Scissor Circle Plus to cut out the black circle.  I slightly offset the Scissor Circle Plus when cutting the inner circle, so that I would have a slightly thicker border for the bottom of the circle.  I adhered the Basic Black circle to base card.  Using my Stampin Up marker pens and my blender pens, I started to colour in the Magnolia image that Anita had given me.  Once coloured, I then trimmed the image and adhered it to the base card at the bottom of the circle.  I then punched out 6 flowers using the Boho Flower Punch.  3 in Old Olive and 3 in Cherry Cobbler.  I then punched out 3 Cherry Cobbler circles, which I torn and wound to make three roses.  I adhered the roses to the punched out Old Olive Boho Flowers and added them to the base card.  Next I added Star Confetti to the centre of the embossed circle.  Next, I added 3 pearls to the centre of the Cherry Cobbler Boho Flowers and then snipped the flower to form petals, that I slightly curled.  To finish off the card, I stamped the Thank You sentiment from the Afterthoughts stamp set.  I punched out the sentiment using the Decorative Label punch.  I then punched out a Basic Black Decorative Label that I cut in half and added to the back of the sentiment.  I adhered the sentiment with foam pads.

Anita: Ik hoop dat jij de kaart leuk vind

Stamps: Afterthoughts, Magnolia stamp

Paper: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Bella Rose, Old Olive
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Bravo Burgundy, Blush Blossom, Lovely Lilac, Pale plum, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, Scissor Circle Plus, 1 3/8″ Circle punch, Boho Blossom Punch, Pearls, Owl Punch (for small heart), blender pens

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Stamps: Well Scripted
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Love Letter DSP
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Owl Punch, I Heart Heart Punch, Cropadile, Square Lattice Embossing folder
Clean and Simple have a new sketch Challenge for this week.  I decided to make two cards for this challenge.  One for my husband and another one for my stash of children’s birthday cards.  You can never have too many children’s birthday cards, as my children seem to get invited to a lot of birthday parties.  For the first card, I started with a base card made from Very Vanilla cardstock.  I then added a layer of embossed Basic Black cardstock and a layer of Love Letter DSP.  Next I punched out some Cherry Cobbler hearts using the I Heart Hearts punch.   When I craft, I like to keep scraps of paper from when I use dies and punches in case they ever come in handy.  I then adhered one of these scrap pieces of Cherry Cobbler that I created when I was trimming a TopNote Die to the Love Letter DSP.  Next, I added two black hearts that I had left over from when I used the Owl Punch,  four Very Vanilla circles and a black heart, that I punched out using the I Heart Heart punch.  I used the Well Scripted stampset to stamp the Love You much sentiment using Cherry Cobbler Ink.  I then punched out the sentiment using the 1 3/4″ Circle punch.  To finish off the card I then added the heart and four small circles that were created using the Owl Punch. 
Stamps: Starring You
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Celebration DSP
Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories: 1 3/4″ Circle Punch, Small Star punch, Word Window Punch, Swiss Dot Embossing folder, Buttons #5 Sizzlit die
For the second card I started with a Base Card made from Old Olive Cardstock.  I then added a layer of embossed Whisper White cardstock and a strip of Celebration DSP.  Using the Celebration DSP, I created three stems.  For the tops of the stems, I punched out a 1 3/4″ Circle using Poppy Parade cardstock and punched three buttons from the Buttons #5 Sizzlits die.  Two using the Poppy Parade cardstock and . 1 in Whisper White cardstock.   I embossed the 1 3/4″ Circle and the two Poppy Parade buttons using the Square Lattice embossing folder.   I then used the Starring You stamp set to stamp the Happy Birthday sentiment Star using Riding Hood Red ink. I punched out the sentiment using the 1 3/8″ Circle punch.  I then punched out a 1″ Whisper White circle and two small stars.  I adhered Sentiment, embossed circles, punched out buttons and stars to the card.  To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from the Starring You stamp set using Baja Breeze ink.  I punched out the sentiment using the Word Window punch and adhered it to the base card using foam pads.

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