Just Add Ink # 123

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. 


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.

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.

Just Add Ink #116

Stamps: Little Hellos (retired), Well Scripted  

Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Twitterpated DSP

Ink: Early Espresso, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red 

Accessories:  Label Collection Framelit Dies, Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Owl Punch (small hearts), Blossom Punch, Stampamajig, Circle Ice Brad, 1/2″ Circle Punch

Sorry for not blogging in a while.  There are times in life when things can get more hectic than others and you stop certain things so that you can have some breathing space.  I have been making some cards, but I havent had much time to blog.   I was recently told that my father has pancreatic cancer.  It was a bit of a shock.  My mother passed away from cancer 19 years ago and now to hear that my father has cancer it has really affected me…..

For my first blog in a while I have decided to participate in the Just Add Ink Challenge, Just Add … Mother.  Even though my mother passed away many years ago, I always think of her on Mother’s Day.  Mothers are very special and are with you always. 

I started with a base card made from Whisper White cardstock.  I then trimmed and scored some Pretty In Pink cardstock to be slightly smaller than the face of the card.  I set the scored cardstock to one side.  I then trimmed some more Pretty In Pink cardstock to be slightly smaller than the centre of the open card.  I folded this cardstock in half and then folded the edges inwards in the opposite direction to the centre.  I flattened out the cardstock and used one of the Label Collection Framelit Dies to cut out a window in the centre.  I then took a piece of regal rose scrap and cut out a smaller Label Collection Framelit Die.  I adhered the Regal Rose to the Pretty in Pink Cardstock and then adhered it to the inside of the Whisper White card.  Using a Stampamajig I stamped the Thank You stamp from the retired Little Hellos stampset. Using a blender pen I coloured in the flowers and the leaves.  I then adhered the scored cardstock to the face of the base card and attached little hearts from the owl punch, as well as flowers from the Blossom punch.  I finished the front of the card by adding the wonderful mother sentiment from the Well Scripted stamp set and adding pearls and a small butterfly.  Inside the card I added more butterflies and hearts.

There you have my take on this weeks challenge.  The idea for the fold came from Beccy Muir website.  I was so taken with her card that I decided to case it for my mother’s day card.


Just Add Ink #95

This is my second post for today which is surprising since for the last few weeks I have been busy making Christmas cards and decorations for my home and havent had much time to blog.  Anyway, this post is for the Just Add Ink – Bah Humbug Challenge. 

For this Challenge I made 2 Christmas Tags and a Petal Cone Christmas Tree. 

For the Tags, I used the Two Tags die, Very Vanilla cardstock, Jolly Holiday DSP and some ribbon.  For the images I used the Owl Punch and the Stocking Punch, the Stitched Stocking stampset and the To and From is from one of the stamps from the Gifted stamp set. 

Stamps:  Gifted  Paper:  Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP, Whisper White (for the eyes and pom-pom on hat), Chocolate Chip (for the eyes) Ink: Chocolate Chip Accessories:  Owl Punch, Butterfly Punch, Large Oval Punch, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, 1/2 ” Circle Punch, Scallop Oval Punch.


Stamps: Gifted, Stitched Stocking  Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Jolly Holiday DSP, Whisper White (for the eyes), Black (for the eyes), Early Espresso(for antlers) Ink: Cherry Cobbler Accessories:  Stocking Punch, Snowflake Die, Owl Punch (for eyes), Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2 ” Circle Punch,  clear red circle for nose, Dazzling Diamonds.

For the Petal Cone Christmas Tree I used the Petal Cone die to cut two panels for the cone.  To make the layers for the tree, I trimmed Scallop Circles which I daubered with Old Olive.  For the tree trunk I used Early Espresso cardstock which I daubered with Cherry Cobbler ink.  To finish off the tree I added the bird from the Merry Details die.  On the back of the cone, I used the Owl Punch with the Butterfly Punch, Large oval Punch and the Scallop circle Punch to make the elf owl. 

Stamps: Gifted  Paper:  Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Black (for the eyes) Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive Accessories: Stocking Punch, Snowflake Die, Owl Punch (for eyes), Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/2 ” Circle Punch,  red rhinestones.

Clean and Simple # 168

It has been a while since I last blogged and I thought I would participate in this weeks Clean and Simple’s sketch challenge. 

For this challenge, I started with a base card made from Pacific Point cardstock,  4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″.  I then added a layer of brushed silver metallic paper that was 1/4″ smaller than the base card.  Next, I added a layer of Bashful Blue cardstock that was 1/4″ smaller than the brushed silver paper.  I then trimmed a piece of Whisper White cardstock to be the same width as the Bashful Blue cardstock, but not the same length.  I then tore the cardstock.  Using a glue pen, I added glue along the torn edge of the cardstock and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.  I also added some extra glue to make extra snow drifts on the torn cardstock, again using the Dazzling Diamonds.  I then used a snowflake die to cut a snowflake using Whisper White cardstock.  Using one of my Merry Christmas gold stickers, I added a sentiment to the centre of the snowflake.  I then adhered the snowflake to the base card. 

I hope you like my take on this weeks sketch.

Paper:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Bashful Blue, Brushed Silver metallic

Accessories:  Snowflake Die, Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds,  gold Merry Christmas sticker


Just Add Ink Challenge # 89

This week, Just Add Ink have an inspiration challenge.  I used the challenge to make a telescoping circles card for my husband’s niece.  I  have seen a few of these cards on the internet a few months ago and I have been meaning to make one and I thought it would go nicely with my new beautiful wings embosslit die.  I started with the Scallop Circle die to cut out a black scallop circle.  With the Scissor Circle plus, I cut out two 3 1/2″ Whisper White Circles, one 3″ Pumpkin Pie Circle and then one 2 1/2″ Whisper White circle.  I decorated the circles and joined them using red brads.  Remember that with the centre circle, if you have images or writing, it needs to be upside down if you want it to be right side open when the card is open.

Stamps: Happy Moments (retired SAB), Vintage Vogue
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder
Accessories:  Scallop Circle Die, Scissor Circle Plus, Pumpkin Pie Satin Ribbon, Owl Punch (small Cherry Cobbler circles), Beautiful Wings, Red Brads, Victoria embossing folder