Friday, May 24, 2024

Don't Hurry, Be Happy

Oh, I had such fun putting together a card for two challenges: Color Throwdown challenge #794 and Just Us Girls challenge #728.

Now, you're probably looking at the CTD options and thinking, 'Really, Kerry? These aren't your colours at all!' And normally you'd be right. That's certainly what I thought when I first saw them ... until an idea came to mind and I got excited to see if it would work ...

Is that an adorable face or what? So sweet! 

I cut the sloth from light grey, white and black cardstocks, sponging the grey with two shades of ink. The branch was cut from woodgrain card and inked, while the leaves were cut from olive green and also inked. I blended a pale olive background then stencilled a fun deco leaf pattern over the top with a slightly heavier hand of the same colour. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Jungle Sentiments (Elizabeth Crafts)
  • dies - Slow the Sloth (Elizabeth Crafts)
  • other - Big Shot, blending brushes, Deco Leaf stencil (Tim Holtz), Dimensionals, craft foam, E40 Copic marker, MISTI, white gel pen

Have you got 'Don't worry, be happy' stuck in your head now? Yeah, me too. You're welcome. 😁😉


Celebrate - Just Add Ink Challenge #703

This week's challenge with Just Add Ink is so versatile you'll want to jump right into your crafting supplies!

Pretty hard to resist, right? I chose balloons and bright colours for a celebration card suitable for a number of occasions - birthday, anniversary, job promotion, etc.

I began with stencilling the balloons using distress inks, two shades of each colour. Once that was done I die cut the stitched border then added the confetti and streamers using gold pigment ink - pigment ink sits over the top of dye ink easily. The gold has a lovely subtle sheen and certainly adds to the celebratory atmosphere! 

Materials used:
  • card - basic white, brushed metallic gold, vellum, gorgeous grape
  • distress inks - squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, salvaged patina, peacock feathers, kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, wilted violet, villainous potion
  • other - balloon/confetti/streamers stencil (stash), blending brushes, golden glitz pigment ink (Delicata), slimline stiched rectangle die, Big Shot, celebrate die

Which two options would you choose? If you create, be sure to share it with us over on the Just Add Ink blog, we'd love to have you!

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Just Add Ink #702 - Sketch

It's time for another Just Add Ink challenge and this week we've a sketch for you to play with. 

Curiosity killed the cat, they say, so the very curious felines I've used on my card are in grave danger! 

I cut two of each of the cat dies and layered them, then added googly eyes to make them even more curious and adorable. The hexagons were cut from scraps I had on hand which were made with inks and mica stains and they have a lovely sheen. The plaid die and clear enamel dots give the white background interest without drawing attention away from the focal point.

Did you notice how the tails look like question marks? 😂😂😂 Love that!

Materials used:
  • card - black, white, watercolour, Capri (Kaisercard)
  • Tim Holtz dies - Mischievious, Stacked Hexagons, Layered Plaid
  • other - distress inks, distress mica stains, Dimensionals, craft foam, Big Shot, googly eyes, Label Stickers - Thoughts (TH), crystal clear enamel dots (Altenew)

Check out what my team mates have done with this sketch over on the Just Add Ink blog and if you're inspired to create, we'd love you to share it with us.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Card Concept #207 - Red, White and Blue

This month at The Card Concept we're challenging you to draw inspiration from our red, white and blue mood board:

I was inspired by the bold primary colours of red and blue to create a card for a young child, also incorporating the stars and stripes.

Materials used:
  • card - basic white, basic black, real red, starry sky, pink (Stampin' Up), striped paper (Etsy)
  • dies - Dancin' Birthday Panda & Dancin' Birthday Dragon, Smart Glasses (Spellbinders), Celebrate (Tim Holtz), Large Numbers (Stampin' Up)
  • other - Sidekick, Dimensionals, stars stencil, volume paste, palette knife, computer & printer

If you create anything inspired by our challenge we'd love to see it in our gallery. Visit the Card Concept blog to do so and to see more samples from my fellow design team members.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 10, 2024

Lucky Enough - Just Add Ink #701

It's not my scheduled week to create for Just Add Ink but the inspiration picture spoke to me and I simply couldn't resist!

The vibrant colours peaked my interest, something about them just said life and joy to me, so I tried to think of something - or someone - to reflect this feeling. In the end I couldn't go past the incomparable Gladys, who just oozes vibrancy and love for life from every pore! Especially when she's going glam...

I used yellow and orange oxide sprays for my background then stencilled and stamped a few circles to echo those in the inspiration photo. The pieces for Gladys were coloured with more sprays, both ink and oxide, and for the top layer, a touch of shimmery mica. She's glammed up with false eyelashes and bright feathers. The quote chip is perfect for this young lady, don't you think?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Timeless Textures (Stampin' Up)
  • card - watercolour, black, beige, white
  • dies - Gladys Colorize (Tim Holtz), stitched rectangles (Paper Rose)
  • distress inks/oxides/sprays - mustard seed, saltwater taffy, ripe persimmon, kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, cocktail party mica stain
  • other - Big Shot, Dimensionals, craft foam, Quote Chip - Labels (Tim Holtz), mini dots stencil THMS59 (Tim Holtz), feather trim, blending brush, Splat box, false eyelashes, Copic markers Y17 and YR04

What does our photo make you think of? Check out what the team came up with and if you're inspired to create, be sure to share it on our Linky.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, May 3, 2024

Just Add Ink #700 - Just Add Shimmer or Shine

It's time to add some sparkle to your crafty creations - if you even need an incentive, that is! Welcome to another Just Add Ink challenge - and not just any challenge, but our 700th!

Sooooooooo many possibilities for this one and I had so much fun playing with shimmery things that I ended up with two cards! Here's my first offering:

For my leafy parts I used mica stains which give shimmer and the stems are cut from shiny metallic card. I added more metallic accents with gold thread and a gold embossed sentiment.

Here's a pic to show the shimmer and shine a bit better:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Sentiment Strips 2 (Altenew)
  • card - black, gold metallic
  • dies - Artsy Leaves (Tim Holtz), stitched rectangle
  • other - distress mica stains, Dimensionals, Sidekick, splat box, gold thread, gold embossing powder, heat tool, craft foam

My second card also has plenty of shimmery goodness:

After ink blending the background I sprayed liberally with shimmer mist. The fish and corals were coloured using mica stains. Here's an angle shot to really show the shimmer:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Picture It Ocean (Clearly Besotted)
  • card - distress watercolour
  • dies - Coastal Escape View (Spellbinders), Nesting Splat (Paper Rose)
  • other - distress mica stains, white shimmer mist, blending brushes, Sidekick, splat box, Dimensionals, mounting foam tape, MISTI

Have fun creating some shimmery, shiny goodness and of course we'd love you to share them with us over on the Just Add Ink blog.

Thanks for calling in.


Friday, April 26, 2024

Just Add Ink #699 - Colour Combo

You all know I love to play with colour, so even though it's not my week to create for Just Add Ink's new challenge, I couldn't resist.

Coastal cabana always makes me think 'water', especially paired with another blue. Toss in some berry and my mind immediately says 'tropical' - what can I say, it's just how I'm wired, lol. So I now had the perfect opportunity to play with some new dies to make a card for someone going on holiday.

I began with ink blending, masking off an area to do the water with coastal cabana 'undercoat', then starry sky. That was then covered while I did the sky with a light blending of berry burst and starry sky, using a small circle mask for the moon. There are two layers to the trees as well as the porthole window and I embossed the blue background for added interest. My die-cut sentiment is also two layers and features more ink blending to give an ombre effect.

Materials used:
  • dies - Coastal Escape View (Spellbinders), Playful Alphabet (Stampin' Up)
  • card - basic white, basic black, starry sky, gold foil
  • inks - coastal cabana, starry sky, berry burst
  • other - 3/4" circle punch, masking paper, blending brushes, Simple Stripes embossing folder (SU), Big Shot, gold brads, Dimensionals, craft foam, white gel pen

Relaxing in the tropics looking at a beautiful sunset sounds awfully good to me! Where do I sign up? 😁 What do these colours make you think of? We'd love you to share your creations with us over on the Just Add Ink blog.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 19, 2024

Just Add Ink #698 - Choose Two

It's a choose two challenge this week at Just Add Ink and the options we're giving you are

I chose flowers and leaves for a clean and simple watercoloured card. 

I embossed my stamped image, which gives a nice border when I'm watercolouring, and used my Zig real brush markers. I absolutely love these markers but you do have to be choosy with paper as they don't blend well on all brands. Here I used Ranger's distress watercolour card, stamping on the smooth side. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Caring Thoughts/Dear Friend (Simon Says Stamp)
  • card - distress watercolour (Ranger), gorgeous grape (Stampin' Up)
  • other - Dimensionals, MISTI, Wordies Sentiment Sheets - Everyday (Creative Expressions), craft foam, water brush, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, black ink

We'd love you to get out your own flower, leaf and pot supplies, create and share on the Just Add Ink blog. Head on over to see the lovely samples my team-mates have made to inspire you.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 11, 2024

Dancin' Birthday Dragon

The Color Throwdown people have given us another gorgeous combo to play with, nice and bright and cheerful. 

Rather than a birdie, I went for another creature that flies - and dances!

I've done some ink blending on the dragon, stencilled clouds behind and stamped on my background piece. In case you're not familiar with this die, the head and body are attached separately and the body swings from side to side in a dance. I did take a short video to show you but Blogger is being uncooperative. It worked on my instagram, so click here and scroll to the second image.

Materials used:
  • stamps - You Matter background stamp (Simon Says Stamp)
  • card - basic white, lemon lime twist (Stampin' Up)
  • dies - Dancin' Birthday Dragon, Essential Arches (both Spellbinders)
  • distress inks - kitsch flamingo, picked raspberry, squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, spun sugar
  • other - cloud stencil (My Favorite Things), blending brushes, lemon lime twist and crushed curry markers (SU), mounting foam tape, craft foam, MISTI, Big Shot, Wordies sentiment sheets - Everyday (Creative Expressions) 

Thanks for calling in. Have a dancin' day!


Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Card Concept #206 - April Flowers

Thanks for joining me for another challenge with The Card Concept. Hopefully our options will inspire you to create, whether it's for a birthday, wedding/anniversary, friendship, Mother's Day or perhaps just a 'thinking of you'. 

My clean and layered card was inspired by the gorgeous pink flowers.

My process was perhaps slightly different: I stamped the flower image first so I could then hold the background stencil over it and find what I considered the best layout to suit the stamp. With the stencil in place I coloured my pale blue background with dye ink, not worrying too much if I went over the stamped image because I knew I'd be using oxide inks to colour that, and they would colour over dye ink. Once the background was done I cut with the postage die and then used stencils to colour the image. Next I added the postage stamping, coloured my background piece, and die-cut a sentiment to fit perfectly within the delineated area, using vellum for the shadow so the stamped images beneath could still be seen.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Garden Roses and matching stencils (Pink Fresh Studio), Postage Collage (Waffle Flower)
  • card - distress white heavystock, vellum
  • distress oxide inks - tattered rose, worn lipstick, picked raspberry, shabby shutters, peeled paint
  • other - Postage Collage coloring stencils (Waffle Flower), blending brushes, MISTI, Blueberry ink (Altenew), Miss You die (stash), mounting foam

Check out my fellow team mates' offerings over on the Card Concept blog and don't be shy to share your own creations with us.

Thanks for calling in.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Practically Perfect

This week's Inspired by...challenge caught my eye. 

Umbrellas immediately made me think of Mary Poppins. Anyone else or is it just me? 😉 No? Ok then, lol. Showing my age I guess. Well anyway, once I had the thought, of course it wouldn't leave me alone, so eventually I sat at my craft desk and made a card.

The sentiment was done on the computer (if you know of a stamp set that says this, please let me know!) and I tried to match the font styles from the movie as well as I could, lol. I cut a number of Mary Poppins' in different colour card and cut and layered them, setting them on a simple inky background. The little red bow tie is one of the kite ribbons in the die set and I used markers to colour her hair and flower. And of course I couldn't leave out the iconic parrot head on the umbrella, so I printed a teeny one of those too. 

Materials used:
  • card - white, black, blush, blue, red
  • dies - The Park (Tim Holtz), stitched rectangle (Paper Rose)
  • other - blending brush, Dimensionals, craft foam, Big Shot, markers, blue ink

Hope your day is practically perfect! Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, April 7, 2024

No Matter What, No Matter How

It was my elder daughter's birthday yesterday and she always asks for handmade things from me - you may remember the Harry Potter piece I made her a while back. This time around it's a general reading theme, a passion I have in common with both my girls, I'm thankful to say.

It's a shadow box and I've used a number of items from Stamperia's Vintage Library collection.

The main focus is the book pages. I used modeling clay and a mold to make the 'books', which I then painted and swiped with gold wax. I toyed with adding more to the sentiment - the words I've used for my header, in fact: no matter what, no matter how. I firmly believe it doesn't matter what you read - be it comics, graphic novels or books of any genre - and it doesn't matter how you read - physical books or e-reader - the most important thing is just that you read.

There's a few layers of pages, which I've shaped a bit and separated, though they are held in place.

And there's a little visitor hiding in the corner.

I stuck him a bit low down, forgetting some of that corner would be obscured by the framing once it was in place, but oh well, lesson learned. He was glued on way too good to move him, lol. Luckily DD didn't mind.

If you're an avid reader too, hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 5, 2024

Just Add Ink #696 - Inspiration

Welcome back to another Just Add Ink challenge where this week we're offering an inspiration picture to help rev up your creativity. And a mouthwatering pic it is too - take a look:

How delicious does that look? Mmmmmmmm...

As my daughter has a wedding to attend in a couple of months, I picked that for the theme of my card.

Materials used:
  • card - basic white, retired designer paper (Stampin' Up)
  • dies - Celebrate colorize, Crochet (Tim Holtz), Curio Spring Findings (The Greetery), Congrats (stash)
  • Copic markers - BV00, BV11, V09, BG11, BG34, C2, C4
  • other - pearls, Dimensionals, craft foam, shaping mat and tool, flower punch

Everything was cut from white cardstock and coloured with Copics and I went for an ombre kind of effect on the 'congrats', which is two layers for added depth. The flowers were shaped before being glued on and as you can see, the colours in the pic inspired my palette too. I stuck a row of pearls along the edge of the crochet trim to match with the flower centres. 

With my daughter's birthday tomorrow and mine yesterday, we're treating ourselves to a high tea today, so there will most definitely be cake! I hope you have some yum in your day too and thanks for stopping by.


Friday, March 29, 2024

Just Add Ink #695 - Just Add Chocolate

It may not be my week to create for Just Add Ink but there was no way in the known universe I would miss the opportunity to ...

I mean, come on! 😂😉 CHOC. O. LATE.!!! 

A number of years ago (we're talking more than 10 years, ohmygosh) Just Add Ink had a challenge to be inspired by the wrapper colours of our favourite chocolate bar (yep, they seriously expected us to pick just one, lol). I was lucky enough to win that challenge, so the bar is set high to best that mouthwatering winner, lol! As luck would have it, I not-so-long-ago scooped up a number of items from Stamperia's Coffee and Chocolate range - serendipitous, right? You betcha whipped ganache! Here's my card, which I feel is perfect for many occasions (and do try not to drool all over your keyboard!):

Mm mm mm m mmmmm... 

BTW, while much fun was had, sadly no chocolate was consumed in the making of this card. I know, I know - I really didn't plan that terribly well, lol. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Sentiment Strips 2 (Altenew)
  • card - basic white, early espresso
  • Stamperia Coffee & Chocolate collection - stencil, paper and Collectibles
  • distress oxide inks - Victorian velvet, vintage photo
  • other - white gesso, distress opaque texture paste, craft foam, MISTI, Sidekick, blending brushes, sponge dauber, creamy caramel ink (retired), fan brush, water spritzer, Nothing's Better Than die (SU retired)

I started by applying some texture paste through the stencil, inking once it was dry. The 'chocolate' die cut word has three layers, darker behind for a bit of shadowing and lighter on top - I even dredged out a very old ink pad to try for a close colour match. The cupcake and chocs were fussy cut and sponged around the edges then raised at different levels for dimension. The splatters are watered down gesso and I couldn't resist using paper with just blocks and blocks of choccy over my base card.

Check out some more chocolatey creations on the Just Add Ink blog and if you're inspired to make, we'd love to see your work in our gallery.

I'm entering this card in this week's Color Throwdown challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, March 25, 2024

Happy Easter, Mr Rabbit

I'm sure you've probably met the very dapper Mr Rabbit already if you haunt blogs, Pinterest or social media like I do. He joined me a week or so ago but I have been saving him for closer to Easter and now it's almost here I happily sat and became acquainted with the gentleman. Here's how our first meeting went:

I began by stamping him on two pieces of Tim Holtz's specialty stamping paper so I could get the crispest, clearest image. One of those pieces became my background, which I sponged over with distress ink and did some stamping with other stamps from the set. The second piece I coloured using distress watercolour pencils then restamped - this brings back any detail lost because of the pigment from the pencils - before fussy cutting him out and attaching over the first piece. I die cut some eggs in different sizes then coloured those with distress inks, stamping dots over the top with oxide ink and sponging the edges. The plaid stamp was used on my base and then I assembled all my layers. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Mr Rabbit (Tim Holtz), Create Happiness - Elements (Stamperia)
  • card - Distress specialty stamping paper (Tim Holtz), mossy meadow (Stampin' Up)
  • dies - Nesting Eggs (Waffle Flower)
  • other Tim Holtz products - distress inks, distress watercolour pencils, water brush, antique linen and vintage photo oxide ink, ground espresso archival ink, vintage photo archival ink
  • other - blending foam tools, sponge dauber, Dimensionals, craft foam, mossy meadow ink (SU)

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge (Easter/Spring), Sunday Stamps #331 Easter Bounty (I used pink, yellow and brown), and Tic Tac Toe #243 (I used the top horizontal row - Easter eggs, yellow and free). 


Luckily there's still time for more meetings with Mr Rabbit before Easter is upon us, so I'd better get hopping! Thanks for moseying on by.