Thursday, March 31, 2011

JAI #62 - Just Add A Box or Bag

Hi!

Look at this:


How exciting - this is my first week of being a Guest Designer for Just Add Ink!  I was lucky enough to be asked to be a Guest Designer for all of the challenges in April.  Thanks so much to Bronwyn, Delys and the rest of the team for the invitation!

Here's my project for challenge #62 - Just Add A Box or Bag - an Easter Box.


This was a simple little box to make.  I just cut some 12x12 cardstock to the height of the box plus half of an inch.  I then scored along the long side at half an inch, turned the cardstock and scored every 2 and a quarter inches until I got to the end.  There should be a three quarters of an inch piece left at the end.  I cut the tabs on the bottom of the box, making sure I cut at an angle so that the box sits nicely when assembled.  I then put some double sided tape on each of the flaps, including the one at the side of the box.  I then adhered this last flap to the other end of the piece, making the box shape.


To get the correct shape for the base I cheated a little.  I adhered one of the base flaps to a piece of cardstock that was larger than the base size.  I then took off the rest of the tape covers and adhered the rest of the flaps to the base.  It helps if you stand for this step, as you can look directly from above and get an even position for the sides.  I then trimmed the base to size, decorated each side and I was done!

I can't wait to see what you come up with in this week's Just Add Ink challenge!

Stamps: Well Scripted
Ink: Chocolate Chip
DSP/Cardstock: Greenhouse Gala DSP, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip
Other: Daffodil Delight 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Big Shot, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Lots Of Tags Sizzlit, White Eyelet (non SU) and White Embroidery Cotton (non SU)

Catch you later,

Tina

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Layout 25: Play

Hi!

Today's layout was a bit of a struggle for me.  The photo of Hudson in the ball pit he got for Christmas is chock a block full of bright colours.  At first I decided to go with bright colours on the layout, but no matter what I tried nothing worked.  Frustrated, I put the photo aside for a while.

When I came back to the photo I had one of those 'der' moments.  The bright colours I was trying to use were competing with the photo instead of highlighting it.  I went straight for the neutrals and the Travel Journal DSP.  Perfect!


I used Crumb Cake cardstock as the base.  I sprayed it a couple of times with my Silver Foil Smooch Spritz.  I then had a bit of a disaster that ended up working out nicely.  I shook my Smooch Spritz as there was still a bit of silver on the bottom.  It splattered everywhere, including on my favourite white tshirt.  While I wasn't happy about the tshirt, the splatters on my cardstock were fantastic!  The layout turned out quite grungy, which is very different to my usual style.

Ink: Basic Black Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Travel Journal DSP, Crumb Cake
Other: Silver Foil Smooch Spritz, Jumbo Eyelets, Hemp Twine, Dimensionals, Non SU Rubons.

Catch you later,

Tina

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March Blog Hop

Hi! 

Welcome to another little blog hop!  Today's hop will feature a sketch that all eight of us have used for inspiration.  You should have come from the very talented Ros Davidson's blog, and you just need to keep on hoppin' 'til you get back to where you started.

Here's the PageMaps sketch we all used:


And here's the card I made.  I guess you'd say it's quite a loose interpretation of the sketch!  I rearranged some of the elements and turned it into a square.  I used a new punch from the upcoming Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue instead of the postage stamp and the ribbon replaced both the longer vertical panel and the wavy postmark lines.


I kept the sentiment in pretty much the same place, but omitted the trim it was anchored to.


Instead of the lower trim I used Crystal Effects to 'colour in' a row of polka dots on the DSP.


So that's my card!  I love it so much I'm tempted to make another 4 - one in each of the other In Colours.  It would make a lovely gift inside a matching box.

Stamps: Bliss (SAB), Just Believe
Ink: Peach Parfait, Early Espresso
DSP/Cardstock: In Colour Hostess DSP, Whisper White, Peach Parfait
Other: Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Stamp Positioner, Sponge Dauber, Decorative Label Punch, Word Window L Punch, Modern Label XL, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval L Punch

That's it from me - you're now off to see how the sketch has inspired the wonderful Amy Buchanan.

Here are the other blogs in this hop, just in case you lose your way or a link is broken.

Ros Davidson

Amy Buchanan
Nikki Sadler
Di Dunk
Judy May
Christine Blain
Kathryn Ruddick

Catch you later,

Tina

Friday, March 25, 2011

Layout 24: I Am

Hi!

This layout is one of the few I have done that doesn't include one of my children.  I took the photo of myself in the mirror and then added the text in Photoshop.


I used a very limited colour palette to give a striking effect.  I was a little worried about how black the layout was, but I think it worked with the splashes of Sliver/Platinum Shimmer Paint and Baja Breeze.


I used the following Stampin' Up! supplies:

Ink: Baja Breeze
DSP/Cardstock: Elegant Soiree DSP, Baja Breeze, Basic Black
Other: Scallop Edge Punch, Sponge Dauber, 1/2" Circle Punch, Platinum Shimmer Paint

Don't forget Saturday's blog hop!

Catch you later,

Tina

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Layout 23: explore

Hi!

Here's a quick layout I put together as a second sample for a scrapbooking class I taught this week.  I took the photos at a Maccas during an impromptu playdate with the kids, and they worked brilliantly for the layout plan I had in my head.  I chose the colours based on the colours in the photos.


I love the bubbly paper in the Woodland Walk DSP pack and the colours matched perfectly, so I used it as the backing for the photos.

Ink: Garden Green Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Woodland Walk DSP, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, More Mustard
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies

I'm participating in a Blog Hop on Saturday, so please stop by again then and get some wonderful inspiration.

Catch you later,

Tina

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Just Add Ink #60

Hi!

Here's my entry in the latest Just Add Ink challenge.  This week the girls set a colour challenge, selecting the colours Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Whisper White and Crumb Cake.  This is what I came up with:


I used a small scrap of Crumb Cake DSP from the Travel Journal pack and some of the brads I have been hoarding.  I really need to start using some of these pretty things!

Stamps: Curly Cute
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
DSP/Cardstock: Travel Journal DSP, Old Olive, Whisper White
Other: Flower Brads, Brads, Stamp Positioner, Dimensionals

Catch you later,

Tina

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Layout 22: Vacswim

Hi!

For the past 2 summers Alex and Ada have participated in the Vacswim program.  This involves intensive swimming lessons for 7 days over a 9 day period.  I plan their lessons so that one is in their lesson while the other has some free time in the pool - it makes supervision much easier!  This layout uses some snaps I took on the last day.


Here's Alex's side of the layout.  He's pretty fearless in the water and kept sneaking into the deeper water when he thought I wasn't looking.


Here's Ada's side of the layout.  She's not quite as fearless as Alex, but SOOOO determined to keep up with him.


This last picture shows how I jazzed up the waterdrop paper.  I used my Crystal Effects to 'colour in' a few of the droplets.


These are the Stampin' Up! supplies I used:

Ink: Baja Breeze Marker
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Other: Big Shot, Top Note Die, Crystal Effects

Catch you later,

Tina

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Pear Pizzazz Cute By The Inch

Hi!

I'm back today with a card that uses the Level 2 Hostess set Cute By The Inch.  It really is a cute little set!


How easy!  I just punched a heap of 1 inch squares from the Pear Pizzazz Level 1 Hostess DSP as well as 2 stamped images from the stamp set.  After sponging each square I mounted them on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then Very Vanilla cardstock. After wrapping some  ribbon around the panel I mounted it using dimensionals on a Pear Pizzazz card base.  A sentiment and the card was done.

Stamps: Cute By The Inch, Curly Cute
Ink: Pear Pizzazz
DSP/Cardstock: In Colour Hostess DSP, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Other: Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Square punch

Catch you later,

Tina

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Layout 21: February

Hi!

Today's layout is the second in my monthly summary layouts.  I'm really pleased with how they're turning out.  This one has 17 photos, but definitely does not look cluttered.  I've blurred the faces of my children's friends for their privacy.


I used the Celebrations DSP.  I love how cheerful the DSP is - I find myself drawn to the paper pack a lot.


I kept the embellishments simple - just 5 die cut buttons and a row of Pear Pizzazz ribbon above and below the photo blocks.


I used Platinum Shimmer paint to paint the chipboard letters.  Here's a close up of the buttons:


Ink: Pacific Point Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Celebrations DSP, Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Other: 1/2" Pear Pizzazz Stitched Poly ribbon, Big Shot, Buttons #5 Sizzlits Die, Platinum Shimmer Paint, White Cotton, Chipboard Alphabet

Catch you later,

Tina

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Layout 20: Cockington Green


Hi!

Today's layout is one I made as a sample for a scrapbooking class I am teaching soon.  I wanted a simple layout that beginners would fell comfortable with, but that could be easily ramped up a bit for more experienced or confident scrappers.  I used Love Letter DSP for the layout.


I cut a 9 inch square out of the centre of the Riding Hood Red sheet of DSP and then tore around the opening.  I cut each of my photos to about 4 inches square, matted then in Very Vanilla and then mounted them on a square of Basic Black Love Letter DSP.  This piece was then adhered to the back of the Riding Hood Red DSP.


A bit of ribbon and some Hodgepodge Hardware and the layout is almost done.  I included the tickets from the train ride as a feature item.  Unusually for me, this layout does not include a title or journalling.  I thought the tickets and photos told the story without the need for further information.

DSP/Cardstock: Love Letter DSP, Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Other: 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain ribbon, Two Step Bird XL punch, Flower Ribbon Slide and Raised Dots Designer Label holder (Hodgepodge Hardware)

Catch you later,

Tina

Monday, March 14, 2011

Just Add Ink #59 and Exciting News!

Hi!

I have some exciting news today - I have been asked to be a Guest Designer on Just Add Ink!  I'm so excited!  I can't wait to see what they have in store for me.  Thanks so much to Delys and Bron and the rest of the JAI team for the wonderful opportunity to be a part of a fantastic team.

Today's card is for their current challenge, which is a sketch challenge.  You can see the sketch here.


I love all the soft pinks in this card.  I used the Sweet and Sour Speciality DSP as the main base for the card, and went with the coordinating colours for the rest of the card.

To create the main panel I stamped the All A Flutter butterfly twice in Rose Red, masked it and then stamped En Francais over the top in Pretty In Pink ink.

I was about to assemble the pieces of the card when I took another look at the sketch.  I had forgotten a layer, so I decided to add the scalloped section.


To create the larger scallops I punched a 1 1/4" circle and traced it on the cardstock.  I then cut along the lines and sponged the edges for a bit of pop.

Stamps: All A Flutter, En Francais, Great Friend
Ink: Rose Red, Pretty In Pink
DSP/Cardstock: Sweet and Sour Speciality DSP, Rose Red, Very Vanilla
Other: Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Paper Snips, Very Vanilla 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Stamp Positioner, 1 1/4" Circle L Punch

Catch you later,

Tina

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Punch Bunch Birthday

Hi!

Today's card is a birthday card for a very special boy who turned 3 recently.  Liam's favourite colour is Murray red (from the Wiggles), so I just had to make red the feature colour of the card!


I used Platinum Shimmer paint to paint the chipboard 3.  It dries so quickly that's it's wonderful for cards you need to whip up in a hurry (yes - I will admit I made this card on the morning of the party)!

Stamps: Punch Bunch
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz
DSP/Cardstock: Celebrations DSP, Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red
Other: Two Step Bird XL Punch, Two Step Owl XL Punch, Scallop Square XL Punch, Platinum Shimmer Paint, Chipboard number

Happy Birthday Liam!

Catch you later,

Tina

Friday, March 11, 2011

Bliss in Rich Razzleberry

Hi!

Here's a quick card I made for a niece's birthday.  The hardest part was using a stamp positioner to get all the flourishes lined up nicely, which wasn't hard at all!


I liked the Rich Razzleberry/Very Vanilla colour combination.  A little sponging around the main panel to give it a bit of lift, and a ribbon across the top for balance.


A stamp, a couple of punchies, some Dimensionals and the sentiment is done!

Stamps: Bliss
Ink: Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla
Other: Scallop Oval XL Punch, 1 3/4" x 7/8" Oval L punch, Rich Razzleberry 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers, Stamp Positioner

You only have a couple of weeks left of Sale-A-Bration, so hurry if you'd like to earn a free stamp set such as the one I've used - Bliss.

Catch you later,

Tina

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Barbie Girl

Hi!

Today I have another layout over at Stamp A Memory.  Pop on over to have a look, but before you go here's a sneak peek:


Catch you later,

Tina

Monday, March 7, 2011

Stamp A Memory February Challenge: SANTA

Hi!

This month's challenge over at Stamp A Memory is to scraplift a layout from the Idea Book and Catalogue.  There are so many fabulous layouts in the catalogue it was very hard to pick just one for inspiration!  For those who aren't sure, scraplifting is taking a layout and recreating it.  For my scraplift I chose the layout on page 150.  Here is a photo of the catalogue layout.


And here is my scraplifted version.  The photos were taken at a Christmas party we went to last year.  Santa arrived in a fire truck and all three of my children got to sit in the passenger seat and try on a fireman's helmet.  I think they found that more exciting than Santa!


A close up of the present.  An easy embellishment for a Christmas themed page.


And finally, the journalling box.


I can't wait to see what you come up with!  Please head on over to Stamp A Memory to see what the other Design Team girls have come up with.

Stamps: Gifted
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi Marker
DSP/Cardstock: Woodland Walk DSP, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alpha Die, 1/4" Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Paper Piercer, Boho Blossoms XL Punch, 1 3/8" Circle L Punch,  1 3/4" Scallop Circle XL Punch, Scallop Square XL Punch, Crop-A-Dile

Catch you later,

Tina

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Layout 17:

Hi!

I'm back with some more scrapbooking.  This layout uses some photos of Hudson on the first day he had his KidWalk.


I included some inspirational quotes about journeys on the layout.  The first one reads : The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.  The second one reads: To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.  Very appropriate for my little man Hudson.


Stamps: Sentimental Journey
Ink: Crumb Cake, Night Of Navy
DSP/Cardstock: Travel Journey DSP, Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Night of Navy
Other: Big Shot, Timeless Type Alpha Die, Stamp Positioner, Night Of Navy brads

Catch you later,

Tina

Friday, March 4, 2011

Elegant Soiree Male Birthday Card

Hi!

A quick post today.  This was a birthday card I made last month for a male friend using Elegant Soiree DSP.  I love the colours in this DSP - they are as equally suitable for a female as a male.


I used the Classic Stars jumbo wheel for the stars on the front.  I rolled the wheel on Very Vanilla cardstock and then cut out the individual stars.  A star brad from the Pretties Kit and a sentiment and it's done!

Stamps: Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel, Happy Moments (2010 SAB)
Ink: Baja Breeze
DSP/Cardstock: Elegant Soiree DSP, Basic Grey, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Other: Paper Snips, Word Window L punch, Star Brad (Pretties Kit)

Catch you later,

Tina