Friday, 2 June 2017

JAI 362 colour challenge - Seaside birthday easel



 It's colour challenge week at Just Add Ink and Nikki has given us this bold & beautiful combination of pool party, bermuda bay & peekaboo peach to work with.


These colours kept saying beach to me, so I went with it and made this.


Being on a beautiful beach would be brilliant right now, but meanwhile in Sydney, here are some tips to create your own beach scene card.

Start with a couple of new Annual Catalogue faves - the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp & die bundle ( an absolute must-have bundle) & chair die from the  Seasonal Layers dies set (part of the Colourful Seasons stamp & die bundle.


Create your own beachy background - mask & sponge brayer with peekaboo peach, bermuda bay & pool party ink. Then flick small water drops on top for more texture. Stamp three sentiments from Happy Birthday, Gorgeous over the top, one image for each layer.

Keep the other card elements simple - Cut 2 chairs, one in the thick backing card from our paper packs, and one in whisper white. Die cut birthday sentiments in whisper white & bermuda bay. Cut them apart then adhere them to the front & base, leaving a little offset for a shadow look.

 

Create interest with an easy fancy fold - The easel card base gave lots of space to separate the words. The front is regular card front size & folds flat to fit a normal C6 envelope. This is the same size I used for the easel calenders I shared earlier this year.


So, that's it from me. Let me know if you have any questions about my card. If you liked my card, do leave a comment & pin on Pinterest for later inspiration.

Check out the supplies below for all the items I used to make it. You can order them with me if you live in Australia too. 

Anyway, hope you liked the challenge colours & my take on them. Head to the Just Add Ink blog to see all the team's projects to give you even more ideas. We'd love you to play along with the challenge too.

Thanks for visting today & pop back again soon for more ideas.

Inky wishes, Di

Our new Annual Catalogue is here


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Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.



Big Shot
$159.00

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Hello new Annual Catalogue


Today may be the first day of Winter here in Australia but it feels fresh, warm & colourful thanks to our new 2017-18 Annual Catalogue, which starts today too. I've been so looking forward to sharing it with you, so without further delay...



What's new?
 5 new fabulous In-colours - you'll love using them with each other & all our current colour collections.
 

15 new coordinated product suites - You'll find stamps, paper, dies & of course our popular discounted product bundles in each suite. Bet you can't pick just one favourite.

 Wishlist - Index - Discount Bundle List

Download my handy dandy wishlist & keep it with your catalogue to help you keep track of what you want & where to find all our discounted bundles & more.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-vLPiDO8NjOUnJBcFI3MUFmcjQ




Get extra Stampin' Rewards in June


You'll love getting more of your wishlist for free with an extra $45 in Stampin' Rewards from 1-30 June.

Individual orders, and online or in-person party-workshop orders of $450 or more (excl shipping) will earn you great regular Stampin Rewards plu $45 extra Stampin Rewards. Use your rewards to choose anything in the Annual Catalogue, including new host exclusive stamp sets.

Regular Stampin' Rewards start on orders of $250 or more. This table shows how rewards increase & when additional rewards apply.


For example, you'll receive:
- $90 in Stampin' Rewards with a $450 order ($45 regular rewards + $45)
- $105 in Stampin' Rewards with a $500 order ($60 regular rewards + $45


https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-vLPiDO8NjOV0c2TzlrQ1FVWm8

Contact me to see how easy it is to earn Stampin' Rewards by collecting orders online or at your own in-home party.


Want a paper catalogue?

If you're in Australia & don't have a Demonstrator looking after you, I'd be happy to send you a catalogue. Just e-mail me your name & address & I'll pop one in the mail to you.

I'll be back soon with new projects to share. For now, grab your favourite cuppa & treat & enjoy our new Catalogue.

Inky wishes, Di

Monday, 22 May 2017

Special Reason for a special someone

Today I'm sharing some pretties from my Mother's Day - ladies only class in April. You know I've been loving the Special Reason stamps & coordinating Stylish Stems dies so they were top of the list to use for this class. As you know, these & pretty much all the other main elements (So Detailed dies & dotty dsp) are retiring & only available while stocks last) so you'll need to be quick if you like them.

This is the first one we made - a combination of flowers, dots, lace & soft colours. Pretty!


The flowers are coloured with a fab, new-to-me technique to create a watercolour look using solid stamped images, watercolour pencils & an aquapainter, that I saw Alisa Tilsner share.

It was one of those times that make me want to run straight to your desk to try it... so I did,  loved it & decided my class lovelies would too...and they did. I used a blender pen to blend the pencil & ink rather than an aquapainter. The blender pen made it so easy to achieve a great look with no risk of excess water.

The 3 main technique steps are:
1. Stamp the image in a light base colour - I used so saffron for the flower & pear pizzazz for the leaves.
2. Colour over part of the image with a heavy layer of watercolour pencil in a coordinating colour/s. Place the pencil where you want to have the most colour. I used calypso coral & old olive pencils.
3. Use a blender pen to blend the pencil over the image. This creates a soft watercolour look.

See Alisa's video sharing the whole technique here - thanks so much, Alisa


I  overlaid the coordinating Stylish Stems flower dies over the stamped images - adhering them only around the flower centre. I've flicked up the shape in this pic so you can see the coloured flower a bit better.


I must mention two more elements that I think makes me love this card:

- the two shaped nested frames in the Stylish Stems die set. They make a lovely combination & Special Reason stamp set includes an image that works with the dies too, as I've used it here. The dies are 40% off until sold out.

- The lacy panel using the So Detailed dies. This die is designed to fit a portrait card but I made this stretch to fit this one by cutting it in half & hiding the gap under the stitched circle shape. These dies are 30% off too.


Simple Special Reason



I was having so much fun trying different ink & pencil colour combinations that I made this card a bonus class project. I used the same method as the first card. For this one I stamped in pink pirouette ink, coloured with melon mambo watercolour pencil... & a good dash of  Wink of Stella, which you may see better in this pic.


I kept it very simple on the inside too.


I hope you've enjoyed seeing my cards & the fun watercolour pencil technique. Do try it yourself with any solid images you have & I think you'll love it too. Leave a comment to let me know if you do, or if you have any questions. Here are some final images for you to pin for later inspiration.


Until next time,
Inky wishes, Di

Supplies
To see & order any items used in today's project, just click on the items below to see them in my Online Store. You can order from me if you live anywhere in Australia. I would love to be your Demonstrator if you don't already have one.  Please allow "Demonstrator contact" in your preferences so I can thank you properly when you place your order.
Actual items I used are listed first. Alternative purchase options are listed at the bottom of the supply list.

Retiring items are available while stocks last until 31 May, 2017



Dotty Special Reason


Blender Pens
$17.00
Big Shot
$159.00

Simple Special Reason


Big Shot
$159.00

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