Just Add Ink #460

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It’s time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week our challenge for you is to:

I really don’t experiment at all with emboss resist, so challenges like these are great to test me and push me out of my comfort zone.

I started my card by stamping the Happy Birthday sentiment from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set multiple times on my Stamparatus in Versamark Ink.  I then sprinkled over White Embossing Powder and set it with my Heat Tool.  I took my dauber and Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather Inks and created the ombre effect background. When I was happy with the background, I took a piece of cloth and wiped over the background to created the emboss resist effect.

I took off cut pieces of Highland Heather and Bermuda Bay Cardstocks and layered them over the background.  I embossed a circle punch with my Tin Tile Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and placed this over the strips of cardstock.  I then stamped the flowers and leaves from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set and watercoloured them with Bermuda Bay and Pear Pizzazz Ink.  After fussy cutting them out, I then layered them around my sentiment – also from Perennial Birthday Stamp Set.

The team at Just Add Ink have created wonderful cards using this technique.  Make sure you head over to the challenge by clicking here and take a look.

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Stampin’ Up! Artisan Team Blog Hop – Everything is Rosy

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Welcome to another Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team Blog Hop.  This hop the Artisan Design Team are focussing on the most amazing set of coordinating products.  These products are called Everything Is Rosy Product Medley.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive these beautiful products.  The colours, the ribbons, the stamps, the papers, the dies, the foil paper……….basically EVERYTHING in this box is stunning!

Don’t wait until tomorrow to order as these products will only be available to demonstrators and customers to order for the month of May.  I’m pretty sure these beautiful products will be snapped up in no time.  You don’t want to miss out on touching these pretties in real life.

In this Medley you receive the following exclusive products:
* Everything Is Rosy Photopolymer Stamp Set—18 stamps; suggested blocks: a, b, c
* Everything Is Rosy Dies—10 dies; largest die 2-7/8″ x 1″ (7.3 x 2.5 cm)
* 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper Stack—48 sheets; 8 each of 6 double-sided designs
* 6″ x 6″ rose gold foil paper—8 sheets
* Printed die cuts—2 sheets
* Rose gold die cuts—4 sheets; 2 each of 2 designs
* Rose gold adhesive backed mirror embellishments—60 embellishments; 1/4″ (6.4 mm)
* Melon Mambo 1/4″ (6.4 mm) Ruched Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Night of Navy/Rose Gold 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic –Edge Ribbon—10 yards (9.1 m)
* Rose Gold Shimmer Paint—1/2 oz. (15 ml)

For a little while now, I’ve been a lover of white on white as you all know, but these papers were singing to me and I’ve added a few of them to my cards to show you how pretty they are.

For my first card, I stamped the flowers in Mambo Melon and the leaves in Night of Navy Inks. For the centre of the flowers, I stamped So Saffron and Black Memento Inks.  I am loving that the sentiment I’ve used has the word pretty in it, as this is the word that I described this whole medley – PRETTY.  The sentiment has been stamped in Night of Navy Ink and die cut with my Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The large DSP circle was cut with my 2 ½” Circle Punch.  I couldn’t decide which ribbon I loved best, so I added both! Easy to do, right?, when they’re both so lovely!  My Basic Pearls have been given a little sponging treatment with the uber gorgeous Rose Gold Shimmer Paint.

My second card (I think my favourite of the three…..) has the most GORGEOUS Melon Mambo and Rose Gold Foil pattern through it.  I added thin strips of Night of Navy Cardstock on either side of the DSP and placed it on the left side of the card base.  I added a 2 ½” Whisper White circle, a strip of Night of Navy DSP offcut from my first card and again, both ribbons are adhered under the sentiment. Would you believe that the flowers and leaves I’ve used on this card aren’t stamped images? Yep, they are printed die cuts! All you have to do is pop them from the sheet they come in and stick them to your card!  I’ve adhered mine with Dimensionals to give them a little height.

The third card I created was made with a wedding in mind.  I leave a lot of white space on wedding cards to give it that whole elegant feel.  Also a white on white card really lets the images and elements you add really pop. For this card, I created a frame with my Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies and raised it up with some Mini Dimensionals.  I added a strip of DSP, ribbon and the Rose Gold Die Cut with sentiment stamped directly to the die cut.  I cut some Whisper White leaves with my Everything Is Rosy Dies and placed these under the Printed Die Cuts.  I then placed three Basic Pearls coloured with the Rose Gold Shimmer Paint.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects. The next hop along the way is Rochelle Blok – her cards are always amazing and so very striking.


Angela Meiritz-Reid

Ashley Van Camp

Aurélie Fabre

Emma Goddard

Jackie Aitken

Jennifer Picard

Kaylee van Es

Lauren Alarid

Maike Beimler

Manuela Geiswinkler

Mikaela Titheridge

Narelle Farrugia

Rochelle Blok

Stesha Bloodhart

Sylwia Schreck

Tanya Rees


Products Used:

Cardstock: Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Night Of Navy Cardstock

Stamp Set: Everything Is Rosy

Inks: Black Memento Ink, Night Of Navy Ink, Melon Mambo Ink, So Saffron Ink

Other Products: Everything Is Rosy Product Medley, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Basic Pearls, Mini Dimensionals, Dimensionals.

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Freshly Made Sketches #354

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I’m back tonight with another card.  This time I’ve created a card for the newest sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch has been designed by Linda Callahan – a talented card creator who creates the most gorgeous and witty cards.

Christmas cards seem to be my thing at the moment – probably because of the new products I received in my last Stampin’ Up! order.

I was thinking I might make a series of these cards for my Christmas class.  So quick and easy to put together and the only stamping is the sentiment.  The stamp set the sentiment is from is called Merry Christmas To All.  I ran my deer die, from Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies, through my bigshot and then raised is up with Dimensionals.  The background is embossed with my Tin Tiled Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder.

The strips of designer series paper are from Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper.  The thin strips and the embossed background give me the fullness I like to my cards.  I then added some gold sequins and a bow made with thin Gold Ribbon to my deer.

I love the cards the Clean Team have created with Linda’s sketch.  Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

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Freshly Made Sketches #251

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our hostess is the fabulously talented and very sweet Cindy Hall.  Here’s her great sketch that I love because it has layers!!!


I adore these sweet little flowers from Stampin’ Up!s Swirly Bird and I’ve teamed it with leaves from Flourish Thinlit Dies.  The sentiment I’ve used is from Birthday Blososms.  Here’s my card:


As always the team will inspire you with their cards. Head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

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Freshly Made Sketches #219

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It’s time for a new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Our sketch hostess is the extremely talented Cindy Hall.  I just love everything she creates. Take a look at her sketch:


I’ve been waiting for a balloon stamp set and matching punch forever and finally Stampin’ Up have made one.  The stamp set is called Balloon Celebration and it’s available in the current Occasions Catalogue. I was super excited when I opened the cattie and saw it in there!  The sentiment I’ve used is a 2016 Sale-A-Bration set called Perfect Pairing. Here’s my card:

The Clean Team have provided wonderful inspiration for you so head over to Freshly Made Sketches and take a look.

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Freshly Made Sketches #195

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Whenever I need a little inspiration to create a card, I find a a great sketch as my starting point.  Like this weeks fabulous sketch at Freshly Made Sketches that’s been designed by the talented Kim Singhdahlsen. This one’s a keeper for sure!


I created this card for one of the girls at work who is retiring after being with us pretty much forever. I love it when a card comes together with ease. I was able to bang this one out in less than 1/2 an hour (that’s pretty good for me!).  The image and sentiment I’ve used are from Stampin’ Up! Hostess sets called Best Thoughts and Happy Birthday Everyone.  The “Thanks” sentiment is made with a die from Greetings Thinlits. The designer series papers are from Everyday Chic DSP.  I think I have every Black & White/Cream DSP pack that Stampin’ Up! has made!


The team has (as always) created wonderful cards to inspire you – head over to Freshly Made Sketches and check them out.

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The Paper Players Challenge #248, TGIF Challenge #6 & Pretty Pink Posh Watercolour Challenge

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The card I created today is different than I normally make. It has a bit of watercolouring (something I don’t do very often) and not many layers (something I do less often than watercolouring!).

I’m entering my card into three challenges – The Paper Players Masculine Themed Challenge, TGIF Watercolouring Challenge and Pretty Pink Posh’s Watercolour Blog Hop.




To create my card I lightly watercoloured my background with Night of Navy & Pear Pizzazz Ink.  I then stamped the boat image from Stampin’ Up!s Moon Lake and coloured the tree with my blender pen and boat with Blendabilities. Because the lack of layers was doing my head in I actually coloured a second boat, fussy cut it out and raised it up with dimensionals – you can’t really tell this by my photo though. Here’s my CAS card:

PPA248, TGIF6 & PPPWatercolour

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