Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Today is the last day to enter this week's Just Add Ink challenge.  I've been meaning all week to come up with something, but the school holidays seem to have just swallowed my time!  I'm loving having time with my boys, and being at home.

This week the team at Just Add Ink have a sketch challenge, encouraging us to make something using this sketch as a starting point:

JAI#24 sketch challenge

Now, I LOVE the sketch, but I don't love Clean and Simple - at least, when I try to pull it off!  I'm not good at leaving a lot of white space, despite the fact that I admire it greatly in others' creations.  I always want to add brads, buttons or ribbon, or a few layers!

The idea that I had in my head really didn't look right when I put it into practice.  So, I found myself adding an extra flower to balance out my card!  Here's what I ended up with:

JAI#24 card

This past week I've been playing around with the 'chalkboard technique', which is a lot of fun, and is a great way to use those Stampin' Pastels (chalks) that have been sorely neglected for far too long!  I stamped the gorgeous flower, from my Eastern Blooms stamp set, using Whisper White craft ink on Elegant Eggplant card.  Then, using a cotton bud (I like that I can control it better than a cotton wool ball), I picked up colour from my pastels, and applied it in a circular motion to my stamped flowers.  I love the rich colours that resulted.  Here's a close-up of the flowers:

JAI#24 card close-up

The Stampin' Pastel colours I used are Taken With Teal, Whisper White and Lovely Lilac.

Here are the other ingredients used to make my card:

Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Occasional Greetings

Card: Kraft, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White

Ink: Whisper White craft stampin' pad, Elegant Eggplant and Sahara Sand stampin' pads

Other: Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, White 5/16" brads, sponge dauber, paper snips, dimensionals



  1. Wow Christine these flowers are fantastic... must go try that technique, thanks for sharing. You also put a nice twist on the scketch, Just beautiful as usual.

  2. WOW great job with the chalks, Love the flowers.

  3. Lovely card Christine I love this technique and you have done a fab job with this.

  4. Great twist on the sketch Christine! Love the chalked flowers. I have yet to try that technique myself.

  5. Love it Chritine. Great vibrant colour choices with the flowers....

  6. Just lovely, Christine. Must use my chalks more often.

  7. Wow! What a beautiful card! Those rich colours look beautiful against the white. :-)

  8. WOWEE!!! Beautiful!!!! really stunning Christine!!!

  9. These flowers are just gorgeous! I love it!

  10. What a lovely result Christine. The colour combo is great.

  11. Hi Christine... I love the look of your card, I just love those flowers... Thanks for the lovely comment... Tracy...

  12. Thanks for sharing that technique Christine, the card has come up amazing. Thanks for sharing!