Friday, September 13, 2013


Paula has set this week's Just Add Ink challenge, and boy was it a challenge for me!  The theme this week is to "Just Add a Frame" to your papercraft project. 

I made it more difficult than it needed to, by trying to create something that just wasn't "my style".  After labouring for two days over a card I really didn't like, I decided to simplify things, and go with what I know and love - a "boy" card!

This card may or may not be for a very special young man in my life (depends on whether he happens across it on my blog - I'm hoping not!). 

I used Stampin' Up!'s Square Framelits to create a simple square frame for the focal stamped image.  It's simple, but so much more attractive than what I was trying to make initially (that big hot mess ended up in the rubbish)!

Stamps: Off the Grid, Memorable Moments, Sketched Birthday
Card: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Watercolour Paper
DSP: Sweater Weather Designer Series Paper
Ink: Timber Brown Staz-On inkpad (not SU!), Chocolate Chip stampin' pad and marker, Soft Sky stampin' pad and marker, Soft Suede marker, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango markers
Other: Square Framelits, Naturals Designer button, Subtles button, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" Circle punches, Natural cotton ribbon, Soft Sky seam binding, Linen Thread, blender pens, sponge daubers, glue dots
Make sure you check out the AMAZING samples that the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have created for this week's challenge.  We look forward to having you join in the fun, too!


  1. You've well and truly framed it Christine - love the colours too.

  2. Looks good enough to eat. This is one of my favourite colour combos, I love blues and browns of any shade together. Great card Christine.

  3. Going with what you know paid off Chris - this is fabulous! Such a good idea to use the framelits too! Love your card, fingers crossed it is not seen, lol

  4. Isn't it frustrating when you spend so long on something and it just isn't going to turn out? This card, though, is just gorgeous! That cake looks so rich and edible and your colour scheme is great. PS Thanks for the sweet congrats on my Merry Monday gig. Much appreciated. Hugs.

  5. Well I love it my friend, and I'm sure the other one you made would have been great too. We are always our harshest critics ;)

  6. Hey lovely Christine!!!
    May i just say that you've got that cake stamp perfect!!! i've been trying to do that little number and EVERY time it ends up.... well not being used!!! As for your efforts before, I know the frustration!!! ARHHHHH, but like you said then go with what you know and the smile and MOJO returns quick as!!!!
    Super inspiration card clever lady!!
    Hugs and smiles SHarnee :)

  7. You do make gorgeous guy cards Christine and this is no exception! Love the saturated colours of the cake - good enough to eat, and the subtle textures and tones to all the rest! xxx

  8. Christine I can truly relate to your feeling of making things harder than they need to be for ourselves, especially with challenges. I love how you have framed the birthday cake and made it the feature of your card front. It puts the focus on the cake which many kids do too.

  9. Great card Christine, l am sure that the special young man will love it

  10. You make me laugh, but you do, do masculine so well and this is proof! Love the choice of colours and the ribbon

  11. Gorgeous card Christine, no wonder you made the LNS Blog Finds of the Day.