Friday, 7 August 2020

Just Add Ink #517 Magnolia Season



Happy Friday everyone and welcome back! Here in Melbourne we are starting to get used to our "New Normal" with Stage 4 Restrictions for 6 weeks. It does mean more time for crafting so that is one good thing to look forward to. I hope that however Covid is affecting you that you are keeping well and safe and taking each day at a time.

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And it's time for another new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have this great fun sketch from Kim. Our design team had a lot of fun with this one and I hope that you can pop on over and take a peek. We'd love you to join us too! Sketches are a great way to get started as you just have to fit your images into the spaces.

Part of our Stage 4 Restrictions here is only One hour of exercise a day. We usually try for 2 walks a day, with the second more just for doggy essentials. So now these walks are just a little bit more precious. 
One thing that has been lovely though is seeing the neighbours gardens and some gorgeous Magnolias in bloom! So that decided my focal point for this week's challenge 😀


The lovely large spray was coloured with Blends. Lovely Lipstick and Pink Pirouette for the petals and Old Olive and Shaded Spruce add some detail to the leaves. I finally have access to all my craft stash after 8 months of being packed away and so found my Gems and teamed that with some soft DSP and the gorgeous tassel.



Card Stock: Pretty Peacock, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Peaceful Poppies
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Blends: Lovely Lipstick, Pink Pirouette (retired), Old Olive, Shaded Spruce
Stamps: Good Morning Magnolia
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Magnolia Memory Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, White EP,  Best Dressed Tassels, Gold Faceted Gems

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this great and fun sketch too!

Til next time,
Jan




Friday, 31 July 2020

Just Add Ink #516 Friend Silhouette



Hello and welcome back to my first blog post in a little while. I've taken a little break as we moved into our new home and settled in to a new suburb. We are blessed with lovely neighbours and much more space than we've had in months and a lovely view of evening sunsets which will be amazing in Spring and Summer I'm sure. Melbourne is currently in week 3 of what will probably be more than a 6 week lockdown now for Covid 19 and it's a scary time for many of us. So being able to spend some time at the craft desk is very welcome and maybe its something that is helping you too with the restrictions and changes you may be facing too?! I'd love to hear how you are doing in your part of the world!

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It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a gorgeous Photo Inspiration challenge for you from the lovely Jackie. You can take whatever appeals to you from the photo - the Christmas theme or the colours and patterns - this great pic has heaps of both! The design team had a great time creating cards to inspire you so I hope you'll pop on over and take a peek and we'd love you to join us!


These colours are some of my favourites and so I've used most of them and created a card for friend. That is what is great about Inspiration Photo challenges as you can pick and choose what you want to use as inspiration.


The base layer is Melon Mambo and the second almost hidden layer uses the Buffalo Check background stamp in Coastal Cabana. The top layer is of course water coloured and then some ink was flicked using the lid of the Aqua Painter to add a little detail. The pointing girl from Silhouette Scenes is embossed in the now retired Black Shimmery embossing powder and what looks to be white spots in the photo is in fact beautiful sparkles! To add to the sparkle the tree and "friend" are covered with liberal brush strokes of Wink of Stella.


After water colouring and then embossing, the white card top was somewhat warped.  To help flatten it I find adding a same sized piece of Thick whisper white card to the back of it helps to hold it flat again.


Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White- thick and standard
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo, Versamark
Stamps: Silhouette Scenes, Buffalo Check
Accessories: Sweet Silhouettes Dies, Well Written Dies, Shimmery Black EP (retired), Iridescent Sequins Assortment (retired), Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing all your projects in the gallery this week.

Til next time,

Jan




Saturday, 6 June 2020

Social Stamping - New Normal




Welcome to another blog hop of Social Stamping hosted by the lovely Kelly Kent to enable people to be able to create together whilst we stamped alone during Isolation. We have all been having so much fun with this that we've decided to keep it going for a little longer. Yay! 😀

This is week Eleven and Kelly has chosen the theme of New (Normal). Here in Australia - and throughout the world - restrictions are easing and we are allowed to meet in small numbers. Social Distancing will remain and be part of the "New Normal" post Covid life but restaurants, cafes and physical shops are all opening and online shopping is no longer the only option. 

You may have arrived here from the lovely Lou Kitzelman and her stunning projects or you can start the hop here and click on the Next button at the end of every blog post to make your way around.


For my card I decided to feature a stamp set that I had hoped to use a lot more but high heels and lipstick haven't really been seen during Isolation. Most people have been relaxing at home in trackies and trainers.Just venturing out for maybe a walk in a nearby park for exercise and necessary trips to the supermarket. But now that we are allowed out again for small girlie catchup's it's time to go looking through our wardrobe and at least bring back the lipstick if not the heels just yet. 




I've used a recent Just Add Ink sketch for my layout and coloured the background with a scribble of Mint Macaron Blends and then the individual images were also coloured with Blends.

Next you are off to see Jo Weedon and her fabulous projects.  I hope that you enjoy your time hopping around to see all the gorgeous creations we've made to inspire you.

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Card Stock: Whisper White Thick and standard, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Saleabration
Stamps: Dressed To Impress
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Die cutting machine, All Dressed Up dies, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Wink of Stella


Til next time,
Jan




Friday, 5 June 2020

Just Add Ink #508 Just Add "F"




Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! Here in Victoria it is the start of the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend. With Social restrictions easing slightly it's a great time to get out and enjoy the Winter sunshine or to spend at the crafting table! 

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This week at Just Add Ink we have one of Tina's popular Alphabet challenges and this week it's to Add the letter "F" to our projects. Our design team have created such fabulous cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over have a peek and we'd love you to join us!

Birthday card featuring Stampin Up's Ornate Garden and Well Worded bundles for JAI #508 by Jan McQueen. More info @www,janscreativecorner.blogspot.com

For my card this week, I decided on Flowers and Frames and was inspired by a lovely card by Jennifer McGuire.  I started by white embossing the Ornate Garden image twice on water color paper and used Zig Markers and a Water Brush to colour the images. The stitched squares are cut so as to make the image appear wider so as to give the appearance of a background stamp. 


To create a shadow frame around the "birthday" die I used a trick from my fellow JAI teamie and an Artisan Design Team member, Rochelle Blok who suggests tracing around the metal die and fussy cutting to create a shadow effect. It seems now I look at the photo that my hand might have moved whilst tracing -oops! It shows I guess that whilst we all try to do our best, mistakes happen.
The Happy is embossed with the sadly retiring Black Sparkle EP and is super sparkly in real life.




Card Stock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Ornate Garden, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Well Worded Dies, White EP, Black Shimmery EP.
Non SU: Zig Watercolor Markers, Water color Paper (TH, Ranger), Rhinestones (Craft store)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the design team inspiration and I look forward to see what "F" elements you choose to add to your projects this week.

Til next time,
Jan



 




Friday, 29 May 2020

Just Add Ink #507 Sketch Sympathy




Happy Friday to you and welcome!! It's the last weekend of Autumn in Australia and from next week the restrictions will ease a little more here in Victoria. Cafes will open for a small number of sit down customers for the first time in what seems like ages. Being cautious seems to be paying off in our little corner of the world which is good news.

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This week at Just Add Ink we have a great Clean and Angled sketch for you from Jackie. A sketch is a great way to get the creative juices going as you just to have find images to fit the shapes provided. The design team have created some gorgeous cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to take a peek and we'd love you to join us!

Sympathy card using Stampin Up's Silhouette Scenes and Well Said bundles and created for JAI #507 by Jan McQueen. More info @www.janscreativecorner.blogspot.com

I found this beautiful DSP that is retiring and decided to showcase it along with the Silhouette Scenes Dies that are staying on. One exciting product that is coming is some white sticky foam that we can die cut - that will make stacking multiple layers of card stock words a thing of the past! 


Blackberry Bliss and a layer of white card stock bring out the colours in this pretty paper and the Dandelion die cuts are my take on the circle sketch element. And yes - 3 layers of white card are underneath the gold layered sentiment to give it definition and strength.


To create the tag for the sentiment, I first embossed it with White Embossing Powder and then used the smallest Stitched Rectangle to cut it out. It gives a long, thin banner. To cut the sides down, simply use the width rectangle that you'd like the banner to be and that will give you the perfect size for whatever sentiment you need.



Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Lilly Impressions
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Silhouette Scenes Dies, Well Worded Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies,White EP, Irridescent Sequin Assortment.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with our fun sketch this week!

Til next time,
Jan











Saturday, 23 May 2020

Social Stamping - Animals




Welcome to another hop at Social Stamping a fabulous idea by the lovely Kelly Kent to enable us to be able to create together whilst so many are stamping alone during Isolation.

This week the theme is "Animals." Be it a pet, a wild animal or a new rescue, animals have all noticed the changes to our lifestyles during this time whilst we all spend more time at home. So many shelters have had an increase in the adoption of cats and dogs as people realise they are such good company especially when they have more time to give - and all our beloved pets will be enjoying having us around more during this time too.

You may have just arrived here from the lovely Peta Stephens and her fabulous projects or you can start the hop and click on the Next button at the bottom of each post to make your way around.


Not great photos today with Melbourne's fog and rainy weather but I created a fun puppy Wedding Card using two retiring sets - my all time favourite, Happy Tails and the versatile Piece of Cake. 

You may notice that the two dogs are facing each other - and there is only one such image in the stamp set. I used the Stamparatus and Silicone Sheet to create a mirror image of the stamp and used Blends and Copics to colour the dogs and flowers on the cake. Some sequins from the Peaceful Poppies complete this CAS card.

This is of course the perfect time to introduce you to my current best furry friend - Sally (Jr). Sally is a special girl who graduated from Guide Dogs Victoria last October as a Companion and with extra training helps me as an Assistance Dog. She enjoys both her work in harness and her play time out of it very much and always asks for her bed to be moved to beside the craft table when I'm making cards and finds it the perfect excuse to sleep the afternoon away! 😀





Next you are off to see the gorgeous projects that Julia Quinn has created to inspire you.
I hope that you enjoy your hopping around blog land and enjoy the coming week.


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Card Stock: Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Lilly Impressions 
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark 
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Subtles EF, Black Shimmery EP, Peaceful Poppies Sequins Assortment.

Til next time,'
Jan

Friday, 22 May 2020

JAI #506 Inspiration Retro Birthday



Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! This week, with restrictions starting to ease here in Australia people are starting to go out and about more. There is more traffic on the roads and on the odd occasion that I have been out, the social distancing doesn't always seem to be done as well as it could be. I am cautiously optimistic but as someone who does have health issues I would encourage everyone to continue to be careful and maintain the space between others for everyone's safety.


At Just Add Ink this week we have a gorgeous Photo Inspiration for you suggested by Nikki
There is so much to love about this photo - the rich colours, circular shapes and all the different textures and foodie goodies! Our lovely design team has created lots of amazing things to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to take a peek and we'd love you to join us!


For my guy card I was inspired by the bowl shapes and the colours to create another retro style project inspired by Laura Bassen. You can seen another similar project I made last week, here.

These are quite easy to make when you can decide on the colours and the Challenge Photo makes this easy! The process is simpler than it looks - create two different coloured layered circles, cut them in half and use one half from each to create your card.


The swirls do line up better when spaced a little way apart so that is where here I've used Black Glimmer paper and added the sentiment on top. It wasn't easy to not add some sort of sequin or gem but this is a Guy card and I decided CAS would be best.




Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you are inspired to join us at Just Add Ink this week and I look for to seeing what you create with this gorgeous Photo challenge this week.

Til next time,
Jan