Friday, 19 July 2019

Merry Puppies for JAI # 467

Hi everyone and welcome back :-) 
It's Friday again and that means it's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink

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This week Kelly has given us this fabulous Inspiration Photo to kickstart our craft projects. It may be that you are inspired by individual items in the photo, or the colours or theme. Whatever pops out at you and sparks an idea, we would love to hear about and of course, see your result 😊And don't forget to pop by the Just Add Ink blog to see all the wonderful creations the team has made to inspire you too.

I knew as soon as I saw those baubles, this was going to be a puppy Christmas card....😊These images are from an oldie but a goodie MFT set called Happy Pawlidays and he (as girls wouldn't be that naughty would they?) has just pulled over the Pine branch inspired Christmas tree!!

One of the Nested Label dies forms the frame and the sentiment is created using the Layering Alphabet Dies to give the images a fresh, up to date look. 

The images themselves were coloured with Copics. I have a mixture of Copics and Blends in my collection and although I'm no colouring expert, for the tree used a flicking stripe technique to give shading so it looks a little like the pine branches in the photo. It's the same stroke used for colouring hair 😊

I suspect this puppy must be a little over weight as it looks like he's caused the letters to be a bit crooked too πŸ˜€At least there's a few months yet for a diet before it needs to go in the post!!

Don't forget to pop on over to see all fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Just Add Ink team and I look forward to seeing what you love about this lovely Inspiration Photo challenge  this week.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Tutti Fruiti stack (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Alphabet Dies
Non SU: Happy Pawlidays bundle (MFT), Copic markers

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 12 July 2019

Thank You for Being a Friend JAI #465

Happy Friday everyone and welcome! We are mid way through Winter now and the chill is certainly palpable in the air. This week is particularly seasonal, with blizzards in the Alpine regions and even in the city we've had heavy rain and Gale force winds. But...when we see the sun they tell us it is rising earlier and setting a little later already πŸ˜‰

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So it's perfect timing for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge!! Nikki has suggested that we "Just Add...the Season."  So what is the Season where you are? Winter? Summer? Or maybe you have a favourite Season that you'd like to share with us. Whichever of the four weather based Seasons you'd like to choose, we'd love to see how you make them the focal point of your project.

For my card this week, I've gone with my favourite Season - Spring!! I am not a huge bird fan but I did love the look of this pretty page from the Bird Ballad Suite. Flicking through the catalogue I was reminded of the Lots of Happy Kit and that's where the sentiment comes from. Btw, has anyone found themselves singing the song this comes from or am I showing my age? Somehow it has become stuck in my head now πŸ˜€

The Nesting dies were used to layer the sentiment. But the next size up than the white layer was quite a bit longer.

So similarly with how to shorten a rectangle die, I simply placed the top cutting plate only half way over the die so it cuts only as far as the plate After passing it through the die cutting machine, I kept the die in place and placed the white layer on top and then moved the die over to frame the white layer evenly.

Another floral spray was fussy cut to add to the label with some Basic Pearls as centres. There are some soft layers of Burlap, twine the opposite side of the DSP and some black sequin trim. Wink of Stella was applied to all the blooms and this card is ready.

Card stock: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Lots of Happy (Kit)
Accessories: Big Shot, Nested Labels Dies, Burlap Ribbon, Black Sequin Trim, White Twine, Basic Pearls

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration our lovely team has created for you. I look forward to seeing what Season you choose for your projects too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 5 July 2019

Thinking Magnolia for JAI # 464

Hi everyone and welcome!! It's now July, so the middle month of Winter and it is quite crisp and chilly here in Oz. So at Just Add Ink we have the perfect antidote - a bright and cheerful, Spring inspired Colour Challenge suggested by Jackie!

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This card is a bit different from my normal style. Sometimes it's good to stretch outside our comfort zone and see what happens. The Magnolia is White Embossed on water colour paper and coloured with ink pads.

Then, seemingly the easiest part, the lining up of the elegant die cuts actually almost did my head in! Yes, all of us crafters whether new or seasoned all have moments when we wonder if a card will come together. But I think we got there in the end. 

Card Stock: Flirty Flaming, Soft Sea Foam, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Flirty Flamingo. Granny Apple Green, Versamark
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia
Accessories: Big Shot, Magnolia Memory Dies, White EP, Gold Twine (retired), Metallic Sequins Assortment (retired).

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the gorgeous creations the Team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you create with these pretty colours too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 28 June 2019

Sympathy Blooms for JAI #463

Welcome back for another week of crafty inspiration. We've had a week of sad news, with a funeral to attend today and further loss and hospital admissions for friends. Heading into the craft room at such times can be difficult so that is where challenges can help kick start ideas to flow.

This week's Choose Two challenge at Just Add Ink is one I suggested so do hope you enjoy it! And I would love to see what you create by choosing Two of the Three embellishments - Foil, Ribbon or Sequins. The design team have plenty of gorgeous examples to inspire you so I hope you can pop over and join us.

Suggesting these embellies seemed easy and it was only when I sat down to create the challenge card that I realised it's because I tend to use all three on a lot of cards! So for this one it was a case of which one to leave off. With the Bloom and Grow set just arriving it became an easy choice with the flow of this lovely floral spray cancelling the need for a ribbon layer.

Everyone has their own view on what they like to create for a Sympathy card. I am not averse to adding a little colour as I see the card's job is to provide a little comfort in a time sad enough. But I do try not to over complicate them.

Here, I've kept the design CAS, just the floral spray coloured with Copics and Blends, a simple textured background and foil sentiment popped up on layers of Smoky Slate. Plus the sprinkling of silver and copper sequins as per the challenge.

Card Stock: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends: Old Olive, Basic Black and Navy combos
Stamps: Bloom and Grow, Well Said
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Budding Blooms Dies, Well Written Dies, Pinewood Planks 3D EF, White EP, Metallic Sequins Assortment (retired).

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop by Just Add Ink and see all the inspiration from the rest of the team and I'd love to see which of these three embellishments you like to choose!

Happy stamping until next time,


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Bird Ballad Thinking of You

This week has been one filled with sad news for several of our friends and as a card maker that means we need to head into the craft room. Sometimes, especially in the emotion of the moment, it is not easy to come up with an original idea which is what happened to me this week. But we are blessed to have the internet and lovely friends who inspire us and today I've CASE"D (Copy and Share Edited) a design by my fabulous Just Add Ink team mate, Rochelle Blok. Funnily enough, her cards were inspired by another of my favourite card makers Jennifer McGuire πŸ˜ŠSo I feel better that we all need inspiration sometimes!

The technique Jennifer calls "Floating die cut frames" and you get two cards out of the one design which was perfect for this situation as I wanted a card each for 2 sisters. 
Rochelle used the Bird Ballad DSP for her project and it's so very pretty that I wanted to give this a go too. The only thing I didn't have is the Glad Press n Seal. But I do have a roll of Post it Tape. 

So the idea is to lay your images (these are fussy cut from the Bird Ballad DSP ) to cover the card front. Add the Press n Seal or in this case, Post it Tape strips that I had first de stickied (is that even a word?) by taping to my jeans a few times... then die cut with a frame. Add dimensionals to every tiny piece of the cut images and then using the Glad or Post it Tape, add it to the card front and then remove the Glad/Tape. I can say it is worth the de-sticky process and I can also verify that Painters tape doesn't come off easily enough.

For this first card, I have added a smaller Nested Label to help show off the frame shape and a sentiment from Magnificent Magnolia. You can really see the dimension of the floral frame here too.

To help the label shape be the star, I added a white frame around the second card and the sentiment comes from a Saleabration set, Part of My Story.

Hopefully you can see here that the frame is flat to still allow the dimensional florals to shine.

Card stock: Whisper White thick and standard, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia, Part of My Story (Saleabration, 2019)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Black EP, White EP, Gold Faceted Gems, Basic Pearls.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you too find you need to CASE a card or two please do but remember that it is always good to give credit to those that inspire you. We all need a little encouragement from time to time and it is really lovely to hear when you have inspired someone to get creative as that is what we are all here for. 😊

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 21 June 2019

Country Birthday for JAI #462

Welcome back everyone! Today is a day I have been waiting for - it's the Shortest Day or Winter Solstice....hooray!! So why is it a big deal? Because after today the days start to get a bit longer and brighter! Spring is a coming people however how cold it might be!!πŸ˜€
And I'm also hoping that might mean that taking card photos might get a bit easier too but I'll let you be the judge of that.

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And its new challenge time at Just Add Ink,  and this week we have a fun and very versatile sketch for you from Kim. You can use the sketch as is or flip it around - as long as we can see the sketch in your project. The design team have created such wonderful and varied projects it's obvious that this was a favourite challenge so we hope that you will love it too!

For my card, I dug deep into the Designer Series Paper draw and came up with this retired pattern. Black and white with a pop of colour is my favourite combo and this seemed a good time to put that to work.😊 After colouring the floral image with a mixture of Blends and Copics and fussy cutting it soon became clear that a circle was going to work better than a square for this image. The coloured shadow onto the white background is hard to see with the actual shadow but it is there.

The white circle is a die cut stitched circle the same size as the Lipstick one behind, but it's trimmed along the stitching to create a slightly smaller shape. The sentiment is wrapped around the jug's handle and the banners just couldn't be resisted.

Card stock: Basic Black, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick Foil (SAB)
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Blends: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick 
Stamps: Country Home, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, White EP, White Flax Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Sequins Assortment (retired) 
Non SU: Copics

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the awesome creations the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 14 June 2019

Happy Tails for JAI #461

Happy Friday and welcome! It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink!

Rachael has given us this fabulous Inspiration Photo to spark our creativity this week. You can take whatever you like best from the photo - be it the lovely city and tree scene, the architectural feel or the colours - whatever pops out at you! The design team have created lots of different styles of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love to see you join us!


I chose to use the colours from the Inspiration Photo to create this for one of our much loved doggie friends who sadly fell at the park during the week and has partially torn her cruciate ligament. That's right, this card is for a dog, a beautiful golden Lab called Tag to be specific...tho I suspect her Mum will love it too 😊

The front is simply the frame, with the puppy, hearts and sequins added to the outside. Then it opens to reveal the brayered heart - over a home made stencil made by die cutting the heart out of a piece of card stock.

Then the card opens further to reveal space for a hidden message. This means that the front panel image remains intact. The perfect sentiment for a puppy or puppy loving family don't you think? 
And particularly good here as it even rhymes with her name, which is Tag 😍

Card stock: Basic Grey, Pineapple Punch, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Inks: Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black, Grey Granite, 
Stamps: Happy Tails
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles, Hearts Collection Framelits (long retired), Dog Builder Punch, Sponge Brayers, Blender Pen, Metallic Sequin assortment, Iridescent Sequins

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the lovely creations the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this week's fabulous Inspiration Photo too.

Happy stamping until next time,