Friday, 17 May 2019

Broadway Wish for JAI #457



Happy Friday and welcome everyone! We are now half way through May and the nights are cgetting longer and cool. All the colours of Autumn are visible in the tree leaves though and it is a truly beautiful sight as we go for our evening dog walks around the neighbourhood.

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And fun this week is our new challenge at Just Add Ink! Narelle has designed this lovely clean and layered Sketch for us all to use in our projects. You can use it as is or flip it around to suit what you have in mind. Sketches are a great base for creating as the design is all done for you and you just need to choose which colours and images to use. Our design team have created a gorgeous array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and we'd love you to join us!


For my card, I have used the current Broadway Birthday bundle and teamed it with the new Perennial Essence DSP to make a Twisted Easel card for a friend's birthday.  The papers have a real Monet feel about them and even the reverse sides (like this one) are so whimsical and beautiful.



For the sketch strip layers, I have used a combination of card stock, ribbon and sequin trim and this is how the card appears from the envelope. Always good to have a fancy fold card that fits a regular envelope 😊The gold confetti diamonds are cut using the co -ordination dies and the sequins are the Metallics Assortment on the retirement list so if you're like me, and use these a lot you'd best stock up whilst you can.


Card stock: Blackberry Bliss, Berry Bliss,  Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Vellum, Silver Glimmer, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Perennial Essence
Inks: Versamark, Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Broadway Birthday
Accessories: Big Shot, Broadway Lights Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Silver Sequin Trim, Metallic Sequins (retiring)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun and clean sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Kelly's Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop 2019



Hello and welcome to a special Blog Hop to celebrate the lovely Kelly Kent's birthday!! I've been blessed to know Kelly for a few years now thanks to us being Just Add Ink teamies. She is a very talented crafter and also so very generous with her time and energy for all and so I jumped at the opportunity to honour her on her birthday.πŸ˜€

You may have just arrived here from Siobhan Fitzsimmins and her gorgeous projects. And you can also start the Hop here by clicking on the Next button at the bottom of this post. I'm sure you will enjoy your trip around  blog land celebrating Kelly and Birthdays with us. We hope you will be inspired and you may even get a few sneak peeks of new products coming in the new Annual Catalogue. 😊



For my card, I do have a couple of sneak peeks for you and have created a Triangle Fold card. I was inspired to try this fun fold by a recent card from another of my lovely JAI team mates,  Nikki Spencer. The flower used here is of course the aptly named Magnificent Magnolia and as I have loved the trees and flowers in the neighbourhood for years, it is sure to get a good work out here πŸ˜€


The petals are coloured using Blends and Wink of Stella and the leaves using Copics. You may have noticed that the bottom left leaf is fussy cut and slipped underneath. It helps it fit the space better - and also my need for balance, Lol! The banners are adhered to the top of the front panel and I think for future versions they would sit better if adhered to the back of the panel.





The gorgeous DSP is also new, from the Perennial Essence Suite. It his stunning in real life and has a definite Monet feel about it. I adore the mix of deep purples and blues with the lighter pinks / yellows and couldn't wait to pair it with this bloom for a slightly different look.



This card is now on it's way to Kelly, the birthday girl of course and I hope you too enjoy heading off next to see Richelle Fletcher and her awesome projects! You can see a full list of the Blop Hop participants below. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Hop. 😊


Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Designer Series Paper:
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Blends: Lovely Lipstick (light), Pink Pirouette (retired)
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Magnolia Memory Dies, Well Written Dies, White flax Ribbon, Wink of Stella (clear), White EP, Gold Faceted Gems.
Non - Stampin Up - Green and brown Copic markers.


PARTICIPANT LIST
1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen - you are HERE
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 10 May 2019

Wedding Cake for JAI# 456



Happy Friday folks and welcome back! It's a chilly, grey old day here in Melbourne. Perfect thought for anyone needing an excuse to stay inside and get creative. 😊

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It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this fabulous white and pretty Inspiration Photo was suggested by Nikki for us to use in our projects this week. Perfect for Weddings or whatever white or floral project you have to do. The design team have all created such amazing cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and we'd love you to join us.


So I was inspired by the round shape of the flowers and the gold and white colour palette. I actually had in mind a huge layered wedding cake with this image at the top. But I couldn't quite find circles big enough...so I went with smaller ones lol. In the end there is quite a few stamps and dies used here which kinda shows how many different versions of this card I tried! Mostly, it's about creating an idea I have in mind but sometimes the process itself is what produces the card even after all these years.


White on white seems to be a current design trend and I decided to add the gold from the Photo flower centres and layers of texture to complete this wedding card. 


Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Gold Foil and Glimmer
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Piece of Cake, Painted Glass
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Stitched shapes and Layering Circles Framelits,  Well Written Framelits, Wonderful Floral Framelits, Gold EP,  Tufted EF, White Organza Ribbon, Gold Ribbon

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 inspiration from the team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this pretty Photo Inspiration pic too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Friday, 3 May 2019

Flourish Sympathy for JAI #455



 Happy Friday everyone and welcome back again! The month of May has arrived and that means sneaks peeks of new products!!  The Pre-order has begun for SU! Demos and its always an exciting time to see new catalogue items come to life with ink and paper for the first time!!

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It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Kim has suggested we Just Add Sympathy to our projects. It's one of those card themes that is often hard to make and needed more often than we would like to think about. So this is an opportunity to be inspired to make a card so you have one on hand for when it's needed and our design team have created a beautiful array for you.


For my card, no sorry, no sneak peeks yet but am sure it won't be long... So I turned to the carrying over Flourishing Phrases stamp set and decided to try something a bit different.  I embossed the floral image in white onto Basic Black card stock and then coloured over it with Water colour pencils. Next, I used an Aqua Painter to gently blend the colour and then went over it again with the Pencil which brought out the colour more.


In the photo above you can see the texture that the heated white embossing powder adds underneath the pencil colour. A second version is fussy cut for layering and the green leaves are from the matching dies. 



Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Garden Green
Inks: Versamark, Water color pencils (Melon Mambo)
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits,Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, White Embossing Paste, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this sadly often needed theme challenge.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 26 April 2019

Daisy Birthday for JAI #454



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It's been a week full of Public Holidays with Easter last weekend and the solemn and always poignant ANZAC Day ceremonies yesterday. One day before the weekend comes around again and it is slowly but surely getting cooler.

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So if you are enjoying another long weekend then our new challenge at Just Add Ink is just the thing to keep you busy crafting! Lou has suggested this fab and fresh colour combo and our talented design team have created a gorgeous array of projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and join us!


Pineapple Punch is aptly named and Blueberry Bushel has quickly become a favourite colour...so why this card took a while to come together I don't really know. The water coloured background is first sprayed with Distress Resist Spray and allowed to dry before going over it with an Aqua Painter. Once the first layer of colour was dry, I repeated the process. The spray dries to leave a shine and texture and traps colour (or white) underneath which is quite special in real life.


It's a bit hard to see and I will try and get a better photo but you may be able to see the speckles and droplets it created? The daisy is stamped and punched and the layers added with dimensionals. 


And there is bling in spades - whilst the only other colours allowed for JAI colour challenges are black and white, metallics are also ok so there is silver glimmer paper, sequin trim and of course the lovely faceted gems 😊


Card stock: Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana, Versamark
Stamps: Daisy Delight, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Well Written Framelits, Daisy punch, Aqua Painter, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, White Flax ribbon, Silver Sequin Trim

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 inspiration from the team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this vibrant and fun colour combo.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 19 April 2019

Blessed by Florals for JAI #453



Happy Good Friday and I hope that it's the start of a happy and peaceful Easter weekend for you and all your families and especially for those who are enjoying time away during the school holidays break. Sad news that Notre Dame won't be open for Easter services this year after a serious fire but thankfully it is not completely destroyed and can be rebuilt for another generation to enjoy it's amazing architecture and contribution to history.


Just in time for the long weekend is our new challenge at Just Add Ink! This Choose Two of the three options (Bunnies, flowers or Crosses) was my suggestion and I hope that you enjoy this Easter inspired challenge but don't feel limited to making Easter creations. The design team have created a gorgeous mix of cute and pretty to inspire you so I hope that can take a moment to pop on over and we'd love you to join us!!


For my card, I combined Crosses from the retired Blessed By God set with florals in the current Wonderful Romance suite to create a card for a friend. Originally I also wanted to use all retiring colours too but found the pinks went better with different greens for this card. 😊


The simple Cross is embossed in White on the Powder Pink layer and the sentiment is coloured using a Blender Pen to apply the inks to the stamp. It was the look of the leaves from the romance dies that saw me buy this set but funnily enough this is the first time I have used them tho it definitely won't be the last! They look even better in person than in photos and they cut and emboss beautifully!


These little flowers are stamped from the main flower spray of Wonderful Romance, coloured and fussy cut and filled with a Rhinestone.


Card stock: Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Mossy Meadow, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Inks: Versamark, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, 
Stamps: Blessed By God (Retired), Wonderful Romance
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Circles and Stiched Shapes Framelits, Wonderful Floral framelits, White EP, Blender Pens, White Flax Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to see which Two elements you Choose to use for a fun and cute or floral creation!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Friday, 12 April 2019

Happy Puppy for JAI #452





Happy Friday and welcome again. As sometimes happens, we have jumped from Summer straight to Winter here in Melbourne this week. Last weekend it was a warm 27 degrees and the last few days we've struggled to make half that temperature. However the trees are looking amazing in their rich red and gold glory so something is going in the right order 😊Hope all those in Auckland for the Stampin Up! On Stage event have a wonderful time.

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It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink this week and Tina has created this fun and fabulous sketch for us all to use in our crafting this week. Our lovely design team have created such a wonderful array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and join us!


As soon as I saw this sketch I thought of paw prints for the side elements but when it came to put ink to paper that looked like another pet sympathy card....and so I used the bone and "Ruff ruff" images for a happier theme. What dog wouldn't be happy with bones seemingly coming his or her way!πŸ˜€


To create the background, I first Clear embossed the Ruff Ruff image and then blended some Distress Inks to create the grass and sky scene. A good spray of water later and the background is looking soft and almost airbrushed. The Lab is coloured using Watercolor pencils and cut out with the co-ordinating punch. 


The base colour is Berry Burst, a retiring In- Colour that looks different in the photos due to light issues on cloudy days...


Card Stock: Berry Burst, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Water color Pencils
Stamps: Happy Tails 
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Dog Builder punch, Clear and Black Embossing Powders.
Non SU: Bristol Card Stock, Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio

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 inspiration from our talented design team and I look forward to see what you will create with this fun and fabulous sketch this week.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan