Friday, 1 July 2022

JAI #510 Arty Cat Sympathy

 



Hello and welcome!! It's Friday and the end of the first week of the school holidays here in Victoria. The weather has been quite cold and rather wet. It is so good that the days have slowly begun to get longer again in the hope that Spring will come soon.


It's a new Challenge week at Just Add Ink and Kerry has provided us with this fun Inspiration photo to help inspire our crafting for the week. The design team have created some really gorgeous cards to inspire you so do take a peek and I'd love to see your card if you choose to join us!


I'll guess that a number of you missed the little cat in the top, middle photo of the Inspiration photo?
Friends of mine lost their beloved older cat recently and so I'd thought I'd use this challenge to reach out to them. Miss B lived an amazing life and is greatly missed.



The cat is from a retired set called Nine Lives. The cat's owners are artists and quite like a mix of styles. So I used the colourful, hand painted look of the papers as a background and stamped onto it using a mix of Momento and Smokey Slate inks. The circle holes were cut using the Stitched Shapes Dies.


Hopefully this card will bring some comfort to it's recipients. Pet sympathy cards are always so hard to know what to create but in the end, just recognising the special pets is what matters.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you will pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to join in this fun challenge with us.

Card stock: Whisper White Thick, Basic Black, 
Designer Series Paper: Long Retired
Inks:Momento Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Nine Lives
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Stitched Shapes Dies, Metallic Sequins assortment.

'Til next time,

Jan














Friday, 17 June 2022

JAI #608 Happiness Abounds Thanks

 



Happy Friday everyone and welcome!  It's almost the Shortest Day here in the Southern Hemisphere and that is the darkest day in Winter, after that it is all getting lighter towards Spring! As it's been pretty chilly lately here in Melbourne, looking ahead to Spring is a welcome thought.


This week at Just Add Ink we have a fresh and bright Colour Challenge for you from Rochelle.
Our design team have a beautiful array of cards to share with you for inspiration. I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to the blog and take a peek and hopefully join us.


For my card this week I chose to use the new Happiness Abounds bundle and create a "Thanks" card. 
The images are coloured with a combination of Blends and Copics in the challenge colours finished with Wink of Stella.
Oranges, yellows and Very Vanilla are all not colours I routinely turn to but I'm liking the result.
These images are lovely to colour.


As part of the Blossoming Happiness Dies is an interesting background pattern die. It seemed perfect to team with some black card stock behind it to help the small cut design pieces to shine.
Some gold touches in the foil, twine and sequins and this card is ready to send.


Card stock; Basic Grey, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Vellum
Inks: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends
Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Blossoming Happiness Dies, White EP, Wink of Stella, Gold natural twine, Metallic Sequins Assortment.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take the time to hop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love you to join us for the challenge.







Friday, 20 May 2022

JAI #604 CASE of Yourself

 



Hello everyone and welcome! It's Friday again and over half way through May already. The year is positively flying by and the colder, darker mornings are definitely feeling like Winter is on its way.


It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and we ask that you would add a CASE of yourself. This is the time to dig out your own crafty efforts and look to improve/ update a card you've made previously. The design team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you and I hope that you can pop on over to the blog and have a look and we'd love you to join us.


I decided to CASE the card I made for JAI 3604 that you can see here. So I created two cards that are very similar in layout but I changed the background mainly to use a white on white background of die cuts and changed the floral colours on the left and the sentiment on the right.


A little pink and cold combo with the green here and leaf details to compliment the die cut leaves adn flower.


And this one I've added a sentiment to a green in the papers and again the same die cut images to the background.


Sometimes, you don't need to change a lot about a card to make another version of it. And when you have the supplies out it is the perfect time to consider a back up card of similar proportions.


Thanks for popping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love you to join in the challenge too!!

Card stock: Basic White (thick and standard), Polished Pink, Fresh Fresia.
Designer Series Paper: Expressions In Ink
Inks: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Versamark
Stamps: Artistically Inked, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Artistic Dies, Shimmery Black EP, GoldEP, Gold Faceted Gems, Ribbon and Gold trim
 
'Til next time,

Jan














Friday, 6 May 2022

JAI #602 Choose Two Birthday

 



It's the first Friday in May and it feels a lot more like Winter in Melbourne today than Autumn. It is definitely time to get out the Winter woollies, coats and boots. It is also time to take a peek at the new Stamping Up Annual Catalog and all the gorgeous goodies to get the creative juices flowing.


This week its time for our Choose Two Challenge at Just Add Ink and Kerry has set us a fabulous one: Choose Two out of Stencilling, Heat Embossing or Texture Paste. This gives such a lot of options and there is so much lovely variation in the Design Team projects this week and I hope that you can pop on over to the Challenge blog and get excited to join us!


I chose to use the lovely Artistically Inked set that has mede it into the new Catalogue - far too beautiful to be left out yet! And for my Challenge items, I chose Texture Paste and Stencilling - and stencilled using the Shimmery Embossing Paste which does give such a pretty sparkle in real life.


For colours I've used the gorgeous Fresh Freesia and the dark and moody Evening Evergreen and spiced it up with a few gold touches and white/ pink  sequins.


It's Clean and Simple whilst the textured white on white background adds a little extra elegance - or that was the plan. You can be the judge!


Card stock: Basic White (Thick and Standard), Fresh Freesia, Gold Foil.
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Evening Evergreen, Versamark
Stamps: Artiscally Inked
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Artistic Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Pattern Party Masks, Shimmery Embossing Paste, Black Shimmery EP, Gold Faceted Gems, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you can take a moment to continue on to the Just Add Ink blog and see more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge.

"Til next time,

Jan








Friday, 22 April 2022

JAI #600 Inspiration...Coffee

 



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It's mid -April and after a beautifully warm Easter weekend, it's now become rather grey and chilly outside and it definitely feels like Winter has arrived a little early.


And just in time, here is our latest challenge at Just Add Ink  with a wonderful Autumn feel to it from Kerry! The design team have created a wonderful array of cards to inspire you and so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and we'd love you to join us!


My card was inspired by the gingham, mug of hot coffee and the colours. 
The Buffalo Check helped provide the gingham background and then the lovely Nothing Better Than had the coffee and chocolate references to complete my card.


The colours in the Inspiration Photo are definitely not in my comfort zone of pinks and greens but it is good to challenge yourself and see how you can pull it together.  Just because I am a seasoned stamper doesn't mean that all types of cards come naturally but that is part of growing and being able to change.  This one took me a little while longer than usual but I am happy with the final result. 😊


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop over to Just Add Ink  and see the rest of the design team's gorgeous cards and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this Autumn/ Fall themed Inspiration Photo!

Card Stock: Cinnamon Cider, Basic White
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel (retired)
Stamps: Buffalo Check, Nothing Better Than

'Til next time,

Jan






Friday, 8 April 2022

JAI #598 Colour Challenge



Happy Friday and welcome!! It's been a busy week in our household but we managed to find some time for card making. It sure helps to tune out from the busyness and take some time to be creative and do some colouring. How is your week going? Hopefully you have time to read further and look at the current challenge below.


This week at Just Add Ink we have a fun colour challenge suggested for us by Chantell! The red, white and blue tones could work as well for a masculine card as a female and of course some flags around the world as well!! The design team have created a number of different looks and themes for you and we'd love to see what you create with these colours so I hope that you can pop on over to the main blog to see.



For my card I had two ideas in mind...I needed a Thank You card for someone and with Anzac Day coming it is also a great opportunity to get out the Painted Poppies stamp - even though it has retired.


The poppies were coloured with Blends first. Colouring is something that is quite relaxing and I could've coloured more of these for other cards. 
The Background was stamped using the same set and the die cut leaves were also coordinating. It is wonderful when one stamp bundle is all you need to complete a card but I did choose the sentiment from another for this time.





Card stock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White,
Ink: Misty Moonlight, Blends : Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Stamps: Painted Poppies, Plentiful Plants
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Poppy Moments Dies, Painted Labels Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Shimmer Black EP, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the other design team cards and hopefully join us. I look forward to seeing what you create!

'Til next time,

Jan
















 

Friday, 25 March 2022

JAI #596 Add A Sketch Artistically

 



Hello, happy Friday to you and welcome! Time is going so quickly and it is hard to believe that we are nearly through the first 3 months of 2022 already! It's been a busy and rather stressful time in our household as we have found the need to move yet again...and hopefully this time will be the last.


It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fun sketch for you from Narelle! Our design team have created a really lovely array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you might like to pop on over and join us.


I used the sketch to create a feminine birthday card. Instead of piling the sketch strips on top of each other though, I spread them out in largest to smallest kind of way using strips of DSP from the very pretty Expressions of Ink DSP.


The sentiment, embossed in gold is from the Artistically Inked bundle which also is where this pretty die cut flower spray is from too. A beautiful suite perfect for feminine projects!




Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to continue over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to create your own card for this challenge. I so look forward to seeing what you create!

Card stock: Fresh Freesia, Basic White, Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Expressions Of Ink
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Artiscally Inked
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Artistic dies, Gold EP, Gold Faceted Gems


'Til next time,

Jan