Thursday, 15 March 2018

Magical Day for JAI #400

Happy Friday everyone and welcome! This week the weather has definitely had a touch of Autumn about it and the mornings are noticeably darker. I'm guessing the end of Daylight Savings can't be too far away now.

It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and yes, its our 400th Challenge!! To celebrate this fabulous milestone, we have some prizes and Guest Designer Spots to give away so make sure you pop on over to the challenge blog to check out the details and see all the beautiful creations our wonderful team have created to inspire you. I feel very privileged to have been part of this team of very lovely ladies since around #270. It doesn't feel that long ago yet at the same time, I am blessed with friends that feel like they have been there forever :-)  The challenge this week is to use this fun and colourful Inspiration Photo suggested by Kim and we'd love you to join us!

I was inspired by the speckles on the eggs and how closely packed the eggs are to create a rainbow scene birthday card for one of my Niece's whose birthday is coming up soon. This is how it lies flat to fit in a (Australian) standard C6 envelope.
To create the rainbow, I coloured the shapes with Zig markers on water color paper and flicked water over the colour panels and dabbed with a paper towel to get the splotchy look. Then I used the new Rainbow Builder Framelits to cut them out along with the cloud layers. 

Yes, it's a Twisted Easel card for something a bit special!

Behind the rainbow is a water coloured sky using ink pads and a few flicks of water and Wink of Stella. The Unicorn's mane and tail were coloured with Zigs but his body is simply Wink of Stella and it has a soft sparkle in real life.

To create the cloud on the base card, I used one of the long cloud - line dies and turned it around to go through the Big Shot a few times and enclose the greeting. A fussy cut little sparkly silver and pink unicorn from the co-ordinating Specialty DSP and this card is ready to go in the post.

Card stock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Myths & Magic Specialty
Inks: Versamark, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point
Stamps: Magical Day
Accessories: Big Shot, Magical Mates Framelits, Rainbow Builder Framelits, White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter, Wink of Stella
Non SU: Distress Watercolor card stock (Ranger), Zig Clean Colour Real Real Brush Markers

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you will take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and check out the special prize details for the winners this week and see all the fabulous projects the team has made to inspire you. I so look forward to seeing what you create for this special challenge!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 9 March 2018

Weather Together for JAI #399

 Happy Friday folks and welcome :-) It's a long weekend here in Melbourne and there will be a couple of things going on in the city - a Grand Prix and a Moomba Parade - think bird man competitions and the like. Or an extra day to spend at the craft table :-)

Our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week is suggested by Chloe . She's chosen a fun theme for us all to use - to Just Add Water. That could be water colouring, water themed creatures or anything to do with Water as the main focus for your creation. As always our lovely design team have made a stunning array of cards to inspire you so please do pop on over and hopefully join us.

For my card I chose rain as my water element. I water coloured the background and then stamped and coloured images from Weather Together to make an encouragement card. A number of my friends are going through some tough times at the moment - it seems to be a season of it - so I might need to make a few of these.

Yes, there was some fussy cutting in the flowers but it's worth the effort to make the umbrella look generous and overflowing.  I kept the design really simple with pops of colour and just added a little bling with the sequin trim and rhinestones.

Sorry about the colour variations in the photos - it comes from taking photos at different times of day in different light. Lesson learned.

Card stock: Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight
Inks: Basic Grey, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Weather Together
Access: Silver Sequin Trim, Basic Rhinestones, Umbrella Weather Framelits
Non SU: Water color paper (TIm Holtz)

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 cards our lovely design team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun water theme this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Saturday, 3 March 2018

More Berry Birthdays

Welcome to the weekend :-) I hope you're enjoying the change of Seasons and able to spend some time getting creative in your down time. After finishing my card for this week's Just Add Ink  colour challenge (which you can see here) I had a couple of coloured flowers on my desk so I decided to make them up into similar cards.

I'm not usually a big user of neutral colours but I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked using Sahara Sand for the JAI colour challenge so I carried the idea and layout through to these cards.

Yes, it's even the same layout with a couple of changes - some Emerald Envy and Tranquil tide leaves from Oh So Eclectic replace the vellum.

And the Layered Leaves EF for the background gives some subtle dimension.

This silver embossed version has a Smoky Slate base and clear gem centre.

Card stock: Smoky Slate, Sahara Sand, Berry Burst, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Berry Burst, Emerald Envy, Tranquil Tide
Stamps: Beautiful Day, Oh So Eclectic
Accessories: Big Shot, Eclectic  Layers Thinlits, Layered Leaves Dynamic EF, Gold and White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Faceted Gems (Gold and Clear)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope this inspires you to step outside your comfort zone and use some colours that you don't usually use and just maybe, you too might find you like them more than you expected :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 2 March 2018

Berry Happy Birthday for JAI #398

Wow, the first week of March is here already - Happy Autumn (or Spring if you're visiting from the Northern Hemisphere). It's hard to believe that it's time for Summer to end - February wasn't quite as hot as usual but we've had a few crisp mornings lately so it does feel like there's change in the air.

It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we have a gorgeous Colour challenge suggested by Patrice. Our talented and lovely design team have all made fabulous projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and pop on over and join us :-)

Yes, I'm a pink lover and Berry Burst is my favourite colour to stamp with after Melon Mambo :-) However , I'm not usually a user of Crumb Cake and the like ( I know, ducking for cover!) so this pretty combo threw me a little initially. But after I decided to water colour the flower image from Beautiful Day everything finally came together.

For the background I used the gorgeous Shimmery White embossing paste with some drops of Sahara Sand Re-inker added.  Using a Silicone Craft Sheet as a palette makes it easy to mix the colour through before using the stencil and taping the card stock down to a board reduces warping.
As there are no greens for leaves in the colours, I cut off the leaf from the image and die cut some vellum leaves using the Eclectic Layers Framelits.

So lots of sparkle and shine!! Funnily enough I found the neutral colour wasn't quite as scary as I had first thought so how good is that!! So much so that I have a couple more cards to show you in a couple of days :-)

Card stock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Berry Burst, Vellum
Inks: Versamark, Berry Burst, Sahara Sand (Reinker)
Stamps: Beautiful Day
Accessories: Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Shimmery White Embossing Paste, Gold EP, White EP, Aqua Painter, Basic Rhinestones
Non SU: Watercolor paper- Tim Holtz Distress watercolor card stock

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the beautiful cards our lovely team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these pretty colours too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 23 February 2018

An Epic Head Phone Adventure for JAI # 397

It's Friday again at last and what a busy week it has been!! So we are looking forward to the weekend and spending some time in between the garden and the craft room. The Summer veggies have finished and despite it being February, the weather seems a lot more like Autumn already with some crisp what veggies should we be planting next?? That is one of the big decisions for the weekend so it should be fun :-)

This week at Just Add Ink we have one of Tina's popular letter challenges - to "Just Add....H". That can be anything starting with the letter "H" as the main focus of your project. Our lovely design team have had such fun with this one and you will be blown away with the many ways they've added "H" this week so I hope you can pop on over and be inspired to join us!

This is the second of two cards I made for this week :-) The Head phones were Heat embossed in Clear and then it was time to play with Brusho looking for a vibrant kind of retro rainbow fit for a teen and music didn't quite turn out as Austin Powers as I first had in mind but that is probably just as well LOL :-)

Placing the layers to either side of the base card and adding some black sequin "chains" keeps it masculine whilst adding a touch of bling. 

And here is the other"H" themed card for this week - a little more feminine and features a shaker of "hugs".  The stamped background uses images from the Lovely Inside and Outside bundle and the sequins with the clear background add a fun and rather unexpected element.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Gold Foil, Window Sheet
Inks: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Melon Mambo
Stamps: Epic Celebrations, Lovely Inside and Out
Accessories: Big Shot, Brusho, White EP, Clear EP, Black Sequin Trim, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Lovely Words Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Irridescent Sequins and Brights Sequins Assortments.
Non SU: Water color paper (Tim Holtz)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what all the team have to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what "H" element you will choose to headline your project this week :-)

Happy stamping until next time,


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Mermaid Magic

Today I have a rather special card today for a rather special turning 3 year old Niece :-) Miss 3 is currently a big fan of Moana the movie. Not being so familiar with the movie myself,  I initially thought that Moana might be a mermaid....of course after later watching the Movie trailer, I realised my mistake but the card was already coming together so we decided to go on with the theme.

It's been a long time since I've made a Card in a Box and I wanted one that was able to fit inside our standard C6 envelopes. So I used this great tutorial I found on Pinterest by Tanya Bell for the base card. As Tanya has all the measurements detailed in her video, I'll just concentrate on sharing about the decorations :-)

Whilst I do have the Magical Day stamp set, the images in the Myths & Magic Specialty DSP are not only a little bigger, but have gorgeous glitter all over them. So, an afternoon of fussy cutting later...

And the scene is set for this magical world! A sparkly watery background housing Mermaids, little Sea Horses, a Dragon and hero Knight defending the mermaids' underwater Castle. All the pieces on the inside of the box are added on strips of Window Sheet so they appear to be floating.
Now all it needs is it's own little fairy story to go with it :-)

Card stock: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Window Sheet
Designer Series Paper: Myths & Magic Specialty
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Magical Day
Accessories: Big Shot,  Stitched Shapes Framelits, White EP

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 16 February 2018

Furry Friend Sympathy for JAI#396

Happy Friday folks and welcome :-) We've had a beautiful week of pretty perfect Summer days. The veggie patch has been very productive but is showing signs it is nearly finished for the season. It will be fun deciding what to plant for an autumnal crop soon.

Also full of fun is the new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week, Kim has drawn a fabulously clean and versatile sketch for us all to use. You can use it as is or Flip it, and spin it as long as the sketch can be recognised in your project. Our lovely design team have created such a beautiful variety of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.

We heard the other day the very sad news that the time came for a friend to say goodbye to their beloved little Westie (think the My Dog  tv ad) and so a card was needed.
The dog image is the closest I have to a Westie and is from Avery Elle. To keep the colouring light, as she is of course a white dog, I used Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen  - and an ink pad for the tennis ball.
Because the dog is looking to the right, I decided to flip the sketch and use the large sentiment as a  banner for her to sit on which led to the rounding of all the corners and including her favourite tennis ball in memory of her favourite game and it adds a needed extra piece of colour.

A little Fine Tip Glue Pen was added to her eyes and nose for some shine and then it was time to build the layers. There are a couple of different paw print sizes in the stamp set, and inspired by Nichol Spohr,  I used these to create the background and it also goes with the well known "dogs leave paw prints on our hearts" saying on the inside.

Card stock: Basic Grey, Berry Burst, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Black Archival, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst
Stamps: Sorry For Everything
Accessories: Big Shot, White EP, Metallic Sequin Assortment, PL Corner Rounder (retired), Blender Pens, Fine Tip Glue Pen
Non SU: Furry Friends Stamp and Die bundle (Avery Elle)

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

Happy stamping until next time,