Friday, 23 October 2020

Just Add Ink #528 Happy Choose Two


Happy Friday and welcome back! It's almost the last week of October and we are also almost half way through Spring. Yesterday was my turn for an Iso birthday and whilst it was quite different to normal it still was lovely in many ways and I was very spoilt.  And it was wonderful to be able to travel outside our 5km home radius this week for the first time in 3 months too!!


It's now time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this fun Choose Two - of Sequins, Ribbon or Metallic Foil - was suggested by me so I really hope that you enjoy it.  Our design team have all created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you as always and we'd love you to join us.

I chose Sequins and Metallic Foil for my two challenge items and used these to create a clean Guy card. The background under the happy is created by blending inks onto card stock and then flicking some White craft ink over the colours to create some little splatters. 


The Happy die cut the obvious Happy. And the top and bottom pieces were then embossed with the 3D Pinewood Planks to add a little definition. The balloons were die cut from another piece of blended card stock and then covered with Wink of Stella - which gave the inks more of a painted look.


The "birthday" is from the wonderful Well Written dies and is layered over the top of 3 white versions and of course a sprinkling of silver sequins to finish.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the inspiration from the team and I look forward to seeing what you will choose to use on your projects this week.

Til next time,

Jan



Friday, 16 October 2020

Just Add Ink #527 Birthday with Pets

 



Welcome back! It's another Friday in lockdown here in Victoria and we are all hopeful for some changes to be announced this coming Sunday. The colours of Spring are in full swing and it has been lovely to be able to enjoy some sunshine this week.


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have this fun and detailed Sketch from Kim. You can use the sketch as is or flip it around as some of the design team have. I hope you can pop over to JAI and see all the projects the team have created to inspire you and we'd love you to join us.


I didn't have ovals big enough in my stash to use for this sketch so I swapped the shape for a circle. I also flipped the sketch upside down. 
Unfortunately, this didn't turn out quite like I hoped. But I did want a Yorkie inside the circle (he is cut from DSP) and a Sally - like image on the outside watching on as if from afar. 


The black dog from Pampered Pets is coloured with Copics as are the butterflies, bowl and kibble and all fussy cut. The inside scene was blended using Distress Inks.



This is of course for someone who will know it's for her as soon as she sees it...but I don't think she visits here very often so fingers crossed it will be a surprise!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you will pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the rest of the design team projects and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch this week.

Til next time,
Jan







Friday, 2 October 2020

Just Add Ink #525 Sunflower Thank You

 


Hello and happy Friday everyone!! The year is passing quickly and with October we are now in the middle of Spring - or Autumn / Fall  for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere. That means lots of new colours in flowers and leaves and mild to warm but not too hot temperatures - my favourite time of year!


Once again it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Chantell has asked us all to add a Thank You to our projects. Thanking the people that mean so much to us - especially during these times when it may not be so easy to meet them in person  - is a wonderful activity to be able to do and helps keep us all together whatever the circumstances. Our lovely team have created so many different colour themes and styles of thank you so I hope that you will be inspired to join us!


For my card this week, I chose to water colour a Sunflower and then added texture to the background using some white on white die cuts. This is similar but different to a couple of cards I posted previously here.
The sunflower and leaves are embossed using the retired Black Shimmery EP and then water coloured with inks and a Water Painter. The background is created using some of the co-ordinated dies for a white - on - white look. I love how this adds texture in a clean way.


Ink colours used include Daffodil Delight, Bumble Bee, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. You can see some of the shimmer from the embossing powder in the photo above too.


Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Painted Poppies
Inks: Versamark, Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Mossy Meadow
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Sunflowers Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, White EP, Shimmery Black EP, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to join us. I look forward to see what you will create to say thank you this week. 

Til next time,
Jan










Friday, 25 September 2020

Just Add Ink #524 Colourful Christmas



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! We are almost a third of the way through Spring and the blossoms and colours are beautiful when we are out walking. Lots of inspiration from nature around.


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a gorgeous and versatile colour combo from Jo. Our design team have made a wonderful array of 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! 



I used the colours to make two versions of a Clean and Simple Christmas card. 
The lovely Peace & Joy bundle just arrived in my craft space and that helped my decision on what theme to use with these pretty colours. They are not a combo I have used before but now that I have tried them I will use them again as they are so pretty together!


I started by tracing inside a circle die to give a circle base to follow and then used the Pine stamp, 2nd generation to create the base layer of the wreath. Further branches and holly berries were fussy cut and added for dimension. 
The top layer of Peace is Copper Foil layered over Merry Merlot and a shadow of Rococo Rose. A few scattered sequins and this version is complete.


Version Two has just a little more stamping....and I'm not sure which one I prefer. You can see the Copper Peace a little better in it though. Which one do you like better?


Card stock: Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose, Copper Foil, Whisper White
Inks: Mint Macaron, Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose
Stamps:Peace & Joy
Accessories: Die cutting machine,  Joy Dies, Metallic Sequins, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and join us and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these pretty colours this week.

Til next time,
Jan















 

Friday, 11 September 2020

Just Add Ink #522 Bloom and Grow Sketch.

 


Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you are all enjoying the change of Season whichever that is for you. Here in Melbourne it is now Spring. The sun is really starting to shine with some warmth which makes our long weeks of lockdown a bit easier to bear when we can get out and walk and enjoy the lovely sunshine!

It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink.  Patrice has designed this fun and cute Sketch for us all to use in our projects. You can use the sketch as it appears or flip it around to suit your project. Our design team have all created a variety of different styles and themes to inspire you and we'd love you to join us!


For my card I decided to use an image from the Bloom and And Grow set and die cut it to fill the three panels. I coloured the floral spray three times to fit the square dies and in doing so managed to lengthen the image too. 


The Blooms are coloured with Blends and then they are popped up on to a piece of Just Jade Ribbon and topped with a single Flower sequin. 😊


I decided to lay my sentiment strip towards the bottom of and under the squares but generally within the sketch. Under the gold coloured Birthday are several Coral layers rather than white this time to add a little unexpected colour on close up viewing.


Card Stock: Pretty Peacock, Whisper White (thick and standard), Calypso Coral, Gold Foil
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark. Blends: Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Bloom And Grow, Well Said
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Subtles EF, Stitched Shapes Dies, Well Worded Dies,Poppy Moments Sequins, Just Jade ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will be inspired to create with this fun sketch too.

Til next time,
Jan









Friday, 4 September 2020

Just Add Ink #521 Inspiration Birthday



Happy Friday everyone and welcome back again! It's the first week of Spring and the signs are plenty - the sun is up earlier in the morning, it's getting lovely and warm on our daily walks and the trees are all in beautiful blossom here in Melbourne. 


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Rachael has suggested this gorgeous Inspiration Photo for us all to use. With the soft florals and greenery and touches of copper there is much to love and you can take as little or as much as you like to create your project. The design team has as always created a diverse array of projects and we'd love you to join us.


I loved the look of that single white floaty bloom surrounded by the greenery and copper details. So I started with vellum and die cut the bloom and used Blends to add a little colour to the back of the petals. 
Then there was layering of the leaves and copper elements but paired back to keep it clean.


To be able to pop the greenery under the vellum petals without being seen, a layer of white card was added underneath the vellum. There is also a small shadow coloured around the flower too. You could easily change the sentiment here to fit many occasions - Christmas or even Sympathy but as it's Spring, I decided to go with Birthday.




Card stock: Pretty Peacock, Whisper White, Vellum, Garden Green, Coastal Cabana, Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Retired Xmas copper foil Specialty
Inks: Versamark, Blends: Calypso Coral L, Petal Pink Combo
Stamps: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Poppies Stitched Rectangles, Sunflower Dies, Gold Faceted Gems

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create inspired by this beautiful photo this week.

Til next time,

Jan






Saturday, 29 August 2020

Social Stamping - Celebrate



Hello and welcome to another fabulous Social Stamping Blog Hop. These hops were originally started as a way of staying connected when all of Australia were under lockdown because of Covid 19. Mostly this has eased except for those of us in Victoria where the restrictions now are even tighter than before so these hops are a lifeline for me! This month the theme is "Celebrate" which is perfect for Spring birthdays or any festive theme so I am sure there will be a wonderful variety of projects for you to enjoy!

You may have just arrived from the lovely Julia Quinn and her fabulous projects or you can start the Hop here and continue by just by clicking the Next button at the bottom of each post. To find a full list of participants, you can click on the Social Stamping image at the top of this post.

Birthday card featuring Stampin Up's Celebrate Sunflowers by Jan McQueen. More info@ www.janscreativecorner.blogspot.com

This is the first of two cards I created using the gorgeous Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle which recently arrived for me. Being a lover of all things Pink I had my first play with the new Majenta Madness and water coloured the main bloom and the lovely Just Jade for the leaves. Embossed in Shimmery Black it gives it a crisp black sparkle that is much more obvious in real life. 


My second card was inspired by a lovely white on white creation by Angela Meiritz-Reid. I loved the background and thought it would compliment my favourite coloured bloom. 


Here the bloom is coloured as though through a pink lens...that was the feel I was going for. All the different die cut leaves and flower frames are used in the background to create a textured white on white effect. 


Thanks for stopping by today! Next you are off to see to visit my lovely friend Chantell Randall and her beautiful projects that I know you will enjoy!


Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard)
Designer Series Paper: Samper Pack 6x6 (SAB)
Inks: Versamark, Daffodil Delight, Majenta Madness, Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider, Early Espresso
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Accessories: Die cutting Machine, Ornate Layers Dies, Sunflower Dies, Shimmery Black EP (retired), White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Silver Sequin Trim, In Colour ribbon (MM)


Til next time,
Jan