Friday, 28 February 2020

JAI #494 Thank you Poppies



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! The year is speeding on and it's hard to believe that February is nearly behind us already. Although with a Leap Year upon us we do have an extra day to use this weekend.

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At Just Add Ink this week we have a soft and pretty colour combo from Di for us all to use in our craft projects. Our design team had a lot of fun with this that you can see by all the different themes and images we have to give you inspiration and we would love you to join us.


I found these colours perfect for a floral "thank you"card and used Blends to colour the blooms and then stamped and die cut the leaf images. The grungy background is created by using another of the stamps in the Painted Poppies stamp set. So lovely that this set has a mixture of focal images and some grungy background texture additions too!




Card stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Basic Black
Ink: Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Big Shot, Blends (Petal Pink), Wink of Stella, White EP, Metallic Sequins

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you will take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these soft colours too.

 Until next time,
Jan






Friday, 31 January 2020

JAI #490 Easel Card Just Fur You



 Happy Friday to you and welcome!! It is another hot Summer's day in Melbourne today - a good day to be inside in aircon and to craft if time permits. This is a short week for those in Australia as we had our Australia Day holiday on Monday and the week has flown past.

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So it's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink where the lovely Lou has chosen a fun one for us all - to "Just Add..... an Easel". Be that an Easel in an image or one of the many types of Easel cards, the choice is up to you. The design team had a field day with this and so it is well worth hopping over to the challenge blog and we'd love you to join us 😊


What is your starting point for making a card? Mine is the stamp set. Every time, whatever the challenge. Once I know what images to use, the ideas start to come. I had a special person in mind to create for this week too and knew that a yellow Lab needed to feature - so the stamp set was easy!  Like many card makers, I have loved making Easel cards over the years and decided to use this challenge to try something new, so this is a new Easel design to me inspired by another Jan, Jan B  ðŸ˜€


This card folds flat (like a top folding card) and fits in a standard C6 Envelope and that is something that helped my decision. I started by colouring the Lab with Copics - colouring out to white using the Colour Lifter (which you could do with SU or any alcohol inks too). 


The dog's collar, I drew onto another stamped image and coloured and fussy cut to fit as once again this is personalised for the recipient - one of the great things about hand making our cards.


I also love to mix and match products and have paired the Happy Tails Lab with the Dressed to Impress DSP.  This DSP is so pretty irl and so instead of putting the sentiment on the bottom layer to hold up the card as is usual, I fussy cut 3 of these delightful blooms to pop up and hold the card front as if in a sea of flowers.


Which left room for a sentiment inside instead! Most people know that I have a happy association with Guide Dogs Victoria as my beautiful Sally who now helps me came from them. So as this card is for someone special there, this sentiment from Silhouette Scenes seemed so perfect.


Card stock: Powder Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Dressed to Impress 6x6 Stack
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: Happy Tails, Silhouette Scenes
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Stitched Nested Labels, Dog Punch, White EP, Metallic Sequins (retired)
Non SU, Copics : E31, Y21, 0

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous cards the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing how you decide to Just Add..an Easel to your creations this week!!

Happy days til next time,
Jan

Friday, 24 January 2020

JAI #489 Happy Birthday To You Colours



Hello and welcome everyone! Well, what a wonderful week it has been in the JAI family! Our annual Blog Hop and special celebration challenge generated lots of love and encouraging comments all around. I am so blessed to part of such a fab team of lovely ladies and thank you,  the participants for joining with us each week!

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It's now time for a NEW Just Add Ink challenge week and Rachael has given us a very fun Colour challenge where you can choose 3 out of the 5 colours to work with. Please remember the only other additions to be black, white or metallics. The design team had a lot of fun with this and have come up with so many different combos that I encourage to pop on over and be inspired and we'd love you to join us!


Of course, Lovely Lipstick was top of my list to include on my card- as it's my favourite colour over Mambo if you hadn't guessed - and next Blueberry Bushel, but the other colour took some trial and errors to decide on. I tried both Daffodil Delight and Bermuda Bay before settling on the Call Me Clover.  Colour challenges have always been my Kryptonite so having a few choices was really good!! In the end, I'm happy with how this turned out 😊


I moved house in November and a lot of supplies have been in storage (and some still are). ... Sometimes you don't realise just how often you use things til you don't have them - like Embossing Buddies, Water Color Pencils and Wink of Stella and how stifled you feel as a crafter! But having these back in my now tiny craft space, again has renewed my mojo - hooray!
The blooms are coloured using Blends and Copics and the Cake with a Blender Pen twice to cut out and layer the blooms on top with dimension. It's hard to see but the Blueberry Panel has embossed with the Subtle folder.
 I love combining new sets with different ones and changing the feel a bit and so the fave Well Said bundle and some sparkly Silver Glimmer Paper layered over some white card was this week's choice. What is your fave style or trick? Or are not quite sure what it is yet? 


Card Stock: Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Blends: Lovely Lipstick, Copics for Bushel and Clover, Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Happy Birthday To You (Saleabration), Well Said
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Well Worded Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, White EP, Metallic Sequins (retired) Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop over to the JAI challenge blog and see all the fun colour combos the rest of the design team have chosen and I look forward to seeing what you create for this fun challenge.

Happy stamping til next time,

Jan



Friday, 17 January 2020

JAI #488.....Celebrate Just Add Ink 10th Birthday Blog Hop!





Hello everyone and welcome to a very special Just Add Ink challenge!!
For our first challenge of 2020 we are celebrating 10 years of JAI challenges and also reaching 1000+ followers. Both are such wonderful milestones to achieve and we are so grateful to everyone who has contributed along the way. From our inspirational challenge creators and previous design team members to you, our weekly participants. We hope to continue to inspire you to join with us in the years ahead.

You may have arrived here from the lovely Kim Badelt's blog and her stunning project or be beginning the Blog Hop here. Welcome!! You can continue to hop around the team's projects using the Next button's at the bottom of each post and we hope that you will be inspired to join with us this week. The theme for this week's challenge is "Celebrate".
As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes. Our Top Pick & Honourable Mentions will receive a special gift.  We'll be choosing some other entries to receive a little something also - to be eligible all you have to do is leave a comment on each of the blogs along the hop - 14 stops in total. Prizes include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags....


For my card I decided to create a Birthday card in honour of the Celebratory theme this week!
I used stamps to colour both the blooms and leaves of the Painted Poppies set and also to create the background.


This was my first play with the Painted Poppies set and although there are dies for the blooms, I decided to fussy cut them as well to reduce the amount of white border on the edges and allow the colours to really pop.


Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying seeing the first Just Add Ink challenge of the year and design team BlogHop. Now it is time to Hop on over to see Rachael and her fabulous projects that I know you will love. See you again soon!



Card stock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: 6x6 DSP Sampler (Salabration)
Inks: Melon Mambo, Petal Pink, Old Olive, Garden Green, Versamark
Stamps: Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Scissors, White EP, Iridescent Sequins.


Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 25 October 2019

JAI #480 Happy Halloween Technique



Happy Friday folks and welcome! It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink 😊

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This week's challenge was suggested by me so I really hope that you enjoy it! You can use any crafting Technique that you choose or combine more than one. Our talented and lovely design team have all fabulous cards to inspire you so I hope that you will pop on over to the blog and join us.


For my card, I combined Brusho water colouring with heat embossing on this Fancy fold Halloween card. The background is made withe Brusho crystals. I sprinkled the crystals over some water color paper and then spritzed some water. Mopped up excess water with a paper towel and repeated the process til I had the red/orange sky I was going for.

Some Gamboge and Red crystals made the job easy to do. Then just some stamping of bats...
The twine is created specially too - some black and also some white, slowly but surely twisted together to create one thread.

Then the sentiment was stamped with Versamark before heat embossed using the new Shimmer Black Embossing powder.


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the design team inspiration and we'd love to see you join us for the challenge!

Card Stock: Basic Black, Black Glimmer, Water color paper
Inks: Versamark, Brusho: Gamboge, Red
Stamps: Holiday Home (Retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles, Shimmer Black EP, White Twine, Black Twine, Cat Builder Punch


Happy stamping until next time,
Jan


Friday, 18 October 2019

JAI #479 Merry Dashing Deer



Happy Friday and welcome! It's amazing how quickly this year and even this month has gone!
Now more than half way through October and around 70 days til Christmas...it won't be long til the holidays will be upon us.

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It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Jackie has suggested this very peaceful Colour Combo for us all to use in our projects this week. Our design team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over and take a peek and join us.


These colours seemed to be ideal for Christmas and so I started by creating a background. Splashing a little Distress Resist Spray onto the white card before adding some Coastal Cabana ink and Silver Wink of Stella. 

Next the tree from the retired Santa's Sleigh was white embossed and the pretty Dashing Deer and Merry Dies were added. A longer Sentiment strip was created by partial die cutting a stitched rectangle and moving the die along before cutting again.



Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Coastal Cabana, Pear Pizazz, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Coastal Cabana, Versamark
Stamps: Santa's Sleigh. Merry Christmas to All, Dashing Deer
Accessories: Big Shot die cutting machine, Santas Sleigh Thinlits (retired) Merry Christmas Thinlits, Detailed Deer Thinlits, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Wink of Stella, Aqua Painter

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 cards the team have made to inspire you.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 4 October 2019

JAI #477 Happy Tails Thank You



Happy Friday folks and welcome!! It's October, Yay!  And this weekend sees the start of Daylight Savings for most of the Eastern States of Australia so a big sign that warm days and nights are just on the horizon.

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This week at Just Add Ink we have this lovely clean and simple sketch designed for you by Kim! You can use it as is, flip it upside down, turn it on it's side....whatever suits the project that you have in mind. Our talented design team have done all of the above flipping and turning so I hope that you can pop over to the challenge blog and we'd  love you to join us!


We have an exciting month ahead...I have 2 of my siblings coming to visit in a few weeks and then just after that we have our Graduation Day at Guide Dogs Victoria...no, Sally is not a Guide, but she was given to me as a Companion and the Companions graduate too. Sally also has just become government funded (NDIS) and she is the first ever Companion to get this so she is pretty special. 😍
We will see Sally's Puppy Raiser family there as well and so this card is for them as they did all the early work that helped make her the wonderful girl that she is. Sally was a cutie pie puppy too and early photos I've seen, she had a pink collar - which I continued without knowing. So the card had to be pink 😀


Happy Tails is the perfect set for a Labrador and so Sally is coloured using Copics and then the collar was coloured onto another stamped version and then fussy cut and added on top.  A small gold sequin is added for collar tag for the gold standard that she has achieved. 😊
The sentiment is stamped in Versamark and the fun Shimmery Black Embossing Powder added for effect.


The stitched banners here are longer than the standard sizes of the Stitched Rectangles Dies but it's easy to create the perfect size. There are two ways - find the right width you want and partially die cut the card stock, re-position the die and cut again. Or, you can use a die larger than you need to get the stitched length that you want and then use the long side of the die to cut the ends. I did a bit of both to have stitching on every layer.


Card stock: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Blends (Lovely Lipstick)
Stamps: Happy Tails, Thankful Thoughts
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Dog Builder Punch, Shimmery Black EP, Metallic Sequins (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 fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun and versatile sketch!

I couldn't resist sharing a photo of the special girl who inspired this card...


Here she is as a tiny puppy at her lovely Puppy Raiser's home wearing her pretty pink collar.

Happy stamping until next time 😀

Jan