Monday, 21 August 2017

More Happy Birthday Gorgeous for JAI #373


Hello everyone :-) There is snow just outside the city today and it has been pretty chilly! Tomorrow Sally the Lab goes into hospital at Hallam to have a second CT and Bronchoscopy - her allergies are out of control with the Spring pollens and it is thought she will end up with a steroid inhaler and we both seem to have an ongoing Strep throat infection. Apparently Strep is one of the few bugs we humans and dogs can share...Sal will stay overnight in ICU to have her breathing monitored and hopefully come home the next day.


Here is another card I created for Just Add Ink #373 -  you can see my original post here. For this card I used re -inkers to colour the embossing paste before adding over the stencil. Again the inspiration came from the Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes, this time from a project by one of my all time favourite designers - Laura Bassen :-)



With these softer colours, a gold die cut add over layers of white adds a little extra bling and there is again, a sprinkling of sequins. I am really loving the new Sequins Assortments as they feature different sizes of the colours and it makes a fabulous difference!


Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Gold Foil, Vellum
Inks (refills): Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Berry Burst, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: BS, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Embossing Paste, Iridescent sequins assortment, Seasonal Masks (retired),
Non SU: Stitched Circle Dies - SSS

Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, 18 August 2017

Happy Birthday Gorgeous For JAI #373

This week has really flown and the Spring blossoms are popping out which is so lovely!! Even more than usual the "Four Seasons In One Day" that Melbourne is well known for is really apparent too - so Spring is definitely coming- woo hoo!


And just in time for the weekend we have a fabulous fun new challenge at Just Add Ink for you! This week Karren has suggested we Just Add Stencils to our projects. Such a lot of scope for using ink or paste or even making your own stencil to use.  As always the design team have created a wonderful array of projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and pop on over and take a look and maybe join us :-)


This last week I've been enjoying the new Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes. Day 5 featured using stenciling to make a Rainbow and my card idea was born, lol!  Jennifer McGuire used her Zig Clean Color markers to create a rainbow on Bristol card stock as it is a heavier weight, to take all the ink. As I happened to have some of both I just had to give this a try and I must admit, am loving the results :-) I did also try this with regular Thick White card stock - but the colours didn't blend but I'm sure that water colour paper would work if you wanted to give this a go.


I first did some block colouring with the Zigs and spritzed with water to enable the colours to blend - just hold the paper horizontally so the colours don't run into each other from top to bottom or you could end up with a brown mess lol!
Once it was completely dry it was time to find a stencil.... I went with one from the retired Happy Patterns set from a few years back and applied as light a coat of embossing paste as I could. There must be some water in the paste as the colour from the Zigs - although dry - reacts and colours it in places - giving a lovely opaque look which was what I was hoping for :-)


Once it was all dry, I added the 3 layers of the die cut sentiment over vellum with a sprinkle of sequins to finish as it didn't seem to need anything else :-) 

Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Vellum
Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlits, Embossing Paste, Happy Patterns Decorative masks.
Non SU: Bristol card stock, Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Stitched circle Die (SSS), Sequins - PPP

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment and pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration from our lovely design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with Stencils as your main focus this week :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy Eclectic Birthday for JAI #372


Happy Friday already as the last week seems to have just flown....and welcome! We are really starting to notice that the sun is a little higher in the sky and some of the Spring blooms are out already. Whilst not so great for allergies, it is a great sign that we've not long to go til Spring is truly here :-)

If you're looking for more flower inspiration then this soft and pretty colour combo at Just Add Ink is for you! Suggested by Nikki, it is perfect for florals and many other themes and the design team had such fun creating with it so I hope you can pop on over and take a peek and join us.


I made two cards for this challenge :-) This is actaully the second - using Oh So Eclectic and was my first real play with Embossing Paste. I coloured the paste with the two green re-inkers and in doing so, found that taping it down to a board before you start helps the card stock dry flat for easy mounting afterwards - just like with water colour paper.


Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Powder Pink,
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Burlap Ribbon, Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Pattern Party Decorative Masks


This was the first card I made with this pretty combo - it's more my usual CAS style and is a Case (Copy and share everything) of Rachel Brumley. All I needed to change was add the pretty pink blooms and some silver sequins.


The daisy petals are stamped on both Powder Pink and White card stock along with a little sponging and I used dimensionals between the layers to give it....yes, more dimension :-)

Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride Glimmer
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Daisy Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment and pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what all the design team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will make with this pretty colour combo too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 4 August 2017

Pawesome New Puppy for JAI #371

Happy Friday and welcome! There is only one month left of Winter to go - and seeing as we've just had our coldest day in over 30 years here in Melbourne that is definitely a good thing :-)


We have a fun new challenge at Just Add Ink this week suggested by Di. And that is to choose two of three suggestions in your crafting this week - either kids, pets or patterned paper. The design team have created some fabulous creations to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on on over and take a look and welcome two more new Guest Designers too!


A year ago, some lovely friends had to say goodby to their older dog, and recently they have welcomed a new puppy - another little Jack Russell - into their home. He has brought such joy already and it is wonderful to see everyone so happy. I'm sure many would agree that as hard as it is to say goodbye to our faithful pets of all kinds, it is a real joy to welcome new ones to the family. So this week's challenge was perfect timing to welcome little Scotty to the neighbourhood :-)


Maybe here you can see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella that's been added to the little puppy and balloon?


Wee "Scotty" is coloured with Copics whilst the Bella and friends stamp was used to add interest to the DSP background paper.


Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Naturally Eclectic DSP
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, 
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Brights Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella, Bermuda Bay Ribbon, Mini silver Sequins
Non SU: Cat and Dog Pawsome Dies - SSS, Copic Markers

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 design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun challenge theme too!

Happy stamping until next time,'

Jan



Friday, 28 July 2017

Peace On Earth for JAI #370


Happy Friday and welcome :-) It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a clean and very versatile sketch from Narelle. The design team have created some gorgeous cards to inspire you including some new Guest Designers joining us on the team too so please make them feel welcome :-)



I have an upcoming class in a couple of weeks so this card was made with that in mind. It is CAS and has two types of embossing for a fun technique as well as some texture. It's also a card that has a home already  - as I'm often asked for a card with deer for my BIL who is fond of a little deer watching / hunting :-)




Card stock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Garden Green, Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures Stack
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark
Stamps: Carols Of Christmas
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Card Front Thinlits, White EP, Metallic Sequins assortment

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

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sending Smiles for JAI #369


Happy Friday and welcome! The end of the school holidays also saw the end of our long Winter dry spell. We sure need the rain but it was lovely to see the sun show it's face  (albiet briefly) this afternoon too  :-)


Also very lovely is our new challenge at Just Add Ink! This gorgeous scenic photo has been suggested by Rochelle for us to use in our crafting this week. You can take whatever inspires you from the photo and our fabulous design team have created awesome cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and welcome a new Guest Designer too :-)


I ended up making two cards for this challenge. The photo really appealed to me as the water and trees reminded me of my old home town of Nelson in New Zealand. But unusually, trying to transfer that to paper was a challenge that took me a few days and a few versions to make happen. Eventually, I went back to my comfort zone of a water coloured background using Ink pads and an Aqua painter - and suddenly I had the basis for two cards. For the first, I used 3 stamped balloons and added some silver clouds and bling



For this second card, I added a larger balloon I'd coloured the day before using Water Color Pencils for a softer look and followed the same design.


Hopefully you can see the background and details in the mountains a little better here. They are first coloured in Old Olive and then a little Emerald Envy is blended in for effect. To blend using water colours the key is to use the same amount of water with each - and remember to take into account that the first colour may be drying a little.
For the sky, I started with the lightest blue and made a light Ombre wash then flicked some blue ink spots using the Aqua painter's lid and some Clear Wink of Stella too for a little shimmer :-)


Card stock: Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Old Olive, Emerald Envy, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Versamark
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Accessories: Big Shot, Up and Away Thinlits, White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Water Color Pencils
Non SU: Water colour card stock - TH



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 fabulous inspiration our lovely design team have made to inspire you and welcome our new Guest Designer too! And I look forward to seeing your take on this gorgeous photo this week :-)

Happy stamping until next week,

Jan

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Daisy Thank You for CTC136


Hi there,  it's Saturday and a chilly day here in Melbourne. So far we seem to avoid the rain that has been forecast off and on the last week but we really need some so hopefully we will get  some soon.


I was looking to make some thank you cards so this week's Casing the Catty's Challenge from Facebook is to use something from the Thanks section was perfect timing.  I love the Pool Party card on page 126 so that was an easy choice :-)


I didn't change much - I did change the Embossing Folder, and added a Copper Oval under the DSP version. I also used slightly different leaves for the background and a few other different details.


Maybe you can see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella applied to the pink leaves here?


Card stock: Pool Party, Vellum, Powder Pink, Old Olive, Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Delightful Daisy, Naturally Eclectic
Inks: Black Archival, Old Olive
Stamps: Daisy Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks Dynamic EF, Daisy Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Triple Banner Punch

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop by Facebook and check out the Caseing the Catty Challenge :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan