Friday, 18 January 2019

Just Add Ink Blog Hop - Just Add Something New

Hello and welcome to our first Just Add Ink challenge for 2019!! I must admit to being excited to be back creating amongst this very lovely and talented group of ladies again!
We always like to showcase the first challenge of the year with a Blog Hop and the team have suggested a fun theme of "Just Add....Something New" for all our projects for this week.

So we are starting off the year with a celebration of crafty goodness and inspiration and hope that you will join in the challenge with us to create your own project using something New to you. Whether that be a new stamp or die, ink or maybe a technique that you're trying out.
You can begin the blog hop here or at any of the design team members blog posts. Just click the Next button at the bottom of each team member's posts or you can start at the beginning by clicking here or on the challenge banner above.

If you are happily hopping along you will have arrived from the very lovely  Lou Kitzelman's blog and her gorgeous cacti themed creation.

For my project, I have used the new Happy Tails stamp and punch bundle paired with the Stitched Rectangle Framelits to create a pet sympathy card.

When I first saw this stamp set I must admit I did let out a little squeal of delight! It has been a long time since D is For Dog retired and we had a Lab image to use!! Sadly, this inking is in memory of one of our walking friends, a gorgeous golden girl from Guide Dogs Victoria who we've known since we used to meet her in the park with Sally Senior and this seemed a perfect image to use for her memory.

Those that know me may also notice that this is a new colour palette too. The soft colours are a change from my usual bright with white style but these soft colours seem to suit the theme here. The image is coloured using Watercolor Pencils and I did use a photo to try and get the shading as near as possible to real life. These personal touches are what really is so lovely about being able to make a card.

Thanks for stopping by today and I am sure you will have fun hopping around to all of our talented Just Add Ink team members.
 Next you are off to visit the lovely Rachael and her wonderful projects which I know you will love!!
 If you get lost along the way, just click on the challenge Banner at the top of any design team member's post to take you to the full list of names. Enjoy!

Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Vellum
Inks: Crumb Cake, Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight (Watercolor Pencil)
Stamps: Happy Tails, Buffalo Check
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Layering Circle Framelits, Dog Punch, Iridescent Sequins Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensionals, Snail

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Happy New Year 2019!!!!

A very Happy New Year to you and welcome back! I hope that you had a beautiful Christmas and a wonderful start to 2019 so far! Here we are in the midst of Summer - so that means school holidays and long hot days and occasional early morning trips to the beach. And currently, Melbourne is in the midst of a heat wave as we host the Australian Open (Tennis).
So before we get back into the fun Just Add Ink challenge routine (which starts with a fab Blog Hop this Friday!) I thought I'd share the last of the Christmas and New Year cards I made this Season. I purchased the Dashing Deer set only in December and surprised myself by how handy it turned out to be πŸ˜€

For the very last (but possibly my favourite) of the Christmas card designs, is this one. Very clean and simple and lets the metallic infused DSP and embossed sentiment be the bling.

Same idea but different, was the first of the Happy New Year cards. Traditionally, I don't make these but did find I needed a few this year.

To centre the numbers, I used my grid paper and measured but found using some twine as a "level" really helped too 😊

I also wanted to create some New Year cards with a fireworks theme so for these, I turned to Brusho.
Sprinkling a little of the crystals and then hitting them with a spray of water created great effects.

The colours move and partially blend and raising the numbers on white die cuts helps them be distinctive.

I love how unpredictable each Brusho attempt is - you never quite know how it is going to work out. This one has a real sense of movement and I teamed it with a black sentiment to add to a masculine look.

Well, I hope you have enjoyed seeing the last of the Seasonal cards for 2018 and I and look forward to sharing some new creations and challenges with you soon.

Happy stamping til next time,


Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Dazzling Deer

Yes, here we are again with another Christmas card that has gone out in the mail. Strangely, it seems some cards have gone out without photos being taken....not sure what happened there...

This card was inspired by a Just Add Ink winning creation by Joanne James. I loved how the deer is reflected by the background DSP and so I created a CAS version of Joanne's card.

And just for fun, I reversed the colours for this one and so we have a copper deer!

I can't decide between them which one I like best, can you?

Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Smoky Slate, Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Joyous Noel
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Dashing Deer, Merry Christmas to All
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer thinlits,Merry Christmas Thinlits, Black EP, Copper Trim

Thanks for stopping by!!

Happy stamping until next time,


A Special Pendulum Christmas

Happy Boxing Day everyone!! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day full of joy and peace with lots of fun and relaxing moments too. Have you been off to the Sales today or are you waiting for the biggest sale of the year in Saleabration πŸ˜€We had a lovely day that started with Midnight Mass and then we had a long lunch with friends and a total of 6 doggies - and yes they all got along beautifully!

As most of you will know, Sally Junior arrived in August from Guide Dogs Victoria and so I wanted a special card for the staff there for Christmas. Sally was given to me as a Companion and we've undergone further training and she's now a registered Assistance Dog so comes with me everywhere I go and she's truly changed my life for the better so I am indeed very grateful.
I found this cute card by Karolyn Loncon and decided to CASE it using mainly Stampin Up products except for the cute doggy which is another gorgeous MFT creation.

It is a pendulum card and the dog's head moves from side to side. Karolyn has a link to YT video on her page that shows how to add the pendulum.

 I did need to make two adjustments to the mechanism - instead of a penny, I used a 5c coin - but same idea. I also didn't have a slider disc so instead used two mini dimensionals on top of one another and rubbed them well with the embossing buddy so they were no longer sticky and it works well 😊
I coloured the dog to be a Golden Lab and then took liberties with the harness lol.

The harness reminded me a little of Sally's working harness so I had to make another didn't I πŸ˜€
The background inking is some distress Inks and the doggy image is coloured in a mixture of Copics and Stampin Blends.

And whilst I was on a roll....there is one last one coloured to be a chocolate Lab
for yet more doggy friends....

Such fun but quite detailed though I'm sure they will all be swinging their way through Christmas!

Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Tranquil Tide, Whisper White
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends: Lovely Lipstick, Blackberry Bliss and Razzleberry Combos
Stamps: Hearts Come Home
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Alphabet Edgelits, Irridescent and Metallic Sequins Assortments, Black EP
Non SU:  Deck the Howls by MFT, Copic Markers, Distress ink (Salty Ocean) TH/ Ranger, Watercolor Card stock Ranger

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season!!

Happy stamping until next time.


Friday, 21 December 2018

Window Gift Boxes for JAI #439

It's the last Friday before Christmas and all through the town not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.....I couldn't resist this fun Christmas storyline 😊The busiest time of year for us card makers and I still have a few on my list yet to make.... It's been a year full of ups and downs - sad goodbyes, a full on but cute as young foster dog and no one could've predicted the arrival of Sally (Junior ) from Guide Dogs who has indeed changed my life for the better too. 

And we also have the last Just Add Ink challenge for 2018 too! Suggested by the lovely Patrice. This challenge is well timed to help you complete those special projects for Christmas and beyond that require a little something more than a card - a Gift Box! The challenge runs for TWO WEEKS, and will close on January 2 2019. The design team did have a lot of fun with this one and we hope that you will too! Although the team won't be voting on entries, we hope that you will share your projects to encourage others too.

I've had the Window Box Thinlits in my craft collection for a rather long time and now they've come in handy for a Just Add Ink challenge! They make a good sized box - quite big and deep - and the die set comes with a few different dies to use for decoration too.

These particular boxes will come in handy to gift a few Body Butter gifts that I have been making lately - the 100ml containers fill them perfectly 😊

As you can see, I've used the same layout to decorate each box to keep it simple - a combination of new and older framlets and some of the lovely Christmas release papers.

Card Stock: Tranquil Tide, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White,Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Joyous Noel
Stamps: Merry Christmas To All
Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlit Dies, Window Box Thinlits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Burlap Ribbon, Copper and White EP's

Thanks for stopping by today  - and throughout the year too! I'd like to thank you all for the lovely encouraging comments that mean so much and help keep me creating and sharing with you. And may you all have a safe, peaceful and very happy Christmas and I look forward to seeing what crafting adventures await us all in 2019!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 7 December 2018

Dragonfly Rainbow for JAI #437

Happy hot Friday and welcome!! Summer has truly started with a bang here in Australia - 35 degrees yesterday and we are expecting 38 in the city today so it could well get to 40 degrees where we are just north of Melbourne. The heat definitely played a part in my card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge!

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Yes, it's time for a new challenge and this one is a good one that just might make you put your thinking cap on too 😊It is another of Tina's popular letter challenges and this week it's the letter "I" think Ice, (with or without the cream on top), Incredible and another Summer constant....Insects πŸ˜€
The design team had fun with this one so we hope that you will too and we'd love to see what Interesting Items you can come up with starting with "I" as the main focus for your projects.

As I said earlier, I was inspired by the Summer heat and have used both an Ink blending technique and Insects as the focus for my card. The Inky background uses a rainbow of Distress Inks on watercolor paper which helps to get a smooth blend effect. I am no expert but I found after laying down a couple of colours that it helps to go back to the first colour and go over the edges to help them blend better. Distress Inks stay wet a little longer than SU inks so that also helps with the blending process.
Here, I was going for a hot evening's sunset effect where the dragonflies (Insects) would indeed be flying around lol!

Dragonfly wings are pretty shiny in real life so I opted for some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the top layer of these little fellows and a few rhinestones sprinkled here and there for further glitz.
Stitched Rectangles I hear you say!! But no, these are not those ones - not yet 😊

This lovely stamp set from the Annual Catalogue is one I've neglected for a little while so it was good to have a reason to pull it out for this challenge as it reminded me of the fabulous sentiments it has amongst the images too.

Card Stock: Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Basic Rhinestones, White EP
Non SU: Distress Inks (Ranger/TH): Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Watercolor Paper  -Ranger/TH, Stitched Rectangle Framelits SSS

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fun "I" Items our Incredible design team have created to Inspire you and I look forward to seeing what  you feature in your project for this week's "I" letter challenge!

In the meantime, it's back to the pool for this melting little Ice block ....πŸ˜…
Happy stamping until next time,