Friday, 8 July 2016

Peace Branches for JAI #319

Happy Friday to you and welcome! We are half way through the mid winter school holidays here in Melbourne and I have been blessed with a catch up with an aunty and cousin visiting from New York and have some lovely friends from Nelson in NZ arriving  in the next week too. Hopefully the weather might improve so they can see something other than grey skies,  rain and puddles....the dog park is looking more like a lake!

And its time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week,  Di has suggested a great photo for us all to use. It gives such an instant 'Christmas" feel and so is a great opportunity to get ahead on starting towards the busiest time of any card makers year :-) Our fabulous design team have all created gorgeous cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look.

Here is the photo:

And here is my card:

With inspiration photos I find it easiest to go with what first jumps out at me from the photo - so in this case it was the wreath and how full it was with added elements, and also the elegant door it was hanging on. So I decided to use some DSP from the new Serene Scenery stack for my "door" element, and to create a wreath effect using the Flourish Thinlits which contain both the leaf and berry dies - so fabulous for Christmas :-)

"Peace" from the Christmas Greetings Thinlits is cut 3 times using white card stock and then the  top layer in gold. To create the "be with you", I masked a stamp in the Reason For the Season set and stamped directly onto the rustic looking DSP. It feels so strange to create a card using only one stamp but no more seemed to be needed :-)

Card stock: Island Indigo, Whisper White, Garden Green, Real Red, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Serene Scenery Stack 
Ink: Island Indigo
Stamps: Reason For The Season
Accessories: Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Brights Enamel Shapes, White Perfect Accents (with stickers removed they are clear )previously

As previously mentioned. the dog park is looking more like a lake currently - it's only the first week of July and we already have had 3/4 of our average monthly rain....wonderful for the birds but not so great for dogs and people currently - bags not playing rugby here this weekend :-)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and see what the rest of our talented team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create inspired by this gorgeous wreath image this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,



  1. Love your interpretation Jan. The wood grain dsp is very yummy and the die cuts make a great wreath effect. Xx

  2. How exciting having visitors from both sides of the world - bet you're loving the company. I love the card you created for this challenge, Jan. Awesome that you created the door using dsp. Clever. xox

  3. Jan you sound like you are so busy, I have no idea how you find the time to craft! I really adore this beachy modern Christmas card :)

  4. least it's not snow..... Love your card.