Friday, 21 April 2017

Flourish Fiftieth for JAI #356


Happy Friday folks and welcome :-) This weekend is closely followed by another big Public Holiday- that of ANZAC Day on Tuesday both here in Australia and New Zealand as the name suggests. It marks the special bond between our two countries through serving in the armed forces together which began in Gallipoli in World War I. The bonds remain strong despite our great rivalry on the sporting fields - as long as the (NZ) All Blacks win the rugby I don't mind the rest of the sporting  results too much though LOL!


Even more fun than sport this weekend is the new challenge at Just Add Ink! Kelly has suggested this fabulous "Just Choose Two" theme of Metallics, Circles or Balloons and the lovely design team have all created fabulous projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and take a peek and join us :-)


I decided to go with Circles and Metallics to create this special 50th card for a lovely friend.
The starting point was the Copper numbers and pink background circle where the photopolymer sentiment stamp is pulled into a slightly tighter circle to fit. The flower and leaves added around the circles and allowed to pop up over the water coloured background that has a little Gold Wink of Stella flicked over for good measure. Does this come in copper yet does anyone know??


Hopefully you can see the colours better without the shine here :-)

Card stock: Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Copper Foil
Inks: Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum
Stamps: Number of Years, Flourishing Phrases
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Large Number Framelits, Gold Wink of Stella, Aqua Painter, Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Water color paper (Tim Holtz), Stitched Circle Framelits (larger circle only - Simon Says Stamps)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous cards our team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will choose to create with for this fun challenge too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Monday, 17 April 2017

Happy Easter


A very happy Easter Monday to you!! I hope you're enjoying the long weekend and the little chocolate indulgences that come your way :-)

Today I have a little collection of religious Easter cards to show you of two different designs that unusually I CASED from Pinterest. Sometimes, when you see something that is already perfect it is best to just go with it :-) I did put my own spin on them as you will see and you may even notice how eager I was to get these in the post as the photos are not quite as good as usual.


These four are a CASE of Kathryn Mangelsdorf . I decided to leave off the bow and experimented with colouring the Cross with Watercolor Pencils in the closest one, and a layer of vellum over the top in the second. It's a lovely elegant way to use the Falling in Love DSP too :-)



The second card that inspired me to a CASE is this beautiful embossed and water coloured version by Heike Bastelotti. For my cards, I decided to experiment with a number of colours - and created a rainbow of cards :-)


Yes, some are quite bright!! Spring colours were an influence and also some of the recipient's favourite colours such as pink :-)


These image was clear embossed onto water colour card stock and then coloured around the image with Water Color pencils. Then I used an Aqua Painter to smooth the colour and move it to behind the image as well. Once it was dry, I added the sentiment, sequins and after these photos were taken, some flicks of Clear or Gold Wink of Stella - depending on what suited the colour. In the end, I suspect the blue was still my favourite as I made more of them than any other colour but the Razzleberry and pink weren't far behind :-)


This Easter weekend I have been making some non-card making projects - some for gifts and a little home decor project which I hope to share with you soon. What are you doing this long weekend? I hope you are able to enjoy a little craft time and creating something new too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Saturday, 15 April 2017

More Dragonfly Dreaming.


Hello again :-) We had an Inspiration challenge at Just Add Ink a week or so ago and I enjoyed doing some ink "smooshing" to create a colourful background. You can see my original post here. I made several of these backgrounds and have now turned these into cards too. These have a similar but slightly more CAS design which does show off the background more but I can't decide which I like best :-)


The splotches are created by inking up a small piece of acetate or Window Sheet, and spritzing with water and then pressing it onto water colour paper. Thanks to the water, they are different each time. The sparkly dragonfly is layered onto 3 layers of white to give it a little more height.


And here is another very similar version with a different base colour :-) 


This Bermuda version has already found a home, going in the post for a lovely friend's recent birthday :-)



Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay Glimmer (Saleabration)
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, White EP, Clear Wink of Stella, Metallic Sequin Assortment.
Non SU: Distress Watercolor Card Stock (Tim Holtz)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying the Easter break. Don't forget to check out this week's Just Add Ink post here and you might like to pop back again soon to see some Easter themed projects :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 14 April 2017

Moon Baby for JAI #355


A very happy Good Friday to you and welcome :-) This Easter has come around so very quickly and I hope you all have a happy and safe time especially if you are travelling on the roads.

It's also time for another new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we have a lovely clean and simple Sketch for you designed by Narelle. The design team have all created a fabulous array of beautiful cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us.


For my card I decided to make the main circle a shaker window for a baby card. I still like a little green and yellow when a neutral card is needed :-)
The Moon and cute little baby are stamped onto Water colour paper before being coloured with an Aqua Painter and Ink pads and then it was a matter of filling the night sky behind the wee bub with sparkly stars. The clouds are from the Lift Me Up bundle and I've snipped them a little so they sit up close and snug with the window and form the second banner in the sketch.


Card stock: Mint Macaron, Whisper White (thick and standard), Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Cucumber Crush, Smoky Slate, Versamark
Stamps: Moon Baby, Lift Me Up
Accessories: Big Shot, Circle Framelits (Retired), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Up And Away Thinlits, White EP, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Window Sheet

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

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 7 April 2017

Dragonfly Glimmer for JAI #354


Hello and welcome :-) It's one week til Easter and the local schools are on holidays which means the roads are full of caravans, boats and other toys whilst people enjoy what may be the last of the warm weather for a while.
Maybe some of those are headed to Sydney or Perth for the Stampin Up On Stage special events this weekend? I'm sure everyone going will have a fabulous time and I look forward to hearing all about it :-)


And it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week we have a lovely and elegant photo to inspire us - a legacy challenge from the lovely Trish who has just stepped down from our design team.
You can take the colours and patterns or whatever appeals to you from this elegant image. As always the design team created a beautiful variety of projects and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to have a look and hopefully join with us.


For my card, well somehow I seemed to completely miss the lovely flowers - seeing instead the almost seamless mix of colours and patterns. Not having any teacups in my stamp collection,  I decided to go with mixing those lovely bold colours with the intricate pattern of the Dragonfly Die and some feminine sparkle!

To create the background I used an ink "smooshing" technique by adding ink directly onto a small piece of acetate (or Window sheet), spritzing with water and then smooshing that onto water colour paper. It took a few goes to get the look and balance of colour and white space I was after for this card and in the end it was hard to choose between them as they always look a little different when they are dry. To get some tiny splatters, I flicked the back of the acetate and the ink just flew onto the card...Some flicks of Wink of Stella when dry gives a layer of sparkle that is much more visible in real life :-)


As the cup in the photo is also a circle, I added a couple of popped up circle layers under the dragonfly and a sprinkling of white sequins. A few black details to follow from the photo and this almost CAS card for a lovely friend is complete :-)

Card stock: Sweet Sugarplum, Basic black, Vellum, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper (Saleabration)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Wishes, Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, White EP, Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Distress Water Color Card stock (TH)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this elegant Inspiration Photo too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 31 March 2017

Stacking Animals for JAI #353


Happy Friday everyone and welcome! Here in Australia it is the end of Daylight Savings this weekend.  Even more than the cold, I am not looking forward to the darkness of Winter...but lets not get ahead of ourselves -we are not there yet and there is still the odd warm day in next week's forecast and hopefully for a while yet  :-)


And we have a challenge for you that we think you will enjoy at Just Add Ink this week!! Karren has suggested that we Just Add....Critters to our projects this week. A "Critter" according to Google is "a living creature, an animal" so there are many options for you to consider and we hope that you can join us. The design team have all had such fun with this and it shows in their amazing creations so I hope you have a moment to pop on over and join us.


For my card, I turned to  a stamp set that hasn't seen as much ink as these adorable images deserve. It's called Stacking Animals and so that is exactly what I did  with it :-)  I was initially inspired by a card on Pinterest by Laura Bassen and then decided to see how many "critters" I could get on the page as it is all about them this week after all. I do like how they appear to be looking at each other once they are stacked up!  I coloured them with Copics and added them over a light Distress Ink with some Wink of Stella and water flicked background for interest and sparkle.


Card stock: Whisper White thick and standard
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Suite Sayings
Accessories: Wink of Stella
Non SU: Tim Holtz Watercolor Card Stock, Salty Ocean Distress Ink, Stacking Animals Bundle (SSS), Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week and can take a moment to join in the fun at Just Add Ink .  I so look forward to seeing what "critters" you will add in your projects :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 24 March 2017

Hooray for birthdays JAI #352


Hello and welcome back this sunny and happy Friday! After two whole days of rain (although much needed) it was so lovely to see the sun again this morning. It reminds me of growing up in Nelson,  the sunshine state of New Zealand where everyone seemed to get depressed if we had more than 3 days of rain :-)

Our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week is from Nikki who has chosen these delightful colours for us all  to use in our crafting this week. The design team have used these colours in many beautiful ways that will definitely inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us :-)


These lovely bright colours are right up my alley and so I have made two cards with them this week. I've used the same design for both, just swapped the base colours and flowers for each.


The design is called a Twisted Easel and is not a new fancy fold, but is a goodie and very easy too :-)
You just make a regular side opening card and score the front panel from corner to corner diagonally and then only attach the front panel (that will stand up) to the bottom triangle as shown above. The panel stays upright because of the die cut flowers on the base panel. It also folds flat for posting too - bonus :-)


To create the water coloured look I simply applied colour to the stamp with a sponge dauber and then spritzed lightly with water before stamping onto Whisper White Card stock. I tried water colour paper too but found I got a crisper image with the WW. Once it was dry, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to go over the "hooray" and the die cut flowers (3 stacked together) to add some shine and texture which you may be able to see below. Then it just needed a few flicks of Wink of Stella and some bling to complete this CAS little number :-)


Card stock: Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Reverse Words (Saleabration), Balloon Adventures
Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Basic Rhinestones, Brights and In Colours Enamel Shapes, Clear Wink of Stella


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

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 17 March 2017

Just Add...Labrador! JAI #351


Happy Friday to you and welcome back again :-) March is proving to be hotter than Summer so far and our veggie garden is loving it - as long as we keep up the Christmas lights, its safe from the hungry possums :-)


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is another of Tina's very popular letter challenges - to Just Add..."L". The design team have so many wonderful and varied ideas to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join in the fun with us.


Sally the Lab has been in the wars again lately and amongst other things needed a molar (large back tooth) extraction as it was broken. We are heading out for her post op appointment today and she is doing really well so the timing is perfect for a Labrador thank you for the Dental team at Hallam who truly are awesome and went well out of their way for both of us.


It also was a good opportunity to practice some Copic colouring. 
And am not sure if you can see that Glossy accents was applied to the little heart and black nose.


 As this is an "L" challenge, there are some more "L" elements added inside using a combination of sentiments :-)


Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Brights Stack
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: D is for Dog (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stamps: Max (Taylored Expressions), Furry Friends (Avery Elle), Dog Sayings (Stampendous), and Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the wonderful inspiration our team have made for you and I look forward to seeing what you will make for this fun and versatile challenge!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Sunday, 12 March 2017

So In Love Wedding


Happy Sunday to you and welcome :-) It's a long weekend here in Melbourne - Labour Day tomorrow and the Moomba Festival in the city is in full swing. It is a family friendly and free event that has a celebratory feel and a lot of fun activities including water sports, the annual "bird-man" competition and a parade on Monday.

Today's card was made for a special celebration too - that of a lovely friend's wedding :-)


Using a combination of stamps and dies from two new stamp sets, I wanted to create a relatively CAS card  with lots of white space. In real life, there is lots of texture amongst the bling - I love these heart dies with their textural and 3D elements as they add a modern and elegant touch which you can see best in the first picture.


For the inside, the heart is embossed in white instead of gold as on the outside. 

The gold overlay is attached at the top and folded over so it appears to float til the hearts play anchor.


Card stock: Whisper white (thick and standard), Real Red, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Stamps: So In Love, Sealed With Love
Accessories: Big Shot, So Detailed Thinlits, Love Notes Framelits, Gold EP, White EP, Basic Pearls

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 10 March 2017

You Are Pretty Amazing for JAI #350


Happy Friday to you and welcome :-) Another week of beautiful weather, warm and sunny days and slightly cooler nights. This settled weather is out of character for Melbourne - better known for it's four seasons in one day - but we will happily enjoy it whilst it lasts :-)


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fabulous and very versatile sketch designed for us by Chantell. The design team really enjoyed using it and have created amazing and very varied cards so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and join in with us :-)


For my card, I've taken elements from here and there to combine into this colourful little number.
The bloom is from the Stylish Stems framelits (trimmed), the sentiment is from a SSS set called You Matter.  I love the encouraging sentiments and it was designed by one of my favourite stampers, Laura Bassen so has been on my wish list for a while :-) And the sparkly "you" is cut from the Bermuda Bay glimmer paper available during Saleabration.
Both the bloom and die cut sentiment have 3 layers of white underneath to give them a little extra dimension and height amongst the background colours.


Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Sliver Glimmer, Bermuda Glimmer (Saleabration)
Designer Series Paper: Irresistibly Floral
Inks: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stems, White EP, Sponge Brayers
Non SU: You Matter bundle (Simon Says Stamps), Crystal Reflections Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the wonderful cards our design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fabulously versatile sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 3 March 2017

Cake Crazy for JAI #349


Hello and welcome back! Autumn has brought some reduction of daylight but our temperatures here in Melbourne have still been quite balmy this week - even a little Hot yesterday! So we will enjoy it whilst it lasts :-) And a very happy Spring to all those of you in the Northern Hemisphere - I hope the Sun soon melts any snow and that the Spring colours are soon in abundance :-)


 Also abundant in colour is our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week :-) This gorgeous photo has been suggested for us by Patrice to use in our projects this week and I'm sure you're going to enjoy using it. And our lovely and talented design team have made a beautiful array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and pop on over and join us :-)


This card is one I received some time ago from Patrice and I just love everything about it. As I was thinking about this challenge, I passed her card still on a shelf and saw it in a new light....in that the words are stacked so beautifully like in this week's photo! So as it also was inspiration behind my card this week, I thought I'd share it with you :-)


Here is my card. I kept the same general layout as Patrice and to represent the cake in the photo simply stamped, tone on tone and fussy cut the word-cake images. This is a great way to use up any scraps of card stock by the way too :-)
Something in odd numbers was needed amongst all the order and as the photo also had balloons, they seemed the obvious addition.


Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo
Designer Series Paper: Neutral Stack
Inks: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Cake Crazy, Balloon Adventures
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, White EP, 13/4" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the beautiful cards our design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this gorgeous photo too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan