Friday, 15 February 2019

Vibrant Birthday for JAI #444

Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It has been a lovely week here in Melbourne - sunny days but not hot - we even have snow on nearby mountains! It seems a bit surreal just a week or so after 45 degree days but it sure does make getting out and about and sleeping so much easier so no complaints in our household 😊

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It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Nikki has suggested a fun Colour challenge with a twist for us. Yes, YOU get to choose the third colour to add to Poppy Parade and Powder Pink!! The design team had a ball with this one and created a fabulous variety of cards with lots of different colour choices so we hope that you do too.

For my third colour, I chose Navy (Not Quite Navy to be exact) as I had these lovely vases from Vibrant Vases in mind for a first inking. I also needed a card for my fabulous SIL who just happens to be an excellent photographer and painter in her spare time so that is where the idea for the frame came from and the rest just sort of happened as it often does. 

So as not to add another colour apart from the basics and metallics, the leaves are gold - and sparkly as I used a gold Wink of Stella pen πŸ˜€ The flowers are coloured with ink pads and a Blender Pen which is not a method I'm practiced at so it's good to do. This new ribbon is a white version of the Burlap and I suspect it will get a lot of use as it can be coloured.

Card Stock: Not Quite Navy, Whisper White (thick and standard), Poppy Parade, Gold Foil
Inks: Poppy Parade, Powder Pink, Versamark, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Vibrant Vases, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Well Written Framelits, Lace Dynamic Textures EF, Vases builder punch, White EP, Blender Pens, 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 what colours the rest of the design team chose and I look forward to seeing your projects this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 8 February 2019

Fancy Fold lattice for JAI #443


 Happy Friday everyone and welcome back 😊We've had another hot week here in Melbourne - 41 degrees around here early on in the week and some hot nights too. So it's been a case of go out early and then stay inside keeping an eye on the aircon for the rest of the day. We did manage to get to the beach at the weekend though and that was fun and helped keep everyone cool πŸ˜€

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And it's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week's theme to Choose Two of the three given options was chosen by me so I hope you enjoy it! You can pick two out of Embossing Paste, Colouring or Sequins to use in your projects and the design team have come up with a fabulous and varied array to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and take a peek and hopefully join us!

I actually struggled to come up with a starting idea this week until a friend requested a card for a milestone birthday. I chose Colouring and Sequins for my elements and it seemed the perfect time to make a Fancy Fold card. 

Having seen a number of these Double Easel cards recently on Pinterest I decided to give one a try. I was especially inspired by Patty Bennet, Shauna Mikuliak and my lovely JAI Teamie, Di Barnes. Instead of reading instructions tho I just put two black card bases together instead of cutting the front card smaller but it still seems to work ok.πŸ˜€

The main image is the Lovely Lattice stamp set which is one of the free stamps available to earn during Saleabration. It's Coloured using a mixture of Blends and Copics before being fussy cut and then there's a sprinkling of Sequins.

The happy birthday sentiment is from the new Well Said bundle and it's cut from White card stock and coloured with blends and also covered generously with Fine Tip Glue which gives a lovely shine.

Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Botanical Butterfly (SAB)
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Cherry Cobbler Stampin Blends 
Stamps: Lovely Lattice (SAB) 
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits (retired), Celebrate You Thinlits, Well Written Framelits, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Fine Tip Glue Pen
Non SU: Copic Markers

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

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 1 February 2019

Colourful Piece of Cake for JAI #442

Hi there and welcome back this happy Friday! The kids are back at school this week - I had almost forgotten how the school bells across the road sounded after six weeks πŸ˜€It also means the shopping centres are so much calmer places to take a young Assistance Dog. Is it just me or are all the mums, dads and grandmums (and shop assistants lol) also breathing a sigh of relief 😊

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Friday also means that it is time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we have a really fun Sketch designed for us by Kim. Our talented design team have again created amazing cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and see and we'd love you to join us!

For my card I broke open the Piece of Cake bundle to use the cute images and fun sentiments and went for a CAS (Clean and Simple) take on the sketch. The cake image is stamped and then coloured with pencils before being added to the white circle and the same images are stamped in Momento ink onto DSP. There is some added bling - love the Lovely Lipstick Foil behind the black sentiment pieces - that's my favourite SAB product by far πŸ˜€

And some vellum over the Lipstick scallop so it's not too matchy - matchy.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Lovely Lipstick, Basic Black, Vellum, Silver Foil, Lovely Lipstick Foil (SAB)
Designer Series Paper: How Sweet It Is
Stamps: Piece of Cake
Inks: Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight, Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Pencils. 
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Cake Builder Punch, White EP, Daffodil Delight Organdy Ribbon (SAB), Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to join us!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 25 January 2019

Sprinkled With Love for JAI #441

Happy Friday folks and welcome 😊It's another hot week here in Melbourne -a sweltering  44 degrees today and it's going to be a holiday weekend to celebrate Australia Day so lots of people out and about celebrating at parks and cooling off at beaches.

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So what is needed for celebrations? Why cake of course!! πŸ˜€So Jo provided us with this great Inspiration Photo for us to use for our new challenge this week at Just Add Ink. Our design team have created some awesome projects to inspire you so I hope that you might take a moment to pop on over and have a look and we'd love you to join us too.

I decided to go fairly literal this time especially as my sister sent me some photos of some very similarly, gorgeous cupcakes for Miss 4's birthday party. This is the Saleabration stamp set, Hello Cupcake so a lot of fussy cutting but also a lot of embossing and sparkle!

The icing layers are first stamped with versamark and then the individual colours. After which they were sprinkled with Iridescent Ice embossing powder andheat set to that they really sparkle! The cupcake base had a similar treatment as dye inks wipe off vellum card stock but you can add some Clear EP and the colours are then nicely set and safe to touch.

As you can see, I'm still in love with the Rectangles - creating a frame to hold the Vellum layer - and that gorgeous Lovely Lipstick Foil has got to be the best thing ever offered as a Saleabration free item don't you think?  I will be stocking up that's for sure πŸ˜€

Card Stock: Gorgeous Grape, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White (Thick and standard), Vellum, Lovely Lipstick FoilDesigner Series Paper:How Sweet it is (If in Australia or NZ this should be called Sweet As 😁)
Inks: Grapefruit Grove, Powder Pink, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron
Stamps: Hello Cupcake (Saleabration 2019), 
Accessories: Big Shot, Rectangle Framelits, Irridescent Ice EP, Irridescent Sequin Assortment, Gingham Adhesive Sequins,

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you create with this yummy Photo as your inspiration.

Happy stamping until next time.


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,