Friday, 21 September 2018

Kute Kitty for JAI #427



Happy Friday and welcome! It's Springtime, my favourite time of the year and although the temperatures here in Melbourne seem to be slow to rise, the garden is showing good signs and we are definitely enjoying the lighter mornings and evenings!


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have one of Tina's popular letter challenges. Working our way through the alphabet we have the letter "K" for us all to use as the main focus of our projects this week. It's one of the trickier letters for sure but as always our talented and lovely design team really did an amazing job of finding 'K" themed projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and we'd love you to join us.


For my "K" element I chose a rather cute Kitty image and coloured him using Copics. The background has a light water colour wash and a sprinkling of sequins.
One new tool that is fantastic at helping with sequin placement is SU's Take Your Pick. It uses some putty inside the pen "nib" and this means you can pick up sequins and place them perfectly with ease.


The sparkly silver ribbon is left over from Saleabration and is so sparkly it did upset the photos a little but it looks lovely in real life.


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 amazing cards the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 14 September 2018

Broadway Birthday for JAI #426



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It's mid September, and the Spring weather has Sprung - we even had a day above 20 degrees here in Melbourne this week 😊The cherry trees in many streets are in beautiful pink blossom and the dogs are getting antsy at the parks - yes, a definite sign, lol!


It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a clean and rather graphic sketch for you from the lovely Kim.  You can use the sketch just as it is or flip it around whatever works for the project you have in mind. Our lovely and talented design team have created a wonderful array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and we'd love you to join us.


I combined a few different things for my card....but the main star is the new Broadway Birthday bundle. I stamped the Hooray in Berry burst and then used the dotted version of the word in White Craft ink to create the patterned look. Sadly, there is no die for this word so fussy cutting was needed.


Details were added to the white banner background with the Simple Stripes EF, and the whole card front was embossed with the Subtles EF but it is very hard to see in the photo.


Card stock: Basic Black, Berry Burst, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Bermuda Bay Glimmer (Glimmer Paper Assortment, SAB)
Designer Series Paper: Fresh Florals Stack (Retired)
Inks: Berry Burst, Craft White, Versamark
Stamps: Broadway Birthday
Accessories: Big Shot, Broadway Lights Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits (Retired), White EP, Regals Enamel Shapes

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 inspiration from the rest of the team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 7 September 2018

Country Home for JAI #425



Happy Spring everyone and welcome 😊The last few days have been the kind that has made Melbourne's weather and Crowded House's song, Four Seasons In One Day so memorable over the years. There has been everything from overnight frosts to sunny highs as well as thunderstorms and hail. But the garden is starting to show signs it is enjoying the growing hours of sunlight and the Spring sound of weekend lawn mowers is for now very welcome!


It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week's gorgeous, country cottage garden inspired image was suggested by the lovely Kelly.  The beautiful florals and greenery are so perfect to celebrate Spring - and Autumn as well - and are so pretty they are hard to resist! As always our design team have created fabulous cards to inspire you so we hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to the challenge blog and hopefully join us.


I was inspired by the florals, pinks and greens and also the country feel of the photo image.  So it seemed the perfect time to have a play with one of the new sets available now in the Holiday Catalogue. Yes, they say it's only 120 days or less to Christmas....so it''s definitely coming πŸ˜€
This is the pretty Country Home set, and I coloured the florals with Blendabilities - including the new Blackberry Bliss and Shaded Spruce combos. And for the jar/ vase I used Copics.


I also added some shading using a Basic Grey Water colour pencil as somewhere for the jar to sit but it has been almost lost in the real shadows created by using dimenionals to add the layers. 
I teased out the beautiful Copper Trim and added some Jute Twine and the Wood Textures DSP to emulate the layers of texture in the photo's oak tree, picket fence and cobblestone path.


Whilst many of the sentiments in this stamp set are perfect for the American Thanksgiving holiday, there are plenty more suitable for every day use and I suspect this will be a very handy set to have 😊


Card stock: Whisper White (Thick and standard), Rich Razzleberry
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures Stack
Stamps: Country Home
Accessories: Big Shot, Blendabilities Combos: Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive, Shaded Spruce, Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss. Copper Trim, Jute Twine ( Retired), Regals Enamel Shapes (sadly retired)
Non SU: Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS), Copics: C1, C3, C5

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 will create from using this spring garden inspired image as Inspiration this week.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 31 August 2018

Amazing You for JAI #424




Hello and welcome 😊The days are flying by in our household with a new puppy to get to know and grow to love. Sally (Junior), a 15 month old black Labrador was chosen for us 2 weeks ago as a Companion Dog by Guide Dogs Victoria. She has taken no time at all to realise that I need her help occasionally and soon she will be ale able to accompany me when needed in public. Such as for On Stage local - here in Melbourne in November 😊Spring is only a day away, and thanks to young Sally, a new lease on life is coming for me too!


And it's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week, Di has suggested that we Just Add....Texture to our projects. There are many ways to add texture - embossing paste, glitter, die cuts and layers. Our lovely design team have created fabulous projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and see and we'd love you to join us!


For my card this week, I went with layers, die cuts and embossing. The floral image from Beautiful Day was water coloured x3 and fussy cut and layered with dimensionals.


Underneath the flower,  are several more layers - some pretty metallic DSP,  the diamond panel die cut from the Eclectic layers and some Gold Foil and Organza ribbon.


Adding to the texture this week, is the Subtle embossing folder - so subtle in fact that it's very hard to see! And some black layers underneath the amazing die cut as well as the white embossed You finish the textural details.


Card stock: Basic Black, Lovely Lipstick, Gold foil,
Designer Series Paper: Springtime Foils (Saleabration 2018)
Inks: Lovely Lipstick, Pear Pizazz, Garden Green, Black Stazon
Stamps: Beautiful Day, Amazing You (Saleabration 2018)
Accessories: Big Shot, Celebrate You Thinlits, White EP, White Organza Ribbon, Gold Faceted Gems

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what our fabulous design team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge!



So Sally is the name she came with from Guide Dogs....of course it is also the name of my previously much loved black Lab that passed away in March. We won't change her name as having come from GD's her name was always going to be special...so we decided to change her collar and lead colour from red to Pink. The harness came first - and we couldn't not choose Melon Mambo, and finding a collar to match was easy. It is covered in diamantes which for some reason means the song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" just won't go away" She could be a Lucy I guess, but Sally Jr has so many similarities to her namesake that it just seems meant to be 😊

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 24 August 2018

Petals Birthday for JAI #423



Happy Friday and welcome back!  It's been a rather busy fortnight with Honey the sweet foster dog heading off to her lovely forever home and my new Companion Dog has arrived from Guide Dogs. She is a 15 month old black lab called Sally. Quite incredible  - especially the name - as her much loved predecessor was also a black Lab called Sally!! Sally (Junior) is settling in and we are looking forward to happy days ahead 😊


It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week we have a beautiful colour combination suggested by Kim to help kick start your projects. Our talented and lovely design team as always, have created a wonderful array of projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and we'd love you to join us.


 For my card, whilst these colours could indeed be used for a masculine card, I decided to go feminine and floral. The pretty image from Petal Palette is embossed in Silver and then coloured  using an Aqua Painter and ink pads. The other elements are also all from the same Bundle. It's a bit hard to see in the photo but the grey leaves have also had a generous dose of Wink of Stella and are so sparkly in real life.



Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Soft Suede, Silver Foil, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Basic Grey, Versamark
Stamps: Petal Palette, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot, Silver Embossing Powder, Metallic Sequins, Petal Framelits

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing how you use this fun and pretty colour combo in your projects this week.

Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without a photo or two to welcome young Sally....here we are on meeting at Guide Dogs.


Yes, rawhide bones are what she is used to...and no, we couldn't find a bigger one πŸ˜€


Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 10 August 2018

Pet Sympathy for JAI #421



Happy Friday everyone and welcome back :-) It's been a busy and rather chilly week here in Melbourne but we are over half way through Winter now so the days are getter longer again.


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fabulous clean and simple and ever so versatile sketch for you to use from Narelle. Our design team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you so we hope that you will pop on over and take a look and join us :-)


For my card, I created a pet sympathy card for a lovely friend. I moved the Sentiment Panel to the bottom of the circle and it just needed a little heart 😊
The gorgeous images are all from a Whimsy stamp set called Fill My Heart and I added some shading underneath it with a Watercolor Pencili. The paw print stamp used for the background is also part of the same set.




Our pets are part of our families and give so much more than they receive so when their time comes to say goodbye it is as heart wrenching as losing any human. When a lovely friend shared her loss this lovely stamp set came to mind and I hope it will bring some comfort.
On a happier note...a family is coming to meet Honey, the very sweet young Lab/Kelpie I've been fostering this weekend so fingers crossed all goes well and she is settled soon. 😊


Card stock: Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red
Inks: Early Espresso, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, White EP, Heart Punch (retired), Basic Rhinestones

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 great versatile sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 3 August 2018

Rainbow Happy Birthday for JAI #420



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! Winter is officially 2/3 down and only one month to go - Hip hip hooray!! Slowly but surely, the days are getting longer again and it won't be too long now til we will be welcoming Spring :-)


Yes, it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have this fabulous and vibrant Inspiration Photo from Nikki for us all to use in our projects. Yet again, our design team have created absolutely gorgeous projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and we'd love you to join us.


Of course, I absolutely adore the vibrancy of this image and the circular shape was something that stood out to me too so that was what inspired my card.
Using one of the lovely Pattern Party masks, I inked up spatula after spatula of Embossing Paste with different re-inkers and had fun spreading the love - and paste - around :-)


To complete the card, I used the Happy Birthday thinlits with a mixture of Whisper White and Melon Mambo card. Then this was layered over a vellum circle to continue the theme and all was smothered in Fine Tip Glue Pen for some shine and dimension.


A sprinkling of sequins of different sizes and this bright and happy, no stamping needed card is ready to go in the mail!


Card stock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Vellum
Inks(re-inkers): Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss,
Accessories: Big Shot, Happy Birthday Thinlits,  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Fine Tip Glue Pen,
Non SU: Crystal Reflections Sequins (SSS), Water colour Card Stock (TH/ Ranger)

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 wonderful inspiration from our lovely design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this beautiful Inspiration Photo too.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan