Friday, 8 October 2021

JAI #575 Sympathy


Hello and welcome! It's the start of Spring and that means the first week also of Daylight Savings for those on most of the East Coast of Australia and also in New Zealand. And being Friday, it's also time to share this week's Just Add Ink Challenge with you!
This soft and elegant colour palate was chosen for us to use this week by Patrice. The design team have a created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you over on the blog and we'd love to have you join us.

For my card this week, I chose the beautiful Artistically Inked DSP and the co ordinating dies as a starting point and added a Sentiment from Peaceful Moments. A touch of Gold Foil card and some soft crinkled ribbon and this card is ready to post.

Card stock: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Artistically Inked
Ink: Versamark.
Stamps: Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Artistic Dies, Gold EP, White Crinkle ribbon, Nested Framelits, Gold Faceted Jewels.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired and I look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge too!

Til next time,

Friday, 24 September 2021

JAI #573 Pet Sympathy

Hello and welcome back! It has been a little while since I have posted due to a few personal things happening but happy to be back today with the lovely ladies at Just Add Ink.

This week we have a Clean and Simple sketch designed by....ME for everyone to use in your projects so I really hope that you like it! You can flip the sketch from side to side or from portrait to landscape as you can see from the fabulous array of projects that the design team have made to inspire you. I really hope that you can pop by the challenge blog and join us.

For my card this week, I created a pet sympathy card using a stamp set from my stash in memory of a beautiful Lab that I have known for almost 10 years. This beautiful yellow Labrador was the best friend of my previous dog and we walked daily together for most of her life. 
So there are some details in the card - such as the green sentiment tag that are very deliberately used. Her name was Tag. Named by the then child in the family because she wore a green tag when they met her. But she was also a sweet princess at heart and so this called for a touch of pink. 

This is where being able to make a card is indeed a privilege - so we are able to personalise the details for the people the card is intended for.  Even when your own heart also is full of emotion. 

Card stock: Majenta Madness, Whisper White, Soft Succulent
Designer Series Paper: In Good Taste
Inks: So Saffron, Soft Succulent plus Basic Grey Watercolor Pencil
Accessories: Square and Rectangle Framelits, Basic Rhinestones, Enamel Shapes (retired)
(Non SU: Fill My Heart stamp set by Whimsy Stamps)

Thanks for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful projects that you create for this week's challenge at Just Add Ink.

'Til next time,



Friday, 16 July 2021

JAI #563 Artiscally Sketched

Hello and welcome back! It is mid-July and a chilly weekend ahead here in Victoria. So it's a perfect time to head to the craft room. I was recently gifted a heated throw and it is the perfect accessory to use when seated at my desk as the room has no other heating. What do you do to keep warm when crafting?

This week at Just Add Ink we have a very Clean & Simple sketch for you all to use designed by me - so I really hope you like it! πŸ˜€The design team have all created such beautiful cards to inspire you so I hope you can join with us. With NSW and now Melbourne also in lockdown this weekend hopefully this helps you pass the time and is therapeutic too. 

For my card, I flipped the sketch and cut away part of the front of the card to use the card's construction to make sketch elements. This was my first play (yes, better late than never right?) with the Artistically Inked stamp set which was on backorder when I placed my order. The layers of the bloom are all so beautiful individually yet work together really well too. And I really love the greensand gold  in the DSP too, this is stunning and really deserves to be featured in it's own right.

The background is made using the individual leaf stamp and then the white die cut leaves are layered on top. The bloom is all stamped in Fresh Freesia, one of the new In Colours this year that is oh so pretty and then the double leaves. The gold trim is tied around the edge of the cut card stock.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick).
Designer Series Paper: Expressions In Ink
Inks: Fresh Freesia, Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Versamark
Stamps: Artistically Inked
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Artistic Dies, Gold EP, Gold Trim, Gold Faceted Gems

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink this week and I look forward to seeing what you create with this clean and versatile sketch.

'Til next time,



Friday, 2 July 2021

Just Add Ink #561 Artistic Shaker


Hello everyone and welcome to the first week of July! It is a rather surreal feeling to be in Victoria right now and be one of the few States not in a Covid lockdown. So thinking of everyone and hope you’re doing alright. We will manage to get through it and if Victoria can do it, everyone else can too! 😊

It's also the middle weekend of School Holidays here too. So if you have some extra time on your hands for whatever reason this week's challenge at Just Add Ink may be just what you need! Yes, Nikki has asked us to create a Shaker, that favourite fun and interactive element that kids and adults both adore. The design team have created a fun and gorgeous array of projects to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to the challenge blog as we'd love you to join us!

My card is one that came together quite quickly as I'd had all week to imagine how it might turn out. I was waiting for Aus Post to deliver some new crafty things. And they finally arrived at the end of the day my project was due. I'm not usually a huge user of DSP. But the Expression of Ink pack probably has to be (so far) my favourite of all time. The colours, the gold the artistic touches...are so much more stunning in real life so it was an easy decision to have it be the star of my card for this challenge.

Some gold sequins are the main shaker elements along with some stars punched with a border punch from silver foil and pink glimmer paper. The frame is created with Rectangle framelits. The leaves are from the coordinating dies and the Happy Birthday are from the sadly retired Well Worded Bundle which I've decided to hang onto. 

Thank you for popping by today! I look forward to seeing what style and design of Shaker you choose to create for this fun challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

Card stock: Majenta Madness, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Gold Foil, Pink Glimmer, Window Sheet
Designer Series Paper: Expressions In Ink
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Well Worded (Retired)
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Artistic Dies, Well Written Dies,Star Border Punch, White EP, Foam Adhesive Strips, Gold sequin trim (retired),

Til next time,


Friday, 4 June 2021

Country Birthday for JAI #557

Happy Friday everyone and welcome! There is a feeling of deja vu for those of us in Melbourne, where we are in the midst of another Lockdown to limit the spread of Covid 19. We have gotten through it before so we can do it again. At least at home, we are lucky to have a craft space we can spend more time in and hope that for others in Melbourne, you too can take solace in getting creative.

This week's Inspiration Photo challenge at Just Add Ink  from Rachael is a beautiful Winter's fireplace scene full of layers of texture to choose from. With Inspiration photo's you get to choose from what pops out at you from the photo to inspire your projects. The design team have a lot of variation in their cards this week so I hope you can pop on over to the blog and we'd love you to join us!

I was inspired by the beautiful white bricks in the fireplace and the jars sitting in front. 
To recreate the bricks, I used some Shimmery Embossing Paste with a stencil. This is a quick and easy way to add texture and sparkle and dimension to a background.

The jar from the lovely Country Home set was stamped in Momento and coloured using Copics. The arrangement to top the jar was coloured using a mix of Blends and Copics. Although there are neutrals in the Photo, I needed some colour for the blooms in the stamped image so Balmy Blue to the rescue. It's such a soft and pretty blue and doesn't over power the neutral tones. I've found it's easier to fussy cut the images before you colour them - cause it's not so bad if you make a mistake cutting if you haven't spent time colouring it! Some ribbon and sequins add to the layers of texture and this Birthday card is ready to post.

Card Stock: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamps: Country Home, Well Worded
Ink: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends ( and Copics)
Accessories: Shimmery White Embossing Paste, White Embossing Powder, Metallic Sequins assortment, Silver Sequin Trim, Burlap Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today! I look forward to seeing what you will create for this week's pretty Inspiration photo challenge at Just Add Ink.

Til next time,



Friday, 21 May 2021

Just Add Ink #555 Dressed Up Colours


Welcome to Friday and to you!! It's the end of a rather busy week in my world and we are ready to enjoy the forecast milder weather. What are your plans for the weekend? 

This week at Just Add Ink we have a super pretty Colour Combo for you from Rachael! The design team all loved working with these gorgeous and girly colours and we hope that you do too!

I used this week's colour combo to make an Easel card for friend's special birthday. This is the front of the card and how it lies flat for folding. It uses the fab Dressed to Impress bundle and the "mirror" is made using the Ornate Garden Suite that recently retired.

And standing tall we have some more shoes, flowers and of course the special milestone birthday.
To create the background of both the Pool Party and Majenta layers, I used the larger scribble stamp in the set and first, second and third generation stamping.

Both pairs of shoes and the flowers are coloured with Blends. 

The numbers are 3 layers high and act as the stoppers to keep the card standing tall.

Card stock: Pool Party, Just Jade, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer, Whisper White
Inks: Majenta Madness, Pool Party, Blends: Majenta Madness, Just Jade, Versamark
Stamps: Dressed To Impress, 
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Ornate Style Dies, All Dressed Up Dies, Number of Years, Shimmery Black EP

Thanks for stopping by today to see my card! I look forward to seeing what you will create with this pretty and girly colour combo for this week's challenge.

Til next time,


Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Guitar, Grunge and Green for JAI #554

Hello and welcome to a mid-week extra post! I needed a card for my now teenage Nephew. He is into music - plays guitar, bass and drums in 3 different bands at his school so I thought that could work for this week's Just Add G challenge at Just Add Ink and so I’m playing along!

So to add my G elements of Green, Guitar and Grunge....I started by sponging a rainbow of colour using Distress Inks to look a little like stage lighting and droplets of water to create interest and a grunge effect. As one of the bands my nephew is in recently opened for a big named band in his home town, a stage theme is perfect! 

Next the retired  Extreme Guitar stamp was inked in Versamark and embossed with Shimmery Black EP to accentuate the grunge factor.
Last but not least, the sentiment was embossed onto vellum cut to size so as to not hide all the background and some metallic star sequins added.
Music is in our family's blood, our mother’s family are all pianists and I too was once a reasonable guitarist whilst my brother played bass so its great to see the talents flow through the generations. I hope my nephew likes his card. 😊

Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Vellum.
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Extreme Guitar (retired), Epic Celebrations (Sab retired)
Accessories: Black Shimmery EP, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Stitched Rectangle Framelits

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you later in the week with the new Just Add Ink challenge!

Til next time,