Friday, 27 January 2023

JAI #637 Birthday Sketch


Happy Friday everyone and hope you are just about ready for school term time to begin for the year! 
It's a long weekend here in Australia and many families are coming back from a trip away or even a short, weekend break before the school year starts again next week. 

I hope you all enjoyed our Just Add Ink Blog Hop last week?! I loved seeing the entries pile in and hope we will have more of the same with this rather fun sketch this week from Tina
Our lovely design team created a wonderful array of cards with different themes and colours. So beautiful.

I needed to create a pink 21st card and had been saving the beautiful Expressions of Ink DSP for just such an occasion. I added the DSP pieces to card stock and then cut these too to give added dimension.
The gold foil 21 and the white die cuts aim to add to the elegance factor. The "st" created from cutting individual letters from the "thanks" word in the Well Worded set.

Card stock: Basic White thick and standard, Gold Foil, Vellum
DSP: Expressions of Ink
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Shapes Dies, Large Numbers dies, Well Worded dies

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have been inspired and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch at Just Add Ink this week.

Friday, 20 January 2023

JAI #636 Blog Hop - Just Add Your Favourite


Hello and welcome to the annual Just Add Ink Blog Hop!! Every year we have a Blog Hop for the first Challenge week and we have a wonderful theme for the challenge that we hope you will all enjoy! 
So whether you've just arrived from the lovely Di Barnes's blog or you are starting here, it might be time for a cuppa as you click around the whole design team's beautiful project's!

It's the beginning of a new year with new lots of new things. But there is something that we all love to hold on to whether new or old - our Favourites!!

That's right!! This Just Add Ink challenge you can have free range adding as many favourites as you like - but you must please tell us what your favourites are in your post! Our design team have many favourites from techniques to colours to stamps - and we are sure you do too! We hope this Hop inspires you to share your favourites with us over at the Just Add Ink blog.

I have two cards this week to share with you this week. My favourite flowers are sunflowers - I love how they follow the sun and are so dramatic! And colouring is a favourite technique for me too!

This, Clean and Simple version in particular, is inspired by a favourite photo of my much loved Black Lab, Sally sniffing a Lemon Bling sunflower plant in our garden.

You can see in the photo that the sunflower is a dwarf bloom and is a brilliant lemon colour...and a few Hungry Caterpillars have found the leaves.
This is what inspired my colouring of the first card. 😊
You can also see the sparkle here from the Wink of Stella - another favourite of mine to bring a subtle and often surprising sparkle.

I kept the same layout for this more traditionally coloured Sunflower. And added die cuts from the coordinating bundle of dies to a white background instead of using an embossing folder. The white on white technique for adding texture is yet another favourite!

Add a few rhinestones and more Wink of Stella and we have another beautiful sunny day to remember!

These are my favourites.
 Next you are off to see the favourites of the beautiful Rochelle Blok and you are in for a treat with her gorgeous creation. Enjoy!

Blog Hop list - in case you get lost along the way,  you can click on the Just Add Ink Blog Hop graphic to go to the JAI blog. Alternatively you can look at the list below:

7. Jan McQueen - you are here

'Til next time



Friday, 16 December 2022

JAI #634 Visa Gift Card Wallets


Happy Friday everyone! It's hard to believe that we are half way through December already! Christmas is coming and here in Melbourne it has been unusually cold. I wonder if that means that we will have a White Christmas even though it's supposed to be Summer?

This week at Just Add Ink, we have a fabulous challenge suggested by Tristan, to Just Add... Anything But a Card". That could be a Gift Card, a gift box or bag or a seasonal frame. So many different things you could create that are not cards. Our lovely design team have made some amazing projects 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.

I decided to make some large Gift Card holders and decorate them like wallets.
Visa gift cards come in large packets and are sealed so you cannot open them. The packet is more than twice the size of the actual card.
These I am sending overseas to my nieces and nephew amongst other things.

The wallets all have a silver strip along the bottom of the front flap that help it make look more professional.

And inside, they have an image from North Pole Mischief. 
Rather obviously, this recipient is a cat lover. 

This one for my Teenage nephew. He has indeed been good this year!.

I love the fun nature of both the DSP and the NP Mischief sets.

And some florally, girlie sets with the initial set over a delicate ornament. 

My nieces and sisters are all cat people so that is reflected in this fun  set. 

The main idea was to present the gift card in a fun way and make it special for each person. 
I hope they all like their gift holders this year!

What will you make that is not a card for this second last Just Add Ink challenge for 2022? We'd love to see what you are creating for friends and loved ones.

'Til next time,


Friday, 2 December 2022

JAI #632 Sparkle and Trees

Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! How amazing that we have just three more Fridays before Christmas!! It is the busiest time of year for a card maker and I'm sure we are all head down and hands busy creating! 
This year has seem many changes in my life but the joy of Christmas is one that keeps on giving and so does being a part of the wonderful family at Just Add Ink.

This week's challenge at Just Add Ink  is a fun and potentially traditional Christmas theme from Di Barnes. So this is perfect to help all of us with our creating for friends and family this season. You can keep it traditional if you like or put a modern twist on it. We'd love to see what you create!

I chose Trees and Sparkle and made two slightly different cards using the Tree Lot Dies that were available to earn during Saleabration back in August. 

In one card the little die cut dog has an eye ...and in the second he doesn't as I can't decide if I like the eye or not!😂 The background is sponged to create a Northern Lights inspired effect including flicks or water and Wink of Stella - gold Wink in the left card, and silver in the right.

The tree outline paper is from the Real Red and White Glimmer paper stack and paired with the silver provides the shine element for this week's challenge.

This card I think is my favourite - the photo doesn't do the background justice as to how the ombre blue and slightly less bright yellow work together. And as a dog owner, the little pup was the perfect addition for this scene and he is jumping up from the sentiment strip.

Card stock: Basic White (Thick), Night of Navy, Silver Glimmer, White Glimmer 
Inks: Starry Sky, Pineapple Punch, Versamark
Stamps: Trees For Sale
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Tree Lot Dies, White EP, Metallic Sequin Assortment, Wink of Stella (silver and gold)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my take on this week's Just Add Ink challenge and hopefully I've inspire you to enter this week! I so look forward to seeing all you create as you also inspire me! 

Til next time,


Friday, 18 November 2022

JAI #630 Joyful Pets Inspiration

Hello and welcome! It's mid-way through November and this week in Victoria we have had snow and hail - Wednesday was officially the coldest day in November on record! Maybe the snow is a reminder that it is only 37 days until Christmas?? I sure hope it is a bit warmer here by then!!

Whether you are wishing for a snowy Wintery blast or just want to enjoy the feel of the holidays, this week's Inspiration Photo for Just Add Ink, suggested by Kerry will help spark your crafting projects. The other design team members have all created very pretty projects and we've used  a variety of themes to hopefully inspire you. Please pop on over to have a peek and we'd love you to join us.

Initially, I had planned to use the new Christmas Scotty for this week's challenge. But when I was getting ready to start crafting, I couldn't help seeing the gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy in the bottom row of the photo collage. That was it, a change in plan as there was no way that I could un-see that cute puppy!!

People with puppies and dogs unsurprisingly feature heavily amongst those on my Christmas card list - for those that are unaware, I am a very grateful recipient of a Black Labrador X Retriever from Guide Dogs Australia who helps me daily with my balance and other things due to some disabilities. Sally has changed my life, ensuring that I remain independent and I will be forever grateful to Sally for the kindhearted and generous girl she is.  She loves to work - she's a hopeless shopaholic and can't resist a walk around a shopping centre. Guide Dogs too, is a wonderful organisation that have taken us under their wings - we have so many new friends now to add to the many dog people we knew before. 
So...long story, but seeing the Golden (Retriever) in the photo was a big deal. Sally's mum is a Golden for a start, plus we of course know several others too... 

Last year's Sweet Little Stockings set and DSP of the same name could've been made for us...and yet we have some left! So it was time to put that to good use. The little corgi this year seems to have extra significance... and who can resist a grumpy cat Lol! Paired with the Buffalo Check stamp to create the background and the beautiful Peace and Joy bundle combined to create the sentiment.

It is 37 days to Christmas and it is definitely time to get your Christmas craft started if you haven't already and hopefully this week's challenge will help inspire you with your list of projects to make this Season.

Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Little Stockings (Retired)
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Peace & Joy, Buffalo Check
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Joy Dies, Metallic Sequins Assortment

'Til next time,

Friday, 4 November 2022

JAI #628 Non Traditional Christmas Camper


Happy Friday everyone and welcome. It's the first week of November and Melbourne Cup week is almost over. It has been such a cold start to the November many of us have still been wearing woollen jumpers rather than summer dresses!

This week at Just Add Ink, Annie has suggested this pretty Colour Challenge to spark all our crafting. Our Design Team have all created gorgeous cards of various themes. So I hope that you can pop on over to see and we'd love you to join us. 

The card I created is of course a Christmas card using the wonderful Tree Lot Dies that were available during Saleabration in August. And the Sentiment is from the Peace and Joy Bundle.

Card Stock: Petal Pink, Basic White, Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Gold Foil.
Ink: Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Peace and Joy
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Tree Lot Dies, Joy Dies, Gold Vellum, Gold 

Thanks for stopping by today.

'Til next time,