Friday, 16 February 2018

Furry Friend Sympathy for JAI#396

Happy Friday folks and welcome :-) We've had a beautiful week of pretty perfect Summer days. The veggie patch has been very productive but is showing signs it is nearly finished for the season. It will be fun deciding what to plant for an autumnal crop soon.

Also full of fun is the new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week, Kim has drawn a fabulously clean and versatile sketch for us all to use. You can use it as is or Flip it, and spin it as long as the sketch can be recognised in your project. Our lovely design team have created such a beautiful variety of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.

We heard the other day the very sad news that the time came for a friend to say goodbye to their beloved little Westie (think the My Dog  tv ad) and so a card was needed.
The dog image is the closest I have to a Westie and is from Avery Elle. To keep the colouring light, as she is of course a white dog, I used Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen  - and an ink pad for the tennis ball.
Because the dog is looking to the right, I decided to flip the sketch and use the large sentiment as a  banner for her to sit on which led to the rounding of all the corners and including her favourite tennis ball in memory of her favourite game and it adds a needed extra piece of colour.

A little Fine Tip Glue Pen was added to her eyes and nose for some shine and then it was time to build the layers. There are a couple of different paw print sizes in the stamp set, and inspired by Nichol Spohr,  I used these to create the background and it also goes with the well known "dogs leave paw prints on our hearts" saying on the inside.

Card stock: Basic Grey, Berry Burst, Basic Black, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Black Archival, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst
Stamps: Sorry For Everything
Accessories: Big Shot, White EP, Metallic Sequin Assortment, PL Corner Rounder (retired), Blender Pens, Fine Tip Glue Pen
Non SU: Furry Friends Stamp and Die bundle (Avery Elle)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink to see all the wonderful inspiration from all the team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch this week.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 9 February 2018

Celebrate Amazing You for JAI #395

Another week has gone by and it's a happy Friday again :-) It's been very hot again in Melbourne and that has presented a few health challenges in our household but a cool change is on the way they tell us and it will be very welcome when it arrives over the weekend :-)

It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Kelly has given us this absolutely gorgeous Inspiration Photo to use in our projects this week. You can take whatever jumps out at you from the photo to work with - the pretty blossoms, trees, road, patterns or the colours. Our lovely design team have created a fabulous array of projects to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and join us :-)

I really adore the colours in the photo - pinks are indeed my favourite colours!! But I wanted to also include a sense of the road and the masses of blossoms while trying to keep a little white space. It was also time to break out and try using some Stampin many ideas :-)

So the background DSP has an array of dots for the blossoms, the white panel and it's gold edging is to represent the road. The flower was randomly stamped over the background and another coloured, fussy cut and layered to represent the blossoms.

A little Razzleberry card stock is added under the gold amazing, some Wink of Stella to the pretty bloom and a sprinkling of Glitter Enamel Dots and this card is finally ready to pop in the mail.

And yes, the YOU is die cut from the same designer series paper as the background :-)

Card Stock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Painted With Love Specialty Paper
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Amazing You
Accessories: Big Shot, Celebrate You Thinlits, Stampin Blends- Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Glitter Enamel Dots, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired by all the wonderful projects the team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create inspired by this gorgeous photo.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 2 February 2018

Fun Bird Banter for JAI #394

Happy Friday and welcome :-) It does seem rather incredible that it is February already doesn't it! The last week especially, seems to have flown by - so glad to welcome a cool change after days of heat and humidity. The schools have almost all gone back for the year, the summer sales have ended and Sally the Lab got to celebrate her 14th birthday too :-)

We have a beautiful challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. Nikki has suggested that we "Just Add....Romance" to our projects. With Valentines Day just around the corner this is the perfect challenge to inspire you to create for your loved ones! As always our lovely and talented team have been busy creating to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and hopefully join  with us.

I think it was Australia Day that inspired this card :-) I'm putting together a pack of cards to send as a gift to friends and this card will hopefully have some meaning for them as they are visited almost daily by the gorgeous Rainbow Lorikeets that I've coloured the birds from Bird Banter to look like.

These rather noisy birds are found from Queensland to Perth in rain forests, bush and wooded areas. Their distinctive red beaks and blue heads and bellies mean they really do fit their name well. There is no plumage differences between the sexes - so they all look bright and beautiful :-)

The stamp has only one of these birds, so to get the bird on the right I used the Reflection or Mirror stamping technique. I stamped the image using Momento Ink onto Window Sheet and then turned the sheet over and carefully pressed it onto Whisper White card stock to transfer the ink. Then I coloured both images and the sky background with Copics before fussy cutting them.

To add a little more "romance" I added some Fine Tip glue to both bird eyes as well as the little hearts.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I couldn't resist adding a little rainbow DSP to go with these cute little fellows :-)

Card stock: Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
DSP: TuttiFruiti Stack
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamp: Bird Banter
Accessories: Heart to Heart punch (retired and for sale :-)) Red and Silver Twine, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Window Sheet, White EP

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 our design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun, romantic theme :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Friday, 26 January 2018

Just a Note for JAI #393

It's Friday already and a long weekend for all those in Australia. This week has sure gone mighty fast and the weather has been a bit more humid than what we are used to in the south but we haven't missed out on any heat :-)

This week's clean and fresh colour challenge at Just Add Ink has been suggested by Rochelle. Our lovely and talented design team have all created such wonderful cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and hopefully join us.

Leaves seemed a great way to combine these gorgeous greens and so I used the Crumb Cake to build layers and accents around them and still try and keep this largely clean and feminine. 

I started by stamping the lovely leaves from Flourishing Phrases across the main panel and then layered the circle elements together. The top layer is vellum embossed with the Layered Leaves embossing folder to add to the theme.

Some Jute Twine left over from Christmas has been used to add another Crumb Cake-like element and layer of texture. Finally, the sentiment is white embossed and there's a sprinkling of gold sequins. 

Card stock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Vellum 
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Versamark
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Accessories: Big Shot, Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layered Leaves Dynamic EF, White EP,  Jute Twine, 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 our design team have created and I look forward to seeing what you are inspired make with these colours!

Happy creating until next time,


Friday, 19 January 2018

Just Add Ink Blog Hop

Happy 2018 and welcome back! After a few weeks off from challenge duties it is so exciting to be getting back into routine. I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas and a very happy start to the year and are ready to enjoy some crafting time!

To help inspire you for the first challenge of the year, our talented design team have a very special Blog Hop for you!! You may have just arrived from my lovely friend Patrice Easton and her gorgeous project. But if not, you can click the Next button below and hop around and see all the fabulous creations the team has for you. Clicking on the Blog Hop or JAI banner will take you back to the main challenge blog too. So its a good time to grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy hopping!!

Can you guess what my "something new" is? No, it's not the stamp set actually, it's BRUSHO  - and yes, the stamp and die set here happen to be new too :-) 
I started by stamping in Archival Black and then clear embossing the flower image onto Shimmery White card stock - this is also new to me - and then sprinkled a mixture of Gamboge, Red and Yellow Brusho before adding a little starch spray and moving the colour around with cling wrap. When it was dry, the "celebrate" was die cut from the panel and whilst I had intended to add it back in for the Eclipse Technique on top of the layers of white,  the white version looked pretty good :-)

Also featuring Brusho is this Sympathy card using the Rose Wonder stamp set.

To create the leaves I sprinkled a mixture of Prussian Blue and Yellow Brusho and mixed them with an Aqua Painter. A copper foil overlay gives this the slightly masculine feel it needed for the intended recipient :-)

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what "something new" you will choose to use for the first Just Add Ink challenge of the year.  Next you are off to see the lovely Tina Gillespie and her fabulous project that I am sure you will enjoy!

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard),  Shimmery White, Basic black,Copper Foil, 
Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark, Black Archival
Stamps: Rose Wonder, Amazing You (Saleabration item)
Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden thinlits, Celebrate Thinlits (Saleabration item), Brusho - Prussian Blue &Yellow, Red, Gamboge, Aqua Painter, Metallic Sequins Assortment, Silver Faceted Gems
Non SU: Watercolor paper (TH), Frosted Sequins (SSS)

Happy stamping until next time,


Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas to you!!

A very Merry Christmas to you!! I hope you've had a wonderful day of spending time with family and friends and maybe some relaxing along the way too. For us Christmas started with Midnight Mass and then some early morning Skype calls to NZ to chat with family and share in the lovely nephew and nieces opening their presents...such fun!! Then it was lunch with friends and a surprise flying visit from an Aunty from out of State and a long overdue catch up with more family and cousins etc. So a busy day but a lovely one :-)

Today I have two cards and a few other related projects to share with you to finish the Christmas theme for this year. This first one is clean and simple and sparkly. I teamed the Winter Wonder EF with the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits and a little blue and copper.

The sparkly snowflake is inked with Distress Inks to add some colour and interest.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter Paper, Copper Foil, Vellum
Accessories: Big Shot, Winter Wonder EF, Swirly Snowflake thinlits, Christmas Greetings Thinlits (retired), Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Distress Inks - Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Frosted sequins (SSS)

The last card is in honour of this being Sally the Lab's last Christmas as she has cancer and is going out to our vet family in Hallam without whom Sally would not be here several times over. Later versions of this for family and friends are without the gold tree.

Along with the card are a few little gifts with mainly the same photo - my first attempts at using Waterslide Decal Paper.  The process is simple but not always so in practice so I have a couple of hints for you.

I found that one coat of Clear Acrylic spray wasn't quite strong enough to prevent the images from cracking on transfer - especially on the mug. Other sites I found suggested up to 3 sprays and I'd recommend that too if your object isn't flat like the tile coasters. After they are dry, you can coat with more acrylic to make it all shiny and smooth and heat resistant in the case of the coasters. Be aware though in the case of mugs and glasses that it's not dishwasher safe.

And yes, the other side of the mug here features Sally playing with her good mate Monty - a happy snap from years gone by.

Card stock: Real Red, Whisper White, Silver - and gold Glimmer, Garden Green, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot, Softly Falling EF, Christmas Greeting Thinlits (retired), Peaceful Pines Thinlits, Metallic Sequins Assortment
Non SU: Square Stitched Framelits (SSS) chocolates!!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you can take some time to enjoy the rest of the holidays and I look forward to journeying with you in the New Year!

Happy stamping  until then,

Friday, 22 December 2017

Christmas Tags for JAI #391

It's the ( Friday) before Christmas and all through the house not one thing is moving not even a mouse...or so the carol goes :-) It sure has been a busy week in our household with not enough hours in the night or day - but such is the life of a card maker come Christmas :-) Every year I say I'll start earlier (and I did!!) but some late decision projects have taken more time than expected...

Perfect to help you with last minute Christmas projects is this week's Just Add Ink Challenge suggested by Kim. With a choice of two of either Twine, Trees or Tags there are so many ways in which you can use the above ideas. This is the last challenge for 2017 and will last for two weeks to give you some time during the Christmas holidays to complete your projects. Our lovely design team have created projects that will wow you this week so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join with us :-)

I decided to create some tags using trees and these lovely cards from Last year's Hello December Project Life kit. So here are 4 tags that I've used for my nephew and nieces. These were very quick to make once they were all worked out.

This card features the little red deer from Carols of Christmas:-)

And this one the tree from Christmas Pines 

Of course the reindeer from Santa's sleigh had an outing too -twice!!
All have a little To/ From stamped on the back with room to write a good sized message

And they did look good on top of the presents too  if I do say so myself :-)

Card stock: Whisper White, REal Red, gold glimmer, Emerald Envy
Inks - Momento Tuxedo Black ( on the back )
Stamps: Merriest Wishes (retired I think...?)
Accessories: PL Hello December (retired), Big Shot, Pine bough Framelits, Christmas Greeting Thinlits, Gold twine, red ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today and a big thank you to everyone who has stopped by throughout the year and left comments. It is so appreciated and your encouragement helps me to continue to keep creating.
 I hope you all have a very happy and wonderful Christmas celebrating with friends and family and have time to relax and enjoy the little things amongst all the busyness and celebrating and Christmas services. I will be stopping by over the next little while to share some extra card ideas and little projects but the next Just Add Ink challenge is not until January 19 as the team are taking a little break so I hope you all have a Happy and safe New Year and may 2018 be a special year for you and all your family!

Happy stamping until next time,