Friday, 9 April 2021

Just Add Ink #549 Choose Blooms


Hello and welcome!! Last weekend was the end of Daylight Savings here in Victoria and a sure sign that Summer is over. Except that the last few days we've still managed to have some 30 degree days!! That's pretty amazing for the second month of Autumn!! The sunshine has also been great for the garden.😊

Also great is this week's challenge at Just Add Ink! Kelly has given us Feathers, Leaves and Petals to Choose Two from to use as the focus of our projects. Our design team have created a lovely array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek. We'd love you to join us!

So it is rather obvious that I chose Petals and Leaves!! The Bloom and Grow bundle is retiring and it is one of my favourites for colouring. Get it quickly before it is gone. 

Here, I've coloured with Watercolour Pencils on Whisper White card and then a touch with the tip of an aquapainter (Water brush) brightens the colour. Then I went back in to add more colour with the pencils whilst the card was still damp. I find this method allows me to add more depth and shading. For the petals, I used Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry and for the leaves, a mixture of Old Olive and Bermuda Bay. You could easily use water colour paper for this but I was happy to use only a little water so WW card worked well.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and  I look forward to seeing which of the fabulous Two elements you choose to create with this week.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Gold Foil, Berry Burst (retired), Just Jade
Inks: Versamark, Watercolour Pencils: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Bloom and Grow, Well Worded - both sets retiring 😒
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Well Written Dies (retiring), Ornate Frames dies, Budding Blooms Dies, White EP

'Til next time,


Friday, 26 March 2021

Just Add Ink #547 Inspiration Chocolate

Happy Friday and welcome everyone! Over the last couple of weeks we've started receiving Covid 19 Vaccinations and the restrictions are continuing to ease. It is amazing to think that 12 months on from our first Stage 3 Lockdown in Victoria we might be able to begin to look towards the future.

This week at Just Add Ink  we have a beautiful Inspiration Photo for you from Kim. There are many things that come to mind with this image - the gorgeous colours, the lovely wreath, the new life that eggs contain  and the chocolate that comes with eggs as we approach the Easter Season. So there's a lot of ways you can take this image and run with it and our design team have a lot inspiration for you over on the blog and we'd love you to join us!

For my card, I chose to use a new stamp set for me, Nothings Better Than and go with the theme of what is inside eggs this time of year along with the beautiful colours of the Inspiration Photo. 
Some pretty pink glimmer paper represents the background in the photo and some chocolate card stock and we have the beginnings of a card.

To create the colourful insides of the chocolates, I used Stampin Write markers on the individual parts of the stamps which requires a "huffing" on the stamp when finished to make sure the ink is not too dry for stamping.  It was one of those "I'm glad Covid is nearly over" moments as it's not a technique you could do whilst wearing a mask. I had thought of stamping with Momento ink and using Blends to colour but then the outlines would not be chocolate coloured. But it's an idea for next time 😊

This time last year, celebrating Easter with family and friends was not possible. We were all rather scared, locked down in our homes and Easter services were cancelled for the first time certainly in my lifetime. One year on and what a difference! For those of us in Victoria, with long time restrictions lifting - even masks no longer necessary in retail areas from today - it is a bit like we are the ones breaking out of our eggs of isolation and able to explore this new and beautiful world.

So whilst you're exploring, hop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and we'd love to see what you create to celebrate this beautiful Inspiration Photo.

Card stock: Whisper White (Thick and standard), Chocolate Chip, Pink Glimmer
Inks: Early Espresso, Markers: Regal Rose (retired), Melon Mambo, Perfect Plum, Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Love You More Than Dies, Metallic Sequins Assortment (retired)

Til next time,


Friday, 12 March 2021

Just Add Ink #545 Healing Shades of Green

Hello everyone and welcome back! Today is a special day - Miss Sally the Lab and a good friend of mine share a birthday. Funnily enough this same friend's son and I also share a birthday so how is that for good timing! πŸ˜€

It's also good timing for our new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week the lovely Lou has suggested we "Add shades of green" to our projects. Our design team have again shown a fabulous array of projects from heroes to stripes and leaves and everything in between so I hope you can pop on over and be inspired to join us!

I combined the shades of the retired Tranquil Tide with Soft Sea Foam and Pear Pizazz along with Copper Foil and Whisper White. Together with some leaves they are a perfect guy card for an Uncle of mine.

When the idea came for this card, I had a picture in my mind of the stamped leaves I wanted to use... I had to go through my collection to find them. I eventually found the Oh So Eclectic bundle in the retried and for sale box - so they are safely out of there! Along with them were the Flourish thinlits. Some things really are timeless! When you get a project idea does it come similarly as a picture for you too?

Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Copper Foil
Inks: Pear Pizazz, Versamark
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Well Said
Accessories: Big shot, Rectangel Framelits, Flourish thinlits, Eclectic Framelits, White EP, Subtles EF, Metallic Sequins assortment

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the great inspiration from the design team and I'd love to see what you create using Shades of Green. 

'Til next time,



Friday, 26 February 2021

Just Add Ink #543 Birthday Sketch


Hello and welcome! It's the last Friday of Summer and it seems to have flown by so fast. It has been a cooler time than usual but here in Victoria we are hoping for some of our Covid restrictions to ease today which would be good!

It's also time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week, Kelly has given us this fun and geometric sketch to get the crafty thought processes working. Our lovely design team have created a wide variety of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over and have a look and we'd love for you to join us.

I created TWO cards using this sketch and here is the first one - although I actually created it second just to confuse you! The background DSP is cut into squares to represent the sketch and is much harder than it looks to get the right sizes. Then some flowers and dies from the lovely Pretty Perenials set and a strip of Glimmer paper complete this striking card.

This card was actually the first one I made and went into the post. The sketch details are a little bit hard to see - I scored the squares on the white background. The wreath was also created using the same same stamp set but the other details were from a number of different sets. 

The 50 is from a retired die set, the & is from the Playful Alphabet Dies and the Fabulous is cut from a sentiment in the Dressed to Impress set. This mix of mainly pastels is for a very lovely lady who is most definitely fabulous in all she is! 

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Glimmer, Highland Heather, Gold Foil.
Designer Series Paper: Oh so Ombre Salabration (2021)
Inks: Majenta Madness, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Merry Merlot, Petal Pink, Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Pretty Perennials, Dressed to Impress
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Playful Alphabet Dies, White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Clear Jewels, Gold Gilded Jewels

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

Til next time,

Friday, 12 February 2021

Just Add Ink #541 Blended Eclipse Birthday


Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! It's been a hot week in Melbourne both with the weather and with the Tennis!! That's right, after all the waiting and a few complaints we can finally enjoy some live tennis on the tv with some real crowds for the players too! How good a reward for Victoria after all we went through last year is this!πŸ˜€

This week at Just Add InkNikki has asked us to Just Add a Blended Background. There are lots of pretty examples to inspire you over on the blog and I hope you can pop on over and would love to see you join us!

For my card this week I chose to use the blended background front and centre with the Eclipse technique.
I started with a card front sized piece of water colour paper and went for pops of colour blended with some Summer inspired colours. Then I die cut a Stitched Circle from that and used the Playful Alphabet dies to cut the Happy. One of the great things about this set of dies is they have more than one of popular letters (such as P!).

Some layers of white letters underneath the coloured ones give the raised or "Eclipse" effect. Do remember to sit the centre of the coloured letters back in place too. A white embossed Birthday, some silver glimmer balloons, and a few scattered Enamel dots and this bright, cheery and clean card is ready.

Card stock: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Basic Black
Stamps: Well Said
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, White EP, In Colour Enamel dots
Non - SU: Distress Inks (TH, Ranger), Stitched Circle Dies (MFT)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the inspiration the team and entrants have for you and I look forward to see what you create this week!

Til next time,


Friday, 29 January 2021

Just Add Ink #539 Sunflower Border

Hi there and welcome to another Friday in paradise.πŸ˜„There is a sense of peace with many students returning to school this week. Another piece of "normality" returning as Covid restrictions continue to slowly ease here in Australia. 

Also a sign of normality, it's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week Di Barnes has suggested this fun choose two out of these three creative elements to have as the star of your projects. Lots of variety in the choices by the design team this week to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over and take a peek and join us!

It is mid -Summer here in the Australia- Pacific region and one lovely flower is the Sunflower. These beautiful big, flowers follow the sun on it's journey through the sky each day and is a wonderful reminder that we all can do our best each new day.

The image was embossed with the Shimmery Black EP and watercoloured using a Water brush. Then it was die cut along with some other elements from the set. The background is another of the pages of the gorgeous Oh So Ombre DSP Stack. 
A border was created using the Stitched Rectangle framelits and the sentiment fussy cut to create a banner to complete this week's challenge elements.

Thanks for stopping by today and I look forward to seeing what you might create using Borders, Banners or Bows for this week's Just Add Ink challenge!

Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Oh So Ombre Stack (Saleabration)
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Early Espresso 
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Sunflower Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Shimmery Black EP, White EP, In ColorEnamele Dots

'Til next time,

Friday, 22 January 2021

Just Add Ink #538 Perennial Birthday

It's Friday and this weekend marks the end of the Summer School Holidays with most of the kids going back middle of  next week after the Australia Day holiday. So many families and teachers are hoping that this year will be better than last year - and really don't we all!

And it's back to our regular format for us at Just Add Ink this week too. Thanks for joining us for out fun Blog Hop challenge last week! This week we have a clean and simple sketch for you from Patrice to spark your crafty projects. As always our lovely design team have created a fabulous array of examples to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and hopefully join us.

For my card I used the new Pretty Perennials Bundle with some bright and cheery Summer inspired colours. These flowers remind me of Petunias - flowers that are more annuals than perennials but for me they are such a wonderfully bright, happy flower that is synonymous with Summer and I love to have a planter full of them each year. 

As in my garden, I have surrounded the stamped flowers with white  to allow the colours to shine. The top left flower was stamped in Majenta and then a little Grapefruit was added before stamping to blend the two colours for a slight contrast with the card stock behind it.

For the white rectangles, I had intended to use the new Stitched with Whimsy Dies but I found these dies do not cut a shape around their stitched edge so the Rectangles came to the rescue. The "happy" was fussy cut and some jewels and Wink of Stella added.

Thanks for stopping by today and to all those that have left comments along the way - I love to hear from you! I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see how the design team all used this sketch and I look forward to seeing what you will create too!

Card stock: Majenta Madness, Whisper White
Inks: Magenta Madness, Gorgeous Grape, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Pretty Perennials
Accessories, Die Cutting machine, Perennial Petals Dies, Rectangle Dies, In Colour 2018 (lipstick) enamel dots, Wink of Stella

Til next time,