Friday, 7 October 2022

JAI# 624 Merry Christmas Diorama


Hello and welcome!! It's the first week of October and that means we are a third the way through Spring and getting close to Christmas! How quickly the time goes when it gets to this time of the year. The days are getting longer although I must say they haven't seemed to get very warm here in Victoria yet. Hopefully that will change soon.😊

This week at Just Add Ink we have a Challenge for all of you lovers of 3D cards suggested by Kerry - Diorama cards!! Yes, it's time to get the layers of paper together and make a scene! The design team have created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to the blog and we'd love you to join us!

Yes, Diorama cards....I have never made one until now. So this was a learning curve for me. A diorama card is one made to tell a scene with layers of card stock inside. A bit like a box card. I think next time, I'll include the concertina sides onto the measurements for the base piece for increased strength.
Here is a side view of this card to show the layers.

To begin with, I started with the sponged background. Looking for a Northern Lights inspired look. 
Next I stamped and fussy cut the little Scotty (or Westie) and then looked to how to shape and complete the layers of the diorama. 

Once the layers were created - snow covered hills in this case - it was time to fill them with the trees - one layer each of colour and one of sparkle  from the Tree Lot Dies available as part of the recent Saleabration - and add some decorations to the front of the card too.

When I completed the layers and added all the trees from the Tree Lot dies, it left the top of the card quite ...well empty comparison. So as the main character is from the Christmas Scottie...I decided to stay with the puppy theme and added the sparkly "dog star." Of course there really is a dog shape made of stars,  it's called Sirius. Then it was time to let it snow. 😊

Card Stock: Fresh Freesia, Grateful Grape, Meadow Moss, Parakeet Party, Diamond Glimmer, Whisper White Thick.
Inks: Starry Sky, Fresh Freesia, Parakeet Party, 
Stamps: Christmas Scottie
Accessories: Die cutting Machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Tree Lot Dies, Home Together Dies, Signpost Dies. Metallic Sequins Assortment
Non SU: Distress Resist Spray

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my first diorama card! You can find more inspiration from the rest of the lovely design team at Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will choose as the theme for your card for this challenge.

'Til next time,


Friday, 23 September 2022

JAI #622 Happy Birthday Masking


Happy Friday and welcome!! It has been quite a week of highs and lows. From watching the world and esp the UK mourn the loss of our longest reigning Monarch to today - a Public Holiday in Victoria to celebrate the finals weekend of our AFL Footy and at last it returns to it's home the great MCG after 2 years of being played elsewhere because of Covid. I'm not a huge footy fan, but go the Cats - let's hope the Victorian team wins!!

And it's a new challenge week at Just Add Ink. This week, Nikki has suggested an elegant Choose Two of Friend, Foliage or Masking. Such an elegant choice! Our design team has of course created a wonderful array of projects to inspire you so I hope that you're able to pop on over to the blog and we'd love you to join us!

For my card...I chose Masking and Foliage. 
I've gone for a simple design. The ink blending of a rainbow of colour for the background is enough vibrancy! 
To bring it all together, there is some Embossing Paste added through a leaf themed mask (being the Foliage  AND Masking) and then the sentiment is a mixture of die cutting using the Saleabration Real Red and White Glimmer Paper and embossing.
And of course a liberal sprinkling of rhinestone jewels complete this card.

This is such a bright and cheery card, inspired by the colours of Spring that are starting to show their blooms in the gardens all around the country.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and join us in this week's challenge. 

Card stock: Whisper White Thick, Vellum, Watercoloring Paper
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Shape Framelits, Rectangle Framelits, Well Worded Dies, Pattern Party Masks, White EP, Embossing Paste, Basic Rhinestones
Non SU: Distress Inks for ink blending.

Til next time,

Friday, 9 September 2022

JAI #620 Inspiration Eclipse Card

Hi there and welcome!! It's the second Friday in September and Spring has sprung! Our garden is full of pretty flowers and so it seemed the perfect time to add these to a card as well.

This week at Just Add Ink we have this stunning Inspiration Photo from Nikki to inspire our crafting projects. As always, our design team have created a wide variety of projects to inspire you and we'd love for your to join us.

For my card this week, I chose to highlight the beautiful Hues of Happiness DSP. 
Like the Inspiration Photo, it has a navy base and it has a mass of flowers - and this piece has yellow and light blue ones. 

It's easier to see in this photo that the yellow and blue floral images have been fussy cut and added with dimensionals over the DSP. Rhinestones have been added to the centre of each flower and the sentiment has been eased in between the raised flowers.
There really is very little stamping involved on this card - paper snips are the main tool, cutting out all the yellow and blue flowers by hand as they are a little different shapes and sizes than the stamp images. But it is worth it.

Card stock: Night of Navy, Whisper White
DSP: Hues of Happiness
Stamps: Well Said
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Well Worded Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, White EP, Basic Rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to the Just Add Ink page as we'd love for you to join us.


Saturday, 3 September 2022

Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop Tropical Holiday

Welcome to the 6th and final of Bron's 60th Birthday Blog Hops - Celebrating the fabulous Bronwyn Eastley and it is especially lovely timing as today actually IS her Birthday!! 

You may have arrived here from the lovely Catherine Proctor's blog or you may be starting here.
 I hope you enjoy your time hopping around all the blogs and Insta posts - there will be a full list on Bronwyn's blog if you happen to get lost along the way. 

My first thought of a "tropical holiday" was to use something to do with palm trees and blue water as per the photo above. But I was talking to a friend as one does....and she shared that her first drink on holiday was always a Tequila I started thinking about creating a sunrise. And then the memory of a TV ad campaign some years ago featuring "Rhonda and Ketut" and the idea for this card came to life. I do hope you remember the ads?? Ketut would always say to Rhonda "You look so HOT a Sunrise" if that helps. 😁

So I created an Eclipse card and using sentiments in the Nothing Better Than stamp set for the "Like a" along with the coloured Cocktail images. The "Sunrise" is die cut using the Playful Alphabet dies.

A liberal layer of Wink of Stella covers the "Sunrise" and the Cocktails and a sprinkling of sequins complete this fun card.

Card stock: Basic White, Thick and Standard, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper
Inks: Parakeet Party, Daffodil Delight, Sweet Sorbet,Melon Mambo, Starry Sky
Blends: Flirty Flamingo, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green
Stamps: Nothing Better Than
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Love You More Thank Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for stopping by today and now you're off to see Vy Tran and her wonderful creations.  Enjoy!

'Til next time,


Friday, 26 August 2022

JAI #618 Birthday Colours


Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! It is the last week of Winter and like so many, I am soooo looking forward to Spring!! It is always my favourite time of year - when the blossoms are on the trees, the garden bursts into flower and we can plan what to put in the veggie garden for Summer. What are you looking forward to this Spring - or Autumn whatever side of the Equator you are on. 😊

This week at Just Add Ink we have a Colour Challenge suggested by Jo. The colours are ones everyone should have as part of their collection and so we'd really love you to join us! Our design team have created a fabulous and varied array of inspiration for you to show how versatile this combo is so I hope you can pop on over and have a look.

I thought these colours would make a great a guy card. The Biggest Wish stamp is one I haven't used as much as I thought I would. But I've now discovered a trick to lining it up that will see me use it a lot more.

You may know this - or like me, you may not. But when using the Stamparatus....stamp the image and move the clear plate down two steps and stamp again - and repeat. This will give you alternate stamped words!!!!!!
Then all you need to do is line up again to do the second word - and moving down two steps each time will fill in the gaps! It really was a game changer for me and made lining up the words on this card sooo much easier than stopping and lining things up one word at a time which was time consuming and risky.

To complete the card it was time for some die cutting after all that intensive stamping. The Happy Dies for the balloons - plain card stock underneath them gives them more strength and dimension - and the Well Worded dies for the sentiment. A sprinkling of sequins and this simple but effective guy card is complete.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and entries and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these versatile colours.

Card stock: Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Be Dazzling (SAB)
DSP: from my stash - retired.
Inks: Pacific Point, Crumb Cake, Old Olive
Stamps: Biggest Wish
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Happy Dies, Well Written Dies, Metallic Sequins assortment.

'Til next time,

Friday, 29 July 2022

JAI #614 Under the Sea


We are almost two thirds the way through Winter and it has been a cold and wet one this year. 
It does give a good excuse to be inside and in the craft room don't you think?

And This week's Just Add Ink's Challenge to Just Add... Under The Sea is suggested by Kerry and is such a fun theme. The design team all have used a variety of stamps and ideas to inspire you so I encourage you to pop on over to the main blog and check them out.

I needed a baby card and so decided a mermaid would be a way of adding Under the Sea.
I didn’t have anything appropriate in my SU collection yet so this cute wee Mermaid is from a Clip Art Digi stamp I purchased from Etsy. She is easy to colour and was cut out by hand.

The "sea" background is created using Distress Inks and then cut out with the Framelits.
And the little white "sea grass"is from a now retired SU die set called Little Loves. 

Pink glitter paper provides the little touch of bling needed for princesses and mermaids alike and this officially is now a completely unstamped card. Whilst lots of Wink of Stella and some enamel dots provide the finishing touches.

Card stock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Pink Glimmer
Stamps: non- SU Digi stamp
Inks: Copics and Blends, Background (non SU, Distress Inks)
Accessories: Die Cutting machine. Stitched Shapes Framelits, Playful Alphabet Dies, Well Worded Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Little Loves Dies, Wink of Stella, Enamel Dots.

Thanks for stopping by today and especially to those who take the time to leave an encouraging comment. 
I so look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge at Just Add Ink this week!

Friday, 1 July 2022

JAI #610 Arty Cat Sympathy


Hello and welcome!! It's Friday and the end of the first week of the school holidays here in Victoria. The weather has been quite cold and rather wet. It is so good that the days have slowly begun to get longer again in the hope that Spring will come soon.

It's a new Challenge week at Just Add Ink and Kerry has provided us with this fun Inspiration photo to help inspire our crafting for the week. The design team have created some really gorgeous cards to inspire you so do take a peek and I'd love to see your card if you choose to join us!

I'll guess that a number of you missed the little cat in the top, middle photo of the Inspiration photo?
Friends of mine lost their beloved older cat recently and so I'd thought I'd use this challenge to reach out to them. Miss B lived an amazing life and is greatly missed.

The cat is from a retired set called Nine Lives. The cat's owners are artists and quite like a mix of styles. So I used the colourful, hand painted look of the papers as a background and stamped onto it using a mix of Momento and Smokey Slate inks. The circle holes were cut using the Stitched Shapes Dies.

Hopefully this card will bring some comfort to it's recipients. Pet sympathy cards are always so hard to know what to create but in the end, just recognising the special pets is what matters.
Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you will pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to join in this fun challenge with us.

Card stock: Whisper White Thick, Basic Black, 
Designer Series Paper: Long Retired
Inks:Momento Tuxedo Black, Smokey Slate
Stamps: Nine Lives
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Stitched Shapes Dies, Metallic Sequins assortment.

'Til next time,