Saturday, 28 November 2020

Social Stamping - Merry & Bright



Hello and welcome everyone to another fun Social Stamping Blog Hop hosted by the lovely Kelly Kent. This was a beautiful idea that started earlier in the year as Covid 19 affected our ability to connect and stamp together and as that has inproved for us here in Australia, it has turned into a monthly event. This month the theme is Merry & Bright which is perfect with Christmas only a few weeks away. So I hope that you can grab a cuppa and hop along through all the blogs and be inspired for your own Christmas creations.

You may have arrived from the fabulous Sandra Collett and her beautiful projects or you may be starting here. To continue on the journey you can either click the Social Stamping graphic at the top to see the full list of participants or simply use the Next button at the bottom of each blog post.


I have created two cards using a combination of stamps - the gorgeous Peace & Joy bundle and Coming Home dies plus a favourite pet themed stamp set from my stash. I used a similar theme for my Just Add Ink design team card this week too.  For the landscaped card the background is sponged and then drops of water added to create the snow effect and the cute pups were coloured with Copics.


The same idea was used for this card except for the background. Before inking, some splatters of Distress Resist Spray were used to add clear, shiny, textural drops. This also seals the colour of whatever is underneath - in this case, white! And gives the snow a more 3D effect. Then the layers of ink and card stock were applied as before. 



Here you can hopefully see the texture in the background and shine too- it's a little more realistic of a blizzard. Whilst I love SU and they are always where I turn first for stamping ideas, I do like to occasionally add other ideas and stamps into my collection to help learn new things and keep experimenting with new techniques.


 Thanks for stopping by today. Next you are off to see the lovely Sheila Pybus and her gorgeous projects. 


Card stock: Whisper White, Thick and Standard, Silver Foil
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Magenta Madness
Stamps: Peace & Joy
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Joy Dies, Home Together Dies, Metallic Sequins (Retired), Wink of Stella
Non SU: Stamps: Deck The Howls (MFT), Distress Resist Spray (TH Ranger), Copic Markers, Distress Inks

Til next time,
Jan

Friday, 27 November 2020

Just Add Ink #533 Add Santa Paws





Hello and welcome!! It's Friday once again and the last week of November. It's amazing to think that 2020 is almost over! What a year it has been!! 


So it's time for a new Challenge week at Just Add Ink and it's one of Tina's popular Letter challenges! This time it's the letter "S". So you can choose anything beginning with the letter "S" as the focal point of your project.  The design team have created such a great array of examples to show you so I hope you can pop over to JAI and take a peek and we'd love you to join us.


I decided on "Snow" and "Santa Paws" for my "S" elements on this fun and rather cute Christmas card.
The background is created with Distress Inks blended together to make a Northern or Southern Lights feel and then water splashes were added to create the snow effect. 


For more snow, the hills and trees were created using the new Home Together dies - and layered to create room for all the fun pups. Next the pups were coloured with Copics and cut with the matching dies and liberally coated in Wink of Stella to continue the Snow effects.



The fun sentiment comes from the same stamp set and is embossed with Black Shimmery EP. It may be retired but I hope it might come back as it adds an extra touch of glamour to black.



Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Real Red
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Home Together Dies, Shimmery Black EP
Non SU: Stamps: Deck The Howls (MFT), Copics
P.S If you live in Australia and need a Copic colour ink refill or pen in a hurry then Officeworks might be able to help as most stores have a limited range of single pens and small packs available.

Thanks for popping by today and I hope that you can pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the lovely creations our design team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun "Add S" challenge!!

Til next time,
Jan











 

Friday, 20 November 2020

Just Add Ink #532 Peace At Christmas

 


Happy Friday and Welcome!!  Its hard to believe that we have less than 6 weeks til Christmas and it's almost the end of 2020. It's been a tough year world wide. Here it is rather amazing that after all our long weeks of lockdown, Victoria is now up to 18 days straight of 0 new Covid Cases. We are starting to see the benefits of all our hard work as restrictions slowly ease and the Summer heat arrives. 

It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink. This week we have a Clean and Simple Sketch designed by Patrice to inspire your crafting projects. You can use the sketch as it is or flip it around to the side as long as the  sketch is visible in your project. As always our talented design team have created a great array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over to the blog and join us.


A sketch is a great base for a card design as all you need to do is to decide on a theme and then fit images into the design. Being so close to Christmas, this was a great opportunity for me to combine the only two new sets I have bought for this Season - the Coming Home and Peace and Joy bundles. They really do work together so well.


The images were coloured with a mix of Copics and Blends and die cut before being added mainly to the White circle. The die cut sentiment is my take on the rectangle element in the sketch and I created the "AT" by stamping and cutting apart other words from the Peace and Joy stamp set.
As a VW driver, I couldn't NOT use the cute little bug and have it look like someone driving home. Something, with Covid I suspect will be more common than flying home this year. 



Card stock: Misty Moonlight. Silver Foil, Whisper White
Stamps: Coming Home,Peace & Joy
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black,  Blends: Melon Mambo, Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Rococo Rose.
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Home Together Dies, Joy Dies, Wink of Stella
Non SU: Copic Markers Stitched Circle Dies (SSS)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you are inspired to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the lovely creations the design team have made and I look forward to seeing what you create with this clean and fun sketch too!

Til next time,
Jan

Friday, 30 October 2020

Just Add Ink #529 Colourful Sympathy

 



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! Victoria has enjoyed it's first few days free of a 16 week Lockdown and it felt amazing to see shopping centres open and be able to sit down and enjoy a coffee for the first time since March! Lets hope it's onwards and upwards from here on.


This week at Just Add Ink we have a stunning Colour Challenge for you from the lovely Kelly! These gorgeous colours would suit any feminine type card from Christmas to Birthday and all in between. The design team have again created a lovely array to inspire you so I hope you can pop over and see and we'd love you to join us!


I sadly needed a Sympathy card this week for a friend but found these colours still worked well for this theme. The Magnolia image is embossed on Water color paper with Silver and then coloured with ink pads and the sentiment is a mix of White embossing and silver foil.


I had a new order of water color paper arrive and really enjoyed getting back to my favourite medium again. The image is die cut once dry and layered over another piece of watercolor paper - this time with the rough side upwards.



Card stock: Misty Moonlight, Water colour paper, Silver Foil, Whisper White
Inks: Misty Moonlight, Majenta Madness, Versamark
Stamps: Good Morning Magnolia, Well Said
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Magnolia Memory Dies, Well Written Dies, Silver EP, White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Aqua Painter

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you create with this gorgeous colour combo.

Til next time,
Jan















Friday, 23 October 2020

Just Add Ink #528 Happy Choose Two


Happy Friday and welcome back! It's almost the last week of October and we are also almost half way through Spring. Yesterday was my turn for an Iso birthday and whilst it was quite different to normal it still was lovely in many ways and I was very spoilt.  And it was wonderful to be able to travel outside our 5km home radius this week for the first time in 3 months too!!


It's now time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this fun Choose Two - of Sequins, Ribbon or Metallic Foil - was suggested by me so I really hope that you enjoy it.  Our design team have all created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you as always and we'd love you to join us.

I chose Sequins and Metallic Foil for my two challenge items and used these to create a clean Guy card. The background under the happy is created by blending inks onto card stock and then flicking some White craft ink over the colours to create some little splatters. 


The Happy die cut the obvious Happy. And the top and bottom pieces were then embossed with the 3D Pinewood Planks to add a little definition. The balloons were die cut from another piece of blended card stock and then covered with Wink of Stella - which gave the inks more of a painted look.


The "birthday" is from the wonderful Well Written dies and is layered over the top of 3 white versions and of course a sprinkling of silver sequins to finish.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the inspiration from the team and I look forward to seeing what you will choose to use on your projects this week.

Til next time,

Jan



Friday, 16 October 2020

Just Add Ink #527 Birthday with Pets

 



Welcome back! It's another Friday in lockdown here in Victoria and we are all hopeful for some changes to be announced this coming Sunday. The colours of Spring are in full swing and it has been lovely to be able to enjoy some sunshine this week.


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have this fun and detailed Sketch from Kim. You can use the sketch as is or flip it around as some of the design team have. I hope you can pop over to JAI and see all the projects the team have created to inspire you and we'd love you to join us.


I didn't have ovals big enough in my stash to use for this sketch so I swapped the shape for a circle. I also flipped the sketch upside down. 
Unfortunately, this didn't turn out quite like I hoped. But I did want a Yorkie inside the circle (he is cut from DSP) and a Sally - like image on the outside watching on as if from afar. 


The black dog from Pampered Pets is coloured with Copics as are the butterflies, bowl and kibble and all fussy cut. The inside scene was blended using Distress Inks.



This is of course for someone who will know it's for her as soon as she sees it...but I don't think she visits here very often so fingers crossed it will be a surprise!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you will pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the rest of the design team projects and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch this week.

Til next time,
Jan







Friday, 2 October 2020

Just Add Ink #525 Sunflower Thank You

 


Hello and happy Friday everyone!! The year is passing quickly and with October we are now in the middle of Spring - or Autumn / Fall  for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere. That means lots of new colours in flowers and leaves and mild to warm but not too hot temperatures - my favourite time of year!


Once again it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Chantell has asked us all to add a Thank You to our projects. Thanking the people that mean so much to us - especially during these times when it may not be so easy to meet them in person  - is a wonderful activity to be able to do and helps keep us all together whatever the circumstances. Our lovely team have created so many different colour themes and styles of thank you so I hope that you will be inspired to join us!


For my card this week, I chose to water colour a Sunflower and then added texture to the background using some white on white die cuts. This is similar but different to a couple of cards I posted previously here.
The sunflower and leaves are embossed using the retired Black Shimmery EP and then water coloured with inks and a Water Painter. The background is created using some of the co-ordinated dies for a white - on - white look. I love how this adds texture in a clean way.


Ink colours used include Daffodil Delight, Bumble Bee, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. You can see some of the shimmer from the embossing powder in the photo above too.


Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Painted Poppies
Inks: Versamark, Daffodil Delight, Bumblebee, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Shaded Spruce, Mossy Meadow
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Sunflowers Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, White EP, Shimmery Black EP, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to join us. I look forward to see what you will create to say thank you this week. 

Til next time,
Jan