Friday, 7 December 2018

Dragonfly Rainbow for JAI #437



Happy hot Friday and welcome!! Summer has truly started with a bang here in Australia - 35 degrees yesterday and we are expecting 38 in the city today so it could well get to 40 degrees where we are just north of Melbourne. The heat definitely played a part in my card for this week's Just Add Ink challenge!

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Yes, it's time for a new challenge and this one is a good one that just might make you put your thinking cap on too 😊It is another of Tina's popular letter challenges and this week it's the letter "I" think Ice, (with or without the cream on top), Incredible and another Summer constant....Insects πŸ˜€
The design team had fun with this one so we hope that you will too and we'd love to see what Interesting Items you can come up with starting with "I" as the main focus for your projects.


As I said earlier, I was inspired by the Summer heat and have used both an Ink blending technique and Insects as the focus for my card. The Inky background uses a rainbow of Distress Inks on watercolor paper which helps to get a smooth blend effect. I am no expert but I found after laying down a couple of colours that it helps to go back to the first colour and go over the edges to help them blend better. Distress Inks stay wet a little longer than SU inks so that also helps with the blending process.
Here, I was going for a hot evening's sunset effect where the dragonflies (Insects) would indeed be flying around lol!


Dragonfly wings are pretty shiny in real life so I opted for some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the top layer of these little fellows and a few rhinestones sprinkled here and there for further glitz.
Stitched Rectangles I hear you say!! But no, these are not those ones - not yet 😊


This lovely stamp set from the Annual Catalogue is one I've neglected for a little while so it was good to have a reason to pull it out for this challenge as it reminded me of the fabulous sentiments it has amongst the images too.


Card Stock: Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams
Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Basic Rhinestones, White EP
Non SU: Distress Inks (Ranger/TH): Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch
Watercolor Paper  -Ranger/TH, Stitched Rectangle Framelits SSS

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fun "I" Items our Incredible design team have created to Inspire you and I look forward to seeing what  you feature in your project for this week's "I" letter challenge!

In the meantime, it's back to the pool for this melting little Ice block ....πŸ˜…
Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Friday, 30 November 2018

Signs of Santa Getting Ready for JAI #436



Happy Friday everyone and welcome 😊It's almost Summer and already our garden is bearing fruit - and lots of it! Strawberries are ready, and there are signs that ripe cucumber and tomatoes are not far at all. All that is missing is the sun which has been strangely absent lately.

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It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a lovely clean and simple sketch from the equally lovely Narelle! Sketches are often a favourite challenge - so versatile and this one is no different. Either use it as is or flip it around and your major design decisions are made for you!! Our talented design team have so many fabulous samples for you so I hope that you can take a moment and pop on over and see all the inspiration they have made for you.


For my card I decided to flip the sketch to fit in these delightful elves!! These cheeky eyed fellows are too cute not to be the main focus!! As much as I usually prefer to stamp my own images and colour backgrounds myself, the fun images in this set of papers co -ordinate perfectly with the dies so are designed to be cut out and used as they are so what could be easier!! πŸ˜† All these images also contain flocking  - in the stripes layer, the presents the elves are carrying and also Santa and his pom pom so even the bling is even added for you - woo hoo!! So all I did was add some thicker card stock behind the papers to give them the strength needed to be popped up.


As I don't yet have the Layering Oval Framelits, I used the same Stitched Oval Framelit for the sentiment and it's backing layer - I just fussy cut the white layer around the stitching to create a suitably smaller oval. Yes, the only stamping required here was for the sentiment - so unusual for a card by me but so quick and easy and just as festive for this busy time of year πŸ˜€



Card Stock: Garden Green, Poppy Parade, Silver Glimmer, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Santas Workshop Specialty
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Signs of Santa
Accessories: Big Shot, Santas Signpost Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Basic Rhinestones

Thanks for popping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous variety of cards by our design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fabulous clean and simple sketch too.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 23 November 2018

Merry Christmas to All for JAI #435



Hello, happy Friday and welcome!! It's a bit crazy how close to Christmas it is already so it is definitely time to start on making some cards to celebrate. Here in Melbourne, we have a few days of Spring to go and we have had a good hit of Summer heat in recent weeks and are now are back in the grip of a Wintery blast -it just takes the whole Four Seasons in One Day analogy to a whole new level!


It also sets the scene beautifully for this week's new challenge at Just Add Ink - a cool and crisp Inspiration Photo for you from Kim. Perfect to get your Winter snow and tree feel on, the design team had a lot of fun with this and so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and see all the fabulous examples to inspire you this week.


For my card this week - I was inspired by the leafy and classic snowy feel of the photo and pulled out the gorgeous Joyous Noel DSP and had my first play with the elegant Merry Christmas to All stamp bundle. The DSP itself is stunning - leaves of green, white and beautiful copper!


To accent the lovely leaves, I turned to the Pretty Pines Thinlits and also the Softly Falling EF added to the Vellum circle and let the copper and die cuts do the work.


Although I did colour some basic rhinestones with Blends to add another touch of bling too.


Card stock: Merry Merlot, Whisper White, Copper Foil, Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Joyous Noel Specialty
Stamps: Merry Christmas To All
Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Gently Falling EF, Copper EP, White EP, Copper Thread, Tranquil Tide Cotton ribbon

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 fabulous inspiration from the team this week and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 16 November 2018

Varied Alphabet for JAI #434



Hello and happy Friday and welcome back! It's been a busy couple of weeks with last weekend being Stampin Up's Onstage event. I was lucky enough to attend the Melbourne On Stage Local with some of our JAI friends - the team being split between the Melbourne and Brisbane venues. And it was with great joy that we learned that THREE of our JAI design team mates are on this year's Artisan Design Team so an extra special time for all of us as we celebrate their fabulous achievements!! (BTW I will be back later to share some swaps and roomie gifts I made for the weekend 😊)

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And it's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week Nikki has challenged us to Add a Big Bold Sentiment to our projects. The design team had such a lot of fun with this and so I hope you have a moment to pop on over to see the  projects and are inspired to join us. There are so many options and themes the world or word...is your oyster πŸ˜€


For this week's challenge I actually made 2 cards. Both follow the same design and use similar products - just use different papers for the bases and colours. The "big bold sentiment" is from the Lined Alphabet stamp set and some Wink of Stella is applied to the card stock.


Version 2 is similar - just a reverse of the colours and a slightly different background DSP - but both are from the same pack.


Hopefully you can see the Wink of Stella touches on the sentiment and flowers.




Card stock: Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Delightful Daisy
Inks: Versamark, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Garden Green
Stamps: Lined Alphabet,Varied Vases, Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Alphabet Edgelits, White EP, Vase Builder Punch, Wink of Stella, Glitter Enamel Dots


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time 😊

Jan

Friday, 2 November 2018

Bark! The Herald Angels Sing for JAI #433




Happy November everyone and welcome!! It's hard to believe the year is nearly over - but the warm temperatures are a good sign of what is to come. Yesterday was our first 34 degree day since March and today will be 30 before a late cool change. That is one of the great things about Melbourne - it might be hot for a day or two but it changes quickly and the variation is great. We had a great day meeting Sally's Guide Dogs' puppy raiser today and meeting two dogs she grew up with including her half sister and just generally finding out a bit more about her - a very fun morning tho wish we had taken some photos!!


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fun and vibrant colour challenge suggested for us all to us by Jo. These colours are ready for anything and the design team had a lot of fun using them and we hope that you do to. Hopefully you can take a moment to pop on over and be inspired to join us - do note that this challenge lasts for two weeks too as many of the design team will be away at On Stage next weekend and we might be able to catch up with you in person so do come say hello! I will be with several JAI team members in Melbourne but there will also be others of the team in Brisbane and we'd love to meet you!


This fun new Christmas set from MFT arrived this week and I just couldn't resist using it though I'd normally colour the dogs a bit differently... The sentiment was just too good πŸ˜ƒ
The background is the new Buffalo Check stamp and some ruler drawn lines which is a technique I've seen popular online and did add a more finished touch.


The silver die cuts are a combination of two sets available in the Annual Catty - The detailed Swirly Snowflakes and Starlights...a touch of vellum behind the Lab and this fun card is complete 😊



Card Stock: Blueberry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Silver Glimmer, Silver Foil, Vellum
Ink: Berry Bushel, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist (Pencil), Versamark, Navy Blends
Stamps: Buffalo Check
Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Snowflaks Thinlits, Starlight Thinlits, Stiched Shapes Framelits, Circle Framelits (retired), White EP,
Non SU: Deck the Howls stamp set (MFT)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you might take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the inspiration from the design team and I look forward to seeing your creations with this fun and vibrant colour combo in the gallery over the next two weeks 😊

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 26 October 2018

Signs of Santa for JAI #432



Yes, it's another happy Friday and we are now almost 2/3 the way through Spring already! Where has the year gone?! Everything in the garden is growing - the flowers, the veggies and yes, also the weeds but it is a sure sign the weather is slowly but surely getting warmer. 😊


It's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink . This week the lovely Patrice has suggested a fun Choose Two out of Buttons, Bows or Bling challenge for us all to use in our crafting this week. The options are almost as open as your imagination and we hope that you will enjoy this one as much as the design team did! We hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to see the fabulous variation the team has come up with to inspire you and hopefully join us.


So here we go, my first Christmas card of 2018!! Not a moment too soon either given it's almost November already πŸ˜‰For my items, I chose Bows and Bling. The presents have the bows and the bling is in the silver glimmer snow flakes and backing layer. The images are all cut from the stunning Santa's Workshop DSP. This pretty special paper pack has images that fit into the Framelits - so no need to colour unless you want to.  The only stamping is "North Pole" on the sign and the sentiment.


And there is a fabulous flocking effect on all of the pages - the striped base layer for example has white "flocking" stripes and so is Santa's hat pom pom and the signs and more and more.... A beautiful textural effect perfect for the visually impaired or any child or child like adult to enjoy πŸ˜€


The background layer is water coloured lightly with Pool Party and then for good measure and extra bling, a little Wink of Stella is flicked over it too.


Card stock: Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Santa's Workshop Specialty
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: Signs of Santa
Accessories: Big Shot, Santa's Signpost Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 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 the gorgeous inspiration from all the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 19 October 2018

Masculine Broadway for JAI #431



Happy Friday everyone and welcome back again! We are almost half way through Spring  and the garden is looking fantastic! The native Bottle Brush trees are starting to bloom, the flowers are out and the bees are buzzing....truly a wonderful time of year πŸ˜€

Also wonderful, is the new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week we have a fun sketch designed for us all to use by Tina. Sketches are great as they hint at a ready made design and you just need to fit images into the different areas. Our lovely design team have all created fabulous cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.


Yes, I am a bit taken by this stamp set currently πŸ˜€This time the Hooray is embossed in black and then Gold and the two smaller sentiments are also part of the set. The papers are from the co ordinating suite and the gold touches on them are rather fabulous in real life.


And here you may be able to see the full effect of the two embossing sentiment layers.




Card stock: Basic Black, Gold Foil, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Broadway Bound Specialty
Inks: Versamark, Pacific Point
Stamps: Broadway Birthday
Accessories: Broadway Lights Framelits, White EP

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you might take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the wonderful cards that the rest of the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch this week.