Friday, 14 January 2022

Just Add Ink Summer Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to our first Just Add Ink challenge for 2022 and in celebration we are having a fun Blog Hop! You may have arrived from the lovely Kim's  colourful project or you may be starting here.If you get lost along the way. clicking the challenge graphic will take you to the Just Add Ink blog and a full list of everyone taking part.I hope you have a lot of fun Hopping around using the Next button at the end of this and everyone's posts and are inspired by the Summer themed projects to join in the challenge yourself! 

This is the first of two projects I created this week. Both are Sunflower themed as they are a Summer favourite of mine and I have some growing in my garden again this year.

This image is coloured with a mixture of Copics and Blends and features the beautiful Sunflower Dies as a background. I do love a white on white texture with a pop of colour.

In this version, the colours were sponged first and the image stamped over the top and embossed in Black afterwards. The background uses the Subtles EF and it is indeed Subtle.

Which of these do you like better?  

You're off to see the lovely Nikki"s project next which is super pretty. I hope you enjoy the Hop and don't forget to come back and join in the challenge!

Card stock: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Basic Black, Be Dazzling Specialty Paper (Sab)
Inks: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Sunflower Dies, White EP, Black EP, Crinkle White Ribbon, Purple orgnaza ribbon (retired), Basic Rhinestones, Metallic Assortment Sequins, Sequin Trim, Faceted Gems.

Til next time,


Friday, 17 December 2021

JAI #585 Whimsical Packaging

Happy Friday everyone and welcome back! It's the middle of December already and I, like most of you I am sure, am busy creating for Christmas. This year I have added candle making, moisturisers for face and body to my repertoire and, rather amazingly I have even managed to propagate a few plants. So that busy time of the year it truly is!!

And it's the last Just Add Ink challenge for 2021!!! Nikki has asked us to Just Add Christmas packaging - the perfect challenge for this season of gift giving. This challenge goes for 2 weeks and the team won't be choosing winners so please comment on everyone's photos and share the love this Christmas.

I created a cute little box using the Window Box Thinlits and the Whimsical Trees bundle.

Whilst the Window Box is retired, it is still a handy tool for packaging little jars or sweets for gifts.

Once the box was cut out and assembled, a strip of the pretty Whimsy & Wonder DSP was wrapped around it, scoring it for the sides of the box as I went. Then natural twine and silver Elegant Thread topped off the side details. Whilst the top of the box is decorated with images and the cute tree dies from the Whimsical bundle.

Inside, is a little jar of body butter I've created and the box is the perfect size to gift it in.

Thanks for popping by today and also throughout the year! I really value the time people take to leave comments on my projects whether here on my blog or on my instagram account @mcqueenjan. We all need encouragement from time to time to inspire us and I really appreciate you all. Just Add Ink is a wonderful team of ladies whom I've been blessed to be part of for many years.  I hope you have enjoyed our challenges and projects throughout the year and come back for our annual Blog Hop in mid January!

I may post again before Christmas and the New Year so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Day celebrating with family and friends - especially for those that haven't been able to be together for the last 2 years. And a truly fabulous year in 2022!

Til next time,

Friday, 3 December 2021

JAI #583 Wedding Sketch

Happy Friday everyone and welcome back again. It is officially the first week of Summer and we've had heat, hail and floods all in a couple of days what an interesting few months ahead going by the last two days!

This week at Just Add Ink, Kim has created this clean and fabulous sketch for us all to use. You can flip it around or use it as is. Our design team have created a gorgeous array of cards to inspire you and we'd love you to join us over on the challenge blog.

For my card I needed a Wedding card for a friend. So I used this week's Sketch to help me do that. 
The subtle rainbow background was created by sponging colour onto a stamp from the Artistically Inked stamp and the co ordinating leaves die was also used. 
The flowers come from the retired Pretty Perennials and the sentiment from another set. 

The embossed flowers I've used for the circle part of the sketch and the gold glimmer is of course for the edge.

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

Card Stock: Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Be Dazzling Specialty
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Artistically Inked, Pretty Perennials, Flourishing Phrases
Accessories: Artistic Dies, Perennial Petals Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Gold EP, Pearls, Sequins

Non SU: Tim Holtz/ Ranger Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Salty Ocean and Cracked Pistachio.

'Til next time,



Friday, 19 November 2021

JAI #581 Legs and Thank You


Happy Friday and welcome! Here in Victoria life is slowly returning to a new normal after all of our weeks of lockdown. Finally I got to catch up with some lovely friends we have been missing and we are able to take our masks off outside. We are still being cautious and careful but so far so good.

This week at Just Add Ink, the lovely Lou has asked that we add Legs to our projects! How cool is that?!! Whether that be human, animal, insect or anything in between, any legs will do and we'd love to see them all!! Our design team have created a fabulous array of legs of all kinds to inspire you so I hope you might pop on over and come and join in the challenge with us!

I was needing a "thank you" card and so for my "legs" element I brought out the fun and retired Kangaroo and Company stamp set. Coloured with Copics and Blends the Roo and flowers are paired together with a little bit of sparkle and shine. The colours are hard to show sometimes but the colours below are a more true reflection of the card.

Card stock: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam,Silver Sparkle (Saleabration)
Inks: Majenta Madness, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends: Lovely Lipstick, Shaded Spruce. Copics
Stamps: Kangaroo And Company, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Die Cutting Machines, Kangaroo Dies, Rectangle Framaelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Basic rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are inspired to stop by the challenge blog and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this very fun and creative challenge!

'Til next time,


Friday, 5 November 2021

JAI #579 Peace with Bling

Happy Friday folks and welcome! It's incredible to think that 2020 is nearly over and Christmas is nearlu upon us. This year has been yet another different one but hopefully now we can start planning towards a new type of normal again soon.

At Just Add Ink this week we have a Choose Two Challenge where you can choose two items out of Foil, Glimmer and Shimmer for the main focus of your projects this week. Our design team have created such a beautiful array of cards to inspire you I hope that you can join pop on over and join us. 

For my card this week, I started with some beautiful retired Christmas DSP that has copper Foil leaves all through it. I added a copper foil sentiment, some glimmery green die cut leaves and....seeing as this was a challenge I suggested and I just couldn't stop with the beautiful bling, some shimmer with red sequins as well!😀

Here you can see the gorgeous details when the light hits all the foil, glimmer and shimmer.

Card stock: Merry Merlot, Whisper White, Copper Foil, Green Glimmer ( 6x6 Assortment)
Inks: Merry Merlot
Stamps: Peace & Joy
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Joy Dies, Regals Sequins (retired)

This is the first Christmas card for me so far so I'd better make a few more! Christmas cards are often when we pull out the bling and shine but projects for this challenge doesn't have to be limited to a theme or Season. So I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun Choose Two challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

'Til next time,



Friday, 22 October 2021

JAI #577 Colourful Plants

Happy Friday everyone and welcome back! Today is a special day - and I can say so myself as it's my birthday! I am so glad too that Dan Andrews our Victorian Premier chose to have today as the day we can bring our long lockdown to an end!

This week at Just Add Ink we have a gorgeous Inspiration Photo challenge for you suggested by Kim. The design team have all created a wonderful variety of cards to inspire you. We'd love to have you join us. 

For my card I tried to recreate the Inspiration Photo leaves. I sponged a rainbow of colours onto water coloured card stock and then flicked some Distress Resist Spray and a little water onto the colours to recreate the water droplets in the photo.

Then the leaves were die cut and arranged in black and sillver foil pots to allow the colours to shine.

Card stock: Whisper White, (thick and standard) Basic Black, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Pretty Perennials
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Plant dies, White EP,  Silver EP,  Rectangle Framelits 
Non SU: TIm Holtz, Distress Inks. Distress Watercolor Card stock.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop by Just Add Ink and I look forward to seeing what you create inspired by this pretty photo.

Til next time,


Friday, 8 October 2021

JAI #575 Sympathy


Hello and welcome! It's the start of Spring and that means the first week also of Daylight Savings for those on most of the East Coast of Australia and also in New Zealand. And being Friday, it's also time to share this week's Just Add Ink Challenge with you!
This soft and elegant colour palate was chosen for us to use this week by Patrice. The design team have a created a beautiful array of cards to inspire you over on the blog and we'd love to have you join us.

For my card this week, I chose the beautiful Artistically Inked DSP and the co ordinating dies as a starting point and added a Sentiment from Peaceful Moments. A touch of Gold Foil card and some soft crinkled ribbon and this card is ready to post.

Card stock: Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Artistically Inked
Ink: Versamark.
Stamps: Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Artistic Dies, Gold EP, White Crinkle ribbon, Nested Framelits, Gold Faceted Jewels.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and be inspired and I look forward to seeing what you create for this challenge too!

Til next time,