Friday, 23 August 2019

Bloom and Grow for JAI #471





Hi folks and welcome! It's Friday and that means it's time for another fun challenge at Just Add Ink.

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This week's lovely Inspiration Photo with these beautiful yarns and colours was suggested by Rachael. You can take whatever appeals to you - be it the sense of stripes, the colours or the textures from the photo for your Inspiration for crafty fun this week. Our lovely design team have created a wonderful array of cards to encourage you so we'd love you to join us.


I was inspired by the Stripes of colour, the colours themselves and the sense of texture to create a card with a window this week.  The gorgeous Pretty Peacock base card was embossed with the Stripes EF before some Copper Trim was wrapped around centre of the Stitched Nested Label Die opening.


The beautiful Bloom and Grow images were coloured with a mixture of Blends and Copics before being smothered with some Wink of Stella.....and the sentiment was embossed in Copper for the inside. And this CAS card is ready already 😊



Card stock: Pretty Peacock, Whisper White
Inks: Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends- Blackberry Bliss, Rococo Rose  
Stamps: Bloom and Grow
Accessories: Big Shot, Budding blooms Dies, Copper Trim, Wink of Stella
Non SU- Copics

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 our lovely design team and I look forward to seeing what Inspires you from this fun and linear Photo. 

Happy stamping until next time,
Jan


Friday, 16 August 2019

Silhouette Wish for JAI #470



Hello everyone and welcome to another Friday. It's been a full and busy week in our household and I hope that you are looking forward to the weekend and a crafty project or two!

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It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Jo has suggested this fun and versatile challenge for us all to use in our projects. No Stamping - so we encourage you to think outside your stamping box to all the other tools in your collection that you can use to make a card. Dies, papers, paste and memory making cards...the design team have many examples to show you so I hope you can pop on over an take a peek and we'd love you to join us!


I have fallen in love with the Silhouette Scenes stamp set and this time I get to use the dies and the DSP that goes with them. The DSP background has white and blue details that looks like it was created with water and Brusho. All of the DSP in this pack has a hand painted effect that is so beautiful! 

I've added the dandelion die cuts and sentiments from the Broadway Birthday and then created the "big" from cutting apart "birthday" and "groom" from the Well Written dies. The little heart is also part of the Written collection. I couldn't resist a little pop of pink to break up the pretty blue, white and silver hues. 😊




Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: See A Silhouette
Accessories: Big Shot, Broadway Lights dies, Stitched Nested Labels dies, Well Written dies

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 inspiration from our lovely design team and I look forward to see what you will create for this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,
Jan

Friday, 9 August 2019

Silhouette Scenes for JAI #469

 
  

Happy Friday folks and welcome!! Whilst we are coping with a Wintery blast this weekend, it is noticeable that Spring is on it's way. Slowly but surely, the sun is starting to rise earlier and set a little later. The doggies are going a bit crazy in the parks and the Wattle has started to flower....yes, Spring is in the air 😊

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This week at Just Add Ink, Di has given us this rich and vibrant colour combo to use in our projects. The design team have created a beautiful variety of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and we'd love you to join us!


This colour combo looked perfect to create a background to use the new Silhouette Scenes bundle that has just arrived in my craft room so I pulled out the Sponge Brayers and got to work on Shimmery White card stock. 


The ink was heat set to ensure it was dry before stamping the grass from Enjoy Life and then the girl from Silhouette Scenes was stamped in Versamark and embossed using the new Shimmer Black EP.  It is sooo sparkly in real life with a mixture of pink, green and blue sparkles.


The tree was die cut and trimmed and the bird is also from Enjoy Life. 


And the inside was also decorated in the same way as the outside.


As I had created a couple of backgrounds with these rich colours, I couldn't stop at one card and created another. I needed a sun thanks to the sentiment poem, so a punched a circle' negative space became a stencil to sponge some White Craft Ink into and then a little more Grapefruit on top.


The Shimmer Black embossing powder has already become a favourite - quite cool IRL indeed!


This time all the images are from the Enjoy Life stamp set and I think it might be my favourite card of the two. What about you?




Card Stock: Pretty Peacock, Shimmery White, Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Pretty Peacock, Terracotta Tile, Grapefruite Grove, Versamark, Craft White
Stamps: Enjoy Life, Silhouette Scenes, Thoughtful Branches (Retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Sweet Silhouette Dies, Shimmer Black EP, Stitched Nested Labels, 13/8" Circle Punch

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink to see all the fabulous inspiration from the team and I look forward to see how you will create using these colours this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 2 August 2019

Cling Wrap Background for JAI #468



It's the first Friday in August and that means that it's only 4 weeks til Spring AND when the Holiday Catalogue goes live πŸ˜€ I'm sure the time will go much more quickly then we expect it to!!

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It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this week we have one of Tina's popular letter challenges. This time it is to Add the letter "C " to our projects. It could be a stamp set beginning with C, a colour or theme - to be the main focus of your project. Once again, our design team have created a fabulous variety of C focused projects to inspire you so we'd love you to pop on over and join us!


For my card this week I decided to try something new to me - the Cling wrap background technique. Yes, my theme is Christmas and I've also added a Copper Foil sentiment and Curvy layer for good measure 😊
Here, I used a combination of Pool Party, Blueberry Bushel and Pretty Peacock ink pads on the cling wrap before spritzing with water and adding the paper. I found it helped to literally wrap around the back of the water colour paper and then turn it over and move the ink around with the wrap and then weigh it down with an ink pad! You an see the lines and texture from the wrap that was scrunched on top holding the water/ink in place as it dried.


 Here is another version using exactly the same technique and even colours - just I used the Reinkers directly onto the cling wrap instead of the ink pads. It results in a much richer colour base of course but using more water meant there were less lines from the wrap that was used to move the colours around but still plenty of interest and I think it is my favourite 😊






Card stock:  Whisper White (thick and standard), Sparkle and Silver Glimmer, Copper Foil
Ink: Pool Party, Blueberry Bushel, Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Dies, Detailed Deer Dies, Magnificent Magnolia Dies, Cling Wrap, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to pop over to Just Add Ink and see all the cards the design team have created to inspire you. And I look forward to seeing how you choose to "Just Add....'C" to your projects this week.

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan



Friday, 26 July 2019

You'll Always Be My Hero JAI #468



Happy Friday folks and welcome 😊It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week Lou has a gorgeous clean and elegant Sketch for us all to use.

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You can use the sketch exactly as it is above or flip it around for whatever suits your project. Our lovely design team have all created gorgeous cards to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and take a peek and we'd love you to join us.


I needed a male "thank you" card and looking through my stamp collection I came across the retired  Everyday Hero set and decided to give it a whirl.
First, I stamped the Wow bubble and created a mask before using Distress Inks to create a sky background.


Superman and his Wow bubble were coloured with Copics and the city sky scrapers were stamped on Smoky Slate card a couple of times and enough fussy cut to fill the space.


The Stamparatus makes putting the head and body together Super Easy πŸ˜„
And add a few metallic sequins and this Super Hero themed male card is ready for delivery!


Card Stock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Everyday Hero (retired)
Accessories: Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Distress Inks (TH/Ranger) Copic Markers

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment and pop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love to see your take on this clean and elegant sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 19 July 2019

Merry Puppies for JAI # 467



Hi everyone and welcome back :-) 
It's Friday again and that means it's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink

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This week Kelly has given us this fabulous Inspiration Photo to kickstart our craft projects. It may be that you are inspired by individual items in the photo, or the colours or theme. Whatever pops out at you and sparks an idea, we would love to hear about and of course, see your result 😊And don't forget to pop by the Just Add Ink blog to see all the wonderful creations the team has made to inspire you too.


I knew as soon as I saw those baubles, this was going to be a puppy Christmas card....😊These images are from an oldie but a goodie MFT set called Happy Pawlidays and he (as girls wouldn't be that naughty would they?) has just pulled over the Pine branch inspired Christmas tree!!



One of the Nested Label dies forms the frame and the sentiment is created using the Layering Alphabet Dies to give the images a fresh, up to date look. 


The images themselves were coloured with Copics. I have a mixture of Copics and Blends in my collection and although I'm no colouring expert, for the tree used a flicking stripe technique to give shading so it looks a little like the pine branches in the photo. It's the same stroke used for colouring hair 😊


I suspect this puppy must be a little over weight as it looks like he's caused the letters to be a bit crooked too πŸ˜€At least there's a few months yet for a diet before it needs to go in the post!!


Don't forget to pop on over to see all fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Just Add Ink team and I look forward to seeing what you love about this lovely Inspiration Photo challenge  this week.

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Tutti Fruiti stack (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Alphabet Dies
Non SU: Happy Pawlidays bundle (MFT), Copic markers

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 12 July 2019

Thank You for Being a Friend JAI #465



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! We are mid way through Winter now and the chill is certainly palpable in the air. This week is particularly seasonal, with blizzards in the Alpine regions and even in the city we've had heavy rain and Gale force winds. But...when we see the sun they tell us it is rising earlier and setting a little later already πŸ˜‰

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So it's perfect timing for this week's new Just Add Ink challenge!! Nikki has suggested that we "Just Add...the Season."  So what is the Season where you are? Winter? Summer? Or maybe you have a favourite Season that you'd like to share with us. Whichever of the four weather based Seasons you'd like to choose, we'd love to see how you make them the focal point of your project.


For my card this week, I've gone with my favourite Season - Spring!! I am not a huge bird fan but I did love the look of this pretty page from the Bird Ballad Suite. Flicking through the catalogue I was reminded of the Lots of Happy Kit and that's where the sentiment comes from. Btw, has anyone found themselves singing the song this comes from or am I showing my age? Somehow it has become stuck in my head now πŸ˜€


The Nesting dies were used to layer the sentiment. But the next size up than the white layer was quite a bit longer.


So similarly with how to shorten a rectangle die, I simply placed the top cutting plate only half way over the die so it cuts only as far as the plate After passing it through the die cutting machine, I kept the die in place and placed the white layer on top and then moved the die over to frame the white layer evenly.


Another floral spray was fussy cut to add to the label with some Basic Pearls as centres. There are some soft layers of Burlap, twine the opposite side of the DSP and some black sequin trim. Wink of Stella was applied to all the blooms and this card is ready.


Card stock: Basic Black, Pool Party, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Bird Ballad
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Lots of Happy (Kit)
Accessories: Big Shot, Nested Labels Dies, Burlap Ribbon, Black Sequin Trim, White Twine, Basic Pearls

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 our lovely team has created for you. I look forward to seeing what Season you choose for your projects too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan