Friday, 21 June 2019

Country Birthday for JAI #462

Welcome back everyone! Today is a day I have been waiting for - it's the Shortest Day or Winter Solstice....hooray!! So why is it a big deal? Because after today the days start to get a bit longer and brighter! Spring is a coming people however how cold it might be!!πŸ˜€
And I'm also hoping that might mean that taking card photos might get a bit easier too but I'll let you be the judge of that.

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And its new challenge time at Just Add Ink,  and this week we have a fun and very versatile sketch for you from Kim. You can use the sketch as is or flip it around - as long as we can see the sketch in your project. The design team have created such wonderful and varied projects it's obvious that this was a favourite challenge so we hope that you will love it too!

For my card, I dug deep into the Designer Series Paper draw and came up with this retired pattern. Black and white with a pop of colour is my favourite combo and this seemed a good time to put that to work.😊 After colouring the floral image with a mixture of Blends and Copics and fussy cutting it soon became clear that a circle was going to work better than a square for this image. The coloured shadow onto the white background is hard to see with the actual shadow but it is there.

The white circle is a die cut stitched circle the same size as the Lipstick one behind, but it's trimmed along the stitching to create a slightly smaller shape. The sentiment is wrapped around the jug's handle and the banners just couldn't be resisted.

Card stock: Basic Black, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick Foil (SAB)
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Blends: Old Olive, Lovely Lipstick 
Stamps: Country Home, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, White EP, White Flax Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Metallic Sequins Assortment (retired) 
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 awesome creations the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 14 June 2019

Happy Tails for JAI #461

Happy Friday and welcome! It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink!

Rachael has given us this fabulous Inspiration Photo to spark our creativity this week. You can take whatever you like best from the photo - be it the lovely city and tree scene, the architectural feel or the colours - whatever pops out at you! The design team have created lots of different styles of cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love to see you join us!


I chose to use the colours from the Inspiration Photo to create this for one of our much loved doggie friends who sadly fell at the park during the week and has partially torn her cruciate ligament. That's right, this card is for a dog, a beautiful golden Lab called Tag to be specific...tho I suspect her Mum will love it too 😊

The front is simply the frame, with the puppy, hearts and sequins added to the outside. Then it opens to reveal the brayered heart - over a home made stencil made by die cutting the heart out of a piece of card stock.

Then the card opens further to reveal space for a hidden message. This means that the front panel image remains intact. The perfect sentiment for a puppy or puppy loving family don't you think? 
And particularly good here as it even rhymes with her name, which is Tag 😍

Card stock: Basic Grey, Pineapple Punch, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Inks: Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black, Grey Granite, 
Stamps: Happy Tails
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangles, Hearts Collection Framelits (long retired), Dog Builder Punch, Sponge Brayers, Blender Pen, Metallic Sequin assortment, Iridescent Sequins

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the lovely creations the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this week's fabulous Inspiration Photo too.

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 7 June 2019

Magnolia with a Difference for JAI #460

Hi everyone and welcome! The first week of Winter is behind us....just 11 more to go and we will be celebrating the arrival of Spring!! πŸ˜€Yes, not a huge fan of Winter....

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It's new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this week Lou has suggested we add Emboss Resist to our projects. This is where you heat emboss an area - or an image and apply ink and the embossed area resists the ink application. The design team have had such fun with this and all created a wide variety of gorgeous projects to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over and take a peek and join us.

My card was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire post where she calls this particular technique Trapped Emboss Resist. I started with a piece of white card stock and sponged a rainbow of colours onto it (So Saffron, Calypso Coral, and new favourites, Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel). Then, after heat setting the colours to make sure they were dry, I stamped the main image from Magnificent Magnolia. in Versamark and added Clear embossing powder and heat set it. Then I sponged Craft White ink over the whole panel and heat set it again which also helps the embossing to show through. Cool eh?!

You can see the clear embossing shining through in the above pic quite well.

The "friend " die cut has a couple of black layers underneath the white to help it to fit in with the black and white theme of the other elements too. The small Magnolia is also embossed in black.

Card Stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Basic Black
Inks: so Saffron, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lipstick, Blueberry Bushel, Craft White, Versamark
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Well Written Dies, Clear EP, Black EP
Non SU: Sequins (PPP)

Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration the team have for you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun Emboss Resist technique.

Happy stamping until next time,


Sunday, 2 June 2019

Dream Big for JAI #459


Hello everyone and welcome. It's the first weekend in June and Winter has well and truly arrived here in Melbourne. So much so that the local Ski resorts have opened a week before the offical start of the ski season. And whilst it's not quite snowing here in the city it sure feels like it sometimes!

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 I've popped in with a card for this week's vibrant Colour challenge from Rochelle at Just Add Ink.  Due to being unwell this week, my card wasn't quite ready in time for the design team and in all honesty, I had doubts initially about it being up to the high standards I set myself for JAI projects. But this card was made with love for a lovely young friend and so I've decided to add it to the gallery.

So this is a Twisted Easel + Shaker card! The Easel mechanism is easy to create. Simply take a side folding card and score the front diagonally from corner to corner. The bottom half of the scored part is where you attach the standing layers. And in this case, it is the flower that holds the easel in place.

The background panel is water coloured and then the sparkly Dream lies over the top. Some sequins are glued in place to give a sense of height but most are free to shake. The water coloured diamond, leaves and floral images are from the sadly retiring Oh So Eclectic bundle - one of my all time faves.

Thanks to this fitting a standard card base, it folds flat for posting - or in this case, hand delivery πŸ’–
My lovely young hairdresser is choosing to retrain as a teacher. Whilst I will miss her, she will make a wonderful teacher too and I'm so glad for her that she has the courage to go after her dreams.

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Diamond Glimmer Paper, Vellum, Watercolor Paper, Window Sheets
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Blushing Bride, Poppy Parade
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic
Accessories: Big Shot. Large Letter Frameltis, Eclectic Layers Framelits, Well Written, Clear Faceted Gems, Star Border Punch (retired), Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Foam Adhesive Strips

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the wonderful cards the team have to inspire you. And I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun and vibrant combo too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 24 May 2019

Quilted Quirky Card fold for JAI #458

Hello, happy Friday to you and welcome!! It's almost half way through 2019 already yet the weather  has not felt like it. Just the last few days we've had beautiful, not a cloud in the sky warm sunny days and the garden is loving it too! We even have been able to pick our very first lemons from our young tree which is pretty special πŸ˜€

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It's new challenge time over at Just Add Ink and this week we have something a little special for you too. We are coming to the pointy end of Tina's very popular letter challenges. So this week we are offering you the option to choose which letter - out of Q, X, Y or Z to use as your main focus for your projects. Our lovely design team had a lot of fun with this and almost all letters are well represented. Can you find something for X  maybe? We'd love to see your creation whichever of these letters you choose. 😊

For my card....can you guess?? I've gone with Q - for a Quilted background and a Quick and Quirky card fold. πŸ˜€Yes, I am a tad addicted lately to both this Triangle fold card base  (I was inspired by the lovely Nikki Spencer 's version) and the Magnolia bundle. Today's card is also paired with the beautiful Magnolia Lane DSP.

 The flower is coloured with Blends and the leaves with Copics. You may have noticed that similarly to the last card that I made with this magnolia, that I have fussy cut the left lower leaf and tucked it in under the petals. It fits the space better and also gives a little more dimension.

The die cut birthday has a couple of layers of white underneath it to give it more strength and dimension too 😊

Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Designer Series paper: Magnolia Lane
Inks: Versamark, Blends: Calypso Coral light, Petal Pink Combo
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Magnolia Memory dies, Well Written dies, Tufted 3D EF, Wink of Stella, Gold Faceted Gems
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 the fabulous array of cards the team has made to inspire you and I really look forward to seeing what letter you choose to kick start your creating process this week!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 17 May 2019

Broadway Wish for JAI #457

Happy Friday and welcome everyone! We are now half way through May and the nights are cgetting longer and cool. All the colours of Autumn are visible in the tree leaves though and it is a truly beautiful sight as we go for our evening dog walks around the neighbourhood.

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And fun this week is our new challenge at Just Add Ink! Narelle has designed this lovely clean and layered Sketch for us all to use in our projects. You can use it as is or flip it around to suit what you have in mind. Sketches are a great base for creating as the design is all done for you and you just need to choose which colours and images to use. Our design team have created a gorgeous array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can pop on over and we'd love you to join us!

For my card, I have used the current Broadway Birthday bundle and teamed it with the new Perennial Essence DSP to make a Twisted Easel card for a friend's birthday.  The papers have a real Monet feel about them and even the reverse sides (like this one) are so whimsical and beautiful.

For the sketch strip layers, I have used a combination of card stock, ribbon and sequin trim and this is how the card appears from the envelope. Always good to have a fancy fold card that fits a regular envelope 😊The gold confetti diamonds are cut using the co -ordination dies and the sequins are the Metallics Assortment on the retirement list so if you're like me, and use these a lot you'd best stock up whilst you can.

Card stock: Blackberry Bliss, Berry Bliss,  Powder Pink, Daffodil Delight, Vellum, Silver Glimmer, Gold Foil
Designer Series Paper: Perennial Essence
Inks: Versamark, Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Broadway Birthday
Accessories: Big Shot, Broadway Lights Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Silver Sequin Trim, Metallic Sequins (retiring)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous inspiration from the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun and clean sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Kelly's Stamping Friends Birthday Blog Hop 2019

Hello and welcome to a special Blog Hop to celebrate the lovely Kelly Kent's birthday!! I've been blessed to know Kelly for a few years now thanks to us being Just Add Ink teamies. She is a very talented crafter and also so very generous with her time and energy for all and so I jumped at the opportunity to honour her on her birthday.πŸ˜€

You may have just arrived here from Siobhan Fitzsimmins and her gorgeous projects. And you can also start the Hop here by clicking on the Next button at the bottom of this post. I'm sure you will enjoy your trip around  blog land celebrating Kelly and Birthdays with us. We hope you will be inspired and you may even get a few sneak peeks of new products coming in the new Annual Catalogue. 😊

For my card, I do have a couple of sneak peeks for you and have created a Triangle Fold card. I was inspired to try this fun fold by a recent card from another of my lovely JAI team mates,  Nikki Spencer. The flower used here is of course the aptly named Magnificent Magnolia and as I have loved the trees and flowers in the neighbourhood for years, it is sure to get a good work out here πŸ˜€

The petals are coloured using Blends and Wink of Stella and the leaves using Copics. You may have noticed that the bottom left leaf is fussy cut and slipped underneath. It helps it fit the space better - and also my need for balance, Lol! The banners are adhered to the top of the front panel and I think for future versions they would sit better if adhered to the back of the panel.

The gorgeous DSP is also new, from the Perennial Essence Suite. It his stunning in real life and has a definite Monet feel about it. I adore the mix of deep purples and blues with the lighter pinks / yellows and couldn't wait to pair it with this bloom for a slightly different look.

This card is now on it's way to Kelly, the birthday girl of course and I hope you too enjoy heading off next to see Richelle Fletcher and her awesome projects! You can see a full list of the Blop Hop participants below. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Hop. 😊

Card Stock: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Designer Series Paper:
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Blends: Lovely Lipstick (light), Pink Pirouette (retired)
Stamps: Magnificent Magnolia, Well Said
Accessories: Big Shot, Magnolia Memory Dies, Well Written Dies, White flax Ribbon, Wink of Stella (clear), White EP, Gold Faceted Gems.
Non - Stampin Up - Green and brown Copic markers.

1 Kelly Kent
2 Shannon Kissane
3 Tina Gillespie
4 Monique Fielder
5 Leonie Stuart
6 Michelle Strazds
7 Mandy Depiazzi 
8 Rochelle Blok 
9 Narelle Simm 
10 Catherine Creer
11 Lou Kitzelman
12 Sandra Collett 
13 Sharon Dalton 
14 Denise Buetler 
15 Siobhan Fitzsimmons
16 Jan McQueen - you are HERE
17 Cathy Pinchbeck
18 Richelle Fletcher 
19 Melissa Gifford 
20 Rachael Lewsley
21 Nicole Wilson
22 Julia Quinn
23 Sheila Pybus
24 Leonie Schroder

Happy stamping until next time,