Friday, 20 May 2022

JAI #604 CASE of Yourself

 



Hello everyone and welcome! It's Friday again and over half way through May already. The year is positively flying by and the colder, darker mornings are definitely feeling like Winter is on its way.


It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and we ask that you would add a CASE of yourself. This is the time to dig out your own crafty efforts and look to improve/ update a card you've made previously. The design team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you and I hope that you can pop on over to the blog and have a look and we'd love you to join us.


I decided to CASE the card I made for JAI 3604 that you can see here. So I created two cards that are very similar in layout but I changed the background mainly to use a white on white background of die cuts and changed the floral colours on the left and the sentiment on the right.


A little pink and cold combo with the green here and leaf details to compliment the die cut leaves adn flower.


And this one I've added a sentiment to a green in the papers and again the same die cut images to the background.


Sometimes, you don't need to change a lot about a card to make another version of it. And when you have the supplies out it is the perfect time to consider a back up card of similar proportions.


Thanks for popping by today and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and we'd love you to join in the challenge too!!

Card stock: Basic White (thick and standard), Polished Pink, Fresh Fresia.
Designer Series Paper: Expressions In Ink
Inks: Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Versamark
Stamps: Artistically Inked, Peaceful Moments
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Artistic Dies, Shimmery Black EP, GoldEP, Gold Faceted Gems, Ribbon and Gold trim
 
'Til next time,

Jan














Friday, 6 May 2022

JAI #602 Choose Two Birthday

 



It's the first Friday in May and it feels a lot more like Winter in Melbourne today than Autumn. It is definitely time to get out the Winter woollies, coats and boots. It is also time to take a peek at the new Stamping Up Annual Catalog and all the gorgeous goodies to get the creative juices flowing.


This week its time for our Choose Two Challenge at Just Add Ink and Kerry has set us a fabulous one: Choose Two out of Stencilling, Heat Embossing or Texture Paste. This gives such a lot of options and there is so much lovely variation in the Design Team projects this week and I hope that you can pop on over to the Challenge blog and get excited to join us!


I chose to use the lovely Artistically Inked set that has mede it into the new Catalogue - far too beautiful to be left out yet! And for my Challenge items, I chose Texture Paste and Stencilling - and stencilled using the Shimmery Embossing Paste which does give such a pretty sparkle in real life.


For colours I've used the gorgeous Fresh Freesia and the dark and moody Evening Evergreen and spiced it up with a few gold touches and white/ pink  sequins.


It's Clean and Simple whilst the textured white on white background adds a little extra elegance - or that was the plan. You can be the judge!


Card stock: Basic White (Thick and Standard), Fresh Freesia, Gold Foil.
Ink: Fresh Freesia, Evening Evergreen, Versamark
Stamps: Artiscally Inked
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Artistic Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Pattern Party Masks, Shimmery Embossing Paste, Black Shimmery EP, Gold Faceted Gems, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for popping by today and I hope you can take a moment to continue on to the Just Add Ink blog and see more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge.

"Til next time,

Jan








Friday, 22 April 2022

JAI #600 Inspiration...Coffee

 



Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It's mid -April and after a beautifully warm Easter weekend, it's now become rather grey and chilly outside and it definitely feels like Winter has arrived a little early.


And just in time, here is our latest challenge at Just Add Ink  with a wonderful Autumn feel to it from Kerry! The design team have created a wonderful array of cards to inspire you and so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and we'd love you to join us!


My card was inspired by the gingham, mug of hot coffee and the colours. 
The Buffalo Check helped provide the gingham background and then the lovely Nothing Better Than had the coffee and chocolate references to complete my card.


The colours in the Inspiration Photo are definitely not in my comfort zone of pinks and greens but it is good to challenge yourself and see how you can pull it together.  Just because I am a seasoned stamper doesn't mean that all types of cards come naturally but that is part of growing and being able to change.  This one took me a little while longer than usual but I am happy with the final result. 😊


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can pop over to Just Add Ink  and see the rest of the design team's gorgeous cards and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this Autumn/ Fall themed Inspiration Photo!

Card Stock: Cinnamon Cider, Basic White
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Blueberry Bushel (retired)
Stamps: Buffalo Check, Nothing Better Than

'Til next time,

Jan






Friday, 8 April 2022

JAI #598 Colour Challenge



Happy Friday and welcome!! It's been a busy week in our household but we managed to find some time for card making. It sure helps to tune out from the busyness and take some time to be creative and do some colouring. How is your week going? Hopefully you have time to read further and look at the current challenge below.


This week at Just Add Ink we have a fun colour challenge suggested for us by Chantell! The red, white and blue tones could work as well for a masculine card as a female and of course some flags around the world as well!! The design team have created a number of different looks and themes for you and we'd love to see what you create with these colours so I hope that you can pop on over to the main blog to see.



For my card I had two ideas in mind...I needed a Thank You card for someone and with Anzac Day coming it is also a great opportunity to get out the Painted Poppies stamp - even though it has retired.


The poppies were coloured with Blends first. Colouring is something that is quite relaxing and I could've coloured more of these for other cards. 
The Background was stamped using the same set and the die cut leaves were also coordinating. It is wonderful when one stamp bundle is all you need to complete a card but I did choose the sentiment from another for this time.





Card stock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White,
Ink: Misty Moonlight, Blends : Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Stamps: Painted Poppies, Plentiful Plants
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Poppy Moments Dies, Painted Labels Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Shimmer Black EP, Metallic Sequins Assortment

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 other design team cards and hopefully join us. I look forward to seeing what you create!

'Til next time,

Jan
















 

Friday, 25 March 2022

JAI #596 Add A Sketch Artistically

 



Hello, happy Friday to you and welcome! Time is going so quickly and it is hard to believe that we are nearly through the first 3 months of 2022 already! It's been a busy and rather stressful time in our household as we have found the need to move yet again...and hopefully this time will be the last.


It's time for a new challenge week at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fun sketch for you from Narelle! Our design team have created a really lovely array of cards to inspire you so I hope that you might like to pop on over and join us.


I used the sketch to create a feminine birthday card. Instead of piling the sketch strips on top of each other though, I spread them out in largest to smallest kind of way using strips of DSP from the very pretty Expressions of Ink DSP.


The sentiment, embossed in gold is from the Artistically Inked bundle which also is where this pretty die cut flower spray is from too. A beautiful suite perfect for feminine projects!




Thanks so much for popping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to continue over to Just Add Ink and be inspired to create your own card for this challenge. I so look forward to seeing what you create!

Card stock: Fresh Freesia, Basic White, Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Expressions Of Ink
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Artiscally Inked
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Artistic dies, Gold EP, Gold Faceted Gems


'Til next time,

Jan

Friday, 11 March 2022

JAI #594 Just Add Masking Male Birthday

 



Hello everyone and welcome everyone! It's nearly the end of another week and it's been one where the weather has been front in centre in many States around Australia. Here in Victoria it has been a week to quietly go under the radar.


As it's Friday it's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week's challenge comes to us from Kerry. She's asking us to Just Add Masking. That may be masking off areas with a physical or liquid barrier. Our lovely design team have again created a fabulous array of projects to highlight this technique and I hope that you can pop on over and join us!



I decided to show how easy it can be to use Masking Tape to create a masked background. 
Using mu Grid Paper, I lined up my card stock and used the squares and the actual width of the tape to decide on my colour panel sizes. The colours were chosen because I needed an adult male card this week.
Oh and if anyone is wondering about the candle....yes, I made that too!!


The greeting is stamped and die cut using the now retired Layering Alphabet bundle. The text shape is modern and the size is large - and raised with dimensionals it has a cool 3 D effect to it that's perfect for guy cards!


To complete my card I added a selection of silver and clear sequins to add a bit of something shiny and fresh but still masculine.


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you are inspired to hop on over to Just Add Ink and join in this week's fun challenge! I look forward to seeing what you will create for this week's fun technique challenge!

Card stock: Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White
Inks: Blueberry Bushel,
Stamps: Layering Alphabet 
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Layering Alphabet Edgelits, Metallic Sequin Assortment
Non SU: Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch

'Til next time,

Jan










Friday, 25 February 2022

JAI #592 Choose Two and a Special Birthday Card

 



Happy Friday everyone and welcome!! Summer is nearly over, school has begun and here in Victoria we are about to be able to leave the masks off for most situations. It will seem very strange at first I'm sure but it is a great sign that everyone's hard work during the past two years of the pandemic has been worth it.


It's time for our new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week's challenge is from Nikki who want's us to choose two options out of Texture, Patterned Paper or Layers. As always our lovely design team have created some gorgeous inspiration to help get your creative juices going. So I hope you can pop on over to the challenge blog as we'd love you to join us!


My card is for Miss 5 year old who enjoys her sweet treats. So I initially chose layers and texture for my Challenge elements. But as you can see, there is a little patterned paper as well. I just couldn't resist adding another touch of colour to bring the other pieces together.


 The layers are pretty self explanatory. Patterned paper, layered circles and layers of the die cut word.
And the texture is too - there is the pretty glimmer paper, the embossed Happy and Ice cream cone and the glossy cherry is achieved with a covering of the Fine Tip Glue. There is also a sprinkling of pretty  embellishments.


Two popsicles, a yummy ice cream plus all those gummy bears hopefully will go down well with Miss 5!

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to seeing what Choose Two elements you use in your projects this week for Just Add Ink!

Card stock: Whisper White Standard and Thick, Bermuda Bay Glimmer
Inks: Daffodil Delight, Pineapple Punch, Flirty Flamingo, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Gorgeous Grape, Versamark
Designer Series Paper: Cool Treats
Stamp set: Cool Treats, Well Said
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Frozen Treats Dies, Well Worded Dies, White EP, Sprinkles embellishments.

'Til next time,

Jan

Friday, 11 February 2022

JAI #590 Plentiful Plant Friends




Happy Friday everyone and welcome! It's been a hot Summer here in Australia this year and this coming weekend in Melbourne is no different. The schools are back now though which is wonderful for our young people. And our international borders are set to open in a few weeks. How amazing will that be for those missing friends and families abroad!!


This week at Just Add Ink it's time for an Inspiration Photo Challenge and this cute little cactus has been suggested by the lovely Nikki. Our lovely design team have created an array of beautiful cards to inspire you. The lovely thing about a Photo challenge is you can take what appeals to you from it to kick start you creative process.


I was inspired simply by there being a green plant and the subtle little polka dot pattern in the background.
During lockdown, I started collecting house plants. This has been a fun learning curve for an outside gardener.  A lovely friend gave me a Fiddle Leaf fig for Christmas and she has one too so their progress is something we can share. So when I saw this image in the co ordinating DSP, I knew it should be the star of my card for this week. Isn't she gorgeous?!!


The paper Lattice is also part of this Suite of products and really is lovely. I used it for a pattern background in the way the polka dots are in the photo and raised it up. After fussy cutting the little Fiddle, I added some Wink of Stella to it. Then with the twine, a sentiment and a sprinkling of Basic Jewels this very neutral coloured card is done. And it is as big a surprise to me, as it may be to some of you that I didn't add a touch of pink at all!! 


Card stock: Basic White, Thick and Standard
Designer Series Paper: Bloom Where You're Planted, Paper Lattice
Ink: Everest Evergreen
Stamps: Plentiful Plants
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Perfect Plants Dies, White Twine, Wink of Stella, Basic Jewels (rhinestones),


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy your weekend and I look forward to seeing what you will create using this beautiful photo Inspiration Pic at Just Add Ink this week.

'Til next time,

Jan