Friday 15 December 2023

Christmas Ornament for JAI #683


Welcome everyone to another happy Friday! Christmas is only 11 days away and I'm sure if celebrating it is something you are looking to do, then you will be busy! It is quite a crazy busy time of year - especially for us card makers. So I hope that you are getting through your list of things to do and staying safe and well. 

This week at Just Add Ink  we have a fun challenge that we hope that will help you with all the Christmas preparations that you may be doing. There are such a variety of amazing projects both cards and 3D that I hope that you can pop over to the JAI blog to see. We'd love to see you join us!

I chose Trees and Ornaments to create my card. Whilst there are no actual trees on my card, there is wood in the Woodgrain EF on the background and there are of course the lovely tree leaves!

The lovely Handcrafted Elements dies hasn't quite made it into my craft room yet. A lovely friend sent me white die cut of the Ornament and I love how detailed it is. 
To turn it into silver, it is quite easy! Just emboss the whole die cut by covering it with Versamark ink and dip it in Silver Embossing Powder - at least twice. It is a way that you can change any piece of card to a metallic look. Just be careful how you hold it near the heat tool as it gets very hot!

This simple card is on it's way to a recipient now and I hope that she likes it. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you enjoyed how I made this card and I'd love to see what sort of project that you would like to make for this challenge over at the JAI blog.

Card stock: Pretty Peacock, Basic White, Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack (retired).
Inks: Versamark
Stamps: Christmas Classics
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Woodgrain 3D EF, Silver EP, Christmas Classics Dies, Metallic Sequins Assortment

I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has spent time reading my posts and writing comments both here and on other Social Media. Thank you! It is so lovely to recieve a little encouragement along the way whether we are new or not so in our crafting journey and I am very grateful for all of this throughout the year. I hope that you all have a happy and safe Christmas and a wonderful start to the New Year! 

'Til next time,

Friday 1 December 2023

Festive Fun with JAI #671


Welcome and happy December 1st! I hope that your preparations for Christmas celebrations are going to plan so far. Cards are the one thing that as a card maker that are difficult to buy and handmade are also expected. I hope that your Christmas card making pile is growing and quickly! 

If you are still looking for ideas for cards for Christmas we hope that this week's Just Add Ink's Inspiration Photo Challenge will help you! Suggested by Nikki, the image is so fun, colourful and celebratory that we hope will be perfect for any occasion. As always, our design team have created a variety of cards to inspire you and we would love you to join us.

Yes, I did originally see the middle of the tree as PINK and this influenced my partial re-creation attempt of the Challenge image. Oops!! But it does definitely make for a fun card and not surprisingly, we have some young, pink loving members in our the family so I'm sure this will come in handy!

The image from Festive and Fun is coloured with a mix of Blends and Copics and the sentiments come from the Peace & Joy bundle. The sentiments are well suited to being cropped, chopped and sprinkled over a card. 

Thanks for popping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink. I will look forward to seeing what you might create for this fun challenge.

'Til next time,

Friday 10 November 2023

Merry Christmas Wreath for JAI #679


Happy Friday everyone and thanks for coming to see my creations! How amazing is it that Christmas is just 5 weeks away! I hope you are on your way to being as prepared as you need to be.

This week at Just Add Ink  we have a soft and pretty colour challenge for you that was chosen by Di! 
Our design team have created a lovely array of cards to show you how you could use these colours for many themes of cards. So I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek as we'd love to see you join us.

I decided to use the colours to create a Christmas wreath. I had just received the lovely Christmas Classics and the Joy of Noel bundles. Usually when I order, I have a first card partially in mind and I knew that I wanted to create a wreath with it these. And I also love to create Christmas cards with non- traditional colours. 

And no, it's not very Clean and Simple but as I started to add layers of texture, I felt to keep going and soon the colours and layers just seemed to need each other as I went along. 

I hope that you might be inspired to join us at Just Add Ink  with this pretty Colour Challenge and I look forward to seeing what you might create this week. 

Card Stock: Basic White, Pool Party, Gold Foil
Stamps: Joy of Noel, Christmas Classics
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Blends: Claypso Coral, and Copics
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Joy of Noel and Christmas Classics Dies, Linen Thread, Sequins Assortment.

'Til next time,

Friday 3 November 2023

JAI #677 Festive Winter Sketch Fun


Happy Friday and welcome! It's still been a rather chilly week here in Melbourne despite it being the first week of November. Summer is just around the corner but it does feel like a little way off so far. I hope that it has been nicer in your part of the world. This coming Tuesday I would normally be riding a horse at Riding for the Disabled. But, its an annual Public Holiday for the Melbourne Cup, a horse race. My lovely riding coaches were rather funny - "there's no riding next week Jan unless you want to ride fast!" Not likely. 😂

We have a Sketch challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. I hope that you like this Clean & Simple Sketch as it was designed by me lol! Sorry if you don't like it! It's pretty versatile though and that is what I like about it. The design team have created some really beautiful cards to inspire you this week so I do really hope that you can pop over to JAI and take a peek and join us.

I really wanted to create a card using this  cute rhino and his friends from the Festive Fun stamp set this week. So the coloured panel is one piece from that set and the tree dies and chopped up sentiment are arranged together to form the other sketch element. Can you see the sketch in my card ok??

The background DSP is from an old pack called Trimming the Town and was originally using the Tree Lot Stamp Set. I coloured the rhino's scarf and boots and the gifts etc on his sleigh to coordinate with this. 

The stamps set and coordinating dies are still available to purchase online which is great news for me as this was my favourite Christmas Bundle last year and now knowing it is still current, it will get used for this Christmas as well. Do you have a favourite stamp set that you were pleasantly surprised to later learn was still available? I'd love to hear your stories.

Thanks for stopping by today to see my card. I hope that you can pop over to Just Add Ink as I look forward to seeing your cards each week. You inspire me with your creations every week and I'm so grateful to be able to still be able create and share cards I've made for friends and family.

'Til next time,

Friday 20 October 2023

Spotlighted Christmas for JAI #675


Happy Friday everyone and welcome back! I hope you've had a good week? This time of year is so busy and in the midst of it all there is a lot going on in the world. I hope that you and your loved ones are safe wherever they may be.

This week at Just Add Ink, lovely Lou has suggested we Just Add the Spotlight Technique.
As always, our fabulous design team have created a number of different cards to inspire you, so we'd love for you to join us.

I created two similar cards for this challenge using a reverse Spotlight Technique. This was very fun to do.

For both cards, I started by embossing an image that was of an outline - I chose a Christmas Tree. One was embossed in white, the other in silver.
Next, the image was stamped on masking paper and cut out and applied over the image.
After this, the page was covered with ink - all except what was under the mask which remained white and clean.
When the mask was removed, the white of the inside of the image is spotlighted against all the colour of the background.

Finally, a sentiment was stamped and embossed on a strip of card stock that also was sponged with colour. The embossed sentiments resisted the colour and remain white, like the insides of the image.

Silver twine, glimmer paper and sequins complete both cards.

Thanks for stopping by this week and I hope that you can pop on over to Just Add Ink and join in the challenge. I always look forward to seeing your projects!

Card stock: Watercolor Paper, Basic White, Bedazzled Specialty Paper
Stamps: Santa's Sleigh (retired)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: White EP, Silver EP, Silver Twine, Metallic Sequin Assortments

Non SU: Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Twisted Citron, Bluepoint Sketch

'Til Next Time,


Friday 22 September 2023

Twisted Easel Birthday for JAI #671

Happy Friday and welcome! It has been quite a lovely beginning to Spring so far where the weather is warming up and the blossoms and flowers are beginning to show. It's so lovely to see the daffodils and veggies starting to bloom and grow.

This week at Just Add Ink we have this fabulous collage of photos for our Inspiration Challenge from Kerry. The different scenes in the photos are all so beautiful and the design team have created a wide variety of cards to inspire you. I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over and we'd love you to join us.

I decided to make a special card for a special brother celebrating a big birthday soon. 
He loves to ride cross country and I've been looking for an opportunity to use the Greatest Journey dies and coordinating DSP.  It was the green images and sentiment that helped me decide it was time.

A Twisted Easel card is easy to make. Create a Landscape card base and then score diagonally across the front of the card. This will then enable it to fold over and be able to stand up using the inside of the card as a base. In this case, the 50 keeps the card upright.

And the card closes as normal for mailing which is really helpful!

I hope that he likes this card that was inspired by his recent 50km weekend cycling challenge! 

And there was one photo from a recent pet photoshoot by Kerry Martin of Puppy Tales Photos of my beautiful Sally that came to mind as soon as I saw the inspiration photo.... 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a wonderful week and are able to join us for the challenge at Just Add Ink.  I so look forward to seeing what you create each week.

Card stock: Jade, Basic White, Silver Foil

DSP: Enjoy the Journey.

Ink: Jade, 

Stamps: Biggest Wish
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Greatest Journey Dies, Well Written Dies, 

'Til next time,



Friday 8 September 2023

Hi Sweet Friend JAI #669


Happy Friday and welcome! Spring has finally Sprung here in Melbourne and today was a beautiful 22 degrees when we went for a walk and then all of a sudden it was 16 and a thunder storm! Typical for this time of year here and we were grateful that our roof coped after it endured major repairs over the last two days. Just in time!! Hope that you are enjoying the change in Seasons wherever you are in the world.

This week at Just Add Ink, we have an earthy Colour Challenge for you suggested by Annie. Here in Australia, we've just had Father's Day so it's a great combo for guys but also can be used for many other themes too. I hope that you can pop on over to the JAI blog and be inspired by what the team have created for you this week.

I'm not sure if it was the lighting but this card does look a whole lot better in real life than in the photo....but moving right along... This card was obviously created for a puppy loving friend. 

The image is from By My Side, one of my favourite sets in the main SU Catalogue. All except the grass..that I must admit I challenged myself and hand drew as I don't yet own a grass die. That is still on my Wish List for next time.

The images are coloured with Copics and Blends and then fussy cut before being added to the card layers. Kept this one super clean and simple and the girl's dress looks a lot softer in real life too. 

Another card in the mail and hope this one brings a smile to the recipient.

Card stock: Misty Moonlight, Crumb Cake, Basic White
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Blends
Stamps: By My Side
Accessories: Die Cutting Machine, Metallic Sequins Assortment
Non SU: Stitched Squares Framelits (SSS),Copics

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have a wonderful week ahead and I look forward to seeing what cards you create with this earthy Colour Challenge at Just Add Ink!

'Til next time,

Friday 25 August 2023

By My Side Birthday for JAI #667


Hello, happy Friday and welcome back! It's the last week of Winter and I don't know about you but we are definitely looking forward to Spring in our household. The days are slowly but surely getting longer and slightly warmer and the garden is starting to bloom too which is fabulous!

Also fabulous is this week's challenge at Just Add Ink! We have this fun Sketch challenge for you from Di to inspire your projects. A sketch is great as you still get to choose the images and colours but the major design elements are there for you. Our lovely design team have created cards to inspire you so I hope that you can pop on over to the blog and we'd love you to join us.

My card for this week combines a number of fun elements. The images are from By My Side and Welcome Home and coloured with Copics.

Simple colouring combinations and matching background circles hopefully allow the images to shine.
A little bling of sparkly bling in the way of glimmer paper and sequins also help!

The girl with the butterfly is one of the super cute images in the By My Side set. The arm holding out the  flowers are from the fun retiring set, Welcome Home.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you can pop by Just Add Ink and see all the other cards from the rest of the design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch this week too!

Card stock: Fresh Freesia, Basic White, Coloured glimmer, Be Dazzling Specialty paper
Stamps: By My Side, Welcome Home, Charming Sentiments
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black 
Accessories: die cutting machine, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sentiment Silhouette dies, Iridescent Sequins Assortment, Wink of Stella

"Til next time,