Friday 27 January 2023

JAI #637 Birthday Sketch


Happy Friday everyone and hope you are just about ready for school term time to begin for the year! 
It's a long weekend here in Australia and many families are coming back from a trip away or even a short, weekend break before the school year starts again next week. 

I hope you all enjoyed our Just Add Ink Blog Hop last week?! I loved seeing the entries pile in and hope we will have more of the same with this rather fun sketch this week from Tina
Our lovely design team created a wonderful array of cards with different themes and colours. So beautiful.

I needed to create a pink 21st card and had been saving the beautiful Expressions of Ink DSP for just such an occasion. I added the DSP pieces to card stock and then cut these too to give added dimension.
The gold foil 21 and the white die cuts aim to add to the elegance factor. The "st" created from cutting individual letters from the "thanks" word in the Well Worded set.

Card stock: Basic White thick and standard, Gold Foil, Vellum
DSP: Expressions of Ink
Accessories: Die cutting machine, Stitched Shapes Dies, Large Numbers dies, Well Worded dies

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope that you have been inspired and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun sketch at Just Add Ink this week.

Friday 20 January 2023

JAI #636 Blog Hop - Just Add Your Favourite


Hello and welcome to the annual Just Add Ink Blog Hop!! Every year we have a Blog Hop for the first Challenge week and we have a wonderful theme for the challenge that we hope you will all enjoy! 
So whether you've just arrived from the lovely Di Barnes's blog or you are starting here, it might be time for a cuppa as you click around the whole design team's beautiful project's!

It's the beginning of a new year with new lots of new things. But there is something that we all love to hold on to whether new or old - our Favourites!!

That's right!! This Just Add Ink challenge you can have free range adding as many favourites as you like - but you must please tell us what your favourites are in your post! Our design team have many favourites from techniques to colours to stamps - and we are sure you do too! We hope this Hop inspires you to share your favourites with us over at the Just Add Ink blog.

I have two cards this week to share with you this week. My favourite flowers are sunflowers - I love how they follow the sun and are so dramatic! And colouring is a favourite technique for me too!

This, Clean and Simple version in particular, is inspired by a favourite photo of my much loved Black Lab, Sally sniffing a Lemon Bling sunflower plant in our garden.

You can see in the photo that the sunflower is a dwarf bloom and is a brilliant lemon colour...and a few Hungry Caterpillars have found the leaves.
This is what inspired my colouring of the first card. 😊
You can also see the sparkle here from the Wink of Stella - another favourite of mine to bring a subtle and often surprising sparkle.

I kept the same layout for this more traditionally coloured Sunflower. And added die cuts from the coordinating bundle of dies to a white background instead of using an embossing folder. The white on white technique for adding texture is yet another favourite!

Add a few rhinestones and more Wink of Stella and we have another beautiful sunny day to remember!

These are my favourites.
 Next you are off to see the favourites of the beautiful Rochelle Blok and you are in for a treat with her gorgeous creation. Enjoy!

Blog Hop list - in case you get lost along the way,  you can click on the Just Add Ink Blog Hop graphic to go to the JAI blog. Alternatively you can look at the list below:

7. Jan McQueen - you are here

'Til next time