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




  1. Such a happy card, Jan. Love the bright pop of the sunflowers.They're a fave of my DD too.
    Di :)

  2. Your cards are both so pretty, and I'm very impressed by your ability to grow a sunflower. I need to try growing some, I think!

  3. These are both gorgeous Jan. Superb colouring as always. Love the pic of Sally and the camera shy (and no doubt very full) caterpillars!

  4. Two lovely sunflower cards Jan... sunflowers make me happy

  5. Gorgeous cards Jan! I love the bright look of the yellow sunflowers against the white! They really pop off the card! Rochelle xo

  6. Such bright and happy cards Jan.

  7. Beautiful cards, so bright and happy!

  8. This bold and beautiful stamp lends itself so well to the CAS style as it makes such a headline all on its own! Great cards, I love them both.