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,


Friday 11 August 2023

Westie Birthday for JAI #665


Happy Friday and welcome! It's been a busy week in our household, the horse riding is going well and we received the digital files of a photoshoot that I had with Sally the Lab in June which were quite amazing! The mornings and afternoons are getting longer and so the veggie garden is starting to produce again. It is so lovely to see the signs that Spring is slowly coming!
And one more reading glasses are currently in for replacement hopefully there are not too many spelling mistakes in my post this week! 

This week at Just Add Ink Fiona suggested that we all add Clean & Simple for our projects this week. Clean & Simple can mean different things to some people. But often the clean refers to lots of white space and the Simple is few layers and embellishments. Basically less is more. I encourage you to pop on over to the JAI blog to see all the beautiful inspiration from the design team.

My puppy card was made for a good friend's birthday. Since Covid, we have been picking up and taking her cute little Westie for a walk in the park most weekdays. Sally and Gracie are great friends and it is so heart warming to see them play and sniff together.  Gracie is definitely the boss of her bigger friend too!😂

I was so excited to see the theme for this challenge as it is a favourite style for me. My natural is probably clean and this was a fun challenge to just pair that back a little.

Several stamp sets were used to create this card. The little "Westie" is from the Christmas Scottie set and is stamped and then embossed with White Shimmery EP and then punched using the coordinating punch. The butterflies and balloon from retired sets and the sentiment is from my stash.

I had my first try of the blending brushes to create the blue highlights and yes, I think they are lovely! The white paper is a water colour  as I find that helps gives the ink enough time to sit up and blend nicely. I am more used to using felt pads for blending which I love but these brushes are so soft. And if you wash them straight after, the ink washes out so the brush can be used for any colour when it's all dry again. Bonus!!

Thanks for popping by to see my card this week! I hope this helps inspire you to join in with our challenge at Just Add Ink this week. I look forward to see what you create for this challenge!

Card stock: Basic White, Fresh Freesia, Elegant Eggplant, Be Dazzling Specialty paper
Ink: Versamark, Tahitian Tide
Stamps: Christmas Scottie, Pampered Pets, Hey Girl 
Accessories: Die Cutting machine, Sleigh ride Edgelits, Scottie Punch, blending brushes, Shimmery White EP, Scissors

Non SU: Tim Holtz distress water color paper, Dog Sayings stamp set by Stampendous

'Til next time,