Friday, 24 March 2017

Hooray for birthdays JAI #352


Hello and welcome back this sunny and happy Friday! After two whole days of rain (although much needed) it was so lovely to see the sun again this morning. It reminds me of growing up in Nelson,  the sunshine state of New Zealand where everyone seemed to get depressed if we had more than 3 days of rain :-)

Our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week is from Nikki who has chosen these delightful colours for us all  to use in our crafting this week. The design team have used these colours in many beautiful ways that will definitely inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us :-)


These lovely bright colours are right up my alley and so I have made two cards with them this week. I've used the same design for both, just swapped the base colours and flowers for each.


The design is called a Twisted Easel and is not a new fancy fold, but is a goodie and very easy too :-)
You just make a regular side opening card and score the front panel from corner to corner diagonally and then only attach the front panel (that will stand up) to the bottom triangle as shown above. The panel stays upright because of the die cut flowers on the base panel. It also folds flat for posting too - bonus :-)


To create the water coloured look I simply applied colour to the stamp with a sponge dauber and then spritzed lightly with water before stamping onto Whisper White Card stock. I tried water colour paper too but found I got a crisper image with the WW. Once it was dry, I used the Fine Tip Glue Pen to go over the "hooray" and the die cut flowers (3 stacked together) to add some shine and texture which you may be able to see below. Then it just needed a few flicks of Wink of Stella and some bling to complete this CAS little number :-)


Card stock: Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Reverse Words (Saleabration), Balloon Adventures
Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Basic Rhinestones, Brights and In Colours Enamel Shapes, Clear Wink of Stella


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and see  all the beautiful inspiration from our lovely design team and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 17 March 2017

Just Add...Labrador! JAI #351


Happy Friday to you and welcome back again :-) March is proving to be hotter than Summer so far and our veggie garden is loving it - as long as we keep up the Christmas lights, its safe from the hungry possums :-)


This week's challenge at Just Add Ink is another of Tina's very popular letter challenges - to Just Add..."L". The design team have so many wonderful and varied ideas to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join in the fun with us.


Sally the Lab has been in the wars again lately and amongst other things needed a molar (large back tooth) extraction as it was broken. We are heading out for her post op appointment today and she is doing really well so the timing is perfect for a Labrador thank you for the Dental team at Hallam who truly are awesome and went well out of their way for both of us.


It also was a good opportunity to practice some Copic colouring. 
And am not sure if you can see that Glossy accents was applied to the little heart and black nose.


 As this is an "L" challenge, there are some more "L" elements added inside using a combination of sentiments :-)


Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Designer Series Paper: Brights Stack
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: D is for Dog (retired)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stamps: Max (Taylored Expressions), Furry Friends (Avery Elle), Dog Sayings (Stampendous), and Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the wonderful inspiration our team have made for you and I look forward to seeing what you will make for this fun and versatile challenge!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Sunday, 12 March 2017

So In Love Wedding


Happy Sunday to you and welcome :-) It's a long weekend here in Melbourne - Labour Day tomorrow and the Moomba Festival in the city is in full swing. It is a family friendly and free event that has a celebratory feel and a lot of fun activities including water sports, the annual "bird-man" competition and a parade on Monday.

Today's card was made for a special celebration too - that of a lovely friend's wedding :-)


Using a combination of stamps and dies from two new stamp sets, I wanted to create a relatively CAS card  with lots of white space. In real life, there is lots of texture amongst the bling - I love these heart dies with their textural and 3D elements as they add a modern and elegant touch which you can see best in the first picture.


For the inside, the heart is embossed in white instead of gold as on the outside. 

The gold overlay is attached at the top and folded over so it appears to float til the hearts play anchor.


Card stock: Whisper white (thick and standard), Real Red, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark, Real Red
Stamps: So In Love, Sealed With Love
Accessories: Big Shot, So Detailed Thinlits, Love Notes Framelits, Gold EP, White EP, Basic Pearls

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 10 March 2017

You Are Pretty Amazing for JAI #350


Happy Friday to you and welcome :-) Another week of beautiful weather, warm and sunny days and slightly cooler nights. This settled weather is out of character for Melbourne - better known for it's four seasons in one day - but we will happily enjoy it whilst it lasts :-)


It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a fabulous and very versatile sketch designed for us by Chantell. The design team really enjoyed using it and have created amazing and very varied cards so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and join in with us :-)


For my card, I've taken elements from here and there to combine into this colourful little number.
The bloom is from the Stylish Stems framelits (trimmed), the sentiment is from a SSS set called You Matter.  I love the encouraging sentiments and it was designed by one of my favourite stampers, Laura Bassen so has been on my wish list for a while :-) And the sparkly "you" is cut from the Bermuda Bay glimmer paper available during Saleabration.
Both the bloom and die cut sentiment have 3 layers of white underneath to give them a little extra dimension and height amongst the background colours.


Card stock: Whisper White (thick), Basic Black, Sliver Glimmer, Bermuda Glimmer (Saleabration)
Designer Series Paper: Irresistibly Floral
Inks: Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Stylish Stems, White EP, Sponge Brayers
Non SU: You Matter bundle (Simon Says Stamps), Crystal Reflections Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the wonderful cards our design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fabulously versatile sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 3 March 2017

Cake Crazy for JAI #349


Hello and welcome back! Autumn has brought some reduction of daylight but our temperatures here in Melbourne have still been quite balmy this week - even a little Hot yesterday! So we will enjoy it whilst it lasts :-) And a very happy Spring to all those of you in the Northern Hemisphere - I hope the Sun soon melts any snow and that the Spring colours are soon in abundance :-)


 Also abundant in colour is our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week :-) This gorgeous photo has been suggested for us by Patrice to use in our projects this week and I'm sure you're going to enjoy using it. And our lovely and talented design team have made a beautiful array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment and pop on over and join us :-)


This card is one I received some time ago from Patrice and I just love everything about it. As I was thinking about this challenge, I passed her card still on a shelf and saw it in a new light....in that the words are stacked so beautifully like in this week's photo! So as it also was inspiration behind my card this week, I thought I'd share it with you :-)


Here is my card. I kept the same general layout as Patrice and to represent the cake in the photo simply stamped, tone on tone and fussy cut the word-cake images. This is a great way to use up any scraps of card stock by the way too :-)
Something in odd numbers was needed amongst all the order and as the photo also had balloons, they seemed the obvious addition.


Card stock: Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo
Designer Series Paper: Neutral Stack
Inks: Versamark, Tempting Turquoise, Mint Macaron, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette
Stamps: Cake Crazy, Balloon Adventures
Accessories: Balloon Bouquet Punch, White EP, 13/4" Circle Punch, Basic Rhinestones.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the beautiful cards our design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this gorgeous photo too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 24 February 2017

Shining Light for JAI #348


Hello and happy Friday to you! It's hard to believe that we are in the last week of Summer already. Just where has the time gone? This season has seemed to be a mixture of hot and cooler days - very pleasant and I will be sad to see it end.


The new challenge this week at Just Add Ink  was suggested by Rochelle and is one I know so many of you are going to love! Ombre colouring is so on trend at the moment and our lovely and talented design team have all made fabulous examples to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.


This was my first play with this stamp and I wanted to make something with a masculine theme and created a stormy sky for this bold lighthouse. I think if I was to do it again, I'd do the sea in a lighter colour... I used Smoky Slate for the sky and used a sponge dauber to create the ombre effect. (I know, the sponge rollers are something I don't have yet but they are coming :-))
Once it was dry, the sea gulls were embossed in white and adds a little contrast to the darkest part of the sky. And some Wink of Stella flicked over things adds to the feeling of a rainy day.


This had the potential to be a one layer card, but that is something I find hard to leave, so stamped another lighthouse and added on dimensionals over the original one :-)

Card Stock: Island Indigo, Whisper White
Inks: Smoky Slate, Island Indigo, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: High Tide
Accessories: White EP, Clear Wink of Stella, Sponge Daubers

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see all the fabulous cards our talented team have created to inspire you. And I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun theme this week too!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Happiest Ice cream for JAI #347


Hello, happy Friday to you and welcome :-) This week has been full of beautiful days - not too hot during the day and cool enough to sleep at night. Perfect :-)

Talking of warm weather, we have a new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. Kim has suggested these rich and beautiful colours for us all to use. Our lovely team have created a fabulous array of cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us.

Here are the colours:

And here is my card:


Every so often, I struggle with a colour challenge and this was one of those times. Whilst I use Pear Pizzaz often, the other three colours I haven't used much at all recently and so it was a good challenge to push me out of my comfort zone :-)
And I could imagine the ice cream flavours for these colours so that was the beginning of this card. 


One way to quickly and easily cut the "wonky" panel, is to use Rectangle Framelits. I cut the smaller one first and then drew around it onto the Purple layer and so lining up the angles was easy to do :-)

Card stock: Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake
DSP: Regals Stack
Inks: Perfect Plum, Rose Red, White Craft, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Cool Treats, Sealed With Love
Accessories: Big Shot, Frozen Treats Framelits, Love Notes Framelits, Regals Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamps

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the inspiration from our lovely team and I look forward to see what you will create with these fun colours this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan