Friday, 11 August 2017

Happy Eclectic Birthday for JAI #372


Happy Friday already as the last week seems to have just flown....and welcome! We are really starting to notice that the sun is a little higher in the sky and some of the Spring blooms are out already. Whilst not so great for allergies, it is a great sign that we've not long to go til Spring is truly here :-)

If you're looking for more flower inspiration then this soft and pretty colour combo at Just Add Ink is for you! Suggested by Nikki, it is perfect for florals and many other themes and the design team had such fun creating with it so I hope you can pop on over and take a peek and join us.


I made two cards for this challenge :-) This is actaully the second - using Oh So Eclectic and was my first real play with Embossing Paste. I coloured the paste with the two green re-inkers and in doing so, found that taping it down to a board before you start helps the card stock dry flat for easy mounting afterwards - just like with water colour paper.


Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Powder Pink,
Stamps: Oh So Eclectic, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits, Burlap Ribbon, Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Pattern Party Decorative Masks


This was the first card I made with this pretty combo - it's more my usual CAS style and is a Case (Copy and share everything) of Rachel Brumley. All I needed to change was add the pretty pink blooms and some silver sequins.


The daisy petals are stamped on both Powder Pink and White card stock along with a little sponging and I used dimensionals between the layers to give it....yes, more dimension :-)

Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride Glimmer
Inks: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Wishes
Accessories: Daisy Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Metallic Sequins Assortment

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment and pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what all the design team have created to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will make with this pretty colour combo too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 4 August 2017

Pawesome New Puppy for JAI #371

Happy Friday and welcome! There is only one month left of Winter to go - and seeing as we've just had our coldest day in over 30 years here in Melbourne that is definitely a good thing :-)


We have a fun new challenge at Just Add Ink this week suggested by Di. And that is to choose two of three suggestions in your crafting this week - either kids, pets or patterned paper. The design team have created some fabulous creations to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on on over and take a look and welcome two more new Guest Designers too!


A year ago, some lovely friends had to say goodby to their older dog, and recently they have welcomed a new puppy - another little Jack Russell - into their home. He has brought such joy already and it is wonderful to see everyone so happy. I'm sure many would agree that as hard as it is to say goodbye to our faithful pets of all kinds, it is a real joy to welcome new ones to the family. So this week's challenge was perfect timing to welcome little Scotty to the neighbourhood :-)


Maybe here you can see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella that's been added to the little puppy and balloon?


Wee "Scotty" is coloured with Copics whilst the Bella and friends stamp was used to add interest to the DSP background paper.


Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Real Red
Designer Series Paper: Naturally Eclectic DSP
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black, 
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Brights Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella, Bermuda Bay Ribbon, Mini silver Sequins
Non SU: Cat and Dog Pawsome Dies - SSS, Copic Markers

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

Happy stamping until next time,'

Jan



Friday, 28 July 2017

Peace On Earth for JAI #370


Happy Friday and welcome :-) It's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink and this week we have a clean and very versatile sketch from Narelle. The design team have created some gorgeous cards to inspire you including some new Guest Designers joining us on the team too so please make them feel welcome :-)



I have an upcoming class in a couple of weeks so this card was made with that in mind. It is CAS and has two types of embossing for a fun technique as well as some texture. It's also a card that has a home already  - as I'm often asked for a card with deer for my BIL who is fond of a little deer watching / hunting :-)




Card stock: Early Espresso, Whisper White, Garden Green, Vellum
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures Stack
Ink: Early Espresso, Versamark
Stamps: Carols Of Christmas
Accessories: Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Card Front Thinlits, White EP, Metallic Sequins assortment

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 seeing what you will create with this fun and versatile sketch this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 21 July 2017

Sending Smiles for JAI #369


Happy Friday and welcome! The end of the school holidays also saw the end of our long Winter dry spell. We sure need the rain but it was lovely to see the sun show it's face  (albiet briefly) this afternoon too  :-)


Also very lovely is our new challenge at Just Add Ink! This gorgeous scenic photo has been suggested by Rochelle for us to use in our crafting this week. You can take whatever inspires you from the photo and our fabulous design team have created awesome cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and welcome a new Guest Designer too :-)


I ended up making two cards for this challenge. The photo really appealed to me as the water and trees reminded me of my old home town of Nelson in New Zealand. But unusually, trying to transfer that to paper was a challenge that took me a few days and a few versions to make happen. Eventually, I went back to my comfort zone of a water coloured background using Ink pads and an Aqua painter - and suddenly I had the basis for two cards. For the first, I used 3 stamped balloons and added some silver clouds and bling



For this second card, I added a larger balloon I'd coloured the day before using Water Color Pencils for a softer look and followed the same design.


Hopefully you can see the background and details in the mountains a little better here. They are first coloured in Old Olive and then a little Emerald Envy is blended in for effect. To blend using water colours the key is to use the same amount of water with each - and remember to take into account that the first colour may be drying a little.
For the sky, I started with the lightest blue and made a light Ombre wash then flicked some blue ink spots using the Aqua painter's lid and some Clear Wink of Stella too for a little shimmer :-)


Card stock: Berry Burst, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Inks: Old Olive, Emerald Envy, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim, Versamark
Stamps: Lift Me Up
Accessories: Big Shot, Up and Away Thinlits, White EP, Basic Rhinestones, Water Color Pencils
Non SU: Water colour card stock - TH



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous inspiration our lovely design team have made to inspire you and welcome our new Guest Designer too! And I look forward to seeing your take on this gorgeous photo this week :-)

Happy stamping until next week,

Jan

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Daisy Thank You for CTC136


Hi there,  it's Saturday and a chilly day here in Melbourne. So far we seem to avoid the rain that has been forecast off and on the last week but we really need some so hopefully we will get  some soon.


I was looking to make some thank you cards so this week's Casing the Catty's Challenge from Facebook is to use something from the Thanks section was perfect timing.  I love the Pool Party card on page 126 so that was an easy choice :-)


I didn't change much - I did change the Embossing Folder, and added a Copper Oval under the DSP version. I also used slightly different leaves for the background and a few other different details.


Maybe you can see the sparkle of the Wink of Stella applied to the pink leaves here?


Card stock: Pool Party, Vellum, Powder Pink, Old Olive, Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Delightful Daisy, Naturally Eclectic
Inks: Black Archival, Old Olive
Stamps: Daisy Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, Pinewood Planks Dynamic EF, Daisy Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Triple Banner Punch

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop by Facebook and check out the Caseing the Catty Challenge :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 14 July 2017

Cool Treats Trees for JAI #368


Happy Friday everyone and welcome! There is something very special about Fridays - and no, not that it is almost the weekend, but it is time for a new challenge with the lovely team at Just Add Ink!


And this week we have a brand new type of challenge for you - to Just Add a Twist! The fabulously fun twist this week is suggested by Kelly and is to Use a Birthday set to make a Christmas project. Our fabulous team have all created amazing cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us :-)


This did take some thinking through I must admit - I had a couple of ideas but realised the sets I had in mind were not specifically "Birthday"..... So I sat down with the Catalogue and these Cool Treats cone trees were the result.  How cool indeed are the Framelits that emboss as well as cut out the trees!


All the trees were stamped first - the Tranquil Tide ones were then embossed directly with the framelits and the LLT version was given a gold make over :-)


Card stock: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist
Stamps: Cool Treats, Santa's Sleigh
Accessories: Big Shot, Frozen Treats Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Softly Falling EF, Burlap ribbon, Tranquil Tide Ribbon, Gold Ribbon (Sab), Metallic Sequins Assortment

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 inspiration the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this fun Twist Challenge too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Kylie's International Blog Highlight July 2017



Hello, happy Wednesday to you and welcome! This is my first time playing along as part of Kylie Bertucci's International Highlights with lovers of Stampin Up from all around the world. This month the theme is Gratitude inspired by Thailand. You can see the gallery on Kylie's blog here and if you feel inclined you can vote for me - the top 10 winners get to take part in a Blog Hop so it is another opportunity for fun and inspiration :-)


I believe that Kylie and many other Stampin Up Demo's will be in Thailand this week as part of Stampin Up's celebratory Incentive Trip . As a Hobby Demo, that's something that I can only dream of but I did find lots of lovely Thai inspiration on Pinterest :-) I wonder if Kylie and co will get to walk under these beautiful umbrellas in Chiang Mai?


Yes, these colours were my starting point :-) Instead of actually using umbrellas, I chose the Lovely Inside and Out bundle as these circular images remind me a little of fireworks and lights and therefore would also fit well for Thailand's Festival of Floating Lanterns :-)


 It may be easier it see in the photo above that I created a peek through window to the inside. I used Ovals to cut the pieces - including the inked background which is then added along with the "Thanks" to the inside of the card. The space also allows the die cut sentiment to be seen amongst all the colour  - and adding a white version to the inside of the front of the card makes sure that everything stays neat and tidy :-)


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Kylie's Blog and check out the fabulous gallery and vote for all of your favourites :-)



Card Stock: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Foil
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Pool Party, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Perfect Peach. Momento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Stamps: Lovely Inside and Out
Accessories: Big Shot, Lovely Words Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Gold EP, Metallic Enamel Shapes

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan