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,


Monday, 13 February 2017

Special Fish Birthday

Hello and happy Monday to you :-) Today's card is for another family member's birthday - we have so many this month and it's a challenge to keep up but we are getting there!
As the recipient for this one loves to go fishing, I knew I'd be using the now retired By the Tide stamp set. So what I needed was inspiration for a design and that's where Jen B's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches  came in and the ideas began to that :-)  It's been a while since I've had a moment to play and enter a challenge but FMS has long been a favourite so it is exciting to be able to be join in today and hopefully it won't be long til I'm back again.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

Yes, this is a masculine birthday card that has pink on it!! That is because I've coloured the fish to be Rainbow Trout - a favourite of the recipient to catch and eat :-) The design idea was a version of the  "spotlight" technique for the raised panel with the fish seeming to come from behind it. Hence the stamping of the seaweed...but now questioning whether a black layer behind it would've been better.
The silver 70 is run through an embossing folder before being added onto 3 layers of white card stock to give it height and strength to go through the mail.

The fish are coloured with Pencils and an Aqua Painter on ordinary White card stock - so just a tiny amount of water is used and then some Wink of Stella has been flicked over the background and 70's panel to add some water - like bubbles and sparkle.

Card stock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Ink: Black Archival, Bermuda Bay, Versamark. Water color Pencils: Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
Stamps: By the Tide (Retired), Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Large Number Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Argyle EF (Retired),White EP, Metallic Enamel Shapes, Aqua Painter, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Freshly Made Sketches and join in the fun too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 10 February 2017

Rose Celebrations for JAI #346

Happy Friday folks and welcome :-) This week has been another hot one and whilst it's been hard to sleep lately, I'm sure we would be complaining if it wasn't a warm summer too :-) The summer veggies have been doing rather well and whilst it seems we are sharing a lot of the tomatoes with a huge, native Brush Tail Possum we've found keeping the Christmas lights up stops him coming down to ground level and finding other things so it's always pretty at night around here lol!

We have a fabulous new challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. Nikki has suggested these images for us to use on our cards - just choose whichever two of the three you would like to use. Our lovely design team have all created amazing cards to inspire you again this week so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.

I started with the rose and created a rustic water coloured look using the new favourites, Watercolor Pencils.  The penciling was all done first with the two colours and then was brought together with an Aqua painter. Next was the background. The "celebrate" co-ordinates with the new Happy Celebrations stamp set and to cover it with colour, I used the "grunge" image in the set and quickly stamped off the Pool Party ink before stamping over the word. But it seems the stamping off part was a bit uneven as you can see the variations in colour...but I kind of like the random look that it gives :-)

The sentiment banner looked a little lonely all on it's own so a couple of layers of ribbon  underneath just gave it a lift and added some softness and sparkle along with the little butterfly. And the finishing touch was of course, a sprinkling of Wink of Stella and enamel dots as usual.
This is another one in the post already - so many family birthdays this time of year and it is a privilege to be able to send a card that includes the things we know the recipients like :-)

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Pool Party, Versamark. Watercolor Pencils: Old Olive, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point
Stamps: Rose Wonder, Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Celebrations Duo EF, Rose Garden Thinlits, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Aqua Painter, Wink of Stella, Burlap Ribbon, Metallic Ribbon Combo (Silver, SAB), Brights Enamel Dots, Basic Rhinestones.
Non SU: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card Stock (white)

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see the fabulous projects our talented design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun challenge too!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 3 February 2017

Hey Chick JAI #345 Sketch

Happy Friday folks and welcome back! Already it is February - the year is moving so quickly!

We have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink.This week, Narelle has suggested this fabulously clean and layered sketch for us all to use. Once again, our lovely design team have all created amazing projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a peek and join us.

Here is the sketch:

And here is my card:

For my card, I decided to go with a clean and colourful card and try out my new SU Watercolor Pencils and the Hey Chick stamp set. She is coloured with a mixture of the colours and then I added a little Wink of Stella thru her hair and tail. This is accompanying a beauty voucher for a friend and I just hope she likes it. After all, we all know how polarising this stamp can be and this one is a little cheeky chicky :-)

Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Designer Series Paper: Carried Away (Saleabration)
Inks: Black Archival, Versamark ,(Pencils: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzelberry, Bermuda Bay)
Stamps: Hey Chick (Saleabration)
Accessories: Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Brights Enamel Dots, Wink of Stella

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and see what the rest of our lovely team has made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will make with this clean and fun sketch this week!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 27 January 2017

You're So Cool JAI #344

A belated happy Australia Day for yesterday to all the Australians and hope that you had a fabulous day. We had a lovely relaxing day and enjoyed time spent with friends and especially the cooler temperature :-)

Also having a cool theme is this week's challenge at Just Add Ink. Kim has suggested this wonderful Inspiration Photo for us all to use in our projects this week.It seems so perfect a reflection of the hot summery weather we have been having in Australia lately! With photo challenges you can take as many elements you like from them and our lovely team have all created fabulous projects so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join with us.

For me, the starting point of any card is always a stamp set. The lady standing in the pool looked so very cool and relaxed so I started with that in mind and the Cool Treats set. And worked some water and some of the patterns into the design as well.

For the background I used the grunge image from Happy Celebrations and the Rock 'n Roll technique with a little spritz of water. I love how every time you do this, the results are different. You can easily do this without the water but I wanted the two colours (Turquoise and Pacific) to blend a little and it also fitted well with the water in the photo :-) The "Cool" is stamped using both colours again and the rest of the sentiment was a blend of the two stamp sets. This will be heading off for my art loving and soon to be 8yr old Nephew :-)

Card stock: Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party
Designer Series Paper: Go Wild Stack (Retired)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Versamark, Momento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Stamps: Cool Treats, Happy Celebrations
Accessories: Big Shot, Frozen Treats Framelits, Stitched Circle Framelits, White EP, Clear EP, Silver EP, Burlap Ribbon, Sprinkles Embellishments, Brights Enamel Dots, Wink of Stella (flicked over background)

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 inspiration from our fabulous team and I look forward to seeing what you create with this beautiful photo this week!

Happy stamping until next time,


Friday, 20 January 2017

Just Add Ink #343 Blog Hop

Hello and welcome back for our first Just Add Ink challenge for 2017. I must admit to being excited to be back creating amongst this group of very lovely and amazingly talented ladies again! 
We always like to start off the year with a Blog Hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. This year, Nikki has suggested a fun and exciting theme to kick things off by suggesting we all "Just Add a Pop-up or Interactive" element to our projects. 

So we are starting off the year with a celebration of crafty goodness and inspiration and hope that you will join in the challenge with us and create your own Pop Up or Interactive card.
You can begin the blog hop here on my blog or at any of the design team members blog posts. Just follow the hop by clicking on the Next button at the bottom of all the design team posts. Or you can start at the beginning by clicking Here or on the challenge banner above.

If you are happily hopping along you will have arrived here from Chantell's blog and her amazing venetian blind card.

For my project, I have a Surprise Slider card using the new Cool Treats Bundle for my oldest Niece whose birthday is not far away :-)

You can see there is a tab at the top of the card and pulling this up is the mechanism for the slider to reveal 6 scoops of ice cream :-)

The slider mechanism was easy to create using my paper cutter to cut a slot behind the ice cream scoops. I used some tap washers with Dimensionals inside to run up and down the "track". Ideally, the top layer would be larger to easily hide the underneath layers but in this case I had to be a little creative, lol. Therefore the top layer of scoops is only able to be adhered under the cone so as to hide the surprise scoops. I used a tutorial by Jennifer McGuire for inspiration that you can see here.

If you look closely, you can see the track behind the scoops in the photo above. For durability, I used the Thick White card stock for both the card front layer and the Pull Tab as it is strong enough to keep it's shape and hold up under the weight of the washers too. 
An added layer of Pool Party behind the silver 6 allows for a touch of colour to peek through as well as extra height :-)

This stamp set is so cute and fun and I am in love with the sweet Sprinkles Embellishments - perfect for a Shaker card or sprinkled on top of a project too :-) 

Thanks for stopping by today and I am sure you will have fun hopping around to all our talented Just Add Ink team members.
 Next you are off to visit the lovely Shona and her wonderful project which I know you will love. 
 If you get lost along the way, just click on the challenge Banner at the top of any design team member's post to take you to the full list of names. Enjoy!

Card stock: Whisper White (Thick), Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Pear Pizazz, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Watermelon Wonder, Silver Glimmer.
Designer Series Paper: Tasty Treats Specialty
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Chocolate Chip, White Craft
Stamps: Cool Treats
Accessories: Big shot, Frozen Treats Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Sprinkles Embellishments, Project Life Corner Rounder, Subtles Enamel Dots, Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Fast Fuse
Non SU: Tap Washers (Bunnings)

Happy stamping until next time,


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Happy Dragonfly Birthday

Happy Tuesday and welcome! We have had a hot few days here in Melbourne lately and the cool change is due to come through overnight with a sprinkle of showers that the veggie garden will gladly welcome. One good thing about 38 degrees is that washing dries really quickly - and so does ink :-)

This card is one I made recently for a lovely friend's birthday. Keeping it elegant as well as clean and simple was the aim here. The background uses Distress Inks, blending to create an ombre effect and keep the central area light to seem (hopefully) as though the dragonflies are flying away into the distance. I love how adding simple flicks of water and Wink of Stella can make such a difference! The dragonflies are layered on top of each other to create more dimension and I resisted the idea of adding some Wink of Stella to them as sometimes I've found it doesn't look quite as even on White card stock as on other surfaces and there already was plenty of sparkle to the background too :-)

Card stock; Whisper White (Thick), Watercolor Paper, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Sunshine Wishes
Access: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, White EP,
Non SU: Distress Inks- Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry
Stitched Rectangle Die - Simon Says Stamps
Sequins: Crystal Reflections - SSS

Can you tell that I love this Dragonfly bundle already? Yes, it has so many possibilities when combined with the lovely co ordinating dies and different textures and endless colour combinations...
And yes, I am continuing my New Year's resolution of trying new things. It also meant that a little extra storage in the new Craft room was needed too - a new Ikea bookcase add on and so good to have a tidy home for everything (almost :-) )

Happy stamping until next time,