Friday, 9 December 2016

Gift Cards for JAI #340


Happy Friday to you and welcome  :-) It's been one of those weeks with someone nearby digging through phone lines so I am very relieved to finally have the Net back on. The 5 days without it felt liks so much longer and meant that I was writing this post earlier this week at a local shopping mall where they have free WiFi....so glad to now be able to update it a little at home :-)

With December now upon us, it's incredible to think that Christmas is just around the corner! This year, with a new house to decorate, there are a few adjustments to make - we have a little more living space so will need a few more bits and pieces...another excuse for a shopping excursion :-)


Talking of bits and pieces, this week's challenge at Just Add Ink should quite literally help you tie up some of the loose ends! This week's theme was suggested by me and it is that we Just Add... Gift Tags! Our lovely and talented team have all created fabulous gift tag ideas to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look and join us.


For the base of my gift tags, I used the lovely Hello December Project Life card collection.  Often, I will make a family Christmas card and so for the nieces and nephew to get their own card, a special gift tag is the answer :-)
These were relatively quick and easy to create. All with the same design and sentiment stamp and similar colours. And on the back... a little more stamping and room to write a message and name.




There is just a little detail (and sound!) added by tying on one of the lovely red bells just below the gold ribbon as this deer image was looking great on it's own. The little gold stars are from Santa's Sleigh Framelits and the sentiment is from The Merriest Tags set. Adding the stars with Glue Dots means they stand up a little more too. My BIL loves deer, so this one was always for him :-)


The same design idea was used here too - with a gold tree from the same Santa's Sleigh to go with the white printed one on the card and some green Enamel Shapes stars :-)


The wreath on this card was the perfect size to enclose the pretty silhouette on this simple Die from Penny Black too :-) To create some dimension, I cut one from each colour and simply layered the gold version on the top.

Card Stock: Emerald Envy, Gold Foil, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Merriest Wishes
Acessories: Big Shot, Sanata's Sleigh Framelits, Gold EP,  Gold Metallic Thread, Mini Jingle Bells, In Colour Enamel Shapes, Bakers Twine Trio Pack (gold),Black Bakers Twine, Triple Banner Punch. Hello December Project Life Card pack

Non SU: Manger die, Penny Black

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 creations the team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing the Gift Tags that you are creating this week too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 2 December 2016

Dashing Through the Snow for JAI #339

 
Hello and Happy first week of Summer - or Winter - whichever season it is for you :-) Here in Melbourne it definitely still feels more like Spring so far but they tell us we are in for a hot and dry Summer in the weeks and months ahead so we are looking forward to that :-)

And it's time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink! This week, Narelle has designed this beautifully clean sketch for us all to use. Our lovely design team have all made amazing cards to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look!

Here's the sketch:


And here's my card:

Yes, I decided to flip the sketch to fit in these adorable reindeer! This is such a cute stamp set, the first thought I had when seeing it was of Rudolf dancing or "dashing" through the snow (whilst singing the song lol) so that is what I tried to create.

The background is created with Distress Inks - a first for me but I have fallen in love and and have decided to get a few more now after this first play!! They blend so quickly and easily on Water colour paper and I then added some flicks of water and Clear Wink of Stella and a sprinkle of sequins for a little more sparkle. Rudolf (in all his action shots) is coloured  with Copics :-)



And whilst I was trying out new things, I added some Glossy Accents - which seems to be a little thicker and perhaps clearer than our old Crystal Effects and gave him a lovely round shiny nose!! And to create the hills, I used last year's Sleigh Ride Thinlits and simply cut off the trees and houses that were part of the original scenes.



Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Basic Black, Water Color paper
Inks: Versamark
Accessories: Big Shot, Sleigh Ride Thinlits (retired)White EP, Dimensionals, Snail

Non SU: Stamp: Lets Prance (Mama Elephant)
Inks: Distress Inks- Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Blueprint Sketch. Copic Markers.
Sequins- SSS

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 cards our lovely team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with this week's sketch too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan


Friday, 25 November 2016

Star of Watercolour for JAI #338


Happy Black Friday folks :-) No, It's not the 13th or related at all...but a huge world wide Sale day! I hope all those in the USA had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family - such a lovely reason to have a holiday - and are all ready for the sales due to happen just in time for Christmas!

And it's also time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week's photo for us all to use was suggested by me:-) The lovely colours and brushes had me excited to water colour so I hope you enjoy this challenge and can take a moment to pop over and see the fabulous cards our team have made to inspire you too.
Here's the Photo:

And here's one of two cards:


For the background, I used a technique that Shelli Gardener shared at On Stage in Sydney where she used soon to be coming Watercolor Pencils (hip hip hooray!) to colour on watercolor paper and then spritzed the paper with water til the ink ran to create a soft look. 
As I don't have the Pencils, I used Zigs. But first, I embossed the sentiment in beautiful Copper :-)

Here's the before:

I recommend taping the paper down to a board so it stays as flat as possible :-)

And after spritzing and mopping a little with a paper towel...



Water colouring always dries lighter - here's the finished card (version 2).



To finish both cards, there is a sprinkling of embossed stars and some die cuts stars from the same Bundle both in the lovely Copper Foil and some vellum. I was going for a Northern Lights kind of effect so the first one is my favourite :-)

Card stock: Bermuda Bay, Copper Foil, Vellum, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Star of Light
Accessories: Big Shot, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Copper EP, Brights Enamel Shapes
Non SU: Stitched Rectangle Dies (SSS)
               Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Red Carmine, Cornflour Blue, Turquoise Green, Light                Blue, Violet

Well, I'm taking it easy the next few days having just had surgery for a jaw bone infection in an old wisdom tooth site where they scraped the bone etc....so I look forward to seeing what you will create for this fun colour and brush themed challenge at Just Add Ink this week and I hope you get a moment to check out our talented teams's lovely designs to inspire you too as they are amazing!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 18 November 2016

Give Thanks for JAI #337


Happy Friday and welcome! Today, Spring has become Summer with our first 30 degree day in Melbourne since last Autumn. So lovely to see clear blue skies and finally feel a bit of heat :-)

And we have a great NEW challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. Kim has suggested a challenge where you can Just Choose Two - of three options - to use in your paper crafting this week. Our lovely and talented design team have all created fabulous projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look.



For my card, I chose Die Cuts and Designer Paper. I needed another thank you card and wanted to use the saying "give thanks" and the rest came from there.  The leaves from Rose Garden are cut using Copper Foil - as is the "thanks" from the Hello You Framelits. And I've paper pieced the inserts from the different autumnal DSP colours...not that I am wishing Summer away btw, just the colours looked better with the lovely Copper :-)
The background stamping is an ombre effect created by simply stamping the lowest image at full strength and stamping off each time above.


Card stock: Whisper White (thick and standard), Copper Foil
Designer Series Paper: Rich Regals Stack (Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Calypso Coral)
Inks: Black Archival, Garden Green
Stamps: Labeller Alphabet, Timeless Textures
Accessories: Big Shot, Rose Garden Thinlits, Hello You Framelits, Metallic Sequins, Snail, Dimensionals, and Fine Tip Glue Pen


Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have 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 this week too :-)

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 11 November 2016

Just A Note for JAI #336

Welcome and Happy Friday to you! We are settling into the new home and making some new routines. It is so peaceful here after moving from a busy road and we now get to welcome birds into our garden which is so lovely :-)

And also lovely is the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week. Nikki  has suggested a soft and elegant colour combo for us all to use and our lovely team have all created beautiful projects to inspire you so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and take a look!

Here are the colours:


And here is my card:


This is the first card made in the new craft room and I wanted to create a floral and leafy card to encourage a lovely friend back home in NZ.  Sadly, you can't quite see the shimmer to the flower from the Wink of Stella...One thing with everything being new is finding the best place to take photos - so still working on that  - and then of course remembering to take another view to show the layers before popping the card in the post ...(yes, I forgot!! ) but am sure will have it all worked out by next week :-)

Card stock: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Mint Macaron
Ink: Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy
Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Accessories: BS,  Flourish Thinlits, Subtles Enamel Shapes, Clear Wink of Stella

This is a native Rosella feasting on the nectar on the flowers of one of our two red Callistomen (or Bottlebrush) trees. Isn't he gorgeous :-) 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop over to Just Add Ink and see the beautiful projects the design team have made to inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you will create with these pretty colours too!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 21 October 2016

Big Thank You for JAI #334

Hello and welcome! Well, the move has finally happened and we've just spent our first night in the new home. The strangest thing is waking up in the middle of the night a little disorientated and once we have realised where we are, needing to turn lights on to find our way. But it will soon become the new normal for sure :-) Sally is a little anxious about it all but we will be going back to the empty one today and that will help her work out that the new place is home now.

Also new today is the challenge at Just Add Ink where Di has suggested a photo filled with school shapes and letter ideas for our crafting this week. The design team have all created such fabulous and varied cards so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and join us.

Here is the photo:


And here is my card:


What first jumped out at me from the photo were the large letter stamps and different typography elements so it seemed the perfect time to bring out the large text stamp in Thankful thoughts. The swirly shaped flowers represent the other swirly shapes on the table and the colours and there is the Hardwood background for the table itself. With all involved in the move, and such at least one thank you card has been needed so is perfect timing too :-)


Card stock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink: Dapper Denim, Calypso Coral, Smoky Slate, Cucumber Crush
Stamps: Thankful Thoughts, Swirly Bird, Hardwood
Accessories: Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Framelits, Basic Rhinestones
Non- SU: Stitched Rectangle Dies - Simon Says Stamp

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

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan

Friday, 14 October 2016

Rugby Slider Card for JAI #333


Hello and happy Friday to you! This week has been full of early mornings and busy days - by this time next week we will have just spent our first night in our new home! Goodness, where has the time gone? Today we spent a little time in the new garden, giving it a tidy to get it veggie ready whilst waiting for a delivery....some might say it was an excuse to get away from packing and enjoy the sunshine and they wouldn't be wrong :-)

Also ready to be enjoyed is the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  Tina has suggested a letter challenge that is sure to be popular.....to Just Add ...."G".so I hope you can take a moment to pop on over and see the fabulous cards our lovely Team have made to inspire you and we also have another announcement that you won't want to miss!




 For my "G" elements, I went with goal posts, grass and geometric shapes to create this rugby themed slider card for my brother's birthday. Our family are all rather passionate All Black rugby supporters - the national past time of New Zealand for sure :-) So a goal kicking slider card will hopefully appeal to my fabulous brother - and the rest of his young family can play with it too :-)

To create the slider track, I used the Shooting Star Framelits and there is a video tutorial by Stampin Up showing how to use them you can see here. I created the goal posts out of strips of card stock and rounded the edges using a small circle punch.  The rugby ball is made using circle framelits and the 13/4 circle punch andfaux stitching details are added with a White Gel Pen. Then, it's mounted using Dimensionals with their edges snipped and placed between eyelits. Using your Embossing buddy both on the sides of all things sticky, as well as the slider track will help it slide better.


Card stock: Whisper White (Thick and standard), Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Serene Scenery
Ink: Momento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Accessories: Big Shot, Shooting Star Framelits, Circle Framelits, 1" Circle Punch, White Gel Pen, Paper Snips, Brights Enamel Shapes

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you can take a moment to pop on over to Just Add Ink and I look forward to see what you will create with "G" elements this week!

Happy stamping until next time,

Jan