Friday, November 27, 2015

JAI #290 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
it's been a while but this week for Just Add Ink we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo. Jan put together the combo for us this week. I was a bit uncertain at first where to go with it and then I decided a butterfly would be a nice change from Christmas card making. Here's the combo.

Note: The colour balance is really off in my photos and the Watermelon Wonder has a really orangey tinge but I really did use WW!

This is one of my rare clean and simple card  - yes CAS - well for me. The patterns are strong and I didn't want to overwhelm them with too much fussiness. I also couldn't bear to unbalance the symmetry so this is one of the few times I haven't added a sentiment to the front. To complement the strong patterns I've added some bling - assorted glimmer paper and a smattering of gold splatter oh and sequins too ;)

Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT projects for some colourful inspiration. Hope you can join us this week!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Watercolor Wings
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Garden Green
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Ovals Collection framelits, Bold butterfly framelits, Bitty Banner framelits, Chevron embossing folder, Dazzling Diamonds and Gold glimmer paper, Crushed Curry baker's twine, Gold smooch (R), Moonshine sequins (Simon Says Stamp), Double sided tape (X Press), Fine tip glue pen

Friday, November 20, 2015

JAI #289 Just add music

Hello everyone,
oh my I had a lovely time spending time with friends at the SU! OnStage event in Melbourne last weekend. However, I brought a nasty head cold home with me (actually I think I took it with me as I've had alternate kids home this week with icky colds too). Just one of those weeks I guess and really weird when we've been having mid 30's temps (in the 90's for US viewers)!

Anyway, in stark contrast to our weather I have a cool wintery card for you. This week the challenge is Just Add Ink is Just Add Music from Patrice and this is what I came up with. 

All in all super simple this week, a whole bunch of sponging on DSP (masking the moon first), one die cut and some blingy bits to finish off but they all work together very effectively if I say so myself ;)

Hope you can join us. But first don't forget to visit the rest of the DT to see some fabulous projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless noted
Stamps: Jingle all the Way
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Melon Mambo, Pool Party
Accessories: Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies, Home for Christmas DSP, Silver Foil, 1 3/8" circle punch, Double sided tape (X Press), Silver Glitter, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Dimensionals, Silver Smooch (R), Fine Tip Glue pen 

Friday, November 13, 2015

JAI #288 Just add a sketch

Hello there,
I have a fun crafty weekend lined up (big smile) as I am joining some of the Just Add Ink team in Melbourne for the first SU! OnStage event. I'm looking forward to a huge day of crafty inspiration and fun on Saturday and can't wait to catch up with some great friends!

But before I head off let me tell you about the fun challenge we have for you at Just Add Ink this week. This week we want you to Just Add a Sketch - another great one from Narelle
I had every intention of using stars on this card but at the last moment was diverted by snowflakes!

The inside - it's darker in IRL but somehow it came out very pale after editing! 

I mixed some of my favourite things here - watercolour, stitching and some bling. The only other point to note is that I used Typeset DSP but brayered over it with Night of Navy ink so it was coloured to match.

Hope you can join us this week. Don't forget to check out all the fabulous projects from the DT.

Thanks for visiting, 

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Flurry of Wishes
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy, Pool Party, Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Damask snowflakes die collection (PaperTrey Ink), Snow flurry punch, Sewing machine, Silver glimmer paper, Vellum cardstock, Typeset DSP, Water colour paper (non SU!), White embossing powder, Jewels - rhinestones, Subtle candy dot, Candy dot brad base, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, November 6, 2015

JAI #287 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
on our side of the world we are speeding our way through spring (I just wish I could spend more time outside to enjoy it!) but of course on the other side of the globe Autumn is settling in. So this week at Just Add Ink Jodene has given us a very seasonally inspired inspiration photo. You can use the images, the colours, patterns or whatever else inspires you for your project this week.

I needed a masculine feeling project a few weeks back so this challenge was a perfect fit.

There's something special inside!

I forgot my FIL's birthday this year :0 so I thought I had better make him something special for Father's Day. For the guys in my family something special = something interactive. This is such a fun and easy pop up fold. It's called a diagonal fold and I found instructions for it here on Julie Davison's blog. Being a guy card I brought lots of texture in with embossing, corrugated cardstock, and the crinkled water coloured leaves (I love how vibrant they turned out). As a backdrop I created a blue sky filled with clouds (simply done with a punched scalloped circle and a sponge).

Don't forget to drop past the rest of the DT for some inspiration! Hope you can join us this week. Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hardwood, Guy Greetings
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pool Party, Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories: Autumn Accents BigZ die, Hexagon punch, Scallop circle punch, Corrugated cardstock, Clear embossing powder, Designer Naturals button (R), Linen thread, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 30, 2015

JAI #286 Just add W

Hello there,
we have a fun new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week Tina suggested we Just Add W. What on earth do we mean? Well that means you can add any colour, material, technique, concept as long as it begins with W and it's the main focus of your project. Just a few ideas include Water, Watercolour, Winter, Wolf, Wild Wasabi! Put your thinking cap on and have some fun!

I'm still on my Christmas card drive so the first thing that popped into my head was 'Winter'. So I set out to make a wintery card - and nothing says cold like a polar bear! So here is what I came up with.

In a recent SU! Artisan blog hop Susan Wong tickled my funny bone by simply white embossing the bear from Thankful Forest Friends and turning him into a polar bear! I just loved how that colour change changed the bear so profoundly. This challenge proved the perfect time to stamp my own polar bear. First I chose some cool colours then added some sparkly stars and snow and finished it all off with pops of red. For a fun finishing touch I found the perfect sized santa's hat for my polar bear :)

Hope you can join us for this fun challenge. Don't forget to go see what W's the rest of the team used to inspire their projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Thankful Forest Friends, Festival of Trees, Winter Snow Globe (PaperTrey Ink), Cool Yule (My Favorite Things)
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Bitty Banner framelits, Tree punch, Scene it: Basic Backer die (PaperTrey Ink), Scene it: Skyscapes die collection (PTI), Copic markers, Silver glimmer cardstock, White and Silver embossing powder, Softly Falling embossing folder, Winter Frost DSP (R), Silver thread, Real Red striped grosgrain ribbon (R), Dazzling Diamonds, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 23, 2015

JAI #285 Just add a colour combo

Hello there,
DH and I had to plan out the big summer school holidays this week. What I realised in the process was that those holidays are only nine weeks away which means Christmas is ten weeks away -eeekkk! I know the time is going to rush past so you'll be seeing a few more Christmas cards from me. Speaking of which the new challenge at Just Add Ink - to Just Add a Colour Combo from Nikki was I thought just perfect for pulling out my favourite angel. Here's the combo.

And here is what I came up with.

First I worked out which colours were going where on my angel. Then I got to add lots of lovely foliage to frame her.  At the last minute I decided to die cut a window out of my Slate woodgrain mat and inset the angel layer rather than layering it on top. Of course I had to add some glimmer (what's an angel without some shimmer!).

So can you see yourself making something with these lovely colours? Do join us this week and share it with us. Don't forget to check out what the rest of the DT did with the colours this week too!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Love Lives Here: Holiday (PaperTrey Ink), Bells and Boughs (PTI)
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Smokey Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Smokey Slate
Accessories: Lots of Labels framelits, Woodgrain embossing folder, Love Lives Here: Holiday dies (PaperTrey Ink), Bells and Boughs die, Doubled ended banner die (PTI), Silver glimmer paper, Blushing Bride embossing powder (R), Winter Frost DSP (R), Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow multi,  Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, October 16, 2015

JAI #284 Just add a fancy fold

Hello there,
well I've survived another school holidays. We did manage to get out for a town for a few days to enjoy some time down the coast. Adventures there included watching whales as the sun rose, which was pretty special and an encounter, fortunately at a safe distance, with a red bellied black snake!!

Following on with my animal theme I made a card recently that was perfect for this week's Just Add Ink challenge - to Just Add a Fancy Fold.

A view looking down shows you how simple this fancy fold really is.

And you can flatten it out for posting!

I first came across this fancy fold - a shadow box - on Kelly Kent's blog here. She includes some great instructions for Australian sizing there as well as a link to a video tutorial. I thought it was perfect to make something fun for my husband for father's day. So I pulled out some monkey's to colour and made a little scene for them to hang around in. The kids loved the idea that they each had a monkey to represent them.

We'd love to see what fancy fold you create this week. Please do join us and don't forget to check out the amazing fancy folds the DT has made this week!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Tremendous Treats: Birthday (PaperTrey Ink), Tiny Treats: Birthday (PTI), Heart 2 Heart #6 (PTI)
Cardstock: Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Early Expresso
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Whisper White
Accessories: Ovals Collection framelits, Mighty Oak die collection (PTI), Tremendous Treats: Birthday die collection (PTI), Heart 2 Heart die collection (PTI), Sweet Dreams DSP (R), Owl builder punch, Bitty Banner framelits, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack (R), Copic markers, Fringe scissors, Crystal Effects, Glue dots, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)