Friday, December 20, 2013

JAI 196 Just add your Christmas projects

Hello there,
well it won't be long now till Christmas will be upon us - just five sleeps to go! So I'm pretty sure most of us are working to finish off Christmas projects intended as gifts to family, friends and co-workers. So that's what we want you to add this week at Just Add Ink - Just add your Christmas projects. And because we know how crazy busy life is at the moment we are running this challenge for two weeks. 

We have a bunch of teenage nieces and nephews in the family and my go to Christmas present for them for the last few years is a gift card that lets them choose what they like and I just make sure the packaging is something to let them know they are special. Here's how they got packaged up this year.

And a couple of close ups of the two different colour variations.

Many months back a tutorial by Tanya Bell for a gift card holder popped up on my Pinterest feed. I went and had a look and discovered a fab and very easy way to make a great gift card holder using the Pop n Cuts die. Of course you can embellishment them for any occasion - in this case Christmas!

So when you do get a chance to take a breath before or after Christmas do join in and show us what you have been up to. If you want some last minute inspiration check out the rest of the JAI DT right now!

Thanks for visiting and a Merry Christmas to you and all your families. Not quite sure what my blogging schedule is going to be like over the next couple of weeks - I might be back I might not - so take care, have fun and take some time to relax!


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Festive Flurry, More Merry Messages
Cardstock: Island Indigo, Smokey Slate, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Island Indigo, Real Red
Accessories: Festive Flurry Framelits, Card base Pop n Cuts , Season of Style DSP stack, Winter Frost DSP stack, 1/8" Silver and Real Red taffeta ribbon,  Silver and Red glimmer paper, 1" circle punch, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, white embossing powder

Friday, December 13, 2013

JAI 195 Just add a colour combo

Hello :) How is everyone trekking in this crazy pre-Christmas season? I'm feeling a bit worn and have yet to send out a Christmas card - eek! (I will though). This week at Just Add Ink we have a lovely colour challenge for you. The colours are sweet and festive (in a summery way) and we also included an inspiration photo to go along with them (although you can just use the colours). And don't think you can't use the colours for a Christmas card - I did!

Here's what I came up with using the photo for inspiration.

Heavens knows why but I came up with the idea of using the chevron border punch to make a snowflake while I was at the gym. (I do find walking on the treadmill can be a good time to think ideas through especially if the guys have beaten me to the gym and put sport on the tv (boring!)). The outcome is a bit out there for me but I do like it and I do really like the colours. I'll be pulling them out for a non-traditional Christmas colour combo next year for sure again!

Hope you can join in this week. Do check out the rest of the DT for some wonderful idea.
Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Delightful Decorations (R), Festive Flurry
Cardstock: Soft Skye, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Skye, Calypso Coral, So Saffron, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Chevron border punch, Festive Flurry framelits, Northern Flurry embossing folder, Silver glimmer paper, Soft Skye seam binding, Silver cord (R), 1" and 1 3/8" circle punches, 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, Jewels - rhinestones, Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)

Friday, December 6, 2013

JAI 194 - Just add Santa

Hello there,
well this week marks the beginning of Christmas party season for our house and we'll be ending it with decorating for Christmas (the kids can't wait (smile). One of the real pleasures of parent hood is their infectious delight and enthusiasm). It is kind of nice to have a bit of a change of pace and some fun as well so I'm looking forward to some Christmas activities! At Just Add Ink this week we can help you out with this too as we have a Christmas themed challenge for you - this week we want you to Just Add Santa.

I used a Merry Monday sketch from earlier this year to put together a slightly quirky Santa Christmas card. 

Christmas and music go together so it wasn't hard to pick out a DSP pattern to work with Santa, and of course you can't go past ho, ho, ho either :) 

Hope you can join us this week! Do check out the rest of the JAI DT they will be sure to get you inspired for the beginning of the Christmas season.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Santa's List, Oh, Goodie!
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Modern Medley DSP, 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches, Clear embossing powder (I embossed the Santa on the front while the ink was still wet), ribbon (R) and silver hodgepodge (R), Dimensionals, Double sided tape (X Press)