Friday, January 20, 2023

Just Add Ink #636 Blog Hop Favourites



Hello there and welcome to 2023 on the blog!

The Just Add Ink team are kicking off the new year with our annual blog hop.

You may have come from Chantell Randall's blog, be starting the blog hop here on my blog, or you can go to Just Add Ink, and then follow the links at the end of each team members blog post on to the next. This year the theme is Favourite.



I combined a lot of my favourite things for my project  - a colourful blended background, colouring, colouring flowers and using die cuts. I loved mixing all those elements together! Here's how it turned out.




Annie Alexander is next on the blog hop, so please go and check out her adorable project, and then the rest of the team. Then come back and join in the challenge we'd love to see what are your favourites. 




Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Happiness Abounds (R), Tiny Words (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R), Well Written framelits (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black, Taihitan Tide
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Pacific Point, Taihitian Tide
Accessories:  SU Blends, White embossing powder, Heat tool, Blending Brushes, Wink of Stella, Metallic sequins (R), Fine tip glue, White gouache, Big shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, December 23, 2022

Just Add Ink #635 Inspiration

 



Hello there,
December never fails to go past at lightening speed and so I find myself at my last post for the year, and as you can expect it's a Christmas project. I used this week's Just Add Ink's Inspiration challenge, from Nikki, to guide this year's gift card holders for family. Here's the inspiration picture.

And here's how they turned out.




I started by pulling out every shade of green, purple, and red-purple and mixing and matching till I was happy with each separate combo. Step two was a whole lot of die cutting, and little dry embossing. Then to add a fun whimsical Christmas touch I coloured some little Christmas characters.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to show you so please go check them out and then show us yours.

With Christmas imminent we are running this challenge for two weeks until 4 January 2023.

This will be my last post for this year. I'll be back Jan 20, 2023 when the Just Add Ink team will kick off the new year with our annual blog hop.

Till then thanks for visiting, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cottage Wreaths, Peaceful Deer, Tiny Treats: Christmas (PaperTrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Shapes (R), Gift Card Envelope and Trims Thinlits dies (R), Country Wreaths, Give it a Whirl
Cardstock: Basic White, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Gorgeous grape, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Just Jade, Mossy Meadow, Soft Succulent, Shaded Spruce
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Copic markers, Timber 3D embossing folder, Basic Rhinestones, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R).





Friday, December 9, 2022

Just Add Ink #633 Colour

 



Hello there,
another week closer to Christmas and another Christmas card coming your way - that's probably not a surprise. This week at Just Add Ink we have a colour challenge for you, suggested by me ;) Your can use it for a Christmas project as I have, or for whatever purpose that works for you. Here are the colours.


And this is what I came up with.


This was pretty much all about the watercolouring. I black heat embossed the large poinsettia twice, so that I could cut out the central ring of petals and mount them up on top of the base layer. I used several layers of colour to build up the colour and once dry added little silver pearls to the centre. A simple watercolored background splattered with white gouache, and sentiment finished off the front. For the inside I added one more watercolored poinsietta.

It's only getting busier at this time of year so something simple was definitely the way to go this week.

The JAI design team have lots of lovely projects to inspire you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Joyful Christmas (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray
Ink: Sweet Sorbet, Bermuda Bay, Basic Gray, Versamark
Accessories: Black, and White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Red and Green adhesive backed pearls, Watercolor paper, Aquapainter, White gouache, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R). 









Friday, November 25, 2022

Just Add Ink #631 Sketch



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink Tina has a sketch challenge for us. I was a bit stumped how to interpret the wavy elements at first but then I had one of those light bulb moments. Here's the sketch.


And this is how it turned out.




Embossing - both dry and heat - and fussy cutting were the main elements to this project. The fussy cutting was very fussy but well worth the effort in the end and I think the three rows of Christmas lights definitely captured the essence of the sketch.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects showcasing how they used the sketch so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Holiday Lights (PaperTrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black 
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Melon Mambo, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Pacific point, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories: Evergreen Forest embossing folder (R), Starburst punch (R), Silver and Clear embossing powder, Heat tool, Paper snips, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape




 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Just Add Ink #627 Choose Two



Hello there,
I had a busy busy week so having a card come together easily for this challenge was super helpful. I think you'll find this week's Just Add Ink challenge, from Tina, is a fun one. This week we want you to Just Choose Two.

So choose two of the above options and feature them on your project. I went night and pulled out a classic SU! set that I love.




This came together really quickly. I picked my colours for the night sky, masked a moon to add some drama, balance and the perfect place to place the iconic santa and his sleigh image. Cut a town silhouette - just love when a die does all the work for you! Splattered everything with white gouache and wink of stella and heat embossed the sentiment. IRL the colours are more intense and I am really happy with the outcome.

Hope you enjoy the challenge, you can tell the rest of the DT did, just go check out the rest of their projects!

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hearts Come Home (R)
Dies: Hometown Greetings (R)
Cardstock: Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Starry Sky, Fresh Freesia, Polished Pink
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch (R), Blending brushes, Heat tool, White embossing powder, Wink of Stella, White gouache, Big Shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape.




 

Friday, October 14, 2022

Just Add Ink #625 Inspiration

 



Hello there,
the season definitely inspired my choice of inspiration picture for this week's new challenge at Just Add Ink. I couldn't go past this field of vibrant spring flowers especially as the garden is filled with spring blooms right now. Looking at the inspiration picture below, draw on the colours, patterns, or objects in the picture and use it as the main element of your project.


I count't resist creating my own field of flowers, this is how it turned out.



I started by pulling out a whole bunch of ink pads based on the colours I could see in the inspiration photo and then started stamping flowers and foliage. Once I thought I had enough I started die cutting them out and then working out the placement on the card front. Having the flowers flow down the card on a diagonal adds a strong structural element and balancing that with (subtly textured) white space means they have plenty of impact. The card was finished off simply with a sentiment and a tiny scatter of sparkly sequins.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to how you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Sending Smiles
Dies: Sending dies
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Polished Pink, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Fresh Freesia, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories: Subtle embossing folder (R), For everything fancy sequins, Big shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape




Friday, September 30, 2022

Just Add Ink #623 Colour

 



Hello there,
time for a new Just Add Ink challenge, and this week Di has a colour challenge for us. It's bright, bold and perfect for Christmas so that's the theme I went with. Here are the colours.


I decided to pull out watercolour paper for this project, this is how it turned out.



This was fun to do and definitely not perfect as I had colour leak across boundaries in some of the fine detail areas, but I figure that is forgivable and adds to the arty homemade feel. To add Christmas sparkle I silver embossed the bauble, added a silver foil bow, silver sequins and splashes of Wink of Stella. If I had added a bauble to the inside there would have been no room for a Christmas message so I just added a little watercolored Christmas tree instead. I really loved how bright and intense the colours came out in this project!

The Just Add Ink team have plenty of colour filled projects to share with you so please go check them out and then join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Bright Baubles (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle, Tree Lot dies, Christmas Banner dies, Pretty Pines dies (R), Delicate Baubles dies (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party, Watercolor, Silver foil
Ink: Versamark, Sweet Sorbet, Starry Sky, Parakeet Party
Accessories: Sequins (R), Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Fine tip glue