Friday, July 23, 2021

Just Add Ink #564 Choose Two

 



Hello there,
we have a new challenge for you at Just Add Ink. This week Di has asked us to Just Choose Two, which means you need to pick two of the three options and feature them in your project. For me it was the perfect opportunity to prepare ahead for my brother's birthday.

Here's the Choose Two options.


And this is how my project turned out.




This card is all about the wave die! I cut the wave mat in a dark blue shade and the 'foam' pieces in white then blended a transition of blue shades, going from the highlight white at the top of the wave to a deeper blue at the base. The rest of the scene is ink based, first a stamped sea, then a blended sunrise/ sunset sky. Originally I had masked a 'sun' but got a speck of blue ink in it so added a stitched circle over the top. My surfer is placed on the top lip of the wave - which my husband was quick to point out is not how surfers surf waves - but it looks more spectacular! My inside in that respect is more accurate.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous scenic projects to show 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: Text and Texture Ocean (PaperTrey Ink), Beach Heroscape (Hero Arts)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R),  Surfs Up (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black, Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight
Ink: Night of Navy, Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Blending Brushes, Multipurpose Glue, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)





Friday, July 9, 2021

Just Add Ink #562 Inspiration



Hello there,
we had so much frost on the ground one morning this week it almost looked like snow! So is it any surprise my thought's turned to my first Christmas project for the year? The inspiration photo for this week's new challenge from Just Add Ink may have also given me a push in that direction ;) Here's the inspiration picture, this week suggested by yours truly.


Now you do not need to go with the Christmas theme, but please use the colours, patterns, or objects you find in the inspiration photo to feature in and inspire your project. Here's how mine turned out. 



I'm not ready to retire last years Gnome for the Holidays set - they are just too cute! So I stamped my gnome, and his house (I did have to free draw a mushroom top to his little tree home) coloured it all up with my Blends. Die cut some trees and a little slope of snow and put it all together to create my Christmas scene. Given the inspiration photo featured a lot of white, I kept my background white but added the corrugated embossing that helped echo the pattern of the stair railing in the inspiration photo. I added Christmas sparkle with shimmery crystal effects, sequins and wink of Stella!

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Gnome for the Holidays (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle, Majestic Mountain, Pine Woods (R)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Real Red, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce
Accessories: Corrugated embossing folder (R), Blends (Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Cinnamon Cider, Ivory, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight), Shimmery Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella, Metallic sequins (R), Fine Tip glue, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R) 
 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Just Add Ink #560 Colour

 




Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink, Jo is asking us to Just Add a Colour Combo. The colours are really a lovely mix of shades. I ended up with something that I think works as a sympathy card, not actually where I was planning to end up but having one in the stash is always useful. Here's the colour combo.


This is how it turned out.



Blackberry Bliss is a really really intense colour, so I decided the best technique was to watercolour, as this would allow me to pull out a variation of shades. With that starting point I coloured a few clusters of blooms, and a background panel to match in Coastal Cabana. Once dry I splattered that panel to add extra texture. To add even more texture I added in a panel of Grey Granite that I dry embossed. With the addition of the black sentiment strip, and twine, it's a little sombre but not too sombre. Subtle finishing touches include a swish of wink of Stella on the flowers and adding some clear droplets.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of lovely projects to show 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: Hand Penned Petals, Art Gallery
Dies: Penned Flowers, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Grey Granite, Basic Black
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Painted Texture 3D folder, Fluid watercoloring paper, White embossing powder, Wink of Stella, Black Baker's twine, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, White gel pen(Sakura), White gouache, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)



Friday, June 11, 2021

Just Add Ink #558 Sketch





Hello there,
the big freeze hit us this week but no snow so far, although for us that usually just means seeing some flakes floating down and then melting once they hit the ground. My project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge actually has a bit more of a temperate feel - hint, the tiger might have something to do with that ;) This week we are asking you to Just Add a Sketch (from me). Here it is.



And here is the card.




I was intrigued by the clever design of this stamp set, and I'm a sucker for cats - big and small. So it was quite fun to take it for a spin. I kept all the colour concentrated in my focal point and my tiger, with its characteristic orange tones really pops. To add more colour depth to the tiger, I used an old but good technique called rock and roll. First, I inked up the base tiger stamp in Mango Melody, then dipped or rolled selected edges in Pumpkin Pie. I accented the tiger with some die cut foliage and added a subtle foliage pattern to the background mat using the new Stitched Greenery die.

I think this card and all my future cat ones are going to be really versatile, perfect for the animal loving tween or grown-up.

The rest of the Just Add Ink DT have lots of fabulous projects to show 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: Wild Cats
Dies: Big Cats, Stitched Greenery, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick basic whisper white, Basic whisper white, Balmy Blue, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Blending Brushes, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)





Friday, May 28, 2021

Just Add Ink #556 Slimline

 



Hello there, 
I set some time aside last week to get very very inky, I was quite happy with the end result and it was all for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Lou has asked us to Just Add a Slimline card.


Slimline cards are a larger format card (mine is 8 x 3'4 inches), so the question is what do you fill all that space with - my first thought was flowers!




I wanted a gradient of colour in my flowers and foliage starting lighter at the top darkening as it moved down the card, so I pulled out - a lot - of my inks and got to work stamping bunches and bunches of blooms. Happy with the colours I then cut them all out (yes by hand - I probably have the dies somewhere, but I decided finding them was not the path of least resistance). For the base I used the partial die cutting technique to extend the stitched edge over the whole panel. I used blending brushes to add (once again) a gradient of colour, this time in blue to the base. I speckled that background with ink then started layering my flowers over. Once they were all adhered I swished over Wink of Stella to finish.

I quite enjoyed having a larger canvas to work on, the Just Add Ink DT have lots of great projects to show you so please go check them out then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Art Gallery, Fresh Bouquet (PaperTrey Ink)
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark, Polished Pink, Melon mambo, Fresh Freesia, Rich Razzleberry, Poppy Parade, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Merry merlot, Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Just Jade, Soft Succulent, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight
Accessories:  Blending Brushes, White embossing powder, Heat tool, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Paper Snips, Big Shot die cut machine (R)





Friday, May 14, 2021

Just Add Ink #554 'G'

 



Hi all,
this week at Just Add Ink it's time for one of our letter challenges. This time Tina is asking us to Just Add 'G'. That means the main element or elements of your project must begin with the letter 'G'. This could be a colour - green or gold, a technique or fold - like a gatefold card or an object like a giraffe, a globe or grapes - you get the idea!


The first thing that sprung to my mind was 'gnomes' and then 'garden'. With that starting point this is how it turned out.



This card is all about the colouring! I wanted it bright and colourful and that's how it turned out. So I coloured and coloured until I had enough pieces to create my scene, having blended the basic blue sky/ green grass background earlier. Once my gnomes and their garden were in place I finished the card with Wink of Stella and shimmery crystal effects on all the flowers.

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fun 'G' inspired projects to show 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: Hanging with my Gnomes (My Favourite Things), Well Said
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Basic Whisper White, Thick Basic Whisper White, Pacific Point
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Tuxedo Black (Memento), White Craft
Accessories: Blends (just about every colour!), Blending brushes, Wink of Stella, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Paper Snips (yes I cut out all those pieces by hand), Cloud stencil (MFT), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Classic Label punch (R), Big Shot die cutting machine (R)







Friday, April 30, 2021

Just Add Ink #552 Inspiration

 



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink Nikki has asked us to Just Add Inspiration. Use elements in the inspiration picture below in your project - it could be the colours, patterns, or an object, just make them a main feature. 
May be an image of outerwear, flower and tree

Flowers were a no brainer for me, but yellow was going out of my comfort zone, it's not really a colour I gravitate to. But then that's what challenges are all about. So yellow flowers was where I headed. Here's the result.



I actually turned out pretty happy with my yellow roses. To get some size variation I used flowers from two sets. The big blooms from So Much Love, were very fine lined so to match the line weight with my smaller blooms I went over all the lines with a 0.3 mm marker. The door and its panel pattern inspired the border frame I added to my card, and I added the cloudy sky just because I liked it (and I rediscover my cloud stencil ;). My blooms were all coloured in with alcohol markers, trimmed out and swished with Wink of Stella. I added a sprinkle of yellow gems to finish it all off.

The Just Add Ink DT have, as always, lots of fabulous projects to show 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: So Much Love, Bloom and Grow, Dressed to Impress
Dies: Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Balmy Blue
Accessories: Blends (Shaded Spruce, Just Jade, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie), White 1/4" crinkle seam binding, Wink of Stella, Blending Brushes, Cloud stencil (MFT), Rainbow Gems (Lucy's), Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cut machine (R)