Friday, June 10, 2022

Just Add Ink #607 Choose Two

 



Hi there, 
we have a fun Choose Two challenge for you this week at Just Add Ink from Di. She's asking you to....


So pick two of the options and feature them in your project this week. I am - dramatic pause - not a coffee drinker - queue shocked gasps - but I love love my cup of tea. So tea and friend was the combo I was working with.



I do love a bright watercolored background, so I started with that and then coloured my tea cup to match. For that extra pop of happy colour I added a scatter of little pink and red flowers. The tea bag tag - so cute! - was the perfect way to add a sentiment. Then to finish the ribbon and twine add in that little bit of extra texture, and I love how they both echo the stripe theme.

The Just Add Ink DT have fun projects to show 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: Cup of Tea, Welcoming Window
Dies: Teacup dies, Stitched Rectangle, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Watercolor paper
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point, Tahitian Tide, Sweet Sorbet, Polished Pink
Accessories: Blends (Shaded Spruce, Granny Apple Green,Tahitian Tide, Bermuda Bay), frayed 1.9 cm ribbon, Black and White Baker's twine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, White gouache





Friday, May 27, 2022

Just Add Ink #605 Inspiration

 




Hello there,
the new challenge at Just Add Ink inspired me to pull a set out of my stash that I've had for....at least year and never seen ink. I'm sure some you are familiar with that phenomena! This week we are asking you to Just Add Inspiration suggested by no other than me. Here's the inspiration pic.



I went with a fairly clean masculine vibe for this one.



Texture, stitched detail and twine add the extra interest here, but I hope somewhat subtly as I wanted the coastal scene to be the real draw. You can actually see something very similar to this along the southern coast of Australia on the Great Ocean Road.

The rest of the JAI 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 noted.
Stamps: Waves of Inspiration, Beach Heroscape (HeroArts)
Dies: Rectangle Stitched Dies, 
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Basic White
Ink: Early Espresso, Cinnamon Cider, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Seaside Spray, Misty Moonlight, Tudexo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Subtle embossing folder (R), Painted Texture embossing folder, Blends (R), Baker's twine essentials pack, Hole punch (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape





Friday, May 13, 2022

Just Add Ink #603 Colour

 



Hello there,
it has been a while but I'm back to blogging. Given I'm feeling a bit rusty I kept my project for this week's Just Add Ink challenge fairly classic and simple. This week Nikki is asking us to Just Add a Colour Combo. Here are the colours.







Hand-Penned Petals has quickly become one of my go to stamps sets for making quick but good looking cards. I did added some extra shading to the centre of the pink flowers and leaves by adding extra ink with a just moist aqua painter. Given this will probably serve as a sympathy card I decided to leave off any sparkle elements. Instead the wood grain background, ribbon and twine add those extra interest elements.


The Just Add Ink design team have so many 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: Hand-Penned Petals,  Art Gallery
Dies: Penned Flowers, Layering Circles
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry, Mint Macaron, Versamark, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: White emboss powder, Heat tool, Timber 3D embossing folder, White 3/4" frayed ribbon, Baker's twine, Dimensionals, Tear and tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)





Friday, February 18, 2022

Just Add Ink #591 Sketch

 



Hello there,
time for a new challenge from Just Add Ink. This week Narelle is asking us to Just Add a Sketch, and here it is.


I was struggling with this one, no idea why, because it's a really appealing sketch. Only one idea came to mind so that's what I went with. The bonus was that I got to use two new stamp sets.



I tossed up whether I should use the viking on the front or his ship, but decided that the ship worked better paired with wave background stamp, so went with that. With the card being intended for a masculine recipient I kept it no frills with the details coming from the stitched edges, colouring and background stamp. I did sneak in a little Wink of Stella too. 

The Just Add Ink design team have so many 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: Gentle Waves, Brave Vikings
Dies: Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Balmy Blue, Real Red
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Misty Moonlight, Balmy Blue, Versamark
Accessories: Blends (Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Medium Combo, Deep Combo, Cinnamon Cider, Petal Pink), White embossing powder, Heat Tool, Blending Brush, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)





Friday, February 4, 2022

Just Add Ink #589 Minimalist

 



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink Kelly has asked us to Just Add Minimalist. Now minimalism is definitely not my style at all so this was a real challenge for me. Some guidelines I found useful were that minimalism often involves repetition of multiple images of same shape, simple geometric forms lines and squares and can be characterised by a monochromatic colour scheme.



Taking that input in, this is what I came up with.




Aligning the die cuts was actually quite fussy. It sounds easy, but if you place the die at a slightly different angle across your card stock then it often won't align perfectly, especially on either end. Probably adding no embossed texture would have been more minimalistic but I had to add something to satisfy myself so I figured the uniform subtle rough texture was the best solution. Noting you need to stamp the sentiment first before you emboss. 

This probably won't be my favourite project of the year, but it definitely stretched me, which a good challenge should do, and I learnt something about minimalism which was interesting. The Just Add Ink DT are showcasing a fabulous array of minimalist projects 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: Art Gallery
Dies:  Rainbow Builder (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Pool Party Coastal Cabana
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Subtle embossing folder (R), Tear and tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)



Friday, January 21, 2022

Just Add Ink #587 Choose Two

 



Hello there, 
this week at Just Add Ink we have a Just Choose Two challenge from Chantell. The idea being to pick two of the three options and use them in your project. Here are your options.


It's summer birthday season in the family and I needed to make a birthday card for my daughter. I asked her for her colour preference and took it from there.



I kept the design pretty simple - the fancy edge is white on white, and the circle acts as the base for my flower cluster. For texture and colour I used watercolour paper for the background added an intense wash of colour and once dry splattered with Wink of Stella, and white gouache. The flowers were coloured in with SU! blends. Sparkly silver sequins add that final touch of bling.

The Just Add Ink design team have so many 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: Hand-Penned Petals,  Band Together (R)
Dies: Penned Flowers, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Watercolor paper
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Blends (Just Jade, Highland Heather, Fresh Freesia, Blackberry Bliss), Wink of Stella, Fine tip glue, Dimensionals, Sequins (Metallic Mix)(R), Tear and tape, White gouache, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)






Friday, January 14, 2022

Just Add Ink #586 Blog Hop - Summer

 



Hello there and welcome to 2022 on the blog!
The Just Add Ink team are kicking off the new year with our annual blog hop.

You may have come from Rachael'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 Summer.



In Summer my garden is filled with colourful flowers, in fact many of the colours you can see in the challenge photo. So I wanted to reflect that in my project. Here's how it turned out.





I decided to incorporate the linear icy pole element from the challenge photo in a colourful striped background, then mute it slightly with a vellum mat. The floral focal element then pulls all the colours from the background together. To add dimension I coloured three additional larger flowers from the floral image and mounted them over the base floral image. A swish of Wink of Stella and a scatter of sequins add sparkle.

Jan McQueen is next on the blog hop, so please go on and check out her lovely vibrant project, and then the rest of the team. Then come back and join in the challenge we'd love to see your 'Summer' project. 



Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Hand-Penned Petals, Label Me Bold (R)
Dies: Penned Flowers, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black
Ink: Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Fine tip glue, Dimensionals, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Tear and tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)