Friday, December 11, 2020

Just Add Ink #535 Magical Creatures


Hello there,
I've only made a few Christmas cards this year but I've enjoyed the process (in all honesty my cards usually involve quite a process). This week I have one more for you, for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Kelly has asked us to Just Add Magical Creatures. So get out your fairies, dragons, elves, gnomes or any other magical creatures you have!

I had to use my SU! gnomes for this - well one gnome anyway. 

Once I decided on using the Snowflake Splendour DSP all my colour choices were pretty much settled, and making that decision can be a really good way of getting yourself started on a project. I also decided to create an arched window, this turned out to be simple. First I die cut a circle from my DSP (that was added to the inside of the card). Using my trimmer I cut straight down from the widest part of the circle on each side and then made the final cut, parallel to the bottom of the card, to join the two side cuts. I created my scene and added my gnome and present which had both been glittered up with Wink of Stella and Shimmery crystal effects.

I was super happy with the end result :)

Please go and check out the magical projects of the rest of the Just Add Ink DT, then come back and join in the challenge.

This will probably be my last post for the year, as Just Add Ink will take a break till mid January soon. So I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Gnome for the Holidays, #Elfie (R)
Dies: Pine Woods dies, Stitched Shapes framelits, Rectangle Stitched framelits
Cardstock: Pacific Point, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Whisper White
Ink: Pacific Point, Night as Navy, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Snowflake Splendour DSP, 1" circle punch, Sparkle glimmer paper (R), Blends (Highland Heather, Cinnamon Cider, Ivory, Basic Black), Copic Markers (to match pacific Point) Shimmery Crystal Effects, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Sponge brayer, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)

Friday, November 27, 2020

Just Add Ink #533 'S'


Hello there,
I had fun this week snatching a little bit of time to colour for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Tina is asking us to Just Add 'S'. That means the main element of your project must begin with the letter 'S'. It could be a pattern - like stripes or scallops, or an animal - snake or snail, or be a card fold like a shadow or shaker card. The possibilities are almost endless!

I'm in Christmas crafting mode so the obvious 'S' for me was Santa!

I coloured up Santa and his two reindeers, then created a forest scene to place them in using dies. It took a while to get all the pieces coloured, cut and arranged but it did turn out pretty cute - so worth the effort!

The Just Add Ink DT have lots of fun 'S' projects to show you, so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge.

Thanks for visiting,

SU! Unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Everything (My Favorite Things)
Dies: Pine Wood dies, Home Together dies
Cardstock: Balmy Blue, Real Red, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories: Sparkle Glimmer paper (R), Sponge brayer, Shimmery crystal effects, Wink of Stella, Blends (Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Bronze, Ivory, Cinnamon Cider, Cajun Craze,Petal Pink), White gouache, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, White embossing powder, Heat Tool

Friday, November 13, 2020

Just Add Ink #531 Inspiration

Hello there,
we are in that rapid approach to Christmas now so you'll see more Christmas projects from me, including this week! This week at Just Add Ink Lou has asked us to Just Add Inspiration, and what a fun and colourful inspiration picture it is!

All those oh so colourful pom pom Christmas trees inspired me to create my own rainbow of trees.

I stamped a lot of trees in different colours, die cut them out, then began mixing, matching and balancing colour. The end result is very bright and happy and all I needed to add to finish it all off was some wink of stella and gold cord.

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

Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: In the Pines, Cup of Christmas (R)
Dies: Stitched Rectangle dies,  Pine Woods dies
Cardstock: Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black 
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Bumble Bee, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Magenta Madness, Versamark 
Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder (R), White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Forever Greenery Trim (Gold cord), 1/4 inch circle punch, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cutting machine (R)

Friday, October 30, 2020

Just Add Ink #529 Colour


Hello there,
time for another Just Add Ink challenge and this week we have a lovely colour challenge for you from Kelly. Here it is.

It might seem a bit odd to use such a strong pink for a masculine card, but mixed with blue you get purple and the ability to create a fabulous sky backdrop for my gleaming lighthouse! 

Sometimes I'm just in awe of what you can do with just a few shades of ink. As I mentioned I used the Magenta brayered over the Misty Moonlight to create the graduation of tones in the sky. To finish off the sky I splattered with water, then patted it dry, then splattered with white gouache and finally with Wink of Stella. The layers of the sea was created by stamping the base layer in stamped off Misty Moonlight, then the top layer in full strength Misty Moonlight. White gouache applied with a stiff dry brush helped create the texture of sea foam. To make the light house shine I embossed the image on silver foil and then to add a bit of drama added some beams of light using vellum. Embossing, texture (in this case from ink and paint) and die cut stitched detail are often the best way to add detail to masculine cards without them getting too fussy.

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,


  • Stamps: Sailing Home, Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Birthdays
  • Dies: Stitched Rectangle dies, Smooth Sailing
  • Cardstock: Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Silver foil, Vellum
  • Ink: Misty Moonlight, Magenta Madness, Versamark 
  • Accessories:1 inch circle punch, White and Silver embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape, Vellum tape (Scotch), White Gouache
  • Non SU!: Text and Texture: Ocean (PaperTrey Ink), Big Shot die cutting machine

Friday, October 16, 2020

Just Add Ink #527 Sketch


Hello there,
I am almost coming to the end of the family birthday season. It's kind of funny how families often have birthdays in clumps and mine is no exception. I used the new Just Add Ink challenge, this week it's time to Just Add a Sketch (my design), to make a birthday card for my niece. Pink and girly are still very much the order of the day. To make it extra special I made it a spinner card. Here's the sketch.

And this is how it turned out.

The stamp only showed the front view of the the girl, so I had to improvise to create a back view for my spinner to work. To do so I jury-rigged a light box, and place the stamped image face down with another piece of card stock taped into place on top. Then using an alcohol friendly fine marker, traced the image, and filled in the details necessary (e.g. hair instead of a face) to get a backview. Probably the trickiest bit was trimming the front and back images out simultaneously.

The spinner element was inserted in an oval cut into the front of the card. To obscure the message that would be inside I added a vellum insert that would fold over. The spinning princess was surrounded by garlands of pink glittery (alcohol ink) coloured flowers and a little sprinkle of sequins. Was it a bit fiddly - yes but I aways try and go that extra bit for the kids in the family. Birthday are such a big deal for them :)

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,

Stamps: Bloom and Grow, Label Me Bold (R), Stamping Bella (R)
Tools: Layering Ovals, Pinewood Planks 3D folder, Budding Blooms dies
Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Blends (Flirty Flamingo, Petal Pink, Melon Mambo, Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Bronze, Ivory), Copic Multiliner
Accessories: Wink of Stella, Woven Thread sequins, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Dimensionals, Fine Tip glue pen, Tear and Tape, Big Shot die cut machine (R)

Friday, October 2, 2020

Just Add Ink #525 Thank You


Hello there,
it's Friday and that means it's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge. This week Chantell is asking us to Just Add Thank You. 

It's hard to go wrong with flowers for thank you cards so I added plenty of them!

Working out the right combination of colours for the layers in the flowers was a very inky process but in the end I was happy with how they all turned out. In case you are curious here are the SU! colour combinations.

Biggest pale flower: Base layer- Blushing Bride, Mid layer - stamped off Magenta Madness, Top detail layer - Melon Mambo

Mid sized mid pink flower: Base layer - Stamped off Magenta Madness, Mid Layer - Magenta Madness, Top detail layer - Merry Merlot

Small darkest flower: Base layer - Melon Mambo, Mid layer - Merry Merlot, Top detail layer - Rich Razzleberry

The leaves were stamped in Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce.

To add a bit of sparkle all the flowers were stamped on Shimmery White card stock, and then swiped very carefully with Wink of Stella, and a scatter of rhinestones finished it all off.

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

Thanks for visiting,


Friday, September 18, 2020

Just Add Ink #523 Just Add 'A'

Hello there,
I love that spring is in the air here, but funnily enough it's Christmas that I'm thinking about, and I have another Christmas card for you this week. The challenge from Tina at Just Add Ink this week is to Just Add 'A'. The idea being to make an element beginning with the letter 'A' the main focus of your card. This can be something like an alligator or acorn, or a pattern like argyle, or a card fold like an accordion card. The sky's the limit as long as it begins with 'A'! 

The first thing I thought of was 'animal', my favourite being cats so I added a purrfect pile of them. 

I coloured all my cats in using neutral cool and warm toned alcohol markers, then added little splashes of colour to the little ornaments. Then a swish of wink of stella and a final layer of shimmery crystal effects. To create the background I brayered an ombre blue background, splattered it with water, wink of stella and finally white gouache paint, letting it dry between each layer. Lastly, a scatter of tiny star sequins in the sky finished it all off.

The Just Add Ink design team have lots wonderful projects to show you so please go check them out and then come back and join in the challenge. 
Thanks for visiting,

Project Recipe:
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Retired/ Non-SU! product: Oh Kitty Tree, Oh Kitty Tree creative cuts (Mama Elephant), Copic markers (C and W markers), Big Shot die cutting machine, white gouache paint.