Friday, April 12, 2024

Just Add Ink #697 Sketch

 



Hello, 
time for a new challenge at Just Add Ink. This week Di has a sketch for us. Here it is.


I was feeling a little whimsical this week so I pulled out a cute character to colour.



I don't often use Designer Series paper (DSP), but despite that I still have a stash. And this is where I started with the card - going through the stash to find something that would work as a background for my cute birthday raccoon. Having found the DSP I wanted to use I picked out my  balloon colours and got to colouring. A great lazy weekend afternoon activity especially with a movie on in the background. As I was assembling the card I decided to add accents of black, this led to more scrounging through the DSP stash to find a pattern that worked as a mat for the main panel and also to highlight the sentiment. Wink of Stella and some sequins added the necessary bling elements.

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Zany Zoo, Happiness Abounds (R), Oh Kitty Tree (Mama Elephant)
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles (R), Stitched Shapes (R), Grassy Fields (My Favourite Things) 
Cardstock: Basic White, Pool Party, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Designer Series paper (R), Metallic Sequins (R), Baker's Twine Black & White (R), Blends (Highland Heather, Pumpkin Pie, Bubble Bath, Smoky Slate) Fine Tip Glue, Die cutting machine, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape





Friday, March 15, 2024

Just Add Ink #693 Choose Two

 



Hello,
this week at Just Add Ink, Di has set us a Choose Two challenge. We give you three options, and you choose two to use on your project.



For my card I went with circles and sayings.



This card is intended for a youngish teen. With this in mind I selected really bright bold colours for the background and for my feature kitty cat and added lots of shiny bling elements. I used blending brushes to create the background, splattered it with Wink of Stella and then used an old spotty (circles!) mask to apply shimmery embossing paste. I coloured my birthday kitty with blends, mounting it perched on top of a matching cute sentiment (= saying) on a large dotted circle mat. A mix of ribbon textures accent the sentiment and a scatter of gems and sequins finished it all off.

I definitely strayed from the colours I preferentially use this week but I actually found it really refreshing to do so. 

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Newton Loves Cake (Newton's Nook), Cool Cats (Your Next Stamp)
Dies: Everyday Details, Newton Loves Cake (Newton's Nook), Stitched Rectangles (R) 
Cardstock: Basic White, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories:  Seasonal Decorative masks (R), Shimmery White embossing paste, Ribbon (R), Sequins (R), Gems (R), Blending brushes, Blends (Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Pecan Pie) Fine Tip Glue, Die cutting machine, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, March 1, 2024

Just Add Ink #691 Inspiration

 




Hello,
this week at Just Add Ink Kerry is asking us to Just Add Inspiration. The inspiration picture is filled with colours, objects, and textures that you can use as the main feature of your projects. Here it is.


The deep blue tones throughout the inspiration picture caught my eye as did the sparkly rich gold of the stars seen in one of the images at the top. Putting that together with a swirly star die from my stash this is how it turned out.





I watercoloured the background first, then once dry, splattered with gold ink. Dried once again. Then die cut the swirling star pattern out. Putting some of the stars aside for the inside. I then cut the swirling stars from gold glimmer paper, and paper pieced the gold stars into the watercolored panel. Although I did leave a scatter of small stars white as it added an extra little pop of brightness. Some gold cord and a gold embossed sentiment finished it all off.

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Greatest Journey (R)
Dies: Cheerful Daisy, Stitched Rectangles (R), Swirling Stars (Sizzix)
Cardstock: Basic White, Watercolor paper
Ink: Night of Navy, Starry Sky, Blueberry Bushel, Versamark
Accessories: Gold glimmer paper, Gold cord (R), Gold emboss powder, Heat tool, Vegas Gold Ink (R), Multipurpose Glue, Die cutting machine, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, February 16, 2024

Just Add Ink #689 Colour

 



Hello, 
time for a new challenge from Just Add Ink. This week Rochelle has given us a colour challenge. 


My inspiration was a mental process of - 'let's use some new product and I haven't done any colouring for a while or used a mask'. I mixed that all altogether with the colours and this was the outcome.



The most time consuming element was the colouring. I actually think colouring small detailed images takes longer than colouring larger ones. But it was a good occupation for a quiet weekend afternoon. Stenciling the background was very quick but I decided to add some interest by breaking that up into a striped pattern so that was a bit fussy as well.

The late afternoon photography unfortunately doesn't really do it justice. IRL it is very clean, bright and fresh, with a pop of colour from the flowers and sequins gleaming.

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Lifetime of Love, Framed Florets (R)
Dies: Lifetime of Love, Everyday Details, Stitched Rectangles (R) 
Cardstock: Basic White, Tahitian Tide, Vellum 
Ink: Tahitian Tide, Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Artistic Mix Decorative masks, White emboss powder, Heat Tool, Gorgeous Grape blends, Pastel Adhesive Backed Sequins, White baker's twine, Multipurpose Glue, Die cutting machine, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, February 2, 2024

Just Add Ink #687 Sketch

 



Hello there,
this week at Just Add Ink we have a sketch challenge for you - from me! Here's the sketch.


My first thought on looking at the sketch was that if I rotated it to a vertical format it would be perfect for a z fold card so that's what I made. Here's how it turned out.




I started by die cutting all the pieces for my ship and the waves. I sponged the edges of my sails and then dry embossed them to add some material texture. The background I blended in three stages - the water, a narrow strip of land horizon and then the sky. Extra 'texture' was added to the sea and land using stamping and some birds and clouds finished off the sky. The key point in the assembly was making sure to carefully align my inside panel with the front panel. This was to ensure that when the card is closed it looks clean and there is no hint of the inside peeking out.

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

Thanks for visiting,
Kim


Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: On the Ocean, Gentle Waves (R)
Dies: On the Ocean, Stitched Rectangles (R) 
Cardstock: Basic White, Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Gray Granite, Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy, Misty moonlight, Boho Blue, Balmy Blue, Gray Granite
Accessories: Subtle embossing folder (R), Multipurpose Glue, Die cutting machine, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape




Friday, January 19, 2024

Just Add Ink #685 Blog Hop Flowers


Hello there and welcome to 2024 on the blog!

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

You may have come from Kerry Parkinson'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 flowers.



Here's how my project turned out.





I do love an ombre background so I started with that, then embossed it and added splatters of white paint and Wink of Stella. Then I pulled out various purple hues and started stamping some flowers. I wanted to keep it elegant and uncluttered, so created just a small cluster of flowers to accent the large mixed font sentiment. I finished it all off with some silver sequins and ribbon accents.

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



Thanks for visiting,
Kim

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Sending Smiles
Dies: Stitched Rectangles (R), Sending Smiles, Everyday Details, Stitched Shapes (R)
Cardstock: Thick Basic White, Basic White, Basic Black, Balmy Blue, Silver foil (R)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Balmy Blue, Lost Lagoon, Fresh Freesia
Accessories: Timeworn Type embossing folder, Subtle embossing folder (R), Metallic sequins (R), Silver thread (R), Silver ribbon (R), Fine tip glue, Wink of Stella, White gouache, Big shot die cutting machine (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape