Just Add Ink #365 – Sketch

We’re having fun today with a sketch challenge – one of my favourite types!

This little gem was created by Karren.

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I have combined the sketch with some retired Valentines Day products to create a Christmas themed card.

Who said you can’t mix your holidays???

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Do you love the new Christmas set – Merry Mistletoe?  Reindeers are my favourite Christmas motif (even more so than trees!) and it comes with such lovely sentiments.

It was generously gifted to me by a demonstrator friend – thanks Kathryn, I love it!

The reindeer looks lovely in Real Red ink with clear embossing!

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Have you done this before?

Simply ink your stamp in Versamark, then in the actual colour (Real Red in this case) and then stamp as usual.  Coat the image in clear embossing powder and heat set.  Using this technique, you can create embossing powder in any colour you own!


I had fun with this direct copy of the sketch layout and decided to create a second version using a z-fold layout.

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The elements are mostly the same – which is a fun way to create two same-same-but-different cards using the same materials.

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I loved being able to use my retired Valentine’s Day stash.  Red & white is a perfect Christmas theme.

Things that have disappeared from the catalogue don’t become useless – there’s always a fabulous project around the corner waiting for those long hoarded collected items!

We’d love for you to join us this week and create your own masterpiece based on the sketch.

Pop over to the Just Add Ink blog to see the full range of design team cards and enter your creation.

 

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Just Add Ink #364 – Inspiration

Hello!  Welcome to another Just Add Ink challenge.

I’m so excited to see what everyone does with this photo inspiration – chosen by me!!!

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There’s so much to take from this gorgeous photo.

Have you noticed how ‘on trend’ copper & rose gold are at the moment?

And crafters love flowers!!!

I love the subtle brick texture in the background & the wood table.

Oh my!!!  Lots of potential this week!

To join us, and see what the other design team members have made, visit the Just Add Ink blog.

This is my card, using all the elements I mentioned above…

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I was so excited to use another of my new catalogue purchase – the Beautiful Bouquet bundle!

Beautiful flowers plus an amazing number of practical sentiments!!!

My posy is loaded with pretty, oversized yellow flowers – which is a bit bolder than the inspiration picture!

{But it’s my picture and I can stamp what I want to!}

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And I added in the copper tones for the ribbon & posy wrapping.

Did you spy the Wood Textures DSP making another appearance???  So many wood colours & options in this awesome DSP stack.

And I remembered to stamp / emboss directly onto the DSP! (I so often forget this!)

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Please join us this week over at the Just Add Ink blog.

I’d love to see your interpretation of the photo into a card, scrapbook page or 3D project!


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Just Add Ink #363 – Anniversary

As it turns out, the Just Add Ink Anniversary challenge was perfectly timed for me!

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Not quite as perfect as Chloe, who celebrates her wedding anniversary today, but well timed to create some “stampin’versary”cards for some of my stamping friends who also celebrated Stampin’ Up! anniversaries during May.

It’s all part of Sara Douglass’ #MakeACardSendACard challenge.  I am absolutely loving sending out lots of happy mail.

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Because of my ongoing battle with a set number of hours in the day (just 24 – to do EVERYTHING!), these cards got in the mail a little later than I wanted, so they will probably hit the east coast after this goes live.  But that’s ok!

I took this opportunity to have a play around with colour combinations for the new In Colors.  Until this point, I’d used coordinating colours – Pool Party & Tranquil Tide, Berry Burst & Sweet Sugarplum…. you get the idea!

The creative crew over at Stampin’ Up! HQ have put together a fabulous list of colours that work well together for each of the 5 new In Colors.

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It’s a great way to expand your natural colour boundaries!

So, these are the 5 cards & colour combinations I chose…

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And up close and personal…

 

Fresh Fig with Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight & Pear Pizzazz

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Powder Pink with Night of Navy, Soft Sky & So Saffron

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Lemon Lime Twist with Island Indigo & Melon Mambo

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Tranquil Tide with So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum

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Berry Burst with Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry & Pumpkin Pie

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The insides were decorated in the same way, with the peekaboo ‘happy anniversary’ panel from the front and a Rose Garden vellum die cut across the base.

I haven’t taken a picture of all of the colours – this gives you a looksie at the design…

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I have been working hard on my card insides this year – and also the envelopes!  It’s rude to send a naked envelope… apparently!

Luckily, the floral stamp from the Floral Phrases stamp set matches the Fresh Florals DSP that I used on the card front.

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And then they were finished and in the mail to 5 stamping friends!

Happy mail is on it’s way!

If you’re ever in need of someone to send happy mail to, pick me!  Checking the letterbox is one of my favourite daily activities and I always get so excited when the contents are pretty!

Speaking of pretty, an anniversary theme lends itself to some pretty amazing cards.

Head over the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team created this week, and add your anniversary card to the mix!

 

 

Just Add Ink #362 – Colour Combo

Happy New Catalogue Day!   If you need more details and to see my top 10 list- see my post from this morning.

Tonight I’m sharing a card I made using the Just Add Ink Challenge Colours and some of the products from the 2017-2018 that are no longer upcoming, but here!!!

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I, and I’m imaging many other crafters, will admit to these colours being out of my comfort zone.  Orange isn’t on high rotation for me – and with aqua/teal/blue…. I had to dig deep!

But they call it a challenge – yes?

I had fun putting my new products together.

This card is made using the Daisy Delight bundle (stamp set & punch) with the Eastern Medallions Thinlits.

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The daisy is layered 3 times for lots of texture.  I stamped each daisy on Whisper White cardstock in Peekaboo Peach, coloured it with more Peach ink using my Aqua Painter and then cut each daisy out.

Don’t forget when mounting your daisy stamp, that you want to have petals pointing straight up & down (ie, 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock).  Stamp this way onto your cardstock and it will make it lining up the punch a breeze!

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When putting the daisy layers together, space so that petal takes up a third of the gap between the petals (12 o’clock, 4 o’ clock, 8 o’clock).

If you try to put it in the middle (at 6 o’clock), the third daisy will sit behind the first.

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How cute is that medallion as a backdrop?  The Eastern Palace Suite was available during May as a pre-release but only in a bundle.  You can now buy each products from the suite individually.

I highly recommend you add the Eastern Medallion Thinlits to you collection!

I carried the theme through to the inside of the card…

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Make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog where you can see the cards made by the design team.

Hopefully this will inspire you to add your own entry.  We’d love to see what you make!

There seems to be a common theme with the design team creations this week.  Can you guess what it is???

 

Just Add Ink #361 – Choose Two

This week for Just Add Ink #361 there’s a choice!

You’ve got the power to two options that spark your creativity – flowers, washi tape or watercolour.

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If you don’t like the choices, you can blame me!

I actually have 2 cards to share with you in this post.

I had an idea for this card and went along my merry way using the flowers from Awesomely Artistic and Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique set.

 

I stamped the flowers in Sahara Sand – same colour as the cardstock and wasn’t quite happy with them.

Without thinking, I added some *watercolouring*….

And then oh oh – I didn’t choose two, I chose all three!

So, back to the drawing board with *just* washi & flowers….

To avoid the watercolouring issue again, I changed the colour of the flowers to Night of Navy and added more washi tape (you can never have too much of a good thing!).

When I was first card making, I would have never make a card using a generic sentiment like ‘friend’.  I was a happy birthday kind of girl!

Now I love the options for all the different kind of sentiments!!!


As always, I can’t wait to see what you make for this week’s challenge.

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team made and enter your card!

Which *two* will you choose???


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Just Add Ink #360 – Sketch

At Just Add Ink this week, we’re creating using an awesome sketch created by Narelle – that lady is a master at layouts!

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I know I say it every time, but I really do love sketches – they open up a world of possibilities and give you the perfect starting point for your own unique design!

Make sure to visit the Just Add Ink blog and see what the JAI design team created!

You can also add your own creation to the link up and join the weekly challenge.


I was delighted when I saw the sketch components for this challenge – because they fit perfectly with the Yummy in my Tummy monster stamp, which I wanted to share with you one last time before it hits the officially retired list for Occasions 2017!

How cute is that monster!!!

I stamped the monster onto DSP from the Cupcakes & Carousels stack, cut him out, then stamped again onto Daffodil Delight & Bermuda Bay cardstock and cut out the horns, paws & tummy before sticking them into place.

The rest of the supplies in this card are all sticking around, so there’s no hurry, but if you love that monster, he’s only here until 31st May (or sold out).  The same goes for the Cupcakes & Carousels DSP (which is on special!).

You can shop in my online store 24-7.

I’m looking forward to using that Hexagon Folder for another year!

And although I’m sad to have some favourites on the retirement list, there’s a beautiful new catalogue ready to launch in 2 weeks!!!


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Just Add Ink #359 – Inspiration

Did you know that the Just Add Ink challenge site cycles through lots of different types of inspiration… themes, letters, photos are just  few.

This week we have a gorgeous inspiration photo chosen by  Kim.

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What a gorgeous picture!  Perfect for flowers & pink tones – favourites of many crafters!

I had the pleasure at a recent craft weekend I went on to borrow the Falling Flowers bundle.

It’s been on my radar, but not in my shopping cart, for a while now, so it was a pleasure to be able to use it.

Making this card just made me want to own it even more… so guess what will soon make the transition from wishlist to stash very soon???

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The most striking thing about the inspiration photo for me was the beautiful colours and striking resemblance to the new Berry Burst In Colour.

I wanted to take that bright pink, add in a bit of green and display it all on a crisp white background.

I love the simplicity of this card, but couldn’t help add a little bling thanks to a product we’ll all be able to enjoy soon – Glitter Enamel Dots!  They are divine!

{Can’t wait til June to add Glitter Dots to your collection?  Join my Paper Adventures team in May and you can add them – plus other great new catalogue products – to your Starter Kit}.

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The sentiment in this card – nice & generic, this is an all-occasions card – is from the very versatile Beautiful You stamp set.

I can’t wait for you to see what the other design team members were inspired to create.  See all the cards on the Just Add Ink blog.

And I am even more excited to see what you create!  Upload your creation by visiting the blog.


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