Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 587 – Choose Two!!

Hi Everyone, It’s Just Add Ink Challenge time again. We have a Choose Two Challenge this week. The categories for this Choose Two were picked by me!!

I chose these categories because when we at JAI, were working out our challenges, I had just received a lovely card from my sister Nadine…..and it had a fancy edge on it. Then I realised – that most of the cards I make, feature a circle. Lastly, I picked twine because I had some sitting on my desk.

Here is the card I made……..

So there are a couple of things I want to say about this card…….

First, Today, is my sisters Birthday. HB Nadine!! Hope you have had a wonderful day. My card not only has a fancy edge – inspired by Nadine’s card….but it’s also very Party Party Birthday looking – don’t you think??

And, earlier this evening, I was posting some information about the Just Add Ink Challenge Winner (from last week). I then realised how similar my card is to the Winning card, made by Shannon. Go to Just Add Ink to check out Shannon’s card. I did not do that on purpose, but obviously I found Shannon’s card so striking that it got stuck in my head. That’s inspiration for ya!! Thanks Shannon!

Now it’s your turn to make a card using Two of these elements – then visit Just Add Ink to share it with us.

Blog Hop, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 586 Summer Blog Hop

Happy New Year! It’s time for the Just Add Ink New Year Blog Hop.
This Year the theme is “Summer”.

Summer means Holidays….Right?
I’ve had a few weeks off work to relax at Home. The weather has been hot here so we have spent a lot of time relaxing and swimming. With Christmas and the New Year, I also spent some time reflecting on 2021.

In my first Blog Post of 2021, I commented how strange the previous year (2020) was. I’m sure you will agree, that 2021 was just as strange – with COVID aside, for my family, it was a Year of many changes – Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Ana and Jeremy got married, Neil’s Dad passed away, we welcome a new nephew and Ana is expecting a baby soon too.

Probably the biggest change for me, was that I changed jobs. I left Computershare after almost 12 years and now work at Alstom Transport. I am the Training Administrator for part of the Perth Metronet project. We are building Rail Cars (Trains) for Perth. It’s new and exciting – a whole new industry for me with new things to learn.

I didn’t do much crafting over the holidays – so this challenge was one of my first cards for 2022. I used the “Nothings Better Than” stamp set to make these colourful Cocktails!

Make sure you click your way around to everyone on the hop, as there are lots of amazing creations and lots of different takes on our ‘Just Add Summer’ theme.

The Blog Hop is set up in a loop so it doesn’t matter where you start.  All you need to do to follow along, is click the “Next” button (or link) at the end of each post and you will be taken to the next stop.

The Blog Hop also incorporates this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge. So be sure to join in this week’s challenge by creating a “Summer” project and sharing it with us at  Just Add Ink.

To move on to Rochelle’s blog – click on the “Next” button below.

Blog Hop Running order!
1. Lou
2. Annie
3. Kerry
5. Chantell
6. Rochelle
7. Tristan
8. Tina
9. Denita
10. Di
11. Jo
12. Fiona
13. Rachael
14. Kim
15. Jan
16. Nikki

3D, Big Shot, Challenges, Christmas, Gifts, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 585 – Christmas Gift Packaging!

This week I have been putting together a few little Christmas gifts which worked well with the Just Add Ink Challenge – Just Add Christmas Gift Packaging.

It’s the last JAI Challenge for 2021. The Challenge runs for 2 weeks…..and then the JAI girls will have a short Christmas break.

I used a selection of DSP and Vellum. The DSP is from a couple of different packs (now retired). To decorate the boxes, I used the Poinsettia Petals Stamp set and Real Red Faux Linen Ribbon.

So – here is the link to Just Add Ink, so you can check out more Christmas packaging ideas from the Design Team. You can also share your projects there too.

Big Shot, Christmas, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 583 – Sketch Challenge!

Hi Everyone, I hope you have had a great week? I have spent some of the week making a few Christmas cards. It’s always fun to go through your crafting stash to see what Christmas stamps and craft supplies you have….and then put together several different card designs. I don’t know about you – but I tend to get through quite a bit of Red and Green cardstock at this time of year!

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

I flipped the sketch over and made a Snowy Christmas Santa scene. In this case, I actually raided my friend Sandie’s stash of Christmas dies (trees and Santa Sleigh).

For the background a inked up a dotty embossing folder. The ink on the embossing folder transferred to the cardstock when I ran it through the embossing machine.

I put a bit of “Wink of Stella” onto the trees, which you can’t really see in the photo… here is another pic below that shows the glitter. I am holding it up in the sun shine.

I realised as I was writting this post, that I made a wintery snow scene – even though the weather here is quite the opposite. This week our weather has heated up quite a bit – we have even had a couple of really hot days (like 40 degrees).

To play along with this Challenge – go to Just Add Ink and share your project with us.

3D, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Friends, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 581 – Legs!!

Just Add Ink have a fun Challenge this week…..Just Add Legs!

I have legs on my card and my card has legs – so I pretty much, think I have it covered!

I made a colourful screen card using Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody, Polished Pink and Granny Apple Green. The Stamp Set is called Hey Girlfriend – and is now retired. It is fun and great for Teenage Girly cards.

For other Leggy cards, goto Just Add Ink and check out what the Design Team have put together.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 579 – Choose Two!

Shimmer – to shine in such a way that the light seems to shake slightly and quickly

Glimmer  – to shine with a weak light or a light that is not continuous:

Foil – a very thin sheet of metal

Hi everyone, 

Here’s a really fun Challenge……Just Choose Two, from Foil, Glimmer or Shimmer.    

You may know that my sister Nadine and I are both crafters / card makers.   We used to go to Card Classes with a prominent Stampin Up Demonstrator in NZ – you may know of her, Jacque Williams.

Well….. Jacque used to say to us a card is not finished until it has Ribbon on it!      Nadine and I often say that now…..we also say, It’s not finished until it has a bit of Glitter!!

So this one is for everyone that loves Ribbon and Glitter…..

This card certainly has a bit of Glitter and Shimmer…..and what about the Silver Foil Sentiment?

Don’t you just love these sequins? It’s actually a sequin fabric. It’s so sparkly – it was really hard to photograph.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to check out the rest of the Design Team Foil – Glimmer – Shimmer projects.


Just Add Ink # 577 – Inspiration Challenge!

I have a couple of things to share with you this week, just for fun!

Firstly, I wanted to show you some pics of my Roses.   They are blooming marvellous at the moment……

I’m not the best gardener but these Roses always put on a good show.

The Challenge at Just Add Ink this week is an Inspiration Challenge.

I took the colours and dappled background effect into account when creating my card this week.  I made a Bokeh background with a mix of colours.

The rest of the card is actually a CASE of the Catalogue.  Check out page 111 and you will see where I got this card idea from.

If you would like to participate in this Challenge your can follow this like to Just Add Ink

Lastly, some of you may know that I recently changed jobs.   The new job is such a new environment for me, with new rules and safety conditions.   Quite quite different to anything I have done before.

Luckily for me – they are pretty good at communicating Health and Safety hazards……but this one takes the cake!!

Haha funny!!

Challenges, Colour Combo, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink Challenge # 575 – Colour Challenge!

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is a colour Challenge. Pretty girly colours – Polished Pink, Soft Succulent and Gold. So I made a Girly card with them.

I used the Dressed to Impress Stamp set and added some gold foil to a couple of spots. The background DSP also had gold in it too.

The fancy fold is an Arrow fold. It is quite easy and fun to make. I also made another colour version.

So try your hand at this pretty colour combo and share what you create with us at Just Add Ink

3D, Challenges, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 573 – Sketch

This week I used the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set and the Expressions in Ink DSP, with the Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge to make this card.

The Expressions in Ink DSP is so lovely – it features an Alcohol Ink effect with touches of gold that really makes it glamourous.

I created a little window in the card and a tri-fold element inside to feature a few more tulips.

I think I will be using this sketch again to make a few more cards. You may want to do that too. Follow this link to Just Add Ink and share your projects with us, while also checking out the Design Team projects.

Big Shot, Challenges, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink Challenge # 571 – Lines!

I had fun with the Just Add Ink Challenge this week……Just Add Lines!

I had a number of idea’s – some of which I still might makes sometime soon, but I ended up making cards using a new die that I got recently.

The Lines that I added to my cards are “Wiggly Lines”

I used the Expressions in Ink DSP with 3 of the current In-colours – Pale Papaya, Polished Pink and Evening Evergreen.

This was a fun and colourful way to put some quick cards together.

Perhaps you might Add Lines to your projects this week and then share them with us at Just Add Ink. You can also follow the link to Just Add Ink to see how the Design Team have Added Lines.