Big Shot, Challenges, Just Add Ink, Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink # 616 – Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink have a Sketch Challenge this week. Having a sketch is a great way to start a card. The sketch is your guide but you can flip it, turn it or even reverse it to make it suit your needs. 

I made a couple of cards with this Sketch in mind.

For my first card, I masked off a circle and the used the Blending Brushes to make a Sunburst. The stamps and dies are from the Sending Smiles Bundle.

For my second card I used the Tulip Fields stamp set and dies. (retired)

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see what the Design Team have made and join the Challenge yourself.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 614 – Under the Sea

When I saw this Challenge come up I instantly knew what I was going to make. I had actually been thinking about it for a while – even before the Challenge.

I made a milestone Birthday Card for my BIL Rob. He turned the Big 5-0 recently. Rob has a wonderful saltwater Fish Tank that has a great display of Coral, Urchins and colourful fish. Whenever, we visit I spend ages looking at the creatures inside. I especially love the Clown Fish.

Here is the card I made for Rob.

Here is the link to Just Add Ink, so you can join our Under the Sea Challenge and also view all the Design Team projects.

Big Shot, Blog Hop, Colour Combo, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Friends, Inspiration, Plentiful Plants

Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop # 4

CASEing the Catty, a Page in the Sixties

Today I am joining Bron Eastley’s 60th Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. We’re a group of stamping friends that are celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes!  This is the forth Hop and the theme for our projects today is – CASEing the Catty, a Page in the Sixties.

CASEing from the Catty is such a great way to start a card or layout. I often tell crafters that the Catalogue is not just a Catalogue – but a source of inspiration and ideas.

I myself, often use the Catalogue when looking for Colour combinations, Embellishment ideas or layouts.

For this Blog Hop I have put together 3 cards.

From Page 61 I CASE’d this card.

Here is my version:

I used the Hues of Happiness DSP and the In the Moment Stamp Set (Ohh love that Stamp set).

The next two cards really pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone because they both feature bright and bold colours.

On page 62 you will find this packaging idea that I used for inspiration for my next card.

Here is my version:

I used Parakeet Party card as the base, Hues of Happiness DSP with the Plentiful Plants Stamp Set. Then finished it with the Tahitian Tide Metalic Woven Ribbon and Daffodil Delight Glossy Dots.

Page 65 features this mini card. I used both the layout and the colours to make a card.

Here is my card

I used the new Splendid Thoughts Stamp set and Splendid Stems dies – that just happen to be on Page 65 of the new Mini Catalogue (July-December 2022).

This was really fun! I think I will go off and CASE a few more cards from the 60’s pages. While I am doing that – you can head off to the next Crafter in Bron’s Blog Hop. Next up is Cathy Proctor. Click the link below to visit Cathy’s Blog.

Big Shot, Challenges, Friends, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 607 – Choose Two!!

Hi ya,

I decided to play along with the Just Add Ink Challenge this week. I put a fun card together that I am going to send to one of my Friends.

To make this card – I choose some bold colours – Night of Navy, Mango Melody, Real Red and Crumb Cake. I then decided on the layout.

I used a stamp that I have had in my stash for a long long time. It’s perfect for this Challenge because it features both the Coffee Cup and Tea Cup, the Beans and the little Sugar cubes…..cute aye?

I am going to send this card to a friend of mine – she drinks tea and I drink coffee and we often get together to download the week we have both had.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to join this challenge and/or check out what all the Design Team have made.

3D, Big Shot, Challenges, Fine Art Floral, Inspiration, Just Add Ink, Kids Cards, Man Cards

Just Add Ink # 604 – Case Yourself!

Hi ya, well here’s an interesting Challenge! Just Add a Case of Yourself!

So that means CASING a previous card that you have made. It could be from a previous JAI Challenge or perhaps a card you have created, that you love.

This Challenge made me go back an review a whole lot of Challenges and pick out a few of my favs, that I will share with you at the end of this post.

The card I chose to CASE was from Just Add Ink Challenge # 400 (18 March 2018). Such a pretty card with soft colours and a Bokeh background.

I decided this time to create a Bokeh background using really bold colours. The colours are Merry Merlot, Old Olive and Tranquil Tide. I then decorated the Card using the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see and the CASEd Projects from the Design Team and join in on this Challenge.

Below you will find pics of a few of my other fav cards.

Big Shot, Challenges, Inspiration, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 600 – Inspiration!

Hi everyone,

Well it’s been quite a week here! I’m on holiday from work at the moment but have not really done anything because I have Covid, along with others in my household. Therefore we have been Isolating at home. I have so much time on my hands – but not even ventured into the craft room!

Lucky for me I made a card for this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge in advance. The Challenge is an Inspiration pic that was suggested by Kerry.

I used some alcohol inks to make some autumn coloured vellum and then cut out some leaves. I used the Burlap stamp (Retired) to create a boarder for the sentiment.

Now that I look at this Sentiment – it definitely sums up this week for me!

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see what the Design Team have come up with and also to join in on the Challenge.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Colour Combo, Man Cards

Just Add Ink # 598 – Colour Challenge!

This week at Just Add Ink, we are doing a Colour Challenge. Apparently I chose the colours for this challenge. Funny, cause I don’t remember doing that!

In about 10 days time, it’s my Dad’s Birthday and it just so happens, that he will be visiting me. So I decided to use the colours, get organised and make a card for him, before he arrives.

Dad is a keen gardener – a very good one in fact. He always has a very well stocked and organised shed of tools (both gardening tools and mechanical / building type tools). For his card, I have used the Home & Garden Stamp set and dies.

The background is made with a stencil and embossing paste, that I coloured with Misty Moonlight ink. It adds great texture to the card which you can kinda see with the rough edges it created.

These colours are perfect for man cards – but they are also just as perfect for a floral card – you can see more DT examples at Just Add Ink. Have a go and share your creations with us too.

3D, Big Shot, Blog Hop

Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,
Today I am sharing in a fun Birthday Blop Hop Celebration for my friend Bronwyn Eastley.

I first met Bron in 2010 when we both became Design Team members at Just Add Ink.
We have been sharing our love of papercraft and card making ever since.

Brons 60th Birthday is coming up later this year and with everything happening in the world at the moment, Bron’s original Birthday celebrations have not gone to plan. Therefore she has come up with a fabulous idea of running a series of blog hops to celebrate.

Bron has got together a group of stamping friends and we are all celebrating Bron’s 60th Birthday in 2022 with six blog hops, over six months, with six fun themes!
We have an inspiration pic for tonight’s hop (Bron’s Blog Header) ……”

This is such a pretty picture – calming, soft colours with an air of Holidays!

I set to work and made a card (which you can see below)….and then the more I thought about Bron and her crafting the more I could not get Easel cards out of my mind……

I’m pretty sure it was Bron that introduced me to Easel cards so I decided I had to make one for this Blog Hop.

I used the Pierced Blooms dies with Blushing Bride, White, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso. I love how the piercing add texture.

And here is the card I made. As you can see I used similar elements.

Next in the Hop is Sara Levin, click the Next button below to move onto Sara’s Blog. Be sure to Hop your way all through to see project made by Bron’s friend in honor of her Birthday.

Big Shot, Challenges, Designer Series Paper (DSP), Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink # 596 – Sketch Challenge

This week I have been making cards using this Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge.

I used the New Horizons DSP, which is so lovely just on it’s own.

I also created a card using the Home and Garden stamp set and dies.

If you follow this link to Just Add Ink you can join in the Challenge too – while also seeing other Design Team cards made by the Design Team.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 594 – Masking

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is Masking. Masking involves covering areas of your paper to protect it from being inked. I have been doing quite a bit of Masking lately, so have a couple of projects to show you.

It all started when I got some Blending Brushes.
Well actually, No….it started way after that. Mainly because when I got the Blending Brushes, they were so soft…… and smooth…… and lovely to touch…… that I thought they were “Too Good to Use”

Hahahaha!! I spent hours patting them.

Finally I took the plunge and inked them!

In saying that, I did not use the Blending Brushes for the Masking Challenge this week. For this card I masked the edges of a piece of card to make a Frame. Once the mask was in place, I stamped some colourful flowers from the Flowing Flowers stamp set.

The Flowing Flowers stamp set is great. The floral images have some great light and dark shading in them.

I used masking and the blending brushes to make the card below. Sectioning off each area, blending and then stamping. This is the Home & Garden Stamp Set with the Enamel Pebble Shapes.

One of the first cards I made with my blending brushes, uses the Enjoy the Moment stamp set. The idea and inspiration comes from Page 26 of the current Stampin Up Catalogue.

Recently, I also made a whole lot of other blended / masked cards and projects – but many of them were posted off and I did not take photos of them. Below is one of them. I masked of the bottom part of the cardstock and inked some bold colours onto the background. The stamp set is called Life is Beautiful.

To see what the Design Team have made using different types of Masking, goto the Just Add Ink Challenge.