Hi ya, we had a glimpse of Summer this week with a couple of really lovely warm sunny days. Unfortunately it was back to showers, wind and coldness again today. But hopefully, that won’t last for long. It did get me thinking, that it kinda went with my Just Add Ink card (theme) this week.
The Just Add Ink Challenge is Just Add N. That could mean anything starting with N – be it a stamp set, colour or theme.
For my card I decided on the theme of “Nature”. Here is my card:
I used the Forever Fern stamp set and Forever Greenery DSP (retired).
As I took a few pic’s of my card, I noticed how lovely some of the plants in the garden were looking. I even ended up taking a few pics of them too. Look at the colours and glossiness!
If you would like to Just Add N this week – share your projects with us at Just Add Ink.
Nikki suggested that we “Just Add a Shaker” for our Just Add Ink Challenge this week – I was wrapped about that – cause I love Shaker cards. They are really fun to make, send and receive.
Shaker Cards that I have previously made, usually include a window front design, with one or two types of “shakeable” materials sandwiched between two tightly sealed layers, so that the shaker contents are visible.
For this challenge though, I decided to make what I am calling an “Open Shaker Card”
I made a window that goes all the way through the card. I then strung a whole load of beads on some thread and placed them in the window. So they “Shake” up and down on the strings.
I used the Plentiful Plants Stamp set with a retired die and embossing folder.
While playing with Shaker cards this week I also made another Sunflower Shaker that was based on a card I made about 15 years ago, while going to some card classes in NZ.
I used the Sunflower dies to create an inlaid Sunflower and then turned that into a Shaker.
Here is the original Shaker that I made in class all those years ago……..
So now I have shown you a few different Shaker Cards, you can go to Just Add Ink to see what the Design Team have made and share your Shaker Cards with us too.
The Challenge this week at Just Add Ink is an Inspiration Challenge. The idea is to use this picture to inspire your crafting. There are so many things in this pic that you could pick up on…..the walls, the fireplace, the plants, the wooden elements and so much more.
The elements from the pic that I used were the white bricks, wood grain and plants. Here’s my card
The woodgrain DSP and Brick wall embossing folder that I used are now retired. I used several different die cuts and a couple of stamps too. I also decided to use different colours from black, browns and greens.
If you would like to have a go at this Challenge – go to Just Add Ink. There you will see other examples of projects for this challenge and also be able to share your project with us.
Well I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks – there has been alot happening – so this is a longish post.
First up, after almost 11 years I decided it was time for me to move on from Computershare. So I made the big move and handed in my notice. I finished my time off with a large meeting that I had been working on for several months.
As I was working my final week at Computershare, a travel bubble was announced between Australia and NZ…..just in the nick of time for me….. as my Dad’s 80th Birthday party was coming up!!
I flew off to NZ for 10 days – surprising Dad and my friends too!
Nadine and I did some lovely walks and spent a small amount of time crafting – including making a card for this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge. If you look closely in the pics below, you will see my card in progress.
Our brother Lloyd arrived from Sydney and then it was time to head to Dad’s and surprise him. The next few days were busy with party organisation while Dad and Lloyd made some gates for Dad’s back yard.
Then party day arrived and we had a great time. It was great to catch up with family, Aunties, Uncles, Cousins and Friends. There was live music, a bowling competition (which we won!!) and lots of really great food.
In a cheeky moment I said to Sarah……do you know that I have an Aunty that looks like the Queen! Can you see her??
After a delayed flight Sarah and I returned to Perth safely (no quarantine required) which was very lucky and….just in the nick of time as I started a new job the following day.
First day on the new job I was issued with PPE including my new Boots. Cute aye?
And finally…here’s my card. I used a Sale-a-bration Stamp Set call A touch of Ink (now retired) with accents of Gold.
Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see the rest of the Design Team cards for this Sketch Challenge.
I made 2 versions – here is the other and also Dad’s Birthday card too.
I can’t believe it’s the end of January already……how did that happen?
School Holidays almost over again, as it’s back to School next week. I’ve had a great week, with a couple of days off work, soaking up a bit of sun and enjoying time at an Adventure Water Park.
Now it’s time to Craft……
The Just Add Ink Challenge this week is Just Choose Two – Banner -Border-Bow. My card this week actually features all of those things….Whoops! Didn’t plan that but when I finished putting it together I realised I had all three elements there.
The Stampin Up Products I have used on this card all come from the Fine Art Floral Suite. I even played with Gilded Leafing – which is so much fun and really effective too.
Then on the inside of the card…..you see my Banner!
So – head on over to Just Add Ink, to see what the rest of the Design Team have put together. You can also go there to share your Just Add Two project with us.
This week at Just Add Ink we have an Inspiration Challenge:
I looked around for a Snowman…….but it’s summer here, so there are no Snowmen around.
And then, I got a surprise card in the post…….. Love getting Happy Mail!! Thank you Nadine.
Hmmm – sorry, not a very good pic…..can’t believe both my pics were taken at the same time, yet the light is so different!
I decided to use the layout of this card for the Challenge. I used the Poinsettia Dies and DSP. Here is my card:
To join this Challenge or see other Cards from the Design Team, pop on over to Just Add Ink. We will be running this Challenge for two weeks and then will be taking a short break before kicking off 2021 with a Blog Hop.