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.

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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.

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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.

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Just Add Ink # 557 Inspiration Challenge

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.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 553 – Sketch Challenge

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.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 545 – Colour Combo

The latest Just Add Ink Challenge is here and it’s a colour challenge…Just Add Shades of Green. There are so many lovely shades of Green and I couldn’t decide which shades to use.

So instead of starting with colour, I decided to look at stamps and layouts. I said to my daughter “What things are Green”? She replied “Frogs, frogs are green” So that’s where I started.

Here is my card.

I used quite a few greens – Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Shaded Spruce and Mossy Meadow. This stamp set is called So Hoppy Together (now retired).

Here’s the link to the Just Add Ink Blog – so you can join in this Challenge too.

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Social Stamping – Birthdays in Isolation

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Hi ya and welcome to my Social Stamping Blog Host post!

The Social Stamping Blog Host’s are the idea of Kelly Kent.    The idea is that, through stamping and craft, we can share our projects with everyone, in order to stay connected during the global lockdown period.

The theme this week is ‘Birthdays in Isolation’.

My card this week is reflective of the way many of us are staying connected at the moment…..Zoom Meetings.

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So – can you tell which one is doing all the talking??  And who’s Birthday do you think it is??

I have not used these stamp sets for a while.  They are called All in the Family and Family Favourites.  So cute and will be forever in my stamp collection.

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While being confined to home, without friends, visitors or Birthday parties – we have had a Birthday in our house.  It was a bit of a strange celebration and although I tried to make the day fun with surprises throughout the day – Sarah commented at bedtime that is was a stink birthday??   😦

The card I made her was based on a text conversation…….being a teenager, texting can sometimes be a good way to get through……if you know what I mean?

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Next up in the Blog Host, is the talented Mandy Depiazzi.  Click the button below to check out Mandy’s Birthday in Isolation creation!

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Just Add Ink # 485…One Layer!

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Well here’s a great Challenge for you…. Just Add One Layer…… that means no additional embellishments or layers of Card Stock….pretty much it’s one piece of card and some ink.

I thought this Challenge sounded pretty hard…..but I loved it!!  It was great to get back to ink and paper, letting the stamps and colour be the hero.

So I managed to stamp a few cards.  Here they are:

First up I used the Painted Poppies Stamp Set, teamed with the Swirly Frames stamps.

JAI # 485 (1)After I had stamped the circle, I masked it off and stamped the Poppy image.

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For the second card I used the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set.  Love this set – perfect for one layer cards because the images are nicely shaded.  This could be stamped in any colour too.

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My third card was using the Forever Blossoms Stamp set.  So pretty.  The sentiment is from Rooted in Nature.

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And the last one is the Lovely Lily Pad stamp set.  It’s a really fun reversable set.

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But Oh darn……after I stamped it I realised I had the card upside down!!   Oh man, don’tcha hate that!!!   IMG_0444
Yeah – so as you can see, I really had fun creating one layer cards with some new stamp sets.  Can you believe I did all these cards in a very short time, before work one morning!  I could have kept stamping for a while longer too.

So follow this like to Just Add Ink and share your One Layer projects with us.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 477 – Sketch Challenge

I’ve been playing with the Bird Ballard DSP this week.  I used it for the Just Add Ink Challenge this week.  We have a Sketch Challenge.

I turned the Sketch on it’s side for this pretty Birthday card:  

I also made this card – with a similar layout, using the Bird Ballard DSP again.  Such pretty papersFollow the link to the Just Add Ink blog, to join us in this Challenge and to check out the Design Team cards using this Sketch.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 473

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For the Just Add Ink Challenge this week, you can Choose Two elements for your projects.  You can choose from Metallics – Twine – Washi Tape.   I chose Washi Tape and Metallics for my card.  Here it is:

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The pic is a little bluey – because I had fading light……but the card is really Black White and Silver.  It;s also quite hard to photograph the metallics.

You can choose Two and join this Challenge too.    Share your creations with us at Just Add Ink.