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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, 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.

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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.

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Just Add Ink # 592 – Choose Two

This week I have been playing with a mix of old (retired) and new products. Well actually….if I was being truthful I’d have to say I have actually been crocheting…..with a little bit of paper craft on the side.

For the Just Add Ink Challenge this week I created a garden scene using the new Home and Garden Dies and stamps together with the retired Sheltering Tree Stamp set.

The Challenge was a Choose Two Challenge – the categories being, Texture, Patterned Paper and Layers.

I chose Layers and Texture.

I added texture to the background with an embossing folder. It is quite hard to see in the pic but I have embossed Clouds there.

To finish it all off I added a few Brushed Brass Butterflies – that are so cute!!
I thought they were too nice to use…….haha but they were perfect for this card.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink and share your projects with us.

Big Shot, Birthday Cards, Challenges, Colour Combo, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink #588 – Colour Combo!

Here’s the Just Add Ink Challenge for this week – its a bright and fun Colour Challenge using the 2020 – 2022 In-colours. Here is the card I made.

I used the Pierced Blooms dies to make some bright bold flowers. You can’t really see it in the pic – but I have used Shimmery White card – so it’s lovely and sparkly.

When putting this card together I also used the Catalogue for inspiration. I choose a page in the Catalogue to pick the layout from. The Page I choose was Page 103.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink – to join the Challenge and check out the Design Team Cards.

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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.