Challenges, Inspiration, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 498 – Just Add “E” !

Hi, how’s you week been?

I’ve been fairly busy, working from Home while also playing Teacher for my daughter who has been Home from School.  It’s going well so far and we have both been getting though a lot of work.

We have already had a couple of quiet weeks at Home.  One good thing about hanging at Home is spending more time in my craft room.  I will share with you some of the cards that I have made shortly.  But for now, lets have a look at the new Just Add Ink Challenge.

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For this Challenge, I decided to make an Easel card.    As further inspiration,  I looked at the photos I took of my visit to Keukenhof, almost a year ago.  I had a wonderful day, wandering the gardens and taking in all the glorious sights.  I literally took hundreds of photos and they are all so colourful.

So for this card, here is the photo that I picked out.IMG_0825

Of course, with a photo like that, I had to used the Timeless Tulip Stamp set.  As soon as I saw this Stamp Set,  I loved it.  I stamped lots of Tulips in different colours and sizes.

Here is my card:

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So is kinda 3 Easels cards in one.  Two small easels in the front and a larger one at the back.  JAI # 498e

This is what is looks like closedJAI # 498d

So if you are hold-up at home, in lockdown or just feeling crafty, join us for this challenge.  Follow this link to Just Add Ink to share your “E” inspired project with us.

 

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Just Add Ink # 492 – Sketch Challenge.

Over the past week I have been playing with a new stamp set and making a card for this weeks Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge.  Image may contain: textThe Stamp Set I used is Beautiful Moments.  This set is Jacque Williams (NZ) Milliion $$ Sales Achiever Stamp Set.   It was Jacque that introduced me to Stampin Up and I have been waiting to see Jacque’s stamp set.  As soon as I saw these stamps I thought….now they remind me of Jacque.  They are lovely and are great for watercolouring and masking techniques.

Here’s my card:

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I added some Wink of Stella to the dress to give it a bit of sparkle.JAI # 492 a

I actually made a couple of versions of the card, with different ribbon options and slightly different colours too.IMG_0668aIMG_0656a

Here’s, another card I made this week that was inspired by the Just Add Ink Sketch.  I created the frame by masking off to Oval and stamping the spots.  I used a masking technique again, when stamping the sentiment.IMG_0667a

Head over to Just Add Ink to see all the other Design Team sketch projects and enter the Challenge yourself.

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Just Add Ink # 491..Inspiration Challenge

Wow, I feel like that week went really quickly – because here is the next Just Add Ink Challenge.  The Challenge is an Inspiration Challenge and it a very tropical picture.

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I used the Botanical Blooms Stamps and Dies for this card.  For some of the leave is used some leafy DSP and a die to cut them out.

I added a bit of glitter by using some glittery enamel dots and the beautiful new glossy Whisper White crinkled seam binding ribbon.

There are lots of other Tropical creations at Just Add Ink that the Design Team have put together, go check them out and then join us for this Challenge.

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Just Add Ink # 490 – Just Add an Easel!

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Just Add an Easel is the Challenge this week at Just Add Ink. 

I decided to make an Easel card which is a fun fancy fold that is surprisingly easy to put together.  It has a built-in easel, which means the main artwork on the card stands up beautifully.  The easel part of the card then lies flat for mailing.

For this challenge I decided to step it up a bit by making a Quad Easel card.   This means that I made 4 easels and attached them to one card base.

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I used a variety of Stamp sets for this project.  Lovely Lilly Pad Stamps and Dies, So Happy Together, Fabulous Flamingo.

I also used a variety of colours.  The main ones are Granny Apple Green, Garden Green and Melon Mambo.  I love the bright and boldness of them.

To join us for this Challenge follow this link to Just Add Ink.  While you are there, check out the rest of the Easel inspired cards from the Design Team.

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Just Add Ink # 489 – Colour Combo

Hi there,  well it’s the end of the working week for me and we are heading into a long weekend (due to Australia Day).  That means the possibility of time for crafting……sound good?  I think so!

To inspire you in your crafting this weekend – you can join the Just Add Ink Challenge.  It’s a fun and bright colour Challenge.

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I made 2 cards for this Challenge……..

For the first card I chose the Lovely Lipstick, Daffodil Delight and Call Me Clover colours.
To be honest, I didn’t really have any Call Me Clover Ink, so I have to substitute it with another colour.  The one I have used is actually Old Olive – although with the water colour technique I have used, it looks less Olive.

For the second card, I chose Bermuda Bay (love this colour), Lovely Lipstick and Daffodil Delight.

I used the same stamp set, ribbon and a frame on both cards.  The stamp set is called Beautiful Friendship.

So head on over to Just Add Ink and check out all the Design Team creations and then share yours with us too.

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Just Add Ink # 488 – Celebrate Blog Hop!

Hi and Happy New Year!    I’m really pleased to be opening the first 2020 Just Add Ink Challenge.   It’s a pretty special one!

It’s a Blog Hop!
It’s all about Celebration!
Our 10th Year!
And it’s Celebrating 1000 Just Add Ink Followers!

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Personally, at this time of year, I think there is a lot to Celebrate and reflect on.  The year that has been and the year to come.

For me, 2019 was fabulous, with my time in Europe being a massive highlight.   At work, our busy Meeting Season went really well with European staff to help us out.   There is so much for me to Celebrate and be thankful for.

2020 – while there are no big trips planned (sad face)  I am looking forward to the year ahead.

I have been so blessed to have been with Just Add Ink for the entire 10 years,  since it started.  Over the holidays I have been reflecting on the cards and projects that I have put together for the Challenges over the years, which has been fun.  So for a laugh, here’s my first ever Just Add Ink Project: This was a colour challenge.

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So – now to 2020 and the card I have created for the Celebration Blog Hop.
I have made this card to Thank a lovely lady.

JAI # 488The Stamps, Dies and DSP are all current Sale-a-Brations products that you can earn for FREE.

Can you see the sparkle on the Water Lily?  I added a bit of Wink of Stella.JAI # 488 a

The Celebrate Blog Hop is set up in a loop so it doesn’t matter where you start.  All you need to do is to follow along is click the “Next” Button at the end of each persons post and you will be taken to the next stop.  Remember the Blog Hop also incorporates the Just Add Ink Challenge for this week – so after you have finished Hopping……go…create….and then Share your project with us at Just Add Ink.

So – here we go!!   To advance onto the next Just Add Ink Design Team Member, click on the ‘Next’ button below.    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the lovely Nikki Spencer…Enjoy and Celebrate with us!!

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As I mentioned before, I feel there is a lot to Celebrate and be Thankful for at the moment.   But I also know, that not everyone feels that way.

To encourage a few ladies to think about what they are grateful for or perhaps to acknowledge the little things that bring them joy, I decorated a couple of note books for them.   That way they can write down the joy in their lives, in the hope that over time, they will be reminded of all the blessing around them.