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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.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 612 – Choose Two

This week we have a “Choose Two” Challenge at Just Add Ink that Di suggested. This idea is to include either Fur, Clouds or Stitching on your projects.

For my card, I decided on Stitching and Clouds.

To be honest, I was a bit stuck with this card. After using the Blending Brushes to make a few cloud panels – cutting them up into different arrangements I still could not settle on a card design. So I pulled out my Catalogue and picked a page. I saw a cute little card on Page 18 that inspired both my layout and colours.

I used the Hippest Hippos Stampset and the Stitched Greenery Die. The flowers and leaves are made with the Pierced Blooms Dies.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to check out all the Design Team Choose Two projects – there really are some beauties to see. And also join us for the Challenge.

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Just Add Ink # 610 – Inspiration Challenge

Just Add Ink have an Inspiration Challenge this week. It features black and white pictures with colourful balloons.

Here is the card I made:

I used a stencil to make an interesting Black and White background. I used the “Hey Girlfriend” stamp set (retired) to add a pop of colour.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink – here you can see the great creations by the Design Team as well as join this Inspiration Challenge.

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Just Add Ink # 608 – Colour Combo

Hi ya,

Just Add Ink Challenge time again and this week we have a colour challenge.

The colours are bold and vibrant and quite autumny. I decided to use the Bottled Happiness Stamp Set to make my card with.

Follow the link to Just Add Ink to join this challenge.

Last weekend I went to a Team stamping afternoon. We did a Shoe box swap. That means we all designed a card and then provide the materials & supplies for 10 others to make it your card.

We all moved around the room to different places, until we made 10 different cards while 10 people make the card the you design.

It was a really lovely afternoon and I came home with some great cards.

Here are some of the cards we made (not all mine though).

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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.

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Just Add Ink # 606 – Sketch Challenge.

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is a Sketch Challenge.

I decided to flip the Sketch to make my card and used the Amazing Silhouettes Stamp Set with a selection of colours to create a multi-coloured panel. I then cut the panel to match the sketch.

For the embellishments and sentiment I used the Art Gallery Stamp Set, Sunflowers Dies and a little bit of White Bakers Twine.

The colours I used are Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Flirty Flamingo and Mango Melody.

Follow this like to Just Add Ink to see the fabulous cards the Design Team have made for this Sketch Challenge.

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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.

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Just Add Ink # 602 – Choose Two!

This week Just Add Ink is running a Choose Two Challenge. The items you can choose from are Stenciling, Heat Embossing and Texture Paste.

If you saw my last Blog post you would know that I have been creating some groovy cards this week and here is another one.

I used a groovy stencil to create a fun and colourful background. Then added a heat embossed sentiment as my 2nd Choose Two element.

Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see all the other Design Team projects and to enter the Challenge yourself. Have fun stamping!

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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.

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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.