Blog Host, Friends

Social Stamping – Friend

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I’m have enjoyed being part of Kelly’s Social Stamping project over the past month and am playing along again this week.

The theme this week is “Friend”.   I must admit, it’s been strange not connecting with my friends, in the usual way over the past few weeks.   I’ve still stayed connected….just not face to face.  The cards I have put together this week will be sent to my friends in the next few days.

The first card I have made, is for a friend that love Pinks and Blues.  It’s using the Daisy Lane Stamp Set with Melon Mambo and Pacific Point Ink.   I used the Medium Daisy Punch to cut them out.

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Then I made a couple of versions of a card I received from Carolyn Tullett recently.   Carolyn’s card is the Blue and Pink one below.  It’s so sweet, with lovely touches of glitter and tiny pearls.   It’s been sitting on my craft desk in front of me and I look at it daily.

So my versions of Carolyn’s card use the Beautiful Friendship Stamp set (Granny Apple Green / Mango Melody / Flirty Flamingo and the Floral Essence Stamp Set (Pumpkin Pie / Mango Melody / Night of Navy).

If you follow this link to Kelly’s Blog, you will find the Master List of all the Blogs participating in this fun Social Stamping session.

Or click the button below to go to the next Blog on the list – Denise Buetler.

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So – what`s been happening in lock down this week??  Well…..
1.   While quietly working at the kitchen table, I was visited by a little friend!
2.   I went to the local park for a walk / exercise…and I was the only one there!
3.   I decided to record (so I can remember) that all the play / exercise equipment is closed.

Blog Host, Rainbows

Social Stamping – Rainbows

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Lets get Social Stamping again……We’re All in this Together!!

Rainbows have become the symbol of connectedness during these times of isolation.  For Kelly’s Social Stamping Blog Host this week, we are following the theme of Rainbows because “We’re all in this together”.

Here is the link to Kelly’s Blog and the Master List of all the Blogs participating in this fun Social Stamping session.

Before I show you my card, I’d like to tell you how I have been staying Connected this week…..because there have been a few “1st’s” for me, in terms of Virtual / Online connection channels.

Work-wise – I participated in my first AU based Virtual AGM.   It was all done by Webcast.
Stamping-wise – I ran my very first Remote Card Class.  It went really well too and I was very proud of myself.
Family-wise – We did our very first family Zoom Meeting, across 3 different time zones and 2 Countries. There were lots of laughs and it was so much fun to catch up all together.
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I made an animated card this week.   It has a dial on the side, so that the Rainbow comes out from behind the clouds.
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I used the Sunshine & Rainbows Stamp set – which is a Retired Stamp Set – but is perfect for this Theme.
For another Rainbow inspired projects, Click the next button below, to Leonie Stuart’s Blog
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Thanks for stopping by, Happy Stamping!!
Blog Hop, Botanical Blooms, Challenges, Just Add Ink

Just Add Ink # 500 – Add a Die Cut Word.

Hi Everyone – Happy Easter!!

The Just Add Ink team is celebrating a big milestone this week – we have reached our 500th challenge!

We decided that a great way to Celebrate this milestone is to do a Blog Hop.
The theme for the Blog Hop and Challenge was, suggested by Jan.

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If you have been following the Hop so far, you would have just seen Narelle’s rose filled card Birthday card.

Recently, my sister and I have been doing a few Skype crafting sessions together.  The cards I put together for this Challenge were, were made during one of those crafting sessions.

So I said to my sister…….give me a colour combo, stamp set and number between 1 – 200.

Colour Combo = Pacific Point, Flirty Flamingo, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Set = Botanical Blooms
Number = 142 (the page in the Catalogue I used for Inspiration)

Here is the card I made:JAI # 500
JAI # 500 bI added a bit of a Wink of Stella to the Die cut word, to give it a bit of sparkle.

I also made another card in the same colours.JAI # 500 c

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You can click the “Next”link below to go to the Just Add Ink Blog.  There, you can join our “Just Add a Die Cut Word”Challenge and/or begin the Blog Hop.

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Blog Host, Forever Blossoms, Man Cards

Kelly’s Blog Host Project

Image may contain: textHappy Saturday to all…..I hope you are keeping well?

With the world in various stages of social distancing, isolation or lockdown at the moment, the wonderful Kelly Kent has come up with a wonderful idea to share projects and bring joy to all.

Kelly has organised a blog host and I’m playing along.  That means we (those participating) all create a project and share at the same time.    Fun idea aye??

You can find a master list of Blogs on Kelly’s Blog.  So you can go through and have a look at what everyone has created.  And I will also endeavour to add a link to the next blog on the list at the bottom of this post….(after all the posts go live).

So What did I make??
Well in fact I’ve been quite busy in my craft room lately (one of the bonuses of social distance and almost isolation I guess).  So, I have a number of cards to share.

So here’s a few cards from my craft room:

Now, this is a Stamp set that I have been wanting to use for a while.  It’s called Capture the Good.  I mixed it up with my take of Bruno Bertucci’s scrap background.   I really like the bold colours.

This card layout was inspired by a card on Page 83 of the Annual Catalogue (the Giraffe one) and uses the Forever Blossoms Stamp Set.

Lastly, another Stamp Set I’ve been meaning to use…. Let it Ride!  The layout also started from the Sloth card on Page 83 of the Annual Catalogue.

All of these cards are already in the post – on their way to someone’s mail box, to spready joy, love and let them know I’m thinking of them.

If you are in lockdown or isolation, perhaps you can get crafting too.
A BIG big thank you to Kelly for Blog Hosting us, as we all adjust to life done differently.

Happy Stamping everyone!

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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

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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.

 

Inspiration, Just Add Ink, Stencils

Just Add Ink # 496 – Inspiration Challenge!

I’m sure you would agree with me that there is a lot going on in the world today –
not just our usual day to day stuff but all the CoVid19 news and developments.

I know there are a lot of people stressed out and worried about it.
You only have to see the News coverage of people fighting in the Super market over groceries and bulk buying toilet paper – it’s just crazy.

So it’s lovely that our next Just Add Ink Challenge has a calm and natural feel to it.

It’s and Inspiration Challenge……..

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It’s fresh, beachy and a fairly simple picture.  Here is the card I made:

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I flipped the picture and used some vellum to create a foamy wave type effect.  I used a stencil and sponged the Vellum with White ink.  The Stamp Sets I have used are called Seaside Sketches and High Tide.

You can join our Inspiration Challenge too.  Follow this link to Just Add Ink

Botanical Blooms, Challenges, Inspiration, Just Add Ink

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.

Blog Hop, Challenges, Just Add Ink, Sale-a-bration, Uncategorized

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.