Friday, January 27, 2023

Just Add Ink #637 | Sketch Challenge

 Hello, hello, hello! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today, we over at Just Add Ink have a new challenge for you - Just Add Ink #637 | Sketch Challenge. This week we have a fun sketch for you designed by fellow JAI team member - Tina.


 It's a basic sketch design but has a lot of scope for you to make this sketch your own and shock, horror, I didn't stray much from the sketch at all this week, which is very unusual for me.

In our Just Add Ink blog hop last week I was reminded of the amazing Hues of Happiness DSP that is in the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue, from Di Barnes gorgeous project. I'd almost forgotten that I had it and really wanted to use it on my project this week. Thanks for the reminder Di.

Because the DSP has lots of bright and fun colours I really wanted my background layers to be Basic White. The colours in the DSP look brighter and bolder against the white and really pop off the card. I then used two stips of Basic White cardstock and crossed them across the card as per the sketch.I then flicked some Fresh Freesia ink over the Basic White for a little extra something.

The flowers I then fussy cut from the Hues of Happienss DSP and arranged them on the card under the die cut circle. It really is a CAS card but the the amazing art work from the DSP makes making a beautiful card easy. The simplicity of the card makes it quite stunning. One of those less is more situations.

The stamped flower on the Fresh Fressia circle comes from the Happiness Abounds Stamp set and the Happy Birthday is from the Cottage Rose Stamp set. 

I've finished the card off with some linen thread and some Retired In Colour Jewels.

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team on the JAI Blog. Go and check out everyone's take on the sketch. I love to see how everyone has a different creation all using the same sketch. Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy stamping! 

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Friday, January 20, 2023

Just Add Ink #636 Blog Hop | Just Add Your Favourite Challenge

Hello, hello, hello!  Happy Friday! Welcome and thank you for joining me on my blog today. I've  just had a very well deserved and much needed Christmas Break with my family and some time away camping in our caravan. Lots of fun in the sun, stand up paddle boarding, swimming in the lake, swimming at the beach, boating, knee-boarding, 4WD, reading a few books and lots of all-round summer fun! Was so good to be away in the great outdoors of Australia. Back to reality now.

  Over at Just Add Ink, to kick off the first challenge for the year we are commencing 2023 with a blog hop to go with the new challenge. Our theme for this hop and the challenge is 'Just Add Your Favourite'. I love this theme and how much scope it gives you for your project. I could have made a few different projcts with this fantastic theme.


 If you've been following along here for a while you would be able to pick what my favourites would be just by looking at my card. For all the newere folk around here one of my most absolute favourite things on a card is Black and White Stripes. I don't know what it is about black and white stripes that I love so much but when I see them on anything I'm a sucker for it and have to have it.

 The other things that are my favourites on my projects are florals, anything pink, any colouring medium (I've used water colour with a Water Painter here today), Vellum, Linen Thread, and Pearls (my birth stone). All these things put together make for a goreous and pretty card and I don love me a pretty card.

I cut the black and white 1cm strips using my paper trimmer and then used the stamped images and dies from the Stampin' Up! Framed Florets bundle for the other elements on the card.

I think this card would look fabulous recreated in different colours. Might have to try those ideas on my next projects.

Next up on the blog hop is Kerry Bunting with her amazing creation. Make sure you click your way around to everyone on the hop as there are lots of gorgeous creations and lots of different takes on our 'Just Add Your Favourite' theme.

 
 Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!
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Friday, December 16, 2022

Just Add Ink #634 | Just Add Anything But a Card Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous day! It's Friday, Yay, and that means it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #634 | Just Add Anything But a Card Challenge

I love this weeks challenge. It has gotten me thinking about making things other than cards and gettting me to rememeber how much I love making 3-D items, which I haven't done much at all this year.

I've gone with some super quick and super easy Origami Boxes. Perfect for that last minute gift that needs some quick and cute gift packaging. These boxes use one sheet of 12" x 12" paper and when they are all folded together you don't need any adhesive to hold them together, but you can if you want to.

I have made these before a few years ago but thought it was great to revisit them. To see how to make them follow this You Tube tutorial. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy these boxes are! And you don't have to use a full 12"x12" sheet. You just have to make sure that your starting piece of paper is square. Just bare in mind that the smaller the paper you start with the smaller your box will be. Perfect to customise for any gift.

I've used the Santa Express 12" x 12" DSP for the Boxes and the belly bands and then used some coordinating cardstock to finish off the belly band.

The tags are die cut using the Seasonal Labels Dies and embossed with a retired Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder #useyourstash and the Merry Christmas is cut from the Kindest Gnomes Stamp Set.

All finished off with some retired white ribbon and some linen thread. I think with this bright, fun and busy DSP less is more for a clean and classic look.

Why not give these boxes a go? They are the perfect way to use some of that DSP that you have collected (hoarded) in your crafting stash.

There are lots of fantastic creations from the JAI team this week and they aren't all 3-D items so there will be lots of inspiration for our Anything But a Card Challenge. Go to the JAI blog to be inspired and then while you are there you can see how you can enter your project. Can't wait to see what you create this week.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping! 


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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Stampin' Fancy Friday | #useyourstash Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Welcome, welcome! It's so good to have you here. I have a project for you for the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team. This month our theme is to use whatever you have in your crafting stash (aka. collection) #useyourstash . 

Our project could use new products, could be from an old favorite that you kept, or could be from some product that you hoarded and wanted to finally use.


 I went for a Christmas card for this challenge and I combined the current Christmas Season Stamp set with the retired Merry Christmas to All Stamp Set (from around 2018/2019). The Christmas Season Stamp Set was very new to my collection when I made this card so I really wanted to use that and then I looked through my stash to see what would pair well together with the images from that stamp set.
 

The Designer Series Paper is the Wonder of the Season Specialty Designer Series Paper. I searched through my scraps of DSP and this just jumped right out at me. I loved it when it was current in 2020 and still love it now. There is something about gold foil typeset paper that really gives a special look to any card.
 
 
 I found some fun ribbon, trim and embellishments that had been stored away in my stash to finish off my card. I could have used heaps of other products with what I had already used but there is only so much product you can put on a card before it becomes OTT.
 
 Check out the rest of the #useyourstash creations that the Stampin' Fancy Friday Design Team has made on the Stampin' Fancy Friday Instagram Account. This is where all their creations will be shared throughout the month, so make sure that you are following them to get all of the amazing ideas!

Want to join the fancy fun? Grab your stamping supplies, create a project based on the #useyourstash challenge and then post it on Instagram or Facebook. Tag us or use #stampinfancyfriday when you share so we can 😍 at your project and share in our stories. Can't wait to see how this challenge inspires you!

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Friday, December 2, 2022

Just Add Ink #632 | Just Choose Two Challenge

  Hello there stamping friends! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today we over at Just Add Ink have a fun Just Choose Two Challenge for you from JustAdd Ink team member Di.


 This week's Just Choose Two challenge is a super fun one and really lends itself to getting festive with Deers, Trees and Sparkle. I chose deers and sparkle but couldn't help myself to using trees as well.

I've used the Peaceful Deer stamp set which is found in the current Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue. I've gine for a Sahara Sand, Balmy Blue Basic White and Black & White colour combo for my Christmas card today.

Combined with the Peaceful Deer stamp set I've pulled out some retired Stampin' Up! products to acheive the fun and festive look to my Christmas card. Check the products used list at the bottom of the post to see all products used.


 There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team on the JAI Blog. Go and check out to see what 'two' elements they all used this week and then while you are there you can see how you can enter your project. Can't wait to see what 'two' you used. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Happy Stamping!

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Note : Some of the products used in this card are now retired and no longer available.  
Retired Products Used (All Stampin' Up!)
- Winter Snow Embossing Folder
-7/8" Striped Ribbon
- So Many Snowflakes Does
- Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
- Black and White Baker's Twine
- Stitched Shapes Dies
 
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Friday, November 25, 2022

Just Add Ink #631 | Sketch Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous day! It's Friday, Yay, and that means it's time for another Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #631 | Sketch Challenge. This week we have a fun sketch for you suggested to us by fellow JAI Design Team Member, Tina.

I usually like lots of straight lines on my cards, so the wavy elements really had me thinking as to how I was going to incorporate them onto my project this week. It's not called a challenge for nothing.


I've made a snowflake Christmas card for you today and I've use the wavy design on the sketch to determine where to place the snowflakes on the card. While we don't have usually have snow here in Melbourne at Christmas time due to it being our summer but with the way that the weather has been going of late it really wouldn't surprise me if we did. It has been so cold of late and I have really been feeling the cold winter vibe.

I've gone for a Mint Macaron card base today with layers of Mint Macaron ink around the edges, splattes of Mint Macaron from a Stampin' Write Marker and then the coordinating Mint Macaron SnowFlakes. I do love a tone on tone look for colour coordination.

To add some more dimension to the card without adding more layers, I've also added some Whisper White Craft Ink splatters to add to the snow look of the card.

I've also added a small piece of the Texture Chic DSP, some retired Ribbon and Trim, a label and sentiment from the Christmas To Remember Stamp set and the coordinating Seasonal Label Dies.

A CAS card that is easy to replicate en masse if you needed to make a lot of Christams cards in a hurry. Easy to change up the colours too.

There are lots of AMAZING creations from the rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team on the JAI Blog. Go and check out everyone's take on the sketch. I love to see how everyone has a different creation all using the same sketch. Can't wait to see what you do with the sketch.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Happy Stamping! 

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Note : Some of the products used in this card are now retired and no longer available.  
Retired Products Used (All Stampin' Up!)
-So Many Snowflakes Dies
- Gold Thread
-Whisper White Seam Binding Ribbon 
 
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Friday, November 18, 2022

Just Add Ink #630 | Inspiration Picture Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! Happy Friday! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. Today we over at Just Add Ink have a fabulous inspiration picture challenge - Just Add Ink #630 | Inspiration Picture Challenge.

The inspiration picture has a lot of red with lots of different images combined into one so there is definitely a lot that will inspire you. I'm loving the country vibe that comes from this weeks inspiration pic. The thing that really caught my eye in the image was all the gingham. Gingham is so on trend right now and I'm loving it.

So with that I really wanted to feature gingham in my card today but I only had the black and white gingham from the retired Pattern Party DSP pack #UseYourStash . Black and white is such a classic look and really makes for a classy creation.

I started the card off some Basic White Layers and embossed  the layer with another retired product - Winter Snow Embossing Folder. I'm really loving and getting into at the moment mixing retired products with current products for a fun look. I think with the current economic environment where people can't always by all the new products, it's great to show people that you don't always have to have the newest products to make gorgeous progects - hence the hashtag #UseYourStash .

Over the Basic White and gingham layers I've lightly splattered the Real Red Stampin' Write Maker for an added 'layer' and then combined layers of ribbon, die cuts, twine, embellishments and card stock for a Christmas Wreath. With all that red and green in the inspiration picute how could you not make a Christmas card.

Here's a fun tip. Don't have a coloured embellishment to coordinate with your project? Get some Basic Pearls or some Iridescent Pearls and colour over them with a Stampin' Blend Alcohol Marker. You'll always have the right colour embellishment!

The Just Add Ink Design Team have lots of amazing creations for you and to show you what inspired them. You'll be surprised at all the different projects we came up with. We hope that you'll join in this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see you join in and to see what has inspired you this week.

 Thanks so much for stopping by!
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   Note : Some of the products used in this card are now retired and no longer available.  
Retired Products Used (All Stampin' Up!)
 -Pattern Party DSP Pack
- Winter Snow Embossing Folder
- Real Red Ruched Ribbon
- 7/8" Striped Ribbon
- Gold Metallic Thread

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