Friday, June 18, 2021

Just Add Ink #559 | Just Choose Two Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! Happy Friday! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. It's so good to have you here.  I hope you're having a fabulous day and that you have all been safe and well. Today we over at Just Add Ink have another creative challenge for you. This week its a fantstic Just Chose Two Challenge, chosen by Just Add Ink team member Di Barnes - Just Add Ink #559 | Just Choose Two Challenge.

I haven't done a Just Choose Two for a while so it's nice to have a change up in the challenge schedule. This week its all about stitching (faux or real), stripes or paper strips. I've gone with stripes (of course) and then stitching for my project today, but really I could have included all three.

I've gone for a gorgeous Polished Pink, Black, White and Gold colour combo for you today. Have you used the new and gorgeous Polished Pink In Color yet? It is super pretty and goes so fabulously with a classic black and white colour combo.

I couldn't go past using the Black and White Stripes from the Pattern Party DSP and to give the stripes a bit of a softer look I've layered a piece of vellum over the top. I've used the Stitched Greenery Die on the vellum for my stitched element. How gorgeous is the stitched pattern from the die? This is the first time that I've used it and I have a feeling that it will be one of those products that will be used on everything.

Over the vellum I've placed a die cut from the Artistic Dies. This is one of those dies that looks stunning on its own. I really love it in the Shimmery White. The die cut really doesn't need much else with it but I had to add few things with it to give it that extra special touch. Behind the die cut I've placed some of the gold Expressions in Ink Ephrmera Pack for a stunning gold touch.

 I've finished off the card with some linen thread, a strip of Polished Pink and the Thanks from the Artisically Inked stamp set and then some of the adhesive backed sequins also from the Expressions in Ink Ephrmera pack.

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' 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.

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Friday, June 4, 2021

Just Add Ink #557 | Inspiration Challenge

 Hello stamping friends! Happy Friday! Another Friday means it's time for a new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #557 | Inspiration Challenge. We've got a fabulous inspiration picture full of fabulous neutrals, lots of rustic elements, some touches of black & White and a fabulous array of greenery. There is lots to look at in this gorgeous picture and lots that should spark your imagination.


 I've chosen some of the colours in this picture today and the greenery for the basis of my card today.  I gone with Crumb Cake, some Black & White and then a spray of leaves in some of the 2021 - 2023 In Colours.

 
I've used the Crumb Cake cardstock as my base. It really is the perfect neutral and goes with absolutely everything! You would be hard pressed to find a colour that it didn't go with. I really love Crumb cake with Black and White like what I've done here today using the stripes from the Pattern Party DSP. This DSP is a hostess only reward which means either place an order with me or host a party with me over $310 AUD and you can have this pack of DSP for FREE! Contact me today to find out more about how you can get your hands on it!


 Combined with the base layers of my card I've used some of the products from the Expressions in Ink suite from the new 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalogue. The Happy Birthday and the die cut leaves come from the Artistically Inked Bundle and then the gold elements and the sequins come from the Expressions in Ink Ephermera and they are all part of this amazing suite.

 
Because I'm loving the simple elegance of this card, it really has that less is more kind of feel, I really thought that it didn't need much else to finish it off other than my all time favourite trim - Linen Thread. 

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.

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Friday, May 21, 2021

Just Add Ink #555 | Colour Challenge

 Hello there stamping friends! Happy Friday! Welcome and thanks for joining me on my blog today. It's so good to have you here.  I hope you're having a fabulous day and that you have all been safe and well. Today we over at Just Add Ink have another creative challenge for you. This week its a fantstic colour challenge chosen byJust Add Ink Design Team member Rachael - Just Add Ink #555 | Colour Challenge.

We've got 2 of the 2020 - 2022 In Colours - Magenta Madness and Just Jade, and then added Pool Party with it. Such a fun colour combo! Love it!

I've gone for lots of layers today for a bright floral birthday card. 

I've started my card today with lots of layers of Pool Party cardstock and DSP. Some of the layers have been embossed with one of the Greenery Embossing folders and then the Pool Party spotty DSP comes from the new Pattern Party 12" x 12" DSP pack that is a Host Only reward. This gorgeous paper has lots of Polka dots, flowers, stripes, and more. Whatever type of pattern you need, you'll find it in the Pattern Party Designer Series Paper. My little portion of the Pool Party DSP does not do this pack of paper justice! Its amazing! Contact me today to find out how you can get this amazing paper too!

I've teamed up all my Pool Party layers with some floral accents from the In Bloom Bundle. I've used the Pierced Blooms Dies for my gorgeous Magenta Madness and Just Jade Flowers and then the Happy Birthday sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set - In Bloom. How gorgeous are those bright flowers against the Pool Party? So fun!


To finish off the card I added the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon, Linen Thread and some 2021 - 2023 In Colour Gems.
 

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  I do hope that I've given you some inspiration with this weeks challenge colours. Come and check out the rest of the amazing creations from the Just Add Ink Design Team using these gorgeous colours at the JAI Blog. We hope that you will join in this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see you join in and to see your fantastic projects for this weeks challenge.

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Just Add Ink #553 | 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, JAI #553. We've got another fun sketch for you suggested to us by fellow JAI Design Team Member Kelly Kent. Fun for layering but has a lot of scope for you to make this sketch your own.

I've used this sketch to have another play around with the beautiful Stampin' Up! Pansy Petal Suite and how to make a card using mostly cardstock and DSP. The only stamp I used today was for the sentiment.

I've started my card with a Basic White base and then I've layered some Soft Succulent cardstock and then a piece of the Fresh Freesia Gingham from the Pansy Petals DSP. The Soft Succulent aand Fresh Freesia together makes for a beautiful colour combination. I can see that being used again in the future. Over the gingham I added strips of Fresh Fressia cardstock. I changed up the sketch slightly by adding five strips instead of the four. Just a personal prefernce to change it up that way as I personally thought the five strips looked better that the four. Don't they say in design that things look better in odd numbers rather than even.

I've added a panel of the Basic White cardstock over the base layers and for an added touch of prettyness I put a small piece of the Square Vellum Doilies at each end of the Basic White layer.

Then to finish off the card I've added some Pansies and leaves that have been die cut from the Pansy Petals DSP. Use a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine along with the coordinating Pansy Dies to cut the images from the Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper. Cutting the images out of the DSP makes for making a really quick card with beuatiful imagery. Another great thing for making cards with the images from the DSP is that there are lots of Pansies and leaves in the DSP so you can easily make a bulk batch of cards with all these gorgeous images.

With it being Mother's Day here in Australia this coming Sunday I thought I would use the 'Happy Mother's Day' sentiment from the Timeless Tulips Stamp Set but you can easily swap that out for whatever sentiment you desired.

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.

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

ESAD Farewell Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello stamping friends. Welcome to this ESAD Blog Hop to farewell some of our favourite retiring products from the Stampin' Up! 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalogue. Some of our favourite products from this past years annual catalogue are coming to an end so some of the demonstrators in the ESAD facebook group thought it would be a great idea to give these products a final send off. 

There are some amazing products that are retiring and this blog hop may give you some more ideas to use these products for much longer in the future. Or this bog hop may finally inspire you to purchase these products before they are gone.

There are so many amazing retiring products to highlight and its hard to choose just one but I thought I would give one of my most favourite stamp sets one last hurrah, Good Morning Magnolia.

I fell in love with this set as soon as I saw it when it was released a few years ago and this will also be one that I will hold onto for a long time to come. I've used this stamp set with Stampin' Blends and watercolouring in the past but today I decided to colour the big Magnolia image with the Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils but to use them just like a normal colouring pencil.

I've kept my cards quite simple today as I wanted the magnolia image to be the main focal point. I've also combined on each card some of the other retiring products that have been some of my most favourite - Subtle 3D Embossing Folder, Rococo Rose Scalloped Linen Ribbon and the Braided Linen Trim.


With both of my cards I've layered different pencil colours to get a different look and a bit more depth of colour. Once each stamped panel was coloured I then embossed it with the Subtle 3d Embossing Folder to give it a more textured look.

Pencils Used

White Card
Leaves - Garden Green, Granny Apple Green
Petals - Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Stamen - Daffodil Delight
Stem - Early Espresso

Crumb Cake Card
Leaves  - Old Olive, Garden Green
Petals - Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo
 Stamen - Daffodil Delight
Stem - Early Espresso


 Make sure that you snap up these products before May 3rd 2021 because as the saying goes 'When they're gone, they're gone!' Click on the list of products at the bottom of this post to go straight to my online store to purchase these products.

Next up on the hop is Mandy Depiazzi! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us.



 

Here is a full list of the blog hop participants
 1. Sue Vine
2. Rochelle Laird-Smith
3. Narelle Sim
4. Nicole Wilson
5. Narelle Fasulo
6. Monique Fielder
7. Lou Kitzelman
  8. Cathy Pinchbeck
9. Sharni Haines
 10. Cheryl Algie
 11. Jackie Aitken
12. Tracy Held
  13. Tanya Rees
 14. Denise Buetler 
  15. Maree McIntosh
 16. Rochelle Blok
  17. Mandy Depiazzi   
 
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Friday, April 23, 2021

Just Add Ink #551 | Just Add 3D Challenge

Hello there stamping friends. I hope that you are having a fantastic week and a fabulous Friday. Because it's Friday, that means that is time for another Just Add Ink challenge - Just Add Ink #551 | Just Add 3D Challenge.


 This week we are all about the 3D projects. I don't normally make the 3D projects so it was fun this week to do something out of the norm. I started by consulting my favourite place for 3D tutorials, Splitcoast Stampers, and came across a tutorial for a Slider Box. I hadn't made one of these before so I thought it would be fun to give it a go.

When the box is all closed and embellished it looks like a normal gift box....


 But once you pull the ribbon tab on the side to pull out the box a hidden message card pops out to the left at the same time with enough room on it for you to write a simple greeting. Super cute and super fun!

I made the actual box part and the slider mechanisim with Basic White Cardstock and then I've the gorgeous products from the new Pansy Petal Suite that features in the new Stampin' Up! 2021 - 2022 Annual Catalogue, that go live for customers to purchase from on 4th May 2021.


 How gorgeous are the DSP patterns in the new Pansy Petals DSP? And with the gorgeous Pansy Dies to finish off the box you really don't need much else to embellish it as they are a statement on their own.

I've finished off the box with a square vellum doily, Linen Thread, White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon and the gorgeous 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's 3D theme. Please head on over to the Just Add Ink Blog to see all the variety in the JAI Design Teams Projects and then come and join in the fun of this week's Just Add 3D challenge. Can't wait to see what you create.
 
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Put these products on your Wish List to Purchase on May 4th 2021
155810 Pansy Petals Suite $123.00
155674 Pansy Patch Bundle $90.00
155807 Pansy Petals 12" x 12" DSP $20.00
155571 2021 - 2023 In Color Jewels $12.25
155614 Fresh Fresia Cardstock $15.25
155575 Evening Evergreen Cardstock $15.25
155777 Soft Succulent Cardstock $15.25
155576 Evening Evergreen Classic Stampin' Pad $13.00
 
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Friday, April 9, 2021

Just Add Ink #549 | Just Choose Two

 Hello stamping friends. Welcome to the newest challenge for Just Add Ink. We have a Just Choose Two Challenge which are super fun! I haven't done a Just Choose Two for a while so it's nice to have a change up in the challenge schedule.

If you've not seen our Just Choose Two Challenges they are super fun and offer a whole range of inspiration to get creative. How they work are is that we suggest 3 different elements that we want to see in in your challenge project and then you choose two of them to work with. It's as simple as that!

With the choices on offer this week Feathers - Leaves - Petals, I've gone for Leaves and Petals, but if you've been following me for a while you would know that leaves and petals was a bit of a given. I can't resist creating with anything floral.

I'm using the True Love 12" X 12" DSP again and some coloured flowers that you may have seen before. I made a card with these coloured flowers way back in January (you can see it HERE) and I had some of the flowers left over to use for another day. And today was just that day!

I coloured the flowers in using Copic Markers and used a flicking technique rather than blending each colour. Hold your marker right near the nib and gently and quickly flick the marker away from you to make 'streaks' of colour. I like to start with the darkest colour and then graduate to the lightest. I love the 'streaky' effect and the look of texture that this Flicking Technique gives. Gorgeous!

 Copics Used

Pink Flowers - R85, R83, R81
Purple Flowers - BV04, BV02, BV00
Leaves - G99, G94, G21

I've layered Shimmery White, Basic Black and some of the True Love DSP for the base layers of the card and then added an embossed Basic Black panel embossed with my favourite embossing folder, Subtle 3D (super sad that is retiring 😭). I've then finished off the card with the Elegant Faceted Gems, Gold Trim from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and the Happy Birthday from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set.

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' 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 choose.  

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