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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Friday, March 26, 2021

Just Add Ink | JAI #547 Inspiration Challenge

Hello stamping friends! Happy Friday! Another Friday means it's time for a new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink | JAI #547 Inspiration Challenge. We've got a fun Easter wreath as our inspiration this week, so you could make an Easter inspired project, use some of the colours from the inspiration or even a fun wreath. Whatever inspires you from the picture.

 I picked out some of the colours from the inspiration picture for a pretty striped butterfly birthday card. I've used mostly colours from the Stampin' Up! Subtles colour family with one or two others to make a soft rainbow look and then layered the stunning butterfly dies, Brilliant Wings, for a gorgeous butterfly card.

I cut 1cm strips of the coloured cardstock for the fun striped background. From left to right the colours I used are - Highland Heather, Balmy Blue, Pool Party, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron, Petal Pik, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral. How gorgeous are al those colours together? Pretty!!!

To make the Basic White Frame I placed two of the Stitched Rectangle Dies inside each other and then ran them through my Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine together so as they both cut at once. The stitched elements on the bordering frame really give that little bit of added interest with out adding more layers and elements.


 I've finished off the card with a simple Gold embossed 'Happy Brithday and then a scattering of the Basic Rhinestones. I love the beautiful soft colours in this and then the layering of the crisp and bright white. 

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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Monday, March 22, 2021

TGIF Challenges | #TGIFC308 Inspiration Challenge

Hello there stamping friends! Today I'm playing along and entering my card in the challenge over at TGIF Challenges | #TGIFC308 Inspiration Challenge. I've not had much motivation to create the last few weeks. I find with the summer/warmer months I'd rather be outside enjoying the great outdoors and then once I've had my fun outside I've run out of time to get crafty. 
 

 When I saw this week's challenge, though, over at TGIF, I just couldn't resist. This week they have a gorgeous inspiration challenge. From the picture, you could incorporate some watercolour wash, use some of the pretty colours or even add some florals. I've gone for some pretty florals. Any opportunity to add some florals to a card and you've got me.

I'm creating again with the Beautiful Brushstrokes dies, as I did in my last post, but instead of layering three colours from dark to light, I've just used the one colour for the layered roses. How pretty do the roses look? Gorgeous.

My card started with some soft colours from the Subtle and Neutrals Stampin' Up! colour families, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Crumb Cake, and then I added the beautiful contrast of the bold Night of Navy.

For some added interest when layering up the card base I added one of the super pretty Ornate Layers Dies. I kept the die cut layer the same colour as the other layers so that it blends in with the rest of the Crumb Cake cardstock but you can still see the pretty detail of the border with out it overtaking the whole card. 

I've finished off the card with the Night of Navy ribbon from the Playing with Patterns Ribbon Combo Pack, some of the Gold Metallic Thread from the Forever Greenery Ribbon Combo Pack. A few of the Pearl Basic Jewels is the final finishing touch. Pretty, pretty, pretty!

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Friday, March 5, 2021

JAI #544 | Just Add 'L'

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 #544 | Just Add 'L'.


This is one of our fun letter challenges that seem to be quite popular. I love to use these letter challenges to embark on a new to me technique or a fancy fold that I've not tried before. This challenge I've made a Lever card. If you've not seen a lever Card before the middle panel of the card front 'levers' through the window portion of the card. For a tutorial on how to make a Lever Card, I used this one HERE.

The inspiration for my card today came from one that fellow Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Teneale Williams made a few weeks ago. I loved her mix of using the True Love DSP with Crumb Cake Cardstock and also the addition of the layered floweres from the Beautiful Brushstrokes Dies.

I love the mix of the two different DSP patterns on the front. Don't be afraid to mix patterns or prints. The Polka Dots and the Stripes both in Black and White work so well together and make for a fun look. I was going to sponge the Polka Dot panel with Blushing Bride Ink but felt that it didn't look right and the pop of colour from the die cut flowers was all the colour that I needed against the neutrals.

When the card is fully open there is some DSP layering and some embellishment with the Brushstrokes Dies on the greeting panel. Can't have a blank card on the inside!

The colours used on the flowers are, from darkest to lightest, Merry Merlot, Rococo Rose and Blushing Bride. For the leaves I used Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz.


 The white panel on the inside leaves more than enough room to write a message to the recipient. I've finished off the card with some basic ribbon, trim and embellishments for a beautiful classic look.

I do hope that I've given you some inspiration for this week's letter 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 'L' challenge. Can't wait to see what you create.

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Stampin' Fancy Friday | Mini Catalogue 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 we are all about the 2021 Jan - Jun Mini Catalogue.

 
While we were supposed to pick a favourite bundle or stamp to use for this challenge I couldn't pick just one so I went with my favourite product from the Mini Catalogue. And that is the True Love 12" x12" DSP from the Love You Always Suite.


If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I love anything in the classic Black and White colour combo and when this fantastic combo is combined with floral images and geometric prints this DSP was and is a MUST have item.

For my card today I've used this floral print to colour in with Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers. I cut the DSP down to a 6' x 6"I was actually inspired for my card today from an ad on Facebook advertising phone covers. They were stunning covers and when I saw them, I was immediately inspired  to create a card. I love the way inspiration can hit you, and it can be from the most random things.


I've started the card with Crumb Cake base layers, but I thought after I put the card together, White or Sahara Sand might look good for the base layers also.

To colour all the flowers I've used a mix of Petal Pink and Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends Markers. The leaves I've used the Old Olive blend and then the longer branches So Saffron Dark and Light.

Stampin' Blends Markers Used
Light Flowers - Calypso Coral Light, Petal Pink Dark, Petal Pink Light
Dark Flowers - Calypso Coral dark, Calypso Coral Light, Petal Pink Dark
Leaves - Old Olive Dark and Light
Branches - So Saffron Dark and Light
Background - Crumb Cake Light


Because colouring the DSP is a statement on its own I felt that the card didn't really need much else to go with it. I've added a little bit of Stampin' Emboss splatter using the White Stampin' Emboss Powder and then finished the card off with the Guilded Gems, White Twine, and an Embossed Happy Birthday Sentiment.

Check out the rest of the favourite mini catalogue 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!
 
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Friday, February 5, 2021

Just Add Ink #540 | 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 by me - Just Add Ink #540 | Colour Challenge.


 I love the soft look of these colours all together. I was thinking that it would look good for something floral. And yes, I've used the Hydrangea Hill Suite again this week. The products have been sitting on my desk and I had a few ideas that I wanted to try.

My card today is fairly CAS (Clean and Simple), well CAS for me, but I've used quite a few layers. If you are wanting to recreate this card you could probably cut out a few of the layers.

I've layered some Misty Moonlight cardstock over the Shimmery White base layers and then a piece of the Hydrangea Hill DSP over that. The last layer is again another piece of Shimmery White that has been embossed with the Subtle 3d Embossing folder.

To make the Hydrangea all I did was stamp the 'watercolour' image from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set in Blushing Bride Ink and then I die cut it with the Hydrangea Dies. 
 
A quick tip to pop out all those little flowers out is to put your die cut piece on a Stampin' Pierce mat and then with the Large Stylus end (large ball end)from the Take Your Pic Tool, push in the centre of each flower where each little 'hole' and this will help those petals to pop up.

I've finished the card off with a sentiment from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set and some of my favourite ribbons, trim and embellishments.

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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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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Global Design Project #277 | Colour Challenge

 Hello stamping friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'm playing along with the colour challenge over at the Global Design Project Blog | GDP #277 | Colour Challenge with my project for you today.

What a gorgeous colour combo! I love, love, love me some pinks and then teamed with a neutral like Sahara Sand makes for some gorgeous creations. It almost has a bit of a vintage vibe to it too. I've gone for a fairly CAS card today using some of the products from the Hydrangea Hill suite in the 2021 Jan - June Mini Catalogue.

I've started the card with some base layers of Shimmery White cardstock and then using one of the floral images from the Hydrangea Haven Stamp Set, I've created a gorgeous floral border. I just repeat stamped this image around the edge using Blushing Bride Ink and then using the new Blending Brushes, blended a light coverage of Blushing Bride Ink over the stamped flower border.

Over the stamped border I've then layered over some Sahara Sand cardstock. I usually go to Crumb Cake for my go to neutral but I am really loving the subtle difference in Sahara Sand tto the Crumb Cake. On the Sahara Sand I've stamped another of the images from the Hydrangea Haven stamp set with a light splatter of the Sahara Sand ink from the Sahara Sand Stampin' Write marker.

I've finished the card off with some Linen Thread, a piece of the square Vellum Doilies, Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, some Hydrangea Hill DSP, a little flower from the Hydrangea Dies and some Basic Pearls.

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