Friday, June 3, 2022

Just Add Ink #606 | 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 #606 | Sketch Challenge. We've got another fun sketch for you suggested to us by fellow JAI Design Team Member Lou Kitzelman. Lots of lines and rectangular shapes to work with, which I love. 

I've used this week's sketch to have another play around with the beautiful Perfectly Penciled Designer Series Paper.

This DSP is all black and white and has a beautiful touch of elegance. The the outline of the designs are perfect for trying your hand at coloring, which is what I've done here today.

 I've started my card here today with my all time favourite cardstock Shimmery White. I've used this weeks sketch in the layers of the Shimmery White cardstock for a tone on tone layered look. It's hard to see here in the photo behine the cut out of the DSP but I have added the 4 rectangular pieces like the sketch but left a slight gap inbetween each piece. Splattered over the Shimmery White layers I've added some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint for some subtle shimmer splatter.

Instead of having the square image in the centre like the sketch used one of the floral images out from the Perfectly Penciled DSP.  I used my Stampin' Up! Watercolour pencils to colour in the image and just used them just like normal pencils. These stunning images have all the shading printed on them already so what I did was colour over each image lightly with each pencil and then used the same pencil again with more preassure to add the darker lines and shading. Really all the hard work is done for you on the DSP.

Colours used:
- Melon Mambo
- Gorgeous Grape
- Pacific Point
- Daffodil Delight
- Granny Apple Green

I've finished the card off with some Linen Thread, Basic Pearls and the Happy Birthday from the Cottage Rose Stamp Set.

I just love the bright pops of colour against the Shimmery White. It makes for a gorgeous contrast. And this DSP is perfect for fussy cutting and colouring in. Might try one of the other designs next time for another card.

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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Friday, May 20, 2022

Just Add Ink #604 | Just Add a CASE of Yourself Challenge

  Hello stamping friends! Happy Friday! It's new challenge day over at Just Add Ink and do we have a fun challenge for you - Just Add Ink #604 | Just Add a CASE of Yourself Challenge suggested by fellow JAI team member Jan.

 How fun!!! When I am stuck for new ideas I sometimes go back to my older card designs and CASE myself and that will usually get the creative ideas flowing. Do you do that too? I know I'm not the only one.  With CASEing the idea is to use the original design but to change it up and 'make it your own'.


 This is my original card that I made back in January 2021. So not that long ago. I really loved the layering of the cardstock and the DSP along with the flowers in each corner. I thought this card design really lended itself so well to the Stampin' Up! Abigail Rose suite that I had just ordered and really wanted to use.

And this is then my CASEd card. As you can see I've kept to the same basic design but I've changed it up a slightly.  

I really thought the floral image from the Cottage Rose stamp set was too large to add two of them to this card as like the original. I still tried to layer ribbon, twine and die cuts with this flower to make a floral 'spray' like my original.


I've finished off the card with some heat embossed gold splatters, basic pearls and the Happy Birthday sentiment stamped in Early Espresso ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.

I do hope that you are inspired by my original creation and my CASEd version here today. I can't wait to see your CASEd creations and how you changed up one of your original creations. The slightest change can make a card look completely different.

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 their CASEd projects and then while you are there you can see how you can enter your project.Can't wait to see your creations.

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Just Add Ink #602 | Just Choose Two Challenge

 Hello there my craft friends! 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 Kerry Bunting - Just Add Ink #602 | Just Choose Two Challenge.


This Just Choose Two challenge has suggested two products that I don't use all that much - Stencilling and Texture Paste and one that I use on nearly every card that I make - Heat Embossing. With that I chose the heat embossing because that was a given and then chose to use a stencil for some sponged elements. 

I've pulled out some older (retired) products from my crafty stash #useyourstash and teamed them up with some brand new Stampin' Up! products. Can you pick the new products used?


I've gone for a bright and layered card using the new In Color - Starry Sky and then combined that with products from the Hues of Happines Suite Collection. The spots stencilling on the card is a retired Stampin' up! stencil but you could use any stencil you have in your stash to add some extra colour to your card.

I love the addition of the heat embossing in the gold splatter, embossed flower and gold sentiment. I added some extra special touches using linen thread, Starry Sky Baker's Twine, 2022 - 2024 In Color Matte Decorative Dots, some retired gold thread and a Gold Laser-Cut Embellishment.

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.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

Just Add Ink #598 | Colour Challenge

 Hello stamping friends! Happy Friday! Another Friday means it's time for a new Just Add Ink Challenge - Just Add Ink #598 | Colour Challenge. This weeks colour combo has been suggested by fellow JAI Design Team Member - Chantell. This week its a fantstic colour challenge using one of the retiring In Colours - Misty Moonlight and then combined with two of Stampin' Up!'s core colours - Sahara Sand and Cherry Cobbler.


 I've gone for a Basic White card today and then used the challenge colours with lots of layers, embellishments and trim - some current and some retired. I'ved a stamp set that has been with Stampin' Up! for a few years now - Forever Fern. I love how this stamp set makes it so easy to add all those fantastic layers with all the wonderful leaf images.

I've used the Stitched Greenery Die again for that fabulous stitched Misty Moonlight layer and then sponged around the edges using Misty Moonlight ink and the amazing Stampin' Up! Blending Brushes.


I've layered the stamped images with some Misty Moonlight 2020 - 2022 In Colour Ribbon (retired), which I've cut in half, Whisper White Cringled Seam Binding Ribbon - also cut in half, some pieces from the Expressions in Ink Ephamera Pack and some Gold Thread (retired). 

I've then finished off the card with a die cut circle stamped with another of the images from the Forever Fern Stamp Set, an embossed sentiment and some linen thread.

When this stamp set originally was released it was shown in the catalogue with all of the differerent green colours that Stampin' Up! has but I'm loving the different look and feel that this stamp set has given by using this weeks challenge colours. 

The Just Add Ink Design Team have lots of amazing creations for you and to show you their take on this weeks challenge colours. You'll be surprised at all the different projects we came up with. There is something for everyone. We hope that you'll join in this weeks challenge. I can't wait to see you join in and to see your take on the colour challenge.

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Friday, March 25, 2022

Just Add Ink #596 | Sketch 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 over at Just Add Ink, it's that time again! New challenge time! This week we have a fabulous sketch challenge with the sketch designed by fellow team memeber Narelle.

While I love the original sketch, I couldn't help but change it up a little. I've kept the basic elements but put a 'Rochelle' spin on them. 

I've used the Blessings of Home stamp set is found in the Stampin' Up! 2022 January - June Mini Catalouge. It is perfect for colouring! I've used a very quick colouring technique that I call Messy Colouring or quick colouring. The colouring is just done quickly by 'painting' on a little bit of colour and really the aim is not to be perfect and not to go all the way to the edges either. It's best to colour with a light colour first and then layer over a darker colour. Start with the lightest colour and then layer on top the darker colours. It's such a fun and quick way to colour and I love that it really doesn't have to be perfect. You really are just 'slapping' the colour on. 

I've used Misty Moonlight as the blue layers and then used the gorgeous Heart & Home DSP for that fabulous woodgrain patterned paper. I've coloured in the florals with Misty Moonlight, Petal Pink, Blushing Bride, Garden Green, So Saffron and Daffotil Delight. THe Misty Moonlight and Garden Green colours I watered down more to get the lighter variation of that colour.

I've then finished off the card with Linen Thread, White Bakers Twine and the sentiment from the Heart & Home stamp set.

The Just Add Ink Design Team have lots of amazing creations for you and to show you their take on this weeks sketch. 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 your take on the sketch challenge.

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Just Add Ink #594 | Just Add Masking

  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 we have a technique challenge for you - Just Add Ink #594 | Just Add Masking.

Basic masking is a fantastic way to add dimension to your cards without adding lots of paper layers. This is one of those techniques that has been around since the beginning of cardmaking began but it is one that gives such fabulous results. An 'oldie but a goodie' as they say

I've used the Stampin' up! Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set for the fun masking technique today. I stamped one of the sunflowers in the centre more to the edge and then stamped the same image on a large sticky note and cut that out with my paper snips. I layered my sticky note cut out over my already stamped sunflower and then was able to stamp the top and the bottom sunflower so that it looked like the middle sunflower was in front and the top and the bottom sunflower were sitting behind. To see the basic masking in action check out this tutorial here.

I've coloured the sunflowers in various Copic markers and then flicked over the card the brush tip end of the Crumb Cake Stampin' Write marker. I've finished the card off with Evening Evergreen Windowpane Check Ribbon (cut in half), Linen Thread, Gilded Gems, Pattern Party DSP and a heat embossed sentiment.

To see some other examples of Basic Masking check out my posts HERE and HERE.

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 all the ways the team used the masking technique and then see how you can join in this weeks challenge. Can't wait to see your masked creation.

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Friday, February 25, 2022

Just Add Ink #592 | 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 Nikki Spencer. - Just Add Ink #592 | Just Choose Two Challenge.

I do love a 'Just Choose Two' challenge and this one is no different. I've chosen to use Patterned Paper and Layers (lots of them) for my project for you today. I've used some of the Stampin' Up! Heart & Home DSP and then combined lots of layers to make a beautiful tulip birthday card using the oh so stunning Stampin' Up! Tulips Dies.

Normally I love a white card base for my cards but this time I decided to go for a Smoky Slate card base. I loved the grey in the Heart & Home DSP and thought it looked better on the Smoky Slate as opposed to Basic White. The Smoky Slate grey makes for a gorgeous back ground for the super pretty, Petal Pink Tulips.

I've used the Stampin' Up! Stitched with Whimsy Dies to create a fun border behind the tulips. I die cut the tulip petals out of Petal Pink and then lightly sponged the edges with Calypso Coral Ink. The tulip stems and leaves are die cut out of Pear Pizzazz cardstock and then the edges are sponged using Pear Pizzazz Ink. The sponged edges help to give the tulips and leaves some added dimension and texture.

As I really wanted the tulips to be the main focus of the card I've added minimal embellishments to finish off the card, using only Linen Thread and Basic Rhinestone Jewels. The sentiment comes from the Blessings of Home stamp set - stamped in Petal Pink Ink and then each word cut out for a fun and modern look.

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.

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Friday, February 11, 2022

Just Add Ink #590 | 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 #590 | Inspiration Picture Challenge

While on a first glance at this picture you may think that there isn't that to glean from the picture to make a crafty project but the longer you look the more you get out of it. I've used some of the colours in the picture for my project for you today.

 I've used some pink, green and grey colours found in the inspiration pic for a 'pretty in pink' birthday card.

I've used the Blessings of Home stamp set is found in the Stampin' Up! 2022 January - June Mini Catalouge. It is perfect for colouring! This stamp set is also part of the Heart & Home Suite with many other amazing coordinating products. The products in this suite all so stunning!

I've layered Smoky Slate, Shimmery White and Vellum for the card base and then stamped the floral image on Fluid 100 Water Colour paper for a gorgeous watercoloured image.

I used Soft Succulent, Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride and So Saffron to colour the flowers and leaves. I then finished the card off with some Mint Macaron Ribbon, Linen Thread, Basic Rhinestones and a sentiment embossed on Smoky Slate cardstock.

I'm loving the crisp white base layers and then the little pops of colour from the flowers and the embelishments. So pretty!

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, January 14, 2022

Just Add Ink #586 | Just Add Ink Blog Hop | Just Add Summer

Hello there stampers! 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, with 4 other families. Lots of fun in the sun, trying out my new stand up paddle board that I got for Christmas, swimming in the lake, swimming at the beach, boating, knee-boarding, 4WD, and lots of all-round summer fun! Was so good to be away in the great outdoors of Australia.

Over at Just Add Ink, to kick off the first challenge for the year we are commencing 2021 with a blog hop to go with the new challenge. Our theme for this hop and the challenge is 'Just Add Summer'. With all that fun in the sun I've just had for the last two weeks the new challenge seems very fitting and it's perfect for us in the Southern Hemisphere where we are right in the middle of Summer.

While most people, including me, usually see Summer as a time for being at the beach or the pool and enjoying lots of time outside, and I do all that. But one thing I love that happens quite regularly here in Melbourne are the amazing summer storms. After days of extremely hot weather there is nothing better than a summer storm to feel alive and refreshed.

One thing that usually comes with those storms are the stunning rainbows that shine so brightly against those dark grey clouds. So with that my projects for today's blog hop all use the new Brilliant rainbow dies from the new 2022 Jan - Jun Mini Catalogue.

Ive used some non-traditional rainbow colours and then combined those gorgeous rainbows with some fabulous background scoring techniques. A super easy way to add details to any project with not much effort.

For each rainbow I've used the Stampin' Up! colours - Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo. How gorgeous are these colours together? I just love the combo and they look extra amazing against the crisp Basic White.

The big rainbow dies are such a statement. I love how when using them you don't really need much else to go with them. Here I've used the cloud dies (part of the Brilliant rain Bow Dies) and die cut the clouds out of vellum. I've then used White Bakers Twine, some Adhesive Backed Sequins and the embossed Happy Birthday from the Artistically Inked Stamp Set. I just added scoring lines around the edge using my Stampin' Up! Paper Trimmer, just lining up the edge at the 1/2" mark and then spacing the next line 1/4" apart. Super easy and just score on all four sides.

My next card I created a grid background using my Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Tool. My lines are 1/4" apart and it was very quick and easy to do and makes an awesome grid pattern. The rainbow is again die cut with the same colours and also finished off with the same embellishments and trim. This Happy Birthday comes from the Art Gallery Stamp Set.

My last card uses the 'tag' rainbow die to create a fabulous border. I die cut 5 of the tags in Basic White to make the border and then used that same die to then get the rainbow 'inserts' in each of the four colours. While there is a smaller die in this set that makes a border for you, I liked the bigger size for more of an impact. This time for the scored lines I made a diagonal pattern spaced 1/2" apart. I again used my Stampin' Up! Paper trimmer to score from corner to corner and then just lined up the scored lines on the 1/2" line and continued the lines across the card in both directions.

While my cards are quite CAS I really love the bright colour combo against the bright white. It then makes it a whole lot easier to mass produce if you are making a lot of them. Change up the Happy Birthday for another sentiment and you've got a card for all occasions.

Next up on the blog hop is the fabulous Tristan Dawes. Make sure you click your way around to everyone on the hop as there are lots of amazing creations and lots of different takes on our 'Just Add Summer' theme. Once you've been through the hop make why not get creative with your own Just Add Summer creation and add it to our Just Add Ink Blog. I can't wait to see your projects!

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