Friday, January 20, 2017

JAI #343 Just add pop up or interactive

Hello there and Happy New Year!
At Just Add Ink we are kicking 2017 off with our annual blog hop. This one is going to be a fun one! We want you to Just Add a Pop Up or Interactive element to your project this week.

You may have arrived from Shona Chambers blog or you can start with my blog and hop around to visit the rest of the design team, using the Next button located at the end of mine and the rest of the team's blog posts. Grab a cuppa and sit down for a fun and inspirational browse and please come back and link up your pop up/ interactive projects for us to see! Here's what I came up with - something special for my Miss who turns 12 very soon!

The front.

 Opening up - yes its a twist and pop card!

Fully open.

Some of the panel detail. 

This card proved to be a labour of love. Not so much the twist and pop mechanism but the fiddly masking and embossing detail that I put into it. There are plenty of tutorials for the "twist and pop" card around on the web - the one that I used you can find on Splitcoast Stampers here. As this was going to be my (baby) girls birthday card - it had to, of course, be special - so I clear embossed every layering detail on every ice cream to add some texture and shine. I couldn't add much bulk to the inside, hence the need to mask, but did add a tiny glossed up strawberry and cherry for some extra shiny detail (Fine tip glue pen dried overnight). The big panel of gold glimmer helps too of course ;) A sprinkle of sequins was all that was needed to finish off the front.

Now to continue hopping just click on the next button below. The many fabulous projects from the rest of the Just Add Ink team are waiting there to inspire you! 

Thanks for visiting and don't forget to join us in our first challenge for the year!

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Cool Treats, Labeler Alphabet
Cardstock: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Accessories: Frozen Treats framelits, Large Number Framelits, Stitched Shapes framelits, Ovals Collection framelits (R), Tasty Treats Specialty DSP, Gold glimmer paper, Clear, gold and white embossing powder, Sprinkles embellishments, Fine tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and tape

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Friday, December 23, 2016

JAI #342 Just add 'N'

Hello there,
well the end of the year is almost upon us and I have (almost) made it through the pre-Christmas chaos. To end the year at Just Add Ink we have one more challenge for you. We will be keeping the challenge open for two weeks (closing date will be Jan 4) so you'll still have time to play along after the Christmas festivities are over. This will be a non-voting challenge as the JAI team will be on summer holidays returning on January 20 with a blog hop to begin the year. So what is the challenge? Well we are ending the year with Tina's suggestion to Just Add 'N'. The main element of your project must be something beginning with 'N'. This could be navy, neutral tones, a night scene, or a nautical scene! 

Here's what I came up with.

A simple inside pocket.

I usually give my Dad a book gift card but make sure to create some special packaging for it. This year I used Night of Navy as my base, and added lots of sparkle with embossing, silver foil and silver glimmer paper. I think I made it fancy, as the die cuts add lots of detail and texture, without making it too girly - this is for my Dad after all! The holder was super simple to put together. Simply cut a piece of cardstock 4" by 12". Then score at 2" and 5". The 2" flap forms the pocket, just tape up the sides, and you secure the top flap by adding a 1" wide (roughly 9" long) belly band.

Hope you can join us either before Christmas (it's not long to go!) or after - remember the challenge close Jan 4. Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's projects too!

Thanks to all who have dropped by my blog. I wish you a very Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Christmas Pines, Merriest Wishes
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White (Thick)
Ink: Pretty Pines thinlets dies, Night of Navy, Versamark, Whisper WhiteAccessories: Silver foil, Silver glimmer, Silver embossing powder, Silver metallic thread, Rhinestones - Jewels, Tear and tape

Friday, December 16, 2016

JAI #341 Just add a Colour Combo

Hello there,
well Christmas is speeding towards us - too fast if you ask me! At the moment I'm thinking this might be the first Christmas that I will not be sending cards out (cause I haven't made them, written them or sent them). But who know may'be miracles will happen! The good news is I have one more to add to my meagre stash because of this weeks Just Add Ink challenge. This week we want you to Just Add a Colour Combo, from me! Here are the colours.

And here is what I came up with.

Short and sweet this week. Basically it was all playing with dies and some (quite a lot of trimming out especially as I don't have the dies to match the trees). I'm thinking I'm going to add some silver sequins to the inside - it just seems a little plain.

Hope you can join us at Just Add Ink this week and do check out the rest of the DT for some fabulous projects.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thankful Forest Friends (R), Stitched with Cheer, Cool Yule (My Favourite Things)
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Old Olive, Shimmery White
Ink: Versamark, Old Olive
Accessories: Silver glimmer paper, Bunch of Banners framelits, Stitched Snow Drifts Dienamic (My Favourite Things), Snowfall Vertical Dynamic (MFT), Copic markers, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, December 9, 2016

JAI #340 Gift Tags

Hello there,
well I've been away most of the last week for work and I thought there was no way I was going to get a project done for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. But I'm delighted to prove myself wrong! I can tell you this challenge is just perfect for this time of year and you will love the inspiration from the rest of the team for fabulous, fun, fast tags. Yes tags! This week Jan challenged us to Just add Gift Tags.

Here's what I came up with for a special friend I was having a pre Christmas lunch catch up with.

And now attached to a little package.

Curious what's inside? A little felty Christmas tree! (Another little hobby of mine.)  

This challenge was just what I needed and my tag is going to serve as a prototype for embellishing several more Christmas gifts. Hope you can join us and show us your tags for all seasons - Christmas, birthday, whatever you need right now!

PS: I have to fess up that in my rush to make and deliver this I forgot to write in the tag - rolling eyes at myself - but it was kind of funny too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Christmas Pines, Merriest Wishes
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Scalloped Tag punch, Silver embossing powder, Silver foil, Silver glimmer paper, Silver and Blushing Bride sequins, 1/4" silver taffeta ribbon, Silver cord (R), Dimensionals, Tear and Tape


Friday, December 2, 2016

JAI #339 Sketch

Well hello,
I actually had a weekend at home last weekend and that meant I had some time to craft (but only after I got our overdue tax paperwork sorted - groan! It was a good motivator to get that job out of the way though!). This week's Just Add Ink challenge proved to be perfect for my purposes. This week Narelle wants us to Just Add a Sketch. Here it is.

And here is what I made of it.

The inside.

As you can probably guess this is for a very significant anniversary (the tag is a tiny clue ;). This year just before Christmas my parents reach the truly inspirational milestone of 60 years of marriage. So a special card is warranted that reflects that lifetime together. Flowers were my first thought and so I pulled out Jar of Love and started by creating a watercolour background using reinkers. It ended up with a lovely worn feel and is much more luminescent in real life. For the panel on top I stamped up a bunch of branches and flowers and created a bouquet to come out of my shaker jar (I included a few heart sequins in there if you look carefully). A little tag, a scatter of sequins and a liberal dose of Wink of Stella finish it all off.

I know Mum and Dad will like it regardless and while I was uncertain for a while if it was going to turn out ok I think it did in the end.

Hope you can join us this week. The rest of the team have lots of fabulous inspiration to get you going so do check them out!

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jar of Love, Express Yourself (R)
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Real Red, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Marina Mist, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Old Olive, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Everyday Jar Framelits, Tiny Tags dies (Papertrey Ink), Number Time Trio dies (PTI),  White and Clear embossing powder, Red glimmer paper, Stacked with Love DSP (R), Window sheet, Assorted sequins - SU! and Pretty Pink Posh, Memento 0.3 marker, Fine Tip glue pen, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, November 25, 2016

JAI #338 Just add inspiration

Hello there,
well another hectic week has passed. The most recent highlight was seeing my Mr8 perform in his first guitar concert. He only started learning this year and he did great - and so did the other kids! They were all so amazing, clever and brave to get up in front of an audience to show what they had learned.

Despite a busy weekend I did manage to snatch a little time to make something for this week's Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jan wants you to Just Add Inspiration. She picked a great vibrant filled image to get you going. Use the image to inspire your project - it might be the colours, an object or patterns. Here it is.

And this is where I ended up.

You just knew it had to be another Christmas card didn't you!
Those vibrant colours made me think the aurora's - aurora borealis and aurora australis I looked them up and the colours were perfect. So why not a Christmas night sky filled with one! To start I pulled out watercolour paper and got my reinkers a paintbrush and set to work. I toned down the colours with a wash of Night of Navy over the top, then added some water splotches and Wink of Stella for texture. Once that was dry I added fine splatters of white gouache over the top to complete the starry sky, leaving a little gap for my silver embossed Christmas star. The perfect companion to a background like this is a sweet silhouette die (my first pick from last years SU! Holiday catalogue now sadly retired). I cut that from shimmery white and also silver foil and offset the two slightly. A scattering of sequins finishes it all off.

The rest of the team have lots of gorgeous inspiration for you so don't forget to drop past their blogs too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Jingle All The Way (R)
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Ink: Night of Navy, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy
Accessories: Sleigh Ride Edgelits, Watercolour paper, Silver foil, Wink of Stella, White Gouache, Silver embossing powder, Jewels - rhinestones, Metallic sequins, Dimensionals, Tear and Tape

Friday, November 18, 2016

JAI #337 Just choose two

Hello there,
well we have a fun new challenge for you at Just Add Ink this week. For this new type of challenge we'll give you three options and you Just need to Choose Two and use those two in your project. 

So what can you choose this week? Well I set the challenge this week and your three options are dollies, die cuts and designer (patterned) paper.

Patterned paper is not my natural go to. So my starting point was dollies and die cuts. I wanted to use Merry Mice again (still loving these) and I was trying to think of different way to use dollies. When the combination of the singing mouse and the idea of using dollies as curtains popped into my head. A lot of this card was strongly influenced by a wonderful crafter Kelly Latevola. Kelly has posted two videos recently, one where she created a stage scene sketching her curtains in by hand with copics and another that is all about a spotlight. Do go watch these you'll learn so much about light and copic colouring!

Here's how I combined all that information to come up with my mouse doing a stage concert. (Please forgive the light quality I took the photos early in the morning and have tried to adjust for that but its not perfect).

So first up my dollies. I smooched them into my Real Red ink pad, then heat set them. The lacy edges were just not right for the swags, so I just cut the lacy edging off and that was perfect. I did use just a little of the lacy bits at the bottom. (Just a note as dollies are so delicate I did reinforce them with punched circles of red card stock underneath). As the finishing touch to the swags I used my copic markers to add detail, that worked great and was really effective. So where are my die cuts - there are two obvious and two not so obvious. The banner and stitched edging around the inside of the window frame are the obvious ones. Not so obvious, well I used a large circle one as the mask for the spotlight and a die cut of the Sunburst thinlet as a mask for my spotlight rays. The finishing touches were some dazzling diamonds to the mouse hat and fine tip glue pen to add gloss to the book.

Well that was a very wordy post today! It may have taken a while but I did have fun putting this card together. I hope you'll join us for this new challenge at Just Add Ink. Don't forget to check out the awesome projects from the rest of the DT too.

Thanks for visiting,

Recipe: All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Merry Mice, Stitched with Cheer
Cardstock: Real Red, Kraft, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight, Tuxedo Black (Memento), Versamark
Accessories: Sunburst thinlet, Stitched shapes framelits, Copic markers, Stitched rectangles (Simon Says Stamp), White embossing powder, Metallic Sequins, Fine tip glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Dimensionals