Just Add Ink #156

Hi there

With Easter not too far away I have a CAS Easter card for you, using the colours from the Just Add Ink #156 colour challenge. These colours were selected by my friend Christine, the queen of colour challenges.  They are a lovely colour combo of bright, subtle and neutral:

JAI56_ColourI rarely use Bashful Blue except for baby cards, but it is a lovely colour and provides a soft background for the bold Raspberry Ripple and Early Espresso.  I have used the Honeycomb embossing folder to create my Easter egg. It was brayered first with Raspberry Ripple ink and I'm pleased with the effect.  The bunny was stamped in Early Espresso and clear embossed for more definition and texture.  The photo unfortunately doesn't do justice to the colours.



For the inside, I have used the Bashful Blue spotted DSP as a background for more doily lace and the floral egg from the (sadly) retired stamp set 'Easter Blossoms'.


Project Details
Stamps Chocolate Bunny (retired), Easter Blossoms (retired), Delightful Dozen
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake, Raspberry Ripple, Whisper White, In Colour Pattern Stack, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Raspberry Ripple, Early Espresso
Accessories Bashful Blue Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls (coloured with Copic)
Tools     Honeycomb embossing folder, Oval Framelits, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch pack, Corner Rounder punch, Doily Lace punch (not SU) Dimensionals, Tombow Glue, Brayer, Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Copic (R59)

Thanks for stopping by.

A Little Bit Retro

Hi there

The card I have for you today is a bit different from my usual colour choices and a bit retro.  I have used the Just Add Ink #110 sketch challenge and a new stamp set called 'Bright Blossoms' that will be coming in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue starting on 1 April 2012. Here is the sketch:

This is the card I came up with.  I used one of Stampin' Up!'s Note Cards as it suited the scale of the vase image.  I quite like the bold retro look, although it is somewhat outside my comfort zone.



Project Details
Stamps Bright Blossoms, Just Believe (Sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP
Ink Real Red, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Accessories None
Tools     Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 3/4", 1", 1 Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Stampin' Write markers (Real Red, Old Olive)

Thanks for looking!


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


Just Add Summer...

Hi there

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are now able to relax a bit before gearing up for another year. I'm certainly taking the opportunity to catch up on some gardening, sleep and yes, a bit of creative time as well. Commiserations if you have had to go back to work.

What better way to start the year than with a Just Add Ink challenge.  This week is Just Add Summer - what could be more appropriate?  When I think of summer, my thoughts go to the yummy summer fruits that are available and cherries are my favourite. I've pulled out some of the retired 'Summer Picnic' DSP and matched it with Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White for a bright summery look.


Project Details
Stamps Tart and Tangy, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Whisper White, Old Olive, Real Red, Summer Picnic DSP (Retired)
Ink Versamark, Real Red
Accessories White Taffeta ribbon, Adhesive flat back pearls
Tools Doily Lace punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, Stampin' Write markers, Dimensionals, sponge daubers, Mat Pack

 Have fun this week.


JAI33 - Sketch Challenge

Hi there

Just Add Ink have a fabulous Sketch Challenge this week and this gives me the opportunity to try out the new Greenhouse Gala DSP.  Initially, I have to say I wasn't that keen on this paper until I saw it IRL. Fortunately, most of the matching colours are existing core colours and Certainly Celery works well with it in the absence of the Pear Pizzazz In Color.  I can't wait until we have all the new goodies to play with! This is the sketch:


I decided to turn the sketch vertically, but either way I can see myself using this one again. I have gone with a top folding card for a change in Baja Breeze textured cardstock for the base and the Greenhouse Gala DSP layered on Chocolate Chip and popped up.  I have added some bling with the chocolate Supernova glitter sprinkled onto Sticky Strip to separate the designs.  I love the subtle but sparkly effect and it stays in place really well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show up very well on the photo.  The image from the ‘Friends Never Fade’ stamp set has been stamped twice, with the flower cut out and popped up.  Here it is, I hope you like it.


Card Details


Friends Never Fade

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze (Textured), Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Greenhouse Gala DSP


Baja Breeze


White Taffeta Ribbon, Stampin’ Glitter Supernova (Chocolate)


Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I hope to have some of my goodies from the new Catalogue to play with on the weekend so I look forward to coming back with some fresh new colours.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Just Add Ink #27 - Sketch Challenge

Hi there

I'm counting down on the remaining days of my holidays and trying to squeeze out as much crafting time as possible. I can't believe how quickly it has gone. I had a fab time on the weekend stamping with friends. I was struck down by a nasty migraine on Sunday which put a dampener on it for me, but it was still lovely to share this time with stamping buddies. I focussed on Christmas cards, but as I have  posted quite a few of those lately I will spare you for a few days!

Today I have a card for the Just Add Ink #27 Sketch Challenge. This is a great sketch which lends itself to lots of possibilities.  I have gone for a clean and bright look this time using the Tart & Tangy stamp set, which reminds me of summer.


There is lots of texture from the Polka Dots embossing folder and the crimper to add interest to the clean images of the fruit, which have been inked direct to the rubber with Stampin' Write markers. The product I've used are listed below.

Card Details


Tart & Tangy, Hello Again

Cardstock & Papers

Real Red Textured, Whisper White, Bashful Blue Textured


Real Red




Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Crimper, Small Oval & Oval Punches, 11/2”Scallop Square Punch, 13/8” Circle Punch, Stampin’ Write Markers (Real Red, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Barely Banana), Dimensionals

We are expecting some rain later today in Melbourne, so I'm off for a walk up to Maling Road for a coffee J.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Baja Medallion


Its ages since I have done a sketch, but this one on the Just Add Ink blog took my fancy.  I have tried some new techniques and used some new tools in the process. I started by stamping the Medallion in Versamark on the Baja Breeze cardstock and then clear embossed it.  I have brayer-ed over the image with Chocolate Chip ink to produce the 'blue on brown' effect. It reminds me of the old pressed metal ceilings, for those old enough to remember such things J. I cut out the medallion with the Circle Scissors Plus, which I used for the first time - it is fabulous for preparing custom sized cirlces. I cut the medallion in half and layered it on the gorgeous Parisian Breeze speciality cardstock which is unfortunately retired. I have used the scallop edge punch on a strip of Baja Breeze cardstock and then put it through the crimper for added interest. The centres of the medallion have been popped up for depth. The sentiment tags created with the Medium Jewelry punch have been layered to finish it off. 


Card Details


Medallion Background, Tiny Tags

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze (Smooth & Textured), Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Parisian Breeze DSP (Retired)


Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze


White Taffeta ribbon, Vintage brads


Clear embossing powder, Heat gun, Brayer, Circle Scissors Plus, Crimper, Corner Rounder Punch, Sponge daubers, ¾”Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Enjoy your week.