Friday, 2 December 2016

Wreath for Christmas

Hi and welcome to another fabulous challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week we have a sketch designed by Narelle and it's a keeper, for sure 😃

In my vain attempt to get my Christmas cards made in time to post, I've used the sketch to add to the pile.

This is more NBUS and was stamped using various inks to add interest.  What is hard to see in the photo, is that I stamped the single berry several times in silver Delicata ink which gives a lovely shimmer the camera didn't pick up.  I stamped the sentiment across the wreath then the rest of the sentiment was stamped onto a strip of Green Apple cardstock that I run through a Blueprints die and also lightly sponged the edges of.  I did the same with the red layer underneath.  

Thanks for visiting!  The rest of the Design Team have created some gorgeous cards with the sketch so be sure to check them out.

Products used:

Stamps:  Layered Wreath (Clearly Besotted)
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT), Green Leaf, Willow, Beanstalk Green, Dark Chocolate, Lipstick Red (SSS), Silver Delicata
Cardstock: White, Green Apple, Lipstick Red
Dies:  Pierced Rectangle Stax, Blueprints 21 (MFT)


White and Gold

Hi and welcome to our last Fusion challenge of the year!  And do we have an elegant photo inspiration and fun sketch for you!

I played along with the photo this time, focusing on the white and gold elements to come up with this card using a NBUS stamp set by Simon Says Stamp.

I'm not too sure how successful it was to layer up vellum but I don't think seeing the bottom layers distracts too much from the overall card.  I gold-embossed each of the images in the stamp set twice, so I've got lots of leftovers and then positioned them how I wanted to to look.  Then I had to find a sentiment to fit in the gap, and luckily another NBUS set came to the rescue 😃  The wee circle embossed images take the place of sequins to keep the card clean and flat.

Thanks for visiting.  Check out the rest of the design team's cards as they're fabulous as always and I hope you have time to play along with us.

Products used:

Stamps:  Winter Flowers (SSS), Glistening Paperwhites (Power Poppy)
Ink:  Versamark
Cardstock:  White, Vellum
Dies;  Winter Flowers
Accessories:  Antique Gold EP (SSS)


Thursday, 1 December 2016


It's time for another fabulous sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches and this week our hostess is the talented Narelle.  And here is her sketch:

As soon as I saw the sketch, I saw a snowglobe and as luck would have it, I have a snowglobe set and dies from the recent Hero Arts October Monthly Card Kit 😄  Originally I was going to make a shaker card, but really, I'm just too lazy, so settled for a layered up card with an opening in the front.  

I die-cut the globe part from a white panel and then sponged Distress Inks onto the card base where that opening would be.  The kit comes with hill dies so I cut two of these and also lightly sponged with Broken China ink.  The images were stamped and, in the case of the single tree, fussy cut.  The snowglobe base was stamped onto some white woodgrain paper that I sponged with Gathered Twigs ink.  The "snow" is from Two Feet Deep set by PTI.

Thanks for visiting!  The FMS DT have come up with some wonderful cards using the sketch, so check them out.

I'm linking this card up to The Male Room, who are looking for 'scapes this challenge and Merry Monday, who are looking for masculine Christmas cards.

Products used:

Stamps:  Hero Arts October 16 Monthly Kit, Two Feet Deep (PTI)
Ink:  Black Soot Archival, Gathered Twigs, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord Distress Inks, Unicorn White (Hero Arts)
Cardstock:  White, Woodgrain (SSS)
Dies:  Hero Arts October 16 Monthly Kit
Accessories:  Wink of Stella


Sunday, 27 November 2016

Elf Christmas

Welcome!  I took a bit of time in between making cards for upcoming DT commitments to make a card for the current sketch and color challenges at MFT Stamps.  I'm also playing along with the Circles theme at AAA Cards and the To Die For theme at Simon Says Stamp.

This elf was one I colored up last year following along with a video made by Sandy Allnock, so this card didn't take too long to put together.  Forgive the deep shading on the elf's face - this was me practicing with BV shadows.  

I die-cut from the card base a stitched circle and on the cut-out part I stamped with the Candy Stripes Background in Maliblue and Hollyhock inks by SSS.  I then adhered the cut-out back into the card base.  The elf is standing on a strip of Maliblue on which I embossed the sentiment from Winter Wonderland (surgically altered).  As there is no Hollyhock paper, I smeared Hollyhock ink onto a piece of white and when it was dry, I adhered that under the blue.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Santa's Elves, Winter Wonderland, Candy Stripes Background (MFT)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Versamark, Maliblue and Hollyhock (SSS)
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It, Audrey Blue (SSS)
Dies:  Inside/Out Stitched Circles, Santa's Elves (MFT)
Accessories:  Copics, White EP


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Christmas Poinsettia

Hi and welcome to Freshly Made Sketch Challenge Day!  This week, I am the sketch hostess and, true to form, I've got a pretty simple sketch for you.

I decided to create my own background pattern to come up with another Christmas card.

And now that I look at the sketch, I notice that I didn't follow it totally, putting the flowers a bit higher than the sentiment.  Doh!

My background was made by white-embossing various images onto a panel of Soft Stone cardstock, then die-cutting with a stitched edge die.

The sentiment was cut from gold foil because my Mini Minc up and died on me - after nearly asphyxiating me with the smell of burning plastic!  Back to the shop it went and I'm waiting on another one to be sent to replace it.

I stamped the ponsettia and leaves using Altenew inks then die-cut them out and colored them with clear Wink of Stella.

All in all a pretty simple card.

Thanks for stopping by!  The rest of the design team have created some gorgeous cards with the sketch, and I hope you'll have a go too.

Products used:

Stamps:  Spruce & Sprigs, Holiday Greens (PTI), Holiday Petals and Leaves (Hero Arts), Pretty Poinsettia (WPlus9)
Ink:  Versamark, Caramel Toffee, Paper Bag, Rouge, Velvet, Crimson, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen (Altenew)
Cardstock:  White, Soft Stone (PTI), Gold Foil
Dies:  Pretty Poinsettia (WP9), Merry Christmas (Stamplorations), Blueprints 20 (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP, Wink of Stella


Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Birthday Grid

Hi!  Today's card was made for my son's upcoming 19th birthday.  His grandmother wanted a card to give him so I made this.  Now to make one from us 😄  I'm playing along with the Ombre challenge at Addicted to CAS as well as the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch.

This is a pretty simple card - I white embossed the lattice grid background onto a white panel and blended various distress inks in an ombre fashion.  I then die-cut the panel with a Blueprints die.  The sentiment was die-cut from black cardstock and positioned using the stamped grid as a handy guide!  I know the word "birthday" is a touch to the right but I wanted the "p" in "happy" and the "h" in "birthday" to line up so that's why.

Thanks for visiting!

Products used:

Stamps:  Lattice Grid Background (SSS)
Ink:  Versamark, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron Distress Inks
Cardstock:  White, Black
Dies:  Happy Birthday, Blueprints 15 (MFT)
Accessories:  White EP


Monday, 21 November 2016


Welcome and thanks for dropping by!  Today's card was made using the Christmas Critters theme at Simon Says Stamp, the CAS Christmas theme at Paper Players as well as the Pets theme at CAS on Sunday - not that I'd want mice as pets, but some people like them 😃

These mice were some colored as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge and I decided to make them into a card by creating a little scene.  The mountains come from a Mama Elephant die and I lightly sponged the mountain part with Broken China ink.  I also sponged the stitched hills at the top as well.  I wanted to keep the background CAS so didn't do anything to the sky.

These mice were colored as part of my practice session with 4 color blends.  I started with the second to darkest color, worked down to the lightest than added in the darkest color and worked my way down again.  I'm still not terribly happy with the blending so back to the drawing board.  The beauty of the 30 day challenge is that it's okay to just practice with no requirement to make a card.  Usually, I go into the craft room with the intention of making a card, therefore when it doesn't work out, I feel as if I've wasted time.  I'm sure that whoever in my family receives this card won't complain about the blending 😉

Thanks for visiting!


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Products used:

Stamps:  On Thin Ice (Clearly Besotted)
Ink:  Black Licorice Hybrid, Broken China Distress
Cardstock:  White, X-Press It
Dies;  On Thin Ice (CB), Snow Capped Mountains (Mama Elephant), Landscape Trio (Mama Elephant)
Accessories:  Copics, White Gel Pen, Wink of Stella 


Edited to Add:  This card got a shout out at Paper Players and CAS on Sunday