Sunday 17 January 2016

Just Add Ink 294

Great to see Just Add Ink back for 2016 and they've started the year with a Blog Hop and a "Just Add... Something New" challenge.

Not only was the Blog Hop inspirational, but the challenge is just perfect for me, since I've been steadily occupied working my way through my box of new Stampin' Up goodies for the last week. Yes, it's been six days since my box arrived and I'm still working through it as each thing I take out seems the best thing I ever bought. Then there's another thing come out of the box...

So last night, late again owing to the summer heat wave making it impossible to craft during daylight hours, it was the turn of Botanical Blooms and Birthday Bouquet. Fresh and new, straight from the crate.

Usually, I don't use much DSP in card making but I've gone a bit crazy with the new catalogue and have got two sets from Sale-abration and I got Birthday Bouquet, purely because I couldn't resist the utterly wonderful colours. So, what to do with it? (There's another new thing.) I get a bit freaked out putting pattern on patterns when I'm making cards. As soon as I feel that clean space disappearing, panic sets in! Hence this card saw a few layout revisions before it was done.

This Botanical Blooms die set is amazing. I know it's everywhere with its coordinating papers but it looks so good in any colour way and it seems to me that the combination of the various flowers, leaves and stamps is virtually endless. So wonderful, that I wonder if there's anything left in my box that could be as good....

Update: Utterly delighted to get an Honourable Mention at Just Add Ink for this card.

Card: Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Birthday Bouquet DSP, scraps of Old Olive, Mossy Meadow and Black
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Butterfly Basics
Inks: Tuxedo Black, Blushing Bride (soft sponging of flower)
Other: Botanical Blooms dies/edgelit, 1/4 inch circle punch, Blushing Bride candy dot


  1. Jan, this is such a beautiful card! I love how you've inlaid Mossy Meadow 'leaves' into the die cut border, and the dimensional flower is stunning. Thanks for joining us for this year's first Just Add Ink challenge; love your work.

  2. Gosh I really love how you've balanced out the 'white space' with the DSP - perfect! It's wonderful to see your creations again this year at Just Add Ink :)

    JAI Design Team

  3. I love this card Jan and will add it to my growing 'cards to CASE' list - if that's ok with you? Kelly x

  4. Jan - your card is gorgeous. Absolutely love it - and must pin. I love that you've clustered your paper, flowers and foliage at bottom right this way, leaving a lovely blank canvas above - it really draws the eye. So lovely to have you join the blog hop fun with us. x

  5. Ha I'm the opposite Jan I see white space and panic - lol! I love how you used the DSP it really complements the die cut bloom cluster. I really like how you inlaid the leaves in the border. Nice touch! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink for our blog hop.

  6. Such a totally gorgeous card Jan! So elegant and I love the way you've angled the die cut of card stock to seperate the DSP panel and posy of flower and leaves - beautiful!! Thanks for joining us again at Just Add Ink :-)

  7. This is so beautiful Jan!!!! Absolutely love that floral paper and that die-cut flower is stunning. Really pretty colours too, you totally rocked this card!! So glad you've had some warm weather up there too. Its been so muggy of late, I find it hard to craft at any time. I managed to make a few cards today but to be honest, I'm not happy with any of them. Oh well, thats the way it goes. Hope the New Year is treating you really well and you got lots of crafty goodies for Christmas!!! Oh, and I'm so happy to see you at Just Add Ink too!!!

  8. This is a beautiful card and that flower die is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us in the Just Add Ink blog hop :)

  9. Jan you've achieved a beautiful result, clean yet detailed and the colours and design are perfect. Thanks for helping us kick start 2016. xx

  10. Hi Jan. I think you've found a perfect balance between space & the pretty paper on your card. Love your colour choice & the flower is so pretty. My Bloom bundle is still waiting for some love so I'll def be pinning your card for inspiration.
    Really appreciate you finding time to joining us at Just Add Ink this week.
    Di :-)

  11. Your card is fabulous, Jan! The perfect balance between patterns and white space. I feel the same about pulling things out of my SU boxes too :) Thanks for playing along with us at Just Add Ink.