Saturday 11 March 2017

Just Add Ink 350

Work has really been interfering with my crafting life lately and, as it's also classes week for me, crafting time has been in short supply. I got to it straight after work last night though to make a gift and card for a friend. She's a crafter too and I always make her a card then give it to her unwritten in so she has the choice of keeping it or using it for someone else. It's a bit of a joke between us.

For inspiration, I turned to one of my favourite challenge sites, Just Add Ink, where there is a sketch this week.

I also got out one of the Sale-abration items I received that I hadn't used before, Avant Garden. Now that I've used it, I'm only sorry it has sat unopened on my desk for so long!

I wasn't quite sure what to make of the horizontal line in the sketch but I've made it the place where the stamping stops.

I've added some touches of gold Wink of Stella to the stamens but it is hard to capture in the photo. 

I also made wee chocolate box, just the right size for six of those delicious Lindor chocolate balls. The dimensions for the box I cased from Pootles' triple creme egg window box here

Then I had a problem because I wanted to give her some glue and dimensionals as well. It turns out that dimensionals are packaged in a very annoying sized package that means they will not fit into things made on a gift bag punch board, so I had to custom make a gift bag to fit the glue, dimensionals and the chocolate box. 

It was a lot to fit into an after-work-but-before-bed session but I'm happy with the results. And so, I think, was my friend!

P.S. I did tidy up the ends of the pink ribbon once everything was safely stowed inside the bag.
I cut the ribbons generously because I'm pretty sure they'll end up in her stash drawer.

Ingredients (card only)
Card: Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, vellum
Stamps: Avant Garden
Inks: Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Other: Natural trim ribbon, gold Wink of Stella, gold metallic shapes, Early Espresso marker to outline the sentiment, dimensionals.


  1. Jan this is so pretty - I love the softness of the flowers in Blushing Bride. Wonderful to see your gift set all together. Chantell JAU

  2. Such a gorgeous collection Jan. I still haven't inked up this set either, but after seeing this l know what l'm doing it!
    Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

  3. What a beautiful set you created with this stamp!! I love the colors you used!!

  4. I love your take on the sketch, and the gorgeous soft colours you've used, Jan. Such a beautiful gift set for your friend. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  5. So very pretty, Jan & a lovely gift for your friend. I'm sure she'll love it. Glad you managed to find the time to play along with us at JAI.
    Di :)