Friday 12 April 2024

JAI 697 sketch challenge - Merriest trees Christmas start

Handmade Christmas card using Stampin Up Merriest Trees dies and stamps, Sending dies, Snowflake Sky and Basics 3d embossing folders. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappydi - stampinupcards - stampinupchristmascards

Hello and welcome to my latest Just Add Ink Challenges Design Team project share. This week we're using a sketch designed by me. I hope you enjoy trying it. Much as I love hexagons though, I mixed up the sketch shapes to create my first Christmas card for 2025! That's an early Christmas miracle I tell you.

The trees are from the Merriest Trees dies. I'm glad these and the coordinating stamp set are carrying over into our 2024-25 range. Some of the other elements I used are sadly not and will be discontinued as of 30/4/24 unless they sell out before. I'll share more on that below. In the meantime, take a look at the finished card.

Friday 29 March 2024

JAI 695 Just Add Chocolate - Mini patterned paper folder

No Cut patterned paper folder using Natures Sweetness patterned paper. Card by DIane Barnes - colourmehappy - stampinupcards - fancy folds - 3d projects
 
Hello and welcome to a new project share for the Just Add Ink Design Team. This week's challenge is to Just Add Chocolate. Apparently that doesn't mean to just eat chocolate, though I feel it's implied for any chocolate lover.  Nevertheless, I set to creating a chocolate related project.

I remembered that the Nature's Sweetness specialty patterned paper included beautiful cacao/cocoa bean nature specimen images (as well as almond and vanilla images too - all favourite flavours of mine),
So I thought that could be a fun twist on a regular  chocolate project. I also happened to have some yummy Lindt Caramel Square chocolates. So this all lead to a mini version of my favourite No-cut Patterned Paper Folder to hold the chocolate and a message. Here's how it turned out.

Friday 15 March 2024

JAI 693 Choose Two challenge - Trusty rainbow pencils adapted z fold card

Handmade z fold fun fold rainbow card using Stampin Up Trusty Tools, Just My Type, Stampin Blends and Lighter Than Air patterned paper. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappy - cardmaking - stamping - stampinupcards

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing a colourful fun fold card, which is my team project for this week's Just Add Ink Choose Two challenge. I also suggested this challenge so I hope you enjoy playing along with it too. Take a closer look at my card, which is an adaption of a z fold card.
 

Saturday 2 March 2024

Beach Day 2 - More beach scene cards

Handmade beach themed cards using Stampin Up Beach Day stamp set and dies bundle. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappydi - stampinupcards - alcohol markers - stampinblends - cardmaking - stamping
Hello and welcome!
It's taken a little while but today is my second post of cards I've made with the Beach Day stamp set and die bundle. This time I'm focusing on the lifesaving beach tower scenes using simple masking techniques and marker colouring with Stampin' Blends.
One of the cards was a class project too. Take a look.

Friday 1 March 2024

JAI691 inspiration challenge - Nature's Sweetness for you

Handmade all occasions card using Stampin Up Nature's Sweetness paper. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappydi - cardmaking - patterned paper - stampinupcards

Hello and welcome! Today I'm sharing my team project for this week's Just Add Ink photo inspiration challenge. As you can see above, it's an image with all sorts of possibilities. What to do?
The neutral and metallic colours, text, and circles in the image reminded me of the beautiful Nature's Sweetness paper pack, so I used lots of the prints in the pack to replicate the grid on my card. Here's how it turned out.

Friday 23 February 2024

JAI690 just add a fancy fold - 100th birthday faux centre step

Handmade 100th birthday card faux centre step fancy fold card - by Diane Barnes - colourmehappy - cardmaking - stamping - stampinupcards

Hello and welcome! Today's project is for an amazing milestone birthday celebrated by a friend of a friend this week and this week's Just Add Ink Fancy Fold challenge. And you all know I love a fun fancy fold.
 
The card request was to include two of the recipient's favourite things - reading and animals. I included the Scottie dogs from the Christmas Scottie stamp set (sadly retired), the stack of books image from the Bird's Eye View stamp set, and a pretty blue floral print from the Countryside Inn paper pack (which also has some animals on it). I also made a bookmark which you'll see below.
Here's how the card turned out.
 

Friday 16 February 2024

JAI 689 colour challenge - hot air balloon birthday

Handmade birthday card using Stampin' Up! Hot Air Balloon stamps and dies bundle and Basic Borders dies. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappy - cardmaking - stamping - diecutting - stampinup cards

Hello and welcome. It's colour challenge week at Just Add Ink, and we're using a bold combination of Gorgeous Grape and Tahitian Tide with white. I love both separately but can't say I've combined them until now. I've used them with the Hot Air Balloon stamps and dies bundle to create a bright birthday card. Here's how it turned out. Tell me what you think.

Friday 2 February 2024

JAI 687 sketch challenge - Beach Day birthday

Handmade beach themed card using Stampin Up Beach Day stamp and die bundle. Lifesaver tower. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappy - stampinupcards - cardmaking

Hello and welcome to a project share using the new Beach Day stamp and die bundle. This is my team project for this week's Just Add Ink sketch challenge.
Australia loves a great beach - and we're lucky to have so many of them - so this bundle was a must have buy for me. Here's how my beachy card turned out.

Friday 19 January 2024

JAI 685 Just add flowers new year blog hop - Perennial Lavender fun fold card

Handmade fun fold gate fold card featuring Stampin Up Perennial Lavender paper, Perennial Postage stamps and dies, Dainty Delight dies. Card by Diane Barnes - colourmehappy - stampinupcards - Indpendent Demonstrator in Australia - stamping - cardmaking

Hello and welcome to my first 2024 post and first 2024 Just Add Ink challenge team project too. This week our challenge is to Just Add Flowers.  As always we're welcoming the new year with a blog hop and are thrilled to share a new look for Just Add Ink too. We hope you love it as much as we do.

So on to the hop. An extra special hello to you if you've arrived here from amazing Jan McQueen's blog, or another stop along the hop. I hope my project gives you some ideas to try.

It's a fun fold card featuring some floral prints from the gorgeous Perennial Lavender paper pack, and stamps and die cuts from the new Perennial Postage bundle. Take a look.