Friday, February 17, 2017
It's been an odd kind of week for me. I had a fraxel treatment on my face on Monday (trying to undo all that tanning of the 70's & 80's) and I haven't been able to leave the house since. Initially I was bright red, swollen and sore, then I went dark brown and had chipmunk cheeks, then a day later I got even darker and very tight, crusty and dry, and finally yesterday I started to peel and flake. I'm looking quite mottled at the moment. The kids have all had something to say - you need to wear a burka, mum wash the dirt off your face, why is your face black? The end is in sight and by tomorrow all the peeling should be finished and my face will be fresh and pink. Apparently the best results are seen a few months down the track. I can tell you that where the skin has already peeled the new/underneath skin is sooooo soft and lovely to touch. I bet you just love popping by to hear what's been happening for the past week/fortnight in my life lol. Anyway onto the crafty stuff.
Kim gave us a colour combo to work with over at Just Add Ink this week - Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum and Rose Red. All lovely colours but I had a bit of a hard time with them.
I used the Swirly Bird stamps and dies to create these little floral clusters. I haven't used this set nearly enough, and yet I see so many gorgeous and creative uses of it.
We'd love you to join our fun colour challenge this week so pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration then get busy in your own craft space. Don't forget to link up so we can visit your blog.
Next week the twins turn 5. As we're heading off to Fiji soon after we've decided to skip the big party this year, but they are having a few friends to play at our local adventure park and will share some nibbles and cake. I have only invited friends from four families and between us there are 15 kids lol - mostly multiples like us.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Friday, February 3, 2017
It's been a big and exciting week in our house, and many others across the country I'm sure. Our summer school holidays came to an end. The twins started kindy, in separate classes, so there was a little apprehension from one but the other was very keen to be doing her own thing. This is the first time they've really been separated and I can happily report that five days in they are doing great.
Gorgeous Kid started college and seems to be loving it so far. I think the most attractive thing for him is his timetable - he gets to start later and finish earlier several days a week. He's also not restricted to school grounds and heads over to the local shops with friends during the lunch period. Lucky he earns his own money!
It's time to share a new Just Add Ink sketch challenge with you. Narelle created this one for us and I love it. I've used my much loved Treat Bag Thinlits to make a little birthday card that I think is suitable for a male - I find I need these on hand as Gorgeous Kid gives me next to no notice when he needs them for his mates.
Very CAS, just the way I like it
Pull up the insert and there is plenty of space to write a message
Here's another card using the same sketch. This was my first 'cut' into the delicious Cool Treats designer paper. My photo editing has washed it out a little - but how good do all those ice creams and popsicles look?! I love the colours in this suite.
I used the Stitched Framelit dies, silver foil, glimmer paper and some random enamel dots on both cards. The c/s and dsp is Watermelon Wonder. Here is the sketch if you'd like to join the challenge fun this week. Pop over to JAI and check out the awesome inspiration from the design team, their projects are sure to get you started.
My weekend is shaping up to be nice and quiet. The rest of the family are going camping (not my thing, particularly in this extremely hot weather with no aircon), so I get to do whatever I like - woohoo. Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Surprise! I have some exciting news to share; I'm on the Colour INKspiration Crew! It consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.
There's also a Facebook group for Stampin' Up! enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.
Here's the deal - Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm (AEST), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.
Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration 'Challenge' by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to. Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.
Hope to see you there!
Welcome to the second Colour INKspiration challenge. Bron has given us a lovely 'succulent' colour combo today. Hopefully these colours will inspire you to join the challenge fun and share your projects. Check it out.
If you're following the hop, you will have come from Chlo's Craft Closet - how fabulous is that gorgeous big bloom Chloe coloured? If you've come straight here and wish to start at the Colour INKspiration challenge page over on FB, just click the banner above to be redirected. Once you join the group you'll be able to load your projects there and join the fun each fortnight.
The birthday card I have created is fairly simple as I've been in holiday mode for so long I'm feeling a bit rusty. I pulled out my Botanical Builder framelits, and used a sponge dauber to add ink to the flower and leaves - hopefully this gives them a little more depth. The sentiment is from the new So In Love set in the Occasions Catty. I took this photo at night so my little blingy bits aren't all sparkly as they are in real life.
Next on the hop is the lovely, Julia Quinn. Click the 'next blog' image below to be taken to her project.
Thanks so much for taking a little time to stop by, and if you've left a comment thanks, I love reading them.
Friday, January 20, 2017
Happy January blog friends ~
I'm ashamed to say that it's been too long.... Christmas crept up on me, as it has a habit of doing now that I'm a busy mum of three. The lead up was incredibly busy with Gorgeous Kid finishing high school, formal, awards presentation, graduation ceremony and the like....the twins finished up at preschool and with that came a concert, a party and numerous other activities to attend. It was quite a juggle. Family Christmas was at our house this year so we decided to go all out and host a few different parties in the weeks beforehand. It was a very social, and enjoyable time despite all the work involved.
After the crazy of Christmas all three children ended up going away interstate on holidays with cousins, and grandparents respectively. Well did we unwind - so much so that NOTHING happened for that week. We didn't cook, nor did we need to clean house, wash clothes... I ended up reading three novels and taking regular afternoon naps - pure bliss! I had hoped to craft, but really wasn't in the mood since I was being so lazy... the new year came around quietly for us.
So belatedly I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that 2017 is an extra happy one for you.
At Just Add Ink we always like to start the year off with a blog hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. Today we are adding Pop Up &/or Interactive Projects.
You may have arrived from my gorgeous friend Nikki's blog, or you can begin the blog hop here or at any of the other design team members blogs. There are 14 stops, and it's set up in a loop so it doesn't matter where you start. All you need to do to follow along is click on the next button at the bottom of each post and you'll be taken to the next stop. If you get stuck just head over to the JAI blog to find all the links.
I've created a Pop Up Slider Card for today. This card was made for a sweet little girl who had her first birthday on the first day of the new year. How special is that?
It stands open thanks to the tent fold card at back, plenty of room to write your message
Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky are the colours I've used here
Closed flat and easy to mail
Using the next button below will take you to Kelly's fabulous creation. Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!
Monday, December 5, 2016
Surprise surprise I'm popping in with a quick share...I had so much fun colouring the cute little Elf from MFT's Santa's Elves set for my design team project last week that I coloured another.
I used the colours from CTD421 and the sketch over at Just Add Ink - great sketch, Narelle! I can't tell you the last time I entered a challenge other than JAI. This was fun.
There's a lot of shadow on my pic because it's overcast here today & I just took a quick snap on my phone. That or not get it up in time.
Anyway head over to both challenge sites & check them out for yourselves. You may find some inspiration....
Friday, December 2, 2016
I've been unexpectedly absent for a couple of weeks. Most would know of the earthquakes frequenting my homeland of New Zealand over recent years. Unfortunately this time someone very dear to me, and my family, died while evacuating her home. Jo-Anne left behind two beautiful (adult) daughters and a loving partner. It was a real blow and I've just been really sad.
Crafting is a great distraction when time allows, and so for the new sketch challenge Narelle has given us at Just Add Ink this week I got out my Copics and coloured this cute little Elf. How sweet is he?
I'm not entirely sure I got my light source right, but I enjoyed the colouring process so I guess that's the main thing, right? He's more vibrant in real life but I had to brighten my pic a bit so lost that in favour of less shadow. There's lots of shimmer on that subtle yellow background.
The design team have created some gorgeous cards this week so do pop over to JAI and check them out. You can link your own creation up there too. Here's the sketch.
Well the countdown is on to Christmas, eeeeeek. We've been flat out with Gorgeous Kid's formal, the twins preschool concert, and just yesterday their daycare graduation....next week we have a preschool party, GK's awards presentation night and then his Year 10 graduation....it's all going on.
I really will be back with my roomie gifts from On Stage last month and one or two other shares as well. Have an awesome weekend, and thanks for taking some time out of your day to visit me here.
Friday, November 11, 2016
On Stage Live has been and gone and I have to tell you that I had a wonderful time in Brisbane last week/end. It's always great to catch up with old and new friends. There was plenty of time to play with lots of exciting new craft items, socialise, eat and of course chat into the wee hours. Trips like these are exhausting and as such I slept a full 13 hours straight when I got home late Sunday afternoon. Oh Em Gee that never happens.
I had some lovely time with my godson who I am going to call LC (Little Cutie) on my blog from now on - you'll need a pinned list of acronyms soon enough to follow my chatter. We had some special time together over ice cream! Something his mummy and I always enjoy when we get together.
There is a new colour challenge starting today over at Just Add ink. Nikki is asking us to add Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy & Smoky Slate to our projects this week.
The centre panel of Navy & White is popped up on fun foam - love the even dimension it gives. I matched my copics as best I could to the challenge colours, and used the sweet Christmas set Merry Mice. I used a mask and my airbrush for the soft background blue/grey colouring (mainly because I didn't trust myself to have a light enough hand). The little splatters you see are actually where Stella has taken the ink away - a reasonably happy mistake I guess. In real life this card is pretty and sparkly and I just love him - the inside greeting is Merry Christmouse!
Head over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration, and hopefully you'll find yourself wanting to play along with us. I know there is a new stamp set (not yet available) used on one of the projects - this was written in a sing song voice that I just can't convey in text :(
Before I go here is a pic of some of my favourite people, taken last Thursday at the end of the first General Session. It was hard to get everyone together at the same time for pics. We did have a number of present and past JAI team members together at dinner on Saturday night, however, those pics are on someone else's device. Perhaps one of them has posted on their blog today.
From Left - me, Nikki, Kim, Narelle and Kelly
I'll be back in a few days to share my roomie gifts with you. Right now I'm preparing for my dear friend Andy to arrive from New Zealand. We're having a lovely long weekend together. Enjoy yours!
Friday, October 28, 2016
Phew! I know I've had a busy week, but I couldn't begin to recount it all....it's been a bit of a blur. I'm hoping it's not going to be this crazy right up until Christmas (eeeek the C word). I am pleased to say that the weather has finally become Spring like here in Canberra. Perhaps that's what inspired me to pull out this lovely Spring Wreath from MFT.
There's a new sketch challenge (from Tina) starting today at Just Add Ink. If my pic was brighter you'd be able to see all the lovely shimmer, as it is I think the pink flowers show it the best (if you squint). The wreath is popped up on dimensionals for a little interest/texture.
What do you think of my colour choices? The wreath itself is Tip Top Taupe, while the flowers and leaves are a mix of Memento/Hero Arts colours. Happy to list them if you're interested in specifics, just leave me a comment.
You're going to love the varied and gorgeous cards the design team have come up with this week. Pop over to JAI and get yourself some inspiration. Here is the sketch for you.....we'd love you to play along.
I'm looking forward to heading up to sunny Brisbane next week for OnStage Live (basically the Stampin' Up! Convention re-named). Super excited to be catching up with lots of my lovely JAI friends, and the biggest bonus of all is seeing my BFF and gorgeous little godson too!
Because many of the design team members will be interstate this current sketch challenge will run for two weeks. So you have lots more time and opportunity to join the fun! We'll be back with our next challenge on Friday 11 November. Thanks for stopping by today, and a special thanks to those of you who take the time to leave a lovely comment. They make my day - truly!
Friday, October 21, 2016
I'm really late popping in to share my Just Add Ink card today as I have friends visiting from New Zealand and we just can't stop chatting. It's been many years since we caught up and so there is tons to talk about. I'm sure a lot of you can relate *grin*.
Di gave us an inspiration pic this week (I'll post at bottom). I've chosen to use the ampersand, and the black, white and red elements in the picture. I've created a super CAS card using the Sophisticated Script stamps from Concord & 9th. Th ribbon is Pure Poppy satin from PTI. Once again my card has been given the 'shimmer' treatment but you can't see it in the pic, so hard to capture all that lovely sparkle and shine.
Happy birthday wishes to my love, Brian. You're a fabulous partner and dad to our three kids and we love you lots. Looking forward to celebrating at dinner with our family and friends tonight.
I'm off to do the tourist thing around Canberra with our overseas friends. Back with another share soon. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by today.