Friday, February 27, 2015

Just Add Ink #252 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

There is a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today!  Kim has given us a cute 'tilted' sketch, and I think it was quite the challenge for those of us who like straight lines!  I rather enjoyed going 'off centre' a bit though I must admit.

I went with a masculine card using the World Map background stamp.  I've been getting into the habit of creating two similar cards whilst having my supplies out - great to build the stash.  Here is the Lost Lagoon version.  I coloured the oceans with an aqua pen - yep it worked fine on Very Vanilla c/s so long as I kept the water flow to a minimum.


And an Early Espresso...with no oceans coloured.


If you'd like to join the challenge, do pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration - lots of lovely creations to get you started...and we do love to check out your entries and blogs so make sure you link up.  Here is the sketch.


Guess where I was last night?  Totally rocking it with Cold Chisel - how lucky was Canberra to get a one off concert announced only a few weeks ago?!!!  Love Jimmy.  A bit hoarse today lol.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #251 - Just Add Thank You

Hello lovely crafty friends ~

Yay there's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week we want you to add 'thank you' to your cards and projects.  I went with a super CAS card this week (lol what's new) but used a technique I rather enjoy - inlaid die cutting.  While I had bits all over my desk I actually made a few for my stash - here are just two.


Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party - thanks to my Colour Coach!


Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Pink Pirouette - the remainder of the sentiment is on the inside of the card - I appreciate you.  Loving those enamel dots!  There is actually quite a bit of shimmer on each card, but my photography has made it look totally dodgy :(

Short and sweet from me today unfortunately, it's been a super crazy busy fortnight.  Hopefully things will start to settle again next week.  Phew!

Ooooh nearly forgot to mention that I'm off to the Canberra SU! Party Time Event being held tomorrow - I'm so looking forward to hanging out with some of my favourite people.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #250 - Just Add Inspiration

Yay I'm happy it's Friday ~

It's been a pretty full on week.  Much love going out to my dear friend Susan - get better super soon!

We're kicking off a new challenge over at Just Add Ink today, and gorgeous Trishie has given us an inspiration pic to work with.  It's just a bit delicious!  Here's what I made (with shimmer of course)...


...and here's the inspiration pic.



My starting point was actually the edge of the foam in the drink - Baked Brown Sugar you think? Yep I thought so.  If you look closely you'll see the cup is sitting on a saucer with colourful spots. That's where my balloon colours came from.  And the hearts, pretty obvious huh?

So I cut a bunch of balloons out of the new Irresistibly Yours Specialty dsp (SAB catalogue), and using my daubers sponged colour on them.  From memory I used Daffodil Delight, was aiming for Soft Sky but picked up Pool Party instead (doh), Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo.  I pulled some threads from a piece of Burlap ribbon as the balloon ties - thought it went well with the BBS c/s. Although the card looks a little top heavy, I kind of wanted it to look like they were floating off....yeah not sure I pulled that off :(  Anyway I do like the colour of the balloons lol.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI to take a closer look at the inspiration pic and see some of the design team projects and ideas.

I'm off to have my hair cut and coloured this afternoon.  I'm very much looking forward to these greys being gone for a few weeks.  Do you want to know a little secret?  I've taken to using a cheap mascara wand to cover the really obvious ones in the fortnight or so leading up to my appointment. Perhaps that makes me vain, but hey it works! Anyone else do this?

Have a fabulous weekend all!






Friday, February 6, 2015

Just Add Ink #249 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

There's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today!  Tina gave us a pretty cool sketch to work with.  I flipped mine on its side and finally pulled out the hexagon images in the Six Sided Sampler stamp set that I absolutely HAD to have when it was released.  To date I've only used the cute little sentiments in that set.  I'm ashamed to say I have many many stamp sets sitting in my stash still brand new!  I hope all you other crafty people have the same problem as me?  There just aren't enough hours in the day *sigh*.


The colours I've used here are the divine Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky.  The front panel of Soft Sky and Whisper White is actually popped up on dimensionals but my amateur photography doesn't show that :(

The design team have come up with an amazing variety of cards using this sketch.  Make sure you head over to JAI and check them out.  Hope you can join the challenge fun with us!  Here is the sketch:


OMGoodness, want to hear something funny?  I have only just noticed there is a thread/ribbon going across the entire sketch.  I print the dt challenge sheets out a lot smaller and didn't even see it until attaching the image above. Cripes.  Hopeless.  Honestly!  It's too late to change my card, because I'll never get it photographed again.  Please excuse my mistake lol.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Big mwah.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bokeh Colour Challenge - Just Add Ink #248

Surprise!

It's Tuesday and I'm blogging.  If I'm being honest I made this card for the current Just Add Ink colour challenge, however, being a total procrastinator when it comes to photographing my cards it sat on my desk for soooo long I didn't get it uploaded in time to publish with the rest of the design team - hopeless completely!  So here I am joining in the fun mid week.


So finally I tried the Bokeh technique, and while I can't say I'm thrilled with this card it was really fun and such a messy task lol.  I used a tutorial by Dawn O which is quite different to others I've seen aaaand I may have been a bit heavy handed with the white ink ooops :( 

A neat way of combining colours for this type of challenge though don't you think?  The colours are Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy (I had to substitute with Night of Navy), Sahara Sand and Pool Party.  Head over to JAI for all the challenge details, link closes Wednesday night AEST.

I'll be back Friday with something else to share.  Until then, enjoy your week!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Just Add Ink #247 - Just Add Love Blog Hop

Wow!  It feels like so long since I've been here...happy new year & happy Friday!

We Just Add Ink girls have had a fabulous long and restful break, and we're back today with a super special blog hop!  Christine has given us the challenge of 'adding love using a tag design'.

You will have hopped here from Rochelle's blog.  Stunning card huh?  There are 13 stops on our blog hop, 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 JAI blog hop button at the end 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 gone with white on white - a favourite of mine, with a touch of black, silver and red.  I used a couple of the Love Story Project Life cards for my tag and sentiment, ooooh and those gorgeous little black sequins are from the matching accessory pack.  The pic doesn't show it well but the raised mat has been embossed with the PTI Linen & Canvas Impression Plate - it adds a nice subtle texture. I've also given the whole card a little spritz with some Champagne Shimmer Mist (now unfortunately retired - although I hoarded some because it is one of my MOST favourite items EVER).

We'd love you to join the blog hop challenge fun this week.  Here is the sketch if you find yourself with time to get crafty.  Remember you can make any project you like, so long as it features a tag!


Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks for all the lovely comments you take the time to leave me - you make my day, truly!  Click on the button below to visit the super talented and gorgeous Nikki.



Friday, December 26, 2014

Just Add Ink #246 - Just Add Giving & a Tutorial - photo heavy

Happy Boxing day morning ~

So how was your Christmas day?  Mine was just perfect!  Most of the family are interstate this year so it was a nice quiet day with a visit from dear friends, chatting, relaxing and lots of yummy food. We were lucky not to have our usual extremely hot weather, instead it was a little overcast yet warm.

Brisbane was great! It was just lovely meeting BFF's little bundle of joy - he certainly is a cutie.  No bias here of course *scoff*.

This is our last Just Add Ink challenge for the year, and it's only fitting that Mae suggested we add Giving.  This current challenge will run for two weeks over the Festive Season while the design team take a break and enjoy family and friends at this special time of the year.  That means you have lots of extra time to get busy creating. Head over to JAI for some inspiration.  We'll be back in January with a brand new blog hop challenge.

I've made some money wallets - cash always looks better when it's dressed up a little don't you think?


Pink Pirouette and the pic below shows the inside.



Coastal Cabana (excuse the wonky ribbon - I was in a mad rush trying to photograph as we've had really dull weather lately)


One for a girl and one for a boy!

Here is a quick tutorial if you'd like to make a few of your own.  Be gentle this is a first for me ;)








If there is anything you need clarification on please leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll get back to you asap.  See you for our next challenge in January if not before.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Just Add Ink #244 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday beautiful blog friends ~

I have a bit of an exciting weekend ahead - I'm off to Brisbane to visit my BFF and her brand new little man.  I'm so looking forward to spending a few days together, chatting, eating Sara Lee ice cream and just enjoying her company. I'm not entirely looking forward to the humidity, so thank goodness for aircon!


We have a brand new sketch from Tina over at Just Add Ink this week.  I've been on a Christmas card roll for a little while now and surprisingly it hasn't done my head in yet. Perhaps because I have a stash of new stamps & sentiments to use *wink*.



This little robin set from Clearly Besotted is just so cute and fun.  I've used a base of Early Espresso, then a Real Red mat and some Crumb Cake dsp.  I coloured the tummies with a blender pen.  That little musical note makes me think of the old '70's song Rockin' Robin by Bobby Day - do you remember that one? Tweedle-lee-dee-dee-dee, tweedle-lee-dee-dee ... it's totally stuck in my head now.

If you'd like to join our challenge this week here is the sketch.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration to get a start.  I look forward to seeing your linked entry.



Hope most of you are organised for Christmas, shopping done and presents wrapped. After a bit of a late start this year I'm all sorted.  Thankfully!  There is nothing worse than dealing with busy car parks and too many people at the malls.

I know it's super early, however, in case I don't get back here before the big man in red visits I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy Christmas, may it be full of love and laughter, yummy food and total relaxation afterwards *smile*. Thanks so much for visiting my blog over the past 12 months, and I look forward to 'seeing' you again for a fabulous 2015!

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Just Add Ink #242 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Friday friends ~

Sooo looking forward to this afternoon when I head off to the Coast for some girl time with a dear friend.  We plan on doing very little in the way of cooking and chores this weekend, so lots of dining out, some local markets and whatever else we fancy doing (or not as the case may be).  I've got some busy weeks ahead so this will be nice down time beforehand.

It's new challenge time over at Just Add Ink and Trish chose an inspiration pic for us to use.  I went for something a little different and used a cute little monster image.  Check him out.


I stamped him twice - colouring the main image with copics and the second I heat embossed with white ep.  I fussy cut the flower and sponged on a little Daffodil Delight ink, not quite to the edges. This is a square card that I made for Gorgeous Kid - he loves smooches (lucky mum) so I thought it would be nice to pop in his school bag for him to find one day.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI and check out what the design team has created for you. Here is the inspiration pic.


Have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for stopping by today.