Friday, January 29, 2016

Just Add Ink #296 - Just Add Nature

Happy Friday friends ~

It sure is happy for me because this post is scheduled and I'm away at Jervis Bay enjoying an extra long weekend with my beautiful family before school goes back next week.  Gorgeous Kid is starting year 10 (gasp) and the twins are off to preschool.  Time sure passes by quickly these days. Does that mean I'm getting old?  I. Think. So!

Di set the new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week, and she's asking us to add Nature.  Perfect time to unveil my new Botanicals Framelits.  How fun are they?!  I adore the pop up petals.


I absolutely love the Treat Bag Thinlits!  It is one of my most used items.  Here I've decorated using some PTI cardstock - Raspberry Fizz and Lemon Tart for my flowers - I did daub some ink & Wink (of Stella) to them but you can't really see it here, and the lovely subtle Pear Pizzazz for my leaves.


The young adult daughter of a friend of mine had three surgeries this week and I've sent her this little 'feel better' card to wish her well for a speedy recovery.

We'd love you to join our challenge this week.  Pop over to JAI for some inspiration from the design team.  I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations, so be sure to link up.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Just Add Ink #295 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday beautiful blog friends ~

Wow, we had some A-Mazing entries to our Blog Hop challenge over at Just Add Ink last week.  Be sure to check out the chosen winners stunning creations.  Thanks to all who joined the fun!

This week, Tina has provided us a sketch challenge ( I'll post it at bottom) and I was a bit stumped. Thought hot air balloons, butterflies, hearts....and then remembered my Painted Flowers stamp set. Perfect!  Here it is in all its simplicity, a one layer card with a pop of pink.  The base is the gorgeous SU Shimmer White c/s.


I've covered my sentiment completely in Crystal Effects.  It gives such a luscious dimensional sheen.

We'd love you to join the challenge and link up your entries so please pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration.  Here is the sketch:


We have a long weekend in Australia, well sort of.  Next Tuesday is Australia Day, and generally most who can will take the Monday off work to enjoy a four day weekend.  We're meeting up with a bunch of friends on the lawns of Parliament House for the annual concert on Monday evening.  Good food, good friends, good music, good atmosphere.  What more could one want?!

Whatever your weekend involves, I hope it's a great one!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just Add Ink #294 - Just Add Something New - A Blog Hop & Prizes!


Hellooooooo ~

Oh my goodness, I truly did mean to get back here before Christmas, and then before New Year....and then all of a sudden I knew it wasn't going to happen until the very first Just Add Ink challenge for 2016!  So Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

At Just Add Ink we always like to start the year off with a blog hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. Rochelle has suggested we all add something new.  Now if you're a fan of Stampin' Up! products you'll have no problem because the new Occasions catalogue and Sale-a-bration promotion are in full swing.  If you don't have anything new from SU! please join us using whatever new product you have and be sure to let us know what it is.

To make the blog hop extra special the design team have donated brand new SU! SAB items as prizes to the winner, and two honourable mention participants.  Please note - to be eligible you must meet the following guidelines:
  1. create a new project using something new to you;
  2. leave a comment on all of the design team blogs;
  3. be or become a follower of the Just Add Ink challenge blog; and
  4. blog your project exclusively linked to Just Add Ink.  Any entrants that link to additional challenges will be disqualified.
Prizes are open to both international and Aus/NZ participants.

You can begin the blog hop here on my blog or at any of the other design team members blogs. There are 15 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 previous or next buttons 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 am completely in love with the new Birthday Blooms stamp set and coordinating Birthday Bouquet designer paper - so much so that I'm about to crack open my second packet!  I'll let you in on a little secret - until now I hadn't touched my Mossy Meadow c/s.  All that has changed in recent weeks.


I coloured my flower/s with Copics, using R20, R24, R32 and R35 to get a likeness to Watermelon Wonder.  I've also used Wink of Stella on the stamens for a little shimmer.  The next pic shows the dimension of my fussy cut layered bloom.


I'm not sure what this card fold is called, but I've decided this year that I'm going to branch out a little and not just stick to my usual tent fold.  I'm looking forward to a little bit of 'fancy folding' in my life. Lol.

We at Just Add Ink look forward to kicking the year off with a celebration of new crafty goodness and inspiration and hope you will join the challenge fun with us.  Go forth using the buttons below and enjoy the hop - the next button will take you to Dely's stunning and very playful projects!

         

Thanks for stopping by today, and thanks so much for your lovely comments and encouragement. Enjoy your weekend!

Edited to add - if you are having difficulties leaving a comment (using Internet Explorer), perhaps try via another browser - Chrome, Firefox..... or feel free to email me - link in right hand side-bar.  I'll endeavour to have this problem solved as soon as possible.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Just Add Ink #293 - Just add a Gift Card - photo heavy

Wow ~ one week until Christmas!  This year really has whizzed by.  I'm looking forward to a little downtime over the Christmas/New Year break.  It will be nice for us all to be home together, relaxing, playing and enjoying some quality time.  I'm also looking forward to finally reading the latest Michael Connelly novel, The Crossing.

We have a timely challenge for you over at Just Add Ink kicking off today, and going for two weeks. Kim has us creating Gift Cards.  So if you've got a few last minute gifts to prepare why don't you pop over and join the challenge?  The design team has a bunch of inspiration to get you started.

I needed four gift card holders and matching cards which seemed a lot of work when time is in very short supply at the moment,  What to do?  Combine them of course.  I used a fabulous tutorial by Diane Barnes of Colour Me Happy for a 'no cut patterned paper folder'.  Sooooo simple, sturdy and fabulous!

Be warned - I'm a huge fan of non traditional Christmas colours.  I should also add that these all look waaaaay better in real life - blame the lousy photographer :o)


Coastal Cabana & the little elf from Christmas Cuties, coloured with copics


A masculine gift gift card holder using long retired designer paper & silver accents


Island Indigo and Peaceful Pines for a teenage boy


Strawberry Slush with a beautiful big glimmer poinsettia - it caught the light and it's hard to see the two different glimmer papers, and the plain silver foil leaves


This is what the inside looks like - a place for your gift card on the left (I've popped a piece of c/s there for photographic purposes) and on the right there is plenty of space to write your message


This is what the back looks like - I've adhered the ribbon closure with a little blingy brad

If you pop over to Di's blog to check out her no cut patterned paper folders you'll see just how much inspiration I drew from her.  Thank you, Di, for always sharing your talents and tutes with us.

Righto, it's too early to wish you all a Merry Christmas yet, so I will be back next week with another little Christmas treat share.

The Just Add Ink design team ladies will return with a brand new, fun challenge for you on Friday, 15 January 2016! Thanks so much for stopping by today.




Friday, December 11, 2015

Just Add Ink #292 - Just Add Inspiration


Good morning ~

What a gorgeous sunny day AND it's almost the weekend!  Nikki has given us a beautiful inspiration pic to work with for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.  I'll add the pic a bit further down for you.

Being the silly season and all that, I've been short on time recently - like everyone else I'm sure.  I let the DSP do the work for me this week - and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.  Once again my trusty Mini Treat Bag thinlits came to the rescue and I've created a little gift card holder.




Here is the inspiration pic if you'd like to join the challenge fun - I just love the touch of class that Silver gives.  Pop over to JAI and check out the gorgeous line up of projects the design team has created.


We had Gorgeous Kid's award presentation night earlier this week, today he's off at Big Splash water park celebrating end of school year and early next week he gets to check out the new Wet 
'n' Wild park in Sydney.  I tell you it's definitely a kids life!  We have the twins day care Christmas party tomorrow and a bunch of other events over the next week.  Phew, I haven't wrapped any of my Christmas shopping yet and I'm still furiously working on my handmade pressies.

I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along smoothly.  Thanks for stopping by today :o)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Just Add Ink #291 - Just Add anything with C

Happy Friday friends ~

I'm starting to make headway with my Christmas cards - probably won't have nearly enough to send out but I'm feeling better that I have a stash growing at least.  Lol.

We have a fun new challenge over at Just Add Ink kicking off today, suggested by Tina.  If adding anything with C is as popular as adding anything with W was a few weeks back, I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

I've used my Christmas Cuties stamp, to make a Christmas card, and I coloured it with Copics. Lots of C's here. So.... my colouring isn't fantastic, but I enjoyed doing it and that's the main thing! Believe it or not I did colour the white areas, you just can't see the subtlety in the photograph.  Was a bright day when I took the pic.  My die cut 'merry' is layered over the lovely SU red foil and popped up on dimensionals.


We'd love to see what you come up with this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration - there are lots of lovely ideas.  Your creation can be anything that includes something with C - theme, technique, papers....whatever you like.  I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs so be sure to link up.

I'm still furiously working on my felt projects most evenings and hope to show you a few pics in the coming weeks. I've also found a new love....Jamberry.  OMGoodness, such cute cute designs and lots of fun to play with.  Have you found Jamberry nail wraps yet?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #289 - Just Add Music

Happy Friday friends ~

Phew it's been a hot week here in Canberra!  Beautiful if you can stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning.  Not so much fun for all the school kids getting to and from school on their bikes.

The new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week is to add Music.  I pulled out some papers I've had in my drawer for years - I think they're Echo Park - and used my new Festive Flower Builder Punch to create this gorgeous big bloom.  I've added a couple of dimensionals within the layers of my petals for a more full flower.  Lots of fun.  Does my layout look familiar?  Hehe I made this card whilst making my card for last week's sketch challenge and liked it so much I continued along the same vein.  So easy.

Christmas card number two done!  Eeeeek I need to get busy on a whole lot more yet.  Instead I've been playing with felt this week, doing a bit of beading and working on some little Christmas gifts for the lovely ladies that work so hard at the Childcare Centre the twins attend.




Hope you find some time to join the challenge fun this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration and link your creation up.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #288 - Just Add a Sketch

Whoop whoop it's Friday ~

Welcome to a brand new sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Narelle is our sketch whiz and I love what she's given us to work with this week.  I've had a little crafting hiatus recently and so when I pulled out some paper and ink I was pleasantly surprised to come up with my very first Christmas creation of the season in no time. Yay me!


I mixed up my purple hues a little, using Blackberry Bliss c/s and ink and Rich Razzleberry dsp. They totally look the same on this card irl.  I've added some silver c/s, twine and little Glimmer stars to bling things up a bit.  Simple but sweet!

If you'd like to join the challenge with us, pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration. We love visiting your blogs and seeing all your creations.  Here is the sketch for you:


We had a little family outing to the Queanbeyan Show last weekend.  It was on a much smaller scale to the Royal Canberra Show, however, they still had all the same rides, animals, sideshow alley and food! Bonus was that the cost was half!  We got the kids faces painted for free, and they were able to hold baby chicks and guinea pigs etc. It was a lot less stressful than the hectic pace of the larger Shows we've been to.  Will definitely go again!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Just Add Ink #286 - Just Add anything with W

Happy Friday ~

Tina has suggested something a little different for our new challenge over on the Just Add Ink blog today.  Use anything starting with W on your project, technique, theme, whatever you like!  Here I've used Water Colouring (on Whisper White c/s lol).

I heat embossed my Doodle Bloom flowers (love them) on water colour paper, added some water with a paint brush, using the same brush quite wet I added some ink (Lilac Posies from Memento) and moved it around with yet more water.  The card uses Soft Suede striped paper from the Neutral Designer Pack, with a strip of the matching c/s underneath.  It has quite a gold look don't you think? I have added some clear Wink of Stella to my flowers, it has a really subtle shimmer which doesn't show up so well in photos unfortunately.


A little over exposed, I just can't get my pics right lately.  It took me forever to take halfway decent pics in our last house, and now that we're in the new house I'm having trouble again.  Despite all the lovely large north facing windows that I thought would be wonderful in helping me get good photos, there is just too much sun.  In time I'm sure I'll find the perfect spot.  My light tent hasn't been too helpful either :o(.  Certainly this card is really pretty, and vibrant irl.

I've been baking this past fortnight.  Lots.  Chocolate chip biscuits, Caramel slice, Chocolate coconut slice - several times because it's a favourite and just so easy to do.  I'm hosting a little gathering on Sunday so I'm going to make some scones - nothing nicer than a batch of fresh warm scones with delicious raspberry jam and whipped cream.  Now if this was a food blog, and I was a decent photographer I might share pics of all these yummies....lol.

Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a good one.  Thanks for stopping by today!