Friday, May 26, 2017

Just Add Ink #361 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

Kelly gave us a choice of two for the new Just Add Ink challenge this week - Flowers or Washi or Watercolour - I chose to do a watercolour wash and a little posie of flowers using the Jar of Love stamp set.  How do you like the vibrancy of Berry Burst?  Such a pretty pink!


Our neighbour's teenage daughter had an urgent surgery last week so I made this card for her.  She'll be at home recuperating for six long weeks.  I don't think she's complaining much about missing school lol.

To get the watercolour wash I used a panel of watercolour paper, spritzed it quite heavily with water and painted the ink on with a wide wet brush going from dark to light, bottom to top.  I then used my heat gun to speed up the drying process and finished by dipping a couple of fingers in water and splattering it across the panel to get the splotches you see.  I used Distress Inks Seedless Preserves (very similar in hue to Berry Burst), Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar.

If you'd like to choose your own two elements and join our challenge fun this week pop over to JAI and get some inspiration from the design team.  Lots of loveliness to whet your crafty appetite.

 

We've been a bit of a sick house again of late.  Sniffles and head colds aplenty.  Not so fun.  Looks to be a quiet weekend ahead for us.  Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, May 19, 2017

Just Add Ink #360 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

Narelle has given us an awesome sketch for the new Just Add Ink challenge kicking off today.  I loved it so much I've made at least four cards using it!  I'm sharing my favourite with you today.  A gorgeous card kept popping up on my Pinterest feed so I finally followed the link...which took me here.  I just love it and was completely inspired to add Copper elements to my own card, and who can resist the gorgeous blooms from SU's Special Reason?  I used a technique (shared by Alisa Tilsner on Facebook) to colour them using my Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua Painter. Lots of fun.


Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Copper - what do you think?  I've also wrapped some copper thread just above the Washi banner, can you see it?

I have a feeling this sketch is going to be super popular.  If you'd like to join the fun, head over to JAI and get all the details.  You're sure to be inspired by the design team creations, I think they're all extra gorgeous this week.


Last week I mentioned that I was planning on baking a Chocolate Raspberry Cream cake for Mother's Day.  Well I did.  The family loved it.  So here it is, a quick snap on the kitchen bench before it was devoured so please excuse the lighting and shadows.


My kids & hubby spoiled me rotten and we all had a lovely day together.  Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day too!

Patrice x

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Add Ink #359 - Just Add Inspiration

Good Friday morning!

I'm a bit late getting my post up this morning as I'm just home from a Mother's Day morning tea at school with the twins. They sang a concert & then we went to each of their class rooms to do some activities together, followed by coffee & cake. A lovely start to the day.

Kim has given us a sweet inspiration pic to use as the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  I'll add it at the bottom but here is my take on it.  I did a little watercolour wash before adding a few botanicals using a couple of the new In Colours - Lemon Lime Twist & Berry Burst.  I'm loving ALL of the new colours!  Can you see all the shimmer I added with Wink of Stella?


If you'd like to join the challenge fun this week pop over to JAI & check out the details.  Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic for you, & you'll find more over on the blog from the design team.


I hope all you gorgeous mummies have a fabulous Mother's Day on Sunday.  I'm sure all our lovely children (and their daddies) will spoil us rotten.  We're planning a family bike ride around the lake, and some lovely chocolate & raspberry cake - which I'm going to bake.  If it looks awesome I may even take a pic to share :)

Patrice x

Monday, May 8, 2017

Twist & Pop 21st Birthday - Sweet Cupcake

Hello, and happy Monday!

I made this card back in early March for the daughter of a lovely friend of mine.  Just found the pics and thought I should share here.  The birthday girl is a huge fan of all things purple so I used the deeply vibrant and gorgeous (retired) Blackberry Bliss c/s, with silver glimmer paper and foil accents. All special milestone birthdays need a bit of glitz and bling (and even those that aren't) don't you think?  The cupcake icing was given a good 'wink' of shimmer too.


I'm showing you the pics back to front - above is fully open.


Here it shows the opening mechanism, super simple once you know how.


And here is the front of the card - not the best pic as it's over exposed and a bit wonky looking but I can assure you it was very nice (and normal) in real life and the birthday gal absolutely LOVED her card.  The best I can hope for!

I actually do have quite a few more (not previously shared) cards that I may add here in the coming days.  Have a great week & thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x



Friday, April 28, 2017

Just Add Ink #357 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday friends ~

Jan has given us this sweet colour combo to use for the new Just Add Ink challenge starting today - Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry & Sahara Sand.

I made an Easter shaker card for our lovely US exchange student and popped it in her Easter gift bag along with some new winter pjs, and lots of chocolate eggs.  I think she loved it *wink*.


The little bunny is from a cute MFT stamp set called Snuggle Bunnies.  I coloured him with copic markers similar in shade to Sahara Sand and Island Indigo.


While I was at it I made another little shaker using one of the other cute images in the stamp set changing my c/s colours to Pink Pirouette and the long retired Strawberry Slush - hoarder much?

If you fancy trying out this lovely colour combo for yourself head over to JAI and check out the challenge details, and get yourself some inspiration from the design team samples.

It was back to school for us this week, a short week given we celebrated ANZAC day on Tuesday. It's nice to be back into a routine, although I fear the novelty is not going to last the entire 10 week term right through winter.  It became bitter cold here in Canberra this week.  The heater has gone on, and I doubt it'll be off now until October/November sometime.

Hope you've got a fun weekend lined up.  I have a busy Saturday, with a card class and special birthday dinner/drinks/dancing that evening.  A nice excuse to dress up & be fancy.

Patrice x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just Add Ink #356 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday ~

Kelly has given us this weeks Just Add Ink challenge to choose two - metallics or circles or balloons. I've used circles and balloons for my card.

The colour combo I've used for my birthday card seems to be very popular of late.  I chose Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay.


Pop over to JAI and grab the challenge details so you can join the fun with us.

Not a lot of news to add today, we've been sharing change of season germs around our family :( Easter weekend was very quiet for me, as I had hoped - I did get a few cards made so that was something, and I read an entire novel too, as well as a bit of Netflix binge watching.  The off road camping trip to the Victoria high country was a huge success - they all arrived home late on Monday night tired, filthy and very happy!

Until next week...have a wonderful weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, April 14, 2017

Just Add Ink #355 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning!

Our fabulous sketch designer, Narelle, has given us a terrific challenge to kick off the Easter long weekend over at Just Add Ink.  I hope you've all put aside time for crafting.  I certainly plan to get inky today while most of my family is away four wheel driving/off road camping in the Victorian high country.  Unfortunately Gorgeous Kid is at home unwell this Easter weekend :(

I used my Shooting Star stamps, and matching Framelits to make this spinner card which until this week hadn't seen ink!  I'm thinking I should 'shop my own stash' and work through all of my stamps from A to Z in a quest to use them!


This was also my first use of the Serene Scenery dsp - gasp.  I thought this particular design looked like a night sky, so I added the sweet shooting star which spins around and around - lots of fun to play with.


To enhance the night sky look I added lots of shimmer which was hard to photograph - I think it shows better in this close up.

Pop over to JAI and get inspired with all the lovely design team inspiration.  I hope to see lots of you getting busy this long weekend and uploading your creations to share with us.  Here is the sketch.


As mentioned above it's a nice quiet weekend in my house and I've got a few lazy plans - reading, crafting, catching up on some tv shows I haven't had time for lately, enjoying the peace and tranquility....I'm all set with hot cross buns and a little chocolate too.  Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!

Thanks for stopping by today, and if you have any questions on how I created this spinner card please leave a comment or email me and I'll be happy to share how it came together.

Patrice x

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just Add Ink #353 - Just Add Critters

Good morning crafty friends ~

Eeeeeek - it's been a few weeks since I've blogged & I'm here today to share a cutie critter card.  Lots of family news at bottom of post too, if you're interested.

Karren suggested the new Just Add Ink challenge for this week, and we're adding critters.  Fun huh!


I pulled out my Chubby Chums stamps from Paper Smooches and coloured up this little dog with copic markers.  Can you believe I'm a year behind the times and only just using some of the lovely glitter tape that was available during SAB last year?  Can everyone say hoarder?  The designer paper is from the long retired Lime Tart papers by MME.  I've used my stitched circle dies to cut twice and raised the centre circle up with dimensionals - something a little fun to add interest.

Pop over to JAI and check out all the awesome critters we've shared this week.  Hopefully you'll be inspired to join the challenge fun.

Some news from me....we had a lovely 10 day holiday in Fiji, super relaxing with lots of swimming, reading, eating and general lazing around.  It was extremely humid which wasn't too pleasant for this old gal.  The locals are absolutely lovely, so friendly and can't do enough for you.  A highlight was a day out on Tivua Island snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and having fun in gorgeous crystal clear waters.

We also got married!  The ceremony was very small, and just beautiful.  I'd repeat that part every day forever if I could.  We had a trio of locals on guitar with such beautiful voices, and our celebrant was such a fun, easy going guy. It was very special, with just our three kids, the Mister's parents and my Aunt from New Zealand (since my parents are no longer here).

While I'm sharing news.....we're welcoming a lovely exchange student from the US on Monday. She'll be joining our family until the end of November and I'm excited to be celebrating her sweet 16th while she's here, and we'll also have the opportunity to give her an Aussie Thanksgiving.  The downside - I'm packing up my craft room to make space.  Not quite sure how I'm going to go crafting out of boxes, so we shall see....

Thanks for stopping by today, have a fabulous weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just Add Ink #349 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Friday friends ~

Well the count down is on.  We head off to Fiji for our family holiday, and wedding early next week for ten blissful days of sunshine and swimming, and no doubt plenty of delicious food and fun things to do.  The kids are super excited because they have a choice of six swimming pools at the resort...

The Just Add Ink inspiration pic is from me this week! I absolutely love what the other ladies have created with this and have to admit I struggled a little - for a CAS, mostly white space gal there was a lot of colour to work with!


I graduated the colours behind my shimmery glimmer paper hot air balloon starting with purple at the bottom and working my way up to the lighter colours of the macaron stack.  I heat embossed the smaller balloons and popped them up on dimensionals, and I incorporated a little touch of blue in the clouds.  Colours used were Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun this week, here is the sweet inspiration pic for you.  Do be sure to pop over to JAI and check out the design team projects as well.  There is a lot of eye candy to get you started.


I can't guarantee I'll be around much over the next fortnight as I may be having way too much fun to be checking in.  If you're my friend on Facebook then no doubt you'll see the odd pic being uploaded so stay tuned there. Thanks so much for stopping by today & see you back here again soon.

Patrice x