Thursday, June 4, 2020

Just Add Ink #508...Just Add 'F'

Hello & happy Friday ~

We have a lovely new challenge over at Just Add Ink today....Tina is asking us to add an F to our crafty projects. Think floral, fragrance, foliage, french, favourite.....lots of ideas.

I was super keen to use the Dressed to Impress stamp set for this challenge, however, I was very late to loving that one & ordering it (despite being quite the shoe queen myself) & it didn't arrive in time for me to use that cute little fragrance bottle sooooo I went with my standard floral :)

I've used the Bloom & Grow set, layered on black foil & I even used a sentiment beginning with F - trifecta! There is some lovely shimmer on this card, however, the photo didn't actually capture it well. Now that the cooler weather is here it's difficult to work around the bright sunshine of a winter's day, & the dark that descends far too early in the afternoons.


Head over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration & hopefully you'll join us for this fun challenge.


It's another long weekend for us, second in a row. Hubby is off camping & 4WD'g with our youngest, & I'm staying home where it's warm & comfortable. I think I'm going to spend a lot of time lazing around with my book, playing in my craft room, eating snacks instead of preparing full meals....ah bliss I'm so looking forward to a quiet weekend on my own.

Enjoy your weekend however you are spending it.

Patrice x

Friday, May 22, 2020

Just Add Ink #506....Just Add Inspiration



Hello & happy Friday ~

Welcome to a brand new challenge week at Just Add Ink. Nikki has given us an inspiration pic to use for our creative projects this week.

Now I'm not going to lie, I started & stopped several projects for this one. It kind of did my head in a bit....I guess that's what happens when you have spare time.....I definitely think I create better under pressure with a very short deadline. I had the embossing paste out, little jar images, lots of different foliage & florals....but I wasn't happy with any of it. Put all that aside, grabbed this image (from Avery Elle) & my copics & had this card whipped up in no time.

I chose to let the colours inspire me here. I've used a Blackberry Bliss base, with a layer of vellum & Whisper White run through my Subtle embossing folder. The floral image is heat embossed in gold, & I've used the little navy Happiness Blooms enamel dots to embellish.


If you'd like to see what the rest of the design team has put together for this challenge, head over to JAI for some inspiration & join the creative fun this week. Here is the pic for you.


With isolation restrictions being eased worldwide I hope that you are all well, & enjoying a little more freedom. My family is still staying close to home for now. We're off for our flu shots (finally) this afternoon!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Patrice x

Friday, May 8, 2020

Just Add Ink #504...Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday friends ~

I'm a bit late with my post today...juggling home schooling is quite a distraction. I'm sure I'm not the only one struggling to remember which day of the week it is either :)

We have a brand new colour challenge over at Just Add Ink today. Tina is asking us to use Rococco Rose, Smoky Slate & Basic Grey. What gorgeous colours. As I was creating my card I realised I have not used Rococco Rose before. How can that be?

I still love the retired SAB Happy Birthday To You stamp set. That cake is divine! So out it came for a little watercolour wash. I stamped two images, colouring & die cutting the flowers of the second, & popping them up on the cake base.

I've used vellum to soften the Smoky Slate dsp I've used on my Basic Grey card base.


We'd love to see what you come up with using these colours so pop over to the blog & check out the design team inspiration, along with the challenge rules. Here is the graphic.


Hope you're all keeping well during these very trying times. 

Patrice x

Friday, April 24, 2020

Just Add Ink #502...Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

Over at Just Add Ink this week, we have a fun new sketch from, Tina. I think sketches are one of my favourite challenges....half the work is already done for us :)

I pulled out my Petal Pallette stamps & watercoloured with Blueberry Bushel & Smokey Slate. My accents & embellishments are silver - not sure if you can see properly in the photo as it has been bright & sunny here so quite difficult to capture without shadows - & the sentiment is heat embossed.


If you'd like to join the challenge fun pop over to JAI for some inspiration from the design team. Here is the sketch for you to use.


Another week of isolating & social distancing behind us. The ACT goes back to school next week so I'll be back to home schooling the twins. That proved interesting at the end of last term....fingers crossed for what's ahead. Meantime during the holidays my two have had more ipad time than usual, & we've been getting out for our daily walk. Fortunately the weather in Canberra has been really good, mostly sunny & mild so I've pottered in the garden a lot. Anything to keep busy & out of the fridge & pantry....a fair bit of baking has also been happening in our house. Not good for my waistline at all.

Hope you are keeping well. Thanks for stopping by today, & I hope to see your project over in the gallery.

Patrice x

Friday, April 10, 2020

Just Add Ink #500...Just Add a Die Cut Word - Blog Hop

Happy Easter long weekend ~

Welcome to Just Add Ink's 500th challenge! We've been offering challenges weekly for 10+ years now & I joined the design team just 6 months in at challenge #26. I've had a couple of breaks over the years....because, well....life! I can't stay away for too long though because these gals are more family than friends to me.

Anyway the whole team decided it would be fun to mark the occasion with a blog hop. Yay! Hops are always fun. This week we're adding a Die Cut Word suggested by Jan.

I pulled out some long forgotten stamps - The Sweet Life by PTI - & wanted a bold colour on my all white base - Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry & Blackberry Bliss. I used gold foil for my sentiment (the remaining part of the sentiment 'YOU' is on the inside of the card). During these weeks/months of isolation I'm trying to send more cards...so my friends know I'm always thinking of them even if we can't catch up in person.



Here is the banner. It would be so good if we fill that gallery to the brim this week to mark Just Add Ink's special milestone. So head over to the blog & check out the details, create your own project &B link it up.




Next along the way is Kim with a fabulously happy card to share. Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely Easter, hope the bunny is good to you, & most of all take care & be safe.

Patrice x


Friday, March 27, 2020

Just Add Ink #498....Just Add E

Happy Friday ~

How is everyone doing in isolation these days? I have to say that as much as I love my children, my goodness they are keeping me on my toes....the noise level is driving me around the bend. And it's only early days yet.....

It's new challenge time over at Just Add Ink today & Tina has asked us to 'Just Add E' to our projects this week. Very timely with Easter around the corner. A lovely friend of mine asked if I could make three Easter cards for her niece & nephews since she won't be able to visit them this year :(  I'm sure they're going to love receiving happy mail!

I kept the cards very CAS. Using a base of Whisper White c/s, my copics for colouring & a couple of retired Stampin' Up! sets I had some fun. You can't see the Champagne Shimmer Mist that I sprayed in my photos which is a shame (I took my pics when it was getting a bit late in the day & losing light).




If you find yourself with more time on your hands than usual head over to JAI & join the challenge fun. We'd love to have you!


Take care, be kind to yourselves & try to take pleasure in the little things. For me that will be extra crafting time, & hopefully finishing some of the many projects I've started over the years. Knitting, chrocheting, colouring, reading, organising....

Patrice x

Friday, March 13, 2020

Just Add Ink #496...Just Add Inspiration

Happy Fri-yay friends ~

It's new challenge day over at Just Add Ink & Lou has given us a beachy scene to be inspired by this week. I'll add the image at bottom for you.

Going through all my stamp sets & designer papers I was quite miffed not to have any water or beach images in my substantial stash. Hmmmmm so I decided to go with the colours of the Inspiration pic & 'sort of' re-create the scene. I found this dsp in the Floral Romance pack of papers, tore it up (eeeek I find that so hard to do) & added it to my Crumb Cake base layers. And of course the flowers are from the Tropical Chic set - love it - I used Crushed Curry & Peekaboo Peach inks!


I really need to work on my photography skills....but once again was rushed to get it done before losing light. That's only going to get worse going into winter......I really need to up my game.

Head over to JAI to check out all the details & join in the challenge fun. Here is the Inspiration pic for you:


Keeping it short & sweet as we had a death in the family yesterday & I'm quite distracted. Thanks for stopping by.

Patrice x

Friday, February 28, 2020

Just Add Ink #494....Just Add a Colour Combo....pic heavy

Happy Friday ~

Welcome to a new challenge week at Just Add Ink. Di has given us a really pretty, soft colour combo to use - Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam & Petal Pink.

I went with a Very Vanilla base for a nice change. I tend to use white as my go to usually. I've heat embossed the poppies & leaves on  Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper & coloured with an Aqua Painter. My final touches were a few gold sequins & a liberal spray of Shimmer Paint - which doesn't show up in my dodgy pic unfortunately (dodgy because it was very quickly snapped in fading light at the end of a busy day).


The design team have created so many pretty cards using this colour combo. Head over to the blog to check them out & join the challenge. Here is the graphic for you. You can use neutrals & metallics in your creation.

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We had a busy weekend just gone. Gorgeous Kid had a Parade at Defence on Saturday. My two little people turned 8 on Sunday. GK was able to spend the day at home with us now that he's based at Duntroon in Canberra. We had lots of fun at Ten Pin Bowling & I made a cake. I'm certainly not a domestic goddess in the kitchen, but the kiddos loved it so that's the main thing!





Thanks for stopping by. 

Patrice x

Friday, February 14, 2020

Just Add Ink #492...Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

Yay, we have a new sketch challenge kicking off today over at Just Add Ink. Jackie designed this one & I love it. So versatile!

It's no secret that the Happy Birthday To You stamp set is my very favourite of the SAB offerings this year. After stamping my image twice on Fluid 100 watercolour paper, I used Gorgeous Grape Ink in various strengths to colour. Then I cut the flowers on the second image with the new matching dies! So. Much. Quicker/Easier (than fussy cutting).


If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI, check out the inspiration from the design team & get cracking in your craft space. Here is the sketch:

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If you've got any questions about this card, just leave a comment & I'll get back to you. Thanks for stopping by :)

Patrice x