Friday, January 17, 2020

Just Add Ink #488 - Celebration Blog Hop

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Happy Friday ~

Welcome to a very special post... Just Add Ink is celebrating 10 years of challenges! We've also reached over 1000 followers! Both milestones are definitely worth celebrating & that is our challenge theme this week. We appreciate you & we'd love you to share your celebration cards & projects with us.

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes - Yay! Check out the JAI blog for details. Prizes will include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags....

I couldn't resist playing with the new Painted Poppies stamps & Peaceful Poppies designer paper. I stamped my poppies on Shimmery White cardstock & coloured them using a blender brush, & I coloured the leaves with a dauber due to the smaller size - super quick & easy! Fortunately I enjoy fussy cutting as I have the other set of dies in this suite.

I've left the sentiment off this card for now....when I know who I'm gifting it to I'll add a little strip of black with white embossing on it I think.


I'm the lucky last on the hop so if you click on the next button below you'll end up back at the start with, Chantell. Enjoy the hop!

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Thanks for stopping past today.

Patrice x

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Colour INKspiration #70 - 3rd Birthday Bash Blog Hop



Welcome crafty friends ~

I am thrilled to participate in the third Birthday Bash Blog Hop with the Colour INKspiration design team. Do you know that it's exactly three years to the day since Colour INKspiration launched on Facebook on 11 January 2017?

The theme is BIRTHDAYS & you can choose your 3 favourite SU colours as well as neutrals & metallics which are allowed. You may enter as many times as you like.

This challenge will run for a whole month over the summer 'break' until 10 February.

Here are my chosen colours. I've also used neutrals - Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake & Smoky Slate.


I've created two cards using the gorgeous new SAB stamp set Happy Birthday To You. This cake is so fun to colour. I heat embossed the image onto watercolour paper & used an aqua painter to apply colour straight from my ink pads.

I've used Shimmery White embossing paste on my mat layer, which is popped up on foam for dimension. The paste adds lots of texture & a lovely sparkle.


On my second card I fussy cut the top of the coloured image, & popped a circle die over my cardstock, & under the top part of the image & ran it through my machine. Then I've layered it on a scallop & popped up on foam.


So both cards are the same, but different. I couldn't choose a favourite so decided to share both. 

If you'd like to join the challenge fun too click on this link & request to join the Colour Inkspiration facebook group to play. Now click on the next button below to check out Nicole's fabulous project. 


Thanks for stopping by today, & enjoy the hop!

Patrice x

Friday, December 20, 2019

Just Add Ink #487 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

I've had such a busy few weekends....three out of six have been spent in Sydney. We've had a family wedding, a birth, lots of socialising & Christmas parties too & this weekend our big boy is coming home to Canberra from his posting in Brisbane. So excited to have him here for Christmas. The twins are beside themselves that they'll be seeing their big brother again.

Jackie has given us an awesome sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink this week. I loved it so much I made three cards in one afternoon using it. I'm completely drooling over the new designer series paper in the new mini catalogue. I've used the Best Dressed papers for my card today - how stunning are these blooms - with a base of Blackberry Bliss. The centre panel is popped up on fun foam & I've spritzed the flowers with champagne shimmer mist (this has to be my favourite item ever!).


With Christmas only days away I really hope you have time to pop over to the blog to check out the inspiration & join in the fun. Here is the sketch image for you.

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However you're spending Christmas I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you!

Patrice x

Friday, December 6, 2019

Just Add Ink #485 - Just Add One Layer

Hello & Happy Fri-yay!

We have a new challenge starting over at Just Add Ink today, & Jan has asked that we create a One Layer Card. Sometimes that's not quite as simple as we think it may be. I can't tell you the amount of c/s I ditched while trying to get what was in my head onto paper. What I ended up with was not what I was trying to achieve lol.

Soooo I used my nifty new 'Life Changing Blender Brushes' to put down some green & yellow hues on Shimmery white c/s, then I heat embossed my favourite new stamp - Forever Blossoms - over top. Done. Easy peasy. I may have been overthinking this one, when really keeping it simple was the best way to go.

I ended up making a little set of 4x4 cards to package as a gift to use at a later date.


Here is the banner for you. Pop over to the JAI blog to check out the design team inspiration. There is a lot of variation of One Layer Cards to get you inspired.

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I'm guessing I'm not alone in being crazy busy this month. Christmas preparations are well underway & each of my weekends is full. This weekend we're off to hubby's work Christmas party. Lawn bowls, followed by dinner. I've never tried lawn bowls before so it could be an interesting afternoon :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, November 22, 2019

Just Add Ink #483...Just Choose Two

Happy Friday ~

It's an extra special weekend for me as Gorgeous Kid has come home for a couple of days! Yay!

Short & sweet post due to above :)

The new Just Add Ink challenge has been set by Di this week & she's asking us to Choose Two - Stars, Spots or Sparkle.

I had to photograph at night so you can't see all the Champagne Shimmer Mist sprayed liberally on my card. I love this new Forever Blossoms set I won at On Stage in Sydney last weekend. I haven't got the matching dies yet so coloured straight to my card front & fussy cut a little flower to pop up for added interest. I used Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Blends.




If you'd like to join the fun this week, pop over to the blog & check out the design team inspiration. Here is the banner for you:


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I had an absolutely fantastic long weekend in Sydney last week rooming with some of my favourite people. Here is the Sydney contingent of Just Add Ink team members, minus Tina because we couldn't find her for the pic. We really needed her there though because she was wearing a gorgeous emerald green top & it would have worked so well in our photo.

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And our Perth lovelies (I should have shared some of their 'hamming it up' pics lol).

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We really missed Jan, however, she's been a busy bee of late & couldn't join us - unfortunately.

Righto, off to enjoy an extra special weekend with my big boy. Thanks for stopping by. 

Patrice x

Friday, November 8, 2019

Just Add Ink #482 - Just Add a Sketch

Woohoo, it's Friday ~

I'm here to share my card for the new Just Add Ink sketch challenge that Jackie gave us to play with this fortnight. Yep you read that right. This challenge is open for two weeks, until 20 November, as many of the design team will be in Sydney next weekend for the Stampin' Up! OnStage event.

SU! events are so much fun.... new goodies to see & touch, meeting up with old & new friends.... my favourite part is spending real (not computer or phone) time with my JAI buddies. We have A LOT of fun together laughing & chatting until the wee hours, shopping, eating out.... it's the highlight of OnStage for me! This year we're staying an extra couple of days because it's always so rushed. Cannot wait!

I made a very pink card this week because my daughter is off to a birthday party on Sunday & this is perfect for her little friend. Using the Dino Roar suite & coordinating c/s colours (Flirty Flamingo & Lovely Lipstick) I created a little tri fold using some excellent instructions from Sharon Burkert, here.




Here is a little video to show the sparkle & how the card opens. Because, well.... I'm not a very good photographer. Thanks for the tip, Kelly.




Pop over to JAI & check out what the rest of the design team have created. Lots of loveliness to get you inspired. Here is the sketch.

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Thanks for stopping by. See you in two weeks!

Patrice x

Friday, November 1, 2019

Just Add Ink #481 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Fri-yay ~

I came back with another card to share :)

For this week's new Just Add Ink challenge, Nikki, gave us an Inspiration pic. I chose to ink up the new Stampin' Up! Christmas Rose set & colour it with my Zig Markers. They came up a little more vibrant than I was aiming for, & coupled with not photographing well my card really isn't showing its true colours here.

I've heat embossed the image on Shimmery White c/s - I find embossing really helps when colouring with water. The Gold Shimmer Ribbon & Glitter Enamel Dots are part of the brand new Christmastime is Here Suite available to customers today! Wait until you see the full Suite....gorgeous Designer Papers, & Dies to match both the Stamps & the Papers, plus lots more!




Here is the Inspiration pic & if you click over to JAI you'll see what the rest of the Design Team have put together to whet your appetite & hopefully have you joining in on the challenge fun.


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As always, thanks so much for stopping by. I'll pop back in a few days & share the twins Halloween outfits & haul :)

Patrice x

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Just Add Ink #479 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Hellooooooo ~

Is there anybody out there? Long time no post or card share! I'm not sure where I got up to last year....so to cut a long story short I had a nasty accident in January 2018 breaking a few bones in my lower back. The healing process was long. So long. In that time I lost all inclination to play in my craft room. Earlier this year I tried....but absolutely no creativity was happening. I even considered packing it all up & not looking back. I took up crocheting & knitting again. This satisfied me, however, I was still purchasing all the new stamps & inks as they were released so they really were taunting me.

Another blow for me was Gorgeous Kid (now 19 years old) joined Defence & left home in early January this year. I was super supportive & very happy that he knew the direction he wanted to take after graduating Yr 12. BUT I didn't actually consider how much our family would change with him gone. I worried about the extreme training he was undertaking. And I pined for him. We had next to no contact with him for the first few months. So. Very. Hard. I'm happy to say that ten months down the track we've settled into a new normal & although we don't see him often (he's posted in Brisbane until end of December) he's doing very well. I'll share more next post.

Earlier this week I put together a card using the gorgeous colour combo that Jackie gave us to work with over at Just Add Ink. My beautiful friend, Kim, had given me a set of 'Life Changing Blender Brushes' for my birthday back in March & I was itching to use them. Somehow it all came together - I think I need to thank Jackie the most, because if there were any more colours in this combo I may not have even attempted. My confidence in my card making abilities has been shattered.

So my plan is to continue to create cards & share here & over at JAI. I hope that it works out that way at least. Even though you haven't 'seen' me for a long time I have actually been helping the admin team behind the scenes so I've been across the challenges & in very regular contact with all my dear friends at JAI. Some of you will have noticed I pop up with a comment on your blog now & then too :)

If you've made it this far, here is the card I made. A base of Whisper White, a bit of sponging using Coastal Cabana ink, some assorted die cuts & a little bling. Simple. And a good start back into it for me.


Here is the colour palette. We'd love for you to join the challenge. Click here to head over to the JAI blog for all the design team inspiration.



Until next time....thanks for popping by & catching up.

Patrice x



Friday, June 8, 2018

Just Add Ink #412 - Just Choose Two

Hi there, & happy Friday ~

We're back with a new Just Choose Two challenge at Just Add Ink today. Lou has given us this fun (& possibly messy) one.

I made two same but different cards because I initially went for my nice safe, just retired - sniff sniff, Pink Pirouette. But I really wanted to give the new Soft Sea Foam a whirl too.


I created a circle stencil using punches & dies to brayer my ink on, then I splattered my silver Wink of Stella, added some silver thread & heat embossed the sweet little butterfly from Butterfly Basics, cutting a vellum layer to soften it.


Same as above but this time I paired the soft green & gold. So simple. And I love them both.

Come join the challenge fun with us. Pop over to JAI for some awesome design team inspiration, & all the details on linking up your project.


We've had a lot going on in our family lately & time is short so no news from me today. Thanks for stopping by.

Patrice x