Friday, April 18, 2014

Just Add Ink # 211 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Easter Friday ~

Ahhh bliss, I'm having a quiet day pottering in my craft room!  THAT hasn't happened in a very long time and I'm so looking forward to it.  Gorgeous Kid is off at a mate's house and the place is all mine. I'm ignoring the housework, and I got the washing up to date yesterday - bonus!

We have a new challenge over at Just Add Ink.  This week Paula gave us a sketch to play with.


Can you believe this is the FIRST time I've used any of my In Colour Ruffled Ribbon?  Talk about hoarding it just to look at!  To colour my flower I used a dauber and sponged Strawberry Slush ink, and Pear Pizzazz on the leaves - a different way to colour if you're short on time.  Even though I have the matching die I decided to fussy cut this one as my sponging had gone past the outer edge of the image.  The designer paper is from the SAB Sweet Sorbet range.

To check out the sketch, and lots more design team inspiration head over to JAI.  We'd love to have you to play along with us.

I hope you all have a really wonderful Easter and enjoy extra family time this long weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Just Add Ink # 210 - Just Add Easter bags, boxes and baskets

Happy Friday to you all ~

We've been having an unusually wet week here in Canberra.  I don't think I've ever seen it looking so green.  Much nicer than the usual burnt brown.  It's been perfect crafting weather, but unfortunately for me I've been flat out busy all week and NO time to play!

I'm here to show you my latest Just Add Ink project.  Kim suggested we add Easter bags, boxes and baskets this week.  I made a punch art bunny similar to this one I made a few years ago.  I tried a landscape version this time - it makes him look like a little fatty though don't you think?


The little guy above has a tummy full of chocolate so he really is kinda fat I guess!  The gusseted bag of eggs is secured under the folded Top Note piece.  I used Very Vanilla and Soft Sky c/s.

The design team has come up with all sorts of different Easter bags, boxes and baskets this week so head over to JAI for some inspiration and join our challenge fun.  You may even get to tick a couple of gifts off your Easter list in the process!  Always a good thing.

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Just Add Ink #209 - Just Add Layers

Woohoo it's Friday again ~

Looks like we're in for a wet weekend.  The rain started last night and hasn't let up, although it isn't torrential - yet! Bit of a shame because I'm going on a Cruise this weekend as part of a friend's hen celebrations.  The wedding is in Fiji in a few weeks.

Something else that's exciting, well for me anyway is that I'm having all my hair cut off today.  I'm excited and a little bit nervous about it.  All that know me know I've had long hair all of my life.  BUT I'm over it and decided there is no point in half measures, may as well go all the way.  My main worry is that on a bad hair day I won't have the option of tying it back.  Yikes.

Anyway I'm sure you're all here to check out the new Just Add Ink challenge this week.  Delys wants us to add layers!  I find this a little challenging at the best of times.


Letting the gorgeous Watercolour Wonder dsp dictate my colour combo I've layered Island Indigo c/s on a Smoky Slate base.  I saw a fabulous flower over on Pinterest here and really wanted to make something similar.  As I don't have a Silhouette I had to go back to basics ... I cut a few Nestabilities Blossoms and 'softened' them using my bone folder.  I used a dauber to add Gumball Green ink to the edges, and then sprayed with Shimmer Mist which helped curl the petals up.  Finally I put Crystal Effects into the centre and added chunky glitter and some little clear beads - unfortunately the sparkly goodness can't be seen in my photo because I had to take the pic indoors at night.

So there you go, a few more layers than usual from me.  Pop over to JAI and see what the rest of the design team has created this week.  Hope you'll find some time to join the challenge fun.

Thanks for stopping by today ~ if the hair cut goes okay I may just share a pic.  If not, then I hope it grows back kinda quickly lol.  Enjoy your weekend!



Friday, March 28, 2014

Just Add Ink #208 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Good Friday morning lovely friends ~

I've got a super CAS (clean and simple) card to show you for the new Just Add Ink challenge.  Mae gave us a colour combo of Smoky Slate, Pacific Point and Calypso Coral this week.


I used my aqua painter to 'flick' ink across my background then I 'rolled' a couple of candles with some dsp scraps - love being able to use a few scraps up!  For the 'wicks' I added a little kitchen twine to the centres prior to gluing.

The rest of the design team have come up with some really cool projects using these colours - which kind of stumped me this week.  Head over to JAI and check out the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have a busy weekend ahead, hope yours is a good one!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Just Add Ink #207 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday bloggy friends ~

I had a huge, and really special day yesterday.  Delicious lunch with fabulous company and a lovely view, followed by a Max Brenner dessert - can you say yuuuuumm?!  Then a couple of hours enjoying a massage and facial, followed by dinner out with different, yet just as fabulous company.  What a day. Thank you to all my beautiful family and friends.  I'm very blessed to have you in my life.

I'm here to share the latest Just Add Ink challenge with you today.  Kim gave us a lovely sketch to play with this week.


I pulled out the retired Tea For Two dsp - such pretty colours.  Base is Island Indigo and because I used a mat of Very Vanilla c/s I inked my doily in Vanilla (non SU) as well - I do love matchy matchy. That doily got a liberal and very glittery spray of Shimmer Mist too.  I finished the Tag Topper punched piece with VV seam binding and a little II twine.

I knew this card was going in the post so I've kept it fairly flat with only the doily and sentiment raised slightly.  Less bulk means less damage in transit.  One hopes!

Pop over to JAI and check out the other design team creations for this week.  Be sure to link your entry up so we can visit you, as we do enjoy that.

I'm off to a fancy dress 'milestone' birthday party on Saturday night.  The theme is 80's or 90's - I'm guessing the shoulder pads, big hair and purple eye shadow are going to make an appearance - eeeek! I won't be posting pics lol.

Thanks for visiting today, enjoy your weekend - hope you have fun plans!



Friday, March 14, 2014

Just Add Ink #206 - Just Add SAB

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

I'm back this morning to share my card for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink.  Given it's everyone's favourite time of the Stampin' Up! year Paula suggested we add Sale-a-Bration (SAB). There are lots of freebies to choose from and the selection is awesome!


I've used the printed adhesive-backed cork flowers from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack.  I coloured two of the flowers with copic markers and paired them with Pistachio Pudding leaves and a strip of the matching dsp.

Pop over to JAI and check out the variety of SAB items used by the design team.  I'm sure you'll be inspired to join the challenge fun.

Thanks for stopping by today, and hope you enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Surprise surprise, a mid week post from me ~

I'm pretty slack at taking photographs of my cards and projects as most of you would know.  It's really because I'm not very good at it and I'm sure the quality could be a lot better.  Truth be told a lot of what I make doesn't even get to my blog...  anyway this evening I really had to photograph some design team cards so I put a bunch together and took them all at once.

The twins recently had their second birthday and these are the cards I made for each of them.  I totally CASEd them from my friend Bronwyn Eastley, who comes up with some amazing creations!  You can find her cute little owl here.


For her... Pink Pirouette, Pumpkin Pie and long retired Sweet Always dsp.


For him... Crumb Cake, Kiwi Kiss and (another) long retired Urban Oasis dsp.

I'm trying to use up my copious amounts of designer paper.  It's just so lovely I hate to cut into it... please tell me I'm not the only person who hoards papers?!

I'll be back on Friday with a new Just Add Ink challenge.  Enjoy the rest of your week.




Friday, February 28, 2014

Just Add Ink #204 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Yay it's Friday ~

The ever so lovely Nikki provided us with a Colour Combo of Pistachio Pudding, Crumb Cake and Gold over at Just Add Ink this week.  I must admit that I don't use a lot of Gold in my crafting and so I didn't have much more choice than good old embossing powder.  Boring huh!


I do love this sentiment from the Perfect Pennants stamp set.  The ink splatter was made using the Colour Spritzer Tool and Crumb Cake Stampin' Write Marker - I really need to pull this handy little tool out more often.  It took care of all that white space nicely.  I made this card for a friend to give her husband on Valentine's Day.

Pop over to Just Add Ink and see what the other lovely ladies have provided for your inspiration this week. Hope you find the time to play along with us.

I have a few special plans lined up today and I can't wait.  It's going to be a good day!  On the downside it's the last day of Summer and Autumn officially starts tomorrow *insert sad face*.  Autumn is my least favourite season of the year.  I do love all the pretty coloured leaves, but I really don't like them falling off the trees leaving them bare and bald.  It's a sign that the freezing cold weather is on its way.  Boo!



Friday, February 21, 2014

Valentine - Card in a Box

Hi friends ~

I've been meaning to pop by and show you my very first Card in a Box all week.  It wasn't the easiest to photograph but here it is.


I've used Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Whisper White c/s, papers and inks.  There is also some heat and stick powder, and dazzling diamonds, white heat embossing and of course the delicious Silver Glimmer paper.  A little touch of Cherry Cobbler and the white Stampin' Chalk Marker brightens things up a bit.


Stamp sets used are Hearts a Flutter and Perfect Pennants.  I used several different framelits and dies - if you want more info feel free to email me, or leave a comment and I'll be happy to help you.




I had a hard time keeping it flat as it's been open on the dining table since Valentine's day.  It fits perfectly in a C6 envelope for posting - what an awesome 'wow' card to receive in the mail!  I followed a super simple video tute from Tanya Bell, you can find it here.

We have a celebration happening at our house this weekend.  The twins are having their second birthday. They're not really sure what all the fuss is about, but I have no doubt they're going to enjoy candles and cake!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I'm going to enjoy mine!