Friday, September 19, 2014

Just Add Ink #232 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy wonderful Friday ~

Why so wonderful?  Well my beautiful BFF is now on maternity leave and we're getting online to craft together today!  We haven't done it in so long and I'm really looking forward to it.

It's also time for a brand new challenge at Just Add Ink.  This week Kim has given us a gorgeous inspiration pic to use.  Perfect timing for Spring since we've just started the new season here in Australia and New Zealand.  Here it is.



Here's what I put together a few weeks ago.


I played around with various inks for ages, trying to get the right pink/apricot colour as shown in the pic.  I ended up using Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie with a touch of retired Regal Rose (both stamped off) and Strawberry Slush.  You'll see I went with the blue leaves too - it's kind of nice to use something other than green on foliage.  I used Night of Navy and Marina Mist.

The stamp set is Beautiful Brushstrokes from PTI, along with the matching dies.

Head over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration.  I'm really looking forward to seeing all your gorgeous interpretations of this sketch, and particularly the ink colours you choose.  

I've got a special blog post going live next Monday 22 September, so be sure to stop back and check it out.  Have a fabulous weekend.



Friday, September 5, 2014

Just Add Ink #230 - Just Add Dad

Happy first Friday of Spring ~

As it's Father's Day here in Australia this Sunday, Paula suggested our challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.


I went out of my comfort zone with a bright and bold card using Bermuda Bay and the gorgeous Sweet Taffy designer paper framed with the On Film Framelits.  The sentiment was computer generated.  Whilst putting this card together I realised I have no appropriate 'dad' sentiments :(

If you'd like to join the challenge fun, pop over to JAI and check out all the masculine inspiration.

In addition to a few hours at the salon having my hair cut and coloured I'm expecting a lovely big box or two from Stampin' Up! to be delivered today.  There are lots of Christmas goodies from the new Holiday Catalogue coming so hopefully I'll be posting a bit more often soon.  If time is on my side lol.

Hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Just Add Ink #228 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Woohoo it's Friday ~

We've got a great colour combo as our new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.  Kim chose Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral and Mossy Meadow and I'm glad she did - such lovely colours together. 


I pulled out my Sizzix Flower Daisies #2 die for this one and the sentiment is heat embossed.  We'd love you to join the fun, so pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration then link your creation up!

We celebrated Gorgeous Kid's 14th birthday yesterday.  I can't believe how quickly time passes, it seems like yesterday I was sending him off to pre-school and here he is in Year 8 at high school.  Sniff sniff.  We had a family dinner at Hogs Breath Cafe and he's having a party with his mates in a fortnight.  It would have been this weekend, however, between my being sick and his not being organised I just wasn't able to get invitations out in plenty of time. And you crafty mums know an email or text just won't do - although GK wouldn't have minded I'm sure lol!

Have a great weekend!




Friday, August 15, 2014

Just Add Ink #227 - Just Add Chipboard

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

We're adding chipboard at Just Add Ink this week, courtesy of Chantell.  I created a simple one layer card using the Note Cards & Envelopes (pg 194 of the SU catty).


I've had this cute little laser cut chipboard kite in my stash for years.  I covered it in scrap dsp and smothered the whole thing with Crystal Effects - then didn't touch it for 24 hours!  Patience is not one of my strong points, but honestly those little bows were so fiddly to cover I wasn't going to bin it and start again!

I used some die cut clouds as a template and gave my card front a good spray of copic ink using my airbrush - really need to play with that more often.  Such fun!  Once I had enough ink I pulled the little clouds off and popped the kite on, no dimensionals needed as the kite is thick enough being chipboard.  Easy peasy.

We'd love you to join our challenge fun this week so pop over to JAI and get inspired by the design team offerings.

Thanks for stopping by this week, and as always thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment - I do love reading them.




Friday, August 8, 2014

Just Add Ink #226 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

We have a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Kim gave us a lovely sketch to play with.


I do love white on white, and here I've added Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette with a touch of Crumb Cake.

The design team have some gorgeous projects to help get you inspired.  Pop over to JAI and check them out.  Here is the sketch if you want to join our challenge fun this week:


Have a fabulous weekend, wherever in the world you live.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Just Add Ink #225 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Good Friday morning lovely friends ~

We have a cool Colour Combination over at Just Add Ink this week.  I chose them ... Smoky Slate, Basic Black, So Saffron and Whisper White.

Okay so I cheated a little ... I just HAD to break out my new Blendabilities and we all know there is NO So Saffron in these fabulous markers - yet!  I used Daffodil Delight instead - creative license yes?

I've been a bit under the weather the past few weeks and had to make a visit to my Doctor.  Whilst there I found out that one of the lovely admin ladies lost her dad in tragic circumstances recently.  I made this card for her.  Hope that big happy flower brightens her day a little.


So this was my first try with the blendies and I'm quite impressed with them.  Such vibrant colours!  So easy to use! The centre of my flower was created by squirting a big dollop of Crystal Effects onto my Silicone Craft Sheet, letting it dry (overnight) and colouring with an alcohol marker.  I then attached to my card with a little more CE and used my Stampin' Chalk Marker to add a few white dots.  Lots of fun!

The design team has such a great variety of projects using these colours so pop over to JAI and grab yourself some inspiration.  Hope you find the time to get creative and join us.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Just Add Ink #224 - Just Add Inspiration - Christmas in July

Happy Friday to you ~

Over at Just Add Ink this week we have a gorgeous inspiration pic that Kim has given us for a Christmas in July theme.  Here it is:


Here's what I created:


Using the sweet set Pretty Poinsettia from Clearly Besotted I heat embossed on vellum.  I cut several layers and coloured the back of my base flower with a dauber and Cherry Cobbler ink.  Couldn't resist adding lots of bling to this one :o)

For lots more inspiration head over to JAI and check out what the rest of the design team have come up with this week.  We'd love you to play along with us!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Just Add Ink #222 - Just Add a Colour Challenge

Hi beautiful blog friends ~

We have a sweet colour challenge at Just Add Ink courtesy of Mae this week - Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay & Blushing Bride.


I did a little watercolouring with my aqua pen and the new to me stamp set Baby, We've Grown.  It was fun and reminded me I really must try it more often.  I'd love to get good at it.  

Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration - lots of crafty goodness to get you in the mood. We'd love you to join the challenge fun and link up your own creation using these sweet colours.

Have an awesome weekend!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Just Add Ink #220 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning ~

We have a sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink this week, courtesy of Kim.


I consulted my trusty Colour Coach for the colours I've used on this card.  The base is Smoky Slate, with a Soft Sky & Whisper White mat and a pop of Calypso Coral.  The leaves are Basic Grey I and wanted to use the same for my sentiment, however, I found the ink pad was completely dry!  That has never happened to me before and I think it's because the cover had a small crack in it :(.  I guess my next Stampin' Up! order will include a new Basic Grey ink pad lol.  Goes to show how long it's been since I've used that particular ink though.  Ooops.

I also used the Hardwood, Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Banners stamp sets and the Petite Petals and Boho Blossom punches.

If you'd like to join in the challenge fun this week pop over to JAI and check out the sketch, and the gorgeous design team inspiration this week!

Hope you've got something fun lined up for the weekend.  Whatever you get up to, enjoy!!!