Friday, October 31, 2014

Just Add Ink #238 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

A new challenge over at Just Add Ink rolls around again.  This week Kim has given us a sketch - I love it so much I've used a variation of it for several cards now.  None of which I've blogged :(

A dear friend up in Queensland needed a card for her mum who was visiting to celebrate a milestone birthday.  This is what I made for her.


I flipped and kind of mirrored the sketch for my card - a bit of creative license lol.  I used the Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities and had some fun colouring one of the flowers from the Secret Garden stamp set.  It seems to be my go to set these days despite owning too many flower sets.

Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration.  Here is the sketch if you'd like to play along with us. Remember you too, can use your own creative license :)


A very happy Halloween to those of my friends and followers who celebrate it.  We don't officially celebrate here in Australia, however, it is becoming a little more popular each year.  I do make sure to have a little bowl of chocolate treats at the door just in case :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Just Add Ink #236 - Just Add Inspiration

I'm loving that it's Friday again ~

The first week back at school is done and dusted - gosh time passes quickly at this time of the year. Before I know it Christmas will be here - right along with the rush and madness that goes with it!

There's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today, and we have a lovely inspiration pic for you this week, suggested by Nikki.

#236....Inspiration

The design team have all come up with such different, and absolutely gorgeous projects this week. Be sure to check them all out here.


I went for the obvious as I hadn't yet had a play with this lovely Perfect Peacock image. What fun!  I used a combination of Blendabilities and Copics, as I don't yet have the Night of Navy Blendies. Stamped on Whisper White card stock and mounted on Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana there really wasn't much more to it as the Peacock takes centre stage.  I have added some sparkle with Wink of Stella to the tail feathers, however, it's not really showing in the photo :(

Do join the challenge fun this week and link your own fabulous creation up!

Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Just Add Ink #235 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Good Friday morning ~

Well we're at the end of the school holidays here in Canberra and we've had perfect Spring weather.  I think Gorgeous Kid is quietly looking forward to going back next week - but before that happens we have mum and son day today.  Let the fun begin!

Over at Just Add Ink this week we have a colour combo from Kim - Blackberry Bliss, Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette and Soft Sky.  It gave me the opportunity to give my new Flower Patch stamps a whirl.  I really need to find time to play with them more ... sooo many fabulous possibilities.


I layered each of the three colours on my flower and spritzed with Shimmer Mist for lots of sparkle. The sentiment is from AnnaBelle Stamps.

Pop over to JAI, check out the design team inspiration and then get busy making your own creation.  We love to stop by your blogs and see all the different 'takes' on the same challenge. So many awesome paper crafters out there.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope it's sunny where you are, and be sure to enjoy your weekend!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Just Add Ink #234 - Just Add Baby

Happy Friday ~

There is something special happening with one of our beautiful Just Add Ink design team members. Can you guess who and what?  Trish (aka BFF) suggested our challenge this week to Just Add Baby.

And since the new arrival is a surprise I made a card for each.



I used Strawberry Slush and Marina Mist cardstocks as my base because I wanted something a little brighter and funkier than pastels, given the parents are pretty funky themselves *wink*.  The stamp set and dies are MFT.  I sooooo can't wait to meet this new little person and plan on visiting Brisbane mid November to help the new mum (and dad) out because by then I'm guessing they'll be pretty tired.

We'd love you to join the challenge fun and help celebrate new babies so please do pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration.  You have the extra incentive of this Saturday 4 October being World Card Making Day - what an awesome way to spend a day!

Have a lovely weekend, and I can't wait to see your creations.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Creative Blog Hop & Freshly Made Sketches

Good Monday morning lovely blog friends ~

Today I'm taking part in 'The Creative Blog Hop', a hop that happens every Monday where crafters from all over the world share a little about themselves and their creative processes.  A fabulous way to get to know each other, and make new friends!

I was tagged by my lovely friend Nikki over at My Sandbox.  Nikki and I are on the Just Add Ink design team together and while we don't live in the same State we do get to catch up online a lot, and in person each year at Inspire, Create, Share (Convention).  Love her!  She is such a positive, kind person and is always smiling!  Beautiful inside and out for absolute sure.  She is also a fabulously talented paper crafter.

As part of the 'blog hop' there are four questions for me to answer...I'll keep them short and sweet!

1.  What am I working on now?  With twin toddlers in the house my crafting time is fairly limited (I tell myself it won't be forever) so I tend to only manage my design team commitments these days. Right now I'm trying to get ahead on a few projects, so you'll just have to come back and visit each Friday to check them out *wink*.  If you read my last Friday post you'll know I had a special skype crafting day with my BFF.  We chose to use the Freshly Made Sketch - FMS154. Here's what I came up with.


All is Calm designer paper, Pear Pizzazz & Whisper White cardstocks

2.  How does my work differ from others in my genre?  This is a hard one to answer...when thinking of my response I considered some of my favourite paper crafters...and realised their work is so consistent and definitive that I can pick it anywhere!  That is definitely not me.  I truly don't think I have any particular style.  I would say that my 'usual' style is Clean and Simple, with lots of white space.  However, every now and then I come up with random 'busier' creations.

3.  Why do I create what I do?  I get such pleasure in being able to take cardstock, inks and a few stamps and create something 'wow'.  I absolutely love to give handmade and it makes me feel so great to make others happy.  A lot of what I create doesn't make it to my blog, usually because I'm time poor and not too flash in the photography department lol.  Here are a few 'magnetic fridge pegs' I altered and packaged for a friend to use as gifts recently.


Covered in Sweet Sadie Washi Tape & smothered in Crystal Effects - pic not so great, sorry



Packaged in Glassine Bags 

4.  How does my creative process work?  I find inspiration in many ways.  Using SU products is a huge step in the right direction because everything coordinates and it takes the hard work out of it. I'm a matchy matchy girl too so that's even better!  Most often I am working to the specific requirements of design team projects, however, I love browsing other blogs and Pinterest for great ideas and of course when there is new product to play with it's even more fun!  I always start with a clean desk and clear away before beginning my next project.  Everything in my craft room is tidy and organised - control freak much?  Yep definitely.  Probably the most disappointing thing I find is when I have an idea in my head and I just can't make it work on paper - fortunately that doesn't happen often.  What works best for me is to mull my 'card' or 'idea' around in my head overnight. When it comes time to sit and play it usually comes together nicely.  I find colour combos the most difficult.  Odd really isn't it? I'm still trying to work out why that is!

Here is a card I made a little while ago.  I coloured the Secret Garden flowers with Cherry Cobbler blendabilities and added a little Wink of Stella to the petals.  The sentiment is from Verve.



So there you go...I hope that's given you a little insight to me.  As part of participating in 'The Creative Blog Hop' I get to tag some of my favourite paper crafters.  Unfortunately due to being super busy and lacking precious time the lovely ladies I tagged couldn't make the deadline of next Monday 29 September to participate and share their own Creative Journeys.  I want to share their names here anyway because they are each very talented and fabulous friends, all of whom I have met since starting my paper crafting journey 8 years ago.  Please do go check them out!

Trish - Spring Blossom Journey (also known as BFF)

Melissa - Bee Divine Designs
Delys - Little Scraps of Paper
Deb Fearns 
Mae Collins






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.