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

JAI #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!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Just Add Ink #218 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday peeps ~

The end of the week is here, and although it's been a short one I'm glad for the weekend.  I feel extra tired this week, sigh.

With the 2011-2013 In Colours retiring at the end of June Kim set the Just Add Ink challenge this week to use three of the five retiring colours.  I chose to go with Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple and Gumball Green.

I've used a brand new stamp set called Amazing Birthday (which we received at Convention a few weeks ago).  I popped some of the sentiment up for dimension since I've created a pretty CAS card.  Head over to JAI for all the challenge details and inspiration.  Hopefully you'll join the fun this week and link your own retiring In Colour creation up.

Thanks for stopping by today, and as always thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - I do enjoy reading them.  It really makes my day to know that someone has stopped by to look at what I've been up to.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Just Add Ink #217 - Just Add Cupcakes/Cake/Dessert - warning photo heavy!

Good Friday morning ~

Thanks to Nikki our delicious challenge over at Just Add Ink this week is all things yummy and sweet.  You can't half tell I have a super sweet tooth can you?  Lol.

I had a little fun with this card - the icing to be precise!  At our recent South Pacific Convention attendees were lucky enough to receive a packet of Calypso Coral Blendabilities.  Whilst I haven't used them to colour an image yet, I did colour the fabric flower above, and a few pearls and gemstones.  How cool!  I am pleasantly surprised at how well the colour took and stayed on!

You'll notice a number of retired items on this card, starting with the Simple Birthday Thanks stamp, the flower from the Pretties Kit, and the Presto paper which I sponged Calypso Coral ink onto.  I find it difficult to get rid of crafty goodies just because they've retired.

My pic may look a little 'in your face'and bright.  That's because I had my computer rebuilt and I'm using a whole new photo editing package - and I don't like it :(  just yet.  I'm sure I'll get used to it but for now it's trying my patience.

If you'd like to join the sweeeeetest challenge this week do head over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration then link your yummy creation up - you can add cupcakes, desserts and sweets of any kind.

I did say I'd post a couple of Convention pics, although being the lousy photographer I am I didn't really take many. Some of you may have already seen these floating around the place.

Some of my gorgeous JAI team mates, L-R Nikki, Christine, Patrice, Paula, Tina, Delys, Louise, Narelle and Kim.

Enjoying the Bjorn Again tribute band, L-R Kelly, Di Barnes, Kim, Narelle, Paula, Patrice, Bronwyn, Sam Post.

Silly selfies a little later in the evening, L-R Bronwyn, Patrice, Sam.  We really took them for you Jodene.

Thanks for stopping by to visit, enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Just Add Ink #216 - Just Add Watercolouring

Happy Friday beautiful blog friends ~

Well what a whirlwind couple of weeks I've had.  Exhausting but soooo much fun.  Last week I spent five days in Melbourne at the South Pacific Inspire. Create. Share. Event (previously known as Convention) with some of my favourite friends - the gorgeous and super talented JAI gals.  We had lots of fun together ... shopping, dinners, and late nights up chatting ... once I sort though some photos I'll post here for you.

This week over at Just Add Ink the supremely talented Paula has given us the challenge to add 'Watercolouring'. Much as I'd love to say I'm good at it, I'm still quite the amateur.  My card is pretty simple and I used a technique I saw used recently on the logo of an online watercolour for card makers class.  I didn't actually do the class but loved the bright pop of colours used.

Here I've used the reverse side of Glossy White c/s (it holds water a lot better than Whisper White c/s) and heat embossed my sentiment.  Then using an aqua painter I 'painted' on some Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Strawberry Slush inks before giving it a liberal spray of Champagne Shimmer Mist.  I don't mind this card - not bad for a beginner!

If you'd like to have a play with your inks and brushes, pop over to JAI and check out our current challenge.  We love to stop by and visit your blogs so please join the fun and link up your creation.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I've switched to Bloglovin'

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I'm a bit behind the times....and I've only just discovered Bloglovin'.  If you've noticed a change to your 'follower' numbers it's probably due to my switching over - from my Google Dashboard to Bloglovin'. Rest assured I am still following all my favourites, just in a new and super easy way.  If you haven't tried it go check it out, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Just Add Ink # 214 - Just Add a Sketch

Hello friends ~

It's Friday!  That means we have a brand new and fun challenge for you over at Just Add Ink.  Kim gave us a sketch this week.

I struggled with this one and threw a few early attempts in the bin.  So wasteful!  I ended up with a Basic Black base and a mat of the lovely Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum.  I heat embossed the flowers onto Vellum with Melon Mambo e/p and the sentiment with Silver e/p.  Using the Pinking Hearts Border punch (retired) I made a strip of Vellum and Smoky Slate to tuck under my sentiment panel.  I'm not entirely thrilled with this card but I do like the colour combo.

To check out the sketch and see what the rest of the design team has provided for your inspiration this week head over to JAI.  Hope you find the time to get inky and join us.

I cannot believe Convention is in less than two weeks.  Eeeek!  Melbourne here I come!  So exciting!  I get to see some of my beautiful crafty blog friends from Australia and New Zealand all in one place.  I don't usually make swaps because I get bored re-creating the same cards, however, I do always participate in our JAI team swap - and mine are all done woohoo.  Will share some pics after Convention.

Hope all is well in your world.  Thanks for stopping by today.