Friday, June 24, 2016

Just Add Ink #317 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Hello lovely blog friends ~

It's time to share another Just Add Ink challenge card with you.  This week Kim has asked us to use the colours Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz.  Perfect colours for a cluster of flowers!

I used the sweet little Doodle Blooms from Altenew.  I stamped them on Watercolour paper and then coloured with an aqua painter, before fussy cutting.  I love the Crushed Curry base card - must remember to make coloured cards more often because they look great!


I 'winked' my flowers all over, and I'm hoping this pic shows just a little of that subtle shimmer.


Want to join the challenge fun?  Pop over to JAI, check out the design team inspiration, have a quick scan of the rules (super simple), get busy with your crafty goodies and link up.  Easy peasy.

We've had a busy week in our house.  I was lucky enough to have my lovely cousin and her family visit from New Zealand to stay a few days.  Unfortunately during their stay Master J (twin two) got a nasty vomiting bug that had been doing the rounds of preschool, which fortunately only lasted 24 hours.  However, at the end of that Miss C (twin one) got the same bug.  Little Miss doesn't like to suffer in silence and shared her distress ALL NIGHT LONG. We're all rather sleep deprived as a result, and I lost count of the washing loads - perhaps 15 over a two day period. Fingers crossed the bug doesn't spread further through the family....I've been using copious amounts of disinfectant to be on the safe side.

Last week I had the script of my reading glasses increased quite significantly.  Amazing how much more I can see. Although I have to say this ageing business is over rated.  The optometrist thinks I've got 12 months max. before I'm wearing glasses 24/7.  OMG I'm too vain for that.  Besides they're just not convenient....I put them down and forget to pick them up....I'll have to make room in my handbag....I'll find any excuse.  Anyway they're talking about multifocals because I'm not long or short sighted - typically!  Watch this space.

We don't have much arranged for this weekend, thankfully.  Hope you do!

Patrice x


Friday, June 17, 2016

Just Add Ink #316 - Just Add Stripes

Happy Freezing Friday morning ~

Yes Jack Frost has been a regular visitor of late....but the days are blue skies and sunshine so I can't really complain.  You can see a little of said sky in the background of my card below.  I didn't have time to fuss about with finding a spot indoors where I was going to fight with brightness, and/or shadows.
Can you tell I've had no creativity in me since returning from holidays?  It's been a few weeks between posts - sorry!  Despite all the new stamps, papers, punches and pretty things I've been playing with I'm still feeling a lot rusty.

I have managed to put a little something together for the new Just Add Ink challenge kicking off today.  I set the challenge this week and I want you to add stripes to your projects.  How fun!


I used the super sweet, and very versatile new stamp set Foxy Friends along with the coordinating designer paper - all from the brand spanking new catalogue.  Paper and ink are Calypso Coral and Smoky Slate respectively.  A few little silver sequins and thread and I called it done.  Not thrilled with the finished product but hey, I have to submit something to a challenge I set lol.

I can't wait to see all the goodness you come up with.  The design team have created some really gorgeous cards this week!  Be sure to head over to JAI to check them out.

No time this morning to tell you all about my US holiday, however, I WILL be back soon to share some stories and piccies.  Let me tell you it was an AWESOME holiday!  Busy weekend ahead, but the highlight is my cousin (and her family) arriving from New Zealand to stay with us for a few days. So looking forward to that.

Thanks, as always for stopping by today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, May 27, 2016

Just Add Ink #313 - Just Add B

Hey there ~

We just arrived home from Hawaii last night so we're a bit pooped.  I'm soooo not ready for my holiday to be over. It's rather cold here in Canberra, when only a day or two ago we were swimming and enjoying the beach.  I don't want to have winter this year.  Anyhoo....

....I'm popping by to share a cutie little treat bag that contains a monetary gift.  That's right, there's a new challenge starting today over at Just Add Ink.  Tina suggested we add 'B' to our projects this week.  I went with Birthday - because I'm always in need of birthday cards and packaging.

The Shine On specialty designer paper I chose dictated my colour scheme.  Can you see the reverse/inside is Bermuda Bay?  I love that colour so added the matching candy dots, ribbon and twine.  I'm a bit sad to see the candy dots retire - not that I used mine often, but I have hoarded quite a few lol.



I love the B.Y.O.P stamp set.  SO versatile.  Can you see my happy accident on the inside?  I inked my stamp up with Smoky Slate rather than Bermuda Bay - had them both open in front of me.  I didn't want to start again so I just shadow stamped the sentiment with the correct colour.  Easy peasy when using photopolymer stamps.

Please join the challenge fun this week.  Head over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration, then choose your 'B' and get your craft on.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Just Add Ink #312 - Just Add a Colour Combo

A happy hello from Hawaii ~

I started my day in New York, and now I'm on a Hawaiian Island enjoying the warmth.  How fun! There's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today, and this time it's a colour combo from me! I'd like you to use Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay, Marina Mist & Pacific Point (or similar colours) on your creations this week.  You can make a card, some gift packaging, a layout....whatever you choose.


Once again I've whipped out the gorgeous Botanical Builder Framelits and matching stamps.  I really can't believe I sat on the fence with these as long as I did.  They are my go to these days!  I used a sheet of the matching vellum (from the recent SAB promotion) and layered up some lovely foliage and blooms, adding a little strip of silver foil and a whole lot of Wink of Stella and finished with a few blingy bits.

I'm really looking forward to seeing all the gorgeous combinations of blue/green this week.  Pop over to JAI and get yourself some inspiration, then get busy creating and link up so we can all check it out. Just remember I'll be stopping by your blogs a little belatedly this month.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you get up to.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Just Add Ink #311 - Just Add Masking

Hello hello from the Big Apple ~

Well I am having the most awesome holiday ever. It's been all go & rather exhausting but I'm loving New York so so much! Talk about a city that never stops.... my whole eating & sleeping routine is out of whack & I've walked more than ever, giving myself matching blisters on each foot. Anyway I'll come back with some decent updates once the fun is over & normal life resumes.

It's time for the new Just Add Ink challenge - despite me posting late this week, eek.  Nikki has chosen a super fun one for us today - we're Masking!

I die cut my sentiment out of freezer paper, ironed it on to my watercolour paper then used my Zig Brush Markers to apply colour, adding some water to push it around and spread it out a little further. Once it was dry I carefully peeled my mask off.  Ta da, it was so much easier than getting a good photo on a bright day.


Hope you can join the challenge fun this week. Back again next!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Just Add Ink #310 - Just Add a Sketch

Aloha ~

Popping in from Hawaii to share my card for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Tina gave us a sketch and I got a little lot carried away creating something quite unlike my usual CAS style.

I started with a cupcake shaped card (die from the Papertrey Ink Shape Up series) in Crumb Cake, added some vellum leaves, a bunch of flowers - crochet, fabric, paper - pearls, twine, seam binding....lots of little goodies.  I created this card with a certain friend in mind....she always adds lots of texture and ribbons, twines and pretty stuff to her cards.  I hope she loves it.


I really did enjoy layering up and finding pretty bits and pieces to go on my cupcake card, but it sure did take me a lot longer and I don't know that it actually looks worth the time that went into it lol.

Below is the sketch, why don't you use it and join the challenge fun this week?  Have a look over on the JAI blog at the design team inspiration and then link your own creation up.


Well that's it from me.  Thanks for stopping by and see you back here soon.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Just Add Ink #309 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy last Friday before I head off on my holiday :o)

Only a few more days.....I'm finally starting to feel excited.  I've been thinking about what to pack, and how on earth I'm going to reduce to a decent amount of shoes.  Who goes away and can take any less than five pairs?  I'm serious....I need runners, flats, sandals, heels and a pair of boots. Send me all your tips please!

Over at Just Add Ink today we kick off a new challenge using an inspiration pic from Jodene.  I chose to use the colours in the pic....my chosen colours are Tempting Turquoise, Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride.  I softened the rather bold Turquoise with a layer of pretty vellum (one of the recent SAB freebies).


I added some silver Glimmer Paper foliage, and silver sequins too.  I do love me a bit of bling! Please join us this week and share your interpretation of the inspiration pic below.  The design team have created some really wonderful cards so pop over to JAI for some inspiration.


As you know I'm going to be away for most of May.  Although I'll still be sharing JAI cards here each Friday and doing a little blogging, I'm really not sure what sort of internet access I'll have - or more accurately how much time I'm going to spend accessing *wink*.  Hopefully I'll feel so inclined and add a few holiday piccies....but I probably won't be visiting your blogs and leaving comments.  I'll look forward to a huge catch up when I come home again.

Did I mention that I'm going to do some serious crafty goodness shopping while in the US? Hehehe I can't wait. They have SO much more than we do in Australia.  Let's hope I'm not paying excess baggage fees on the way home.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Just Add Ink #308 - Just Add M

Good morning ~

Well I just have to tell you that On Stage last weekend was fabulous.  I had so much fun, and thoroughly enjoyed the extremely long day that it was.  We saw soooo many gorgeous new products, got to play with fun new toys, received loads of freebies....it was an awesome time!  I can't wait to do it all again for On Stage Live in Brisbane come November.  The highlight was catching up with my JAI girlfriends, and other blog friends from across Australia.

Tina has given us an M word challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.  That means you can create anything that begins with an M - could be your chosen colours, a theme, or even a technique such as masking....you're only limited by your imagination.  I no longer have a need to make Mother's Day cards, unfortunately.  However, I do have friends that need them for their mums....so that's what I chose as my M card for this week.


I created an easel card using the Love Blossoms designer papers.  So sweet.


Goodness knows what was going on with my editing as both pics are quite different colours.  Lol. Sorry 'bout that.  If you'd like to know my measurements and how I created this card leave a comment, or shoot me an email (address over on r/h sidebar) and I'll be happy to share.

If you need an excuse to get your craft on this weekend then head over to JAI and check out the challenge details. We love to see all your entries.

So the countdown is on....less than two weeks until my much anticipated holiday.  We're staying in a fabulous apartment whilst in NYC.  It's going to be perfect for relaxing after our crazy sightseeing days and nights.  And that's exactly why we didn't go with a hotel!  We want the real experience.  A couple of things on our itinerary, pre booked are - a walk up to the crown of Liberty, being part of the live audience at the Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show, and a Burlesque broadway show. I have a lot of foodie places to visit also, Levain Bakery for the best 'cookie' in New York, Shake Shack for the best burger (and because I always see it in movies hehe)....my list goes on.  I swear I'm going to weigh 10 kilo heavier when I get home.  More next week :o)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Just Add Ink #307 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday ~

It's an exciting day, yay, yay, yay....I'm off to Sydney this afternoon to catch up with a few of my crafty friends for On Stage tomorrow.  Totally looking forward to the reveal of the new annual catalogue and playing with a few new toys as well.

Over at Just Add Ink today we're kicking off a colour challenge that Nikki has given us this week -
Delightful Dijon, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Whisper White.  I didn't find these colours difficult to work with at all - although I admit to this being the first time I've used Dijon which is a bit slack considering it's due to retire.  My card came together in next to no time - thanks to Jan.  I loved the birthday card she sent me recently so much that I CASEd (copy and share everything) it for this challenge. You can check out Jan's original to see what I mean.  Is it not stunning?


I've given it the royal 'Wink' treatment, however, it was quite late in the day when I snapped this pic so the sun was going down and you can't see any of the gorgeous sparkly stuff here.

I'd love to see what you come up with for this challenge.  Pop over to JAI and have a look at all the lovely design team creations.  They're sure to inspire you and have you pulling out these colours, or similar, to whip up your own paper craft project.

So last week I mentioned we're off to New York soon....Hawaii is first up with a quick couple of days just to break up flights.  We'll be staying right in the heart of Honolulu at Waikiki.  My plan is to check out the beach, perhaps a little evening shopping....I might even rent a moped to get around.  On our return from NY in late May we'll be staying on the island of Kailua-Kona (about 45 minutes by air from Honolulu).  We chose this for the opportunity to unwind and completely relax after a hectic NY experience.  My Mister will go diving and I'm going to give night snorkelling a try (eeeek I'm not a fan of large bodies of water).  My main aim is to laze around with a book.  I'll share a bit more about my NY plan next week.

Have an awesome weekend, and thanks for stopping by today.