Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Gift Boxes - Punch Art & Photo Heavy

Happy Monday!

Surprise surprise I'm back to show you some little Easter Treat Boxes.  A friend asked if I could put a few little gift card holders together for her children for Easter.  I decided that was a tad ordinary, and besides I don't actually own any Easter stamp sets.  So with huge help from Pinterest here is the line up.

Using the Two Tags die, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip colour combo.


The Fry Box die, Pool Party and Whisper White colour combo.


A PTI Favor It Box using Baked Brown Sugar and Pink Pirouette colour combo.


The Fry Box die using Pistachio Pudding and Whisper White colour combo.


The Mini Treat Bag die, made into a box using Naturals Ivory.


So the bonus with these little gift boxes is that they'll not only hold a gift card, but a few little choccie eggs as well! Lucky kids.

If you read my last post you'll know I alluded to something special happening on Friday.  It was my birthday. I had a lovely day and was extremely spoilt with loads of phone calls, text messages, FB messages and even a couple of special visitors over the weekend.  We went out to dinner and two (yep two) dessert restaurants before coming home with very full tummies.  In fact I was quite uncomfortable.  I didn't wake feeling much better on Saturday morning either.  All that sugar was sitting in the pit of my belly!  It was very yummy at the time though lol.  Thank goodness birthdays only come around once a year.

Back later in the week.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #255 - Just Add Eggs or Ovals

Happy Friday friends ~

Gee the weeks are rolling by quickly....eeep nearly Easter!  Today I'm stopping by to show you my latest Just Add Ink card - Nikki set our challenge this week to add Eggs or Ovals.  I don't typically send Easter cards so I used ovals on my project/s this week.  However, I have been busy making little Easter gift boxes which I'll pop back to show you in a day or two.

I absolutely love the Love is Kindness stamp.  Tulips are a favourite of mine, and wrapped in a little newsprint with twine and a beautiful sentiment you just can't go wrong.  Here is the Pink Pirouette, with Crumb Cake version.


And Soft Sky with Island Indigo.


I coloured both with coordinating blendies.  If you'd like to join our Eggs or Ovals challenge pop over to JAI and check out all the challenge details.  There are some lovely, and pretty cute design team projects to get you inspired. Don't forget to link up so we can swing by your blogs and visit.

I'm out and about today with lots of fun things to do, and I have dinner plans with my little family this evening.  There could even be birthday cake involved!  Tell you all about it next post.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #254 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

We have a new challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Kim has given us the colours 'Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow & Baked Brown Sugar'.


Once again my photography skills are challenged.  Sorry for this over exposed pic.  It's been bright and sunny in Canberra lately, not that I'm complaining, but gee it's hard to take photos.

Despite not being sure I really needed the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits here it is!  I love it, and there are so many cute little dies that come with it.  I can see I'm going to have loads of fun with this one.  My little package/envelope is pretty self explanatory and as I'm short on time I won't babble.  If you do have any questions please shoot me an email or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Other news ... SU! Convention registration opened yesterday and many of the lovely JAI girls are already registered and looking forward to meeting up in person again.  It's being held on the Gold Coast this year and it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with beautiful BFF and her gorgeous blue eyed baby boy - love him!

If you have some time to get inky then head over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration - there are some truly gorgeous projects this week.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Just Add Ink #253 - Just Add Inspiration

Good Friday morning ~

It's time for a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week Nikki has given us a pretty funky inspiration pic to work with.  Here I am playing with tilted panels again lol.


I popped my Basic Black card base through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot embossing folder before spritzing with a little Smooch for shimmer.  The added panels are Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  I had wanted to use Melon Mambo ink on my accents, but had to go with Strawberry Slush instead as my MM ink pad was playing silly games and not inking nicely.  Have since rectified that with a brand new one!

If you'd like to play along with our challenge this week, below is the inspiration pic for you.  Choose whichever elements inspire you - it could be colours, butterflies, pom poms, water....you name it, whatever you see in the pic. Head over to JAI and check out the design team projects for other ideas. There are some pretty fabulous creations this week, and I so love how we each come up with quite different designs and ideas using the same starting point.


Righto well I have a busy day ahead, and I'm off to Dendy Premium tonight for a luxurious movie experience.  Love that place, and love the menu/service more!

Hope you've all got an awesome weekend planned!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just Add Ink #252 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

There is a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today!  Kim has given us a cute 'tilted' sketch, and I think it was quite the challenge for those of us who like straight lines!  I rather enjoyed going 'off centre' a bit though I must admit.

I went with a masculine card using the World Map background stamp.  I've been getting into the habit of creating two similar cards whilst having my supplies out - great to build the stash.  Here is the Lost Lagoon version.  I coloured the oceans with an aqua pen - yep it worked fine on Very Vanilla c/s so long as I kept the water flow to a minimum.


And an Early Espresso...with no oceans coloured.


If you'd like to join the challenge, do pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration - lots of lovely creations to get you started...and we do love to check out your entries and blogs so make sure you link up.  Here is the sketch.


Guess where I was last night?  Totally rocking it with Cold Chisel - how lucky was Canberra to get a one off concert announced only a few weeks ago?!!!  Love Jimmy.  A bit hoarse today lol.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #251 - Just Add Thank You

Hello lovely crafty friends ~

Yay there's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week we want you to add 'thank you' to your cards and projects.  I went with a super CAS card this week (lol what's new) but used a technique I rather enjoy - inlaid die cutting.  While I had bits all over my desk I actually made a few for my stash - here are just two.


Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party - thanks to my Colour Coach!


Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Pink Pirouette - the remainder of the sentiment is on the inside of the card - I appreciate you.  Loving those enamel dots!  There is actually quite a bit of shimmer on each card, but my photography has made it look totally dodgy :(

Short and sweet from me today unfortunately, it's been a super crazy busy fortnight.  Hopefully things will start to settle again next week.  Phew!

Ooooh nearly forgot to mention that I'm off to the Canberra SU! Party Time Event being held tomorrow - I'm so looking forward to hanging out with some of my favourite people.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #250 - Just Add Inspiration

Yay I'm happy it's Friday ~

It's been a pretty full on week.  Much love going out to my dear friend Susan - get better super soon!

We're kicking off a new challenge over at Just Add Ink today, and gorgeous Trishie has given us an inspiration pic to work with.  It's just a bit delicious!  Here's what I made (with shimmer of course)...


...and here's the inspiration pic.



My starting point was actually the edge of the foam in the drink - Baked Brown Sugar you think? Yep I thought so.  If you look closely you'll see the cup is sitting on a saucer with colourful spots. That's where my balloon colours came from.  And the hearts, pretty obvious huh?

So I cut a bunch of balloons out of the new Irresistibly Yours Specialty dsp (SAB catalogue), and using my daubers sponged colour on them.  From memory I used Daffodil Delight, was aiming for Soft Sky but picked up Pool Party instead (doh), Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo.  I pulled some threads from a piece of Burlap ribbon as the balloon ties - thought it went well with the BBS c/s. Although the card looks a little top heavy, I kind of wanted it to look like they were floating off....yeah not sure I pulled that off :(  Anyway I do like the colour of the balloons lol.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI to take a closer look at the inspiration pic and see some of the design team projects and ideas.

I'm off to have my hair cut and coloured this afternoon.  I'm very much looking forward to these greys being gone for a few weeks.  Do you want to know a little secret?  I've taken to using a cheap mascara wand to cover the really obvious ones in the fortnight or so leading up to my appointment. Perhaps that makes me vain, but hey it works! Anyone else do this?

Have a fabulous weekend all!






Friday, February 6, 2015

Just Add Ink #249 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

There's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today!  Tina gave us a pretty cool sketch to work with.  I flipped mine on its side and finally pulled out the hexagon images in the Six Sided Sampler stamp set that I absolutely HAD to have when it was released.  To date I've only used the cute little sentiments in that set.  I'm ashamed to say I have many many stamp sets sitting in my stash still brand new!  I hope all you other crafty people have the same problem as me?  There just aren't enough hours in the day *sigh*.


The colours I've used here are the divine Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight and Soft Sky.  The front panel of Soft Sky and Whisper White is actually popped up on dimensionals but my amateur photography doesn't show that :(

The design team have come up with an amazing variety of cards using this sketch.  Make sure you head over to JAI and check them out.  Hope you can join the challenge fun with us!  Here is the sketch:


OMGoodness, want to hear something funny?  I have only just noticed there is a thread/ribbon going across the entire sketch.  I print the dt challenge sheets out a lot smaller and didn't even see it until attaching the image above. Cripes.  Hopeless.  Honestly!  It's too late to change my card, because I'll never get it photographed again.  Please excuse my mistake lol.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  Big mwah.


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Bokeh Colour Challenge - Just Add Ink #248

Surprise!

It's Tuesday and I'm blogging.  If I'm being honest I made this card for the current Just Add Ink colour challenge, however, being a total procrastinator when it comes to photographing my cards it sat on my desk for soooo long I didn't get it uploaded in time to publish with the rest of the design team - hopeless completely!  So here I am joining in the fun mid week.


So finally I tried the Bokeh technique, and while I can't say I'm thrilled with this card it was really fun and such a messy task lol.  I used a tutorial by Dawn O which is quite different to others I've seen aaaand I may have been a bit heavy handed with the white ink ooops :( 

A neat way of combining colours for this type of challenge though don't you think?  The colours are Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy (I had to substitute with Night of Navy), Sahara Sand and Pool Party.  Head over to JAI for all the challenge details, link closes Wednesday night AEST.

I'll be back Friday with something else to share.  Until then, enjoy your week!