Friday, March 27, 2020

Just Add Ink #498....Just Add E

Happy Friday ~

How is everyone doing in isolation these days? I have to say that as much as I love my children, my goodness they are keeping me on my toes....the noise level is driving me around the bend. And it's only early days yet.....

It's new challenge time over at Just Add Ink today & Tina has asked us to 'Just Add E' to our projects this week. Very timely with Easter around the corner. A lovely friend of mine asked if I could make three Easter cards for her niece & nephews since she won't be able to visit them this year :(  I'm sure they're going to love receiving happy mail!

I kept the cards very CAS. Using a base of Whisper White c/s, my copics for colouring & a couple of retired Stampin' Up! sets I had some fun. You can't see the Champagne Shimmer Mist that I sprayed in my photos which is a shame (I took my pics when it was getting a bit late in the day & losing light).




If you find yourself with more time on your hands than usual head over to JAI & join the challenge fun. We'd love to have you!


Take care, be kind to yourselves & try to take pleasure in the little things. For me that will be extra crafting time, & hopefully finishing some of the many projects I've started over the years. Knitting, chrocheting, colouring, reading, organising....

Patrice x

Friday, March 13, 2020

Just Add Ink #496...Just Add Inspiration

Happy Fri-yay friends ~

It's new challenge day over at Just Add Ink & Lou has given us a beachy scene to be inspired by this week. I'll add the image at bottom for you.

Going through all my stamp sets & designer papers I was quite miffed not to have any water or beach images in my substantial stash. Hmmmmm so I decided to go with the colours of the Inspiration pic & 'sort of' re-create the scene. I found this dsp in the Floral Romance pack of papers, tore it up (eeeek I find that so hard to do) & added it to my Crumb Cake base layers. And of course the flowers are from the Tropical Chic set - love it - I used Crushed Curry & Peekaboo Peach inks!


I really need to work on my photography skills....but once again was rushed to get it done before losing light. That's only going to get worse going into winter......I really need to up my game.

Head over to JAI to check out all the details & join in the challenge fun. Here is the Inspiration pic for you:

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Keeping it short & sweet as we had a death in the family yesterday & I'm quite distracted. Thanks for stopping by.

Patrice x

Friday, February 28, 2020

Just Add Ink #494....Just Add a Colour Combo....pic heavy

Happy Friday ~

Welcome to a new challenge week at Just Add Ink. Di has given us a really pretty, soft colour combo to use - Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam & Petal Pink.

I went with a Very Vanilla base for a nice change. I tend to use white as my go to usually. I've heat embossed the poppies & leaves on  Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper & coloured with an Aqua Painter. My final touches were a few gold sequins & a liberal spray of Shimmer Paint - which doesn't show up in my dodgy pic unfortunately (dodgy because it was very quickly snapped in fading light at the end of a busy day).


The design team have created so many pretty cards using this colour combo. Head over to the blog to check them out & join the challenge. Here is the graphic for you. You can use neutrals & metallics in your creation.

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We had a busy weekend just gone. Gorgeous Kid had a Parade at Defence on Saturday. My two little people turned 8 on Sunday. GK was able to spend the day at home with us now that he's based at Duntroon in Canberra. We had lots of fun at Ten Pin Bowling & I made a cake. I'm certainly not a domestic goddess in the kitchen, but the kiddos loved it so that's the main thing!





Thanks for stopping by. 

Patrice x

Friday, February 14, 2020

Just Add Ink #492...Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

Yay, we have a new sketch challenge kicking off today over at Just Add Ink. Jackie designed this one & I love it. So versatile!

It's no secret that the Happy Birthday To You stamp set is my very favourite of the SAB offerings this year. After stamping my image twice on Fluid 100 watercolour paper, I used Gorgeous Grape Ink in various strengths to colour. Then I cut the flowers on the second image with the new matching dies! So. Much. Quicker/Easier (than fussy cutting).


If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI, check out the inspiration from the design team & get cracking in your craft space. Here is the sketch:

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If you've got any questions about this card, just leave a comment & I'll get back to you. Thanks for stopping by :)

Patrice x

Friday, January 17, 2020

Just Add Ink #488 - Celebration Blog Hop

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Happy Friday ~

Welcome to a very special post... Just Add Ink is celebrating 10 years of challenges! We've also reached over 1000 followers! Both milestones are definitely worth celebrating & that is our challenge theme this week. We appreciate you & we'd love you to share your celebration cards & projects with us.

As part of our milestone celebrations the design team are offering prizes - Yay! Check out the JAI blog for details. Prizes will include stamp sets, card kits, embossing folders, ribbons, rhinestones, handmade cards/tags....

I couldn't resist playing with the new Painted Poppies stamps & Peaceful Poppies designer paper. I stamped my poppies on Shimmery White cardstock & coloured them using a blender brush, & I coloured the leaves with a dauber due to the smaller size - super quick & easy! Fortunately I enjoy fussy cutting as I have the other set of dies in this suite.

I've left the sentiment off this card for now....when I know who I'm gifting it to I'll add a little strip of black with white embossing on it I think.


I'm the lucky last on the hop so if you click on the next button below you'll end up back at the start with, Chantell. Enjoy the hop!

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Thanks for stopping past today.

Patrice x

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Colour INKspiration #70 - 3rd Birthday Bash Blog Hop



Welcome crafty friends ~

I am thrilled to participate in the third Birthday Bash Blog Hop with the Colour INKspiration design team. Do you know that it's exactly three years to the day since Colour INKspiration launched on Facebook on 11 January 2017?

The theme is BIRTHDAYS & you can choose your 3 favourite SU colours as well as neutrals & metallics which are allowed. You may enter as many times as you like.

This challenge will run for a whole month over the summer 'break' until 10 February.

Here are my chosen colours. I've also used neutrals - Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake & Smoky Slate.


I've created two cards using the gorgeous new SAB stamp set Happy Birthday To You. This cake is so fun to colour. I heat embossed the image onto watercolour paper & used an aqua painter to apply colour straight from my ink pads.

I've used Shimmery White embossing paste on my mat layer, which is popped up on foam for dimension. The paste adds lots of texture & a lovely sparkle.


On my second card I fussy cut the top of the coloured image, & popped a circle die over my cardstock, & under the top part of the image & ran it through my machine. Then I've layered it on a scallop & popped up on foam.


So both cards are the same, but different. I couldn't choose a favourite so decided to share both. 

If you'd like to join the challenge fun too click on this link & request to join the Colour Inkspiration facebook group to play. Now click on the next button below to check out Nicole's fabulous project. 


Thanks for stopping by today, & enjoy the hop!

Patrice x

Friday, December 20, 2019

Just Add Ink #487 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

I've had such a busy few weekends....three out of six have been spent in Sydney. We've had a family wedding, a birth, lots of socialising & Christmas parties too & this weekend our big boy is coming home to Canberra from his posting in Brisbane. So excited to have him here for Christmas. The twins are beside themselves that they'll be seeing their big brother again.

Jackie has given us an awesome sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink this week. I loved it so much I made three cards in one afternoon using it. I'm completely drooling over the new designer series paper in the new mini catalogue. I've used the Best Dressed papers for my card today - how stunning are these blooms - with a base of Blackberry Bliss. The centre panel is popped up on fun foam & I've spritzed the flowers with champagne shimmer mist (this has to be my favourite item ever!).


With Christmas only days away I really hope you have time to pop over to the blog to check out the inspiration & join in the fun. Here is the sketch image for you.

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However you're spending Christmas I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas to you!

Patrice x

Friday, December 6, 2019

Just Add Ink #485 - Just Add One Layer

Hello & Happy Fri-yay!

We have a new challenge starting over at Just Add Ink today, & Jan has asked that we create a One Layer Card. Sometimes that's not quite as simple as we think it may be. I can't tell you the amount of c/s I ditched while trying to get what was in my head onto paper. What I ended up with was not what I was trying to achieve lol.

Soooo I used my nifty new 'Life Changing Blender Brushes' to put down some green & yellow hues on Shimmery white c/s, then I heat embossed my favourite new stamp - Forever Blossoms - over top. Done. Easy peasy. I may have been overthinking this one, when really keeping it simple was the best way to go.

I ended up making a little set of 4x4 cards to package as a gift to use at a later date.


Here is the banner for you. Pop over to the JAI blog to check out the design team inspiration. There is a lot of variation of One Layer Cards to get you inspired.

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I'm guessing I'm not alone in being crazy busy this month. Christmas preparations are well underway & each of my weekends is full. This weekend we're off to hubby's work Christmas party. Lawn bowls, followed by dinner. I've never tried lawn bowls before so it could be an interesting afternoon :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, November 22, 2019

Just Add Ink #483...Just Choose Two

Happy Friday ~

It's an extra special weekend for me as Gorgeous Kid has come home for a couple of days! Yay!

Short & sweet post due to above :)

The new Just Add Ink challenge has been set by Di this week & she's asking us to Choose Two - Stars, Spots or Sparkle.

I had to photograph at night so you can't see all the Champagne Shimmer Mist sprayed liberally on my card. I love this new Forever Blossoms set I won at On Stage in Sydney last weekend. I haven't got the matching dies yet so coloured straight to my card front & fussy cut a little flower to pop up for added interest. I used Daffodil Delight & Old Olive Blends.




If you'd like to join the fun this week, pop over to the blog & check out the design team inspiration. Here is the banner for you:


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I had an absolutely fantastic long weekend in Sydney last week rooming with some of my favourite people. Here is the Sydney contingent of Just Add Ink team members, minus Tina because we couldn't find her for the pic. We really needed her there though because she was wearing a gorgeous emerald green top & it would have worked so well in our photo.

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And our Perth lovelies (I should have shared some of their 'hamming it up' pics lol).

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We really missed Jan, however, she's been a busy bee of late & couldn't join us - unfortunately.

Righto, off to enjoy an extra special weekend with my big boy. Thanks for stopping by. 

Patrice x