Friday, March 25, 2016

Just Add Ink #304 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Good Friday lovely friends ~

Happy Easter weekend to you!  I'm so looking forward to the long weekend....a few garden chores, some extra crafting time, relaxed meals, maybe head out to a movie....and of course some delicious hot cross buns and Easter chocolate.

Jodene has come up with a very bright and fun inspiration pic for our new challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  I'll post at bottom for you.  This one had me completely stumped until the very last minute - it's not called a challenge for nothing.

I decided to go with the bright colours of the umbrellas.  Unfortunately my colours in the pic above aren't true to real life.  I've used Real Red, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo and the long retired Lucky Limeade (love it).  By using a bunch of circle punches and some dimensionals I was hoping to give the illusion of movement.  My number 4 has been completely covered with Crystal Effects, I just love the gloss and dimension it gives.

If you'd like to tackle the challenge this week pop over to JAI and get yourself some inspiration. Here is the pic for you.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what you all come up with, given the struggle I had deciding on which direction to take.

Have yourselves an enjoyable, indulgent Easter weekend.  See you back again next week.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Just Add Ink #303 - Just Add anything with E

Hello and happy Friday ~

It's been a good week!  The twins had their immunisations on Wednesday afternoon and all went well, surprisingly. I'm still getting out there running every other day.  The weather has been lovely.  I have the best friends ever....!  I'll elaborate on that another time.

The new challenge over at Just Add Ink kicking off today is from Tina.  She wants us to add anything with an E to our projects.  I've gone with the obvious EASTER given the time of year.  However, you could choose embellishment, embossing, eggs, get the idea.

I really wanted to make an Easter card for my 'Adorable Godson'.  And every year I remember I'm super short on any stamps related to Easter despite the extensive supplies in my craft room.  Lucky I picked up the SAB Honeycomb Hello set that has this cute guy in it.  He's got a little sparkle because I stamped him onto Shimmery White c/s.  I also relied on my Oval Dies to create an egg shape to my focal area.

I made a Gate Fold card - in keeping with my effort to create a wider variety of fancy folds this year - mentioned in this post.

I wish I could remember the name of the designer paper I've used.  I wanted something soft because Adorable Godson is still only a baby.  Hopefully the pics show you how the white 'egg' locks into the larger lemon 'egg' to keep the card closed.

It was pretty difficult to photograph without shadows, so apologies for that.  Here it is open with lots of space to write my message before locking it closed again.  Righto I can get this in the post along with the cuddly bunny and some little choccie eggs now - I've been super organised and had it all ready for weeks!

If you'd like to join this fun challenge pop over to JAI and see what it's all about.  We love to visit your blogs and share some comment love.

See you back here again next week!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Just Add Ink #302 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

After a week of hot sunny weather we've woken to rain in Canberra today.  No complaints, the gardens need it, but typically it's swimming carnival day for Gorgeous Kid.  Ohhh well..... it's not at all cold but he's going to be a bit lot wetter than he expected lol.

We have a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink for you today.  Jan has given us a gorgeous colour combo to work with this week - Blackberry Bliss, Tip Top Taupe and Rich Razzleberry.  Are these not lovely colours?  I thoroughly enjoyed putting my card together using them.

Hehehe I'm having a love affair with Birthday Blooms - lucky I don't post all that I make because I think the last 15 odd cards I've put together have been using this pretty stamp set.

I heat embossed the bloom in white and water coloured with the three challenge colours - as much as I love colouring I'm the first to admit I'm not nearly as good at it as I'd like to be.  I do love the leaves coloured in TTT though, don't you?  I added Very Vanilla as my neutral, and a few gold embellies.

If you're a fan of these colours why not pop over to JAI, check out the design team inspiration and play along with the challenge?  We really love visiting your blogs and seeing all the different creativity we crazy crafters share.

There has been some excitement in our house this week.  The Mister and I each bought new cars and got to pick them up Monday and Thursday respectively - the kids have been more thrilled than us!  Other news from me, and I wasn't sure if I was going to share here or not....I've been learning to run.  I've always enjoyed walking, but most days I find it really difficult to find the time sooooo I decided on a compromise....running.  It takes a lot less time and most importantly I'm loving it.  I drag my butt out of bed really early (no mean feat for me) three mornings a week and off I go with music pushing me along.  Fortunately I live close to a lovely big pond so I run around it which gives me about 4kms from home and back (did I mention I live on a hill - it's a killer on my way home).  I'll work my way up to a few more km's in time....

We have a three day weekend to look forward to here in Canberra, woohoo.  I'm hoping we get some gardening chores done but there are a few social activities planned as well.  I'm off to watch my first roller derby game tomorrow afternoon.  Looking forward to that!