Friday, April 28, 2017

Just Add Ink #357 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday friends ~

Jan has given us this sweet colour combo to use for the new Just Add Ink challenge starting today - Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry & Sahara Sand.

I made an Easter shaker card for our lovely US exchange student and popped it in her Easter gift bag along with some new winter pjs, and lots of chocolate eggs.  I think she loved it *wink*.


The little bunny is from a cute MFT stamp set called Snuggle Bunnies.  I coloured him with copic markers similar in shade to Sahara Sand and Island Indigo.


While I was at it I made another little shaker using one of the other cute images in the stamp set changing my c/s colours to Pink Pirouette and the long retired Strawberry Slush - hoarder much?

If you fancy trying out this lovely colour combo for yourself head over to JAI and check out the challenge details, and get yourself some inspiration from the design team samples.

It was back to school for us this week, a short week given we celebrated ANZAC day on Tuesday. It's nice to be back into a routine, although I fear the novelty is not going to last the entire 10 week term right through winter.  It became bitter cold here in Canberra this week.  The heater has gone on, and I doubt it'll be off now until October/November sometime.

Hope you've got a fun weekend lined up.  I have a busy Saturday, with a card class and special birthday dinner/drinks/dancing that evening.  A nice excuse to dress up & be fancy.

Patrice x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just Add Ink #356 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday ~

Kelly has given us this weeks Just Add Ink challenge to choose two - metallics or circles or balloons. I've used circles and balloons for my card.

The colour combo I've used for my birthday card seems to be very popular of late.  I chose Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay.


Pop over to JAI and grab the challenge details so you can join the fun with us.

Not a lot of news to add today, we've been sharing change of season germs around our family :( Easter weekend was very quiet for me, as I had hoped - I did get a few cards made so that was something, and I read an entire novel too, as well as a bit of Netflix binge watching.  The off road camping trip to the Victoria high country was a huge success - they all arrived home late on Monday night tired, filthy and very happy!

Until next week...have a wonderful weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, April 14, 2017

Just Add Ink #355 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning!

Our fabulous sketch designer, Narelle, has given us a terrific challenge to kick off the Easter long weekend over at Just Add Ink.  I hope you've all put aside time for crafting.  I certainly plan to get inky today while most of my family is away four wheel driving/off road camping in the Victorian high country.  Unfortunately Gorgeous Kid is at home unwell this Easter weekend :(

I used my Shooting Star stamps, and matching Framelits to make this spinner card which until this week hadn't seen ink!  I'm thinking I should 'shop my own stash' and work through all of my stamps from A to Z in a quest to use them!


This was also my first use of the Serene Scenery dsp - gasp.  I thought this particular design looked like a night sky, so I added the sweet shooting star which spins around and around - lots of fun to play with.


To enhance the night sky look I added lots of shimmer which was hard to photograph - I think it shows better in this close up.

Pop over to JAI and get inspired with all the lovely design team inspiration.  I hope to see lots of you getting busy this long weekend and uploading your creations to share with us.  Here is the sketch.


As mentioned above it's a nice quiet weekend in my house and I've got a few lazy plans - reading, crafting, catching up on some tv shows I haven't had time for lately, enjoying the peace and tranquility....I'm all set with hot cross buns and a little chocolate too.  Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!

Thanks for stopping by today, and if you have any questions on how I created this spinner card please leave a comment or email me and I'll be happy to share how it came together.

Patrice x

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just Add Ink #353 - Just Add Critters

Good morning crafty friends ~

Eeeeeek - it's been a few weeks since I've blogged & I'm here today to share a cutie critter card.  Lots of family news at bottom of post too, if you're interested.

Karren suggested the new Just Add Ink challenge for this week, and we're adding critters.  Fun huh!


I pulled out my Chubby Chums stamps from Paper Smooches and coloured up this little dog with copic markers.  Can you believe I'm a year behind the times and only just using some of the lovely glitter tape that was available during SAB last year?  Can everyone say hoarder?  The designer paper is from the long retired Lime Tart papers by MME.  I've used my stitched circle dies to cut twice and raised the centre circle up with dimensionals - something a little fun to add interest.

Pop over to JAI and check out all the awesome critters we've shared this week.  Hopefully you'll be inspired to join the challenge fun.

Some news from me....we had a lovely 10 day holiday in Fiji, super relaxing with lots of swimming, reading, eating and general lazing around.  It was extremely humid which wasn't too pleasant for this old gal.  The locals are absolutely lovely, so friendly and can't do enough for you.  A highlight was a day out on Tivua Island snorkelling, paddle boarding, kayaking and having fun in gorgeous crystal clear waters.

We also got married!  The ceremony was very small, and just beautiful.  I'd repeat that part every day forever if I could.  We had a trio of locals on guitar with such beautiful voices, and our celebrant was such a fun, easy going guy. It was very special, with just our three kids, the Mister's parents and my Aunt from New Zealand (since my parents are no longer here).

While I'm sharing news.....we're welcoming a lovely exchange student from the US on Monday. She'll be joining our family until the end of November and I'm excited to be celebrating her sweet 16th while she's here, and we'll also have the opportunity to give her an Aussie Thanksgiving.  The downside - I'm packing up my craft room to make space.  Not quite sure how I'm going to go crafting out of boxes, so we shall see....

Thanks for stopping by today, have a fabulous weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just Add Ink #349 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Friday friends ~

Well the count down is on.  We head off to Fiji for our family holiday, and wedding early next week for ten blissful days of sunshine and swimming, and no doubt plenty of delicious food and fun things to do.  The kids are super excited because they have a choice of six swimming pools at the resort...

The Just Add Ink inspiration pic is from me this week! I absolutely love what the other ladies have created with this and have to admit I struggled a little - for a CAS, mostly white space gal there was a lot of colour to work with!


I graduated the colours behind my shimmery glimmer paper hot air balloon starting with purple at the bottom and working my way up to the lighter colours of the macaron stack.  I heat embossed the smaller balloons and popped them up on dimensionals, and I incorporated a little touch of blue in the clouds.  Colours used were Perfect Plum, Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Watermelon Wonder and Blushing Bride.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun this week, here is the sweet inspiration pic for you.  Do be sure to pop over to JAI and check out the design team projects as well.  There is a lot of eye candy to get you started.


I can't guarantee I'll be around much over the next fortnight as I may be having way too much fun to be checking in.  If you're my friend on Facebook then no doubt you'll see the odd pic being uploaded so stay tuned there. Thanks so much for stopping by today & see you back here again soon.

Patrice x

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge # 4


Happy hump evening crafty friends ~

Welcome back to a new Colour INKspiration challenge.  There is a bit of excitement over on Facebook tonight with our brand new Crew members joining us.  Go check the news out for yourself https://www.facebook.com/groups/349642308720075/

If you're following the hop you may have come from the amazingly talented Jackie Noble. I just love everything she shares with us!

I have created a very simple card this week.  I pulled out a stencil and sponged the challenge colours (graduating from dark to light bottom up) onto scrap c/s.  Then I cut that down to a panel and added it to a Thick Whisper White card base.  I die cut the sentiment three times to create some depth, and once adheared on top of each other I slathered with my Fine Tip Glue Pen to make it all glossy.  My card is finished with some purple enamel dots from my stash.  Voila, a five minute card - literally!


Below I've added the challenge inspiration and colours.  See what you can come up with and join in the fun!


If you click on the next blog image below you'll be taken to see what Rose Packer has to share with us today.


Patrice x


Friday, February 17, 2017

Just Add Ink #347 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday ~

It's been an odd kind of week for me.  I had a fraxel treatment on my face on Monday (trying to undo all that tanning of the 70's & 80's) and I haven't been able to leave the house since.  Initially I was bright red, swollen and sore, then I went dark brown and had chipmunk cheeks, then a day later I got even darker and very tight, crusty and dry, and finally yesterday I started to peel and flake.  I'm looking quite mottled at the moment.  The kids have all had something to say - you need to wear a burka, mum wash the dirt off your face, why is your face black?  The end is in sight and by tomorrow all the peeling should be finished and my face will be fresh and pink.  Apparently the best results are seen a few months down the track.  I can tell you that where the skin has already peeled the new/underneath skin is sooooo soft and lovely to touch.  I bet you just love popping by to hear what's been happening for the past week/fortnight in my life lol.  Anyway onto the crafty stuff.

Kim gave us a colour combo to work with over at Just Add Ink this week - Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum and Rose Red.  All lovely colours but I had a bit of a hard time with them.


I used the Swirly Bird stamps and dies to create these little floral clusters.  I haven't used this set nearly enough, and yet I see so many gorgeous and creative uses of it.

We'd love you to join our fun colour challenge this week so pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration then get busy in your own craft space.  Don't forget to link up so we can visit your blog.

Next week the twins turn 5.  As we're heading off to Fiji soon after we've decided to skip the big party this year, but they are having a few friends to play at our local adventure park and will share some nibbles and cake.  I have only invited friends from four families and between us there are 15 kids lol - mostly multiples like us.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, February 3, 2017

Just Add Ink #345 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

It's been a big and exciting week in our house, and many others across the country I'm sure. Our summer school holidays came to an end.  The twins started kindy, in separate classes, so there was a little apprehension from one but the other was very keen to be doing her own thing.  This is the first time they've really been separated and I can happily report that five days in they are doing great.

Gorgeous Kid started college and seems to be loving it so far.  I think the most attractive thing for him is his timetable - he gets to start later and finish earlier several days a week.  He's also not restricted to school grounds and heads over to the local shops with friends during the lunch period. Lucky he earns his own money!

It's time to share a new Just Add Ink sketch challenge with you.  Narelle created this one for us and I love it.  I've used my much loved Treat Bag Thinlits to make a little birthday card that I think is suitable for a male - I find I need these on hand as Gorgeous Kid gives me next to no notice when he needs them for his mates.


Very CAS, just the way I like it


Pull up the insert and there is plenty of space to write a message


Here's another card using the same sketch. This was my first 'cut' into the delicious Cool Treats designer paper.  My photo editing has washed it out a little - but how good do all those ice creams and popsicles look?!  I love the colours in this suite.

I used the Stitched Framelit dies, silver foil, glimmer paper and some random enamel dots on both cards.  The c/s and dsp is Watermelon Wonder.  Here is the sketch if you'd like to join the challenge fun this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the awesome inspiration from the design team, their projects are sure to get you started.


My weekend is shaping up to be nice and quiet.  The rest of the family are going camping (not my thing, particularly in this extremely hot weather with no aircon), so I get to do whatever I like - woohoo.  Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge # 2

Good evening friends ~

Surprise!  I have some exciting news to share; I'm on the Colour INKspiration Crew!  It consists of a team of talented Aussie and NZ Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that create projects based on Pinterest inspired colour swatches.

There's also a Facebook group for Stampin' Up! enthusiasts who would like to share their paper craft projects using the colour combinations.

Here's the deal - Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7pm (AEST), a new colour swatch will be uploaded to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group and the Colour INKspiration Crew will get the ball rolling by providing inspiration for each challenge with a blog hop.

Members of the group have the option to join the Colour INKspiration 'Challenge' by uploading photos of their projects and can link back to their personal blog if they wish to.  Make sure you click on the link below and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in with the challenges too.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/349642308720075/

Hope to see you there!


Welcome to the second Colour INKspiration challenge.  Bron has given us a lovely 'succulent' colour combo today. Hopefully these colours will inspire you to join the challenge fun and share your projects.  Check it out.


If you're following the hop, you will have come from Chlo's Craft Closet - how fabulous is that gorgeous big bloom Chloe coloured?  If you've come straight here and wish to start at the Colour INKspiration challenge page over on FB, just click the banner above to be redirected.  Once you join the group you'll be able to load your projects there and join the fun each fortnight.

The birthday card I have created is fairly simple as I've been in holiday mode for so long I'm feeling a bit rusty.  I pulled out my Botanical Builder framelits, and used a sponge dauber to add ink to the flower and leaves - hopefully this gives them a little more depth.  The sentiment is from the new So In Love set in the Occasions Catty.  I took this photo at night so my little blingy bits aren't all sparkly as they are in real life.


Next on the hop is the lovely, Julia Quinn.  Click the 'next blog' image below to be taken to her project.


Thanks so much for taking a little time to stop by, and if you've left a comment thanks, I love reading them.

Patrice x

Friday, January 20, 2017

Just Add Ink 343 - Blog Hop - Just Add Pop Up &/or Interactive Cards


Happy January blog friends ~

I'm ashamed to say that it's been too long.... Christmas crept up on me, as it has a habit of doing now that I'm a busy mum of three.  The lead up was incredibly busy with Gorgeous Kid finishing high school, formal, awards presentation, graduation ceremony and the like....the twins finished up at preschool and with that came a concert, a party and numerous other activities to attend.  It was quite a juggle.  Family Christmas was at our house this year so we decided to go all out and host a few different parties in the weeks beforehand.  It was a very social, and enjoyable time despite all the work involved.


After the crazy of Christmas all three children ended up going away interstate on holidays with cousins, and grandparents respectively.  Well did we unwind - so much so that NOTHING happened for that week.  We didn't cook, nor did we need to clean house, wash clothes... I ended up reading three novels and taking regular afternoon naps - pure bliss!  I had hoped to craft, but really wasn't in the mood since I was being so lazy... the new year came around quietly for us.

So belatedly I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and that 2017 is an extra happy one for you.

At Just Add Ink we always like to start the year off with a blog hop to showcase the first challenge of the year. Today we are adding Pop Up &/or Interactive Projects


You may have arrived from my gorgeous friend Nikki's blog, or you can begin the blog hop here or at any of the other design team members blogs. There are 14 stops, and it's set up in a loop so it doesn't matter where you start.  All you need to do to follow along is click on the next button at the bottom of each post and you'll be taken to the next stop.  If you get stuck just head over to the JAI blog to find all the links.

I've created a Pop Up Slider Card for today.  This card was made for a sweet little girl who had her first birthday on the first day of the new year.  How special is that?



It stands open thanks to the tent fold card at back, plenty of room to write your message


Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate and Soft Sky are the colours I've used here


Closed flat and easy to mail

Despite ALL the new goodies I have from the Occasions Catalogue I didn't use a single one here.  In fact this card uses a combination of Stampin' Up!, Papertrey Ink and My Favourite Things stamps/dies.  If you'd like more detail on how I created it, or the supplies I've used please feel free to shoot me an email.

Using the next button below will take you to Kelly's fabulous creation.  Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy the hop!


Patrice x