Friday, May 7, 2021

Just Add Ink #553...Just Add a Sketch

Hello & happy Friday ~ 

It's the start of a brand new challenge week over at Just Add Ink. Kelly has designed the sketch for us to use. 

I've gone completely out of my comfort zone & cracked into the Sweet Ice Cream suite here, using some of the new In Colours. I think I love them all. Miss 9 always has parties to attend so this card will be used in no time, I'm sure.

Up close it's all sparkly with Shimmer Paint.


If you'd like to join the challenge fun head over to JAI to check out the details & get some inspiration. Here is the banner for you.

No interesting news from me this fortnight....our huge landscaping job (have I even mentioned that yet?) is still in progress & my entire back yard is a bomb site - not helped by three days of rain this week. It's nearing the end they tell me so hopefully I can get to the fun part of planting soon. We're also incorporating a fire pit & a large urn with flowing water. Hubby has been taking time lapse video for the 6-7 weeks that the workers have been here so once that's all put together I can share a start to finish.

It's Mother's Day here in Australia on Sunday. I found a little notation in our family calendar that we're going out for brunch. I've no idea where but I'm excited to know Gorgeous Kid will be hanging with us. I don't see him nearly often enough now that he's all grown up & away from home.

Hope all is well in your world. Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful weekend! Happy Mother's Day to those of you celebrating. 

Patrice x

Friday, April 23, 2021

Just Add Ink #551...Just Add 3D - photo heavy

Hellooooo ~

Over at Just Add Ink today our new challenge kicks off - Just Add 3D. Rachael suggested this one & I had some fun creating these little Easter treat boxes (using the Love You Always boxes from the current mini catalogue) for our beautiful teachers.

You'll probably have worked out that this, & the previous couple of challenge pics, were all taken on the same day, which was rainy, dull & overcast - the perfect combination for lousy pics. I was working to get ahead prior to going on holidays. If only I was a bit more tech savvy I'd know how to clean them up & make them look as gorgeous as many other bloggers do....

I've wrapped the boxes in the pretty designer paper from the Ice Cream corner suite. These cute little bunnies are an MFT set of stamps that I reach for annually :)



The design team has created a variety of gorgeous projects for this challenge. Pop over to JAI to check them all out, then join the challenge fun with us!


We had an amazing two weeks in Queensland. The weather was stunningly perfect! We visited Fraser Island & all it offers - spent time at some gorgeous water spots, saw lots of the local wildlife & we finished our holiday with two nights in Brisbane where I got to spend precious time with my beautiful godson's. We had a day at Seaworld on the Gold Coast where my little guy absolutely fell in love with the dolphins (& has now proclaimed he is going to become a marine biologist) & little miss totally adored the seals. She even conquered her fears & rode a rollercoaster! It's good to be home but by gosh I've done a lot of washing & ironing since our return!

Here are just a handful of pics. Hubby made some amazing timelapse videos using his GoPro but if I add even one or two here this post will get ridiculously longer than it is already. Hope you enjoy a snippet into our holiday.


Ice cream at Noosa - the twins & I.


#Beach life.


Hubby got up verrrry early to catch the sun rise.


Stunning Lake Mckenzie - a long arduous drive on the island but absolutely worth it!


Champagne pools!


The Moheno shipwreck.


One of the locals - a dingo wandering about on the beach.


There was a family of goannas at our camp - I think this was one of the smaller visitors.

Patrice x

Friday, April 9, 2021

Just Add Ink #549...Just Choose Two

Hello from beautiful Fraser Island ~

Kelly has given us a Choose Two challenge over at Just Add Ink today. Of course I went for the petals & leaves...that's a no brainer for me.

I used Magenta Madness for the first time on this card, along with the Forever Fern stamps. A few gold accents lifted the all white background. My mat layer has been run through the Subtle embossing folder.

Once again this pic was taken on a dull overcast rainy old day.

We love you joining our challenges so pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration & details. Here is the banner for you.

We've just had a wonderful family Easter weekend down at the coast. The weather was superb....almost like the summer we never really got. There was lots of beach time. Lots of socialising & relaxation....& of course lots of chocolate!

Here are some pics from one of my early morning walks.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x

Friday, March 26, 2021

Just Add Ink #547...Inspiration

Happy Friday ~

It's new challenge time at Just Add Ink. Kim has given us an adorable Easter wreath inspiration image to work with this week. I adore pink so naturally that was the direction I took....& of course a little wreath. I went with the Easter theme by adding a sweet little copic coloured bun.


I made this card into a gift card/cash holder by adding a little pocket using designer paper inside. Apologies for dull pics. We've had crazy rain lately & not a lot of natural light. You can't even see the sparkle all over this :(


If you'd like to join us pop over to JAI & get all the details. Here is the banner for you.


We've got a big landscaping job going on at home. Thanks to the recent rain our dates have been pushed out but finally they got started yesterday! I'm going to miss some of the greenery we have currently but I do look forward to our new design....just wish it didn't take so many years for things to grow big again. I'm most looking forward to the new smart wifi watering system - it knows when it's raining & doesn't double water & I can control it from anywhere. Being a bit tech challenged I may or may not be in charge of it. Lol!

Have a wonderful Easter, however you celebrate it. My next project will come to you from Fraser Island. We're spending the school holidays up there enjoying the warmer weather & beaches.


Patrice x


Friday, March 12, 2021

Just Add Ink #545....Just Add a Colour Combo

Helloooo ~

Shades of green....that's what Lou has us doing for this week's brand new Just Add Ink colour challenge. There are so many gorgeous greens in the Stampin' Up! colour families....where to start....I chose the beautiful Soft Sea Foam with a touch of Pear Pizzazz ribbon today.

I love the subtle Tasteful Textile embossing folder, which I've layered on Gold Foil here. And for the third challenge running I've used the gorgeous florals from the True Love designer paper. I fussy cut two layers & popped just the flowers up on dimensionals, using Wink of Stella all over the flowers for some shimmery sheen. Honestly this card looks a whole ton better in real life!


If you have a favourite (or more) shade of green, then pop over to JAI & join in the challenge fun with us.


Not a lot of news this week. We had coast fun last weekend, which included a public holiday - always a bonus! We are making so many lovely new friends down there. The kids love the freedom of riding their bikes everywhere & having several visits a day to the beach. I'm enjoying the food options way too much....I'm finding all the local tucked away cafes. Good but not so good if you know what I mean :) This weekend I need to stay in Canberra & tend the garden. 

Patrice x

Friday, February 26, 2021

Just Add Ink #543....Just Add a Sketch

 It's Friday ~

Kelly has given us a fun sketch challenge to work with this week over at Just Add Ink. I'm totally loving on the True Love designer papers. So much so, that I need to order a second packet already!

Here I've coloured the florals softly with my copic markers & popped up on dimensionals, adding a little copper thread underneath for interest. And once again, Label Me Bold stamp set to the rescue. I love these small sentiments as they just fit in anywhere.


Why don't you join the challenge fun with us? Pop over to JAI for some gorgeous inspiration, & get busy with your own version of this awesome sketch.

The twins had a birthday this week! They're getting old enough now that they like to celebrate separately. So little Miss had a sleepover pizza party with the girls last weekend & they spent most of it in the pool thanks to lovely weather! This weekend Master is taking a friend to the coast, while his sister stays in Canberra. He'll have his own pizza party & beach fun. Let's hope I can transport his cake in one piece!

Here is her cake. My girlfriend makes amazing cakes, & a really good size so you're not eating it for days on end. We all love her oreo balls - which she has decorated in Miss' favourite colour purple. If you're local & want one of these for yourself leave me a comment & I'll happily pass on contact details.

Thanks for popping by today. Have a fabulous weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, February 12, 2021

Just Add Ink #541...Just Add a Blended Background

 Happy Friday ~

Over at Just Add Ink this week, Nikki has set a pretty cool challenge to add a blended background to our projects. Back story .... I made a card a couple of weeks ago that I wasn't entirely sure of. So it's been sitting on my desk & I've been looking at it & looking at it trying to decide if I like it or not. Late last night I decided to whip up something different .... & because it was late my fallback was the gorgeous SAB paper  Oh So Ombre'. Bit of a cheat move but it is beautiful paper.

I also coloured some of my other favourite paper - True Love - & fussy cut it, popping it up on dimensionals. Label Me Bold seems to be my go to for quick & easy sentiments these days too.

When uploading my card I realised I must like this colour combo because I found a card I'd made for a previous challenge using the same colours. Hmmmm.




If you fancy joining us this week, pop over to JAI & check out some inspiration from the design team & the challenge guidelines. 


News for me this fortnight is that we bought a coast cabin! Exciting. The beach is beautiful, with gentle waves (thinking we may invest in a kayak too) & dog friendly. I'm going to love morning walks & chatting to everyone else's doggos on the weekends & holidays that we visit. The twins are beyond thrilled at the prospect of meeting new friends & being 'free' to explore their new area. Gorgeous Kid is looking forward to going down with his mates when the folks aren't there!

I've spent some of this week out purchasing lots of new items to furnish it....I really thought that would be more fun that it actually was!

Have a super weekend, whatever you get up to!


Patrice x

Friday, January 29, 2021

Just Add Ink #539....Just Choose Two

 Happy Friday ~

Welcome to a new Just Add Ink challenge. We're back into the swing of things, this being our third challenge for the new year. This week, Di, has asked us to Choose Two - Banner, Border or Bow. I love the variations we all come up with using these challenges.

I needed to make a couple of thank you cards to accompany small gifts for family members who took the twins on an awesome coastal holiday over the summer break. I tell you, those kids have had the best break ever because we took them away a couple of times too - being Covid safe of course. They've hardly had their feet on the ground. But we started slowing down yesterday as school goes back next Monday & we need routine again. Hard to believe they're going into Year 4! Getting big kids now.

I chose to use a banner & bow, combining some fussy cut Forever Greenery designer paper with the Tropical Chic (retired) stamp set & a sentiment from Clearly Besotted. 


Pop over to JAI & check out all the lovely design team projects. We'd love to have you join the challenge fun. Here is the banner for you to use.


Thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x


Friday, January 15, 2021

Just Add Ink #537 - Just Add Family Blog Hop


Happy New Year!

As we do every year, the Just Add Ink team is participating in a Blog Hop. With the absolute crazy that has been the last 12 months our theme is Family! We've been separated, had important events put on hold & generally had our routines thrown up in the air....

One of the biggest impacts to our family this past year was losing both of our beloved fur family members within 10 months of each other. Our beautiful Lilli girl & Humphrey bun. They have left a gaping hole in our hearts!

LOVE really is a four legged word.

I've coloured up a few MFT images, keeping the card base super simple. I really like the Oh So Ombre designer paper SAB freebie! All the blending is done for me :)







If you'd like to join the challenge fun this week & share one of your own family projects, pop over to JAI & check out all the details. 

To continue the hop click on the button below to visit Kelly.


Thanks for stopping by today. Stay well.

Patrice x