Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jawing Birthday - Just Add Ink #188 - Just Add Grunge

Happy Saturday ~

After not getting my card up in time for the last challenge over at Just Add Ink, I decided to get in nice and early with this one.  This week we need to add 'grunge'.  I find it a little difficult to 'dirty' up my cards so I took inspiration from Nikki and did a little chalkboard technique with my cute skull guy.  You'll notice a couple of other similarities to Nikki's card - I did say I would CASE hers one day.  It's the first time I've used my snazzy new chevron border punch too - pretty cool!

It's very sunny here today and a little dull indoors so I took my card outside - I'm no photographer so you'll just have to excuse the shadows and over exposure *blush*.

My colour combo is Basic Black, Smoky Slate and Calypso Coral.  Now if I didn't live in Australia (where we don't traditionally celebrate) you could mistake this for a Halloween card.  I have this in mind for a cool dude turning 14 in a few weeks.  

Thanks for visiting today.  Hope you're enjoying your weekend wherever in the world you are!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Sending Sympathy - JAI & JUG Challenge

Wow, good morning, happy Thursday ~

Don't fall off your chairs.  I honestly cannot believe it's been so long between posts - in fact I'm really stretching myself just remembering how to create a post (okay not really but it has been a looong time).  Not even sure if any of you are still with me...

A lot has been happening in my crazy life over recent months, one most significant is moving house.  I'm not a hoarder by any means, but when you have a child in your life you sure do accumulate 'stuff'.  The move was at times stressful, but it's all done and dusted now, everything is sorted and settled and we love our new space.

I've been making some minor changes, putting up shelves, toiling in the garden, sorting and know how it goes.  Gorgeous Kid started high school this year, and here we are in term 4!  I was a little, actually a lot, apprehensive about the big change from primary school.  Needn't have been.  He loves it.  His grades are good, the teachers love him and he has a really nice bunch of friends.  I'm one happy mum!

Last night I finally found time to give my new craft room a whirl.  I've been desperately wanting to get in and 'make' something.  Having not crafted for some time I was at a bit of a loss as to where to start.  Thank goodness for fabulous challenge sites.  First port of call was of course my favourite ladies over at Just Add Ink - I've wanted to play along with their challenges since I finished up on the design team earlier this year.  I cannot believe this is the first time I've achieved it!  They have a lovely sketch challenge this week JAI 187.  Next was over to Just Us Girls for their colour challenge #211.

Colour combo is Early Espresso, Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla - yummo.  I broke out my Colour Spritzer for the first time too - why has it been sitting in my drawer for so long?  The flower has a little sparkle to it as well, although the pic doesn't really show it - I never want my Champagne Shimmer Mist to run out!  This card is going to a lovely lady who lost her dear dad last week.

That's it from me.  I hope it won't be so long between posts, but I've decided it's silly to make promises...thanks for stopping by today, hope you like my first card in so long, I'm a little rusty but plan on searching out some more challenges later...

ETA - rusty alright, I didn't even get my card over to JAI in time.  The sketch challenge has already closed - one would think I should have known that!  To top it off I managed to stuff up my link to JUGS as well and didn't choose an image.  Perhaps I should go back to bed now lol.