Friday, January 31, 2014

Just Add Ink #200 - Just Add Inspiration

Hi crafty friends ~

We had a wonderful weekend away at Lake Jindabyne for the Australia Day long weekend.  The days were beautifully sunny and warm, and the nights were cool.  Gorgeous Kid had the most awesome time getting dumped off the biscuit, doing a spot of fishing and generally running wild with other kids his age.  I think the highlight was playing spotlight late at night in the pitch black!

Over at Just Add Ink we have a gorgeous Inspiration pic courtesy of Nikki for you to play along with this week.  I love the mixture of green, yellow and white in the sunny spring flowers!

Not much to say about my card, except that I'm loving how the Champagne Shimmer Mist on my flower has shown up in the photo - it hardly ever does that!

Pop on over to Just Add Ink and check out the lovely design team inspiration this week.  Hopefully with school back (in Australia) you'll find some time to get inky and join the challenge fun with us!

Have you checked out our 'new look' blog and badge yet?  We're also on Facebook and Instagram so if you're not already following sign up at this post.  You'll find all our latest pins on Pinterest too.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Just Add Ink #199 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

I'm popping by today to show you the latest sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink, courtesy of Tina.

I decided to go for a different shape to the circles shown in the sketch.  I cut up a little Burlap bag and pulled a few threads, then added a couple of lace flowers I've had in my stash for ages. Unfortunately I didn't have one slightly bigger than the other, which the sketch asks for, but close enough is good enough when you have creative licence right?

I used a base of the delicious Baked Brown Sugar card stock, with the Whisper White mat popped up on dimensionals.

If you'd like to play along with us this week, check out the sketch and all the design team inspiration over at JAI.  We always enjoy looking at your entries and seeing all the different 'takes' of the same sketch.

It's a long weekend in Australia and we're heading off to the lake for some fun water activities with several other families - water skiing, tubing and just playing in the sand.  Can't wait...but I find the lead up to time away is always sooo busy.  I wish I could skip that part and just have everything magically packed, the sheets changed, washing done and house clean (I ALWAYS have to come home to everything in order).

I hope your weekend is great!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Just Add Ink #198 - Blog Hop

Good Friday morning ~

It's finally first (return) project for Just Add Ink.  It's an extra exciting post today because we're kicking the new year off with a Blog Hop & it's all about Thinlits or the Envelope Punch Board (EPB).

You will have hopped here from Nikki's blog.  There are 15 stops on our blog hop, 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 JAI blog hop button at the end 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 box, a two tab file folder card and a tag using the EPB.  This is a must have item.  I love the way it punches two styles and it creates sooooo much more than envelopes!  It's also very compact to store - bonus.

I used a Crumb Cake base, with coordinating designer paper and seam binding ribbon.  My lovely pink felt flower embellishments were cut using the PTI Frilly Flowers die collection.  I've stitched them together with Whisper White baker's twine and a faceted button.  This holds them in place perfectly.

If you'd like more info on my projects please shout out and I'll be happy to help.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Now click on the button below to visit Paula and see what crafty goodness she's sharing.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Christmas Catch Up - lots of pics

Hi crafty friends ~

I'm popping in this evening to share a couple of Christmas gifts I made last year.  I just had to try one of the fabulous paper wreaths that were popping up all over blogland.  I used the Seasons of Style designer paper. It looked gorgeous presented in a hat box lined with tissue - and a perfect way to store it safely until next year!

I needed eight individual gifts for the carers at the Centre the twins attend a couple of days a week.  I didn't want to go the usual chocolate route.  I found these great little bells, originally plain white, and used my new (squeal) copic airbrush system to colour them.  It worked a treat.

Once coloured I used some heat & stick powder and dazzling diamonds to bling the bottoms up a bit, added some hemp twine (retired) and voila all done.  I took a few pics and you all know I'm a lousy photographer so please excuse the varied close ups and sizes of my images.  No amount of editing can help me lol.

Just a few grouped together before hanging individually on our tree... favourite was the Pink bell...

...followed closely by Lime Green



Maroon or Cherry Cobbler

Packed up ready to gift (I coordinated the striped ribbons with the colour of the bell inside)

Close Up

I'll be back at the end of the week with my first Just Add Ink project for 2014 - it's a blog hop so be sure to check it out.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Just Add Ink - 2013 A Year in Review

Hi friends ~

Happy 2014!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that this lovely new year of ours is already shaping up to be a good one for you!

I have some exciting news to share ... the lovely ladies over at Just Add Ink recently asked me if I'd like to re-join the design team.  I consider these ladies family and I've missed them soooo much - 2013 was a tough and busy year for me and I had to sacrifice precious crafting time among other things - so I jumped at the opportunity.  I REALLY missed blogging last year too so I'm going to make a concerted effort to get back into it.  Being part of the design team will help me with that for sure *wink*.

Just Add Ink is currently still enjoying the summer break, but we thought it would be fun to choose our favourite projects of 2013.  I had very slim pickings, with only a few projects eligible so here it is ... original post here.

We'd love you to go back over your favourite JAI projects for 2013 and link up.  We'll be back with a fun Blog Hop on 17 January so be sure not to miss that!

I did take a few pics of some of the Christmas projects I put together.  They need editing and once I've done that I'll pop back to share.  Thanks for stopping by today *squeal - so excited to be back*.