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