Friday, April 17, 2015

Just Add Ink #259 - Just Add Sequins

Thank goodness it's Friday ~

I'm so looking forward to some down time this weekend.  It's been one of those weeks.  Never enough hours in the day and always something on my 'to do' list.  I keep carrying things over and it's not at all satisfying when I can't put a big line through something I'd like to have achieved.  Am I the only one who feels like this?  Please tell me I'm not!

Our new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week is to add sequins.  Yay for a bit (or a lot) of bling and fun.  My card this week was really hard to photograph, perhaps because Canberra has had some really dull weather, and also because of the window sheet on my shaker card.


I've created a girly pink card using the On Film Framelits, some window sheet (which I stamped on using StazOn) and a bunch of sweet sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.  I rock-n-rolled my stamps with Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry inks.

There are so many things you can do with sequins, so why not join the challenge fun over at JAI this week?  If you're stuck for ideas the design team has a bunch for your inspiration.  If you fancy making a shaker card, go to google and it'll come up with a ton of tutorials to help you along.  Or feel free to contact me and I'm happy to help!

Gorgeous Kid is off at a sleepover tonight, and then off to a movie marathon with a bunch of mates Saturday night. I'm using the time as catch up.  So much to do before Convention - eeek less than two weeks until I get to see everyone and have some crafty fun with them all.  Just. Can't. Wait!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Just Add Ink #258 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Good Friday morning ~

Well it's sure been a cool week here in Canberra, you can feel snow in the air and it's still only Autumn :o(  it doesn't help that we lost daylight savings last weekend - boo.  The afternoons are getting darker so much earlier.  Brrrrr.

There's a new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week Rochelle has given us a lovely colour combination of  'Blackberry Bliss, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo'.  You can make so many pretties with these colours.


Lots of Whisper White layers here, with a nice splash of colour don't you think?  I used one of the double stitched circle dies from Simon Says Stamp to inlay one of my favourite designer papers from the Park Lane series.  The little double bow is made with the Cotton Ribbon.  Sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

Pop over to JAI and check out all the gorgeous design team projects provided for your inspiration. Hope you find time to get inky over the weekend.

I've been busily working on some swap cards for the upcoming Convention 2015 being held on the Gold Coast at the end of this month.  I just can't wait to meet up with lots of my blog friends from across Australia and New Zealand, and particularly spend five fabulous days with many of the JAI girls - we always have so much fun together.  Late nights chatting and laughing, lots of good food and of course crafty time together.  It really is a highlight for me!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Just Add Ink #257 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Good Friday friends ~

I love a four day weekend, and the kids love it even more because this one involves lots of delicious chocolate! Hope the bunny is good to you this Easter.

Over at Just Add Ink today we have a gorgeous Inspiration Pic from Narelle to work with.


As is my usual style I've gone with a fairly simple card using Very Vanilla, Crisp Cantaloupe and Soft Suede.  The designer paper is the long retired (but still plenty in my hoard stash) Beau Chateau. The stamp set is from Clearly Besotted, and called Love Quotes.  I can't remember the brand name of the little glittery gold enamel dots, sorry.

Here is the Inspiration Pic for you to work with.  I chose my colour palette from the flowers and the little wooden box and brass vase.  I did kind of want to go with chevrons because of the way the straws are lying, but thought that may have been a stretch :o)  


What inspires you in this picture....the colours, flowers, doilies or lace, vases?  You've got a whole long weekend ahead of you, hope you can find some crafting time to join the challenge fun this week. The design team always looks forward to visiting your blogs so be sure to link up over at JAI!

Enjoy your long weekend!  Happy Easter to you and yours.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Gift Boxes - Punch Art & Photo Heavy

Happy Monday!

Surprise surprise I'm back to show you some little Easter Treat Boxes.  A friend asked if I could put a few little gift card holders together for her children for Easter.  I decided that was a tad ordinary, and besides I don't actually own any Easter stamp sets.  So with huge help from Pinterest here is the line up.

Using the Two Tags die, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip colour combo.


The Fry Box die, Pool Party and Whisper White colour combo.


A PTI Favor It Box using Baked Brown Sugar and Pink Pirouette colour combo.


The Fry Box die using Pistachio Pudding and Whisper White colour combo.


The Mini Treat Bag die, made into a box using Naturals Ivory.


So the bonus with these little gift boxes is that they'll not only hold a gift card, but a few little choccie eggs as well! Lucky kids.

If you read my last post you'll know I alluded to something special happening on Friday.  It was my birthday. I had a lovely day and was extremely spoilt with loads of phone calls, text messages, FB messages and even a couple of special visitors over the weekend.  We went out to dinner and two (yep two) dessert restaurants before coming home with very full tummies.  In fact I was quite uncomfortable.  I didn't wake feeling much better on Saturday morning either.  All that sugar was sitting in the pit of my belly!  It was very yummy at the time though lol.  Thank goodness birthdays only come around once a year.

Back later in the week.



Friday, March 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #255 - Just Add Eggs or Ovals

Happy Friday friends ~

Gee the weeks are rolling by quickly....eeep nearly Easter!  Today I'm stopping by to show you my latest Just Add Ink card - Nikki set our challenge this week to add Eggs or Ovals.  I don't typically send Easter cards so I used ovals on my project/s this week.  However, I have been busy making little Easter gift boxes which I'll pop back to show you in a day or two.

I absolutely love the Love is Kindness stamp.  Tulips are a favourite of mine, and wrapped in a little newsprint with twine and a beautiful sentiment you just can't go wrong.  Here is the Pink Pirouette, with Crumb Cake version.


And Soft Sky with Island Indigo.


I coloured both with coordinating blendies.  If you'd like to join our Eggs or Ovals challenge pop over to JAI and check out all the challenge details.  There are some lovely, and pretty cute design team projects to get you inspired. Don't forget to link up so we can swing by your blogs and visit.

I'm out and about today with lots of fun things to do, and I have dinner plans with my little family this evening.  There could even be birthday cake involved!  Tell you all about it next post.  

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #254 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

We have a new challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Kim has given us the colours 'Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow & Baked Brown Sugar'.


Once again my photography skills are challenged.  Sorry for this over exposed pic.  It's been bright and sunny in Canberra lately, not that I'm complaining, but gee it's hard to take photos.

Despite not being sure I really needed the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits here it is!  I love it, and there are so many cute little dies that come with it.  I can see I'm going to have loads of fun with this one.  My little package/envelope is pretty self explanatory and as I'm short on time I won't babble.  If you do have any questions please shoot me an email or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Other news ... SU! Convention registration opened yesterday and many of the lovely JAI girls are already registered and looking forward to meeting up in person again.  It's being held on the Gold Coast this year and it's the perfect opportunity to catch up with beautiful BFF and her gorgeous blue eyed baby boy - love him!

If you have some time to get inky then head over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration - there are some truly gorgeous projects this week.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Just Add Ink #253 - Just Add Inspiration

Good Friday morning ~

It's time for a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week Nikki has given us a pretty funky inspiration pic to work with.  Here I am playing with tilted panels again lol.


I popped my Basic Black card base through the Big Shot using the Large Polka Dot embossing folder before spritzing with a little Smooch for shimmer.  The added panels are Smoky Slate and Whisper White.  I had wanted to use Melon Mambo ink on my accents, but had to go with Strawberry Slush instead as my MM ink pad was playing silly games and not inking nicely.  Have since rectified that with a brand new one!

If you'd like to play along with our challenge this week, below is the inspiration pic for you.  Choose whichever elements inspire you - it could be colours, butterflies, pom poms, water....you name it, whatever you see in the pic. Head over to JAI and check out the design team projects for other ideas. There are some pretty fabulous creations this week, and I so love how we each come up with quite different designs and ideas using the same starting point.


Righto well I have a busy day ahead, and I'm off to Dendy Premium tonight for a luxurious movie experience.  Love that place, and love the menu/service more!

Hope you've all got an awesome weekend planned!  Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Just Add Ink #252 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

There is a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today!  Kim has given us a cute 'tilted' sketch, and I think it was quite the challenge for those of us who like straight lines!  I rather enjoyed going 'off centre' a bit though I must admit.

I went with a masculine card using the World Map background stamp.  I've been getting into the habit of creating two similar cards whilst having my supplies out - great to build the stash.  Here is the Lost Lagoon version.  I coloured the oceans with an aqua pen - yep it worked fine on Very Vanilla c/s so long as I kept the water flow to a minimum.


And an Early Espresso...with no oceans coloured.


If you'd like to join the challenge, do pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration - lots of lovely creations to get you started...and we do love to check out your entries and blogs so make sure you link up.  Here is the sketch.


Guess where I was last night?  Totally rocking it with Cold Chisel - how lucky was Canberra to get a one off concert announced only a few weeks ago?!!!  Love Jimmy.  A bit hoarse today lol.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #251 - Just Add Thank You

Hello lovely crafty friends ~

Yay there's a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week we want you to add 'thank you' to your cards and projects.  I went with a super CAS card this week (lol what's new) but used a technique I rather enjoy - inlaid die cutting.  While I had bits all over my desk I actually made a few for my stash - here are just two.


Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party - thanks to my Colour Coach!


Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, Sahara Sand and Pink Pirouette - the remainder of the sentiment is on the inside of the card - I appreciate you.  Loving those enamel dots!  There is actually quite a bit of shimmer on each card, but my photography has made it look totally dodgy :(

Short and sweet from me today unfortunately, it's been a super crazy busy fortnight.  Hopefully things will start to settle again next week.  Phew!

Ooooh nearly forgot to mention that I'm off to the Canberra SU! Party Time Event being held tomorrow - I'm so looking forward to hanging out with some of my favourite people.