Friday, November 20, 2015

Just Add Ink #289 - Just Add Music

Happy Friday friends ~

Phew it's been a hot week here in Canberra!  Beautiful if you can stay indoors and enjoy the air conditioning.  Not so much fun for all the school kids getting to and from school on their bikes.

The new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week is to add Music.  I pulled out some papers I've had in my drawer for years - I think they're Echo Park - and used my new Festive Flower Builder Punch to create this gorgeous big bloom.  I've added a couple of dimensionals within the layers of my petals for a more full flower.  Lots of fun.  Does my layout look familiar?  Hehe I made this card whilst making my card for last week's sketch challenge and liked it so much I continued along the same vein.  So easy.

Christmas card number two done!  Eeeeek I need to get busy on a whole lot more yet.  Instead I've been playing with felt this week, doing a bit of beading and working on some little Christmas gifts for the lovely ladies that work so hard at the Childcare Centre the twins attend.

Hope you find some time to join the challenge fun this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration and link your creation up.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Just Add Ink #288 - Just Add a Sketch

Whoop whoop it's Friday ~

Welcome to a brand new sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Narelle is our sketch whiz and I love what she's given us to work with this week.  I've had a little crafting hiatus recently and so when I pulled out some paper and ink I was pleasantly surprised to come up with my very first Christmas creation of the season in no time. Yay me!

I mixed up my purple hues a little, using Blackberry Bliss c/s and ink and Rich Razzleberry dsp. They totally look the same on this card irl.  I've added some silver c/s, twine and little Glimmer stars to bling things up a bit.  Simple but sweet!

If you'd like to join the challenge with us, pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration. We love visiting your blogs and seeing all your creations.  Here is the sketch for you:

We had a little family outing to the Queanbeyan Show last weekend.  It was on a much smaller scale to the Royal Canberra Show, however, they still had all the same rides, animals, sideshow alley and food! Bonus was that the cost was half!  We got the kids faces painted for free, and they were able to hold baby chicks and guinea pigs etc. It was a lot less stressful than the hectic pace of the larger Shows we've been to.  Will definitely go again!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Just Add Ink #286 - Just Add anything with W

Happy Friday ~

Tina has suggested something a little different for our new challenge over on the Just Add Ink blog today.  Use anything starting with W on your project, technique, theme, whatever you like!  Here I've used Water Colouring (on Whisper White c/s lol).

I heat embossed my Doodle Bloom flowers (love them) on water colour paper, added some water with a paint brush, using the same brush quite wet I added some ink (Lilac Posies from Memento) and moved it around with yet more water.  The card uses Soft Suede striped paper from the Neutral Designer Pack, with a strip of the matching c/s underneath.  It has quite a gold look don't you think? I have added some clear Wink of Stella to my flowers, it has a really subtle shimmer which doesn't show up so well in photos unfortunately.

A little over exposed, I just can't get my pics right lately.  It took me forever to take halfway decent pics in our last house, and now that we're in the new house I'm having trouble again.  Despite all the lovely large north facing windows that I thought would be wonderful in helping me get good photos, there is just too much sun.  In time I'm sure I'll find the perfect spot.  My light tent hasn't been too helpful either :o(.  Certainly this card is really pretty, and vibrant irl.

I've been baking this past fortnight.  Lots.  Chocolate chip biscuits, Caramel slice, Chocolate coconut slice - several times because it's a favourite and just so easy to do.  I'm hosting a little gathering on Sunday so I'm going to make some scones - nothing nicer than a batch of fresh warm scones with delicious raspberry jam and whipped cream.  Now if this was a food blog, and I was a decent photographer I might share pics of all these

Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a good one.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Just Add Ink #285 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday morning ~

Running behind again.....Nikki has given us a lovely colour combo as our new challenge over at Just Add Ink today. We're using Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Blushing Bride and Night of Navy.

Please excuse the poor photo quality, combined with being a busy mum this week we've had really overcast and wet weather here in Canberra.  I was hoping to take another but time got away on me....

I've stamped my leaves in MM ink on the same coloured cardstock, and heat embossing my flowers with white ep on BB.  The sentiment is called Swoosh from PTI.

If you'd like to join the challenge fun pop over to JAI and check out the inspiration the design team has provided for you.  We love to see your creations.

Sorry so short and sweet.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Just Add Ink #284 - Just Add a Fancy Fold & GDP#006

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

We have a really fun challenge kicking off today over at Just Add Ink.  Di wants us all to make a card with a fancy fold.  I must admit I don't do special folds as often as I'd like.  Usually because I'm running low on time and it's just quicker to go with the basics.  I'm sure many of you are exactly the same!

So this week I've made a Concertina (tag top) card.  There is a fabulous tutorial by Linda Higgens here.  Linda gives a better view from the top too.  They really are such fun to make.  I encourage you to give it a whirl.

I've used the funky little stamp set Doodle Blooms from Altenew.  I white heat embossed the flowers, then using a dauber applied a combination of Watermelon Wonder, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks. The leaves are Mint Macaron.

With hindsight I wish I'd made my front/back panel just a little higher to meet the inside (I used a different punch to Linda and didn't take into account the height difference) - can you see my little mess up?  Of course I didn't notice it until I'd completely finished the card, and I didn't fancy pulling it apart again :(

I've left plenty of space inside to write my birthday message.  My base uses Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate and Whisper White c/s.

The design team have created some stunning fancy fold cards for your inspiration this week.  Pop over to JAI and check them out.  I'm looking forward to lots of shared ideas this week so be sure to join our challenge and link up.

I'm going to add this card to the recently formed Global Design Project #GDP006 challenge blog.  I was really taken with Brian King's card this week and that formed the orientation of my flowers. Head over and take a look, there's lots of eye candy.  Waving hi to a couple of my lovely friends on the design team.

Enjoy your weekend, whatever you're up to.  I'm hoping for a reasonably quiet one - after fitting a bunch of new blinds to the downstairs rooms!  Now the weather is a lot brighter we need the day/night blinds that have been sitting in their original packaging for quite some while!

Thanks for stopping by :o)

Friday, October 9, 2015

Just Add Ink #283 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning friends ~

I'm happy it's Friday.  It's been a tumultuous couple of weeks here, with a quick trip home to New Zealand for the very sad funeral of one of my closest friends.  I spent eight days away, and got to catch up with loved ones, which was nice.  But....why is it that funerals tend to bring people together after long periods apart?  We really should live in the moment more.  I'm learning that the hard way, for sure.

I'm a little late posting my Just Add Ink challenge card today....still chasing my tail and playing catch up after my unexpected absence.  Narelle gave us a sketch to work with this week.  I'll add it to the bottom of my post.

I've used Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Whisper White on this card, and a little sparkle to add an extra girly touch.  Love those sweet little shoes from the Baby, We've Grown stamp set.

If you'd like to play along with us head over to the JAI blog, check out the design team inspiration, and link your creation up.  Here is the sketch:

Have a wonderful \weekend, whatever your plans.  I'm hoping to get to Floriade!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Just Add Ink #281 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Hello and happy Friday ~

Before I get to my card I want to wish my beautiful BFF, Trish a super wonderful happy birthday today! I hope you and your gorgeous little guy have some fun plans today.  Thinking of you and missing you loads!  Totally wish I was there.

There's a new challenge over at Just Add Ink!   Di wants us to choose our favourite three colours. Fun huh!  I went with Rose Red, Pink Pirouette and Smoky Slate because they are my faves for this week. Lol, I know you all understand - favourites change all the time!

I used the PTI Linen Impression Plate on my mat layer here, and the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted and heat embossed with Smoky Slate e/p (retired).  There is lots of shimmer on this card irl but the photo hasn't picked it up :(

Yet again I've been very short on time for one reason or another.  I even missed blogging my 'glimmer' card last week.  Shame on me.  Suffice to say it was pretty, pink and perfect for BFF's birthday!  I arrived home earlier this week from five fun days in Queensland with said BFF and her beautiful family.  The weather was kind and not too hot.  We did a bit of shopping, visited the Eat Street Markets - AWESOME - stopped in at a real life craft store (of which we don't really have in Canberra nowadays) and did lots of lazing around chatting (and eating).  The highlight of course was her baby boy's Baptism.  I am now officially his Godmother.  So. Very. Proud!

Please make sure you head over to JAI and see what the lovely ladies have created for your inspiration this week. Hope you find time to join this fun challenge with us.  Enjoy your weekend! I'm planning on catching up around here, making a few cards and sharing some of the pics I've been promising for weeks now.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Just Add Ink #279 - Just Add a Sketch

Whooooops ~

Who forgot to write a blog post for the early hours of this morning!  I don't think I've ever done that before.  Sooooo here it is.....

We have a great sketch for you this week over at Just Add Ink.  Narelle designed this one for us.  I made a card a couple of months ago before we moved house - then realised I'd got the sketch slightly back to front, so made another (the twins had their very first official birthday party to attend and the sail boat card was for the birthday boy). Here are my two cards.

I've been super short on time recently, and as such haven't worked out a new spot to take my photos yet.  Slightly dodgy light and shadows happening here.  If you're interested in any of the details on either card please leave a comment or shoot me an email and I'll be happy to share :)

Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration, and join us!  We always love to visit your blogs and see how many different interpretations you come up with.  Here's the sketch for you.

The weather is warming up beautifully and my new garden is starting to spring to life.  I so love this time of year. This time next week I'll be up in Brisbane visiting BFF and her beautiful baby boy for his Baptism.  Guess who's going to be Godmother!!!!  So very honoured to be trusted with this role and I can't think of a more special family to be a part of.  To say I'm happy is an understatement.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Just Add Ink #278 - Just Add Inspiration

I do love a Friday morning ~

We have a brand new inspiration challenge over at Just Add Ink for you today.  Nikki chose this one for us, and it's perfectly timed with Spring starting this week.  I love Spring.

I'm a bit rusty as it's been a good six weeks since I played in my craft room (packing and moving house and all that).  What I had in my head didn't really come out on paper the same way.

I white heat embossed a bunch of PTI flowers and coloured them with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers. The colours were really vibrant and bright whilst wet.  Unfortunately once dry they had toned down quite a bit. Still pretty but not as bright as I'd planned.  A little sponging, some spritzing and a few sequins and blingy bits....

It's been pouring rain here again the past couple of days, not complaining as I put a few tomato plants in the garden yesterday.  I'm thinking it's going to be a good day to play with some of my new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue. Have you seen it yet?  If you go to the right hand sidebar you'll find a link.

If you'd like to join the JAI challenge this week, here is the inspiration pic for you.  Need a little direction?  Pop over to look at the design team inspiration and let your imagination run wild.

We're off to a mad hatter/steam punk themed 40th birthday party tomorrow night.  Good grief!  Yep I had to google the latter...obviously I don't get out much because steam punk seems to be quite popular, and I really had no clue. More on the party next post :)

Have a great weekend!