Friday, June 26, 2015

Just Add Ink #268 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning beautiful blog friends ~

OMGoodness Friday's roll around ever so quickly....over at Just Add Ink today we have a new sketch challenge from Narelle.

It's been a really crazy busy time the past six weeks (you know...buying and selling houses, sending GK off on his big adventure to Borneo), and I've had minimal crafting time.  Today I have a fairly straight forward, simple, layered card to share.  

Using a base of Coastal Cabana and the Best Year Ever designer paper (another freebie from SAB this year), along with a little Sahara Sand and some (now retired) Crisp Cantaloupe I just layered up. Told you, pretty simple!

The design team have made some stunning cards to share with you this week, so head over to JAI and check them out.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by their creations.  Hope you can join the challenge fun with us.  Here's the sketch.

Well GK left bright and early yesterday morning.  I was a bit teary and sad to send him off, despite this being a fabulous opportunity and such a learning experience for him.  I'm already counting the days/weeks until he comes home with all his news, and hopefully a memory card full of photos!

We have an open home this Saturday and Sunday so a bit of a drag, but it should be reasonably painless.  I'm already tired of having to wipe down the shower and bathroom every time one of us uses it.  I've been smart though, and closed off the other two bathrooms - so no extra cleaning required lol.

Hope you have a fabbo weekend!  Back again soon.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Just Add Ink #267 - Just Add Typography

Happy Friday friends ~

This week Di has given us the new challenge over at Just Add Ink, to add Typography.  I have to admit I googled this one.

As you can see I've used a ton of different stamp sets on my card.  It was a total snap to put together, despite it looking like it took forever.  Thank you MISTI.  I just lined them all up and stamped once.

My base card is the very cool Irresistibly Yours Specialty designer paper we received during SAB earlier this year. It's white paper with a glossy white pattern that you can colour using a variety of techniques - which then reveals the pattern.  I used a sponge dauber and black ink to bring up the bold stripes.  I've used a Smoky Slate mat and my accent colour is the lovely new Watermelon Wonder In Colour.  Pretty cool for a guy, don't you think?

Head over to JAI and check out the great variety of design team inspiration cards this week - that should give you an idea of where to start if you'd like to join the challenge.  I'm looking forward to seeing many more Typography ideas from you all.

Well after fifteen months of planning and training, in just six days GK will be on his way to Borneo with World Challenge Organisation.  Everything is packed.  He's had all his needles and adventure awaits.  He'll be doing a week of jungle trekking and sleeping rough in hammocks.  He's also going to work on a community project in a small village for a week - digging trenches for water pipes. Nothing like good old fashioned hard work to put things in perspective. He'll have a week of R & R also, and visit some beaches and see the orangutangs and clouded leopards.  I'm sure he's going to come home a different kid.  I'm excited and nervous for him.  Can't wait to hear all about it when he returns.  Let's hope he's better with a camera than I am lol.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Just Add Ink #266 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Hi crafty friends ~

There's a new challenge over at Just Add Ink, and Nikki has given us the lovely colour combo of
Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy and Gold to work with this week.  If you haven't already noticed, I'm super fond of beautiful flower images.  So sad that Stippled Blossoms has retired, however, I'll be keeping it forever.

I don't keep a lot in the way of gold in my craft stash.  I really didn't want to heat emboss my leaves, so I used an ink that would give a gold-ish tone.  Did it work?  The glittery gold enamel dots are from My Mind's Eye - Ashbury Heights.

The design team have created some absolutely beautiful cards using this colour combo, and  I really can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with.  Head over to JAI, check out the inspiration and link up.

News with us this week....we're gearing up to put the house on the market.  That means lots of sorting and packing and cleaning.  Sigh.  Lucky I'm not a hoarder (excluding craft items of course) and so it really isn't a huge job. Photos are being taken early next week then the 'open house' starts every weekend for a month.  Not looking forward to that - living in it and keeping it presentable with toddlers and a teenager (not to mention the dog and the bunny) in tow just does my head in.  Anyway it is what it is.  Wish me luck!

Gorgeous Kid had his last pre expedition check this week.  Everything is in order and two weeks yesterday he heads off to Borneo for what I expect will be a life changing experience.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Just Add Ink #265 - Just Add Inspiration

Hello crafty friends ~

Yay for another Friday!  I'm off to my second Osteopath appointment this week for a niggly back/shoulder issue I've been hoping would heal itself for the past three weeks.  Wish I hadn't left it so long :o(

Rochelle has give us an inspiration pic for the new Just Add Ink challenge.  I needed a pretty cool congratulatory card for a talented young man who made it to one of the Brumbies footy junior teams a few weeks back.  Hand picked he was.  Didn't even try out.  Clever!

I took inspiration from this card that my fellow design team friend, Di Barnes made a few months ago  - it's an iPhone card!  Di generously gives all the measurements in her post.

My base is Bermuda Bay c/s, with Crushed Curry, Basic Black and Whisper White as the accents. The sentiments come from various stamp sets.  Soooo if you have a look at the inspiration pic below, you'll see I used slightly different shaped 'balloons' on my card.

We'd love you to join the JAI challenge this week.  Choose whichever elements appeal to you and get crafty - could be colours, stripes, flags, balloons,'re only limited by your imagination.

Well Gorgeous Kid is doing some fast growing up these days.  He's currently off for a few days at an Outdoor Education camp, middle of nowhere, freezing weather...but I bet he's having a blast caving and abseiling etc.  In a few short weeks he's heading off to Borneo, Malaysia with World Challenge Organisation for a month.  I'll talk more about that closer to the day.  I'm getting nervous!

Hope to see you join the challenge this week, have a fabulous weekend.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

SUO Challenge #123 - Sweet Treats

Oh my goodness, don't fall off your chairs!  Can you believe I'm here for a mid week share?  AND I'm participating in a 'new to me' challenge - SUO - where have I been?  Their challenge this week is to make something sweet.  I do love a treat!

I wrapped some mini Kit Kat chocolates in the now retired Gold Soiree specialty designer series paper, created a little tray using some Calypso Coral c/s and packaged them up in a cello bag, tying off with a little of the matching free SAB ribbon.  My embellishment uses a few of the thinlits from the Mini Treat Bag thinlits - how versatile is that gorgeous little set?  I cannot believe I sat on the fence for as long as I did.  Best.  Purchase.  Ever!

I love having little treats like this on hand to give for no reason at all.  

If you'd like to play along with the Stampin' Up! Only challenge this week, go check out the awesome design team inspiration here,

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back Friday for a brand new Just Add Ink challenge.  Enjoy the rest of your week :o)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Just Add Ink #264 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday friends ~

If you read this post you'll know we were off to a house auction last Saturday morning.  I'm very pleased to say we won the auction!  Woohoo!  The next two months are going to be busy busy with putting our current house on the market, packing and sorting...the logistics of a move can be quite daunting.  I'm already having sleepless nights because my mind is churning with all that needs to be done.  Sigh.

Over at Just Add Ink this week Kim has given us a lovely sketch challenge to work with.

I've used a Blackberry Bliss base - love this rich colour.  The softer, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla toned dsp is an old SU paper from my stash.  The Sweet Life roses are inked with Wisteria Wonder, Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss.

This card went all the way across to Western Australia for a lovely birthday lady - hope your special day was wonderful yesterday Chantell.

If you'd like to give this sketch a whirl head over to JAI for the details, and lots of design team inspiration.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Just Add Ink #263 - Just Add Wedding - Last Convention pics

Good morning ~

Another Friday rolls around...I love weekends!  The new Just Add Ink challenge is from Jan this week and she wants us to add a wedding theme.  Sooooo many options.  I had a ton of different ideas and found it really hard to settle on just one.  My decision was made with the timely arrival of my new Vintage Roses stamp set from Altenew.

I used a tutorial from Linda Higgins for this fun fold scallop tag concertina card.  My base uses the Shimmery White c/s - such a pretty sheen and really sturdy on its own.  The mat layers are Brushed Silver c/s.  So pretty together and the two add that extra elegance for a special card.

I heat embossed the large sentiment using Smoky Slate embossing powder as it's a little less glitzy than the Silver ep and I didn't want overkill with all the shimmer in the c/s already.  I used the same ep on vellum for my butterflies and popped them up on dimensionals.  I left one panel blank for writing on :)

I used my new MISTI to get the rose layers perfect.  OMG I love that gadget.  Best. Invention. Ever!  My roses use the colours Real Red, Strawberry Slush and Pink Pirouette.  The leaves are Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz.  My card is finished with the beautifully luxe Silver Satin ribbon.  Honestly this card is a lot prettier irl, the photos just don't do it justice :(

It would be fabulous to have you join our wedding challenge this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration, and don't forget to link your project up.  We love visiting your blogs and checking out your interpretation of these challenges.

It's a very exciting (and nerve wracking) weekend for us.  We're in the process of buying a new house and the auction for the one we really really want is tomorrow morning.  We've spent weeks getting to this point; lots of running around and doing pre settlement jobs that you normally have time to do after purchasing.  I've learnt that auctions work very differently.  If we win, then the contract is signed and deposit handed over on the day.  Wish us luck!

Nearly forgot to add a couple of last Convention piccies for you.

Jodene and I with a message for our friend Karen!

Narelle and I having a moment away from the noise on one of the foyer sofas

Jodene, Narelle and I hamming it up with the props - considering the thunder storm and extreme rain going on outside our hair is sitting fairly reasonably lol

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope I've given you a little inspiration to try a scallop tag concertina card soon. They're really not at all difficult.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Just Add Ink #262 - Just Add a Colour Combo - More Convention Pics

Woohoo it's Friday ~

This week the new Just Add Ink colour challenge was suggested by Di.  Her colours for us to use are Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz.

I knew what I wanted to do with this card ... but I was struggling adding the Pool Party ... as it was I ended up having to substitute my seam binding with Soft Sky.  Anyway it all came together in the end.  Once again I left it to the very last minute to photograph so it was taken in poor light and I've over exposed it in editing - the upside is that you can see the shimmer I added to the Stippled Blossoms :)

This is already in the post to a special birthday girl, although I doubt it's going to make it on time. Happy birthday for Saturday dear Narelle.  Hope your boys spoil you thoroughly and your day turns into a whole week of celebrations.

We'd love you to join the colour challenge fun this week.  For more inspiration head over to JAI and check out what the design team have posted for you.  Don't forget to link up.

As mentioned in my previous post here are a couple more Convention pics (I'll share the last of them next week).

A bit blurry but this is the only pic I have of my beautiful friend (and upline) Christine Blain and myself

Poor lighting has made this a very pink pic - from left Jodene, me, Nikki and Narelle

Look at this bunch of fresh faced girls early Sunday morning - a quick selfie before saying our goodbyes and heading home to our respective States (and Territories)

A quick wrap up of my week ... I had a really lovely Mother's Day and was thoroughly spoiled with lots of kisses and cuddles from the kids, all meals cooked for me, no housework and lots of time to sit and read my book which resulted in a little afternoon nap!  The weather was freezing so it was the perfect indoors day.  Canberra has cooled significantly this past week! Not at all looking forward to more of the same as Winter gets closer.

Special birthday wishes today to my mum.  I'm sure you're watching over us and know we are all thinking of you today.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Just Add Ink #261 - Just Add Inspiration - Convention Pics

Good Friday morning lovely friends ~

Well Convention is done and dusted for 2015!  I had such a wonderful time with my beautiful JAI girlfriends. We all shared a fabulous, large house on the canal and had so many laughs together. Think ... Narelle putting on some 'oh so fun' dance moves, Jodene the selfie queen showing us how to take perfect pics (kept forgetting the new selfie stick though), and Nikki and I struggling to keep our curly hair straight.  It was a hoot.  Those who didn't stay together (TinaRochelle, Susan, Paula, Di and Bronwyn) met up for dinner on a couple of the nights.  It's always terrific to see blog friends in real life.  See a few pics at the bottom of this post.  There are more to come so stay tuned.

The Gold Coast showed us some pretty attrocious weather with gale force winds and torrential rain. Fortunately that was only two days of our stay, the remainder of the week was glorious sunshine and perfect temps.

Now that we're all back and (hopefully) refreshed we have a lovely Inspiration Pic from Trish for the new Just Add Ink challenge this week.  I'll add the pic below.  Meantime here's my card.

This was my first play with the Indescribable Gift stamp set, which is unfortunately retiring :o( not that I'll be getting rid of mine.  I used a Sahara Sand base, a panel of Something Borrowed dsp and coloured the blooms with my blendies - lots of fun.

It would be lovely to have you all play along with our challenge this week.  Pop over to JAI for some inspiration from the design team, and then link your own creation up - it can be a card, scrapbook layout, 3D project....whatever your heart desires.  Here is the pic.

South Pacific Convention pics, Gold Coast, 2015 - some of the Just Add Ink gals.

Back left to right Christine, Jodene, Di, me, Narelle, Nikki, Rochelle
Front from left Kim and Tina

Photo booth fun - from left Kim, Tina, Jodene, Nikki, Narelle and me

Jodene and me taking silly pics for our friend Karen Thomas - we love you Karen!

I love this pic of Narelle and I taken at Make & Takes, first day of Convention

To all my mum friends in the South Pacific (and wherever else it is celebrated during May) I wish you a very special Mother's Day on Sunday.  This is BFF's very first Mother's Day and I know she has lovely plans so an extra special wish for you, mwah!