Friday, September 15, 2017

Just Add Ink #377 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Woohoo it's Friday ~

And that makes me happy because I have some fun plans today. First up is a trip to the hairdresser for a root freshen up - the greys seem to appear a lot quicker than they used to. Following that I'm meeting a gorgeous girlfriend for lunch & a pedi. Very much looking forward to few chores & a bit of me time.

We have an awesome colour combo from Rochelle for our new challenge at Just Add Ink today. Once again I pulled out my Bouquet Bunch framelits (slightly obsessed). I enjoyed a little watercolouring too which I don't do nearly enough of. Surprisingly I ended up making several cards using this colour combo while I had the supplies on my desk, two of which were CASEd from a gorgeous 'Thinking of You' card I received from my BFF a couple of weeks ago.

Pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration - always so much gorgeousness to see. Remember you can add a neutral colour to our colour combo challenges! Here's the palette for you.

We've had family from New Zealand staying with us this week. Let me just say the house has been more chaotic than usual as there is a four year old in the mix. Yesterday afternoon I let the twins finish school an hour early & we went out for some Flip Out trampoline fun, then stopped at San Churro for yummy sweet treats afterwards. Nice!

Next Friday I'm heading up to Queensland for a week. I'll be going to both the Sunshine Coast & Brisbane. Time for a little sun, some quality time with my BFF & gorgeous little godson & I'm very much looking forward to seeing a few friends too - one is an old high school friend I haven't seen in well over 20 years. Lots of catching up to do!

See you back here again soon.

Patrice x

Friday, September 1, 2017

Just Add Ink #375 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy first day of Spring ~

I'm so looking forward to the weather warming up & all the blossoms & flowers blooming! My absolute favourite season of the year.

I've been offline for the past week recovering from a surgery so it's very nice to be back sharing a card with you today. My head is clear again & I'm ready to get out of the house & resume normal routines.

Kim has given us a sketch for the new Just Add Ink challenge kicking off today. I'm still using up scraps of dsp, this time with a tiny peek of the Silver Metallic-Edge ribbon layered underneath. And my birthday 'go to' stamp set Cool Treats.

Be sure to pop over to JAI & check out all the gorgeous variations of this sketch by the design team. Here is the sketch for you to try.

Not a lot of other news, as I said above it's been pretty quiet around our house this past week. Gorgeous Kid turned 17 & we've hardly seen him since. He's out driving at any spare moment. It certainly has made the juggle of getting kids where they need to be on time tons easier, particularly with me out of action. The hubby has really stepped up!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, August 18, 2017

Just Add Ink #373 - Just Add Stencils

Happy Friday lovely friends ~

We have a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink and Karren suggested we add stencilling to our projects this week. Fun!

Considering it's been a bitter cold few days in Canberra, this little jar of flowers looks more like spring! It was so fun to create. I broke out my new Embossing Paste & Pattern Party Decorative Masks for this card - I love the texture! If you haven't tried the new Paste you really must, it's sooo easy to use.

Another new feature on this card is the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set & matching Framelits. I didn't actually use the stamps here, rather I cut the flowers out of scraps of Whisper White c/s & used my Watercolour Pencils to add colour roughly then moved it around with my Aqua Painter. I was very happy with the result.

I'm not sure if you can see the shimmer I added with Wink of Stella in the above pic but it does show a bit more of the texture created by the Embossing Paste.

The design team has created lots of gorgeous cards for your inspiration this week so pop over to JAI & check them out. We'd love to see your own stencilled projects so join the challenge & link up!

Have a great weekend!

Patrice x

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge # 15

Welcome to a new Colour INKspiration challenge. We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from Australia & New Zealand who love to share projects using fabulous colour combos found on Pinterest.

When I saw You've Got Style in the new catalogue it was first on my wish list. You see this gorgeous lady reminds me so much of my dear grandmother. Although my granny does prefer to drink tea... I've been itching to ink this old gal up. Don't you just love her?

Here is the inspiration colour palette. If you'd like to join the challenge fun you can follow this link >>> to check out all the details on our Facebook Page.

To continue on with the blog hop click on the next blog image below & you'll be taken to see what the lovely Monique Fielder has created to share with us today. 

Patrice x

Friday, August 4, 2017

Just Add Ink #371 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday friends ~

A bit of an exciting week in our house....our big boy, Gorgeous Kid sat his driving test yestrerday and got it! OMG!! My son is allowed to drive, on roads, all by himself. Well he will come 21 August when he actually turns 17 - do you think he was keen to be ready for the big day? Ohhh just a little bit whole lot!

We have a new challenge over at Just Add Ink today. Di has asked us to choose two - kids, pets or patterned paper. My card is kind of a cheat now that I think about it. Originally I chose kids & patterned paper, however, this little cutie elephant could kind of sort of be a pet, don't you think? I know I'd love an elephant in my back yard :)

So I pulled out my must have set A Little Wild and created a suspension spinner card for a sweet little girl turning 5 a few weeks ago. The sentiment was heat embossed using a stamp from the Big on Birthdays set. My chosen designer paper is now retired, but being a paper hoarder I still have a ton to get through....

I coloured little Ellie with my copics.

Laid flat so you can see the silver thread giving it the spin effect.

And a cute little bottom!

There are so so many possibilities with the choose two challenges, so pop over to JAI & join us for some fun this week. The design team have lots of awesome cards to inspire you. Don't forget to link your project up.

Have a great weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, July 21, 2017

Just Add Ink #369 - Just Add Inspiration

Happy Friday ~

We've survived our first week back at school! Yay us! It's been a tough gig getting up early and back into routine. We've had extra cold mornings of late. Totally can't wait until the warm weather returns.

Rochelle gave us a lovely inspiration pic to use for our new Just Add Ink challenge kicking off today. I'll post it at bottom for you.  My interpretation was quite literal (as usual), and I had lots of fun sponging a background of blue with my distress inks and splashing a bit of water around.

Using the Up & Away Thinlits I cut the hot air balloon several times and glued each layer together to give it dimension. On the top layer I used a dauber to sponge several inks - Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight and Real Red - then slathered it with Fine Tip Glue Pen. It gives a lovely shiny, textured finish. My little clouds have been covered in Wink of Stella so they're super glittery in real life!

The design team have created some fabulous projects this week so head over to JAI to check them out. If you'd like to join the challenge fun with us then get busy and link up (details on the blog). Here is the Inspiration Pic for you.

I'm off to dinner with my girlfriends tonight, while hubby goes to the footy - Brumbies - (I don't know why he punishes himself watching Australia play New Zealand, we all know who's going to win hehehe). Have a wonderful weekend all.

Patrice x

Friday, July 7, 2017

Just Add Ink ##367 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

Welcome to a brand new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Today we have a colour combo from me!  Some of the girls found this a little challenging, see what you can do with Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Smoky Slate & Lemon Lime Twist.

I made a sweet thank you card for a beautiful friend of mine using the Daisy Delight stamps & matching punch.  A couple of details:

  • The stitched rectangle mat was created using the largest square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits - if you don't cut all the way through one end you can reposition the die to create a rectangle - so versatile;
  • Window Sheets are great for making little see through jars - StazOn ink & Jar of Love used here; and
  • Crystal Effects (retired) were used on the daisy centre & sprinkled with lots of Dazzling Diamonds glitter while it was still wet.

I love that bright pop of Lemon Lime Twist.  Don't you?  If you'd like to check out all the design team inspiration head over to JAI, and join us for some colour combo fun.  All the details are on the blog.

We're in the midst of school holidays here in Canberra so it's busy times all round.  Lots of fun holiday activities.  Lazy mornings in our pjs & we're all enjoying the non routine of it!  Back again soon with more to share.  Have a great weekend all.

Patrice x

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just Add Ink #363 - Just Add Anniversary

Good morning ~

We're making anniversary cards over at Just Add Ink this week. Chantell gave us this challenge.

I got myself all in a muddle this week. I had lots of ideas and not one of them was working for me. So I ended up with this super CAS card - I didn't want to go for pinks and reds as I had my husband in mind when putting my card together.  Less is more for that man.

Using the Bold Stripes Cover Ups die from MFT I created black and white stripes with Thick Whisper White c/s and Basic Black c/s.  I die cut my sentiment three times, so the silver foil is layered on top of two black layers.  It gives a nice contrast in person, but not as easy to see in the pic. I added a few of the cute little sequins from the new Mini Trim as a finishing touch.  I did carry the black and white through to the inside of my card with layers, and stamped 'happy anniversary' and added some little red love hearts.  Then I called it done!

Despite having lots of fun new goodies out of the brand spanking new Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue I just haven't had time to play yet.  I'm sure I'm not the only one still looking longingly at my BBB (big brown box for those of you not part of the crafting world).

I did get the new Planner though!  Oh my!!!  I love it and cracked it open immediately.  It's already ruling my life. Seriously, check it out when you get the opportunity.

Exam time is almost upon the two teens in our house.  Then nearly four whole weeks of school holidays.  Our youngest is off at a special Principal's lunch today because he's been working hard with his reading and writing and doing a super job.  His twin sister doesn't understand why she isn't invited too ;)

That's about it from my part of the world.  We're still enjoying lovely sunny days, but the temps have dropped significantly.  It's been freezing in Canberra.  Long weekend ahead for us - Gorgeous Kid is off to the Coast with his mates, the twins are visiting their grandparents and hubby is off camping in the Victorian High Country.  I can see lots of crafting in my near future.  Yay!

Have an awesome weekend.

Patrice x

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Kelly's Stamping Friends Blog Hop - Goodbye Special Reason, sniff sniff

Hello, good evening beautiful crafty friends ~

Welcome to a special blog hop celebrating Kelly's five year anniversary with Stampin' Up!  Kelly has invited a bunch of her fabulously talented friends to share her happy event, and I'm super excited to be a part of it.

If you're following the hop in order you will have arrived from the lovely Martha Groeger.  If not, you can start here and continue hopping by using the Next button at the bottom of each post.  If you get lost or come across a broken link just head over to Kelly's blog for a full list of participants.

On the cusp of a brand new Annual catalogue launch, and the end of the current Occasions catalogue I just had to use Special Reason before it officially retires.  It is probably goodbye for many demos, but I love this stamp set so much (yep pretty late to the party on this one) that I'll be keeping it a whole lot longer.

What doesn't show up in the pic is all the gorgeous shimmer on the flower :(

I've used a Very Vanilla card base, a little Urban Underground dsp, a strip of Copper foil and a fun technique to colour my bloom and leaves - see tutorial shared by Alisa Tilsner here.  In keeping with Kelly's hop theme of celebration and happy I chose a sentiment that makes me happy - my friends mean the world to me and make me very happy! I love the funky fonts and sentiments from the Oh Happy Day Card Kit (which is carrying over to the new catalogue - yay). Ink colours are Soft Sky & Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz & Old Olive.

Thank you, Kelly for inviting me along to celebrate your stampin'-versary!  I am so lucky to work alongside you on a couple of design teams, and to have met you in person at On Stage Live in Brisbane (we do live on opposite sides of the country after all).  You are amazingly talented, such a kind soul and a lovely stamp friend - congratulations on this milestone and best wishes for five more fabulous years.  See you back here at the ten year mark for another hop? Lol.

Now click on the button below to see what beautiful creation/s Sandra Collett is sharing with us. Enjoy the rest of the hop!

Patrice x

Friday, May 26, 2017

Just Add Ink #361 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

Kelly gave us a choice of two for the new Just Add Ink challenge this week - Flowers or Washi or Watercolour - I chose to do a watercolour wash and a little posie of flowers using the Jar of Love stamp set.  How do you like the vibrancy of Berry Burst?  Such a pretty pink!

Our neighbour's teenage daughter had an urgent surgery last week so I made this card for her.  She'll be at home recuperating for six long weeks.  I don't think she's complaining much about missing school lol.

To get the watercolour wash I used a panel of watercolour paper, spritzed it quite heavily with water and painted the ink on with a wide wet brush going from dark to light, bottom to top.  I then used my heat gun to speed up the drying process and finished by dipping a couple of fingers in water and splattering it across the panel to get the splotches you see.  I used Distress Inks Seedless Preserves (very similar in hue to Berry Burst), Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar.

If you'd like to choose your own two elements and join our challenge fun this week pop over to JAI and get some inspiration from the design team.  Lots of loveliness to whet your crafty appetite.


We've been a bit of a sick house again of late.  Sniffles and head colds aplenty.  Not so fun.  Looks to be a quiet weekend ahead for us.  Thanks for stopping by today, and enjoy your weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, May 19, 2017

Just Add Ink #360 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday ~

Narelle has given us an awesome sketch for the new Just Add Ink challenge kicking off today.  I loved it so much I've made at least four cards using it!  I'm sharing my favourite with you today.  A gorgeous card kept popping up on my Pinterest feed so I finally followed the link...which took me here.  I just love it and was completely inspired to add Copper elements to my own card, and who can resist the gorgeous blooms from SU's Special Reason?  I used a technique (shared by Alisa Tilsner on Facebook) to colour them using my Watercolour Pencils and an Aqua Painter. Lots of fun.

Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White and Copper - what do you think?  I've also wrapped some copper thread just above the Washi banner, can you see it?

I have a feeling this sketch is going to be super popular.  If you'd like to join the fun, head over to JAI and get all the details.  You're sure to be inspired by the design team creations, I think they're all extra gorgeous this week.

Last week I mentioned that I was planning on baking a Chocolate Raspberry Cream cake for Mother's Day.  Well I did.  The family loved it.  So here it is, a quick snap on the kitchen bench before it was devoured so please excuse the lighting and shadows.

My kids & hubby spoiled me rotten and we all had a lovely day together.  Hope you had a fabulous Mother's Day too!

Patrice x

Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Add Ink #359 - Just Add Inspiration

Good Friday morning!

I'm a bit late getting my post up this morning as I'm just home from a Mother's Day morning tea at school with the twins. They sang a concert & then we went to each of their class rooms to do some activities together, followed by coffee & cake. A lovely start to the day.

Kim has given us a sweet inspiration pic to use as the new challenge at Just Add Ink this week.  I'll add it at the bottom but here is my take on it.  I did a little watercolour wash before adding a few botanicals using a couple of the new In Colours - Lemon Lime Twist & Berry Burst.  I'm loving ALL of the new colours!  Can you see all the shimmer I added with Wink of Stella?

If you'd like to join the challenge fun this week pop over to JAI & check out the details.  Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic for you, & you'll find more over on the blog from the design team.

I hope all you gorgeous mummies have a fabulous Mother's Day on Sunday.  I'm sure all our lovely children (and their daddies) will spoil us rotten.  We're planning a family bike ride around the lake, and some lovely chocolate & raspberry cake - which I'm going to bake.  If it looks awesome I may even take a pic to share :)

Patrice x

Monday, May 8, 2017

Twist & Pop 21st Birthday - Sweet Cupcake

Hello, and happy Monday!

I made this card back in early March for the daughter of a lovely friend of mine.  Just found the pics and thought I should share here.  The birthday girl is a huge fan of all things purple so I used the deeply vibrant and gorgeous (retired) Blackberry Bliss c/s, with silver glimmer paper and foil accents. All special milestone birthdays need a bit of glitz and bling (and even those that aren't) don't you think?  The cupcake icing was given a good 'wink' of shimmer too.

I'm showing you the pics back to front - above is fully open.

Here it shows the opening mechanism, super simple once you know how.

And here is the front of the card - not the best pic as it's over exposed and a bit wonky looking but I can assure you it was very nice (and normal) in real life and the birthday gal absolutely LOVED her card.  The best I can hope for!

I actually do have quite a few more (not previously shared) cards that I may add here in the coming days.  Have a great week & thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x

Friday, April 28, 2017

Just Add Ink #357 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday friends ~

Jan has given us this sweet colour combo to use for the new Just Add Ink challenge starting today - Sweet Sugarplum, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry & Sahara Sand.

I made an Easter shaker card for our lovely US exchange student and popped it in her Easter gift bag along with some new winter pjs, and lots of chocolate eggs.  I think she loved it *wink*.

The little bunny is from a cute MFT stamp set called Snuggle Bunnies.  I coloured him with copic markers similar in shade to Sahara Sand and Island Indigo.

While I was at it I made another little shaker using one of the other cute images in the stamp set changing my c/s colours to Pink Pirouette and the long retired Strawberry Slush - hoarder much?

If you fancy trying out this lovely colour combo for yourself head over to JAI and check out the challenge details, and get yourself some inspiration from the design team samples.

It was back to school for us this week, a short week given we celebrated ANZAC day on Tuesday. It's nice to be back into a routine, although I fear the novelty is not going to last the entire 10 week term right through winter.  It became bitter cold here in Canberra this week.  The heater has gone on, and I doubt it'll be off now until October/November sometime.

Hope you've got a fun weekend lined up.  I have a busy Saturday, with a card class and special birthday dinner/drinks/dancing that evening.  A nice excuse to dress up & be fancy.

Patrice x

Friday, April 21, 2017

Just Add Ink #356 - Just Choose Two

Happy Friday ~

Kelly has given us this weeks Just Add Ink challenge to choose two - metallics or circles or balloons. I've used circles and balloons for my card.

The colour combo I've used for my birthday card seems to be very popular of late.  I chose Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay.

Pop over to JAI and grab the challenge details so you can join the fun with us.

Not a lot of news to add today, we've been sharing change of season germs around our family :( Easter weekend was very quiet for me, as I had hoped - I did get a few cards made so that was something, and I read an entire novel too, as well as a bit of Netflix binge watching.  The off road camping trip to the Victoria high country was a huge success - they all arrived home late on Monday night tired, filthy and very happy!

Until next week...have a wonderful weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, April 14, 2017

Just Add Ink #355 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning!

Our fabulous sketch designer, Narelle, has given us a terrific challenge to kick off the Easter long weekend over at Just Add Ink.  I hope you've all put aside time for crafting.  I certainly plan to get inky today while most of my family is away four wheel driving/off road camping in the Victorian high country.  Unfortunately Gorgeous Kid is at home unwell this Easter weekend :(

I used my Shooting Star stamps, and matching Framelits to make this spinner card which until this week hadn't seen ink!  I'm thinking I should 'shop my own stash' and work through all of my stamps from A to Z in a quest to use them!

This was also my first use of the Serene Scenery dsp - gasp.  I thought this particular design looked like a night sky, so I added the sweet shooting star which spins around and around - lots of fun to play with.

To enhance the night sky look I added lots of shimmer which was hard to photograph - I think it shows better in this close up.

Pop over to JAI and get inspired with all the lovely design team inspiration.  I hope to see lots of you getting busy this long weekend and uploading your creations to share with us.  Here is the sketch.

As mentioned above it's a nice quiet weekend in my house and I've got a few lazy plans - reading, crafting, catching up on some tv shows I haven't had time for lately, enjoying the peace and tranquility....I'm all set with hot cross buns and a little chocolate too.  Wishing you all a wonderful Easter!

Thanks for stopping by today, and if you have any questions on how I created this spinner card please leave a comment or email me and I'll be happy to share how it came together.

Patrice x

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge # 4

Happy hump evening crafty friends ~

Welcome back to a new Colour INKspiration challenge.  There is a bit of excitement over on Facebook tonight with our brand new Crew members joining us.  Go check the news out for yourself

If you're following the hop you may have come from the amazingly talented Jackie Noble. I just love everything she shares with us!

I have created a very simple card this week.  I pulled out a stencil and sponged the challenge colours (graduating from dark to light bottom up) onto scrap c/s.  Then I cut that down to a panel and added it to a Thick Whisper White card base.  I die cut the sentiment three times to create some depth, and once adheared on top of each other I slathered with my Fine Tip Glue Pen to make it all glossy.  My card is finished with some purple enamel dots from my stash.  Voila, a five minute card - literally!

Below I've added the challenge inspiration and colours.  See what you can come up with and join in the fun!

If you click on the next blog image below you'll be taken to see what Rose Packer has to share with us today.

Patrice x

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just Add Ink #347 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday ~

It's been an odd kind of week for me.  I had a fraxel treatment on my face on Monday (trying to undo all that tanning of the 70's & 80's) and I haven't been able to leave the house since.  Initially I was bright red, swollen and sore, then I went dark brown and had chipmunk cheeks, then a day later I got even darker and very tight, crusty and dry, and finally yesterday I started to peel and flake.  I'm looking quite mottled at the moment.  The kids have all had something to say - you need to wear a burka, mum wash the dirt off your face, why is your face black?  The end is in sight and by tomorrow all the peeling should be finished and my face will be fresh and pink.  Apparently the best results are seen a few months down the track.  I can tell you that where the skin has already peeled the new/underneath skin is sooooo soft and lovely to touch.  I bet you just love popping by to hear what's been happening for the past week/fortnight in my life lol.  Anyway onto the crafty stuff.

Kim gave us a colour combo to work with over at Just Add Ink this week - Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum and Rose Red.  All lovely colours but I had a bit of a hard time with them.

I used the Swirly Bird stamps and dies to create these little floral clusters.  I haven't used this set nearly enough, and yet I see so many gorgeous and creative uses of it.

We'd love you to join our fun colour challenge this week so pop over to JAI to check out the design team inspiration then get busy in your own craft space.  Don't forget to link up so we can visit your blog.

Next week the twins turn 5.  As we're heading off to Fiji soon after we've decided to skip the big party this year, but they are having a few friends to play at our local adventure park and will share some nibbles and cake.  I have only invited friends from four families and between us there are 15 kids lol - mostly multiples like us.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Patrice x

Friday, February 3, 2017

Just Add Ink #345 - Just Add a Sketch

Happy Friday crafty friends ~

It's been a big and exciting week in our house, and many others across the country I'm sure. Our summer school holidays came to an end.  The twins started kindy, in separate classes, so there was a little apprehension from one but the other was very keen to be doing her own thing.  This is the first time they've really been separated and I can happily report that five days in they are doing great.

Gorgeous Kid started college and seems to be loving it so far.  I think the most attractive thing for him is his timetable - he gets to start later and finish earlier several days a week.  He's also not restricted to school grounds and heads over to the local shops with friends during the lunch period. Lucky he earns his own money!

It's time to share a new Just Add Ink sketch challenge with you.  Narelle created this one for us and I love it.  I've used my much loved Treat Bag Thinlits to make a little birthday card that I think is suitable for a male - I find I need these on hand as Gorgeous Kid gives me next to no notice when he needs them for his mates.

Very CAS, just the way I like it

Pull up the insert and there is plenty of space to write a message

Here's another card using the same sketch. This was my first 'cut' into the delicious Cool Treats designer paper.  My photo editing has washed it out a little - but how good do all those ice creams and popsicles look?!  I love the colours in this suite.

I used the Stitched Framelit dies, silver foil, glimmer paper and some random enamel dots on both cards.  The c/s and dsp is Watermelon Wonder.  Here is the sketch if you'd like to join the challenge fun this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the awesome inspiration from the design team, their projects are sure to get you started.

My weekend is shaping up to be nice and quiet.  The rest of the family are going camping (not my thing, particularly in this extremely hot weather with no aircon), so I get to do whatever I like - woohoo.  Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x