Friday, September 23, 2016

Just Add Ink #330 - Just Add a Sketch

Good morning lovely blog friends ~

And a good morning it will be.  I'm off to see my favourite rocker - Jimmy Barnes - at his book signing this morning. I'm excited.  Hoping there won't be a huge crowd as I don't have time to get to the second (signing) if the first is a bust.  

It's time for a new Just Add Ink challenge and today Kim has given us a sketch.  I'll add it at bottom for you.  I pulled out some non Stampin' Up! favourites for this one and played with pink ink and pretty sequins.  There is lots of shimmer too but it's been wet and overcast here in Canberra, unseasonably so, and super hard to photograph.


I've used Whisper White Thick c/s as my base and the fabulous new foam adhesive strips (pg 182) for my shaker components.  Soooo easy.


This close up shows off a bit of the shimmer I've added thanks to the Wink of Stella pen.  Love. That. Stuff!

The design team have created some lovely inspiration for you so pop over to JAI and whet your appetite, then join the challenge fun with us.  We do love to visit your blogs and see what you come up with.  Here's the sketch.


It's been slightly quieter at our house this week with Gorgeous Kid being in Melbourne for his Year 10 camp.  They are staying in nice accommodation in the CBD mind you.  Sure is different to when I went to school!  Anyway we're looking forward to having our big boy home later tonight.  The twins have been missing their big brother very much, counting down the sleeps until he's home.

It's a bittersweet weekend ahead for me with my beautiful BFF celebrating her birthday on Sunday. The 25th also marks the one year anniversary of my dear friend, Maria's passing.  I'm so sad for her family and wish I could be in New Zealand with all of them on this special occasion.  Can't leave on that sad note ... tonight we have a family birthday dinner at a local German Bistro.  They do the best pork knuckles ever!

Have a fabulous weekend all.  Thanks for your visit today.

Patrice x

Friday, September 9, 2016

Just Add Ink #328 - Just Add P

Whooops, I'm a day out this week thanks to our super relaxing four night cruise last weekend.  Total bliss being waited on hand and foot - no preparing meals or cleaning up dishes, our beds were made each morning and turned down again in the evening.  There was no shortage of entertainment, with a fabulous line up of singing, dancing, magic, bands, games..... We indulged a little too much, but that's what a cruise is for is it not?  Gorgeous Kid and I had such a lovely time hanging out together. I haven't downloaded the photos from my phone yet and I've been chasing my tail since getting home on Tuesday night so hopefully I'll find a little quiet time over the weekend....In fact I need to spend some time blogging and sharing.  I keep saying I'll be back and it hasn't happened.  Sigh.

We have a brand new challenge over at Just Add Ink today.  Tina has suggested we add 'P' to our projects this week. Since I couldn't add me (lol) I went with pink, petals and polka dots - all my favourites!


Despite my pic being a little dull you can actually see all the Wink of Stella on my petals.  Woohoo.  I do love lots of shimmer.

Please consider joining our fun challenge, we love seeing all the different ideas you come up with. Pop over to JAI and get yourself some inspiration, check the rules and link up.

Other news GK got his braces off yesterday.  OMGoodness his teeth look gorgeous.  He couldn't wipe the smile off his face, and I noticed his tongue running across his gums A LOT!  Lol must feel so different.

Righto I'm off for a walk - I'm on a bit of a health kick needing to lose a few excess winter kilos.  My knees aren't up to running decent distances so I'm having to start slow again...Have a fabulous weekend, and I'll be back again soon! That's a promise!

Patrice x


Friday, August 26, 2016

Just Add Ink #326 - Just Add Project Life

Happy Friday friends ~

There's a cool new challenge kicking off over at Just Add Ink today.  Rochelle has suggested we use Project Life this week!  Great idea, and thankfully it's super quick because I've been super short on time lately.


These two pages in my Espresso 6x8 album took about ten minutes from start to finish.  I printed my photos (I have a Canon Selphy), slipped them into the pocket pages I'd selected from the Variety Pack and added a couple of cards from the Hello Lovely Card Collection.  Sooooo simple.


 I had these large black sticky letters left over from the now retired Hello Life Simply Created Kit.


I obviously have a handicap when it comes to photographing my projects. You all know I struggle at the best of times, however, these pages were even harder because they're behind plastic!  Such a frustration.

If you're interested in Project Life grab a Stampin' Up! catalogue and go to page 162 for a bit more info and some fabulous products.  If you'd like to join the challenge fun with us this week then jump over to the JAI blog and check out the design team projects.  You'll see you don't have to create album pages....the PL cards are terrific for your greeting card projects as well.

Well Gorgeous Kid turned 16 last weekend, sniff sniff.  He chose San Churro for his celebrations so we all filled up on yummies.  Here's a pic of mine.  Under all that salted caramel deliciousness is a funnel cake!  Yep it tasted just as good as it looks.


That's all from me, busy day ahead - GK is currently visiting the orthodontist twice a week for various fittings in preparation of his braces coming off early next month.  Which reminds me....I haven't shared that GK and I are off on a four night cruise up to the Sunshine Coast next week.  We need some serious mum and son bonding time and it's something he's always wanted to do.  More on that later....

Have a great weekend.

Patrice x

Friday, August 19, 2016

Just Add Ink #325 - Just Add a Sketch

Whoop whoop it's Friday ~

I'm doing the happy dance.  Had the greys (hair) taken care of last night, heading out to double birthday dinner celebrations with lovely friends tonight, last footy game tomorrow and Gorgeous Kid's birthday (16 can you believe it? where did that time go?) on Sunday so a little more celebrating.... I've got a pretty good weekend lined up.

Today I'm here to share a simple card I've made for the new Just Add Ink sketch challenge, from Tina.  I'll add the sketch at bottom for you.  I've used a new set called Seasonal Bells, from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue.  Once again quite a difficult card to photograph - it's all shimmery and pretty irl.


I heat embossed the bells in silver and added the adorable little bells, also new!  My mat layer and swirl (from Cupcake Cutouts Framelits) uses the lovely red foil we had last Christmas - I always keep a stash of the good stuff.


If you'd like to join the challenge fun pop over to JAI and grab yourself some inspiration.  The design team have a lovely variety of cards using the sketch.  You're sure to want to get inky!


Short and sweet from me today.  But guess what?  I've finally started sorting the New York piccies. It took me some time to actually download...well truthfully Brian did that, not me.  But I now have them on my computer too.  Slowly coming along with learning to navigate the iMac as well.  I'll have something for you next week for sure.  Until then....

.....enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x

Friday, August 12, 2016

Just Add Ink #324 - Just Add Inspiration

Hi lovelies, happy Friday ~

We have a new challenge at Just Add Ink this week, and Trish has given us a pretty inspiration pic to use. I'll post it at the bottom for you.

I took the opportunity to use my new Fall Florals stamp set and dies from MFT.  I chose the Kraft base to emulate the weathered fence or barn in the picture, and I've used subtle ink colours to capture the flowers - ordinarily I think this set screams bold and bright.  There is a fair bit of dimension in this card, and it's full of sparkle (which I couldn't 'grab' in the photograph due to the sun disappearing).


Please pop over to JAI and take a look at the design team inspiration.  We love to see your take on our inspiration challenges.  Here it is, go forth and create!


The twins have been very challenging of late.  Typical four year old behaviour, however, it's draining and it takes a lot of our attention.  Hence Gorgeous Kid has been missing out.  My mummy guilt came into play last week so I decided he and I needed a long weekend away bonding.  It's been a fair while since we've done it.  Sooooo I booked us on a 4 night cruise up to the Sunshine Coast where we'll have a shore day in Mooloolaba and perhaps visit Australia Zoo.  Just three weeks to wait. Between now and then GK turns 16 so we'll be having some birthday celebrations and he'll be feeling rather spoilt.

Only two more footy games of the season and I'll have some of my weekends back....in time for the twins to start Judo in 4th term.  Normally children don't start until they're 5 but the coach said he'd take them a little earlier because it's usually quiet coming into the summer months.  OMG roll on spring.

I took myself off to see Bad Moms at the movie theatre yesterday.  What a hoot.  Although don't go see it if you can't handle a fair bit of bad language.  I had lots of laughs and it was just what I needed as a two hour distraction.  I'm hoping to be back next week as I plan on doing a bit more crafting than has been happening over the past six weeks or so.  It makes me sad not to make the most of all my beautiful crafty bits and pieces.

Patrice x

Friday, July 29, 2016

Just Add Ink #322 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Happy Friday lovelies ~

This post is coming to you live from my brand new Apple iMac!  Eeeeek still very much learning but so far loving it. I have a beautiful big 21" screen with fabulous clarity - hehe no need to wear my glasses!

I'm here to share a sweet birthday card today using the new challenge colour combo at Just Add Ink. Rochelle gave us these colours - Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip.


In my effort to use the new In Colours more I chose a base of Sweet Sugarplum and the matching designer paper - I do love dots and spots.  I've been having a bit of fun with the new Sweet Cupcake stamp set as well.  I built my icing up using a Vanilla ink (non SU), Blushing Bride and Sweet Sugarplum.  It also got nicely 'winked' for some sparkle - not that you can see it here at all.  Both the cupcake panel (the icing too) and the sentiment are popped up on dimensionals.

The design team have come up with some great projects using this colour combo so head over to JAI and check them out.  We'd love you to join the challenge fun and show us your creations as well.

News for us this week has been a little on the sad side....we lost a friend following a very short and aggressive cancer.  Very sad for the young family he leaves behind.  Gorgeous Kid is totally looking forward to seeing his footy team play here in Canberra this weekend (he's a Richmond Tigers fan). The twins had their very first preschool excursion this week - the bus wash.  Oh my goodness talk about noisy! Three classes of very excited young children being encouraged to tell the driver which way to drive the bus.  Eeeeek.

I wish I could say I'd been crafting up a storm, however, I'm still not feeling super creative and each time I sit at my craft desk is a bit of a struggle.  Sad as that is.  Hope to get back to normal sometime very soon!  At least migrating all my documents and photos over to the new computer is keeping me busy.  I have a very steep learning curve ahead of me too.  Until next time.....have an awesome weekend, and thanks for stopping by my little part of blogland.

Patrice x


Friday, July 15, 2016

Just Add Ink #320 - Just Add a Sketch

Good Friday morning lovely craft friends ~

There's a pretty new sketch over at Just Add Ink today.  I got to play with my new Jar of Love stamp set and framelits.  And I managed to use a couple of the new In Colours!  I've played with them a few times now - unsuccessfully, and it's all ended up in the bin.  I am having a hard time transitioning this year :o(


My base is the new Flirty Flamingo and I've used a combination of the same ink, Sweet Sugarplum, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party.  Ooooh and some of the pretty new ruffled ribbon.  My flowers have been well and truly 'winked' but my pic isn't showing that here unfortunately.

Why don't you play along with the challenge this week?  Head over to JAI for some inspiration from the design team. Here's the sketch for you, courtesy of Tina.  Nice and clean, don't you agree?


It's been an unusually quieter week here for us.  Don't get me wrong, it's always crazy busy but this week didn't seem to have so much of the crazy.  Gorgeous Kid was away down the Coast with a couple of mates for a week and only returned yesterday afternoon.  It's nice to have him back.

We woke to snow in Canberra on Wednesday morning.  It was lovely to see the little flurries in the air but if I'm honest snow doesn't do it for me.  We stayed indoors anyway because it was super brisk all day - nice to have the sun shining here and there though.  The twins enjoyed some tv time....even the dog and bunny cuddled up inside most of the day lol.

I'm off to Sydney at lunch time to attend a Copic Certification course this weekend.  I hope it helps me learn to colour better.  I love colouring.  It's quite a relaxing therapy and there are oodles of gorgeous images begging for beautiful colour....so be warned, if I learn lots you may well be seeing everything coloured in Copics in the foreseeable future.  Too funny!

Righto time to get moving.  Have a fabbo weekend and as I've said numerous times over my last few posts I really will be back to show you some New York piccies - there are sooooo many to sort through.  No idea how I'm going to get them all into albums....hmmmm Project Life, that's how!

Patrice x

Friday, July 1, 2016

Just Add Ink #318 - Just Add S

Hello, and happy Friday ~

There's a new challenge up over at Just Add Ink.  This week we're adding 'S' to our projects - so you're only limited by your imagination.  You could add spots, or stripes, or silver, or any number of S word stuff :o)

I have a super CAS (clean and simple) one layer card to share with you today.  This is the type of card that we don't usually feel like making when we actually need them so it's always good to have a few on hand. I like to keep my sympathy cards clean, with lots of white space.  It's not the occasion for fussing, and I've always been one for less is more.


I used some Clearly Besotted stamps, and inked them onto Shimmery White c/s - can you see the sparkle in the close up below?  I've used Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron and my card base uses the Thick Whisper White c/s - love that stuff!


What do you think?  Clean?  Simple?  If you'd like to join our challenge this week, hop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration, have a quick scan of the rules and get busy in your craft space.  Don't forget to link up once your project is complete.  We really love looking at all your gorgeous creations.

This week Gorgeous Kid has been doing work experience at his favourite music store here in Canberra.  I think the 9 to 5 is knocking him around a little, but he's really enjoying hanging with the staff and being treated like a grown up.  They seem to be loving him too.  Grateful mum here!  Did I mention he's learning to drive as well?  Yep got his L plates a month ago and we've been taking him out twice a week for lessons.  So far he's doing really well.  He sure is growing up fast all of a sudden.

The twins are back to good health this week - thankfully!  All three start their school holidays next week.  Bring on the non routine.....I love it, for about two weeks.  Lol.

Hugely busy weekend for us - we have friends staying from interstate, a dinner, a 21st celebration - lunch and evening drinks, some fundraising to be done for the twins preschool and of course Australia has an election!  It's compulsory to vote here.  Not quite sure how it's all going to fit in but so long as things go according to MY plan and there are no hiccups I'm hopeful of making it all happen.  We shall see.

Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping by today.

Patrice x

Friday, June 24, 2016

Just Add Ink #317 - Just Add a Colour Combo

Hello lovely blog friends ~

It's time to share another Just Add Ink challenge card with you.  This week Kim has asked us to use the colours Flirty Flamingo, Rose Red, Crushed Curry and Pear Pizzazz.  Perfect colours for a cluster of flowers!

I used the sweet little Doodle Blooms from Altenew.  I stamped them on Watercolour paper and then coloured with an aqua painter, before fussy cutting.  I love the Crushed Curry base card - must remember to make coloured cards more often because they look great!


I 'winked' my flowers all over, and I'm hoping this pic shows just a little of that subtle shimmer.


Want to join the challenge fun?  Pop over to JAI, check out the design team inspiration, have a quick scan of the rules (super simple), get busy with your crafty goodies and link up.  Easy peasy.

We've had a busy week in our house.  I was lucky enough to have my lovely cousin and her family visit from New Zealand to stay a few days.  Unfortunately during their stay Master J (twin two) got a nasty vomiting bug that had been doing the rounds of preschool, which fortunately only lasted 24 hours.  However, at the end of that Miss C (twin one) got the same bug.  Little Miss doesn't like to suffer in silence and shared her distress ALL NIGHT LONG. We're all rather sleep deprived as a result, and I lost count of the washing loads - perhaps 15 over a two day period. Fingers crossed the bug doesn't spread further through the family....I've been using copious amounts of disinfectant to be on the safe side.

Last week I had the script of my reading glasses increased quite significantly.  Amazing how much more I can see. Although I have to say this ageing business is over rated.  The optometrist thinks I've got 12 months max. before I'm wearing glasses 24/7.  OMG I'm too vain for that.  Besides they're just not convenient....I put them down and forget to pick them up....I'll have to make room in my handbag....I'll find any excuse.  Anyway they're talking about multifocals because I'm not long or short sighted - typically!  Watch this space.

We don't have much arranged for this weekend, thankfully.  Hope you do!

Patrice x