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 >>> https://www.facebook.com/groups/349642308720075/ 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