Friday, December 18, 2015

Just Add Ink #293 - Just add a Gift Card - photo heavy

Wow ~ one week until Christmas!  This year really has whizzed by.  I'm looking forward to a little downtime over the Christmas/New Year break.  It will be nice for us all to be home together, relaxing, playing and enjoying some quality time.  I'm also looking forward to finally reading the latest Michael Connelly novel, The Crossing.

We have a timely challenge for you over at Just Add Ink kicking off today, and going for two weeks. Kim has us creating Gift Cards.  So if you've got a few last minute gifts to prepare why don't you pop over and join the challenge?  The design team has a bunch of inspiration to get you started.

I needed four gift card holders and matching cards which seemed a lot of work when time is in very short supply at the moment,  What to do?  Combine them of course.  I used a fabulous tutorial by Diane Barnes of Colour Me Happy for a 'no cut patterned paper folder'.  Sooooo simple, sturdy and fabulous!

Be warned - I'm a huge fan of non traditional Christmas colours.  I should also add that these all look waaaaay better in real life - blame the lousy photographer :o)

Coastal Cabana & the little elf from Christmas Cuties, coloured with copics

A masculine gift gift card holder using long retired designer paper & silver accents

Island Indigo and Peaceful Pines for a teenage boy

Strawberry Slush with a beautiful big glimmer poinsettia - it caught the light and it's hard to see the two different glimmer papers, and the plain silver foil leaves

This is what the inside looks like - a place for your gift card on the left (I've popped a piece of c/s there for photographic purposes) and on the right there is plenty of space to write your message

This is what the back looks like - I've adhered the ribbon closure with a little blingy brad

If you pop over to Di's blog to check out her no cut patterned paper folders you'll see just how much inspiration I drew from her.  Thank you, Di, for always sharing your talents and tutes with us.

Righto, it's too early to wish you all a Merry Christmas yet, so I will be back next week with another little Christmas treat share.

The Just Add Ink design team ladies will return with a brand new, fun challenge for you on Friday, 15 January 2016! Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Just Add Ink #292 - Just Add Inspiration

Good morning ~

What a gorgeous sunny day AND it's almost the weekend!  Nikki has given us a beautiful inspiration pic to work with for the new challenge over at Just Add Ink this week.  I'll add the pic a bit further down for you.

Being the silly season and all that, I've been short on time recently - like everyone else I'm sure.  I let the DSP do the work for me this week - and for the life of me I can't remember the name of it.  Once again my trusty Mini Treat Bag thinlits came to the rescue and I've created a little gift card holder.

Here is the inspiration pic if you'd like to join the challenge fun - I just love the touch of class that Silver gives.  Pop over to JAI and check out the gorgeous line up of projects the design team has created.

We had Gorgeous Kid's award presentation night earlier this week, today he's off at Big Splash water park celebrating end of school year and early next week he gets to check out the new Wet 
'n' Wild park in Sydney.  I tell you it's definitely a kids life!  We have the twins day care Christmas party tomorrow and a bunch of other events over the next week.  Phew, I haven't wrapped any of my Christmas shopping yet and I'm still furiously working on my handmade pressies.

I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along smoothly.  Thanks for stopping by today :o)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Just Add Ink #291 - Just Add anything with C

Happy Friday friends ~

I'm starting to make headway with my Christmas cards - probably won't have nearly enough to send out but I'm feeling better that I have a stash growing at least.  Lol.

We have a fun new challenge over at Just Add Ink kicking off today, suggested by Tina.  If adding anything with C is as popular as adding anything with W was a few weeks back, I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

I've used my Christmas Cuties stamp, to make a Christmas card, and I coloured it with Copics. Lots of C's here. So.... my colouring isn't fantastic, but I enjoyed doing it and that's the main thing! Believe it or not I did colour the white areas, you just can't see the subtlety in the photograph.  Was a bright day when I took the pic.  My die cut 'merry' is layered over the lovely SU red foil and popped up on dimensionals.

We'd love to see what you come up with this week.  Pop over to JAI and check out the design team inspiration - there are lots of lovely ideas.  Your creation can be anything that includes something with C - theme, technique, papers....whatever you like.  I'm looking forward to visiting your blogs so be sure to link up.

I'm still furiously working on my felt projects most evenings and hope to show you a few pics in the coming weeks. I've also found a new love....Jamberry.  OMGoodness, such cute cute designs and lots of fun to play with.  Have you found Jamberry nail wraps yet?