Challenges, Colour Combo

Just Add Ink Challenge # 454 Colour Combo

Last Saturday while I was Coffee and Crafting with Lotte, I made a card for this weeks Just Add Ink Challenge.      It a colour combo challenge this week.  The colours are bright and bold.  Pineapple Punch, Coastal Cabana and Blueberry Bushel

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I used the Painted Harvest Stamp set, that worked perfectly with these colours.
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Here’s the link to Just Add Ink so you can join in this Challenge too and check out all the other Design Team examples using these summery colours.

Just Add Ink, Travel

Just Add Ink #453…”Choose Two”

The new Just Add Ink Challenge this week is Easter themed and perfect for some long weekend crafting.   Jan has provided us with a “Choose Two” Challenge.  You can choose out of Bunnies, Flowers or Crosses.

Although I am not participating in this Challenge – because I am away from my craft room, you can check out all the Design Team projects at Just Add Ink.    And you can play along with the Challenge too – enjoy!

So what have I been up to this week???  I’ve had a super week – work, sight-seeing and some Crafting…….

Amersfoort
One day during the week I worked in a place called Amersfoort.  Amersfoort is a city in the province of Utrecht about an hour or so by train from Rotterdam.  I finished work a little earlier than expected so I decided to check out the sites.

And WOW – what a beautiful place……..The city grew around what is now known as the central square, the Hof and parts of city/area date back to 1000 BC.  The city had a defensive brick wall that needed enlarging, so a new wall was built (around 1380-1450).  The second wall, included a combined land and water gate called the Koppelpoort (pic below)
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The Onze-Lieve-Vrouwentoren (Tower of Our Lady) is one of the tallest medieval church towers in the Netherlands at 98 metres (322 ft). When it was built, it was the middle point of The Netherlands. The nickname of the tower is Lange Jan (‘Long John’).IMG_4917[2]The construction of the tower and church was started in 1444. But the church was destroyed by an explosion in 1787.   The tower survived the explosion which is strange because when you walk up to it, it’s a huge tower standing all by itself.

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Kinderdijk
Kinderdijk  is about 15 km east of Rotterdam.  I got there via Water Bus – which was fun.  Kinderdijk was built around 1740 and is a systems of 19 windmills that were built to drain water from the land.  This group of mills is the largest concentration of old windmills in the Netherlands.
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And here is this funniest thing I saw all week……while I was on the Water bus, I saw this man who took his Cat to Kinderdijk in a bag around his neck!   Once we got off the boat, I caught up with him to see if I could take a pic.  His cat seemed quite happy.
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I also got to do a bit of Crafting too……. Here I am with Lotte Noordzij-Walther.
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Lotte gave me this sweet Easter Card that she had made me.  When I opened it, the Bunny spun around in the centre of the Oval.
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Hi from Europe / Update

Hi there,

You may have noticed I have not posted anything for a few weeks now……well that’s because I am off adventuring!     So, I thought I would pop in and give you an update of Where I am and What I’m doing……

At the end of last year, my work offered an opportunity for a few staff members to take up Secondment assignments in Europe.   I thought that it sounded like a wonderful opportunity so applied for it (not thinking it would happen to me)!

Hahahaha!  But it did happen….and now I am here in Europe!  Who’d have thought!

I am in Rotterdam, working in our office here until the end of May.  Then I will be taking some time to travel and see the sites in a few countries before returning to Australia.

How’s that for an adventure aye???

I arrived in Rotterdam on 15th March (a few weeks ago now) and was met at the airport by a work colleague.  After giving me a quick tour of the office and city orientation they left me to explore the city for the weekend.

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View from my Apartment

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My fav place so far……The Market Hall (Below).  It’s a large food hall with the supermarket at the bottom.  It’s kinda quite touristy but all the locals come here too.  At lunchtime everyone in the offices comes here to get lunch.  We come as a group and get what we want.  I’m really enjoying trying all the new and different foods.   I love the artwork.  It’s always a busy place.   And, see those windows in the roof??? – Well believe it or not but the outside of the building is all apartments.  Cool huh?

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This is a Chocolate Shoe!
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Yeah – so that’s where I am.  I will be checking in to share my adventures and hopefully sharing some craft moments with you too.

Birthday Cards, Challenges, Just Add Ink, Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink Challenge # 447 Sketch Challenge

Hi ya, here is the next Just Add Ink Challenge.

It’s a Sketch Challenge that was suggested by Narelle.Image may contain: text

Here is the card I made:

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I made this for a friend who is turning 50 soon.  She loves the colour green so I used a number of different shades of green on my card.  I used a glitter embossing paste to add some detail to the background.Head to Just Add Ink to join this challenge and/or to check out what the Design Team have put together to provide you with inspiration.

Challenges, Man Cards

Just Add Ink Challenge # 445 – Embossing.

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Here’s a fun challenge – Just Add Embossing.   There are a few types of embossing you could add to your projects this week…….Dry embossing (using a Embossing Folder or Embossing by hand), Heat Embossing – so inking, sprinkling with powder and then heating is and Embossing paste (stenciled maybe).

I used Heat Embossing and Embossing Paste on my card.

 

 

I coloured the Embossing paste with a bit of Re-inker.  Then I used the brick stencil with the Embossing paste t make the bottom panel.

 

Next I Heat embossed the tools.  I actually used both silver and black embossing powder to get the two-tone tools.

I like how the tools look so shiny.

So join us for this Challenge – show us how you like to use Embossing on your projects.

Here’s the link to Just Add Ink

 

Butterflies, Challenges, Just Add Ink, Sale-a-bration

Just Add Ink Challenge # 443 – Just Add Two…

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The Just Add Ink Challenge this week is a fun Choose Two challenge (suggested by Jan). So that means you can ‘Choose Two’ out of the three options Embossing Paste, Colouring or Sequins to feature on your project.
I choose the Embossing Paste and Sequins – although now when I look at it………I have all three on there.  LOL.

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I coloured the Embossing Paste with my re-inkers and then mushed them together to get the colours mixing.   The Butterfly comes from the Sale-a-brations Botanical Butterfly DSP

Here’s the link to Just Add Ink – so you can check out all the other Choose Two projects – and share yours with us too.

Birthday Cards, Botanical Blooms, Sketch Challenge

Just Add Ink Challenge # 442 – Sketch Challenge

This week there is a Special Birthday happening in our family, so I used the Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge as the start for a Special Birthday Card.
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For this card, it was important to me to use the Black and White – as I see Black and White as National colours for NZ.  Our Sports Teams wear Black and White, we are from the Land of the Long White Cloud  and so I decided to incorporate Black and White into this card.    Next I decided on Tropical prettiness as this card is for a beautiful young lady.  Happy Birthday Ana!

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Check out the other Cards and projects made using this Just Add Ink Challenge Sketch here!