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Just Add Ink Challenge # 567….Inspiration!

Sometimes, I take on a challenge that takes me some time…..well this was one of those Challenges.

Just Add Ink have an Inspiration Challenge this week. The pic features rich colours, a bold floral carpet, dark furniture and shiny blue elements. I like the picture, but I just struggled to complete a card I was happy with.

I spent forever, trying to create something for this challenge.   But that’s why they call it a Challenge aye?

I put together several different cards…..all of which ended up filed in the bin….. I procrastinated……I re-worked……I pulled out almost every floral stamp set I own….along with inks, dies and just about every colour of card stock I could find…..and still kept filing stuff in the bin.

The rug in this pic really jumped out at me.   The bold flower and soft leaves – it looks like a rug that would feel nice under foot.

In the end, I decided to keep it simple with the focus on the colours and one simple bloom. So here’s my card:

I used a bit of water colour paper to make a soft background and then layered up the bold flower. This two step stamp set is called Art Gallery.

So if your like me and struggle with creating from time to time, I encourage you to keep crafting, re-working, experimenting and maybe even file in the bin sometimes. Keep it simple, enjoy the process and the end result.

Remember also to share your creations with us at Just Add Ink

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 530 – Stamps-Ink-Paper

It’s time for a brand new Just Add Ink Challenge. This weeks Challenge has been suggested by Rochelle. The idea is to create projects using only Stamps, Ink and Paper.

For my card, I used the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and used Stampin Blends to colour the flowers. The colours I used are Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight.

This is a great Challenge – to join in you can share your project with us at Just Add Ink. You can also gather further inspiration by checking out what the Design Team have made.

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Social Stamping – Out of the Box

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Hi everyone – Happy Saturday.

Kelly has set the theme for this weeks Social Stamping Blog Host as “Out of the Box”

Some of the ladies participating this week were wondering what the theme meant – including me!  So it will be fun to see the all projects in the Blog Host.

I debated what the theme meant – could it be something in a box, something made out of a box, new stamps that arrived in a box or maybe a diorama?

While I was pondering what I was going to make, I received a Birthday Gift in the post (delayed by the Post) from my lovely sister.

With it was the most wonderful handmade card (she never fails to Wow and surprise me).   The card was perfect for this theme so after some discussion I decided to make my version of it.

Here it is;

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I used the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp set, Flowers for Every Season DSP, Misty Moonlight Ribbon and the retired Window Box dies.

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I could not finish this post without showing you the card Nadine sent me.   I love it!

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As I said before, I think this Blog Host is going to be great, with lots of different fun  projects.   I encourage you to visit everyone’s blog and enjoy the projects that we are sharing.    

Next in the Blog Host is Lou Kitzelman.  Click on the Next button below to go to Lou’s Blog.No photo description available.

Alternatively, you could go to the list of all everyone participating here.

Enjoy!!

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Social Stamping – New (normal)

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Well times are changing aren’t they?  June has just started and what a Year it has been so far!   I’m sure many of us are wondering, what else is to come?

For the Social Stamping Blog Host this week, Kelly has set us a theme “New Normal.

As I reflected on this Theme during the week, I realised I don’t know what the New Normal is.   And I don’t know what is to come.

Then one evening I saw a 50 year old clip on TV from the Munster’s.
It was about Life’s Lessons.

Herman Munster said,

“The Lesson I want you to learn, is it doesn’t matter what you look like.    You can be tall or short, or fat or thin or ugly or handsome (like your father), or you could be black or yellow or white.  It doesn’t matter.  What does matter, is the size of your heart and the strength of your character”.  

And it really made me think……yes, that needs to be our normal!

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I don’t have any Heart dies….can you tell?  I had to hand cut all these Hearts.  But I think they came out ok.  I had to search through several stamp sets and individual stamps to make up my sentiment.

You can click the button below to move onto Julia Quinn’s Blog, which is next on the Social Stamping list.No photo description available.Happy Stamping!!

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I’m loving the new Forever Blossoms Stamp Set and Parisian Blossoms Specialty DSP.
I have also decided I have a new favourite colour – Petal Pink.  It’s so soft and pretty.

This weekend I have put them all together with the challenge from Freshly Made Sketches (#418).
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I also added the new Champagne Rhinestones and Petal Pink Metallic-edge Ribbon.

All of these stamping supplies are all in the newly launched 2020 January-June Mini Catalogue.   Visit my Online store to get your Parisian Blossoms DSP and Forever Blossoms.

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Just Add Ink # 488 – Celebrate Blog Hop!

Hi and Happy New Year!    I’m really pleased to be opening the first 2020 Just Add Ink Challenge.   It’s a pretty special one!

It’s a Blog Hop!
It’s all about Celebration!
Our 10th Year!
And it’s Celebrating 1000 Just Add Ink Followers!

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Personally, at this time of year, I think there is a lot to Celebrate and reflect on.  The year that has been and the year to come.

For me, 2019 was fabulous, with my time in Europe being a massive highlight.   At work, our busy Meeting Season went really well with European staff to help us out.   There is so much for me to Celebrate and be thankful for.

2020 – while there are no big trips planned (sad face)  I am looking forward to the year ahead.

I have been so blessed to have been with Just Add Ink for the entire 10 years,  since it started.  Over the holidays I have been reflecting on the cards and projects that I have put together for the Challenges over the years, which has been fun.  So for a laugh, here’s my first ever Just Add Ink Project: This was a colour challenge.

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So – now to 2020 and the card I have created for the Celebration Blog Hop.
I have made this card to Thank a lovely lady.

JAI # 488The Stamps, Dies and DSP are all current Sale-a-Brations products that you can earn for FREE.

Can you see the sparkle on the Water Lily?  I added a bit of Wink of Stella.JAI # 488 a

The Celebrate Blog Hop is set up in a loop so it doesn’t matter where you start.  All you need to do is to follow along is click the “Next” Button at the end of each persons post and you will be taken to the next stop.  Remember the Blog Hop also incorporates the Just Add Ink Challenge for this week – so after you have finished Hopping……go…create….and then Share your project with us at Just Add Ink.

So – here we go!!   To advance onto the next Just Add Ink Design Team Member, click on the ‘Next’ button below.    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the lovely Nikki Spencer…Enjoy and Celebrate with us!!

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As I mentioned before, I feel there is a lot to Celebrate and be Thankful for at the moment.   But I also know, that not everyone feels that way.

To encourage a few ladies to think about what they are grateful for or perhaps to acknowledge the little things that bring them joy, I decorated a couple of note books for them.   That way they can write down the joy in their lives, in the hope that over time, they will be reminded of all the blessing around them.

 

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Travel Update…..the past Month or so.

Well June was a very busy month of Travel throughout Europe.   Here are a few of the highlights…..there were so many!

I finished up work at the end of May and my husband Neil and daughter Sarah joined me in Europe for a holiday.   I showed them around Rotterdam and Holland (Amsterdam, the Hague, Kinderdijk etc) which they loved.

We then headed to Paris for a couple of nights.   Climbed the Eiffel Tower, visited the Louvre and had the Best Day ever at Disneyland.

Munich was the next stop – where Neil got his Lederhosen on!  Neil loved the Beer and Sarah loved the Pretzels!

We went onto Venice – which we all loved.

Rome came next.   The crowds were a bit overwhelming and it was very dirty and hot.

We finished up in London and the UK!    We had another big day at Harry Potter World.  We spent a glamourous night at Rochford Hall and discovered Hornsea – where we found a boat covered in Knitting!   Very cute!

We spent our last day in London visiting Tower Bridge.  I was very surprised by how much the London skyline has changed. So many new and modern buildings.

So we are now back Home, very tired and a little fluey…….but having had a wonderful holiday!

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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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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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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.

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Just Add Ink # 391 – Choose Two – Twine-Trees-Tags

Hi ya, well, here we are, the week before Christmas!  That means the final Just Add Ink Challenge for 2017!
This Just Choose Two Challenge was suggested by Kim and runs for two weeks until 3rd January 2018.
There are 3 items to choose from, Twine – Trees – Tags.  I thought that these items worked well for a Christmas themed project.   See my Christmas Tag below.  
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 The Choose Two items don’t have to be used for a Christmas project though.  Go to Just Add Ink to see other inspirational projects by the Design Team and to share your project with us.  
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Just Add Ink Challenge # 324 – Inspiration!

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is an Inspiration Challenge that has been suggested by Trish.   Below is a pic to inspire you with whatever you are creating this week – be it a Card, Scrap-booking Layout or 3D project………..
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Here is the card I made:

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Go to the Just Add Ink Website to check out the Design team projects that were inspired this pic.  We were inspired by a variety of the elements within the pic and have come up with lots of different ideas.  So join us in this Challenge and share your idea’s with us.