Just Add Ink # 618 – Colour Challenge

Just Add Ink have a colour challenge this week. The colours are Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Pacific point.

I used a number of stamp sets to create this card. Plentiful Plants, Bottled Happiness and the Splendid Thoughts Stamps and Dies.

When stamping the bottles and pot, I varied the Pacific point colour saturation by stamping directly for one bottle and then the others I stamped off first to remove some of the ink from the stamp.

The rest of the design team have combined these colours to create some fabulous projects, you can follow this link to check them out.


Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop # 5

With a group of stamping friends, I am joining Bron Eastley’s next 60th Birthday Celebration Blog Hop.

Bron is celebrating her 60th Birthday with six blog hops over six months and today is Hop # 5 – Fancy Folds. Bron loves Fancy Folds and so do I!

For this Blog Hop, I decided to make Diamond Fold Cards. These are fun and easy to make (as long as you get your measurements right)! I even showed my sister how to make them during one of our Face Time Craft-a-noons!

I enjoyed making them so much – I ended up with a few versions.

Next in the Blog Hop is Leonie Stuart – Click the button below to visit Leonie’s Blog and see what Fancy Fold she has made.

I’ve had a great week of Cultural experiences. I started the week by going to the Van Gogh Live exhibition. It was fabulous. I enjoyed the music, the enlarged artwork and holistic experience. Very peaceful and calming I thought.

At the end of the week, I rocked it out to some great energetic, loud (in-ya-face) music at the Yungblud concert. Yungblud is a young Pop Punk style artist from the Doncaster in the UK. Such a fun concert and I had a great time.


Bron’s 60th Birthday Blog Hop #3 – Inky Blues

Happy Friday everyone,

It’s time for Bron’s 3rd Birthday Blog Hop. Bron’s favourite colour is Blue. So the theme for this months Blog Hop is INKY BLUES.

Blue just happens to be my favourite colour too. I really like all shades of blue – dark, light, bright….doesn’t matter, I like em! So this was the perfect theme for me.

The card I made started with a base of Pacific Point. I stamped the flowers from Bottled Happiness with Pacific Point and Night of Navy Ink.

Last weekend, it was my Birthday and I received some lovely hand made cards.

My sister, Nadine gave me a great fancy fold card – that I just had to CASE. So I continued the Blue Happiness and put together another card.

Here is the card I got from Nadine – Haha, just realised it’s Blue too! Pretty!!

So here’s my take on this Fancy Fold. I adjusted the fold and dimensions slightly.

There is very little stamping on this card (only the Sentiment). I have used the Hues of Happiness DSP and lots of fussy cutting.

I can’t wait to make my way through the Inky Blues Blog Hop to see what the rest of the group have made. The next stop on Bron’s Birthday Blog Hop is Jan Clothier. Let’s go and see what Jan has created…….

Here are more of the handmade cards I received.


Just Add Ink # 599 – Just Add your Favourite Animal!

Happy Easter everyone,

This week the Just Add Ink Challenge is Just Add Your Favourite Animal!
This Challenge has made me realise that I don’t really think I have a favourite Animal.

I mean I like lots of different Animals for different reasons. Like Giraffe’s because they seem awkward and graceful, Zebra’s, amaze me as all their stripes can be different patterns, Monkeys are cute, curious and very clever.

Cats are my type of house animal and I love mine snuggling up on the end of my bed. Birds and Fish are so colourful and fun to watch……ohhh what about Cow’s? Or Pig’s? Pigs are cute, when I was little we had heaps of them and I used to try to pat their noses. Penguins are cute too and little goats and rabbits…….ohh the list is endless!

So for this Challenge, I decided to look at my Stamp Sets to see what Animal Stamps I have. I quickly landed on the Fabulous Flamingo Stamp Set (Retired). I teamed it up with the On The Horizon Stamp Set to make my card.

I used some enamel Pebbles and a little flower die to embellish the card.

The Design Team have put together some great Animal cards. Follow this link to Just Add Ink to see them and perhaps with a few days off for Easter, you can join the Challenge too.

I know I will be doing a bit of Crafting, as I have Nadine visiting. We have already spent one day crafting and have a few more planned. We have visited a couple of crafty stores to gather supplies and seen a bit of Perth while we have been out and about.

Here are our girls – Honey and Silver. I’m sure you can tell which is Honey and which is Silver.


Just Add Ink # 577 – Inspiration Challenge!

I have a couple of things to share with you this week, just for fun!

Firstly, I wanted to show you some pics of my Roses.   They are blooming marvellous at the moment……

I’m not the best gardener but these Roses always put on a good show.

The Challenge at Just Add Ink this week is an Inspiration Challenge.

I took the colours and dappled background effect into account when creating my card this week.  I made a Bokeh background with a mix of colours.

The rest of the card is actually a CASE of the Catalogue.  Check out page 111 and you will see where I got this card idea from.

If you would like to participate in this Challenge your can follow this like to Just Add Ink

Lastly, some of you may know that I recently changed jobs.   The new job is such a new environment for me, with new rules and safety conditions.   Quite quite different to anything I have done before.

Luckily for me – they are pretty good at communicating Health and Safety hazards……but this one takes the cake!!

Haha funny!!


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


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.

3D, Big Shot, Blog Host, Botanical Blooms, Pop Up, Sunflowers, Uncategorized

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;


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

This was such a fun project to put together and I can see that I will make more of them in future.IMG_1362

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



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.



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!


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!!

Forever Blossoms, Freshly Made Sketches, Uncategorized

Forever Blossoms

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).

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.