Birthday Cards, Meanwhile in the Craft Room..., Thank you, Travel

Meanwhile in the Craft Room…..(and other things)….

While I was away I celebrated a Big Birthday.   We had arranged it so that Neil and Sarah arrived a couple of days earlier so we were all in Rotterdam together.

In the morning we visited the Cube houses that are in the heart of Rotterdam.  They were built in 1982-1984, there are 38 in all and most of them are lived in.  They are also known as pole-houses or tree-houses.

We then walked across the road to (my fav place) the Markethal – where we had some Dragons Breath.  It’s kinda like sweet cereal balls that are bathed in liquid nitrogen – so when you eat them they make it look like you are breathing fire……a bit of fun.

After lunch we got on the Water bus and went to Kinderdijk.  I really loved it here – it was my 2nd visit.

We were very lucky with the Waterbus – being a week day, it was not very busy.  The Waterbus man (Conductor) took Neil up to the front of the boat and showed him around while Sarah and I enjoyed the view and wind in our hair.   The Waterbus man then went round and offered to take photos of all the tourist (us) on the boat.   It was fun……even more of a bonus was that he only charged us for a one-way trip.

In the Evening we went to Vessel 11 for Dinner.  It’s a big old tug boat that was situated on the canal between Work and my Apartment (so about a 2 minute walk).  

I received lots of lovely Birthday cards (thank you to everyone for them) and I will share them over the next wee while.   But today I want to show you one that Kelly posted to my apartment in Rotterdam.   I was wrapped to receive it.

I thought this was a great fancy fold – so decided to have a go at it myself.  I put together a little thank you card and gift for the young lady who  did a marvelous job at looking after our house and pets. 

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 465 – Add the Season

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When I arrived in Rotterdam in March, it was the end of Winter and there were no leaves on the trees.   During the following months, the trees and flowers bloomed.  It was so lovely to see all the bright leaves.

One of my adventures was going to see the Tulip fields.  I hired a bike and spent the day discovering the Haarlem area.  It was a fabulous day – despite my sore bottom after about 5-6 hours on the bike.

Now I am back in Australia, and most of the leaves have gone from the trees.  But I noticed there are a few leaves that are clinging to their trees and they are many different colour’s.   So my card this week is based on Autumn leaves.

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Also – can you see the leaves in the background of my photo?  I actually took this pic at the Train Station (where I park my car on week days).  There are piles and piles of leaves around – so I decided they would make a good background for this card.

For this card I used stamps from two Stamp sets:  Floral Essence and Rooted in Nature.  The DSP is Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP

It would be great if you could join us for this Season Challenge.  Here is the link to Just Add Ink where you can join the Challenge and also see many other Just Add the Season projects from the Design Team.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 440 Just Add Something New!

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Hi ya, Happy 2019 everyone!!   This is going to be a very exciting year, so stay tuned for things to come!!

Welcome also to the first “Just Add Ink” challenge for 2019.    In true Just Add Ink tradition we are starting the year with a Blop Hop – so I hope you are hoping along and enjoying see all the Just Add Something New projects.  You may have just come from Kim’s Blog,

The  “Just Add Something New!” Theme is perfect for this time of year, because not only is it a New Year – but we also have a new Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-brations in full swing too.   

Adding “Something New” to your projects may be in the form of a new product, stamps, a technique or even something from your craft stash that you have not used before.

So here is my “Just Add Something New!” project

I have used the Gingham Gala DSP from the Occasions Catalogue and the So Hoppy Together Stamp Set from the Sale-a-bration

The Gingham kinda reminds me of the table cloths that my Grandma used to have on her table.  I really love the soft pretty colours.When you have worked your way through the Blog Hop, join us for this Challenge at Just Add Ink.

Click the  “Next” button below to advance to the lovely Denita Wright-Smee’s Blog………….Enjoy!!
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Just Add Ink Challenge # 439 – Gift Box

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Can you believe it!!   This is the last Just Add Ink Challenge for 2018!
Just Add a Gift Box is so appropriate for this time of year – and a perfect one for me to participate in because I had a couple of little gifts that I wanted to pack up for some friends.
Here is the first one………..

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I’ve had this tree die for a couple of years now and not really used it much.  For this Gift pouch the size of the die tree worked well.

Below are a couple of the other pouches that I made.

Inside are some little fabric folded shopping bags – which is something we all need to keep in our handbags these days.

These pouches were quick and fun to make and a perfect way to dress up a little gift.

This Just Add A Gift Box challenge runs for TWO WEEKS and closing on January 2nd.   Go to Just Add Ink to enter or check out all the other gift box ideas.

Happy Christmas everyone!

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 416…….Sketch Challenge!

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Here’s the Just Add Ink Challenge this week # 416 Sketch as suggested by Patrice.

Sometimes, people ask me, “Where do you get your ideas from”?

Well….. Sketches are a great start for any card, so the layout of my card this week was where I started.  For the rest of it – my inspiration came from a beautiful dress I saw an actress wearing (on TV).

It was stunning, far more sparkly and shimmery than what I have created – and it was more of an ice blue colour too.  However, it gave me the idea to colour the die cut paper like this.   The die cut paper is so delicate and pretty.  Being White on one side and Vanilla on the other, means you can team is with any colour combo.  Or even colour it, like I have here.

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Here’s the link to Just Add Ink, so you can join the Challenge too.

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Just Add Ink Challenge # 406 Sketch Challenge

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I made a couple of cards using this sketch…….Here’s the first one.
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I used acetate to make a window into my card and my background paper is actually on the inside of the card.

My second card, gives you a little sneek peek at some new products…….

The stamp set is called Rooted in Nature and the paper is Nature’s Poem.

Here’s the link to Just Add Ink, where you can view the rest of the Design Teams projects and join us for the challenge by sharing what you make.

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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.