Friday 27 November 2015

JAI #290: Just Add Colour


Oops, where did that week go? They are rolling past very quickly at this time of year! But, on to the new Just Add Ink challenge - a colour combo suggested by Jan.

Isn't it pretty? There's a part of me that sees green with pink in a colour combo and automatically thinks flowers. One day I will resist that urge, but this time I went with it!

I only recently purchased the Garden In Bloom stamp set, but it's fast becoming a favourite, especially the cute little buzzy bee. The stem that comes with the set it straight, but as the stamps are photopolymer it's easy to gently bend the stamp into a curved shape.

The bees were fussy cut and popped up on the front of the card.

I hope you've got time to join us this week at Just Add Ink.  It's such a busy time of year!

Bye for now,


Friday 20 November 2015

JAI #289: Just Add Music


Are you ready for a new Just Add Ink challenge? I sure am!  This week Patrice has challenged us to add Music to our creations. This was really great timing for me, as I have just started playing my clarinet again after 22 years.  I decided to do a PLxSU layout to document my return to music.

Alex has been learning flute all year, which was the inspiration for me to pick up my clarinet again.  I've joined my council Concert Band and have been playing with them for the last 6 weeks. I have my first performance with them in a couple of weeks, which is both exciting and scary!

How great is this quote? There's something about playing that is magical for me.  As a teenager I used to be able to sit at the piano and play for hours on end, and I didn't realise how much I'd missed it until I played with the band.

Anyway, enough of my rambling! Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you this week?

Bye for now,


Thursday 19 November 2015

AWH Blog Hop: Project Life


Welcome to the Art With Heart Team Blog Hop for November. This month we are focusing on Memory Keeping (Scrapbooking/Project Life). We all take photos right? Well, capturing every day moments is so special and we need to document these to cherish. We are all passionate about memory keeping and we want to continue to inspire each other, and you, as we move forward in 2016!

Since 2010 I have been documenting our family life month by month.  When Stampin' Up! partnered with Project Life it made the task so much easier! A few years ago my computer crashed and of course I hadn't backed it up in a while, so I was terrified I had lost all of my photos. My month by month albums took on a whole new level of importance! Even if I'd lost my digital copies at least I still had the albums.  Thankfully a mate of Rob's was able to recover the majority of my hard drive, but the lesson was well learned.

My main focus when completing these albums is getting the photos in and the memories written down. Even as I completed this page from a year ago I was struggling to remember the event that some of these photos documented.  Thankfully I keep a written diary so it was easy to go back and fill in the blanks!

My monthly pages are very photo heavy, which doesn't leave much room for prettying up the page.  Luckily the PL cards do all the hard work for me! On this page I've used cards from the This Is The Life Collection, which have a range of bright, happy colours.

I like to use matching cards where possible, but in this case the matching smaller card didn't have any blank space for me to be able to stamp the date information directly onto it. A handy scrap of Whisper White cardstock on my desk and the problem was solved!

I used the Day To Day Project Life stamp set to stamp onto the scrap, trimmed the two banner shapes, adhered them to the card and popped it in the pocket. Easy! The whole page took me around half an hour, and most of that time was printing the photos and tracking down my 2014 diary to refresh my memory on some of the photos.

The rest of the group also have some fabulous Project Life by Stampin' Up! inspiration for you.  The next stop in the hop is Kathryn Ruddick

If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

  1. Claire Daly
  2. Alisha Watson
  3. Ros Davidson
  4. Tina Gillespie
  5. Kathryn Ruddick
  6. Kate Morgan
Bye for now,


Friday 13 November 2015

JAI #288: Just Add A Sketch


Here we are at the end of the working week, time for some "it's nearly the weekend" fun!This week at Just Add Ink Narelle has designed a fabulous sketch for us.

Isn't it great?  I needed to make a card for a wedding I was attending, so I decided to switch the stars for hearts.

The wedding stationery was black with hints of white and silver, so I went with that colour scheme for my card.  I'd been playing with glitter and Heat and Stick powder for my classes, so I kept it out to use with my Dotty Angles stamp.

Doesn't it give a fabulous shimmer?

They are a little difficult to see, but I also used a few small hearts on the inside to tie in with the front of the card.

What will you do with this sketch? Why don't you pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and see what the rest of the Design Team have done with the sketch?

Bye for now,


Monday 9 November 2015

MKPLxSU: My Favourite Kit


This month the Memory Keeping PLxSU Design Team have decided to run with the theme of our favourite kit.  Which is your favourite kit? Mine is the Seasonal Snapshot Collection, which is funny as I was never going to buy it. In the catalogue it didn't appeal to me, but in my hands it's gorgeous.

The Seasonal Snapshot Collection is perfect for scrapping Halloween layouts. My husband and kids go out Trick Or Treating each year.  Hudson doesn't usually last long, so this year after we visited homes in our street he and I stayed home while the rest of the family went out. I took some photos before they left and then grabbed the bottom right photo from Facebook.  I was literally finished scrapping the page before they arrived home!

I'm not as into Halloween as the rest of the family, but I did have a lot of fun helping Ada put her outfit together. She wore a tutu from her dance performance a few years ago and we made her up to look like a zombie. She took a bit of convincing to dress up like this, but once she was finished she loved it.

The title and journalling cards were Kraft and Whisper White.  I added a few witch punchies to add a bit of interest and I was done!

What's your favourite PLxSU Collection? We'd love to see a layout over on our Facebook group.

Here's the rest of the Design Team Blogs for you to check out:

Julie Kettlewell, UK -
Delys Cram, New Zealand
Constanze Wirtz, Germany
Janet Morrow Wakeland, USA
Elizabeth Richards Peterson, USA
Kate Denyer, UK
Linda Higgins, Australia

And our Guest Designer

Denielle Bernauer

Bye for now,


Friday 6 November 2015

JAI #287: Just Add Inspiration


First up, apologies for this post going up late - Blogger has not been playing nice with me, playing hide and seek with the log in button all week. Anyway, I'm in now and here with the current Just Add Ink challenge. This week Jodene has inspired us with a collage of gorgeous photos.

Aren't the colours fabulous? Having said that, I went for a mostly yellow card in homage to the picture on the right.

I really loved the geometric centre of the flower and thought of the Joy Folding technique straight away.  I'd never tried it before, so it was a good opportunity.

It's a little time consuming, but the end result is well worth it. I used strips of Daffodil Delight DSP from the Brights Stack and the Schoolhouse DSP pack on my card.

I had a few strips left over so I decided to use them to jazz up the inside of the card.

What do you see in the inspiration photos? Why don't you check out what the Design Team have created over at Just Add Ink?

Bye for now,


Monday 2 November 2015

Tap Tap Tap To Say Thanks


I found this card in my 'To Blog' folder on my computer and realised I was yet to post it on my blog. I made it quite a while ago, so it was probably about time I shared it.

The typewriter was stamped in Momento and coloured with my Blendabilities. I also used my Silver Marker to colour some of the metal bits on the image. I deliberately used a quick, messy style of colouring, as I think it suits the image.

I love the 'tap tap tap' stamp for finishing off the inside of the card.

Bye for now,