A challenging week...!

It's week two of school holidays over this way, and I would have to say that it's been one of the most enjoyable school holidays I can remember.

Despite the fact that we have had a couple of overly crisp weeks in terms of weather, which was promptly followed by rain in large bucket loads, and a bit of a head cold on my part, we have have been enjoying several sleep ins, a bunch of pyjama days, loads of visiting, a number of play dates, a movie and large amounts of pottering at home.

The girls have been absolutely delightful, reveling in each others' company and being quite honestly, completely delicious!

So I've been thoroughly enjoying this relaxed time, which hasn't left a whole lot of room for blogging, so apologies for that :)

I have been stamping though, and have spent some time this week playing along with a number of challenges, hence the title of this post.

You may have noticed that the Design Team over at Just Add Ink has been expanded by about double, meaning that we only have to design fortnightly for the challenges.  We are free to play along in our off week though, and this week I decided to do exactly that - leaving it to the very last minute as is my standard OP, but anyway, here it is...

I especially wanted to play along with this one, as it involves Elegant Eggplant - a colour that I need as much practise with as I can get.

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Despite needing practise though, I do tend to use Elegant Eggplant very much as a highlight rather than a feature colour, but at least it's there!

I combined the colour challenge with a sketch from the Clean and Simple blog - a place that I head to on many an occasion when I'm in need of a fabulous yet simple layout :)

So there you have challenge number one!  Next up I'll show you a card that I made up for a challenge on my team stamping blog, and later this week the next JAI challenge!

All this is after we head to the park tomorrow followed by dinner with my bestie and her gorgeous family.

It's a tough life, but somebody has to do it ;-)

"Just Add Ink #25" Stamps: Seeing Spots, Polka Dot, Paper: Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Tart DSP Ink: Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red Accessories: 1-3/8", 1-1/4" and 3/4" Circle Punches, Rich Regals brads, Vintage brads, Elegant Eggplant 1/4" Grosgrian Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals