Butterfly Textures (Freshly Made Sketches 300)

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You know you have it bad when the first thing you think of on waking is “how can I tweak that card-front base to make it work“. And the really hilarious thing is that even the tweak was tweaked!😂

Immediately adhering the base is not something I would usually do and am really not sure what made me do this. It made things that much more difficult in the end. Here is my take on this week’s Freshly Made Sketches 300.

This is the original sketch from Freshly Made Sketches which was my inspiration.

With a little masking, some silver embossing, a strip of foil cut with thinlets, along with a thinlets butterfly “splashed inked” and blinged up and voila, done!


Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Think Spring!

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(From the Stamping’ Up! Blog – February 23)


Here’s two spring garden-themed projects using the Berry Basket Bigz L Die (item # 137366), From the Garden Stamp Set (item # 137139), and Handpicked Framelits Dies(137361).

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My first project showcases the adorable berry basket. It’s really easy to make! I used Kraft card stock (item # 133674) because its heavier weight was perfect for holding my potted violets.

I used Fast Fuse (item # 129026) to adhere the Hello Honey 3/8” Satin Stitched Ribbon (item # 133671) to the top edge of the basket. Then I finished it off with Tea Lace Paper Doilies (item # 129399) and striped banners made using Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (item # 137784) and Rich Razzleberry card stock (item # 115316).

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I stamped the adorable little garden marker image using Rich Razzleberry (item # 126950) and Wild Wasabi (item #126959) ink. Then I cut it out using the Big Shot (item # 113439) and the Handpicked Framelits Dies.

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I also used the Berry Basket Bigz L Die to create a card/tiny gift that would be perfect for a vegetable or flower gardener. For the background, I used the Wild Wasabi striped pattern in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper.

First, I cut one side of the basket from Kraft card stock and added an additional score line 1/4″ below the original score line. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock for the basket’s scalloped edge trim. I added a couple of additional score lines using my Paper Trimmer (as shown). Be sure to have 11 scallops in between with two scallops on each side. Next, I stapled them together, using Fast Fuse to adhere the tab to the card.

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This side view shows you how to a form a card pocket. It’s large enough to hold up to two seed packets. I wrapped each seed packet with a Tea Lace Paper Doily and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (item # 134586).

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I made the little garden markers from the same stamp set and Framelits Dies using Hello Honey (item # 133643), Rich Razzleberry, and Wild Wasabi ink.
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Cindy Schuster (2014–2015 Artisan Design Team)

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

Berry Basket is Berry Nice!

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There’s was finally an opportunity for me to take the Berry Basket Bigz L Die on page 21 of the Occasions Catalog out of its packaging over the week-end and what fun I had!

I tried it three ways, the first was as is with Gold Glimmer Paper (which is now filled with chocolates in readiness for valentine’s) and then for the next two I wanted to see how it went with the smaller DSP stacks.

Berry Basket Extravaganza

The small green basket was my favorite in the end and only used 2 sheets of DSP stack by lining them up in the centre of the die, too easy!

DSP Stack rockin' the Berry Basket

There’s no denying it’s one of the more expenses dies being priced at $46.95 but the possibilities are endless and can be used for every occasion. It’s well worth the investment. Besides, you only need another $13.05 to have yourself a free Sale-a-Bration product. Now that’s GOT to be tempting, lol!

Oh, and have yourself an... Inkee Fiddling Day!

Joanne x

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