Ornamental Pines

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The Ornamental Pines Stamp Set is today’s 2-4-Tuesday stamp set.

For this first card I tried to push myself away from the traditional Christmas colors using Strawberry Slush Cardstock and Pool Party Cardstock instead as my frames around the Silver Heat-Embossed stamp on the Whisper White Cardstock.

I added a strip of Silver Foil Paper which I punched with Confetti Stars. Over the half-way mark of this punching I’ve adhered with Stampin Dimensionals a sentiment stamped on Pool Party Cardstock in Pool Party Classic Ink from the Merry Everything Stamp Set then punched with the Note Tag Punch.

Ornamental Pine - Silver Embossing - JIF

As tempting as it was to emboss the pine-needles again for this second card I resisted the urge, choosing instead to only Silver Heat-Emboss the pine-cones onto the Always Artichoke Classic Ink stamped needles.

A Silver Glimmer Paper strip edged either side with 1/8″ Real Red Ribbon really popped against the background of Very Vanilla Cardstock. The sentiment was die-cut from the Window Frames Collection Framelits then edged with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

Ornamental Pine - Always Artichoke - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Pool Party,
Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Stamp Set: Ornamental Pines
Classic Ink: Always Artichoke
Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer
Framelits: Window Frames Collection
Heat Embossing: Silver Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Gun
Punches: Confetti Stars, Note Tag, Star (Itty Bitty  Accent Pack)
Ribbon: 1/8″ Real Red
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamond Glitter
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


All is Calm when Quick and Easy

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For today’s card the dry-embossed Filigree Frame in Coastal Cabana sitting on my desk was my starting point.

I was then determined to use the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape along with the Tree Punch. Silver Foil Stars left over from yesterday’s card along with a sentiment stamped in Coastal Cabana Classic Ink was added. A light sponge of Silver Metallic Ink was the final touch.

Washi Tape - Filigree EF - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set: Festival of TreesClassic Ink: Coastal Cabana
Specialty Paper: Dazzling Diamond Glimmer, Silver Foil
Punches: Tree, Project Life Corner Punch, Confetti Stars
Washi Tape: All is Calm Designer
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

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

Joanne x


Santa Stache

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After all the fun I had creating the tree ornaments with the Santa Stache Stamp Set last week, I’ve chosen it for this week’s 2-4-Tuesday cards.

Santa was my first choice and I couldn’t resist using snowflakes from the Under the Tree Specialty DSP (I wish I could buy a dozen sheets of JUST this) as his background, with red snowflakes from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack under those with Old Olive Cardstock as the final border.

Initially I die-cut just the Mustache Framelit from the Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper but I couldn’t stop there. I then punched a scallop circle of Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper for Santa’s beard!

Santa Stache - Santa - JIF

For the next card I went with more snowflakes from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack for under the Nutcracker but I also stamped “nutty or nice” over the Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock background. This card also gave me the opportunity to use the All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments as charms!

Santa Stache - Nutty or Nice - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar, Old Olive
Stamp Set: Santa Stache
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso, Memento Black
Specialty Paper: Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
DSP: Under the Tree Specialty, Trim the Tree Stack
Blendabilities: Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Skin Tones
Baker’s Twine: Early Espresso
Framelit: Mustache
Dazzle Markers: Gold
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels, All is Calm Snowflake
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Bermuda Bay Mojo

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Another Monday another Mojo Monday. Here is my card for this week’s challenge.

Mojo363 - Bermuda Bay - JIF

This is the sketch from Mojo Monday.

Mojo363Sketch

A pattern from the Confetti Celebration DSP was my starting point with Bermuda Bay Cardstock as the anchor at the bottom which I mistakenly didn’t stamp with Gorgeous Grunge in Bermuda Classic Ink until AFTER I’d adhered it. Yikes!

Silver Foil Paper was used with the Argyle Embossing Folder to give some dimension to it. The Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper SHOULD have been corner punched on all four corner but once again forgot to do this until AFTER I’d adhered it. Double yikes!

Mojo363 - Bermuda Bay - Argyle - JIF

Wondering what I could do and use as a sentiment, A Happy Hooray Stamp Set became the perfect choice with the round sentiment which was die-cut then edged in Dazzling Diamond Glitter. Underneath this sentiment is White 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon and 1/8″ Silver Ribbon.

Mojo363 - Bermuda Bay - Thanks - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Naturals White, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Gorgeous Grunge, A Happy Hooray
Classic Ink: Bermuda Bay
Specialty Paper: Silver Foil, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer
Ribbons: 1/2 ” White Seam Binding, 1/8″ Silver
Embossing Folder: Argyle
DSP: Confetti Celebrations
Framelits: Circles Collection
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamond Glitter
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub and Mist

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

Joanne x


Mirrored Love – Just Sayin’!

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Sometimes all we need is a nudge to get going and when it comes to card making what better place to get that nudge than the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog!

That’s what I did for the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set. So often I look at this stamp set and all I see are word bubbles on cartoons so I turned to page 109 for inspiration and a little CASE’n.

My first card was a lot of fun to make as I used a LOT of different elements on it. From the Word Bubble Framelits, the Hearts Collection Framelits, and the Deco Labels Collection Framelits. Then there was the What’s Up Punch and the Heart Punch from the Itty Bitty Accents (IBA) Punch Pack.

As I used the Silver Foil Heart Vellum as the background, where in the catalog gold Washi Tape had been used, I used a stamp from the Tape It Stamp Set in Smoky Slate Classic Ink. A combination of Silver Foil Paper and Brushed Silver Cardstock created the “mirror”.

Just sayin - Mirrored Love - JIF

It was so much easier having a basis for the card I couldn’t help myself but CASE another card from that same page. I really like my interpretation of this card!

Just sayin - Word bubbles - JIF

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Hello Honey,
Pistachio Pudding, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Sets: Just Sayin’, Tape It
Classic Ink: Hello Honey, Smoky Slate
StazOn: Black
DSP: All Abloom
Ribbon: 1/8″ Silver Ribbon
Specialty Paper: Brushed Silver, Silver Foil Paper, Silver Glimmer
Silver Foil Vellum, White Vellum
Framelits: Hearts, Deco Labels, Word Bubbles
Punches: Project Life Corner, Itty Bitty Accents Pack, Whats Up
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots, Argyle
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Glue,
Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

As I say, all one needs is a starting point then the world’s your oyster. Sometimes its much easier to create something when you know what you DON’T want rather than knowing when you don’t know what to do at all!

If you would like any of the products used on today’s cards, please contact me and let’s get this party started!!!

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

Joanne x


Going for Gold!

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Today is Monday which means it’s Mojo Monday time, ready? Here is the sketch…

Mojo 340 SketchAnd here is my take on the sketch which certainly didn’t take me all week to find inspiration for this one. I was out of the starting blocks and running with it in no time at all thanks to the Washi Tape! My card base is Very Vanilla Cardstock with a layer of Primrose Petals Cardstock under the Gold Foil embossed with the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder.

Mojo 340 - Going for Gold - JIFThe gold Washi Tape or as it’s referred to in the Celebrate the Everyday Catty, Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape, was my inspiration for this card. The tape was taken with me to the crop hoping to finally use it, which I didn’t, but as soon as I saw today’s sketch I knew it could be used! Onto a piece of Vanilla Cardstock I arranged and rearranged the Washi Tape finishing it with a piece of Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon.Mojo 340 - Going for Gold - Washi Tape -JIF

The 1¾” circle is Champagne Glimmer Paper, the 1¼” circle is Gingham Garden DSP, and the 1″ circle was punched from Primrose Petals Cardstock then stamped in Gold Metallic Encore with a stamp from the A Round Array Stamp Set. The banner, also in Primrose Petals Cardstock was sponged and stamped also in Gold Metallic Encore with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set. A sentiment from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set was heat embossed in gold.

Mojo 340 - Going for Gold - Heat Embossing -JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals
Stamp Sets: A Round Array, Gorgeous Grunge, Loving Thoughts
Ink: Gold Metallic Encore
DSP: Gingham Garden
Ribbon: Primrose Petals 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon
Specialty Paper: Champagne Glimmer, Gold Foil
Big Shot: Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder
Punches: 1¾” Circle, 1¼” Circle, 1″ Circle
Embellishments: Watercolor Wonder Designer Washi Tape, Gold Embossing Powder
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges

FYI: The end of next month (May) will see the retirement of the 2012-2014 In-Colors of Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple (favorites of mine for Christmas, just sayin’), Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse and Primrose Petals. I know a few of you have already begun stocking piling these colors but it’s best to do this sooner rather than later, particularly if you require Ink Refills for your inks!

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

Joanne x


Happy with my scraps!

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Yes, I do realize that might sound a trifle odd but if you are able to have somewhere to keep all your cardstock and DSP off-cuts, and also your “bits” of ribbon it’s well worth it. To cut into a full sheet of cardstock when all is required is a “bit”, well, it can bring tears to one’s eyes hence I keep everything as you never know!

Which brings me to this week’s Mojo Monday sketch.

Mojo320 Sketch

This is my take on the sketch. The base of Whisper White has been layered with Always Artichoke which I’ve randomly stamped in Always Artichoke Classic Ink a stamp from the set A Round Array this then has the smallest frame of silver foil. A scrap of Silver Glimmer Paper was added, followed by a collection of ribbons and a framed sentiment.

Mojo320Sketch - Naughty or Nice - Always Artichoke - Ribbon Scraps - JIF

What I’ve done is with the help of some sticky strip, have stuck all my scraps of red ribbon onto a scrap of cardstock. Yes, even the cardstock is a scrap as it was the cardstock in with the pack of dimensionals that were just finished. Waste not want not!

Mojo320Sketch - Naughty or Nice - Ribbon Scraps - JIF

 The sentiment seemed to take on a life of its own as first off I simply embossed it in silver powder before punching it out with the Decorative Label Punch but I couldn’t stop there! I then embossed a second one to punch out the oval sentiment then adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals. As it then happened I had some retired SU Decorative Labels sitting on my desk which framed the sentiment perfectly and voila!

Mojo320Sketch - Naughty or Nice - Ribbon Scraps - Designer Frame

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Silver Foil
Stamp Sets: Very Merry Tags, A Round Array
Classic Ink: Always Artichoke
Embossing Powder: Silver
Embellishments: Designer Frame (retired), Silver Glimmer Paper,
Large Rhinestone Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Mini Brads,
Old Olive Simply Styled Embellishments,
Ribbons: Assorted Scraps
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips,  Sticky Strip,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Versamark, Heat Tool

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

Joanne x

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