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


Eggstra Spectaular by Miss 10!

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Whilst I was maniacally working on the children’s 2012 Scrapbook Albums over the week-end, my Darling Daughter was busy working at the table across from me creating her own array of cards. This is a little card she made for Easter.

Thinking of Ewe by MMRAs you can see, she too has a love for the Stampin’ Spritzer, the more colors the better according to Young Miss, I’m not even going to BEGIN attempting all the colors she used, lol!

She also has a love of Heat Embossing – she Heat Embossed the sentiment and after stamping the ewe, circle punched it out, then embossed the edges also before adhering it to the card with Dimensionals. With the basket of eggs she patiently used the markers ensuring each egg, and the basket, were all different colors.

Am I proud? You bet and if you’d like to add this gorgeous Easter stamp set to your stash please call me to place your order – 250-632-7248!

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

Joanne x


Tweaking Thanks!

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Earlier in the week I had a few spare moments, I know weird huh, but I had put aside a couple of hours for a lunch out with friends which was postponed hence found myself with some glorious “unplanned” hours.

As I sat and pondered how blessed we are this Christmas it occurred to me that some Christmas Thank You Cards are a must. This is what I came up with.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver Card - JIF

Enough I hear you shout of the embossed Joyful Christmas flower on the vellum but hey, I love it don’t you? Plus, look what I did with the combination of thankful and merry Expressions Thinlit Dies – I created thanks. There is no ‘S’ in any of the three words hence needed to create one.

Hmmm, that tested the old grey matter and after only one false start, discovered if the Silver Foil was placed upside-down onto the second ‘R’ in merry which was then turned upside-down once created, a ‘S’ is born. It does the job.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver - JIFAnd who would have thought that a Raspberry Ripple In-Color Dahlias in the center of the flower would finish it of so well?

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver with Flower - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, White Vellum, Silver Foil
Stamp Set: Joyful Christmas
Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Silver
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Ribbon: Silver 1/8″
Big-Shot: Expressions Thinlit Dies
Embellishments: In-Color Dahlias
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, All Purpose Glue

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

Joanne x


I was SOOOOO close!!!

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Wow, I was this close, this close to having this card completed and posted last night until I remembered why I didn’t use the glue I had used last night very much anymore, choosing instead to always use sticky strip. It was of course the drying time, ugh! It all came back to me like a charging bull. 🙁

Anyways, one thing has led to another and here it is, NOT even first thing this morning rather late at night but regardless, here I am finally posting it. The basis of my card is this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch 323.

Mojo 323 Sketch

This is my card but I should warn you first not EVERYTHING is Stampin’ Up! PLUS I’ve utilized a couple of retired DSPs. On this occasion I’ve gone with the “feel”, not the product so I hope you can forgive me. (And it’s for my mother’s birthday next month!)

Mojo323 - JIF - Happy Birthday Enjoy!

The striped paper I’ve used is from last year’s SU Regals Designer Series Paper Stack which I’ve stamped Flowering Flourishes in that wonderful Illuminate Ink, both from this year’s Annual Catalog. Then I’ve replaced the thread over the DSP shown on the Mojo Sketch with strings of pearls sprouting from either end of the labels which have had the edges sponged in Crumb Cake.

Both of these labels have been cut from the same sized frame-lit, the difference being the Pink Pirouette cardstock was then cut in half so there would be a little showing on either end with the pointed middles snipped off.

The flowers were bought months and months ago from the local Dollar Store, and the light-bulb, well… that was the result of some late night shopping following a scrapbooking crop… need I say more. 🙂Mojo323 - JIF - Enjoy

 Of course it’s only now as I look at the card I realize the weight I’ve put in it isn’t the best for posting, lol!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Illuminate, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes, Sassy Salutations
DSP: Retired Stock
Big Shot: Labels Collection
Embossing Powder: White
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Heat Gun,
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Sponges
Other Suppliers: Pearl Strings, Light Bulb

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

Joanne x


How color can change things…

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Preparing for a workshop last week which was focusing on heat embossing, I had the best time creating. I just couldn’t decide what design would be best so kept creating until it “felt” right.

This was one of my first creations. I just love how the silver embossing is so striking on the white vellum cardstock which I’ve then mounted on the silver glimmer paper. Of course, just a smidge of Cherry Cobbler always adds to the Christmas feel with the sentiment from Sassy Salutations finishing it off nicely!

Joyful Christmas - Silver - JIF

Having made the card in silver and white, I couldn’t resist trying it in a combination of Very Vanilla and Gold Embossing. The red this time was the red glimmer paper behind the flowers that had been fussy cut and mounted upon it. Aren’t my gold “balls” just the best, lol? I was determined to have gold balls in the center of my flower so I bunched up a mini glue-dot and doused it with gold glitter!

Joyful Christmas - Red - JIF

The final design used for the “Make & Take” was a combination of the two cards with Very Vanilla as the base but using Silver and Cherry Cobbler. The Frosted Finishes Embellishment completing the fussy-cut flowers perfectly.  At first I was concerned it may have been a tad plain but I’m relieved to say the ladies were MORE than happy with it, making me EXTREMELY happy! 😉

Joyful Christmas - Punched silver Foil - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, White Vellum
Specialty Paper: Silver/Red Glimmer Paper, Silver/Gold Foil
Stamp Sets: Joyful Christmas, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Gold, Silver
Punch: Scallop Trim Border
Embellishments: Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals

There’s only one date still available for a workshop in December but I am taking bookings for the new year. Keep in mind if you are thinking of having a workshop, Sale-a-bration begins 28 January. It remains the same as last year that with every $60 spent, you get a selected item FREE.

PLUS, when your workshop sales reach $200, you receive an additional $40 to the already $35 of any product you would like FREE. Have a think and let me know as dates ted to go quickly during this event!

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

Joanne x

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