Just another EPIC Monday!

I have to say I’m getting better as even though it’s 9.30 at night, at least it’s MONDAY night when I’m posting this. It’s not the usual Thursday or Friday where I’m post-dating it so that is something!

Anyways, enough dribble, as I said, it’s Monday so that means a fresh MOJO Monday sketch. This is Mojo Monday’s Sketch 312…

Mojo312Sketch

And here’s my interpretation of it. Unintentionally I seemed to have used a little bit of everything today. My first choice was this beautiful DSP from the Epic Day This and That range. There were so many colors in this pattern one was spoilt for choice so I began with the Baked Brown Sugar Base with a layer of Gumball Green on that before adding the DSP.

Mojo Sketch 312 - Joanne's Inkee Fiddlings

For the center strip I went with Soft Suede cardstock for a hint of richness of color but not too much. Onto that I chose a stamp from the Clockworks set, stamping it in Soft Suede Classic Ink for visual texture. Then I added three Wild Wasabi Candy Dots!

Mojo 312 - Candy Dots

Then instead of ribbon I used strips of DSP from the Gingham Garden range. A sentiment was added from the Chalk Talk stamp set in Soft Suede Classic Ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock. This was then punched and sponged before being adhered with dimensionals onto another larger punched circle also sponged and adhered with dimensionals.

Mojo312 - JIF - Chalk Talk Gingham Garden

I’m more than happy with it and the best part, it’s still MONDAY, I didn’t ponder over it for days!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Gumball Green, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: Clockworks, Chalk Talk
Classic Ink: Soft Suede
DSP’s: Epic Day This and That, Gingham Garden
Punches: 1-1/4″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle
Embellishments: Wild Wasabi Candy Dots
Essentials: Sponges, Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips,
Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Sticks, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

And we’re back!!!

With no more of those darn Epic This and That pages you’ll be more than pleased to know but hey, you have to agree that they are a great “quick and easy” gift for loved ones. These albums really do dress up well and judging by orders, I’m not the only one with that way of thinking!

But enough of that, it’s meant to be Monday (even if the calendar says Friday, lol) so let’s do a Mojo Monday sketch. This is this week’s sketch…

Mojo 310 Sketch

This is my interpretation and once again, have endeavored and think succeeded, in making a masculine card. Well, my version of a masculine card anyways!

Mojo Monday 310 - Happy Big Day

I really did try to keep the layering down but I couldn’t help myself. I began with a base card in Early Espresso. Then with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set I stamped with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad to give that splattered look.

Onto this I added a Baked Brown Sugar layer, stamped again from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, this time a smaller splotch, in Soft Suede Classic Ink, sponging the edges also in the Soft Suede Classic Ink. Then with Natural Ivory cardstock dry embossed it with the Honeycomb Folder, edging also with Soft Suede Classic Ink.

My Lovely Layering

Then onto these layers I wrapped some of the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine horizontally then added an arrow vertically made from a striped sheet from the Season of Style DSP Stack. A smaller arrow lined with Cherry Cobbler cardstock was added to the center of the larger arrow.

Season of Style DSP Stack

From the Chalk Talk Stamp Set I stamped “happy BIG day” with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, die-cutting it with the corresponding die-cut from the set with the same name, Chalk Talk Framelits. The edges sponged with the Soft Suede Classic Ink and a small splash of color added with Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon.

Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon Finish

I’m really happy with the end result. Obviously I’m never going to be a plain, uncluttered card creator but there are worse things in life to be don’t you think!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Natural Ivory, Cherry Cobbler
Classic Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Watermark Ink: Illuminate Glimmer
Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Gorgeous Grunge
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Big Shot: Chalk Talk Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Ribbons:  Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Sticks,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Mist and Scrub

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

Joanne x

What’s caught your… Quatrefancy!

I know, I know… really, really bad pun but I had to do it considering I was utilizing quite a bit you might say of the Quatrefancy DSP!

Anyways, here is my take on this week’s Mojo Monday (remember – clicking on their name will open you on their page where you can see some amazing creations!).

Live the Life Imagined - Mojo298

 This is the sketch and this month you one can choose either round or square. Obviously I’ve opted for square as I have yet to order my nesting circles. Next week I’m placing an order dear Inkee Fiddlers so if there’s anything you know you’ll need over the summer months (I’ll be away for most of August) please let me so that I may include your items in the order! Mojo299Sketch

 If you could see what I originally began with and what I finished with you’d laugh as the square design is the only thing remaining, even the color of the card base changed literally as I was about to stick the background down. I was determined Coastal Cabana was going to be my base but at the very last moment opted for Baked Brown Sugar which changed the feel immediately making it complete!

As much as I wanted brads on this card I did however want something a little different so chose brads from the Vintage Trinkets set that look like tiny, tiny buttons. I then proceeded to scruff them up a bit by sanding them, then adding just a little black pen to the center to dull them even further. The Pumpkin Pie strip was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to take away its flatness.

Vintage Trinkets with a little smudging...

Due to my pledge of masculine cards, I felt I couldn’t add a flower so eventually punched branches from the Bird Builder Punch out of Crumb Cake before layering the branches directly on top of one another. To take away the starkness of the Crumb Cake I ever-so-gently sponged Cajun Craze over the branches to match the Cajun Craze I’ve used for the Dotted Scallop Ribbon.

Branches from the Bird Builder Punch

And yes, I know I’ve been told I “over layer” but like sponging, that’s who I am, I like, no I LOVE loads of layers. Besides, layering is also a FABULOUS way of using up off-cuts/scraps as I keep almost ALL my bits. This being the result – no wastage and loads of layers! 😉

Its layer upon layer upon layer upon layer...

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron,
Whisper White, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Stamp Set: Really Good Greetings
Classic Ink: Cajun Craze, Island Indigo
DSP: Quatrefancy
Punches: Bird Builder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, 2-1/2″ Circle
Big-Shot: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Vintage Trinkets
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist, Two-Way Glue,
Clear Mount Block, Paper Snips, Sponges, Sanding Block, Marker Pen

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

Joanne x

Just Thinking!

This is the name of one of my  “go-to” stamps at the moment – I just love it. It’s a single stamp currently available in the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog (which concludes next Friday… just saying) that also happens to co-ordinate with the Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies which were thankfully carried over from the Holiday Catalog for those of us who “forgot” to buy them then, phew!

Anyways, back to Just thinking, what can I say, I simply love it for its versatility.

Just Thinking Stamp

Without even thinking, my cards tend to become “girlie” so I set the challenge for myself today to make this card “masculine“!

Inkee Fiddlings - Just Thinking - Summer Starfruit

The base of the card is the beautiful Summer Starfruit Card-stock matched with Early Espresso and the retiring Night Quite Navy. I’ve cut free-hand around the circle and also removed the word FRIEND from the sentiment to keep in with the masculine theme. I gently rolled the cut edge of the circle around on the ink pad then sponged it to help “even out” my cutting.

Inkee Fiddlings - Not quite Navy - Thinking of You

Although I’m not a girlie-girl myself, I do have a habit of putting ribbon on my cards and as this challenge was for a masculine card what I’ve done is gathered up strips of DSP to create a ribbon like effect. To help create the folds as I’ve inherited my father’s fingers (short and stubby) I utilized the new Paper-Piercing Tool from the current IB&C (p.181). The paper ribbon wasn’t enough I felt so added a strip of Summer Starfruit which I had paper snipped the entire length. (Not sure where the color went, with or without bright lights it remained washed out, bizarre…)

Inkee Fiddlings - Just Thinking - Summer Starfruit - Paper Ribbons

As you can see from the bottom right-hand corner above, I also spritzed the card with Early Espresso to give the base more depth.

Card Recipe
Stamp: Just Thinking
Card-stock: Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso, Not Quite Navy
Classic Ink: Night Quite Navy
DSP: Print Poetry
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools: Window Frames Collection Framelits Dies, Color Spritzing Tool,
Scallop Edge Border Punch, 3/16″ Corner Punch
Essentials: Early Espresso Marker, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Trimmer,
Sticky Strip, Paper-Piercing Tool

Next time I’ll show you my girlie card with this stamp. Now, for the sake of repeating myself, DON’T FORGET FRIDAY 31 MAY, is the last day for ordering from the Spring Catalog.

So if you haven’t already added this stamp or the DSP to your collection and would like to, CALL ME NOW (250-632-7248), and remember for all orders over $50 before 1 June, you’ll receive the new 2013-2014 Idea Book and Catalog.

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

Joanne x

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