Not tonight darling… I have to blog!

A sign of the times I fear when no longer do you need to hold your hand to your head then declare… not tonight darling, I have a headache… these days when my poor darling asks if I’m coming to bed all he hears… no, I’m blogging!

But not these last couple of weeks! Goodness… it feels as if it’s been forever since I’ve blogged... the sign of good school holidays I must confess. Not that we went anywhere or did anything major but we had a blast nevertheless. Plus my “personal assistants” took care of any visitors we may have been having. How you ask?

Well… Miss Seven has taken a liking to listening to any messages on the answering machine we may have. Which is all well and good but unfortunately she then DELETES them. Why? Well, that’s obvious isn’t it, she’s listened to them…¬† be quiet my rising voice! My sincere apologies to anyone who was wanting to speak with me over the last couple of weeks, it was nothing personal, it’s just hard to get good help these days! ūüôā

Even my mobile doesn’t fair much better. I have yet to discover just who is responsible but I know I have messages waiting for me but after a game or five has been played on my phone, strangely any messages that may have been there… aren’t! What’s that mantra again… I love my children, I love my children!

Anyways, the holidays began very well for me with the Stampin’ Up Regionals in Brisbane. Having not gone to Convention in May I was very eager to attend this but alas, my father was scheduled for surgery on the same day so it wasn’t to be. Then with only days to go and registration very much closed, surgery was postponed hence it was suggested “give DS a call, you never know“. I did and surprise,¬† I was in… a mere 36 hours before doors opening!

Now I needed swaps… along with some of my “Get Well Chicken Soup” cards and my “Elements of Style” water-coloured cards (will NEVER do THAT again the night before swaps!), I decided to do something with Moccona sachets. This is what I came up with… at midnight... so consequently I only did one other which¬† I¬† tweaked somewhat¬† but dang it, I forgot to take a picture of that one didn’t I!

On the acetate I’ve stamped with Black StazOn the mug from the Morning Cup stamp set complete with rising steam. That in itself took a little practise as when I first started stamping it I forgot I was basically stamping¬† on plastic so would press to hard and the stamp would slide across the acetate (LOL).

I also used a few other new “bits” with this little project. I used the “Thanks” Embosslits Die in Melon Mambo but covered the Thanks with a stamp from the Morning Cup set punched out with the new XL Modern Label (I LOVE IT!). Both ends have been punched with XL Double Petal Card (a punch I have a love/hate relationship with but more about that one another time…). The ribbon is the beautiful new white Organza with a Satin centre… very nice!

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

Joanne x

Time flies when you start creating…

it never fails to amaze me how quickly the time between 9am and 3pm goes! Especially when you are racing the clock with a pending birthday party this week-end. Yes… I thought I was all organised with the Girl Child’s birthday present because I’d bought it weeks ago.

I may have bought it weeks ago but it was by pure chance that Boy Child came down the night before last looking for something very similar which prompted me to think of the one I’d bought for Sunday. Thank goodness, as there is just the one minor detail with it… I HAD TO DECORATE IT... OMG!!!

Needless to say yesterday and today have been operation GET BOOK COVERED. This is what I think could be the end result…

Fortunately I managed to die-cut all my letters on my Big Shot yesterday, then put Crystal Effects onto each one to give them the acrylic look. I also sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over them all whilst they were setting just to give them a little more ompf. If I’d had a tad more time I would have made a point of lining up the letters¬† when I stuck them to the cover a little better but it is what it is now. And I think Miss Six, who will then be Miss Seven, will still enjoy it just as it is.

I’ve even managed a box for it with matching DSP stuck onto card-stock to give it some extra strength then lined it with some of the shredded tissue I had left over from the Easter Basket that was my April’s “Off the Page” class. Today I made my first acetate lid. I’ve never done more then use acetate as paint trays in the past so this was WAY out of my comfort zone. It took three goes until I had something I was happy with and strangely enough, the two “rejects” fitted together neatly to make a clear box… spooky!

But as I look at the clock I see something very familiar to me, any my poor family… I’M LATE… best run!

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

Joanne x

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