What a day!

After much threatening I finally “sorted” the bedroom’s of Master Nine and Miss Seven this week-end. I foolishly started with Miss Seven’s  room thinking it would be the hardest room to put in order. However, it only took  four hours yesterday to knock into shape which was a wonderful surprise. Master Nine’s room today though… boy, that was ANOTHER story!

I went down at 12.30 this afternoon expecting it to be done in a matter of a couple of hours… HA, SEVEN HOURS LATER! Yep, I eventually emerged from his room at 7.30 this evening. I could not believe how much needed to be done. It was exhausting but my gosh, it really does look good now.

And so they should with an entire wheelie bin of garbage removed from these two rooms – no surprises to know I’ve created two little “paper people“. Plus there are three boxes and  one large gar-bag in the back of the car ready for the charity shop plus there are three  boxes for storage of keepsake items. Talk about a good purge!

But before my battery completely expires on my laptop, here’s an encore performance from a card we did for the technique class regarding SU! pastels. This card bids a Fond Farewell to Colour #22 – Lavender Lace. This is another of those colours I’ll be sad to see go as there is nothing similar to this in the new catty. Time to place an order I’d say!

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

Joanne x

Fond Farewell… Colour #6

Wow, where does the day go? Unbelievably we were at school nice and early this morning, and even with a chat to one teacher, a drop-off at another class room, and an exchange of library books, I will still down into the studio with my pot of coffee by 9am… man, I was impressed!

I was even more impressed with the fact that I was able to work right through until I needed to head back to school. I ticked off what I had to in the morning, then I needed a card and even this  I managed a head start on. I know, I know… shock horror, but wait there’s more. The biggest pot of soup in simmering on the stove whilst containers of curry and strog are sitting in the fridge, and Donald’s birthday cake is in the pantry. Oh, and we had chocolate muffins for supper.

But dang it, I fell asleep then before I could tell you about the Fond Farewell to Colour #6Taken with Teal. This is a very in your face colour but it is gorgeous. Just so happens I chose this colour with one of my cards last month for my Technique class which was water-colouring, sponging and reverse sponging. This card was water-colouring.

For the sponging and reverse sponging I did almost the same card so the full effect of these different techniques could be appreciated. Now, I don’t deny for a moment that in comparison to what else is out there, these cards are a tad simplistic but when I was designing the three of these cards I felt it better to focus on the actual technique rather then how evolved it all could become. This was left to the individual.

So on saying that… the sun rose

 
 

 

 

 … and the sun set…

 

As I said, it’s a very Asian feel!

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

Joanne x

But wait… we have one more day!

Oh glory, I was so accustomed to Stampin’ Up! and their  deal of the week starting on a Wednesday and finishing on Tuesday night that I automatically wrote that last night without realising that next Wednesday is the last day of June and as such will be the closing day for deal of the week instead of the usual Tuesday. Works MUCH better for me so hope it does for you also!!!

Today is bit of a blur as I had both children home with nasty coughs, fortunately though yesterday was a  different case with the “Card Crusaders” I meet with fortnightly. We were all set the challenge of demonstrating a card using any technique we liked. As if my head wasn’t hurting enough this  last week, I then had to decide on one technique amongst the hundreds out there… yeah right!

Actually it wasn’t such a hard decision as whenever I think of techniques I always think of embossing, and heat embossing at that. Anything to do with heat embossing is my idea of a good time so I went with the resist embossing technique as I’ve seen some truly inspiring work of late which I wanted to have a bit of an Inkee Fiddling with myself.

The small difference between simply heat embossing and the resist embossing technique is that you stamp your chosen image with Versamark for heat embossing with your preferred embossing powder. In this instance I’ve chosen clear embossing powder for this card as I wanted the background image I had stamped to show through the embossing.  

BUT…  Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive were then sponged over the image although I’ve not done this very heavily this time as once again I wanted the stamped background image just peaking through. Once sponged the image had a quick wipe over with a paper towel to remove any ink on the embossed image.

On assembling the card it was obvious that even though the kraft cardstock worked for this card it simply wasn’t enough so with the Versamark I stamped that beautiful vines stamp found in the Vintage Vogue set all over the background. By using the Versamark it  gives the image that wonderful watermark appearance.

Of course I did have something very different in mind when I started but it simply wasn’t coming together so next week I may attempt that one again… maybe!

 

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

Joanne x

Lovin’ the Pastels!

This weeks Technique classes had me really working outside of my comfort zone by working with pastels. As I’ve mentioned before, if it hadn’t been for my initial starter kit, there would have been no way I would have bought these chalks… but goodness, oh how glad I have them now!

Initially I didn’t know where to start so I did some surfing whereby I came across a tutorial by a very talented lady in San Jose by the name of Elaine Schader. I was wanting to highlight the technique of  making the pastels “pop”. I so like what she did I couldn’t help myself but CASE it. If I do say so myself, I really do like this card, what do you think?

The next technique was to sponge the colours directly onto the card-stock then erase what you want to create your desired effect. In this card I chose to create a lattice effect by putting my work under the arm on my Stampin’ Up cutter, then simply ran the eraser down where the blade would normally go. Made even lines that much easier!  Ithen combined this with the Level 2 Hostess Set from the Autumn-Winter Catty, Asian Artistry, which I think compliments it perfectly!


Which leaves me with the third style within this technique which was to use the blender pens to pick up the pastel then colour the image that I’d stamped in black StazOn. Once again I was able to utilise my current “favourite” stamp set – Dreams du Jour… what can I say, I’m totally besotted with this set just at the moment!

What I did to the background was to stamp in Versamark  a butterfly randamly over the cardstock then daube with same colour as the cardstock. Which I think is Apricot Appeal but when I foolishly take photos of a night it is sometimes difficult to tell!

And  hey, I even had a go at doing a ribbon twist rose but I admit now, one requires more work on that technique!


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

Joanne x

Another month is almost upon us…

so before it’s actually here, here is a glimpse of what we’ll be doing this week in my Technique Tuesday/Technique Thursday Class (Tuesday 1st – 9.30-11.30am and Thursday 3rd – 7-9pm). This month I’m focusing on the Stampin’ Pastels.

These are something I have to admit, if they hadn’t been a compulsory purchase in my SU Kit,I would never have bought them but THANK GOODNESS I DIDI LOVE THEM!!!

This month I’ve highlighted three different styles within this one technique. One is to make the SU! pastels POP with Versamark; a second is to use the dauber to sponge the chalk directly onto the card-stock then  from this create a wonderful lattice effect; and the last one is utilising the pastels to create a water colour effect. All very different yet all as effective as the other!

Please remember, numbers are limited in these classes so should you be interested in learning more about this wonderful technique, please contact me soon to confirm your place. Also, should these dates NOT be convenient for you, should you have at least another two friends interested in attending, a class can be arranged at a time convenient to the both of us!

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

Joanne x

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