Punch Delight

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This card is one of those rare, wonderful treats that all but made itself quite by accident and all with the help of three punches. Too easy!

Whats Up - Bird House - JIF
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Read Red
Punches: Bird Builder, What’s Up, Scallop Tag Topper
DSP: Under the Tree Specialty
Specialty Paper: Dazzling Diamond Glimmer
Ribbon: Wild Wasabi 1/2″ Seam Binding,
Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone
Embellishment: Dazzling Diamond Glitter
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip,
Stampin Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

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

Joanne x

Hardwood Trio!

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The Hardwood Background Stamp, available in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, has proved itself quite a main-stay for me these past few months. Depending on the color you choose to stamp with, it can be a subtle or in-your-face background, or it can make quite the feature. I love this versatility from a background stamp!

This first card was quite the mistake and highlights yet another reason why one should really only have ONE stamp pad open at a time when stamping as I intended to be stamping with Crumb Cake Classic Ink not the Cajun Craze Classic Ink, lol! Oddly it made the next step so much easier as I had NO idea what I was going to do next.

Hardwood - Hello Blue Bird - JIFThis next card is VERY different to what I’d normally do but when I first added this stamp to my stash, this was the only way I could see how to use it. How funny is THAT!

Hardwood - Sweet Birds - JIFThe subtle stamping of this image is what I like best about it, lending itself to more masculine cards I feel, but that could be just me. Even with bling it’s still a male card, lol!

Hardwood - Ships on Film - JIFIf you don’t have this stamp already and would like to add it to your stash, click on the Shop Now button below which will take you to my 24-hour shopping area. Sign in or create an account if you haven’t already, and begin shopping!

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

Joanne x

You Make Me Happy!

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It’s Mojo Monday time and here is this week’s sketch…

Mojo 335 SketchThis is my take on the sketch. As you can see, with the countdown on until the end of Sale-a-Bration this month, I’m making the most of all the wonderful selections there are this year!

Mojo 335 - You Make me Happy - JIFThe three stripes I had created for last weeks challenge and after spending an hour this afternoon looking for just the right color, decided this was what the card needed as I didn’t really want a girlie-girl card. And of course this all had to be run through the Sale-a-Bration’s Decorative Dots Embossing Folder!

Onto the Basic Gray Cardstock I stamped with Basic Gray Classic Ink the arrow from the Petals Parade Stamp Set. I also used the semi-circle “leaf-like” stamp from this set for the Summer Starfruit Cardstock background.

Mojo 335 - Petal Parade Background - JIFThe leaves I punched in Pistachio Pudding Core’dinations from the Bird Builder Punch then did some accordion folding with a strip of the Pistachio to create the Paper Ribbon. The finishing touch was a cork flower from the Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit from which I also added a couple of the arrow pieces to the sentiment. This too is from Sale-a-Bration, the See Ya Later Stamp Set which I stamped and sponged in Summer Starfruit Classic Ink.

Mojo 335 - Pistashio Paper Ribbon - JIF

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Summer Starfruit,
Pistachio Pudding Core-dinations
Stamp Sets: Petal Parade, See Ya Later (both Sale-a-Bration)
Classic Inks: Basic Gray, Summer Starfruit
DSP: Sweet Sorbet (Sale-a-Bration)
Punches: 3/16″ Corner, Bird Builder
Big Shot: Decorative Dots Embossing Folder (Sale-a-Bration)
Embellishments: Sweet Sorbet Accessory Kit, Hung Up Cute Clips
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stick Strip, Two-Way Glue Pen
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges

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

Joanne x

What’s caught your… Quatrefancy!

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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...

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

Five Minute Friday!

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Come the end of the week it’s good to feel as if one has accomplished something doesn’t it?! So I had a ponder…

This turned out to be a far easier task than first thought as all I had to do was look at my table as I held my whisper white card-stock. There’s something to be said for we who find it hard to throw out anything!

Inkee Fiddlings - Kindness Matters - Five Minute Friday

How quick and painless is this – tuck a couple of branches from the Bird Builder Punch in the retiring Mustard Card-stock under a left-over strip of the Print Poetry DSP on the right-hand side.

Inkee Fiddings - Kindness Matters - Five Minute Friday

Then in the center of a die-cut flower in Raspberry Ripple Card-stock place a Designer Builder Brad with a Large Rhinestone Basic Jewel in the center. To finish-off add some Dazzling Details (if I refer to Dazzling Diamonds this is what I’m talking about) around the Rhinestone Jewel and the lower edge of the leaves. Then in Raspberry Ripple Ink stamp Kindness Matters. Ta dah!

Inkee Fiddlings - Poetry From the Heart

Honestly, it may take you only five minutes but I think it looks so much more. Enjoy your long week-end!

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

Joanne x

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