People Like You – Trio Tuesday!

The People Like You Stamp is found in the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog (aka Spring Catalog) and at $15.95 I think it’s such great value. Dress it up or make it clean-cut and simple, either way it looks fabulous. The sentiment as you may have already noted co-ordinates with the Decorative Label Punch.

For my first card I have even stamped it onto Core’dinations Cardstock with Black StazOn for a wonderful effect. Sadly you’ll often find the textured cardstock doesn’t take to the Classic Inks nearly as well as the StazOn does.

People Like You - Early Espresso Pistashio Pudding - JIF

For the next card I was experimenting with stamping simply the top flower portion of the stamp ensuring the stamp could be more versatile. (I even attempted a 3-layer card with just that flower alone but…)

People Like You - Very Vanilla Cherry Cobbler - JIF

For something extremely clean-cut yet colorful I stamped People Like You in Black StazOn to be assured of a crisp image then simply framed each stamp in a different color. These four cards are all now housed in a box made with the super-cool Envelope Punch Board!

People Like You - Color Collection - JIFFYI though – it’s only available in wood and comes in a half-size wood mount box which always makes me chuckle to myself. I know, get a life huh?! 🙂

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

Joanne x

Happy Watercolor in Green!

Goodness me, I began this post almost 12 hours ago but was side-tracked with non-working speakers on my computer. An easy fix I first thought but I fear after down-loading every possible solution, resetting the computer from three weeks ago and then doing a complete computer file scan, I am still in silence. 🙁

Fortunately when I took my Happy Watercolor stamp set out the other day I had much better luck. I seemed to have challenged myself with these cards also with the color green. Can’t tell you why this happened but as green isn’t a color I would normally chose I obviously pushed myself.

This is my favorite card. I thought I’d CASE’d it from the Spring Catty but perhaps it was another magazine from Stampin’ Up! Regardless, it’s a lovely card where I stamped the poppy twice onto Raspberry Ripple Cardstock then fussy-cut it them both out, adhering one with a dimensional onto the other before adhering flat against the card itself. I also stamped another poppy onto Summer Starfruit Cardstock and fussy-cut just the center to place inside the Raspberry Ripple.Happy Watercolor - Red Poppy - JIFFor the next card I wanted to utilize some of the beautiful Delicate Details Lace Tape. This tape comes in a pack of  two designs and is self-adhesive, making it VERY easy to add a little “something” to your projects without much fuss. For this card I used the Gumball Green Core’dinations but as stamping onto that cardstock isn’t the best, I flipped the cardstock so one could see the texture but wasn’t impeded by it.

Happy Watercolor - White Lace - JIFAs painful as it is to fussy-cut, I couldn’t resist trying it again but this time using the Summer Starfruit Cardstock. Once again, I stamped the poppy in Black StazOn to give a much richer color. The poppies were also stamped in Black StazOn onto the card whereby I “filled” the centers with the fussy-cut images then added a rhinestone and some Dazzling Diamonds. All very effective if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so myself, lol!

Happy Watercolor - Yellow Poppies - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple,
Gumball Green Core’dinations
Stamp Set: Happy Watercolor
Inks: Gumball Green, Black Staz-On
Punches: 3/16″ Corner, Decorative Label
Ribbon: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds,
Delicate Details Lace Tape
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, All-Purpose Glue,
Stampin’ Mist, Stampin’ Pad, Staz-On Cleaner, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

It’s said… time flies when you’re having fun

but sometimes I think it could also be said that time flies when you simply have too much to do and too little time to do it in but alas, sadly I fear you’ve heard me say all this before. As my children would say… BLAH BLAH BLAH!

Maybe it’s just me but there simply doesn’t seem to be enough days in the week anymore. Not that it helped that I was in bed with the flu for three days last week, which put the Christmas decorating back even MORE. This year has been the latest I’ve EVER put up my Christmas decorations… good grief, it’s only  32 sleeps ’til Christmas… talk about cutting it fine! LOL

What’s worse, it’s DECEMBER next week, DECEMBER for goodness sakes… I’ve had it planned in my mind since Regionals to have a Mini Summer Catalogue launch Wednesday December 1st and guess what? That’s next Wednesday… EEK!

Given the timeline, unfortunately there shall be no invites in the post rather if you’ve been to one of my workshops and ticked the box on the Lucky Door Prize Form saying that you’d like to receive mailings about upcoming specials then  keep an eye out in your inbox for an email inviting you to my workshop next Wednesday.

If you don’t receive anything in the next 24 hours but would like to attend next week, please email me by Friday so that I can send you details as to when and where. I’d love to see you and,  to risk soundly like a used car salesman, the summer mini is rather fab… I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

Here’s a little something I had been planning to show you but in Christmas form next week, and still might but I’ll share this one with you as this was one of the tips we received at the Brisbane SU Regionals: to achieve the scalloped edged rectangle around the sentiment, simply join two square punched scallops together and VOILA! I mean how basic but effective is THAT!


Recipe
Stamp Set: Word Play
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn
Accessories: Square Scallop Punch, Corner Rounder Punch,
Lap of Luxury DSP, Scallop Edge Envelope Die Cut, Big Shot, Oval Large Punch,
Sticky Strip, SU Dimensionals, Basic Black 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon

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

Joanne x

Well that’s it then… the year is over!

Having woken up absolutely shattered this morning I decided I wasn’t going any further from the bed then the kitchen today. Of course the basis of that idea was then to have a quiet day in bed… making just one list or two of things I really REALLY need to do over the next couple of weeks and maybe get the filing sorted ready to be actually filed!

Hmmmmm… wasn’t that all just a simple plan… NOT! There’s so much to be done I decided to work backwards in my diar from Boxing Day and shockingly, just about everyday is accountable for and that’s not even including all the school bits and pieces. What can I say… I’m doomed!

Anyways, before this pity party turns into a slumber party, which it already has as I fell asleep editing the photo (how sad is THAT and now it’s three days later… I tell you, I doomed!), here’s the third and last card of my Artistic Etchings series. This is my Bon Voyage or “Safe Travels” card. I must confess, I rather like this one. I think because it’s much more my old style as there is a LOT going on!

That glistening you can see on my oversized photo corners is black embossing. I’ve used the round stamp from the Artistic Etchings set to create the pattern over these corners to lift the Basic Black cardstock – black on black it is. Quite effective if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so myself!:)

With the other stamps I’ve stamped those with Black StazOn then cut them out, with exception of the Amour. Amour has been stamped with Read Red then I’ve cleared embossed over it. And something that the camera isn’t really picking up is how I’ve scored approximately 6mm in all around the edge of the Very Vanilla Rectangle. I’m loving that scoring accent!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Set: Artistic Etching Clear Mount
Classic Inks: Read Red, Basic Black (sponged on DSP edges)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, Real Red Brads, Black StazOn,
Black and Clear Embossing Powders, Versamark, Heat Gun,
Big Shot, SU! Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

You know you’re tired when…

after two hours in the bath you wish you were in a spa bath so the water jets could pound your weary bones… then you realise you ARE in a spa bath and what’s worse… it’s your own bath! Just goes to show you how often I have a spa bath…

This was me after our garage sale on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone for their support – it was all very much appreciated I can assure you! The day went surprising quickly given Master Nine and I were out putting up our signs at 5.30am, with our first potential customer arriving not long thereafter and we continued on until 2pm when we closed the garage door. I managed to keep my eyes open until 7pm before falling asleep, only to wake at 11pm wide awake for the three hours… aaaahhhh!

But get this, even after the week that was I was still expecting to get into the Studio today for a bit of creating… HA, AS IF! So, with hands on hips tonight  I wondered what I had before spying three cards I haven’t yet shared with you.

The reason I haven’t yet shared these was because they were going to be October’s Make & Takes, then when I postponed classes until next year I was keeping these for February’s Make & Takes but today I was able to pre-order from the Summer Mini Catalogue that Stampin’ Up! is releasing next month and there’s a set in there that will be perfect for February’s Make & Take so now I’ll share!

You may remember the purpose of my Make and Take classes is to highlight just the one set of stamps, showing you how to get three very different looks. (Don’t you hate those classes where you’ve used stamps from at least three sets, then you find  out at least of those sets is retired… very frustrating to say the least…) Most times I aim to do a male, female, and child;s card but given the Eiffel Tower stamp  in this Artistic Etchings stamp set, I felt on this occasion we could omit the child’s card and do a bon voyage card instead.

This card tonight was my “male” orientated card. I thought male through the repeated use of the crown which I believe is more male in style than female but hey, maybe that’s just me!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot,
Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Spiral Border Punch, XL Oval Punch,
Hemp Twine, Antique Brass Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

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