Is it the week-end yet???

Don’t you just hate it when days of the weeks get a feel to it? Today has felt like a Friday ALL day – even Master Nine was settling into the afternoon as if it was the beginning of the week-end until I asked the question… “it is Thursday today isn’t it?” Always the kill-joy I am!

But given I was seriously thinking of driving the children to school in my pj’s so that I could crawl back into bed as soon I arrived home as my head was still throbbing, I did VERY well today. I promised the children I would take their pocket money to Target’s toy sale first thing this morning so no matter what I was feeling, to Target I went… then to Woolies… then home to fix the garage remote… clean the shower…

AND the big one, after just a little prompting from others, I have everything sorted in the Studio that I’m “down-sizing“. This has been a work-in-progress for quite some time but I have laid it all out now ready to go. So if there’s any bits or bobs you thought you might be in need of just call me or come on round… I’m sure I have something for you! ūüôā

The card below was for a party I had a couple of weeks ago. The recipients have been quite honest with me in the past regarding my cards – “you put a lot of work into them don’t you which makes it so much harder when we throw them out!” I do admire honestly in people but there’s that fine line isn’t there?

With that in mind I assembled this card with a basic yet striking colour scheme of Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, and a smidge of Old Olive. As you can see I’m quite into the cardstock ribbon folding at the moment. I find it such an effective alternative to actual ribbon or a simple strip of cardstock, it seems to lift the layout without overpowering it. And the Crumb Cake Classic Ink… well, I’m going to be using that whenever possible from now on!

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

Joanne x

Happy Father’s Day!

What a wonderful Father’s Day. It began as it should with pressies for my Darling Husband and finished¬†with take-out for dinner but how’s this… Master Nine had been prattling on about a gift he wanted to buy his father but as I had the gifts already¬†sorted I was doing the “mother thing” of conveniently forgetting.

That was until Friday afternoon when he showed me the father’s daycard he’d made at school. I asked him to read to me what he’d written, well… I almost ran off the road didn’t I? He’d conveniently written on the card amongst the general blurb “hope you like this new¬†fishing gear dad“… that was that then wasn’t it, straight around to the¬† fishing shop wasn’t it?¬†Turns out Darling Husband had never considered a lip grip before but Master Nine had been asking for one for¬†a LONG time. You gotta laugh!

This is the card I made for my Darling Husband. The Silver “D” I’ve had for the longest time. I bought us each one over the three years ago now, maybe even four¬†– the children’s I used on each of their albums for their nanny; mine I used on my¬†sketch book; and hubby’s… I’ve been waiting for just the right occasion which was obviously now!

I’ve been looking and looking at this picture, wondering what it is about¬†it that is bugging me and I’ve just realised it’s the card base itself – it should be WHITE. Not very white is it in this photo is it, looks very gray… hmmmmm… maybe I should take my photos during the day… hmmmmm.

Joke of the Day:

What do you call a boy with a dictionary in his pants?
Smarty Pants!

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

Joanne x

I’m a Pin Ball Wizard…

Oh my gosh… what is it with this flu… just when I thought I was on the road to recovery I find I’m bouncing down the hallway like a ball in a pin ball game! The way it hit so suddenly was incredible. I¬†was having¬†afternoon tea¬†when this wave of exhaustion rushed over me but that was okay, I put my pj’s on and went to bed for awhile. Nothing like a “Nana Nap” at 3.30 in the afternoon!¬†I staggered up an hour later to cook dinner and honestly,¬†felt quite good again after dinner.

So after cleaning up the kitchen I left Master Nine in charge of the television and lights upstairs whilst I went downstairs to blog. Well… so much for THAT heh? The moment I sat down I was spinning. I knew I had to finish an email I started the previous day but wow, it was hard work that email.¬†In the end I just turned everything off and commenced the pin ball game up the stairs and to bed.

It was just so bizarre – once I was in bed I felt I should be keeping one foot on the floor as everything was spinning and moving. Even the sound of the television was too much for me. Needless to say it was a very early night for us all last night. Miss Seven who I finally had back in her own bed was so worried about me suggested she stay with me “just for¬†support mummy“… love it!¬†Wish I could say I woke up¬†fine this morning but no, I’m still very hazy.

Not too hazy though to bid a Fond Farewell to Colour #17 – Ballet Blue. This is one of those colours you really wonder why it’s retiring. I do like the new Pacific Point which is currently an In-Colour but shall become a colour family member come September 1, but Ballet Blue just has something special.


I did so want this box to be like a Chinese take-away box, well¬†similar to¬†one of those we see on TV at least, but putting the sides on an angle just wasn’t working for the straight cut tags inside. In the end I chose a box shape but to add a little difference to it I made the sides like the Chinese take-away box. Then for something different on the outside I did the ribbon scrunching which I think worked well. Inside are 12 tags – two each of six designs. Here they are:




I apologise for the box appearing in with the tags but if I remove the box from the overall selection box it then doesn’t appear¬†on it’s own¬†so after an hour of fiddling I’m admitting defeat and going off to throw myself into a bowl of coco pops, did I say that…. no I mean, a salad sandwich!

Joke for the day:

What do you call a penguin in the desert?

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

Joanne x

Let’s wish Pixie Pink a Fond Farewell (Colour #12)

Oh my gosh – I can’t believe how quickly this month is going and I haven’t even come close to¬†beginning all the catching up I¬†need to do with all the scrap-booking¬†I have plans for… such is life. well my life at any rate! (Especially now with the cat sitting across both my arms as I attempt to type this… yes, my life!)

This was such a cute box we made at one of my workshops making full use of the wonderful delights of the Big Shot (yes, I’m still very much besotted with my Big Shot). This beautiful Christmas DSP is retiring also in just over a couple of weeks so if you are looking for something a little non-traditional but not completely out of the box, this DSP is for you. Sooooooooooooo

Call me today to place your order!

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

Joanne x

Fond Farewell… Colour #7…

Oh good grief… what is it with males and dinner time? My darling husband has been sitting here on the couch with me for the last half an hour…¬†¬†watching all the while whilst I’ve been getting dinner ready and now that it is ready… HELLO, where is everybody? He best not ever accuse ME of doing this ever again!

Every time I sneaked yet another taste of my¬†fabulous Red Curry Beef and Pumpkin curry he certainly noticed. He was watching like a hawk when I started the rice doing the absorption method (I don’t deny I have experienced the odd failure with rice). And when I licked the spoon after doing the Coriander & Mint Yogurt he was watching… but NOW? I could scream… But let’s face it, we could ponder this question until the end of time and still be none the wiser so I’ll move on, gnashing my teeth all the while.

Today I’ll be short and sweet, just like my example of the Fond Farewell to Colour #7 – Cameo Coral. I mean no offence to anyone but this is one of the few colours I just could NOT connect with. I don’t know why but just the mere mention of it could send me running and judging by the fact this is all I could find with this colour I must have given it away. (I hope so as I’ll be distraught if I find in the coming months piles of stashed away somewhere!) Hence there’s not a lot of it on this card. I’ve used it for the Twirled Flowers with a smidge of dazzling diamonds of course!

Along with these flowers, my favourite part of this card I have to admit is the white picket fence. All it is is the tiny tag punch out of Stampin’ Up’s! latest mini (but I can tell you, it’ll be in the new catologue also!).

I thought I may leave you with a joke today…

Why did the sea monster eat five ships that were carrying potatoes?
No one can eat just one potato ship!

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

Joanne x

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