What a week-end!

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After the way I was feeling Friday I wasn’t expecting much from the week-end but hubby was ready to rock n roll in the garage so down to the garage we went after lunch Saturday and WOW we now have a children’s play room… and I can’t walk thanks to a bad back but hey… it’s all about give and take isn’t it!?

Now, I promised a picture of a couple of workshop “Make and Takes” weeks ago so here ’tis…

This is the cute little box with matching tag I was making with the “Always” set in my favourite colours Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant on Very Vanilla. And  below is the matching card.


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

Joanne x


What an incredible day!

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Who would have known when David and Margaret started rewinding last night during their movie show that today would be the day it has been!? When Master Eight wandered upstairs this morning I announced to him that within a few hours we could be having a new Prime Minister… he wasn’t happy at first as he thought it meant the surfer was in!

Given the day it’s been it seems quite apt that I’m highlighting the cards from this week’s Make and Take class – Priceless! Unfortunately I’ve had two children home today with nasty coughs so I’m quite behind with the day, having only just finished clearing the tables in the studio to start doing some creating and now I look out the window I see it’s dark… there goes THAT day! Never the less though here are the cards…

This photo doesn’t show very well how all the the larger blue flowers have been twiced stamped – once on the card  itself then onto separate card where I’ve cut them out and used dimensionals under each one. I’ve done the same with the orange butterfly and of course I’ve added Dazzling Diamonds to the butterfly, as well as the small blue flowers!


And yes, I’ve used Dazzling Diamonds on this one too!!!

But no, there are no Dazzling Diamonds on this card as I was going for something a tad more “masculine” here…

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

Joanne x


Welcome Home Jessica!

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Well, it took Jessica Watson returning home today to get me out of bed… where I’ve been  for the past three days feeling very sorry for myself with the flu. It hurt to breathe, it hurt to swallow, it hurt to move. All I can say is that I’m lucky I’m living on the Sunshine Coast not Melbourne or I would have been VERY worried!

When Jessica first sailed into Sydney Harbour we were all so impressed with this young woman that I promised the children we’d definitely be down at Mooloolaba Wharf to welcome her home. Sadly, as the date drew closer and my cough became louder,  it just wasn’t going to happen.

Not that we were deterred… Boy Child loaded the dining room table with board games, Girl Child grabbed the drinks, and we then alternated between Monopoly, the deck, and the kitchen bench (where hubby’s telescope is set up) until we saw Ella sail past us… albeit VERY close to the coast line so we couldn’t get any pics but hey, we know we saw her and we were chuffed!

Anywho… it did get me out of bed for a few hours… just enough time to not only see Jessica, but to also rehang the four roman blinds in our rumpus room that had come down at Girl Child’s birthday party, fold a load of washing and do two more loads of washing, tidy the rumpus room, and finally make the bed in the spare room which hasn’t been made since I won’t say when… all before the room started spinning and I returned to bed… what a surprise!


Which leads me to this card. I was checking to see if per chance I had already downloaded a particular  pic I was after, I hadn’t but I did came across this wedding card I made over 18 months ago for a gent both my husband and I worked with when we first met. It was one of those cards that sat for many months on my desk and simply grew (we were given a BIG head’s up on this wedding as it was overseas) .

The wicker basket was the first element I knew I was going to use. It came from a little souvenir shop outside Sorrento on our last trip there. The basket began it’s life as a fridge magnet but I knew when I saw it, it was destined for more. So when we received our wedding invitation this seemed the perfect moment. From there there this card grew to this!

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

Joanne x


My kinda being in vogue…

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VINTAGE VOGUE!

Yes I know, I know… I’ve shown off the Vintage Vogue stamp set before as I said earlier this week, I had a hostess request a “Make and Take” with this set to get some ideas as to what she’ll do with hers – no worries I said. And as I knew  this lovely lady also had some of the Cottage Wall DSP it really wasn’t difficult to design something for her! Also, for a change of direction, I chose to make this card as a 6″x6″. This is what we made…


Plus I won’t deny I had recently viewed a card by the creative Susan Joyce which really tweaked my interest so was able to combine the two… BONUS! Of course it wasn’t until I was collating the kits that I realised that by using the DSP as a background on the 6″x6″ I would only be able to do eight cards MAXIMUM with this particular DSP… DOH! So this is what I did as Plan B… (which was lucky as we had two very late attendees to the workshop that needed to do these cards… phew!)

Anywho, on the Rich Razzleberry card base, I stamped with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink the leaf stamp from the Vintage Vogue set around the outer edges on the front of the card to create some interest as a background as opposed to a plain background. On the bottom left-hand corner I used the Double Rectangle Punch for threading the ribbon through. It makes ALL the difference, I can’t recommend it enough!


However, I couldn’t stop there could I? As I cut down the Kraft (soon to be renamed Crumb Cake) card-stock I had some substantial off-cuts, the same with the Cottage Wall DSP so wanted to give an example as to how everything has as a use, be it intentionally or not. I think you’d have to agree with me that unless you knew better, you wouldn’t guess the above card was basically made with left-overs!

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

Joanne x


Ta-dah!!!

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After many a month of procrastination I’ve finally completed my birdhouse. Naturally, the end result is NOTHING like what I had in mind so Robin, if you thought the picture I showed you during the week was too busy then look away NOW as this one is WAY more busy. What can I say, I just couldn’t stop making flowers!

Once again, taking the photo at night has done my work no favours but  the flowers have all been made with the Raspberry Tart DSP. And yes, you can see the Big Shot’s Little Leaf of course, I just can’t stop myself from using it can I?!

But I have to say I’m rather chuffed at the birdhouse and it’s end result. I made my first 3D template this week – WOO-HOO – quite the milestone. Will there be any stopping me now? Oh, if only there were more hours in the day!!!

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

Joanne x

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