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


But wait… we have one more day!

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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


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


Lost? I certainly am!

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After hearing Whoopie go absolutely nuts about the grand finale of LOST I felt I should be watching it, especially as I was such a fan of it in the beginning but after only five minutes I could sense I had been out of the loop for way to long. And that has pretty much been my day…

I had three lovely clear tables when I walked into the Studio this morning thinking I was doing a WorkShop so as I walked around in circles wondering what I was now to do with my day, I gathered things along the way and started to set up “projects”.

I couldn’t believe myself as it was only yesterday I was saying how I was having to teach myself to focus on completing one project before going onto the next but here I was setting up for a birthday gift that needs to be in the post tomorrow but all I did was choose the colours… I was going to do next months “Stamp a Stack” but decided I didn’t want to use the sets I’d chosen… and on it went…

Hopefully tomorrow I shall actually complete something but here’s something I completed last week-end. Last week-end was the big Stampin’ Up Convention in Sydney. Family commitments had me unable to attend, as was the situation for many a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator hence a little something was organised for those of us not attending… the Unconvention… four days of wonderful challenges.

To kick start all this a card swap was arranged whereby any of us who wanted to participate, we simply put our names down then sent Tanya six cards. Whereby later this week we should in return receive a wonderful assortment of six cards. I can’t wait but as this was my first swap I was ever so nervous about what I was submitting. An ENTIRE week-end later and this was my contribution that I sent off to WA…

The black is on white cardstock that I have actually embossed bamboo leaves around the outer edge.

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

Joanne x

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