All is Calm when Quick and Easy

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For today’s card the dry-embossed Filigree Frame in Coastal Cabana sitting on my desk was my starting point.

I was then determined to use the All is Calm Designer Washi Tape along with the Tree Punch. Silver Foil Stars left over from yesterday’s card along with a sentiment stamped in Coastal Cabana Classic Ink was added. A light sponge of Silver Metallic Ink was the final touch.

Washi Tape - Filigree EF - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set: Festival of TreesClassic Ink: Coastal Cabana
Specialty Paper: Dazzling Diamond Glimmer, Silver Foil
Punches: Tree, Project Life Corner Punch, Confetti Stars
Washi Tape: All is Calm Designer
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals, Sponge, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

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

Joanne x


BIG NEWS is big news!

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This is another of the stamp sets I couldn’t wait to get hold of when the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was released, the Big News Stamp Set!

Coming up with ideas for cards was NOT difficult at all and with this first card I finally had an opportunity to use the cute new 2013-2015 In-Color Sequin Assortment. The Coastal Cabana Cardstock and Coastal Cabana Classic Ink against the white is so fresh. The Washi Tape is from the Everyday Adventure project Life Accessory Pack – gosh that’s a mouthful isn’t it, lol?!

Big News - Awesomeness - JIF

The next card is another clean card with the Silver Foil Paper as the base for the card with Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White and a little more silver! The sentiment was heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The Petite Petals Punch and Bitty Butterfly Punch adding the final touches when combined with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Big News - Silver Happily Ever After - JIF

This last card was a LOT of fun! With the words BIG NEWS in the sentiment I couldn’t resist using the Typeset DSP. This DSP isn’t as thick as the regular sheets but don’t be fooled by its appearance, it’s not tissue-paper either (as my mind keeps telling me…).

The Something for Baby Stamp Set with co-ordinating Baby’s First Framelits in Hello Honey Classic Ink gives the card just what it needs. The pram was stamped first in Hello Honey Classic Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Power to give it some luster. The sentiment I also heat embossed but in Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Big News - Little Baby - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant,
Hello Honey, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets: Big News, Something for Baby
Classic Ink: Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant, Hello Honey, Early Espresso
DSP: Typeset
Ribbon: 1/8″ Silver
Specialty Paper: Silver Foil
Framelits: Baby’s First
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots
Embossing Powders: Silver, Early Espresso, Clear
Washi Tape: Everyday Adventure Project Life
Embellishments: 2013-2015 In Color Sequins Assortment, Dazzling Details,
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Versamark, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip,
Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

This Big News Stamp Set is one of those stamp sets that can hold its own but at the same time be a “go-to” set for sentiments. Is Big News part of YOUR stash?

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

Joanne x


Sunshine on Circle Chicks!

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When I first opened the Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set, I couldn’t see the sun, instead all I could see where chickens! Sadly though when I attempted to create what I saw in my mind, it simply didn’t happen. That was until I remembered the Circle Thinlets.

This was my “Ah-Ha” Moment. Once I had my base-card the rest fell into place quickly. I even used some of the Lullaby DSP (which is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous) rather than a DSP stack I’ve fallen into the habit of grabbing.

Ray of Sunshine - New Ray of Sunshine - Closed - JIFGold Foil Paper has been used on the beaks, wings and post of the “Woo Hoo” banner from the Big News Stamp Set. I stamped the curved “sun-ray/shark-fin” onto the back of a scrap of Gold Foil Paper then cut it out to use as a wing on my Mama Bird and Baby Bird. Obviously both the wing and beak have been cut down CONSIDERABLY for Baby Bird.

It’s only now that I realize that I didn’t sponge ANY of the circles, oops, next time! Inside the card looks like this. The tiny-tiny heart is from the Owl Builder Punch.

Ray of Sunshine - New Ray of Sunshine - Open - JIF
CARD RECIPE

Cardstock: Whisper White, Crushed Curry,  So Saffron, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets: Ray of Sunshine, Big News
Classic Ink: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
DSP: Lullaby
Specialty Paper: Gold Foil
Punches: Heart (Itty Bitty Accents Pack), Owl Builder
Framelits: Circles Collection
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snip, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Anywhere Glue Stick, Stick Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

How cute is this huh? Looking at the weather forecasts it looks like it’s going to be PERFECT weather for creating – may the enthusiasm be with you. And if you aren’t creating, have a wonderful time whatever it is you plan to do!

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

Joanne x


Grunge AlphabetPress!

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You’re in shock aren’t you? Here it is lunch time and I’m already posting my version of this week’s Mojo Monday and what’s more, its tall and skinny. Yikes, never say never!Mojo 343 - Grunge Bermuda Bay - JIF

This is the sketch from Mojo Monday.

Mojo343SketchThe background was my inspiration for today’s card. This stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set is what I used on the cardstock of all my pages on my 2013 Scrapbook Albums. My scratch paper was awash with the most wonderful color burst where I’d stamped off the page.

Immediately I knew I wanted to recreate this and did so with Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar and Crisp Cantaloupe Classic Inks stamped here and there on my background piece. Another stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set was stamped off in Coastal Cabana Classic Ink onto Coastal Cabana Cardstock. The sentiment from the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set was also stamped in Coastal Cabana Classic Ink.

The Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock and Soft Suede Cardstock were both run through the Big Shot using the Alphabet Press Embossing Folder then both were sponged with Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink.

Mojo 343 - Grunge Bermuda Bay - Gorgeous Grunge - JIFFinding something other than flowers as an embellishment is always a challenge for me but thanks to the Simply Stars Stamp Set, you may have noticed I reach for that instead now. Add a little Linen Thread and viola!

Mojo 343 - Grunge Bermuda Bay - Stars - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Soft Suede, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Sets: Simply Stars, Gorgeous Grunge, Perfect Pennants
Classic Inks: Crisp Cantaloupe, Bermuda Bay, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
Embossing Folder: Alphabet Press
Embellishments: Linen Thread
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Big Shot, Paper Snips, Sponges,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stick Strip

Please call me to place your order for any of the products I used today, or any other products you require from Stampin’ Up! And remember, all order over $200 qualifies for free Stampin’ Up! product!

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

Joanne x


Friendship Preserves!

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There were such BIG plans for the Friendship Preserves Stamp Set that have yet to see the light of day in my Studio. I was going to do so much baking so these stamps could be highlighted but perhaps using Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock might count also, lol. I know, I know, VERY bad segue but it had to be done! Bit like how only in the English language could the letters “ue” create the sound “way” – what’s with that? 🙂

However, I digress. This card all but created itself as the Fresh Prints DSP Stack even suggests for you on the cover what colors could be used with the DSP. How cool is that? And with the Window Collection Framelits creating a focal point for the stamp, then with the word “bunch” comes flowers so, well, there really wasn’t much to think about after that!

Friendship Preserves - Fresh Prints - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Set: Friendship Preserves
Classic Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
DSP: Fresh Prints Stack
Big Shot: Window Frames Collection Framelit Dies
Punches: Petite Petals
Ribbon: Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Candy Dot Brad Bases
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sponges,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

Orders have been coming in to make the most of the Weekly Deals so if you were thinking about placing an order, just to let you know I’m placing an order tomorrow if you’d like yours included. Think about it.

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

Joanne x


Mojo Monday

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It would appear I left more than my jeans in Vancouver last week as my Mojo appears to have slipped under the hotel bed also I fear! 🙁

Here is this week’s Mojo Monday sketch which is Tall and Skinny – which is so NOT me. I’m finding this size so extremely difficult to work with. Hence the reason it’s now Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and I’m only just getting there…

Mojo 339 SketchI took one look at this on Monday after printing it off and put it straight back down again; Tuesday I did everything BUT look at it; Wednesday I spent the ENTIRE day alternating between looking at the sketch and looking at Robert Downey Jr (the latter seemingly holding my attention longer…) and then there’s today. This is what I finally came up with and have decided in future no matter what the title, I’m sticking with what I know best – short and squat, lol! Mojo339 - Fresh Prints - JIF

Originally I was going with Whisper White as my base but after three days when I FINALLY changed to the Natural Ivory Cardstock, all was better with the world. For the DSP I chose two from the Fresh Prints Stack, sponging them in Crumb Cake Classic Ink. For the embellishments I went with three Basic Metal Buttons from the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog finished with Linen Thread.

Mojo339 - Metal Buttons - JIFYou may or may not be able to see on the base of the card in VersaMark are Spiral Swirl Stamps to add texture to the base, carrying through with the circles from the bike.

Mojo339 - Sprial Swirls - JIFThe oval was swapped out for a Deco Label in Real Red Cardstock. The 2¾” circle is from the Circle Framelits in Very Vanilla Cardstock but was first stamped in Crumb Cake Classic Ink with a stamp from the Postage Due Stamp Set. Both were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals with White Candy Dots completing the label after sponging.

Mojo339 - Hello Lovely - JIFFor the sentiment after stamping in Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink a stamp from the Hello, Lovely Stamp Set, I cut it down, sponged it, then added it to a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock cut slightly bigger and also sponged. The two triangles were cut from a scrap from the Fresh Prints DSP Stack.

Card Recipe
Cardstock: Natural Ivory, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets: Spiral Swirls, Postage Due, {Hello, Lovely}
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
DSP: Fresh Prints Stack
Framelits: Deco Labels, Circles
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Embellishments: Naturals Candy Dots, Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Stick Strip,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Peachy Keen Mojo

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I’m admitting defeat NOW on today’s Mojo Monday since time is not my own this Spring Break. Instead this is a Mojo Monday that I did but never posted back in January. I know, VERY odd but true! Here was the sketch…

Mojo 329 SketchThis is my card…

Mojo 329 - Peachy Keen - JIF

To a background from the Fresh Prints DSP Stack, Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock and Coastal Cabana Cardstock were added. Onto the Coastal Cabana Cardstock was stamped repeatedly the strip of squares from the Peachy Keen Stamp Set with two strips of Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Ribbon adhered.

Mojo 329 - Background - JIFThe embellishments were a lot of fun using two of the hearts from the Essential Wooden Elements and a die-cut camera from the On Film Framelits Dies which I lightly sponged over to emphasize the scored design of the card. Too cute!

Mojo 329 - Cute Die Cut - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Peachy Keen
Classic Inks: Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
DSP: Fresh Prints Stack
Framelits: On Film
Ribbon: Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch
Embellishments: Essentials Wooden Elements
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Sponges,
Stampin’ Scrub, Stampin’ Mist

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

Joanne x

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