Can’t a man just enjoy his toe-jam?!

This is what I heard from the back of the car this afternoon just after Miss Seven had let out a long EWWWWWWWW Master Nine had mistakenly put his warm socks on this morning to wear to school so consequently by the time I collected them  this afternoon his feet felt as if they were on fire so as soon as he was in the car his shoes were off. Oh, the joy of boys… you gotta love them!

Then we grabbed an early dinner and it was back home and into the garage. You see I’m on yet another mission… after a throw away line to a friend a couple of week’s ago that I should have had a garage sale for all my “out of sight out of mind” gear in the studio, it’s now become a reality. It’s operation GARAGE SALE with anything not tied down or has a child attached to it being sold!

I can’t believe we ever survived in our two bedroom apartment for so long when I look around this house – we seem to have stuff EVERYWHERE! Now, don’t get me wrong, I quite like my stuff (as anyone who has known me for any length of time will testify too) however there’s stuff and then there’s stuff, and it’s the latter we seem to have an abundance of. So

If you know of anyone who’s setting up house for the first time who may need sheets, cast iron pots and pans or even a dozen black candelabras, or would love some wonderful embellishments  for  scrapping or cards from various parts of the world (I have an ENTIRE table of those bits and bobs), there’s three boxes of just CRAFT magazines – papercraft, embroidery and patchwork, plus there’s loads of DVD’s, children’s toys, clothes, etc, etc… come on over this Saturday 30th October… there’s plenty for everyone!

With my mind being on the garage sale I have to confess I haven’t had much time for playing. Now I think about it, this has probably been the longest I’ve gone for a long time without creating. I made the cutest box Tuesday morning for a friend but guess what… thinking I should take a photo doesn’t equate to to taking a photo… argh!

Anywho… I did find this little gem I made not long after my Extra-Large Flower Punch arrived. I had had the background stamped for ages as I love the Artistic Etchings Stamp Set but I wanted something other then red, black and white so messed around with some blues and pinks and came up with this.

Card Recipe:
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches, Delightful Decorations
Classic Inks: Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Pink Piroutte, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Scallop Oval Punch, Fancy Flower XL Punch,
Large Oval, 1″ Circle Punch, Dazzling Diamonds

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

Joanne x

I have to ask the question…

Do ALL children sit up crossed-legged on their beds in the middle of the night? Cause my two certainly do – it’s hilarious! And what’s really funny tonight is that I have both my girls, that is Miss Seven and the Fur Ball, on the bed with me and even though both are asleep, they are both doing exactly the same things at the same time!

Initially they were both curled up in balls, then one uncurled and began stretching so then the other began doing the same, both arching their back in their sleep, then back into ball they went before Miss Seven sat up crossed-legged, looking around. I always love how  she looks around yet her eyes never open. It’s quite comical! Anyways

A couple of weeks ago I saw this card on the web and was very keen to CASE it so when the challenge was cast  just a few days later for a sympathy card I seized the moment and this was what I came up with. I thought I was being clever by scanning it but I can see now I wasn’t that clever at all. Anyways

Card Recipe:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Basic Grey
Stamp Sets
: Thoughts & Prayers, Punch Potpourri Hostess Clear Mount
Classic Ink:  Basic Grey, Black StazOn
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder,
Newsprint DSP, Antique Brad, Embosslits Beautiful Butterflies,
Champagne Shimmer Paint, BoHo Blossoms XL Punch, Eyelet Border Punch


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

Joanne x

Spring has Sprung!

After yesterday’s introduction into Spring I wasn’t expecting much out of today at all but wouldn’t you know it, by 10.30 this morning I had every window and door (including the bi-folds out onto the deck) open it was so warm, and the rustling in the bushes… oh my, the lizards are coming out of hibernation!

I could hear something large outside the kitchen window but each time I looked out there was nothing to be seen. Eventually the noise became much louder, as if a large dog was walking through the back neighbours ferns and dead palm fronds yet not a leaf was moving when suddenly I had a cat either side me also looking out. What do they know that we don’t as it was then a head appeared from the foliage. It was Brutus, our resident three foot river dragon emerging after many months away!

Later when I went down to the Studio, there was another river dragon sunning itself on a rock. I do so love my lizards but I’m mighty glad that none of them pop out to say hello two afternoon’s ago when Harrison and I were scrambling around the urban forest looking for his football. It was hard enough with the heels but add a lizard to the mix… yikes!

But speaking of the Studio, here are the the cards that were made for August’s Make and Take using the Always stamp set and just a smidge of some of the new DSP (the name of which escapes me just at the moment and upstairs seems so very far away right now to go and get my new catalogue to check). So here is the first card made with Mambo Melon.

The second card was in the Tangerine, using a number of different hand punches and the Top Note Die Cut and the Alphabet  for the Big Shot (ooooo, I love my Big Shot!). I was most impressed with how after stamping the heart it was possible to use the Full Heart Punch to capture the pattern.

The third card was in Bashful Blue using the DSP.

Joke of the Day:

What is wrapped in Glad Wrap and lives in a bell tower?
The lunch pack of Notre Dame

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

Joanne x

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