Pinch and a Punch for the First Day of the Month…

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Plus the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming… aaahhhh, the first day of Spring. That was until the clouds blew in, the breeze became gusty, and the air… generally cold. Do you ever get the feeling real life and one’s perception are two TOTALLY different things?

On saying this though that I must confess this morning was beautiful which worked brilliantly for Miss Seven’s and Master Nine’s Book Week celebrations on the oval. They had a hoot all dressed up – one as a witch, the other as the Hunchback of Notra Dame’s skeleton, and I as Big Red – Little Red Riding Hood’s big sister. See, she was the one who should have been looking after Grandma when the wolf ate her but instead had just stepped outside to “chat” to the woodsman about how big his axe was!

Another big event today was the official launch of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue – how exciting! No more secrets, no more narrative – you can see it all for yourselves! Whilst you are waiting for your own copy of the new catalogue, click on the picture of it just to the right to scroll through the pages… as I’ve said before, it’s beautiful.

Now, don’t forget, I have the new catalogues here for $10, or if you’d like one for nothing, simply book a workshop and not only will you receive a complimentary catalogue, but you will have the opportunity to earn free stamp sets and loads of free merchandise – too easy!

One of my “new” favourite stamp sets is Artistic Etchings – besides the wonderful Eiffel Tower, there is a fabulous circle stamp that I’ve used quite a bit already for backgrounds, along with a key, crown, and others. Both the key and crown I’ve embossed in gold before cutting them out and adhering to the card. I’ve also added small adhesive pearls to  both of these.

 My dear friend ROC showed me this following  little darling a couple of weeks ago. Something so very useful with the silly season looming so quickly upon us – a Gift Card Wallet!

 

 Open it up and you have this… how clever is this, the divided sections within is simply an envelope that’s been halved!

Don’t you just love it!

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

Joanne x


What a day!

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After much threatening I finally “sorted” the bedroom’s of Master Nine and Miss Seven this week-end. I foolishly started with Miss Seven’s  room thinking it would be the hardest room to put in order. However, it only took  four hours yesterday to knock into shape which was a wonderful surprise. Master Nine’s room today though… boy, that was ANOTHER story!

I went down at 12.30 this afternoon expecting it to be done in a matter of a couple of hours… HA, SEVEN HOURS LATER! Yep, I eventually emerged from his room at 7.30 this evening. I could not believe how much needed to be done. It was exhausting but my gosh, it really does look good now.

And so they should with an entire wheelie bin of garbage removed from these two rooms – no surprises to know I’ve created two little “paper people“. Plus there are three boxes and  one large gar-bag in the back of the car ready for the charity shop plus there are three  boxes for storage of keepsake items. Talk about a good purge!

But before my battery completely expires on my laptop, here’s an encore performance from a card we did for the technique class regarding SU! pastels. This card bids a Fond Farewell to Colour #22 – Lavender Lace. This is another of those colours I’ll be sad to see go as there is nothing similar to this in the new catty. Time to place an order I’d say!

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

Joanne x


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

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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 to Colour #8 and…

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Happy Birthday Darling Husband of mine!!! And believe me when I say… colour #8 Going Gray has no relevance to my husband… yet 😉 !!!

I love the Going Gray combined with the black card-stock and the Urban Oasis DSP. The stamp set Inspired by Nature has been one of my fav’s from this catty (and I’m pleased to whisper that it’s in the next catty being released in just a few weeks…). On top of this I’ve then used Black Staz-On for the background followed by embossing with red for the flowers.

Everything I used was Stampin’ Up! with the exception of the Making Memories zipper tags which I bought close to five years ago and have been “saving” for something special just like this!

Joke of the Day:

What do you call a robbery in Beijing?
A Chinese takeaway… boom boom!

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

Joanne x


It never rains when it pours…

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It feels as if the weather is mirroring my life at the moment. Oh, and DON’T get me started on the fridge, what an ongoing saga… and as for my darling duo… just how many colds and coughs can two children possibly have in one year… glory be

My darling husband gave me two days in bed this past week-end as an early birthday present after all the drama with the fridge but as much I absolutely adored it (yes I read an ENTIRE book on Saturday – it was simply glorious) I have to admit now that its been all the more difficult for me to get motivated as I’m more behind then ever and just don’t know where to begin!

On saying that though I did vacuum and tidy all upstairs before breakfast this morning. I even cleaned the pot belly stove out of all its ashes this morning in readiness for the cold, miserable day that it was outside but after spending nearly five hours in the kitchen cooking, heating was NOT a problem upstairs. What can I say… I had a pumpkin and wasn’t afraid to use it… TWELVE meals later thank you very much!

Of course this meant my list of things that required my attention down in the studio weren’t even looked at and I’ve only just snuck down to the footpath in my pj’s with the rubbish bins but finally… here is the cute little Christmas basket I made at my last workshop. 

 I’ve now decided that this is going to be my gift for my children’s teachers this term albeit in plain card-stock that I’ll stamp. I’ve yet to decide just what I’ll put into the basket but that’s a minor detail!

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

Joanne x


Dang Cat!

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Fergus, our cheeky fur-ball, has a tendency of starting up the printer or scanner whilst on his way to the window to obtain the best vantage point of the front garden. It’s not unusual to see numerous blank pieces of paper sitting in the out tray after one of his ventures.

But in this instance his nimble claws published this picture without as much as a  how do you do… and I’m not even going to mention that he’s now sitting on my chest as I’m typing this… dang cat! What Fergus failed to mention was that this was June’s Off-the-Page class…

This month was going to be a mini scrapbook but once I saw this wonderful card holder designed by the very talented Christine Healey (SUD) I instantly knew that this would be something that could be used many times over as this folder holds three cards and envelopes comfortably. Just perfect as a gift!

For this set I used the Cottage Wall DSP and the Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage Wheel. All these are available in the current Autumn-Winter Catalogue. Don’t hesitate to contact me inkeefiddlings@gmail.com or 07 5309 6364 – should you require any further information or would like to place an order for any of the products used, or heck, if you simply what to purchase the finished product itself!

And don’t forget, you don’t need to be local to place an order with me as orders can be delivered directly to your door  anywhere within Australia – how good is that!

As I said earlier, this card folder with three cards makes a wonderful gift. Here are a few I made for my recent trip to the Perth, what do you think?

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

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