Is it really time to “Deck the Halls”? (MFT #352)

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After being so focused on scrapbooking for the last four weeks, I’m really having trouble now starting anything else. Thank goodness for the card challenges. Here’s my take on the challenge from My Favorite Things #352.

With the Deck the Halls Stamp Set from Stampin’ Up! having been sitting on my workbench for a couple of weeks it was a given to use it. With wood grain papers a current favourite of mine, this was the next obvious choice. Here’s the sketch from My Favorite Things.

Here’s hoping that with next week being a new month my mojo finally kicks in, giving me a jump-start on a project or two. Fingers-crossed!

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

Joanne x


Letterpress Lanterns

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For something a little different at a workshop last month, as the hostess had requested something for Christmas but didn’t actually specified a CARD, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do!

The Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Dies (135853 – $40.50) cut out in White Vellum Cardstock; then heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder; then finished off with Gold 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Gold 1/8″ Ribbon and Gold Sequin Trim. All this was then completed with a battery operated tea-light candle placed inside!

JIF - Curvey Boxes - Lanterns - Letterpress Winter

The lantern on the right I didn’t turn on, wanting to highlight how fabulous it looks if you wanted to use this Curvy Keepsake Box for something other than a lantern!

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

Joanne x


Christmas Cheer

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How quick and simple was this card thanks to the Christmas Cheer Stamp Set and yes, it’s another CASE’d card from the Holiday Catalog but come on, the countdown to Christmas is on!

Christmas Cheer - Gold Embossing - JIF
CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set: Christmas Cheer
Heat Embossing: Gold Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Gun
Embossing Folder: Filigree Frame
Blendabilities: Cherry Cobbler
Punch: P/L Corner
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sticky Strip

 

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

Joanne x


Bright and Beautiful

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Okay, okay, this is another card CASE’d from the Holiday Catalog but you have to agree, this catalog is FILLED with fabulous ideas!

The Trim the Tree DSP and Typeset DSP are the base to this beautiful card. White Heat Embossing on Gold Foil Paper and Gold Heat Embossing on Very Vanilla Cardstock create the star.

Bright and Beautiful - Heat Embossing - JIF
CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, Memento Black
Specialty Paper: Gold Foil
DSP: Typeset, Trim the Tree
Heat Embossing: Gold & White Embossing Powder,
Versamark, Heat Gun
Framelits: Stars
Ribbon: Cherry Cobbler 1″ sheer Linen
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Tag Talk Tuesday

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Today for 2-4-Tuesday I’ve chosen the Tag Talk Stamp Set. And as an added bonus, these stamps coordinate with the Label Punch.

My first card began as something completely different but I was determined to use some of the gorgeous All is Calm Designer Washi Tape. So with some of the Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, red ribbon and hearts combined with a silver heat-embossed stamp, this was the end result.

Tag Talk - Fancy Silver Vellum - JIF

This next card is one of my favorites. For the longest time I’ve wanted to do something with the large Star Framelit and today was the day. The Maritime DSP providing the base and the embellishments with the flags and the checkered star!

Tag Talk - Maritime Stars - JIF

 CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set: Tag Talk
Classic Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Framelits: Stars
Specialty Paper: Fancy Foil Designer Vellum
Washi Tape: All is Calm Designer (Holiday Catty)
Embossing: Silver Embossing Powder, Versamark, Heat Gun
Punch: Sweetheart, Label
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Glue Dots, Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub & Mist
Ribbon: Real Red 3/8″ Satin Woven (Holiday Catty)

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

Joanne x


Scattered Seasons

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For this week’s “2-4-Tuesday” I’ve used the Seasonally Scattered Stamp Set from the Holiday Catalog. These stamps practically make the cards themselves as they are so big, and definitely BEAUTIFUL! The first card I made was using the “thanks” stamp.

Originally my intention was to heat emboss the card but on seeing how lovely the Versamark worked on the Always Artichoke Cardstock, decided to leave it. The Color Me Autumn DSP creates the smallest of frames around the cardstock with Sahara Sand Candy Dots completing it.

Seasonally Scattered - Thanks - JIF

For the second card I used the “love” stamp. This could be a jump-start on Valentine’s Day or perhaps even a wedding card. If using it as a wedding card, if you knew the color of the bridesmaids you could use that as your base color!

Seasonally Scattered - LOVE - JIF

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered
Embossing: Versamark, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Gun
DSP: Color Me Autumn
Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer
Punch: Heart from Itty Bitty Accents Pack
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Neutrals Candy Dots
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip,
Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub and Mist

There is a THIRD stamp but I’m saving that until “Framelits Thursday”!

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

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