Language of Love Trio!

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How is it that I went almost TWO YEARS without realizing how fabulous Summer Starfruit and Rich Razzleberry look together?

Language of Love - Stary Summerfruit - JIFEven going for a more masculine look works with this stamp set.

language of Love - Soho Summerfruit - JIFAnd naturally the set lends itself to an anniversary or wedding card. For this next card I combined both dry and heat embossing for quite the stunning result with more of my left-over Silver Glimmer Strips!

Language of Love - Embossed Silver - JIFContact me today if you’d to order any of these products for your own projects or order directly from my 24-hours page by clicking on the image below.

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

Joanne x


Chalk Talk Grunge!

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On seeing this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, I knew there would be no hesitation on this one as I wanted to use Cajun Craze Cardstock as the background. To this was stamped Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set in Cajun Craze Classic Ink which I used to also sponge the edges.

When this color was first introduced to Stampin’ Up! I couldn’t get enough of it but hadn’t touched it again until today. Today I used it as not only the background for my card but for the shapes/accents as well!

Mojo 341 - Chalktalk Grunge - Cajun Craze - JIFThis is the sketch…

Mojo341SketchMatching colors with Cajun Craze Cardstock can sometimes be interesting but as you can see on this occasion I simply went with Champagne Glimmer Paper and Gold Foil which was run through the Dots Embossing Folder. The Gold Foil I also sponged with Gold Encore Ink.

Mojo 341 - Chalktalk Grunge - Cajun Craze - Gold Foil and Champagne Glimmer - JIF

The shapes/accents were Heat Embossed with Gold Embossing Powder – the square I stamped with Versamark the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, the circle stamped with the Chalk Talk Stamp Set. The Gold Foil circle was cut with a Circle Framelit as I wanted only a HINT of a border, not a lot of gold.

Mojo 341 - Chalktalk Grunge - Cajun Craze - Heat Embossed For You - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Cajun Craze
Stamp Set: Gorgeous Grunge, Chalk Talk
Ink: Cajun Craze, Versamark. Gold Encore
Specialty Paper: Gold Foil, Champagne Glimmer
Punches: Circle 1-3/8″, Scalloped Edge
Big Shot: Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot,
Stick Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist, Sponges

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

Joanne x


Simple Stems Resisted!

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Guess what? I’m still playing with the Simple Stems Stamp Set so I hope you’ve ordered yours, lol! ūüôā

For this card I actually wanted to achieve something “masculine” but by choosing Pacific Point instead of Midnight Muse I may not have achieved my objective completely. I chose just the one stamp to Clear Emboss then sponge over, which is known as the Resist Technique. The birthday sentiment came from the Delightful Dozen Stamp Set.

Simple Stems - Happy Birthday - JIF

The Resist Technique is such an easy technique yet so effective. Plus it’s only now that I see the stamp I chose to heat emboss has a matching framelit, oh my, where IS my head at? Which by the way is from the Secret Garden Framelits Dies and can be found on this week’s Weekly Deals on sale!

Looking at this card “on the big screen” that flower could almost be mistaken for fireworks, cool!

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

Joanne x


Eggstra Spectaular by Miss 10!

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Whilst I was¬†maniacally working on the children’s 2012 Scrapbook Albums over the week-end, my Darling Daughter was busy working at the table across from me creating her own array of cards. This is a little card she made for Easter.

Thinking of Ewe by MMRAs you can see, she too has a love for the Stampin’ Spritzer, the more colors the better according to Young Miss, I’m not even going to BEGIN attempting all the colors she used, lol!

She also has a love of Heat Embossing – she Heat Embossed the sentiment and after stamping the ewe, circle punched it out, then embossed the edges also before adhering it to the card with Dimensionals. With the basket of eggs she patiently used the markers ensuring each egg, and the basket, were all different colors.

Am I proud? You bet and if you’d like to add this gorgeous Easter stamp set to your stash please call me to place your order – 250-632-7248!

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

Joanne x


How color can change things…

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Preparing for a workshop last week which was focusing on heat embossing, I had the best time creating. I just couldn’t decide what design would be best so kept creating until it “felt” right.

This was one of my first creations. I just love how the silver embossing is so striking on the white vellum cardstock which I’ve then mounted on the silver glimmer paper. Of course, just a smidge of Cherry Cobbler always adds to the Christmas feel with the sentiment from Sassy Salutations finishing it off nicely!

Joyful Christmas - Silver - JIF

Having made the card in silver and white, I couldn’t resist trying it in a combination of Very Vanilla and Gold Embossing. The red this time was the red glimmer paper behind the flowers that had been fussy cut and mounted upon it. Aren’t my gold “balls” just the best, lol? I was determined to have gold balls in the center of my flower so I bunched up a mini glue-dot and doused it with gold glitter!

Joyful Christmas - Red - JIF

The final design used for the “Make & Take” was a combination of the two cards with Very Vanilla as the base but using Silver and Cherry Cobbler. The Frosted Finishes Embellishment completing the fussy-cut flowers perfectly.¬† At first I was concerned it may have been a tad plain but I’m relieved to say the ladies were MORE than happy with it, making me EXTREMELY happy! ūüėČ

Joyful Christmas - Punched silver Foil - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, White Vellum
Specialty Paper: Silver/Red Glimmer Paper, Silver/Gold Foil
Stamp Sets: Joyful Christmas, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Gold, Silver
Punch: Scallop Trim Border
Embellishments: Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals

There’s only one date still available for a workshop in December but I am taking bookings for the new year. Keep in mind if you are thinking of having a workshop, Sale-a-bration begins 28 January. It remains the same as last year that with every $60 spent, you get a selected item FREE.

PLUS, when your workshop sales reach $200, you receive an additional $40 to the already $35 of any product you would like FREE. Have a think and let me know as dates ted to go quickly during this event!

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

Joanne x


Careful what you wish for…

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On the way home from swimming lessons yesterday we were still chatting about the special screening of¬† “Despicable Me” we saw on Sunday. It was soooooooo funny that I have all my fingers and toes crossed that it’s out on DVD before Christmas so that Santa will be able to add it to one of the stockings.

This conversation then led onto various other movies we’d seen in the past¬†that we¬†thought were hilarious yet hadn’t seen for ages. The likes of “Mars Attack” is one of our favourites – totally ridiculous but a good hoot. Anyways, with all this talk of movies I said (my mother’s kiss of death) “oh, I really hope it’s a wet week-end so we can pile up all these movies to watch whilst filling up on snacks!”

I thought this a fabulous idea but the scream of horror from Master Nine suggested otherwise. Turns out if it’s raining he and his father can’t play footie in the park. I quickly¬†changed my¬†previous wish to¬†that of lovely blue¬†clear skies¬†but listening to the weather reports on the way to school this afternoon, then watching them after the news this evening… it would appear I wasn’t quick enough with my retraction and that my wish could be coming true… rain all week-end…¬†dang!

Which had me thinking¬†just how I would be using my time this week-end (I really want to lock myself in the Studio as, I feel the need, the need for 6×6’s…)¬†which had me thinking about one of the beautiful new stamp sets from the new catalogue… Sense of Time. I particularly like the two sayings with this set – so very versatile and¬†useful. Plus for just $39.95¬†this set¬†makes for fabulous value (sorry ROC it’s only¬†comes in Wood Mount though!).

The cogs stamp I really like also as it makes a great background. After stamping the clock face in chocolate chip, I then clear embossed it all. The background was created by drops of ink refills onto a metho soaked piece of felt then splodged over the white gloss card-stock РPolished Stone I do believe they call this effect.

What I love about this technique of Polished Stone¬†is that you just NEVER get two pieces the same no matter how much you try. The button is from my own stash which I’m attempting to “down size” so if you are interested in a bottle please let me know as can I do a deal for you!

Joke of the Day:

Knock Knock
Who’s there?
Sawyer
Sawyer who?
Sawyer lights on, so I thought I’d drop by…

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

Joanne x


It’s the 11th so… it must be a Fond Farewell to Colour #11!

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Very short and sweet tonight… it’s taken me two hours just to get here why… I’m so tired that even with the laptop balancing on my knee I couldn’t remember what I’m meant to be doing!

And it doesn’t help when I have a very sad and sorry Master Nine down the hallway in bed¬†coughing his little heart out, then on top of that he’s sleep-talking so loudly he’s waking himself up… not good:(¬† This combined with Miss Seven sleeping with me again with her hair-band being worn over her eyes as my bedside light keeps her awake but she knows better then to dare complain about it… one can’t help but to smile out loud!

Last night I went to sleep with the delightful sound of the rain falling heavily and our little creek gushing but alas, the reports said the weather was clearing today and for once, I fear they are correct. I do so like it when it rains. Not that I’ve had a real chance to appreciate it this week with Master Nine not being well. Although not sick sick, the poor darling isn’t himself and has been staying close so I’m hesitant about heading down to the studio.

However I digress, Fond Farewell to Colour #11 – Hunter Green. This is a beautiful rich dark green which to me screams Christmas. Hence the reason I’ve used it for the Christmas card below, embossing with silver on the card. With the pillow box I embossed with white to compare the two colours. Both are as quickly as nice but I do confess, I do lean towards the silver. I love the idea¬†of these pillow boxes as name cards on a well-dressed table. What fun you could have filling them¬†at Christmas!

And don’t forget, there’s only another 20 days left to order any of these retiring colours so contact me today to place your order – I look forward to chatting with you soon!

Joke of the Day:

Why did the sailor grab a bar of soap when his ship was sinking?
He was hoping he’d¬†be washed ashore…

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

Joanne x

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