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


Tweaking Thanks!

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Earlier in the week I had a few spare moments, I know weird huh, but I had put aside a couple of hours for a lunch out with friends which was postponed hence found myself with some glorious “unplanned” hours.

As I sat and pondered how blessed we are this Christmas it occurred to me that some Christmas Thank You Cards are a must. This is what I came up with.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver Card - JIF

Enough I hear you shout of the embossed Joyful Christmas flower on the vellum but hey, I love it don’t you? Plus, look what I did with the combination of thankful and merry Expressions Thinlit Dies – I created thanks. There is no ‘S’ in any of the three words hence needed to create one.

Hmmm, that tested the old grey matter and after only one false start, discovered if the Silver Foil was placed upside-down onto the second ‘R’ in merry which was then turned upside-down once created, a ‘S’ is born. It does the job.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver - JIFAnd who would have thought that a Raspberry Ripple In-Color Dahlias in the center of the flower would finish it of so well?

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver with Flower - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, White Vellum, Silver Foil
Stamp Set: Joyful Christmas
Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Silver
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Ribbon: Silver 1/8″
Big-Shot: Expressions Thinlit Dies
Embellishments: In-Color Dahlias
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, All Purpose Glue

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

Joanne x


I was SOOOOO close!!!

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Wow, I was this close, this close to having this card completed and posted last night until I remembered why I didn’t use the glue I had used last night very much anymore, choosing instead to always use sticky strip. It was of course the drying time, ugh! It all came back to me like a charging bull. ūüôĀ

Anyways, one thing has led to another and here it is, NOT even first thing this morning rather late at night but regardless, here I am finally posting it. The basis of my card is this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch 323.

Mojo 323 Sketch

This is my card but I should warn you first not EVERYTHING is Stampin’ Up! PLUS I’ve utilized a couple of retired DSPs. On this occasion I’ve gone with the “feel”, not the product so I hope you can forgive me. (And it’s for my mother’s birthday next month!)

Mojo323 - JIF - Happy Birthday Enjoy!

The striped paper I’ve used is from last year’s SU Regals Designer Series Paper Stack which I’ve stamped Flowering Flourishes in that wonderful Illuminate Ink, both from this year’s Annual Catalog. Then I’ve replaced the thread over the DSP shown on the Mojo Sketch with strings of pearls sprouting from either end of the labels which have had the edges sponged in Crumb Cake.

Both of these labels have been cut from the same sized frame-lit, the difference being the Pink Pirouette cardstock was then cut in half so there would be a little showing on either end with the pointed middles snipped off.

The flowers were bought months and months ago from the local Dollar Store, and the light-bulb, well… that was the result of some late night shopping following a scrapbooking crop… need I say more. ūüôāMojo323 - JIF - Enjoy

¬†Of course it’s only now as I look at the card I realize the weight I’ve put in it isn’t the best for posting, lol!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White
Ink: Illuminate, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes, Sassy Salutations
DSP: Retired Stock
Big Shot: Labels Collection
Embossing Powder: White
Embellishments: Pearl Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Cutter, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Heat Gun,
Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Sponges
Other Suppliers: Pearl Strings, Light Bulb

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

Joanne x


LOVE the heat embossing!

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What can I say, when I’m on a good thing I tend to stick to it and when it comes to the heat embossing, well, I can’t get enough of it. Combine that with Embossing Folders and goodness, I’m just one happy little camper, lol!

This card is fabulous when time is of the essence but with the Gold Foil and Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding it still maintains the elegance required for Christmas don’t you think?!

Gold Foil - Script Dry Embossing - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
Specialty Paper: Gold Foil
Stamp Sets: Warmth and Wonder, Very Merry Tags
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Gold
Punches: Decorative Label, Extra Large Oval
Ribbon: 1/2″ Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
Big Shot: Pretty Print Textured impressions Embossing Folder
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

It’s still not too late to place an order for supplies or last minutes Christmas gifts but please call sooner rather than later (250-632-7248) to avoid disappointment!

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

Joanne x


Well that’s it then… the year is over!

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Having woken up absolutely shattered this morning I decided I wasn’t going any further from the bed then the kitchen today. Of course the basis of that idea was then to have a quiet day in bed… making just one list or two of things I really REALLY need to do over the next couple of weeks and maybe get the filing sorted ready to be actually filed!

Hmmmmm… wasn’t that all just a simple plan… NOT! There’s so much to be done I decided to work backwards in my diar from Boxing Day and shockingly, just about everyday is accountable for and that’s not even including all the school bits and pieces. What can I say… I’m doomed!

Anyways, before this pity party turns into a slumber party, which it already has as I fell asleep editing the photo (how sad is THAT and now it’s three days later… I tell you, I doomed!), here’s the third and last card of my Artistic Etchings series. This is my Bon Voyage or “Safe Travels” card. I must confess, I rather like this one. I think because it’s much more my old style as there is a LOT going on!

That glistening you can see on my oversized photo corners is black embossing. I’ve used the round stamp from the Artistic Etchings set to create the pattern over these corners to lift the Basic Black cardstock – black on black it is. Quite effective if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so myself!:)

With the other stamps I’ve stamped those with Black StazOn then cut them out, with exception of the Amour. Amour has been stamped with Read Red then I’ve cleared embossed over it. And something that the camera isn’t really picking up is how I’ve scored approximately 6mm in all around the edge of the Very Vanilla Rectangle. I’m loving that scoring accent!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Set: Artistic Etching Clear Mount
Classic Inks: Read Red, Basic Black (sponged on DSP edges)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, Real Red Brads, Black StazOn,
Black and Clear Embossing Powders, Versamark, Heat Gun,
Big Shot, SU! Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x


You know you’re tired when…

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after two hours in the bath you wish you were in a spa bath so the water jets could pound your weary bones… then you realise you ARE in a spa bath and what’s worse… it’s your own bath! Just goes to show you how often I have a spa bath…

This was me after our garage sale on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone for their support – it was all very much appreciated I can assure you! The day went surprising quickly given Master Nine and I were out putting up our signs at 5.30am, with our first potential customer arriving not long thereafter and we continued on until 2pm when we closed the garage door. I managed to keep my eyes open until 7pm before falling asleep, only to wake at 11pm wide awake for the three hours… aaaahhhh!

But get this, even after the week that was I was still expecting to get into the Studio today for a bit of creating… HA, AS IF! So, with hands on hips tonight¬† I wondered what I had before spying three cards I haven’t yet shared with you.

The reason I haven’t yet shared these was because they were going to be October’s Make & Takes, then when I postponed classes until next year I was keeping these for February’s Make & Takes but today I was able to pre-order from the Summer Mini Catalogue that Stampin’ Up! is releasing next month and there’s a set in there that will be perfect for February’s Make & Take so now I’ll share!

You may remember the purpose of my Make and Take classes is to highlight just the one set of stamps, showing you how to get three very different looks. (Don’t you hate those classes where you’ve used stamps from at least three sets, then you find¬† out at least of those sets is retired… very frustrating to say the least…) Most times I aim to do a male, female, and child;s card but given the Eiffel Tower stamp¬† in this Artistic Etchings stamp set, I felt on this occasion we could omit the child’s card and do a bon voyage card instead.

This card tonight was my “male” orientated card. I thought male through the repeated use of the crown which I believe is more male in style than female but hey, maybe that’s just me!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot,
Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Spiral Border Punch, XL Oval Punch,
Hemp Twine, Antique Brass Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Dimensionals

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

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