Festival of Trees

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Today for 2-4-Tuesday I’ve using for the first time the Festival of Trees Stamp Set. This is a set I have LOTS of plans for but today I wanted to highlight how the same design and color scheme can be used for two COMPLETELY different occasions.

The color for each card is Island Indigo. The first card is on a base of Very Vanilla Cardstock with the smallest border in Island Indigo Cardstock. Only the one stamp that has been stamped then stamped again without re-inking. 1/4″ Island Indigo Cotton Ribbon along with a sentiment from the Gifts of Kindness Stamp Set finishing the card.

Festival of Trees - Gifts of Kindness - JIF

The second card is EXACTLY the same design but on a base of white and has been finished off with silver ribbon, a Christmas sentiment and Silver Glimmer Paper. On the tree branches the smallest amount of 2-Way Glue Pen has been used with Dazzling Diamond Glitter added.

Festival of Trees - Silver Glimmer - JIF

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees, Gifts of Kindness
Classic Ink: Island Indigo
Specialty Paper: Silver Glimmer
Ribbon: 1/8″ Silver, 1/4″ Island Indigo Cotton
Embellishments: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip,
Stampin Dimensionals, Stampin Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Choose Happiness – why not?!

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This has to be one of the most beautiful stamp sets on offer from Stampin’ Up! in the new Annual Catalog, the Choose Happiness Stamp Set.

For this first card Island Indigo was my starting point. I stamped in Island Indigo Classic Ink onto the Island Indigo Cardstock BEFORE before dry embossing it with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Pink Pirouette 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon and Blushing Bride 3/4″ Chevron Ribbon added a delicate touch, along with a small strip from the Lullaby DSP Pack. The Tea Lace Doily was the finishing touch.

Choose Happiness - Island Indigo - JIF

The second card is much cleaner on a base of Crumb Cake Cardstock with hints of Blackberry Bliss Cardstock and Blackberry Classic Ink. There’s NO denying fussy-cutting the stems of leaves was a pain but worth the final effect!

Choose Happiness - Blackberry Bliss - JIF

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Whisper white, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake,
Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set: Choose Happiness
Classic Inks: Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar, Blackberry Bliss, Wild Wasabi
Framelits: Banners
Ribbons: 1/2″ Pink Pirouette Seam Binding, 3/4″ Blushing Bride Chevron,
1/8″ Smoky Slate Taffeta
DSP: Lullaby
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Tea Lace Doily, Dazzling Details
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Sticky Strip, Multipurpose Glue, 2-Way Glue Pen,
Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

Gorgeous isn’t? Is it part of your stash yet as it’s simply glorious?!

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

Joanne x


Ray of Sunshine Mojo!

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Inspiration came slowly for this week’s Mojo Monday. Several backgrounds were created until I settled on a DSP from the All Abloom DSP Stack and voila. This is my interpretation of this week’s sketch.

Mojo355 - All Abloom Sunshine - JIF

And here is the Mojo Monday’s Sketch 355.

mojo355It’s incredible how much the background “creates” the card as such. In this background there are so many colors to work with and then some. Island Indigo ended up being my “anchoring” color, using it on my right-hand strip and for the banner which I’ve inked in with a Gorgeous Grunge stamp. I’ve also used some of those stamps on the right-hand strip and over the sun also.

Mojo355 - All Abloom Sunshine - Banners and Leaves - JIFThe leaves were from the wonderful new Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die-Cut with Crumb Cake Cardstock. The sun was created with a Circle Framelit, the Triangle Punch in Hello Honey Cardstock and the circle template from the Essentials Paper Piercing Mat. The beautiful sentiment is from the Ray of Sunshine Stamp Set.

Mojo355 - All Abloom Sunshine - Triangle Sun - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Ray of Sunshine
Classic Ink: Island Indigo, Hello Honey, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
DSP: All Abloom Stack
Punch: Triangle, Scallop Edge
Framelits: Circles Collection
Die-Cut: Flower Frenzy Bigz L
Paper Piercing: Essentials Mat
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sticky Strip,
2-Way Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Paper Piercing Tool and Mat,
Sponges, Stampin’ Mist and Scrub

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

Joanne x


Hexagons and Watercolors!

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On receiving my very first order from the Spring Catty (aka Occasions Catty, lol 🙂 ) this was the very first card I made from all the new goodies!

I don’t know what it was but I was so drawn to the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die – hopefully after Spring Break I’ll have a change to create more – combine this with a sheet from the gorgeous Watercolor Wonder DSP to go underneath the die-cut and you have yourself an instant hit!

Hexagon Die - Watercolor Paper - JIF

And if you’re wondering about the interesting way I’ve aligned my Basic Rhinestone Jewels welllll, being the first time I’d used this die I wasn’t as “careful” as I could have been removing the Island Indigo Cardstock from the die, consequently ripping the entirety in two. Hence the rhinestone placement to cover the rips, lol! 🙂

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

Joanne x


What’s caught your… Quatrefancy!

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I know, I know… really, really bad pun but I had to do it considering I was utilizing quite a bit you might say of the Quatrefancy DSP!

Anyways, here is my take on this week’s Mojo Monday (remember – clicking on their name will open you on their page where you can see some amazing creations!).

Live the Life Imagined - Mojo298

 This is the sketch and this month you one can choose either round or square. Obviously I’ve opted for square as I have yet to order my nesting circles. Next week I’m placing an order dear Inkee Fiddlers so if there’s anything you know you’ll need over the summer months (I’ll be away for most of August) please let me so that I may include your items in the order! Mojo299Sketch

 If you could see what I originally began with and what I finished with you’d laugh as the square design is the only thing remaining, even the color of the card base changed literally as I was about to stick the background down. I was determined Coastal Cabana was going to be my base but at the very last moment opted for Baked Brown Sugar which changed the feel immediately making it complete!

As much as I wanted brads on this card I did however want something a little different so chose brads from the Vintage Trinkets set that look like tiny, tiny buttons. I then proceeded to scruff them up a bit by sanding them, then adding just a little black pen to the center to dull them even further. The Pumpkin Pie strip was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder to take away its flatness.

Vintage Trinkets with a little smudging...

Due to my pledge of masculine cards, I felt I couldn’t add a flower so eventually punched branches from the Bird Builder Punch out of Crumb Cake before layering the branches directly on top of one another. To take away the starkness of the Crumb Cake I ever-so-gently sponged Cajun Craze over the branches to match the Cajun Craze I’ve used for the Dotted Scallop Ribbon.

Branches from the Bird Builder Punch

And yes, I know I’ve been told I “over layer” but like sponging, that’s who I am, I like, no I LOVE loads of layers. Besides, layering is also a FABULOUS way of using up off-cuts/scraps as I keep almost ALL my bits. This being the result – no wastage and loads of layers! 😉

Its layer upon layer upon layer upon layer...

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Baked Brown Sugar, Midnight Muse, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron,
Whisper White, Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze
Stamp Set: Really Good Greetings
Classic Ink: Cajun Craze, Island Indigo
DSP: Quatrefancy
Punches: Bird Builder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, 2-1/2″ Circle
Big-Shot: Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Vintage Trinkets
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist, Two-Way Glue,
Clear Mount Block, Paper Snips, Sponges, Sanding Block, Marker Pen

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

Joanne x

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