Age Awareness

Today’s 2-4-Tuesday is the Age Awareness Stamp Set from the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. When I first saw this set I just knew I had to have it. Of course,  sitting there this morning with it, well, my mind was… blank!

Fortunately the courier arrived just at the same time with another box of goodies from Stampin’ Up! which included the wonderful Filigree Frame Textured Impression Embossing Folder.

WOW, this is going to quickly become my “go-to” for a quick card as it creates such a beautiful effect, requiring little else besides a sentiment and perhaps an embellishment or two.

Age Awareness - Thanks Facebook - JIF

This next card was the result of a total accident. I’d actually punched some Petite Petals from the Sweet Taffy DSP for the previous card before realizing if I wanted to give it to a male, well, flowers weren’t going to cut it. Hence the Silver Glimmer Paper stars cut from the Star Framelits.

Looking at the DSP I wished I hadn’t punched the flowers thus began attempting to “replace” the flowers. Didn’t take long to conclude this was NOT going to work but could in-fact work for me in another way.

Age Awareness - Sweet Taffy - JIF

The flowers were then each finished off with a silver sequin from the Frosted Sequins available now in the Holiday Catty with a small Rhinestone Basic Jewel in its center to complete it. I couldn’t resist then adding more bling to the left-hand corner of the card!

Age Awareness - Sweet Taffy - Petite Petals - JIF

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set: Age Awareness
Classic Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Blackberry Bliss
DSP: Sweet Taffy
Punch: Petite Petals
Framelits: Stars
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Frosted Sequins
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Board,
Stick Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x

BIG NEWS is big news!

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

Friendship Preserves!

There were such BIG plans for the Friendship Preserves Stamp Set that have yet to see the light of day in my Studio. I was going to do so much baking so these stamps could be highlighted but perhaps using Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock might count also, lol. I know, I know, VERY bad segue but it had to be done! Bit like how only in the English language could the letters “ue” create the sound “way” – what’s with that? 🙂

However, I digress. This card all but created itself as the Fresh Prints DSP Stack even suggests for you on the cover what colors could be used with the DSP. How cool is that? And with the Window Collection Framelits creating a focal point for the stamp, then with the word “bunch” comes flowers so, well, there really wasn’t much to think about after that!

Friendship Preserves - Fresh Prints - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Set: Friendship Preserves
Classic Ink: Baked Brown Sugar
DSP: Fresh Prints Stack
Big Shot: Window Frames Collection Framelit Dies
Punches: Petite Petals
Ribbon: Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Candy Dot Brad Bases
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sponges,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

Orders have been coming in to make the most of the Weekly Deals so if you were thinking about placing an order, just to let you know I’m placing an order tomorrow if you’d like yours included. Think about it.

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

Joanne x

Fast Flourishes!!!

This would HAVE to be hands-down one of the fastest cards I have made in a long LONG time but also one of the prettiest using a stamp from the Flowering Flourishes Stamp Set. Wouldn’t you agree?

Flowering Flourishes - Purple Frame - JIF Elegant Eggplant Cardstock has been used for the layer under the Whisper White Cardstock base onto which I stamped in Old Olive Classic Ink just the one stamp from Flowering Flourishes.

The small flowers are from just one of the fabulous “bundle & save” options currently available in Celebrating the Everyday Catty.  By purchasing the bundle consisting of the Petite Petals Stamp Set and the Petite Petals Punch you immediately save 15% and are secure in the knowledge you have a co-ordinating set. Too easy!

When stamping the flowers I would normally ink the stamp extraordinarily well then stamp it three times without re-inking the stamp, thus creating a monochromatic effect. On this occasion however I wasn’t myself and stamped in three different colors – Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, and Wisteria Wonder!

My original plan was to add Basic Pearls on all the “dots” of the flourish but once I’d added the flowers complete with a Basic Rhinestone in their centers the idea seemed mute. Perhaps next time?

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

Joanne x

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