Dang Cat!

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Fergus, our cheeky fur-ball, has a tendency of starting up the printer or scanner whilst on his way to the window to obtain the best vantage point of the front garden. It’s not unusual to see numerous blank pieces of paper sitting in the out tray after one of his ventures.

But in this instance his nimble claws published this picture without as much as a  how do you do… and I’m not even going to mention that he’s now sitting on my chest as I’m typing this… dang cat! What Fergus failed to mention was that this was June’s Off-the-Page class…

This month was going to be a mini scrapbook but once I saw this wonderful card holder designed by the very talented Christine Healey (SUD) I instantly knew that this would be something that could be used many times over as this folder holds three cards and envelopes comfortably. Just perfect as a gift!

For this set I used the Cottage Wall DSP and the Vintage Vogue stamp set and Very Vintage Wheel. All these are available in the current Autumn-Winter Catalogue. Don’t hesitate to contact me inkeefiddlings@gmail.com or 07 5309 6364 – should you require any further information or would like to place an order for any of the products used, or heck, if you simply what to purchase the finished product itself!

And don’t forget, you don’t need to be local to place an order with me as orders can be delivered directly to your door  anywhere within Australia – how good is that!

As I said earlier, this card folder with three cards makes a wonderful gift. Here are a few I made for my recent trip to the Perth, what do you think?

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

Joanne x


Flower Power…

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Of all the photos I could of been posting, I’ve only just realised tonight that I’ve never posted the cards that were made in my “Technique Tuesday/Thursday” class back in the first week of May. Not sure how THAT happened but given how full speed life is at present, I guess it’s understandable in some ways. This is card #1… To You From Me


There was a slight change in my class in that instead of utilising two different punches – both the scallop and the five-petal punch – to make four different flower, only the one punch was used to make three flowers. After careful consideration I felt it better to put the time into making three fabulous flowers rather then racing the clock to tick the box on four flowers. This is card #2… For You

Don’t you just love the how the Medium Jewelry Tag from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue creates the delightful white picket fence?! I prefer calling this punch the “tiny tag” punch as this is what it is to me so if I ever mention a tiny tag punch I’m sure this is the one I’ll be referring to! It’s actually a white background but the bad lighting has it looking very similar to the Pale Plum I used on card #1.

And lucky last, card #3… Thank You for your Friendship

Unfortunately taking this photo at night has done NOTHING for the colours I’ve chosen. The background is Taken with Teal with the DSP being Urban Garden. After circling this pack for so long, now if anyone looked at my cards I’ve been making of late they would think this is the only pack of DSP I have!

And of course I couldn’t help myself by using the Big Shot’s Leaf Sizzlit with all three cards. What can I say – I love it – much like my alphabet sizzlet set but more of that another time! But as you can see, just the one punch and three beautiful flowers. I can’t decide which I like the best as they are all so effective. Miss Seven loves the rolled rose flower (card #2), whilst Master Eight leaned towards the scrunched flower (card #3). Guess that leaves me with card #1!!!

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

Joanne x


Time flies when you start creating…

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it never fails to amaze me how quickly the time between 9am and 3pm goes! Especially when you are racing the clock with a pending birthday party this week-end. Yes… I thought I was all organised with the Girl Child’s birthday present because I’d bought it weeks ago.

I may have bought it weeks ago but it was by pure chance that Boy Child came down the night before last looking for something very similar which prompted me to think of the one I’d bought for Sunday. Thank goodness, as there is just the one minor detail with it… I HAD TO DECORATE IT... OMG!!!

Needless to say yesterday and today have been operation GET BOOK COVERED. This is what I think could be the end result…

Fortunately I managed to die-cut all my letters on my Big Shot yesterday, then put Crystal Effects onto each one to give them the acrylic look. I also sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over them all whilst they were setting just to give them a little more ompf. If I’d had a tad more time I would have made a point of lining up the letters  when I stuck them to the cover a little better but it is what it is now. And I think Miss Six, who will then be Miss Seven, will still enjoy it just as it is.

I’ve even managed a box for it with matching DSP stuck onto card-stock to give it some extra strength then lined it with some of the shredded tissue I had left over from the Easter Basket that was my April’s “Off the Page” class. Today I made my first acetate lid. I’ve never done more then use acetate as paint trays in the past so this was WAY out of my comfort zone. It took three goes until I had something I was happy with and strangely enough, the two “rejects” fitted together neatly to make a clear box… spooky!

But as I look at the clock I see something very familiar to me, any my poor family… I’M LATE… best run!

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

Joanne x


Enjoy Every Moment…

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is the stamp set that I’m highlighting this month in my “Make and Take” classes on Monday 24 and Thursday 27 May. I really like this set as like so many of the Stampin’ Up! sets, it’s just so versatile. It’s so easy to make it more masculine or a little feminine, or just a little fun. This is a quick peek at what we’ll be doing in the classes.

As you may be able to see from the Ballet Blue and Chocolate Chip card, we even have a play with the Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin’ Up!.  And of course, as far as I’m concerned, no card is ever complete without a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds and a smidge of bling!

I used this stamp set to do a card for a friend in Melbourne last year that I really wanted to show you all but Murphy’s Law has me unable to find it – typical! On Cammie’s card I included a row of those cut little mirror tiles from Spotlight to it which really made it into something else again.

Honestly, this is such a fun set so if you don’t already have it, please drop me a line and we’ll quickly rectify that for you. Order today and you could even have the set in your hands by this time next week in time to have a play over the week-end.

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

Joanne x


Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to one and all! I find as my children become older, the emphasis on things changes… for example Mother’s Day. All week there have been mutterings behind cupped hands as to what was being made at school and where things were being hid once home. It was all quiet exciting really!

Gosh, it was only last year my son couldn’t get into the kitchen fast enough to come up with the most wonderful mother’s day breakfast a mother and lover of the BIG BREAKFAST could ever dream of. This year, even though as soon as his eyes were open he was singing me Happy Mother’s Day and telling me that the cat was purring the same (how sweet is that?!), that was that. The things hidden in his room, well, I’ve yet to see them, and as for breakfast… “muuuuum, what are we having for breakfast?”

But hey, I’m onto my second pot of coffee, am still in my pj’s, and have George on the TV screen so I’m not complaining. I even dreamt about George last night… only I could dream about George Clooney giving me aperture lessons for my camera… geez! Plus, we’re meeting my parents shortly for a lovely lunch up at Harry’s so it’s all good.

Besides, the hubster did give  me two gift vouchers last week-end from the children to ensure I received EXACTLY what I wanted so tomorrow I shall go shopping to see just what it is that my life is incomplete without. And he did ever so kindly give me a set of alphabet dies for my BIG SHOT which I am soooooooo excited about and have barely been able to wait to use them. Tomorrow is going to be one busy day!

I see time is ticking so I’d best get showered and changed but before I go here is what I’ve done for my mother this year. This is the card which I am EVER so proud of. As I’ve said before, embellishments are my weakness so has been something I’ve really had to challenge myself with since joining Stampin’ Up! but as you can see, I think I’m doin’ okay. I’m simply making my embellishments now rather then reaching for a packet which may seem expensive but when you see how may embellishments I’ve bought over time and NOT used, I think the new way is working out far more economical as I make what I need when I need it! So here ’tis, this one is A5 but I did one recently for a neighbour in A6 which was just as effective…

Now, as for the packaging all I did was “tweak” a brown paper bag I had on hand. Once again, I’m rather chuffed at my first effort. In hindsight I would have lowered the DSP I used but hey, it was my first time. And in hindsight if I’d matched the papers to the card it may have been even more of an impact… next time!

Once again Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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

Joanne x


I just have to share…

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my favourite stamp set for the month of April would have had to have been  Vintage Vogue from the 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini. It was as though I had no other stamp sets but anyone who has been into my studio will attest to the fact I most certainly do have other sets. What can I say, I just couldn’t help myself… and combined with the gorgeous Rich Razzleberry (which I’m excited to say is going to be part of the New Colour Collection being introduced September 1, 2010), and the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel well, it was all  just too much and well, I became a little carried away you might say!

If you too would like to get carried away as I did, please contact me to order your supplies on 0412 432 612 or email me at inkeefiddlings@gmail.com.

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

Joanne x


Conditions are looking perfect…

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it’s a long week-end, hubby is home and keen for some one-on-one time with the children, and the pumpkin soup is simmering on the stove-top… so yep… conditions are perfect to pop George into the DVD player, plug the lap-top in beside the bed, fill the coffee pot up… and blog. Actually, one could say the conditions are idyllic in fact!

Well, yesterday was a big day… given it was the last day of April I thought it well and truly time to give the children’s teachers and the lovely ladies in the school office their Easter gifts. Yes, yes, I know, Easter was more then a few weeks ago but with one thing and another (read – one child with ear infection, another with chest infection, and DON’T get me started on the cats as that’s an entirely different story!), sadly time has slipped away from me.

I’m trying to make the most of the Retiring Colours from Stampin’ Up! before they leave us August 31. I know change is always good, eventually, but I can’t deny that I will miss some colours, especially Ruby Red and Almost Amethyst. Like so many things in life I didn’t know how much I liked them until I heard they were retiring hence I may just have to start stocking up on them. Don’t forget to let me know if you would like me to add some of the retiring card stock to my order for you. But enough rambling, here ’tis…

All products are Stampin’ Up! with the exception of the organza ribbon and obviously the Ferrerro Rocher’s of course! The Card Stock colours I’ve chosen for these shoes were (back to front) Cameo Coral, Barely Banana, Lovely Lilac, Pale Plum, Sage Shadow, and Almost Amethyst (which looks much bluer in this photo for some reason). On each of these I’ve simply used my Illuminated Wheel on the diagonal along with the corresponding Ink Pad. With the left-over card stock I’ve made the flowers on the front, fastened with a large rhinestone brad from the Pretties Kit.

Judging by the reactions of the recipients, and those visiting  my Inkee Fiddlings Studio prior to yesterday, the lateness was irrelevant… my gosh, I’ve even had requests for classes on them so watch this space. Sadly I can’t take all the credit for these as I CASEd the shoe from the lovely Tracey – thank you – and have tweaked it every so slightly. Works well don’t you think?

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

Joanne x

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