Is it Spring already?

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We couldn’t believe it – in a matter of a week we’d heard of five different couples we knew of who had each been blessed with the birth of a son… and one little girl. It’s been so long since I have touched anything even resembling a baby’s card so talk about getting into a completely different mind space!

And of course, me being me, I couldn’t just go down to the Studio and whip something up… oh no… I had something very specific in mind and when it wouldn’t transpire to – well… let’s just say it slowed things up tremendously. It did however remind me that I had made a card a while back  in celebration of a friend’s first grandson that I never posted and now that I’m looking at it again I see I’ve used a retiring colour so without further ado here ’tis… a Fond Farewell to Colour #13 – Summer Sun!

 

Once again, this card is nothing what I had in mind as I wanted to peg the name onto the string and even had a little jumpsuit cut out for it (an influence from the new catalogue – not long now!)  but it just didn’t look right at all. The blue I’ve used is the Brilliant Blue which is also retiring. Everything on this card is Stampin’ Up! with the exception of the ribbon. I did try the narrow white ribbon from Stampin’ Up! but felt this one in the blue with a little yellow running through it worked much better.

The next card I did was for Harrison’s hairdresser who after four little girls now has his heir! For this card I used another retiring colour so here’s a Fond Farewell to Colour #14 – Only Orange.

I was really happy with this card as I was able to use a few things from my other stash which had me thinking out of the box. What I found amusing was that I’ve never been a great fan of orange but after making this card it really had my creative juices flowing. Consequently I now have depleted my Only Orange supplies. How funny is that?! 

Here is another card the orange inspired for a work colleague of my Darling Hubby’s who recently was blessed with his first son also. With the background on Samuel’s card I simply Versamarked it, whereas on Felix’s card on embossed it in orange.

Here are the other two cards I did – yet another boy’s card for Master Blake, then saving the prettiest for last, Miss Emily’s card. Welcome little people!

I just can’t resist the white picket fence on a baby card can I but I haven’t done it on the next one if you are a little over it! Emily’s card is VERY girlie… and NOTHING like I planned it! I know, I too wish there was a something I could take for that as it would save a LOT of pain let me tell you 😉

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

Joanne x


What an incredible day!

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Who would have known when David and Margaret started rewinding last night during their movie show that today would be the day it has been!? When Master Eight wandered upstairs this morning I announced to him that within a few hours we could be having a new Prime Minister… he wasn’t happy at first as he thought it meant the surfer was in!

Given the day it’s been it seems quite apt that I’m highlighting the cards from this week’s Make and Take class – Priceless! Unfortunately I’ve had two children home today with nasty coughs so I’m quite behind with the day, having only just finished clearing the tables in the studio to start doing some creating and now I look out the window I see it’s dark… there goes THAT day! Never the less though here are the cards…

This photo doesn’t show very well how all the the larger blue flowers have been twiced stamped – once on the card  itself then onto separate card where I’ve cut them out and used dimensionals under each one. I’ve done the same with the orange butterfly and of course I’ve added Dazzling Diamonds to the butterfly, as well as the small blue flowers!


And yes, I’ve used Dazzling Diamonds on this one too!!!

But no, there are no Dazzling Diamonds on this card as I was going for something a tad more “masculine” here…

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

Joanne x


But wait… we have one more day!

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Oh glory, I was so accustomed to Stampin’ Up! and their  deal of the week starting on a Wednesday and finishing on Tuesday night that I automatically wrote that last night without realising that next Wednesday is the last day of June and as such will be the closing day for deal of the week instead of the usual Tuesday. Works MUCH better for me so hope it does for you also!!!

Today is bit of a blur as I had both children home with nasty coughs, fortunately though yesterday was a  different case with the “Card Crusaders” I meet with fortnightly. We were all set the challenge of demonstrating a card using any technique we liked. As if my head wasn’t hurting enough this  last week, I then had to decide on one technique amongst the hundreds out there… yeah right!

Actually it wasn’t such a hard decision as whenever I think of techniques I always think of embossing, and heat embossing at that. Anything to do with heat embossing is my idea of a good time so I went with the resist embossing technique as I’ve seen some truly inspiring work of late which I wanted to have a bit of an Inkee Fiddling with myself.

The small difference between simply heat embossing and the resist embossing technique is that you stamp your chosen image with Versamark for heat embossing with your preferred embossing powder. In this instance I’ve chosen clear embossing powder for this card as I wanted the background image I had stamped to show through the embossing.  

BUT…  Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive were then sponged over the image although I’ve not done this very heavily this time as once again I wanted the stamped background image just peaking through. Once sponged the image had a quick wipe over with a paper towel to remove any ink on the embossed image.

On assembling the card it was obvious that even though the kraft cardstock worked for this card it simply wasn’t enough so with the Versamark I stamped that beautiful vines stamp found in the Vintage Vogue set all over the background. By using the Versamark it  gives the image that wonderful watermark appearance.

Of course I did have something very different in mind when I started but it simply wasn’t coming together so next week I may attempt that one again… maybe!

 

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

Joanne x


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


My kinda being in vogue…

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VINTAGE VOGUE!

Yes I know, I know… I’ve shown off the Vintage Vogue stamp set before as I said earlier this week, I had a hostess request a “Make and Take” with this set to get some ideas as to what she’ll do with hers – no worries I said. And as I knew  this lovely lady also had some of the Cottage Wall DSP it really wasn’t difficult to design something for her! Also, for a change of direction, I chose to make this card as a 6″x6″. This is what we made…


Plus I won’t deny I had recently viewed a card by the creative Susan Joyce which really tweaked my interest so was able to combine the two… BONUS! Of course it wasn’t until I was collating the kits that I realised that by using the DSP as a background on the 6″x6″ I would only be able to do eight cards MAXIMUM with this particular DSP… DOH! So this is what I did as Plan B… (which was lucky as we had two very late attendees to the workshop that needed to do these cards… phew!)

Anywho, on the Rich Razzleberry card base, I stamped with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink the leaf stamp from the Vintage Vogue set around the outer edges on the front of the card to create some interest as a background as opposed to a plain background. On the bottom left-hand corner I used the Double Rectangle Punch for threading the ribbon through. It makes ALL the difference, I can’t recommend it enough!


However, I couldn’t stop there could I? As I cut down the Kraft (soon to be renamed Crumb Cake) card-stock I had some substantial off-cuts, the same with the Cottage Wall DSP so wanted to give an example as to how everything has as a use, be it intentionally or not. I think you’d have to agree with me that unless you knew better, you wouldn’t guess the above card was basically made with left-overs!

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

Joanne x


Last week…

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my neighbour knocked on my door requesting some Sympathy Cards and although I have quite a few cards on hand, a Sympathy Card was not something I had in my stockpile so to work I went. I came up with four cards which I was pleased with . I did take photos of all four but this camera my husband so kindly “dedicated to the cause” when my other was broken, isn’t playing nice! Consequently the two he chose are just a beautiful memory now but I have been able to take photos of the two remaining ones. What do you think?


I really like this one. I’ve used the Urban Garden DSP and the Manhattan Embossing Folder. I’d only just received the Manhattan Embossing Folder and was having a complete mind blank until I remembered it. I’m completely obsessed with it now – I want to use it on EVERYTHING! Plus I haven’t made a 6×6 card for ages but this is another thing I’ve become obsessed with of late.

Now the other card I used, I also used another embossing folder from elsewhere and the Echoes of Kindness Hostess Gift stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. I also pushed through my pain barrier and used my Stampin’ Up! Water Colour Pencils and Aqua Painter on the flowers. I have this love/hate relationship with the water colour pencils as I’m always scared to use them but once I do I always love the washed effect it creates and wished I used them more! For this one I also went back to my old favourite size for the finished card of A5.

Once upon a time ago I never made anything but the A5 cards and found it so difficult moving down to the A6 cards but now it’s the reverse. Very peculiar so I’d better chance that over the coming weeks hey?!

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

Joanne x


Where did that week go?

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Never ceases to amaze me how quickly the week goes once we get through Tuesday! I’ve always had a problem with Tuesday’s for some weird reason. I can remember at my very first job, the other receptionist would come in all hung-over on a Monday whereas I would arrive bouncing regardless of the week-end but come Tuesday… my goodness… yes very peculiar but true!

One thing I am very proud of though this week was that I finally returned a set of stamps to my upline. Steph lent me this set BEFORE Easter but even though the set was ready to be returned after Easter, do you think I could do it? Nope! But this week I had it in the post so YEA ME!

Of course though I couldn’t simply put the stamp set in the post so I did a tag for the outside. What do you think?

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

Joanne x

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