But wait… we have one more day!

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!

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…

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

Are there EVER enough hours in the day?

I’m trying a new thing this month, if I can’t get everything done that I had hoped (read: listed on my “to do” list please) to have done that day I no longer stay up until the wee hours, or all night as has been the case on the odd occasion, I just acknowledge that I have done what I have done and there will be a tomorrow for the rest…

Now I know that is the way most people work but I’m finding it ever so difficult as there is always something that needs doing each day without carrying over things from the previous day. I often find I’m questioning myself as to why I’m doing this, does it really matter? Then I find my body finding it harder to keep up with my mind, or is that my mind keeping up with my body, then I know… something MUST be done!

What I’m also attempting to do is get my body clock back to the way it was before children came into our lives. I used to always be an early riser but as the years roll around I find myself working at the opposite end of the clock hence sleeping in later. These days I have two off-siders who believe that if I’m staying up late then they too should be staying up late hence the need to wake a few hours earlier to get into my day then into bed the same time as the children. The theory is good but I fear the practice is going to take a little while but do stay tuned!

Last night my darling little man had a sleep-over at a mates place and wasn’t to be picked up until late this afternoon. This meant Mini Me and I could create all day… after a sleep-in of course… and after lying in bed eating our bowls of dry Nutragrain… utter decadence… it was just delightful!


Do you like what my day produced? I can’t take all the credit as one of the very talented ladies on ESAD (whose name I cannot find now, nor can I even find the card on the web again so believe forgive for I have looked!) gave me the idea of dressing up Tess after seeing her beautiful card of Tess in an evening frock. Whilst searching for the original I did come across some other examples of Tess which have given me some grand ideas… of, if only there were more hours in the day… but then again, I suppose I’d only spend more time cleaning up my art table. If only a self-cleaning table could be developed, oh the hours it would save me!

I’m very proud of this effort but darling Miss Six still can’t get over the fact that it took me FIVE HOURS to produce only THAT! She didn’t take into account the hour it took me to tidy up from my efforts yesterday and locate the paints she needed or the sandwiches to wanted. She didn’t take into the account the hour I spent doing our accounts, or the other hour I spent look for the original on the web and looking for the kittens, but even after reminding her of these facts I still heard her telling her brother… “this took mummy FIVE HOURS to make – can you believe it?” Thank you support crew 😉 !

Anyways, I must remember it’s the new me so best head to bed before I become distracted with another idea that take me five hours!

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

Joanne x

Where did that week go?

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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