Happy Melbourne Cup Day!

And here’s Life Lesson #589DON’T do an hour of gardening, planting three dozen plants, at 6am on the morning of Melbourne Cup. Let me tell you, by 1.30 this afternoon I’d hit the wall – my automatic smile went on whilst my energy levels went off. My poor friend sitting next to me must have thought she’d hit the zombie jackpot with me – sorry!

But don’t you love how this is the one day of the year that no matter who you are or where you are, everyone wants to know “did you back the winner?” “Who was the winner?” I was surprised to hear that even the children were taken down to their hall this afternoon to watch the race… it really is the race that stops the nation!

Now after a fabulous day of an early start followed later by good food, good company and beautiful views I’m MORE then ready to turn the lights out on today so my apologies now if #2 of my Artistic Etchings series gets a tad lost in translation, here goes…

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets:
Artistic Etchings, Heard from the Heart
Classic Inks: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, , Dimensionals,
XL Full Heart Punch,
Scallop Edge Border Punch, Basic Pearl Jewel (well.. actually this one is from the
retired pretties kit but a pearl from the Jewel pack will work just as well 🙂 )

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

Joanne x

You know you’re tired when…

after two hours in the bath you wish you were in a spa bath so the water jets could pound your weary bones… then you realise you ARE in a spa bath and what’s worse… it’s your own bath! Just goes to show you how often I have a spa bath…

This was me after our garage sale on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone for their support – it was all very much appreciated I can assure you! The day went surprising quickly given Master Nine and I were out putting up our signs at 5.30am, with our first potential customer arriving not long thereafter and we continued on until 2pm when we closed the garage door. I managed to keep my eyes open until 7pm before falling asleep, only to wake at 11pm wide awake for the three hours… aaaahhhh!

But get this, even after the week that was I was still expecting to get into the Studio today for a bit of creating… HA, AS IF! So, with hands on hips tonight  I wondered what I had before spying three cards I haven’t yet shared with you.

The reason I haven’t yet shared these was because they were going to be October’s Make & Takes, then when I postponed classes until next year I was keeping these for February’s Make & Takes but today I was able to pre-order from the Summer Mini Catalogue that Stampin’ Up! is releasing next month and there’s a set in there that will be perfect for February’s Make & Take so now I’ll share!

You may remember the purpose of my Make and Take classes is to highlight just the one set of stamps, showing you how to get three very different looks. (Don’t you hate those classes where you’ve used stamps from at least three sets, then you find  out at least of those sets is retired… very frustrating to say the least…) Most times I aim to do a male, female, and child;s card but given the Eiffel Tower stamp  in this Artistic Etchings stamp set, I felt on this occasion we could omit the child’s card and do a bon voyage card instead.

This card tonight was my “male” orientated card. I thought male through the repeated use of the crown which I believe is more male in style than female but hey, maybe that’s just me!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot,
Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Spiral Border Punch, XL Oval Punch,
Hemp Twine, Antique Brass Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

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