Not everything is BLACK or WHITE…

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Sometimes Whisper White is Very Vanilla instead and is mixed with the black! That’s what my combination for today’s Mojo Monday is at least. Here is this week’s Mojo Monday’s Sketch 311 by the very talented Julie Tilman.

Mojo311SketchWhen I first saw this sketch I won’t deny I was a tad apprehensive, was I hope for the challenge, but when I sat down today, it all came together very quickly and very easily. Here’s my interpretation.

Mojo 311 - Modern Medley - Thank you you're the best

And yes, I’m still sticking to my masculine themed card which worked well with the DSP Modern Medley and using Always Artichoke as the contrast color. Although… the ribbon is in actual fact the new Pear Pizzazz 3/8″ Taffeta Ribbon.


For the strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and for the circle embellishment I used one of the stamps from Gorgeous Grunge with Crumb Cake Classic Ink. I know, I know, this is my new FAVORITE stamp set but it’s just so fabulous for “dressing” up plain cardstock without overpowering it. Well, that’s what I think anyways 🙂


Cardstock:  Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, Hello, Lovely
Ribbon: Pear Pizzazz
DSP: Modern Medley
Punches: 1-3/8″ Circle, Scallop Edge
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip

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

Joanne x

Merry Christmas one and all!!!

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Albeit a very late, it still comes with all the wishes for a safe and happy holiday season sprinkled with much fun and frivolity!

I cannot believe where this last month has disappeared too! No sooner had I packed up from the second garage sale then I was up to my armpits with baking, packing for our week’s holiday which commenced the day after school finished, endeavouring to get all the shopping done BEFORE school was out, plus all the general froth and bubble that goes with day to day life in the lead up to Christmas anyways!

Another thing that kept me busy in that fortnight before school finished for the year was making four dozen Sour Cream Bags. This name is actually American and probably should be renamed “Frozen Samboy Bags” for here as I have yet to see any sour cream in these shaped bags in the Australian dairy cabinets.

These bags were in lieu of Christmas cards from the children to their class mates. Last year the children made their own cards. Yes I did design a card each for them to copy but what can I say, they are my children hence they nodded their heads in unison with a “yes mum” whilst all the while doing their own thing. Now who does that remind you of?!

No such luck this year though, their hearts were willing but their bodies weren’t able so it was left to me to cut, stamp and punch. Miss Seven did however sort the Christmas Tree marshmallows that went inside each of these little bags quite willingly and they both wrote up their own Christmas tags thankfully.

Both the paper and ribbon were last year’s stock from Stampin’ Up! I can highly recommend these bags should you need to use up any back-log of supplies you may have. I could have used even more paper but the Midas in me redid the sizing’s so I could get six bags instead of just the four out of one 12×12 – far more economical for mass makings!

The stamps however are both from the current Idea Book and Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! The Perfect Punch set I now leave in my kit as I continually reach for it when I need a basic sentiment that doesn’t look basic.W hat you can’t see from this picture is that I’ve in fact stamped Joy for Christmas twice – once in green, once in red – using my 1-1/4″ circle punch on one just for the sentiment then using dimensionals to adhere this circle then to the scallop punched out stamp.

As for the bauble stamp from the Delightful Decorations set, my gosh, how often did I use that in the last four weeks? All I can say is thank goodness my bauble punch was up to the challenge as at a rough guess I think I’ve used it at least 500 times… if not 600 times… at least!

Now for my joke I’ve been saving for months and now is really too late but never mind such minor details…

What is orange and says Ho Ho Ho?
FANTA Claus… ha ha ha
… oh go on, I know your smirking! 🙂

Here’s hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas whichever way you may have chosen to spend it, and are now bunkering down for one heck of a 2011!

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

Joanne x

Could someone stop the world please…

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just long enough at least for me to catch up. That’s all, as it seems lately that the more I have to do the less I actually do… not that it’s helped having my two little darlings home these past two days for one reason or another.

However tomorrow is a new day: the list has been made, the children have been told no matter WHAT their condition they are at school, the rain looks like stopping (albeit briefly), so hopefully once the grocery shopping is out of the way I will be able to knuckle down and get into life once again, maybe

Anyways… enough of my boohoo blues, here’s a card that lifts my spirits as anything with the Eiffel Tower makes me smile as it always reminds me of the day we spent at the Eiffel Tower when the children were just five and three.

What a fabulous day – we arrived before 8am and didn’t leave until almost 4pm – and that’s NOT because we were queued all that time. In actual fact we were very close to the top of the queue (thanks to it being so overcast and cold), no, we stopped and explored EVERY facet of the Eiffel Tower, ate chocolate crepes for morning tea, admired the view from all 360 degrees before finishing the day off with lunch in the VERY posh restaurant!

Yes, it cost an absolute fortune (especially when my hubby and I thought the champagne was extremely well priced considering where we were – it wasn’t until the bill came that we realised the price wasn’t per bottle but per GLASS… and we’d had four glasses thinking we were getting our monies worth from the bottle – LOL!) but what a story heh?!

Riding Hood Red
, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Stamp Set/s:
Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Classic Ink: StazOn Black
Scallop Edge Punch,
XL Oval Punch,
Sticky Strip, SU Dimensionals,
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder,
Colour Spritzer Tool, Riding Hood Red Stampin’ Write Marker

Given the amount of embossing within the brushed silver, what I’ve endeavoured to do (but can’t really see from this photo) is to attempt to give the Eiffel Tower depth. I’ve achieved this by stamping in black StazOn twice on Whisper White, cutting both out the best I could, sticky one then adding dimensionals to the the next for the layered-full affect.

Another thing the photo hasn’t really shown is the spritzing I’ve done on the card background. You know me, I can’t just have plain cardstock at the back, I have to add a little something 🙂 I’ve also used sticky strip rather then the regular snail on the Brushed Silver simply as I feel with all the embossing it gives the metallic cardstock extra “stay-on” power!

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

Joanne x

It’s that time of the year again when I ask myself…

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Oh WHY am I living on the SUNNY COAST???

We were so spoilt over the school holidays with overcast days almost EVERY day but alas, this week the clouds are only coming in at night leaving the skies bright and glaring all day. Which to the average person is simply delightful, but for me it’s a nightmare as all it does for me is bring on headaches and migraines. Not the best thing when you already know it’s less then 9 weeks to the Christmas school holidays… oh well, only another 230 days until winter. 🙁

I wonder how hard it would be to teach my body to work like that of a shift worker – to sleep during the day whilst the children are at school and the sun is at it’s brightest then come alive at night by the light of the silvery moon. The only down side would be Miss Seven would be with me every step of the way but hey, it’s food for thought!

So… given my slightly less then active day today I’ll show you two of the three Make and Takes we did at the Brisbane Regionals last month. Both these projects used the Every Moment stamp set. This is one of those sets that if it hadn’t been part of the registration package on the day I would NEVER had considered it but now that I have it, of course it’s a completely different matter! This is the first project…

Don’t you just love how the flowers come alive with the new Daffodil Delight Classic Ink and just the one small pearl jewel on each one? It’s so sweet with a smidge of Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon tied onto a wide clip. The card-stock believe it or not is Soft Suede but you’d never guess it having taken the photo at night, sorry. The second project is slightly different…

How cute is this and how simple. It’s the Fancy Favour box both bottom and top – the top simply has the bottom flaps cut off and placed over the box on the bottom as a lid. How easy is that, yet how effective?!

And guess what? It’s only 80 days ’til Christmas!!!

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

Joanne x

I must have a fever…

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as I’m in a complete eating frenzy at the moment and isn’t the saying “feed a fever“, so that’s what I must have… mustn’t I? And that’s MY story and I’m sticking to it (lol)! 🙂

I’m getting the feeling that I’m looking forward to these school holidays more then the children are. I can’t wait to NOT have to get out of bed and to NOT have to get out of my comfy flannies (although given the way the temperature appears to be rising each day I’m sure how much longer I’ll be able to tolerate my flannies…). I doubt if Miss Seven and Master Nine have such limited aspirations for these holidays but one can dream!

Once again I fell asleep on the keyboard last night before I could resize these pics for you of my “Cup a Soup Card” and post them. If I was being paid for each time I fell asleep on the keyboard of late I’d be quite the reach little lady… if only!

Anyways… this card came together for me after one or two of my friends returned from holidays quite sick with the flu. I wanted to send a card but knowing how ill they were it needed to be a little something more. As I was thinking out loud one of the children asked me why are you meant to eat soup when you’re sick? Good question, why? but it did get me thinking about soups and along came this card.

Nowstick with me on this one as there are three pics of this one card… this is the front of the card with the Greenhouse Gala DSP (no surprises there!).

Then inside I made little pockets on either side – placing the cup a soup on one side and a tag for writing on the other (I’ve taken the tag out in this photo for a reason that I can’t remember now).

This is the tag using the Morning Cup stamp set which I just adore. I particularly love how the set comes complete with even a stamp for the steam!

Joke of the day:

A potato wanted to become a newsreader but it didn’t work out.
She was just a common tater!

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

Joanne x

Spring has Sprung!

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After yesterday’s introduction into Spring I wasn’t expecting much out of today at all but wouldn’t you know it, by 10.30 this morning I had every window and door (including the bi-folds out onto the deck) open it was so warm, and the rustling in the bushes… oh my, the lizards are coming out of hibernation!

I could hear something large outside the kitchen window but each time I looked out there was nothing to be seen. Eventually the noise became much louder, as if a large dog was walking through the back neighbours ferns and dead palm fronds yet not a leaf was moving when suddenly I had a cat either side me also looking out. What do they know that we don’t as it was then a head appeared from the foliage. It was Brutus, our resident three foot river dragon emerging after many months away!

Later when I went down to the Studio, there was another river dragon sunning itself on a rock. I do so love my lizards but I’m mighty glad that none of them pop out to say hello two afternoon’s ago when Harrison and I were scrambling around the urban forest looking for his football. It was hard enough with the heels but add a lizard to the mix… yikes!

But speaking of the Studio, here are the the cards that were made for August’s Make and Take using the Always stamp set and just a smidge of some of the new DSP (the name of which escapes me just at the moment and upstairs seems so very far away right now to go and get my new catalogue to check). So here is the first card made with Mambo Melon.

The second card was in the Tangerine, using a number of different hand punches and the Top Note Die Cut and the Alphabet  for the Big Shot (ooooo, I love my Big Shot!). I was most impressed with how after stamping the heart it was possible to use the Full Heart Punch to capture the pattern.

The third card was in Bashful Blue using the DSP.

Joke of the Day:

What is wrapped in Glad Wrap and lives in a bell tower?
The lunch pack of Notre Dame

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

Joanne x

The Lucky Last!

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Oh my gosh… talk about being on auto pilot… I’ve been awake since 3.30 this morning so now I keep falling asleep as I sit here attempting to write this so goodness knows if I’m going to make any sense but here ’tis, my last three colours on the Colour Renovation Chart.

Actually here are six of the retiring colours and DSP’s that I’ve used for Term 3’s thank you gifts for the teachers and the lovely ladies at the school office as I like them to know how much I appreciate their hard work each term. Beside the colours I’m highlighting below I’ve also used Barely Banana, Really Rust and Apricot Appeal.

These came about as I really wanted to make some notelets with the Big Shot Scallop Circle Die Cut but to simply put them into a box didn’t seem right so I made up a template of a hand-bag that would hold them. I made four notelets for each bag – two each of two designs. (And I’ve used one of the new punches from the 2010-2011 catty – can you spot it?)

Okay… here is  Fond Farewell to Colour #28 – Blush Blossom.

Here is a Fond Farewell to Colour #29 – Pale Plum.

Here is a Fond Farewell to Colour #30 – Orchid Opulence.

I’m really happy with how they turned out but I’ve dozed off so many times now I’m signing off as the alarm is already set for 4.30am as I need to make a dozen or two cupcakes before school tomorrow. Yes, seemed like a really good idea last week when I planned to make them then and there then put them into the freezer so I would be organised. As I’ve said before, just call me FOGI!

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

Joanne x

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