Tweaking Thanks!

Earlier in the week I had a few spare moments, I know weird huh, but I had put aside a couple of hours for a lunch out with friends which was postponed hence found myself with some glorious “unplanned” hours.

As I sat and pondered how blessed we are this Christmas it occurred to me that some Christmas Thank You Cards are a must. This is what I came up with.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver Card - JIF

Enough I hear you shout of the embossed Joyful Christmas flower on the vellum but hey, I love it don’t you? Plus, look what I did with the combination of thankful and merry Expressions Thinlit Dies – I created thanks. There is no ‘S’ in any of the three words hence needed to create one.

Hmmm, that tested the old grey matter and after only one false start, discovered if the Silver Foil was placed upside-down onto the second ‘R’ in merry which was then turned upside-down once created, a ‘S’ is born. It does the job.

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver - JIFAnd who would have thought that a Raspberry Ripple In-Color Dahlias in the center of the flower would finish it of so well?

Joyful Christmas Thankyou - Red White Silver with Flower - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, White Vellum, Silver Foil
Stamp Set: Joyful Christmas
Ink: VersaMark
Embossing Powder: Silver
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Ribbon: Silver 1/8″
Big-Shot: Expressions Thinlit Dies
Embellishments: In-Color Dahlias
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, All Purpose Glue

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

Joanne x

Lovin’ the Smooch Spritz!!!

It’s not that I want to do but I really think I have to admit defeat on my Mojo Monday’s actually happening on a Monday! Yes, I know, for my own peace of mind I always back-date my blog so it shows Monday’s date but more often my Mojo happens on a Wednesday. I know I should accept this but for whatever reason, I’m not yet ready to accept it just yet. I’ll give it just one more week!

In the meantime however this is this weeks Mojo Monday sketch…

Mojo 319 SketchAnd here is my interpretation. Very quick, yet quite effective don’t you think? I’ve used a Whisper White card base and onto that have adhered Crumb Cake Cardstock but not before I gave it a good spritz with the Smooch. Ooooo, how I’m lovin’ the Smooch! I even spritzed the doily after I’d lightly sponged the edges with Crumb Cake Ink. And I’m not sure if you can see it, but I’ve also stamped stars onto the doily with the Illumination Glimmer Watermark Ink.

Merry and Bright - Crumb Cake - JIF

I punched a circle from one of Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags then ran the thick end of a Cherry Cobbler Marker around its edges before adding some Dazzling Diamonds. A ribbon of paper was cut from the Season of Style DSP Stack and before I added the ribbon of Season of Style Washi Tape which I mounted onto Whisper White cardstock to ensure its colors would pop!

Merry and Bright - Dazzling Details - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set: Pennant Parade
Ink: Illumination Glimmer Watermark Ink, Crumb Cake
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Embellishments: Season of Style Washi Tape, Journaling Tags & DSP Stack,
Dazzling Diamonds, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Smooch Spritz
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip,
Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Anywhere Glue Stick, Sponge

Don’t forget with only 43 sleeps until Christmas (remember, I’m pretending today is actually Monday...) if there’s any stamping or crafting supplies you need to help you get through this holiday season, please call me today with your order (250-632-7248)!

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

Joanne x

Ho Ho Ho – ‘Tis the Season!

Yes I know… shock, horror, I’ve actually created something!

What can I say? Mojo Monday, with its weekly card sketch is a fabulous way to get the creativity back in your fingers when your mind is over-crowded with what you should be doing (sadly I refer to house-work), not with what you want to do! This is this week’s sketch.

Mojo 318 SketchThis is my interpretation of the sketch. Not that dissimilar from the sketch for a change actually.

Mojo318 - Ho Ho HoThe strip of DSP from the Season of Style Pack was sitting on my desk so it immediately became part of the card. Then for the sake of expediency I chose three tags from the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags. Two of these I punched the circles from before coating the edges with silver glitter and one of the beautiful Frosted Finishes Embellishments. With Versamark I stamped the snow flake from the Warmth & Wonder Stamp Set over the Baked Brown Sugar background.

Mojo318 - Let it Snow Embellishment - JIFThe remaining tag I added to a white tag I hand-cut from Whisper White cardstock. More glitter was added to the lights on the tags for  a little ompf and a large bow made from the Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon. All the edges were sponged with Crumb Cake.

Mojo 318 - Cherry Cobbler Bow - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Natural Ivory,Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Warmth & Wonder (Holiday Hostess Set)
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Punches: 1-1/4″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle
Embellishments: Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags, Frosted Finishes Embellishments,
Cherry Cobbler 1″ Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Stampin’ Glitter
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Multipurpose Liquid Glue,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Versamark, Sponge, Sticky Strip

With only 50 sleeps until Christmas one should really be up to their armpits in Christmas cards but life has a funny way of getting in the way sometimes doesn’t it? If per chance you are like me, a tad behind, if there’s anything you may need to get started, please call me today (250-632-4248) to place your order!

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

Joanne x

And we’re back!!!

With no more of those darn Epic This and That pages you’ll be more than pleased to know but hey, you have to agree that they are a great “quick and easy” gift for loved ones. These albums really do dress up well and judging by orders, I’m not the only one with that way of thinking!

But enough of that, it’s meant to be Monday (even if the calendar says Friday, lol) so let’s do a Mojo Monday sketch. This is this week’s sketch…

Mojo 310 Sketch

This is my interpretation and once again, have endeavored and think succeeded, in making a masculine card. Well, my version of a masculine card anyways!

Mojo Monday 310 - Happy Big Day

I really did try to keep the layering down but I couldn’t help myself. I began with a base card in Early Espresso. Then with a stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set I stamped with the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Stampin’ Pad to give that splattered look.

Onto this I added a Baked Brown Sugar layer, stamped again from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, this time a smaller splotch, in Soft Suede Classic Ink, sponging the edges also in the Soft Suede Classic Ink. Then with Natural Ivory cardstock dry embossed it with the Honeycomb Folder, edging also with Soft Suede Classic Ink.

My Lovely Layering

Then onto these layers I wrapped some of the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine horizontally then added an arrow vertically made from a striped sheet from the Season of Style DSP Stack. A smaller arrow lined with Cherry Cobbler cardstock was added to the center of the larger arrow.

Season of Style DSP Stack

From the Chalk Talk Stamp Set I stamped “happy BIG day” with Cherry Cobbler Classic Ink, die-cutting it with the corresponding die-cut from the set with the same name, Chalk Talk Framelits. The edges sponged with the Soft Suede Classic Ink and a small splash of color added with Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon.

Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon Finish

I’m really happy with the end result. Obviously I’m never going to be a plain, uncluttered card creator but there are worse things in life to be don’t you think!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Natural Ivory, Cherry Cobbler
Classic Ink: Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Watermark Ink: Illuminate Glimmer
Stamp Sets: Chalk Talk, Gorgeous Grunge
DSP: Season of Style Stack
Big Shot: Chalk Talk Framelits, Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Ribbons:  Daffodil Delight 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Sticks,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Mist and Scrub

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

Joanne x

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