BIG NEWS is big news!

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This is another of the stamp sets I couldn’t wait to get hold of when the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog was released, the Big News Stamp Set!

Coming up with ideas for cards was NOT difficult at all and with this first card I finally had an opportunity to use the cute new 2013-2015 In-Color Sequin Assortment. The Coastal Cabana Cardstock and Coastal Cabana Classic Ink against the white is so fresh. The Washi Tape is from the Everyday Adventure project Life Accessory Pack – gosh that’s a mouthful isn’t it, lol?!

Big News - Awesomeness - JIF

The next card is another clean card with the Silver Foil Paper as the base for the card with Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White and a little more silver! The sentiment was heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. The Petite Petals Punch and Bitty Butterfly Punch adding the final touches when combined with Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

Big News - Silver Happily Ever After - JIF

This last card was a LOT of fun! With the words BIG NEWS in the sentiment I couldn’t resist using the Typeset DSP. This DSP isn’t as thick as the regular sheets but don’t be fooled by its appearance, it’s not tissue-paper either (as my mind keeps telling me…).

The Something for Baby Stamp Set with co-ordinating Baby’s First Framelits in Hello Honey Classic Ink gives the card just what it needs. The pram was stamped first in Hello Honey Classic Ink then heat embossed with Clear Embossing Power to give it some luster. The sentiment I also heat embossed but in Early Espresso Embossing Powder.

Big News - Little Baby - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant,
Hello Honey, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets: Big News, Something for Baby
Classic Ink: Coastal Cabana, Elegant Eggplant, Hello Honey, Early Espresso
DSP: Typeset
Ribbon: 1/8″ Silver
Specialty Paper: Silver Foil
Framelits: Baby’s First
Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots
Embossing Powders: Silver, Early Espresso, Clear
Washi Tape: Everyday Adventure Project Life
Embellishments: 2013-2015 In Color Sequins Assortment, Dazzling Details,
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform,
Versamark, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip,
Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Scrub and Mist

This Big News Stamp Set is one of those stamp sets that can hold its own but at the same time be a “go-to” set for sentiments. Is Big News part of YOUR stash?

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

Joanne x


Tweaking Thanks!

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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


How color can change things…

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Preparing for a workshop last week which was focusing on heat embossing, I had the best time creating. I just couldn’t decide what design would be best so kept creating until it “felt” right.

This was one of my first creations. I just love how the silver embossing is so striking on the white vellum cardstock which I’ve then mounted on the silver glimmer paper. Of course, just a smidge of Cherry Cobbler always adds to the Christmas feel with the sentiment from Sassy Salutations finishing it off nicely!

Joyful Christmas - Silver - JIF

Having made the card in silver and white, I couldn’t resist trying it in a combination of Very Vanilla and Gold Embossing. The red this time was the red glimmer paper behind the flowers that had been fussy cut and mounted upon it. Aren’t my gold “balls” just the best, lol? I was determined to have gold balls in the center of my flower so I bunched up a mini glue-dot and doused it with gold glitter!

Joyful Christmas - Red - JIF

The final design used for the “Make & Take” was a combination of the two cards with Very Vanilla as the base but using Silver and Cherry Cobbler. The Frosted Finishes Embellishment completing the fussy-cut flowers perfectly.  At first I was concerned it may have been a tad plain but I’m relieved to say the ladies were MORE than happy with it, making me EXTREMELY happy! 😉

Joyful Christmas - Punched silver Foil - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, White Vellum
Specialty Paper: Silver/Red Glimmer Paper, Silver/Gold Foil
Stamp Sets: Joyful Christmas, Sassy Salutations
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Gold, Silver
Punch: Scallop Trim Border
Embellishments: Frosted Finishes Embellishments, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Heat Gun,
Sticky Strip, Stampin Dimensionals

There’s only one date still available for a workshop in December but I am taking bookings for the new year. Keep in mind if you are thinking of having a workshop, Sale-a-bration begins 28 January. It remains the same as last year that with every $60 spent, you get a selected item FREE.

PLUS, when your workshop sales reach $200, you receive an additional $40 to the already $35 of any product you would like FREE. Have a think and let me know as dates ted to go quickly during this event!

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

Joanne x


Snowflakes on Soft Skies!

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I am NOT going to admit to how long I have had my Festive Flurry Bundle before using it for the first time this week but I am willing to admit that I am now wondering how I EVER lived without it, lol! 🙂

With only 29 days until Christmas, here’s the first Christmas miracle of the season so I hope you’re sitting down for it… my Mojo Monday is actually being posted on a Monday, I know, crazy huh?! Anyways, this is this week’s sketch…

Mojo 321 Sketch

Today’s card came about so quickly that it actually scared me with not only the speed in which I created but as to how much I really like the end result. If only I had a French Horn so I could blow it, lol! Without further ado here’s my take on the sketch…

Mojo 321 - Soft Sky Snow Flurry - JIF

On my base of Whisper White I did the smallest border of Soft Sky cardstock around my Winter Frost Specialty DSP. What I’ve used here is the reverse of the same sheet if that makes sense. The next layer was the smallest border of Silver Foil around the Soft Sky cardstock which I embossed with a silver snow-flake from the Warmth & Wonder Hostess Stamp Set.

The layer upon this was the smallest border of Whisper White around Silver Foil. This foil I fully intended to dry emboss with Perfect Polka Dots but was interrupted with a trip to the hospital with Girl Child for vaccinations so forgot, oops! The final layer is a snowflake from the Snow Flurry set which I heat embossed with Iridescent Ice on Whisper White cardstock (sadly though the sparkle isn’t showing on these photos) before cutting it with the corresponding framelit.

Mojo 321 - Soft Sky Snow Flurry - Embossed Layers - JIF

After I’d adhered all the layers on with Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added to the snowflake two of my current favorites from the Holiday Catalog, the Frosted Finishes Embellishments and the “Merry” from the Expressions Thinlits Dies in Silver Foil. LOVE THEM!!! To this I’ve silver embossed “Christmas” onto the DSP from the stamp set Sweet Essentials. This stamp set, if you don’t already have it, is fabulous as it all sentiments which cover many events plus they are quite a reasonable size which I like.

Mojo 321 - Soft Sky Snow Flurry - Merry - JIFYet again I felt like the Swedish chef from the Muppets with my “layer upon layer upon layer” and yes, I did say this to myself repeatedly with the accent over the course of the afternoon! 🙂

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky, Silver Foil
Stamp Set: Festive Flurry, Warmth & Wonder, Sweet Essentials
Ink: Versamark
Embossing Powder: Silver, Iridescent Ice
DSP: Winter Frost Specialty
Ribbon: Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon
Framelit Dies: Festive Flurry, Expression Thinlits
Embellishments: Frosted Finishes
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals,
Anywhere Glue Stick, Big Shot, Heat Tool

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

Joanne x


When Time is of the Essence!

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With only 32 sleeps until Christmas there really is not much time to sit and ponder designs for Christmas cards so was more than happy when I created this card.

PLUS, and you’ll never believe this is a co-incidence but it really is, but the two stamps sets used on this card are BOTH on the Holiday sale with 30% off!

Joyful Christmas - Coastal Cabana - JIFI’m not sure if you’ve already picked up on this, but I’m having a lot of fun at present with my Heat Tool and embossing! The combination of silver and white are always a favorite of mine, then to add to this mix the In-Color of Coastal Cabana, very nice!

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets: Sassy Salutations, Joyful Christmas
Embellishments: Silver Foil
Embossing Powder: Silver
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x


Getting closer every day…

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You just know what kind of day you’re going to have when you have 4 Tim Tam Crunches and a can of Coke for breakfast… there was nothing I could do it, I just HAD to have them.

In my defense though I shall say by 8am I had already done three loads of washing – of those dried and folded two, made 4 purses with 4 matching notelets for each, tidied the studio, found Master Nine’s missing school shirt; as well as the usual watering and feeding of the children and getting them to school almost on time complete with lunches.

School lunches just do my head in ’cause as soon as you think you have it all sorted… tastes change and nothing you put in those darn little bags is like anymore… aahhhhh!!! Although I am looking forward to tomorrow as it’s a sausage sizzle so there is half the pressure off me. Then for the rest of the week we have leftover pizza from Tight Wad Tuesday… a sliver of silver lining for me!

Anyways, before I get back into it let’s bid a Fond Farewell to Colour #27 – Lovely Lilac. This is another of those colours I would never have declared as a favourite but I did tend to use it a lot in layering as it goes so beautifully with the Elegant Eggplant. On saying that then I guess I’d best order some before it’s “off the shelves“.

 Just over 24 hours left of retiring products so please don’t delay if you’d like me to order anything – call me now!

Joke of the day:

What did the lion say when he saw two rabbits on a skateboard?
Meals on Wheels!

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

Joanne x

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