Migraine Monday, oops, MOJO MONDAY!

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Sorry. I woke Friday morning with a throbbing head which is still hurting today. So apart from a doctor’s appointment which was already scheduled for that day, then dropping off Boy Child at a party on Saturday, I’ve pretty much been both PJ and bed bound.

My head is still not 100% but I daresay that has something more to do today with the salmon smoking which took place in our kitchen last night. The salmon tastes divine but the smoke residue still lingering in the air is doing absolutely NOTHING for my head.

Anyways, enough of my pity-party. With Canadian Thanksgiving being celebrated next month this is my card for today’s Mojo Monday sketch.

Mojo361 - Mingle All The Way - JIF

There was just SO MUCH white space on this weeks sketch which didn’t help my head at all. This is the MOJO MONDAY sketch for today. As you can see, not much deviation from the original at ALL today on my part.

Mojo 361 Sketch!

Of late I’ve rediscovered Sahara Sand Cardstock so with this as base I added a pattern from the Trim the Tree DSP Stack in darker tones. Then added a much lighter pattern from the Moonlight DSP Stack. Some Pumpkin Pie Chevron Ribbon completing the base.

For my square on the right I went with a base of Early Espresso Cardstock with Tangelo Twist Cardstock on top of that. First I stamped, also in Tangelo Twist Classic Ink, two of the houses from the Holiday Home Stamp Set, then on top of that stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink a stamp from the Mingle All the Way Stamp Set. Finishing off the square with stamped leaves also from the Holiday Home Stamp Set.

Mojo361 - Mingle All The Way - Thanksgiving Happiness - JIF

With Thanksgiving in mind, I chose to stamp two of the feathers from the Four Feathers Stamp Set. The larger in Early Espresso Classic Ink on Early Espresso Cardstock, the smaller feather in Soft Suede Classic Ink on Soft Suede Cardstock. I then used the co-ordinating Feathers Framelits Dies to cut them. Sponging both with Crumb Cake Classic Ink before adhering.

Mojo361 - Mingle All The Way - Four Feathers - JIF

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Tangelo Twist
Stamp Sets: Mingle All the Way, Four Feathers, Holiday Home
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake, Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Framelits: Feathers
Ribbon: 3/4″ Pumpkin Pie Chevron
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Magnetic Board,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist, Sponges

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

Joanne x


Flowering Flourishes in the Garden!

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You know it’s Monday when you see one of the wonderful sketches from Mojo Monday appearing in your in-box. This is today’s sketch..

Mojo 336 - what will YOUR card look like?

For something a little different this week I went with a square card – this is it.

Mojo 336 - Flowering Flourishes in the Garden - JIF

This piece of DSP had been sitting on my table all week so decided today would be the perfect opportunity to utilize it. My base card was Very Vanilla Cardstock, onto this went Early Espresso Cardstock which had been stamped with Flowering Flourishes in Versamark then sponged in Early Espresso Classic Ink.  The Soho Subway DSP edges were sponged in Soft Suede Classic Ink before lengths of Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim was added then adhered to the Early Espresso Cardstock.

Mojo 336 - Flowering Flourishes - stamping

Instead of two circles I chose to do one of the Deco Labels Framelits in Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock which I sponged in Soft Suede Classic Ink. To this I added a 2-¾” Circle cut from the Circle Framelits in Very Vanilla Cardstock. Onto this I stamped-off one of the Flowering Flourishes stamps in Crumb Cake Classic Ink. The sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink and in hindsight should have been placed more to the top instead of being centered. Oh well. At the time though I wasn’t going to add flowers!

From the Secret Garden Framelits in Pistachio Pudding Core’dinations four stems of leaves were cut and sponged VERY lightly with Crumb Cake Classic Ink. Onto this was added a single Flower Shop stamp in Crumb Cake Classic Ink onto Crumb Cake Cardstock then punched with the Pansy Punch. A Large Pearl Basic Jewel was added to the center of the flower.

Mojo 336 - Flowering Flourishes - Secret Garden

 Card Recipe
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar,
Pistachio Pudding Core’dinations
Stamp Sets: Flowering Flourishes, Sassy Salutations, Flower Shop
Classic Ink: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, VERSAMARK
Framelits: Secret Garden, Circles Collection, Deco Labels Collection
Ribbon: Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim
DSP: Soho Subway
Punch: Pansy
Embellishments: Large Pearl Basic Jewel, Pearl Basic Jewels
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges

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

Joanne x


The Wondeful Gift of You!

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This card was actually the result of the Photopolymer card I showed you a couple of days ago. As I was searching for the right DSP to use on that card, I was reminded of this particular design and immediately began constructing a card around it.

Gifts of Kindness

As you can see I was so impressed with this design I haven’t even bothered with layering it, simply sponging the edges in Soft Suede. (I know, weird huh?) The stamp from Gifts of Kindness was stamped directly onto the DSP in Soft Suede Classic Ink which was pretty scary but well worth it for the over-all effect.

Stamping Directly onto DSP!

 To a strip of cardstock I added sticky strip then added two strips of Baked Brown Sugar 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim which I added to the bottom third of the card.

Lovely Label Sentiment

The sentiment I stamped in Soft Suede Classic Ink onto Very Vanilla Cardstock and sponged with Soft Suede Classic Ink. The bottom section of the label was cut off before I tucked it under the ribbon. Sweet don’t you think?

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Kindness Matters
Classic Ink: Soft Suede
DSP: Soho Subway
Ribbon: 3/8″ Ruffle Stretch Trim
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Sponges

If you don’t have your parcel of Ruffle Stretch Trim Ribbon email me today for yours as they are SO fabulous!

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

Joanne x


And we’re back!!!

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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


You know you’re really, REALLY tired when…

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no matter where you stand, what setting you put the camera on, or no matter how many lights you put on you simply you just can’t get the camera to work... then after 15 minutes you realise the lens cap is still on!

And that my dear friend is a fairly good indication how things currently are at our house. I couldn’t tell you how many times of late I’ve stood there of a morning waiting for the shower to get hot only to realise, after what seems half a day, that I haven’t even turned the hot water on – how sad is that!

Anyways, back to some paper-play… this mini-scrapbook was going to be this month’s “Off-the-Page” class but  after much deliberation and soul-searching on my part, I’ve made the executive decision not to have any further classes until next year. There simply isn’t enough time so this will now become February’s “Off-the-Page” class. However I do hope to have a Christmas workshop so please stay tuned!

Now back to the Mini-Scrapbook… this was inspired by the extremely talented Dawn Olchefske. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time as it’s something I feel could be adapted to anyone’s style. Plus it’s small enough to “pop” into the post to family or friends filled with happy snaps.

And I’m sure after making one or two of these little gems you could even do one a month as a great keepsake (sure would be easier then the 12×12 albums I do for EACH child EACH year… that’s something else I need to complete before year’s end… for both this year and LAST… ugh!). Now bear with me as there are MANY photos to this project…

I’m so pleased that you can see the beautiful new Champagne Shimmer Paint on the Big Shot’s Vintage Wallpaper embossing finishing with an Antique Brad… love it all!

The DSP I’m using throughout this Mini Scrapbook is the delightful Greenhouse Gala which co-ordinates beautifully with the textured Wild Wasabi and Very Vanilla I’m using on each page and the base of Soft Suede.

Maybe, just maybe do you think, I’ve used a tad too much Champagne Shimmer Paint on the Two-Step Bird Punch and the Embosslits Beautiful Wings… I don’t think so but  then again the flash does make it appear that there is a LOT more then there really is 🙂

I’ve been loyal to my beloved Pumpkin Pie for the past 18 months but I have to say, the Tangerine Tango I’ve used on the various sentiments has really grown on me of late. What a shame we don’t celebrate Halloween in this neck of the woods otherwise I could have some reall fun with it 🙁

Project Recipe:
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi (Textured), Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango, Baza Breeze
Stamp Sets: Sense of Time, Word Play, Every Moment
Classic Inks: Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories: Two-Step Bird Punch, Embosslit Beautiful Wings, Corner Punch,
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Greenhouse Gala DSP, Antique Brads,
Champagne Shimmer Mist, Organza/Satin Ribbon, Sticky Strip, Scallop Trim Border


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

Joanne x


Don’t you just LOVE the rain?!?!

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Our little creek certainly does – the water has been gushing down it for days now! It has NOT let up, not even a little bit. It’s either a general rage or a thunderous roar. To think, this time last year we were excited by a mere trickle… oh how things change (lol)!

This is how it looked this morning from our top deck when, just for the briefest moment, a ray of sunshine broke through! It has reached the point with the noise of the creek that Master Nine moves himself into the spare bed during the middle of the night in an attempt to escape the sound of the rushing water. (His bedroom is underneath this deck so he is rather close to the action you may say!)

Oddly though, I normally find wet weather the most conducive for working in the Studio but given it’s almost cyclonic conditions outside I find myself simply sitting, watching the weather unfold outside. However, I have managed a little bit of a fiddle. How’s this one for quick yet effective?!

It would appear the Style Beautiful stamp set is one of my new favourites, along with the Perfect Punches stamp set. These two work so wonderfully together, as do the Soft Suede and Crumb Cake. Simplicity, you gotta love it!

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

Joanne x

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