Dancing Dragonflies – SIP Challenge 110

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In an attempt to reclaim my mojo I found a new weekly challenge over at Stamp, Ink, Paper to help. This week’s SIP Challenge #110 is all about Primary Colours – Red, Blue and Yellow. Here’s my take…

It’s embarrassing to admit but this one single card took an entire afternoon. Why I had to choose ink-painting and sponging for my “return” to card-making I really couldn’t say!

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

Joanne x


Scrapbooks in Motion…

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Last night I achieved my goal of having all the months for 2013 completed leaving today to “simply” construct the front and back pages then write and print off all the journaling. That’s all, yet here I sit mid-afternoon and I am still working on the front pages, oops!

Thank goodness I had at least cleared all the tables in the Studio for the boys to make fishing fly’s as this allowed me two tables to work on simultaneously. Not that it necessarily made me quicker but at least I could feed my thoughts as I went. This was the table on the left side.

Left table in my Studio

And this was the table on the right…

Table on the right side of the Studio

It’s slowly coming together and I have to say, I’m actually rather pleased with the end results but me being me keeps looking at the calendar and thinking that by now I should have all my DSP and Cardstock chosen for the 2014 albums with the page bases actually constructed.

Seriously, why do I set such HIGH expectations for myself? Hmmm, maybe it’s because we’re already more than a quarter of the way through the year and for once I’d like to be working in “conjunction” with time, instead of against it. Doesn’t that sound grown up, lol?!

Then again, it could simply be that I have SIX HOLIDAYS to scrap sooner rather than later. Yep, somehow I think that’s more likely my incentive so please excuse me as I do believe 2013 is calling! 🙂

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

Joanne x


The Open Sea on Sweet Sorbet!

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As I’ve mentioned MANY times before, having being born beautiful instead of rich (yes, I can laugh at myself – although these days it’s more jiggling than giggling) I tend to save EVERYTHING. Eventually it all becomes useful.

My size determiner is the usability of the products. Ribbon for example have to be long enough to either fit across a two-inch wide tag which thus in-turn makes it’s large enough to be used on the end of sentiment, tag or such.

Open Sea - Ribbon Scraps - JIF

For cardstock and DSP, my smallest punch is the determiner. Thus if I can put a scrap into a punch – I save it. Note the small punched circle on the tag above, seriously who wants to lose a sheet of fresh cardstock to that small-fry?!

As exemplified on the card below, the scrap doesn’t even have to fit the punch completely. Don’t you just love the Sahara Sand Cardstock which compliments this sheet of DSP from Sweet Sorbet perfectly?

Scrap-tastic Sale-a-BrationThis DSP is just one of the many delights which can be yours FREE during Sale-a-Bration 2014 when you spend $60 or more. EVERY $60 you spend you receive something FREE! Seriously, NOW is the time to stock your stash. Think of all those free Christmas gifts you could be accumulating for free leaving you more to spend on your stash!

Contact me soon to book your workshop, which by the way, I’m happy to host here down in the Inkee Fiddling Studio. All you need do is bring your friends and the snacks. Too easy huh?!

TAG & CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso,
Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets: The Open Sea, Regarding Dahlias, Yippee Skippee!
Classic Ink: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
DSP: Sweet Sorbet
Ribbon: 7/16″ Natural Trim, Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding
Punches: 1/2″, 1″ and 1-3/4 Circles, Curly Label, Angle Tag
Big Shot:  Little Leaves Sizzlet
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sponges,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Stick

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

Joanne x


Petal Parade Sale-a-Bration!

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Petal Parade is just one of the stamp sets you can earn this year during Sale-a-Bration with every $60 you spend with Stampin’ Up!

It has been pointed out to me how this set has no sentiments but please don’t let this deter you as the stamps themselves are fabulous. In fact, this is the set I chose to use as background stamps on a sheet of tissue paper when making a gift bag over the week-end. Note the tissue UNDER the gift bag prior to my wrapping the gift! PLUS did you notice the fringe of Watercolor Wonder DSP from the Spring Catalog created with the new FRINGE SCISSORS, cool huh?

Happy Day Gift Bag

For this next card I’ve used Pistachio Pudding Classic Ink and after stamping the first flower from the Petal Parade Stamp Set, stamped off the next two before adding a strip of color from the Sweet Sorbet DSP plus a tag with a sentiment from the Happy Watercolor Stamp Set from the current Spring Catalog that was also sponged in Pistachio Pudding.

Petal Parade - You Make me Happy

The next card had a base of the Sweet Sorbet DSP (from SALE-A-BRATION) with a tag using the Scallop Tag Topper Punch from the Spring Catalog. Onto this I stamped various stamps from the Petal Parade Stamp Set (from SALE-A-BRATION), adding a sentiment from the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set on offer in the Spring Catalog as part of a Bundle Set if you want. As for the twine, that too is part of SALE-A-BRATION! I’ve also used a stamp from Petal Parade on the circle to create a unique background. So effective yet so easy!

Petal Parade - HelloAlso you’ll note in this Spring Catalog, there are a few items that have been carried over from the Holiday Catalog. One of these items I’m pleased to see is the Envelope Liners Framelits Dies. I did purchase them from the Holiday Catalog but never really used them but as you can see from the cards above, I’m making up for lost time. There are three dies in the set with the largest die creating the perfect liner for Stampin’ Up’s Medium Envelopes. How to make something already looking good, look fabulous!

CARD RECIPES
Cardstock: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets: Petal Parade, Perfect Pennants, Happy Watercolor,  Happy Day
Classic Ink: Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Summer Starfruit
DSP: Watercolor Wonder, Sweet Sorbet
Punches: Scalloped Tag Topper, 3/16″ Corner, 2-1/2″ Circle, XL Oval
Big Shot: Envelope Liners Framelits Dies, Deco Labels Collection Dies
Ribbon: Pistachio Pudding & Crisp Cantaloupe 3/8″ Ruffle stretch Trim, Silver 1/8″
Envelopes: White Medium
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Sale-a-Bration Twine (Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack)
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sponges, Sticky Strip,
2-Way Glue, Anywhere Glue Stick, Fringe Scissors, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x


Happy New Year!

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Oh. My. Gosh. I know it gets busy leading up to, and over Christmas and New Year’s, but seriously, given how we’d planned something fairly “low-key”, I wasn’t expecting time to whiz by as it did. So here I am, almost the END of January, and I’m only now saying… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I do so hope you had a wonderful time however you may have celebrated 😉

Now back to creating… it’s Monday which means… MOJO MONDAY! This week the ladies are trying something different over at the MOJO blog with the card shape – this week its tall and skinny like me, so NOT! This is it…

Mojo Monday Sketch 330This is my take on the card using some of the wonderful new products from the Spring Catalog, along with a couple from Sale-a-Bration which commences in just a few short hours!

Mojo Monday 330 - Thank You TallinnMy card size is 3.5″x5.5″ and is a flip top for a change. The base of my card is Naturals Ivory. Onto this I’ve used some beautiful Sweet Sorbet DSP and run a piece of Naturals Ivory through with the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, both of which can be yours FREE with every $60 you spend through until March 31 courtesy of Sale-a-Bration 2014!

Mojo330 - On-Film Framelits Die - JIFThen as I’ve made this card as a thank you to the couple who moved into our house to look after the cats and kids whilst Hubby and I were away a couple of weeks ago, from the Spring Catalog I’ve used one of the dies from the On Film set in Early Espresso to aptly frame a photo I took whilst in Tallinn.

This is layered on top of a strip of Crumb Cake that I’ve stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge again in Early Espresso. The ribbon is the beautiful 1/2″ Seam Binding in Daffodil Delight to pick up the subtle yellow in the DSP.

Mojo330 - Essentials Wooden Elements - JIFAs an embellishment I’ve stamped directly onto one of the Essentials Wooden Elements from the Spring Catalog with Early Espresso Classic Ink, sponging the edges with both the Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar, adhering it with some Sticky Strip. Talking of sponging, I also sponged the edges of the DSP and embossed strip before adhering it to the base.

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: Gorgeous Grunge, A Round Array
Classic Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso
Ribbon: 1/2″ Daffodil Delight Seam Binding
Big Shot: On Film Framelits Dies, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Essentials Wooden Elements
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, 2-Way Glue,
Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges, Paper-Piercing Tool

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

Joanne x


Well that’s it then… the year is over!

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Having woken up absolutely shattered this morning I decided I wasn’t going any further from the bed then the kitchen today. Of course the basis of that idea was then to have a quiet day in bed… making just one list or two of things I really REALLY need to do over the next couple of weeks and maybe get the filing sorted ready to be actually filed!

Hmmmmm… wasn’t that all just a simple plan… NOT! There’s so much to be done I decided to work backwards in my diar from Boxing Day and shockingly, just about everyday is accountable for and that’s not even including all the school bits and pieces. What can I say… I’m doomed!

Anyways, before this pity party turns into a slumber party, which it already has as I fell asleep editing the photo (how sad is THAT and now it’s three days later… I tell you, I doomed!), here’s the third and last card of my Artistic Etchings series. This is my Bon Voyage or “Safe Travels” card. I must confess, I rather like this one. I think because it’s much more my old style as there is a LOT going on!

That glistening you can see on my oversized photo corners is black embossing. I’ve used the round stamp from the Artistic Etchings set to create the pattern over these corners to lift the Basic Black cardstock – black on black it is. Quite effective if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so myself!:)

With the other stamps I’ve stamped those with Black StazOn then cut them out, with exception of the Amour. Amour has been stamped with Read Red then I’ve cleared embossed over it. And something that the camera isn’t really picking up is how I’ve scored approximately 6mm in all around the edge of the Very Vanilla Rectangle. I’m loving that scoring accent!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Set: Artistic Etching Clear Mount
Classic Inks: Read Red, Basic Black (sponged on DSP edges)
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Newsprint DSP, Real Red Brads, Black StazOn,
Black and Clear Embossing Powders, Versamark, Heat Gun,
Big Shot, SU! Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

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