Petal Parade Sale-a-Bration!

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!

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!

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…

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

Pinch and a Punch for the First Day of the Month…

Plus the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming… aaahhhh, the first day of Spring. That was until the clouds blew in, the breeze became gusty, and the air… generally cold. Do you ever get the feeling real life and one’s perception are two TOTALLY different things?

On saying this though that I must confess this morning was beautiful which worked brilliantly for Miss Seven’s and Master Nine’s Book Week celebrations on the oval. They had a hoot all dressed up – one as a witch, the other as the Hunchback of Notra Dame’s skeleton, and I as Big Red – Little Red Riding Hood’s big sister. See, she was the one who should have been looking after Grandma when the wolf ate her but instead had just stepped outside to “chat” to the woodsman about how big his axe was!

Another big event today was the official launch of the 2010-2011 Idea Book and Catalogue – how exciting! No more secrets, no more narrative – you can see it all for yourselves! Whilst you are waiting for your own copy of the new catalogue, click on the picture of it just to the right to scroll through the pages… as I’ve said before, it’s beautiful.

Now, don’t forget, I have the new catalogues here for $10, or if you’d like one for nothing, simply book a workshop and not only will you receive a complimentary catalogue, but you will have the opportunity to earn free stamp sets and loads of free merchandise – too easy!

One of my “new” favourite stamp sets is Artistic Etchings – besides the wonderful Eiffel Tower, there is a fabulous circle stamp that I’ve used quite a bit already for backgrounds, along with a key, crown, and others. Both the key and crown I’ve embossed in gold before cutting them out and adhering to the card. I’ve also added small adhesive pearls to  both of these.

 My dear friend ROC showed me this following  little darling a couple of weeks ago. Something so very useful with the silly season looming so quickly upon us – a Gift Card Wallet!

 

 Open it up and you have this… how clever is this, the divided sections within is simply an envelope that’s been halved!

Don’t you just love it!

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

Joanne x

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