Mojo Monday

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It would appear I left more than my jeans in Vancouver last week as my Mojo appears to have slipped under the hotel bed also I fear! 🙁

Here is this week’s Mojo Monday sketch which is Tall and Skinny – which is so NOT me. I’m finding this size so extremely difficult to work with. Hence the reason it’s now Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and I’m only just getting there…

Mojo 339 SketchI took one look at this on Monday after printing it off and put it straight back down again; Tuesday I did everything BUT look at it; Wednesday I spent the ENTIRE day alternating between looking at the sketch and looking at Robert Downey Jr (the latter seemingly holding my attention longer…) and then there’s today. This is what I finally came up with and have decided in future no matter what the title, I’m sticking with what I know best – short and squat, lol! Mojo339 - Fresh Prints - JIF

Originally I was going with Whisper White as my base but after three days when I FINALLY changed to the Natural Ivory Cardstock, all was better with the world. For the DSP I chose two from the Fresh Prints Stack, sponging them in Crumb Cake Classic Ink. For the embellishments I went with three Basic Metal Buttons from the Celebrate the Everyday Catalog finished with Linen Thread.

Mojo339 - Metal Buttons - JIFYou may or may not be able to see on the base of the card in VersaMark are Spiral Swirl Stamps to add texture to the base, carrying through with the circles from the bike.

Mojo339 - Sprial Swirls - JIFThe oval was swapped out for a Deco Label in Real Red Cardstock. The 2¾” circle is from the Circle Framelits in Very Vanilla Cardstock but was first stamped in Crumb Cake Classic Ink with a stamp from the Postage Due Stamp Set. Both were adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals with White Candy Dots completing the label after sponging.

Mojo339 - Hello Lovely - JIFFor the sentiment after stamping in Baked Brown Sugar Classic Ink a stamp from the Hello, Lovely Stamp Set, I cut it down, sponged it, then added it to a piece of Coastal Cabana Cardstock cut slightly bigger and also sponged. The two triangles were cut from a scrap from the Fresh Prints DSP Stack.

Card Recipe
Cardstock: Natural Ivory, Real Red, Very Vanilla, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets: Spiral Swirls, Postage Due, {Hello, Lovely}
Classic Ink: Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Coastal Cabana
DSP: Fresh Prints Stack
Framelits: Deco Labels, Circles
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Embellishments: Naturals Candy Dots, Basic Metal Buttons, Linen Thread
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Stick Strip,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponges, Stampin’ Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Eggstra Spectacular!

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With Spring Break almost over it’s now time to begin preparations for Easter. I can never work out if it’s a good thing or a bad thing when Easter falls in late April.

Whatever the dates for Easter though, cards are still required and what better set is there then the gorgeous set in the Occasions Catty, the Eggstra Spectacular Stamp Set (yup, I may just have kicked the Spring Catty habit but no promises, lol!) ! Seriously, how cute is this?

Eggstra Spectacular - the cutest Easter set EVER!

With a couple of items which are still available from Sale-a-Bration, combined with paper from the  Fresh Prints DSP Stack, the end result is the cutest Easter card!

Eggstra Spectacular - Coastal Cabana - JIF

 Then for some reason I once AGAIN (even I’m beginning to get tired of this) reached for the Summer Starfruit Cardstock, pairing it with the Silver Heat Embossing – making it very regal indeed!

Eggstra Spectacular - summer starfruit - JIF

My next card actually came together quite by accident as there were a couple of the tags from the Sale-a-Bration Designer Banner Kit on my table and, well… this goes with this goes with this and voila! How cute is that little bunny I ask you? 🙂 Eggstra Spectacular - Banner Kit - JIF

As you can see, that Designer Banner Kit is quite versatile so if you haven’t obtained one for yourself yet, there’s still just under a week before 2014 Sale-a-Bration concludes so please, PLEASE call me today to place your order – 250-632-7248.

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

Joanne x


Hexagons and Watercolors!

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On receiving my very first order from the Spring Catty (aka Occasions Catty, lol 🙂 ) this was the very first card I made from all the new goodies!

I don’t know what it was but I was so drawn to the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die – hopefully after Spring Break I’ll have a change to create more – combine this with a sheet from the gorgeous Watercolor Wonder DSP to go underneath the die-cut and you have yourself an instant hit!

Hexagon Die - Watercolor Paper - JIF

And if you’re wondering about the interesting way I’ve aligned my Basic Rhinestone Jewels welllll, being the first time I’d used this die I wasn’t as “careful” as I could have been removing the Island Indigo Cardstock from the die, consequently ripping the entirety in two. Hence the rhinestone placement to cover the rips, lol! 🙂

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

Joanne x


Happy Watercolor in Green!

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Goodness me, I began this post almost 12 hours ago but was side-tracked with non-working speakers on my computer. An easy fix I first thought but I fear after down-loading every possible solution, resetting the computer from three weeks ago and then doing a complete computer file scan, I am still in silence. 🙁

Fortunately when I took my Happy Watercolor stamp set out the other day I had much better luck. I seemed to have challenged myself with these cards also with the color green. Can’t tell you why this happened but as green isn’t a color I would normally chose I obviously pushed myself.

This is my favorite card. I thought I’d CASE’d it from the Spring Catty but perhaps it was another magazine from Stampin’ Up! Regardless, it’s a lovely card where I stamped the poppy twice onto Raspberry Ripple Cardstock then fussy-cut it them both out, adhering one with a dimensional onto the other before adhering flat against the card itself. I also stamped another poppy onto Summer Starfruit Cardstock and fussy-cut just the center to place inside the Raspberry Ripple.Happy Watercolor - Red Poppy - JIFFor the next card I wanted to utilize some of the beautiful Delicate Details Lace Tape. This tape comes in a pack of  two designs and is self-adhesive, making it VERY easy to add a little “something” to your projects without much fuss. For this card I used the Gumball Green Core’dinations but as stamping onto that cardstock isn’t the best, I flipped the cardstock so one could see the texture but wasn’t impeded by it.

Happy Watercolor - White Lace - JIFAs painful as it is to fussy-cut, I couldn’t resist trying it again but this time using the Summer Starfruit Cardstock. Once again, I stamped the poppy in Black StazOn to give a much richer color. The poppies were also stamped in Black StazOn onto the card whereby I “filled” the centers with the fussy-cut images then added a rhinestone and some Dazzling Diamonds. All very effective if I do say so myself, and yes, I do say so myself, lol!

Happy Watercolor - Yellow Poppies - JIFCARD RECIPE
Cardstock:
Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple,
Gumball Green Core’dinations
Stamp Set: Happy Watercolor
Inks: Gumball Green, Black Staz-On
Punches: 3/16″ Corner, Decorative Label
Ribbon: 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds,
Delicate Details Lace Tape
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, All-Purpose Glue,
Stampin’ Mist, Stampin’ Pad, Staz-On Cleaner, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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


Oh, Hello!

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There’s no denying it, when I first went through the Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog, the Oh, Hello Stamp Set was not a set that jumped out of me. It just didn’t seem like me I suppose but

Oh, Hello Clear Stamp Set

I looked at it again last week whilst preparing for a workshop and it really tweaked my interest as you can see. Especially with the 5/8″ Vanilla Flower Trim that is also in the Spring Catty. Use on mass or singularly as I’ve done here (not that you can really see unfortunately).

Oh, Hello - Primrose Pink with Jewels

The next card is the same… but different. I used four of the five current In-Colors to color the pattered arrows to create yet another effect on this card. These Paper Doilies in the Spring Catty are also a new fav of mine!

Oh, Hello - Colored Arrows and ScallopDot Ribbon PunchIt’s a very clean set and once I began playing with it, there were so many possibilities. I even used the rose as a background (with a hint of Dazzling Diamonds of course!).

Oh, Hello - Primrose Pink Rose Background

I love the 1-1/4″ Two Tone Ribbons that are also on offer in the Spring Catty. There are two to choose from – Pink Pirouette/Rose and Basic Gray/Basic Black. The Basic Gray/Basic Black is what I chose on the following card along with spritzing the Whisper White Card-stock with Rich Razzleberry. Just a few drop from the Ink Refills and you’ve quickly created a beautiful new background.

Oh, Hello - Spritzing with a Single Rose

There are even more cards I made but as I forgotten how to photograph cards (these are scanned) I’ll leave those for another occasion.

The Stampin’ Up! Spring Catalog, like their Idea Book & Catalog, finishes May 31 so if there’s anything that you are interested in, now would be the time to contact me with an order as time is disappearing quickly!

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

Joanne x

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