Labels to Love!

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Admittedly, on wanting to get an early head-start on my Christmas cards this year, I was going to dedicate this month to Christmas in July. This then had me wondering about other uses for these stamp sets that tend to sit idly for a good part of the year.

And although I’m still making Christmas cards, I’m also now looking at how to create cards for other occasions with what is at first glance Christmas sets.

The first of my challenges is with the Labels to Love Stamp Set (page 103 2018-2019 Annual Catalog) with the matching Everyday Label (page 211 2018-2019 Annual Catalog).

The Labels to Love Stamp Set lends itself most obviously to tags but has many possibilities for beautiful simple Christmas cards as well. One thing at a time though so more about that later!

Happy belated Canada Day and Happy Independence Day – hope you’re enjoying the beginning of the summer here in the Northern Hemisphere!


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

Last week…

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my neighbour knocked on my door requesting some Sympathy Cards and although I have quite a few cards on hand, a Sympathy Card was not something I had in my stockpile so to work I went. I came up with four cards which I was pleased with . I did take photos of all four but this camera my husband so kindly “dedicated to the cause” when my other was broken, isn’t playing nice! Consequently the two he chose are just a beautiful memory now but I have been able to take photos of the two remaining ones. What do you think?

I really like this one. I’ve used the Urban Garden DSP and the Manhattan Embossing Folder. I’d only just received the Manhattan Embossing Folder and was having a complete mind blank until I remembered it. I’m completely obsessed with it now – I want to use it on EVERYTHING! Plus I haven’t made a 6×6 card for ages but this is another thing I’ve become obsessed with of late.

Now the other card I used, I also used another embossing folder from elsewhere and the Echoes of Kindness Hostess Gift stamp set from Stampin’ Up!. I also pushed through my pain barrier and used my Stampin’ Up! Water Colour Pencils and Aqua Painter on the flowers. I have this love/hate relationship with the water colour pencils as I’m always scared to use them but once I do I always love the washed effect it creates and wished I used them more! For this one I also went back to my old favourite size for the finished card of A5.

Once upon a time ago I never made anything but the A5 cards and found it so difficult moving down to the A6 cards but now it’s the reverse. Very peculiar so I’d better chance that over the coming weeks hey?!

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

Joanne x

Enjoy Every Moment…

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is the stamp set that I’m highlighting this month in my “Make and Take” classes on Monday 24 and Thursday 27 May. I really like this set as like so many of the Stampin’ Up! sets, it’s just so versatile. It’s so easy to make it more masculine or a little feminine, or just a little fun. This is a quick peek at what we’ll be doing in the classes.

As you may be able to see from the Ballet Blue and Chocolate Chip card, we even have a play with the Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin’ Up!.  And of course, as far as I’m concerned, no card is ever complete without a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds and a smidge of bling!

I used this stamp set to do a card for a friend in Melbourne last year that I really wanted to show you all but Murphy’s Law has me unable to find it – typical! On Cammie’s card I included a row of those cut little mirror tiles from Spotlight to it which really made it into something else again.

Honestly, this is such a fun set so if you don’t already have it, please drop me a line and we’ll quickly rectify that for you. Order today and you could even have the set in your hands by this time next week in time to have a play over the week-end.

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

Joanne x

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