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


November’s “Best Of” Stamp Set!

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I promise, promise, PROMISE that come next week I’ll be creating once more but until then, here’s November’s Best Of… 25 Years Stamp Set.

November 25 Years Stamp Set

How cute is this Best of Snow stamp set? The hedgehog making a hedgehog snowman always puts a smile on my face no matter how tired I might be plus it’s a fabulous stamp to color. Wishing you all a creative week-end!

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

Joanne x


June’s Stamp Set – REETINGS!

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Actually, this month’s stamp set is called GREETINGS but it would appear that my printer chewed off the first 1/2″ off the flyer when printing it… lol 🙂 Not to worry however as all the important details, that is what the stamps are like, are there!

June Stamp Set - Greetings

There are some fabulous sentiments in this set – please let me know if you’d like me to place an order for you. And don’t forget, when you have purchased six of these “best of” stamp sets, you get to choose a stamp set of your choice (up to $17.95) courtesy of Stampin’ Up!. Some Inkee Fiddlers are getting very close to their free set so don’t miss out on yours!

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

Joanne x


Where’s my MOJO ?!

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Not quite sure what’s going on with me at the moment but there always seems to be a reason NOT to be heading down into the Studio. Which is really sad when you consider I treated myself to a LOT of pre-order products from the new 2013-14 Idea Book and Catalog and want to do a lot MORE ordering… aaaahhhh!

So what’s a girl to do when her Mojo’s low? Check out Mojo Monday of course and I have to say, I’m rather chuffed with the end result!

Mojo 296 - Thinking of You

This is the sketch from Mojo Monday for this week.

Mojo296Sketch

Having printed off the sketch, I knew I wanted a patterned paper as my base so immediately went to the new Gingham Garden to find something. As soon as I saw this DSP with its wonderful colors I knew it would be the one as it seemed the perfect excuse to finally attempt the ribbon wrap flowers. The Summer Starfruit and Primrose Petals 3/8″ Satin Ribbon did the job beautifully as the stripes in the ribbon came out almost like spots!

Mojo 296 - Thinking of You - Ribbon Flower

All these lovely flowers needed a butterfly of course. Papillon Potpourri is my go-to stamp-set choice at present as it has a co-ordinating stamp for each the Bitty Butterfly and Elegant Butterfly Punch. LUV IT!!! Naturally I couldn’t resist adding some Pearl Basic Jewels and Dazzling Details and have it sitting on a 1-1/4″ Circle Scallop which I’ve also added a little dazzle too!

Mojo 296 - Thinking of you - Butterfly

The sentiment I chose is from the Hostess Set Express Yourself. I think is going to be my “go-to” sentiment set for this summer as there are 12 sentiments to choose from. Now I’m not sure if you noticed in the first photograph but on this strip of Very Vanilla cardstock I’ve used a stamp from the Clockworks set and stamped it off in the Pistachio Pudding to take away the starkness of the Very Vanilla.

Mojo 296 - Thinking of you - Sentiment

Well, I may not have completely found my Mojo but it feels a lot closer than it did earlier!

CARD RECIPE
Card-stock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo
Stamp Sets: Clockworks, Papillon Potpourri, Express Yourself
Inks: Pistachio Pudding, Island Indigo, Baked Brown Sugar
DSP: Gingham Garden
Ribbon: 3/8″ Stitched Satin – Summer Starfruit & Primrose Petals, 5/8″ Crochet Trim
Punches: 1-1/4″ Scallop, Bitty Butterfly, Elegant Butterfly, 3/16″ Corner
Embellishments: Pear Basic Jewels, 1/8″ Mini Brads, Dazzling Details
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Two-Way Glue,
Sponges, Clear Mount Blocks, Stampin Scrub & Mist

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

Joanne x


Upsy Daisy…

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this has to be one of my favourite sets from the current Stampin’ Up Idea & Catalogue Book. I have seen this set used in just so many ways and it always looks fabulous! On this card for hubby’s mum, I have done battle with my Taken with Teal ink pad, and yes it was a battle trust me!

Ever since I bought it (from a friend hence no returns…) it’s always looked more like Night of Navy so this week I was taking no prisoners and on more then one piece of scrap paper I just squished and squeezed that ink pad until something resembling Taken with Teal revealed itself. I do love the colour but given it has only a few more months before retirement, I’m not losing any sleep over this dilemma with the ink pad. But I digress, here it is… (and yes, I promise in future when scanning this cards on white backgrounds, to put a dark background behind it for easier viewing!)


Before I digressed, I was going to say that I also used some of the Urban Garden DSP which is what influenced my use of Taken with Teal. What I also tried for the first time was pressing the stamp into the embossing powder once heated instead of embossing the image after stamping with Versamark. This stamp set – SU’s Dreams du Jour – has always appealed to me but has always remained on my wish list.

So imagine my delight whilst visiting a friend yesterday, as she went through her stamping supplies looking for a suitable set to use on a teenagers card, she pulled out this one. I have no shame… me please, me please! Needless to say I was a tad excited when I arrived home yesterday with this set under my arm but knew I had to work on my birdhouse and this card so put it aside. But things happen for a reason don’t they…

I’ve had this Upsy Daisy card sitting to the side all week, simply waiting to be assembled but something wasn’t quite right hence my hesitance in assembling. Where I now have the what looks like the Faux Metal “Dreams” embellishment, I had a metal Happy Birthday on a punched out tag. It looked fine but obviously deep down I knew it wasn’t quite right then as I commenced assembling this morning… voila… I knew exactly what had to be done and this was it! Hope you like it

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

Joanne x


Happy Mother’s Day!!!

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to one and all! I find as my children become older, the emphasis on things changes… for example Mother’s Day. All week there have been mutterings behind cupped hands as to what was being made at school and where things were being hid once home. It was all quiet exciting really!

Gosh, it was only last year my son couldn’t get into the kitchen fast enough to come up with the most wonderful mother’s day breakfast a mother and lover of the BIG BREAKFAST could ever dream of. This year, even though as soon as his eyes were open he was singing me Happy Mother’s Day and telling me that the cat was purring the same (how sweet is that?!), that was that. The things hidden in his room, well, I’ve yet to see them, and as for breakfast… “muuuuum, what are we having for breakfast?”

But hey, I’m onto my second pot of coffee, am still in my pj’s, and have George on the TV screen so I’m not complaining. I even dreamt about George last night… only I could dream about George Clooney giving me aperture lessons for my camera… geez! Plus, we’re meeting my parents shortly for a lovely lunch up at Harry’s so it’s all good.

Besides, the hubster did give  me two gift vouchers last week-end from the children to ensure I received EXACTLY what I wanted so tomorrow I shall go shopping to see just what it is that my life is incomplete without. And he did ever so kindly give me a set of alphabet dies for my BIG SHOT which I am soooooooo excited about and have barely been able to wait to use them. Tomorrow is going to be one busy day!

I see time is ticking so I’d best get showered and changed but before I go here is what I’ve done for my mother this year. This is the card which I am EVER so proud of. As I’ve said before, embellishments are my weakness so has been something I’ve really had to challenge myself with since joining Stampin’ Up! but as you can see, I think I’m doin’ okay. I’m simply making my embellishments now rather then reaching for a packet which may seem expensive but when you see how may embellishments I’ve bought over time and NOT used, I think the new way is working out far more economical as I make what I need when I need it! So here ’tis, this one is A5 but I did one recently for a neighbour in A6 which was just as effective…

Now, as for the packaging all I did was “tweak” a brown paper bag I had on hand. Once again, I’m rather chuffed at my first effort. In hindsight I would have lowered the DSP I used but hey, it was my first time. And in hindsight if I’d matched the papers to the card it may have been even more of an impact… next time!

Once again Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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

Joanne x


Are there EVER enough hours in the day?

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I’m trying a new thing this month, if I can’t get everything done that I had hoped (read: listed on my “to do” list please) to have done that day I no longer stay up until the wee hours, or all night as has been the case on the odd occasion, I just acknowledge that I have done what I have done and there will be a tomorrow for the rest…

Now I know that is the way most people work but I’m finding it ever so difficult as there is always something that needs doing each day without carrying over things from the previous day. I often find I’m questioning myself as to why I’m doing this, does it really matter? Then I find my body finding it harder to keep up with my mind, or is that my mind keeping up with my body, then I know… something MUST be done!

What I’m also attempting to do is get my body clock back to the way it was before children came into our lives. I used to always be an early riser but as the years roll around I find myself working at the opposite end of the clock hence sleeping in later. These days I have two off-siders who believe that if I’m staying up late then they too should be staying up late hence the need to wake a few hours earlier to get into my day then into bed the same time as the children. The theory is good but I fear the practice is going to take a little while but do stay tuned!

Last night my darling little man had a sleep-over at a mates place and wasn’t to be picked up until late this afternoon. This meant Mini Me and I could create all day… after a sleep-in of course… and after lying in bed eating our bowls of dry Nutragrain… utter decadence… it was just delightful!


Do you like what my day produced? I can’t take all the credit as one of the very talented ladies on ESAD (whose name I cannot find now, nor can I even find the card on the web again so believe forgive for I have looked!) gave me the idea of dressing up Tess after seeing her beautiful card of Tess in an evening frock. Whilst searching for the original I did come across some other examples of Tess which have given me some grand ideas… of, if only there were more hours in the day… but then again, I suppose I’d only spend more time cleaning up my art table. If only a self-cleaning table could be developed, oh the hours it would save me!

I’m very proud of this effort but darling Miss Six still can’t get over the fact that it took me FIVE HOURS to produce only THAT! She didn’t take into account the hour it took me to tidy up from my efforts yesterday and locate the paints she needed or the sandwiches to wanted. She didn’t take into the account the hour I spent doing our accounts, or the other hour I spent look for the original on the web and looking for the kittens, but even after reminding her of these facts I still heard her telling her brother… “this took mummy FIVE HOURS to make – can you believe it?” Thank you support crew 😉 !

Anyways, I must remember it’s the new me so best head to bed before I become distracted with another idea that take me five hours!

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

Joanne x

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