You know you’re tired when…

after two hours in the bath you wish you were in a spa bath so the water jets could pound your weary bones… then you realise you ARE in a spa bath and what’s worse… it’s your own bath! Just goes to show you how often I have a spa bath…

This was me after our garage sale on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone for their support – it was all very much appreciated I can assure you! The day went surprising quickly given Master Nine and I were out putting up our signs at 5.30am, with our first potential customer arriving not long thereafter and we continued on until 2pm when we closed the garage door. I managed to keep my eyes open until 7pm before falling asleep, only to wake at 11pm wide awake for the three hours… aaaahhhh!

But get this, even after the week that was I was still expecting to get into the Studio today for a bit of creating… HA, AS IF! So, with hands on hips tonight  I wondered what I had before spying three cards I haven’t yet shared with you.

The reason I haven’t yet shared these was because they were going to be October’s Make & Takes, then when I postponed classes until next year I was keeping these for February’s Make & Takes but today I was able to pre-order from the Summer Mini Catalogue that Stampin’ Up! is releasing next month and there’s a set in there that will be perfect for February’s Make & Take so now I’ll share!

You may remember the purpose of my Make and Take classes is to highlight just the one set of stamps, showing you how to get three very different looks. (Don’t you hate those classes where you’ve used stamps from at least three sets, then you find  out at least of those sets is retired… very frustrating to say the least…) Most times I aim to do a male, female, and child;s card but given the Eiffel Tower stamp  in this Artistic Etchings stamp set, I felt on this occasion we could omit the child’s card and do a bon voyage card instead.

This card tonight was my “male” orientated card. I thought male through the repeated use of the crown which I believe is more male in style than female but hey, maybe that’s just me!

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets: Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Cardstock: Basic Black, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, Big Shot,
Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Spiral Border Punch, XL Oval Punch,
Hemp Twine, Antique Brass Eyelet, Crop-A-Dile, Dimensionals

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

Joanne x

Why is it some days are just so much faster then others?!

What an amazing it day it’s been today and here it is 11pm and I’m still going… not bad considering I only managed FOUR hours of sleeps last night… and the only thing I probably haven’t achieved was any time down in the Studio but hey, today I can live with that!

I’m still in disbelief as to what I’ve achieved all because of some plants! Yes, you read it correctly… plants! It’s always annoyed me that we inherited a front garden that wasn’t quite planted up correctly. I ask you, who in their right mind plants bromeliads into full sun… WHO? So this week-end, we’re righting a wrong!

Having put out an SOS to a dear friend, I was locked and loaded to collect what I thought was some mere cuttings mid-morning.  Preparations for school, returns made, and  a grocery shop and unpack were all made in record time before heading out for these cuttings.

CUTTINGS! Hello, I returned home with the back of my car looking like a nursery – 2B’s I can’t thank you enough. Of course, the majority of these plants needed to be in the ground TODAY so home I went but before I could get to the garden I needed to sort the cupboards under both vanities, reorganise the walk-in robe, vacuum the entire house, take some of our excess to the basement and get gardening gear sorted… that’s all… oh nearly forgot, we also have two extras for sleep-overs tonight!

After all this I didn’t get into the garden until almost 4pm but what I did in an hour impressed even ME. Although after all one side was dug up and planted up, I will admit I did feel a little bit of the dill standing their watering my new plantings… in the rain (lol). So Phase 1 of the full-sun area is complete, tomorrow we start on the shaded area… bring it on!

After all that I feel bad I haven’t a card now highlighting plants in some way. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll squeeze in a butterfly or two to celebrate our gardening achievement. In the meantime here’s a little deja vu as you’ve seen this card before but in one of the retired colours so I’ve redone it to bring it up to speed, so to speak.

This card uses the wonderful Medallion Background combined with Versamark and Stampin’ Pastels. Whenever I get the pastels out it alwasy leaves me wondering why I’m not using them more as the effects and depth of colour you get from them is just fabulous. And no card would be complete at present without an Antique Brad!


Card Recipe
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Stamp Set/s: Medallion Background, Dreams du Jour
Classic Ink: Old Olive
Accessories: Stampin’ Pastels, Antique Brads,
Deminsionals, Sponge Daubers, Versamark

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

Joanne x

Could someone stop the world please…

just long enough at least for me to catch up. That’s all, as it seems lately that the more I have to do the less I actually do… not that it’s helped having my two little darlings home these past two days for one reason or another.

However tomorrow is a new day: the list has been made, the children have been told no matter WHAT their condition they are at school, the rain looks like stopping (albeit briefly), so hopefully once the grocery shopping is out of the way I will be able to knuckle down and get into life once again, maybe

Anyways… enough of my boohoo blues, here’s a card that lifts my spirits as anything with the Eiffel Tower makes me smile as it always reminds me of the day we spent at the Eiffel Tower when the children were just five and three.

What a fabulous day – we arrived before 8am and didn’t leave until almost 4pm – and that’s NOT because we were queued all that time. In actual fact we were very close to the top of the queue (thanks to it being so overcast and cold), no, we stopped and explored EVERY facet of the Eiffel Tower, ate chocolate crepes for morning tea, admired the view from all 360 degrees before finishing the day off with lunch in the VERY posh restaurant!

Yes, it cost an absolute fortune (especially when my hubby and I thought the champagne was extremely well priced considering where we were – it wasn’t until the bill came that we realised the price wasn’t per bottle but per GLASS… and we’d had four glasses thinking we were getting our monies worth from the bottle – LOL!) but what a story heh?!

CARD RECIPE
Carkstock:
Riding Hood Red
, Brushed Silver, Whisper White
Stamp Set/s:
Artistic Etchings, Perfect Punches
Classic Ink: StazOn Black
Accessories:
Scallop Edge Punch,
XL Oval Punch,
Sticky Strip, SU Dimensionals,
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder,
Colour Spritzer Tool, Riding Hood Red Stampin’ Write Marker

Given the amount of embossing within the brushed silver, what I’ve endeavoured to do (but can’t really see from this photo) is to attempt to give the Eiffel Tower depth. I’ve achieved this by stamping in black StazOn twice on Whisper White, cutting both out the best I could, sticky one then adding dimensionals to the the next for the layered-full affect.

Another thing the photo hasn’t really shown is the spritzing I’ve done on the card background. You know me, I can’t just have plain cardstock at the back, I have to add a little something 🙂 I’ve also used sticky strip rather then the regular snail on the Brushed Silver simply as I feel with all the embossing it gives the metallic cardstock extra “stay-on” power!

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

Joanne x

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