It’s that time of the year again when I ask myself…

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Oh WHY am I living on the SUNNY COAST???

We were so spoilt over the school holidays with overcast days almost EVERY day but alas, this week the clouds are only coming in at night leaving the skies bright and glaring all day. Which to the average person is simply delightful, but for me it’s a nightmare as all it does for me is bring on headaches and migraines. Not the best thing when you already know it’s less then 9 weeks to the Christmas school holidays… oh well, only another 230 days until winter. ūüôĀ

I wonder how hard it would be to teach my body to work like that of a shift worker – to sleep during the day whilst the children are at school and the sun is at it’s brightest then come alive at night by the light of the silvery moon. The only down side would be Miss Seven would be with me every step of the way but hey, it’s food for thought!

So… given my slightly less then active day today I’ll show you two of the three Make and Takes we did at the Brisbane Regionals last month. Both these projects used the Every Moment stamp set. This is one of those sets that if it hadn’t been part of the registration package on the day I would NEVER had considered it but now that I have it, of course it’s a completely different matter! This is the first project…

Don’t you just love how the flowers come alive with the new Daffodil Delight Classic Ink and just the one small pearl jewel on each one? It’s so sweet with a smidge of Daffodil Delight Taffeta Ribbon tied onto a wide clip. The card-stock believe it or not is Soft Suede but you’d never guess it having taken the photo at night, sorry. The second project is slightly different…


How cute is this and how simple. It’s the Fancy Favour box both bottom and top – the top simply has the bottom flaps cut off and placed over the box on the bottom as a lid. How easy is that, yet how effective?!

And guess what? It’s only 80 days ’til Christmas!!!

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

Joanne x


Go on… ask me why I was late collecting the children yesterday!

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You know how we all receive those emails stating that perceptions of those living overseas of Australia are of kangaroos hopping down the main street? Well, it happened to me yesterday on our street. And of course it was one of the few times I DIDN’T have my phone with me to click off a couple of pics as proof!

There I was, the car¬†just gathering speed to climb up the hill to meet the main road and voila, two lovely big grey kangaroos¬†were sitting on the road, giving me the look that said, “do you mind, we were here first?” The best part was that there were no cars behind me so I could sit and watch in wonder as they simply sat in the middle of the road before eventually hopping up the hill.

I told the children on our way¬† home so we had a bit of an investigate to see where they possibly could have gone. I have seen them before hopping through the bush beside our house but once they cross the road it is a bit of a drop from the footpath down to the bush below which is probably why we don’t see them much in our “urban rain forest”.

Each day I give thanks for our little “urban rain forest” – there’s the obvious¬†delight of having no immediate neighbours but more importantly we have so many different birds visiting, all having their particular¬†“time slot” during the day. The morning begins with the Cat Bird – I’m sure there is another name but it tells you what sound this bird makes – these love the rising sun. Then along come the Parakeets, followed by the Whip Birds, then off and on during the day is the chorus of kookaburras having a chuckle, along with many others I have yet to learn their names. I love it!

But back to business, let’s bid a Fond Farewell to Colour #25 – Close to Cocoa. This was the first colour to run out when Stampin’ Up! announced it’s retirement. No surprise there as it is a beautiful rich colour without being overly dense hence the reason I didn’t do very much at all to this card. Dry Embossing and Layering… so simple, too easy!

Don’t forget to contact me before Tuesday August 31 if there is anything on the Last Chance List ¬†you would like me to order… I can’t believe how quickly September 1 is coming around and the release of the beautiful new catalogue!

Joke of the week:

What does the sea say to the sand?
Not much, it mostly waves…

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

Joanne x


It’s the 11th so… it must be a Fond Farewell to Colour #11!

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Very short and sweet tonight… it’s taken me two hours just to get here why… I’m so tired that even with the laptop balancing on my knee I couldn’t remember what I’m meant to be doing!

And it doesn’t help when I have a very sad and sorry Master Nine down the hallway in bed¬†coughing his little heart out, then on top of that he’s sleep-talking so loudly he’s waking himself up… not good:(¬† This combined with Miss Seven sleeping with me again with her hair-band being worn over her eyes as my bedside light keeps her awake but she knows better then to dare complain about it… one can’t help but to smile out loud!

Last night I went to sleep with the delightful sound of the rain falling heavily and our little creek gushing but alas, the reports said the weather was clearing today and for once, I fear they are correct. I do so like it when it rains. Not that I’ve had a real chance to appreciate it this week with Master Nine not being well. Although not sick sick, the poor darling isn’t himself and has been staying close so I’m hesitant about heading down to the studio.

However I digress, Fond Farewell to Colour #11 – Hunter Green. This is a beautiful rich dark green which to me screams Christmas. Hence the reason I’ve used it for the Christmas card below, embossing with silver on the card. With the pillow box I embossed with white to compare the two colours. Both are as quickly as nice but I do confess, I do lean towards the silver. I love the idea¬†of these pillow boxes as name cards on a well-dressed table. What fun you could have filling them¬†at Christmas!

And don’t forget, there’s only another 20 days left to order any of these retiring colours so contact me today to place your order – I look forward to chatting with you soon!

Joke of the Day:

Why did the sailor grab a bar of soap when his ship was sinking?
He was hoping he’d¬†be washed ashore…

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

Joanne x


Fond Farewell… Colours #9 and #10!

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Yee-ha… two for the price of one – you gotta be happy with that!

I found this card¬†on the week-end¬†and what a¬†bonus I felt it was as it was highlighting not one but TWO retiring colours. These two colours¬† are from the Bold Brights family and are, Brilliant Blue and Green Galore –¬†once again, two very strong colours.¬†This was¬†one of the three¬†cards¬†from a Make and¬†Take Class of mine¬†a few months ago for the stamp set Priceless.¬†

Remember, you have until August 31 to place an order on retiring colours or¬†any other items for that matter that are being retired so don’t ponder too long – call me today to place your order¬†so you don’t¬†miss out!

Joke of the day…

What did one maths book say to the other maths book?
I’ve got more problems then you
 

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

Joanne x


Just ONE more day for the bling special!

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Don’t forget tomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the Stampin’ Up! Deal of the Week and their gorgeous bling and ribbons. I’ve yet to put in my own order so if you’ve only just decided to place an order it isn’t too late – just call me!

My goodness, here it is the end of June and I have yet to show you June’s Stamp-a-Stack. This is going to be interesting trying to get NINE photos onto this one page. With these classes normally you would see just the three cards – one of each of the¬† three designs but…

With this month’s class I used just the one stamp set, Fun and Fast Notes. This particular stamp set has eight stamps in it – all of which I used. I know, I know, I said nine cards but I just said the stamp set only had eight stamps well… just so happens one of the stamps is of a baby pram which I of course leads itself to… one in pink, one in blue, and one Christmas tree!

and then there were the Razzleberry cards…

 


and then the brown cards (my personal favs)…


Don’t be deceived with these photos though as even though these last six cards LOOK square, they aren’t!


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

Joanne x


What an incredible day!

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Who would have known when David and Margaret started rewinding last night during their movie show that today would be the day it has been!? When Master Eight wandered upstairs this morning I announced to him that within a few hours we could be having a new Prime Minister… he wasn’t happy at first as he thought it meant the surfer was in!

Given the day it’s been it seems quite apt that I’m highlighting the cards from this week’s Make and Take class – Priceless! Unfortunately I’ve had two children home today with nasty coughs so I’m quite behind with the day, having only just finished clearing the tables in the studio to start doing some creating and now I look out the window I see it’s dark… there goes THAT day! Never the less though here are the cards…

This photo doesn’t show very well how all the the larger blue flowers have been twiced stamped – once on the card¬† itself then onto separate card where I’ve cut them out and used dimensionals under each one. I’ve done the same with the orange butterfly and of course I’ve added Dazzling Diamonds to the butterfly, as well as the small blue flowers!


And yes, I’ve used Dazzling Diamonds on this one too!!!

But no, there are no Dazzling Diamonds on this card as I was going for something a tad more “masculine” here…

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

Joanne x


My kinda being in vogue…

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VINTAGE VOGUE!

Yes I know, I know… I’ve shown off the Vintage Vogue stamp set before as I said earlier this week, I had a hostess request a “Make and Take” with this set to get some ideas as to what she’ll do with hers – no worries I said. And as I knew¬† this lovely lady also had some of the Cottage Wall DSP it really wasn’t difficult to design something for her! Also, for a change of direction, I chose to make this card as a 6″x6″. This is what we made…


Plus I won’t deny I had recently viewed a card by the creative Susan Joyce which really tweaked my interest so was able to combine the two… BONUS! Of course it wasn’t until I was collating the kits that I realised that by using the DSP as a background on the 6″x6″ I would only be able to do eight cards MAXIMUM with this particular DSP… DOH! So this is what I did as Plan B… (which was lucky as we had two very late attendees to the workshop that needed to do these cards… phew!)

Anywho, on the Rich Razzleberry card base, I stamped with Rich Razzleberry Classic Ink the leaf stamp from the Vintage Vogue set around the outer edges on the front of the card to create some interest as a background as opposed to a plain background. On the bottom left-hand corner I used the Double Rectangle Punch for threading the ribbon through. It makes ALL the difference, I can’t recommend it enough!


However, I couldn’t stop there could I? As I cut down the Kraft (soon to be renamed Crumb Cake) card-stock I had some substantial off-cuts, the same with the Cottage Wall DSP so wanted to give an example as to how everything has as a use, be it intentionally or not. I think you’d have to agree with me that unless you knew better, you wouldn’t guess the above card was basically made with left-overs!

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

Joanne x

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