Hardwood Trio!

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The Hardwood Background Stamp, available in the Celebrate the Everyday catalog, has proved itself quite a main-stay for me these past few months. Depending on the color you choose to stamp with, it can be a subtle or in-your-face background, or it can make quite the feature. I love this versatility from a background stamp!

This first card was quite the mistake and highlights yet another reason why one should really only have ONE stamp pad open at a time when stamping as I intended to be stamping with Crumb Cake Classic Ink not the Cajun Craze Classic Ink, lol! Oddly it made the next step so much easier as I had NO idea what I was going to do next.

Hardwood - Hello Blue Bird - JIFThis next card is VERY different to what I’d normally do but when I first added this stamp to my stash, this was the only way I could see how to use it. How funny is THAT!

Hardwood - Sweet Birds - JIFThe subtle stamping of this image is what I like best about it, lending itself to more masculine cards I feel, but that could be just me. Even with bling it’s still a male card, lol!

Hardwood - Ships on Film - JIFIf you don’t have this stamp already and would like to add it to your stash, click on the Shop Now button below which will take you to my 24-hour shopping area. Sign in or create an account if you haven’t already, and begin shopping!

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

Joanne x


2013 – ready or not!

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Great news everyone! After much contemplation and consternation I have all but completed the 2013 Albums for both children, yea! 🙂

This is the design I ended up going with for the front page. It’s fairly basic with just the highlights of the year on display. This DSP from last year worked perfectly with the year we had.2013 Album - M's front page - JIF

Both the Garden Green Cardstock and the Tangerine Tango Cardstock were stamped before adhering to take away from the starkness. The Garden Green Cardstock was over-stamped with The Open Sea Stamp Set and the Tangerine Tango Cardstock was over-stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set with an addition of a couple of stampings of what looks like balloons from the My Friend Stamp Set.

2013 Album - M's front page - background - JIFThere’s no disputing the fact that by doing both albums in identical styles in makes life SO much easier. This may not work for everyone but for me it’s the perfect solution as it gets the children’s albums DONE!

Now I just have to crack the whip on all our holiday albums being both started AND completed. Turns out simply buying the albums does not a personalized album make, lol!

And speaking of holidays, although I shall still be posting each day over the next couple of weeks, I won’t in fact be home. Orders can still be placed however, simply go over to the right-hand column of my site to click on the “Shop Now” button and you will be taken to the online shopping area. Too easy!

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

Joanne x


Sending Good Thouhts Your Way!

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Isn’t it amazing how quickly one’s routine goes out the window once Spring Break is officially here?! And trust me, it wasn’t from a lack of trying to keep on track as I’m not sure just how early I printed off this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch but it did me no good as you can see, here it is Tuesday and I’m only just writing my post for Monday. 🙁

So let’s not delay things any further, here is this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch…

Mojo 337 SketchAnd here is my interpretation of the sketch…

Sending Good Thoughts - Mojo 337 - JIF

Epic Day This and That DSP was the basis for this card onto the Whisper White Cardstock, that was the easy part. Even the Very Vanilla Cardstock came together well with the stamping-off of two stamp sets – Off the Grid and The Open Sea – then sponged with Gumball Green Classic Ink.

Sending Good Thoughts - Grid Seas - Mojo 337 - JIF

When it came to both the sentiment and the flowers/embellishments I didn’t have a clue. Many different things were attempted and rejected until I reached for the Perfect Pennants Stamp Set, realizing I had both sentiment and embellishments all in one with the strips of dots and stripes… phew! 🙂

Then as the card was becoming more masculine, instead of flowers for the embellishments I chose the Simply Star Stamp Set. All of which were stamped in the Calypso Coral Classic Ink.

Sending Good Thoughts - Simply Stars - Mojo 337 - JIF

Once assembled the Whisper White Base seemed too stark in comparison to the almost grunge appearance of the DSP so stamped off the little start from Banner Blast Sale-a-Bration Stamp Set in So Saffron Classic Ink.

CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Stamp Set: Off the Grid, The Open Sea, Perfect Pennants, Simply Stars, Banner Blast
Classic Inks: Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, So Saffron
DSP: Epic Day This and That
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Stick Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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

Joanne x


Layering Technique!

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In the lead-up to a workshop last month, I was mulling over ideas for the Make & Take – that’s the “hands-on” project the hostess and all her guests get to make themselves. A few things fluttered past my possibility-tray until a vague memory slipped in from a previous workshop where the “layering” technique was mentioned. Light bulb moment!

This was the Make & Take card we did with the Springtime Hello Stamp Set complete with envelope and matching envelope liner!

Springtime Hello Layered

If you’ve never attempted a 3-Layered Card before these are the measurements we used. The additional ¼” for each of the matting might seem excessive but its necessary to cover any “missed-stamping” that occurs when stamping on the layered bases. The bottom mat is actually the base card which you score down the center for your card obviously, lol!

3-Layered Card Dimensions

For something a little different I did a skewed card with the The Open Sea Stamp Set with FOUR layers. Basically I cut the bases the size required then cut the mats ⅛” larger. If you look close enough to the card you will see gaps in some areas around the matting. This is when you appreciate the additional ¼”.

The Open Sea Layered

I love this stamp set, The Open Sea. Someone on Pinterest used this stamp set on one of the Kraft Boxes – it looked BRILLIANT. Would work well with a Father’s Day gift!

Perhaps we can do it at YOUR workshop as a Make & Take – remember you only need 2 or 3 friends to attend. There are no workshop dates left for March but there are a couple of dates available still for April. Call me soon to book your workshop to avoid disappointment – 250-632-7248!

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

Joanne x


The Open Sea on Sweet Sorbet!

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As I’ve mentioned MANY times before, having being born beautiful instead of rich (yes, I can laugh at myself – although these days it’s more jiggling than giggling) I tend to save EVERYTHING. Eventually it all becomes useful.

My size determiner is the usability of the products. Ribbon for example have to be long enough to either fit across a two-inch wide tag which thus in-turn makes it’s large enough to be used on the end of sentiment, tag or such.

Open Sea - Ribbon Scraps - JIF

For cardstock and DSP, my smallest punch is the determiner. Thus if I can put a scrap into a punch – I save it. Note the small punched circle on the tag above, seriously who wants to lose a sheet of fresh cardstock to that small-fry?!

As exemplified on the card below, the scrap doesn’t even have to fit the punch completely. Don’t you just love the Sahara Sand Cardstock which compliments this sheet of DSP from Sweet Sorbet perfectly?

Scrap-tastic Sale-a-BrationThis DSP is just one of the many delights which can be yours FREE during Sale-a-Bration 2014 when you spend $60 or more. EVERY $60 you spend you receive something FREE! Seriously, NOW is the time to stock your stash. Think of all those free Christmas gifts you could be accumulating for free leaving you more to spend on your stash!

Contact me soon to book your workshop, which by the way, I’m happy to host here down in the Inkee Fiddling Studio. All you need do is bring your friends and the snacks. Too easy huh?!

TAG & CARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso,
Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets: The Open Sea, Regarding Dahlias, Yippee Skippee!
Classic Ink: Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
DSP: Sweet Sorbet
Ribbon: 7/16″ Natural Trim, Crumb Cake 1/2″ Seam Binding
Punches: 1/2″, 1″ and 1-3/4 Circles, Curly Label, Angle Tag
Big Shot:  Little Leaves Sizzlet
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Sponges,
Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Anywhere Glue Stick

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

Joanne x


Open Sea Thank You!

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Recently as you may or may not know, I had a VERY unexpected trip where I was blessed with MANY people helping me make it possible. Embarrassingly I’ve only JUST completed thank you cards for them all as I wanted a card that would show how much I appreciated their time and efforts.

These cards also gave me an opportunity to attempt various techniques for backgrounds that I’ve wanted to try for the longest time. White Gloss Cardstock always highlights these techniques best but as you can see, Whisper White Cardstock works just fine! So grab a coffee and let me walk you through what I created…

On the first card I used felt I’d cut down to fit onto the Stampin’ Sanding System instead of the sandpaper. The felt was then drenched in some Rubbing Alcohol bought at the supermarket. Drops were then quickly put onto the felt from the Summer Starfruit and Soft Sky Ink Refills then dabbed randomly over the cardstock creating this mishmash of blended colors.

From the Spring Catalog I chose three arrows from the  Essentials Wooden Elements which I pushed together and stamped in Early Espresso Classic Ink with the globe stamp from The Open Sea Stamp Set. In retrospect I should have chosen a less busy section of the stamp as if you didn’t know there was a picture of the world on it, it would look just a smidge murky, lol.

Also on this card from the Spring Catalog I’ve used the negative framelit from the On Film Framelits Dies and the Basic Metal Buttons which have been tied off with some Early Espresso Bakers Twine. The ruffles were made with Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon. A little Gorgeous Grunge in Early Espresso Classic Ink finished off the embellishing on Crumb Cake Cardstock. The sentiment stamped on Soft Sky Cardstock was from Delightful Dozen.

Tallinn - Ruffled RibbonFor this next card’s background the Summer Starfruit Classic Ink overtook the Marina Mist Classic Ink I used but I’m still happy with the results but this time instead of dripping ink onto felt I swiped the ink over the Silicone Craft Sheet, ensuring the colors were very close but now touching, then squirted water onto the Craft Sheet until it beaded.

Over this I gently placed the background cardstock and kept placing it onto the color bead until the cardstock was totally covered, then placed it wet side down onto a towel to help take some of the moisture out of the cardstock. To speed up the drying process I also used my Stampin’ Heat Tool.

To this background I used The Open Sea Stamp Set in Crumb Cake Classic Ink which I’d stamped off before stamping onto the dried cardstock. The “woo hoo” came from the Just Sayin’ Stamp Set in the Spring Catalog, as did the camera from the On Film Framelits Dies which was finished off with a Large Pearl Basic Jewel for the lense.

Tallinn - Soft SkyFor the final card I swiped Marina Mist Classic Ink and Summer Starfruit Classic Ink onto the Silicone Craft Sheet but this time I did a swipe of the Marina Mist Classic Ink above and below the Summer Starfruit Classic Ink. Onto this once dried I used the “blob” stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set in Island Indigo to finish off the mishmash look. Just a “peek” of Red Glitter Pepper completing the card.

Tallinn - Summer StarfruitCARD RECIPE
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Stamp Sets: Just Sayin’, Gorgeous Grunge, The Open Sea, Delightful Dozen
Classic Inks: Summer Starfruit, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Big Shot: On Film Framelits Dies
Punch: 3/16″ Corner
Ribbon: Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Soft Sky 1/2″ Seam Binding
Embellishments: Large & Pearl Basic Jewels, Red Glitter Paper,
Hung Up Cute Clips, Essentials Wooden Elements, Basic Metal Buttons
Essentials: Paper Trimmer, Paper Snips, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Spritzer,
Stampin’ Scrub & Mist, Silicone Craft Sheet, Sponge, Stampin’ Dimensionals
+ old towel

If you should be interested in trying these techniques for yourself but are a little uncertain, I’d be happy to help. Simply get together two or more friends and we’ll call it a party ’cause remember, it’s SALE-A-BRATION time!

For every $60 spent (excluding tax and shipping), you’ll have the choice of something FABULOUS so CALL ME SOON to avoid disappointment ~ 250-632-7248!

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

Joanne x


Finding my old MOJO!

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Oh yes, after creating (I originally wrote “doing” then thought to myself, that word underplays what was achieved so changed it!) that piece for Miss Ten’s teacher last week, I may have just found my old style. Proof is in the pudding as they say so no more dilly-dallying. I may be biased but I really like the end result of this card!

Dream & Inspire - JIF - MOJO300

This is the sketch for this week from Mojo Monday that I based the card on. I have to admit my pledge of doing masculine cards is really REALLY going to be tested with the flowers that are always on these sketches each week. But that’s good, it has me thinking…

Mojo300Sketch

I began with the wonderful Soho Subway DSPI just can’t get enough of it! Which is where the large “&” sign originated, it’s on one of the sheets but I only discovered that after I cut the background pattern! As soon as I saw it I knew it had to be included. Combined then with the new Candy Dots, oh my! These Candy Dots look like brads but are self-adhesive and repositionable for a short time, yea BUT, there are also brads that they can go on if you’d prefer, woohoo!

Inspire & Dream - Candy Dots - JIF - MOJO300

I almost left the “&” on its own but soon realized words were needed so after much procrastination decided on two from the Loving Thoughts Stamp Set. This was also the perfect excuse to use The Open Sea Stamp Set – both on the Marina Mist Cardstock Circle and I used the compass stamp as an embellishment. I did this by stamping in three times, cutting it down a little more on each one then after assembling it with Stampin’ Dimensionals, covered it with Crystal Effects. I have a love/hate relationship with this product as it takes a good three hours to set (overnight is better) but the effect is well worth the time!

Inspire & Dream - HomeMade Embellishment - JIF - MOJO300

The card itself is Naturals Ivory which I have, as always, have

CARD RECIPE
Stamp Sets: Loving Thoughts (125845), The Open Sea (123032)
Classic Inks: Early Espresso (126974), Soft Suede (126978)
Cardstock: Early Espresso (119686), Soft Suede (126978), Naturals Ivory (101849),
Summer Starfruit (126839), Marina Mist (119682)
DSP: Soho Subway (130140)
Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle (120906)
Embellishments: Neutrals Candy Dots (130934)
Essentials: Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Paper Snips (103579), Sponges (101610),
Crystal Effects (101055), Sticky Strip (104294), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430),
Stampin Scrub (126200), Stampin’ Mist (102394)

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

Joanne x

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