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There's not much that's better than getting up and wandering into the craft-room in your PJs, then creating a card for someone special before you've even had breakfast. I have an almost endless supply of shiny things to help my creativity and will happily share with you. 
If you are just stopping by to see what I've created then I hope my little corner of the interweb interests you and inspires you to find your inner junkie.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

I'm still here

Just had a busy busy time with my day job. As the money from this supports my inner junkie I figure I should do a good job, despite it infringing on my craft time more often than I should let it. I love my job, almost as much as crafting, so I often don't realise it's taken up too much time until it's too late.

I am really thankful for those of you that continue to visit despite my erratic behaviour.  I have just ordered the 2017 CTMH journal pages.  I wish SU would do a yearly journal but alas they have their amazing ideas focused in other directions.  The plan (pardon the pun) is to schedule time each week to blog for you.  I've had episodes of good bogging but I never seem to be able to maintain the momentum.  So....  I am currently finding information, videos and snippets of yum to put together draft posts when I have time.  I figure I can intersperse these with my updates and creations so you get something from me more regularly. 

A trip to Auckland this week meant not much time in the craftroom. MrsH and I got in there yestersday and tried out some background stamping using the Work of Art and Playful Backgrounds sets.  Our focus was on masculine cards which we seem to struggle with a little - I will add a pic later. 

Today I had the sun to keep me smiley but did manage and hour in the den of instickquity playing with my new dies and the newly aquired MISTI. 

I have to thank my amazing friend J for putting me onto the fact that these have landed in NZ. Not cheap but worth every single cent.  I can tell you it's earned it's keep in just a few days. 

Anyway.  Here's one of the happenings and I will be back with more.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Friday Fun...

I spent quite a bit of time in the den this week and yesterday was our fortnightly Crafty Capers session.  I always look forward to our Friday fun sessions and this week was particularly good. 

As well as these cards, we made some gift tags using the retired Chalk Talk framelits and the new Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle.  I don't own the set but one of the ladies does so I stamped some reindeer to use later.  

This one still needs a sentiment but don't you just love these guys.

Today is our monthly Stamp n Stuff and we are doing a shoebox swap which I'm really excited about.  I have chosen the note cards I showed you in my Variations on a Theme post.  I pre-cut and stamped all the pieces we need to reduce the make time and think it will be hit with the ladies.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Saturday, 24 September 2016


Work has had it's crazy moments again over the past few weeks and, although I've had plenty of time to play, I have been a bit exhausted.  

This week, however, I had a few mornings where I was working in the office at home and had plenty of time to play before I needed to clock in.

When the new Holiday Catalogue came out I was drawn to the Starlight Thinlet Dies.  These were another winner in my book as they didn't shout Christmas as much as winter and the holiday season, fairy dust and magic and our very own Southern Cross. I had never intended to buy the Star of Light stamp set as the wording is quite religious and not my cup of tea at all. However, after having a play at a recent SU! gathering of like-minded crazy craft ladies, I decided to purchase the bundle and boy am I glad I did.

This one is still a work in progress...

I will post some more over the next few days as I have plenty of time to get into the Den of Inkstickquity and create.  For now though, I am going outside to enjoy some of this amazing Spring sunshine.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 16 September 2016

Variations on a theme...

For our Crafty Capers session this week I decided we should make the card I had created for the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.  

I just love using the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies.  They are so crisp and look amazing.  I did find that I needed to a add shim for the longer pine bough die this time as my plates are a little worn.  I use a folded piece of cardstock for the best results.  The other dies cut perfectly using the magnetic or standard platforms.

I pre-cut all pieces - the pinecones in Early Espresso; Pine boughs in Cucumber Crush and Garden Green; Mistleoe in Pear Pizazz;  Ribbons in Red Glimmer Paper.  We then put our bunches of boughs and pinecones together using the Fine Tip Glue pen and mounted using Stampin' Dimensionals.

We stamped our banners using the Banners for You Bundle in Cherry Cobbler onto Crumb Cake and mounted on a Red Glimmer Paper Banner with Dimensionals.

I stamped Happy Solstice again on mine and we used Christmas from a retired set.

We then mounted it all on a matte in Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper and mounted that onto Cherry Cobbler with a Crumb Cake card base.

We made two more cards using some Crumb Cake Note Cards I purchased a couple of orders ago.  I intend to use these for a Holiday Card class later in October but thought it would be a perfect time to make a couple of smaller cards using the same theme.

This time we used the Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack for our top matte and trimmed with a band of Red Glimmer Paper.  I am so in love with the seasonal papers this year.  They are very versatile and this particular set of designs will be really useful for masculine cards all year round.  

As always, if you want to place an order or know more about any of the products used, please get in touch.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Sunday, 4 September 2016

ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Hello lovely friends

I am so excited to be part of the ESAD 2016 Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop.   

I just hope I have put all the right bits in all the right places so you can HOP around and see all of the amazing creations on view.

As some of you know, we don't celebrate Christmas in our house so I was thrilled when I saw the new Holiday Catalgoue had a selection of sets that could be used for Solstice cards.  

My instant favourite was the Pretty Pines Thinlet Dies and I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.  

I layered Cherry Cobbler and the new  Candy Cane Lane DSP onto a Crumb Cake card base. The pine cones, boughs and mistletoe are cut from Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush, Old Olive and Pear Pizzazz .  I added some Red Glimmer Paper and some tiny pearls for bling.  I have a selection of these left from packs of Pearl Basic Jewels and love that they are a perfect size for the mistletoe.

I stamped using the banner from the Time of Year hostess set and the Labeler Alphabet
  then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits. The letters in the Labeler Alphabet set are the perfect size for using with the banner bundle and punch and, being photopolymer, means you can manipulate them to fit just about any shape.  You also get more than one of each letter which makes is super easy to make up names and other words.

I am really rather pleased with my creation and hope that you can take some inspiration from this and the other wonderful entries in our Blog Hop.  Just click on the arrow below to navigate your way around.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'


Blog Hop Participants:
16. Liv Ingle

Thursday, 1 September 2016

It's here...

Finally the day has come when YOU can order goodies from the

and that's not all...

Several of you told me how disappointed you were that the Weekly Deals had gone.  At the time I promised you something even better and you have been so patient waiting for BETTER to arrive.  

Well that day is here too... From today until the 22nd September have some super cool SPECIAL OFFERS for you.  

Each set of offers runs for one week, just like the Weekly Deals used to do. Just click on the banner above to check this week's specials and let me know what you want to order.

Don't forget to stop by on Sunday to take a look at the amazing ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Crafty times...

I had a wee bit of time in the Den of Inkstickquity over the past week.  

I have been busy creating my entry for the ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop (which I can't show you until the 4th September).

This morning I had some time before work and created something to take with me to a demonstrator gathering I will be attending next weekend. 

We had to use new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue and I just love how this card turned out.  I know exactly who it will be sent to after the weekend and can't wait to hear what they think.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, 19 August 2016

Photos as promised...

A couple of the projects that came out of the Den of Inkstiquity this week.  Hoping that work has settled enough to let me get my entry into the Blog Hop done during the week.  We also have our Crafty Capers session today so will have some more pics for you later.

Cased from one of the ESAD Facebook Group ladies.  
I can't find the post right now but will add her name when I do.

Another goodbye card for one of my lovely Au Pairs.  
Have used something old, something new, something borrowed (non SU) but nothing blue.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Hi, yes I'm still here...

Wow, the last two weeks have flown by.  I have a couple of big work projects on the go and My Darling has been off work so we've been gaming and generally lollygagging around (and crafting of course) 

I have been in the craftroom quite a bit and enjoying the new products I was lucky enough to be able to pre-order from the Holiday Catalogue.

I can't wait to be able to show you the catty.  It's simply gorgeous, as always.  If you want a copy please email me or message me on the Facebook page and I will reserve a copy for you.  

Facebook has details of a couple of catalogue launch sessions too.  I will demo a brand new stamp and die set I know you will all love and have a make and take for you. There's a small charge of $10 per person to cover the cost of materials and spaces are limited to 6 per session so get in quick.

I'm also going to be taking part in a special Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop on Sunday 4th September, so keep your eyes out for that.  I love catalogue blog hops because they are so inspiring and full of ideas to get your started with the your shiny new stash.  I feel quite nervous about taking part as the ladies from ESAD are all really rather good.  I'm still very much a noob at this cardmaking lark and, at this stage, can only aspire to be as creative and talented as they are. 

I will pop some pics up for you a little later when I've got them cropped and watermarked.  I still haven't worked out a good way to achieve that on my phone or tablet.

Until next time...

Happy Stampin'