Monthly Archives: July 2014

Celebrate with Wisteria

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing with Stampin’ Up! paper, rubber stamps, inks and tools!

I still have one more post of Convention photos to share with you, but now that I’m home again, it’s difficult to find the time to load the photos and share them with you. It was great fun to get away with my Stampin’ Up girls. Now I’m back to the real world and it’s real busy! If I want to reach the Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean (it’s a HUGE jump for me, so we’ll see how it goes), then I need to make time for my Stampin’ Up! business. Hope you’ll help me for the ride!!

It’s been a couple weeks since we had an As You See It Challenge. Have you missed us?

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This sketch is super cute, don’t you think? If I had the fringe scissors (which, shockingly, I don’t … yet!), I would have used them for that little side fringe. Instead, I chose to do the ol’ fashioned tearing technique.

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Purple isn’t my favourite colour to work with, but this card decided it wanted to be purple. I tried really hard to make it Island Indigo and Pool Party, but it didn’t let me.

I used a Wisteria Wonder card base. You can see that I used two layers of Crumb Cake cardstock. One is matted with a thin layer of Whisper White cardstock with some large polka dots. These were added using the Dots and Stripes Mask. I positioned the dots mask over my cardstock, then spritzed it with Pool Party ink that I had mixed in a Stampin’ Up! spritzer with a bit of rubbing alcohol. I added the splotches of Elegant Eggplant ink with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set only after I accidentally dropped my ink pad on the corner of my cardstock (oops). Oh well, it worked out in the end, lol!

The smaller layer of Crumb Cake cardstock was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I added the torn piece of Elegant Eggplant to the edge of that and tied on the Black Baker’s Twine before adhering it with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to the card.

046closeThe flower is from the hostess set called “I Like You”. It’s perfect to use with the new Blendabilities. In this case, I used the Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, and a combination of Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie for the center of the flowers.

The sentiment on the banner is from the Good Greetings stamp set (not yet available) which I received for free from Stampin’ Up! for team leadership. I love free stuff!! I used my Bone Folder to curve the banner and give it a bit of shape before adhering it to my card.

Now it’s your turn! Give the sketch a try and share your creation on the As You See It Challenge page for Challenge #46. I can’t wait to be inspired by your design!

Amy

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Convention Adventures Part Two

We’ve been having a great time in Salt Lake City for Stampin’ Up Convention! Yesterday we had some time to do some shopping and get a pedicure before our check in at the Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin Party began. Then we were up late working on a room-mate’s swaps to help her get them done for the next day (she only had 120 swap cards to make this year!)

Convention officially started this morning. Here are some photos of our adventures today.

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Picking up our Convention bags and stamp sets

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Waiting for General Session to start

Waiting for General Session to start

We thought it was very funny to take a picture at the sign that says don't take a picture, lol!

We thought it was very funny to take a picture at the sign that says don’t take a picture, lol!

Waiting in line to meet Shelli Gardner

Waiting in line to meet Shelli Gardner

Shelli!!

Shelli!!

What our cover photo would look like if we were rock stars

What our cover photo would look like if we were rock stars

Home Office Tour - where they box 'em and then they ship 'em.

Home Office Tour – where they box ’em and then they ship ’em.

Home Office Tour - The Rock

Home Office Tour – The Rock

Brown Chicken Brown Cow by Michelle Suit

Punch Art card by Michelle Suit

Dinner at the Blue Iguana

Dinner at the Blue Iguana

Trends and Techniques Class

Trends and Techniques Class

Random out-of-context quotes at Convention:

“I heart you. I don’t remember my life without you”

“that’s how big my husband’s is”

“I’ve asked the Lord to give me a black singing voice when I get to heaven”

“apparently I’m never gonna touch it”

“it’s expelling crap out of it”

“When people get together to stamp, wonderful things happen” – Shelli Gardner

 

Convention Adventures – Part One

I’m in Salt Lake City!! Stampin’ Up! convention starts in a couple days, but we’re already having so much fun! I love traveling with the girls!

We drove to Seattle yesterday and stayed overnight. Then we flew to Salt Lake City today and here we are! It’s so fun to see friends that we made last year, hang out with them and catch up. The best part is the hugs and the laughs!

Here are random photos to show you some of the fun we’re having.

And Convention hasn’t even started yet!!

fallen asleep

sleeping on the drive (as is traditional after a late night finishing swap cards)

escaping the log-sawing

Escaping the snores by sleeping in the only room with a closing door

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Mirrored ceiling

Seattle Airport

Seattle Airport

the look

giving “the look”

Yay! On our way!

Yay! On our way!

Chillin' on the plane

Chillin’ on the plane

Squatters for dinner

Squatters for dinner

toothpick wink

Toothpick winkin’

Random out-of-context quotes of the day:

“I didn’t know it was going to spring out at me so forcefully”

“I think we should change the letter “p” to “ped” so that it rhymes better with “zed” in the alphabet song”

“two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking and says it’s own name”

“I’d climb him like a tree!”

“You know I’m all types of screwed up”

“bt-dubs” (= by the way)

 

Summer Flowers

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using Stampin’ Up! paper, ink, stamps, and tools! I design for the As You See It Challenge blog and it’s time for challenge #45!

And it’s official …. I have a summer cold. I hate colds. You are just sick enough to feel miserable and tired and not want to do anything, but not quite sick enough to be able to stop life for a good rest.

Well, at least I’m able to stamp! Though I must admit, I’d rather lay on the couch and watch TV.

The As You See It Challenge this week is actually a 2 week challenge!! A few of us on the design team will be out of town next week, so we’ve decided to take the week off. That means you have extra time to do an extra-amazing card, scrapbook or project with the theme challenge!

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So, where are we going that we need a week off? We’re off to Stampin’ Up Convention #inspirecreateshare2014 down in Salt Lake City, Utah!! This will be my second convention experience. It was a great time last year with motivational speakers, classes, checking out new product, and receiving free stamps! I’m so excited to see what our new Convention bags and t-shirts look like! I just hope I can shake this cold.

One of the things we do at Stampin’ Up Convention is to bring cards that we’ve made and swap them with a group of gals. That means, I take 20 cards that are all the same and return home with 20 cards that are all different, but made by other demonstrators using all sorts of different product and techniques.

This is one of my swap cards showing the paper-piercing technique using the hostess stamp set “Bloom with Hope”.

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You can check out my previous post over at my Stampin’ Up website and old blog to see another example of this technique.

All you need to do is stamp your image on the back of your cardstock. It doesn’t matter what colour you stamp it in or how crisp your image is, you won’t see that side! After you stamp your image, you take your paper piercing tool and your paper piercing mat and carefully poke holes along the main lines of your image, keeping the holes close together and evenly spaced. Also, you don’t want your holes too deep or too big, otherwise it will start looking messy. If you do end up with a couple that are bigger than you intended, just flip the paper over and gently press the edges of those holes so that they close up a bit.

Once you’re done piercing the holes, you can flip your cardstock over so that you now look at the side with the braille-like raised holes, but not the stamped image. This is the side that you get to watercolour! I like using Stampin’ Up’s Shimmery White cardstock for this project, but Watercolour Paper is also perfect for … well, watercolouring of any sort, lol! One thing to keep in mind is that the Watercolour Paper has a bit of an ivory colouring to it, while the Shimmery White is definitely more white.

To colour my flowers, I used an Aqua Painter with my ink pads. You can squeeze your closed ink pad so that a bit of ink gets on the inside of the lid, then you open the ink pad so you can access the lid and use it as your paint pallet.

In this case, I used watered down Rose Red for the flower petals and Wild Wasabi for the stem. I used Daffodil Delight with a touch of Pumpkin Pie for the center of the flower. The image was cut out using my Big Shot and a framelit from the Chalk Talk framelits, then lightly sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink.

I used layers of Crumb Cake cardstock with layers of Blackberry Bliss and Strawberry Slush. The ribbon is the lovely Hello Honey satin ribbon. I also used my Woodgrain embossing folder to add some texture to the card. Of course, the Crumb Cake layers are also sponged lightly with Crumb Cake ink.

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And, finally, I used Stampin’ Up Dimensionals (when do I not!?) to pop up a couple of my layers.

I hope you will try this Summer themed As You See It Challenge for yourself. You have two weeks, so there’s no excuses! What would you use to show off summer in a card, scrapbook or project? Give it a try and link it up to Challenge #45! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Amy.

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Coffee is a Perk

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using Stampin’ Up! paper, ink, stamps, and tools! I design for the As You See It Challenge blog and it’s time for challenge #44!

I love coffee, especially latte’s from Starbucks. My new summer treat is a Caramel Ribbon Frapp! So so soooooo yummy!

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Because I love coffee, I thought I would get some use out of my new Perfect Blend stamp set. I stamped the coffee cup image once on Whisper White cardstock with the Momento black ink, then coloured it with the Daffodil Delight Blendability markers and cut it out with my Paper Snips. Then I stamped the image again so I could cut out just the lid and attach it with Dimensionals.  I stamped the image a third time on the Moonlight Designer Paper, so I could cut out just the coffee sleeve and attach it with Dimensionals as well (after adding the Coastal Cabana baker’s twine, of course).

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You can see that I used the Epic Day washi tape, the BACK side of the Chevron Natural ribbon (which I stamped on with Stazon Black ink using the sentiment from the An Open Heart stamp set), Bermuda Bay 1/8″ taffeta ribbon, and finally a folded strip of Daffodil Delight patterned paper from the Brights Patterned Paper Stack.

The card base is Crumb Cake cardstock, which has an embossed outline 1/8″ all around the card that was created by using the Simply Scored tool and stylus. I matted that cool background with a thin layer of Bermuda Bay cardstock.

As for the cool background… how ’bout a quick photo tutorial:

044tutorial1My challenge card uses the Honeycomb folder, but this would work for any embossing folder. And you don’t even need the Big Shot for this because it doesn’t get embossed! Just pick which side of the folder you want to use (keep in mind that the raised area that you sponge is what will press colour onto your cardstock).044tutorial2

Spritzing with water is fun! The amount of water you add will determine how blended your colours are. If you want a softer, more watercoloured look, then use lots of water and make it more puddly. If you want a bolder colour, then spritz it only until the colour starts to bead on the folder. You’ll get a different look entirely based on the amount of water.

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Lay your cardstock over the ink and press gently with your hands. I used Shimmery White cardstock as it takes water well, but is more white than watercolour paper is … I tried this with Whisper White as well, but it warps the paper a bit – still works, though.

044tutorial4When you remove your cardstock, it will be quite runny if you used a lot of water. No worries…044tutorial5You can pick up that extra water by carefully pressing some paper towel over the image to absorb the excess.044tutorial6I used a little bit more water on the left image than I did on the right image. Also, you should take note that with this particular folder (the Alphabet Press), it actually makes a big difference because the image on the left has backwards letters, lol!044tutorial 6So, this is the final result. I used Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss and Island Indigo inks on this one. My card above used Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon, and Hello Honey inks.

Let me know what you think and, please, play along with the sketch challenge this week! I am always inspired by every card I see and I look forward to being inspired by yours!

So go on over to the As You See It Challenge Blog and load up your design of this week’s sketch!!

Amy.

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Oh ya!! The winner gets this:

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So, I’m prepared to admit it: I’m a bit of a liar … well not REALLY a full on liar, more like one who tries really hard to stick with her word, then completely fails at it, lol! A while back I said I would post photos of the prize for my draw “the next day”. I had intended on actually following through with that, but life just kinda gets in the way, you know?

So, I hope you’ll forgive me for the delay.

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The winner received a thank you card, some retired large rhinestones, subtles candy dots, an assortment of new and retired ribbons, an assortment of new and retired designer papers (6×6″), and first pick of two retired stamp sets from my upcoming rubber rummage sale (not shown).

044prizepaperThank you all for your comments. I love to read them!

Amy