Monthly Archives: July 2015

Thank You Note Cards

I’m so excited to share my latest Stampin’ Up creation with you today!  I decided to do something a little bit different for the As You See It challenge and used my Gift Bag Punch Board to create a pretty holder for a selection of thank you note cards.

Here’s the sketch that got my creative juices flowing:

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And here’s the bag and the selection of thank you cards that I created using that same sketch:

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I just love how they turned out! I wanted to have a slight vintage feel to this project, so I picked muted colours and combined them with sassy gold. I’m IN LOVE with the new Metallic Thread! It’s so fun to add a splash of pizzazz that doesn’t pull your eye away from the focal point of the card.

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I used the Gift Bag Punch Board to create the gift bag that will hold this collection of cards. The cards are a bit smaller than 3×3″. Actually, they are precisely 2.75″x2.75″. I find this size to fit much more easily into the 3 1/8″ square envelopes and 2.75″ is kind of a magical number when you are using the 8.5″x11″ cardstock. By creating this size card, I can get 6 wee note cards out of one sheet of cardstock! THIS gives me great joy (probably more than it should, lol!)

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Products used in this project include: Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper, Gift Bag Punch Board, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Lost Lagoon cardstock, Rose Red cardstock, Tip Top Taupe cardstock, Basic Grey cardstock, Basic Black cardstock, Very Vanilla cardstock, Gold Foil cardstock, Lost Lagoon ink pad, Rose Red ink pad, Tip Top Taupe ink pad, Smoky Slate ink pad, Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, Tin of Cards stamp set, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Satin Ribbon, In-Colour Blossom Accents, Versamark Ink pad, Gold Embossing powder, Heat Tool, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Lots of Labels framelits, Big Shot, Metal Rimmed Pearls.

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Because I used Very Vanilla cardstock in this project, rather than Whisper White, I will take the time to create beautiful matching envelopes using the Timeless Elegance Designer Series Paper.

Just imagine the look on my friend’s face when she receives this beautiful selection of cards! She won’t want to give them away!!

(but she will… because I will make her.   MWAHAHAHAAAA!!)

If you are interested in purchasing any of these products, you can do so by clicking on the SHOP button on the side bar of this post. If you’re on your phone or tablet, you can scroll down to reach the SHOP button.

Now go! Make! Create! Be the awesomeness that you are!!

And then share it with someone! That is your challenge today! (so, do the challenge sketch this week and upload it to the link on the As You See It Challenge blog! It’s fun. You’ll like it!)

Amy

 

Blue Brick

I had such a crazy awesome and busy week last week that I couldn’t pull it together enough to make a card to share with you. I loved last week’s AYSI challenge sketch, though. I’ll have to give it a try later and see how it goes.

I’m in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the Inspire.Create.Share. Stampin’ Up convention! Me and the gals started with a couple of lovely days just hanging out together in the city, eating yummy food, shopping and educating ourselves on the Charleston and other important things-to-know about the roaring 20s. Stampin’ Up had the 20s themed party on last night after our first day of Convention! It was so fun to dress up and show my dance moves (as unpracticed as they were- it’s harder than it looks!).

I did have just enough time to created this card before I packed my bags on Sunday. But first here’s the As You See It Challenge sketch #97 where my inspiration came from.

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And my card is all in Pacific Point, Mint Macaron, and Basic Black. I used stamps from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set and the Bold Butterfly stamp set.

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This design also uses the Brick Wall embossing folder, the new Lots of Labels Framelits (which I just cut off one end of to create the tag), and the In-Colour Blossom Accent.

Try this layout for yourself so you can share it on the As You See It website! We love to see what you create!

Here’s some 1920s dance moves so you can imagine what we did at the Stampin’ Up party last night!!

Amy.

 

 

 

Speedy Colour Blocking

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I love speed stamping! It gets the heart pumping and pushes my creativity! Today’s challenge is all about shades of pink! Can you make a card in under 10 minutes? It’s tough, but I’m proud to say that I did it just under the wire at 9 minutes and 59 seconds! Phew!

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I decided to do colour blocking with my pink cardstock. Here’s what I came up with:

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I probably would have done it in less time had I not had a minor issue with my big shot and then stuck my colourful layer down crooked! I’m pleased with the overall look of the card, but thought it needed one more thing. Can you see the difference?

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The Blossom Accent in Watermelon Wonder adds a lot to the design, I think.

The card base is the Thick Whisper White cardstock (love this!). To a piece of Whisper White cardstock, I added strips of coloured cardstock (shades of pink) including Melon Mambo, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, and Real Red (yes, red is a shade of pink … a very dark shade of pink). Then I trimmed it down to the size that I wanted it and ran it through the Big Shot with the ‘thanks’ from the Greetings Thinlits. The two bottom corners were rounded with the Project Life corner rounder punch and the Black Baker’s Twine was wrapped around this piece of cardstock for added interest and texture. That entire layer was then adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

095sideAnd the beautiful Blossom Accent was added after my 10 minute mark was done.

That’s it. Easy Peasy.

You should try this challenge. Seriously! This is such a good exercise to help you get your creative mojo going. Even if you absolutely HATE your card when you’re done, it can spur on some new creative flow and teach you to be more efficient in the future.

Give it a try and show it off on the As You See It Challenge blog so we can see what you’ve created!

Amy

Beautiful Friend

94headerWelcome to my blog where I have the joy of sharing my love of designing with paper and ink using my beloved supplies from Stampin’ Up! Today’s design shows off the new Awesomely Artistic stamp set and begins with an As You See It colour challenge.

AYSIChallenge094-1024x1024I love the whimsical beauty that a dragonfly image automatically adds to artwork, whether it’s a photograph, a painting, a scrapbook layout, or a card design.

This colour combination calls for Not Quite Navy, which is a colour that has retired from Stampin’ Up’s colour collections. It was a favourite of mine. However, since it isn’t available, I chose the next best thing: Night of Navy. It’s a lovely rich navy blue, that when a bit of the same colour of ink is sponged around the edges, it makes it even more rich and gorgeously deep!

AYSI#94 by Amy JasperI wanted to add some ribbon to my card, but didn’t have anything that worked. Since necessity is the mother of invention, I chose to dye some satin ribbon to match my project!

Tips to dye ribbonTips:

  1. Use gloves. I am pretty good at keeping my hands and my workspace clean, but dying ribbon is a messy process. Gloves will be a member of my craft studio from now on.
  2. Use a small container. A small container allows you to be frugal with your ink refill. A small ziplock baggie works great and gives you freedom to squish your ink and ribbon around, ensuring total coverage. I chose to use an empty embellishment container and coiled my ribbon inside. It was very cool to watch the colour wick up the ribbon until it was saturated.
  3. More ink gives a darker colour. I started with 12 drops of ink refill and a couple teaspoons of water and my ribbon came out a lovely steel blue, but it wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted. I added 20 more drops of ink to the same container and placed my coiled ribbon in it again. This gave me the desired colour.
  4. Dry the ribbon. If your ribbon is wet, it will colour anything it touches. You can lay your ribbon on a paper towel and let it dry overnight. If you’re impatient (like me), you can dab it on a paper towel until most of the wet comes off, then hold in in your (un-gloved) hand and use your heat tool over it like a blow dryer (not too close). Holding it in your hand will prevent you from melting your ribbon (because you will feel the heat on your hand). If your ribbon isn’t dry, you will see marks of ink on your project as you add your ribbon. Also, it will not adhere well if you use glue dots or other adhesive to attach a bow.
  5. Different ribbon give varied results. Satin ribbon takes colour beautifully. Others will take colour differently, so test it out and see how it goes. Some ribbons are treated with sizing, which make them repel water, so they require extra work to get them to absorb the colour. You can wash them ahead of time in the sink or just take the time to massage in the colour (plastic bag technique would be the best container choice in this case).
  6. Not always true to colour. Some inks won’t give true colour on your ribbon. Sometimes it’s the ribbon, but sometimes it’s as though the ink separates. For example, I have seen Chocolate Chip ink end up a dusty rose pink colour when used on ribbon!

094sentimentI ruched the ribbon using a length of Tear Tape to adhere it as I ruffled and attached, ruffled and attached. The photo above also shows the piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, which I textured by running it between my bone folder and my thumb multiple times until the fibres in the paper began softening. I actually softened it enough that I could separate it into two layers which makes a sort of suede-like finish (can’t really see it in the photo). This process makes the paper really pliable for a nice distressed look. I stamped it with the textured image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set for an added amount of colour and texture.

And I’m quite pleased with the use of the black Candy Dot in the Candy Dot brad! I can’t remember the last time I used one of these brads with the Candy Dots! It looks great!

The sentiment is a combination of the Greeting Thinlits “hello”, which I created using Daffodil Delight cardstock with that same texture stamp image over it; the “beautiful” is created using the Rotary Alphabet stamp; and the “friend” image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.94angle

I was very pleased with my circle section of this card. I started by rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the paper and stamping the floral image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set by first inking the stamp with Versamark ink, then inking over that with Daffodil Delight ink. This allows the ink to stay “wet” longer so I could cover it with Clear Embossing powder and heat-set it with my Heat Tool. Once set, I added Night of Navy ink over it with a sponge and circular motions. Torn pieces of sticky note paper were applied as a mask to create the vacant area on the circle.

After sponging to my heart’s content, I used my Embossing Buddy again and stamped my dragonfly with Jet Black Stazon. Then I applied Black Embossing Powder and used my Heat Tool. I applied the Night of Navy splatter with the splatter image stamp from the same stamp set.

The thin mat of Daffodil Delight cardstock was a great finish to the overall card. It looked so plain before adding that splash of light. That Daffodil Delight mat is on Stampin’ Dimensionals, as is the circle of Whisper White cardstock with the dragonfly image.

94AmyJasperI had the pleasure of stamping with a friend while creating this card. I think that’s why the sentiment says “hello beautiful friend” – because I was thinking of her. She was my muse for the day. Thanks Gwen!

What would you do with this colour combination? Try it and share it with the As You See It Challenge blog! We love to see what you create!

Amy

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