Monthly Archives: December 2015

Exhale the Crazy

I hope you are making beautiful new memories with the people around you whom you love most.  It’s this time of year that is supposed to be the most wonderful and most magical.

Yet, for the last few years, I’ve been caught between the magical moments that happen in spite of my hard work to create them and the pressure and stress of … well … all the hard work trying to set the stage for magical moments. Funny thing to say, isn’t it? I bet I’m not the only one, though.

Many of us put lights on our houses, decorate the insides of our homes and workplaces, shop for the perfect gifts that will light up the faces of those who receive them. We make cookies and goodies, cook fancy amazing meals, and we try so hard to look extra special for the holiday parties and Christmas church services and kids concerts. It’s a lot of pressure and easy to get caught up in the craziness of it all, trying so hard to make the magic that we expect from this time of year – trying to control it.

The craziness has settled down here … At least, for a now.

I’m enjoying this particularly magical moment while sitting in the easy chair of my living room, awkwardly writing this post on my cell phone, drinking my rum and eggnog, and listening to Sarah McLachlan’s Wintersong album. I can reflect.

Funny how the magical moments come in their own time. I can’t really create them. They have to be given room to exist. When we fill the days with pressures and expectations (and panic), there is very little space left to notice the magic. We have to have room to breathe it in.

Inhale the magic, exhale the crazy.

So as you celebrate joy to the world, don’t forget to live it, too. Make sure you have enough room to inhale the magic – inhale deeply – inhale the joy of the world.

I won’t leave you without sharing a project, so here’s one that reflects the thoughts of the day.

imageI used the Chalkboard Banner from Stampin’ Up (you can buy it from the year end sale online) and added some banners of my own, cut from the patterned paper in the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. The Red Pompom Trim on the sides of my banner are also from the year end sale online.

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If you order online through me by December 31st, using hostess code DF4WF2EH at the checkout, I will send you a special gift of Stampin’ Up product in the mail in January.

Have a look online and check out the Year End Sale! You can click on the SHOP button to find my online store.

And, my friends, don’t forget to breathe.

Merry Christmas and a joy-filled winter to you and yours!

Under a Starry Sky

So glad you stopped in for a visit. I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and a designer for the As You See It Challenge Blog.

Here is the sketch challenge this week:

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Under a Starry Sky created by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com with Sleighride Edgelits, Stars Embossing Folder, washi tapeI inked up one side of the Star Embossing Folder with Hello Honey ink, so that when pressed in the Big Shot, the ink transferred onto the Very Vanilla cardstock. I used some patterned paper from the Timeless Elegance Designer Paper for the housed that are die cut with the Sleighride Edgelits and the Big Shot.

Under a Starry Sky by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com with Sleighride Edgelits, Star Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!Season of Cheer Washi Tape was used to create the rays behind the Gold Glimmer paper star that was also die cut using the Big Shot and the Stars Framelits. The sentiment is from the Versatile Christmas stamp set and is stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink.

Under a Starry Sky insideI don’t always spend much time on the inside of my cards, but this one needed something to write on. Plus, I accidentally scored the cardstock in the wrong place, so I decided to make it a design feature. I scored 4 lines and used them as dividers for the sentiment. This actually made decorating the inside really simple with only 3 pieces of paper: a practice run of my embossed stars was used for the top piece, Very Vanilla for the sentiment (again from the Versatile Christmas stamp set), and a piece of the same pattern of the Timeless Elegance designer series paper.

Under a Starry Sky by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Sleighride Edgelits, Star Embossing Folder from Stampin' UpI also used Black Stitched Satin ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, and the Project Life corner rounder punch to add some detail.

Have a great weekend!!

Merry Christmas to All Buckle Card

Have I got a fun card for you today! I wasn’t very excited for the theme this week. Not really my thing, but someone will love this card, simply because it’s so fun!

Here’s the As You See It Challenge that I started with:

AYSIChallenge116-1024x1024I really wasn’t sure where to go with this theme. I don’t have any Santa stamps or anything other than patterned paper with Santa’s on it from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper. In the end, I remembered a tutorial I used a while back for a Buckle Card. And that’s where I landed!

Merry Christmas to All buckle card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI used a Basic Black cardstock for the card base and layered it with Whisper White, Real Red, and Gold Glimmer. The words are created using the Alphabet Rotary Stamp and Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped them first, then cut them out with my paper trimmer so they would be straight with less room for error. Each of the word pieces are on Stampin’ Dimensionals and the little flourish of Gold Metallic Thread is just stuck to the Dimensionals to hold it in place.

Merry Christmas to All buckle card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI added the little Gold Foil star by punching it out using the Stars Confetti Punch, then adhering it with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Can you see the fuzzy look to Santa’s coat trim? Some Filter Paper (a heavier version of tissue paper) was flattened and adhered to the Whisper White layer after I tore the edges and crumpled it up. Santa’s coat was too flat and boring otherwise.

The Gold Glimmer paper buckle was cut using the Square Framelits and the Big Shot.

Merry Christmas to All buckle card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comYou can see inside the card a little bit and how it fits together in the photo above. I added a sliver of the Holiday Foil paper in the inside to make it pretty. The paper under the gold buckle slides into the Word Window punched slot in the front of the card. That’s how it all holds together. Isn’t it fun!

Merry Christmas to All buckle card inside by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI still need to finish the sentiment on the inside. Any ideas what I will put?  . . .  I have to finish the the last line of that poem, of course – Twas the Night before Christmas:

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove out of sight,

“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

JOY!!

What brings you the most joy in your life? I find joy in my children, my family, my friends. I get the most joy from my relationships.

But there’s also ice cream, ice cream definitely brings me joy.

… and lattes. Lattes bring me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream and lattes.

… and wine. Yup, wine brings me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream, lattes, and wine.

… and maybe vacations. Vacations, too. They bring me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream, lattes, wine, and vacations.

… and stamping.

Ok, there are actually a lot of things in life that bring me joy. Life is pretty joyful if you stop to think about it. There’s a lot of things to be sad about or angry about. But I can choose joy.

And so I do.

(most times)

 

Joy card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits from Stampin' Up!I am pleased to be able to announce the winner of the blog candy from last week! This woman’s smile brings me joy, her cards bring me joy, her knitting brings me joy, and her hugs bring me joy – Congratulations, Seana!! You have won the blog candy! You will receive it next week when it arrives at your door!

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their Christmas traditions with us.

I would love to hear from more of you.  So tell me … what brings you joy?

Joy card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits from Stampin' Up!Write a reply/comment on this post and tell me what brings you joy. Maybe we find joy in some of the same things?

Amy.

Like this card? Here are the details: Soft Suede cardstock base, Whisper White layer, stamped with Wonderous Wreath stamp set in Lost Lagoon ink leaves, then rubbed with the Embossing buddy before stamping the Versamark ink leaves that are embossed with Gold Embossing powder, and Soft Suede ink berries that were glittered up using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Gold Glitter. The JOY was die cut using the Wonderous Wreath framelits and Basic Black cardstock with my Big Shot die cutting machine. The Linen Thread bow was adhered with the Fine-Tip Glue pen as were also the Gold Sequins. The strip of Basic Black cardstock was added to the bottom of the card to give it a bit of balance. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the Whisper White later to the Soft Suede card base.

Hang a Shining Star

My favourite thing about a song, especially Christmas songs, is when someone says something in normal conversation and it sparks a song in your mind that you absolutely MUST sing out loud. As it was said in the movie, ELF, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

My hope is that my card today will cause a Christmas song to be placed in your mind when you read the words. (Basically, I’m working on developing my talents in mind-control.)

Don’t forget to check out my previous post, Fleecy Caribou and Blog Candy, for a chance to win a stamp set! Winner will be announced on Tuesday!

Here’s today’s sketch from the As You See It Challenge blog:

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The card I have to share with you today is a 3″ x 5.5″ card. The elements that I chose simply demanded to be on a narrow card design. Seriously, the cards should just make themselves if they’re going to be so demanding!!

Hang a Shining Star Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

It begins with a 3″ x 5.5″ Mossy Meadow card base and the layer of patterned paper from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. The next layer is a Spider Web Doily that has been trimmed and turned around to show the white side rather than the black side of the doily. This, of course, was adhered with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Next, the leaf image from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set was stamped with Old Olive Ink onto Old Olive cardstock. This was then die cut on the Big Shot, using the Leaflets Framelits. I happily sponged away on the edges of my newly cut leaf using Stampin’ Up Sponges and Old Olive ink. Before adhering the leaf, I took a moment to gently curl and shape its edges.

Hang a shining star by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

The star on this card is die cut from Silver Foil paper, using the Star Framelits. After using my Embossing Buddy to remove static, dust, and finger prints from the Silver Foil paper, I used the Alphabet Rotary stamp to create the words and stamped them on the star with Versamark Ink. Then they were heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.

I saw my crooked words and decided to go for it anyway. I think it adds an authentic, kind of, stamped metal look.

The star is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up off the page. The Silver Sequin Trim and the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon were attached using a Mini Glue Dot.

Hang a Shining Star card and envelope by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Because I had an unusually-sized card, I needed to make a custom envelope to go with it. The Envelope Punch Board is the perfect tool for just that very thing. Unfortunately, the envelope sizes available on the punch board still didn’t match what I needed. I played around a bit, changing the starting size of the paper and the different positions for scoring and punching and determined this:

To create an envelope for a 3″ x 5.5″ card, start with a piece of 7.5″ x 7.5″ paper (Red Envelope Paper, in this case), using the Envelope Punch Board, punch and score at 2 7/8″. Then carry on with the punch board as you normally would until your envelope is complete.

I also took the time to trim one of the side flaps on my envelope to give it a professional finish. I just drew a pencil line where I wanted to cut, then used my paper trimmer to remove the unwanted bit of paper.

This sketch is simple and cute. You should give it a try and share it with us on the As You See It Challenge blog. We love to see your take on our challenges!!

Did my card make you sing out loud? The words on the star are from one of my favourite Christmas tunes, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Do you have a favourite Christmas song? Leave a comment and let me know!

Fleecy Caribou and Blog Candy

I’m curious about holiday traditions. Everywhere I go, I’m hearing about different traditions. Many I’ve heard of before, like chocolate advent calendars, touring the Christmas lights in town, or waiting in long lines to get photos with Santa in the mall.

I’d love to make it a tradition to shoot down all the tacky plastic Santa’s from people’s rooftops, but I’m pretty sure that’s illegal. Too bad. I think it would be very satisfying. Perhaps someone should add that to a rifle range somewhere… a tacky plastic Santa rifle range, lol!

More and more, I’m hearing about new traditions like wine advent calendars, or tea ones, or chocolate ones, or Lego ones! There’s Elf on the Shelf. Different movies, like Die Hard (yes, it is a Christmas movie) are enjoyed over the holidays. Some people don’t exchange gifts anymore, but give to people in need, instead.

I make Christmas crafts. Cards and decor. Gift wrap and gift tags.

Here’s one of my simple and quick Christmas cards using the Barnyard Babies stamp set in combination with the Wonderland Stamp set.

Fleecy Caribou card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Barnyard Babies stamp set - Wonderland Stamp set - Jingle all the Way stamp setI love this little lamb with the caribou antlers. I created another card with him on a previous post here.

Did you know that caribou in North America are the same as the reindeer that pull Santa’s sleigh? Just a fun fact for you.

“You know Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Button,

Comet and Cupid and Donner and Mutton”

Fleecy Caribou card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com The Season of Cheer patterned paper and the Red Foil paper from Stampin’ Up are so pretty and festive together! Don’t you think?

I added the stars on this card using Soft Sky ink and the Jingle All the Way stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I used the Sahara Sand Marker to give a slight shadow outline to my image, while adding a slight blue tone to my white fleecy caribou by “in-lining” the image with a Soft Sky Marker.

It’s your turn now.  In the comments on this post, tell me what your favourite holiday tradition is from when you were growing up and/or one new holiday tradition that you have started or would like to start with your family.

Your comment and information in the entry form will count as an entry into a draw for my *blog candy today!! Be sure to check back on Tuesday next week to see if you won!!

Christmas Tagables

*Enter to Win!

Christmas Tagables photopolymer stamp set by Stampin’ Up!

*You must be a Canadian resident to enter. Please fill out the entry form below AND leave a comment on my blog about your holiday traditions. Just one entry per person please. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 8th.