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Double Shaker Christmas Card

I have been so very absent since the As You see It Challenge site went down. The weekly challenges were what kept me sharing with you and it’s been so difficult to keep up with my blogging without that regular incentive. Life is … life. I catch myself talking about how busy I am all the time, but I’ve realized that we’re ALL busy. ALL the time.

It’s not a new thing. It’s just what life is.

So, time keeps passing me by and I have false starts at sharing my stamping projects with you here on my blog. I’m not sure what my game plan is, but I know that I want to blog. I enjoy sharing with you. More than that, I enjoy hearing from you. Your comments spur me on and make me want to have more to offer.

I’ve been getting a lot of responses for a Christmas card that I shared with you last year. I’m loving the interest and the encouragement! It’s those comments that make me want to get back into sharing cards with you. So keep commenting, my crafty friends! If you like anything that I do on inkingonthefly.com, then take the time to say hi. It’s nice to know that I’m not just talking to myself!!

I have a project to share with you today. It’s a card that I made with my technique class that uses a double shaker design with … wait for it … SALT!! BAH! I’m so crazy sometimes!!

Double shaker Christmas card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Can you see it? There are two different mediums in the shaker because there are two layers! How fun is THAT!! And, I decided to use salt for the snow. Table salt for the distant snow and course pickling salt for the snow in front of the house. I have no idea how salt will effect the paper over time, but if it’s kept dry (which paper should really be), I imagine it would take a very long time for the salt to degrade the paper, if it even would at all. I’ll take my chances.

Double shaker card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

If you’ve ever made any kind of shaker card before, all you need to do is add a second layer! Because the Foam Adhesive Strips are thicker than Stampin’ Dimensionals, this card with two layers of foam strips will be a tight fit in an envelope. You can either make a larger envelope to give your card more room by using the Envelope Punch Board, or you can use a little finagling to wiggle this card into one of Stampin’ Up’s medium sized envelopes. It can be done!

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Supplies used include:

  • Stampin’ Up Foam Adhesive Strips
  • Crumb Cake cardstock
  • Real Red Cardstock
  • Early Espresso Cardstock
  • Whisper White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Window Sheets
  • Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper
  • Layering Circle Framelits
  • Big Shot
  • Woodland Embossing Folder
  • Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (I added just a smidge to the table salt)
  • Table salt and pickling salt
  • Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue
  • Christmas Pines Stamp Set
  • Early Espresso Ink
  • Linen Thread
  • Mini Jingle Bells
  • Banner Triple Punch (for those perfect flagged ends on my paper strips)
  • Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack

double shaker card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

We also got a dog in May. He’s 8 months old now and likes to chew on our baseboards, door frames, and the underground sprinkler system in the backyard. We love ‘im though!!

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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.

Time for Tinsel

And here we are, in British Columbia, Canada, with the frosty cold weather finally upon us, the crunchy snow squeaking under our feet, the “whoah-that-was-close” feeling when you slip on a patch of ice and catch yourself just in time, the thoughts of Christmas decorations and all the crafty plans to make the season bright, and the cozy pleasure of drinking rum and Eggnog by the fire.

This is a season filled with warmth of heart. Family, friends, good deeds, and good food, all contribute to internal warmth when the weather outside is frightful.

Christmas cards are part of the sharing of that warmth – warming the hearts of others. The colour challenge for today’s As You See It Challenge might help you warm someone from the inside out!

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Love these crazy colours. The Real Red and Bermuda Bay combo is wild and playful, while the Mossy Meadow is the “calm it down” addition to the trio.

I decided to work with a lot of white space to make my card bright and wintery with pops of colour to keep it fun!

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I used the Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the card base (LOVE that stuff!), then did a narrow mat layer of Whisper White under the decorated layer of Whisper White that is paper pierced all around the edge using my Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and my Updated Essentials Paper Piercing Pack. That layer is raised on Stampin’ Dimensionals to allow the shadow beneath it to accentuate the paper piercing detail.

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The decorated layer of Whisper White was stamped using the splotch images from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set. I used Bermuda Bay and Mossy Meadow ink. Then I added the strip of the Holiday Fancy Foil Designer Vellum, before placing my star image with the sentiment.

The sentiment is from the Versatile Christmas Stamp Set and is stamped in Jet Black Stazon Ink on Whisper White cardstock. This was then carefully die cut with one of the stars from my Star Framelits. I then used my Paper Piercing Tool again with the template to add the paper piercing detail on the star.

114starsThe star was adhered to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The little stars were created with the Confetti Stars Punch from Whisper White cardstock and Red Foil paper. These were adhered with the very beloved Fine-Tip Glue Pen, perfect for adhering all your little detail items to your projects!

The Red Pom Pom trim and the Bermuda Bay Baker’s Twine were the perfect compliment to the playfulness of this card design.

114Amy1Be sure to stop by this Tuesday to see what I have for blog candy!! It’s coming!

Have a great weekend! Be sure to play along this week with this fun colour combination. I hope you share what you come up with by linking it to the As You See It Challenge Blog. I can’t wait to see!!

Christmas Fantasy Box – Part 2

As promised, here is Part 2 of my Christmas Fantasy Box. I just needed to complete the inside of this adorable gift box so I could show you how it looks when you open it up.

Christmas Fantasy Box - Part 2 by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comIs this not adorable!! The inside of the box has these individual boxes to put in chocolates, or cookies, or jewelry. Any little gifts or storage items would work. I wonder if After Eight Chocolates would fit?

I found the directions for this box at this site. I used the measurements and the basic directions, but did my own thing for the decorating and stamping.

You can save paper by cutting it for the outside box cover to be 6″ x12″, rather than 6.5″ x 12″. There is enough to cover your Coaster Board box panels with only 6″. Also, I am finding that I prefer to fold the corners of my cover in while covering my box panels rather than trim the corners at a 45 degree angle. There is a bit of bulk, but if you’re working with Stampin’ Up!’s designer paper, it is thin enough that the bulk is not a problem. I like how folding the corner in allows full coverage over the Coaster Board panels.

Christmas Fantasy Box - Part 2 by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - box linersEach of the individual boxes are lined with a 2″x2″ piece of the Season of Cheer Designer paper. I used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, and Mossy Meadow cardstock for my little boxes.

Do you see the red liner paper inside the cover? That is actually Red Envelope paper from Stampin’ Up! It’s perfect for a liner.

TIP: I love using Stampin’ Up!’s Tear and Tape for all my boxes and album covers. It holds securely and the paper doesn’t buckle under the pressure of creasing and shaping.

I can’t wait to make more of these Fantasy Boxes and fill them with goodies to give away this Christmas! Just imagine the look on your friend’s face as they lift the lid and discover the secret compartments inside!

Christmas Fantasy Box – Part 1

My preparations for the bi-annual Fly the Coop Mini Retreat are slowly coming together. I love that this retreat takes place in my home, limiting the number of participants to only six people. With the small numbers, we can enjoy the cozy, intimate setting of my home without the interruptions or obligations of our everyday lives getting in the way of the good times we have! Then we can stamp away, finishing all the projects that we brought along to complete!

Things are coming along slowly because I am a very good procrastinator, doing things that shouldn’t really be given that much time when there are other tasks that should take priority. But … because of my amazing procrastination abilities, I have a great project to share with you (when I should have done a much simpler and quicker project instead, lol!)

However, all is not lost, as I will likely use this project (or a very close version of this project) for the Monthly Stampers Group appreciation night and Christmas party that is coming up in December. I get to spoil my monthly group members with special discounts, a free project (this one, whoop whoop!), and Stampin’ Up! door prizes. The members of this group are part of my stamping family and the appreciation night is my opportunity to say “thank you” for their support and loyalty.

Let’s get to the As You See It Challenge for this week. Check it out:

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Christmas Fantasy Box by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI adore how this box turned out! It’s called a Fantasy Box and has a special surprise with the inside design. No scary pop-ups, though. Just something really cool. You’ll have to come back on Saturday morning to see more!

A lot of different Stampin’ Up! supplies were used for this Christmas Fantasy Box. You will find them all listed at the bottom of the page. My favourite part about the way the box looks, is the lid and topper. The Sleigh Ride Edgelits helped me create the sloping lid design.

Christmas Fantasy Box by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - topperI’m in love with this box topper. The pine cone was created by layers of paper punched little Gold Glimmer hearts. I adhered them to a mini cone-shape of paper, then wrapped the top with Gold Sequin Trim, finally topping all that with the Gold Satin Ribbon bow.

Can you see the white doily under all those leaves? It is a Spiderweb Doily from Stampin’ Up!! I simply trimmed away some of the edges and used the white side of the doily instead of the black side.

I love that I can use a challenge sketch for projects that aren’t cards. I try to think … outside the box when I design for the As You See It Challenge blog.

Come back on Saturday and check out the inside of this cool Fantasy Box. In the mean time, what will you do with today’s sketch? Don’t forget to link it up with the As You See it page, so we can see what you came up with!

Happy Stamping!

Amy.

Supplies: Coaster Board (not visible), Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, Red Envelope Paper (not visible), Bitty Banner Framelit, Happy Scenes photopolymer stamp set, Tuxedo Black Momento ink pad, Whisper White cardstock, Real Red Cardstock, Spiderweb Doily, Red Pompom Trim, Gold Sequin Trim, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder (sorry, it’s a retired product), Lighthearted Leaves photopolymer stamp set, Leaflets Framelits, Mossy Meadow ink, Old Olive ink, Old Olive cardstock, Sponges, Gold Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Tear and Tape, Fine-Tip Glue pen, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Hot Glue, Big Shot, Stampin’ Trimmer, and Craft Scissors.

Deck the Halls

Sometimes you need to add to your home decor. Here’s a 5×7″ piece of holiday artwork you can create using Stampin’ Up products.

Of course, I started with this sketch challenge from the As You See It Challenge Blog.AYSIChallenge112-1024x1024 Then I decided to go with a circular background instead of a rectangle. Always trying to see things a little differently. Here’s my framed holiday artwork that I ended up with:

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I used the Season of Cheer designer series paper to create the layered poinsettia flower. Just a lot of fussy cutting using four flowers that were identical from a sheet of the patterned paper. I adhered the layers together with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details glue was painted on the petals to add a little shimmer.

Circle Framelits were used with my Big Shot to create the wreath look with more patterned paper and some Gold Glimmer paper. I even curled the 1/8″ Gold Taffeta ribbon just like you would curl paper ribbon with your scissors. This adds a festive texture to the artwork.

But the beauty of this project is really the brick background.

112 Created by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI started with Kraft paper. It comes in a 12×12 pack and is a different texture than Stampin’ Up’s other cardstock. I ran a 4×6″ piece through the Big Shot with my Brick Wall embossing folder, then sponged it. I sponged it a lot! I used relatively random placements of inks: Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze first, then Whisper White craft ink to soften the orange of the Cajun Craze. Finally, Soft Suede to sort of even it all out. I love how it turned out and will likely share it with my technique class in the new year.

112 on the wallI’m not great at home decor, but I thought you might like to see it on the wall, in my hallway. I thought I should deck my hall with this piece of art. (I know … groan)

Okay, that’s all I’m going to write today. My son and I are heading to Abbotsford, British Columbia, less than four hours from here, for a youth event. Whoop Whoop! Should be high-energy fun!

Have a great weekend and be sure to try this sketch for yourself. You can share it with us at the As You See It Challenge Blog! Hope you do!

Fleece Navidad

I took a break last week. Basically, I ran out of time. I made a card for last week’s challenge, but … well … I did the wrong challenge.  I suppose I should have posted it anyway, but the wind was knocked out of my sails and my time was waning.

I might show it to you later.

Not much is different this week with the whole being short on time thing (when am I not?), but I did do the right challenge and I am posting it for you today. Phew!

Today, we have a sketch, whoohoo! Check out this fine design idea from the As You See It Challenge blog.

AYSIChallenge111-1024x1024Being short on time, I grabbed the first piece of pretty patterned paper in reach – the Season of Cheer Designer Series paper with the lovely painted poinsettias on it. Next to that, was the shiny and festive Real Red Foil paper. And so it began …

Fleece Navidad card created by Amy Jasper at www.inkingonthefly.com

I saw the CUTEST card designed with the Barnyard Babies stamp set (see card here). Of course, I had to buy this set for myself so I could make it, too. I was inspired!

With said stamp set now in my possession, I combined the little lamb stamp with the antlers from the Wonderland stamp set to create this holiday sheep. I’m not sure what I think about his Soft Suede ears, but he’s cute, none-the-less.

The card base is a sturdy Thick Whisper White cardstock, then you have the Red Foil matted under the Season of Cheer designer series paper. The diagonal striped patterned paper is also from the Season of Cheer paper package.

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My “reinsheep” has a little red nose that was drawn in Real Red marker, then made to sparkle and shine with a dob of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details. I used my Sahara Sand marker to very thinly outline my reinsheep so he

(though, he could be a she as reindeer girls have antlers, too – bet you didn’t know that little tidbit of trivia!)

could have a little bit of depth. The Soft Sky marker was used around the inside of his body so he/she wouldn’t have boring, flat, white fleece.

And there you have it! How cute it THAT!!

Don’t forget to try this sketch for yourself. It’s a great way to get your creative mojo flowing and you can load it up and share it with us at the As You See It Challenge Blog, too!

Woodland Embossing Folder

The Woodland embossing folder by Stampin’ Up! is so versatile for Christmas, Halloween, fall, winter, summer – it can literally be used for anything!

My new favourite is to use it to create a forest scene. I’ve seen this done by a few other demonstrators, but I ran into a few problems along the way and thought I could share my trouble-shooting with you.

First, here’s the card I made and have since fallen in love with:

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comTo created this card, I used a direct ink pad to embossing folder technique. This has been done before, but this time I used Soft Sky where the lower half of the sky was going to be, then used Pool Party for the upper half of the sky.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

My first few attempts gave me blobs and pools of colour that didn’t jive with my expectations. This is likely because my ink pads are nice and juicy. Normally, you want a juicy ink pad for great colour distribution, but it can backfire a bit on you with solid flat sections on a stamp or when you want to use the ink pad for sponging techniques.

You could work with some of these effects for a different overall look, but I was looking for something softer and smoother.

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Soft Sky ink – with brayer

When I get blotches of ink on a stamp (like when I used my Definitely Dahlia background stamp), I will often roll my brayer over the stamp surface after inking it to thin and smooth the ink. I decided to try it with the ink on my folder.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comOnce I sorted out my sky and decided on the Pool Party/Soft Sky ink  combo, I could proceed with directly stamping my Winter Wonderland trees with Mossy Meadow ink on the Woodland embossing folder. I stamped them in varying heights and was careful to re-ink my stamp each time to ensure every tree was solid.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

With my images and inking completed, I was ready to press my Whisper White cardstock. If you lay the paper on the un-inked side of your embossing folder, you will avoid the risk of smudging the ink on the cardstock. I chose to lay my paper dead center on the un-inked side of the folder so that the messy bottom area of my stamped trees wouldn’t show on my cardstock, but I would have a nice tree line showing in the middle-upper area of my cardstock piece.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comFold it all together carefully, holding it so it does. not. move, run it through the Big Shot.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Vacant areas actually work on this project, because it is an art piece. you can interpret those vacant areas as wisps of clouds or even snow.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comFinishing the card was simple. I didn’t want to cover up the pretty woodland image, but wanted to highlight it as much as I could. I started with a Crumb Cake mat behind the embossed cardstock and layered that on my Thick Whisper White card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  The sentiment from the Hostess stamp set, Six Sayings, was stamped in Early Espresso ink on a Whisper White banner. Linen Thread tied in a bow to finish it with a bit of natural texture.

The final touch is adding the 3 sequins (pronounced “seek-wins”, not “sequence”, lol!). I thought of them as Christmas ornaments hanging from the trees, but they could also be thought of as sparkly snow softly falling from the sky.

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comYou can order any of these products by clicking the ‘shop now’ button on my website or by contacting me through my email.

Now, don’t stop there. If you liked this tutorial, go and give it a try for yourself. Don’t have that embossing folder? Play around with what you have and see what you come up with!

Now get stamping!

Woodland Embossing Folder card tutorial by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Glade Jul

I used to work at a care home for people with brain injuries and dementia, primarily elderly men and women who were at risk of wandering and getting lost or of being confused to the point that they could become aggressive. I was a student nurse at the time, so was often asked to simply visit with the residents and help maintain a calm environment. Sometimes, I would walk around the hall with a very very VERY tall, elderly Norwegian man and he would correct me on what little Norwegian I knew. I would count to ten with him “en, to, tre …” or sing with him.

My favourite thing would be to walk arm in arm with him and sing “Silent Night” in Norwegian. “Glade jul, hellige jul …”. Silent Night is one of my most loved Christmas carols. I think fondly of that time with that lovely man.

I never did see him act out in violence when I was there. Probably a good thing, since he was so very very tall.

My card for you today is inspired first by this sketch from the As You See It Challenge Blog and second by my favourite Christmas carol, “Silent Night”.

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Tip Top Taupe cardstock was used for this card base with a bit of light sponging in Tip Top Taupe ink around the edges of the cardstock. I also sponged some Tip Top Taupe ink around the edges of the sheet music patterned paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper. This was adhered along side the strip of Black Glimmer paper (not just for Halloween!!) to the card base.

But my favourite elements on this card are all in the middle with that star! I stamped the tree image from the Wonderland Stamp Set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Black Embossing powder. All this on the Happy Haunting piece of Designer Series Paper. WHAT! Yes, folks, I used Halloween paper on a Christmas card! The vanilla stars on the black background represent a beautiful ‘silent night’. I sponged some Tuxedo Black Momento ink around the edges of the star and adhered it to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals so it could be raised off the page a wee bit.

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My friend, Stacey, was working with me in my craft room while I was designing this one and it was her suggestion to use the Window Sheet for the banner element. It was the perfect way to add a banner as per the sketch, without taking away from the image on the star.

I stamped the notes from the Jingle All the Way stamp set with Versamark ink onto the clear acetate Window Sheet, then heat set it with Gold Embossing powder. This was die cut using my Big Shot and the Bitty Banner framelit before very carefully wrapping the Gold Metallic Thread around the end and tying it into a bow. A Mini Glue Dot hides behind this cluster of gold thread to adhere the Window Sheet banner to the star.

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For the final touch, the three Gold Sequin pieces were added to the card using my Fine-Tipped Glue Pen.

Glad you could check out my blog today. You can purchase stamping supplies online by clicking the “shop now” button on this page. Or you can contact me by email to order or ask questions.

Don’t forget to also check out the creations from other designers on the As You See It Challenge blog. They have some lovely versions of this very same sketch.

Here are some beautiful Norwegian voices singing ‘Silent Night’ for you. Enjoy:

Jingle Jingle Little Star

My title makes me chuckle. Not that clever of a title, really, but I chuckle just the same.

It’s been a CRAAAAZY week. My family has hardly seen me. When they have, they find me completely distracted and disengaged from reality. I’ve been working on my preparations for the BC Crop for Kids event which takes place in Abbotsford this weekend.  I am sponsoring a class and hosting my own vendor table on Saturday. I haven’t participated in this particular event, making it all new to me. I also don’t do vendor shows often – maybe once per year, so it takes a lot to get organized. The class I’ve chosen to do has a TONNE of prep, but I have been incredibly blessed with friends who gave their time to cut the gazillions of pieces of paper, ribbons, and dies to help me. Not only that, but many of them also donated supplies toward the class in honour of the BC Children’s Hospital foundation, for which the event is raising funds.

So, I want to give a shout out and a HUGE THANK YOU to all of those gals who spend hours at my house cutting and embossing!

Part of my prep involved having a make and take project at my vendor table for 40-50 ladies to enjoy. The As You See It Challenge this week seemed like a good opportunity to hit two birds with one stone. Here’s the challenge sketch:

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My make and take card will be very similar to this one, but the patterned paper will vary, of course.

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I used Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base, then a Very Vanilla mat under another layer of Crumb Cake cardstock. The next two layers are Cherry Cobbler and a strip of Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper.

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I used some Gold Foil paper with my Star Framelits and embellished it with a triple swirl of Metallic Gold Thread. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up off the page a bit.

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The stamped images are from the Jingle All the Way stamp set. I used Real Red ink for the sentiment and Crumb Cake ink for the musical notes.

The final step was to add the Gold sequin with my Fine Tipped Glue Pen.

I think that’s the fastest post I’ve ever written! Back to prepping and planning. I have to be ready to go by one o’clock today. EEK!

 

Happy Winter Scene

I haven’t had my coffee yet. Hang on …

Ah … first sip is always the best.

It’s 6:30am on Friday morning. Usually I do my Friday post on Thursday, but hubby and I hunkered down for a couple episodes of “Chuck” on Netflix with a bucket of Chocolate Peanut Butter Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream instead. Seriously, how could I resist that?!

September is almost over. The kids are settling well into their school routine and I’m almost settled into my fall routine as well. The days are getting cooler and it’s getting close to the last time I’ll need to mow the lawn for the season. This time of year I start thinking ahead to winter. I think it’s because, as a crafter, I have to start planning my Christmas projects so they can all be ready before December 1st.

Ok, I don’t actually get everything done by December 1st, but I will tell myself that every year until I get it right! I need my December to relax with family and enjoy some Bailey’s in my coffee and have fun at Christmas parties. I need to be done by December!

My card today features Tip Top Taupe, Pool Party, and Night of Navy, all wrapped up with a splash of Cherry Cobbler. But first, here’s the sketch from As You See It Challenge #105.

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105AmyJasperI haven’t pulled out my Craft Whisper White ink for a while, nor have I used my Watercolour wash background stamp, so I thought I’d use them together! I stamped the background on an angle for the sketch. I think I might use it on an angle more often!!

The Season of Cheer Designer Series paper, combined with the neutral, but warm, Tip Top Taupe cardstock offers a calm and peaceful look. I used the Happy Scenes photopolymer stamp set for the tree image, stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento ink on Pool Party cardstock. I used my Chalk Marker to highlight the snow on the trees and stamped the snow falling with my trusty Whisper White craft ink. I then stamped a second image on Whisper White cardstock and fussy cut along the line of the hill so that the trees were cut right off. This I attached over the Pool Party cardstock to created the white snowy ground. “happy winter” was stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.

105reindeerThen came the fun part.

I wanted to attach the Reindeer Paperclip, but was having trouble getting it to hold in the lower right hand corner at the angle I wanted it to be in. After looking a bit online for how other people attach those adorable clips, I came across an image of some packaging (completely unrelated to Stampin’ Up), that showed paperclips stored in slits on their storage sheet! Brilliant! Out came the craft knife! I cut a small slit, slipped that paper clip through it and tied a bow with my Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine to finish it off.

105angleFinal touches on the card include the Gold Metallic thread in large loops in behind the winter scene which is popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals, and the Night of Navy Candy Dots.

And there you have it folks! This is a great card for my to do with my Monthly Stampers group. If you’re in my area and are interested in joining my group, this is a great time to check us out.

I’d better go and make my kids school lunches as it’s now 7:30 and everyone else is awake, getting ready for the day.

Be sure to try this sketch and share it on the As You See It blog!

 

 

Winter Wonderland Sleigh Ride

Busy busy busy.

That’s my little life in September every year and EVERY year I forget that I shouldn’t plan any extra activities. With the kids back in school, there’s plenty of tasks to do that keep me hopping. I don’t need to add more… yet that’s what I do every year, lol!

Being busy is a good feeling. Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is NOT. It can be difficult to find a balance. So, last week I didn’t do the As You See It Challenge and didn’t post to my blog. What I did instead was continue planning for the fundraising event for which I have volunteered to sponsor and teach a class. This is a new experience for me and is very unfortunate to be occurring in September when life is already so busy. My hope is that it will be a rewarding experience and that I will come away from it ready to plan for the next one! As long as I can get through the next couple weeks!

The As You See It Challenge blog has an assortment challenge this week.

IMG_6664With my current level of stress, I’m not surprised that I chose this colour scheme, these images, and this sentiment. I’d be able to handle things being a bit calmer and a bit brighter. Who wouldn’t!?

Winter sleighI’m not sure if I captured the true meaning of “negative space” in this project. I looked it up to make sure I understood it, but I think it’s a pretty abstract concept that is open to interpretation anyway. So I’m using the cutout circle AND the silhouette of the sleigh for my negative space.

I used a brayer to create the ombre effect in the background with Pool Party ink over Whisper White cardstock. A piece of Window Sheet has been stamped in White Stazon ink with the tree image from the Winter Wonderland stamp set and covers the circle cutout. The lovely Sleigh Ride Edgelits create this winter scene with the houses in the background and the sleigh in the foreground.

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One of my favourite colour combinations for the winter is Pool Party and Real Red. It somehow portrays the peaceful coziness of those frosted days.

What colours make you think happy thoughts of winter?

Amy.

Bauble and Gold

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Every Friday I share a card with you designed specifically for the As You See It Challenge blog. I quite like the card I have for you today created with the Christmas Bauble stamp that I received as a free gift from the Abbotsford Fall Conference, the Holiday Invitation stamp set I received from the Inspire Create Share Stampin’ Up Convention in Utah, and my favourite Gorgeous Grunge stamp set of which I happen to have an extra set that I won at the Abbotsford Fall Conference. How awesome it that!!

AYSIChallenge065I love the simplicity that this sketch offers and I decided to go with it as a simple design, but with a LOT of colouring using my Stampin’ Up! Blendability markers and a bit of fussy cutting. I chose a Very Vanilla card base, on which I stamped two of the splatter images from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in the Encore Gold ink. Then I used a ruler and my Gold Dazzle marker to draw a frame directly on the card base.

065AmyThen I stamped the Christmas Bauble stamp on Very Vanilla card stock twice with Momento Tuxedo Black ink – once as a full image and once just for the center circle of the image. These I  coloured with the Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive Blendability markers and hand cut the image with my Paper Snips (LOVE these scissors!). I added a touch of the Gold Dazzle marker to the tiny dots on the image as well as some Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the red holly berries and set that aside to dry.

The center circle has been given a layer of Crystal Effects, which I gave ample time to dry overnight before applying it to the Christmas Bauble with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I attached the bauble itself to the card base with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals as well, then added the Linen Thread bow with a Glue Dot which I first rolled into a smaller dot so it wouldn’t show under the thin Linen Thread.

065closeThe sentiment from the Holiday Invitation stamp set was stamped on a strip of Very Vanilla card stock in Cherry Cobbler ink. I hand cut the flagged edge of the paper strip and slipped the end under the center circle of the bauble and secured it in place with Multipurpose Liquid Glue on the bauble side and a Dimensional on the flagged end.

And I love how it turned out! Have you ever hand drawn anything directly on your stamped card? I don’t do it very often but am pleased with what it added to this card.

Why don’t you give the challenge a try? We love to receive inspiration from all the designs that come in. So link up your card or project that you do with this As You See It Challenge sketch and show us what you came up with!

Amy

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Winter Bird

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Check out my design this week for the As You See It Challenge blog using An Open Heart stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I love the blended ombre effect in the winter background.

I was leery of the sketch this week. The small center square bugged me. But the funniest thing happens when I am lacking inspiration with a particular layout or colour scheme: I end up really liking the final product!

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I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for this one. I found it so challenging! I decided to use the little bird from the An Open Heart stamp set in place of that square. The snowflake sequins (which were too stark white, so I coloured them with my Light Coastal Cabana Blendability marker), are in place of the flowers on the As you See It layout above. The rest is eye candy for me! Techniques and fun! The stuff I thrive on!

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I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and began using sponge and ink to shade the evening sky background. I was inspired by an image I found on Pinterest for this colour scheme and I love it! With a sponge, from top to bottom, I applied Night of Navy, Island Indigo, and Bermuda Bay ink. Once I was satisfied with the saturation of colour, I added a touch of Momento Black to the very top edge to complete the look. The most bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock was left un-inked and I tore the edge for a bit of texture detail.

Then I stamped the branch image from An Open Heart in Night of Navy ink. The pearls were coloured with the Medium Cherry Cobbler Blendability marker and added for the berries on the branch. I then decided to use my Chalk Marker to accent the buds on the end of the branch. The snowflakes were also coloured (as mentioned above) and adhered to the card with a small dab of Crystal Effects. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set and was stamped with Real Red ink.

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The blue bird was stamped with Momento Black ink and coloured with Night of Navy and Coastal Cabana Blendability markers and a touch of Dazzling Details glitter was applied to the bird as though a wee bit of snow was glinting in the moonlight. His beak was coloured using a Tangerine Tango Stampin’ Write Marker. I cut out the bird with my Paper Snips and cut his little legs right off so he could be sitting all comfy-like on the branch. I also used my Project Life journaling pen to darken his beady little eye so it would have a little more life in it (a trick I learned in the watercolouring class I took last spring). That sweet little winter bird was then adhered to the cardstock with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

After wrapping the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine around that layer of cardstock, I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to layer it over the thin mat of Very Vanilla Cardstock. This all was adhered to the Night of Navy card base which looked a little flat next to all that deep blue ink, so I added a bit of Night of Navy ink to the edges of the card base with a sponge.

What will you do with this sketch? I hope you’ll share it with us over at the As You See It Challenge blog!!

Amy.

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