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Peekaboo Card

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This fancy fold card is sure to surprise and wow it’s recipient! Not only is it cute, but the technique creates a fun interactive experience that you don’t normally get with paper greetings.

This blog post is inspired by As You See It Challenge #80: try a new technique.

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Lucky for me, I needed to learn a new technique so I could show my monthly stampers group something they hadn’t seen before (they’ve seen A LOT!). As a designer for the AYSI blog, I have the privilege of receiving the challenges in advance, so my stampers group did this card with me a couple weeks ago (and with great success, I might add).

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It doesn’t look so fancy just like that, but check out this video to see what happens when you open it!

I used this fabulous tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.com to create this card, but changed the dimensions a bit so that they would fit into Stampin’ Up! envelopes. The paper sizes I used were as follows:

Card base (mines in Sahara Sand):

  • 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″
  • 4 1/4″ x 8 1/4″
  • 4 1/4″ x 5 3/4″

Patterned Paper layers (I used Best Year Ever Designer Paper):

  • 4″ x 4″ (you need two of these)
  • 4″ x 5 1/4″

I also added a space to write in the back of the card in Whisper White cardstock that is simply 4 1/8″ x 5 3/8″.

Other product used includes Butterfly Thinlits, Ovals Framelits, White Baker’s Twine, Basic Pearls, Butterfly Basics Stamp Set, 1 3/4″ circle punch, Sahara Sand cardstock, Crushed Curry cardstock, flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack, White Vellum, and, of course, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals and Glue Dots.

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You can see how the card looks from the top side with all of its layers. This is a card that you might want to give to someone in person so you can show them how it works. Otherwise, they might find it very strange and confusing, lol!

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Welcome Christmas

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I had some fun with the use of Vellum and White Baker’s Twine on this card. It makes me think of Whoville from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, hehe.

I can only offer you a quick post today as I’m still trying (forever unsuccessfully) to slow down and do less. Though, there are things I should be doing and can’t seem to round up the desire to do them. Don’t feel bad for me though. It is my inherent lackadaisical attitude of all things in my home that has got the better of me … a simple laziness that has taken up residence within me. I’ll kick it out soon enough. For now, though, I will sleep in this bed that I continue to (not) make.

Here is the latest challenge from the As You See it Challenge blog for which I have the privilege to be a designer!

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And without further fuss or flurry, here is the card I created for this week’s challenge:

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Supplies: Baked Brown Sugar Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock, Cherry Cobbler Cardstock, Calypso Coral Cardstock, Under the Tree Specialty Designer Series paper, Champagne Glimmer Paper, Paper Piercer Tool, Paper Piercer Mat, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Tree Punch, White Baker’s Twine, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Basic Pearls, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Merry Everything Stamp Set, Versamark Ink, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Hope you like the fun of this one! Be sure to try your hand at the challenge this week and upload it for us to enjoy at the As You See It Challenge Blog!

Happy Stamping!

Amy.

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Fall Cheer

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Here we are again on a Friday where I get to share my designs for the As You See It Challenge blog. Challenge #57 is a fall theme!

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The theme today is fall, but I didn’t feel much like doing the leaf thing and the typical fall colours (though I didn’t COMPLETELY deviate from the theme, lol!). I was minding my own business, leading a class through their 12 Christmas cards, when I decided I’d better take the opportunity of a lull and get my challenge card designed. I grabbed a bin of scraps and looked at the stamp sets we were working with – Ah yes, there was the Making Spirits Bright stamp set! AHA!

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It is for this very stamp that I purchased this cute stamp set with various holiday glasses and sentiments. I just loved the eyeball in place of an olive!

So I still have the traditional green, yellow and orange for fall colours, but I love the addition of the blue and black. Here I have Lost Lagoon for the card base, Hello Honey and Basic Black layers over the Whisper White mat, then an Old Olive piece cut with the Top Note die in the Big Shot and sponged around the edges with a little bit of Mossy Meadow ink. Finally, the Whisper White with a splash of Tangelo Twist ink (stamped with one of the Gorgeous Grunge stamps) to show off the stamped image. I even added a touch of the Medium Night of Navy Blendability marker to the iris of my eyeball (no offense to fellow brown-eyed beauties, I just thought blue would show up a bit better)

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You can see in the image above, that I used Stampin’ Up Dimensionals under the Old Olive cut out layer and the Whisper White circle. Flat cards and I are not often friends. I try. Sometimes we gel, sometimes we don’t.

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For all these things, I do give thanks 🙂

Head on over to the As You See It Challenge blog and play along.

Be sure to leave me a comment about how gross an eyeball is in your drink!

Cheers!!

Amy

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Thankful in Berry Tones

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using products by Stampin’ Up!

If you are a regular follower of my blog, you may have noticed a bit of a pattern on Fridays, lol! Here we are on Friday again and it’s time for another As You See It Challenge design!

 

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I love Blackberry Bliss. It’s such a rich tone. I normally don’t like to work with purple, but I’m getting better at it. Blackberry Bliss is definitely easier for me than other purples, though (just don’t expect me to pair it with yellow very often!)

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I decided to play with the hostess set “I Like You”. When I got this set, I was excited to colour those flowers with my new Blendabilities, but it looks lovely as a line image too, don’t you think?

I had some fun embossing with clear embossing powder for this card. I used my Embossing Buddy on two pieces of cardstock: the Blackberry Bliss card base and a rectangular piece of Very Vanilla, then I stamped with my Versamark ink (the cleanest ink pad of THREE that I have as I inevitably muck them up with ink transfer from supposedly ‘clean’ stamps). I embossed with my heat tool and clear embossing powder.

The card base, I set aside, while the Very Vanilla piece was sponged heavily with Blackberry Bliss ink and Strawberry Slush ink. If you’re familiar with this technique, then you know that the water-based ink will not stay on the embossed areas. Just wipe off the traces of ink with a paper towel to reveal the Very Vanilla colour that has been protected by the embossing powder for this Emboss Resist technique.

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The sentiment was done using precise stamping with varied amounts of ink. You can use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to help with your placement. I was trying to get an ombre-like gradient of colour each time I stamped the sentiment. I used Strawberry Slush and Blackberry Bliss, stamping off for the lighter images and using full strength ink for the darker images.

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Give this colour combination a try and link up your photo to Challenge #49.

I hope you’ll leave me a comment (this blog refers to them as a “reply”) and let me know your thoughts. I have been missing your encouraging words 🙂

Amy.

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Prepare or BEWARE!!

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using paper, ink and stamps from Stampin’ Up! I’m always looking for friends to share papercrafting with – let me know if you’d like to sign up with Stampin’ Up! and join my team or if you’d like to host a workshop in my area and earn FREE stamping supplies!!

It’s time once again for another As You See It Challenge! I decided to play with the Holiday Invitation photopolymer stamp set that Stampin’ Up! gave away to everyone who attended Stampin’ Up! Convention #InspireCreateShare

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These assortment challenges are a lot of fun because there are so many possibilities!! I can’t wait to see what people will do with this one. As long as you have all of the elements listed, your project is good to go! It could be a card, a scrapbook page, a journal cover, a garden gnome, WHATEVER! That’s the beauty of an assortment challenge. I hope you’ll play along this week!

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I decided to try making a place card for a table setting. I really love your typical Halloween colours. They are so fun and eery. I would never put these colours together for any other occasion and would think them very odd, in fact. But for creepy, ghoulish, scary fun, these colours are perfect!

I don’t do a lot of Halloween decor, but we love dressing up when we can. For the last few years, I keep on telling myself that I’ll do more for Halloween. More decor, more food fun for the kids, etc, but life always gets in the way and time runs out on me and we barely manage to have candy for the Trick or Treaters and somehow manage to get our kids dressed up at the last minute. Maybe this year, I’ll use my little place cards and host a Halloween party – after all, Halloween does fall on a Friday night … I guess we’ll see. Maybe my place card idea will spur on further preparations.

Prepare or BEWARE!! lol!

My table place card was made with the Label Card thinlit die, but instead of folding it twice, so that it flips as it was designed to do, I folded it only in half. Now, I used a longer piece of cardstock to extend the card as is often done with this thinlit, so that I could have a base to give it extra support. (sorry, no pictures to explain this better, but you can google “label card thinlit extended” if you’re unfamiliar with this)

You can see a torn edge at the bottom of the place card where I folded the edge up and tore the excess off. I did not adhere this together as I wanted to be able to store my place cards flat. That folded edge acts like a stopper to help my card stand up without the extra adhesive.

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I cut out my Tangelo Twist framelit from the Label thinlit, then used my 1-3/8″ circle punch to make a hole in the center (I actually found that this worked better to punch the hole first, then cut it out with the framelit so that I could center that circle more precisely). This was sponged with Tangelo Twist ink around all the edges then added to the card front with Dimensionals. I stamped my bats and moon after inking up with my Stampin’ Write Hello Honey marker and with my Stazon Black ink pad. This was punched out with my 1-1/4″ circle punch and adhered to the center of my frame. A bit of Dazzling Details was added to my moon for effect.

The strip of patterned paper that you see is a piece of Back to Black Designer Series Paper that I coloured with the darkest shade of the Rich Razzleberry Blendability marker. I used the same marker to colour my Rhinestones!

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What do you think of my Tangelo Twist arrow? I really like how cool it looks with the lettering stamped over it. All I did was cut out the arrow, then stamped the image on it (you can be very precise with stamp placement using the photopolymer stamps!), then I adhered it carefully to my card so it would line up with the image that I already stamped! Yes … yes … I can be clever sometimes, lol!

I was going to write the name for my place card directly in the black void in the top right of my project, but was too scared I would ruin everything with my bad printing (does anybody actually like their own printing!!?), so. I made a little tag and punched the edges using my Banner Punch in a clever sort of way, then wrote the name with my Chalk Marker and adhered it to the front of my card with … yes, that’s right … Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals!!

I’m a little long winded today. Sorry about that. If you made it this far, maybe I should give you a prize!! lol! No, no prize for you except the satisfaction of getting through my drivel! YOU DID IT!!

Now go make a project for this assortment challenge and do me proud!! Link it up to the As You See It Challenge #048.

So glad you stopped by,

Amy.

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I Think My Moose is Smiling

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using Stampin’ Up! ink, paper, stamps and tools!!

Today is the As You See It Challenge #47 – a sketch!

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I’m so sorry that I don’t have enough time to share my process with you yet. I will edit this post later today and give you the details on this card. For now, you can try to guess all of the steps and supplies involved, lol!

Thank you for your patience! This moose card has a Mossy Meadow cardstock base, then the thin Whisper White mat under the Back to Black Designer Series Paper which I sponged with Mossy Meadow ink. I also added the Gorgeous Grunge splatter in Mossy Meadow AND I used the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder on the lower portion of that designer series paper.

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That gorgeous ribbon is the Hello Honey Satin Ribbon. I’m really loving yellow these days and that ribbon has been one of my favourites for a pop of sunshine on my projects!

My moose is definitely the art piece on this card. The image is from the Walk in the Wild stamp set. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Momento Black ink and coloured him with my Crumb Cake Blendabilities (which are much darker than Crumb Cake, working in my favour here). Instead of using the Blendabilities for his antlers, I just used my Crumb Cake Stampin’ Write marker and my Baked Brown Sugar Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the Old Olive Blendabilities for the grass and threw in some random Crumb Cake and Hello Honey Stampin’ Write Markers for depth and a bit of variation in the foliage. I also outlined my moose with the Smokey Slate Stampin’ Write Marker to give him a bit more of a 3D look.

The paper that I stamped my moose onto has rounded corners, which I did with the corner punch on my Envelope Punch Board. I used three different colours to sponge the edge of the paper in this case: Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede and a touch of Early Espresso on the very edge. The World Map stamp was inked randomly with these same colours. I didn’t want a solid map image, so I just placed the stamp on my table so the rubber was facing up, then laid my cardstock lightly on the rubber and just touched it in a few places with my fingertips. This transfers the ink to my cardstock darker in some places, lighter in others and not in all in others still. It’s a great technique for a vintage-style project.

The sentiment is from the stamp set, Trust God, and was stamped on Whisper White with Stazon Jet Black ink. I used my Big Shot and my Word Bubbles framelits to cut out the image. Of course, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals were used to adhere both the word bubble and the moose image to the card front.

I think my moose is smiling!!

There are many strange animals on this earth (humans are pretty strange, too). God, the Creator, is the ultimate artist. He must have had a lot of fun designing a moose with it’s massive body, huge head and antlers, and it’s scruffy scrawny stick legs! I think by the time He created the moose, He was tired of the usual design and wanted to change things up a bit. (things like the Platypus would have been one of His last animals, when He was REALLY bored, lol!)

Don’t forget to give the sketch a try for yourself and load it up to share it with us over at the As You See It Challenge Blog!!

Amy

 

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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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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).

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Amy

 

Winner!

The day has finally come to pick a winner to receive the Stampin’ Up! product care package!

Are you excited!!??

I want to make sure I remind you that just because the contest is over, doesn’t mean you don’t need to bother commenting. A quick note of acknowledgement from you might be the determining factor for whether I show my next project with you or just put it off another day and go to bed early, lol!

To be as random and objective in picking as I possibly could, I entered all of your names to a Random Name Picker. No hats, no writing names on fiddly little pieces of scrap paper, and none of my silly throw-it-in-the-air-and-pick-it-up-off-the-floor techniques. I went with pure technology on this one.

So, without further ado, here is what the Random Name Picker came up with:

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That is pretty small, can you read it, lol! I’ve never used a computer screenshot before. I’m very proud!

Congratulations to ….

Karen!!

(whom you are all probably well aware, also happens to be my mom!), which somehow is well suiting because she is my BIGGEST FAN!! LOL!

I will deliver your Stampin’ Up! care package this week and will post what you won tomorrow for all to see.

Hope you will all play again next time, and keep those comments coming!! Just because there isn’t a contest and a prize to be won, doesn’t mean you should stop the love. I am so encouraged by your comments as they show me that you do, in fact, visit my blog, and that you have an opinion on what I’ve shared with you.

Thank you for visiting!

Amy.