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Inspired Thank You

055headerSo glad you could stop by today and check out my design for the As you See It Challenge Blog. I used the Kinda Eclectic stamp set for this unique framelit card.

The challenge today is a little different as it’s a “fill in the blank” challenge. Where do you find inspiration?

#55Oh, so many places!

This particular card was inspired by online sources. I was looking for a technique to show my Monthly Stampers group for September and I came across a tutorial on how to use your framelits to cut a fancy edge on your card. I found this video on Pinterest that explains how to use a framelit to cut only the edge of your card.

055AmylessbrightI also found inspiration through Pinterest when I saw a fabulous display of colour combinations using Mossy Meadow, which is the green card base you see here. The colour combination was a lovely fall colouring, but without the potentially dreary colours that are more traditional for fall. This one included Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Soft Sky, and Baked Brown Sugar.

055sideviewBits and pieces of this design are also inspired by various projects that I’ve seen using this particular stamp set.

I find inspiration all over the place: Pinterest, Google searches, card swaps, Splitcoast Stampers, and random images or art that I see. I have a Pinterest board that is titled “Creative Inspiration” where I have interesting art work, colour combinations, techniques or just something interesting that reminds me of a Stampin’ Up product. I get lots of ideas from looking at other blogs and cards that you post on the As You See It Challenge Blog! So keep posting!

My card was designed for my technique class/monthly stampers group. We used the Window framelits, Good Greetings hostess stamp set, Kinda Eclectic stamp set, Woodgrain Embossing folder, Polkadot embossing folder, sponges with Mossy Meadow ink on the Mossy Meadow cardstock, Back to Black Designer series paper (which we altered by sponging heavily with the Baked Brown Sugar ink), and the Crushed Curry 1/8″ taffeta ribbon.

I hope you’ll share your inspiration with us for Challenge #55 at the AYSI Challenge Blog! I look forward to being inspired!!




Thankful in Berry Tones


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!



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!)


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.


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 πŸ™‚




Convention Adventures – Part Three

Home again, home again, jiggity jig.

Can you believe it’s been over two weeks since I returned home from the Inspire.Create.Share Stampin’ Up Convention?Β  It’s always nice to be back home with my husband and three children after being away for a week of adventure. Normal, regular, everyday life definitely has its comforts! I have to say, though, I’m more than ready for school to start. Our teachers have been on strike, though, so we might have an extended summer break. You may think that’s a good thing, and it can be, but our kids need more structure. My sanity demands that our summer isn’t extended too long!

The camera on my phone didn’t take great pictures of the events and classes on stage. The sessions were great and we learned a lot. Feeling motivated to push myself just a bit more and see if I have any chance at achieving that Grand Vacation on that Mediterranean Cruise! If I don’t reach that, I’m bound to get somewhere worth while with a little hard work!

Here are a few more photos from my week in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Convention braids and photo bombing

Braids and Photobombs

Convention free stuff!

All-attendee Prize Patrol!!

Convention swapping

Swapping cards

Convention unflattering pose

Unflattering poses are the thing to do

Convention unflattering pose again - Copy

What else to do when your waiting, but more unflattering poses

Convention unflattering pose again again

We look frightened, but we’re just entertaining ourselves while we wait for general session to start.

Convention unflattering pose yet again

Oh, the endless source of entertainment!

Convention good at these unflattering poses

Okay, I know, real mature (hehe). We’re getting good at this.

Convention guilty chocolate hoarder

Someone may or may not have dumped a stash of chocolates into her purse from the Recognition room (no names)

Convention I found him!!

I found him!!!

Convention awards night

Awards night! No awards for us, but PARTY ON!!

Convention prize patrol

Prize Patrol means free stuff!!

Convention no prize patrol

But no free stuff for this sad face πŸ™

Convention no prize patrol either

…. or this sad face πŸ™

Convention not a single prize patrol

No prize patrol for these sad sad faces either πŸ™

Convention Yay for all attendee prize patrol

But wait!!! There’s another all-attendee give away!! Yay!!!

Convention friends

The best part about Stampin’ Up! Convention is hanging out with friends. AWW. Love these gals!

Random out-of-context quotes from Convention:

“the thingy agrees with me. did you hear how it got all fired up?”

“it’s not my fart”

“she’s the nicest person and she’s not even Canadian”Β  -said by our American friend

“I can see you being a German pornstar”

“I pretend to be a rich person in my private pool”

“This baby’s gonna be half Canadian!”

“Don’t get the meat sweats”

“I have your peacock in Seattle”

“I think your bum just asked me a question”

“Crotch sniff!!”





Convention Adventures – Part One

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

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

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

And Convention hasn’t even started yet!!

fallen asleep

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

escaping the log-sawing

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

mirror ceiling

Mirrored ceiling

Seattle Airport

Seattle Airport

the look

giving “the look”

Yay! On our way!

Yay! On our way!

Chillin' on the plane

Chillin’ on the plane

Squatters for dinner

Squatters for dinner

toothpick wink

Toothpick winkin’

Random out-of-context quotes of the day:

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

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

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

“I’d climb him like a tree!”

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

“bt-dubs” (= by the way)