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Floral Retirement

It’s time for ….

AN UBER CARD!!

Every now and then my husband asks me to design a card for staff at the university who are moving on to bigger and better things – like retirement! This is when I get to design what I call a book card; that is a larger card (usually 5″x7″, like the one today) with multiple pages inside for a large group of people to sign. I like to do the accordion binding, but sometimes I do different bindings with stitching, o-rings, or flip designs. The card I have to show you today has an accordion binding with three pages.

I chose to use the As You See It Challenge colour combination as a starting point for the design as my husband didn’t have much to give me to go on. I like to customize the card to the person, if possible.

I really struggle with blue and pink colour combos, but I think it worked out with the Whisper White and Sahara Sand neutrals that I chose to add to the mix on my Uber Card.

It is a 5″x7″ card with a 1/4″ depth (basically, it has a 1/4″ spine, like a book). The card base is created with Stampin’ Up’s Thick Whisper White Cardstock. I used Pacific Point cardstock as a very thin mat layer under the layer of Whisper White Floral Thinlit die cut. Peeking out from under the die cut, you can see the sponging of the three challenge colours, Pacific Point, Pool Party, and Flirty Flamingo that I did on Stampin’ Up’s beautiful Glossy White cardstock! I love how well the colour blends on this glossy paper!

The Flirty Flamingo scalloped circle and the Whisper White circle are cut using the Layering Circle Framelit Dies. The images from the Wild About Flowers stamp set were stamped on the Whisper White circle using Sahara Sand and Flirty Flamingo ink. The circles were attached together with Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue and adhered over the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and the Foil Frenzy Specialty Designer Paper banner with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. Behind the circles, you can also see the Silver Metallic Thread in swooshy loops (such a pretty addition to almost any card).

The Happy Retirement sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set and was stamped on the Sahara Sand banner with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink. The ends of both paper banners were perfectly cut using the Triple Banner Punch (Thank you, Stampin’ Up!). Whisper White Baker’s Twine was just the right touch to wrap and tie on the Sahara Sand banner before attaching it to the circle with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The sweet little Silver Foil bee was die cut with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and also attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The inside of this Uber Card, is created with an accordion fold binding technique. This is done by scoring the cardstock of choice at half inch intervals, then gluing them together with your pages caught between every second fold. I keep meaning to do a tutorial video of this technique! If you bug me with comments on this, I just might get around to it more quickly (just sayin’, lol!)

For a secure binding, I left a section of the accordion folded cardstock free of scoring so it could be used as a full back page. The little bee from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set was stamped in Sahara Sand ink with the You’ll be Missed sentiment from the Wild about Flowers over it with black ink.

I really struggled with mucking up my paper with ink repeatedly! So frustrating!! The pretty little Detailed Floral die above the bee is covering up one of those smudges. I also added extra stamped bees on my inside pages to cover up annoying smudges. Even the front of the card ended up with a blasted smudge of Sahara Sand ink on the Whisper White cardstock!!! All I could do there was dab it with my White Chalk Marker, letting it dry, then repeating until the smudge was mostly hidden unless the light caught it just so. I have had to use that Chalk Marker technique a few times for small smudge repairs. It’s definitely better than redoing the entire card and most people won’t notice the tiny flaw that remains. If they do, they chalk it up (pun intended, lol!) as a unique flaw in a hand made product.

If you’re interested in a video tutorial on how to make an accordion fold binding like I used in this card, write it in the comments on this blog post.

Also, if you have any tips on hiding ink smudges (or avoiding them), please add it to the comments on this post as well. I would love to hear any wisdom that you have to share!

Sequin and Burlap

It’s time for another As You See It Challenge design!

Here’s the challenge sketch:

I decided to use the Lots of Labels Framelits for this one. Here’s my take on the challenge:

I wanted to use some of the Be Merry Designer Series Paper, but I find the Garden Green/Cherry Cobbler/Whisper White colour combo a bit dull on its own. That’s when I decided to add the Powder Pink, Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand into the mix. I think the iridescent pinky colouring of some of the Metallic Sequin Assortments is what makes the Powder Pink cardstock work quite well.

I don’t know if you can really see it in the photos, but the snowflake die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits is cut from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and is so pretty and sparkly! I wanted it to be popped up off the page, but it’s too delicate to hide a Stampin’ Dimensional behind it, so I first adhered a 1/2″ Crumb Cake circle to the back of the snowflake with the Multipurpose Liquid Glue. After that, I could hide a Dimensional behind that circle without losing the delicate design of the snowflake.

The sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set, was stamped on the Powder Pink cardstock using Early Espresso ink. Then, it was die cut with a banner die from the Bunch of Banners Framelits for that perfect flagged end (I cut the other end off – two perfectly flagged ends would have been more than this card could handle. lol!

Everything is Pumpkin Spice

BAAAHHHHH! IT’S SEPTEMBER!! Where did the summer go!?

I am sad that the warm days are coming to an end, but I admit that I love the fall. It is my most favourite season of the year. There’s just one thing that is a little bit annoying …. everything is pumpkin spice! Pumpkin spice lotion (no real surprise here), pumpkin spice oolong tea (yup, I can go with that), pumpkin spice Oreo cookies (okay… ),  Instant Oatmeal (I’d probably give that a try), Hershey’s Kisses (um… I’ll pass), Pumpkin Spice Peeps (no thank you),  pumpkin spice Cheerios (definitely not!), Pumpkin Spice Popcorn (it’s Boomchickapop popcorn, so it’s probably really good, actually!), and even Pumpkin Spice Pringles potato chips (yikes!)! It doesn’t really stop there, but I won’t go on. You can also find spoof photos for Pumpkin Spice cigarettes, rifle cartridges, mouth wash, feminine hygiene products, contraceptives, and weed killer!

I’m pretty sure it all started with Starbucks and their Pumpkin Spice Latte that is adored and sought after by so many of you latte junkies out there. I’m actually not a fan of having cinnamon or nutmeg in my lattes. If I choose flavouring at all, I order the cascara latte (my fave when it’s available) or the toffee nut latte.

As far as pumpkin spice goes – bring on the pumpkin pie!! That’s all I need.

… and maybe a scented candle.

… and those Boomchickapop popcorn (if you can get your hands on some, send them my way!)

Okay, enough about all things pumpkin spice! Here’s the As You See It Sketch Challenge.

I love my coffee stamps. This card uses the Merry Cafe stamp set and the Coffee Cafe stamp set with the Coffee Cups Framelits dies.

You can see the beautiful Cable Knit embossing folder in Soft Sky cardstock on the card base. I love the large gingham/plaid patterned paper from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack! I used patterned paper from the Color Theory paper stack for the coffee cup and the lid. The sleeve for the coffee cup is stamped on a piece of patterned paper from the Coffee Break designer series paper.

A little bit of sponging with Crushed Curry ink on the base of the coffee cup and on the edge of the lid adds some depth to the colours. Linen Thread is the perfect fall touch to wrap behind the coffee cup over the Old Olive and Basic Black layers. The Pear Pizzazz Enamel Shapes are just a fun pop of playfulness. And I love the stitched edge on the Basic Black circle that was die cut using the Big Shot and the Stitched Shapes Framelits. The stitching marks make a boring black circle much more interesting, don’t you think?

Stampin’ Up Dimensionals really make things pop on a card. Flat cards are a rare thing for me. I love my Dimensionals, particularly the new Mini Dimensionals that Stampin’ Up put out. The smaller size allows for much more functionality and for a longer lasting package (without cutting them in half!!)

If you like doing sketch challenges, make sure you try this sketch and share it with us at the As You See It Challenge blog. We love seeing what you’ve created. So be sure to post a picture of your creation on a public social media site and link it to the As You See It blog!

Happy Stamping!

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Coloured Embossing Paste

I’ve been spending some time online keeping a close eye on the forest fire that is burning just about a 15 minute drive from my home. I video-recorded the belongings in my home for insurance records. I also put aside important documents like birth certificates and passports. People (some of them are my friends) and their livestock have been evacuated.

The wind changed yesterday and our neighbourhood is filled with hazy smoke. In BC, we’ve had more than 1000 forest fires since April 2017 (that’s more than one million hectares of land!) and more than half of them are caused by human carelessness. Often it is cigarettes tossed out the window of a moving vehicle, sometimes is a spark of a hot vehicle on dry grass, sometimes it’s from a poorly attended campfire. If you travel to Canada in the summer (it’s beautiful here in the Okanagan when the air is clear of smoke), be aware of your smoking habits. It’s often the cigarettes out the window that threaten neighbourhoods. That is likely the cause of the fire that could threaten my own home today, if the wind blows unfavourably. So, please be in the habit of butting your cigarettes in your vehicle, don’t smoke in our forests or grasslands AT ALL, and don’t flick your butt, EVER! You may not have the same risks in the area where you live, but good habits could protect you and the  people you love, wherever you are.

I also ask that everyone be on watch for people who are not being responsible and say something to them. Report them, if need be. It’s not worth risking our lives, our homes, our pets, our beautiful forests or the creatures who live in them. It breaks my heart to think of all of those who have been affected by fires over the last few years.

My card design today is not intentionally related to this topic, although, I read the sentiment and realize that it is! LOL! I did not plan this at all!

Here is the As You See It Challenge sketch from which my design was inspired:

Here is my fire-safety card, lol! The sentiment is from the Birthday Banners stamp set.

I used a small amount of Embossing Paste from Stampin’ Up! in three separate little containers. Then I added a tiny drop of colour to each of them: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, and Tempting Turquoise. I mixed each one until the colour was fully blended into the paste before spreading each colour over the diamond- shaped mask from the Patterned Party Decorative Masks. I love how each colour blends ever so slightly into the next.

The sentiment and banner were stamped in Stampin’ Up! Archival Black on Watercolor Paper. I was careful to make sure it was fully dry before adding a Bermuda Bay colour wash over the banner area. I also added some little white decorative dots to the words on the bottom banner using my White Chalk Marker (not sure if I like that as much).

The 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon in Bermuda Bay was added behind the banner along with the Black Mini Sequin Trim and the Gold Metallic Thread. The banner and metallic thread was adhered with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, while the ribbon and sequin was attached on a strip of Tear and Tape.

I added the Metallics Sequin using the Fine-tip Glue Pen, then assembled my layers:

Card base is Basic Black cardstock, then a delicate layer of Whisper White and a slightly wider layer of Melon Mambo cardstock. The completed top layer of Basic Black with the embossing paste and sentiment were attached to the Melon Mambo cardstock with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

I used the same layering to complete the inside of the card, finishing with a layer of Whisper White cardstock for writing a personal message to the recipient.

I’m writing this late this morning and a bit hurried as I have to take my kids to swimming lessons and I haven’t finished video-recording my craft room supplies or my ski equipment. I think I will take my dog to swimming lessons today, just in case (we will have to watch the kids through the windows from outside, of course).

Try this As You See It sketch for yourself and show us what you come up with by uploading it to you As You See It challenge website.

And be fire-safe!! Candles, too!!

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Wild About Vineyards

Another challenge, another half of the month is over! Wow, time goes so fast!

News alert! I am now unemployed!! Whoohoo! This is a GOOD thing, folks. I will now be able to focus on my family, my household, healthy life choices, and, yes, my stamping. Technically, I am employed as an Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! However, this is more like a hobby that gives me a bit of spending money to pay for my … well, my hobby, lol! I am thankful for the bit of cash that I bring in as a demonstrator to pay for haircuts and vet bills. Perhaps, once my home life is more at a maintenance level, rather than the current “catch up on all the things that have fallen apart since starting a family 13 years ago”, I will be able to put more time into building my business. I am incredibly happy with the last couple of weeks – I have been cleaning, gardening, running errands, cycling, camping, going on field trips, and I am looking and feeling healthier and more satisfied with each day. I am blessed to be able to make this change in my life and I acknowledge all the women who desire to be stay-at-home moms or wives,  but do not have the financial freedom to do so. I wish for you the opportunity to make any changes that you can to live on less so you can spend more time on life. That is my motto for this season in my life, Live on Less, because the things in life that are most important are not the things that cost money, but are the relationships, the experiences, the adventures, and the memories.

The challenge this time is another sketch:My design is a representation of my home here in the Okanagan Valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, where we have orchards filled with fruit trees and hills lined with vineyards. I love that I can find wines in my neighborhood liquor store that have been made from grapes that were grown just a moments drive from my house. The coloured image on the card is from the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I decided to use this sketch in a landscape orientation rather than portrait orientation.Wild about Vineyards card design by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com using Wild About Flowers and Tuscan Vineyard Stamp Sets from Stampin' Up!The image was stamped with Archival Basic Black ink on Watercolor Cardstock, then cut using the largest oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up. I coloured the image with the Stampin’ Up Watercolor Pencils and blended the colour on the paper with a Blender Pen. Behind the oval, you can see the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon and the looped Linen Thread. The burlap was the last 3 inches on my spool, so I cut it into four pieces and tucked it just underneath the oval with Stampin’ Up Mini Glue Dots. For each side of the oval, I tied a large bow of Linen Thread, folded the bow in half so that the loops were together, and attached it with a Mini Glue Dot on the knot to the backside of the oval. This gave a fun loopy look to the thread and added much needed texture to the design.There is a strip of Wood Textures Designer Series Paper behind the oval as well. Behind that, is the Crumb Cake layer, on which I stamped the sentiment from the Wild About Flowers Photopolymer Stamp Set with Early Espresso ink. Because the stamp set is photopolymer, it was easy to get the necessary curve of the stamp on my acrylic block to match the curve of the oval. You may also have noticed that the “Congratulations” from the stamp set usually has a “on your” attached to the same stamp. I simply masked that part off with scotch tape before inking up the stamp, then removing the tape before stamping the sentiment. I like that this allows the card to be a fairly general congratulations card that can be used for retirement, graduation, completing a marathon, surviving the school year (I’m thinking of all the teachers this year who survived fidget spinners, bottle flipping, and general classroom chaos) or even just getting through a rough week and being given a bottle of wine as a reward (believe me, there are weeks when I wish someone would do this for me!)

The Crumb Cake layer also has a bit of detailing added around the edges. I used the Simply Scored Tool and Stylus to create the embossed border around this layer, then lightly sponged some Crumb Cake ink around the edges and over the embossed lines. This added so much more interest to the card, without making the card appear too busy.The rest of the card is just about layering and colour. The card base is Soft Sky, then I used Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist as very thin layers to frame the Crumb Cake Layer. Of course, Stampin’ Up Dimensionals are also an important element to most of my card designs. I used Dimensionals under the Tempting Turquoise layer and under the oval to give the card a bit more depth.

The inside of the card has the same base layers as the front of the card: Tempting Turquoise, Lemon Lime Twist, and the scored and sponged Crumb Cake layer.

Now go forth and stamp! Use any of the As You See It challenges as a starting point to get your creative mojo flowin’!!

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Watercolour Floral Anniversary

I admit. There are many times when I find a great card online and I shamelessly copy it. In the stamping world, of course, we call it CASEing: Copy And Share Everything! My design for you today is a CASE of a card I saw and loved; simple and elegant, with a touch of whimsy. If you want to see the inspiration, click here.

And who doesn’t love the look of some watercolouring, anyway!?

The As You See It Challenge Blog has a theme challenge this week.

My card design uses the lovely Flirty Flamingo for the card. I used the Flirty Flamingo cardstock for the base and I used the Flirty Flamingo ink for the sentiment from the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

To create the watercolour background, I first used an Aqua Painter to wet the entire surface of the Watercolor Paper from Stampin’ Up! It needs to be wet enough that the water sits on the surface without pooling, but not so wet that your colour just slides to the edges of the paper.

Then I picked up Flirty Flamingo Ink with my Aqua Painter and spread out a few brushstrokes of colour here and there on the Watercolor Paper. I wiped off the Aqua Painter before picking up some Tempting Turquoise ink and added some random swashes of it to the Watercolor Paper. Again I wiped off the colour before moving on to add some Daffodil Delight to the page until the page was full. With each colour that I added, I also took the time to carefully pull a little bit of one colour into the other on the page so they would blend together a little bit rather than having a sharp line between colours. This gave me some soft green, hazy purple and quiet peach tones in my palette.While I waited for my watercolouring to dry, I used my Detailed Floral Thinlit dies, my Big Shot (you definitely want the Precision Plate with these dies!) to cut the floral detail out of the Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the Number of Years stamp set by Stampin’ Up on the card with Flirty Flamingo ink.

When the watercolour was completely dry, I adhered the die cut Whisper White piece of cardstock to the Watercolor Paper with some Multipurpose Liquid Glue (not too much!). The Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine was then tied around these adhered layers before attaching them to the card base using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Basic Pearls were added to a few of the flower centers as a finishing touch.I also used the same technique for the inside of the card, but only used the smallest of the two floral dies from the Detailed Floral Thinlits.

Seriously folks, if you haven’t done any watercolouring by now, you MUST. Go right now and order some Watercolor Paper and some Aqua Pens. You won’t regret having these tools in your supplies!

Be sure to also play along with the As You See It Challenge using this anniversary theme. You never fail to inspire me with your creativity. So bring it!

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Stormy Weather

Hi all. It was pretty hot here today. It almost felt like summer! We have an amazing thunder and lightening storm this evening. Crazy!

It’s that time again for a card designed for the As You See It Challenge blog. Here’s the sketch:

My card has an umbrella and two clouds in place of the balloon images in the sketch. I used the Weather Together Stamp set and the Umbrella Weather framelits from Stampin’ Up!

I’m actually not going to go into detail about this card, but will just share a couple elements with you. I started with a piece of the not yet available Wood Texture Designer Series Paper stack. It is a very light, almost white wood pattern that I sponged with Soft Sky ink using the Sponge Brayer, just to make it a little less stark.

The rounded corners framing the wood texture patterned paper was created by using my Layering Circles and Layering Squares framelits with my Big Shot. I simply chose one circle framelit and one square framelit that were close to the same size. Then I cut out first, the square from a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock. Then I lay the circle framelit over the newly cut square piece of cardstock, dead center. Then I ran it through the Big Shot again, so that the circle cut off the corners of the square, giving me four corners to adhere in the corners of the woodgrain patterned paper.

The card base is Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I used a thin matte layer of Soft Sky cardstock and another layer of Crumb Cake cardstock.

I am IN LOVE with the Wood Texture Designer Series Paper stack! I can’t wait until all my customers can buy it when the new catalogue comes out in June!!

The banner is from the Number of Years stamp set and framelits. The umbrella is Peekaboo Peach, stamped on So Saffron cardstock. Pumpkin Pie cardstock is used for the card base, then a thin matte layer of Soft Sky, then Crumb Cake.

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Watercolour Birch Trees

Welcome all who are faithful followers and all who wandered over here by chance. I hope you enjoy your stay!

I admit to scrambling for this As You See It Challenge. I missed telling you all about the challenge two weeks ago – card made, but blog neglected. That’s how it goes sometimes when your Stampin’ Up life takes a back seat to your family life. As it should. Family first.

I did not want to disappoint you this time (or let myself down again). My card was created very last minute and I am writing this post at 5:30 am, scrambling to complete it for the 6am deadline. (I’m already 15 minutes late!). I was actually a little bit grateful to my husband last night who started watching Monty Python’s “And Now for Something Completely Different” with my 13 year old son when I had already said I would spend time with my son watching Merlin on Netflix. They got caught up in the hilarity of their show (I even had to pause to watch a bit), so I took advantage of my sudden free time and used scraps from a class to create my card for this colour challenge from the As You See It Challenge Blog.

As You See It Challenge #148

I love the Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin’ Up! It is one that I use over and over again. I just recently discovered how easy it is to watercolour around the embossed edges of the paper. This is what my scraps from my last class look like combined with this colour challenge:Watercolour Birch Trees by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - using the Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!

Pretty pretty pretty!! I think I’m in love!

With my Woodland Embossing folder and the Big Shot, I embossed the trees on a 2-1/2″ square piece of Watercolor Paper from Stampin’ Up! Then I used my Aqua Painter and picked up ink from my ink pads (Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, and Garden Green) and coloured between the trees, careful to stay within the guidelines that the embossed edges provided. Once I was happy with my blended background, the trees looked too plain, so I dipped my Stampin’ Up Aqua Painter into some Tip Top Taupe ink and accented the birch bark. With some watered-down Tip Top Taupe ink, I then washed some shading on the right side of the tree trunks to give them some dimension.

watercolour birch trees by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Once I was happy with my final result, I allowed the watercolouring to dry. Then I used the Clear Wink of Stella to create some shimmery splatter among the trees by tapping the brush over my finger above the paper. Glorious!!

The rest was just like we did in my class the night before: I used the blade of my Paper Snips from Stampin’ Up to texture the edges of the Watercolor Paper. This is an old technique that I haven’t used in quite a while. I think it creates a nice contrast to the smooth white background on this card.

Assembly was easy after that.  Adhere the 2-5/8″ square piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock to the top middle of the 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. Stamp the sentiment from the Weather Together stamp set below and to the right of the pink square using Garden Green ink. Wrap Linen Thread around the cardstock and tie a bow to the left of the pink square. Adhere the watercoloured piece to the Pink Pirouette square using Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. Finally, use Stampin’ Up Dimensionals again to adhere the entire assembly of layers to the Thick Whisper White card base.

Watercolour Birch Trees by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!VOILA! A lovely card that I will be proud to give to someone to thank them for putting up with my inconsistencies and blunders!

Seriously, thank you for continuing to come back even after I forget to post each week 🙂

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April Showers

What do you get when you combine the Woodland Embossing folder, Watercolor Paper and the Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up? Well, scroll on, crafty friends, and find out!!

The As You See It Challenge Blog has a new challenge every two weeks. Sometimes it’s a sketch or a colour combination. Sometimes it’s an assortment challenge or a theme challenge. This one is a fill in the blank challenge! Whoohoo!!

#146Though autumn is my favourite  season, there is something about every season that I love and there is no season that I dislike. Although, of all the months of the year, I dislike February the most. By the time February comes around, I’m very “done” with winter. February is so dreary and dirty as the snow starts to disappear and the dirt and brown grass becomes exposed. Yuck!

But usually, part way through March and moving into April, we start to see more sunshine and the green leaves of spring bulbs show signs of life and renewal. Soon the colours of spring begin to appear. But it’s the spring rain, that I love the most. It’s the rain that helps wash the old winter dirt away and makes the plants grow and become green again. It’s the rain that makes the earth smell so vibrant, so fresh!

So, for this challenge, I focused on the rain and the colours of spring.

April Showers card with Stampin' Up Woodland Embossing folder and Watercolor Pencils by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe beautiful background with the Woodland Embossing folder was inspired by my lovely friend and adopted team leader. She showed me how she used the de-bossed side of the paper (where the trees were indented rather than raised) and coloured the indented tree images with her Watercolor Pencils from Stampin’ Up. Once coloured, she used a Stampin’ Up Aqua Painter to blend the colour with water. It was so pretty, I had to try it! I love the look, don’t you!!?

I added a touch of the Clear Wink of Stella on the right side of each tree trunk to indicate the glimmer of rain in the spring sunshine.  The Clear Wink of Stella spatter over the Watercolor Paper also makes me think of raindrops sparkling in the sun.

The rest of the card is all about layers and paper cutting, really.

April Showers ladybugsThe ladybug duo is from the Lots of Love Hostess set. I stamped them on Watermelon Wonder cardstock with Jet Black Stazon ink and used the Real Red Watercolor Pencil and a Blender Pen to the outer edges of each ladybug. Then I fussy-cut around their bodies (cutting off their arms, legs, and antlers … I mean antennae). I drew in their arms and legs with my Project Life Pen afterward.

The umbrella canopy image was stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock and the handle image on Smoky Slate cardstock. Both were die cut with the coordinating Umbrella Weather Framelits.

The sentiment is from the Love You Lots Hostess stamp set and is stamped with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on the Bermuda Bay cardstock.

As for the rest: Basic Black cardstock for the card base. A layer of Basic Gray cardstock. A few Basic Rhinestones. And a flourish of looped Silver Metallic Thread.

Be sure to try the Watercolor Pencils with this Woodland Embossing folder. So pretty!!

April Showers card with Stampin' Up Woodland Embossing Folder and Watercolor Pencils by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comHappy Spring!!

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It’s Your Party!

It’s time for another challenge! For this happy card, I used the Large Letters Framelits and the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!

Here’s the As You See It Challenge sketch that is responsible for my creative mojo:

As You See It Challenge #145So fun and simple, don’t you think!?  At first glance, I liked how the dots on the sketch went light to dark across the page and tried to think of how I could use that in my own design. But my final result rarely goes as planned and I found myself inspired by a deep desire for bright colours to pull me out of the winter blues.

Here’s what I came up with:

It's Your Party by Amy Jasper using the Large Letter Framelits from Stampin' Up! www.inkingonthefly.comI used the Large Letters Framelits from Stampin’ Up! to cut the letters ‘P’, ‘R’, and ‘Y’ from a piece of Whisper White cardstock and stamped the sentiment from the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set above the ‘Y’ with Melon Mambo ink. I then adhered a piece of the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper (DSP) to my Thick Whisper White cardstock base before adhering the stamped and die cut Whisper White layer over the DSP with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

It's Your Party card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI added the inside of the letter ‘P’ and ‘R’ using Dimensionals cut in half because those pieces are so narrow. The letter ‘A’ is die cut from Emerald Envy cardstock, while the letter ‘T’ is cut from Tempting Turquoise cardstock. These letters were added to the front of the card using Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals.

It's Your Party card by Amy Jasper using Stampin' Up! Large Letters Framelits www.inkingonthefly.comFor a festive confetti-like flare, I added some Brights Candy Dots. Sadly, these are no longer available, but the current Brights Enamel Dots would be perfect for this card. In fact, if I had them, I would have used the star shapes to make this card even more fun!

I like how this card is appropriate for anyone, male or female and of any age. This one will be for my son, who’s turning 13 this month!

I’m going to have a TEENAGER!!! ACK!!

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Faux Coloured Chalk 40th Birthday

This faux coloured chalk 40th birthday card was created using Whisper White Craft ink from Stampin’ Up along with their regular Classic ink colours. It’s so easy to create this effect with the see through photopolymer stamps!

The layout of the card is inspired directly from the As You See It Challenge blog. This one is challenge #144.

As You See It Challenge #144I finally purchased the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set from Stampin’ Up and was so excited to be able to use it to create this card for my friend’s 40th birthday celebration. I felt inspired to try a technique that I’ve never really seen done before, though I’m sure it has been done by someone, somewhere!

chalk 40I created a faux coloured chalk by first stamping the numbers and the flower images with Craft Whisper White ink on my Basic Black cardstock. This ink is thick and takes a while to dry, so after stamping, I heat set it with my Stampin’ Up Heat Tool. Once dry, I thoroughly cleaned my stamps and chose bright coloured inks: Tempting Turquoise for the numbers, Cucumber Crush for the leaves, and Flirty Flamingo for the flowers. Since you can see through the photopolymer stamps, I could stamp my coloured ink right over the dry craft ink on top of the previously stamped images. This added a soft shade of colour to the white ink. I found that I could even stamp with the coloured ink a second time to get a bit more colour added to the look.

chalk 40 close chalkIf you choose to use the Stamp-a-majig positioning tool, you could be even more precise with placement, but I think it turned out quite well with my crazy-eye-balling-it skills.

After everything was stamped, I added some strategically placed smudges of the Whisper White Craft ink over the Basic Black cardstock using a Sponge Dauber and a very light touch. The Gorgeous Grunge stamp set from Stampin’ Up also added some detail to my faux chalkboard.

chalk 40 metallic threadThe lower portion of the card has two diagonally placed pieces of cardstock: Blushing Bride and a strip of the black patterned paper from the Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack. The Blushing Bride strip of cardstock was stamped with the sentiment using Momento Tuxedo Black ink, then sponged around the edges with Blushing Bride ink. A couple of hand drawn dots were added with my Project Life pen for a bit of detail. The patterned paper was a bit too crisp for my liking, so I sponged all over it, with a heavier hand around the edges, using the Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I adhered these strips to the Basic Black “chalkboard”. I wanted to add a subtle detail using the Black Metallic Thread, so I punched notches into the edges of the layer with my hand held 1/8″ Circle Punch. This allowed me to easily wrap the thread and have it hook into the notches and hold it into place.

chalk 40 sideThe Basic Black cardstock layer was then adhered directly to a layer of Whisper White cardstock. This was then adhered to the Blushing Bride Glimmer paper layer (which was adhered directly to the Thick Whisper White card base) with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I was quite liberal with my dimensionals and was sure to press them firmly to the glimmer paper as sometimes the glitter resists good adhesion.

chalk 40And the result is this fun faux coloured chalk 40th birthday card!

If you haven’t already seen the other projects that the design team created using this fun layout, be sure to head on over to the As You See It Challenge blog and have a look. Give the challenge a go yourself and be sure to share it with us on the challenge blog using the link on the page.  We love seeing what you do with the challenges!!

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Sunshine is on Its Way

It’s still winter. Yup, sure is. There are road closures and travel advisories and delayed UPS packages. There is snow where there normally isn’t snow, like the west coast of BC, where they’ve closed schools because the city isn’t equipped to handle so much snow and the average person doesn’t have proper tired to drive in those kind of conditions.

So. Much. Snow.

I like snow. I like how it covers everything with a quiet, peaceful, clean, white, cotton-batting of fluff. It’s beautiful and it’s cozy somehow.

But, I have about had enough. It’s only the beginning of February and I have been longing for spring for about a month already. Mostly, for the warmer air and the sunshine. But I’d settle for just the sun at this point.

The card I have to share with you today is a reflection of my desire for better days ahead. They will come and it won’t be long before I’ll be cursing the heat and complaining that it’s too hot to move! That’s our weather here. We get all seasons, which I really love. and hate. and love. (mostly love).

Here’s the colour challenge that inspired this week’s card. It is from the As You See It Challenge Blog for which I am a designer. The challenges stretch my creative mojo and keep me bloggin’.

 

#143 I not only took inspiration from the colours, but also from the sunset image. I used a Sponge Brayer to apply the colours to the Whisper White cardstock, Dapper Denim on top, Sweet Sugarplum in the middle, and Flirty Flamingo on the bottom.

Sunshine is on its way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comWith the flourish from the Timeless Textures stamp set, I stamped a repeating pattern on the sponged cardstock using only water. If you haven’t tried this yet, it is very cool. Basically, the water picks up the ink that you laid down with the sponging and leaves a lighter tone image behind. I added a sponging of Crumb Cake ink with a regular Stampin’ Up sponge around the edges of the inked piece of Whisper White cardstock, then flicked my Gold Wink of Stella over the paper to add some pretty sparkly spatter.

The ombre word, sunshine, was created by first using the Sponge Brayer on Whisper White cardstock with Dapper Denim ink, then die cutting the word using the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits dies and my Big Shot. By sponging the cardstock first, I have more control of ink placement. The words “is on its way” is from the Sunshine Sayings stamp set. It was stamped with Dapper Denim ink on a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock. I hand cut the flagged end of the strip of cardstock, sponged around the edges with Crumb Cake ink, then used another image from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set to add the appearance of texture to the cardstock with Crumb Cake ink (I stamped it off first on a scrap piece of paper so it wouldn’t stamp too dark). I used the same texture stamp and more sponging around the edges of the Crumb Cake layer on the card base as well.

Sunshine is on Its Way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comA layer of clean Crumb Cake cardstock was added behind the sponged and stamped Crumb Cake banner, hand cut for a close fit. Behind the brayered denim to flamingo piece of Whisper White cardstock is a narrow layer of plain Whisper White cardstock and this layer is toggled on the card front. There is a 3 loop nest of Gold Metallic Thread and a swag of the Ruched Sweet Sugarplum ribbon tucked in behind the sunshine die cut.

I quite enjoyed making this card. My creativity was satisfied with the finished result. All thanks to a colour challenge and the weather!

Sunshine is on Its Way by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

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Cleverness with Vellum

Ah. It’s good to be back and have something to share. I hope you will be patient with me and my sporadic posts. I’m hoping to post at least every two weeks from now on, in line with the new As You See It Challenge schedule. I hope you will keep coming back to check things out.

Here’s the sketch for today’s challenge:

#134aysiI decided to play this one up a bit and try a technique that I found online. I can’t for the life of me, remember who posted the tutorial that I followed to create this card, otherwise, I would have just posted a link to her video. If you know who, please say so in the comments. I have a simple picture tutorial to guide you through how this design is made. It’s pretty awesome!!

(June 2017 edit: One reader found the tutorial for me! It was Jennifer McGuire and you can find it by clicking here. Special thanks to Jessica G. for taking the time to share the link in the comments. <3 Thanks Jessica!)

Here’s my card:

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I used Thick Whisper White Cardstock, Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper, and Cardstock Vellum with Whisper White Cardstock for the card base. Here’s a photo tutorial to show how you can create this kind of Cleverness with Vellum:

#134 what you needThe Cardstock Vellum is scored 1″ from the top.

#134.2Use your Bone Folder to make that score line into a crisp fold, then adhere the 1″ flap to the wrong side of your Designer Series Paper (DSP). I like the look of a bright and bold DSP.

#134.3You will end up with the right side of your DSP looking like this, with the Vellum attached at the top.

#134.4Then you will attach a piece of cardstock (I used the Thick Whisper White) to the wrong side of your DSP. Not only will this give your cardbase more structure, but it will also hide the 1″ piece of Vellum and your adhesive marks.

#134.5The next step is to cut the top of your two Whisper White cardstock pieces. I cut them both at the same time so that they will match each other EXACTLY. Because the Whisper White Cardstock is so thin, the die cuts through both layers with ease.

To create the half circle shape at the top, place your circle framelit where you want it, then only have the top plate cover where you want the cut part to be. It won’t cut where there isn’t any pressure. Doing it on an angle like this is an option that makes the card playful and fun.

#134.6This is what it will look like when you take the two pieces of whisper white out. Keep them together for the next step, too.

#134.7Place the two pieces of Whisper White cardstock in your cutter, so that the ruler cutting area lines up with the ends of the half circle cut in your cardstock. You will use the sliding trimmer blade to cut one side, then the other, keeping the paper in place. Be sure to lift the blade in between, so you don’t cut the circle clean off!!

#134.8Now you will have two identical pieces to attach to your vellum on the card front! The cleverness ensues!!

#134.9It’s easy to attach the two cut Whisper White pieces. Just apply adhesive to the front of one, hold the Vellum up and out of the way while you lay your piece over the patterned paper piece (adhesive side up!). Then lay the Vellum layer down flat over it. Then you can stamp and washi tape your other piece before adhering it over top to create a vellum sandwich.

#134.10The stamp set used here is the Feel Goods set. Sadly, it is retiring at the end of May, so if you love it, GET IT!

The washi tape at the bottom of the card is from the “This is the Life” Project Life kit from Stampin’ Up! This is on the retiring list as well AND is on sale.

IMG_9551Now that you’ve read through this tutorial and know how to make the bones of this card, try it out and see what you can create. I added a bit of flourish with a Gold Basic Metal Button (retiring), Black Baker’s Twine, Gold Metallic Thread, and two die cut leaves using the Rose Garden Thinlits: one cut from Vellum Cardstock, the other cut from Tangelo Twist Cardstock.

Be sure to check out the other cards created by our Design Team over at the As You See It Challenge Blog. And now there are no excuses, you have two whole weeks to participate in the challenge – hey, you could even submit more than one!

You can also click on the SHOP NOW button on this website to see what else is on the retiring list.

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Happy Birthday Pop-up

This week’s As You See It Challenge is an assortment challenge! Check it out!

131I wanted to use the Party Pop-Up thinlits this week. I love how easy it is to make a cool pop-up card with these! So fun!

Birthday Pop-Up Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe outside of the card is simple layering, but I used a partial die cutting technique to only cut part of the Happy Birthday die for the front of the card. Sorry, I don’t have a tutorial for you (yet). The striped washi tape at the bottom of this card is from the “This is the Life” Project Life Accessory pack. It almost looks like the paper has been cut out!

I used Lost Lagoon cardstock from the 2014-16 In Colors, which are retiring at the end of May! (Oh, how I will mourn for the loss of Blackberry Bliss!)

Birthday Pop-Up Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comSoft Sky and Basic Black Cardstock along with stars of Gold Glimmer, Gold Foil paper, some Gold Sequins, and a splash of Gold Metallic Thread, adorn the front. I used Archival Black ink with the spatter from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. In fact, this is the ONLY stamping I did on this card.

Birthday Pop-up card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI kept the inside simple with Whisper White cardstock and a few stars. This way, there is lots of room to write, if you need it.

Birthday Pop-Up Card inside by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comSuper cute, super fun, and super easy!

If you don’t have these Party Pop-Up Thinlits dies, you should get them!

And get some stamping done this week! Play along with the challenge and stretch your creative mojo!

 

Pedal Pusher Reflection

Life is full of re-evaluations, reflection, and adaptation. I am smack dab in the middle of all of that as I try to figure out the priorities and values in my life. Sometimes, my stamping has to take the back burner while my family or other adventures take over. I want to learn how to play the guitar, I want to sew more, I want to be more active – these things will take some of my time, but I still want to stamp. I’ve been less consistent on my blog because of my ventures in life and I can’t be sure how each week will look for me on my blog. However, today, I do have a card to share with you!

I started with these beautiful bright happy and inspiring colours from the As You See It Challenge blog.

127I love all of the Sale-a-bration free products from Stampin Up! The stamp set that I used for this card is one of the more recent stamp sets you can now get for free with a $60 purchase. It’s adorable and perfect for this happy spring colour challenge!

Pedal Pusher Reflection card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comDon’t you just love these colours!! I was so excited to learn that the Stampin Up Silicone Craft Mat can also be used as a surface to transfer a reflected image on a project. All I had to do was stamp the image on the silicone mat with Jet Black Momento ink, then huff on the stamped image, turn the Silicone Craft Mat over, line it up with my original image on my page, then press the Silicone Craft Mat on the cardstock to transfer the image! It worked like a charm! It’s important to use a water-based ink like the Momento Black so that it won’t dry too fast before you can position it AND so it will not leave a permanent image on your Silicone Mat.

Pedal Pusher Reflection card close up of reflection www.inkingonthefly.comI coloured my original image (it was stamped with Archival Black ink) using my Stampin’ Write Markers. As I often do, I used Smoky Slate to do an outling of my image as it adds a shading that makes the image pop a bit on the page – it doesn’t look so flat that way. The reflection image was coloured using a Blender Pen and the same colours on the main image so that the colours would be faded in the reflection in the sand.

I chose this small “thinking of you” sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set from Stampin’ Up for two reasons: first, because I wanted something small and simple so it wouldn’t take away from the rest of the card; second, because I was commissioned to create some “thinking of you” cards for my husband’s co-worker. A bicycle for two represents teamwork, so if you don’t have one of the cyclists, it would be harder to pedal. I think it’s a great analogy to working together, don’t you?

Pedal Pusher Reflection card close up of separated twine www.inkingonthefly.comThe sentiment is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with White Embossing powder and my Heat Tool. The twine is from the Baker’s Twine Combo pack. I just separated the black strands from the Melon Mambo strands and voila! A whole new look!

Pedal Pusher Reflection card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com All supplies from Stampin' Up!Some of you might be wondering where the Cucumber Crush diagonal stripes came from. Well, I actually was a bit wasteful with my paper and took the horizontal striped paper from the 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper and cut out what I needed on a diagonal. I love the look! I’m sure I can get use out of the scraps, anyway!

I know I didn’t touch on all of the elements of this card, but I think I covered a lot. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! I’m happy to tell you more!

If you love this stamp set as much as I do, just click on my SHOP button on this page and order product that you know you want anyway, so you can choose this stamp set for FREE! Just $60 and this set or any other Sale-a-bration set can be yours! Who doesn’t love free stuff!

Bloomin’ Heart Double Embossed

I have taken a bit of a break, but I missed you too much! I thought I would share a card that I created using one of my favourite sentiments and the Bloomin’ Heart die.

Of course, it starts with the challenge:

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This week’s As You See It Challenge is to share your favourite sentiment. I don’t think I have a favourite, really. The sentiment on this card is one that I love because it is universal, kind, and happy.

Amy Jasper - Bloomin' Heart Double Embossed - www.inkingonthefly.comI am really pleased with how the Bloomin’ Heart die on this card turned out. I die cut it from a 5.5″ x 4.25″ piece of Whisper White cardstock, then sponged colour on it with daubers. I used Blushing Bride and Old Olive ink, then used my Basic Black Stampin’ Up Marker to accent the fronds in the heart die. Once I completed the colouring, I inked the entire surface with Versamark ink, then used clear embossing powder and heat set the heart. Then, to get that smooth, glossy finish, I repeated those two steps again: cover the entire surface with Versamark ink, then heat set with another layer of clear embossing powder. Double embossing creates a beautiful, smooth, enamel-like finish and makes all of the colours appear richer and brighter. It’s just beautiful.

Amy Jasper - Bloomin' Heart Double Embossed - www.inkingonthefly.com

The final steps of this card involve using the Bloomin’ Heart die to cut out the five flowers. I sponged around the edges of the flowers with Blushing Bride ink, then gently shaped the petals with my bone folder before double embossing the flowers and attaching them to the die-cut heart. To these, I added the Basic Pearls.

The sentiment is from the Timeless Love stamp set from Stampin’ Up. I stamped it with Watermelon Wonder Ink. Then I tied the Basic Black stitched satin ribbon in a single not before adhering it to the front layer of my card. This layer was attached using Stampin’ Dimensionals, then the die-cut heart was inserted into the vacant die cut area and attached with Dimensionals as well. I love the resulting filagree look!

Hello (from the other side?)

I can’t get Adele’s song out of my head!! Every time I see this “hello” stamp, that song starts playing inside my mind- then, I start singing it out loud. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful song, it’s just that I only know the one line “Hello, from the other side”. It plays over and over and over and over and over … yeesh!

But I do love that stamp set. You’ll see it on my card today.

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

121And here’s my Hello (from the other side?) birthday card:

Hello (from the other side?) birthday card design by Amy Jasper at www.inkingonthefly.comIs the song stuck in your head, yet?

My colour combination was inspired when I received an order of the packages of cardstock that I happened to run out of all at the same time. I pulled them all together out of the box and thought, “Boy, these are really fun and pretty colours together!” I tried really hard to include Chocolate Chip as it was in the bunch AND I hadn’t used it in such a long time, but I couldn’t make it work. My colours include Blushing Bride, Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, and Daffodil Delight.

121 hello birthday embossingI started with a Blushing Bride cardstock base, then a thin matte of Bermuda Bay. The striped Cucumber Crush layer is from the package of 2015-2017 In Color Envelope Paper. It’s not only great for making envelopes or envelope liners, but also works well as a layer on your cards.

I used one of the splotches from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, once with Cucumber Crush ink and once with Bermuda Bay ink where I was planning to put my “hello” sentiment. Then I used my trusty Embossing Buddy over the paper and stamped my “hello” (from the Hello Stamp Set only available until February 15th) with Versamark ink. I sprinkled White Embossing Powder over the image, dusted off the excess, and heat set it with my Heat Tool. Once that was completed, I used my Embossing Buddy again so I could do the same process with the “birthday girl” sentiment from the same stamp set and Gold Embossing powder.

(I let out an audible “phew” when I saw how straight it was! … stripy paper is not very forgiving if you stamp crooked)

121 hello birthday fringeI was quite excited to use my Stampin’ Up Fringe Scissors. I don’t use them enough! I love how they easily add texture to any paper project. I found that my layers were too perfect for my liking, so I grabbed my Paper Snips and carefully hand cut curved on three of the four fringed layers.

Ah, yes, that’s what it needed.

The 1/8th inch Gold Ribbon was the final touch. I struggled with this. I tried a few different ribbons before deciding on this one.

I didn’t adhere the Bermuda Bay layer to the base with my Stampin’ Up Dimensionals until all the layers were complete.

121 Hello birthdayIt didn’t turn out quite how I had it in my head, but I’m happy with the cheerful colours, the stripes (I do very much like stripes), and the way my embossed “hello” turned out. I still wish I could have used Chocolate Chip somewhere. Perhaps that will be my next challenge – use Chocolate Chip. It’s been sadly neglected in my craft room for quite sometime.

Have you done an As You See It Challenge, yet? You should give it a try! It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing!

Hogs and Kisses, Baby!

Valentine’s Day is coming.

I’ve never bothered myself much with a day that dictates I should tell someone I love them. However, this year it feels right to brighten up the February drearies with a bit of colour. It’s been looking very grey and brown outside our house as the snow has melted a bit (but not enough to show the green lawn) and the sanding truck has left its mark. How about adding a spark of life in the home? I haven’t seen any Primrose plants in the grocery store yet, but I might grab a couple to put on my windowsill when they are available. The promise of spring.

What colours would spark some life in your house right now? Pinks and reds seem to be the traditional shades of love, but don’t let that stop you from showing off your own flair for colour with some fancy hearts of purple and teal. I just might add some of those myself. My project today is more on the traditional side. I don’t like pink much, so I’ve used the bright of white for my design base today with a flash of shining red.

I’m a designer for the As You See It Challenge Blog, but thought I would design a card that would also work with a couple other challenges that I’d like to play along with.

Just “spreading the love” – fitting, don’t you think?

I am playing along with the Global Design Project and their “love” theme. I’m also playing along with the Paper Players and their “clean and simple challenge”.

Here are the images for the As You See It Blog sketch and the challenges that I started with:

challenges collageI used the adorable and surprisingly versatile Barnyard Babies stamp set from Stampin’ Up for my clean and simple, love-themed card.

Hogs and Kisses #aysi120 by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comCan you see the shiny!!?

I started with the Thick Whisper White cardstock for my card base (I’m SO glad Stampin’ Up has this cardstock now! It’s awesome!) I used the Red Foil paper to matte another layer of regular Whisper White cardsock, then added the three stamped pieces with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to pop them up off the page.

Hogs and Kisses by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI had to stamp them first of course. For that, I used my trusty and very loved Stazon Jet Black ink with the Barnyard Babies stamp set. After stamping the images, I used Stampin’ Up Blender Pens with Blushing Bride classic ink to colour my three wee piggies.

Hogs and Kisses by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI wanted to create a visual of the kisses that go along with my hogs.

Hogs and Kisses, Baby! That’s what it’s all about!

I used the Confetti Hearts Punch with more Red Foil paper and some Red Glimmer paper to punch out some pretty little kisses (hearts represent kisses, of course). The Fine-Tip Glue Pen from Stampin’ Up was just the ticket to glue these little sweet bits of love onto my card.

Hogs and Kisses #aysi120 by Amy Jasper with Barnyard BabiesI hope you like it. I look forward to making a couple more and giving them to my co-workers with a yummy chocolate to let them know I care. But maybe I will give it to them before Valentine’s Day – just to be clear that I don’t need a designated day to show my appreciation.

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I encourage you to try the As You See It Challenge, but check out the others also, they have some great designers with fabulous ideas!

I’d love to hear how you get through the February drearies. Leave me a comment and share your wisdom!

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!!

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!