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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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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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Sending Smiles Shadow Box Card

Yay! The As You See It Challenge Blog is up and running again! After tremendous technical issues, it has emerged anew, like the phoenix from the ashes! LOL! It sure feels like that after all that the folks working on it have been through. Thanks to all their hard work, we have had to start with a whole new web page using a whole new platform. Sadly, none of our previous material could be retrieved.

So the card today is one of many As You See It Challenge designs that I will be sharing here on my Inking on the Fly blog. You will see a new design every two weeks that will hopefully inspire you to play along with the As You See It Challenge Blog! It’s fun! It’s creative! And it will get your mojo flowing for a stepping-off point toward more of your own creative genius! I know it’s true because I have experienced it first hand, folks!!

Here’s the sketch challenge on which I have based my design:

AYSI#141And here is my card featuring the Lift Me Up Stamp Set and the Up and Away Thinlit dies from Stampin’ Up! I also used the Outdoor Adventure Framelits dies as they work in quite nicely. Actually, there are a LOT of stinkin’ dies used for my card this week! Yikes!! You can see the Stitched Shapes Framelits are in the mix as well, which will be available for purchase on the 16th!

Sending Smiles Shadow Box Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe inside if the card it the fun part. More dies, of course.

Sending Smiles Shadow Box card inside - by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe base of this card is super easy to make and finishes to a 4″ x 5.5″ card. I started with a 12″ x 5.5″ piece of Kraft cardstock. Once you have your piece of cardstock cut for the base of the card, you can score it to prepare for your fancy folding. I love using my Simply Scored tool and scoring stylus for projects like this – it gives me quick measuring and deep impressions that are easy to see and fold so nicely. I scored the paper at 4″, 7.5″, 8″, and 11.5″. Once you’ve precut your “window” on the inside of the card (this is going to be the section between the 8″ and the 11.5″ score marks), you can fold along your score lines, using your Bone Folder to make the folds nice and crisp.

You can’t really see it well in the photos, but the folds all fold in the same direction until the 11.5″ score line meets the inside of the card front, where you adhere it in place. Oh dear, maybe I’ll have to add pictures later … Let me know how it goes.

The rest of the design is simply layering, stamping, and die cutting (LOTS of die cutting!).

Now that you’ve seen my design inspired by the As You See It Challenge sketch, why not try the sketch yourself. Head on over to the As You See It Challenge Blog and see what the other designers have come up with and get creating!! But before you do anything else, be sure to leave me a note to say that you stopped by!

Sending Smiles Shadow Box Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comSupplies used are all from Stampin’ Up.

  • Paper: Kraft Designer Paper, Crushed Curry Cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock, Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack, Island Indigo Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock, Rich Razzleberry Cardstock, Cucumber Crush Cardstock, Garden Green Cardstock, Soft Suede Cardstock, Soft Sky Cardstock.
  • Stamps: Lift Me up stamp set, Sealed with Love Stamp set.
  • Inks: Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Rich Razzleberry, Jet Black Stazon
  • Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones
  • Tools: Big Shot, Precision Plate, Up and Away Thinlits Dies, Stitched Framelit Dies, Outdoor Adventure Framelit Dies, Simply Scored, Bone Folder.
  • Adhesives: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Fine Tip Glue Pen

 

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Gold and Blushing Wedding Card

I thought it was time to give my Floral Phrases Bundle a test ride!

Of course, I started with a challenge from the As You See It Challenge Blog. I design a sample card for this challenge blog once every two weeks, so that crafty stampin’ folks like yourselves can see some different ways to work with the challenge. Our hope is that you will want to try the challenge and share what you made with us by linking it to the challenge blog site. It’s fun! And it gets your creative mojo going!

Here’s the challenge sketch:

AYSI #139Here’s my take on the challenge:

Gold and Blushing Wedding card by Amy Jasper using the Detailed Floral Thinlit die and the Floral Phrases Stamp Set from Stampin' Up - www.inkingonthefly.comI used Crumb Cake Cardstock for the card base, then a thin layer of Blushing Bride cardstock under the Gold Foil layer. The die cut Crumb Cake layer was cut using the Detailed Floral Thinlit Die with the Big Shot. I used my Precision Plate with this thinlit to ensure that all of the beautiful detailing would be easy to remove. The Big Shot Die Brush with the foam pad are extremely handy for getting all of the little bits out of the thinlit after running it and the paper through the Big Shot. I think I’d go quite nutty without it!!

Gold and Blushing Wedding Card by Amy Jasper using the Detailed Floral Thinlits Die and the Floral Phrases Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! - www.inkingonthefly.comI stamped my smaller piece of Blushing Bride Cardstock with images from the Floral Phrases stamp set with Versamark Ink (after using my handy Embossing Buddy on the paper first, of course), then applied and heated the Gold Embossing Powder. The Project Life Corner Rounder Punch finished a couple corners on that same layer before I adhered it to my card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I used Crumb Cake ink with the sentiment from the Floral Phrases stamp set on the Very Vanilla cardstock, wrapped some Gold Metallic Thread around the cardstock, tied a bow (easier said than done, with this thin thread! yikes!) and adhered it all to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Because this is intended to be a wedding card, I added a few touches to the inside as well.

inside of the Gold and Blushing Wedding Card by Amy Jasper using the Floral Phrases Stamp Set and the Detailed Floral Thinlits die by Stampin' Up! - www.inkingonthefly.comA thin matting layer of Blushing Bride cardstock frames the Very Vanilla layer where the sentiment and decoration is stamped. The sentiment is stamped with Crumb Cake ink, while the linear decorative stamp is stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed with Gold Embossing Powder.

The lovely flourish at the top inside of the card is cut from Gold Foil paper using the Detailed Floral Thinlit and the Big Shot.

I used Tombo Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere the detailed die cuts to this card, but the Fine-Tip Glue Pen would be a much better choice to ensure that you don’t end up with any accidental sticky residue. The trick with either of these adhesives is to use as little as possible to avoid having it ooze out from under the paper, making an unsightly mess.

Gold and Blushing Wedding Card by Amy Jasper using the Detailed Floral Thinlits Die and the Floral Phrases Stamp Set from Stampin' Up! - www.inkingonthefly.comYou can order any of these supplies online from me be clicking on the SHOP button on this website. Stampin’ Up has a great promotion this month to earn bonus dollars toward purchases in August. Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to get FREE STUFF!!!

“I HATE FREE STUFF!!” (said no respectable person, ever!!)

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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!

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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!

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!

Soaring Birthday

It’s FRIDAAAAAY!!!

Today, I get to share with you one of the new Sale-a-bration stamp sets that are only available for a short time. This one is particularly great for masculine cards, but is also suitable to congratulate anyone who reached a goal in their lives.

As usual, my Friday blog post starts with a challenge from the As You See It Challenge blog for which I am a designer. I love being part of this design team because of the weekly push to create from a different angle than I’m used to. You’d think it gets easier as I go along (and it does come easily sometimes), but it can be like pulling teeth when I get stuck trying so hard to fit in a particular element required by the challenge.

This week we have a sketch. These are often the hardest for me, I think. However, some of my best cards start with a sketch.

119I wanted to use some of my new items from the Stampin’ Up Occasions catalogue and the Sale-a-bration brochure for this sketch. I chose the Sky is the Limit stamp set and the World Traveler Textured Impressions Folder.

Soaring Birthday by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com #AYSI119The card base is Basic Grey cardstock. I put a layer of the Typeset Specialty Paper over that to matte the world image created with the embossing folder. Before embossing the cardstock, I inked the folder using my brayer and Wild Wasabi ink. Then, I carefully placed the Soft Sky cardstock in the folder and ran it through my Big Shot to transfer the ink to the cardstock and get the look I wanted.

A strip of Hello Honey cardstock was sponged around the edges with Smoky Slate ink and a Sponge Dauber, then attached to the World Traveler embossed piece. The piece of Cucumber Crush cardstock with two corners rounded using the Project Life Corner Rounder punch was sponged around the edges also and embossed with the World Traveler folder in the Big Shot, being careful to match the pattern of the background (it’s a subtle touch, but I’m all about the fussy details).

Soaring Birthday by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com Sky is the Limit from Stampin' Up! #AYSI119I wrapped the Silver Baker’s Twine around these layered pieces three times, finishing it with a bow. You can also see the two Garden Green Candy Dots applied to the bottom right of the piece of Cucumber Crush (in order to be true to the elements in the sketch). The layers over and including the embossed World Traveler cardstock were attached with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to the Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper layer.

Now comes the accent piece – the focal point of the card. I started with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock (larger than I needed, just to be sure), and stamped the airplane image in Black Stampin’ Up Archival ink. Then I placed one of the Oval Framelits over the cardstock so that it intersected with the image. I used a pencil to mark where the image would overlap the oval.

(I’m so sorry I don’ t have pictures to help explain this process!)

I fussy cut around the image ONLY to where the oval would be cut, then I placed the oval framelit over the image where I wanted it with the image sticking out OVER the Oval Framelit so that the image wouldn’t be cut off.

Oh my gosh, does this make ANY sense? LOL!

Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com using Sky is the Limit stamp set from Stampin' Up! #AYSI119After I cut it out with my Big Shot, I tidied up the area around the image with my Paper Snips. Next, the Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped with the Stampin’ Up Black Archival ink before running my Embossing Buddy over the entire area in preparation for the heart-shaped smoke image to be stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Clear Embossing powder and the Heat Tool. With that completed, I sponged over the entire area with Soft Sky ink. The ink doesn’t stick to where the clear embossing powder is (Emboss Resist Technique), allowing the smoke image to remain the colour of the Very Vanilla cardstock.

I added some more sponging around the edges of the oval and the airplane with Smoky Slate ink and coloured the airplane with my Stampin’ Up Tangelo Twist marker. I also did an outline around the image with my Stampin’ Up Smoky Slate marker to give the image more pop. The finishing touch on the airplane was to stamp the image again on Stampin’ Up Vellum and fussy cut around the propeller, then to attach the propeller with a Mini Glue Dot.

Soaring Birthday by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com #AYSI119I tried to throw on a splatter of glitter or something shiny on the upper left of the card, but it didn’t like it, so I took it off and added the Silver Metallic Thread loops under the oval piece before attaching it with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to the card front.

Who would have thought that it would take this long to explain it all! PHEW! Sorry about that. I won’t be offended if you don’t read it all, lol!

If you like the Sky is the Limit stamp set, you can get it for FREE! All you have to do is order $60 in Stampin’ Up product through my online store and then you can choose that Sale-a-bration stamp set as a FREE item! This particular stamp set is only available until February 15th, so don’t wait too long!

I just love this time of year! Free stuff makes me happy!!

Amy

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!

Time for Tinsel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas Fantasy Box – Part 1

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

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

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

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

AYSIChallenge113-1024x1024Today, I have a very cool box to show you. I made one only once before, but thought it would be a fun project to do with my Monthly Stampers group. I haven’t completed the inside of this special box yet, so stay tuned for when I share that part with you on Saturday!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Stamping!

Amy.

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

Deck the Halls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fleece Navidad

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

I might show it to you later.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

111closeCan you see the tiny wave detail on the Red Foil piece across the card front? I finally used my Tiny Wave cutting blade for the rotary trimmer attachment on my Stampin’ Up Paper Trimmer!  Yay me!

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

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

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

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

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