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Blue and White Wishes

I have a sweet and simple card for you today AND I have another sweet and simple card (but a little less so) for you tomorrow! WHAAAAA!!?? Two blog post in a row!? I KNOW!! I can hardly believe it myself!

My card today was inspired by the As You See It Challenge #142 – a sketch. AND it was also inspired by NOT pink, lol! When all of the As You See It designers unveiled our designs for this challenge, we discovered that the majority of us used PINK! I guess we all have Valentine’s cards on the brain.

So, friends, tomorrow, you will see my pink card, but today you will see my blue and white wishes card that I threw together at the last minute and loved how it turned out – so fresh and clean.

Here’s the As You See It Challenge sketch:

#142When I was thinking of “not pink”, my thoughts turned to the unopened pack of Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper that has been sitting in my stamp room (I keep trying to make myself call it a “studio”, but it always sounds too pretentious). It has some pretty images that I thought could work for this sketch.

Blue and White Wishes card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI like the simplicity of this card AND it only took a few minutes to put together. BONUS!

I used a Thick Whisper White card base, on which I used my Project Life Corner Rounder Punch on the top right corners for added interest. The supplemental layers also have the top right corner rounded.

The 3-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ square piece of Floral Boutique Designer Series paper was applied to the bottom portion of the 3-1/4″ x 4-1/2″ piece of Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment from the Window Shopping stamp set was stamped with Night of Navy ink and embossed with Clear Emboss powder and my Heat Tool. To have the powder stick properly to the ink, I first inked my stamp with Versamark ink, then inked it with Night of Navy, resulting in a perfectly embossable (it’s a word, right?) sentiment!

Blue and White card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThe Night of Navy Solid Baker’s Twine was the perfect match with the Floral Boutique paper and the Night of Navy Cardstock. This I wrapped around the Whisper White cardstock and designer paper combo and attached it with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to the 3-3/8″ x 4-5/8″ Night of Navy layer (which was adhered directly to the Thick Whisper White card base). The little rows of three Basic Pearls were the perfect finishing touch for this simple, yet elegant, card.

Now you try! Use the sketch from the As You See It Challenge blog and see what wonderful things you can create!!

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!

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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!

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!!

JOY!!

What brings you the most joy in your life? I find joy in my children, my family, my friends. I get the most joy from my relationships.

But there’s also ice cream, ice cream definitely brings me joy.

… and lattes. Lattes bring me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream and lattes.

… and wine. Yup, wine brings me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream, lattes, and wine.

… and maybe vacations. Vacations, too. They bring me joy.

My children, my family, my friends, ice cream, lattes, wine, and vacations.

… and stamping.

Ok, there are actually a lot of things in life that bring me joy. Life is pretty joyful if you stop to think about it. There’s a lot of things to be sad about or angry about. But I can choose joy.

And so I do.

(most times)

 

Joy card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits from Stampin' Up!I am pleased to be able to announce the winner of the blog candy from last week! This woman’s smile brings me joy, her cards bring me joy, her knitting brings me joy, and her hugs bring me joy – Congratulations, Seana!! You have won the blog candy! You will receive it next week when it arrives at your door!

Thank you to everyone who entered and shared their Christmas traditions with us.

I would love to hear from more of you.  So tell me … what brings you joy?

Joy card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com - Wonderous Wreath stamp set and framelits from Stampin' Up!Write a reply/comment on this post and tell me what brings you joy. Maybe we find joy in some of the same things?

Amy.

Like this card? Here are the details: Soft Suede cardstock base, Whisper White layer, stamped with Wonderous Wreath stamp set in Lost Lagoon ink leaves, then rubbed with the Embossing buddy before stamping the Versamark ink leaves that are embossed with Gold Embossing powder, and Soft Suede ink berries that were glittered up using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen and Gold Glitter. The JOY was die cut using the Wonderous Wreath framelits and Basic Black cardstock with my Big Shot die cutting machine. The Linen Thread bow was adhered with the Fine-Tip Glue pen as were also the Gold Sequins. The strip of Basic Black cardstock was added to the bottom of the card to give it a bit of balance. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere the Whisper White later to the Soft Suede card base.

Hang a Shining Star

My favourite thing about a song, especially Christmas songs, is when someone says something in normal conversation and it sparks a song in your mind that you absolutely MUST sing out loud. As it was said in the movie, ELF, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

My hope is that my card today will cause a Christmas song to be placed in your mind when you read the words. (Basically, I’m working on developing my talents in mind-control.)

Don’t forget to check out my previous post, Fleecy Caribou and Blog Candy, for a chance to win a stamp set! Winner will be announced on Tuesday!

Here’s today’s sketch from the As You See It Challenge blog:

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The card I have to share with you today is a 3″ x 5.5″ card. The elements that I chose simply demanded to be on a narrow card design. Seriously, the cards should just make themselves if they’re going to be so demanding!!

Hang a Shining Star Card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

It begins with a 3″ x 5.5″ Mossy Meadow card base and the layer of patterned paper from the Merry Moments Designer Series Paper. The next layer is a Spider Web Doily that has been trimmed and turned around to show the white side rather than the black side of the doily. This, of course, was adhered with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen.

Next, the leaf image from the Lighthearted Leaves stamp set was stamped with Old Olive Ink onto Old Olive cardstock. This was then die cut on the Big Shot, using the Leaflets Framelits. I happily sponged away on the edges of my newly cut leaf using Stampin’ Up Sponges and Old Olive ink. Before adhering the leaf, I took a moment to gently curl and shape its edges.

Hang a shining star by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

The star on this card is die cut from Silver Foil paper, using the Star Framelits. After using my Embossing Buddy to remove static, dust, and finger prints from the Silver Foil paper, I used the Alphabet Rotary stamp to create the words and stamped them on the star with Versamark Ink. Then they were heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder and a Heat Tool.

I saw my crooked words and decided to go for it anyway. I think it adds an authentic, kind of, stamped metal look.

The star is adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop it up off the page. The Silver Sequin Trim and the Real Red 1/8″ Striped Ribbon were attached using a Mini Glue Dot.

Hang a Shining Star card and envelope by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Because I had an unusually-sized card, I needed to make a custom envelope to go with it. The Envelope Punch Board is the perfect tool for just that very thing. Unfortunately, the envelope sizes available on the punch board still didn’t match what I needed. I played around a bit, changing the starting size of the paper and the different positions for scoring and punching and determined this:

To create an envelope for a 3″ x 5.5″ card, start with a piece of 7.5″ x 7.5″ paper (Red Envelope Paper, in this case), using the Envelope Punch Board, punch and score at 2 7/8″. Then carry on with the punch board as you normally would until your envelope is complete.

I also took the time to trim one of the side flaps on my envelope to give it a professional finish. I just drew a pencil line where I wanted to cut, then used my paper trimmer to remove the unwanted bit of paper.

This sketch is simple and cute. You should give it a try and share it with us on the As You See It Challenge blog. We love to see your take on our challenges!!

Did my card make you sing out loud? The words on the star are from one of my favourite Christmas tunes, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

Do you have a favourite Christmas song? Leave a comment and let me know!

Woodland Embossing Folder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Soft Sky ink – no brayer

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Soft Sky ink – spritzed with water – no brayer

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Soft Sky ink – with brayer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now get stamping!

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

Orange Watercolour Wash

Last week, the As You See It Design team honoured Lola, a little girl in the midst of her 5 year battle with Leukemia. We asked that you would create cards with fairies, unicorns, pink, gold, or glitter so that she could view them digitally and enjoy the love and best wishes that they represent. The challenge itself is complete, but the link to load your cards is still active on the website until November 16th. If you haven’t posted a card yet, there’s more time available to shower Lola with kindness. I hope you will take the time to make a card for her and upload it to the As You See It page HERE. She will get to view all of the cards. I know it will put a big smile on her face to see how many people are cheering her on!

For today’s challenge, we have a colour combination.

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I chose to use these colours to make a birthday card. One might call it a masculine birthday card, but I don’t like to generalize. This card could be used for anyone who appreciates these colours or this style of card.

Orange Watercolour Wash birthday cardEver since I discovered, while doing the card for a previous post, how much I like this Watercolour Wash background stamp on an angle, I keep wanting to use it! This time I inked it up with my Pumpkin Pie, Lost Lagoon, and Tuxedo Black Momento ink pads. I sponged on the stamp to soften the edges between colours, then stamped it on two layers of Whisper White cardstock at the same time. This allowed me to use the smaller piece for the 2 U sentiment as a layer while still maintaining the continuity of the colour wash over the entire card front.

Orange Watercolour Wash Birthday Card up closeThe letter ‘U’ is from the Larger than Life photopolymer stamp set, which was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Basic Black embossing powder. I die cut the ‘2’ with my Big Shot and Little Numbers Thinlits and adhered it with my Fine-Tip Glue Pen. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set.

The splatter image from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set was added in Tuxedo Black Momento ink to the background before adding my layers.

I’m in love with the simple looping of thread and twine on my cards, so I took the black thread out of my Basic Black Baker’s Twine and looped it to add some needed texture to this one.

This card will be added to my Tin of Cards tin as one to save for my family. My nephew and my brother both have birthdays coming up in December. One down, one to go!

Be sure to upload your take on this colour challenge to the As You See It Challenge page. It doesn’t have to be a card, either!!

A Fairy for Lola

I’m so excited to share my card with you today. Because today, I get to show my support for a brave 9 year old girl whom I’ve never met. Lola has been battling Leukemia since 2011. You can learn more about her on the Team Lola Facebook Page.

The As you See It Blog has dedicated the card challenge to Lola this week. I hope you will show your support to her and her family by making a card for her, too. Just imagine the smile on that beautiful face as she sees all of the cards and projects created just for her!

Lola, I chose to use pink and to put a fairy on my card for you. Not everyone knows that Gold is the colour to represent childhood cancer, so I have lots of gold on my card for you, too. I hope you like it!

Lola's challengeI love fairies, so of the images for this challenge, I decided to do a fairy card.

Only problem was that I didn’t have any fairy stamps – I have butterflies (lots of butterflies), I have dragonflies, I have dinosaurs, I have robots and I even have gnomes, but no fairies and no unicorns anywhere. But I did have a retired stamp set that I’ve loved forever that had images of people – specifically, of the girl variety of people.

Shes all thatThe set is called “She’s All That” and, though it’s not available from Stampin’ Up anymore, you can actually purchase it on Ebay.

Now, the image wasn’t perfect for my needs; as you can see, she was originally walking upright and holding a cake! However, I was able to do a bit of crafty work to stamp the image without her cake and with her legs bent to give a bit of the impression that she was not touching the ground. All I’m going to say is that it involved some scotch tape and the Stamp-a-ma-jig from Stampin’ Up.

Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

If I had the Confetti Hearts border punch, I would have had multiple little hearts blowing off her hand like kisses in the wind.

I don’t have that punch.

Instead, I used the Hearts Border Punch and took one of the little hearts from that for my fairy to hold.

Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comThere are a lot of artistic elements to this card (which means I was having a lot of fun!). I first stamped the girl on Whisper White cardstock with Versamark ink so I could heat set Black Embossing Powder over the image so she could be very black and shiny. Then I got to work with a sponge and three pink inks (Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, and Melon Mambo) to sponge my background.

The fairy wings are created with Vellum Cardstock, White Stazon ink, the Watercolour Wings stamp set and my Big Shot with the Bold Butterfly framelits. The butterfly die cut image was then folded in half and the body of the butterfly was trimmed away before adhering the wings to my wee lassie. I used Fast Fuse, but you can totally see it if you lift that top wing out of the way.

My black frame was created with Basic Black cardstock, the Big Shot, and the largest of the Lots of Labels framelits. After cutting out the center of the cardstock, I used my Lighthearted Leaves stamp set with Versamark ink (by the way, I always use my Embossing Buddy before I stamp for heat embossing!) and stamped them on the card, heat setting them with Gold Embossing Powder. I also added the three wee stars from the Jingle All the Way stamp set and embossed them with gold.

Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comWhisper White Craft ink was lightly sponged around the inside edge of the frame, which was then adhered over the fairy image using Stampin’ Dimensionals. All of this was matted with Gold Glimmer paper before adhering it to the Pink Pirouette cardstock card base.

LolainsideOn the inside of this card, I stamped the ‘believe’ sentiment and added another Gold Glimmer heart to embellish it.

I do believe in fairies, I do, I do!

Hang in there, Lola. We’re all rootin’ for you, praying for you, and sending love your way.

And, dear readers, don’t pass on the opportunity to bless a brave girl with digital cards of support and encouragement. Do the challenge this week and share your finished project on the As You See It Challenge blog so Lola can enjoy your gift to her!

Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

Glade Jul

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

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

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

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

107I just love the patterned paper with the notes on it in the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up! I wish we could by sheets and sheets of that one pattern for this time of year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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94headerWelcome to my blog where I have the joy of sharing my love of designing with paper and ink using my beloved supplies from Stampin’ Up! Today’s design shows off the new Awesomely Artistic stamp set and begins with an As You See It colour challenge.

AYSIChallenge094-1024x1024I love the whimsical beauty that a dragonfly image automatically adds to artwork, whether it’s a photograph, a painting, a scrapbook layout, or a card design.

This colour combination calls for Not Quite Navy, which is a colour that has retired from Stampin’ Up’s colour collections. It was a favourite of mine. However, since it isn’t available, I chose the next best thing: Night of Navy. It’s a lovely rich navy blue, that when a bit of the same colour of ink is sponged around the edges, it makes it even more rich and gorgeously deep!

AYSI#94 by Amy JasperI wanted to add some ribbon to my card, but didn’t have anything that worked. Since necessity is the mother of invention, I chose to dye some satin ribbon to match my project!

Tips to dye ribbonTips:

  1. Use gloves. I am pretty good at keeping my hands and my workspace clean, but dying ribbon is a messy process. Gloves will be a member of my craft studio from now on.
  2. Use a small container. A small container allows you to be frugal with your ink refill. A small ziplock baggie works great and gives you freedom to squish your ink and ribbon around, ensuring total coverage. I chose to use an empty embellishment container and coiled my ribbon inside. It was very cool to watch the colour wick up the ribbon until it was saturated.
  3. More ink gives a darker colour. I started with 12 drops of ink refill and a couple teaspoons of water and my ribbon came out a lovely steel blue, but it wasn’t quite as dark as I wanted. I added 20 more drops of ink to the same container and placed my coiled ribbon in it again. This gave me the desired colour.
  4. Dry the ribbon. If your ribbon is wet, it will colour anything it touches. You can lay your ribbon on a paper towel and let it dry overnight. If you’re impatient (like me), you can dab it on a paper towel until most of the wet comes off, then hold in in your (un-gloved) hand and use your heat tool over it like a blow dryer (not too close). Holding it in your hand will prevent you from melting your ribbon (because you will feel the heat on your hand). If your ribbon isn’t dry, you will see marks of ink on your project as you add your ribbon. Also, it will not adhere well if you use glue dots or other adhesive to attach a bow.
  5. Different ribbon give varied results. Satin ribbon takes colour beautifully. Others will take colour differently, so test it out and see how it goes. Some ribbons are treated with sizing, which make them repel water, so they require extra work to get them to absorb the colour. You can wash them ahead of time in the sink or just take the time to massage in the colour (plastic bag technique would be the best container choice in this case).
  6. Not always true to colour. Some inks won’t give true colour on your ribbon. Sometimes it’s the ribbon, but sometimes it’s as though the ink separates. For example, I have seen Chocolate Chip ink end up a dusty rose pink colour when used on ribbon!

094sentimentI ruched the ribbon using a length of Tear Tape to adhere it as I ruffled and attached, ruffled and attached. The photo above also shows the piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock, which I textured by running it between my bone folder and my thumb multiple times until the fibres in the paper began softening. I actually softened it enough that I could separate it into two layers which makes a sort of suede-like finish (can’t really see it in the photo). This process makes the paper really pliable for a nice distressed look. I stamped it with the textured image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set for an added amount of colour and texture.

And I’m quite pleased with the use of the black Candy Dot in the Candy Dot brad! I can’t remember the last time I used one of these brads with the Candy Dots! It looks great!

The sentiment is a combination of the Greeting Thinlits “hello”, which I created using Daffodil Delight cardstock with that same texture stamp image over it; the “beautiful” is created using the Rotary Alphabet stamp; and the “friend” image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set.94angle

I was very pleased with my circle section of this card. I started by rubbing my Embossing Buddy over the paper and stamping the floral image from the Awesomely Artistic stamp set by first inking the stamp with Versamark ink, then inking over that with Daffodil Delight ink. This allows the ink to stay “wet” longer so I could cover it with Clear Embossing powder and heat-set it with my Heat Tool. Once set, I added Night of Navy ink over it with a sponge and circular motions. Torn pieces of sticky note paper were applied as a mask to create the vacant area on the circle.

After sponging to my heart’s content, I used my Embossing Buddy again and stamped my dragonfly with Jet Black Stazon. Then I applied Black Embossing Powder and used my Heat Tool. I applied the Night of Navy splatter with the splatter image stamp from the same stamp set.

The thin mat of Daffodil Delight cardstock was a great finish to the overall card. It looked so plain before adding that splash of light. That Daffodil Delight mat is on Stampin’ Dimensionals, as is the circle of Whisper White cardstock with the dragonfly image.

94AmyJasperI had the pleasure of stamping with a friend while creating this card. I think that’s why the sentiment says “hello beautiful friend” – because I was thinking of her. She was my muse for the day. Thanks Gwen!

What would you do with this colour combination? Try it and share it with the As You See It Challenge blog! We love to see what you create!

Amy

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Celebrate it!

093headerWelcome to my blog where I have the privilege to share my love of designing with Stampin’ Up products. Check out the beautiful Timeless Elegance designer series paper on this inspiring card for today’s project.

This card began with As You See It Challenge #093:

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This card is to celebrate achievement that comes from hard work and perseverance, but also from turning your dreams into plans. 093Amy

While designing it, I was thinking of goal-setting and the chaos of a summer schedule now that the kids are out of school. I’m not great with goals, but I REALLY want to be. Goals have the potential to give me the focus I need to accomplish things that are important to me, my family, my business, and my day job. The crazy summer months with scheduling child care, juggling my work schedule so that either my husband or I are home with the kids as much as possible, getting as much camping in as possible, and keeping my stamping friends creating even through their own busy summers, all makes goal-setting even more of a priority.

My husband refers to this sort of planning as “sharpening your axe”.  Apparently it was Abraham Lincoln who used this phrase:

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We need to take the time to reflect on habits in our past and determine where improvement needs to take place. This can be prioritizing, goal-setting, planning, scheduling, reflecting, learning, gathering supplies, and even just taking a break to refresh ourselves. It can be hard to take the time for these things when our lives are busy, but this is when it is even more essential. Without “sharpening your axe”, you are likely to be less efficient, less effective, less productive, and more likely to burn out or become overwhelmed.

So one of my goals this summer is to start each week with some quiet time where I can sit down and sharpen my axe. It will start with a basic to do list, then prioritizing, planning and scheduling. With a flexible plan (you always need to allow wiggle room to foster relationships), I can have a great summer and start some new habits. And, feel successful in my accomplishments.093angleI hope to be able to read this statement at the end of the summer and glow a little bit, knowing that it applies to me!

As for the details on this one:

Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Blushing Bride cardstock were used for the colour combination. I love the Timeless Elegance Designer paper – soo pretty. The strip of Blushing Bride Cardstock across the front of the card is embossed using the Boho Embossing folder and the Big Shot machine. I sponged Blushing Bride ink around the edges of the piece so that the embossing would “pop” that much more. The Venetian Crochet Trim is just peeking out under that strip of embossed cardstock for an added touch. I chose Basic Black, Blushing Bride, and a small piece from the Typeset Specialty Designer paper to create the little 5/8″ wide little banners. The Banner Punch comes in handy to snip perfect little banner ends.

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The sentiment is one of my favourites from the Feel Good stamp set. I stamped it using Jet Black Stazon ink on the Very Vanilla cardstock. It was cut into a circle using the Big Shot and Circle Framelits. To add a light sponging of Blushing Bride ink, I left the framelit in place and used a Sponge Dauber in gentle circular motions. This leaves a subtle, but effective, thin outline on your die cut shape.093again

Of course, most of my cards are not complete without using Stampin’ Dimensionals somewhere! I used them to raise up the Blushing Bride mat on the Basic Black card base. I also used them under the circle shape with the sentiment.

What do you think? Is this a card that I can give you at the end of the summer? How will you sharpen your axe so you can reach your goals?

Amy

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11 Year Old Birthday

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The Big News stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is a great choice for an 11 year old boy. My son has a TONNE of birthday parties scheduled for these last days of the school year and that means I have boys on the brain!!

Here’s the As You See It Challenge sketch this week:

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And the card I designed:092Amy

I used my new Whisper White thick cardstock for the base of this card and let me tell you – it is AWESOME!! This paper holds it’s shape so beautifully for a very professional finish. I’m so glad that Stampin’ Up! decided to offer it.

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I heat set the Gold Embossing powder for the sentiment on this card. Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper was used as the colour inspiration as I pulled out the Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay and the yellow (but instead of Crushed Curry, I wanted to use the brighter Daffodil Delight for my candles).

I REALLY wanted to put a ribbon somewhere, but as my intent was to create a more masculine card design, I withheld!

092layersMy favourite part about this design is the candles. I stamped them very close together in Jet Black Stazon ink in groups of four so I could cross the fifth one over them (fussy cut and on pieces of Stampin’ Dimensionals) to complete the counting in groups of fives. They are coloured with Stampin’ Write Markers in Bermuda Bay and Cucumber Crush with Daffodil Delight for the stars. I also used a Sponge Dauber with Daffodil Delight ink to create the glow around each star.

I like glowing. Glowing is good.

I also like to hear about you. What are your tricks to creating a masculine card? Ribbon? Colours? Styles?

Leave a comment in my “reply” section and tell me what you know!

Amy

Hand Embossed Wedding

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Tip Top Taupe is my new favourite neutral colour. The new annual Stampin’ Up catalogue launches on June 2nd along with a whole new set of 2015-2017 In Colours, like Tip Top Taupe!

I am a designer for the As You See It challenge blog and have the privilege of sharing a card with you each week according to the challenge put out by AYSI. Here’s your inspirational sketch for this week:

#89This layout inspired me to try a weaving technique with the Tip Top Taupe 1″ Dotted Lace Trim and the Hearts Border Punch with Blushing Bride cardstock. What a beautiful combination those two colours make! I also thought I would try a hand-embossing technique using a stylus and the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.

Check it out!

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Can you see how the leaves from the Summer Silhouettes stamp set are raised? I stamped them first with Blushing Bride ink; stamping off on a scrap piece of paper to lighten the colour, then adding more ink on the tips of the leaves before stamping on my cardstock. I used the Simply Scored Stylus to outline the image on the front of the card, then I flipped the cardstock over and traced over the outline again and filled it in by rubbing the fatter end of the stylus in small circular patterns. All this was done over the Stampin’ Pierce mat as you need a surface that has a bit of give to it, while still offering stability.089angleThe most challenging parts of this card for me: adhering the bulk of the lace between the taupe layer and the punched layer without making a mess, and lining up the mosaic patterned stamp (also from the Summer Silhouette stamp set) as it needed to be stamped twice in Tip Top Taupe ink to make it across the card. A Stamp-a-ma-jig would have been the smart way to go, but I decided to try it without and only messed it up once!

Also used on this card: A thin mat of Whisper White cardstock, Whisper White Baker’s Twine, Basic Pearls, the sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes and is stamped in Jet Black Stazon ink, Tip Top Taupe ink was sponged around the edges of the taupe layer, and the small heart from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack was used to punch out a bit of love from the gold lettered paper of the Neutrals Colour Collection paper which I coloured with my Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write Marker.

So, be sure to check out the As You See It Challenge blog and play along!

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I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know what you think of my take on the sketch. What do you think of the puffed sections of lace? Do they work or are they silly? Have you tried embossing by hand before? How successful were you and what tools did you use?

I’d love to hear from you!

Amy

Strawberry Thanks

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Strawberry Slush and Basic Black card stock, make a stunning combination on this thank you card designed for the As You See It Challenge blog this week.

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Not sure what I think of the staples adorning the top of this card. What do you think?

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I love the Designer Series Paper Packs that are in the upcoming catalogue. This black and white handwriting is so fun!

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This design showcases the retiring Chalk Talk stamp set and the retiring Strawberry Slush cardstock.

Hope you try this sketch for yourself and share it with us on the As You See It site for challenge #88.

Amy

 

Words of Encouragement

087headerSometimes, a monochromatic card gives me comfort and Stampin’ Up always makes it easy. My design is a simple and clean Sahara Sand card with many words, but one intent: to encourage.

It all began with this sketch from the As You See It Challenge blog. Be sure to visit it and see what the other designers created using this same sketch!

AYSIChallenge087I used Saharah Sand cardstock for my base and was determined to use Stampin’ Up product that is currently on the retiring list. I am very sad to see most of these items retiring, but will likely hang onto a few of my favourites, while others will go into my “For Sale” bin.

087AmyI chose a simple sentiment that is in the “From My Heart” stamp set and stamped it with Early Espresso ink. That layer of Sahara Sand cardstock is over a square layer of the same colour that is stamped with the Dictionary background stamp, also in Early Espresso. I only tapped lightly in a few spots on the paper while it laid over the rubber stamp so that I could get an uneven image.

087closeThe base of the card was embossed using the Alphabet Press embossing folder and the Big Shot so that only about 3/4 of the card front was actually in the folder. The remaining 1/4 of the card front was scored multiple times to create the striped embossed area near the folded side of the card.

I used Neutral Candy Dots and the Essentials Wooden Elements as the only embellishments on the card along with a strip of the (not yet available) Tip Top Taupe cardstock. I love using my Banner Punch to cut perfect v-shaped ends for banners and flags. It’s so easy!

087Amy2As usual, there are many Stampin’ Dimensionals to lift each of the paper layers. If you don’t use these little foam dots, you are sorely missing out on instantly stepping up your projects! Make sure you order some!

I hope you’ll try this challenge. I found it difficult, but I’m sure you’ll breeze through it once you get started. I LOVE my final result and will be proud to give this card to someone who’s going through a rough patch.

Amy.

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Snapshot Smile

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Check out the shaker card I created kicking off from As You See It Challenge #084. I used the Snapshot stamp, shaker frames, and In-Colour Sequins (all on the retiring list!).

Here’s the sketch challenge for this week.

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I just realized, I even used the same colours of the flowers in the sketch! Look at me go! Whoop whoop! Here’s the card I designed from this fun layout:

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This will make a great birthday card or even a “just because”. The card base is Tangelo Twist. I then layered over that with a playful sheet of the Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper. The “smile” sentiment was stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed using Whisper White embossing powder to make it really crisp and stand out on the Crushed Curry cardstock. After stamping the sentiment, I used it as a guide for where to cut my diagonal cut out with my paper cutter (I cut out about an inch).

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I ran the upper piece through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot embossing folder, being sure that about half an inch of the paper was NOT in the folder so it would not get embossed. I then used my Simply Scored tool and my stylus to impress two score lines where the embossing stopped.

Next was to stamp and colour the Snapshot image. I stamped it on Whisper White cardstock with Stazon Black ink so that I could colour it with my Blender Pens using Mossy Meadow and Bermuda Bay ink. I stamped the image a second time and punched out the lens portion of the image with my 3/4″ circle punch and again with my 1 1/4″ circle punch so that I had a remaining doughnut shaped piece of the zoom lens with the black center discarded. A piece of Window Sheet (cut with a Circle Framelit) was added to the back of this. Then, a Shaker Frame (sadly, they are also on the retiring list) was placed on the larger image, to which I added a few of the In-Colour Sequins (also retiring) and carefully placed my doughnut piece, now complete with the Window Sheet, on top so that it lined up with the Shaker Frame.

The Linen Thread loops were an afterthought that add some texture to the card. I adhered them with a line of Fastfuse Adhesive before applying the Snapshot image with Dimensionals to the card front.

Be sure that you don’t miss out on the Retiring product from the current Stampin’ Up! catalogue!

It’s 8:45pm on Thursday night! Whoohoo! I’m off to bed as my head cold continues to drag me down. But I still stamped today and so can you!

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Happily Pretty Simple

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The As You See It Challenge Sketch #079 is bold and simple at the same time. This week I worked with heat embossing, Blender Pens, a note card project, and Envelope Liner Framelits.

Here’s the sketch challenge I started with for this project:

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At first glance, I had NO idea what to do with this sketch. So, I started by looking at the largest sentiments that I had available, then carried on from there. I hadn’t even mounted my Big News stamp set yet and it was perfect for this layout!

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In the end, my card became a note card size (3.5″ x 4.75″), but only because I changed my mind a few times as to what I wanted it to look like and eventually it had to be cut down to the size you see here.

I used Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Stazon ink. It looked too flat, so I applied Clear Embossing powder over the ink and heat set it to give a glossy finish (did you know you could do that with Stazon?!). I then stamped the flowers from the I Like You hostess stamp set with Versamark ink and heat set the Gold Embossing powder over that. Next, the flowers were coloured with Classic ink using a Blender Pen (pulling those out again now that the Blendabilities are discontinued…sniff…) I used Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Hello Honey, and Wisteria Wonder ink for the flowers, then finished them off with a few blobs of Dazzling Details glitter glue which I spread all over the flowers and leaves with the tip of my finger. The wee flowers were topped off with small Basic Pearls.

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You can see the glitter from the Dazzling Details glue a bit better in the above photo. Did you notice the envelope liner in this photo? I used the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series paper and my Envelope Liner framelits to create the elegant look to this Crumb Cake Note Card Envelope. It’s very handy to have paper that coordinates with the I Like You stamp set!

I used Blushing Bride cardstock for the base with a very thin border around the Very Vanilla layer. The bottom corners were all rounded with my Project Life corner rounder punch. I topped the front of the card with a piece of Gold 1/8″ ribbon.

Simple.

Pretty.

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The outside of the envelope was stamped using the I Like You flower image as well, but with Gold ink.

And it all comes together! Whah whah!!

Now I’m ready for the next wedding (come on my single friends!! Bring it on!) when I will use this gift card to top off the amazingly expensive and perfect and fabulous wedding present that will go along with it.

Why don’t you give this sketch a go? Don’t forget to show it off at the As You See It Challenge blog. I know you will inspire me with whatever your take on the sketch may be. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Amy

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What Wood I Do?

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I just love the Adventure Bound paper stack. The photographic images mixed in with the simple patterns make it very versatile. Check out how I used it along with the Alphabet Rotary stamp to make a punny thank you card!

I started with this sketch from the As You See It Challenge this week:

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I chose a masculine theme to create this card for the wonderful men in my life who I would be absolutely lost without – men in my family and my church who always amaze me with their willingness to help in whatever way that they can. They are moving furniture, digging holes, repairing computers, picking up groceries, putting up the trampoline, building basements, lending tools, or offering a word of encouragement.  I am frequently surprised by their willingness and even eagerness to do something out of the kindness of their heart. It overwhelms me with gratitude.

This card was created with some of these men in mind.

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I haven’t completed the inside, but it would likely carry on the pun by saying “I don’t know, but the odds are probably stacked against me!” (ok, its a groaner, but I feel very clever right now, lol!)

Whisper White cardstock was used to thinly matt the Adventure Bound Designer Series paper (wood pile image) and the Crumb Cake cardstock. The Alphabet Rotary Stamp was used to create the sentiment. I chose a piece of Kraft cardstock for the banner that I dry embossed with the Woodgrain Embossing folder and sponged lightly with Soft Suede ink to bring out the ‘grain’. I then hand cut some wood pieces out of another scrap of the wood pile paper from the Adventure Bound stack and added those along with the Linen Thread for embellishment. I wasn’t sure what to use to represent the 3 sequins in the sketch, but decided to simply add some splotches with the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in Crumb Cake ink. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals under a couple of the wood cut out pieces as well as under the entire Whisper White cardstock layer to adhere it to the Basic Black card base.

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I hope you’ll try this sketch from As You See It and share your project on the blog for us. We’d love to see what you come up with!

Amy

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Just Mail it Already!!

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Oh, how I missed you last week. How’ve you been? I was away at the Leadership Conference for Stampin’ Up! down in Orlando, Florida. The time change was harder for me than ever! But I learned so much and have a lot to work on to improve my business and my home life!  I was especially touched and inspired by what our keynote speaker had to say about the power and significance of handwritten notes and letters in this world of emails, texts and Social Media updates. His words and the stories that he shared of people reading messages from loved ones who have passed on, sparked a flame in me to change my ways – just a little bit.

I love making cards. Really love it. And I love showing others how to make cards. But do you think I can get myself to send a card? To remember to send one before the birthday or event for which that card is intended? No. I am TERRIBLE at that! I have an ever-growing collection of hand-made cards that have been mailed to NO ONE!!

So, this week, I decided to share the inspiration with my Monthly Stampers group. I gave them each an envelope with a postage stamp and encouraged them to use one of the cards that we finished in our class that day to mail to a loved one. To write the address on the envelope right then and there. To write in the card, and mail it on their way home. I did this for them, yes, but I did this for me. My card will go to my Granny, whom I seldom see, and it seems as though she is a world away. I have written in my card. I have addressed the envelope. It has been mailed. My hope is that lives will be touched by our hand-written notes of love and gratitude. The notes and cards that share a bit of us. Our hand-writing is only ours. These notes are not about the words on the page so much as they are about the hand that wrote them. Hand-written notes have a personal touch, and therefore, a personal and relational connection, that typed messages will never carry.

Oh ya, and here’s the As You See It Challenge Sketch for my design this week:

#073And the card that I made:

073AmyThis card kinda makes me smile. I can’t say that it’s my favourite, but the colours are happy and fun. It’s playful.

I started with the Coastal Cabana card base and added the piece of Best Year Ever Designer Series Paper (only available for FREE through the Sale-a-bration promotion). I adhered that piece with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals simply because I have the added bulk of the Baker’s Twine around it, making it lumpy if I were to adhere it flat to the card base. I have a White Paper Doily behind the Basic Black piece of cardstock. That piece is where the real fun began!!

I used one of my free stamps from Leadership, out of the Balloon Bash stamp set, and inked it up with the clear Versamark ink, stamping it on the Basic Black cardstock and heat setting some White embossing powder on it. I stamped it multiple times over the cardstock, being careful to mask off the words under the candles on this particular image. Then I used my Blendability markers (I received 4 new colours from Prize Patrol at Leadership!) over the embossed candles. It makes them so fun and colourful! I love this technique!!

The Basic Black embossed piece was attached to the card with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. That same stamp, from which I masked off the words, I now masked off the image and used the words with Tuxedo Black Momento ink on the Pink Pirouette banner. The HB image was inked with Melon Mambo ink, stamped on Whisper White cardstock, and hand-cut to apply (yes, with Dimensionals again!) to the 1-3/4″ circle punch of Basic Black cardstock.

The hashtag sentiment was stamped with Tuxedo Black Momento ink by masking off the HB part of that particular image, so I could just capture the word on that piece of the card. This resulted in a Melon Mambo smudge of ink just under the hashtag symbol, but, guess what, you can barely see it!! Why can’t you see it, you ask? I used my White Gel pen to colour over the pink smudge! Phew! Saved!

073pinkblurI hope you’ll try this technique with your Blendability markers. It only works with the alcohol markers as the water-based markers will wipe right off of the glossy finish. Keep in mind that if you spend too long colouring over the heat embossed areas, the alcohol in the markers will start to break down the embossed material, so keep your colouring brief!

Now, go, make a card for this sketch challenge, load it up to the As You See It Challenge blog so we can all ooh and ahh. Then … just mail it already!!! Bless someone with a hand-made, hand-written, personally to them, card. You’ll make their day better 🙂

Amy

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