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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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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!

Beautiful Friend

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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Colourful Well Wishes

090headerWelcome to my blog where I share my love of designing with my Stampin’ Up paper, inks and stamps! Check out how I used the hearts mask from the Hearts and Stars Masks set for today’s card.

Here’s the challenge that I started with from the As You See It Challenge Blog.

#90One layer cards are a very scary thing for me. I’m sure I’ll have nightmares tonight!

Ok, they aren’t that bad (but, seriously, way more challenging than you might think!).

That’s the challenge today; a one layer card. As a lover of Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, this was so so hard. But, it’s all about being challenged so you can develop your skills and stretch your creative muscles!! So, don’t shy away from this one.

I decided to stick with a basic Whisper White card base after a few attempts with other colours and ideas (and a few smudges and crooked stamping).

090AmyI used the hearts from the Hearts and Stars Masks and, with Sponge Daubers, applied the following inks: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, and Crushed Cucumber. Then I shifted the mask to allow me to strategically place overlapping hearts in random places to get this kind of colourful bokeh look.

I was careful to leave a vacant area in the center of the card while doing the hearts so I could have a spot for my sentiment (from the Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp set). The “get well wishes” sentiment was stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink. I wanted to try to create a focal point for the words, so I placed a 1-3/4″ punched out circle of paper over the area and lightly sponged with Soft Sky ink around it before removing it again (TIP: you can put a tiny bit of SNAIL under the mask to help it stay in place, but even then, I still hold it very firmly while I sponge around it).

090closeThe cute little black heart is from using the Bordering Hearts punch and was attached with my beloved Multipurpose Liquid Glue (just the tiniest amount, though, so it won’t squish out around the heart and stay sticky forever and ever and ever). Over that, a single sweet little Basic Rhinestone.

The scary thing about one layer cards, is that if you make a mistake, that’s it! The gig is up! Start over! I started over with my gig, um, I think 4 times, (6, if you count my first attempts with watercolour paper). Yeesh!

You know what though. I think this would be a great card to make multiples of and have on hand. It’s sweet and simple and extremely cost effective! So, give a one layer card a try and let me know how it goes.

Don’t forget to upload your picture to a public site like Pinterest, then link it to the As You See It Challenge #90 and show off your hard work!!

Amy.

Starburst Spring Card

081headerIt’s time for another challenge card with my Stampin’ Up papercrafting supplies. I was getting tired of the usual 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles, so I went with circular card today using the Starbust Framelits and some faux water colouring. Gotta shake it up a bit now and then, lol!

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

AYSIChallenge081-1024x1024I decided to work with my Water Colour Paper, Handpicked Framelits, the From the Garden stamp set, the Mother’s Love Stamp set and some spritzing with water!

I shared this card with my technique class just the other night. My monthly group have become some of my closest friends. They really are the main reason that I have remained a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator for so long! Don’t get me wrong, I love creating with stamps and ink; I love the coordinating colours in paper, inks, and embellishments; I adore the tools and how easy they make it to create something beautiful; but what really carries me through and holds the most meaning and significance for me as a Demonstrator, are the relationships. It’s all about the people, the smiles, the laughter, the playful banter, the excitement and joy, and, especially the silliness.

Here’s the card:

081AmyAh, Blackberry Bliss. I wish you would photograph a bit better.

I think the most challenging element of this card was to stamp the outline image inside the cut out! We tried a few different ways, but the two that seemed to work the best were to lay the Water Colour paper with the cut out (from the Handpicked Framelits) over top of the Very Vanilla circle (cut with the Big Shot and the Circle Framelits), then either outlining the inside of the cutout with pencil, then using the pencil outline as a guide for where to lay your image; or simply stamping through the cutout itself.

In hindsight, drawing the pencil line, then using the Stamp-a-majig would have probably been the best solution to the challenge (sorry, Mom, I should have thought about that!)

081sideThe images were first inked either with the ink pads as you normally would, or with markers, then the photopolymer or rubber was spritzed with water before stamping the image on the Water Colour paper. The Mother’s Love set has a very pretty two-step stamping method so that we could do the outline image of the flowers with Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow ink (using the Stampin’ Write Markers), then we could fill in the flowers with the coordinating flower stamp, using Pink Pirouette ink. One important trick with layers of images like in this card, is to allow each layer to dry before stamping the next layer, otherwise you could end up with a bit of a muddy mess as the colours run into each other and lose the definition of the images. When you are impatient, you can dry it a little faster by dabbing the really wet spots with a paper towel and drying the rest with a Heat Tool before moving onto the next layer.

The starburst image is from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp set. I used a piece of paper to mask off the upper portion of the image as I wanted only the lower portion of the stamp to show on my card (to work best with the challenge sketch). I originally used Sahara Sand ink for that image, but you can see that it looks very yellow here – I think the stamp had not been cleaned after it was last used – oops. When my stampers recreated this card, they used Hello Honey, which worked quite nicely to mimic this unknown colour, lol!

081CloseOnce all the images were in place, I sponged Pink Pirouette ink all around the edges of the Water Colour paper to give it a soft finish. It still didn’t look done, so I got a hold of my Gold Glimmer pen, Blackberry Bliss marker, and my Pink Pirouette marker and added randomly placed dots around the flower clusters. Up on Dimensionals, it went over top of the Very Vanilla circle and the Linen Thread bow was added with a dab of Multipurpose Tombow Liquid Glue.

Now, who to give this card to for spring? – I think it looks like a great Mother’s Day card. What do you think?

Be sure to try out the sketch at the As You See It Challenge Blog and share it with us there. Inspiration comes from every card I see, so bring it on!

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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Winter Joy

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I love designing with my Stampin’ Up! inks, paper, stamps, and tools. I’ve fallen in love with this beautiful sponged winter landscape technique using Lovely as a Tree.

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another As You See It Challenge card. We’re on challenge #56.

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I was teaching a technique card class last night and we were working on a project using the technique in this video and remembered I needed to design a card for the challenge blog today. I thought I would use this great sponged landscape technique and add my own touch and style for my As You See It design.

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If you click on the link for the video above, you’ll see how the trees and hills were created. I used Island Indigo and Night of Navy for my sponged hills. Mossy Meadow ink was used to stamp the coniferous trees while Night of Navy ink was used for the deciduous trees. For the snow, I simply used one of the splatter images from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamped it multiple times over the completed winter scene with Whisper White craft ink.

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You can see in the above picture that my JOY cutout (from the Wonderful Wreath framelits) looks a little bit different than a regular die-cut piece of cardstock. We were shown this technique at a workshop at the Inspire.Create.Share Stampin’ Up! Convention this last July. The look is achieved by layering 5 or so cuts of the same framelit or punch. To make it easier to adhere each layer together, you can apply an Adhesive Sheet to your cardstock before cutting out your image. I chose to use Night of Navy cardstock for the bottom layers, then top it with Whisper White cardstock for my JOY image.

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I added some Basic Rhinestones to the tree in the foreground and a little Silver Glimmer paper star on the top that I cut using my Star Confetti Border Punch.

056insideThe inside layer of my card shows a couple of trees stamped with Night of Navy ink, then sponged over top with the Island Indigo and Night of Navy combo of inks to coordinate with the card front.

Hmm. Now I’m thinking I should have added snow to those little trees inside my card. I might just go back and add that yet!

And, of course, I really like Stampin’ Up Dimensionals, so I used them to pop up the white matted layer over the Night of Navy card base.

I hope you’ll try this cute sketch! Go on over to the As You See It Challenge Blog and check out what the other designers have done. Then give it a go yourself!!

Amy

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Christmas Stars

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I love designing with Stampin’ Up paper, inks, stamps, and tools! Today’s card uses the Bright and Beautiful stamp set with the coordinating Stars framelits. It was inspired by a friend who just hosted her first workshop as a new demonstrator. She did great!

If you don’t already know this, I am a designer over at the As You See It Challenge blog and each week I get to share my As You See It card or project design with you! This week is a very cute sketch.

AYSIChallenge054I usually start thinking and planning my Christmas projects in September, so I have another Christmas card for you this week. I love that Stampin’ Up has lots of stars in their Holiday catalogue this season: Star framelits, a star punch, a star embossing folder, star masks, confetti stars border punch, star stamp sets, and star boxes (oooh, not available until October 20th)! I still haven’t used my star embossing folder, but you might see that next week.

054AmyI used Crumb Cake cardstock for my card base and layered another piece of Crumb Cake over that. Before doing anything, I used a star framelit to cut out the star from BOTH layers for the front of the card. That way, when I completed my stamping and embellishments, I could have that peak-a-boo hole line up with the card base. I did that by leaving the card base layer open (not folded as I don’t want to cut through the back of the card, too!).

I stamped the medium-sized star from the Bright and Beautiful stamp set on the inside of the card using Whisper White craft ink so that it would line up with my star cut out on the front of the card. I made a few pencil marks through the star opening as a guide for where I wanted my stamp to be placed.

I sponged Whisper White Craft ink all around the edge of my front layer and around the star opening. Then I used my Confetti Stars Punch on a separate piece of cardstock to use as a mask and sponged through the mask on my Crumb Cake cardstock to place the adorable little stars on my card. I love them!

Next step, I added my Cherry Cobbler baker’s twine by wrapping it around the Crumb Cake layer two times so that the ends were at the BACK side of the star opening. I then pulled the ends through the star to the front so that when I tied the first knot, it tied around the twine with the bow holding it all together at the top of the star. I hope that makes sense, lol! I did it that way so that the twine would stay right at the top point of my star.

Finally, I used the Season’s Greeting stamp twice on the card front to toggle each word and fit the sketch a bit more. I used masking tape to cover one word while I inked up the other, then removed the tape before I stamped, so that I could place each word separately with the Real Red ink.

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The Rhinestones add a finishing touch to the toggled greetings. I also used Stampin’ Up Dimensionals to pop up the top layer of the card to add further interest. Have I ever told you how I love using Dimensionals, lol!

I hope you’ll try the sketch this week and put your own creative spin on it! Don’t forget to link it up at the challenge blog and play along!

Amy

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