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Wild About Vineyards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Watercolour Floral Anniversary

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stormy Weather

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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April Showers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s Your Party!

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

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

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

Here’s what I came up with:

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

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

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

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

I’m going to have a TEENAGER!!! ACK!!

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Faux Coloured Chalk 40th Birthday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Macaron Dreams

Today I want to share a card with you that I CASEd from the very talented Teneale Williams. If you don’t know her artwork, you definitely should have a look. This gal makes beautiful things!! Her original card used a different stamp and a different colour combination, but the layout and the background technique is pretty close.

Macaron Dreams by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comI think the background technique is the most interesting part of this card. This is created using the small woodgrain stamp from the Timeless Textures stamp set and Versamark ink. The image is stamped repeatedly over the page first horizontally, then again vertically, overlapping the images over and over. So easy!

The dragonfly image from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set was stamped with Tuxedo Momento Black ink, then the solid wings image was stamped over top after applying ink to the stamp itself with markers – Emerald Envy on the tips and Bermuda Bay closer where the wings would connect with the body. I also added some shading around the dragonfly using a Blender Pen and some Crumb Cake ink.  After stamping the images, I die cut the circle using the largest circle of the Stitched Shapes Framelits. This I adhered to the textured backgound layer with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

Macaron Dreams card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.comAfter adhering the circle, I used the Gold Wink of Stella brush and tapped it on my finger over the two layers to create the splash of gold flecks. The layers were then adhered to the card base.

The sentiment was stamped on a strip of Crumb Cake cardstock, of which I flagged the one end with my paper snips. I folded a strip of the Flirty Flamingo and tied it to the back of the Crumb Cake cardstock with a doubled up piece of Linen Thread. This was all attached to the front of the card with one Stampin’ Up Dimensional and a few well placed Glue Dots.

I’m happy to report that this card is pretty enough that I would be happy to show it off, but easy enough that my 8 year old was able to make one as well. I’d show you a picture of her perfect stamping, but she already wrote inside and stuck it in an envelope to give to her sister for her birthday.

I could learn a few things from this girl!

Macaron Dreams card by Amy Jasper www.inkingonthefly.com

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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!

Christmas Fantasy Box – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Happy Stamping!

Amy.

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

Deck the Halls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

Celebrate Good Times

Welcome to the place where I get to share my love of stamping and creating with the wonderful people of the internet. Yes, that’s you fine folks! lol!

My 11 year old son gave me the inspiration for the card today. I was short on time and told him the theme of the challenge for this week on the As You See It Challenge blog. He said, “stamp a bunch of the word, ‘celebrate’, lots of times in lots of colours on a square piece of paper (like you often do) and stick it on a card. Then add balloons and confetti.” BRILLIANT!

Here’s the challenge today:

11666021_10155855868785085_4590987697493321045_nSo, I didn’t do all of those things, but he definitely had a great idea and got my mojo going! I started with my Alphabet Rotary Stamp and stamped the word ‘celebrate’ all over a Tempting Turquoise piece of cardstock and the design for today’s challenge card just pulled together from there. Thanks, bud! Love that kid!

Here’s our finished card:

100AmyI decided to go with a set of bright colours and am trying to move away from my white card bases that I have been leaning toward so often lately. I just love that look! But I’m realizing I need to branch away from that and work with some different colours. Here, I chose to start with a Tangelo Twist card base, which I ran through the Big Shot with the Lucky Stars embossing folder. I sponged the edges with Tangelo Twist ink, just to add some richness to the card base.

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I chose to do some paper-piercing with my new Updated Essentials Paper Piercing Pack as it has the coordinating shapes to go with the Lots of Labels framelit that I used to cut the Tempting Turquoise cardstock. My White Signo Gel pen allowed me to create the faux stitching. Love it!

Of course, the Tin of Cards stamp set came in handy for the Happy Birthday sentiment, which is stamped in Melon Mambo ink (though I think I stamped it a little too quickly and made the image a bit smooshy – mental note: don’t stamp quite so vigorously next time).

And with my son’s confetti in mind, I added the sparklies: the gold sequin pieces for an added celebratory feel.

You might not have my fabulous son to give you inspiration, but you do have this great theme idea from the As You See It Challenge this week. Try this one and load it up on the challenge blog to share it with us!

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:

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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:

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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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Butterfly Bliss

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Oh, speed challenges, how I love thee. Let me count the ways: I love you because you are quick; I love you that you push me; I love you that you’re quick; I love that I have time for you; I love that you are simple; I love that you are quick!!

My card today was designed for the As You See It Challenge Blog. The challenge is to create a card from start to finish in 10 minutes or less!! Can you do it? I’m usually just under the wire and find it very challenging. My design style is very … involved. Making a quick card is NOT my usual style at all! But I love that these challenges stretch me and force me to do something simpler. Sometimes I’m very unhappy with my final results, but today, I quite like how it turned out.

Here’s the speed challenge theme:

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I decided to try working with a cute technique I saw using the Butterflies Thinlits. The card I saw was simple white cardstock, that had the butterfly cut out of it, then put back in place so that a colourful patterned paper showed through the detailing of the wings. I thought I would turn it inside out just a little bit and have the patterned paper on the topmost layer, with the solid colour showing through. Of course, if I HAVE to use purple (not my favourite for cards), I choose to use the gorgeous, rich, Blackberry Bliss!

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Blackberry Bliss is very striking along side the soft neutral tone of Sahara Sand, so I chose one of the patterned papers from the Adventure Bound Designer Series Paper Stack that has a nice tone-on-tone plaid pattern. This I stamped with the leaf image in Sahara Sand, then thoroughly rubbed my Embossing Buddy over the paper before stamping the sentiment in Versamark ink and heating the applied Black Embossing Powder with my Heat Tool.

Once all the stamping was taken care of, I grabbed my butterfly die and headed on over to my Big Shot to cut it out from the stamped patterned paper. The Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon is wrapped around this paper and tied in a bow, then applied to the Blackberry Bliss cardstock layer with many Stampin’ Dimensionals (thin paper that has been heated for embossing, tends to get a bit curvy and needs support). Next, half of a Stampin’ Dimensional was used to attach the cut out butterfly back into its place in the patterned paper. And, finally, all that is attached to the Sahara Sand card base.

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Love it, love it, love it. Simple, pretty, elegant, and QUICK!! I could easily whip up a bunch of these in different colour combinations and package them up to give away as a gift. Hmm. Maybe I’ll do just that!

I hope you’ll give the speed challenge a try and share your finished result on the As You See It Challenge Blog. I’d love to see what you do with purple!

Amy

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Sweet Birthday

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What!!? It’s Friday again?!!

The weeks just fly by with my goals for things-to-complete left far far behind! I bought a magnet for my fridge that says this:

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So, maybe I didn’t get my craft room cleaned up. Maybe I didn’t get around to getting ahead on any craft projects. Maybe next week will be better … or maybe it won’t. But, you know what? The world keeps turning, which means I get another chance to get those things done.

1. Set a goal

2. Don’t reach goal

3. Revise goal

4. Repeat as needed

Here’s a simple and appropriate theme challenge in the week with Valentine’s Day:

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My card is simple, but uses a technique that I saw shared by Jennifer Timko. I have her adorable project pinned on my Papercrafting Ideas Pinterest board HERE. She has a tutorial video to help you create the look with the letters as I have done in my card for the challenge.

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I have to admit, that the big chocolate on the front of this card made it off-balance and impossible to stand on its own. In hindsight, I would have used my 1-3/4″ circle punch on the front of the card to allow the chocolate to be adhered inside the card in such a way that it would peek-a-boo through the circle. Then the weight would be more centered in the card base.

Here’s the card without the chocolate heart. Still cute.

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I used Pistachio Pudding cardstock for the card base, then there is a thin matt layer of Strawberry Slush cardstock. The patterned paper is a sheet from the Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series paper. This paper has a unique, almost plastic or magazine glossy finish to it, giving it a wonderful, professional finish for your projects. The Little Letter thinlits were partially cut from the Strawberry Slush cardstock top layer that was stamped with the “birthday girl” image from the Hooray It’s Your Day photopolymer stamp set.

The Gold Bakers Twine is wrapped and tied around the three top layers before they were adhered to the card base with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals. The candy heart was attached with many Glue Dots to make sure it was secured well to the card.

I hope you try this theme challenge over at As You See It this week. So many ways to interpret themes! You could do a card, a 3D project, home decor, or anything to do with “sweet”. Babies are sweet. Success is sweet. Cupcakes are sweet. So many paper-crafting possibilities!!

Happy crafting!

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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Think Happy Thoughts

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The New Year brings us opportunity to develop new healthy habits and start fresh. My project today is part of that desire to be better. I started with a 3.5″x5.5″ grid journal and the So You stamp set from Stampin’ Up! and, of course, the next As You See It challenge – #070!

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Sometimes these assortment challenges can be, well, a challenge! I needed to make something relatively quickly for this week’s project as I left it to the last minute again!

(speaking of habits to change, this is one for me to work on!)

I decided to do something other than a card, so I scrambled through my disaster of a craft room until I found the Grid Journal that I bought a while back.

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This journal is 3.5″x5.5″ and is a neutral craft colour. The three colours that decorate it are Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss, and Coastal Cabana. I used the happy sentiment from the So You photopolymer stamp set and stamped it in Blackberry Bliss and Coastal Cabana. The Melon Mambo chevron patterned paper is from the Brights Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack. I sponged it lightly with Melon Mambo ink to cut down on the harshness of the white in the pattern. The strip of blue stripes below that is Washi Tape from the Beach House Washi Tape pack.

The Blackberry Bliss heart was punched out with the Sweetheart Punch and applied to the cover with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals for the ‘popped up’ requirement in this assortment challenge. And the Basic Rhinestones add a little flair to this cute journal.

Lastly, I sponged all around the edges of the journal, front and back, with Soft Suede ink to create that smoky edge.

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This journal will fit neatly in my purse and is just right for all my happy thoughts:

  • hearing joyful fits of giggles as my son tickles his little sister
  • finishing a card for a good friend
  • seeing a moose 20 feet away while skiing in the dark with my 6 year old
  • listening to my husband working on a New Orleans accent for a role in a play
  • taking a dance break while shoveling the driveway with my husband
  • smiling faces at work

… this is fun!

I could go on, but I’ll save it for my journal.

What will you do for your Assortment sketch? Hope you share it on the As You See It challenge blog!

Amy.

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Excuse me, I mustache you a question …

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Welcome to my blog where I share my love of designing using Stampin’ Up paper, tools, inks and stamps! I wanted to share what I recently did with my new Mustache Framelit and Little Letters Thinlits! All this for the As You See It Challenge blog for which I am one of the designers.

It is time for another challenge from the As You See It Challenge Blog!

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I really like challenges like this one because it’s left WIDE OPEN!! Because of the recent new catalogue, I actually have a lot of new craft supplies, but in my last box received from UPS were a few things that I was particularly excited about trying: My new Little Letters Thinlits dies and my Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers Photopolymer set. I really love all alphabets because they provide so many possibilities! These are also quite cost effective alphabets in comparison to getting them in alternate forms. The thinlits are much much less costly than they would be if they were offered as a Bigz Die set (though Bigz dies do offer the cutting of many more materials, while thinlits are limited primarily to paper products). The photopolymer alphabet sets (as in the case of the Larger Than Life set) is less costly than the red rubber stamps in either the clear mount or wood mount options.

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I love how the Little Letters thinlits can also be lined up on a piece of paper to cut one word – ALL AT ONCE!! This framed art showed how the thinlits can be used to add the letter A in black cardstock, but it also shows how they can be used to take away the shape of the letters from the grid patterned paper (from the new Typeset Specialty Designer Series paper) to reveal the Gold Foil Paper underneath.

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I lost the center of my letter “Q” for a bit there, but had a little party when I found it on the window ledge where I’d “put it away where I would find it”! The entire time that I was creating this framed project, I kept saying “I mustache you a question” at random moments to my friend, Gwen who was stamping with me at the time. I even made up a song (oh if only I could write music, it would open up so many fun possibilities!):


 “I mustache you a question,

It won’t take very long.

I mustache you a question,

I mustache it in song”


I should have paid more attention in piano lessons, lol!

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The adorable Mustache Framelit was one item from the new Catalogue that I just couldn’t pass up. I used Basic Black cardstock and, after cutting it out with the mustache framelit, I used my Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder to add texture and make it even more fun. The mustache is, of course raised up with Stampin’ Up Dimensionals.

Those beautiful gold embossed letters are from the Larger Than Life Alphabet and Numbers set. I love the boldness of these letters!

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Now the entire is framed with a thin mat of Gold Foil paper that also shows through the cutout of the letters spelling “question”. Then I have it matted with Basic Black cardstock and finally matted again with the 8×10 piece of Naturals Ivory cardstock so that it would fit in the black frame.

I love it and it makes me smile! I hope it does the same for you!

What is your most recent craft supply item? This is an easy one for you to submit to the challenge blog! Who doesn’t want to create something with their new supplies?!! All you have to do is put it on Pinterest or your blog and link it up to the challenge!

Don’t forget to leave a comment and have your name entered into the draw. Only a few days left before the draw date on Sunday, June 15th!

Thanks for stopping by!

Amy

 

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