Friday, 27 September 2013

AYSI Challenge #004

Week 4 coming your way! Amanda is doing such a great job designing these sketches! I've been so inspired and look forward to each new challenge!  

Here's this week's sketch: 

 I really loved the bicycle image from last month's My Paper Pumpkin and so I used it in this week's challenge.  I'd seen a technique call motion stamping so I thought I'd give that a try. 

 It was actually a happy coincidence that this card worked for this sketch! I had been surfing Pinterest for some ideas for my monthly technique class and this is sort of a collaboration of a bunch of things I liked from various cards! 

First of all, I love these colours! Coastal Cabana and Basic Gray. Yum! 

Second, that RIBBON! Some people don't like this ruffle stretch trim ribbon. I think maybe they should play with it a bit more! It's gorgeous to just add that "something special". 
The "thank you so much" stamp is also from the My Paper Pumpkin kit. I paper snipped it out and then cut out a few extra. Quick tip: stamp on the other colours, snip out, and flip over! So much easier than trying to trace or snip without some guidelines.   The three pennants are held together with a little silver brad.

One more view cuz it's just SO fun! Motion stamping is fairly simple. Ink your stamp once and stamp your paper. Then quickly stamp again and again without reinking.  This provides the fade or look of motion to your image. Give it a try, it's a quick and easy technique with great results!

Hope you've enjoyed this week's sketch! Be sure to play along with us :)


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Sets: August My Paper Pumpkin kit

Card Stock: Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Gray classic ink
Accessories: Coastal Cabana Ruffle stretch trim, silver mini brad
Tools: Big shot die cutting machine, Honeycomb TIEF
Other: Dimensionals, paper snips, glue dots, Snail adhesive

Friday, 20 September 2013

AYSI Challenge #003

It's a little hard for me to believe that it's our third As You See It Challenge already!  We were SO happy that with how many of you participated in the first ever challenge!! Keep those cards coming! This week's sketch is a lot of fun and I think this may be my favourite card yet!

This is the week's sketch: 

Fun, hey? 

Here's a peek:
 I like classy and elegant and this is just that! Basic Black and Very Vanilla are always in style, and the pop of Crisp Cantaloupe takes it up a notch! 

 I heat embossed the Beautifully Baroque flourish with Black embossing powder. It's prettier in person as there's a shine off of the image which makes it stand out from the rest of the card.

Hoping to inspire!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Beautifull Baroque
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Jet Black StazOn, Versamark
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Corner Rounder punch, Top Note Bigz Die, Heat Tool, Paper Snips
Accessories: Black EP, Large Rhinestone

Friday, 13 September 2013

AYSI #002

I love, love, LOVE this sketch! So much fun!! I made a goal for myself this Stampin' Up! year that I would use more Designer Series Paper.  So far, I am managing to use it on most of my projects as of late!! Today is no exception! I love how the numbers from the Soho Subway DSP pack are an important element of today's card. Fitting for a birthday, I think!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my take:

I hesitated ordering Positively Chevron (that gumbo background stamp) as I wasn't sure the chevron pattern would stick around. I'm still not "positive" it will, but I couldn't hold myself back any longer. I have a thing for chevrons.  To get the worn look, I inked up the entire stamp (it's a big one) and then just dabbed it with a scrap of paper. Lightly in some places, more pressure in others. This gave it an uneven, slightly worn effect. Easy peasy.

I also chose to use linen thread as the vertical piece of the sketch as I didn't want to cover up any of those gorgeous numbers. I'm planning to recreate multiples of this card (it didn't take long) to give to our church's Kid's Birthday Ministry. We send out over 200 cards a year to each and every child who has a birthday! We have a great team of about 8 ladies, I think ;) 

...And that sweet little cupcake. Here's your closeup, Cupcake..

Again I used Sketched Birthday on this project. I've really been drawn to that set lately. The sketchy images are just fun, I suppose. I used Stampin' Write markers to colour the image Early Espresso and Crisp Cantaloupe. I pulled those colours from the Soho Subway DSP. That's a great way to coordinate your card. Just use the same colours as your DSP. 

Here's one more view, just because it's fun:

Hope you enjoy the sketch challenge and that the Design Team entries inspire you to create something you love!!

Have a fun & creative weekend!


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Set: Sketched Birthday, Positively Chevron

Card stock: Summer Starfruit, Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe, Very Vanilla, Soho Subway DSP
Ink: Summer Starfruit Classic Ink Pad, Crisp Cantaloupe and Early Espresso Stampin' Write markers
Tools: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" scallop circle punch
Accesories: Basic Pearls, linen thread
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Sponge, Snail Adhesive

Friday, 6 September 2013

Today's the day!

Well peeps, the big day has FINALLY arrived! You've met all of the design team members and now it's time to be inspired and GO CREATE! We're SO excited to launch this new challenge blog and hope that LOTS and LOTS of you will play along with us!

Here's the sketch: Apparently the sketch didn't upload correctly in the original post. Hopefully this time it does :)
And here's what I came up with:

 A little busier than my normal style (if I have a normal...or a style???) One of my goals this Stamping year is to use more Designer Series Paper. I order it because I love it and then None of it. It sits, looking extremely pretty, on the shelf never to grace the front of a card. Enter DSP. This is from the Birthday Basics pack. The colours are fun and I thought this would make a great kids card. The card is busy, kids are busy. Perfect!

Here's another view:
 And just because I wanted to see it a bit different, I created this one. Similar but not the same.
 The Crisp Cantaloupe flags are a little long for my liking (say that 3 times fast) and I like how they look when embossed rather than plain as is here. I do, however, like those balloons. They fill up the white space a little more. The balloons are stamped off once in Smoky Slate. 

Which one is your favourite? Do you think this would be a good kids' card?  Leave me a comment and let me know :)

Enjoy your FRIDAY! And a have a great weekend! 


Stampin' Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Bring on the Cake, Sketched Birthday
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate Classic Ink
Card Stock: Raspberry Ripple, Crisp Cantaloupe,Island Indigo Whisper White, Birthday Basics DSP
Accessories: 1/8" Silver Taffeta ribbon, Silver Button, Vintage Faceted Button
Tools: Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Polka Dots TIEF (Textured Impressions Embossing Folder) 

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Serene Silhouettes

Today's card was designed by one of my team members, Heather Cooper. Heather has a GREAT blog at  I continue to be amazed at how quickly she has accomplished in regards to her Stampin' Up! business. Her classes are booming (which is really no surprise since her projects are AWESOME!).  At last month's team meeting, Heather offered to do make-and-takes for us. This is one of her designs and I am LOVING these colours paired together! Have a look:
I don't know if I would've paired Pistachio Pudding with Island Indigo, but I love how they look together! 

Here's another angle:
It's kinda noticeable in this photo, but we went over the flowers with the 2 way glue pen and then added some Dazzling Diamonds glitter to give it that pretty sparkle! 

The edges were sponged with Island Indigo for a bit of contrast.

Thank you Heather for continuously sharing your gorgeous projects with us!!

~ Tamara

Stampin' Supplies:
Serene Silhouettes
132073 Serene Silhouettes 
Lots of Thanks
129690 Lots of Thanks

Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper
130144 Venetian Romance DSP

Pistachio Pudding 3/8" Ruffle Stretch Trim
130020 Pistachio Pudding Stretch Trim Ribbon
Stamping Sponges
101610 Stampin' Sponges
Island Indigo Classic Stampin' Pad
126986 Island Indigo Classic Ink
Pistachio Pudding Classic Stampin' Pad
131177 Pistachio Pudding Classic ink
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
102023 Dazzling Diamonds glitter
2-Way Glue Pen
100425 2-way glue pen