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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Color Wash Stripes

Happy hump day! 

I couldn't wait to play along with this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and came up with this little ditty. The challenge is to use color wash or color mists + stamping and I decided to do a little color washing for my background. I got so darn excited about my color washed stripes that I forgot to add stamping to them, but I did do a little stamping on the shaker window. ;-)

In the supplies listed below, you'll notice Post-It Masking Tape. I tore long strips of the tape in half and used them to mask my background layer into stripes and hold my paper in place. Then I pressed distress ink onto my craft mat, spritzed it with water and painted (color washed) the stripes. Before pulling the masking tape and while the paper was still wet, I sprinkled gold embossing powder here and there, heat set it and then pulled the tape off to reveal this really cool background.

I noticed that I just happened to have some shaker card ingredients that matched my color wash stripes, so I die cut a circle into the background layer and added a shaker pouch behind. I have so many wonderful friends who I dearly wish lived closer to me, so I really should mass produce this one!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have a chance to check out the Simon Says Monday Challenge following the link below.
~Amy

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Challenge Me {hi}

I've got a clean and simple card featuring a technique-y feather sitting front and center. Today's card hits on a few current challenges going on that you definitely should consider participating in:


I've used stamps and dies from Paper Smooches for their current Anything Goes Challenge and combined it with my favorite technique (ink smooshing) for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
I usually use the ink smooshing technique to create one of a kind backgrounds but used it to create an interesting focal point instead. To create the feather, I smooshed  hot pink dye ink onto a piece of watercolor paper, then clear embossed a polka dot background on top and finished with another layer of smooshed hot pink ink to get the two shades of pink you see. 

Make a little time for yourself this week to play along with these challenges, you'll be glad you did!
~Amy

http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.com/2015/06/june-anything-goes-wk3-challenge.html

http://sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com/2015/06/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-274.html
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - For the Love of Plants

Welcome! I have a shabby-chic card for your today that I'll be linking up with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - For the Love of Plants challenge. 

I used a few different techniques to create the base layer, including ink smooshing, Damask stencil + texture paste and a little sprinkle of gold embossing powder here and there. The rolled flowers are the small, medium and large royal roses dies from My Favorite Things, and the fine print sentiment is from the Sending and Wishing stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, one of my favorites!

Hope you're having a nice weekend and look forward to sharing a few more challenges with you this week!
~Amy

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Thanks Teacher

End of the school year calls for a little teacher thanks, so I got three birds stoned and came up with today's card. You can check out each of the fun challenges I combined below, just click on the graphic to take you directly to each challenge.


http://curtaincallchallenge.blogspot.com/2015/06/curtain-call-inspiration-challenge.html
 Curtain Call | Inspiration

http://papersmoochessparks.blogspot.com/2015/06/june-7-13-anything-goes-wk1-challenge.html
 Paper Smooches SPARKS | Anything Goes

http://sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com/2015/06/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-272.html
 Sweet Sunday Sketch | #272

I hope to dabble in challenges on a more regular basis now that I have little more free time during the summer. Thanks for stopping by today and come back soon!
~Amy

Friday, June 5, 2015

Life's Simple Pleasures

Happy Friday!
I have a simple card to share with you today featuring a few products from Your Next Stamp
I love the sentiment and its reminder to enjoy the little things in life. 


I'll send you off for a great weekend with a few of my favorite 'less is more' type quotes:

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
~ Socrates

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
~ Hans Hofmann

 Have a simply wonderful weekend.
~Amy

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wishing You Happy Birthday

A warm Wednesday welcome, folks!  I have a smooshy inky birthday card to share with you today that I'm linking up with the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make It Masculine. My card uses my all time favorite SSS products which are linked directly below the picture and my current favorite technique - ink smooshing!

sending and wishing | wishing die

Thanks for stopping and have great day!
Amy

Thursday, May 28, 2015

YNS Challenge Day!

If you stopped by earlier this week (or month), you know I've been guesting with Your Next Stamp this month and am having a great time with new and old products alike. Today marks the start of a new color and sketch challenge at the YNS Blog, and I've got two cards to share with you using both challenges. First up is my sketch challenge card.


A better view of my port hole shaker pocket and that cute crabby-crab! And how fun is that speech bubble?!

I used three of the colors from the color inspiration photo - Licorice, Lupine and Sour Lemon to create a starry night scene. I think this would be a cool grad card or a sweet new baby card, what do you think?


How to win:
Be sure to join in the fun and share your own creation inspired by either the sketch or the colors OR both!  Link up your project through Inlinkz on the YNS Blog.
  • YNS’ bi-weekly challenge #15 ends on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at midnight EST
  • One random participant will win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store.  If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives an additional $5 gift certificate for a total of $20.  The winner will be announced on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.
  • All stamps are welcome, although we love to see YNS stamps and dies on your projects.
  • The YNS Top Pick will receive the “YNS Top Pick” badge and their project will be featured on the YNS Blog the Sunday after the challenge closes.  To be considered for the Top Pick, YNS stamps/dies must be the focal point of your project.

You'll definitely want to get yourself over to the YNS Blog for complete challenge details and more inspiration from the fabby YNS Design Team. YNS supplies for today's card are linked below, but please let me know if you have questions about anything else you see.
~Amy

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