Sunday, April 23, 2017

Growing In Unity Blog Hop

Hi Unity Friends! I am so happy you stopped by!

I was SO excited to find out that this month the GIU gals from February would get to play along one more time together with a Blog Hop - and I am the last stop - thanks for sticking around!

For my project, I knew I wanted to create a sweet little Mother's Day card, as it is just around the corner - and I have the perfect little Mama I need to send this to  :)

I inked up the image from the Spring Unity kit designed by the uber-talented Heather Rolin, and decided to pair it with a sentiment from the set Another Name For Love. ( I just love how the 1000's of Unity stamps can mix and match to create something 'just right'!) 
 You totally need them! Get them here!

If this is where you are beginning - be sure to stop at every blog along the way and leave some love to let us know you dropped in - you could be a lucky winner of some crafty goodness!

You likely found your way here via Brianna's blog - but if you want to go back and double-check everyone's awesomeness here is the blog list ! 

Kim Ross
Tammy Huber Murphy
Terry Ladwig
Cynthia Olheiser
Annie Sterner
Renee Moran
Chris Dayton
Becky NT
Brianna Jackson

Thanks again for stopping in!

Peace, Love n' Ink

Friday, April 21, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges - You're Teariffic

Welcome back!

This week over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog - we are celebrating TEA!

I adore tea (AND coffee!) so this was a sweet little card to make!
I used my SU! stamp set called "A Nice Cuppa" and the matching framelits - and found some pretty paper from Close To My Heart called Happy Times that was in my stash - just waiting for a project like this :)
Please be sure to join our challenge this week!
Thanks for stopping in!

Love, Peace n Ink

Monday, April 17, 2017

Atlantic Hearts #208

This week Atlantic Hearts has another great sketch to play with!

Nothing says spring more than soft little "pussy willows". This amazing stamp from Power Poppy called 'Winter Pick-Me-Up' was perfect! I colored the image with my Zigs and found some paper from both Simple Stories and Echo Park that seemed to work perfectly! My oval CS was cut with the SU Stitched Oval die. A little bit of brown ribbon and linen thread finished it all off!   

Be sure to link up your project and play along with us - this sketch is great! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Love, Peace n' Ink 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

CYCI #154 - Color Challenge

Welcome back to another Can You Case It challenge

This week over on the FB group we have an awesome color combo for you. You have two weeks to play along!

These colors that Rose picked out for us are ADORABLE!! I decided to create a baby card for the challenge.
Here's the details:

Stamps: (SU) Suite Sayings, Foxy Friends
Ink: (SU) Black Archival, Pool Party, Early Espresso
Paper: (SU) A Little Foxy DSP, Pool Party CS, Early Espresso CS, Whisper White CS, PL Card
Tools/Embellishments: (MFT) Rectangle die, (SU) Fox Builder punch (Neat & Tangled) Sequins

I spotted a really sweet project on Pinterest and found a tutorial on how to make the SU fox punch into a cute little bear! The Stampin Up! demonstrator's name is Valarie Moody and you can watch her tutorial video here! 

Love, Peace n' Ink

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges-Sketch

Happy Weekend! 
It is Easter here and we are celebrating the long weekend with food and family!

This week, the C4C gang has a sketch challenge to inspire you!

Here's the details! 

Stamps:(SU) Touches of Texture, Special Reason
Ink: (SU) Crushed Curry, TH Distress Ink Fossilized Amber
Paper:(SU) Whisper White, Basic Black, Crushed Curry 
Tools: (MFT) Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame die
Embellishments: (SU) Silver Thread 

Thanks for stopping by!

Love, Peace n' Ink

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Thinking Spring -with Power Poppy and Mix It Up!

Hello everyone!
It's my second blog post of the day - I am quite sure you are sick of me spamming your Bloglovin' but I HAVE to share this wonderful card and announcement.

Beginning next month, there will be a new challenge blog on the block ;) 

It is going to be FABULOUS! So be sure to follow the blog and play along with us!
We decided to have a little fun before we go "official" - so we are offering up a little "Just For Fun" challenge to get the ball rolling! This challenge is open until April 30th - so play along and show us your stuff ;)
Here's my Design Team inspiration!

 I decided to play with the Power Poppy Power & Spark challenge as well - as I have recently found their beautiful floral stamps - and I am hooked! 
They have 3 great sketches to choose from!

I heat embossed this amazing lilac image from the Lilac Time clear stamp set, and used the smaller image and sentiment from it as well! 
A little splash of color from my Zigs on the vellum was quick and simple. 
I had some MFT dies out on my table from a previous project so I decided to use those one more time before they got put away!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink 

Can You Case It #153

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I am playing along with another Can You Case it challenge!
This week, we have a sketch for you 

I had a blast creating this fun Easter card - it's for "some bunny" pretty special ;)

Here are all the details:
Stamp: (Simon Says Stamp) Some Bunny
Ink: Black Archival
Paper: (SU) Early Espresso, Whisper White, (CTMH) Sea Glass, (Canson) Watercolor paper
Tools:(MFT) Rectangles, (SU) Stitched Ovals, (SSS) stencil, Nuvo embellishment mousse, Zigs, candy Dots

I am a lucky subscriber to the Simon Says Card kit every month - and I am stoked when it arrives, because I have yet to be disappointed! The Nuvo mousse colors in the March kit were PERFECT for an Easter card - they are so fun to use (and - confession: I have more colors on the way!)

Please play along with our sketch challenge! This is a great sketch and I hope this card inspired you!

Thanks for popping in!

Love, Peace n Ink

Saturday, April 8, 2017

CAS-ology: Icing

I had some play time today up in my studio - and I had so many choices of crafty goodies to play with, so I grabbed some Unity for a quick card using the CASology challenge this week - ICING! 

I broke out an old favourite from Unity Stamps, called Everyday Celebration and just added a pop of color with my Zigs. That sweet little scalloped edge detail is courtesy of the Tailored Stitches die from Poppy stamps. I thought that  little cupcake needed some 'icing' and found some liquid appliqué  to add to it for some dimension - it looks good enough to eat ;) A few sequins from Neat and Tangled finished this little creation off! 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Love, Peace n' Ink

Friday, April 7, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges-Wild About You

Welcome back!

This week over with the 'Crazies' we are going WILD! 

Today is Zoo Lovers Day - so we are featuring projects that use animals - wild or not :) 

I had a lot of fun with this!

I had a few ideas in mind for the stamp I wanted to use - and with most of the world awaiting the birth of April the Giraffe 's new baby - I knew I HAD to go with this adorable stamp!

I also spotted an idea on Pinterest using an all-white background - here are the details ! 

Stamp: (MFT) Sweet Safari
Ink: Black Archival
Paper: (SU)Whisper White CS, (Recollections) Embossed CS, 
Bristol Smooth, Basic Black CS

I used my Zigs to color this cutie, and then my Brother Scan N' Cut did the hard work and cut this out for me. I popped it up a bit with some pop dots, and also added some Nuvo drops to my design. 

Be sure to add your creativity to our challenge this week - play along! The Crazy 4 Challenge blog can be found here
Be sure  to leave some love in the comments below and thanks for stopping by!

Love, Peace n' Ink 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Just For Fun!

It's me again! 
Sundays are always bittersweet - its my day before I start another work week, and I try to get organized. Sundays are also the day I work on my various Design Team projects, and a lot of the time, it is productive! Today, I was actually ahead (can you believe it?!) 
So I decided to play - just for fun!

I had a mountain of scraps from various projects that has been sitting on my desk - I HATE wasting! It really is a struggle for me to throw anything away - and I try to salvage any pieces that *might* work for a project! Today I created this fun card with a few things that were just hanging around.

I had a few scraps of Crate Paper's Hello Love gorgeous paper still sitting in a pile from a previous project - and this time they paired beautifully with my Bamboo Rose stamp set from Altenew! (I apologize of I over-use that stamp set lately...but gosh... I am in LoVe with it!) I adhered it to a Whisper White CS base that I had sitting in my scrap been for what seems like a hundred years. I had used a scallop punch to create the edge ....annnnd then decided "nope". HAHA
The Verve sentiment was heat embossed on black CS, and I popped it up a bit using dimensionals. 
I love how I managed to create something using what I had thought was just heading to the garbage bin!
My friend and fellow DTM, Rose Packer did exactly the same thing today, coincidentally, in order to create her card for this week's  Can You Case It challenge! I guess great minds think alike! 
Go and check out her card here

That's all for today. (I promise!) Thanks so much for joining me.
Love, Peace n' Ink

Can You Case It/Atlantic Hearts Challenge

Welcome back! 

I have another fun design I created this week and I multi-tasked - combining TWO challenges into this fab card!

This week Can You Case It has a fabulous color combo that I chose to play with!

And Atlantic Hearts has a wonderful sketch to play with!

So here is my design using both challenges! Check it out!

Want the details?

Stamp: (Altenew) Painted Flowers, Bamboo Rose
Ink: Black Archival, (Tim Holtz Distress) Peacock Feathers, Shabby Shutters
Paper: (SU)Vellum, Kraft CS, Whisper White, Bazzil CS, Project Life card
Wink of Stella shimmer pen, CTMH embellishment, Recollections washi

This card will be heading out in the mail for a special someone this week! 

Be sure to play along with Can You Case It challenge on the Facebook page and Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge over on the blog!

Please leave some love in the comments below to let me know you stopped by!
Love, Peace n' Ink 

Savvy 7 - April - Have an Awesome Birthday!

Hello everyone!! 
It's the 1st Sunday of the month - and that makes it time to hop along with the Savvy 7
This month, we are celebrating Birthdays!

I had so much fun playing with some of my stash! Here are the details!

Stamp: (CTMH) Beyond Awesome, True to Life, (Art C) -arrows
Ink: (SU) Lost Lagoon, Watermelon Wonder, Black Archival
Paper: (SU) Vellum, Watermelon Wonder CS, Whisper White CS, (Crate Paper) Open Book
Staples, Fun Stampers Journey Silks 

I loooooooove that Crate Paper layer - and I wish I had more of it (eyeroll- like I am sure I need more paper..haha) 

Be sure to hop over to the next blogger and check out their amazing project! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges Design Debut!

If you are coming to my corner of the blogging world for the first time! - hello !

My name is Amber and I am very excited to be joining the Crazy 4 Challenges Design Team!

Today I am sharing the design I created for the theme this week - "Rainbows".

Now, I thought long and hard about what I was going to create - but I decided to go with something clean and simple watercoloring! Check it out!

Here's the details:
Stamp: (SU) Work of Art
Die:(SU) Butterfly thinlets
Ink: (SU) Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Cucumber Crush, Island Indigo
Paper: (SU) Kraft, Vellum (Canson) Watercolor paper
Adhesive pearls, Linen thread

I used my Aqua painter to create all that gorgeous color - it's subtle and soft but I love how it turned out!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and leave some love in the comments below so I know you dropped by! See you next week!

Love, Peace n Ink 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Thank You Kindly!

It is FINALLY Sunday Funday! 
I have been having some very busy days at the office lately - and my mojo was taking a hit - all work and no play makes me SAD!

I always look forward to the Can You Case It challenge - every week we play with some fabulous colours or sketches - and this week our sketch definately inspired me!

I love this sketch so much!
I may even get inky and design another card this week just for fun, using this sketch!

Here are all the fun details!

Stamp/die: (Memory Box) Watching the World Bloom
Ink: (SU) Black Archival, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz 
Paper: (SU) Whisper White, Vellum (Crate Paper) Open Book
Linen Thread
The other Design Team members have created some AMAZING projects this week  using our sketch - so be sure to head over to Can You Case It Facebook challenge and check them out and add your creative flair! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink

Monday, March 20, 2017

AHSC # 204

Is it Monday already?
It is time to show you what I created with the sketch challenge over at Atlantic Hearts!

I had so much fun playing with my Zigs and watercoloring!

This stamp is very special to me - it is one of my favourite images of all time, from Unity Stamp Company, and my very awesome and awesomely talented friend Crystal sent it to me to brighten my day! I absolutely love it!


Stamps: (Unity) Image-Kit of The Month Jan 2017, Sentiment-Beginnings & Growth
Ink: Black Archival
Paper: (CTMH) Seafoam CS, Kraft CS
(CTMH) Oh, Deer! Patterned paper
Watercolor paper

And - from the crafting vault... I present ...Brads! (remember those?? haha)

Looking for more inspiration?
Be sure to check out our other Design Team projects!

Thanks for visiting me!
Love, Peace n Ink

Sunday, March 19, 2017

I'm Here For You-CYCI #150

Hello friends!

This week has been very busy, to say the least - and I feel like I have been just counting the days till the weekend! But now that it has arrived I am actually even busier, as today I am helping to organize a Trade Show at a hall down the street - I really wish I had a 3-day weekend!

Our Can You Case It challenge this week is a wonderful and unique color combo - courtesy of Kevin! 

I honestly struggled with visualizing these colors together and dreaming up a design - but I came up with something I was happy with - and here are all the ingredients ;)

Stamps: (SU) Weather Together, Awesomely Artistic
Ink: (SU) Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand, (TH Distress) Shabby Shutters, Versamark
Paper:(SU) Dapper Denim CS, Vellum, Watercolor paper, (Spellbinder) Copper Sheet
Tools: Woodgrain embossing folder, Copper embossing powder, Aqua painters

I LOVE my Aqua painters - because they allow such control when adding color just where you need it - and painting those delicate flowers was a lot of fun with it!

Now it is your turn to get inky and join us! Head over to our challenge page!

Thanks for stopping by - and, be sure to leave me some love to let me know you dropped in! 

Love, Peace n' Ink 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays-A Fresh Start

Hello, everyone!

I am SO in love with colouring right now! I am very far behind on the whole *newest thing* that is trending -BUT ...  anytime I get some "play-time" I just want to pull out all of my goodies that get ignored - and my Zigs are one of them! I used them for this design I created for the CAS-ual Fridays "Over The Edge" challenge today!


Stamp: Image & sentiment (Unity) Hello New Life 
Ink: Black Archival
Paper: (Simon Says Stamp) White
Zig Real Brush Markers: Haze Blue, Green Shadow, English Lavender, Lilac, Yellow Green, Mid Green, Light Green
Tools: (MFT) Wonky Stitched Rectangles, (SU) Stitched Circles
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black

I just wanted to spotlight all that fun spring color! I hope you like it!
 CAS-ual Fridays

Be sure to leave some love to let me know you popped in!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Love, Peace n' Ink 

Sunday, March 12, 2017


Happy Sunday! 

I am back today with a card creation for the Can You Case It challenge! 
This week we have a sketch for you!

I created the colourful panel using my Ken Oliver Colorbursts on watercolour paper - I LOVE those shades of green!
Want the rest of the details?

Stamp/Die set: (Simon Says Stamp) Explore Nature 
Ink: Black Archival, Versamark
Paper: Hero Arts Vellum, (SU) Early Espresso cardstock
White embossing powder, clear embossing powder,  candy dots

Use our sketch for inspiration, and join our challenge! You have all week to play along ! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Love, Peace n' Ink 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Brighter Days!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

I guess I spoke too soon the other day about having mild weather here - we have just dug out of a blizzard that saw 90 km/hr winds and now windchills of -30C. Haha - Mother Nature, you always keep us on our toes!

A snow day gave me time to create!

I decided to break out some awesome Stampin Up supplies since I haven't played with them for awhile!
Here's the details:
Tools: Rose Garden Thinlets, Stitched Circle dies
Stamp: Beautiful You
Ink: Elegant Eggplant 
Paper: Vellum, Smoky Slate, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Embellishments: Linen Thread, Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh) 

I put two awesome challenges together to create this design!

 CAS Colours and Sketches

 Paper Players Challenge #334

Peace, Love n' Ink 
Amber xo 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Seize The Birthday/Atlantic Hearts Sketch

Clean and simple was my plan for this week! 

I am using the sketch from the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

I am also playing along with Seize the Birthday this week!

The sketches over at Atlantic Hearts  centre around multiple layers, and I wanted to go for an "almost 1 layer" look! I dug out a Tim Holtz stencil and the NEW Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick - I am going to have ALOT of fun with those now that I got my hands on some!
My sentiment is from Verve's Beautiful Things collection and the pretty little flower is an old SU favorite called Flower Shop. I fussy-cut it after colouring with the oxides and blender pen, and added a bit of Zigs for highlights. I used a bit of fun washi tape for one of those "layers".  Easy-peasey!

I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Love, Peace n' Ink 
Amber xo  

Sunday, March 5, 2017

CYCI #148

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!
Over here, March came in like a lamb.... and I am really hoping Mother Nature is kind to spring slowly shows up here (we have been known to have 2nd winter here on the Prairies) 
While the weather makes up it's mind, it gives me plenty of time to play in my studio before gardening season starts! 

This week, Can You Case It has another really great color challenge for you  to play along with!
Check out my project!

I finally inked up a stamp set from Altenew called Bamboo Rose  and used my Tim Holtz distress inks and my Aqua Painter to watercolor a bit - I LOVE those flowers! 
I embossed the card base with Stampin Up!'s Petal Burst embossing folder and added some droplets from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off this card! I think it should brighten someone's day!

If you would like to play along with us, be sure to check out our FB group here!

You have plenty of time to make pretty things and add them to our challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink 
Amber xo