Sunday, June 4, 2017

Play Time!


Happy Sunday, everyone!

I had some time to get inky today before chores/work were calling my name - I decided to play along with the CASology challenge - and then I realized  was looking at a cue card from MANY months ago!! haha 

Regardless of my "oopsie" - I had fun just being in my studio getting crafty - that's what it is all about!




Here are the details on this design:

Stamp:(Unity) Let's Be Happy
Ink: Kraft/Versamark
Nuvo paste in Spring Green
Paper: (SU) cardstock -Tip Top Taupe,Whisper White and Basic Black
Vellum (Hero Arts)
Embossing Folder (SU)
Clear Droplets (Pretty Pink Posh)




By the way - I LOVE this sentiment - and I am sending this off in the mail for a friend to brighten her day - let's all just be happy :)







Thank you  for stopping in!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Love, Peace n Ink
Amber

RAK Unity Winner!


Happy Sunday morning, all!

Just before the weekend began, I set out to spread a little kindness from my corner of the world....
and I wanted to share a little bit of Unity goodness!

Shannon Horch! You rock! 


You are going to be getting this brand spankin' new Kit of the Month from Unity! 

Do something awesome with it - spread some RAK - that is all I ask! 
Oh - and I need you to send me your mailing address - so email me at ambertrue3@yahoo.com  
so that I can pop this in the mail for you! 

Thank you everyone for stopping by - and please scatter some kindness today - the world needs more of it! 

Love, Peace n Ink 
Amber

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The Dying Art of Human Connection and Random Kindness


In the 1st time in maybe what feels like forever - this is NOT a Design post here in my blog world.

I feel the need to say and do something important.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of work/life/chaos as I have been dealing with many levels of reality. Meaning: LIFE IS HAPPENING. It's been hitting me with several "WTF" moments at an alarming pace almost daily and I should be wearing a flack jacket for all the #*@* coming my way. My grandmother (Baba) has recently been hospitalized and has exceeded the level of care they can provide for her at the care home she was residing in. This next step of life (meaning = end of life) is one I have always been afraid of - and - I wish I could go back and be a little girl again. 


I just want to make pretty things - even if nobody cares. Even if they are more passionate about the whitening brightening power of their toothpaste. Or if they are in to binge-watching horrible drivel on Netflix for hours of their life. I just want people to do whatever makes them happy.

The sad truth is - lately this world has been more bent on showing how awful someone else is...than by shining their own light.


So I'm here to *@! shit up (as my hip kids would say!)



As a rebellious Random Act of Kindness - I am giving away a BRAND SPANKING NEW
May 2017 Kit of the month from Unity (which was sent to me by mistake)

And now - I want to give it to someone. Someone who really needs something to brighten their day -and I am TOTALLY paying the shipping so even if you live in some far away universe and really dig making crafty things - you defintiely  deserve to win this!
 SO here is the catch...





1. I want you to comment here so I know you read this entire post - and tell me I am not completely crazy for just wanting people to be a little kinder. We are all trying!


2.  Next - Make a card. Seriously. Make one. And send it to a friend. Hell, send it to an enemy. (but try to be nice, haha) You can even send it to a damn stranger by looking up a totally random name/address in a good old fashioned phone book (you may have to find one in a museum) I hope they don't call the police and have you committed.

Now I am not waiting forever to choose - so you literally have until Sunday June 4th at 9 AM CST to at least let me know you stopped by. Spread the random kindness on your own :)

Love, Peace n Ink

Amber xo




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges/Can You Case It


Hello everyone!

This week is bittersweet for me here, over on the blog - as the spring is finally heading in to warmer weather it means the golf resort is open again - and my weekends of freedom will soon come to an end! I always look forward to this time of year - but sadly, I must say goodbye to other loves. 
This will be my last post as a DT member for the Can You Case It Challenge team. With my even busier schedule I can only commit to playing with the challenges on a casual basis. This hurts my heart :( 


I decided this week to combine two challenges in to one - as the Crazy for Challenges girls have a wonderful color challenge happening, and my Can You Case It team has a wonderful sketch! 
Here is my design!


Over at C4C - someone special is celebrating a May birthday - emerald green is the focus this week! 

Stampin Up has a new Annual catalog debuting June 1st and I combined new items with some faves that are going to be carried over for another year!

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings, Garden in Bloom, Touches of Texture 
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Versamark
Paper: Tranquil Tide CS, Eastern Palace DSP, Designer Vellum (CTMH) 
Gold embossing powder/ribbon

I am SO thrilled with some of the new catalog items - I am sure you will be too!

Thanks for stopping in!

Love, Peace n' Ink 
Amber


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Savvy 7-April Showers


Hello everyone!

I have a pretty card to share with you that I made for the Savvy 7 Blog Hop! 

This month, we are designing our projects around the theme "April Showers/May Flowers"

Well, I skipped the flowers this time :) 


I needed to create a little "pick-me-up" for someone who could use a lift, and I thought this sentiment and image from Stampin Up!'s Beautiful You stamp set was perfect. I was happy to find out that it was not retiring - there are so many ways you can use it,  it really is a versatile stamp set!
I also added a bit of embossing with a folder from Taylored Expressions. I really kept this card simple, and that watercolour with my Zigs was quick and easy.

Be sure to check out all of the hoppers with the Savvy 7 !
Thanks for stopping by!

Love, Peace n' Ink
Amber


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges - Thank You!


Hello and welcome!

This week - I have a sweet thank you card for you and the Crazies - using Stampin' Up!'s classic stamp set called "Sheltering Tree"


This is such a versatile stamp set - and it is well-loved... I have used it for every occasion and it is definitely a go-to stamp for thank you's of all kinds. 

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

Atlantic Hearts #210


Happy Monday!

Today I am designing for Atlantic Hearts - and we have another fabulous sketch for you to play with!



I decided to flip the sketch and I used an awesome stamp from Unity called Let's Get Sip Faced - the Versamark ink on the Kraft cardstock really turned out more subtle than I had hoped but the card kinda grew on me ;)

Don't forget to play along with us this week - and be sure to leave me some love below to let me know you stopped by!

Love, Peace n' Ink
Amber

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Can You Case It #155


Hi again!

It is a dreary Sunday here so the yard work looks like it will have to wait.... it looks like I will be able to catch up on house chores and then get crafty! 

We are playing with another great sketch for this week's Can You Case It challenge! 
Check out our FB challenge page for the sketch - here is my Design Team inspiration!


I just had to break out some Stampin Up goodies for this design - the new catalog is coming SOON! I can tell you that you will be totally blown away with all the new goodies - I used some treasures that are sadly retiring - get them while you can! 

Crafty Details:
Stamps: (SU) Designer Tee, Super Duper
Dies: (Lil Inker) 

You can do ANYTHING with this sketch - it is clean and simple - the possibilities are really endless!

Thanks for stopping by - have a wonderful week. Stay crafty ;) 

Love, Peace n' Ink 
Amber

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges - Jazz Day

Hello everyone!

The week has gotten away from me somehow - it was the deadline for filing Income Tax - and working in a busy accounting office definitely took up a lot of time -my crafty time took a hit! 

I actually designed this card weeks ago ... but forgot to write my post for the Crazy 4 Challenges blog! Sorry! 
So here is my design to celebrate Jazz Day!



Stamps: (FSJ) Vintage Notes (Unity) Give Me Strength
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress
Paper: Watercolor, Vellum 

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

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 Rosshttp://kimross.blogspot.com
Tammy Huber Murphyhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa-FqNi5F6NYdBxDXOmx-YQ
Terry Ladwighttp://itstotallyterry.blogspot.com/
Cynthia Olheiserhttp://stampinalaska.blogspot.com/
Annie Sternerhttp://justascrapdork.blogspot.com
Renee Moranhttp://becauseofdelaneyjane.blogspot.com/
Chris Daytonhttp://www.cattalesandpapertrails.com/?m=1
Becky NThttp://thompsontinkertree.blogspot.com/
Brianna Jacksonhttp://riversidedaydreams.blogspot.com



Thanks again for stopping in!

Peace, Love n' Ink
Amber

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
Amber

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 
Amber 

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
Amber 

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
Amber

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 
Amber

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
Amber

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
Amber

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 
Amber 




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
Amber


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 
Amber

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 
Amber 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Crazy 4 Challenges Design Debut!

Welcome!
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 
Amber

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
Amber 

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!





Details:

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
Amber

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 
Amber 

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!



Details:

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 
Amber