Sunday, September 25, 2016

CYCI #139 - A Rainbow of Color AND A WINNER!

Welcome to another exciting week over at the Can You Case It challenge blog! We have another REALLY awesome challenge this week ...ready? And I also have a BIG announcement on my Giveaway Winner! 

We want to see some COLOR! That's right - a rainbow of color! (Not necessarily A rainbow.... 
but.... the challenge is meant to inspire so you decide!)

My crafty details:
Stamps: (SU) Jar of Love Bundle
(Paper Smooches) Word Up
(NOTE: I also used the SU Sunshine Wishes die)
Paper: Literally - scraps! everything from SU's Crushed Curry and Kraft
Vellum and Whisper White
and random bright pieces hanging around!
Ink: Archival Black
Misc: Linen thread and enamel dots

I also took a tiny bit of Pool Party ink from SU and my aqua painter and gave that jar a wee touch of color. 

I hope you check out the Design Team members creations this week - there are some beauties there!

.... And finally....


All this week I held a giveaway for all my crafty peeps!
The winner of a box of treasures is

Marilyn Lachambre

Marilyn will be receiving her prize this week! Congrats!!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Challenge #178 - Another Post, Oh Deer!

Hi everyone!
I am back again today with another sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts! I just squeaked in to the challenge last week in the nick of time but this week I am cruising! I had another day off which gave me some MUCH welcomed time up in my studio and time to play with some awesome new crafty goodness from CTMH!

I LOVE non traditional colors for Christmas so this was right up my alley!
Here's the details:

Stamp: (CTMH) Woodland Wishes
Ink: Black Archival/Versamark
Paper: (CTMH) Oh Deer!/ Uptown Fundamentals/Vellum/White Daisy/
 Sea Glass CS/Gold Foil
Misc: (SU) Gold star paper clip/Gold beads

I heat embossed some clear embossing powder over the black archival ink just to add a bit of shine - I tried almost every coordinating color for that sentiment but the black made it "pop"! the best - so that was what I chose!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let me know you were here - leave a hello below! 
Love, Peace and Ink :) 
Amber xo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177

Hello everyone!
I have a very quick post for you today - and I am joining the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge today!

 Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

My card was super simple! And I flipped the sketch - I love how it turned out! 
I used the following crafty items:

Stamps: (CTMH) Way To Go/(SU) Hardwood
Die: Lil Inkers Design
Ink: Black Archival/(Tim Holtz Distress) Tea Dye and Antique Linen
Paper: Kraft/White Shimmer/ Fuchsia Turquoise (all Recollections)
Sequins for some POP!
I also added some clear embossing to that sentiment to add a little shine!

Thanks for stopping by in my corner of blogland! Be sure to leave me some love in the comment section below! 
Amber xo

CYCI #138 - Shake It - Shaker Card Challenge AND Giveaway!

Happy Sunday all!
The chill is in the air - we have days of +20 followed by days of +4 and nights dipping below the zero mark already! September is my most favourite month.... it signals a huge collective "sigh" in the earth as she waits to sleep. All the dramatic color inspires me!

 Can You Case ItThis week over on the Can You Case It blog we have a shaker card challenge! Believe it or not, this girl had only attempted a shaker once before this! And I will not show you how THAT turned out! (note: I am *still* vacuuming up glitter out of the carpet in the studio!)
So this WAS a definite challenge for me! Thank goodness for Eva and her awesome "how-to" video... life saver, girl!
I spotted some inspiration on Pinterest for this card, and the fall colors had me hooked!

After the awesome hints from Eva on the easiest ways to make a shaker I went to work. And while a square is much easier (mental note for next time) I am ALWAYS up for a challenge!
Here are the details:

Stamps: (SU!) Suite Seasons (from the NEW holiday catty!)
Thoughtful Branches bundle
Ink: (SU!) Early Espresso/Cajun Craze/Old Olive/Versamark
CS: (SU!) Early Espresso/Kraft/White
Other stuff: (SU!) Bakers Twine (Bakers Twine trio pack from the holiday catty!)
(misc) sequins, beads and raffia! 

We've got some super cute shakers from the other Design Team members! You should totally check them out! And let's see what you create! 
Join our challenge this week! 

And..... just for this week's challenge I am having a wonderful GIVEAWAY from my personal stash, for stopping by and leaving some love! But here's what you have to do....
2. FOLLOW US ON OUR FB PAGE  Can You Case It challenge  

You have until Friday September 23rd at 9am CST  to enter and the winner will be announced here on my blog on Sunday September 25th! Don't forget to check back and see if you get some new treasures sent your way! 

Have a great week! 
Amber xo 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Creative Corner Challenges - No Patterned Paper

Its another fabulous weekend on the horizon - the weather is supposed to be FABULOUS for the upcoming few days - which is great because it has been a little frosty at night here already! 
It is WAY too soon to think about the dreaded "W" word!

This week over at Creative Corner Challenges we have a great challenge for you - NO PATTERNED PAPER..... so... I made my own!

I dug into my Paper Smooches stamps to create the background for this card! I used the "Flap Happy" stamp set...stamping it using Tim Holtz distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, and Victorian Velvet.  I cut a rectangle in Whisper White CS using the MFT Wonky Rectangle die. And finally, the sentiment is from another Paper Smooches stamp set... called "Group Hugs".

Please play along with our challenge this week! And thank you for stopping by! 
Amber xo 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CYCI # 137 - Color Challenge!

If you are anything like me, September seems to go by in a flash! Autumn is my ultimate FAVE season.... it signals a huge shift in the way the world moves... it slows down, and begins to go to sleep. At least here in our neck of the woods! Haha 
This transition at times is a bit sad, but it also brings the excitement of looking forward to the holiday season!
Too early?
Well..... for a carmaker/artist and all around artsy-farsty junkie... this signals TRADE SHOWS! CRAFT RETREATS! and WORKSHOPS! 
It may sound like insanity (it does to my hubby!) I begin focusing on the Christmas season in August... trade shows and Craft Fairs are beginning in full force by Sept/October. With that... Christmas cards are on my agenda....  while the beach babes are still catching the last rays of summer. 
 Can You Case ItAnd this week at Can You Case It , we devoted our challenge to a color scheme that seemed perfect for a fun...non-traditional combo to use for a Christmas card!

I always get a bit bored with traditional Red/Green design for Christmas and sometimes I like to step outside the box! That's what I did here! 
Here's the details!

Stamp and Die set: (NEW!SU!) Star of Light - from the Holiday mini!
Paper: (Bazzill)-Bankroll (SU!)-Flirty Flamingo, Vellum
Ink: (SU!) Smoky Slate
Embossing powder: (SU!) Smoky slate/mixed with glitter
Brad: EK Success

Lesson learned on this card: I *probably* should have used a much darker ink for the sentiment, BUT... I wanted to purely stick to the challenge ... and I wish the picture would do it justice, but that "swirl" of stars has SO much glitter and shine with the embossing, it looks great on the subtle shimmer of the Bazzill cardstock! 

Thanks for checking out my card this week, and be sure to stop at all the Design Team blogs to show some love! Let's see what you can do! Join our color challenge this week! 


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fresh, Clean and Simple Christmas-FMS #253/SIP #64

Hi everyone!
I have been pretty busy with a lot of projects and WORK (Boo! No fun at all!) but I was lucky enough to have THREE days off this week! My boss is THE BEST!
So I decided to play with a couple challenges! Here is my card!

Here are the details on my card!

Ink: (SU!) Real Red
Stamp: (SU!) Merriest Wishes
Dies/Framelits: (SU!) Merry Tags Framelits/Pretty Pines Thinlets
Paper: Kraft Cardstock/(SU!) Hello December 2016 Project Life card
Supplies: Wink of Stella/(SU!) Gold Baker's twine

I am discovering how fast and easy it is to use those Project Life cards for some simple layers on cards! I will definitely be doing that for the busy Christmas season! Also, the little shimmer from Stella is SO cute! And SO hard to capture  in a photo! But it sure sparkles! 

 Freshly Made SketchesI played along with Freshly Made Sketches

 Stamp, Ink, Paper I also joined the Stamp, Ink, Paper "Clean and Simple" challenge

Please leave some love so I know you stopped by, and thanks for checking out my crafty creation!

Amber xo

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CYCI #136 - Sketch Challenge!

Hello everyone!
Welcome back to another AMAZING and creative challenge this week from over at Can You Case It!
This week, we have a sketch challenge for you! 
 Can You Case It

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sketch - because I am lovin' the layers!! I had so much fun with this one, and I hope you do too!

Here's the details!....
I pulled out my Ken Oliver Color Bursts and created a warm background on watercolour paper with a real "autumn" feel.... Some of the colours I used were Merlot, Tangerine and Orange and that wonderful Yellow Ochre! Next I stamped that beautiful tree image from Unity Stamps set Could I Be Any Cuter. I used black ink but then embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it some SHINE!  I used another Unity Stamp for the sentiment - this time it's from the Let Your Wishes Fly sentiment kit. I layered all of this over some Kraft and Delightful Dijon cardstock from SU! My base seemed a bit too "White" for all of this wonderful color, so I used a bit of Blackberry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie and Delightful Dijon (stamped off) and used the popular splatter stamp from SU! in the Gorgeous Grunge collection. Finally I embellished this fun thank you card with some AWESOME fibres from EK Success! 

All of the CYCI Design Team members have  come up with some wonderful creations this week-be sure to check them out! Be sure to join this challenge - this sketch ROCKS!  And leave me some love in the comment section below so I know you stopped by! Have a GREAT week! 
Amber xo

Friday, September 2, 2016

Creative Corner Challenges-Once Upon a Fairytale....

Hello everyone! 
This week over at the Creative Corner Challenges, we have an awesome sponsor! 
Thank you to A Day For Daisies for sponsoring the cool digi stamps for our Fairytale challenge!

That background was made with one digi stamp that I placed on watercolour paper and used my Ken Oliver ColorBursts in Lemon Yellow and some SU! ink in Costal Cabana with my Aqua Painter to add a splash of color! The sentiment is from Unity Stamps and I used the metallic Ken Oliver ColorBursts for a hint of lemony shimmer! I finished things off with a few sequins and some thin black satin ribbon!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to join the challenge over at the Creative Corner!