Video – CYCI # 84 Watercoloring with Barnyard Babies

10626579_10206336191739073_7437091439901572993_nToday I am super excited to share this card and how it  came to be.

If you have been following my blog, you know that I like to participate in various challenge blogs. These blogs post a sketch (or color scheme) and then you are encouraged to stamp and share your interpretation of that sketch. Can You Case It is one of those a weekly challenge blogs. This past week I was invited to serve as one of their Design Team Members! What an honor! I’m stoked!

Here’s my interpretation of Sketch Challenge #84.

IMG_6074Tips for Watercoloring:
Shimmery White Cardstock – This paper is exceptional for watercoloring. Its smooth, shimmering surface has a coating which affords you some time to manipulate the paint before it sets into the cardstock.
Aqua Painters – These water-filled “paintbrushes”make painting a breeze. You get two to a pack which is a great bargain. And the super awesome quality of these pens is that they never dry out. You simply add more water to the barrel as needed.
Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads – Just squeeze the closed lid of your ink pad and you create a paint pallette on the inside of the lid.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! Be sure to head over to Can You Case It to see how other stampers are interpreting this week’s sketch.

If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. Subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects and video tutorials. And feel free to contact me at amysinklings@gmail.com if you need help ordering Stampin’ Up! items or if you would like to discuss joining my team! I’d love to chat with you!

Video – Bundled Up for the Holidays Blog Hop with Lighthearted Leaves

Bundled up for the Holidays Blog Hop BannerWelcome to InKing Royalty’s August Blog Hop.  Stampin’ Up!’s 2015 Holiday Catalog is just around the corner (it’s live on September 1) – and this amazing book is filled to the brim with incredible bundles at discounted prices.  Who doesn’t love to save with bundles?!?

Today we are Bundled Up for the Holidays as we celebrate these amazing stamp set bundles from the Holiday Catalog.   After you read my post, I  hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Brian Blog with mark

This stamp set, Lighthearted Leaves, made my heart skip a beat when I saw it in the new catalog. The creative possibilities (ie. how to color the images, how to incorporate the diecut elements, etc) are endless. And while the original intent was to use this stamp set as, well, leaves, I immediately saw a Christmas tree with this little stamp. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them!

The added bonus is that Lighthearted Leaves was designed as an additional stamp set that can be used along with the gorgeous Vintage Leaves & Leaflets Framelits Bundle found on page 88 of our current Annual Catalog.

Check out my tutorial on how to make this Christmas card.

Thank you for stopping by! Please hop over to the next person in the list for more inspiration and exciting bundles from the Holiday Catalog:
1. BRIAN KING
2. AMY WHELAN
3. CANDY FORD
4. JENNIFER SPILLER
5. PAM MORRIS
6. MARY FISH
7. SHAWN DE OLIVEIRA
8. DENISE HOEPFNER
9. LISA PRETTO
10. LYNN KOLCUN
11. SHARON WALKER
12. BECKY VOLPP
13. DEB COZZONE

Video – Pop Up Card with Watercolor Wings and Butterflies Thinlits

IMG_5942There’s a lot going on with this beauty of a card. We have a clear embossed background; the LOVELY, three-step Watercolor Wings butterfly that’s popped up with a dimensional, and a two-layered banner. Whew!

But that’s not all

IMG_5947The inside of the card features a a trio of butterflies that pop up when the card is opened. And in the background of the pop up, there’s a stately, white, grand monarch butterfly.

EDIT: In the following video I state that I used the Bold Butterfly Framelits (from the bundle) to diecut the butterflies. That is not correct. I used the Butterflies Thinlits dies which is not part of the bundle.

In the video I show a sampler of 22 butterflies stamped in a variety of color combinations. When you place an order with me of $50+ product this August and September, I’ll mail you a color-photocopy.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. Orders of $50+ in product will qualify you to receive the color sampler mentioned above. Subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. And please contact me at amysinklings@gmail.com if you would like to discuss joining my team! I’d love to chat with you!

Video – Envelope Gift Card Holder with Celebrate Today

IMG_5460At my last Stamp Club meeting, we made this super easy and adorable gift card holder. I always like to feature a gift item among the projects that we make at club so this was the gift item for that evening.

For information on how to join one of my stamp clubs – here in Atlanta or virtually – contact me at amysinklings@gmail.com.

IMG_5461The base of the gift card holder is a Stampin’ Up! Whisper White Medium Envelope that has been folded in half. It opens up to reveal a pocket for your gift card.

IMG_5464For whimsy and for flashes of festive colors I used the Cherry on Top DSP pack when I diecut the balloon from the Balloon Framelits Dies and when I adorned the inside of the gift card holder. I also punched a small hole in the gift card itself and added a ribbon pull.

The following tutorial provides all of the dimensions and instructions on how to make this gift card holder.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! Be sure to subscribe to my blog to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. Please contact me directly for assistance or if you would like to discuss joining my team or one of my stamp clubs! I’d love to chat with you! I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com.

Video – Ghosting Technique with Remarkable You

IMG_6038First off, can I say how much I like the pairing of Pear Pizzazz and Eggplant Envy? Wow! They are sooooo beautiful together! Yummy!

But I digress … The real focus of today’s card is the Ghosting Technique. It really is quite easy. You simply stamp the image first with Stampin’ Up!’s White Craft Pad. After allowing the Craft Ink to dry, you then stamp it again with a Classic Ink color but slightly offset from the first image. That’s it! The video tutorial below will show how easy it is to create this shadowy, ghostly effect.

The bow
I used just three inches of our new and fabulous 1-1/4″ White Jute Ribbon. I pinched the middle together and wrapped Whisper White Baker’s Twine around the center to secure it. I then added a pop of glamour with one of our new Metal Rimmed Pearls. I attached it to the card with a Glue Dot.

The Starburst Greeting
I used Crazy About You for the greeting. The words are on separate stamps so I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stack the two stamps in place. For a tutorial on how to create a starburst with the 1-3/4″ Scallop Punch, go here.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. But before doing so, subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. And please contact me at amysinklings@gmail.com if you would like to discuss joining my team! I’d love to chat with you!

Guest Stamper: Minty with Sprinkles of Life

So “bear” with me for just a moment…  🙂

IMG_6045I’m a Kindergarten Paraprofessional. I assist two Kindergarten teachers. One of my teachers gives each of her students a turn to bring home a stuffed bear named “Minty.” The students are to take pictures of their adventures with Minty over the weekend. I was asked to participate so Minty has spent the weekend with me.

IMG_6040As I was staging Minty on my craft table among ink pads and stamp pads (so that I could take a picture of Minty stamping with me) I noticed, for the first time, what she had sewn to her dress – an ice cream cone! It’s very much like the ice cream cone in Sprinkles of Life. And the bear’s name is Minty! Her name is Minty!!! We have an ink pad named after her (kinda sorta). And the idea took off. Minty was going to be my guest stamper and the two of us will be able to share the blog post with the children.

IMG_6043“Minty” got busy stamping her own ice cream cone. She used the Tree Builder Punch too. The ice cream cone on her dress has sequins and is sparkly so Minty added Metallic Sequins and Dazzling Diamond Glitter to her card. She even made a coordinating envelope with the Envelope Punch Board!  What do you think?

Can you guess what is her favorite Stampin’ Up! ink color? I bet you can!

IMG_6057Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! Be sure to subscribe to my blog to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. Please contact me directly for assistance or if you would like to discuss joining my team or one of my stamp clubs! I’d love to chat with you! I can be reached at amysinklings@gmail.com.

 

Video – A World of Thanks in Two Tones

web.mail.comcast.netNo matter how many times I look at the Stampin’ Up! A World of Thanks stamp, I see a new word for “thanks.” I’d be curious to know how many languages are represented on this stamp. Anybody know?

Today’s video tutorial is how to stamp this one stamp in two different tones at one time. But before you click “Play,” take a quick look at the role our punches played in this card.

These three punches (Pansy, Petite Petals and Itty Bitty Accents) are my “go-to” when I need a little pop, added interest or if I need to fill a space to create balance. And the beautiful thing about punches, as I stated in my last post (but it’s worth repeating), is that they’re quick and easy. Without leaving your seat you can reach for your favorite punch or two and that added element you needed for your project is complete. I. Love. Stampin’. Up! Punches!!!!!!!

Now come take a gander at my tutorial.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you saw something you liked, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. But before doing so, subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. And please contact me at amysinklings@gmail.com if you would like to discuss joining my team! I’d love to chat with you!

 

Pals August Blog Hop: Iris Technique with Tree Builder, Triple Banner and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches

2015badge-2Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for August.  This month we are showing off our favorite crafting tools – those Stampin’ Up! tools that we just can’t live without.  We hope you enjoy our projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps, number 7 on the Pals Hop.  If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

Hop pic with mark

Hop #2 pic with markSo what tool or tools can I not live without? This was a tough challenge! Everything is my favorite. Literally! But I do looooove our Stampin’ Up! paper and cardstock. And I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our fabulous line of punches. So here’s a technique that uses some of my “can’t live without” items: Stampin’ Up!’s cardstock, DSP and the Tree Builder, Triple Banner and 1-3/4″ Circle Punches.

This is the Iris Technique. By layering strips of cardstock behind a punched circle, you create a beautiful patchwork of color with dimension and texture. It’s a great way to use your paper scraps, too. The video tutorial to follow shows you how to create this card featuring this interesting technique.

Thanks for visiting Amy’s Inklings! The next stop is Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo, number 9 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  2. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  3. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  4. Lisa Pretto at InkBIg Academy Stamps!
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat
  6. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  7. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  8. Amy at Amy’s Inklings
  9. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine
  13. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  14. Pamela Sadler at stampinpinkrose.com
  15. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  16. Debra Simonis at Deb’s Stampin’ Grounds
  17. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  18. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  19. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  20. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone’s Stamping Zone
  21. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  22. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  23. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty

 

Flower Shop and Cottage Greetings Thanks

calendarOopsa daisy! This isn’t what I had planned to post today. Scheduling error! If you’re here to see how I made the card using the Iris Technique mentioned in my post yesterday, it’s scheduled for tomorrow. I’ll be participating in the Pals August “Too Cool for School” Blog Hop and had wanted to feature that card in the Hop. I got my days mixed up. So, be sure to come back tomorrow to see that card and a host of other fabulous projects in the Blog Hop!

IMG_5959 with markAs I’ve said before, I am a HUGE fan of Stampin’ Up! punches. I love that they’re designed to coordinate with our stamp sets. In general, I also like the ease of punches. They’re small enough to keep at arms length on your table. You simply reach, punch, and you’re done without ever getting up from your seat!

web.mail.comcast.netThe Petite Petal Punch and Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack are used here. These are my all-time FAVORITE Stampin’ Up! punches!!!
* They adorn any floral project perfectly,
*They add just the right amount of dimension when you need a pop or “something” to finish off your card,
* These create flowers that stack beautifully together, and
* They’re easy to curl up into a flower shape by using the butt end of your piercing tool and the Piercing Mat.

Cottage Greetings is a new stamp set  designed for the Cottage Greetings Card Kit. The two are purchased separately so I purchased the stamp set for the greetings. I adore the cursive font, don’t you? The flowers are stamped with all-time favorite Flower Shop. Adore!

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you see something you like here, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. But before doing so, subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials.

 

Video – Triple Banner Punch

Triple Banner Punch pic with markToday’s post is about the Triple Banner Punch and how I used it to create the banner on this card. Come back tomorrow for a video tutorial on how I made the rest of the card with an emphasis on how I created the foliage on the tree with cardstock scraps using the Iris Technique.

Stampin’ Up!s Triple Banner Punch is a must-have in your stamping supplies. Its design includes three tracks – or alleys – that enable you to easily create a multitude of banners with widths of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″.

However, you’re not limited to these three widths. The video to follow will explain.

Thanks for stopping by Amy’s Inklings! If you see something you like here, head over to my online store by using the Shop Now button on the far right at the top. But before doing so, subscribe to my blog here to receive email notifications when I post rubber stamped projects  and video tutorials. And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for a video tutorial on how to create the rest of the card with the Iris Technique.