Thursday, August 10, 2017

As You See It Challenge: Color Challenge

It's time for a color challenge!  How about this combo that Amanda whipped up for us?!? I would of never come up with this great combo, but I love it!  

For this weeks challenge you must use all three colors or their equivalent if you don't have the Stampin' Up! colors.  Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist are the three up to bat for this challenge.  

What to know something interesting?!?  Years ago, like 17 years ago when I was in college I used to be a very fancy detailed stamper, glitter on EVERYTHING.  How times change and I've found a simpler style lately.  Don't get me wrong I still love a detailed card, but something about quick and simple has been calling my name.  On this card I inked up my leaf stamp with Lemon Lime Twist and then took a sponge filled with Eggplant and lightly sponged the one side, then stamped it on my cardstock.  I almost always stamp in 3s, so using two of each image is new for me, but I think it works just fine! 

Thanks for checking out my project and please play along with week at AYSI! 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

AYSI: When My Mojo Is GONE!

Have you ever lost your craft mojo?  Never?!?! Yeah, we all lose it from time to time.  This week it's time to be honest about it, what do you do to lose your MOJO? 

My answer is to One Sheet Wonder!  Do you know One Sheet Wonder?  This goes WAY back to SU! earlier days when we would take a sheet of 12x12 white paper and stamp all over it, then cut it up into useable pieces for scrapbooking and card making.  If you look on Pinterest there are a lot of layout ideas for them. By taking your mind off of creating and simply stamping it frees up your creativity, I feel anyway.  Give it a shot sometime! 

Easy peasy!  I just added the thank you and the ribbon to make it into a layout and useable card.  What will you create this week? 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

As You See It Challenge: Are you ready for school?

Gulp, the school year is coming. Some of you may know this and some of you may not, my real life career is as a school counselor.  Although, I work some during the summer doing case management the school year adds a whole different level of busyness! 

Wouldn't it be nice to send a card with your kiddo to their teacher on the first day?  Maybe with a bottle of wine?  Just kidding, don't send wine to school, that would be a problem!!!  Maybe with a Starbucks gift card though.  Those first days of school are long and exhausting, caffeine is necessary for them! This weeks sketch brought me full speed ahead to the first days of school and I made an easy, 10 min or less card, that you can duplicate for your teachers.  

Check out this sketch!

Modern and Simple I say!  

Here is my classroom inspired card, fit for a teacher!  (Or an Artist too).  Easy to make several and not too fussy to give away.  I could go back and add a couple embellishments but I may just leave it like it is.  

What do you think?  Can you play along with us this week at

Thursday, June 29, 2017

As You See It Challenge #153

Happy Canada Day to all my northern friends!  Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! 

It's time for another challenge, something about this layout really strikes it with me!  What do you think?   

Did you know that I have 6 nieces?!?!  One just turned 10 this week and she loves bright colors, all things sparkle and bright calls her name.  So this card is actually her birthday card!  

In order to follow the layout I used a framelet and then mirrored it.  This allowed me to create one piece and still have the line through the middle.  How about that glimmer paper?!?  Something about a bit of sparkle just makes this card.  

Don't forget to play along with us this week at AYSI! 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

As You See It Challenge # 152! 

Welcome to another challenge!  
We don't seem to do a lot of circle layouts but this challenge has a lot of them! 

Inspired by the circle designs I decided to go out on a limb and make a spinner card.  Have you ever made one?  It takes some planning but it's not hard to do. There are several tutorials online that can give you the low down.   Hope you enjoy this twist on the layout! 

Here's to hoping that the video works!  

Friday, June 2, 2017

AYSI 6/02

It's almost BEACH TIME!  

Okay, who lives for the beach?!?! And my beach I don't mean some pond. I mean THE beach with sun, waves, and sand!  What does your beach look like?  Here are a couple of pictures of 'my' beach that google provided me.  ;) Good 'Ole Grand Haven, Michigan on the shore of Lake Michigan and only about 1/2 hour from my house!  I grew up camping at the start of every summer here and still visit almost weekly in the summer and fall.  


Anyway, onto this weeks challenge! 

Don't you love that simple sketch?!  I followed my beach theme and used one of the brand spanking new stamp sets from Stampin' Up!  (Whoot NEW catalog!!!). 

New stamp set, new colors, new embossing folder, new paper!!  'Tis the season!!!  

Make sure you play along with us this week!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

AYSI Anniversary TIME!

AYSI Challenge Anniversary Theme

Is anyone a super lovey dovey heart type person?!?! Ahh, yeah, well I'm not at all.  It's not that I don't like romance or love my husband, I just dislike hearts!!  True story, my friends that stamp with me on a semi regular basis know this is uber true.  

Anyway, moving's theme week at AYSI and it's all about the love & anniversary!

So, confession time these are products out of the SU! Occasions catalog that SU! sent me to make samples with, super awesome right?!?! Check out those hearts though. ;)  I'll admit when I opened up the box of materials they sent I gulped, it was the most romantic box of supplies I'd ever seen.  You know what though, I LOVED them!!  It made me stretch my style and really work for it.  

So here is what I did.  Embossing folder for the background, but make sure you stamp your saying FIRST, then emboss.  Next I wove strips of paper and attached with glue dots, add embellishments, and put it all together.  Look at all that romance right there!!!  Love these products?!?  Make sure you order them soon because they are on the retirement list from SU!  

Happy Stamping Everyone!