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! 


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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 on....it'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! 



Friday, May 5, 2017

When you just can't stop...

When you just can't stop..... watercoloring! 


I'm totally on a watercolor kind of kick.  Granted it's not really traditional watercolor but it is filling my creativity hole lately.  First though let me show you the layout for this weeks challenge! 


Classic and simple with a tad of fun!  Don't you love it??!


Let's talk through what I did. First I stamped with the succulent stamp set on watercolor paper.  The middle is full strength Always Artichoke and the ones on the side are stamped off once.  Then I Stamped the outline with Staz-on. Next take your mister and spritz water all over the card to spread your dye ink.  I dried it with my heat gun, because let's be honest I'm not waiting for water to dry these days!!! :) Next, I went back in with my water color pencils and added details and water colored the background.    Lot's of steps but really pretty basic!



Thursday, April 20, 2017

As You See It Color Challenge! 

I'll admit sometimes I find color challenges daunting, like oh my word I have to think and stamp without a layout daunting.  They make me stretch my imagination skills and let my creativity run wild within the color limits.  

I would of never put these colors together on my own but I do love the combo.  Check it out!


If you don't have these colors please use what you have similar, these are color from Stampin' Up, but I'm sure there are like colors out there.  I actually didn't end up using a lot of So Saffron in my card and since it was so light it hardly shows up.  


I used a SU! stamp set inked in Staz On on watercolor paper.  Next I colored it in with Stampin' Write markers in the color challenge colors, then I spritzed the whole thing with water.  I waited for the marker ink to spread and then dried the paper with my heat gun.  

Something about the classic easy to create and elegance in this card makes me swoon.  

Please play along with us this week at As You See It Challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create! 

Friday, April 7, 2017

AYSI 04-07-17

As You See It Challenge


Time for another challenge!  Are you ready??!!  I will admit I'm not in love with the card that I made for this week.  I tried my hand at making again, and well sometimes a card design is just not one you love.  The moral of this story is to finish it up anyway because a complete card is better than a never made card!  

The design is a great one though!  


 I'm excited to see what you all come up with and who knows maybe I'll revisit this great layout again when fresh new stamps arrive to my home!!  :) 

Friday, March 24, 2017

AYSI Spring Time Challenge

Spring is here!  


Has spring arrived in your hometown?  It's a little sleepy here in West Michigan but today is a true spring day, warmish, and rainy.  My body longs for warmth, how about yours?  
In light of Springs arrival Amanda created this great open ended challenge.  What will you create?  Make sure you upload your project to the AYSI Challenge blog !


I decided to take advantage of the great coloring paper that Stampin' Up! has right now for their 
sale-a-oration and the brand spanking new watercolor pencils.  Let me tell you it was pretty fun getting to color that in!  I just laid down the color and then used my blender pen to watercolor it.  Simple and EASY! 


Thursday, February 23, 2017

A Little Washi?!?!  


It's 'almost' spring here in Michigan, the temp was almost 70f this week!  Such a nice break to be able to stamp with my studio windows open!  

How about this layout from Amanda? 


 I received some brand new washi tape from Stampin' Up! yesterday and decided to make up this super quick card using the layout.  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

As You See It Challenge : Color Challenge


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It's time again for another challenge from AYSI!  How about some color this time around.  Ms. Amanda created an awesome color inspirations.  

If you don't happen to have the Stampin' Up! colors shown please feel free to use similar colors for your project.  

There is something about Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim that call my name.  Truth be told I'm not a purple gal but I do like the saturation of  Sweet Sugarplum, such a great pinky-purple! 






How about that TACO TRUCK!!  This is a free stamp set from SU! right now for every $50 in product you spend you can earn it for free.  

I also made my taco truck into a shaker card using window sheets.  It's pretty fun if I do say so myself!  

Don't forget to play along with www.asyouseeitchallengeblog.com this week!  

Friday, January 27, 2017

As You See It Challenge 

It's Friday and that means that it's time for a new challenge.  Check out this simple but yet practical design from Ms. Amanda.  Something about design on the bottom and words on the top just strikes me as elegant.  


I took the opportunity to use some of the new products from the Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog.  You can check it out at www.stampinup.com


Simple, classic, and great for Valentine's Day!  Enjoy! 

Don't forget to link up your project at www.asyouseeitchallengeblog.com

Friday, January 13, 2017


As You See It Challenge IS BACK!!!

Hello Everyone! 
Goodness it's been a while, a long long while.  Yes, I say that every time I take a break from blogging, but it's true.  I've been MIA from my blog for what seems like years, life was complicated, I wasn't into blogging at the time, so well, I set it aside for a while.  Now, I'm BACK and AYSI is BACK!  We had some technical AKA Hacking (okay, maybe not totally hacking, but that's what is basically was) on our actual challenge blog.  So we had to switch things around and re-group, twice! 

All that to say, here is this weeks challenge!  Please play along and check out the great design from Amanda.  By going to the challenge blog you will be able to upload your project for the world to see. www.asyouseeitchallenge.com :) 

Happy Mother's Day, say what?!?!  Yeah, it's early but I was SO excited about the SO SUCCLENT stamp set from Stampin' Up! that I had to use it.  It's fresh off the press along with the background papers.   

Who's ready for spring?  I know I am!