Thursday, November 29, 2018


AYSI #190

Do you like a good circle? I'm mean a good decorated circle? ;) Check out this great circle design! 

Something about circles just works for me.  I love polka dots and love this layout!  

I used some brand new products from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions catalog that comes out in January.  Ahh, gotta love perks of attending on stage!  The butterflies are actually designer series paper that match up with the new butterfly punch.  Love that!!  

Hope you play along with us this week! 

Thursday, November 15, 2018


It's time for another AYSI! 

I attended Stampin' Up!'s On Stage event last week and was given this great stamp set and paper from the brand new catalog! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Shades of Red

It's SHADES OF RED AYSI Style time!  

Your challenge is to only use shades of red in your project and complete your project in under 10 minutes.  Good luck to you!  

My card took me 9.04 to complete.  Let's just say I was sweating to get it done!  Using Lipstick Red, one of the new colors from Stampin' Up! on this project.  Turned out super cute I think.  

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Welcome to AYSI #186
Really can you believe that this is the #186'th design for AYSI?!?!  

I'm loving all the ideas for this banner layout.  I can imagine so many things for it, BUT I can't wait to see what you do with it! 

I used some new designer paper from the tide collection by SU!  Then added some beads for a bit of whimsy.  There is a light texture to my card stock but it didn't show up very well.  
What do you think!?! 
What are you going to come up with? 

Thursday, September 20, 2018


As You See It 

Welcome to this weeks challenge!  This week you are to use only the colors below and neutrals.  Are you ready?!? 

I decided to be inspired by the sea this week!  

Friday, September 7, 2018

back to basics

As You See It Challenge is heading BACK TO BASICS!  This weeks challenge is to only use the basics: Paper, Ink, and Stamps!  That's it!  

I had to resist adding ribbon to this card!  It was tough but I made it through.  I used the new background plaid stamp from Stampin' Up! and a mix of other stamps from them.  Using a masking technique I made the circle so that I could stamp in the center of it.  

Can't wait to see what you come up with this week!  

Thursday, August 23, 2018


AYSI Challenge 

How many of you need to make some new birthday cards?  I do and I'm challenging myself to make gender neutral cards that I will have ready to go, no matter who needs them.  

This card may lean it's way more towards a youthful card (which I need to make several of).  Today I tried out my stamp-a-ratus, it's super slick and useful!  I ended up using it to try to keep the candles at the same level but wanted the casualness of not the same spacing.  

Can you spot the brand new colors from Stampin Up?  

Thursday, August 9, 2018

AYSI #182

AYSI #182

Check out this zig zag layout!  What a fun design that can be used so many ways. 

I changed it up a bit with an old edger die that I had laying around since I couldn't seem to locate my zig zag one.  I've been playing around with mix and match patterns a lot lately.  Something they work and sometimes they don't.  I feel this one works but if I was to do it again I may change it up.  

What will you come up with this week when you play along with AYSI?  

Thursday, July 26, 2018

AYSI Challenge

What are you totally obsessed with?! Chocolate? Coffee? Stamping? 

I am obsessed with KITS!  Specifically, Stampin' Up!'s inclusive kits.  Ya know the ones that have everything you need minus adhesive.  I'm currently traveling and brought a kit with me to work on while we travel.  

They are SO nice to work with, no paper cutting needed, everything it there and designed.  Just stamp color and assemble for this kit.  I even did it while sitting in an RV.  

Hope you are able to share what you are obsessed with this week on AYSI!  

Thanks for playing. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

AYSI Window dressing

Welcome to AYSI!! 

Are you ready for another challenge?  I can't EVEN believe that it's #180 already!  
Of course make your design your own but use the layout as your inspiration.  

Using the Share What You Love suite was my inspiration for this card.  Of course now that I look at it I maybe should of made the bow ends shorter.  Does anyone else do that?  Think yep, that works and then looks at it again and goes hmmm...maybe not?!!!  Anyway lots of snazzy layers and textures on this card, can you spot them all?  

Hope you join in this week!  

Thursday, June 28, 2018


It's color challenge time AYSI style!  

Your challenge for this week is to only use these three colors on your card!  Or if you don't have these exact colors ones close to them. 

Here is what I came up with using the Tickled Pink stamp set.  Confession time, the first card I made I forgot to use the curry color!  Whoops, so I went back and added it and changed things up.  Do you notice my stamp off techniques for the body and words?  By stamping off and two set stamping you can get shade variations with the same exact colors!  This is always an easy way to add some details to your card.  

Hope you play along this week with AYSI! 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Theme Week

It's Theme Week!

This weeks theme is pretty open you card just has to be FRESH!  So make your freshest card and go with it!!! 

I chose to use new FRESH of the press products from Stampin' Up!  Brand new colors, stamp set, and accessories.  When I first saw this SU! hostess set I was like YES, NOW this is my style: a tad funky, different, and clean....totally FRESH! Also, something about pattern mixing speaks to my soul too.  

Hope you chose to play along with week with AYSI!  

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Welcome back to As You See It!  This week your quest is to use the items below in your project.  You may use other items but you have to use at least these items.

Soooo, I was on the struggle with this project.  Does anyone know where my pack of woodgrain paper went?!  Finally, I remembered about Mays My Paper Pumpkin.  I opened it up and waahhhhh like the holy grail, wood grain paper.   I had to trim it off the card base that it was on but hey, there it was!  I also decided to go a different direction and use some of the layer pieces from the kit too.  

Please take a moment to play along with us at AYSI!  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

AYSI Shades Of Grey.

AYSI Shades of Grey Style!  

Are you a Shades of Grey fan? Seen the movie, read the books?  I'll freely admit that Shades of Grey is not my thing, basically at all, it's just not.  However, I DO love me some speed stamping and color challenges!!!  

So, here are the #rules.  You have 10 minutes to make your card using only shades of grey and neutrals.  You may get semi-prepped.  Pull out your supplies but not actually cutting before the timer starts!  

What do you think!? Ha, so it takes me 3 minutes to blender color a small section!!  Yes, my card is pretty plain but it was uber fun to do.  9 minutes, 40 seconds was my end time.  I was going to pop up magical with a banner but my ink smudged!!!  I didn't notice till it was too late, so here is the non-popped up version.  

Hope you will play along with us this week!!! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

It's Friend Week!

It's AYSI Friend Week!  

Welcome to friend week at AYSI!  Oh YEAH!  It's something borrowed, from your friend week.  :)  What will you borrow?!  Will you return it is the real question!

I chose to borrow the stripe embossing folder for the background.  I stamped the lemon and words first and then ran the white stamped card stock through my big shot.  

Did you notice two new colors?!?!  Oh yeah, Call Me Clover is the green and Pineapple Punch is the yellow.  Can't wait to get matching card stock soon, till then I just used some from my stash.  

Thursday, April 5, 2018

AYSI Challenge #173

Welcome to another challenge!  This is a great one if you are the person that loves a good resist!  

I used the pine trees embossed with black embossing power on watercolor paper to give it a bit more of a texture.  Then using Brushos powdered pigments/watercolors from Stampin' Up! I sprinkled the blue and green. Next I used a water spritzer and spritzed the card, then dried with a heat gun.  Super simple but yet manly enough for my hubby!  

Thanks for playing along this week with AYSI!  

Thursday, March 22, 2018

AYSI Color Challenge

It's time for another color challenge!  Your challenge should you accept is to use these colors in your project!  They layout can be whatever your heart desires but it shall be these three colors, plus neutrals.  

I recently ordered this snazzy stamp bundle with the framelets.  Using my new stamp tool I was about to line the 3 step stamping up perfectly and even stamped off once or twice to get all the shades.  It's pretty slick if I do say so myself!  

Friday, March 9, 2018


It's AYSI Challenge Time!  

Check out this fun and challenging project for this weeks challenge.  

The only direction is you must use these items in your project, whatever it may be.  

This was a little tricky at first but managed to pull it of.  Guess what I have NO star punches in my collection?!?! Can you believe it? I did however have some star embellishments.  

Also, I used the brand new stamp-a-ratus to line up the stamp.  Super fun to use!  #getyourhandsonone

Friday, February 23, 2018


Happy Birthday AYSI Style

It's time for another AYSI challenge and this time I decided to use the sketch to make a birthday card for my Mom.  Even a little untraditional for a birthday card too.  

Here is the sketch, which I think is amazing and lots of possibilities! 

I went ahead and used a printed card base from the SU! sale-a-bration catalog and a great new set from the Occasions catalog.  Loving the pineapple background paper too!  

Hope you will join us this week at AYSI! 

Friday, February 9, 2018


In a land far far away and a long time ago.....

I became a stamper.  

It was in college the summer between by Junior and Senior year.  My friend called me (on a real phone with a cord) and said have you been stamping the summer?  Stamping what was that?  At this time I was working on an art degree and quite crafty in general.  I headed out to Meijer and checked out the craft section, Stamps.  I was a poor college student then and worked for the college in the summer, so not a lot of dough was made, but I purchased my first stamp on clearance.  It was a chili pepper stamp.  I colored it with markers, not even stamping markers, like kids markers, and stamped on index cards.  That is how it all started.  

The we started a stamping group and would stamp in a RD's apartment on the weekends.  When I was an RA as a senior I spent all my money at the local stamp store, like ALL my money.  We would get paid every couple of weeks about $80 and I'd spend it on stamps!  

So what was your first stamp or crafting supply?  Share with us this week.  

These days I'm exclusive to Stampin' Up! products and stamps, but I found a bin of old stamps from way back when.  This is one of them!  I can see why I saved it, it's a beauty! I used markers (Stampin' Write) as an ode to the olden days.  ;)  

So fun to dig through old products that I still have!  

Please join us this week! 

Friday, January 26, 2018


Welcome to another AYSI!  Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out the layout!   
Simple and snazzy I'd say.  

Have you ever felt the need for some new products but just go ahead and use what you have?!  Yep, that was me this week!  These actually are new products but I was wandering around my stamp room not finding just the right thing, so I cut the presents out of our designers series paper.  Just like that I had the images I needed.  :) 

Friday, January 12, 2018

AYSI flowertime

Is it Spring YET?!?!

Here we are for another AYSI Challenge and I don't know about you but I'm ready for spring!  

Isn't this a great layout for some may of your card making needs?  

I used one of our new Sale-A-Bration stamp sets and then some patterned card fronts from old kits.  Quick and Easy, literally because I only had about 30 min to create this card from start to finish.  I'm excited to try to make a few more cards  this week with this layout.  

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