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Fall Frenzy Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to the Inkin Krew blog hop. This months theme is Fall Frenzy. I am hoping that focusing on the cooler weather can cool me down during these hot summer days. Wishful thinking for a Floridian huh? But I spent the first half of my life up in New York so I have had plenty of experience with Autumn and it’s gorgeous color palette.

This card was inspired by a French Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Marika Lemay. I used one of my all time favorite stamp sets Stampin’ Up! Winter Woods and some Autumn inspired colors to create this card.

It looks so complicated but it was in fact really easy to make. Here is how I did it.

  • I cut a piece of Stampin Up! Shimmer White cardstock to 3.75″ x 5″.
  • The trees, shadows and sentiment were all stamped in Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso ink. The sentiment is from Stampin’ Up! Woven Heirlooms Stamp Set.
  • I tore a piece of scrap paper in half to get an uneven edge for my mask.
  • I placed the mask over the top of my card stock making sure that I covered the sentiment and using a piece of a Stampin’ Up! Stampin Sponge, sponged on the first color. I went halfway down the card, stopping just above where the branches begin.
  • I then turned the paper around and covered the bottom half of the page. Making sure the mask was below the trees shadows.
  • I sponged with the second color ink, stopping just below where the branches start leaving a little bit white card stock peeking through.
  • I color inks I choose to use for the sponging were Stampin’ Up! Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze ink both colors that instantly make me think of fall.

At this point looking at the paper while still really pretty and invoking feelings of fall, I realized that I just wasn’t happy with the lighter shade on the bottom so I did another panel. This time reversing the colors. I will of course keep my first picture (Because I throw nothing away!) and use it in a future project.

  • After repeating the first few steps and sponging Crushed Curry on top and Cajun Craze on the bottom, I moved the mask down a tiny bit a sponged a little bit of Early Espresso on the bottom for a little depth.
  • I next used Stampin’ Up! Shimmer Paint in Champagne Mist and a clean piece of sponge to lightly cover the image with shimmer. A little bit of this goes a long way!!!
  • To finish the card I glued a piece of the gingham pattern Stampin’ Up! Regals Designer Series Paper in Cajun Craze cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ to a front folding card base in Perfect Peacock 4.25″ x 5.5″.

I hope you liked my Fall Frenzy card. Try out this masking technique for yourself with any of Stampin’ Up! Classic inks to create a beautiful backdrop perfect for any mood or season. Click on any of the products in the supply list (located in the bottom of the post) used in my project above to go to my store and get a better description of the items. If you make a purchase please use the host code RZ4N2W4U. if you purchase $50 or more you will get an extra surprise from me! Please click the “Next” link below to move on to the next blog in the Inkin’ Krew blog hop or the previous blog if you started with me and want to see the blog before mine. Bye for now!

  1. Jaimie Babarczy
  2. Terry Lynn Bright
  3. Mary Deatherage
  4. Akiko Sudano
  5. Shirley Gentry
  6. Karen Finkle
  7. Paula Vincent YOU ARE HERE!!!!
  8. Connie Troyer
  9. Karen Ksenzakovic
  10. Amy Koenders

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Halloween Fun Blog Hop: It Came From The Deep…

Welcome to the Amy’s Inkin’ Krew September Blog Hop. This month’s theme is Halloween fun and I had a blast making this card. I was inspired by the idea of Mother Nature’s monster’s, which we had experience with first hand this past week.

It came from the deep…

It was a dark and stormy night! Well a dark and stormy couple of days anyway. Living on the Florida coast has many advantages, no snow, beautiful beaches did I mention the lack of snow? But from June 1st to November 30th every Floridian, whether natural born or northern transplant, becomes an amature meterologist. My television this past week was tuned to The Weather Channel and a Monster that at one point was a Category 5 Hurricane. (that’s only because there isn’t a Category 6) Dorian was predicted (5 days out) to be a direct hit on the Florida Space coast. (Our Home) So the Hubby and I prepared for worst. We boarded up the windows, made sure we had ample supplies of flashlights, batteries, canned goods, water, and of course wine and beer. We battened down the hatches and waited… and waited… and waited. It was a very slow moving storm. Although we were lucky this time around, our hearts go out to those who were affected by this awful storm, the next time we may not be so lucky.

So I channeled my nervous energy, worry and boredom into something more productive and created this card. As I stated before I was inspired by Mother Nature’s more monstrous side.

The Kraken: From Ghost story to Nightmare…

Magical Birthday Card

Just a quick post to today featuring a birthday card for my friends 30th birthday. Mandi is obsessed with mermaids so the Stampin’ Up! Magical Mermaid stamp set was absolutely perfect for her card.

I used the Stampin’ Up! Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper for the background. Lately when I am making a card and I don’t have the extra time to ink and sponge a background, I find what I am looking for with a piece of DSP. (Designer Series Paper) The paper is great to stamp on as well as strong for heat embossing and folding for 3D projects. The best part… No Inky Fingers!!!

Mandi’s 30th Birthday Card

A Tip for getting the most out of your DSP!

Stampin Up! has gorgeous DSP! (Designer Series Paper) It can be used in so many ways! In my previous post I stamped on a piece of DSP from the SU! See a Silhouette pack and created a sunset background for a card. Not just for card making and scrapbooking, DSP can be used for Home Decor pieces, 3D projects, gift boxes and beautiful wrappings. Honestly there are way too many uses to list here and a search can lead you down a Pinterest rabbit hole for hours. But my one constant dilemma is what to do with my leftover DSP scraps. Everyone has it, that bucket/drawer or container filled to the brim with small odd shaped pieces of paper. It is just way too pretty to throw away. So this is one of my solutions to put a dent into that horde. I stamp on it and punch or die cut it out.

My card today was inspired by this sketch from Cecile the hostess this week at:

  • I stamped the background on a 4″x 5 1/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock with Balmy Blue ink using a stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Love What You Do stamp set.
  • The Balloon, birds, basket and sentiment were from the Stampin’ Up! Above the Clouds stamp set and were stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Some leftover scraps of the Stampin’ Up! Bird Ballad DSP were perfect to use for a hot air balloon.
  • I used the SU! Stitched Nested Labels dies to get the dotted lines across the background and the SU! Stitched Rectangle dies for the stitched frame.
  • I finished the card by glueing the front panel onto a piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock and then attaching that onto a Whisper White Card base. I added three sequins from the Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed sequins pack to add a tiny bit of sparkle.

I hope this helps you put a little dent in your DSP scraps! Comment below and if you want to share a helpful tip of your own.

Below is a list of the supplies I used to make this card. Clicking on the item will take you to my store page where you can get a better look and description of the products that I used to make my card.

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Celebrating Summer Sunsets for Amy’s Inkin’s Krew Blog Hop using the Stampin’ Up! Friend Like You Bundle.

Welcome to the relaunch of my blog! I thought a great way to debut it was with a Blog Hop! This month we are Celebrating Summer! We can interpret this however we want to and some of my favorite memories of summer were of the gorgeous sunsets my family and I saw on our vacations. I chose the Stampin’ UP! Friend Like You Bundle and some of our beautiful See a Silhouette DSP (Designer Series Paper) to make the cards featured below.

  • On both cards I stamped the sentiments with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The dragonflies and birds as well. (Birds from Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home Stamp Set)
  • I used Basic Black card stock and die cut out both landscapes to layover the backgrounds.
  • The Background is 3.75″x 5″ piece of See a Silhouette DSP! It looks like it took an artist hours sponging with inks but nope! All that pretty!! No inky fingers!!!

One last card before I send you off on your way to the next blog…

This one is my favorite because it was inspired by my honeymoon in St. Thomas.  This was also the card that gave me my “A HA!” moment, (that little crafty lightbulb went off inside my head)stampinup friend like you 4

  • Instead of cutting out landscape in Basic Black cardstock like I did
  • stampin up friend like youwith the two cards featured above, (and spent 30 minutes and a whole lot of cursing glueing down each and every palm frond!) I used the Stampin’ Up! Friendly Silhouettes Cutting dies to cut out the negative image on the background DSP and then layered it onto the black cardstock. (A HA!)
  • The Sailboat was from the Stampin’ Up! Sailing Home Stamp Set. I stamped it in Memento Tuxedo black ink and then colored it in using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marketo look like a silhouette in distance.


Thank you for joining us on our Inkin’ Krew blog hop. I hope you enjoyed my cards! Click the next button to see another Summer Celebration.