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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…
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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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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.