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AHSC #192- A Sketch for Boxing Day!

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Welcome back, everyone!  I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, complete with family, fun and festivities! Boxing Day is our day to recover from the hustle and bustle of the week leading up to Christmas - my family is here with me so I created this card and wrote this post ahead of time in order to spend as much time with them as I can! 
My crafty creation today is for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge !! Use this sketch to inspire you and if you have time to play along with us, please do! This challenge lasts 2 weeks! 


Items used for this card include:  Stamp: (SU) Better Together  Ink: (SU) Bermuda Bay, (CTMH) Citrus Leaf Paper: (SU) Bermuda Bay CS, Whisper White CS, (K&Company) Patterned paper Embellishments: (SU) candy dots, (CTMH) Gingham Ribbon  Tools: (FSJ) Tag Elements, (SU) Star punch 
Thanks for stopping by!  Love, Peace n' Ink Amber xo

CYCI #143 - Rejoice! It's a Giveaway!

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Happy Sunday! Can you believe that a week from today it will be Christmas morning??? What a whirlwind December has been! The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped, and I think I am ready- ready for 4 days off in a row!!! HAHAHA The weather has been bitterly cold, but it has warmed up slightly, and warmer temperatures are on the way .... -25 seems much more reasonable (yes...that's warming up, folks!) 
Today I am sharing with you my final card of 2016 - using our sketch from Can You Case It - our challenge will last a wonderful 3 weeks to get you through the holidays! Then, when you come back,  we can see all of the amazing crafty goodness you make - if you were good and Santa was good to you ;) 

 I am celebrating the end of the craft show season - so the sentiment on this card is well-suited! It also reminds us to Rejoice in the reason for the Season - the true meaning of Christmas. Here's the details! Stamps: (FSJ) Stained Glass, (CTMH) Rejoice
Ink: Versamark, Black A…

AHSC #190

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Hello again, everyone!
We are counting down the days 'til Christmas - for me, that means some much needed days off! We have been super busy around here, to say the least!
It's time for another challenge over at Atlantic Hearts! 


I just had to use my SU! Cookie Cutter punch one more time this season for this fun & fast card!! 
This sketch is great - I hope you play along with us! Thanks for stopping by! 
Amber xo

Can You Case It #142

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Here we are... Sunday Funday! Oh...how I have missed you :)
It has been a very long week! At least - it has felt like it...with big deadlines at work.... Christmas shopping stress (I find shopping malls way too "peopley" even on a good day!), and my hubby working day and night it seems like the weekend is gone with the blink of an eye and we begin another turn of the rat race again. I always use Sunday to recharge my batteries for the upcoming week...so today is going to be dedicated to spending quality time with my better half and catching up on a bit of R&R.
Sundays are ALSO the beginning of our fabulous 2-week challenge over at Can You Case It! - our amazing Design Team members love seeing what crafty goodness you create with our challenges! Here's another fantastic color challenge for you!


I went a little crazy with the shimmer on this one (used some Glimmer Mist) and the snowflakes are from the Frosted Medallions set from SU! I pulled out a Unity Stamp set call…

Creative Corner Challenges-Featuring MHK Designs!

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Hi friends! I am back again- this time with a creation for Creative Corner Challenges!  This week we are featuring the always super-cute MHK Designs!

Our them this week over at Creative Corner was "Vintage Christmas" - and MHK Designs has TONS of vintage digital stamps that are just PERFECT for that old fashioned look to your cards! I had a ton of fun with this - you will too... go check them out! 
Thanks for stopping by!
Amber xo

Atlantic Hearts #188

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Welcome back! This week, I have another action-packed schedule - I am gearing up for one of the final craft shows of the season, and I also have a lot of Christmas shopping to get finished - shopping for my grandson is my favourite part!
I also have THREE challenges this week that I am going to be sharing with you - up first is my creation for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

This was such a fun sketch - I decided to create (surprise! ha) another Christmas card!
Here's the deets.....(all items are SU! unless specified)
Stamp:  Star of Light Ink: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky Paper: Gold foil, Vellum, Dapper Denim CS, Kraft CS, and Fancy Frost DSP (which is retiring, by the way!) 
I added a snowflake brad, and  small swirl of delicate gold thread for embellishment and sent this card on it's way to one of my favourite people!  I hope they love it!
Thanks for stopping by-don't forget to let me know you dropped in by leaving a "hello" below!  Stay tuned this week for…

CYCI #141 - Sketch Challenge

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Do you ever find that the SIMPLEST things can be the most challenging sometimes??? Well... for me (the "clean and simple Queen", as I claim) this challenge was absolutely  the hardest one I had to do in awhile!
But here it is!
I used SU! Cardstock for the base, and stamped the snowflake from the Tin of Tags stamp set in Real Red. I grabbed a piece of paper from the Echo Park "I Love Family" collection, which I got in the Simon Says Stamp November Card Kit,  and made some felted "ribbon" using some scraps of card stock in Real Red and Emerald Envy. And for that sentiment?? Well, I had a Project Life card that was still sitting on my desk from a previous craft session.... it just seemed to fit!  A couple little enamel dots and that was all this clean and simple card needed! 
Be sure to join us - you now have 2 weeks to play along with Can You Case It!
Love, Peace n' Ink  Amber xo

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #186

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Welcome back everyone!  I am pretty sure I am not just the only one who has begun to look toward the holiday season and begin to prepare (you can only hide for so long, right?) 
This week over at Atlantic Hearts, I used our sketch to create a Christmas card!



I had an AWESOME private party this weekend with a  fantastic group of 1st time stampers! Our Cards n'Cocktails was a blast - from the great food, awesome friendship and the comments like "I can't believe this was so much fun!" - I would call that a success! So, I still had some crafty goodness I had to put away from the party and I used some of those "scraps" to create this project!
Here's the details: (All items SU! unless specified) Paper: CS - Real  Red/Kraft DSP - Candy Cane Lane  Tools: Wonderful Wreath die/ Martha Stewart punch/ Softly Falling Embossing Folder Gold rope trim 
Thanks for stopping by! 
Amber xo 

CYCI #140 - We're Back!!!

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Isn't this exciting??? Welcome back!!!  Awhile back, we were saddened to learn our amazing challenge blog was going to disappear.... but fantastic news!!! We are back, everyone!! We will be trying out a new format and our challenges will be twice a month - PLENTY of time to join in and play along!! 

I LOVE kraft - it is my ultimate fave - and this color combo shouts "Fall" - which made me happy as I am full steam ahead with Christmas cards. This was a wonderful break! My combination of colds is Recollections cardstock, and I cut the feathers with Stampin Up Feather dies. I inked up SU's Gorgeous Grunge stamp set in some Crumb Cake ink and stamped it off before using Celestial Copper Delicata Ink. I grabbed a sentiment from Paper Smooches "Uplifters" stamp set and then used a wee bit of washi, linen threads and some blingy copper sequins to finish everything off! 

I really hope you are as excited about CYCI's return - and join us for  our challenges!!! 

Creative Corner Challenge - Encouragement

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Hi everyone! I am back  with my 2nd blog post this week - you are all going to be quite sick of me by Sunday!!!!
Today I have a Creative Corner Challenge for you - this week we are focusing on "Encouragement"!

I think everyone could use a little "hand UP" every now and then - and this card will be for someone who has been going through some tough times. She is BRAVE. And strong. 
Here are the details for my design: Stamp: (Unity) June 2016 Kit of The Month  Ink: (SU)  Pool Party, Versamark Paper: Watercolor paper, Vellum, (SU) Cardstock, (We R Memory Keepers) Wild Spirit  Linen thread Tools: (MFT)  In&Out Diag. Stitched Rectangles
I used the "emboss resist" technique on my watercolour paper and the sentiment - choosing to emboss it in gold - the printed paper from We R Memory Keepers is one of my all-time faves! I really like how this turned out!
Let's all try to encourage one another - brighten someone's day and create a card form your heart…

Atlantic Hearts # 184

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Hi everyone! Happy Halloween!  This week is going to be INSANE!!  I have spread myself a little thin..... with 6 projects for a card swap due, a couple custom orders, prep for a private Cards N' Cocktails night coming up and THREE (yes. 3) Design Team projects ALL DUE THIS WEEK! I mean, I like working with a bit of pressure... but I (may) have over-did it this time! And unfortunately - Halloween is already the last thing on my mind.
So here is my Atlantic Hearts Design Team creation for Sketch #184

Sentiment- Unity Stamps -"Believe in The Magic"  Embossing Folder - Darice Tools - Wonky Rectangle dies (MFT)  DSP-Merry Moments (SU!) Embellishments - Recollections
I hope you check out the rest of the cards from the Atlantic Hearts Design Team, and join us this week for our sketch challenge! 
Now, I am off to work on my "to-do" list! Thanks for stopping by! 
Amber xo 

Creative Corner-Black and White Challenge!

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Hello everyone! What's black n' white and super fast??? This card, of course! This week over at Creative Corner Challenges we have a "black and white" challenge!
Here's what I did!
I always think clean and simple is the way to go - so I stuck with a simple die from Memory Box, and I added a couple simple gems (I had to add some bling, right?!) and used a simple and sweet sentiment from Lil Inkers ! 
That is honestly the fasted Christmas card in the history of EVER!
Join our Creative Corner challenge this week!  And thanks for stopping in!  Amber xo

Atlantic Hearts Sketch #182

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Hello again, everyone! It is taking some getting used to only having a challenge every 2 weeks but I will give you a little nugget of info... I have another big surprise coming soon! Until then....... Check out my design this week for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!
Here are the details! Stamp: Spooky Bingo Bits (SU!) Ink: Archival Black Paper: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Whisper White, and a PL card from SU! (oh a hint of scrap yellow for those spooky eyes!)
I used SU!'s Foxy Builder punch and their Swirly Scribbles die for this card.... I added a bit of twine from Micheals and that is how this all came together! Quick and easy! 
Please check out our challenge this week over at Atlantic Hearts, and play along!! 
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to leave some love in the comments section below! Until next time Love, Peace n' Ink  Amber xo

Atlantic Hearts # 180 Design Team

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Welcome!  If you are visiting for the first time, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Amber, and I am a NEW Design Team Member for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenges! I would like to thank the DT for allowing me to create weekly for their team! I have seen some AWESOME projects from all of you (yes... I've been watching...heehee) 
SO here is my inky creation for this week's sketch!

If you follow my blog, you may see something familiar with this card and my last Design Team post with Can You Case It - I happened to still have my gorgeous Cable Knit embossing folder out on my workspace - so I put it to use again - I can't get enough of it!
Here's the "deets" (details) ;) Stamps: (SU!) Christmas Pines Ink: (SU!) Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green Paper: (SU!)Whisper White CS, Basic Black CS, Warmth and Cheer DSP, and  a *wee* smudge of retired Merry Moments DSP Tools: (SU!) Cable Knit Embossing Folder, Stars Framelits dies

So be sure to play along with us this we…

CYCI #140 - A Sketch Challenge

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Hello everyone! Can you believe it is already October?? The summer has flown by, and the chill in the air has arrived! It's sweater weather! (Well, in my corner of the big ol' world it is)  Canadian Thanksgiving is coming soon,  and we should all be thankful and gracious for what we have been given! This week, we saw a huge change happen, with the news that our amazing Can You Case It blog ending. Eva worked tirelessly along with a Design Team that was always so excited to create some inspiration for you. I have no doubt something will evolve from this amazing transformation.
I have been invited to Design for another team and I will be moving on to that creative endeavor. So thank you, to all who shared, designed, created and believed.
Since I had this card designed and ready, I am using the Can You Case It sketch as inspiration.


I was a bit sneaky and used an awesome Project Life card from the Seasonal Snapshot 2015 set - SU had offered a fantastic sale and this set of PL ca…

CYCI #139 - A Rainbow of Color AND A WINNER!

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Welcome to another exciting week over at the Can You Case It challenge blog! We have another REALLY awesome challenge this week ...ready? And I also have a BIG announcement on my Giveaway Winner! 




We want to see some COLOR! That's right - a rainbow of color! (Not necessarily A rainbow....  but.... the challenge is meant to inspire so you decide!)
My crafty details: Stamps: (SU) Jar of Love Bundle (Paper Smooches) Word Up (NOTE: I also used the SU Sunshine Wishes die) Paper: Literally - scraps! everything from SU's Crushed Curry and Kraft Vellum and Whisper White and random bright pieces hanging around! Ink: Archival Black Misc: Linen thread and enamel dots
I also took a tiny bit of Pool Party ink from SU and my aqua painter and gave that jar a wee touch of color. 
I hope you check out the Design Team members creations this week - there are some beauties there!



.... And finally....

WE HAVE A WINNER!

All this week I held a giveaway for all my crafty peeps!
The winner of a box of tre…

Atlantic Hearts Challenge #178 - Another Post, Oh Deer!

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Hi everyone! I am back again today with another sketch challenge from Atlantic Hearts! I just squeaked in to the challenge last week in the nick of time but this week I am cruising! I had another day off which gave me some MUCH welcomed time up in my studio and time to play with some awesome new crafty goodness from CTMH!



I LOVE non traditional colors for Christmas so this was right up my alley! Here's the details:
Stamp: (CTMH) Woodland Wishes Ink: Black Archival/Versamark Paper: (CTMH) Oh Deer!/ Uptown Fundamentals/Vellum/White Daisy/  Sea Glass CS/Gold Foil Misc: (SU) Gold star paper clip/Gold beads
I heat embossed some clear embossing powder over the black archival ink just to add a bit of shine - I tried almost every coordinating color for that sentiment but the black made it "pop"! the best - so that was what I chose!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to let me know you were here - leave a hello below!  Love, Peace and Ink :)  Amber xo


Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #177

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Hello everyone! I have a very quick post for you today - and I am joining the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge today!

My card was super simple! And I flipped the sketch - I love how it turned out!  I used the following crafty items:
Stamps: (CTMH) Way To Go/(SU) Hardwood Die: Lil Inkers Design Ink: Black Archival/(Tim Holtz Distress) Tea Dye and Antique Linen Paper: Kraft/White Shimmer/ Fuchsia Turquoise (all Recollections) Sequins for some POP! I also added some clear embossing to that sentiment to add a little shine!
Thanks for stopping by in my corner of blogland! Be sure to leave me some love in the comment section below!  Amber xo

CYCI #138 - Shake It - Shaker Card Challenge AND Giveaway!

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Happy Sunday all! The chill is in the air - we have days of +20 followed by days of +4 and nights dipping below the zero mark already! September is my most favourite month.... it signals a huge collective "sigh" in the earth as she waits to sleep. All the dramatic color inspires me!
This week over on the Can You Case It blog we have a shaker card challenge! Believe it or not, this girl had only attempted a shaker once before this! And I will not show you how THAT turned out! (note: I am *still* vacuuming up glitter out of the carpet in the studio!) So this WAS a definite challenge for me! Thank goodness for Eva and her awesome "how-to" video... life saver, girl! I spotted some inspiration on Pinterest for this card, and the fall colors had me hooked!
After the awesome hints from Eva on the easiest ways to make a shaker I went to work. And while a square is much easier (mental note for next time) I am ALWAYS up for a challenge! Here are the details:
Stamps: (SU!) Su…

Creative Corner Challenges - No Patterned Paper

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TGIF! Its another fabulous weekend on the horizon - the weather is supposed to be FABULOUS for the upcoming few days - which is great because it has been a little frosty at night here already!  It is WAY too soon to think about the dreaded "W" word!
This week over at Creative Corner Challenges we have a great challenge for you - NO PATTERNED PAPER..... so... I made my own!
I dug into my Paper Smooches stamps to create the background for this card! I used the "Flap Happy" stamp set...stamping it using Tim Holtz distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, and Victorian Velvet.  I cut a rectangle in Whisper White CS using the MFT Wonky Rectangle die. And finally, the sentiment is from another Paper Smooches stamp set... called "Group Hugs".
Please play along with our challenge this week! And thank you for stopping by!  Amber xo

CYCI # 137 - Color Challenge!

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Welcome! If you are anything like me, September seems to go by in a flash! Autumn is my ultimate FAVE season.... it signals a huge shift in the way the world moves... it slows down, and begins to go to sleep. At least here in our neck of the woods! Haha  This transition at times is a bit sad, but it also brings the excitement of looking forward to the holiday season! Too early? Well..... for a carmaker/artist and all around artsy-farsty junkie... this signals TRADE SHOWS! CRAFT RETREATS! and WORKSHOPS!  It may sound like insanity (it does to my hubby!) I begin focusing on the Christmas season in August... trade shows and Craft Fairs are beginning in full force by Sept/October. With that... Christmas cards are on my agenda....  while the beach babes are still catching the last rays of summer.  And this week at Can You Case It , we devoted our challenge to a color scheme that seemed perfect for a fun...non-traditional combo to use for a Christmas card!
I always get a bit bored with trad…

Fresh, Clean and Simple Christmas-FMS #253/SIP #64

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Hi everyone! I have been pretty busy with a lot of projects and WORK (Boo! No fun at all!) but I was lucky enough to have THREE days off this week! My boss is THE BEST! So I decided to play with a couple challenges! Here is my card!



Here are the details on my card!
Ink: (SU!) Real Red Stamp: (SU!) Merriest Wishes Dies/Framelits: (SU!) Merry Tags Framelits/Pretty Pines Thinlets Paper: Kraft Cardstock/(SU!) Hello December 2016 Project Life card Supplies: Wink of Stella/(SU!) Gold Baker's twine
I am discovering how fast and easy it is to use those Project Life cards for some simple layers on cards! I will definitely be doing that for the busy Christmas season! Also, the little shimmer from Stella is SO cute! And SO hard to capture  in a photo! But it sure sparkles! 

I played along with Freshly Made Sketches

 I also joined the Stamp, Ink, Paper "Clean and Simple" challenge
Please leave some love so I know you stopped by, and thanks for checking out my crafty creation!

Amber x…

CYCI #136 - Sketch Challenge!

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Hello everyone! Welcome back to another AMAZING and creative challenge this week from over at Can You Case It! This week, we have a sketch challenge for you! 

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this sketch - because I am lovin' the layers!! I had so much fun with this one, and I hope you do too!
Here's the details!.... I pulled out my Ken Oliver Color Bursts and created a warm background on watercolour paper with a real "autumn" feel.... Some of the colours I used were Merlot, Tangerine and Orange and that wonderful Yellow Ochre! Next I stamped that beautiful tree image from Unity Stamps set Could I Be Any Cuter. I used black ink but then embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it some SHINE!  I used another Unity Stamp for the sentiment - this time it's from the Let Your Wishes Fly sentiment kit. I layered all of this over some Kraft and Delightful Dijon cardstock from SU! My base seemed a bit too "White" for all of this wonderful color, so I used a bit of Blac…

Creative Corner Challenges-Once Upon a Fairytale....

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Hello everyone!  This week over at the Creative Corner Challenges, we have an awesome sponsor!  Thank you to A Day For Daisies for sponsoring the cool digi stamps for our Fairytale challenge!
That background was made with one digi stamp that I placed on watercolour paper and used my Ken Oliver ColorBursts in Lemon Yellow and some SU! ink in Costal Cabana with my Aqua Painter to add a splash of color! The sentiment is from Unity Stamps and I used the metallic Ken Oliver ColorBursts for a hint of lemony shimmer! I finished things off with a few sequins and some thin black satin ribbon!
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to join the challenge over at the Creative Corner!

CYCI #135 - School is Cool !!

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Hello Blog land!  Fall is JUST around the corner...... can you feel it??  There is a certain change in the air, life begins to shift to a different gear from the summer schedules (or, NO schedules!) and school is on the horizon! Some kids have already begun their school year! Parents are celebrating and likely, kids are not, haha!
So this week over at Can You Case It, we are focusing on Back to School! - School Pride.... and my project focused on the people who deserve a little thanks! Teachers!


Teachers rock! My project is a school season thank you as they begin the school year! My Easel card holds a Tim Hortons coffee gift card (Canadians know EXACTLY how much we all love our Timmies!)  and any student will get an A+ for this on the 1st day back to school!
Creative goods used for this easel card: Stamps (SU!) - Labeler Alphabet/Writing Notes/Sumthin' Sumthin' CS: (SU!) Cherry Cobbler/Vanilla DSP:(Simple Stories) Smarty Pants collection Washi: (Simple Stories) Tools: (SU!) n…