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Viva la Verve December 2017

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I cannot believe that the year is almost over! I can honestly say I am happy to turn the page  and take on whatever 2018 has in store for us! Bring it ON! 
I decided to play along with Viva la Verve's December sketch, as I have been enjoying all the wonderful digi's that Verve offered up a few weeks ago - I LOVE THEM ALL!  I had to create just one more design using one of  the sentiments from my favourite - Winter Peace.




I couldn't resist making another clear acetate card - they look like alot of fuss (but the hardest thing about them is trying to snap a quality photo) and the end result is always terrific. 
Thanks for stopping by - and from our home to yours, may your Christmas season be filled with all the good stuff!
Love, Peace n' Ink 
Amber 

Stamp Ink Paper #129 - Red, Green & Gold

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Hello everyone, and Happy Tuesday! 

This week, I am playing along with the Stamp Ink Paper crew... I am a Guest Designer until the end of the month (...and.... the end of the year).... I will have just one more challenge before another Guest Designer appears! 


This week, we have a color inspiration for you!





I grabbed a wonderful digi set from Verve to whip up this card in no time for our challenge this week! 
Details: Stamp: (Verve) Digi - Winter Peace  Paper: (SU) Gold Foil, Whisper White CS, Cherry Cobbler CS, Garden Green CS Warmth & Cheer DSP  (SU) Holly Berry Punch, Holly Embossing Folder,  (MFT) In & Out Stitched Rectangles

I have always been a "purist" when it comes to card making - STAMP, INK.  But, I have to say, Verve has had some amazing digits featured and they are a great go-to  for a quick sentiment if you don't have something just right in your arsenal of rubber stamps :) 
I hope you checked out all of the amazing inspiration from our Design Team  …

CASology - Stormy

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Hi lovelies!
I took a quick break today from my scheduled posts and "to-do" list to have a little fun.
I spotted the the cue card for CASology this week - Stormy.




I used an  absolute gem from Verve Stamps that they are offering  as a digital image - it is from the set is called Winter Peace. Grab it while you can!  I love that white space doesn't *have* to be white. 😉 and I decided to add a bit of something  to that smooth black cardstock by running it through my Big Shot  with a texture die from Lil Inkers called Quilted Stitched Spirals. (It reminded me of whirling snow).  I also dug in to my stash of goodies and found a silver foil snowflake from  Stampin Up - they will soon be retired so if you want to grab them - now is the time! 

Thanks, and be sure to say hello below to let me know you stopped by!

Love, Peace n' Ink
Amber




Scrap n' Stamp - Bright Lights Blog Hop

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Hello everyone! 
It is time to Blog Hop again with the Scrap n' Stamp crew! You likely arrived here via Karen's blog - and I am the final stop along the Hop this month!
I am SOOooo excited that Christmas will be here before we know it - and I am busy in my studio sending off the last of my cards far & wide in hopes they arrive in time to spread some cheer!  So it was wonderful to play with this fun & festive die from Lawn Fawn!
Here is what I designed!

Details:
Stamp: (SU) Hearts Come Home
Ink: (SU) Black Archival, Crushed Curry
Ken Oliver Colorbursts in Merlot, Orange, Lime, Yellow Ochre, Crimson
Paper: (Canson) Water-colour (Recollections) Glitter CS, Silver Foil
 (SU) Dapper Denim CS, Basic Black CS, Whisper White CS
Tools: Lawn Fawn - String of Lights
(Papertrey Ink) Linen & Canvas Impression plate

Those bulbs sure pop against the sparkle of the Diamond glitter Cardstock - and although it is hard to see in the pic - I sponged a wee bit of ink around them in a s…

Unity Blog Hop Winner!

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Happy Thursday!!

Last weekend, we kicked off our 1st Friends of Unity Blog Hop! The 7 of us  were SO EXCITED to share some wonderful designs with you showcasing Unity! WE LOVE UNITY ! .....and we see you do too.... because we had so many people visit our blogs -  Thank you - you are all wonderful! We hope you keep coming back each month for our Hops! 
Which brings me to our Giveaway! This month, to kick things off...I offered up a little bit of Unity for you! 
I used Random.org to choose a winner from the comments! 


...and our Winner is...

Congrats, Joyce! You win some Unity goodies! 
Please email me at   ambertrue3@yahoo.com  in order to claim your prize - and thank you so much for playing along with us this month :) 
Love, Peace n' Ink  Amber

Stamp Ink Paper #128-Let It Snow!

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Stamp Ink Paper has another amazing challenge for you this week!

Let It Snow! 



And here is my design!


Details: Stamp: (SU) Hearts Come Home Ink: (SU) Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green  Paper: Acetate, Vellum, (SU) Smoky Slate CS, Whisper White CS (Nouvo) Crystal Drops in Simply White (Ranger) Stickles in Diamond (MFT) Wonky Stitched Rectangles

As soon as I saw this challenge theme - I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do: A clear, acetate card.  Easy...right? HOWEVER. Manifesting it was an entirely different story. Don't get me wrong - the acetate base with the sparkle of the Stickles and the little Nouvo drops was easy-peasy.  The inside sentiment came out perfect. But maybe it was the distraction of prepping for a class... or life in general... but it seriously took me SIX attempts at that card front. It finally dawned on me (pardon me-maybe lack of coffee?) that I finally reached for my Stamp Perfect in order to line up the trees... and the house. Even now -…

Friends of Unity December Blog Hop

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Hi everyone! 
I have something exciting to share!



I am thrilled to share this post, kicking off our very first Friends of Unity Blog Hop!

Here is what I designed this month for you!




I am mailing off the last of my Christmas cards this week, and I had to play with one of my most favourite sets from Unity Stamps to date - called Cheerful Prancing.
I stamped him with dark Early Espresso ink from SU and added Versa mark on just a portion - then I heat embossed with Gold embossing powder to add a bit of SHINE!
This set is adorable - and to add to the fun - I received an extra deer in my Grab Bag - so I would love to give it to a special someone!
So, be sure to leave some love below - I will be choosing a lucky winner Dec. 6th and posting that winner Dec 7th! So check back here on my blog to see if you are getting a little something from Santa ;)



I am being joined by some wicked awesome talent! You likely arrived via Jeanie's blog!! If not - you should really go back and check it out!(…

Stamp Ink Paper #127- Wrap It Up!

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Hello everyone - and Happy Tuesday! 
I hope all of my American friends have recovered from their Thanksgiving holiday and it is now straight sailing from now until Christmas! Can you believe in just a few short weeks we will be ringing in a new year?! I am SO ready!

This week, over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have a challenge for you that will bust you out of your Christmas card frenzy - Wrap It Up (Tags...bags..... packaging... you name it!)

Here is my design!


...picture it.  Stampin Up - 2009.  This fun little wooden set  called Two Cool Dudes was my VERY FIRST stamp purchase  (and the reason for my credit card debt ever since!)  ;)  No regrets!
For this project I combined  the old with the new - the foil snowflakes from SU are one of my favourite current items for all of my Christmas projects - so you might just see a another peek at them before the holiday season is over! The Bakers Box die was my go-to for this fun little box!
Details: Stamp: (SU)  Ink: (SU) Sahara Sand Paper: (CTMH)…

Stamp Ink Paper #126-Grateful, Thankful, Blessed

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Hello sweet friends!
I am back again for another challenge with Stamp Ink Paper! Our theme is Grateful, Thankful, Blessed - perfect for the US Thanksgiving holiday season! 




The image I inked up is from one of my FAVE stamp sets  from Unity called Everything - I used Versamark and heated white embossing powder for it to really stand out on the vellum. I also dug in to my Unity goodies for the sentiment (which actually fits the theme of our challenge this week) - and it can be found in the September Sentiment Kit called Abundant Blessings. I used Early Espresso ink from SU, and heat-set it.

A quick stitch or two with my vellum, Cajun Craze, Early Espresso and Kraft cardstock and this clean & simple little thank-you card was ready to hit the mail for someone special!

 Check out all of the Design Team blogs  this week for our challenge - they have been busy creating some fabulous projects for inspiration.
 Don't forget to play along with us - you have until Sunday 8pm Nov 26th to…

Scrap n' Stamp Distress to Impress Blog Hop

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Welcome back, everyone!
It feels like forEVAAaa... but I am back with the Scrap n' Stamp girls for another Blog Hop!



This is where it all begins this month - we are designing some fab projects featuring Tim Holtz Distress Crayons - and ....ENABLER ALERT:  until Nov 30th they are 25% off over at Scrap n' Stamp!!! You might want to check that out! 
Here is what I designed!



I kept it super simple - and... while I don't have a large selection of the crayons - I have been playing with these water-reactive goodies for awhile - and I love 'em! 
I wanted to design something "winter" - but I didn't want to cram Christmas down your throat *just yet* (haha - don't worry, it is coming!) 😂
Details:
Stamp: (Taylored Expressions) Holiday Grumplings with dies Ink: Staz-On  Tim Holtz Distress Crayon in Faded Jeans  Zig Real Color markers Paper:(Tim Holtz) Watercolor, (SU) Vellum, (Recollections) Silver Foil,  Cardstock  Embellishment: (SU) silver cording trim
My "…

Stamp, Ink, Paper #125- A Color Challenge!

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Hi, everyone!
I have another card to share with you today for Stamp, Ink, Paper! For this week's challenge we have a fun fall color combo for you!








Details:
Stamp: (Unity) Abundant Blessings, Love Never Leaves Ink: (SU) Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie (Tim Holtz Distress) Fossilized Amber, Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade, (Oxides) Wild Honey Paper: (SU Cardstock) Early Espresso, Kraft, Whisper White, Watercolor (Hero Arts) Woodgrain Vellum (FSJ) Copper Silks Sequins, Gold cord Woodgrain Embossing Folder
I rubbed a bit of the Walnut Stain and the Copper Silk on to the woodgrain folder before putting it through the big shot - it gave it a bit of shine and dimension. I stamped my gorgeous fall leaves on watercolored paper by rocking a bit of the Fossilized Amber, Marmalade and Walnut Stain and then giving them a shot of water - I LOVE those leaves! I put my Brother Scan n' Cut to work to cut them out - but fussy-cutting works too!  I put my layers together and stamped my se…

Girls Night Out with Stamp, Ink, Paper #124

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Hello everyone! 
For those of you who have never been over to my blog - welcome! My name is Amber and I am super excited to be a Guest Designer for Stamp, Ink Paper this month! 
This week, we are celebrating Girls Night Out! Now who doesn't like the sound of that?!





Check out my project!



I was thrilled to make a lil "somethin-somethin" for gift exchange - this was PERFECT!  Here are the details:


Wine Tag: Stamp: (Unity) Let's Get Sip Faced Ink: (SU) Black Archival Paper:(SU) Silver Foil, Basic Black CS, Shimmer CS Ken Oliver Colorburst in Merlot  (SU) Tag thinlit die Blackberry Bliss ribbon 
This tag was a breeze with the die! I ran everything through my Big Shot, and then stamped by image with Black archival ink. I gave the paper just a very small blast of water and hit it with some of the Colorburst, blotting up a  bit of the excess.  I used my Tom Bow adhesive and moved on to my card!

Card: Stamp: (Unity) Friends I Can't Forget (SU) Gorgeous Grunge Ink: (SU) Bla…

Merry Christmas Challenge

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Welcome back!! 
I am back with another challenge this week with the Merry Christmas Design Team!

Over on the Challenge blog it's always anything goes! This week, I have another clean and simple Christmas card for you! 


Here are the details!
Stamp: (SU) Playful Backgrounds Ink: (SU) Old Olive Paper: (SU) Smoky Slate, Old Olive, Gold Foil, Real Red Extras: Gold embellishments,
I used a sweet little star punch with a scrap of gold foil to make that sweet little topper for the tree. The "Joy" was created using framelit dies from Stampin' Up called Wonderful Wreath. 

You can play along with our anything goes challenge by clicking on  this link!
Join me 2 weeks from now when I will have another design for the Merry Christmas Challenge Design Team! Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink  Amber

Mixed Media / Mica Madness!

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Welcome!
I am Amber and I am SO excited to be sharing a project with you on the Mixed Media Blog!
I used some fantastic supplies that I will explain - first.... take a look!


Supplies used:
Stamp: Unity (Layers of Life-Create Beauty), SU - Gorgeous Grunge Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Blackened Soot,  (SU)Black Archival Paper: (SU) Basic Black base (4.25 x 5.5), Vellum, Smoky Slate (3.75 x 4.75),  Whisper White (3.5 x 4.5), Silver Foil Dies: (SU) Stars Embellishments: SU - Silver elastic cord, Silver Thread Embossing Powder: Black  Mica Powder: Silver  Fun Stampers Journey Silks: Silver 

I began by stamping my black base in Versamark with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge - it is just a random "splatter" stamp. I added black embossing powder and heated it, then set it aside.  I went to work on my white layer, adding layer upon layer of beautiful distress ink - to give that "night sky look" - I also gave my layer a "s…

Freaky Friday at Scrap n' Stamp!

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Hello, everyone!
It is Friday the 13th - and there is no bad luck happening here! It is Freaky Friday over at Scrap n' Stamp - I have  a GREAT project I designed for the Scrap n' Stamp Blog Hop!  You likely arrived via Karla's blog! Her project was WICKED! 
Here is what I came up with!



 Aren't  the Tim Holtz Ancestors Paper Dolls PERFECT for a Halloween project?? There are so many options; from scrapbook pages... to multi-media projects... to tags... and everything in between!  You can find them over at the Scrap n' Stamp store here. :)  Scrap n' Stamp has an awesome sale going on - Lucky 13 :) there are loads of goodies on SALE! Be sure to check it out! 


 For my tag, I dipped in to my Distress Ink collection, and used one of my Tim Holtz stencils to layer Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo, and Black Soot. I then took a brown Distress Crayon and rubbed it through the stencil and used a baby wipe to give it a quick rub - that is how I achieved the lo…

Merry Christmas Challenge!

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Welcome!
This week I am debuting as a Merry Christmas Design Team member! It's going to be so exciting coming up with biweekly projects for Team Tinsel! :) 


Here is what I have designed for inspiration today! 


This classy black card is super simple - here are the details!

Stamp: (SU) Wonderland Ink: Stazon, Versamark Paper: (SU) Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Vellum Extras: Black embossing powder, Sequins, Silver Cord
I used heat embossing with the tree image to add a pop of shine - it was quick and I like cards like this to mass produce - Christmas is a busy season!
Thank you for stopping by - I love you leave some love below to let me know you dropped in to check out my quick and easy Design this week for the Merry Christmas challenge! 
Love, Peace n' Ink  Amber

Artists' Choice Challenge

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Hi everyone!
This week has only begun, and it already feels a bit overwhelming, people?... doesn't it?  There are days recently we shudder at the world outside and wrap ourselves inside all the goodness we can find. 
So today, that is what my "Artists' Choice" is really about.
It's about CHOOSING love over hate.
It's about CHOOSING gratitude over attitude.
In this world there is SO much to be thankful for and on the days where it seems hardest to find it - those are the days we need to fight to cling to it. Like a life raft. 
So my project last night was a sort of "therapy". It was me, thumbing my nose at what hate is trying to do. 
I just want  the world to be a better place.
I just want people to heal.
And I just want to make pretty things. 



So this is my choice. 
I am giving thanks. 
I am choosing love. 
I created this for the Stamp Ink Paper - Cardmaker's Choice challenge.
And I hope you choose gratefulness, hopefulness ... and love. 



Love,…

Snarktoberfest 2017 Blog Hop!

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Are you ready for a little bit of Snark???
I am SO excited to be joining this fantastic group of snarky talent for the Hop - including Josefine, who I want to personally thank for asking me to play along! I totally admire her style and sarcasm and want to be like her when I grow up ;) 
Who am I kidding - I will never grow up! haha

If you haven't already checked out just how awesome Josefine's design is this week - you seriously need to. Go back and be amazed. Here.... 
I created a little something for the Snarktoberfest Blog Hop using a Christmas theme! Check it out! 


Christmas is still miles away - but... sometimes when you are scared you might be stuck on the "Naughty List" you might want to get the jump on making amends.... it's SO hard to be good ;) 
I paired some vintage paper from Stampin Up and Simple Stories for this card and anyone who knows me - my style is Clean and Simple - so all of these layers is WAY out of the box for me :)
 I used Strawberry Jud…

CAS Fall - Hello Friend!

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Just a super quick share today! 


Here are the details!
Stamps: (SU) Sunshine Sayings, Sheltering Tree, Wood Words Ink: (SU) Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze Paper: (SU) Whisoer White, Kraft Embellishments:  Kat Scrappiness
I am playing along with the Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge this week!

I am also playing along with:
Cards 4 Guys Challenge: Nature
Thanks for stopping by!
Love, Peace n' Ink Amber

Stamptember Blog Hop with Scrap n Stamp

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Welcome back, everyone! 
I am blog hopping again with the Scrap n' Stamp girls! This month is our Stamptember Blog Hop!




You likely arrived here via Karla's blog! Isn't her project awesome?
This month we are highlighting this amazing die from Memory Box called Postage Strip! For a limited time you can get 25% off this fun little crafty treat - get it here!

Here is my design!




I used my Ken Oliver Colorbursts for that bright watercolour background -  those super-fun metal embellishments are also from Ken Oliver  - that light bulb was perfect! You can find them in the online store as well!


I had a lot of fun using this simple little die for this belated birthday card! It takes Happy Mail to a new level! The sentiment used is from Unity Stamps. Thanks for stopping by - be sure to leave some love below to let me know you popped in along the Hop!
Next up is Nancy!
Love, Peace n' Ink
Amber