Friday, October 28, 2011

Passing the Torch

Wow, has this month flown by!  I have really enjoyed working with the women of Amber Ink and running alongside the other torchbearers this month.

But, have I got a SUPER treat in store for you today!  I am so excited, thrilled, and honored that Leigh Penner has agreed to run with the Blue Torch for Amber Ink in the month of November. Whohoooooo!!! Can you hear me down here in TX, Leigh??? :)

She is a one in a million crafter and will blow you away!  So, get ready for an amazing month of projects!

I also want to take a minute and say thanks to Jessica for handing off the torch to me this month.  I had some pretty big shoes to fill.  She set a high standard and I hope I did her justice :).

Enjoy Leigh!!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Amber Ink Recap

I can't believe my time with Amber Ink is almost up!! Here is a recap "in pictures" of all the projects I showcased this month.

I'll be back tomorrow to pass the torch and I am SO thrilled and honored that she agreed!!  You should be excited too.... (counting the minutes :) lol)



Monday, October 24, 2011

Amber Ink Project 6

I can't believe this is my final project for Amber Ink!  I've had a great time this month and I hope you've enjoyed seeing some different types of crafty things that can be done with the things in their shop.

Here I used the Shot to the heart iPaper as the mat for the picture and the sentiment "You still give me butterflies", a digistamp, as my title both from the Amber Ink Shop on my layout.

I also used misting spray for the first time! FUN!!

I'll be back later this week to wrap up and show you all the projects at once as well as "Pass the Torch" on Friday!



Thursday, October 20, 2011

Amber Ink Project 5

I can't believe that I only have two projects left to show you.  First up is a set of Christmas tags.  On another forum I frequent has been a lot of talk about traditional vs. non-traditional use of color at Christmas time.  I am typically a VERY traditional Christmas-color kinda gal.  However, when I saw this Christmas iPaper in the Amber Ink Shop I immediately knew I was going to make Christmas tags.  I used some Bazzill shimmer cardstock for the pinked edge circle, and stamped the snowflake and to/from in a coordinating pink.

I pulled out a cute "Mom" and "Dad" stamp, some twine, and some pretty ribbon tied in bows to finish them off.

What kind of things to you have planned for the holidays?  Check out the Amber Ink Shop for all the goodies there and see what you can find. Check out the Amber Ink Blog for lots of inspiration!



Monday, October 17, 2011

Amber Ink Project 4

Back again with another fun card for my 4th Amber Ink project.  This time it is a "card combo" because I wanted to carry the theme (and this awesome iPaper) over to an envelope.  I used a coordinating die on the card, envie, and iPaper to tie everything together (as well as a cute little flower embellie).

Did a bit of sewing on the iPaper this time (and again, you would NEVER know this wasn't paper I hadn't bought online or at a retail store... LOVE it!), and then added on a clear acrylic tag to coordinate with the pattern on the paper and the sentiment on the tiny tag.  Lots of ribbon and a big flower embellishment help to tie everything together.

Head on over to the Amber Ink Shop today and check out what they have in store for you! (lol, couldn't resist!)... there are also some great projects featured on the Amber Ink Blog by my fellow torchbearers.



Thursday, October 13, 2011

Amber Ink Project 3

Welcome again to another Amber Ink crafting project.  One more time I am breaking away from traditional card making because I like showcasing what this company's products can bring to your crafting "table"... Again with the iPaper because I love it so!

Halloween is just around the corner and we all need to add a little "creepy, crawly" flourish- even to our craft area.  Here, I downloaded and printed their Spider Polkadots-Candy Corn Tiny (so cute!) iPaper and put my cricut to work again cutting out a picture frame.  The iPaper was the base, black cardstock for the web and white cardstock for the back and "foot" to make it stand up. 

While this is an older picture, I do love it.  I don't mind having non-traditional pictures (like this of my daughter looking down) because I remember the moment.  They were both giggling so hard they couldn't make a straight face.  My kids (being a scrapbooking mom) know I like at least 1 "good" picture and they both were trying (even tho my dd was only 2) and no matter what they did they just had the giggles.  Such good memories!

Take a look through some of Amber Ink's paper and stamps and see what you find that sparks a memory of you growing up with your family or your kids today.  It'll be worth it!



Monday, October 10, 2011

Amber Ink Project 2: Oh What a Doll!

Welcome back to another Amber Ink project!  Today I am showcasing two digiStamps: Oh What a Doll! and a cute princess babe.  These are separate images you can get at the Amber Ink Shop. This was my first *real* time venturing into digiStamps, even though I have used printed journalling off the computer.  And, I must confess I am no copic coloring goddess like many other crafters.  I actually sold all my copics awhile ago.  I do use watercolor pencils and like the effect, but mostly I paper piece stamped images.  So, I needed to see what I could do with this princess image to do her justice.

And, well, I paper pieced her! I traced her onto the Yellow Dot iPaper after printing out my page onto regular copy paper using something similar to a lightbox.  Then, I cut out her dress and shoe (as one piece), and her crown.  I adhered those pieces to the cardstock image I had printed her on and then finished coloring her with watercolor pencils.  Then, I die cut her image and a mat out of cardstock.  I printed the sentiment and die cut it as well.  The pattern paper was die cut multiple times with a scallop border.  Everything was adhered to the card base and the princess matted image was popped up.  Buttons, pearls, and stickles were added as finishing touches because she is, after all, a PRINCESS! :)



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Amber Ink Project 1: Birthday Banner & Princess Wands

Hello! Welcome to my first project for Amber Ink.  I am so very excited to showcase what their products can bring to your crafting projects.  I have lots of different types of projects lined up for you this month, starting with today's post: Birthday Banner and Princess Wands using Amber Ink iPaper.  I used Tiny Picnic Gingham Whisper and for the first time ever using digital paper I am thrilled to death at how easy it was and how wonderful it was to coordinate my projects!

As most of you know I am a working mom of two kiddos.  October is a crazy busy month around my house.  Throw in a birthday for my youngest and that just escalates the chaos.  This year my dd chose "Princess Theme" and I went all-in (don't I every year??  We won't revisit the hours I stayed up creating Gotham City for my son in 2010).

Anyway, banners are HUGE and I had just bought the Cricut Princess Party Event cartridge so of course I needed patterned paper for the banner.  I ended up printing 2 sheets since the first sheet wasn't enough... that's right... I made the cardstock banner a bit too big (and we ALL know I had enough cardstock to make my banner 4 times larger!) but I just went to my printer and out pops another perfectly coordinating gingham patterned paper.  The cricut did all the work after that, of course.  I just assembled and bam, the banner was done!

Well, then a few days passed and I was putting together the "goodie tins" for the girls (the boys will be knights and they get silver tins... I know, cute) and realized that the cartridge had wands in it.  Well, it's a princess party and I wanted wands.  I showed my dd and so I started cutting out the wands.  The "coordinating layer" *had* to match my banner since it will all be on display on the same table.  Out came a couple more sheets of pattern paper!  SO EASY!!!

I am completely sold on digital paper now.  I'm telling you it's the best thing that has happened to me since clear stamps... and that should scare my poor husband's wallet! :)

I'll be back next week for another project. Check out the Amber Ink Blog for more eye candy!



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Amber Ink- Think Pink

Head on over to the Amber Ink Blog ... NOW... there is some great news there and by participating you can receive a 20% discount on some CUTE iPaper. 

Did you go?  Have you seen it??  What are you waiting for???