Monday, January 22, 2018

Direction of your dreams

I'm still in the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge Designer Spotlight!
Woo hoo - I'm having so much fun participating in these challenges with such uberly talented ladies.

Our challenge this week is "Tag It".

Here's my tag:
I started by swiping mustard and green acrylic paint on the tag. I stamped images from the Air Travel stamp set on it. Then inked it up Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks. I flicked water and dripped black spray ink on it. 

I used the Rays stencil and applied translucent embossing paste through it.
Then I happened to look up and see this butterfly from the Perspective stamp set leftover from another project and thought it woud go great on this tag. I had stamped it on deli paper and cut it out. The deli paper is similar to vellum, but a little less frosty and gives it a great translucent look.

I added a trio of washi tapes to the bottom to ground my sentiment. So the sentiment is from an old Simon Says Stamp Tim Holtz Stamptember set that was only available in September of 2015. I tried searching to see if it is available in another set and wasn't able to find anything. Sorry!

I wanted a charm to hang from the crinkle ribbon. I couldn't find anything I had that would work. So I decided to pull out some of my old jewelry-making supplies and stamped these metal rounds to say "live bravely" to dangle from the top.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll stop by and participate in the challenge for your chance to win $50 to the SSS store!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Courage to fly

It's week 3 of my month-long guest designer gig at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge.

This week's theme is Birds of a Feather.
You probably don't know this about me, but I am petrified of birds! 
So I was a little scared when I saw this challenge. 
Not gonna lie. Lol. 
But I have a feather stencil I like so I decided to use that on a page in my art journal.

I started my background with a text stamp, book pages and washi. I added distress ink in Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Peacock Feathers.

I used black paint to color my embossing paste and used it with TCW's Feather stencil and Tim Holtz's Chevron stencil. Then I used Concord & 9th's Perfectly Penned stamp set to create the sentiment.


As usual, Simon Says Stamp has $50 up for grabs to spend in their store. They'll pick a winner from all the entries in the challenge this week. Come on by and link up to the challenge!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Fear of the Unknown

Today I've got this art journal page:

It's week 2 of my guest designer spot at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge
and this week's challenge is Winter Blues.

 I focused on the "Blues" part of the challenge for my background.
I used distress crayons in Stormy SkyChipped Sapphire and Evergreen Bough plus two blue neocolor wax pastel sticks.
I used the numbers stamp from Perspective randomly. I sprayed ink through the Art Is stencil
and used a baby wipe through the Plus stencil to remove color and leave white pluses.
 I die cut the hearts from the Scribbles and Splat set.

The sentiment and butterflies are also from the Perspective stamp set.

I used a waterbrush and distress inks to color in the butterlies.

 I finished it off by dripping some black ink and edging the pages with a black gelato.

Thanks for stopping by today!
I hope you can participate in the challenge for your chance to win $50 to spend in the SSS store!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Kind of amazing tag

Monday means it's time for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog.
And guess what.
I get to be a guest designer with them all month long!

This week's challenge is "Something New" and we're using a Simon Exclusive product.

I used the new-to-me Simon stamp set Kind Flowers to make this tag. After I stamped it, I colored it in with a waterbrush and Distress Crayons in a new color scheme for me. I almost always use warm colors so I made myself use the cool colors blue, green, and purple. I inked up the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and sprinkled water on the tag. I finised it up some blue crinkled ribbon.

Come play along in the "Something New" challenge for your chance to win a $50 voucher to spend at


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Adulting is hard

I've got another project for the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop.

 Stamps are from Unity's Feb 2017 Kit of the Month called Unexpected Places. 
I LOVE the sentiment! It's so true.

And now I feel like I need a bunch of wintery coffee cozies.

Happy Cocoa Day

It's time for the Winter Coffee Lovers blog hop!

Today happen to be National Cocoa Day so I made this cozy little cocoa card:

Stamps are from Verve's Coffee Helps set.
Paprs are Lawn Fawn's Snow Day.

Thanks for stopping by aliong the hop today!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Merry & Bright

Welcome to the December Unity Stamps blog hop.

I finally started working on a few Christmas cards.

I used Unity's A Joyous Season kit.
I stamped and masked the trees, embossed the snowflakes, and blended distress inks for the background. Then sprinkled some water and white spray ink.

I decided to use some distress grit-paste for the snow hills
And then finished up with some twine.

Here's the rest of the hop order:

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

GIU Winners!

I almost forgot to pick my two winners from last week's Growing in Unity.
The two random commenters are:


Angela and Bri, please email me at amberloyana at with your mailing address. I will pass it along to Unity and they will send you your 25 stamps!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave such wonderful comments. You all made me feel so great. Thanks again and have a great week!

Friday, October 13, 2017

GIU Day 5, Be Awesome

It's my last day as a Growing in Unity girl with Unity stamps.
For today's art journal page I got a little messy with paint and ink.

The background was several colors of paint. I used a few backround texture stamps from the set Hello Beautiful and God's Sight. Then I added even more drips to the already drippy flower stamp. And the sentiment is from Do More Awesome.

Since this is not a card, I'm linking up to Simon Says Stamp's Monday Challenge - Not a Card.

On Sunday, I will choose 2 random commenters from my posts this week who will receive 25 random stamps from Unity!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

GIU Day 4, Challenges change you

It's day 4 of my Growing in Unity week with Unity stamps.
And I have yet another art journal page.

I used this color challenge as inspiration

I used a Burlap stencil and Old Paper distress ink for the background. Stamped the script stamp from the Hug stamp set. Used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks to darken the edges. And sprinkled water droplets. Then I used texture paste tinted with fired brick distress reinker and the Mini Brick stencil.

I stamped the leaves from Love never leaves in Orange Blossom archival ink and then heat embossed with Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder. I used dark green paint to stamp leaves from the Wildflowers & wings stamp set.

The sentiment is from You are important. I added a bit more darkness to the edges with Iced Coffee gelato.

Thanks for stopping by. See you again tomorrow.

Remember that I'll choose 2 random commenters from my posts this week to receive 25 random stamps from Unity. So comment every day here on my blog to maximize your chances to win.