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Spring Woods...

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Spring is very nice here and it is quiet warm today.
This card is my take on some spring woods...

I really like how the wood background paper turned out with the Woodland Textured embossing folder used over it....then adding the ink to darken the trunks more.
Some of the paper used was not Stampin' Up!, but I'm excited to see that there is some wood inspired paper coming in the new catalog that demonstrators get to start ordering from in May, and customers get to see it in June...
But until then, here is the video to show how I got the effects I did for this card.

I used the Woodland Embossing folder on a piece of wood grained designed cardstock, running it through the Big Shot twice.
I used the Flourish Dies set to cut out the leaves and flowers.  The leaves were made using Old Olive cardstock, and a light yellow was used for the flowers.... They would probably look great in Daffodil Delight or So Saffron! The ink used was the soon retiring Tip Top Taupe.
Any sentiment will …

Glimmer & a Sara Thing Card Mix...

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Good Monday morning friends!

Today I have an April 2017, A Sara Thing, Paper Pumpkin alternative today. I used some of the now unavailable Sale-A-Bration glimmer paper, however, there is glimmer paper in the Annual Catalog... in Blushing Bride Dazzling Diamonds Gold Red and Silver.
The video was a little longer than I thought it would be, and I was trying to hurry to get the video done while the house was quiet, but it all worked out.
So here is the video...
The A Sara Thing Paper Pumpkin kit for this month is really nice. I like having the black card bases for a switch up from other colors and white.
The pieces I cut from other cardstock was 4 x 5 1/4 inches from colored cardstock - Mint Macaron in the video - 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches from white cardstock and a small piece of the colored cardstock to fit your sentiment.
Here is the intended cards to be made with this kit... (Click the picture to view the video of Sara showing how to make these cards.)
Pretty huh? Would you like to still …

Sweet Sparrow Bible Journaling...

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This week went by so fast...  Sorry for not posting on Monday,  because, although I have material ready,  I had not been able to get a post written.
But today, I have a few minutes to share my Bible journaling with you...
For this particular project, I did not use all Stampin' Up! supplies.... I used what I had on hand that went with what I wanted to produce on the page.
I love the bird and hope to get more bird stamps,  so I can do a variety of them in the pages of my Bible, not to mention other projects.  Birds are rather versatile and most people don't mind them!

Here is the process video... Enjoy!

What Bible journaling have you done lately?
Thank you for stopping by to Create with Me today!
"But even the hairs on your head are all numbered.  Fear not therefore: ye are of more value then many sparrows." Luke 12:7
Amanda

Daffodil Woods Card...

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Daffodils are the first flowers we have around here when it starts warming up, and I like them! So, I went with them as my inspiration for a card...

I just love seeing the daffodils in the woods.
This card is a little more involved, but there is a video!

The card details:
White card base is 5 1/2 x 8, scored at 4 1/4 inches. Piece of Mint Macaron cardstock at 4 x 5 1/4 inches... then the middle removed at 1 inch in all the way around,  then done again at 1/2 inch. all the way around. White background piece at 3 3/4 x 5 inches
Ink colors are Mint Macaron Daffodil Delight Peekaboo Peach
As of this week, the new catalog has been released to demonstrators. There is some great stuff in the new catalog! However, with the new catalog, some things must go... So there is an extensive retiring list... (you can find the items here)
And the two stamp sets I used for this card In the Meadow (which I love)and the Oh So Succulent set are on the list to go... You can still get these stamp sets until May …

Super Simple Thank You Card...

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Today, I wanted to bring a project that was super easy and didn't take too many supplies. So I came up with these...
They went so fast that I made 4 up before I even got around to making the video.


I think it helped using different colors.
From front to back: Sweet Sugarplum Old Olive Bermuda Bay Smokey Slate
Then in the video I make the Bermuda Bay one,  but I also made one with Island Indigo...

I decided to go ahead and stamp on the inside of these cards as well.

The video here will show you how I did the outsides...
The stamp set used was the Flourishing Phrases from the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.
I hope you enjoyed this simple card project and thank you for coming to Create with Me today!
"Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare." Psalm 75:1
Amanda

Just Stop Losing Your Happy...

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Today I have a Happy Birthday card for the Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop...


If you are stopping by today for the hop, welcome!  If you are a regular follower of Home Designs by Amanda,  Thank You for your continued viewership!

Today is the April Remarkable Ink Big Blog Hop
and the theme is to use the Retiring 2015-2017 In-Colors.

There are a couple of birthdays coming up in the next couple months that I need cards for...  so I decided to make some cards for them.


I used the Number of Years photopolymer stamp set for these cards. While I was working on these cards, I was away from my desk,  and a family member caused an unintentional misplacement of one of the stamps... specifically the 'happy' stamp.
So, when I discovered that it was gone, we went looking for it, and found it in the entry way to another room of the house...
But the story doesn't end there...
That night I left everything where it was on my desk because I wasn't feeling well.. and still needed to work on …

Getting projects ahead...

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So, like I mentioned in Monday's video, I am trying to get some planning and projects done ahead  so that I am not scrambling each blog/video day to get something posted.

It is going well, but I am far from feeling far enough advanced... So, for today, I am going to take a day off from posting a new project and video.
This planning ahead will hopefully help me add to my posting schedule...
When I first started the stamping and doing videos in January,  my husband and I decide that I should post videos two days a week  - Monday and Thursday - and thought that would be a good start.
Well, two-ish months and some social media insights later, a better number sounds like three.

So, I'm setting up my plan for posting three projects/videos a week... but to do this and keep up with consistency,  having them ready ahead of time will be crucial.
Hope you don't mind the day off... but to keep you going, you can sign-up for my newsletter, either by clicking on the tab at the top of t…

Planner Update and Decorating...

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Welcome to a new week friends! This weekend I was watching videos to find out ways that other people  keep track of their blogging and video making schedules... to keep from scrambling around on the days needing post to get a video and post ready to go!
With that, I did some layout changes to my planner and decided to show that,  and the decorating of it today!
I'm still liking the lighthouse - High Tide - stamp set,  so I went with that for this weeks planner decorations and ended up using 5 ink colors...

I really liked the colors and look that worked out this week :)
Here is the video showing what I did to my layout and how I stamped it...
To review a little on the colors... I ended up using
Tempting Turquoise Old Olive Daffodil Delight Tip Top Taupe and Bermuda Bay.
Along with the photopolymer stamp set, High Tide.

So, do you decorate your planner for each week?
Thanks for stopping by to Create with Me today!
"Then are they glad because they be quiet;  so he bringeth them unto …

Minimalist Cards...

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These super simple cards are based from the Monochromatic cards I posted here on Thursday,  but are basically the same concept...

When I was editing the video of the original card (shown below...),  I noticed how cute it looked even before I put the larger plain white piece over the stamped piece  and thought I would see how they looked as cards...

So, I started making this one in Bermuda Bay to have just the ONE stamped layer,  but when I stamped the sentiment on, it was crooked!  So, another small piece of cardstock to the recuse to cover it.  I just "smudged" the edges, stamped the sentiment, and assembled.

However, I still wanted one with just the one stamped layer,  so I made another one in Peekaboo Peach... very simple!

They just use a card base  (5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored and folded at 4 1/4 OR  like the Peekaboo Peach above, 4 1/4 x 11 scored and folded at 5 1/2), 
a piece of white cardstock at 4 x 5 1/4, 
ink,
 and a stamp set (Flourishing Phrases is what I used). 
The B…

Monochromatic Flower Burst Card...

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I really liked how these cards turned out and they were fun to make too! Obviously... I made 4, and I think I'm going to end up making even more. I tried to make them somewhat minimalistic on supplies...which may have helped make them a little faster to make too.
I think my favorite ended up being the Bermuda Bay one here in the foreground of this picture. While I was editing the video this morning, I had an idea for an even faster card using the one color and one stamp set... I'll try to share that tomorrow!
Here is today's video showing how to make these monochromatic cards.

The dimensions for this card as follows,  starting from the base and working up...
The card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4 inches. Larger base is 4 x 5 1/4 inches. Medium base is 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches. Small front base is 2 x 3 1/2 inches. A small piece of white is need for the size of your stamp  that you will be fussy cutting out (or die cutting...)
All of this was using white ca…

Bible Journaling of Healed Woman in Luke 8:48...

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Along with a flip through of some other journaling through my Bible.


This blog post is a little later in the day than normal for me, but I was having trouble getting going on what to write and record today...

But I did finally decide on some Bible journaling...and then I had to record it! Typically, I try to have the video recorded BEFORE the day I need to edit and post it, but that did not happen.

So, not only did I have decision making issues this morning, I then had some technical issues this afternoon once I started the recording.

But I finally got it done and edited...ready for you to watch my journaling process...


In the end, I liked the way it all came together and hope that you enjoyed seeing my Bible.

I did use stamps from two different sets: Beautiful You Oh So Succulent
I'd also recommend trying out the Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils... but you might have to wait a little while...they are currently unavailable to order! So obviously, they are very popular, probably…

March 2017 Paper Pumpkin Alternative Ideas...

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In case you haven't heard about it before, Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription box from Stampin' Up! It is a very fun box full of great paper crafting fun. I'll explain more in a few moments...

This month's kit was Bunny Buddies...for Easter. However, I don't really need any bunny items, so I changed mine up a little!


I really like the Happy Spring alternatives I came up with, and hope the ladies I'm giving them out to do too!

Here is the video of making these for you to get an idea of what I did:

The Paper Pumpkin kits are just so interesting to get... they are a surprise each month and have everything you need inside of them to make adorable crafts. Also, if you happen to not necessarily care for what comes in your kit at first...you can always switch it up!

The March 2017 kit came with the products needed to make the Bunny Buddies, which you can watch how the did them in this Paper Pumpkin video. However, I added a few items that didn't come in the k…

Simple Succulent Card...

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At least it seemed simple to me...but it does take a little time to die cut the succulents out.

I like making cards the same but with different colors...more variety :)

Planner Stamping...

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I decide that for today I would switch up from doing a card to showing you how I use stamps in my weekly planner.


This is the finished decorating before I started really filling it in for the week.

Quick chat...

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Good afternoon, I hope you all enjoyed yesterday's bonus blog post for The Remarkable Ink Blog Hop! Today's post is just going to be a quick chat about what's going on...

Mainly, I'm trying to get prepared for my FIRST Stampin' Up party...which happens to be a virtual party on my Facebook page.

Click on the picture to take you right to my FB page!
So, if you are free...or perhaps snowed in...tomorrow evening, why not come on over and join me for some fun!

Since I'm busy getting prepared for tomorrow, with a bunch of video editing and uploading to do, the card video I had planned on sharing with you today will have to wait for later. Hope your not too disappointed...

If you would like a sneak peek at one of the videos I put together for the party, you can view it here:

2016-17 Annual Stampin' Up! Catalog
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you'll come Create with Me tomorrow!
"Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;" Psalm …

Tasty Trucks Ice Cream Card...

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Welcome to the Blog Hop for March 2017. This month our theme is “SaleABration”.  You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog – Home Designs by Amanda or may have come from another blog on the list...either way, take some time to look here and then head over to some of the other blogs and see the great cards designed using Sale-A-Bration items. My card highlights a Sale-A-Bration stamp set along with an Annual catalog stamp set.

Medallion Thanks Card...

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Today's card uses FIVE Sale-A-Bration items...and looks so pretty and delicate.