Saturday, January 17, 2009


I couldn't resist the corny post title, since this week's OCC challenge is Emboss Resist. When I first thought about this technique, I'll admit it sounded so five-years-ago. I think this was one of the very first "wow" techniques I learned as a beginning stamper. I wanted to try something more up-to-date, so I stamped Flourishes' Damask background onto a River Rock patterned paper from the retired Brocade Backgrounds SU pack, clear embossed and then heavily sponged River Rock ink onto it. The result is that the embossed parts show through to the background pattern, while the rest is a little more solid-color-looking. The flowers and sentiment are from Verve's Meditations set, and the black stem/vine thingy I created by cutting BossKut's Scroll die into pieces and rearranging a little. The flowers are coated with Crystal Effects. The ivory panel is cut with Nestabilities and then a smaller square Nestability is embossed inside.

Here's how the emboss resist looks in more vibrant colors. This time I stamped onto one of the patterns from SU's new Raspberry tart paper. FYI, I also added some speckling using the air art tool with Baroque Burgundy and Basic Black markers. The speckling looks pretty wretched in this photo (lol), but in real life it looks nice - trust me :)

Be sure to check out the challenge details at Our Creative Corner, where you'll also find samples from all the OCC designers. For more chitchat, visit their individual blogs:

Cindy Haffner
Dawn Easton
Denise Marzec
Jackie Pedro
Jennifer Meyer
Julee Tilman
Kim Teasdale
Laurie Schmidlin
Lynda Benden
Silke Ledlow

Hope you can play along! Remember to use keyword: OCCC if you upload to SCS!

Next is my sample for Jen del Muro's Sketch for You to Try:

You can see the sketch, Jen's sample, and guest designer Kirsten DuBosque's sample at i{heart}2stamp. Carole is roughing it in Aspen for the weekend, but the other "SFYTT girls" will have their usual awesome samples:


The cross and sentiment are both from a new set called He Is Risen from Our Daily Bread Designs. I stamped the cross onto ivory card stock, trimmed it out, then sponged with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks. All the designer papers and flower embellishments are by Prima.

As always, you're warmly invited and encouraged to play along! If you upload to SCS, remember to use keyword: SFYTT.

Before I go, I want to acknowledge two awards I've been given recently. First, Danielle at Paper Inspirations by Danielle has nominated me for the following award. Thanks Danielle! I'm honored.

"This award is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind of bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!"

The rule of the award is to now pass it on to another 8 people who demonstrate this spirit. So, here is my list of some incredibly talented stampers and cardmakers. Please be sure to visit their blogs and appreciate their wonderful work. Thank you!

1. Jami Bova
2. Heather Rolin
3. Jennifer Meyer
4. Dawn Easton
5. Michelle Woerner
6. Jessie Rone
7. Michelle Rodgers
8. June Houck

Next, Lisa Hjulbert of The Craft's Meow has awarded me with the Butterfly Award.

Thank you Lisa! I, in turn, am to mominate ten fellow bloggers:

1. Jerri Jimenez: I can't wait to meet Jerri when I take her watercoloring class at CHA next week! (YES, I'm going ... Anaheim-bound, baby!)
2. Betty Wright
3. Kim Crawford
4. Silke Ledlow
5. Nancy Riley
6. Suzanne Dean
7. Amy Rohl
8. Jen Tapler
9. Christine Okken
10. Michelle Petermann

If you are so inclined, the idea is to pass this award along to 10 others, as follows:

Post the award logo on your blog
Add the link to the person who nominated you
Nominate 10 other blogs and post their links as well
Let those people know that they received the award

Thanks for stopping by!

Emboss Resist:
Stamps: Meditations (Verve Stamps); Damask (Flourishes, LLC)
Paper: Basic Black, River Rock, Very Vanilla, Brocade Backgrounds dp (all SU)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, VersaMark, River Rock
Accessories: clear embossing powder, sponge daubers, crystal effects, ivory taffeta, vintage brads, paper piercer, dimensionals (all SU); BossKut Scroll die; square Nestabilities (Spellbinders); Diamonds in the Rough Cuttlebug folder (Provo Craft)

Size: 5 1/4" square

Stamp: He Is Risen (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Always Artichoke, Cranberry Crisp, Very Vanilla (SU); dp (Prima)
Ink: Cocoa (Close to My Heart); Cranberry Crisp, Always Artichoke (SU); Antique Linen and Walnut Stain Distress Inks (Tim Holtz/Ranger)
Accessories: burlap string (Pink Hedgehog Paper Crafts); flowers (Prima); deco brad (Making Memories); cornice border punch (Martha Stewart); vintage brads, distressing tool, Cranberry Crisp ribbon, paper piercer (SU!); Birds and vine Cuttlebug folder (Provo Craft); sewing machine

Size: 5 1/4" square


Silke said...

Amy - your cards are gorgeous!!! Your designs and detailing are fab!!!!

Thanks for the Award - you are too sweet!!! Hugs ~S~

Nancy Riley said...

Thank you for the wonderful award, Amy! I'm so honored! You're awesome!

Nancy Riley said...

GORGEOUS cards too! They are incredibly beautiful and detailed, as always!

Lynda Benden said...

Both cards are beautiful Amy! You did a fantastic job on the emboss resist technique. The Verve flowers are perfect with the flourish! Love the colors you used on the second card!

jen del muro ( said...

your cards are absolutely FABULOUS! wish i was gonna see you at CHA, but i'm can't go...boohoohoo

Kelly Lunceford said...

These are both amazing, Amy! I especially love your *new twist* on an old technique! Beautiful work! TFS

Susan (susiestampalot) said...

irresistable gorgeousness for sure, amy!! i love both of these! you rock!

Jackie Pedro said...

Gorgeous cards, Amy!!

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Gorgeous cards, Amy! I love the damask embossed like that. Just dreamy!

Stephanie said...

Your cards are always amazing. Just beautiful!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Awesome cards!

Viv said...

As soon as I saw the card, I KNEW it was made by you. It's jaw-dropping!! (Actually, aLL your cards are).
Viv xx

Jennifer Meyer said...

Hi Amy :) thank you for the award, you are so sweet to think of little old me!!

Your cards are so gorgeous. I LOVE the embossing on your OCC card and the second card layout is amazing! I LOVE all of the stunning detail you always add! I want to be you when I grow up!!

Hugs, Jennifer :)

Dawn Easton said...

GORGEOUS cards Amy!! I saw the OCC one on the blog earlier and was wowed, as always!! That embossed technique looks GREAT on your card!

Love your SFYTT too! The details are amazing!!

You are too sweet to nominate me for an award! I'll try to get something posted this week...big hugs to you!!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Thank you so much for the award, you are just too sweet!!! I LOVE your cards, and that yummy Cranberry Crisp, hehe!!!

Shannan Teubner said...

These are both gorgeous, Amy! You rock!

Cindy Haffner said...

Wow-zers girl i love everything you do.

Kim said...

WOW Amy what a STUNNING card! It's amazing!!! Your work takes my breath away!
hugs~ Kim

Kelley said...

Fantastic again! Thise flowers really pop against thaht white!! Love the cross card, too! The floral paper is beautious!!

Stampin'GHmom said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I always feel honored when people with such amazing talent like you take the time to post a comment. Your work is beautiful!

Michelle (Lady2cu) said...

You never cease to amaze me with such attention to every detail. Both cards are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Thanks for the award, my friend! I am truly honored! And I WILL see you at CHA next week! Woo Hoo! :-)

Jennifer said...

Both of these are absolutely gorgeous! Love them.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Beautiful work as always!! I am drooling over that first one - the white looks so crisp against the black and river! And what a cool background!!

Thanks for the award!! Your so sweet to think I am worthy! :)
hugs, Jami

Betty Wright aka gbedwright said...

I was just here earlier and I thought I left a comment. I thought your were reminding me to read closer about the award which is why I came!!!! Now, I see my comment did not go through. I have had some computer quarks, today!!!! First!!!!! Your cards are WOW!!!!! As always!!!! I want to try to do both of these challenges. Beautiful!!!! Second, thanks so much for giving me an award!!!! Off to link it up and nominate others!!!! Thanks a bunch, Amy!!!!

Sharlotte said...

What beautiful cards!

Great blog!

Rebecca Ednie said...

The irresistable background is very 'new' looking to me. I will have to try this on patterned paper I am mo longer in love with or if the colour doesnt quite match my other elements. Thanks for the inspiration. I taught a class today to ladies who didn't even know the rock n roll technique yet! so they would have been wowed with a traditional emboss resist!

Kimberly said...

WHOA! That technique is AMAZING on patterned paper!!! Stunning cards, always inspiring!
Thanks for the blog award! That was really sweet of you!!! :)
Have a super weekend!

southernscraps said...

Both cards are beautiful! You amaze and inspire me!

Jacqueline said...

Wonderful card!! The colors and images are superb!! I love the layers and the emboss resist is perfect!! Gorgeous! Congrats on the awards!!

Liten scrapper said...


This is my first visit in your blog... OMG! You make SO beautiful cards!! A bit different from "everyone else";) So nice colours and perfect layouts!!
Hope it's OK I add you to my bloglist...?

Hugs from Merethe

Norine said...

love the emboss resist you did a great job have to try that again forgot about that tech LOL

Anonymous said...

Those cards define the word gorgeous! I love them! You are one talented lady. :)

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful cards, I still haven't tried that stamping technique, lovely work, pretty colors!
Love the colors in the second one too, love what you have done with the sketch and the way you tied the cross, very cool!

Jeannie said...

Beautiful as usual!!


Michelle (sf9erfan) said...

Thanks for the award Amy!! And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those cards -especially the first. How on EARTH do you get those embossed parts on the inside without them cutting it?? Hugs,

Suzanne J Dean said...

Beautiful cards as usual Amy! Thanks so much for the award---I appreciate you thinking of me. See ya in CA in a few days!


Anonymous said...

Hello from Nova Scotia Canada
Just want to let you know that cardmaking has become my newest bestest thing to do when not working.
Your work is truly lovely. Your style and techniques are a work of art Keep inspiring. You truly have a gift