Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Birthday Kimberly

Big Birthday Wishes to Kimberly!!!!  She is the super star of our crafty group, she's our Make 'n Take Queen!  This girl is chock full of talent and has a gigantic heart of gold.  She loves color and is a great colorista.  I love color and love to watercolor.  My card took a completely different path than I originally planned but when I was surfing for some inspiration, THIS card of Jocelyn's inspired me.

I really am a clean + simple girl at heart.  I combined the following Hero Arts stamps:

Can you see the pale pink watercolor wash in the background?  I picked up a pad of the Studio Calico Classic at a garage sale a couple weekends ago, that's where the text panel is from.  My watercolor paper is by Strathmore.  Something that I NEVER do is incorporate my handwriting but I wanted to personalize her card.

I hope that you hop along with us!

Amy   💚


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

DeNami Design: I need...

this is post 2 of 2 for HERE for my Hero Arts post.

Hello!  Today wraps up my guesting for DeNami Design!   For my final project I knew I wanted to do a coffee themed design:

Isn't the Cafe Clear Set so cute?  I did some quick masking and colored everything with my Zig Clean Color Markers.

cafe clear set

A Big Shout out to Nami...thanks for having me!

Hero Arts: Happy Birthday

post 1 of 2 for HERE for DeNami Design

Hello!  I'm up on the Hero Arts blog today!  I wanted to share 2 cards using the same stamp set..I'm sharing one here and you'll have to pop over to the Hero Arts blog to see my other card!

I'm featuring the Make a Wish Birthday stamp set:

A fun way to use a bunch of different images from the same stamp set is to load them onto a large acrylic block or a Misti to create a fun background.  All the images have been heat embossed in White.   I've added a couple enamel dots for pops of color.  My cardstock is:

I even stamped an envelope liner using the Green Apple Bold Ink.  I have a completely different style card up over on the Hero Arts blog, go check it out HERE.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sprinkled with lots of fun!

Nothing says birthday like donuts with sprinkles!

I haven't playing the Reverse Confetti's Donut You Know in a while...mostly because I 'misplaced' the frosting die for the donut.  I tend to happily craft in a frenzy and when I 'clean up'...I evidently tend to put dies into the wrong sleeve.  Well, I recently found that frosting die and in celebration, made this donut card for a co-worker that will be celebrating a May birthday.

Love the Tag Me Too confetti cut!  I can't get enough of scallops!

I was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches:

donut you know

donut you know confetti cuts

tag me too

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Happy Birthday Laura!

There's a group of us celebrating our sweet crafty friend, Laura!  We met at a Julie Ebersole's class at Impress.   I arrived a bit later than the other girls at the table and we stamped and chatted during the 2 classes.  All during class, I assumed Laura was Kimberly or Tonya's friend...haha...nope.  We instantly adopted Laura into our group♡  She is a super fabulous friend and I hope that she has a most wonderful birthday!

Here's a card that I made especially for Laura!

I combined the MFT Sweet Succulents set with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid pad.   My black ink of choice?  Hero Arts Intense Black - it's waterproof and copic friendly!  I used my Zig Clean Color Markers to color everything.  I couldn't resist a strip of Recollections Gold Glitter cardstock.

My card was inspired by the MFT Sketch challenge:

We hope that you hop along with us!!!

Amy   💚

happy birthday
cardstock:  mft sour apple, bazzill marshmallow
paper:  lawn fawn perfectly plaid
stamps:  mft sweet succulents
ink:  hero arts intense black, zig clean color markers
other: mft sweet succulents die-namics, recollections gold glitter cardstock, misc label

the heart desires

Friday, April 22, 2016

Hero Arts: Dream Big

Hello!  Happy Friday!  I have a fun card to share today!  I've been lovin' the Hero Arts Color Layering sets.  Today, I'm sharing the Color Layering Goldfish.

I was so excited to combine the Goldfish with the Terrarium from the Stamp Your Own Succulents set.  I had to mask a smidge of his tail off but otherwise, he has a happy cozy home, eh?  I used the following Shadow Inks on the Goldfish:

I used a pale blue Zig Clean Color Marker to color in the water.  I added a couple Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets for his air bubbles :)

I used a sentiment from Kelly's Girl Talk Planner.  

Hope you have an excellent day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Right at Home: Mix & Match

Hello!  Happy Friday Eve!  I'm doing a version of Nicole's Mix & Match Challenge.  My twist is using a different manufacturer that she carries in the Right at Home Shop!  Here's how I was inspired:

I combined the new Color In Sentiments with MFT's Sweet Treats Die-namics!  Seriously, it's going to be an awesome day if there is ice cream involved!

sweet treats

We're breaking temp records here in the Pacific Northwest.  I think yesterday was Day 4 of consecutive 80+ degree weather!  Whew!  That's too hot for this PNW Girl♡  Speaking of ice cream, what's your favorite?  The girl introduced us to Ben & Jerry's Americone Dream --> it's awesome!

cardstock:  stampin' up mint macaron + watermelon wonder, papertrey ink kraft, bazzill marshmallow, dcwv cork
stamps:  right at home color in sentiments
ink:  zig clean color markers
other:  mft sweet treats die-namics, enamel dots

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DeNami Design Guest Designer: Hoppy Spring

Hello!  I'm up on the DeNami Design blog today sharing a card with a custom panel!

First up, I used the adorable Bunny with Flower image on a stitched tag.  I colored her with my Zig Clean Color Markers.  I made my custom panel by cutting strips of 1/2 inch cardstock.   I've been smitten with green + yellow lately...such a fun + happy color combo!  I finished off my card with the Hoppy Spring sentiment.  As I'm typing up my post, it's a gorgeous spring evening in the Pacific Northwest!

I'd love it if you'd pop over to the DeNami Design blog!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Neat and Tangled + Hemptique Collaboration: Pretty Mail

Hello!  Have you been following the Neat & Tangled and Hemptique Collaboration?!  So fun combining both products.  I made 2 projects, I'm sharing one here and one over on the Neat &Tangled blog today!

I used some of the awesome Hemptique Handmade Hemp Paper.  It reminds me of a combo of watercolor + mulberry paper.  

I used the A Lot to Say Nice & Neat die on the Hemp Paper.  I simply stamped some images from the Pretty Mail set with a waterproof ink, Hero Arts Intense Black and used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors.

pretty mail

a lot to say

Handmade Hemp Paper

Make sure you pop over to the Neat & Tangled blog to check out my other project and how my teamie, Elena, was inspired!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sponsor Solo: Sweet Stamp Set

Hello!  I'm taking over the Sponsor Solo feature over on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog.  

Today we're featuring:  Sweet Stamp Shop

I'm such a fan of the Sweet Stamp Shop.  I think I shared this during the Spring Hop, but a bunch of us went to their Seattle Meet + Greet.  So much fun.  Nicole is AWESOME!  Make sure you pop over to the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog to read about the Sweet Stamp Shop!

Here's how I was inspired:

I used the fun Coffee Town set.  I just ordered the new Muggin' set and can't wait until I can ink that one up!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

a very special birthday...

Happy Sunday!  I made a birthday card!  I'm trying to make them more often and be a bit more proactive.  There are a couple May Birthday's at work and this is for one of them:

Yes to Gray + Orange!  Love the fun color combo, how about you?  I combined the Reverse Confetti Insta-Frame Confetti Cuts with the So Very Special Stamp Set!

All the patterned paper is retired Chickaniddy Crafts.  The twine is hemptique.

I was inspired by the current Retro Sketches:


so very special