Thursday, March 24, 2011

much appreciated...

Yesterday was absolutely glorious...it was in the low 60's...I tell you, living in the Pacific Northwest, we truly enjoy our sunny days:)  I had a lovely lunch at the Boat Street Cafe in Seattle with a fab group of gals...thanks girls!!!

I'm on a huge thank you mode...all the paper is Stampin' Up...the sentiment is from co-branding efforts of EAD Designs and Paper Smooches...it is from the Thank you Sentiments stickerz set!

I was so very inspired by the latest Waltzing Mouse sketch:


Purples aren't my normal color palette that I tend to work with....that's what the color challenges are for...to get you to work outside your comfort zone.  Check out the CR84FN Color Challenge:


Do you see the embossed polka dots on the lavender panel?  Well, thanks to debbie standard's challenge over at Yvonne Yam's blog, I did something different with the panel....

For the first time, I used the sanding block that I've had for a couple years...I sanded the embossed polkas:)  It definitely isn't as visible because I used Stampin' Up cardstock instead of Core’dination’s goodness, but you can tell a smidge:)  It's a technique that I hadn't used before, so that's pretty coolio....I'll be on the search for some Core'dination's:)

I'm the hostess over at EAD Designs today...would love it if you'd pop over there to see my project:)

**birthday shout out**


My little girl turns 16 today....time flies....quickly.


My greatest and happiest job is being a Momma...I love my kidlets more than they could ever know...

Come on back tomorrow for a fun Skipping Stones Design blog hop!




61 comments:

  1. Lovely card Amy!! love the simplicity of it and the bloom is super gorgeous!! :) I love what you said bout your happiest job is about being momma..! :)

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  2. Kudos for stepping outside of your comfort zone in a number of ways on this pretty and fabulous card.

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  3. OH How lovely is your card Amy...!
    "Happy Birthday" to your baby girl!!!:) x...enjoy your day:) xxx

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  4. OMG drop dead gorgeous colors and card! Love the way you did the banner and that flower is so pretty!

    Happy Bday to your gorgeous daughter too! Did you have here when you were like 13?!

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  5. So very pretty! Isn't it fun to play with a little sanding???

    Thanks for playing along with my guest Debbie's challenge!

    Happy birthday to your gal! :)

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  6. great card..Im jealous of your weather- we had 10 inches of snow!!!

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  7. Fabulous card, purple is my favorite color! Happy Birthday to your young lady!

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  8. absolutely love the card (even if it is purple). Happy Birthday to your girl. Now send me some of that warm weather as we are a whopping 12 degrees and are looking at a high of about 30 today. Where the heck is Spring?

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  9. Love this Amy! So bright and fun! Happy birthday to your daughter! Wow! 16!

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  10. I love love love love love love the card!! the COLORS are GORGEOUS!!! And Happy Birthday to your girl! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

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  11. WOW!! GORGEOUS card Amy!! I love the banner and flower! Totally stunny! And happy birthday to your daughter!! They do grow so fast, my daughter will be 5 this year and I can't even believe it!!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your sweet daughter! LOVE your card! Those colors are so striking together! LOVE the banner!

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  13. Beautiful intrepretation of the sketch, Amy...Happiest of birthdays to your "baby". They grow too quickly!

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  14. Adorable card and adorable daughter!

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  15. Purples are a bit harder to work with, but I am seeing a lot of it! Your card is lovely, Amy! Such pretty vibrant colors and the banner is fabulous!

    Happy 16th birthday, birthday girl!

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  16. Just gorgeous, Amy!! Love that purple!

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  17. She's so fortunate to have gotten all of her momma's beauty, down to her skin!! She's stinkin adorable, look at that smile in her "baby" {LOL, when compared to 16!} photo on that dog statue...love it! You know that pig in front of Pike Place Market? I had been divorced for a little over a year, so my gazillionaire brother flew me up to Seattle for my 30th birthday, and we all did whatever I wanted to do, which included a Pike Place Market visit and a picture on that pig LOL. That's kinda what her picture reminds me of {well, how's that for a totally random memory??!!}

    I seriously thought the purple was embossed patterned paper, soooooooo in light of what it actually is, I can totally tell that you sanded the raised parts, it looks wonderful the texture is pleasantly deceiving - your eyes wonder if it's actually raised up or just an effect of the paper? LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE how you sewed the tops of the banners!! And that flower, good golly, it's stinkin magnanimous!

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  18. Happy Birthday to your daughter Amy!! Love the pictures :)
    And your card is fab!

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  19. What a sweet card Amy! Love the embossed background and that sweet banner! Happy Birthday to your precious one :) Thanks for playing along with CR84FN and the WMSC :)

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  20. LOVELY card!! Love the pretty colors and banner!
    My son just turned 12 yesterday!! They grow up too fast!! (=

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  21. Get OUT! You have a 16-year-old? And I'm with you, the time sure goes by FAST!

    Love your card, Amy! It's fun and funky, just like you! :)

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  22. Oh 16...I am gearing up for a 12 year old...scares me...but 16! I am SO not ready!!! I love the purple! Scrappers are scared of the purple, ya know. I love the sanding too!! =)

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  23. What a gorgeous card Amy.

    Hugs Riet.xx

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  24. What a beautiful card! Really beautifull!!!!

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  25. Your banner is so pretty, and your flower is gorgeous! Happy Birthday to your daughter!!

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  26. ohhh LOVE the card!!!

    Happy Bday to your DD!!!! she's such a cutie!!!

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  27. Happy Birthday to your girl :)

    beautiful card girlfriend :)

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  28. Wowzaaa! This card jumped righout out the screen! Soooo cool, so fab!

    And happy, happy birthday to your girl!!!

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  29. Amy, this is such a gorgeous card. Love the flower and how you sanded the embossed dots. Happy birthday to your girl. She's gorgeous!! Have fun celebrating!

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  30. What a sweet card. Love that purple flower in the corner. I cannot believe you have a 16 year old!! Would never have guessed it. I hope she has an amazing birthday!

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  31. Really love your card Amy. The background stamping and the colours are gorgeous! Happy Birthday to your daughter :)

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  32. Such a lovely card! I love your flower! Will have to check out the Cafe sometime. Have fun celebrating!

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  33. This is off the roof gorgeous!!! LOVE those bright colours together!!! Your DD is gorgeous too :)

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  34. Such very pretty!..Love the purple girly!!!

    Happy birthday to your gal!..Shes pretty like MOMMA eh... hugs...xoxo

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  35. Love the card! its purple! gotta love that big flower too! Happy Birthday to your not so little one anymore! have a sweet weekend!

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  36. LOVE da purples!!!! gorgeous card, Amy!! Happy Birthday to your girl, too! Hope she has the most wonderful day!

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  37. Tooo cute and in my fav colours.
    Many happies to your daughter.
    Linbyx

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  38. SO. GORGEOUS. WOW.

    Happy bday to your daughter!! She's beautiful, just like you!

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  39. Love the combination of challenges - the polka dot embossing is super. And that rose is just wonderful. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!

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  40. Aw! Can't believe your little girl is 16?! You look like you are 16! :)
    Love this card sista!

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  41. Wow! Love the purple! Very bold...I don't think I've ever used purple before now that I think about it..tfs! :)

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  42. Congrats on being featured on Moxie Fab World!!! Great job!!! Your awesome!

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  43. I've been trying to figure out how to do Yvonne's challenge, thanks for a great example... and yeah for the Moxie Fab shout out!

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  44. Love the green with the beautiful purple. Gorgeous. :)

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  45. This is beautiful! I love the fresh spring colours, and the texture you created. The glittery flower is divine by the way :-)

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  46. Amy, LOVE the glittery flower and the FAB banner! Pretty card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

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  47. Hi Amy,
    Happy 16th to your daughter! I'm with Cath, I can't believe you have a 16 year old.

    Love the banner card. I love how the sanding gives a hint of distressing.

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  48. You're kidding! You have a 16 year old daughter?! WOw! Happy birthday to her! And congrats to you on this great card (love those creative pennants) and the shout out on TMFW!!!

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  49. Absolutely wonderful, Amy! I just love that big purple bloom. Super job on the challenges--and a HB to DD!!! :) Have a great weekend!

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  50. Love this card Amy (also just saw you get a shout out on Moxie Fab Out & About - congratulations!)
    Your daughter is gorgeous - hope she has a Happy Birthday. Nice work, Amy :)

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  51. Awesome card Amy! Great embossing here! Thanks for playing along!

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  52. happy birthday to your daughter!!

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  53. Beautiful card Amy, love the colours... the bloom and banners.. love it.

    Happy birthday to your gorgeous gal:)

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  54. AND, YOU are such a rockin' awesome mom! HUGE congrats to you and your LOVELY girl! {OMG! How do they go from that lil' creature to a beautiful lady - so FLIPPIN' fast! I swear! THIS card, btw: SMOKIN' hot! Wahooooo!

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  55. Beautiful card, Amy! Love the sweet banner.. Thanks for joining us at CR84FN!

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  56. Gorgeous card! You can find the core'dinations at Monkey Love on Lower Queen Anne.It's a block north of Dick's Drive in on the west side of the street. She has a lot of colors.

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  57. Absolutely fabulous Amy! Love your CAS card with the fun pennants! Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with CR84FN! Wonderful take on the challenge colors!

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  58. Very nice job with the purple! Love the sentiment at the bottom too! Your girl is turning into a lovely lady, like her momma!

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  59. OMGosh, so pretty! Great pics of you and the girl too!

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Cheers,
~amy~