Friday, August 8, 2014

orla summer

So I picked up a We R Memory Keepers stamp at a local scrapbooking shop:

cardstock:  pti  stamps:  we r memory keepers/72 & sunny  ink:  fresh ink teal/tomato red & birch hero arts hues

Just a clean & simple card that actually took me several times until I just gave up and went with the flow....sometimes the image would stamp perfect, sometimes not so good.

The shape totally reminds me of

My colors were inspired by

I'm also linking to


Hang in there....I have more:

I'm truly honored to be invited by  Lynnda Hosni to join in this fun Blog Hop with a Difference.

The hope is that the hop will continue to bounce its way around the blogosphere by answering a few questions and passing on to three more bloggers. Here we go....

1. What am I working on right now?
I'm constantly working on various Design Team projects.  My boy & I are having fun putting together our joint office.  I hope to post pics soon!

2. How long does it take to create a project?
It generally takes me less than an hour to create a card but much longer to photog & blog about it!  I craft primarily on the weekends and my days off.  I like to design and blog a week at a time so I'm not rushing around during the work week trying to accomplish my blogging.

3. What are my fave things I love to create with at the moment?
I'm still smitten by wood veneer.  I recently started designing with neon which I LOVE too.

 4. How does my creative process work?
I'm such a challenge-a-holic.  That is what typically starts my creative process.  I've been doing quite a bit on Pinterest too, inspiration is everywhere!

5. How do I become inspired and stay inspired?
I'm inspired on a daily basis by my bloggie friends and others that I follow via Feedly.

6. What is my signature style?
I love colors and patterns but people tend to think of me as a CAS designer.

7. One random fact about me 
I've thrown this random fact out before so I'm not sure how random it is, I'm Canadian:)  

And on that note, I am going to hand you over to three ladies who inspire and amaze!

1.  Katie Brooks - This girl rocks designing projects with tissue!  She loves color as much as I do!  I'm going to miss her horribly as my walking buddy/therapy sessions but luckily we get together on a regular basis to craft!

2.  Kimberly Wiener - How can one girl rock CAS + non-CAS?!  She is really good at sharing the love with all of her crafting supplies {something that I need help with!} and she has such a huge heart.

4.  Tonya Jastad - Quiet elegance...that's how I'd describe Tonya's style.  Put me in a store with Tonya and we will convince each other to buy EVERYTHING.  This girl makes me laugh so much.  

So sadly I can only list 3 people, I could go on and on.  These are just a couple of gals that I get together with on a monthly basis to craft chat & eat.  I love how there is such an instant connection with paper crafters.

Thanks for making it this far...

Did I mention that today is my birthday?

I love my birthday.

Forget the fact that I'm getting older and this year is my (gulp) 30th high school reunion...what?  how can that be?!

So with that, I'm doing a little something...

$20 Gift Certificate

Have you been to

That shop ROCKS.  Vanessa ROCKS.

So, here's how it works:

1.  You don't have to be a follower of my blog but it would be mighty nice of you♡

2.  Pop over to Butterfly Reflections Ink, check things out and leave me a comment about what you would buy if you won the $20 Gift Certificate.

3.  Commenting will be left open until Sunday, August 10th @ 11:59 pm pacific.  Winner will be picked using  Winner will be posted on Tuesday, August 12th.


  1. Ah, the inconsistent stamp. You've gotta embrace it or you'll go nuts :) I love the colours you chose!
    And congrats on taking part in the blog hop :) I'm excited to be up on Monday!
    AND, last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! For some reason those anniversaries that end in 0 are head-shakers. This year was my 20th hs reunion. Whoa.

  2. Happy birthday Amy! Hope your day is filled with all things happy! Love the cute!

  3. Happy, Happy Birthday dear friend! I'm sure you will be celebrating by doing something special! what a fun shop - I'd buy some Dina Wakley paints and Wendy Vecchi embossing pastes - but she sure has some fun stamps and dies there also!! and I'm already a follower of your wonderful blog!!

  4. Paper Smooches 'Surf & Turf' stamp set & the Pier Cardstock sticker borders.
    I already follow your blog, via Bloglovin'.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  5. I think I could take the majority of what you wrote about yourself and apply it to me :) Love learning more about you and your creative process Amy. Happy happy birthday - I hope you have a fabulous day! Love your card (the extra time was worth it!) xoxo

  6. I love this card!
    I loved reading more about you!
    I love that it's your BIRTHDAY!
    I love that you are my soul sista!
    I love everything about you!

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Happy Birthday Amy! Fabulous card! Clean and simple and perfect! Isn't amazing that the easiest is often the most time consuming!

  8. Fabulous card. I haven't seen the WRMK stamps before.
    Happy, Happy Birthday!

  9. Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope you have a fabulous day!
    Your card is darling and I became a follower of your blog (I'd thought I'd done that ages ago, but I usually click over from my blog, because you're listed in my sidebar.....)
    Thanks for the chance to win the GC -- what a great store! If I won, I'd probably get the My Favourite Things Friend Request stamp set -- it's very cute!

  10. First things first - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    Second, what a great card and design. I find stamping to be frustrating like that sometimes too. I really need to try it more but then it makes me want more ink pads that I don't have. LOL!!!

  11. Forgot to add what I would do if I won...maybe you guessed it from my first comment...I'd buy some ink pads!

  12. Happy Birthday sweet Amy!
    Loved reading a little more about you. I hope you have the best birthday ever, for this year anyway. Sending big birthday hugs! xoxo

  13. Happy Birthday! I hope it is a great one and you get to do lots of fun stuff! BR is a fun store! I think I would get an Amy Tangerine embroidery kit, some 6x6 papers and maybe thickers.

  14. Happy Birthday, Amy!! Love your CAS card. It's a perfect interpretation of the sketch and great use of colours!

  15. Happy, happy, happy birthday!!!! I am always wowed by your creativity, and more so by your wonderful welcoming and supportive spirit towards the crafting community!! I don't know anyone else's that leaves as many sweet comments wherever they go as you do. You are tireless, style so free and effortless and amazing in all the nuances and details. You are a one of a kind gem that I am blessed to have the fortune to get to know. I hope that your birthday is totally amazing!!!!!

    Oh, and your kind words are amazing and I will pay this forward tonight as well!!

    Cheers to a happy 29th (wink)*

  16. Happy Birthday! Love your card - perfectly CAS and such a lovely blog post read :) Hugs Bev x

  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMY... totally love your card.. great color to read a little more about you. thanks for sharing..


  18. happy happy birthday!!!!! hope you have a super great day!! LOVE your card, those colors are lovely!!

  19. Hauoli la Hanau Amy! Hope your day is filled with all your favorite things! Butterfly Reflections Ink is a fab online store with such quick service....I have a looong list I'm slowly working through wi Vanessa, lol

  20. Your work never stops inspiring me Amy - love the Orla Kieley vibe on this card. You are my go-to source for card inspirations, fyi ;)

  21. First all happy birthday to you again Sista .. Thanks so much for joining the hop!! And thanks so much for being part of my crafty journey you're one of my greatest inspiration !! Love the card and I love everything you and reading more about you ... Hugs xxxxxx

  22. Beautiful! Love the colors you chose and such a fun new stamp. Your Curtain Call reminder card was fantastic, too. Speaking of Curtain Call...I saw that it's your birthday. Hope you have a fantastic day filled with loved ones and fun and all things that make you happy!

  23. Love this sweet CAS design! Happy to have you joining us at Color Throwdown this week and hope your birthday was a special one!

  24. Happy Birthday, Amy, and many, many more!! Love your card and really loved reading and knowing more about you!! Hugs, Darnell

  25. Happy, happy birthday!! Hope you were spoilt rotten and were able to spend time laughing with your family and friends. And aren't you supposed to get something on your birthday, not give something away??? I just found Butterfly Reflections Ink the other day and they have the most wonderful products. Its very hard to choose, I need so many things. Hero Arts Unicorn white, bubblegum pink and fresh pink ink pads is one idea or the Bold Statements Stamp Set by MFT or Paper Smooches Rainbow Die and Avery Elle Happy Die. Too many to choose from but thank you so much for the chance to add to my not very big stash!!

  26. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I was going to send you a card but sadly, I didn't know where to mail it too. :) I am in your town TODAY on VACATION for a week to Lake Chelan -- so excited! :)

  27. Happy (belated) Birthday, to ya, Amy! Hope your day was fab and the year ahead is as awesome as you are!
    Love the CAS card (a style I wish to achieve one day :) that stamp is so cute.
    Thanks for the link to Butterfly Reflections Ink, they have some wonderful products. Because I have become a 'lazy' crafter, I am into dies and have found several on BRI that I now have to have...thanks for enabling, friend ;-)

  28. You are soooo special and sweet, Amy! I love knowing more about you and your creative process. TFS! My belated birthday wishes to you! I wish all your happy dreams come true! HUGS to my darling Canadian friend!

  29. Love this clean design! Fabulous!

  30. Happy belated birthday Amy :)
    Oh i know that feeling where it just doesn't want to stamp right glad it all worked out i the end.
    Kate xx

  31. belated birthday cheer my friend, finally got my boys home- best non-birthday gift ever!

  32. Happy Birthday, Amy! I hope it was wonderful and spent doing something you really enjoyed!

  33. I've struggled with getting things just right and dang. When you do CAS...lovely card... The images look fine to me!! This for playing at CTD...Happy B-Day!

  34. You are one busy girl! I cannot keep up with you! I love orla kiely! I buy the soaps at target and in save the pretty bottles (for what? I don't know but too pretty to throw out!)! Your card is very orla kiely!

  35. Fantastic CAS design... I love how mod this looks! Thanks for joining us for the Color Throwdown.

  36. Gahhh! I'm late in wishing you HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope your day was special and wishing you a most awesome year to come! Your card: sweet! Your perseverance in making the finicky stamps work lead to darling results! I missed your give-away (seriously - your birthday and YOU'RE giving away gifts? awesome are you? Only totally!), but I'm going to check out the site. Fingers crossed for reasonable shipping...oh, what I'd give for reasonable shipping *grin*