Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Play Date Cafe: hello hello

Welcome to The Play Date Cafe #156!

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Our Super Sponsor is

 Here's how the colors inspired me:

This is sadly my last challenge with The Play Date Cafe.  I've had an incredible time working with Julie and the Design Team.  This particular DT was one of my most fulfilling because it challenged me to stretch my imagination.  I'm primarily a sketch girl so The Play Date Cafe definitely sparked my crafting:)

I thought I'd recap my top 3 The Play Date Cafe Challenges:

A Big Shout out to Julie...This is the 3rd Design Team that we've been on together...thanks so much for the invite to be a Private Blend Designer!

As always, I'm looking forward to seeing how this week's colors inspire YOU.

EAD Designs Farewell Blog Hop...

Happy Halloween!

Welcome to the very last EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

I can't believe that today is the day.  I'm super bummed but totally wish Emily all the best in her future endeavors!

You should have arrived from the EAD Designs blog, if not that's where you'll want to start!  Remember to leave comments as you hop to win some EAD goodies!

I had a really hard time deciding which EAD Designs products to use so I went with a new-to-me owlie:

Isn't he adorable?

I teamed him up with a Hello sentiment Stickerz.

I want to give a big shout out to Emily and all the inspiration she has brought to me...I have truly loved working with EAD Designs.  I have always been a big fan and I'm so thankful for being able to be a part of the Design Team for over 2 years.

Before I get all sappy I better get going....

My card was inspired by the {expired}

Okay, now hippety hop over to Jenn's

Thanks for hopping with us!!!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012



I'm just poppin' in here speedy quick to share a pub reject.

I'm super behind on lots of things.  Didn't get all my stuff done during the weekend because I was playing too much so now I'm paying for it:)   

Thinking of all of you east coasters...

Monday, October 29, 2012

EAD Designs Blog Hop: Fa la la la la la la la la

Happy Monday!

Thanks for joining us in the very last scheduled Monday EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from super Shellye's blog

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs blog.  We're giving away freebies, to be eligible, just leave a comment as you hop along.

I tried to use as many different EAD Designs stickerz sets on my card...I was able to use three:

The Journal Card, Christmas Sentiments and Garden Gnome.

Pretty proud of myself for using a non-holiday image for a holiday card.  Can't you just imagine that gnomie singing in his gnomie voice?  People either think Gnomes are cute {I think they are!} or they think they are scary....kind of like clowns.

Anywho's, all that EAD Design goodness is piled onto A Muse Studio patterned paper...btw, I'm in search of drapery panels in this pattern but in PTI's New Leaf color...anybody  know of a source?

Okay, that's it for me...we'll be back again on Wednesday, October 31st for the EAD Designs Good Bye Hop!

Now hippety hop over to Jenn's fabulous blog

Sunday, October 28, 2012

small gang

Happy Sunday!

I have a tag card for you today:

I'm pretty sure that everyone that has been following me for a while knows how much I love tags...I covered this one with Freckled Fawn Pink Classic Airmail.  The card base is Stampin' Up Barely Banana.

The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's 

Dontcha just love the sentiments?

Just a reminder that Paper Issues has teamed up with Unity Stamps!

We want to celebrate Pink and all that it stands for
so our newest theme is "Believe In Yourself".

Unity will be giving away $50 worth of stamps to 3 winners!!!!
All you have to do to win is:
1. Like Unity on Facebook
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop
4. Leave a comment in this post that you did everything
5. Link up a project here for a Bonus entry!
A winner will be chosen on November 3

Check out the Believe in Yourself kit...available in the Paper Issues Shop!


Use Code Amy12 for 20% off of your Paper Issues goodies!!!!

**Garage Sale**

You might remember me mentioning having a Garage Sale yesterday.  

I had a $200 sales goal...the weather definitely did NOT cooperate with me...unfortunately, it was cold and rainy.  I had some diehard garage salers stop by and even some repeat customers.  I'll just say that I made more than 50% of my sales goal and it was a LONG 5 hours.

I took a quick powernap and then met up with my friends for Glass Blowing...

I thought I'd share a couple pictures:  

I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I've always wanted to try Glass Blowing out.  We each picked a project to make and then picked the colors that we wanted.  I upgraded my project to a 'larger' pumpkin.  Although it might sound boring I decided on a clear pumpkin with the stem being a metallic coppery color.

A big shout out to our friend Christina that so kindly put together the event for us...gotta love Groupons!

In case you're going to ask, we did the actual Glass Blowing...and I was able to help shape the glass but the professionals did everything else....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

It's a swarm!

Happy Saturday!

I'm over on the Paper Made Bakery blog!

Would love for you to pop by and say hello!

Here's a sneak of what I did with the October Sweet Life Kit!

Friday, October 26, 2012

new nest


I'm poppin' in here speedy quick to share a little project:

This was something that was shared during the original Get Trendy Now workshop.  Our challenge was to use woodgrain.  I altered a bar of fancy smancy soap that I picked up at Whole Foods.   All the paper and stickers are by My Little Shoebox.  Did you notice the snazzy green those of you that don't is my FAV color!

Any big plans for the weekend?

I'm having my Garage Sale tomorrow.  Hoping to clear out a bunch of stuff and hope to be organized.  It's actually Wednesday evening as I type this up and at this point, I'm so not organized but I do much better under pressure {wink}.  After the garage sale I'm meeting up with a bunch of my friends and we're Glass Blowing!  I'm soooooooo excited!!!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Play Date Cafe: Keep Calm and Recharge!

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Our Super Sponsor is

We have a super Guestie joining us this week....Can you Guess who it is?  It's THEE Paper Crafts Go-To Gal, Teri Anderson!!!

I played with 

Keeping in mind that the colors are

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I hit gold when I found a sheet of mint cardstock....I don't dabble in mint but my daughter picked some up for a project she worked on last year:

The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold...LOVE that look on the mint.  You can't tell by the picture but the steam has been heat embossed with Psychedelic embossing has some nice glitz to it.

On a sad note, this will be Ruby McGuire of Ruby 2 Shoes last challenge with The Play Date Cafe!  We wish her all the success in her new journeys! 

I can't wait to see how you're inspired by the colors this week!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


looking for the 100 Proof Press/Faber-Castell blog HERE.

Happy Tuesday!

I have a clean & crisp card for you!

I love the look of embossing...especially when there is a huge contrast:

I made this card for a new gal that started in our department yesterday.  Since I didn't know what she likes, I kept it pretty neutral.  Don't you love that feltie star?  That would be Spanish Wool Felt from thee Lorena Canto...

I'm guessing that you'll see this design can easily change up the feltie shape to create a whole new look....heart....bloom....

I was inspired by the latest 

That woodgrain circle is from the Hero Arts/Studio Calico set My Happy.  

The Hello sentiment is PTI. The cardbase is from my bloggie buddy Sherry....thanks Sherry!

Monday, October 22, 2012

100 Proof Press/Faber-Castell Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 100 Proof Press/Faber-Castell Blog Hop!

I'm thrilled to be included in this awesome blog hop!

Be sure to visit leave a comment on each designer’s blog.  When you’re finished, comment on the company’s blogs to be eligible for the following great prizes:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $40 prize pack, and 100 Proof Press will be giving away a $30 gift certificate!

Want an extra chance to win some prizes?  

Tweet Design Memory Craft at @DesignMemCraft about a technique you learned on the hop for a chance to win their NEW Stamper’s Big White Pen!  


like 100 Proof Press’s Facebook page for a chance to win the 100 Proof Press calendar!

You should have arrived here from Super Sara's blog

Sara is the owner of 100 Proof Press!

If you get lost along the way, pop over to the 100 Proof Press blog for the complete hop listing!

I've been loving the ombre trend....

The Faber-Castell Aquarelles make it so easy to achieve the look.  It's amazing how vibrant the colors become once water hits them.  

I was trying to give Little Squirrel Girl a more artsy look but may have gone a smidge overboard with her blush?  I kind of like the bold color and decided to bring it out even more with the Simple Stories raspberry patterned panel.  The yellow stripes = washi!

100 Proof Press has 2013 calendars in stock!  What awesome gifties!!!!

Now hippety off to Rita's blog

EAD Designs: thanks for your kindness

Hello and Welcome to the EAD Designs Blog Hop!
{it officially starts at 7 am pacific}

You should have arrived here from the Spectacular Shellye's blog

If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the EAD Designs blog.

We're still doing give-a-ways!  Comment as you hop along for a chance to win free goodies!!!!

I gotta be honest, as the days get closer to when EAD Designs closes, it makes me sad:(  But since I don't want to be a negative nellie, let's move on, shall we?!

I'm thankful for a ton of people...especially people that help my kids out.

One of the requirements to graduate at the kids' school is to job shadow a person in the profession of their choice.  My girl is leaning towards being a biologist {Proud Momma here!} my friend put her in contact with a Staff Scientist and Research Assistant at a Seattle Biotech company.  I'm SUPER excited for my girl to be able to experience her first job shadowing!

I made this for my friend as a little thank you's from the T $ Spot that I slightly altered.

Originally the notepad had fuchsia grosgrain ribbon on the top {it looked horrible} so I removed it...put a strip of cork inbetween the punched circles and used The Twinery's Mandarin.  

I popped an Aqua mist belly band on there and embellished it with EAD Stickerz:

Coffee shop

Thank you sentiments

The orange sticker is actually from the T $ spot.  The inked coffee stains are ala Verve Stamps.  I'll be packaging the notepad up with a Starbucks card {of course!}...

Now hippety hop over to Jenn's

Sunday, October 21, 2012

hello sunshine...

Happy Sunday!

Fun stuff happening over at Paper Issues!

Paper Issues Blog Design

The newest challenge has posted

Believe in Yourself

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Paper Issues is celebrating PINK and all that it stands for!

Paper Issues is hopping with the Unity Girls!  

Even though I'm not part of the hop, I wanted to play along with the challenge:

I wanted to design a bold & bright card...bolder shade of signify strength and happiness.

The Sunshine text is from the Unity Jar of Sunshine set.  

Lotsa Echo Park...some Studio Calico butterflies....the hello die is Savvy...cardstock is ala Stampin' Up.

A card that certainly screams happiness...dontcha think?

Check out the fun new kit in the Paper Issues shop

Use code Amy12 for 20% off!

Remember to pop over to the Paper Issues up!

Unity will be giving away $50 worth of stamps to 3 winners!!!!
All you have to do to win is:
1. Like Unity on Facebook
2. Like Paper Issues on Facebook
3. Leave a comment on all the blogs in the hop
4. Leave a comment in this post that you did everything
5. Link up a project here for a Bonus entry!
A winner will be chosen on November 3

You have until November 3 to link up!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Paper Made Bakery: It's a sweet life!

It's Saturday which means I'm over on the Paper Made Bakery blog!

Here's a sneak of my card for today...

Super love playing with the October Sweet Life Kit!

Unfortunately the kit is sold out...check out the Baker's Dozen Subscription!!!!

Would love it if you'd stop by the blog and leave me some bloggie love!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Jane's Doodles: Autumn Blessings


I have a Jane's Doodles card to share for today:

I love this set

What are your plans for today?

Hopefully I'm getting rid of a TON of goodies at my garage sale!!!  I had to postpone my sale because of kid worries, gives me more time to prep for next Saturday's sale.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Play Date Cafe: Ticket to Ride!

Hello and Welcome to The Play Date Cafe #154!

This is a super special challenge because it is also The Play Date Cafe's 3rd Anniversary Celebration!

Big Ginormous Congrats!!!!!!!!

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My methodology of color challenges is to go to my patterned paper stash first to see what I have...then embellies...then ink/stamps.  Throw in the fact that I'm not a purple girl, I was starting to sweat fret.

Here's what I came up for this week:

I'm a huge fan of giving gift cards so this will be going to a nice home soon.

I used The Craft's Meow 

{hi girls!!!}

I my Memento Dew Drops

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G r a p e   J e l l y
S w e e t   P l u m 

Get ready to party over at The Play Date Cafe!!!!

It's a 5-Day Celebration over at The Play Date Cafe!!  You'll want to stop by The Cafe each day for new inspiration, more prizes & surprises!  Remember The Play Date Cafe Facebook page & Twitter:

 @The PDCC

There will be random giveaways there too!!!

Prizes!  There will be multiple prizes sure to check The Play Date Cafe blog for the deets!

Check out the new 'I Play' it on your blog and link it to The Cafe....there will be random prizes for peeps!

Alumni Guests!  The Cafe will be welcoming back many of the alumni designers!

Have you seen the all NEW look over at The Play Date Cafe?!!!  It's pretty spectacular...fresh AND fun!!!!