Saturday, August 23, 2014

good coffee...great friends.

Today I'm super excited to spend time with some crafty friends (Kate & Kimberly)!  I'm crossing my fingers that I actually get some crafting done...and perhaps start on my holiday cards!

So here's today's card:

cardstock:  neenah, stampin' up lost lagoon  paper:  stampin' up  stamps:  taylored expressions/joe to go  ink:  hero arts hues, sharpie pen  other:  studio calico veneer, misc glitter washi

I used the Taylored Expressions, Joe to Go stamps & coordinating dies.  See that smidge of glitz?  That's washi tape!

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

So I threw this out as a challenge to some gals and Tonya nailed it HERE & Kimberly rocked it HERE. I have a new love for Stampin' Up and love a good challenge.

This one had my name written all over it.

...last but not least

Super sad to see it's been such a great wealth of inspiration for me.  I was on the team but took the summer off.  I thought I would feature some of my favorites from the challenges:

Okay, that's it for me!

Friday, August 22, 2014

calypso thanks.


paper:  stampin' up calypso coral celebration add on kit  stamps:  paper smooches sentiment sampler  ink:  fresh ink charcoal  other:  stampin' up banner dies, doily

Isn't that 'thanks' perfect?  I love that font from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler.

I've been smitten with:

 3 x 5.5 inch cards

How lucky am I that my friend Kimberly gave me a bunch of crafty goodies for my birthday including 2 of the stampin' up calypso coral celebration add on kits.

This kit is chock full of goodness!  I have already cranked out 15 cards and still have tons of supplies left over!  I should have taken pictures of the other designs I created but was in such a crafting frenzy....bonus points that I've actually sent out those 15 cards already!

I'm linking up to

Paper Smooches Sparks

Before you go, I wanted to share a pic of what's been going around here:

Yes, thank goodness we have a 3 car garage hangar!  It's so fun to see the airplane, well, looking like an airplane.  It will eventually move into the 'real life' hangar...but for now the garage is good.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Curtain Call Tropical Trip Reminder: Keep Calm

paper:  authentique/anchored  other:  solid red divine twine, studio calico veneer, reverse confetti/confetti cuts/office edges, crop-a-dile

There is still time to join us for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Tropical Trip!  You have until August 25th at 8:00 AM CDT to be inspired and share your project!

I was inspired by the colors of the photo and translated a tropical trip to a nautical theme.

I love the Authentique Anchored Collection!

I topped my card off with an anchor veneer and Red Solid Divine Twine.  Can you see that I used my Crop-A-Dile to do semi circles on the sides of the cards to 'anchor' my twine?  It keeps it in place and is a fun little design feature.

I was inspired by

Be sure to stop back on August 30th for the Curtain Call Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge.

Then check back at Curtain Call on September 1st for the next challenge!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Create a Smile Guestie: peace

post 2 of 2 for me HERE for Chickaniddy Crafts.


Happy Wednesday!

This is my 3rd week as a Guest Designer over at

I knew I wanted to play with the Jungle Fever set, specifically the Star Gazer Lily image:

cardstock:  pti, strathmore watercolor, paper accents vellum  stamps:  create a smile/jungle fever /your view ink:  staz on black, distress ink picked raspberry, copics  other:  top dog dies mini tags, may arts twine,  savvy jar die

This is my favorite flower...I knew that I wanted to use my distress ink, picked raspberry.  I used my sharpie pen to elongate the stems on the flowers.

I used a die to cut out the mason jar vase.  I colored the backside of the vellum with copic markers for the water.  I finished it off with a peace tag.  The sentiment is from the Your View set.

Thanks so much for stoppin' by and I'd LOVE for you to swing by the Create a Smile to leave me some bloggie love!

Chickaniddy Crafts: August Card Sketch


I'm up on the Chickaniddy Crafts blog today!

Here's a sneak peek of my card:

See ya over on the Chickaniddy blog!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


I'm no tag'nista like Erin but love the look of them AND bonus points that they are typically less time consuming than cards:

cardstock:  chickaniddy crafts goldie lox paper:  chickaniddy crafts date night/spiffy tags/together is better  other:  technique tuesday hello die, chickaniddy crafts date night illustration stickers, bright white twine divine twine, whisker graphics kraft bag, misc clothes pin

So all the papers is from the Chickaniddy Date Night Collection.

Do you see my DIY gold sequins?  I used Chickaniddy Goldie Lox paper with my Crop-a-Dile.

The twine is by Divine Twine and the bag is Whisker Graphics!

Chickaniddy Crafts

Date Night - Spiffy Tags

Date Night - Illustration Stickers

Date Night - Together is Better

Whisker Graphics

Divine Twine

I was inspired by

green & coral✔

Monday, August 18, 2014


So happy when Beverly Brown contacted me about a Surprise Bridal Party linky event she was coordinating for Ren-Yi.   

I met Ren-Yi through the bloggie world and was on the Little Tangles Design Team.   I actually had the opportunity to meet up with Ren-Yi the first time the kids & I visited NYC.  She was a most fabulous tour guide and we really enjoyed our time with her.

I knew that I wanted to use some Neat & Tangled stamps:

I managed to combine 3 sets!

The ink I used is Radiant Neon Electric Orange.  

Here are the stamps I used:

Neat & Tangled

I'm linking up to 

I was inspired by the colors in the inspiration and I used the sketch.

I'm also linking up to the

Moxie Fab World

Big congrats to Ren-Yi!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

with enough coffee anything is possible...

Hello, my name is Amy and I'm addicted to coffee.

Not only do I like to consume coffee, I like to buy all things coffee crafty related.   

I love this set!

hero arts

I'm going to stamp the 'Low Battery' image on the outside of the envelope!

Do you see the Basic Grey Highline background?  It's been stamped with Fresh Ink Provincial Gray.

The polka strip is washi...I've collected quite the inventory of washi and need to use them.  You know who is really good about using their washi??  Tenia!  

I was inspired by

Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge

The Highline background reminded me of the comforter.

I love the pops of neon.

a-ha!  did you spy the coffee cup?


Saturday, August 16, 2014

hello crafty friend.

Happy Saturday!

I've been smitten with the color coral:

That washi?  I picked it up from the Target $ spot and I love it!  Gah, it's the things that I only buy 1 of that I love...the ones that I buy multiples of, don't end up working out...figures, eh?

I was inspired by Sav's card HERE.  I like the look of the solid mason jars...kind of like THIS.  I'd do mine white, like milk glass.

Here's a peek into my new joint office {with my boy}.  As you can see on the upper right hand side of the desk, I have a few of my milk glass pieces clustered.

I used the following fresh ink colors:

provincial gray

I combined the Paper Smooches 

Did you guess that I was playing along with 

Thanks to Lisa, I'm also linking up to the current Paper Issues:  Mix Tape with Hazel & Ruby

I've been trying to 'move more'.  I don't mind walking and I average 4 miles a day on the days that I work {2 miles at lunch and 2 miles to meet up with Darin}.

Yesterday we took a nice little you see the waterfall behind us?

I totally love living in Washington State!