Tuesday, July 22, 2014

hippo birdie to danny♥




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Happy Tuesday!

paper:  carta bella hello again  stamps:  lawn fawn/year four  ink:  stazon black, various distress markers  other:  lawn fawn speech bubble border, lawn fawn year four lawn cuts

Sadly, this is the first time I've inked up that cute Lawn Fawn Year Four set.  I watercolored the hippo & birdie with distress markers and my aqua painter.

When I read about sweet danny, (thanks Stacy!) I knew that I wanted to use that cute hippo set:


Read the article here.  He's celebrating his 5th birthday on Friday, July 25th.  He's battling an inoperable brain tumor and wants birthday cards.

Come on peeps...we can do this!

Danny Nickerson
PO Box 212
Foxboro, MA  02035

amy♥

Linking up my card to Lawnscaping Challenge


Monday, July 21, 2014

Curtain Call Anything Goes Reminder: lemonade

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cardstock:  pti  stamps:  lemon/impress, jar/savvy, reverse confetti fresh 'n fruity sentiment ink:  hero arts hues, fresh ink mint/lemonade, copics, other:  pinkfresh gold/coral alpha made into straw

Don't you love that Reverse Confetti sentiment?

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


photo source:  decoritdarling.net

and that's not all!
We have loads of sponsors for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: Anything Goes!  Check out all of the amazing prizes that our sponsors are giving away to YOU, our randomly selected challenge participants!  A LEAD and several SHOW STOPPERS will also be named from the Anything Goes challenge gallery!


$15 Gift Certificate



$20 Store Credit



choice stamp set



$25 Gift Voucher



Say Cheese Lawn Cut Die



$20 Gift Cerfificate


$20 Gift Certificate


£15 Gift Certificate



$25 Voucher


12 x 12 Scrapbook Kit



Swag Bag



 £15 Gift Card



$25 Gift Certificate



$15 Gift Certificate









$30 Gift Certificate

I had the pleasure of spending my Saturday morning at Impress.  That shop not only carries a bunch of FABulous stuff but their card samples are ALWAYS inspiring.  

My card was inspired by one that I saw loved...they used a different sentiment, a real straw and oranges lemons {love that}.

My jar is by Savvy Stamps, the lemon is by Impress.

I made the straw by cutting apart a PinkFresh gold & coral alpha.


We look forward to seeing your creations!

Be sure to pop over to Curtain Call on July 31st for the Lead and Show Stoppers from this challenge.

Then come back on August 1st for the next challenge!




Poppy Sketches #9: life is good


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Hello & Happy Monday!

It's Poppy Sketches day on my blog!!  This is the final challenge for this term.   Where has the time gone?

Okay, let's get to the challenge, shall we?


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I'm a super BIG Fan of Jane's stamps...here's how I was inspired:

paper:  basic grey kioshi/porcelain  stamps:  jane's doodles tearrific/life is good  ink:  hero arts hues  other:  lawn fawn journal die, freckled fawn arrow, folkart enamel gold paint, glossy accents, wink of luna, clothespin, confetti cuts by reverse confetti, dcwv cork

I rotated the sketch!

I tend to always fall back on my older Basic Grey paper pads when it comes to color challenges.  There is always something that fits perfectly.

The violet panel is from the Kioshi collection and the seashell pink is from Porcelain.


Can you tell that I brushed wink of luna on the clothespin?

The glittery gold is from the Freckled Fawn arrow.

The hearts are a mixture of gold enamel acrylic paint and glossy accents.

I managed to use 2 Jane's Doodles sets:





 I can't wait to see how the challenge inspires you!

Make sure you check out the Poppy Sketches blog and my Teamies:


I wanted to give a big shout out to Laura!  Thank you so much for asking me to be part of your new challenge blog.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time and have always been inspired by my teamies!

Neat & Tangled + Pinkfresh Studio = ♡♡♡


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Hello and Welcome to the Neat & Tangled/Pinkfresh Blog Hop!

You should have arrived here from April Joy's blog!  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop with is the Pinkfresh Blog!

Giveaway: A prize pack containing $20 in product from Neat and Tangled and $20 in product from Pinkfresh!

If you get lost along the way, here's a listing for today's hop:



Guess what?  There's going to be a hop tomorrow too!

Here's what I designed for today:


Oh my, I LOVE that alpha...the gold & coral combo makes my heart happy!

I used some older A Muse grid cardstock that totally helped me line up the letters!

Don't you love that gem?  I stamped on vellum and colored it on the backside!





Here's a clean & crisp design:


Gah, white on white with pops of color.

I colored 1/2 the wood veneer with an orange copic marker!










That's it for me...now hippety hop over to



Saturday, July 19, 2014

a little something...




and I'm back....

It's been 4 weeks since I last posted 'for fun'.  All the other posts since then have been Design Team projects.  I'm back today with a 'just for fun' project and some chit chat.

First up, my project:


Excuse my photos as I'm trying to maneuver a different DSLR than I usually use.  Why is that?  My boy and girl are on vacation, visiting Hong Kong for their first time.  I always use the boy's camera now I'm back to using Darin's which I can't figure out the settings...gah...technology!  The kids sent me pics and a video today which made me tear up....miss them but I'm so happy they are having such a good time.

So back to my project,  here's a little giftie that is going to a special friend.  Yes, I'm using the Confetti Cuts by Reverse Confetti and this time I made them into peaches instead of oranges:)

























I could easily become a fruit-a-tarian...I love fruit and have several servings a day.  Which reminds me when my boy claimed that he was going to be a vegetarian.   That's when I had to break the news to him, he had to actually consume vegetables and not just pb&j.  

The journal card is by Chickaniddy Crafts and so is the solid peach paper.  It's the Date Night Collection.

I added cork, felt and May Arts Jute.

Typing about Chickaniddy...did you see that they are having a Craft Team Call?  I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Chickaniddy Craft Team.  I've learned so much...been so inspired by my Teamies....Heidi is Awesome....the products are FABulous.


Did I ever tell you about my Chickaniddy story?  I saw the team call and 'stored it in my memory bank'...then the wonderful Loly messaged me about it.  She said it was calling my name.  That was the push I needed and I applied that very day.  Big shout out to Loly.  It was my first 'manufacturer design team' and I'm so happy that Heidi gave me this fabulous opportunity.

So, what am I trying to say?  You love Chickaniddy products?  You should apply.

Need more of a push?

Have you seen the 2 new to be released collections & give-a-ways?






If you've made it down to here, I thank you.  I would love to leave you with just one more thing.  

I feel so very fortunate to work for a company that is dedicated to developing products that assist physicians in their quest to improve the lives of cancer patients.


Please, it will just take 3 minutes to view this Kickstarter video for The Violet Sessions:



Why is it called "The Violet Sessions"?  To honor a brave and feisty 11 year old girl who inspires all of us - and to raise awareness of her legacy at Project Violet. 

I'm a proud backer of this Kickstarter Campaign...won't you consider becoming a backer too?  As I type up this post there are 88 backers.  When it hits 100, a generous family has offered to donate $10,000 to Project Violet.

If you do donate, please let me know...either leave me a comment here or email me directly {see right side bar}....I will send you a RAK.  That's how passionate I feel about this cause.
{please make donations by 11:59 pm pacific, Sunday, July 20th to be eligible for RAK}

With my many thanks in advance,

amy♥