Saturday, October 30, 2010

Papaya Peace Window

Have you ever heard of Papaya? It is a company that creates and sells the most delightful array of merchandise that includes giclees, prints, cards, stationary, and so much more. One of their newest items is their specialty wrapping paper. It is heavy duty, high quality. It is not just paper, it is a masterpiece all on it's own. The way it is packaged is indescribable beauty. All the pages are bound together by thick velvet ribbon and come in 4 different sets. The set I purchased is the Flower Paper Wrap Set by the phenomenal Anahata Katkin. I knew that this paper was the exact quality I was wanting for one of my larger paned windows. With it, I have created another one of my popular Peace Windows. I typically don't create much with the color purple, but this is one I am very glad I did. The plum purple in the tile really enhances the purple within the absolutely succulent paper. If you are looking for unique and superior quality products, I definitely suggest you check them out at Have a great Saturday! Amy

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy Halloween!

As we all know Halloween is just around the corner, in just 5 days to be exact. My how time flies. I thought I would share with you these goodie bags I created for my son's upcoming Fall Party at school. I found the cutest orange & black polka dot bags at Hobby Lobby. I used a scalloped circle punch on black cardstock as well as on an irresistible Hambly overlay. It is the lime green damask pattern I love so well. I used pop dots to give them dimension and then topped them off with glittered pumpkins and some with a little kooky eye. Lastly, I used all kinds of random letters to create the kiddos names...chipboard, stickers, rub-ons, you name it! Very fun to make, and I'm sure the kids will enjoy. I also wanted to say Happy Halloween! Well, so long for now as I have many more creations I should be making at this very moment. As my children would say, "you're late, you're late for a very important date!"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Twisted Cards #030 "Music"

It's rainy and dreary outside , but that's not going to get me down. I am excited for today is my debut on the Twisted Sketches Design Team! The card I created was completely inspired by the wonderful Anam Stubbington's design. The twist was music, so I decided to create a card for our niece's baby shower. The title on the outside reads, "rockabye baby" and the inside reads..."may you hum this sweet song from your heart forevermore." I also incorporated music paper to go along with the theme. The list of materials I used are as follows...American Crafts: 5X7 Card Lip Gloss, Thickers Scroll Accents, Thickers Candy Stripe Alphas, Creative Imaginations: Brown Glitter Foam Alphas, Making Memories: Spiral Journaling Book, K Company: Brenda Walton Madeline Die Cut Cardstock, Love Elsie: pink music paper, & Martha Stewart's Cornice Edge Punch.

I truly appreciate you stopping by and all the wonderful feedback you leave. To see the actual sketch and other amazing interpretations, please go to

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Girlie Show is just around the corner...

I can't believe The Girlie Show is almost here! In less than 2.5 weeks, the big show begins! I am busy cranking out lots of mosaics for the upcoming event. I have tons of ideas reeling in my mind, so much to do and so little time. Oh well, my creations happen during the 11th hour. Doesn't the same hold true for all creative minds out there? Last week we had our annual pre-party for the show. It was nice getting to meet some of the new artists and of course chatting with the lovely Dawn, Marilyn & Erin, founders/creators of The Girlie Show. They unveiled the poster for this year. Super cool isn't it! I am getting excited with butterflies already! Attached are my gifts for the opening night goodie bags. They are pinked out bling domino necklaces! That's right, the first 50 lucky people in the door will get a bag stuffed with all kinds of wonerful goodies from the artists, food vendors, and local retailers. Keep in mind, you will want to get there early to receive one of these coveted bags....the line usually starts forming 3 hours prior to the doors opening! Isn't that crazy cool! Believe me, when I show up 45 minutes before the show and see all the people and excitement, that is the one time I feel like a superstar! (at least for the moment!)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Baby Gwendolyn

So our niece Britane' had her baby shower last week. Her baby girl, Gwendolyn is due in December. Britane' is doing the nursery in chocolate browns and light pink. She is a lover of horses, and has blown up a giclee image of her own childhood horse above the crib. I can't wait to see it in person, I am sure it is absolutely precious. Wanting to create her something for the baby, I decided to do a diaper cake and a "Gwendolyn" banner that she can hang in the nursery. I created the banner using the Maya Road Mixed Scallop Triangle Banner Album. I covered all the pennants with assorted patterned papers from Basic Grey, Anna Griffin, My Mind's Eye & The Paper Studio's Flutter Loft. To give it extra interest, I ruffled pink tissue at the tops of alternating pennants and created crimped medallions to all the other ones. The name was created with pale pink chipboard from the Li'l Davis Designs Charming Love Affair line. An absolutely adorable font I think! Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Saturday everyone!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Vintage Chalkboard Calendar

So a few weeks ago my mom and I were driving around with the kids, and we stumbled upon a garage sale that enticed me to stop and look further. I found this amazing, old chalkboard for $1 and just knew I had to have it. Not sure what I was going to use it on, and my mom came up with the great idea of using it as the base of one of my many calendars. Although it is quite large, measuring 24" X 24" overall, I absolutely loved the way it turned out. I purchased some metal sheeting and cut it down to 16" X 16". My super talented hubby helped me to attach the metal to the board using rivets. How cool is that! (My favorite new tool by the way!) There is something so satisfying about incorporating the past into the present in a new way. As many of you know, I get butterflies whenever I get a find of the day on one of my many excursions. Have you ever bought something old and gave it a new life? I challenge you to stop by a yard sale or even the thrift store and transform something old into something super cool. Please share your great inspiration, I would love to see!

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Yeah, yeah I know that some of you already think I am a little "twisted" in the head but this is the real deal! Anam Stubbington, the amazing designer/creator of Twisted Sketches has officially given me the privilege of being on her Design Team! This is my first time on a team, so I am very excited. To find out all the details, please visit I hope you will check out all the other amazing artists and consume the wonderful inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Happy Birthday My Sister & Friend

Today is my sister's birthday, and I decided to create this card for her. She has always loved earth toned colors like harvest gold, chocolate brown, orange/red, etc. Whenever I think of Julie and her birthday, I always think of the fall and thought it would be fitting to make her card in the rich colors she loves so.

The card design was inspired from the very clever scrapbooking website, Twisted Sketches. The twist was "friend." Make sure to check out their wonderful sketches over at

Happy Fall to Everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,