Friends are the best gift of all

Hello & Happy Saturday!

I have a couple cards to share today:
cardstock:  pti white  paper:  stampin’ up gold soiree ink:  fresh ink mint reinker  other:  mambi sticker
This is a fun mish-mash of products…something that I don’t generally do.

The base panel is Designer Paper from Stampin’ Up called Gold Soiree.  The center image is a sticker from MAMBI….more on that in a smidge.  See that mint color wash?  That’s compliments of my Fresh Ink reinker.

I was inspired by

There was so much to be inspired by but I focused my design on 


Here’s a little peek into my design handbook, my Stampin’ Up 2014-2015 catty:

page 240
MAMBI….seriously, up until this year, I always thought of their classic stick figures.  Then Kimberly RAK’d me some of their journal cards and stickers and I started to follow their blog.  So when they had a DT call, I quietly applied.  I submitted some projects that used their products and some that did not.  Imagine my surprise when I saw THIS…can you spot my design?  Well, this when I should tell you that I received the dreaded thank you but no thank you.  I’m not surprised because of seriously, look at all of those awesome projects.  Here’s the thing, I was really proud of the things I did submit and I’m of the school that if things don’t work out, there’s a reason for it…I’m okay with it.  Best wishes to everyone that applied…I spot several of my bloggie friends & teamies!

Next up is a fun card that I’m pretty happy with:
cardstock:  pti white  stamps:  paper smooches hot concoctions/friendly flowers & chit chat, sweet stamp shop stuck on this  ink:  memento tuxedo, various copics other:  stampin’ up tiny triangles embossing folder, mme wood dots, making memories clip, reverse confetti beautiful banners confetti cuts, impress felt

This is based on a handful of challenges but I hope you can see what it is…a sweet little succulent…or is that a cactus?

I’m linking up to

Paper Smooches Sparks

Can you spot the Paper Smooches Stamps?

(I used one of the mugs as the planter)

(I decorated my planter with the smaller blooms) 

 (my sentiment)

I was thoroughly inspired by

Moxie Fab World
I used Sweet Stamp Shop’s Stuck on This with felt from Impress.

Had to play along with

I’m seriously going to miss this challenge and hope that it comes back soon but I totally ‘get it’.

So, you have heard of this, haven’t you?

You’ll want to rush over to Chaitali’s blog on Monday and link up 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Friends are the best gift of all”

  1. I think your card is just perfection, Amy… that gold must really shimmer, in hand. Knew you had a Moxie FW entry with that cacti! =] M

  2. I can honestly say I haven't bought anything of theirs since probably when Adam was little little little …. and I know you have seen recent photos of him, and he ain't little no more! LOL!!! I didn't know that they had evolved so much either!!! I loveeeeeeee your cards!! So beautiful!!!!!!

  3. Amy what a fabulous post you have so much to share. Your card is perfection–I love it! That cactus is the sweetest, I really need to get that set! Happy weekend my friend!

  4. The entire week coffee? No way, I cannot wait. And kudos for you for trying out, I'm 100% with you and also super sad CASE Study is taking a time out. (Chupa, if you're reading this, come back soon!). Fabulous card, as always. Love the plant challenge… you're so full of ideas my friend.

  5. I just love to see how your style has evolved over the years. Both cards have such a simple elegance. Beautifully done girl.

  6. Lovely GOLD!!! Fun cactus!!!!! Yay!! You are the best!! Your designs are top notch, and all things are meant to be , thanks for sharing, there are a lot if us that quietly apply, or not so quietly apply and get the " Try again next time,". So glad we all support each other, HUGS!!!!

  7. Amy, these are AWESOME!!! Love the gold paper, with the hint of mint color…sigh…And your second card, the embossed background and little cactus…just too cute for words! 😉 LOVE.

  8. Gorgeous cards, Amy! Love both! The cactus card is delicious, and the one you made to cure the Monday blues is so elegant and beautiful. I made mine today, I just hope to have decent light tomorrow, to take a reasonable picture.

  9. Wow, you nailed Taheerah's challenge! That is one gorgeous card! And your felt succulent–sweet! So looking forward to next week's coffee goodness!

  10. wow soooo love the colors on the top card!!! and super fun 2nd card!!! can't wait for the coffee week posts 🙂

  11. absolutely adore your work, Amy!! that second card is too cute! fabulous work as always! think i'll take part in the coffee lovers hop, too! =) thanks so much for joining us this week at Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenges!

  12. Wonderful cards, Amy!!! Love the colors and elegant design of the first one, and the second one is the cutest!

  13. I really like your "mish mash"…particularly the color wash and the layout of your card! Very pretty!

  14. Love your cards! And yes, I knew the coffee card was yours in the pool of entries for MAMBI. Absolutely love that cute cactus in the colorful vase (mug). You have such talent!!

  15. You totally focused on the elements I predicted, and, as predicted, you totally made them shine!! Those gold stripes drive me crazy and I love the dainty panel on which your circled sentiment resides! Thanks so much for playing to find a Cure For The Monday Blues!

  16. Gold, white and mint…oh my! Such a pretty combo and loving all the different layers and patterns. And your little plant is so adorable, looks amazing in felt and is so funky with the triangle embossing. Gorgeous!

  17. Oooh, coffee week is going to be uh-mazing! And seriously…what a fabulous post this is! I am so proud of you for throwing your hat in the ring, Girlfriend! Your cards are gorgeous!

  18. I love these! That first one is just so pretty, love all the layers and the gorgeous colors, and what a fun take on the MFW challenge!

  19. Amy your cards always inspire me to get crafty! Love the first Gold & Mint friends card ~ it's so elegant.
    The MFW potted cactus is so adorable, love how you put it together, girl! Headed over to Coffee Lovers Bloghop now ~ TFS.
    PS: on my way to get my 2nd FREE cuppa 😉

  20. I'm being repetitive, but I'll blame that entirely on you, because YOU continue making cards, one after the other, that are nothing short of spectacular! Love the 'mish mash' elegance of the first; the fun freshness of the second!

  21. OOOO these cards are so gorgeous !!! Love both but if I'd have to choose I would take the second one !!! Hugs…x

  22. Whoah! What a jam-packed post! Awesome cards, Amy! And congrats on the feature at Mambi. They missed out when they didn't select YOU. 😉

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