you are loved….





Hello and Happy Sunday!  Today is my baby’s 18th birthday…more on that in a smidge.  I wanted to share a quick card that I made:

cardstock:  recollections 110 white, ranger watercolor  paper:  create a smile/sending sunshine kit  stamps:  create a smile/uplifting  ink:  ranger archival black  other:  mama elephant/basic set creative cuts, kuretake gansai tambi
I’m trying to do a massive catch up on all the goodies that I have.  This summer has been extremely busy!!!!  This cutie pie card is going into my stash for the kids…happy mail is always welcome, especially for a college student.  

Isn’t that chicken freakin’ adorable?  She’s a part of the Create a Smile – Uplifting set.   Did you know that selected Create a Smile stamps/cool cuts are available in the states from Butterfly Reflections Ink?!  << —– Butterfly Reflections Ink is having a storewide sale that ends TODAY…use code:  CATWAWAY15 to receive 15% off your shopping cart TODAY!

I colored that fun chicken with my Kuretake Gansai Tambi’s….really been enjoying those watercolors…a lot.  I have her popped up on Scotch mounting tape…if you follow me on FB, you would have seen one of my newest purchases:
This puppy is huge…like the size of a pizza…LOL.  It always makes me chuckle when I see it and of course, AFTER I ordered it I found another pkg of mounting tape in my stash.  Oh well, a girl can never have enough adhesive.

My card was totally inspired by Joan’s sweet card over on MUSE:

Isn’t it adorable?!!!!!  I love fruit images…I could easily become a fruitatarian…love the stuff and probably have way too much of it on a daily basis.  You wanna hear something funny?  Originally I was going to do a citrus version of this…but then when I spotted that CAS Chicken image WITH the banner…I decided to go with it!

I was inspired by:
  • die cut center panel
  • the sentiment in a banner
  • red
It seems like I haven’t played along with many challenges so I was happy to squeeze this one in before we left for Vancouver, BC on Saturday morning!  We went up to spend one night, just me and the kids.  It was in celebration of my boy’s 18th birthday, which is today!


I’ll be the first to say that I can’t believe he’s 18 already.  He’s worked so hard through high school that I’m so excited that he’s going to school in NYC  <– I am excited, really {wink}…but he’s also my baby and he always be if he’s 18 or 68.

brooklyn bridge 2014
Tokyo/Ginza 2015

having fun with the cat

self grooming
See’s candy lollipop
wearing lipstick like momma {hair cut after the self grooming incident)
Gah, look how little he is and the bare feet  <– love the bare feet!

That’s it for me today…I’m sure that I’ll crash when we get home from our short trip….tomorrow is a work day for me!

31 thoughts on “you are loved….”

  1. Happy happy birthday to your handsome boy! Love all the pics of him growing up. Makes my hear happy! Love your sweet card too!

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  2. Amy, I know you are SO proud of him! Isn't it amazing how fast they grow up? I have a boy 45, a girl 38, and my adopted caboose son is 16! Wow! I adore your cards {I'm also in love with my Gansi Tambi's!! Cute chicken card and love the Cherries! I, too, have that "big Pizza roll"…and laugh also! Have a wonderful day with him! Love his pics!

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  3. Happy BIRTHDAY to your baby!!!! So hard that they grow up so fast!!! I love love love that card! That chicken is ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Love this adorable card Amy and congrats on the purchase of the foam tape! I need to bite the bullet and get some too. And I'm sure your son loved you posting his kid pics…LOL. Great photos and I know what a bittersweet time it is. On the one hand you are more than proud to see him grow up into a strong and independent young man but you hate to let him go because he will always be your baby. I think all of the mom's out there struggle with that.

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  5. Love how you love your boy, amy… just darling photos…and that chicken is totally freakin' adorable … as you are!
    =] Michele

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  6. That chicken IS freakin' adorable. Happy birthday to your beautiful baby boy. Many, Many, more to come! πŸ™‚

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  7. Isn't it amazing how fast those 18 years went! He was adorable as a little and is a nice looking young man~ I remember popping up to Canada for a quick get-away trip – hope you had fun! Meanwhile, your card is very cute!

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  8. Oh Amy, this post made me CRY! My boy is 18 and will be leaving next month for college and I'm a MESS lol! He's the light of my world, the joy of my life, and I don't know what I'll do without him. He's seriously THE most funny person I've ever known and he makes me laugh every single day and I'm going to miss that so much. How EXCITING that your son is going to school in NYC, what an awesome opportunity for him! Oh, and your card, so darn CUTE!!!

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  9. Your card is absolutely fantastic…and the photos of your son…oh my! What a precious little lad, and now, young man, he is. Happy 18th Birthday…may the world embrace you for the gifts you bring to it…today, and for all days to come!
    Hugs~c

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  10. What an adorable card!! I LOVE that image. Isn't is amazing how fast time flies? Your son is handsome and his photos of him growing up are adorable. Have fun on your day trip!!

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  11. Aw! Happy birthday to your boy! Love these cards!!! That chicken is freakin adorable!!! Love it on the hello background!! And the 2nd card is too cute!! Love those cherries on that black & white modern background!

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  12. Your son is so handsome Amy and what a cool celebration to Vancouver. Woohoo. Also, perfect card! In every way… colors, the hello paper, adorable chicken, and especially the sentiment. Can hear u planning those New York trips already!

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  13. Happy Birthday to your handsome son. What adorable cards to created for your stash, Amy. And I love the photos of your boy as a little one πŸ™‚

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  14. Happy Birthday to your son! Love this adorable bird and that background is perfect! So glad you joined us at Muse this week, Amy!

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  15. Such a fantastic post Amy!! I can't imagine Max being 18yrs (he still has 10 yrs to go but I know they will go fast!!!). Love all of the photos, he is gorgeous! And your card is simply brilliant and so perfect for the Muse challenge. Lovin that chicken!!

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  16. Oh Amy your post is so sweet! Love your card but the sweet pictures of your boy definitely steal the show! Happy Birthday to him!!!! What a cutie pie! Or should I say handsome young man since he is 18 now! πŸ™‚

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