Sunday, January 12, 2014

DeNami Design's January Blog Hop: VALENTINE!

I'm so excited to be back blogging after a few months away!  You wouldn't believe how much has changed in my life over the past few months!  What a whirlwind holiday season!  I had an awesome birthday!  PLUS, I got a huge promotion at work!  Life is sooooo stinkin' wonderful right now!  EEEEK!  I'm so happy!  This month's blog theme is a huge part of my amazing life, too.  I spent most of my life being hopeful but ultimately let down by Valentine's Day.  It's a tough holiday when you're single.  It just is.  However, last year, Valentine's Day was not only perfect, but it was the start of the most perfect relationship I ever could have imagined.  I met my love over a year and a half ago, and we hung out as friends on several occasions, but it was Valentine's Day 2013 that shifted us into romantic relationship territory, and we haven't looked back since.  We are so happy!  Each day with him gets better and better, and I can only imagine how wonderful our future will be!

So, now that my mushiness is out there, let's turn our attention back to the blog hop.

You should have hopped here from lovely and talented Linda's Blog.

If you want to start from the beginning, make sure to go to DeNami Design's Blog.  Make sure to check out their new release stamps, too!  I know that my wish list just got a lot longer!

Don't forget to leave comments along the way!  It's a great way to show the bloggers how much you appreciate them, AND it gives you a chance to win a prize from DeNami Design!  WAHOO!

Now, for my valentine, I was really struggling to figure out just what to do with this.  I have a bazillion ideas floating around in my head, but I struggled to catch one and make it happen. However, I've been dying to use my squirrel stamps from last year's release!  (Side note:  I can't WAIT to get the new woodland critter stamps from the newest release so these squirrels can have some friends!)  PLUS, I recently bought some ADORABLE washi tape from October Afternoon that features squirrels and acorns, and it matches perfectly!  So, here's my valentine:



All stamps used are from DeNami Design.



Next stop on the hop is the unbelievably amazing Lisa's Blog.  She is one of those bloggers that NEVER EVER disappoints!  I can't wait to see what she's made for us today!

Thanks again for hopping!

Happy Crafting!
Amy





35 comments:

Linda said...

Amy, so nice to see you back again and very happy for you with all the wonderful things going on in your life! Your card is sweet! I like the colors!

Barbara Murphy said...

First off...I love this card! Your coloring is out of this world amazing...awesome!

Second, I'm soooo happy for you. Valentine's Day is still a disappointment for me, but I'm still hopeful ;) Enjoy the love my friend!

Larissa Heskett said...

WOWOW!! Such a BEAUTIFUL Card!! I LOVCE your Design and the Colors you used!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Dana said...

You know how happy I am that YOU are happy, right? You deserve all that and much more Amy dearest:)
I love the non-traditional direction you went with this FAB card! That washi tape is darling and pairs with the squirrels and acorn perfectly. Don't you love how that one acorn is heart shaped?! Did you COLOR the BG behind the vine heart? Brilliant! Makes it pop! Love how the sentiment fits in that frame too!
You always inspire me...

~Tammy~ said...

So glad you have found happiness Amy!

Very very darling and I love your design! Beautifully done!

cghundley said...

Cute and different
approach for Valentine's
Day! Love the matching
washi tape with the
stamp.
Carla from Utah

Tina M said...

Ohh my goodness...too stinkin' cute, Amy!!!! Those "love squirrels" are so cute framed in the heart. I love the way that heart just pops too...adorable! Then you took it a step further and added the most perfectly matching Washi tape ever...knocked it out of the park once again :)

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

How cool that the squirrels fit inside the heart! And the acorns pair with each other like little hearts! This is so cute!

Greta said...

So happy for you, Amy! This Valentine is adorable!

cm said...

Your card is absolutely wonderful! I'm especially excited that Valentine's Day last year sparked the flames of a love that sounds absolutely marvelous! May you and this special man celebrate this coming - and many, many, many more - Valentine Days together! Your effervescent, love-infused post has brought sparkle to my day!!
c

Heidi said...

Gorgeous coloring - beautiful card, so glad that you are looking forward to another happy V-day!

Wendy said...

Oh, how I love to read your blog and see your happiness poor over. Yippeee!! Your card is adorable. Love the combination of the elegant heart paired with the squirrels, it works great!

Renee's ramblings said...

Amy, your valentine is such a wonderful use of the cute squirrel and the heart shaped heart. I'm so blessed to be in love with the same guy for more than 36 years, and I want everybody to be in love! Happy to hear you're in love! I filled a neat tube shaped package full of macadamia nuts and tucked into a work pouch that he had at home one day, while he was in the shower as a surprise snack. I took a piece of card stock, and stamped it with the squirrels, acorn, and sentiment. Rolled it into a tube, put a bag of nuts into it, and then crimped both ends. I hope you're able to surprise your sweetie with a treat, too!

Pat M said...

Who would have thought squirrels for Valentine's Day? Cute

Emily Keaton said...

What a sweet and fun card creation for Valentine's Day, Amy! Those little squirrels are just perfect for this woodsy design!

Lyndal said...

Fabulous colouring Amy - gorgeous Valentine's card :)

Laura Turcotte said...

Yay! Good for you, girl!So happy for you! That card is beautiful!

SHartl said...

Oh so adorable! LOVE the washi tape and those cute little squirrels!

CraftySarcasm said...

Very cute card. I love the background you created. And is that washi tape with squirrels and nuts? Very cute.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Super cute. TFS

Brenda in IN said...

So happy for you and the way things are working out. Your card is very cute. I like the way you stamped the acorns together to make hearts for your background. The little squirrels are darling.

Bunnyfreak said...

Love the squirrel border.

Lisa said...

Amy is sounds like God has showered you with many many blessing! I'm very happy for you!! Your card is outstanding!! The Washi was a great find, don't you just love OA!!

Melissa said...

Such a sweet card!

Sue D said...

Wonderful squirrel/nut themed card!

Gayle said...

Nuts!! this is a sweet card. Much happiness to you.

Brenda Kraft said...

Great card - I love the colors you chose and the squirrels are so cute!

Iris said...

Great card - cute squirrels and the washi tape is great.
isoscia@aol.com

Cindi Lu said...

You created the cutest card!

Auntie Em said...

That is such a cute card! Happy Valentine's Day to you and your special other. :)

Deb said...

Amy, your washi tape is perfect! Lovely card I can't wait for you to get your hands on the woodland stamps too!

Ruza Rebel said...

Aweeee! Love your story and I'm so happy for you!
Your card is absolutely adorable! Love how you combined the different stamps! :D

Amy C. said...

Very cute card!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Adorable card Amy! Love that you used craft that (IMHO) goes so well with the squirrels, and that washi is the perfect touch. TFS

Lisa Petrella said...

ADORABLE card, Amy!!!! And so fun to read your post! You can hear the happiness in your words!!!! So glad to hear things are going so well for you!!! YAY!!!