Monday, January 31, 2011

2 weeks from today,

Will be a day of love!  Are you prepared? 
Here are some AmberInky ideas:

Are you stuck in snow and can't get to the store?

Now here's a thought...
Get some ipaper here
and print it right now!

Because you are Brilliant.

Friday, January 28, 2011

It's Aloha Friday...

No work till Monday ...doo dee doo doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo.

It's one of those weeks when I am SOOOO ready for Aloha Friday!  How about you?
And yeah...when I'm tired I tend to blab on and on and on,
so you have my permission to just look for the numbers and play along!

Some of you know that one of our absolutely mandatory New Year's traditions is to throw wax.  After I throw mine I usually look and turn and observe and look some more for hours, even days!  When it finally comes to me it is like an epiphany!  This year more than ever.

See for yourself
Oh my clear it is scary...
You can see it right? 
I'm sure you can.
If you were here in person it would be so crystal. clear.
Oh hec, I'll just tell you...
It is the frickin' Pacific Ocean and a wave like no other...A tsunami even.
And the weirdest thing?  When you hold it just so...there is this hole that is like a peep hole...
and it goes through all the layers !!! 
You get it now right?
Of course you do.
It has never been so black and white!
This wax reads...
"Stay in perfect focus and you will ride the tsunami!"
That is surfer talk for " like stay da bess yea EVAH!!!"
So why oh why is it January and these cartoons are calling my name?
Oh, and this one -

So make me feel better about myself puhleeze, and link along.

      #1. A blog/website/place/thing where you waste a little too much time?
  (this represents funny YouTubes for me)
#2.  A clock or watch to help you keep on track

Bellagio Fountains
#3.  Your favorite way to reenergize.
(like listen to inspiring music or travel for me)
It's best to right click and save an image to your computer file first.
Link to a URL, not your blog!
Make sure you put the category # (1,2,3) and your name.
(No need to put your email addy.)
That's it! See...easy peasy.
Enter once, twice or thrice.
Keep your fingers crossed and Amber may reward a random winner
otherwise just chalk it up to a fun start to your weekend.

OH! And just maybe if I follow through on some last minute crazies and actually stop procrastinating
I'll have a surprise for you on Monday.

OH MY GOSH...It just came to me...this wax begins on Chinese New Year!
What a relief.  I can procrastinate until February 3rd!!!!!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WOYWW - Party Aloha and Ciao Bella Style

This Wednesday my Workdesk is fighting between two nations. On this side we have Italy.
I'm working on sketches for Emily's winning challenge set.
Here's some figure drawing. Once we have our heroine set, I think things will really start to flow
On my right, you'll see remnants of a week long Hawaiian Luau Bash that we threw on Friday for my birthday. I'm still adjusting to reality. You mean I can't snap my fingers and have a Pina Colada appear in them? Cupcakes won't just magically show up on every flat surface of my apartment?
Sigh, it was good while it lasted, and then some.
I'm going to keep plugging away at this new Ciao Bella set we're building. It's good to be back to the drawing board. In the meantime, run over to Julia's and share what your desk's fighting with this week.
Happy Wednesday, chickies.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Where there is smoke...

there are torchbearers.  And here is the proof...

From this:

and this:

And all, really because it started with Karin's THIS .

Way to fan the flame girls!
We'll hold off just a little longer before we call in Smokey the Bear.

Stay tuned for our new challenge, coming to you on THURSDAY.

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Party's Over...

It's time to call it a day. (Insert Doris Day singing those lyrics please ;)  We have cake to last until Amber's 30th and now we have some pretty good leads on where to buy her IRL birthday cake next year for her long anticipated Great Gatsby party.  Thanks for playing Aloha Friday with us. We always love being introduced to the new places and ideas that come from your links.

Not only were there AMAZING gifts, but there were the BEST cards !
Poor Hallmark, I'm afraid that the party is over for them too.

Thanks Wendy

Thanks Karin

On Thursday we'll be introducing a new challenge and since we are SO in birthday mode, we will be continuing with that theme.  For our regular blog readers, we have decided to give you a head start. 
Check out the idea page for a rather large hint of what will be ahead.
Please come back tomorrow to see more of the
 projects that are coming from
Karin won/designed/created w/Amber 
her own dream stamp set 
by entering and winning the Challenge.
You can too.
Emily's winning set is up next.
 We'll also be announcing our next winner on Thursday.

Friday, January 21, 2011

It's Aloha Friday...

No work till Monday ...doo dee doo doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo.
It IS Aloha Friday,
but we are also celebrating Amber's for REALZ 29th birthday.
She’s having a big bash tonight,
so let’s kick it off!
Remember – money is never a problem in LALA land,
so knock yourselves out on this one ladies!
(sometimes it really is the thought that counts ;)

Always remember – the best presents are the ones you would give yourself!

It's best to right click and save an image to your computer file first.
Link to a URL, not your blog!
Make sure you put the category # (1,2,3) and your name.
(No need to put your email addy.)
That's it! See...easy peasy.
Enter once, twice or thrice.
Keep your fingers crossed and Amber may reward a random winner,
otherwise just chalk it up to a fun start to your weekend.

Have a great weekend,
see you on Monday!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

New! and News!

First of all
Today we're rolling out some new treaties! It's an Amber Ink. Release Blitz!
As Always, you can see this month's boldest and brightest in the SHOP under 'NEW Release' on our sidebar.

This month you'll be meeting part of our new Jurassic Celebrations line, Jumping Julian Rex!

You'll be celebrating life's milestones and encouraging one another with our new Windy Bird of Song!

Most excitingly (because it's my birthday, and I say that's a word) of all.... Drumrooooollll.... We are rolling out a new set destined to become your favorite. This baby is the brainchild of our own rockstar, Karin-With-an-i. Karin won our 21-Day Challenge and we got to design a set together! I want you to sit down and take a second to marvel at our new Mod Kitch Kitsch!

It's also available as a clear stamp!
I know. I know. It's overwhelming in its beauty. This set is Karin's dream and it's become mine too. It is perfectly in scale with our Hostess With the Mostess and ideal for all your punny Valentine's day needs, especially when paired with.... DRUMROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL... our Say it like it's 1959 set of punny sayings!!!
What?! I know, I know... I am so proud to introduce this horse of a different color. This is Amber Ink.'s very first sayings set. It's mod and merry and ready at your fingertips, download it this very second, no waiting!

Get it as a clearStamp too!
Isn't it the coolest? When Karin envisioned her set it came with sayings, and after a while I got too greedy to share kitchen space with words. The answer was a perfect medley of art and direction. This is my favorite part about our Amber Ink. 21-Day Challenge, it really can go anywhere!
Run to the store and pick up your newest Amber Ink. goodies!
Now on to the
Mom, Pam, and I have been brainstorming for quite sometime. We love LOVE love having our own company We LOVE our torchbearers best, naturally. I love digi. Mom loves clear. We've decided however, that we do NOT love waiting for the next release.

Like I said, patience.... never our strong suit. From now on we'll be having a monthly Amber Ink. Release Blitz on the day our torchbearers hit the ground running. You'll also see goodies pop up throughout the month! So it's good news, the best kind. Speaking of which.... I know there's some iPaper lying around here somewhere...
Also today is my BIRTHDDDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAY! I'm celebrating tomorrow night with a Hawiian Luau at the penthouse. hehe. I almost forgot today was the big day, there's so much to do with prepping for tomorrow night. The steady stream of birthday wishes coming in since dawn have been the best part of the day so far. Sharing one of my favorite days of the year with our SIX MONTH AMBER INK ANNIVERSARY ain't too shabby either!
Thank you for making us great. You are my best happiness. Now put your running shoes on and try and catch up with our torchbearing babes!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WOYWW is on Fire, our NEW Torchbearer's are too!

Tonight we're rolling out our newest torchbearers.
Aren't they the cat's pajamas?!
Pam's been writing bios all day
and I've been putting together the images and the visual fixin's.
Such fun!

Here's a close-up of my workdesk right this second.
I'm plugging away on some new art for our coming sets.
These are going to be directly related to our latest challenge.
I SO SO hope you'll come back and play!

Now you can sign up for a INK-redible Challenge reminder.

. Hop on over to our new Torchbearer's lovely spaces if you can
and share the comment magic.
Amber & Pam

And may we now introduce...
If you adored Jessie from Toy Story (the gorgeous red headed, sassy, sweet, cute, rambunctious and adventurous love of Buzz Lightyear’s life) it will be a smooth introduction to our Joey McKelvey, a London based SAHM with three extraordinarily adorable baby joey’s named Sydney (dancer extraordinaire) , Naiall (artist extraordinaire) and Ella (prettiest baby you’ve ever seen extraordinaire). She lives happily ever after with her babies and 'Buzz' aka Marts, aka her hubby. This child of the 80’s is a teacher at heart. She has already introduced us to cola cubes, pie, mash and liquor, jim jams and L’occitane hand cream. Her favorite color is green. Our Joey is a gifted colorist, whether it be with nail polish, copics or promarkers. Of course her dream was to be an artist – since she already is! She is a fellow WOYWWer!! Along with her wonderful creations you can usually spot her Jessie doll mascott lighting the way @

Meg Craig describes herself as 'snarky', but you’d have to google the heck out of that word to find the true Meg Craig meaning. Honestly, she’s a high school math teacher, so ultimately it is all just a quadratic equation! It would be much easier to simply study her blog @ and do the sudoku. You want dogs? There you will find dogs. Are we surprised that Meg’s dream growing up was to become a dog trainer? Probably not. We are sure that Addison, aka Addie, aka Addison McFaddison, aka The McFad, is pleased with that.
It is also obvious that Meg’s Cookies and Cream loving husband keeps his comic senses. When asked her worst habit he quickly responded “stealing the sheets and hogging the bed.” No wonder she says she laughs everyday! Do you want some of the best organizational pointer’s we’ve ever seen? Check it out and remember…you are never too old for Space Camp!
At Amber Ink we always feel blessed. When Laurel passed the torch to Brenda Rose (actually we'd like to call her Brenda Rosebud from her precious baby photo) we thought, man oh man…this is Chanel no. 5 suhweet! BTW, Chanel no. 5, just happens to be the name of Brenda’s rescued honey colored beagle. Go figure! Lest we forget, time to mention little miss Sassy Pants, the black cat!

Brenda lives in Prairie Home Companion Country, on THAT side of the Twin cities whichever side that may be, with son Shane. He's a frequent topic of posts (can we make an appointment puhleeze) and hubs, Jerry. Her amazingly wonderful family keeps this girl going! We just can't figure where this girl gets her abundant energy! Perhaps it's the Mt. Dew or coffee frappes? We’re not sure, but whatever it is it keeps Brenda astonishingly enthusiastic. Oh and do you want to see the best bucket list/scrapbook E.V.E.R.? Check it out here or scroll down from the beginning @
If you click your ruby slippers you just may find yourself in Hutchinson Kansas. When you get there, you'll promise never to leave home again! Laurie Willison has created her own Emerald City. It's a magical place where you can while away the hours, conferrin’ with the flowers (and OH, what flowers this girl can make!) She lives with her own Professor Marvel Lynn and two little munchkins, Rylee and Brody. Instead of a dog named Toto, she has a cat named Delbert.
You will be amazed at the adventures that await you as you follow the yellow brick road through the blog Laurie started in 2007, The photography will make you feel like you really are over the rainbow.
Beauty abounds in the Dalles, Oregon (think Mt. St. Helens and pure Lewis and Clark), so it is ever so fitting that this is also Sue Kment country. Having survived her youth with four older brothers, Sue is the perfect blend of feminine and funny. A visit to Sue’s feels like a warm glass of milk on a cold night, whether it comes from finding the best cookie recipe, being introduced to diet forks or listening to a grandbabies laugh, this lady seems to calm us with the perfect blend of living. As a fellow WoYWWer, she pretends to have a messy desk but there is always a method to her madness, a true sign of a genius. Her work leaves us speechless and then we go back for more. You will too @
Do you see the red in everyone's hair?
This will be a firey run indead!
Now run on over to Julia's to visit all the hot workdesks the eye can see!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Through Rain, Hail, Sleet and Snow...

And Christmas and New Year's too! 
These girls just kept running and running and running! 
It was a crazy time to be carrying a torch
but they did it with such gusto.
We were amazed and we're sure that you were too. 

Tomorrow they will pass those flaming torches on to a new group of amazing runners!

Well Done Torchbearers!  Well Done!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Time is Up. Time to Vote.

Don't forget to place your vote HERE.  You get one shot. 

Will it be Door #1?

Will it be Door #2?

Or Will it be Door #3?

The polls close on Wednesday.

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's Aloha Friday...

No work till Monday ...doo dee doo doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo dee doo.

Baby it’s cold outside!
The jam-packed holiday season is over
and it's time to slow down and enjoy wintertime.

So how do you do it?
All I wanna do is go home,
but I'm coping the best way I can.

Give me some pointers puhleeze!

 (from a recipe or @ a special restaurant).

And I know this is a weird pic for this but it has special significance.
Amber's b-day is in a week and this was

(memba...G rated post here *LOL*)


It's best to right click and save an image to your computer file first.

Link to a URL, not your blog!

Make sure you put the category # (1,2,3) and your name.

(No need to put your email addy.)

That's it! See...easy peasy.

Enter once, twice or thrice.

Keep your fingers crossed and Amber may reward a random winner
which BTW was TANNY last week,

otherwise just chalk it up to a fun start to your weekend.

Stay WARM and we'll

see you on Monday!