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New Designs in November!

Hey there! I wanted to give you a little update as to what I’ve been up these last few months. For those of you keeping up with me on Instagram and Facebook… I just want to say a big thanks to you! My introverted personality has been pretty intimidated by the all the various social media platforms over the years but a few months ago I decided to dive head first into Instagram (and continue on Facebook). I know my Followers count is not much, but despite my late start, those numbers are rising everyday. So please join the party and follow me on Instagram and Facebook if you haven’t already! I post 2-3 times a day, so you get a first-hand look at sketches that become stationery, custom projects, photos of my family, sales and more.

I’ve also been busy creating new designs! This cornucopia design has turned out to be one of my new favorites! I love sketching on the weekends (to keep drawing in the “fun and relaxing” category) and then perfecting it on my desktop. I had so much fun adding in all the little details and colors on this one! So on my way to look up how to spell cornucopia correctly, I discovered what it actually means. Did you know that a cornucopia is “a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn”? Me neither! I have to admit, the goat’s horn part cracked me up! 😂

I also finished up two versions of a whimsical Thanksgiving turkey. I’m not sure which one I like best, so feel free to weigh in! The red and brown one titled, Fall Turkey, is supposed to be a little more serious than the orange and yellow one titled, Thanksgiving Turkey, but they both look a little playful to me. I love how my customers send out Thanksgiving greetings, so I wanted to offer more options this year. Let me know what you think because I’m not quite sure what to make of them just yet. 🤔 If you look very carefully, you’ll see that I borrowed a few acorns from my cornucopia design and placed them on my orange and yellow turkey!

Christmas is coming folks! I’ll be sharing my new Christmas designs soon, but here’s a sneak peek at one… my Christmas Cactus Plants! Just ask my teenage daughters; cacti are all the rage right now. So I thought it would be fun to work them into a holiday design this year. I love the simplicity of potted plants in a row, cacti or not… any plants will do for me! Their shapes and textures vary but their shades of green are what keep them together. Kind of like a family, I suppose! Which one of these guys would you be? I might be the one on the far right… short with occasional flowers.🌺

Ok.. one more share. For all those girly girls out there, this one’s for you! My pretty Pink Unicorn design has been a hit with the little ladies! She was a delight to draw! Very unlike my Pink Llama drama last month, but that’s another story.😆 The flowers, stars, pink mane, and stripes may seem like it would be a bit too much for one design but every girl needs a lot of sparkle sometimes, right? Well, that’s all for now! Check my “new” items tab to see more. I hope to add to them in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Feel free to send me an email with any ideas or thoughts… I’d love to hear from you! Click here to contact me.

Baby Shower Ideas: How to Encourage Thankfulness

Baby showers, as sweet as they can be, may come with a little bit of stress. As a host, you’ll probably feel pressure to ensure everyone feels welcome, well-fed/watered and comfortable. The mommy-to-be will most likely feel slightly self-conscious as all eyes in the room watch her open a plethora of gifts. Will she like everything? Will she say “thank you” enough? Will she need to use the restroom 800 times during the shower?

Here are a few pointers to make your job as a host a little easier:

Choose an easy, breezy theme

There’s no need to go all out with a shower highly customized to match a specific children’s book or the popular animal of the season (everyone remember the owl?). Keep decorations simple with a few vibrant accents, fresh flowers and balloons—all in colors the guest of honor will love, of course.

Make RSVPing a no-brainer

If you want to get an accurate head count, make it as easy as possible for guests to RSVP. It may not seem very personal, but you’d be surprised how many people would love to simply text a response to your mobile number or send a quick email. Think about including those as options on your invites.

Help Mommy-to-be:

Make saying “thank you” less of a chore for the guest of honor. Pre-order a set of thank you cards and put all of the envelopes out on an entry table that your guests will pass as they arrive. Have each guest write her own name and mailing address on an envelope and toss it in a decorative box or bowl. Ta-da! That’s all of the “thank you” cards addressed for Mommy-to-be.

We have a beautiful selection of thank you stationery—find a style to fit your shower colors.

Friday Amy Update: A Weekend at Camp

IMG_1592This past weekend I went to camp! Every Sunday, my daughter Emily and I lead a class of third grade girls at our church. That is how we got looped in with other leaders, and ended up taking 200+ third and fourth grade kids up to a weekend camp in the mountains. I’ve been to this camp a few times before with older kids. It’s a great place but… it had been awhile. I wasn’t quite sure I was up for the challenge. Emily REALLY wanted to go so she twisted my arm and I agreed. I’m glad she did. I had the best time!

 

We headed out with a car full of girls around 1pm on Friday. It’s a quick 45 minute drive which is the perfect distance for many of these 1st time campers (and their concerned parents). We unpacked and headed to the first big event… a camp version of the Amazing Race! We ran all over the place to stations doing messy, gross, physically and mentally challenging tasks. We didn’t even come close to winning, but it was fun.

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We had a number of big group meetings where all 200+ of us would meet in a little chapel. We would sing loud fun songs to Jesus, watch hilarious skits, and listen to short, but powerful sermons that were geared toward these third and fourth grade students’ hearts. We met in small groups where we would talk through the ideas that were presented so the girls could share what they thought.

 

On Friday night, we were supposed to have a big bonfire but it rained! So… what do you do with 200+ campers who are stuck in a small little chapel? A big dance party of course!!

As is typical camp fashion, I think I got 3 hours of sleep the first night. 🙂

 

IMG_1584On Saturday, we had more group sessions in the morning. Then, the whole afternoon was free time!! Our 5 girls wanted to follow us everywhere but we told them to GO, HAVE FUN! They weren’t used to such freedoms. It was so great for them to explore and be independent within a safe camp setting. We met up with them at different times to do the Big Swing and zip line though. Emily and I went canoeing and did the zip line together… I had never been on a zip line and it was so fun!

 

On Saturday night all the boys and girls split up into two big groups and all the ladies took the girls down to the big field to talk to them about how special and unique God made them! Afterwards, we played glow-in-the-dark capture the flag with glow sticks and face paint! We heard that the men took the boys up the mountain with war paint and high energy games and had the same sort of talk introducing the strengths that God has given them.

 

Sunday morning, we had more group times and packed up to go home. I was exhausted but so glad I went. This was Emily’s first time going to camp as a leader and I was so proud of her hard work, kindness, creativity and the initiative she took. I think we’ll be back next year but I’ll need at least that long to recover. 😉IMG_1580

Party Banners!

We are excited to add a new product line at Amy Adele!  In addition to stationery, invitationst-shirts, bibs, one-piece baby outfits, calling cards, gift tags and labels, we now offer large Party Banners! Amy’s cute party banners are a fabulous way to share the excitement with everyone! These banners are printed on recycled paper and measure 12″ x 40″ long. Best of all, they match many of Amy’s invitation designs!

Fun idea:  Have the guests at your party sign the banner and take it home and hang it in his or her room as a memento of the event! How awesome to look up and see the all the signatures of his/her family and friends while remembering such a fun day.

Don’t forget! Graduation season is coming up–hang a graduation banner to conGRADulate the class of 2012!

Amy's Tulips Party Banner
Princess Crown Party Banner
Green Tractor Party Banner
Brunette Boy Graduate Party Banner
Baby Boys Stroller Party Banner
Fairy Party Banner

Peace Sign Stationery and Thank You Notes

 

My daughters told me a design with a peace sign was a must, but I didn’t know it would be THIS popular! After a few weeks of printing up a whole bunch of our Peace Sign Stationery, my eldest daughter (age 12) said… “Um, Mom, it’s cute but you need to do one that’s a little less cutesy – something my friends would like.” I said, “Well, ok, how about you help me design it, then?” So we sat down together and tweaked it here and tweaked it there… she was the director and the colorist. It wasn’t long before the Teen Peace Sign Stationery was created! So whether your peace sign lover is a little girl or a big girl, we now have two variations that each of them can enjoy. I hope you like these new thank you note designs. We also have Peace Sign Party Invitations and Peace Sign Address Labels!

Peace Sign Address Label

It's all NEW!

We’ve got a new look, a new logo, and a new site! We’ve been working really hard on our redesign and we are so excited that it is finally live!

It has felt like building a house… you think it’s going to be ready to move into on a certain date but then for a gazillions reasons it gets postponed again and again… and just when you think it’ll never get done… it’s finally ready! Whew!

So take a look around and let us know what you think. We’d love to get your feedback and hear your thoughts! And don’t miss out on the sale we’re running now… 35% off calling cards!

My Halloweens when I was a kid

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Every year when Halloween comes along, it always brings back great memories of when I was a kid. I loved Halloween — the excitement it brought was way more fun than the candy (although I liked that too as you can see).

I would get so excited about the events of the day. I would wake up and put on my best orange outfit, head off to school where we’d always have a class party, and then rush home to do homework so I could carve my pumpkin! I loved creating a happy little face that glowed in the dark on my front stoop. Then I’d be sure my costume was all ready to go so I could put it on after dinner. Deciding on what I wanted to dress up as was the most fun. I’d start brainstorming in the summer and then ponder on it forever…

We never went out and bought our costumes. My mom would put a few things together that she found around the house and POOF I had the cutest costume ever! The magic of mom! So anyway, we’d eat a quick dinner and then get DRESSED! I’d pray that it wouldn’t be too cold… the worst was when I had to wear a coat over my beloved costume. When I was younger, my Dad always took my sister and I (she’s pictured below) trick-or-treating while my mom stayed home and answered the door for all the other little kids in our neighborhood.

I, of course, posted a photo of me the year I chose to dress up as a bumble bee. I remember that year because when I went to the door of an older couple who lived 2 doors down from us they said to me, “Are you a martian?” I guess they saw the antennae and thought martian? I was not pleased at their guess. But the candy they gave me made up for it. 🙂

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I hope you have a great Halloween this year with your little ones! My girls haven’t decided what they want to dress up as yet. My youngest daughter has said she wants to be a cupcake. (How in the world am I going to pull that off?) I like to create their costumes like my mom did… so I’d better get out my magic mom dust!

Oh… and if you are planning a Halloween Party this year or if you want to send your next note with seasonal flare, I have a few new invitations, stationery and such you may want to consider. See them here!

NEW! Personalized Envelopes with Amy's Designs

New! Personalized Envelopes from Amy Adele!

We started printing return addresses on our envelopes a while ago. However, we bought this new fancy printer that will allow us to print Amy’s designs on the front. How cool is that?

Here are a few examples:

Over 500 invitations and thank you notes now have a matching envelope. Best of all, the prices are super low. Please check them out!

NEW Just for YOU! – June 24, 2009

Amy Adele New Items -June 23, 2009

Amy Adele Butterfly with Polka Dots Stationery!Thanks to all of you, we have added a brand new Stationery design! Amy received 30 comments or “votes” to her blog post requesting your help in choosing this new folded note card design. The “Butterfly with Polka Dots” design won by a landslide! Both of them were adorable though, right?

You can now order this brand new stationery “hot off the press” by clicking here. I personally cannot wait to see the cute personalizations all of you come up with.

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