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July 20, 2011

Guess who is turning One today?!

Twelve short months ago
we made our big debut,
So now we'd like to commemorate
our 1st birthday with you!

This flash mob of torchbearers
always light our way.
Won't you please jog along
on our special day?

Leave your comments here and there
over the next 48
On Friday we'll announce the loot
Don't wait...let's CELEBRATE!

Hey, everyone....if you haven't figured it out by now, AmberINK is turning the big O-N-E today! Yay! Happy Birthday, AmberINK! To celebrate, some of the former torchbearers are running again for a Blog Hop Party! There are over 30 fabulous ladies on this hop, and they've all created some great AmberINK eye-candy for you! Make sure to stop by each and every one, and leave some lovin' to be entered into a drawing for some fan-tabulous prizes! The winners will be announced on Amber Inklings blog on Friday, this week!

If you arrived here from the crazy-wonderful Stacie Gorse aka Hestia's Helper blog, you are on track! If not, you may want to back up the train to the station and start with the lovely Taylor Usry! Below my photos are the links to all the other lovely ladies on the way, so you can always come back here for it if you should jump the tracks!

Here is my card for this party: I thought it appropriate to create a party train invite! I wanted to do something a little different, so instead of printing off the digital images and coloring them in, I imported them into my SCAL cutting program and created cut files for my Cricut. After doing my paper-piecing, I drew in some outline details on the train. I created the invitation words in PSE, as well as the cover sentiment. The balloons are punched from a hand punch with some embroidery thread added for strings. I've applied them to the card with pop-dots to add dimension: I ran the balloons through the Cuttlebug for texture. 
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This is the front of the card. I used a gatefold card base.

This is the inside of my card.

Your next stop on this party train is Allison Fillo, of Stampin' When I Can! Enjoy the rest of your ride, and good luck!

Stops Along the AmberINK Party Train Blog Hop

Cheryl First <-- That's ME! :0)


  1. this card makes me smile xxx

  2. OMGosh that is such a cool invitation. Wonderful creation, love it:)

  3. WOOHOO for Team Purple! That is such an awesome the balloons and the train =)

  4. OH WOW this is gorgeous a fantastic design. Joey (pink torch) xx

  5. I am SO glad you made the time to fit this Hop into your schedule with everything you have going on!! Not only did you "fit it in", you blew it away!! I LOVE everything about this!!

    Stacie, Team Purple
    November 2010

  6. What boy wouldn't be jumping up and down if he got a party invitation like this? It's fantastic!

  7. How do you DO that? This is just the coolest invite and the paper pieced train looks incredible. Meg is right - what boy wouldn't be jumping up and down to get an invitation like this. I want an invitation like this ;)

  8. This is fabulous!! Great design too!!

  9. Brilliant - adorable layout; absolutely the cutest little choo-choo invitation!! Love those balloons too!

    Michele (orange team)

  10. How neat is this card!? Especially like the way you used both the outside and inside of the card. Great job!

  11. So cute! I love the awesome design.

    --Cheryl-- (Team Orange – February 2011)
    Stop by my blog to check out my blog candy!

  12. love the way you created a diecut from the digi image! super cute!!!

  13. Very happy and bright. Someone is definitely ready to party. Nice job.

  14. This is so cute and cheerful! I love the folds. :)

  15. What fun!!! Great way to get 'em all in one card - I should say invite :>)

  16. Love it - great design!


  17. what a great card. I love it and the colors are fantastic.

  18. Oh my~~!!!! So cute!!!! My kids will flip when they see this. Super adorable and what a fun card!


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