It’s Party Time!

Hello friends!  It’s been sort of a crazy few days with our weather!  Usually it’s pretty warm and sunny, but we’ve been having some severe rain and cooler temps.  Plus more rain coming, so I guess I’ll be in my craft room playing!  🙂

Today I have this happy party fellow from Whimsy Stamps to share with you:

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Isn’t he adorable?!  This image is called Pengun Birthday by Crissy Armstrong.  This was previously released as a rubber stamp, but this month it has been released in digital format so you can have either option available!

I have cut him out with the Whimsy Stamps Notched Squares die set and cut an additonal piece in black cardstock for a layer behind him.  For the base of my card, I’ve used a green colored 5″ square top folding card base and attached a piece of striped paper across the lower section and sponged some white ink along the edges of the green card base panel.  I then used a piece of 1/2″ score tape across the top of the striped strip panel and then used some fun glitter over top of it and burnished into the tape.

I’ve also used this same glitter to go over the Whimsy Stamps Happy Large Word die cut out from some double sided sticker paper.  I white heat embossed the “birthday” over a strip of black cardstock that I’ve cut into a banner and placed it directly underneath the glittered word die.  This came from the Happy Everything Clear Stamp set.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie.  You can also see the fun details of the glitter that I’ve used on the word die.  I love the sort of “confetti flex” contained in this glitter.  It’s something I got in a sample size from a card kit a couple of months ago and it’s great for birthdays! 🙂  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve also used a clear glitter pen to go over the balloon and present.  I sponged around the image panel with some of the same green ink that I’ve used for the card base cardstock color.  I’ve used the following Copic markers to color him with: (Click on the following underlined links below to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

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It’s always nice to have a good selection of birthday cards on hand when you need to hurry up and send one out and I think this one is great for any gender or age.

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products below I’ve used on my creation today (click on photos to purchase from Whimsy Stamps):

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(Click on Copic markers listed above to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.)

Challenges:

  1.  Little Red Wagon – Happy “BIRD”day!
  2. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #348 Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Happy Birthday!!!
  5. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + toppings=Balloons!!1175095_10151587494757547_730720239_n

 

P.S.  I know that many of you have been asking for updates on the bird nest situation and so here’s another photo of what we were able to capture:

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After the flowers were done blooming, we were able to get more of a clear shot and CAREFULLY get close enough to get the mother Robin sitting on her nest!  Like I had mentioned, she doesn’t like it when we go out there.  She chirps at us and waits for us to leave.

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Here is one of her standing in the nest.  We think that she may have hatched those eggs as it looks like she might be feeding the babies!  So next time we’ll check back in and see if we can get a look at those babies in there!  🙂

Hope you’ve enjoyed my post today!  Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!!

Another Pot O’ Gold!

Hi there friends!  I guess I am really feeling the luck of the Irish this week!  I have another fun St. Patrick’s Day themed card to share today:

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My card here may seem a bit simple, but it has a few really fun added extras to really make it shinny and glittery!  I have used one of the March releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Lil Leprechaun (Digital only stamp set).   I took the pre-colored versions of the set and arranged them in a blank Word.doc for how I wanted it to appear on my card front.  I used the clover images and resized them to fit around the bottom of the pot of gold area and then placed the sentiment where I wanted it off to the side.

I then printed it out and then cut it out with the Nuvo Basics Rectangle dies.

I used a couple of Copic green markers to make the “blades of grass” next to the pot of gold and clovers.  I also used some colored chalk to sponge in some colors for the rainbow behind the pot of gold.

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Here you can also see on the panel where I’ve taken some Super Thick Gold EP and sprinkled some in the corners of my image panel and then heat set it from underneath.

I also took a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to add some “dots” in the center of the clovers and then of course used the SNS Shamrock Glitter to go over them!  I also covered the coins in the pot with the glue and sprinkled some Champagne Glitter over them for some sparkle!

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With the same SNS Champagne Glitter that I used on the coins in the pot, I also took some SNS Sticker Paper and covered an entire panel with it and burnished it in!  The shimmer and glitz on this is stunning in person and really sets off the card!  I’ve also used the Glitter Brush to take away the excess glitter particles and it’s a must have for clean up too!  (Instead of clinging to the brush, it repels it away!)  These sheets are somewhat thin, so I made sure that I’ve added some layers of cardstock in between this glitter panel for stability to the card.  (Keep this in mind if you are using the sticker paper for this idea.)

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I tried to capture some of the sparkle in the photo, but it really looks brilliant when you are holding it in person! 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I really appreciate you stopping in!!

If you happen to use any of the links in this post, please be sure to use my special discount code below at checkout for 10% off your order:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Crafting With an Attitude – Anything Goes
  2. Creative Moments – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #338
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. Pammies Inky Pinkes – Anything Goes PIP1910
  6. Not Just Cards – Anything Goes

 

Imagine…You’re Home!

Hello friends!  I have to say that I’m very happy that we’ve started the month of March and I really look forward to seeing the bit of green and growth soon to come!

Today, I have a card using one of the March New Release stamp sets from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Have you seen all of the wonderful new products released for this month?  I look forward to sharing more of them with you later on!

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Today, my card features this really fun Lil Garden Cottage rubber stamp set [00-943P5] from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I have colored it up with my Copic markers and I’ve used the packaging from the stamp set to help with color suggestions.  (I really like that when stamp sets have a colored version on their product labels!)

Since last year I’ve been noticing lots of “fairy garden” projects and I am amazed at how many “tiny” items that are available to purchase so that you can create your own little garden!  This image sort of reminds me of that!  I think I like creating my own little “fairy garden” on paper! 🙂  Do any of you like to make Fairy Gardens?

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For the base of my card, I’ve used an A2 sized top folding kraft card base.  I took my VersaMark ink to stamp the tiny mushroom images from the set along the bottom edge of the base.  I also took another piece of kraft cardstock and heat embossed part of the sentiment with the SNS White EP and then cut it out from a circle die.  I set these pieces aside while working on the rest of my card.

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After coloring in the image, I also took the other portion of the sentiment “Imagine…” and stamped it next to the cottage image, but then heat set that one with the SNS Coffee EP.  I also took an additional piece of white cardstock to layer behind the image panel.  For that piece, I took my VersaMark ink pad and sponged along the edges of it and also heat set that with the same Coffee EP as well.  You can also see at the top of the image panel that I’ve lightly blended in some distress ink to soften up the white a bit.

For the sparkly twine at the top, I created it by taking the SNS 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape and twisting it on itself and then I ran it through some SNS Shamrock Glitter.  (If you’ve not seen this before, be sure to check out one of Demo Donna’s videos to see how she does it!)  I took a piece of it to make a bow and then glued it over my design.

I took some craft foam to pop up this image panel a bit before attaching it to the kraft card base.  I also took some more craft foam to pop up the side of the circle sentiment panel as well.

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To add a bit of detail to my image and make it my own, I stamped, colored and fussy cut out each of the mushrooms as well as the snail and then attached them where I wanted them to show up on my image panel.

I used the Nuvo Precision Glue Pen to “color in” the areas where I wanted it to be green and then sprinkled some of that SNS Shamrock Glitter over those areas.  I took the Nuvo White Crystal Drops to add a few “dots” over the red mushroom.  I then took the Nuvo Morning Dew Crystal Drops (dries clear) and filled in the “window” on the cottage as well as the “snail shell” to add some shine to it.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ve been inspired to check out the new March release over at Sparkle N Sprinkle!  Be sure to join us over at the Facebook Monthly Creative Challenge group as well as join us for the Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge blog too!  We’d love to see what you’re making!

If you happen to go shopping using any of these links, please be sure to use my discount code below at checkout!

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Thanks so much for dropping in today!!  I’m so hoping that I can get back into catching up with you and getting caught up on entering challenges!  I do miss all of this!

Wishing you a happy day!

Find Peace with a Winter Deer for Sparkle N Sprinkle

Hello friends!  As I had mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are currently being hit with snow AND ice over my way…so I might as well embrace it, right?!   Although I’ve been trying to sneak in some Spring creations, I also enjoy creating Christmas/Winter cards throughout the year so that I can take my time and not be hurried during the rush of the Season at the end of the year which makes it more enjoyable…and peaceful! 🙂

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Sparkle N Sprinkle has released this gorgeous new stamp set this month called Winter Deer [00-935P5] which I’ve used on my card for today:

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You can also get a Digital Version [DIGI935J] -(includes more sentiments/pre-colored) of this stamp set if you prefer that to rubber, but I have used the rubber stamp set for my card here.  I started out with a piece of watercolor paper and used the Blue Blitz [1208N] and Atlantis Burst [1213N] Nuvo Shimmer Powders to create the background by spritzing it with water until I achieved the look I wanted and set aside to dry.

(You can also see my photo tutorial on the Sparkle N Sprinkle Blog if you like.)

I cut this panel out with an oval die and using my cut out deer for reference to see where I wanted to position the sentiment,  I embossed the sentiment from the stamp set with White EP [EP166]  .  I used some Magic Speckle EP [EP175] for a really cool background effect over the watercolor panel! (You can see it better in the photos below.)  I’ve used both SNS Dimensional Glue [539] as well as foam dots to attach the deer image and oval layers together.  I’ve used both white cardstock as well as some gold mirror cardstock for the layered panels.

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Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on the deer as well as the Magic Speckle EP effect on the background!  Since it’s a thicker type of powder, I didn’t attach it with anything.  I just added “piles” of it where I wanted and melted it from underneath so it didn’t blow all over.  Loving how it has that “icy look” to it!  I’m using this same EP again soon!  So stay tuned!

For the deer, I’ve used my Tim Holtz 5″ Mini Scissors [816E] to VERY carefully cut this image out and then used a black marker to go along the edges to hide my imperfections. For the snow over the branches, I’ve used a Nuvo Precision Glue Pen [206N] to go over it and then sprinkle some Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] over it.  I also took the Nuvo Red Berry Crystal Drops [667N] and covered the “berries” with it.  I set this aside until dry to work on the rest of my card.

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So for the glittery background panel behind the oval layers, I took a piece of white cardstock and attached it with a piece of the SNS Super Adhesive Sheets [SAS02] and die cut it out with a scallop rectangle die.  I removed the release paper from it and burnished some of the same Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003] into this panel.  I attached it over another piece of gold mirror cardstock and then wrapped some organdy ribbon around it and attached a bow along the side.

In the center of the bow, I added a snowflake sequins and then put a dot of the SNS Dimensional Glue [539] in the center of it and then added some more of the Sparkling Snow Glitter [G1003].

These layers were attached to an A2 sized top folding white card base and then the oval layers were attached over the glitter panel next to the bow.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and got inspired to keep ahead of making your Christmas cards this year!  Thank you so much for dropping in!  I really appreciate your kindness and support so much!!  (Reading your comments always brightens my day more than you know! HUGS)

If you shop at Sparkle N Sprinkle using any of the links above, be sure to get an extra 10% off your entire order by using my code below:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Winter Wonderland – Anything Christmas Goes
  2. Merry Little Christmas – (MLCCB7) Anything Christmas Goes
  3. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks – Lots of Layers
  5. Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with DiesHLS AG with Dies Badge
  6. Allsorts – Winter Sparkle

2 Crafty Critter Crazies February Challenge is Here!

Hello friends!  **This is my first of 2 posts today, but be sure to stop by right after this post for the final post this morning with a special blog hop and prizes available to win!**

Today starts our brand new February challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  Remember that this is an always ANYTHING GOES challenge, but you must include a critter somewhere on your project to enter!

We are being sponsored this month by Sparkle N Sprinkle!  The DT has created some wonderful creations using their products, so go check it out and play along with us this month!  Here’s what I’ve created for the challenge:

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I have used this gorgeous January digital stamp release from SnS called Ribbons of Love [DIGI933DE] which was created by my wonderful blog friend Donna Ellis!  If you stay tuned in later, you will see another creation I’ve made for the blog hop using this same set!  It’s a very beautiful and versatile set to have!

For this card, I’ve used the uncolored images and placed the images together how I wanted them to appear in a Word doc and then printed it out.  I printed out an extra butterfly so that I could cut it out and pop it up over the design for dimension.  All of the butterflies were colored with Copics.

For the background of my card, I took some Demo Donna’s Lace and placed it over top of a piece of cardstock that I’ve covered with a Super Adhesive Sheet.  I then sprinkled some Caspia Sea glitter and burished it over the lace layer.  (Sometimes I use the backing from the adhesive sheet to help burnish it in.)  After I felt it was burnished in, I removed the lace layer and sprinkled on some Lemonade glitter over the rest which gave me the unique glittery lace background!  As you can see, I’ve also taken a small strip of it to add to my design.  I have layered that piece with a strip of black fishtail banner and tied a white ribbon bow to attach over it.  The butterfly image panel was cut, layered with black cardstock and attached over the middle of the glittery background which as also layered with black cardstock and attached to an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Looking more closely at the card, you can better see the glittery background along with the coloring on the butterflies.  The two butterflies at the top was brushed with some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and then I sprinkled some Diamond Dust glitter over top of their wings for a bit more sparkle.  I glued the center of the yellow butterfly down and popped up the wings with my finger for a bit of dimension.

Please be sure to check out the 2Crafty Critter Crazies blog for more inspiration from the rest of the design team and I hope to see your critter creation in the gallery this month!

Thanks for stopping in…stay tuned in for my next special post!!

Celebrate for a Hoppy New Year!

**I have 2 posts today – This is post 2 of 2 – Scroll down or CLICK HERE to see my 2 Crafty Critter Crazies post!** – Thank you!

Happy New Year friends!!  Here’s wishing for a very HAPPY, HEALTHY and CRAFTY 2019 to you all!!

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To get your MOJO going in the “crafty” New Year, we’ve started up a brand new challenge over at the Sprakle N Sprinkle Challenge Blog for the month of January as well as a brand new monthly challenge over on our Sparkle N Sprinkle Facebook Challenge Group!  We love seeing what you are creating, so we do hope that you will be joining along in the fun with us this month!  Be sure to click on the badge above to see the inspiration from the design team!

I’m also VERY excited to report that Sparkle N Sprinkle has asked me to join their permanent creative design team!  So I hope you’ll look forward to seeing more projects this year from me using their products!! – I’m already excited about what I’ve been making recently to share with you soon!

So… to be festive and join in on the celebration everywhere, I’ve decided to make a special card just for the occasion!  🙂

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I’ve used this really fun digital stamp from Sparkle N Sprinkle called Max [DIGI566]  and I have used my Prisma Color pencils to color him in with over some Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel paper.  I cut him out with a circle die and then ran some glue around the edges with a Nuvo Medium Tip Glue Pen [203N] and sprinkled some Copper Jewel Glitter [G1059] over it.  I mounted another circle behind it that I’ve cut out with some  Tonic Burnished Rose Mirror Cardstock [9488E] .

For the background of my card, I’ve used some Sparkle N Sprinkle Super Adhesvie Sheets [SAS02] that I’ve cut out in different sized circles and then added some of the same glitter that I’ve used for around the frog image panel.  I cut a few more circles out with the same mirror cardstock as well.

Bfore attaching the circles, I’ve heat embossed the sentiment over the A2 sized top folding black card base with some Sparkle N Sprinkle  Bronze Rose embossing powder [EP335],which I thinks matches up beautifully with that mirror cardstock!  Right underneath the embossed sentiment, I added some SNS 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape [SAT16]  and sprinkled on some more of that pretty glitter that I’ve used all over this card.  Then I added all the circles in the background including the frog image panel and cut off the circle part sticking over the edge on the right side.

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Taking a closer look at the “party Max frog”, you can see better how he’s colored in and a few other details that I’ve added to him.  For the olive shine, I’ve used some Nuvo Morning Dew Crystals Drops [677N] and for the “liquid” glass he’s sitting in, I’ve taken the Nuvo Medium Tip Glue Pen [203N] and sprinkled some Waterscape glitter [G1108] over it.  I’ve also used the Nuvo Gold Coast Glitter Drops [770N] to add a bit of sparkle around Max’s head.  (I’m assuming that it’s a bit of “campagne pops” from the glass!  Tee Hee!)

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Just like Max here, I’m just as happy to dive right into the New Year in 2019!  I hope you are too and I hope that you will join me in this journey with Sparkle N Sprinkle too!  I would love to see you playing in the challenges or joining our Facebook Group!

If you have any questions about the products I’ve used or where to purchase them, I will always have them linked in my posts or you can find my tutorial posts over on the Sparkle N Sprinkle company blog.

**Don’t forget that if you click on any of these links to purchase, you can also use my DT code at checkout to receive a 10% discount!**

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Thanks so much for droppin in!!  Enjoy your first day in 2019!

Clearly Big Birthday Wishes

Hello friends!  Hope you are having a good weekend so far!  I have a really fun card to share with you today using a couple of the new December releases from Sparkle N Sprinkle!  I’ve combined digital papers, digital images and also rubber stamps all with a unique twist!  Check it out:

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I have made a fun “clear/see-through” card using the new Sparkle N Sprinkle A Big Birthday Wish rubber stamp set as well as the new Violets for You Digital Bundle.  (It comes with several gorgeous digital papers -some of which I’ve used on this design!)

To create the clear panel on the front of my card, I just used a standard A2 sized white top folding card base and cut off the front of it by leaving about 1″ at the top of it.  Then taking some SnS embossable acetate, I white heat embossed the “happy” sentiment all over it and cut it down to size to fit the front of the card and leaving enough “over-hang” so that I could attach it to the 1″ at the top of the card base. (I’ve used some Tear-ific Tape to attach it.)

I took a white panel and heat embossed the “birthday” & “wishes” sentiment with Berry Bliss EP and then layered a piece of black cardstock behind it.  I then white heat embossed the “wishes” sentiment over a strip of black card stock that I’ve cut into a banner and placed this underneath the “birthday”.

I’ve printed out the flower image and butterfly image from the Violet’s for You Digital Bundle.  I colored them with Copic markers, but there are several pre-colored ones if you prefer to do that.  For the top of the card, I’ve used some 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape and burnished some Caspia Sea glitter over it.  (I thought the color matched up beautifully with the digital papers from this set!)  For the bottom of the card front, I’ve cut a white strip of cardstock with a scallop die and then added a thin strip of Nuvo Burnished Rose Mirror cardstock over it.

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Having a closer look at the butterfly, you can see the sparkle on it.  I achieved this by using some Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue (it dries clear) and then spinkling some Diamond Dust Glitter over it.

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Because you can see through the front of the card, I wanted to make sure that my adhesive didn’t show on the back of the acetate on the inside, so I took a another piece of the Nuvo Burnished Rose Mirror cardstock slightly larger than the panel on the front and attached it on the inside lining it up with the front panel.  Then I cut a piece of those pretty digital papers from the digi bundle and attached it to the inside of the card.  I’ve also cut an additional white panel and lined it up with the other front panels so that you can’t see it from the front of the card, but when you open it, it gives you a place to put a message inside.

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Here the card is laying flat so that you can see how it looks completely closed up with all of the layers showing together.  This was a really fun one to put together!  Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks for dropping in!

**Please be sure to follow the Sparkle N Sprinkle blog for inspiration from the design team and don’t forget that we also have a fun Facebook Group so you can share your Sparkle N Sprinkle creation, join the challenge or see live videos and ask questions!  There is also a fun Challenge blog that you play along with us too!**

If you want to go shopping, don’t forget to add my discount code when you checkout:

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Here’s the list of Sparkle N Sprinkle products I’ve used on my card today:

Stamps:  Violets for You (Digital bundle with papers) DIGI925-4008FS, A Big Birthday Wish stamp set 931P8

Embossing Powders:  Berry Bliss EP313, White EP166

Glitter:  Microfine Caspia Sea GM2048, Ultrafine Diamond Dust G1116

Ink:  VersaMark VM001

Papers:  Embossable Acetate 99602, Mirror Cardstock Satin Effect-Burnished Rose 9488e

Adhesives:  SnS Brushable Glue 540, 1/4″ Tear-ific Tape SAT16, Dimensional Glue 539

Tools:  Static Free Bag 99512, Glitter Brush SG1400, Glass Media Mat 1914e

 

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Not Just Cards – Just for Fun Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes twist:  “Do what you like best” (coloring/embossing/glitter)
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes #326