The Artists on the Block 2014 Recap

Hey everyone!  My has 2014 flown by!  It has been a whirlwind of a year with the launch of the ATB, Team ATB and the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team.  Not to mention all of you sharing your creativity and creating amazing Artist Trading Blocks!  Today we will be sharing favorite ATB’s created by Team ATB and the Inspiration Team in 2014.  I don’t know about you but I sure am looking forward to seeing more amazing ATB’s in 2015.

The Artists on the Block 2014 Recap

Anne Redfern chose her Artist Trading Block Cabinet filled with curiosities and creative possibilities.  Anne is a master ATB architect so it is no wonder she selected this well crafted cabinet as her fave.

Old Curiosity Shop ATB Cabinet by Anne Redfern

“Curious” to see how Anne created this ATB cabinet?  Stop by Anne’s blog for more details.

Lisa Hoel selected her sensational Sea themed ATB as her favorite project for 2014.  This Artist Trading block certainly deserves to be on a pedestal don’t you think?

Under the Sea Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel | TheArtistsOnTheBlock.com

Take a swim over to Lisa’s blog for more lovely sea themed ATB inspiration.

Pam Bray picked her most popular Artist Trading Block as her favorite.  The level of detail in Pam’s Graphic 45 Birdsong ATB is truly amazing!

Graphic 45 Birdsong Artist Trading Block by Pam Bray | @ArtTheBlock

Fly on over to Pam’s blog for more intricate details on this amazing ATB creation.

 

Oxana Moupasiridou is taking us on a walk through a Mixed-Media “Wonderland” with her Alice inspired Mixed Media Tea Box ATB.  Alice in Wonderland fans of all ages will be delighted by the level of creative detail in this Artist Trading Block creation.

Alice in Wonderland Tea Box Artist Trading Block by Scrappylicious | @ArtTheBlock

Take a trip down the rabbit hole at Oxana’s blog for more gorgeous photos and steps.

 

Claudine Criner will knock your creative socks off with this Artist Trading Block creation just bursting with blooms and butterflies!  From the unique construction to the copic coloring Claudine’s Beautiful Butterfly ATB puts the “color” in colorful!

Team ATB &100 Proof Press Block Hop : Exploding Butterfly ATB by Claudine Criner | @ArtTheBlock

Flutter on over to Claudine’s blog for an equally fabulous mixed-media tutorial.

 

Shelly Hickox is well-known for her creative innovations.  Her work with ATB’s is no exception.  Shelly’s Shadow Box Artist Trading Block was an early favorite when the ATB movement was in its infancy, and it’s no wonder that this innovative design is Shelly’s favorite as well.

Shadow Box Artist Trading Block by Shelly Hickox | @ArtTheBlock

Stop by Shelly’s Blog for a fun tutorial on how to create a Shadow Box Artist Trading Block.

 

Anna-Karin Evaldsson our resident mixed media maven chose this “Inspired” ATB as her fave.

City Scape Artist Trading Block by Anna-Karin Evaldsson | @ArtTheBlock

Visit Anna-Karin’s blog for a mixed-media ATB tutorial sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Michelle Zerull’s cute and quirky style never ceases to amaze me!  I was delighted that she chose her Umbrella ATB as her favorite as it is one of my favorites too.

April Showers Artist Trading Block by Michelle Zerull

Stop by Michelle’s blog it’s “raining” creativity over there…just wait till you see how she created that darling umbrella :)

Diana Hetherington chose her  Mirrored ATB as her favorite project of 2014.

Mirrored Artist Trading Block by Diana Hetherington

Stop by Diana’s blog for more on this gorgeous ATB.

 

Donna Budzynski’s favorite ATB creation is the cat’s MEOW!  This crazy creative “Cat-in-the-box” ATB tower is capital A amazing!

Cat-in-the-box ATB Tower by Donna Budzynski

Spring by Donna’s blog for more on this fabulous project.

Last but not least, my favorite ATB project created in 2014…the Fairy Tree!  I can’t resist a thing with wings and this ATB fairy tree was fun, fun, fun to create.

Artist Trading Block Fairy Tree by Amy Bowerman

Come visit me at Plucking Daisies to learn how to create your own Artist Trading Block Fairy Tree and a neat trick for creating realistic fairy wings.

We would like to give a big THANK YOU to our generous sponsors and all of you who have supported the ATB movement with your creativity!

Our first ever Artist Trading Block Hop was with the fabulous ladies of Stencil Girl!  Not only did the Stencil Girls  help us launch The Artists on the Block they were instrumental in getting the word out about ATB’s by sharing samples for the Sizzix Booth display at CHA 2014.  Check out our first ever Block Hop with Stencil Girl HERE.

Stencil Girl Sizzix "Block Hop" | TheArtistsOnTheBlock.com #TheATB

Check out our Block Hop with Altered Pages HERE.

Team ATB & Altered Pages Artist Trading Block Hop Recap | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

Check out our “Hip to Be Square” Block Hop with the Funkie Junkie’s Frilly and Funkie team HERE.

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock

Check out our Block Hop with 100 Proof Press HERE.

Artist Trading Blocks with 100 Proof Press Stamps Recap

Can’t wait to see what’s in store for the ATB in 2015!  Stay in touch with us on social media to see what’s new.

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Amy*

 

 

Artist Trading Blocks with 100 Proof Press Stamps Recap

Hey there ATB friends!  Wow what a magnificent Block Hop we’ve had with 100 Proof Press!  Today we’ll be sharing the final blocks from our hop and recapping all the amazing artist trading blocks we’ve seen thus far.  Get ready for some serious ATB inspiration!

Artist Trading Blocks with 100 Proof Press Stamps Recap

First up, we have Lisa Hoel with this incredible Fish Tank Artist Trading Block!  Sizzix dies and 100 Proof Press Stamps make this project oh so innovative and creative!

Aquarium Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel

Swim on over to Lisa’s Blog for some fun filled ATB techniques and cool stamping tricks!

 

Diana Hetherington will wow you with this oh so lovely Fairy Garden Artist Trading Block complete with a lighted lantern in true “will-o’-the-wisp”style.

Fairy Garden Artist Trading Block by Diana Hetherington

Flutter on by Diana’s Blog for more details on this fairy-tale ATB creation.

 

Last but not least, we have an Andy Warhol themed ATB by me Amy Bowerman.  I’ve been a bit un-creative as of late but there’s nothing like a fresh set of 100 Proof Press Stamps and some wise words from my favorite Artist to jump start the ol’ creative mojo. :)

Andy Warhol Artist Trading Blocks by Amy Bowerman

Come visit me at Plucking Daisies and learn more about what “Andy Says”

 

You’ll be “Walking through a Winter Wonderland” with this ‘snow’ lovely Winter Wonderland ATB by Sara Vukson from 100 Proof Press.

Winter Wonderland Artist Trading Block by Sara Vukson

Get “geared’ up for some bright ideas that will take your stamping to the next level and check out this fun Steam Punk ATB tower by Tera Callihan at 100 Proof Press!

Steam Punk ATB tower by Tera Callihan

Andrea Ockey Parr shares a delightful fabric and ink covered ATB ensemble sure to make your creativity soar!  You can enroll in “Madam Condor’s Flight School” and learn more about this inspired creation at the 100 Proof Press Blog HERE.

Madam Condor's Flight School ATB by Andrea Ockey Parr

If these amazing artist trading block creations don’t inspire you to jump on the ATB bandwagon I don’t know what will!    C’mon you know you wanna ;)  On that note lets have a look back at ALL of the ATB’s created with 100 Proof Press Rubber Stamps this past month by Team ATB and the 100 Proof Press DT…

 

100 Proof Press Artist Trading Block Recap

You can check out all of the Artist Trading Blocks created by Team ATB by clicking the links below (clockwise from left)

Fairy Garden Artist Trading Block by Diana Hetherington

Fish Tank Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel

Time Piece ATB by Anne Redfern

Butterfly Explosion ATB by Claudine Criner

Snowman Artist Trading Block by Pam Bray

Winter Fairy Tale Artist Trading Block by Oxana Moupisaridou

Andy Warhol Artist Trading Blocks by Amy Bowerman

100 Proof Press Artist Trading Block Recap

You can check out all of the incredible ATB’s created by the 100 Proof Press Team by clicking on the links below (clockwise from Left)

Owl ATB Tower by Amy Lassiter

Steam Punk ATB Tower by Terra Callihan 

Artist Trading Block Tower of Color by Kersten Christianson

Whimsical Woodland ATB Tower by Joy Holder Northrop

Madam Condor’s School of Flight ATB by Andrea Ockey Parr

Winter Wonderland ATB by Sara Vukson

 

I just want to give a mahoosive THANK YOU to 100 Proof Press and the 100 Proof Press Team for joining on this Block hop and sharing such fabulous art .  I hope you’ve been good this year because you’ll have a LOOOONG list of stamps for Santa to bring for you :)  You can find all of the stamps used in the above Artist Trading Block Projects and connect with 100 Proof Press at the links below…

100 Proof Press Links:

Shop 100ProofPress.com

100 Proof Press Blog

100 Proof Press on Facebook

Team ATB will be taking a much needed break for the month of December.  If you’ve created a Holiday/winter themed ATB please send it to Amy(at)pluckingdaisies(dot)com to be featured here later this month.

We’d also love for you to link up any and all of your holiday creations at the Art with Heart  “Holiday Traditions” Challenge HERE.  There’s a great Sizzix prize up for grabs from Eileen’s latest collection Vintage Kitchen.

 

Have a creative day!

Amy

 

 

Artist Trading Block Designs with 100 Proof Press Stamps

Hey there ATB fans!  Our Block Hop with 100 Proof Press continues.  Team ATB and the 100 Proof Press team have quite the inspirational array of stamped Artist Trading Block designs to get your creativity flowing today!  Grab a seat and prepare to marvel at some never before seen Artist Trading Block designs featuring 100 Proof Press Stamps!

Team ATB and 100 Proof Press November Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock

Anne Redfern has a tantalizing Time themed Artist Trading Block design sure to get your creativity ticking!

Time Flies Artist Trading Block by Anne Redfern

Stop by Anne’s blog and take your “time” gazing and getting inspired by this creative ATB design.

 

Oxana Moupasiridou shares a “Winter Fairy Tales” Artist Trading Block covered from head to “toad” with whimsical delights!  I adore the Fairy Tale themed 100 Proof Press stamps she has chosen…truly magical!

Winter Fairy Tale Artist Trading Block by Oxana Moupasiridou

Visit Oxana’s Blog to see all sides of this delightful Winter Fairy Tale ATB.  While you are there Oxana will treat you to a fantastic tutorial filled with mixed-media layering techniques!

 

Amy Lassiter from the 100 Proof Press Team has a darling Owl ATB tower you are sure to give a hoot about!  Amy’s Artist Trading Block tower is pretty, pretty with an acorn on top!

Artist Trading Block Owl Tower by Amy Lassiter

Fly on over to Amy’s blog for more detail shots  of this gorgeous (and adorable) ATB creation!

You can find all of the stamps used in these amazing Artist Trading Block projects and connect with 100 Proof Press here…

100 Proof Press Links:

Shop 100ProofPress.com

100 Proof Press Blog

100 Proof Press on Facebook

 

You can also find more Artist Trading Block inspiration by connecting with The Artists on the Block on Social Media.

Facebook * Twitter * Pinterest

Have a Creative Project to share?  Share it with us at The Art with Heart Challenge HERE

Art with Heart Challenge | Eileenhull.com

Or more specifically an ATB?  Eileen Hull is Sponsoring the Craft Hoarder’s anonymous Challenge and this week it’s all about the Block!  Share your creations and get inspired HERE.

Til’ next time!

Amy*

 

Holiday Artist Trading Block Snowman

Hey there Artist Trading Block enthusiasts!  Our Block Hop with 100 Proof Press continues and boy do Team ATB and the 100 Proof Press girls have some super inspiring ATB designs to share with you!  Hold onto your hats folks and get ready for some stellar, stamped Artist Trading Block inspiration…

Team ATB and 100 Proof Press November Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock

Pam Bray is no slouch when it comes to creative stamping and paper play.   How stinkin’ cute is the Holiday Artist Trading Block Snowman?    This guy is all decked out in Graphic 45 papers,100 Proof Press Stamps and lots of fun holiday trims.   I just adore his hat don’t you?

Holiday Artist Trading Block Snowman by Pam Bray

Do you wanna build a snowman?  Pam will show you how with this adorable Holiday Artist Trading Block Snowman tutorial found on Pam’s Blog

 

Kersten Christianson from the 100 Proof Press team will dazzle you with her colorful, creative, stamped ATB tower.

Colorful 100 Proof Press Stamped ATB Tower by Kersten Christianson

Gorgeous colors and imagery abound in this project but don’t take my word for it, stop by  Kersten’s Blog for more detail shots and info on how this lovely ATB tower was built!

Team ATB and 100 Proof Press will be back next week with more ATB and stamping inspiration for you.  In the meantime you can connect and Shop with 100 Proof Press Here…

Shop 100ProofPress.com

100 Proof Press Blog

100 Proof Press on Facebook

 

Have a creative project to share (ATB or otherwise)?  We’d love to have you join in on the Art with Heart Challenge !

Art with Heart Challenge | Eileenhull.com

 

The Art with Heart Challenge this month is “Favorite Recipes” if you have a creative “recipe” to share link your projects up HERE for a chance to win a signed Sizzix die from Eileen Hull’s new collection Vintage Kitchen!

Have a holly jolly day!

Amy*

November Block Hop with 100 Proof Press

Hey there ATB fans!  Exciting things are happening for the month of November.  Team ATB has joined forces with 100 Proof Press to bring you sensational stamping and Artist Trading Block inspiration all month-long!  We hope you will “stay tuned” each week for the next episode in our Block Hop with the talented 100 Proof Press Team!  Grab an ink pad and a cup of joe and let’s get inspired…

Team ATB and 100 Proof Press November Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock

Claudine Criner has my heart all aflutter with this oh-my-gorgeous Exploding Butterfly Artist Trading Block.    Claudine gives such realism to these beautifully stamped  100 Proof Press images with Distress Inks and Copic Markers…wow!

Team ATB &100 Proof Press Block Hop : Exploding Butterfly ATB by Claudine Criner | @ArtTheBlock

In addition to coloring, stamping and mixed media techniques, you’ll also find a unique way to create a stand for your ATB creations on Claudine’s Blog.  Flutter on over for more inspiration!

 

Joy from 100 Proof Press has created an expertly stamped ATB tower chock full of lovely 100 proof press images, pretty papers, and trims!

Team ATB &100 Proof Press Block Hop : Stamped ATB Tower by Joy| @ArtTheBlock

I adore the use of basic black and white here.  It really makes the images pop and shows off Joy’s mixed-media prowess for backgrounds.  Stop by the 1oo Proof Press Blog for more detailed shots and angles of this terrific tower.  There is much more stamped goodness to see!

You can find all of these images and more at 100 Proof Press.  To say that they have TONS of unique images would be a serious understatement.  Prepare yourself for a stampers paradise :)

Stay tuned next week for the next installment of Stamped ATB inspiration!

In the meantime you can connect with 100 Proof Press here…

Shop 100ProofPress.com

100 Proof Press Blog

100 Proof Press on Facebook

 

Have a stamp your heart out day!

Amy*

Under the Sea and Up in the Air Artist Trading Blocks

Team ATB is here to take you on an artful journey under the sea and up, up in the air with some FANTASTIC, sculptural artist trading block designs!  Grab a snorkel, hold onto your hats and get ready to dive in to creative ATB inspiration beyond words…

Under the Sea Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel | TheArtistsOnTheBlock.com

Lisa Hoel is here to WOW you with a magnificent Under the Sea Artist Trading Block based on Tim’s September Tag technique.  There is no shortage of mixed-media marvels, Ranger Ink, and Sizzix goodness in this sea sculpture design.

A single photo does not even begin to capture the level of detail in this piece.  Swim on over to Lisa’s Blog for more incredible details.

Team ATB Lisa Hoel | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

Oxana  will take you up, up and away with her heavenly Hot Air Balloon Artist Trading Block.  Again you’ll see mixed-media techniques galore coupled with sensational Sizzix die cutting and radical Ranger Inking.

Hot Air Balloon Artist Trading Block by Scrappylicious | TheArtiststOnTheBlock.com

Oxana’s Blog has many more details for you to peruse, certain to make YOUR creativity fly high!

Team ATB Oxana Moupasiridou | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

 

Have a well-traveled day!

Amy*

Welcome Fall Artist Trading Blocks

Fall is finally here!  Team ATB member Pam Bray is sharing a fun home decor piece to Welcome Fall using Artist Trading Blocks!

Welcome Fall Artist Trading Blocks by Pam Bray | @ArtTheBlock

 

How cute is this creation?  So many fun fall details have been added to this project it makes me want to grab a pumpkin latte and soak them in!  Pam has used fabulous fall inspired papers from Graphic 45 with Sizzix dies from Eileen Hull to create this darling Fall ATB home decor piece.  The best part is, Pam is also sharing a tutorial on how you can create this fun fall project for your home.  Stop by Pam’s Blog for more details and steps.

Team ATB Pam Bray | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

This project fits perfectly with the September Art with Heart Challenge theme “Fall Back”.  Have a fall themed creation you’d like to share?  Share your Fall Art with Heart HERE.

Art with Heart Challenge | Eileenhull.com

Have a welcoming fall day!

Amy*

 

Artist Trading Blocks by Lisa Hoel

Team ATB member Lisa Hoel has been busy, busy coming up with new and improved Artist Trading Block techniques!  If you are in need of creative ATB inspiration you came to the right place!  Check out the latest and greatest ATB techniques from Lisa Hoel...

Artful Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel | @ArtTheBlock

This Artful ATB inspired by Tim Holtz August Tag technique is filled with mixed-media fabulousness and a heaping dose of Tim Holtz idea-ology!  I adore this design…talk about inspiring!  You won’t want to miss a single detail featured on this amazing artist trading block.  See them HERE.

Next, Lisa shares her softer side with this gorgeous Cameo Artist Trading Block!  Again, Lisa let’s you in on even MORE creative mixed-media techniques used to create this shabby-chic ATB design.

Vintage Cameo Artist Trading Block by Lisa Hoel | Eileenhull.com

Check out more details on this lovely ATB design on Lisa’s Blog HERE.

Team ATB Lisa Hoel | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

Learn tricks of the ATB trade from the talented Lisa Hoel HERE.

Art with Heart Challenge | Eileenhull.com

Now that you’ve got some amazing ATB technique inspiration courtesy of Lisa Hoel why not give one or more of these techniques a try?  There’s a new Art with Heart Challenge for September so feel free to share your creations with us HERE  and check out more ATB inspiration from the Inspiration Team!

Have an inspiring day!

Amy*

Hip to Be Square Block Hop Recap

Hey there ATB friends!  The Hip to Be Square Block Hop with Team ATB and Frilly and Funkie is coming to an end.  Today we will be recapping all of the fantastic Artist Trading Blocks created during the hop.   This has been a wonderful hop filled to the brim with ATB inspiration from both teams and challenge participants.  I’m sure you’ll agree that these gals sure know how to “Think outside the Block”!

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Block Hop | @ArtTheBlock

Below you will find links to all of the beautiful and creative Artist Trading Blocks pictured.  Big thanks to Team ATB and the Frilly and Funkie DT for their amazing, creative ATB inspiration!

Team ATB

Desk Organizer ATB by Pam Bray

Family ATB by Diana Hetherington

Sea Horse ATB by Anne Redfern

ATB Charm by Oxana Moupasiridou

Crackle Paste ATB by Claudine Criner

 

Frilly and Funkie DT

Ocean Themed ATB Tower by Trace Metcalfe

Chest of Drawers ATB by Sue Carrington

Halloween Treat ATB Tower by Linda Coughlin

Sin City Motors ATB collection by Jenny Marples

Lacy and Lovely ATB Tower by Rebecca Deeprose

Paper Peony ATB by Cec Wintonyk

Vintage Halloween ATB Tower by Linda Coughlin

Attic Treasures ATB by Nancy Dynes

 

In addition to Team ATB and the Frilly and Funkie “rocking the block” the entries in the Hip to Be Square challenge were capital “A” AMAZING!  If you haven’t linked up you have till the end of day to do so so get those entries in HERE for a chance at a shopping spree to the Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Each entry was sooo clever and creative!  Here’s my top 3 picks in no particular order…

Donna Gibson went above and beyond the “Wow” factor with this gorgeous ATB Topiary!  This is a never before seen use for Artist Trading Blocks.  I for one am in awe of this creation.

Artist Trading Block Topiary by Donna Gibson | @ArtTheBlock

Stop by Donna’s blog for more details on this clever and oh so creative ATB design!

Next, we have this beautifully stamped and multi-dimensional Artistic Outpost ATB created by Suzz’s Stamping Spot.  I adore the vintage look of this design.  Each element has been placed perfectly!

Artistic Outpost Artist Trading Block by Suzz's Stamping Spot | @ArtTheBlock

Head on over to Suzz’s Stamping Spot for more details and photos of this charming ATB.

Finally, we have yet another new use for Artist Trading Blocks from Jackie Blackman...an ATB Photo Album holder!  How clever to use an Artist Trading Block as an artful container for handmade photo albums!

Artist Trading Block Photo Album Holder by Jackie Blackman | @ArtTheBlock

Speaking of photos, Jackie has plenty more photos and a tutorial on how you can create this inspired Artist Trading Block project on her blog HERE.

 

So how’s that for creative Artist Trading Block inspiration?  Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing ATB’s created for the Hip to Be Square challenge at Frilly & Funkie and link up YOUR creations HERE.

You can find ATB Sizzix dies and other creative supplies at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

 


Have a hip to be square day!

Amy*

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Blocks

Hi there ATB fans!  Team ATB is back with another installment of inspiration for the “Hip to Be Square” challenge at Frilly and Funkie!  Team ATB and the Frilly and Funkie DT have been rocking the block for sure!  There is no shortage of ATB inspiration when these two teams get together.  Yesterday the Funkie side of F&F showed us how hip it IS to be square (See their Amazing ATB’s HERE).  Today it’s Team ATB’s turn to inspire you.  Check it…

 

Anne Redfern starts us off with this stunning Seahorse Artist Trading Block!  Sand, Sea horses and blueprint stamps…what could be better?

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Blocks: Sea Horse ATB by Anne Redfern | @ArtTheBlock

Anne is sharing a fantastic tutorial on how she created this sea-faring ATB design that you can see HERE.

Team ATB Anne Redfern | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

Claudine Criner gets creative with Crackle paste and MORE Blueprint stamps!  You won’t want to miss this lavishly, layered design featuring creative uses of Sizzix Dies and Ranger Ink products!

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Blocks: Crackle Paste ATB by Claudine Criner | @ArtTheBlock

Stop by Claudine’s blog for a fabulous tutorial on this fun Artist Trading Block technique!

Team ATB Claudine Criner | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

Diana Hetherington also got her “crackle on” with this fantastic Family ATB!

Hip to Be Square Artist Trading Blocks: Family ATB by Diana Hetherington | @ArtTheBlock

Visit Diana’s blog for a full tutorial on this family inspired Artist Trading Block design!

Team ATB Diana Hetherington | @ArtTheBlock #TheATB

How’s that for amazing ATB inspiration?  Want even more Artist Trading Block design inspiration?  Check out the Frilly side  HERE.  Feeling Funkie?  You can see Funkie ATB designs HERE.  We want to see your “Hip to be Square” creations too so join in the fun at Frilly and Funkie and link up your creations HERE.  You won’t want to miss the amazing ATB’s that have been linked up so far…WOW!

The winner will receive a shopping spree to the Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Art with Heart Challenge | Eileenhull.com

Speaking of prizes double your chances of winning awesome craft supplies by sharing your creations at the “Art with Heart Challenge” too!  Our challenge this month is Anything Goes and the winner will receive a die of their choice from Eileen Hull’s new Sizzix collection “Vintage Kitchen” when it’s released!

Have a hip to be square day!

Amy*