Monday, May 30, 2011

Lovely sentiment goes well with butterfly!

This card uses OWH's Sketch #71. I spotted this sentiment (a Hampton Arts rubber stamp from Michael's) and thought it was perfect to be paired with a butterfly! The papers are from The Garden Stack. The ink is Stampin' Up Early Espresso and the butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day Bloghop: Operation Write Home

Welcome! If you arrived here from Paula's blog you're right on track! You can click on the logo above if you need to return to the start. Here is my card:
All stamps used for my card (except my old unknown sentiment stamp) are in the gorgeous Vintage Postal set from Stampers Best; ribbon from Michael's; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Orange Marmalade.
Blog candy: On 6-2, I'll draw a name from all who post a comment. Blog candy will include a copy of my children's book!
Your next stop is Angel . Have fun on the OWH Hop and a happy and safe Memorial Day.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cheeseburger card: trying something new

Our Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH is to try a new technique from among the tutorials on the Stars & Stamps blog, so I thought it would be fun to try the cheeseburger card! The bandanna paper & burger paper are from DCWV The Green Stack. I just realized I forgot the lettuce! Oops! See you at the big Memorial Day Bloghop tomorrow! I'll be out buying a cheeseburger...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Green cheese moon!

Each week Hambo Stamps gives a free digi to those who participated in the previous week's Hambo Hoedown! This week's new digi is "Moonscape" and I combined it with another Hambo digi called Geronimouse! These and other fun, funny and punny images are at!
My background paper is by Paper Pizazz, with little gold star stickers added. I added texture by using Sakura puff pens on the "parachutes" and white Stickles on the Moonscape. I created the sentiment. On the inside of the card it says "Dream Big!"
I was curious so I looked up the expression "the moon is made of green cheese". Turns out, it's quite ancient, having started with a fable of a person or animal seeing the reflection of the moon in a pond, thinking it was a wheel of cheese, and jumping in to try to get it. Ha! I never knew. The expression "green" cheese means soft cheese not quite ripe!! I love finding out where expressions came from.
I hope you like these 3 happy Geronomice landing in cheese heaven! It was fun to combine two Hambo digis to tell a story!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge 70

Here's my card using Sketch #70! I trimmed the edges of the circle more-or-less successfully with some decorative scissors which I had banished to the back of my desk drawer. They are once again banished. I punched out one butterfly, popped it up with a glue dot and added the tiny pearls. Here are my card details:
DPs: "Minuet" 6x6 paper collection from Memorybox, Inc.
Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart
Sentiment: Idea House, designed for G (Hampton Arts)
I love it when you visit! Come back soon.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sumo Digi: by Hambo Stamps!

This is the cute new "Sumo: digi by Hambo Stamps". Our requirement for this week was to use chipboard. I had this chipboard swirl/flourish and large photo corner in my stash. I colored them black and coated them with Glossy Accents. I like the way they turned out -- kind of like patent leather! I even put some GA on his hair for a little extra glitz! Be sure to visit to check out all their cute, fun and punny stamps and digis!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Hamming It Up at the Movies: the Bloghop!

Welcome to "Hamming It Up at the Movies!" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! I'm the second stop on the hop, so if you arrived at my blog from "Talk to the Ham", the Hambo blog at you're in the right place!
Today, customers and Hambo's Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict movie titles. Our challenge was to use a favorite movie or just one that was fun to design. Here's my card/collage. Can you guess my film title?
Did you guess it?
The 1956 film, Lust for Life, starring Kirk Douglas.
I have been eager to use Hambo's digi stamp called "Painter" which you can find at .
I love the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. The movie of his life is definitely not a happy film but it's inspiring! Kirk Douglas did an amazing acting job and I found it so interesting to see how Van Gogh developed from drawing to painting. Van Gogh suffered from mental illness and self-doubt throughout his troubled life. He never knew the joy his paintings have brought to so many people. I was thrilled to find this sentiment stamp (Hampton) which expresses my admiration perfectly!
I colored the Hambo Painter image and drew my little version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" on the "canvas" with a combo of Copics and Marvy LePlume markers. My main goal/challenge with the collage was to keep the Hambo image as focal point. I distressed the elements in the background so they would recede and the focal point would be prominent.
Card details:

Copic, Marvy LePlume markers
Star stickers
Sunflower paper: K&Company
Other background paper:
EK Success border punch
Cuttlebug Traffic Jam embossing folder
Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Orange Marmalade
Corner stamp: Ink-Adink-Ado
Sentiment Stam: Hampton Arts

I love making collages. I needed a little more space, so I made a bigger size card than usual.
Your next stop on this fun hop through movieland is Karin at . Thanks for visiting my blog and have lots of Hambo-sized fun!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Balloon Girl: Hambo Hoedown Challenge - Paper piecing

This week's challenge at the Hambo Hoedown is to use paper piecing and bold, bright colors with their cute new balloon girl digi! I had a lot of fun with this card.
Here are the details:
All papers from Bazzill Basic's "Grandma's Feather Bed"*
(*a really nice pack that includes pp and matching card stock)
Stampin' Up Square Lattice embossing folder (used on basket)
Glossy Accents
Copics and Marvy LePlume markers
EK Success border punch
Hero Arts stick-on flowers

I printed the digi onto 4 different papers, printed and solid. Each piece of the balloon is pieced from different paper. I cut out the image and popped it up on the background with Scotch foam tape. I hand drew the clouds and birds in the background.
Thanks for stopping by!

Midweek Throwdown: Things with Wings!

First time I've used this stamp, which combines the best of both worlds: an image and a sentiment! Plus it just happens to have a tiny butterfly, which meets the "Things with Wings" requirement! Thanks for stopping in.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

OWH Sketch #68

I've really been enjoying making Father's Day cards; I didn't know it would be so much fun for me. At Mother's Day I posted a photo of my Mom as a young woman; so I'd like to do the same for my Dad. He was so handsome! Dad was born in 1905 and passed away at age 87. I will miss my dear Dad forever!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Necktie tutorial and Father's Day Card challenge at OWH!

OWH is sorely in need of Father's Day cards to send to the troops, so they can send them home to their Dads. There is a link to OWH to the upper right here on my blog, where you can find all the info you need about making cards for heroes.
In order to drum up cards for Father's Day, OWH challenged us to use the necktie tutorial and create 5 cards. Here are my five:

I used The Natural Mat Stack for the card fronts. I lined some of the collars so they would match the outside of the collars. I rounded the top corners of the shirt so they would look more like "shoulders". The "brads" are little stick-on brads I found at JoAnn's. Dixie will have to tell me how long they actually "stick on"! One of the brads I made with my new Viva Decor Pearl pen. I stamped the inside of the cards with "Happy Father's Day."

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Hambo Hoedown: Spots & Stripes Challenge

It's Respect Chickens week at the Hoedown! This cute little fowl recommends eating cake instead of her feathered friends (I'd always rather eat cake, lol)! I realized I need an infusion of dotted and striped paper in my stash. Luckily I found some on a little Stampin' Up pad that I don't think is available now. Chicken colored with Marvy LePlumes. I used the SU boho flower punch and an SRM sticker I had in my stash. I stamped Happy Birthday inside.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

More Father's Day cards for OWH!

We're busy making cards for the troops to send home for Father's Day. I love the big comfy chair stamp from Eat Cake Graphics. Somewhere in a recent magazine I saw the idea of a heart-shaped pillow on a chair, so I used a piece of corrugated paper to make it look less feminine (hopefully). The papers are from The Linen Stack. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of old book-type paper.
The golf stamp and sentiment are from Hambo Stamps. I added Glossy Accents to make the tee shiny. The background paper is from a Stampin' Up pad in my stash.
Father's Day mojo perkin'!! Thanks for stopping by.

MelonHeadz Illustrating's girl & guy soldiers: Father's Day cards

These cute soldier digis are from They are part of two different bundles: Patriotic Set 1 and 2. Nikki provides her digis in both colored and clear format; I used her colored images -- how convenient!

Monday, May 2, 2011

USA! USA! Dimensional ruffle card

We're papering the wall over at OWH's Facebook page with patriotic cards! I wanted to try Sandy's Dimensional Ruffle technique after watching her tutorial on UStream. I had a lot of fun using a "Fostering Creativity" dp called "Stars and Stripes Collage". It was challenging and fun to incorporate some of the words on the DP into my design. The second card I will show is another card for one of our heroes overseas.
Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Hambo Heart Basket & OWH Sketch Challenge #67

I decided to combine this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge and the new OWH Sketch, #67. The challenge at Hambo is to use their pretty Heart Basket & sentiment digi with lots of lace and flowers. This is a really nice digi set to have because general "love" cards are always needed at OWH. I had a double-sided piece of BoBunny DP that I was eager to use. I really like the unique color combo. I Cuttlebugged the maroon side to "soften" it a bit; I made the flowers with the Stampin' Up BoHo Blossoms punch; I colored the Heart Basket with Marvy LePlume markers and Glossy Accents. I love the lace; I found it in the sale bin at A. C. Moore. I had to buy the entire roll, but it was only a dollar! Let me know if you need some lace, haha!
Thanks for visiting!