Monday, January 30, 2012

OWH Sketch 106

This photo may be a wee bit fuzzy (gosh, I miss my old Canon!) but I love this stamp set "Plane Amazing" from Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things!! There are several sentiments included!!
I found the perfect flight suit green paper and the other DPs in the My Mind's Eye Portobello Road 6x6 pad. I paper pieced, cut out, and popped up the figure, adding Glossy Accents to the goggles and boots. Fun!!
I hope you like this! Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Green Eggs and Hambo Blog Hop!

Welcome to the "Green Eggs and ... Hambo" blog hop sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today, customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict book titles! It might be our favorite book or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from STEPHANIE's blog you are in the right place; if not, you may want to start back at the beginning at (I'm having trouble with a couple of these links so I'll type the blog addy) to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize! A prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the way. Winners will be announced at the Hambo Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo Stamps blog ( Sorry about those links; will try again to fix them!

So here's my card; can you guess the title of the book I chose?

Did you figure it out? Here's another photo with the big reveal (you can tell that I watch HGTV a lot, lol):

Anne of Green Gables, written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in 1908, was one of my favorite books when I was a girl. My Mom and Dad gave me these books in the Anne series and I treasure them!
In making my card, I wanted to show Wee Henrietta being transported through her imagination to a house called Green Gables far away on Prince Edward Island, just as I once was!
I used two Hambo digital images; click on the name of the stamp to go to the correct page at the Hambo digistore:
Wee Henrietta Bookworm - Digi WH-06
House - Digi MC-11

This card is 5x7", unlike my usual A2 size that I make for OWH, but the larger size was easier to work with for this purpose.
Card recipe:
DPs - My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary 6x6 Designer Paper Pad
Stampin' Up embossing folder
Copic Sketch markers
Ranger Broken China Distress Ink
Thought balloon - hand drawn
Sentiment - computer-generated
Glossy Accents

The book title character, Anne Shirley, has bright red hair, so I colored Wee Henrietta's hair to match. Little Anne is tormented with the nickname "Carrots" by her schoolmate, Gilbert Blythe, who grows up to be her true love, sigh...
Thanks for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my card and have lots of fun on the Green Eggs and ... Hambo hop! Don't forget to comment at each blog so you have a chance for a prize. Now, dance on over to LESLIE! for another great card!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CASE challenge at Hambo Hoedown!

The Hoedown challenge this week is to use their new Caped Chick digi and sentiment (free to all who played in the Hoedown last week) and to CASE a card from the Hambo shop samples or gallery at Split Coast Stampers.
I CASEd this very cheerful and cute card by Judy:

Here is what I came up with:

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A bit of bling but no glitter!

You may think this is the same card I posted yesterday but it's not. I had so much fun with OWH Sketch 105 and my new OWH Hero Arts cling set that I made a similar card, using two other stamps from the set: a smaller clock face and a different sentiment!

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at OWH today is to use bling but no glitter. My bling is the teal colored metal star brad and the white star button. Just a touch of bling. This clock face has more of a "steampunk" look to me, so I border punched one of the strips with an EK Success punch.
I really like this new stamp set, as you can tell! Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

OWH Sketch 105

Here is Sketch 105 at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog, followed by my card:

This is the first time I have used my new OWH clear stamp set from Hero Arts!
DPs: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found "Portobello Road" 6x6 pad
Tim Holtz distressing tool
Ranger Broken China Distress ink
[as well as a bit of Vintage Photo that was on one of my inkers. I'm surprised how long the ink stays moist on those little inkers; sometimes it's just enough to do a good job on distressing edges!]
Button, brad & jeweler's twine from stash

The sun is out here in Northern VA after several dreary days; I need to go out and soak up a little Vitamin D! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bailey the pup

The Hambo Stamps family has a cute new puppy named Bailey and they have introduced this cute new digi of their little pet. At this week's Hambo Hoedown, we're challenged to make a card for the organization Send A Smile 4 Kids. I think this card will make a child smile, and I'm making another one for a hero to send home to a child!
Have a great weekend!

Black, white & a pop of color

The Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH is to use black & white with a pop of color. I decided to use a tag and Paula's pretty new sentiment digi as a focal point. Thanks, Paula!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

OWH Sketch #104

Here is my post using this week's sketch at the Stars & Stamps blog:
The DP is from K&Company's Americana Designer Mat Pad.
For the stars I used a technique we learned in the Clean & Simple class last week where you punch out something (in this case, stars) several times and glue the layers together like chipboard.
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Clean & Simple Cardmaking class

This is one of the techniques explained in Friday's lesson where you first stamp and emboss, then apply distress inks (misted with water) with a foam pad on the Ink Blending Tool. I really thought my card needed a little somethin-somethin' so I added a bit of ribbon.

Hoedown Circles

Here's the outside of my card:

And the inside:

The challenge at the Hambo Hoedown this week is to use two different sized circles and this new sentiment. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Floral Fantasy Challenge at OWH

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at the OWH blog this week is called Floral Fantasy; we are challenged to make cards with a flower theme. I used a Lockhart rubber stamp, Copics, Quite Contrary's "Jack & Jill" 6x6 DP Pad; and an EK Success border punch.
Thanks for stopping by; have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Clean & Simple Cardmaking Class - Day 3

One of the tutorials today is a card similar to this where you make diecuts and then layer them til they are thick like chipboard, and use a monochromatic palette. I don't have any suitable dies yet, so I used the butterfly punch. In the tutorial, the die cuts overhang the edges and she trimmed them, but I didn't want to even attempt to trim my butterflies. I was afraid they were too thick or the layers might peel apart! Besides, they're not that big and I thought it would look funny to have them off the page. At first I thought I couldn't add the little layered dots that are on the sample, then I remembered the little circles that are part of the Stampin' Up Owl punch! So I used them. The result is a very pretty card that I hope stays glued together on its way to our heroes! Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Clean & Simple Cardmaking Class, Day 2

Another great class today with good instruction! Here's my card (after a few more train wrecks, lol. Note to self: cranberry pigment ink is probably NOT dry even though you want it to be!)

Luckily, I had two rubber stamps from The Paper Source that closely resemble the Hero Arts stamps used in today's video. My stamps are much smaller so I had to improvise again and stamp them more than once. I also had too much white space even for a C&S card so I added a partial border with black pen. I varied from our one-layer sample by attaching it to a black card (kind of out of necessity; I had smeared the aforementioned cranberry ink and had to trim my card a bit.)

Monday, January 9, 2012

Clean & Simple Card Making Class, Day 1

One of the card projects in Day 1 of the class at Online Card Classes involves masking the center of the card and using a monochromatic ink palette. I had to improvise a bit on my card because as it turns out I have only one large stamp, a script background stamp, and it doesn't even cover the whole card (I foresee a shopping trip):

I used kraft paper and Stampin' Up Crumb Cake ink. After I did the sentiment in white embossing and the faux stitching border, I thought white hearts would pop better against the Kraft paper, so I punched 3 hearts in Bazzill embossed paper. The Martha Stewart punch seemed too big compared to the sample in class, so I overlapped the white hearts.
I had a few train wrecks before I came up with a fairly presentable card, proving that Clean & Simple isn't all that easy for me! I'm not even sure how well this card works, but it was fun and I have high hopes for enjoying the course and learning new techniques from some great teachers.
Thanks for dropping in!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

OWH Sketch 103 Pink, brown & vintage

Here is OWH Sketch 103:

And here is the card I made today,

Card recipe:
Paper Shapers flower punch
Stampin' Up (SU) Boho flower punch
DP: My Mind's Eye Lost & Found - Madison Avenue & Portobello Road (tag)
(6x6 Designer Paper Pads -- gorgeous!!)
SU Victoria lace trim
Pink adhesive pearl
Sentiment: Stampendous rubber stamp
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks in Tattered Rose and Vintage Photo
SU Crumb Cake
Tim Holtz distressing tool

I was searching through my paper flowers when I remembered that I have the Paper Shaper Flower punch! Love the newsprint flowers. As you can see, I distressed and inked all the paper edges to make everything look old and tattered. The brown brads were too perfect looking, so I even roughed them up with my little sander!
I hope a hero's special lady will enjoy receiving this one.
Thanks for dropping in; come back soon. I love company.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Friendly little penguins

I have missed the previous couple of challenges at the Hambo Hoedown for various reasons, so I did not get the freebie, but we can use any Hambo digi or rubber stamp in order to join the Hoedown. The current challenge is also to use something NEW in our card:

Luckily, I had some brand new goodies to use for this card! This is the first time I've used these new rubber stamps which I purchased from Hambo Stamps recently (Hot Chocolate #4720 and Warm Winter Wishes #4710). It's such a cute stamp and the sentiments are great for general winter and friendship cards for OWH.
We also have a monthly challenge at OWH Stars & Stamps blog sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs. The challenge is to use 3 designer papers in our card. I used three DPs from a new 6x6 double-sided pad from My Mind's Eye called "So Sophie - Graceful", so I will also post my card there.
I paper-pieced the mug and colored the rest of the image with Copics. The paper edges are inked with Ranger's Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
Thanks for stopping by. It's so true, isn't it? Friends do make everything better!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown

The Midweek Throwdown challenge at OWH is to use something we received for Christmas. We had a Secret Santa exchange at the Facebook "Scrap to Treasure" page and Rachel sent me lots of Cricut cuts! I don't have a Cricut. So I thought I'd make a card for a child with this cute little lion and using this week's OWH sketch:

The DPs are from a stack by Suzy Ultman for K&Company. The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Hampton Arts.
Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate and enjoy your comments!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

OWH Sketch #102 & Happy New Year!

OWH Sketch 102 and my first card of the New Year:

The DPs I used are all from a new Glitz 6x6 pad I bought at my LSS, Angela's Happy Stamper in Reston, VA, on Friday. Glitz is a new paper company; there were several yummy 6x6 pads available and I chose one called "Vintage Blue" (hmmmm, wonder why I chose that one). A free pack of Glitz epoxy stickers came with every purchase -- very cool stickers! I used one that says "Adored"; I hope you can see it in the photo. I also used the Stampin' Up bird punch and added some dots with a Pearl Pen.
I always panic when I see little strips in a sketch, lol! I put a new blade in my paper trimmer and it seems to be behaving better. I was kinda going for a clean and simple vintage look; I think it's one of those cards that looks better in person! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a happy and healthy New Year!