Sunday, January 26, 2014

Farewell and thanks, Hambo Hoedown challenge!

I was sad to see on Facebook today that the current challenge is the final one at the Hambo Hoedown, the challenge blog of Hambo Stamps. The challenge ends tomorrow so I made this quick card; I couldn't resist adding the little silver hearts with my gel pen, because I wanted to let the great folks at Hambo know how much I have loved being part of the Hoedown many times over the last 3 years!!
I have particularly loved their themed bloghops, and the lighthearted humor of Hambo Stamps! Enjoy the break, Monica and Tim, and thank you again!

Thanks for stopping by.

OWH Sunday Sketch Challenge #209

Hi! I made an AnyHero card with the new sketch at the OWH Stars & Stamps blog. More paper piecing and scraps from a Simple Stories 6x6 pad:

Image: My Favorite Things "Soldier Boy"
DP: Simple Stories "Awesome" 6x6 and Karen Foster Designs "Military Duty" 12x12 sheet
Have a good week; stay warm if you're in an area under the deep freeze like we are!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OWH Midweek Throwdown: Color challenge

Welcome! I decided to give Nancy's embossing/inking technique a try. I don't heat emboss very often and I don't use pastel colors very often, in fact I only have 3 ink pads that fit the bill!  Nancy's technique is fun and I want to try it again.  Here's my little pastel card: I hope you can see the tiny bit of embossing, hehe. DPs are Authentique "Something for all Seasons":

Thanks for visiting!

A new stamp & new OWH sketch!

It's so fun when you forget that you won blog candy and the package arrives at your door!! I received this beautiful Inkadinkado "Clock Wings" rubber stamp from Lynn R. in Alberta:

Thanks so much, Lynn!! I saw this week's new sketch at OWH and the wheels started (slowly) turning in my brain:
I decided to use my new Clock Wings for one of the circles. I tweaked the sketch a little!

I colored the stamp a little with Copics, fussy cut the image, and put Glossy Accents on the clock face. That's a Cuttlebug embossing folder on the yellow strip. The DP is from Glitz.
Thanks again for this beautiful stamp, Lynn!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Sugar Creek Hollow DT: "Fibres & Textures" challenge

Welcome! A new challenge starts over at Sugar Creek Hollow today. It is a two-week challenge and the theme is "Fibre & Texture". Here is the card I made for the Design Team:

Correction: the image is actually from Clearly Vintage, the sister blog of Digital Two for Tuesday.
Have fun with this challenge; can't wait to see what you post at Sugar Creek Hollow!
Please leave a comment so I will know you stopped by!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Snowman challenge at Cards In Envy

The current challenge at Cards In Envy is to make flat (OWH-style) A2 cards featuring one or more snowmen! Even though we're beyond winter cards at OWH, I know that most of the winter is still ahead of us in Virginia so it was fun to play along and get out this cute little stamp.

Snowman rubber stamp: Studio 18
DP: Authentique  "Something for all Seasons" 6x6
Snowflake punches, seam binding
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"Sew...a needle pulling thread..."

Words 2 Scrap By is a brand new, fun challenge blog started by pals Sybrina and Bobbi, whom we know very well from their work for Operation Write Home. Their very first challenge is a fun one; create a card based on the lyrics of one of the songs in "The Sound of Music". Here's my card inspired by the words, "Sew...a needle pulling thread..." from the "Doe, a Dear" song:

Image: Digital Two for Tuesday
DPs: American Crafts Dots & Stripes; Melissa Frances C'est La Vie
Lace ribbon: stash
EK Border punch
Here is the inside of my card:
Sentiment: Inspired Stamps Label Maker Alphabet

So click on the link at the beginning of my post to learn about Words 2 Scrap By and the rules of the challenge! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New OWH Sketch Challenge #207

Here is the new sketch at OWH Stars & Stamps blog:


I decided to try using the new Hero Arts OWH stamp set, "What a Guy!" Here's my card:

Stamps: Hero Arts "What a Guy!"
DP: Authentique "Pride" 6x6

I thought the little mountain stamp in the set would make a neat border across the bottom of the two squares and the little strip on the right. I like how it turned out, but I'm not sure I like the black (ink and matting) against the red, white & blue...Might try different colors next time! This will be an AnyHero note.
Thanks for stopping by; have a good night!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Hambo Hoedown challenge

The current challenge at the Hambo Hoedown is to use animal images. I used Hambo's sweet Floating Pig digi. Something about this cold dreary weather drew me toward spring colors!

Image: Hambo Stamps
Sentiment: Inspired Stamps' Labelmaker Alphabet
DP: Authentique "Something for all Seasons" 6x6
Prismacolor Pencils
Glossy Accents
Fiskars grass border punch
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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Used new stamp set from ODBD

This card is made with one of the stamp sets I chose from Our Daily Bread Designs for being a recent random winner in the monthly challenge at OWH! Isn't it great? The set is called "Special Boy" and there are 8 stamps in it. Not bad, eh? Fun to get a neat set for masculine cards: free!

My card is based on this week's OWH sketch, although I tweaked it a little:

I'm also posting at the January ODBD challenge, which is to use stripes. Do you think the checkered ribbon makes it too feminine? I was going for that checkered flag look but I'm not sure about the ribbon. The DP is "Postale 6x6" by 7 Gypsies; Candi dots colored with silver pen; Washi tape.

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to ODBD for supporting OWH! Have a good week.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow: "Something New"

Hello, welcome and Happy New Year! The first challenge of 2014 at Sugar Creek Hollow is "Something New" -- a newly acquired product, a new technique, etc. I decided to make a shabby chic card using the "Fine Day" collage rubber stamp by Alice Palace for Crafty Individuals Co. UK. First time I've used it, and I also used a background technique with Ranger Distress Inks that is recommended in a Crafty Individuals video on their blog.

Here's my creation for this fun two-week challenge at SCH:

DP: "Divine" 6x6 pad by Prima
Memento Black Ink
Ranger Distress Inks
I look forward to seeing your creation(s) posted at Sugar Creek Hollow! Thanks for stopping by and please leave me a comment if you can!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Top 13 for 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome! Here are 13 of my personal favorites as well as the date I originally posted them on my blog:


We learned how to use warm greys for a metallic effect in one of Sandy's coloring classes!

I never get tired of paper piecing with this Hero Arts set! It's fun when you can use DP for a background as I did here!
I like the pop of orange on this card for a little boy (Whimsie Doodles digi). Paula's OWH Boot camp and referring to a color wheel help me pick colors that work together.
I wanted to try coloring a black & white image from Digital Two for Tuesday.
Fun with Copics, vintage and paper piecing; I am really proud of her hair!
Red, black and white: a beautiful combination (Stampin' Up bird punch and stamp).
Embossed inchies--great autumn textures!
I like the challenge of coloring the curtain on this fun Hambo Stamps image, and I do love using tags!
Hooray for the OWH starburst tutorial and Lawn Fawn stamps. This makes me want some hot cocoa.

There's that great SU punch again, topped off with a yummy Glitz epoxy sticker.
This MFT Pure Innocence cowboy has my heart.
Thanks for the new OWH fund raiser sets, Hero Arts!
A sweet digi from Melonheadz Illustration's library bundle, colored with Copics.
Well, that's my Top 13 for 2013. Hope you enjoyed them!   
Thanks for another great year, Operation Write Home!
I'm glad you stopped by my blog! Please leave me a comment and come back to visit again soon.
I wish you a happy, healthy, and creative 2014!
Now you will want to go back to the OWH Stars & Stamps Blog to choose another stop on the hop to visit!