Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge 95- Snowman with a Die Cut

I love love love snowman and Sassy Cheryl has some GREAT snowman digis.  If you haven't seen them, you've got to check them out. What a great challenge!  Who doesn't love a snowman.

I used the Sizzix snowflake embossing folder for the background.  The large snowflake die cut is from the Winter Lace Cricut cartridge.  I colored and cut out this great Sassy Cheryl digi called "Flat Bottom Snowman" with my copics.  I know the snowflake is red and my husband says he's never seen a red snowflake but I wanted the snowflake to match the scarf. For all you crafters and card makers out there I know you'll get it.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - Show off your corners

Well Christmas is almost here and I still have a long list of things to do.  I love the holiday season, there's always so much to do with decorating, shopping, baking, wrapping and crafting and they usually happen in that order.  My paper crafting and card making seems to get the last few minutes of my available time.  I took a few minutes to play in the Hoedown this week, I didn't receive the free digi since I didn't play last week but I have a good collection of Hambo stamps & digis to choose from.  Staying with the winter theme I used one of the stamps from their Winter release called Snowman Sled. The challenge this week is to create a project that shows off our corners. 

I started to cut the corners to show the snowflakes and ended up almost removing the corners to show off the embossed snowflakes.  The background was created using the Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder and sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Ink-faded jeans.  I then applied Stampendous Boss Gloss and hologram embossing powder and heated it.  The stamps are from the Stampin' Up set - Thanks snow much and the white swirl was created with the Die-namic die called elegant scrollwork.  The Hambo stamp Snowman Sled was colored with my Copics markers and then dazzling diamonds added to the swirls. Thanks for taking the time to check out my blog.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - Dry Embossing

This week's Hambo Hoedown challenge is to incorporate dry embossing on your project. We received a really cute snowball fight digi for playing last week, but I'm having all kinds of computer trouble this week.  So frustrating..... So I decided to use a great Rubber Image from Hambo Stamps called Christmas Window.  The background of bricks were dry embossed using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder and then I swiped a white ink pad over the embossing to make the texture stand out more.

I colored the Christmas Window with COPICS markers and then cut it out and attached to the brick background. I stamped the icicle stamp, added dazzling diamond stickles, cut them out and glued them to the top of the window.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - soft ware

For the Hambo Hoedown challenge this week I received the computer digi and staying with the computer theme we were asked to add software.  Software?? Yeah soft wares..we have to add something soft to our project.  I've got this fuzzy string that is so soft and I've been wanting to use it.  It's official name is Haute Fur and is used in knitting, but today it fills the requirement for something soft.

I used the Memory Mist spray "blueberry shake" and the Glimmer Mist spray "Sapphire" and sprayed white cardstock to create the background.  I then added a red layer to pick up the color in the mouse pad.  I then wrapped the haute fur around the background and attached it to the blue card. I colored the computer digi with my copics markers and then cut it out.  I attached the computer to the card with foam dots so it is raised a bit from the card.  The fur gives the card a festive look so I stamped Celebrate on the computer screen.   Thanks for checking out my blog.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sassy Cheryl's Challenge #90 - Anything goes

All my Thanksgiving projects that I was working on are complete, all that's left to do is cook the turkey and to be honest with you I don't do that, my husband takes care of the turkey so that means it's time to concentrate on Christmas.  I've made the first Christmas card of 2011, starting to get in the mood and get the creative juices flowing.  Since it is the first one and Sassy Cheryl has an anything goes challenge I thought I'd enter it.  I  love snowmen,  I can't get enough snowmen stamps and digis and these skating snowman are just so cute. The funny thing is I didn't buy these 2 stamps together.  I had the little snowman for years and then a few months ago I found the larger snowman on eBay and knew I had to have him.

The snowmen and Happy Holidays stamps are from Annette Allen Watkins.  All images were colored with Copic markers.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Hambo Hoedown - Turkey Tag

This week's Hoedown is to incorporate a Tag into your project.  I received this great Wee Henry Turkey digi for playing along last week.  I saw this technique on and made a mini tag book last Christmas for a gift.  I decided this would be perfect for this challenge.  The tag holder is made from an empty toliet paper roll.  It's the perfect size to house a tag and strong enough to attach to a ring or chain when you make several (1 holder per tag).  It's super simple, all you have to do is flatten the toilet paper holder and then cover with paper and decorate. Then you make the tag to fit inside. You can seal one end or you don't have to since it's stiff enough where the tag won't fall out.  I covered the tag holder with decorative paper and then used the Hambo Stamp - scarecrow and one of the sentiments I received for the challenge.

As you can see I decided to seal the bottom just because I like the finished look.  The next picture shows the tag sticking out of the holder.

Now here's the tag using the Wee Henry Turkey digi and the other sentiment I received  topped off with a leaf brad.  I stamped some leaves as a background on the tag and punched a hole and added some brown and gold adornment string.

When making each tag as a mini book you can punch holes in one corner of the tag holder and string them on a chain or ring.  I actually made each tag into a money holder for a Christmas gift.  This would also make a great gift card holder.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sassy Cheryl's - Show Me #51 Challenge

I love the Sassy Cheryl's Show Me challenge. You post what you're working on and it doesn't have to be related to paper crafts, it can be anything.  About a month ago I posted the Frankenstein Paver block that I made for Halloween and also showed the beginning of my Turkey I was working on for Thanksgiving.  Well, I finished the turkey (in time to display for Thanksgiving) so I'm showing you what I've been working on.

His body is a Euro Paver block and all his body parts have been cut out of wood and painted.  I found the pattern at, if you're interested they have all kinds of patterns for all the holidays and more. Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Thanksgiving!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge - You've been framed

The challenge this week at Hambo Stamps is to add a frame somewhere on your creation. I missed the challenge last week so I didn't receive the "free" camera guy digi to use.  Awhile back when I was looking through a magazine I saw this beautiful, peaceful picture of a lake and for whatever reason I thought I could use that somehow in a future card.  I do that alot, I see something and think "that would be great on a card".  I have a whole drawer of little twigs that would make great snowman arms.  Yikes!!  I'm a bit of a packrat so this idea of  "I could use that on a card" fits nicely into my packrat world.  Anyway to get back to my card - I actually used the picture in my card this week.  Maybe there is hope for the drawer of twigs!!  I made the card into a frame and used the picture as the background.

Both monsters are courtesy of Hambo Stamps.  The yellow monster is called Monster and the green monster is called Beast.  Even monsters need a little vacation sometime. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie - Sketch Challenge 101

Just as the post title says this week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge is a sketch challenge.  The hardest part of this challenge was deciding which Kraftin' Kimmie stamp to use.  I seem to be building up a nice little inventory. Each month there's a stamp I just have to have and you know when you're ordering online and paying for shipping you might as well get your money's worth and order a few stamps. (No willpower) Yikes!!  I wonder if there's a support group for this??  Anyway I chose Lilybelle since I haven't used her in awhile. I wish it was a better picture as her dress and wings are more sparkly then the picture shows. (Not sure if sparkly is a real word but all you stampers know what I mean).

Supplies used:
Lilybelle stamp - Kraftin' Kimmie stamps
Background paper - American crafts-Silly string
Die cut  circle- Spellbinders nestabilities Lacey Circles
Die cut flourish -Die namics Vintage Flourish

Thanks for stopping by, please leave me a comment to let me know you were here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pike's Playground - "All Things Shiny" Challenge

Since my Halloween cards and done and in the mail it's time to start thinking about Christmas cards.  I love to make Christmas cards, it's my favorite type of card to make.  When Pike's Challenge this week was "all things shiny" I started thinking snowflakes and snowman but then came across this cute christmas monkey and thought I'd use him instead.  I colored the digi with copics and added jewels for the lights on the light strand to fulfill the "all things shiny" requirement.

Supplies used:
Christmas Monkey digi - Doodle Dragon Studios (Christmas in July #85)
Background swirls - Stamper's Anonymous- Creative Block #18
Happy Holidays sentiment- Hero Arts
Jewels - Pat Catan's

Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - It's a little Sketchy

It's Hambo Hoedown time and for this week there's a sketch to follow.  The digi and sentiment I received this week (for playing last week) is called Zombie Bunny and he's just so cute (for a zombie).  Each week we get a great digi from Hambo Stamps to use in the challenge.  If you haven't joined the Hoedown, you gotta try it.  Check it out here.  When do you ever see just 1 zombie??  Check out any zombie movie (old or new), "The Walking Dead", "Plague of the Zombies" even the Michael Jackson video "Thriller" didn't have just 1 zombie.  So I just had to have more than 1 Zombie Bunny for my card.

I shrunk and copied the Zombie Bunny digi then colored them with copics markers.  The Tree background is also a Hambo Stamps digi.  I stretched the trees a bit to make them more proportional to my zombie bunnies.  The background stamps and "Happy Halloween " are from Stampin' Up. The pumpkin embellishment is a Jolee's Boutique sticker and the spider brad is from Eyelet Outlet.  Thanks for checking out my blog.  Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

Sassy Cheryl's - Sketch Challenge with Pink

For the month of October Sassy Cheryl's theme is Pink to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness.  For this week's challenge #86  there is a sketch to follow in addition to using the color pink.  To check out her challenges click here.

The digi is titled "Little Elf Mim" and it's from Mo's Digital Pencil.  I don't remember the official name for the corner stamp I used, but it is a Stacey stamp.  The white swirls were made using the Memory Box die Elegant Scrollwork.   I colored the image using copics markers and attached the image to the card using pop dots. They're not your traditional Christmas colors but I like the way the pink looks.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sassy Cheryl's - Show Me #47

I saw this cute card with a little girl named Sally on one of the blogs I follow.  So I checked out who Sally belonged to and found this great site SassyCheryl'sdigis and many other great digis.  I checked out her Sassy Challenges blog and the challenge is to Show what crafty thing you're working on and it doesn't have to be a card or paper project.

My favorite thing is making cards, I love to color and cut but I also enjoy painting things.  So here's what I'm working on.   I just finished this little guy "Frankenstein",  hopefully you recognize him.

His boots, hands, nose and bolts are cut from wood, painted and then glued to his body.  The chain around his neck is just what it looks like, a piece of chain.  Everything else is hand painted.  I'm also working on a Turkey, just getting him started.  I have the base coat of  "woodland brown" painted on his body (Euro Paver brick).

Below is the pattern and what the turkey will look like when finished.  I purchased these patterns from, just look under Patio Paver Pals. They also have all kinds of  great wood patterns.

I hope you enjoyed what I'm working on.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge - All Wrapped Up

Halloween, my favorite time of year for cardmaking.  There are sooo many great stamps and digis for Halloween.  And the colors for Halloween - Black, orange, purple and green when I think of these colors I think of Halloween.  Those are the colors we were to use for this week's Hambo Hoedown challenge "All Wrapped Up".  Because I played last week in the challenge I received this cute Mummy digi to use this week with the Halloween colors.  If you haven't joined this challenge then check it out here.  Each week you receive a great digi file (drawn by Tim)  from Hambo Stamps to use in the challenge.

I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder called Rays (it looks like a sunburst ). I embossed the 4 Halloween colors and then matched them up and cut them down to the size to fit and attached to a white card base. I colored the Mummy digi with my Copics markers and added him to the card with pop dots.  The sentiment was included with the digi file and I added a squiggly brad then attached both to the front of the card. A simple Happy Halloween sentiment is included inside. Thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pike's Playground "Spooktastic" Challenge

If you haven't seen the great images by Dustin Pike then you have to check them out at Doodledragonstudios.  He's got some great hand drawn images and usually has a weekly freebie that's worth checking out.  Halloween is almost here what a fun holiday to celebrate and decorate for.  I love making cards for Halloween, there are so many great stamps and digitals available for Halloween.  This week's challenge at Pike's Playground is a Halloween challenge - use Halloween colors and a Doodle Dragon image. That's easy- the hard part was deciding which Doodle Dragon image to use. I chose Dudley (Witch Dragon image) because he's just so darn cute (I'm not really into scary-eventhough it's Halloween). 

The Spooky background is also a Doodle Dragon Studios image.  I colored both images with my Copics markers.  Dudley and the sentiment (which was computer generated) are attached to the card with pop dots to make them stand out more.  Thanks for stopping by and looking.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Surprise

Most of my posts have been for challenges lately so I thought I would take time to post a small project that I made for Halloween.  My mother and her 3 sisters get together each week to visit over coffee and I enjoy making small gifts or projects  for them because they all enjoy them so much.  When checking out the Halloween candy aisle at the store I spotted these cute chocolate eyeballs that I knew would go perfectly with the  Eye Monster digi from Hambo Stamps.

He was so cute (and easy) that I colored 15 of these before I knew it.  I colored the Eye Monster with COPICS markers and computer generated the sentiment " Eye wish you a Happy Halloween".  I put 9 - 10 chocolate candy eyeballs in a small ziploc bag and attached the sentiment and eye monster to the bag.  Below is a sample of some of the treats I made.

Thanks for checking out my blog.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge #36 - Alpha Name

I received this awesome digi called Flower Monster from Hambo Stamps to use in this week's alpha name challenge.  If you haven't seen Hambo's digital stamps, you've got to check them out, there are so many great digis. The challenge is to create a project that uses an item that starts with the first letter of your first name.  My name is Debbie so I had to use an item on my card that starts with a "D".  I used dirt.  The Flower Monster reminded me of a monster who ruts around in the dirt digging up flowers to eat.

I created a bunch of flowers for the Flower Monster to pick using the flower trio digi we received a few weeks ago from Hambo Stamps.  I tore the card and smeared dirt on it to make it look like the Flower Monster had been munching on it.  I glued dirt ( D for Dirt and D for Debbie) on the card and on the Flower Monster's hands and feet. I've never glued dirt to a card before,  but that's why they call it a challenge.  Here's a closer look at the dirt on and below the Flower Monster's foot.

I hope you like my card, with dirt, thanks for looking.

Kraftin' Kimmie challenge #98 - Paper Piecing

This week for the Kraftin' Kimmie challenge Nicole has challenged us to use paper piecing somewhere on our project.  I like paper piecing but many times I get so involved in coloring with my copics markers that I forget all about paper piecing.  Paper piecing just gives your projects a really different look.  For this week I chose Lisette and made a birthday card that I will send to a  good friend of mine.

I paper pieced Lisette's jacket to match the background on the card and colored the rest of her and the cake with my copics markers.  I used the Chinese Knot border punch for the side borders and Magic mesh for the center.  The paper background squares were cut using the Quickutz Nesting Squares die. The card body is actually a purple, but the picture makes it look more blue than purple.  The sentiment was computer generated.  Thanks for stopping by and looking.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Pike's Playground Challenge - Make me Laugh

It's been cold, rainy and overcast all day here in Northern Ohio so it was a good day to get crafty.  I checked out Dustin Pike's blog because he always has some really great designs and many times offers a free digi.  I've never entered one of his challenges before, but he's got a challenge going on this week titled "Make me laugh", who doesn't want to laugh so I thought I'd enter my card.  My card represents the first thing I thought of when I saw this digi, so this is the perfect challenge..I hope it makes you laugh.

and the inside reads

I used the SU Perfect Plaids set to create the background.  I hand cut and created the stop sign using the Don Juan cricut cartridge for the STOP letters.  I colored this great Dustin Pike digi of Dudley (sorry I don't know the official name of the digi) with my COPICS.  The sentiment was computer generated and the Stop sign brad is from Eyelet Outlet.  Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge 35 - Case a card

This week's challenge is to CASE a card from the Hambo Card Gallery.  At first I didn't understand what CASE meant (CASE = Copy And Share Everything.)   Wow - the opportunity to copy someone else's design.  It sounds easier then it is.  There are so many awesome designs in the Hambo Gallery and it was hard to pick just one, but then the Silly Monkey card by Judith Rozema caught my eye so I cased it (that sounds so cool, "I cased it").  You can see the image in the Hambo Gallery here

Isn't this card cute?  I love the layout.  I used the Dragonfly digi that we received this week and copied Judith's idea. 

 I used the Cuttlebug leafy branch embossing folder with the core color paper and sanded the image a little to allow the lighter teal color to show through.  I shrunk the dragonfly digi and painted them with my Twinkling H2O paints from Luminart.  The picture doesn't do the colors or shine of the paint justice. I haven't used these paints since I purchased my Copics Markers, I forgot how much I enjoy painting with them and how beautiful the colors are.  They are great to take with you because they come in little jars and are actually a dried hard cake of paint.  All you have to do is swirl a wet paintbrush on the cake of paint and you have a paintbrush full of twinkling paint.  If you haven't tried them - check them out they're great.  I added a ribbon to connect the 3 squares. Thanks for checking out my blog.

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #97 - Pam's Sketch

This week we received this sketch from Pam for the challenge.  We could use any color, paper or embellishment as long as we used her sketch as a starting point.

As soon as I saw the sketch I knew what I wanted to make.  I love the Moonlight Whispers collection from Kraftin' Kimmie designed by Annie Rodrigue.  I had colored Fanny a few weeks ago to use on a card and changed my mind so she was going to be perfect for this sketch.  I have this great hamburger stamp that would go great with the car hop Fanny.

I paper pieced Fanny's outfit and apron and colored the rest of her and the hamburger with my copics markers.  The border background was computer generated.  I outlined everything in red and added a few flower brads.  I hope you enjoy my card.  Thanks for checking out my blog.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge 34

This week Hambo stamps is teaming up with Operation Write Home to help celebrate their birthday.  In addition to submitting the card for the challenge, we have the option to send  our card to Hambo Stamps and they will collect and send them to the troops that protect and serve our country. Eventhough it's a small thing, what a great way to say thanks.  We received the Pig sub digi and great sentiment to use for the challenge. 

The heart was created using the Quickutz nesting hearts die.  I then punched out a hole in the bottom of the heart and added acetate over the opening.  I shrunk the Pig sub digi and colored it with Copic markers and  inserted it behind the window.  I printed the sentiment on the heart and sponged black ink around the edge..  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #33

Well this week the Hambo Hoedown challenge stood up to its name, it was a real challenge. The Hambo Hoedown this week wanted us to incorporate something into our creation that was found around the house that you normally wouldn't use.  I received this great house2-digi to use for my creation, but I still couldn't figure out what to use from around the house.  As I was going through my cupboards it came to me, I decided to add dried parsley flakes to represent the bushes.

Below is a close up of the bush on the right.  I like the look and was pleased with how the bushes turned out.

I colored the house with my copics markers and used the die-namics cloud die to cut out the clouds.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sing your Art Out

Hi and Welcome to "Sing Your Art Out" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo friends, customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict song titles! It could be a favorite song or just a song that was fun to design using Hambo stamps.  If you arrived at my blog from Karin's you are in the right place.  If not, then you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo Blog to make sure you are eligible for the blog hopper prize. A prize will be awarded to one participant whose song-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits' fancy in a singin' wingin' way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on ALL of the blogs along the way.  Winners will be announced on the Hoedown Blog and the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, September 21.

Let's step back in time to sing one of my favorite songs growing up....
"How much is that Doggy in the Window?" released in 1953 by Patti Page.  You may not know all the verses but I'm sure you remember the most famous verse.  If not, I've listed it below, so sing along as you check out my entry in the "Sing your Art Out" Blog Hop sponsored by Hambo Stamps.

How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)
The one with the waggley tail
How much is that doggie in the window (arf, arf)
I do hope that doggie's for sale

I just love the digital stamps because they are so versatile and you can shrink or enlarge them to fit your project.  I used the Storefront digi and the Wee Doggie digi for my card front and colored them using my Copics Markers.  The Hambo Pet Shop title was computer generated and the little birds are also a Hambo Stamp but has been retired. I cut out the store front window and replaced it with clear acetate.  I drew the window background and then put the doggie behind the acetate.  I used pop up dots to make the window and doggie three-dimensional (not sure you can really see this in the picture).

Now, in order to get this song out of your head it's time to hop over to Dawn's blog to see what great song and creation she has in store for you.  Enjoy the hop and the Sing-along.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #95 - A Blast from the Past

A "Blast from the Past" was the title of this week's challenge at Kraftin Kimmie stamps, thye wanted us to reach back into our bin or drawer and pull out some of the first stamps we purchased from Kraftin' Kimmie. The first 2 stamps I purchased were from the Moonlight Whispers Collection (designed by the awesome Annie Rodrigue) and they were Emelia and Josephine.  I like them both, and since I had recently used Josephine on an anniversary card I just sent I decided to choose Emelia.

The map background paper is from DCWV (Travel stack) and the brown scallop is Karen Foster "Vintage" set. I  used the Nestabilities inverted scallop circle die and a Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder.  I colored Emelia and the airplanes with my Copics Markers and attached her to the card using pop dots to make her stand out alittle.  I hope you enjoy the card.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge - Fall Colors

This week Monica from Hambo Stamps was trying to get us ready for fall.  The challenge was to create a project using whatever colors we think of when we hear the word "Autumn" or "Fall".  The digi file I received this week was a set of flowers, so with my colors in mind I started my project.  When I think of flowers I think of bugs and I have some great bug stamps that I purchased from Hambo stamps over the years.  I couldn't resist adding a few bugs to the flowers (of course colored with fall colors).

In addition to the set of flowers digi, I also used the Tiny bee, Wee bee, Caterpillar and Cool snail.  You can find the Tiny bee and Wee bee under the Bugs category at  I think the caterpillar and cool snail have been retired (I have had them for awhile).  I colored the image with my Copics markers and I used the Quickutz grass die.  I hope my colors remind you of fall. Thanks for looking.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #94-Let's go to the office

The challenge this week was to use office supplies on our creations.  As I am already embellishment challenged this one almost scared me off.  Then it hit me, that's why they call it a challenge, so I gave it a try.  Once I got started it didn't seem so bad, I think I might have gone a little overboard, but I had fun.  I used Brigette (another awesome Kraftin' Kimmie stamp) as she is one of my favorites and after a hard day at the office what's better then a nice relaxing bubble bath?  On my creation you will find a white file folder label, some staples, purple rubber bands, labels made with the Dymo label maker (I forgot how much fun this label maker is), clips and some brads.  A bit much with the supplies??  Thanks for checking out my blog.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - Another Dimension

What a fun challenge, and what a great Alien Spaceship digi.  I received the Alien Spaceship digi from Hambo Stamps to use in their "Another Dimension" challenge.  The rules for the challange are no flat cards and add some dimension to your project. When I think of aliens I think of the desert so this was a great opportunity to use the Mesa stamp also from Hambo stamps.

For the background I used a brayer and the Kaleidacolor ink pad (desert heat).  I bounced the brayer on the paper in a semi circle pattern (over and over again) until I got the color intensity that I wanted.  I shrunk the Alien spaceship digi to various sizes so it looked like there is a whole army of aliens heading through the desert. I colored the aliens with Copic markers and attached to the card with different thickness foam dots to add dimension. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge #93- Michele's Sketch

For this week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge #93 we had a sketch (from Michele) to follow.

I have this wonderful winter themed stamp of Miles called Shovelling Miles designed by artist Steven Leary that I've been dying to use and when I saw this sketch I knew this was the time.  You can't very well send a winter themed card to a friend in the middle of summer (they'll think you've lost your mind), but you can enter it in a challenge. When I looked at the circle on this sketch, my mind saw a large snowflake and I knew what I wanted to do for this challenge. 

The stamp is called Shovelling Miles and I just love his expression, it's actually the same expression I have during winter.  I colored Miles with my Copic markers and added some white flock to represent snow. The large snowflake diecut is from the Cricut cartridge "Winter Lace". The trim piece across the card was embossed using the Cuttlebug "snowflake" embossing folder and then I used the lacey border punch from Stampin' Up. The expressions is from Cat's Pajamas and the red glove brad from Eyelet Outlet. Thanks to Michele for a great sketch! 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - Back to School Challenge

It's that time of the year, summer's coming to a close and kids are heading back to school.  This week I received a pencil-digi from Hambo stamps for the challenge.  We need to create a school themed design using the primary colors (red, blue and yellow).  The pencil digi is so cool, I had so many ideas running through my head.  I shrunk it, I copied it and then I made it larger, I had fun with this digi.  I finally decided on this card.  The book used on the background is also a Hambo stamp.

You can't tell from the picture but I cut out the body of the pencil so the red, yellow and blue color is actually on the inside of the card.  This picture shows this better.

Then finally the inside of the card includes a simple Welcome to the 6th Grade.  I made this card for my granddaughter who will be starting 6th grade this week.  I remember the start of kindergarten, then 1st through 5th grade has just been a blur.  .

This was a fun challenge and I know my granddaughter will enjoy this card.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge - Make it Spooky

I have spent the last couple of days blog hopping to check out the latest Halloween release of Kraftin' Kimmie stamps and it was fun.  There are so many great new stamps and the cards along the hop were awesome.  It really gets you in the mood for Halloween.  This week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge is called Make it Spooky.  Right now I only have 1 Halloween Kraftin' Kimmie stamp and it is Pumpkin miles by Steven Leary so I am entering him in the challenge. 

The mouse in the stamp is called Miles and he is one of many designs by Steven Leary at  Check out all the other seasonal Miles designs, he's sure to make you smile.  Thanks for stopping by and looking.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hambo Hoedown - Time to score

The Hambo challenge this week is to use scoring on your card.  I don't usually think of this tool as a design tool, I use it more to score for a fold and then flatten to make a nice crease.  It was fun to actually use the tool to score designs.  I got a bit carried away on some of my attempts and overscored.  I'm sure overscore is not a word, anyway you know what I mean.  When it comes to scoring (in the papercraft world), more is not always better.  After I settled down a bit I decided on a simpler starburst pattern and matched it with the Nestabilities inverted scallop die.  I colored the geranium -digi using my COPICS markers.  I received the geranium - digi from Hambo stamps to use for this week's challenge.  I used the core'dinations color core cardstock and decided to lightly sand the score lines to make them stand out a little more.

I chose the "With sympathy" sentiment because it just seemed like the perfect sentiment for this simple, clean layout.  Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie - Challenge 91

Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge this week was to use 1 ribbon, 1 flower and 1 chipboard on our card. I enjoyed this because I seem to be embellish-challenged.  Most of my cards and designs don't contain embellishments and there are so many great embellishments and I actually have drawers full of them.  Time to start using them!

I chose the Kraftin' Kimmie Jukebox stamp. I used brown ribbon to represent the floor.  The record is chipboard and I found this neat black felt flower in one of my drawers when I started rummging around looking for embellishments.  The left panel was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and the Jukebox was colored with Copic markers.   Thanks for checking out my blog.

Hambo Hoedown #28 - Sketch

For this week's Hambo Hoedown we had to follow a sketch.  I always thought having to follow a sketch diagram would be easy because the layout was decided for you and all you had to do was concentrate on the design.  I'm finding that isn't really true.  I spent a lot of time moving things around and not really being happy with the design and color I chose for the layout (I kept wanting to change the layout).  You can see the sketch design here.  Since I entered the Hoedown last week I received the new "Hedgehog" digi file to use for this week's Hoedown from Hambostamps. 

I used the Cuttlebug Embossing folders for the background on the card and the flowers.  The flowers were embossed on the ColorCore cardstock (core'dinations) and then sanded to make the flowers appear.  The Hedgehog was colored with Copic markers.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie -Challenge #90 Distressed

The Kraftin' Kimmie challenge this week is to DISTRESS your creations!  Ink it up, rough it up, rip it up.....just make sure it's good and distressed.  Distressing is not something I normally don't do so I really enjoyed wrinkling and ripping and sanding to see what I could create. 

I chose the Kraftin' Kimmie stamp Emelia and colored her with Copics markers.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Challenge #27

Time for another Hambo Hoedown challenge.  I received the Little Indian Digi from Hambo stamps because I participated in last week's challenge.  The challenge this week was called tic tac toe.  You had to choose 3 things in a row from the tic tac toe board and include them in your project.  I chose the top row across which included ribbon, eyelets and punches.

The background stamp (Antique crackling) is from Stampin' Up and the small heartline bear stamp is from  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Kraftin' Kimmie - No Embellishments Challenge

This week's Kraftin' Kimmie challenge was to make a card with NO embellishments.  For me I thought this was going to be easy since I usually don't use alot of embellishments like flowers or ribbons and brads.  I love the look of them on cards but I just don't seem to think about putting them on while I'm making the card.  So I started this card and all I could think about was adding a flower or a brad or ribbon, (probably because it wasn't allowed).  I chose and colored Gabrielle with copic markers and used the Nestabilities pinking circle dies.  I must give credit for this card to my 11 year old granddaughter Mikayla, she chose the color combination and worked the layout.  Together we created this card, I hope you enjoy it.  Thanks for taking the time and checking out my blog.