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!