Sunday, July 31, 2011


I made this for the third challenge of the VSN Mini - to use sequins on a card.  I chose to stamp some flowers and use the sequins as the flower centers.  I attached them with mini brads.

Stamps: Best of Everything
Paper: whisper white, early espresso, Bissette patterened paper
Ink: old olive, crumb cake, baja breeze
Accessories: primas, ribbon, lattice embossing folder

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 30, 2011


for the VSN Mini..
Stamps: GinaK image, SU! sentiment
Paper: white, green, dp
Ink: stazon
Accessories: mini clothespins, twine, punch

VSNMINI Challenge #1: Pennants

You know, pennant stamps have become very popular.  Seems like they are everywhere and you can even buy die cuts for them.  Of course, I don't have a single one. Naturally, the first challenge of this Rodeo-themed VSN was to use pennants.  My daugher, Sarah, decided to join in on the fun. She did an excellent job on the challenge.  I love the way she colored her lil' cowboy. I have never cut out so many tiny triangles in all my life (for 2 cards)... and get them both finished in 45 minutes.  That's the challenge.  Well, here are our cards.  I think they turned out very well.  Sarah quit after the first challenge, but I did manage to finish them all and will be sharing them with you over the next week.

This card was made by my daughter, Sarah. 
She decided she wanted her pennant to go down the side (clever girl ;)

Below is my pennant card.  After looking at it, I decided I don't know any real cowboys to send this to. So, I took the pennant off and will stamp another sentiment ot go at the top.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 29, 2011

FIN-tastic Day...

I couldn't wait to use the sketch challenge this week to make a card. I decided to pull out my Hambo seahorse and sentiment to make this card. I recently bought this paper pack by SEI and this page reminded me of underwater.

Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Seahorse, Fin-tastic Day sentiment
Paper: white, orange, green, SEI Black Orchid patterned paper
Ink: stazon
Techniques: paper piecing


Thursday, July 28, 2011


First of all, thanks to Leigh for this fabulous digi..

I don't know what in the world is going on at this tea party.. but, OH - SNAP! ...Someone broke my poor gingerbread man's leg, and I'm pretty sure naynay123 had something to do with it! After all, she was here at my house last night and we were both working on our teapot cards together. Hmmm?? I only wish you all could have seen her bustin' a move with my daughter to a disco song - oh, my - supastar! Maybe that is what broke his leg... all of that disco dancin'. Hmmmm? You may think this is a made-up story, but I promise.. it's the truth - fer real!
My poor little gingerbread man is in so much pain, his eyes are crossed!

I colored this with my aqua painter and inks, added some google eyes, liquid applique, stripes and dots with a black pen, silver charm, and a tiny sparkly pom-pom. I used this week's MOJO sketch.

Thanks for looking. I hope da Mudder can get to the bottom of this!

Additional Info:
Stamps: digi by Leigh
Paper: various
Ink: stazon, SU!
Accessories: bling, ribbon, punches, embossing folder, liquid applique, google eyes, mini pom-pom, silver star charm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

FAUX STITCHING at the Hoedown..

This week for the Hambo Hoedown, Judy challenged us to make a card and incorporate stitching.  I decided to go with faux because I was too lazy to get my machine out.  I pierced the blocks of patterned paper, then used a black pen to draw lines between them to give it a stitched look.  My card features Sand Castle Boy.

Now it's your turn!  Grab your Hambo stamps and sewing machine or paper piercer and stitch up a card for the Hoedown.  We'd love for you to join us!

Additional Info...
Stamps:  HAMBO:  Sand Castle Boy
Paper:  SU!:  Chocolate Chip, crumb cake, whisper white, dp
Ink:  stazon
Accessories:  nestabilities, twine, ribbon, brads, silver charm, punches, aqua painter, prismacolor pencils

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Here are the four summer cards featuring Hambo Stamps that we made at the GNO.  I attached a link to the stamps we used.  They are all deeply etched red rubber with cling.  They are super quality stamps.

Card below features:  Beach Brellas #3408 and Stay Cool Sentiment #1516

Card below features:  Sand Castle Boy #3402 and Piled High Sentiment

Card below features:  Flip Flops #3411

 Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 24, 2011


I wanted to share with you some pictures of the GNO (Girl's Night Out) stamp night that I hosted with some of my best friends.  I decided to go with a summer theme featuring Hambo stamps.  I invited Monica, owner of Hambo Stamps, to join us.... and she did!  (I'm lucky enough to have the opportunity to design for Hambo this summer!)  We had an AWESOME time!   I invited my guests to wear flip-flops to enter the drawing for a door prize.  Here is a picture of Renee's. 

She decided to embellish her's with some gi-normous google eyes adhered with glue dots (of course).. We all got a great laugh.  I had planned to take a picture of everyone's feet all lined up, but simply forgot.  The ladies wore some amazing flip-flops. 
Here is a picture of Michele and Kacey with the jellyfish card.  Michele was the door prize winner.

Below is Linda, Sharon, and Emily

Below is Jeanette, Michele, Kacey, Monica, Lori, and Purvi

Below is Edith, Mary, Renee, and Betty (busy stamping)

Last, but not least, is a picture of Monica and me.  We had a great time!
Thanks to Michele one 'l' for taking this photo!

I have some amazing friends and love that I get to share my passion for stamping with them. 
Next post will feature the cards we made. 
A big THANK-YOU to Monica for joining us and sharing some Hambo love!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


This is a picture of the bag that I decorated which holds the door prize for tonight's Hambo Stamp night.  Several of my crafty friends love to get together on a regular basis and stamp, go out to eat, stamp, get pedicures, stamp, watch movies, stamp.... you get the picture. 

Well, I decided to have everyone over for a Hambo Make-n-Take night.  The best part, besides spending the evening laughing and crafting with some of my besties, is that Monica (owner of Hambo Stamps) is going to come stamp with us!!!  She only lives a couple of hours away.  Eeek!!  I chat online with her often, but I am looking forward to meeting her in person.  She will get here this afternoon.  We will do a little shopping, then get ready for a night of fun with 14 of my wonderful crafty friends. 

The theme is Summer Fun and all of the cards will feature Hambo stamps.  Check back tomorrow for picutres of our fun evening and cards.

Wishing you ALL could join us!!  Wonder who will win the doorprize???

Thursday, July 21, 2011


I made this for my folks.

Inside reads: "It's great to find that one special person you can annoy the rest of your life."

I tried the technique challenge for today: reverse masking.. not sure how successful I was.
Thanks for looking.
Additional Info
Stamps: Bugaboo
Paper: lime green, black, dp
Ink: various
Accessories: aqua painter, nestability, ribbon, slot punch

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Summertime, summmertime, sum-, sum-, summertime!  Aren't these flip-flops adorable!!! Our Hambo Hoedown Challenge for today was to make a monochromatic card - with a color that you don't use much.  Well, I hardly ever use purple.  I decided to make a long and skinny, clean and simple card for today's challenge.  I paper pieced my image using various patterned papers with the same color.  I decided my card needed a little pizzaz, so I added some star brads to the thong and some silver liquid pearls for some zing.
Now it's your turn!!  Grab a Hambo stamp (or download a digi for free), pick a color you rarely use, and get stamping!  We want to see what you create.  Head on over to the Hambo Hoedown blog for the details...

Additional Details...
Stamps:  Hambo- flip-flops #3411
Paper:  elegant eggplant, whisper white, patterened paper
Ink:  stazon
Accessories:  ribbon, star brads, silver liquid pearls

Thanks for looking and hope to see you at the Hoedown!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Well, it is time for another Hambo Hoedown.  This week, Judy challenged us to make gate-fold cards... not as hard as I imagined.  I brought my Beach Brellas to the Hoedown. I decided to mount my image panel to a belly band and slip it over my gatefold card. 
We'd love to see the gate-fold cards you can create using Hambo stamps, so head on over to the Hoedown blog for more info.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


I made this for today's Teapot Challenge: to bring daisies and bees. I was also inspired by the colors of the teapot - so awesome!

I used some patterned paper that my dear friend Naynay123 gave me. I used it for the background. I cut out the cute little bees from a Hambo image called Mushrooms and the sentiment is also from Hambo. I added some silver daisy charms.

My three little bees should be safe from that bee bully Tate as long as they stay close to this big yellow daisy.
I used this weeks Mojo sketch for the layout.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Mushrooms, Just Bee-cause
Paper: whisper white, basic black, ridinghood red, patterened paper
Ink: stazon
Accessories: markers, ribbon, silver charms, nestabilities, various punches

Monday, July 11, 2011


Inside: Your bra size goes from a 36C to a 36 Long.

I used the CAS sketch turned on it's side. I found my baggie of dew drops.. remember when they were all the rage?

Thanks for looking.

Additional Info
Stamps: Bugaboo
Paper: bermuda bay, whisper white, various dp
Ink: various
Accessories: aqua painter, punches, dew drops

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I was inspired by all of the fabulous shoes and bags from the Inspiration Challenge featured website. I pulled out a stamp set by GinaK.
I used the Viva La Verve Week 1 sketch for the layout.
Thanks for looking!

Additional Info
Stamps: Gina K
Paper: white and dp
Ink: stazon
Accessories: ribbon, nestabilities, silver twine, silver shoe & purse charms, embossing folder
Techniques: paper piecing

Friday, July 8, 2011


In the dog days of summer it is nice to think about winter and snowmen. I just love how this shadow box turned out. I used a Hambo Digital Stamp. It is onE of my favorties. It can be Christmas, winter, birthday, etc...The sentiment was typed on my computer.
Thanks for looking..

Additional Info

Stamps: HAMBO: Snowman
Paper: white, Heidi Grace, pacific point
Ink: stazon, baja breeze, markers
Accessories: silver twine, dazzlin' diamonds, twinklet's diamond dust, nestabilities, bling

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Can it really be Wednesday already?!  Wednesday = HAMBO Hoedown, and today's challenge is to make a round card.  I used Jellyfish paired with the Jelly Good Fellow sentiment for my card.  I decided to make an aquarium with my card.  I sponged the background with soft sky, baja breeze, and not quite navy.  Next, I took a scrap of crumb cake and stamped my jelly upside down, making his tentacles into seaweed.  After that, I fussy cut, aka cussy cut, them out.. Then I had some coffee. haha!  I added that panel on my round card, then added some Muddpuddles sand and a few shells and rocks my son and I gathered from our last trip to the beach.  I used Crystal Effects to glue them on.  I just had to take a close-up picture.  It looks so cool in real life!
Next, I stamped jelly (this time right side up), in black craft and embossed with clear powder.  This allowed me to bleach him out.  I stamped him again, cut out his body, colored it, then attached with a dimensional.  I stamped the sentiment, cut it out with a nestability and added it to the card. 

Now it's your turn!  Grab your Hambo rubber or digital images and create a circle card.  Follow the directions on the Hoedown Blog and get next week's featured digital image for FREE!! 
Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Additional Info
Stamps:  HAMBO:  Jellyfish, Jelly Good Fellow
Paper:  white, crumb cake
Ink:  soft sky, baja breeze, not quite navy, old olive, poppy parade, summer sun, black craft
Accessories:  Muddpuddles sand, shells, nestability, clear embossing powder, bleach, crystal effects

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


This is Ralph.  He likes to golf.  He is wondering where his cart is, because it is too hot to walk 18 holes.  He thinks he looks cool in his plaid pants.
I made this card for today's Teapot Challenge.  The challenge was to make golf cards and send to a fellow who needs some encouragement.  You can read all about it on Split Coast Stampers, HERE.
Have a great day!

Monday, July 4, 2011


For the CAS Sparkle Challenge....  EEK!!!! I even have a sparkler stamp- how perfect for the Sparkle Challenge.. hahaha!!!

...used some black magic on this one.

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Sparkler
Paper: white, blue, black
Ink: craft white
Accessories: prisma color pencils, ribbon, bling, stickles
Techniques: black magic


I made this for the CAS Challenge. I used ribbon for the 4 square panel background and punches for my main image.
Thanks for looking & Happy Independence Day to all of my fellow US stampers.

Additional Info
Stamps: none
Paper: red, white & blue
Ink: none
Accessories: markers, ribbon, punches, bling


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