Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Get your sketch on, Monster!

It's Wednesday and that means Hoedown time!   I hope your week is going well.  I have noticed that the days are getting slightly longer and the air is a bit warmer.  It won't be too long until the trees bud out and the first flowers of Spring begin to bloom.

Today at the Hambo Hoedown blog we are excited to bring you a new digital image:  Monster Weights.  Isn't this little monster just adorable.  He comes with several cute sentiments that can be used for various occasions.  The challenge this week is a sketch challenge by Carolina.  I don't know about you, but I LOVE sketches.  This is a fun sketch that can be used with many different Hambo images. 

For my card, I decided to pull out my PrismaColor pencils and Goo Gone to color my monster.  I was inspired by these scraps that I had in my paper pile.  I seem to be on an orange and turquoise kick lately.  I decided to off-set the bright colors with some white space.  Monster Weights is raised with pop-dots.

Now it's your turn.  Grab your favorite Hambo stamp, use Carolina's super-cool sketch and post a link of your project to the Hoedown blog.

Card Details...
Stamp:  Hambo (Monster Weights)
Paper:  Recollections (white card base, envelope & white), Bazzil (turquoise), SU! (only orange), Designer Paper - unknown
Ink:  none
Accessories:  PrismaColor pencils, goo gone, blending stumps, googly eyes, embossing folder, Spellbinders Nestabilities, swirl clip, ribbon, pop-dots

Sunday, February 26, 2012

No matter the weather...

I made this for today's Featured Stamper Challenge over on SCS.  I enjoyed looking through Janice's gallery today. I've noticed her cards here and there whenever we would participate in the same challenge and I was glad for the opportunity to look through all of the pages of her gallery today. It was hard to decide which card to chose to case, but I ultimately decided on this one: Acorns & Oak Leaves. I love the design of it and turned it on it's side, used a different stamp set and colors.

Inside reads: "I'm glad we're together"

This is also for the Catered Crop Quick Fire Challenge to use red somewhere on the card. Lately, I just love red combined with aquamarine and I was drawn to this paper stack by my My Mind's Eye. Such fun colors and designs.

Additional Info
Stamps: Perfectly Clear Stamps (Rainy Day Changito)
Paper: My Mind's Eye (Quite Contrary: Jack & Jill); Strathmore (Bristol Vellum Surface), SU! (basic black, cherry cobbler), Recollections (base & envelope)
Ink: Ranger (Archival Ink Jet Black), SU! (reinkers)
Accessories: aquapainter, Spellbinders (nestabilities), SU! (oval punches, crystal effects, red&white baker's twine), Bling,
Techniques: watercolor, paper piecing

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful start to the week.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


It's Hoedown time again over at the Hambo Hoedown Blog.  This week's image is awesome... Who doesn't love to get a Fortune Cookie.  It is always the best part of a Chinese meal around here.   So fun to read them aloud and laugh at the funny ones. 

You're gonna love this cute little cookie.  It comes with 4 clever and funny fortunes that you will find countless uses for.  Head on over to the digi shop to get yours now!  Come play with us at the hoedown blog.  We'd love to read your fortune and see your card.

Stamp:  Hambo (Fortune Cookie)
Paper:  Recollections (craft base), My Mind's Eye (designer paper), K & Co (tag pad), Bazzil (turquoise, white)
Ink:  SU! Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Swiss Dots embossing folder, nestabitilies, ribbon

Monday, February 20, 2012

Prussian Blue Waves..

I couldn't wait to try today's Technique Lovers Challenge. I used Prussian Blue acrylic paint by Americana to color my waves, then sanded and added some liquid pearls. This is also for today's CAS challenge to use stitching. I used faux stitching with liquid pearls.

Additional Info
Stamps: Sail Away
Paper: Studio G (white square card base), Bazzil (turquoise, white)
Ink: SU!, Ranger
Accessories: Americana (Prussian Blue acrylic paint), swirl embossing folder, Ranger (liquid pearls), sponges, silver charm, silver twine

Sunday, February 19, 2012


We are having our first real snow of the season and so I had a wonderful time making a card for today's Featured Stamper Challenge over on SplitCoast Stampers.  Once the featured stamper has been revealed, the challenge it to CASE a card from her gallery.  Today's FS is beccabatgirl aka Becky Carafa.  You can see her gallery HERE.  I chose to case THIS card.  I changed many of the elements, but kept the same general layout. I used my Coffee Girl digital stamp by Hambo. The thing I love the most is that I can size her to fit the layout.
Check back this Wednesday for this week's Hoedown.  You won't want to miss it.
Thanks for looking.
Card Details
STAMP:  HAMBO (Coffee Girl)
PAPER:  RECOLLECTIONS (craft & white); MY MINDS EYE (6x6 designer stack)
INK:  Stazon, SU! reinker
ACCESSORIES:  SU! (button, ribbon, twine)
TOOLS:  aquapainter, nestability
TECHNIQUES:  sponging, watercolor, paper piercing, faux stitching

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


It's Wednesday and that means time for another Hoedown sponsored by Hambo.  Check out this adorable dragon for this week's challenge.  I also love the sentiments that come with him.  I hope you will have time to play with us this week.  You can catch all of the details on the Hoedown blog and post your project to the linky there.  We'd love to see what you create!
Card Info
Stamp:  Hambo - Dragon
Paper:  StudioG craft, black, white
Ink:  SU!
Accessories:  aquapainter, tin foil, brads, nestabilities

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I have enjoyed using my new Verve Plain Jane Scripture stamps.  I stamped this one on a nestability die cut and layered it on a tag by K&Company.

Hope you are having a wonderful and relaxing Sunday with your family and friends.

Additional Info
STAMP:  Verve: Plain Jane
PAPER:  white, blue, K&Company Tag Pad
INK:  stazon
ACCESSORIES:  grosgrain ribbon, square brad, embossing folder, nestability

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Hoedown Time!

It's Hoedown Time!  If you are new to our challenge, click here to see how this all works. Play along each week with a Hambo Stamps image (rubber or digital) and you are in the loop for some awesome FREE images! Don't have any Hambo images yet?
Grab your chocolates and get ready for a yummy challenge this week. Doesn't this image make you salivate?  It is called Candy Heart and is a new digital image by Hambo Stamps.  I must admit that I had my favorite candy, Reese Peanut Butter Cups, while making this card. I really needed them for inspiration.

So, ink up your Hambo image (or print it out) and be sure to add brads, buttons, or bows to your project. Then add a photo of your project to Mr. Linky on the Hoedown blog.  We'd love for you to participate!

My project info...
STAMPS:  Hambo - Candy Heart
PAPER:  Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, MME
ACCESSORIES:  Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Stickles, Embossing Folder, Aquapainter

Monday, February 6, 2012

We have babies!!

Our oldest daughter got a guinea pig from Santa.  Little did we know that Mocha was pregnant.  Early this morning she gave birth to 3 beautiful little cavies.  She is doing fantastic for being such a young mother and all seems to be going well with her babies. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

CAS True Friend...

Additional Info
Stamps: Simple Friendship
Paper: StudioG
Ink: stazon
Accessories: primas, bling, butterfly embosslit

Friday, February 3, 2012

Q: Where do you get virgin wool?

A: From ugly sheep!


Awesome challenge from Dawn for today's Free 4 All Challenge over on SplitcoastStampers! I just couldn't wait to get home from school today so I could play. I also used this week's sketch challenge.

Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Party Sheep
Paper: Studio G base, My Mind's Eye: Lost and Found, very vanilla, early espresso
Ink: stazon
Accessories: ribbon, nestabilities, edge punch, markers

Thanks for stopping by!


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Wednesday, February 1, 2012


It's Wednesday and that means Hambo Hoedown time! Today is a special celebration, because the Hoedown is ONE YEAR OLD today! We are celebrating with newly released Bailey Cupcake - the second digital image in the "Bailey" line. Don't miss seeing the newest picture of the real Bailey too. It's at the Hoedown today!

Inside view

My project details...

STAMPS:  Hambo:  Bailey Cupcake
PAPER:  Bo Bunny dp, craft & white cardstock by Recollections, tempting turquoise by SU!
INK:  various SU!
EMBELLISHMENTS:  swirl clip, bling, stickles, pink grosgrain ribbon
TOOLS:  aquapainter, topnote die, punches by SU, embossing folder, nestabilities by Spellbinder, edge punch by EK Success

Each participant this week will, of course, receive next week's image in their mailbox FREE! Play along each week, and you will have oodles of fun Hambo digital images! But there is more! Since it's the Hoedown's birthday, each participant will ALSO receive a party goody bag, with an ADDITIONAL FREE image of their choice from the Hambo Digital Store! How fun is that?!

What else is happening? All of the new Bacon Bits Design Team have been introduced and now it's time to see everyone's art. Head on over to catch all the details! Don't miss out on the party fun!


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