Wednesday, March 28, 2012


This week for the Hambo Hoedown, we are excited to welcome Asela's "Hop Art Designs", available from the Hambo Digital Store. This adorable image is called "Celeste Fairy"  and is a fun image to color.  I used my prisma color pencils and blended them using Goo Gone.  I really wanted to add some sparkle to the wings, but didn't to comform the the OWH Guidelines.  Instead, I used my white opaque pen to make some dots along the image where I thought some sparkle should be.  I hope you'll take the time to join the Hoedown this week and check out Asela's adorable designs.  The sales from these images will benefit Operation Write Home.

Thanks for stopping by...

Additional Info:
STAMP:  HAMBO (Celeste Fairy by Hop Art Design)
PAPER:  SU!, MME (Jack & Jill)
TOOLS:  SPELLBINDERS (Nestabilities), PROVOCRAFT (flower embossing folder), SU! (punches), white gel pen, PrismaColor Pencils, Goo Gone

Monday, March 26, 2012


This is for those of you suffering from spring fever....
hope you Get Well Soon!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012


I made this for today's Inspiration Challenge. This card was inspired by the colors in THESE  gorgeous pillows.

For the image I used Spring Bunnies by Hambo. I popped the two in the front up with pop dots and added some cotton from some q-tips to their tummies.

This is also for the Catered Crop Recipe Swap - In Stitches.  I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around all of my mats with white thread.
Thanks for looking!!
Additional Info
Stamps: HAMBO: Spring Bunnies
Paper: Recollections, MME, SU!
Ink: Ranger
Accessories: ribbon, bling, punches, nestabilities, stitching, crystal effects, q-tip

Friday, March 23, 2012


I know I always joke that my Mom is the only visitor I have.... and well, in the beginning, that was true.  She is actually the reason that I started this little blog of mine.  See, she lives a couple of hours away and she and I were trying to figure out a way for her to see some of the things I had been stamping.  After all, it is partially her fault that I love stamping so much.  She gave me my first SU! stamp, and paper, and marker, as well as my love for all things crafty.  So, I decided to start a blog.  I am always amazed when others stop by to 'visit' and especially blessed when they have time to leave a kind word.  Along this journey, I have had the pleasure of making some wonderful friends through the internet and at various sites such as Splitcoaststampers, Facebook, etc.  I've also had and continue to have the joy and priviledge of working for some amazing stamp companies.  God has turned this little of hobby of mine into a wonderful blessing.

Recently, I was blessed to have two of my friends (one that I recently became acquainted with since we are both on the Hambo design team and one I've know a while and stalked forever) leave me a comment stating that they had given me and, more specifically, my blog an award.    Both Charlene Merrick and Deborah Anton are incredibly skilled and talented when it comes to paper and ink.  I am inspired by both of them, which makes this award even more meaningful to me. 

Now I have a few things to do...

  • Pass on the award to five other people, who's blogs have inspired me. It also needs to be someone who has less than 200 followers.
  • Put a comment on their blog, so that they know about it.
  • Link back to the person who gave me the award and thank them.
  • Post the award on my blog.
Please be sure to visit the following bloggers.  They make some amazing cards and I'm certain you will enjoy taking the time to gaze at their creations.  Here are the outstanding stampers that I want to pass this award along to...

Thanks to my wonderful friends for making my day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


How adorable are these images!   Bunny Parade is bought to you by Hambo stamps.  This adorable, digital image is now available and just in time for Easter.  This week the challenge is to create an EASEL CARD using the spring colors of lavender, yellow, pink, green and blue! Choose at least THREE of those colors for your card. Bonus oinks to those that use all five colors!   Don't forget to use a Hambo stamp.

I must admit that I've never attempted an easel card because I thought they were just too complicated.  As it turns out, it is super easy to make.  I just followed the tutorial on SCS.  For this card I used a simple white base.  All papers are from My Mind's Eye Jack & Jill paper pack.  I just LOVE the colors and designs in this pack.  I colored my images with PrismaColor pencils and blended them with GooGone using blending stumps.  I also pulled out my sewing machine and stiched around the edges.

Inside View with Sentiment

Now head on over to the Hoedown Blog to see the rest of the parade.

Additional Info:
STAMPS:  HAMBO (Bunny Parade)
INK:  HP Inkjet Printer
PAPER:  RECOLLECTIONS (white), MY MIND'S EYE (Quite Contrary - Jack & Jill)
TOOLS:  SU! (ticket corner punch, scallop punch, word window, ), EK SUCCESS (border punch), Brother sewing machine with white thread, SPELLBINDERS (nestability), PROVOCRAFT (Cuttlebug)
COLORING: PrismaColor Pencils, blending stumps, Goo Gone
ADHESIVE:  Pop Dots, Scotch ATG

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

So Glad We're Friends..

I saw my first bumblebee of the season the other day.  It was so beezy just buzzing around the garage.  Seems to be a place where they like to hover. Did I mention it was huge!  I like bees, just not when they hover around the garage and divebomb me whenever I try to walk outside.  I think he was trying to tell me that it is Spring.  When did that happen?  I feel like I'm still anticipating snow.  It has been the Winter that never was.

So, in light of the warmer days, I thought I would share this card that I made using my cute little bee stamp by Stampendous.  It is great for clean and simple cards.  I used a corner rounder only on the top corners and a simple strip of fringed designer paper across the bottom. To finish it off, I added a polka dot trail behind each bee with a black pen.

I guess I need to get outside and clean the flower bed, but secretly, I'm still praying for one more snow...

Sunday, March 18, 2012


I made this card for one of the VSN Challenges:  Rolled Flowers.  I thought they were reallh hard to make.  I stamped the stem shilouettes in black, then used some new dp that I bought for the flowers.  I added bling to the centers and ribbon across the bottom.  Last, I stamped the sentiment.

You can find the tutorial for Rolled Flowers HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, March 15, 2012


BEWARE the flashers who claim to be Irish this weekend
Never trust a guy who wants to show you his leprechaun!!
Love this Flasher stamp from Hambo. 
It is paired with the He's Not Irish sentiment
Paula used this funny stamp for this week's Hoedown and
I just couldn't resist making a card with him for my son's teacher. 
She has a great sense of humor and I hope it will give her a giggle.
Thanks for stopping by.

This is for the following challenges...

Card Info....
Stamps: HAMBO: Flasher, He's Not Irish
Paper: old SU dp, bazzil, recollections, Strathnore Bristol Vellum
Ink: Ranger, various su
Accessories: aquapainter, Spellbinders Nestabilites, ribbon, button, twine

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Welcome to another Wednesday and Hoedown.  This week's image is the adorable Bailey Hug digital stamp.  Your challenge:  to use stripes.  Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! 

I just adore the Bailey line.  I used PrismaColor pencils for the image.  I blended the pencils with some handy, dandy Goo Gone.

Grab your favorite Hambo stamp and get stampy, then post your project to Mr. Linky on the Hoedown Blog.  We'd love to see what you create.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


This past weekend, Splitcoast Stampers hosted the Spring Virtual Stamp Night (VSN).  There were challenges posted hourly during the hours of play and you only get 45 minutes to complete your card.  That is why many of my cards are of the clean and simple variety.  Not to mention is pushes me to do something different. 

This card is for a challenge to make a Sympathy card, and it features one of my favorite SU! sets.  I use a technique I call shadow stamping.  Not sure if that is the correct term.  Basically you ink up your image, stamp it, lift one side slightly while one part of the image remains in contact with the paper, move the stamp slightly to the left or right, then repeat.  Each time the image is slightly lighter and all of the stems connect at the bottom.  I added some bling to the center of the darkest flowers and used my nestabilities.  Then added a heart charm with some silver twine.

Thanks for looking...

Saturday, March 10, 2012

VSN: I still {heart} you!

I made this card for one of the VSN Challenges: to use a heart or the word love on your card.  This stamp is from an SU! stamp set that I bought and never really inked up.  The paper is DCWV.
Thanks for looking. 

VSN continues on today with hourly challenges, come join us!  For more info, CLICK HERE.

Friday, March 9, 2012


Time for another VSN over on Splitcoast.  Hope you'll join us!  Starts at 5pm!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


When I saw this new Hambo image, I immediately thought of my Mother.  She loves flounder.  Head on over to the Hoedown Blog for more inspiration and a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge.   The three in a row that I played were:  striped, embossing, and buttons.  That indeed is a button on the bow of the ribbon with some bling attached. We'd love for you to join us.  You can find this image along with other fun digital images by Hambo HERE.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


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CAS Note of Thanks...

I made a big batch of these clean and simple, monochromatic thank you notes.  Love the Pocket Silhouettes stamp set for this kind of card.  Added the ribbon with some tape and a little bling on the flower - done!
Thanks for looking!


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