Friday, February 25, 2011

Delightfully Different Owlies

If you are looking for my BLOG CANDY, be sure to check it out here!  It's available until March 3rd!  ONLY 6 DAYS LEFT!!!

I've been working on various design team projects all week!  I'm on some fantastic teams, so these are all fun, but today I just wanted to chose some fun challenges and make a card to go with them.  So I went on the hunt on my favourite challenge sites!  Adding cute Owlies, just made this a fun project!  All the supplies are listed below!  So stay tuned for all the challenge fun!

Simon Says Stamp - Coffee and Cream
I'm actually entering this challenge and their Design Team call!  This would be my dream team!  I shop at this store whenever I have money!

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Some Stripes    
Can you find the stripes?  Only the upside-down owl has stripes!

Cute Card Thursday - Sketch
I love this cute sketch!

Moxie Fab World - Trigger Tuesday
I think these flowers look like the flowers on the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die!  I made sure to use them on my card!

4 Crafty Chicks - Inspiration Photo
I went with the browns, creams and orange!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Stamps:  Branching Out Owlies from Stampin' Bella
Paper:  Patterned Paper - DCWV, SU Cardstock - Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Neenah Classic White
Ink:  SU - Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories:  Miss Elizabeth - Chocolate Stitched Ribbon, Prima Rhinestones, Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents
Tools:  Copic Markers,  Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die,  Spellbinders - Petite Ovals SmallSpellbinders - Petite Scalloped Ovals Large

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Spring Bloom

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I have so many stamp sets in my cupboard, I decided it's time to dust some of them off!  This beautiful image is Bloomin' Beautiful by Stampin Up!  I coloured it in with my Copics (R24, R20, YG97, YG95, YG93) and sponged the edges.  The printed page in the background is a page out of a dictionary, sponged with SU's Cameo Coral ink.  For added detail, the corner is paper pierced.  I stamped the bloom a second time and cut out the front petals.  I used dimensionals to pop out the tops of the petals.  Here's a close-up:

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Just Us Girls - Colour Challenge
Oldie but a Goodie - Spring is in the Air
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps - Flowers
Crafty Creations - At the Bottom of my Garden . . . lives

Stamps - Bloomin' Beautiful by Stampin' Up!
Paper - SU Patterned Paper, K&Company Patterned Paper, SU Cardstock - Close to Cocoa, Cameo Coral
Ink - SU - Sage Shadow, Close to Cocoa
Accessories - My Mind's Eye - Lush Brown Rhinestones, Chocolate Taffeta Ribbon, SU Dimensionals
Tools - Paper Piercer, SU - Mat Pack

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

You're My Hero

If you are looking for my BLOG CANDY, be sure to check it out here!  It's available until March 3rd!

This week, it's a sketch challenge at Hambo Hoedown!  I used this cute Bird Hero - digi by Hambo Stamps.  He's coloured in with Copic Markers (YG97, YG95, YG93, Y21, E97, YR21, YR20, B93, B91).

These last couple of weeks have been pretty crazy for me as I help my kids transition from being homeschooled to attending public school, so I'll be keeping the chatter to a minimum!

Other challenges I'm entering this card in:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Use dies to create your card.
Stamp Something - Something Funky
Do You Stack Up? - Dots

Stamps:  Bird Hero digi by Hambo Stamps
Ink:  SU - Old Olive, Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy
Paper:  Cosmo Cricket Patterned Paper, SU Cardstock - Soft Sky, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive; Neenah White
Accessories:  Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Swiss Dots, Spellbinders Ovals and Scallop Ovals, Copic Markers

Have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

You Mean Everything

If you are looking for my BLOG CANDY, be sure to check it out here!  It's available until March 3rd!

Today, my previously homeschooled daughters went off to public school.  I've been thinking about them a lot.  My little Emily's lip was quivering as I left her at the school today.  Can you tell I was thinking about my girls today?  This image is A Tasty Read by Elizabeth Bell Designs.  It's one of my favourites!  I coloured her in with Copic Markers (colours listed below).  I love the combination between pretty scallops and shabby distressing! 

I haven't really shown you what I do with the inside of my cards.  I don't do anything fancy, but I like to give it a more finished look.  Sometimes I use a small stamp on the inside.  In this case I used a strip of the patterned paper and distressed it.  Simple, but finished!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie - Sketch
Anything Goes Challenge - Distressing
Copic Creations - Warm Colours
Top Tip Tuesday - Inserts & Bling it On

Stamps:  A Tasty Read - digi by Elizabeth Bell Designs, SU - Always (sentiment)
Ink:  SU - Cameo Coral & Chocolate Chip
Paper:  Basic Grey Patterned Paper, SU Cardstock - Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Whisper White, Neenah White
Accessories:  My Mind's Eye - Lush Green Rhinestones, SU Dimensionals
Tools:  Paper Piercer, SU - Mat Pack, Spellbinders - Standard Circles Small and Large, Spellbinders - Scallop Circles LG

Copics Used:  Hair - E99, E97, Y21     Scarf - YG97, YG95, YG93     Skin - E21, E00, E000
Shirt - R24, R20     Pants - E97, YR21, Y21     Stump - E99, E35, E34, YR21     Book - E35, E34, E21
Apple - R29, R27, R24, R20

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sweet Lion Birthday

My sweet baby is turning two in a couple of weeks!  This card is for her.  She loves her stuffed animals and when I saw this sweet little lion digi (a freebie from Meljens Designs) I thought it'd be perfect!  I love Meljen's stuff!  So cute!  I coloured the lion with my Copics (E99, E97, YR21, YR20, R20) and then cut him out.  He's popped up on SU's Dimensionals.  Faux stitching was done with a paper piercer and white gel pen.  The patterned paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The sentiment was cut out with Spellbinders Circles and Scallop Circles.  All cardstock is SU (Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges: 
Friday Sketchers - #142
Meljens Designs - Happy Birthday!
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Use a Die Cut
Makin' it Colorful - Smooth Gradients

Thursday, February 17, 2011

A Tattered Tag

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I've never really made a gift tag before.  I sure had fun with this one, though!  I started off by sponging SU's Pacific Point and Wild Wasabi ink all over the tag cut from vanilla cardstock.  I stamped various images from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry with SU's Wild Wasabi and Pacific Point Ink.  The bird is stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Black Soot and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used my finger to apply some Lime Stickles to the chest of the bird.  The entire tag is spritzed with  Apple Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.  After distressing the edges with my fingernail (my distressing tool was upstairs and I just didn't want to go get it), I ran my Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo around the edges.  The flowers are from Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Tattered Florals.  They are cut out with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Grungepaper.  The flowers are sponged with SU's So Saffron and Pacific Point Ink.  I put together the flourish myself.  I used 1/2 pearls and rhinestone stickers.  The ribbons and fibers are EK Success and K&Company.

I'm entering this tag in the following challenges: 
Simon Says Stamp - Make Your Own Embellishment
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Make a Tag
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Not a Card
Dutch Dare Card Challenge - Sparkle, Glitter, Bling

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Exciting Announcement

If you are looking for my BLOG CANDY, be sure to check it out here!  It's available until March 3rd!

I have two exciting announcements!  Yes, it was a VERY busy day yesterday!  So here they are in no particular order:

1.  I'm a new Design Team Member for Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog!  I'm so excited to be working with a very talented set of designers!  There's a lot of fun challenges in store! 

2.  I'm a new Design Team Member for Digi Design House!  There is a whole new Design Team that will be getting things started over there!  I'm so excited to be a part of it! 

I've got my badges up on my sidebar if you'd like to check out their sites.  Later today, I'll update them to include the list of designers under them.  I just can't wait to get started!  This just means more awesome images and ideas!

Have a fantastic day, all!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Beach Themed Mini Book

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There's a new challenge over at the Hambo Hoedown!  The challenge is to create a beach themed project.  I haven't done a lot of beach themed projects, so this one took me a little while to think out.  Of course, I had this cute Pelican - digi from Hambo Stamps to work with!  I was browsing Tim Holtz' blog and he just posted this Valentine Mini Book!  What a fantastic and fun idea!  So I created my mini book using one 12x12 sheet of SU's Chocolate Chip Cardstock.  I didn't have any of Tim Holtz' fabulous Tissue Tape so I had to improvise my border.  I ended up using the Faux Leather Technique found at SCS.  It took some time to get it all to look the way I wanted it, but I'm very pleased with the results!  In my stash I found some old Creative Memories paper that looked like sand and water.  Perfect!  So I distressed the edges and inked the sides with Tim Holtz Distress Inks Vintage Photo and Broken China.  I tore a section out of a dictionary for the print (definition of sand).  The charm was found at Wal-Mart.  It was silver, which didn't look quite right to me, so I coloured it with my Copic Markers (E97, E99).  I secured it with hemp twine and my glue gun. 

For the inside pages, I used more of that sand and water paper and distressed and inked all the pages.  

The tags were cut out from manila folders and inked with Tim Holtz Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  Since I made this as a Valentine's present for my hubby, I filled the pages and tags with things that I love about him.

In this photo, you can see the shine from the Crackle Accents that I put on the fish (fishes?)!  This is what the book looks like closed.  I secured some hemp twine on the back page with eyelets and it loops around the front to hold the book closed.

Make sure you take a moment to visit the other members of the Hambo Stamps Design Team:  The Bacon Bits!  They've got some great cards to show you!

Silke  Melissa  Joy  Judy  Christy  Karin  Libby  Monica

I hope you find some time to be creative today!

Challenges I'm entering this project in:
Creative Inspirations  - Challenge 53 - Distress
Prairie Fairy Fridays - All in the Fine Print
A Spoonful of Sugar - Anything But A Card

Monday, February 14, 2011

Copic Journal

Make sure you take a minute to check out my BLOG CANDY!  It's available until March 3rd!

Ever since I bought my first Copic Markers, I've wanted to put together a Copic Journal.  A place where I can record colour combinations I like and my thoughts on different papers.  There is just so much to learn about Copics, I want to record what I'm learning!  I also love the idea of decorating a notebook.  I've never done it before!  I found this notebook at Staples, and I liked the thick covers.  Perfect for decorating!  I used my favourite Basic Grey paper, sponging the edges with ink.  For the main decorative element, I used my Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die, embellishing with a Stampin' Up button.  For added detail, I used a White Gel Pen on the edges of the flowers and to make a flourish.  The matching pen was made using the SCS Tutorial - Beaded Pens.

Have a wonderful day!

Challenges I'm entering this project in:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring...Flowers Everywhere!
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Recipe:  3 Main Colours, 2 Patterned Papers, 1 Ribbon, 1 Button
Simon Says Stamp - Anything but a Card

Paper:  Basic Grey, SU Cardstock - Whisper White, So Saffron
Ink:  SU - So Saffron, Really Rust, Tim Holtz Distress - Aged Mahogany
Accessories:  SU Button, White Taffeta Ribbon
Tools:  White Gel Pen, Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals Die

Friday, February 11, 2011

"Cookies, My Love?"

Please have a look at my blog candy!  It'll be available until March 3rd!  You can read about it HERE!!!

Alright, you are getting a double post today!  The reason?  I meant to post this one today!  Oh well, more posts equals more fun, right?!  Ever since I first saw this sweet Willow with Cookies by Whiff of Joy, I wanted to colour her!  She is just so adorable!  I've made this card for one of my daughters for Valentine's Day (I just haven't decided which!).    

The hearts are cut out of Grungeboard, saturated with ink (SU's Ruby Red and Pink Pirouette), and then covered with Ranger Glossy Accents. 

I hope you all are having a wonderful day and please enjoy your weekend!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps - Seeing Red!  Use red on your project.
Whiff of Joy - Love is in the Air - Create a love themed project.
Prairie Fairy Fridays - All in the Fine Print - Use some fine print in your project as a design element.

Copics Used:
Hair:  E99, E35, E34, YR21, YR20     Skin:  E21, E00, E000     Apron:  R29, R27, R24, R20     Shirt, Shoes & Pockets:  YG97, YG95, YG93     Jeans:  B97, B95, B93, B91

Stamp:  Willow with Cookies by Whiff of Joy, Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Odds & Ends
Paper:  Bo Bunny, Upsy Daisy Designs, SU Presto Pattern Designer Paper, SU Cardstock - Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Prism Cardstock
Ink:  SU - Ruby Red, Pink Pirouette, Old Olive
Accessories:  Basic Grey Brads
Tools:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Ticket Strip Die, SU Corner Rounder, Copic Markers

More Than Words

Please have a look at my blog candy!  It'll be available until March 3rd!  Read about it HERE!!!

Today, I was inspired by one of my favourite love songs:  More Than Words by Extreme.  I think this cute Turtle Carver - digi by Hambo Stamps is perfect!  Obviously, he loves his sweetheart more than words alone can say!    

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
Polka Doodles - That's Amore - Create a project related to a love song or romantic movie.
Do You Stack Up? - Ribbons - Use ribbons on your project.
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - Valentine's/Love
Stamp Something - Something for your Valentine
Stampin' for the Weekend - Make a project for Valentine's Day

Copics Used:  Turtle - YG97, YG95, YG93     Heart - R29, R27, R24, R20     Hat - B97, B95, B93, B91     Rock - E99, E35, E34, E21

Stamps:  Turtle Carver digi by Hambo Stamps
Paper:  Basic Grey, SU Cardstock - Old Olive, Real Red, Neenah Cardstock
Ink:  SU - Old Olive
Accessories:  Ribbon - SU Old Olive 1/4" Grosgrain, SU Jumbo Brads,
Tools:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Spots & Dots, Copic Markers

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Kick It Into Gear: Blog Candy!!!

*This blog candy contest is now closed*

I have some wonderful BLOG CANDY up for grabs!  As many of you know, I'm still a bit new to the blogging world, and I'm ready to kick it into high gear!  Right now, I'm trying to get the word out about my little blog, so we're going to share the love! 

So what's the candy?  I'm giving away a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!  You will get to choose whatever you want!  Not only that, I'll pay the shipping too!  This is open to anyone, anywhere in the world!

What do you need to do to be entered in for my candy?

1.  Become a follower of my blog (if you aren't already)!

2.  Post a picture of my candy on your sidebar with a link back here to spread the word!  (If you don't have a blog, keep reading, there's another way to enter!)

3.  Add your name to the link below!

If you don't have a blog, still become a follower of my blog (either through Google or Facebook) and then leave me a comment on this post!   

I'll draw a name at 9:00PM PST on Thursday, March 3rd for the winner and announce it on Friday, March 4th!  Thanks for all your support! 

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Monster Eyes

I cannot stress how much I ADORE this Eye Monster - Digi from Hambo Stamps!  When I saw that this was the digi for the new challenge at Hambo Hoedown, I started thinking about all the cute, gross, adorable colours I could make him.  I printed out four or five and made each one a different colour with my Copic Markers.  This was my favourite!  The challenge this week is to use a heart somewhere on your project.  I hand cut this heart and then ran it through my Cuttlebug with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fade - Cracked.  I sponged a SU's Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust over it to give it more texture and dimension.

Be sure to take a moment to participate in this week's challenge!  You do need to use a stamp from Hambo Stamps.  If you didn't participate last week and didn't get the freebie, there are a great number of adorable stamps on the Hambo Site and there is a freebie on the bottom of this page!  Remember, all you have to do is participate in the challenge and you'll get next week's digi for free!  You don't need a blog to participate, you can just link your online gallery!

Make sure you take a moment to visit the other members of the Hambo Stamps Design Team:  The Bacon Bits!  They've got some great cards to show you!


Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I hope you all have an absolutely fantastic day!

Other challenges I've entered this card in:
Crazy 4 Challenges - Create a Valentine's Card!
Polka Doodles - Challenge 5 - With Hearts!
Digital Tuesday Challenge - From the Heart!
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - Hearts a Flutter!
SCS - Ways To Use It 308 - i HEART you!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Monster Valentine - digi by Hambo Stamps
Copics:  Monster - E99, E97, Y21   Heart - R29, R27, R24, R20
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Really Rust, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Stampin' Up - Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
Tools:  Paper Piercer, Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fade - Crackle
Accessories:  Miss Elizabeth's - Brown Stitched Ribbon, Stampin' Up - So Saffron Button

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Oh Sweetheart!

I've used this Sunshine by Crafter's Companion stamp before, but I just love sweet little girl images!  They remind me so much of my three little girls!  I don't know if you've noticed, but I always colour the hair the same three blends.  This is to match my sweet daughter's hair!  My eldest daughter has golden, light brown hair with strawberry highlights, my middle daughter is a brunette with golden highlights, and my youngest is a beautiful auburn redhead!  I'm constantly trying to find the right blend to match their hair exactly!

The Copics that I used to colour the image:
Hair:  E99, E35, E34, YR21, YR20     Skin:  E21, E00, E000     Dress, Hat & Bird:  R24, R20, E97, E93, E91 (the blue wasn't teal enough, so I used an SU Blender Pen with Taken with Teal Ink over top of my Copic Colouring)     Fence:  E35, E34, E21     Flowers:  E97, YR21, Y21

Challenges I'm entering this card in:
7 Kids Challenge - I {heart} you!
Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Embossing!
Friday Sketchers - Sketch #140
Basic Grey Challenges - All Heart
Forgotten Scraps - Challenge #2 - Anything Goes!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Sunshine S.W.A.L.K. by Crafter's Companion
Paper:  Basic Grey - Olivia Collection; K & Company; SU Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral; Neenah White Cardstock
Ink:  SU - Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, Taken With Teal, Old Olive
Accessories:  K & Company - Ribbon
Tools:  Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Swiss Dots, Copic Markers

Monday, February 07, 2011

Jessi's Hat

I am so sick today!  Thankfully, I've had this post sitting around just waiting to be published!

I really love this layout!  It looks so much better in person than it does online too!  I think clustering the photos together makes the layout is more unified and less cluttered.  Plus it gives you the opportunity to dress up larger spaces around the photos!  This layout has a lot of random stamping around the edges.  There's also some masking with extras of the die-cut daisies.  Adding the ribbon and the 1/2 pearls just dresses up the grunge page!

I hope you get some papercrafting in today and have a wonderful time!

Layout Ingredients:
Patterned Paper:  Basic Grey, Making Memories
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Real Red
Ink:  Stampin' Up - Real Red, Ranger Distress Ink - Vintage Photo   
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous - Urban Tapestry
Tools:  Spellbinders - Daisy
Accessories:  Stampin' Up - Real Red Polka Dot Ribbon, Stampin' Up - 1/2 pearls

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Taylor's Baby Sister

When I first looked at this Valentine Gilly by Prairie Fairy, I was going to make a card.  But as soon as I got her coloured in, a scrapbooking page came to mind.  Even though it was past my bedtime, I ran down to my craft room to start putting it together!  I've been hoarding this Fairy Flora Patterned Paper by Prima for a couple of months.  I thought it would be perfect for this sweet layout!

As I was thinking about challenges I immediately thought of challenge at Prairie Fairy Fridays.  'For a sweetheart' was easy to follow since this layout is for my daughter's scrapbook album.  The next is Moxie Fab World's Trigger Tuesday.  My main inspiration from this week was the colour!  I love those soft coral, rose and red colours!  Last (but certainly not least) is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Love is in the air!  This layout is all about love!

For the details. all the edges (except white) are sponged with Stampin' Up's Cameo Coral or Old Olive ink.  I used white embroidery floss to stitch along the edge of the inner square and another line just outside of it.  Gilly is coloured with Copics (colours listed below).  To add a little more interest and detail, I cut out some flourishes with my Tim Holtz Sizzix Die Elegant Flourishes and placed them around the edges of the layout.

Here's a close-up of Gilly.  My absolute favourite part of her is her cute, little, slouchy socks!  Here are the Copics I used:
Hair:  E99, E97, Y21     Skin:  E21, E00, E000, R20         
Dress & Heart:  R29, R27, R24, R20     Socks:  YR21, E000    
Staff:  E99, E35     Wings:  R20, E000     Glasses:  R27     Freckles:  E97

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Hambo Stamps Super Bowl Sale!

This is a double post for today, so to see today's card, please scroll down to the next post! 

I have some exciting news from Hambo Stamps!  I just thought I'd let you all know that they are having a Super Bowl Sale!  Here some of the scoop:

Because Hambo Stamps has a special fondness for PIGskin, we're celebrating Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 6) by offering 30% off ALL in-stock regular-priced stamps (rubber & digital), ribbon and cling cushion! (The discount will not apply to stamps on our "Retiring" or "Seconds" pages which are already discounted a minimum of 50%) Because of the limited quantities of some designs, all orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
PLUS - We're offering a chance to win your entire order FREE (up to $100)! When you place your order, give us your best guess as to the FINAL point total of the game -- that is, the total of points that both teams have scored, added together. If more than one person correctly guesses the exact final point total, a random draw will determine the winner of those with the correct guess. If no one correctly guesses the final point total, it will go to the CLOSEST guess -- again with a random drawing if there's more than one. Please note that while the 30% off sale runs for three entire days, only orders received prior to kick-off will be in the running for the free stamps.

Make sure you all go have a look at Hambo Stamps!

Flower Valentine


I participated for the first time ever in SCS's VSN (Virtual Stamp Night).  I was able to make this card in 30 minutes!  I just didn't get around to posting the card!  So here is another Valentine fo February!

Have a wonderful day!

Card Recipe:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up - Short & Sweet
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Cherry Cobbler, Kiwi Kiss, Regal Rose
Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up
Ink:  Stampin' Up - Cherry Cobbler, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink
Accessories:  White Taffeta Ribbon
Tools:  Tim Holtz Sizzix On The Edge Scrollwork Die, Spellbinders Scallop Ovals Die, Spellbinders Oval Die, Creative Memories Small Heart Punch, Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Hambo Hoedown Kickoff!

I'm so very excited!  This is the day for the kickoff of Hambo Hoedown!  A Hambo Stamp is needed to participate in the challenge, but guess what?  There is a free digi stamp right on the Hambo Hoedown site (get it fast, it's not free for very long)!  The first challenge is to make a football themed card.  Participate in the challenge and get another digi free!  What could be better than that?  Make sure you check out the details to make sure you get your digi!

So here's my card for the challenge!  I don't know if it's this way for everyone, but for me, the first project of my first design team and my inspiration was:  NOTHING!  I couldn't think of a darn thing to make!  Once I calmed down and realized that I was chosen because they like my current work, not for what I aspire to be, I was able to make something that I'm happy with.  Of course, having a cute image to work with helps a ton!  The image is Hambo's Football Girl Digi!

I coloured my Football Girl with Copics (colours listed below) and I added definition on the jersey with my Copics.  In the view below, you can see how the girl and her bear are popped out from the card. 

Have a fantastic day!

Card Ingredients:
Stamp:  Football Girl - digi by Hambo Stamps
Copics:  Hair - E99, E97, Y21  Jersey - B97, B95, B93, B91  Face - E21, E00, E000  Bear, Shoes & Football - E99, E35, E34, E21  Skirt - R24, R20
Cardstock:  Stampin' Up - Soft Sky, Whisper White, Not Quite Navy
Ink:  Ranger Distress Inks - Broken China
Tools:  Stampin Up - Not Quite Navy Marker
Accessories:  Hemp Twine, Pop-Up Dots

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Love Squirrel!

I love to give Valentine's cards to friends.  I don't always get everyone every year, but Valentine's Day to me is about love and friendship.  So while I do celebrate it with my husband, I love to make some cards for my friends too!  Remember exchanging Valentines in school?  Love it!

Today's card was so fun to make!  I love stamps from The Greeting Farm!  They are so fun to colour!  I used every Copic that I own on this card (I only own 18)!  Most of the edges are distressed and inked.  The heart in the corner was cut by hand out of Basic Grey's Olivia Patterned Paper. 

The photo corner was punched out of paper from the Olivia collection.  Then I punched the same photo corner out of some acetate from some old packaging (I love recycling!).  Then I ran the acetate photo corner through my Cuttlebug using the Tim Holtz Crackle Texture Fade.  I swiped the edges of the photo corner with Stampin' Up's White Craft Ink.  It is secured to the card with some SU brads.

One of my favourite elements on the sticker page for the Olivia collection is this lacy photo frame.  I cut just one side off to use on the edge of my image.

Make sure you check out the sneak peek over at Hambo Hoedown!  The fun starts tomorrow!

I hope you love today's card as much as I do!  Have a fantastic day!

Challenges I Made This Card For: 
Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Love! - Create something with a love theme.
Simon Says . . . Animal Antics - Use an animal stamp.
Prairie Fairy Fridays - #45 - For a sweetheart.
CI Paints Inspired by: Love - Create something with a love theme.

Card Ingredients:
Stamps:  Huey Birdhouse by The Greeting Farm, Short & Sweet by Stampin' Up
Ink:  Stampin' Up - Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze, Old Olive
Copics:  E99, E97, E35, E34, E21, E00, E000, YR21, YR20, Y21, R29, R27, R24, R20, B97, B95, B93, B91 - I used coloured pencils for the greens and greys since I had no Copics in those colours.
Paper:  Stampin' Up Cardstock - Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral; Basic Grey Olivia Collection - paper and sticker elements; Neenah Cardstock
Tools:  Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fade - Cracked, Stampin' Up Photo Corner Punch, Small Oval Punch, Cutter Kit
Accessories:  acetate - left over from packaging, Stampin' Up Old Olive Brads


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