Tuesday, July 1, 2008

I Love July!


Wow! There are a lot of things going on in July! My husband and I will celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary on the 24th, my birthday is on the 15th, I am directing "The Music Man" at our community theater and that opens the 17th, my son returns to North Carolina on the 6th - with my daughter in tow for a week! - fireworks and picnics for the 4th, and for the whole month I am a Guest Designer for Hambo Stamps!

I wanted to show you two Hambo cards today using basically the same layout with a totally different look. The first one uses one of my favorite stamps, the Seahorse! First I stamped the Seahorse twice in Palette Noir Black Ink, and watercolored him using reinkers and an aqua brush. I used a Polished Stone background made with Taken With Teal and Mint Melody (retired Stampin' Up! - Gable Green would work!) for my sea, and cut seaweed from shimmery green paper (The Paper Studio).
The waves were made with Fiskars Decorative Scissors - Clouds turned upside-down and then layered to offset each piece. Crystal Stickles were added on the white layer. I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the white background, and layered it on two pieces of textured cardstock by DCWV. The sentiment is stamped in Cool Caribbean and then outlined with Copic Marker C-1 for a subtle shadow. The seahorse is cut out and layered on oval scallops (Marvy) and Stickles are added to his fins. It's all finished off with a little fish eyelet to match!

The second card is basically the same layout, with the background layers changed, and the sentiment punched out with Stampin' Up!'s scallop punch.
I added a little heart charm I found in my stash of doodads to my ribbon with jump rings. The Sleepy Moon is also stamped with Palette Noir Black and watercolored with Barely Banana and Lovely Lilac ink. Each piece was then cut out and mounted on dimensionals for depth. The background papers are pieced together and then the Wright's Baby Rick Rack is attached over the seams with Glue Dots. A little Stickles for some nighttime shine, different colored brads in the corners, and Sleepy Moon is ready to announce a Special Delivery!


Thank you to Monica and Tim, the owners of Hambo Stamps, for such a fun opportunity this month. I love the humor and fun artwork of their stamps and have quite a collection! Be sure to check out their website! I hope you will come back and visit often this month to see more Hambo projects!

Let the fireworks begin!

19 comments:

Sue at StampnDaly said...

I love the card with the sea horse.

Monica said...

Goodness, what a busy month! I'm just so glad you had time for us! I LOVE your cards -- the seahorse one especially with the wave layers... just PERFECT! Thanks for coming "aboard" for the month! :)

Newstampinaddict said...

Great cards. I really love the seahorse card. How fun to be a guest designer! Congrats!!!

Lorraine said...

both cards are fabulous. I love the polished stone. It's probably one of my favorite techniques. thanks for sharing these 2 beautiful cards.

Mothermark said...

Wow, what great cards Judy! I love the picture where you show the layering....it is gorgeous! Very nicely done!

peanutbee said...

Hey, CONGRATS on designing for Hambo Stamps. Super cool! Love all the dimension on your cards! Looks fantastic!

Sue said...

wowser!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Wow!!! You have a ton going on this month!! I hope you get to truly enjoy all the special events and get-togethers!! And oh what adorable cards!!! I just love that moon and the little heart charm!!

Dawn Marie said...

I love your creations!!!!
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Teresa said...

I love July too - it is my birthday and anniversary. Great cards, as always!!!

Maureen said...

WOW - love the cards...very cool layering and coloring going on!
Maureen

Shelly said...

Such cute cards Judy, sounds like you are gonna be really be really busy this month!

Juliana said...

SWEET cards!! (the sea horse is my fav)

What a fun month! So smart of Monica and Tim to have you on for this month!!

Amy Johnson said...

Such beautiful cards. I really love the seahorse one especially...that polished stone technique really looks like water and I love the sentiment. Love the baby card too..that charm adds an extra special touch. Love the LO. Great job! Happy birthday and Happy anniversary. Would you believe were doing 'The Music Man' in our community too?

LeAnne said...

Wow, you have been a busy stamper--as usual, all your creations are beautiful! My heart goes out to you as I think of your little dog....they are part of the family and we love them all so much!
LeAnne

Holly aka Toy said...

Oh these are so precious!! You rocked these images, girlie!! I love the seahorse.. don't think I have that stamp!! Hmmmmm!
:)

Stampin'GHmom said...

Gorgeous cards! Especially like the seahorse one. I'll definitely have to try that polished stone technique

Libby Hickson said...

These are both so cute Judy! And I think Monica made a GREAT choice inviting you to be guest designer - I have loved many of your Hambo creations here on your blog! Sounds like a super busy month for you - have fun with it all! (And now I can't get the Music Man songs out of my head... oh yes there's trouble, right here in River City, with a capital T and that rhymes with P and that stands for pool...) :-)

nancy said...

These cards are both fabulous, as is the designer!

I really like the polished stone background on the seahorse and all the little added elements to make it *sea-worthy*!!!

And the moon card is a cute one! Love your colors! And all the *baby* things- ricrac, brads, heart charm...