Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hambo's "One and Done" Silent Auction!

Beginning Thursday, October 1, Hambo Stamps will be share the "One and Done" day. This will be a silent auction event!

Each Thursday, Tim will offer a one-of-a-kind digital drawing. The drawing will be posted in the morning, and as soon as it's posted, the bidding will begin. Bidding starts at 1¢. To bid, you simply enter your bid total in the comments section of that particular blog post. There are no set increments, though each bid must be higher than the one before it.

The thing to keep in mind is that this image will only be sold to the winner -- it will not be listed for sale elsewhere (hence the "one and done") -- so if you win it, you can be sure that you'll be the only one using this image in your projects. Copyright for the image follows the same policy as the rest of Hambo's digital designs.

Bidding will continue until 10:00 pm (EST). The comments are time-stamped, so the last comment left at exactly 10:00 pm or before will be the winner, and will pay the price that was bid, via Paypal or money order.

If you're unfamiliar with digital images and would like to try them out before you place a bid, you can find links HERE to a couple of free image downloads to experiment with.

Tune in tomorrow to see the first "One and Done" image up for auction! Sounds like fun!

And for more Hambo fun, see the new Sketch Challenge blog HERE! We have a new sketch for October, so come and play for some fun prizes!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Peace Hope Love and Being Uncomfortable!

This card is totally out of my comfort zone and out of the box for me - a card with few layers and lots of white space! Something I rarely, rarely do! I made it for SCS Ways To Use It Challenge 237: Out of the Box and for Color Challenge 238: Pretty in Pink, Going Gray, Sage Shadow.

I stamped my sentiment in Basic Gray ink, then mounted it on a layer run through my Cuttlebug using the Textile folder. The flower was colored with Pretty in Pink and Sage Shadow markers. There are Diamond Stickles on the flower seeds.

There are three scored lines (Scor-Pal) at the bottom - the middle one has the silver beads, and there is one scored line across the top above the ribbon. (Click on the photo to see this better!)

I like it, but it sure isn't my usual fare!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Gifts of Christmas (Stampin' Up!)
Paper: PTI White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray
Accessories: HL ribbon, Scor-Pal, Cuttlebug Textile EF, Diamond Stickles, silver bead gems, Long Rectangles Nestabilities

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Here a Gobble, There a Gobble!

Nope, not turkeys - yet!

For SCS Inspiration Challenge 199 - The Pajama Squid

Isn't that an awesome site name? They had such fun stuff - wish my kids were still little, as I liked a lot of their things - especially the giraffes! May have to get a couple of those anyway.

But today I didn't make a giraffe card - I loved this little finger puppet kit with monsters and was inspired to use Silly Monsters, a Jannie Ho Chicken Girl design carried exclusively by i {heart} papers. Aren't the little "bites" out of the sentiment cute?

Lime Rickey DP, matching glazed brads and Spellbinders Nestabilities available at IHP as well!

Thanks for looking and have a monster of a day (in a good way, of course!)!

I am off to a parade downtown where my daughter is marching with her high school band. It is a beautiful fall day - perfect for a parade!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Follow Your Heart

Today is Unity's Friday Friends With Flair!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today and what Friends With Flair is all about. You might win some Unity! "FFF" goes live at 10 AM CST.

I used the August KOTM {following my heart} for my card today. And the thing I love most about it, is that all of the pieces (except for the gold hearts) came from my scrap basket! DP is Que Sera Sera by K & Co.

Thanks for stopping by!

Out of the Box

For SCS Ways To Use It Challenge 237 . . .
We were to do something Out of the Box - different with our style, or something else.

I am not even sure what my stamping style is to do something different that way, so I decided to do a different fold. I always just do regular folds, so my "out of the box" is a different fold.

Stamps are by Our Daily Bread designs from two September releases: Get Well and Thinking of You.

The inside sentiment says "Thinking about you in my heart; remembering you in my prayers."

I used Kraft paper for my base, and then K & Co.'s Madeline DP. My images are stamped with VersaFine Sepia ink - it matches perfectly!

Thanks for stopping by today! What is "out of the box" for you?

Stamps: Thinking of You and Get Well (ODBD)
Paper: Madeline DP (K & Co.), Kraft
Ink: VersaFine Sepia
Accessories: pink pearls, pink organdy ribbon

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Crushed Black Razzleberries!

These cute images are from a new release by Chicken Girl Design Stamps, by Jannie Ho, available exclusively at i {heart} papers, along with the Nestabilities by Spellbinders. This set is called Happy Halloween!

There are Diamond Stickles on the little bunny's dress. The little brad on the ribbon is a black cat and says "hiss" ~

Have a wonderful fall day!

Stamps: Happy Halloween (IHP)
Paper: PTI White, Rich Razzleberry, Crushed Curry, Basic Black
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Crushed Curry, Rich Razzleberry, Copics, VersaFine Black Onyx
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry ribbon, Cuttlebug EF, tag punch, Nestabilities, Halloween brad, sponge dauber, Diamond Stickles, Black EP
Techniques: embossing, sponging

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Be Well

Isn't it nice to know that someone is thinking of you when you don't feel your best? I can always use Get Well cards!
I made this card today for the SCS Color Challenge 237: Crushed Black Razzleberries. I love these rich colors together!

My images are from two sets by Our Daily Bread designs: Doodles 1 - Get Well and Sing to the Lord. This week at ODBD you can get in on a great sale on Basic Grey brads and buttons. Click here for details and to see a beautiful sample from fellow DT member, Angella Crockett!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Get Well (ODBD), Sing to the Lord (ODBD)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, DP by My Mind's Eye
Ink: Palette Noir Black
Accessories: Nestabilities, bird punch (MS), pearls (Kaiser), Crushed Curry ribbon (SU!), border punch (Fiskars)

Friday, September 18, 2009

Chicks Rule

Today is Unity's Friday Friends With Flair!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today and what Friends With Flair is all about. You might win some Unity!

My card today is made with the September Unity Store Kit: {everything extraordinary}

~My chick's crown and tail has glitz (Diamond Stickles)~
~Designer paper is by My Mind's Eye~

~And for more Unity fun, check out

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Monstrously Old!

For SCS Ways To Use It Challenge 236 . . . Numbers

I made this for my son, who turns 21 in November. Since he is over a thousand miles away at college, we are making several cards and treats to send in the week prior to his birthday.

These images are from Silly Monsters, a new September 16 release by Chicken Girl Design Stamps, available at i {heart} papers, along with the Lime Rickey Basic Grey DP, brads, and Spellbinders Tag Die. This card measures 5 in. sq.

The monsters are stamped on watercolor paper and painted with reinkers and an aqua brush.
The "21" numbers are Basic Grey stickers.

Check out Jannie Ho's blog! She does amazing work!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Silly Monsters (Chicken Girl Design Stamps- available at IHP)
Paper: Textured Purple, Orange, Green (The Paper Studio), watercolor (SU!), Lime Rickey DP and Sublime (Basic Grey)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Palette Noir Black, Only Orange, Lovely Lilac, Green Galore
Accessories: 1" and 1.25" circle punches, Spellbinders tag die, photo corner punch, brad (Lime Rickey BG), orange grosgrain ribbon, large oval punch, number stickers (BG)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

What Song Is It?

Scroll down to the earlier post see the two new Chicken Girl Design releases!!

And now get ready to sing . . .

My second for today's Sketch Challenge 246 . . .

Monica, the owner of Hambo Stamps, issued a challenge to the Design Team this week to create a Hambo card inspired by a song. That simple. No requirements as to what kind of song, or what singer ... just a song, any song.

And so, I present Debby Boone and "You Light Up My Life"! (You can thank me later for putting this song in your head all day! LOL)

See what the rest of the team did HERE! We've got everything from arias to nursery rhymes!
Come play along with us!

Stamps: Hambo Stamps
Paper: Textured Pumpkin (The Paper Studio), Very Vanilla, Real Red, June Bug SP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Palette Noir Black, Yoyo Yellow, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal
Accessories: large oval punch, Nestabilities, Crushed Curry dotted grosgrain ribbon, red button, Scalloped Scallop border punch (EK Success), Diamond Stickles

Silly and Happy!

Today is Release Day for two new Chicken Girl Design stamp sets: Silly Monsters and Happy Halloween! You can find both sets only at i {heart} papers TODAY!

Happy Halloween:

Silly Monsters: Check out the sneak peeks from the Design Team and Guest Designers:

Be sure to stop back later today for a fun HAMBO challenge!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

And They Are Open!

Congratulations to Joycelyn and Rebeccah on the opening of Totally Stampalicious today! HERE is a link to all four of their sets, which include Dawgs, Hawgs, Frawgs, and Brawds!

Check out their blog for lots of fun creations with the new sets! See my Rockin' Frawg HERE.

My Road Hawg used Sketch 246 on SCS. No frills here for this masculine card! I pieced the bandana and I used one of my new Cuttlebug folders. I thought this one looked like tire tracks!

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Road Hawg (Totally Stampalicious)
Paper: Dusty Durango, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Basic Grey DP, SU! DP (red)
Ink: Memento Black, Copics
Accessories: star eyelets, designer label punch, 1" circle punch, Cuttlebug EF, twill tape, paper piercer
Techniques: piecing, piercing

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lovin' RED!

Here is a card I made a couple of weeks ago for a SCS Color Challenge. The colors were Real Red, Kraft, and Chocolate Chip. I sure am loving red right now!

I started with this beautiful "Meadow" designer paper by Michelle Coleman for Fancy Pants and went from there!

I frayed the edges of my satin ribbon and distressed the cardstock with PTI Chai Distressing Ink.
The top flower is white, and I used Camomille Ink (PTI) on that to match the DP.

One of my favorite color combos!

Have a great day!

Stamps: Three Little Words, Baroque Motifs (SU!)
Paper: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Kraft, DP by Fancy Pants
Ink: RHR, Chocolate Chip, Chai Distressing Ink (PTI)
Accessories: Prima flowers, chipboard heart, chocolate chip satin ribbon, brown brad, scallop scissors, sewing machine

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Kraft + Anything = Love

I so love Kraft paper. It just goes with anything! Today I used Basic Black, Real Red, and Whisper White with Kraft. Take a look:

I made this for SCS Featured Stamper Challenge 136 . . .

Congratulations to SHANNAN!! Shannan has SUCH a marvelous gallery -- so many are in my favorites, but I finally chose THIS ONE.

I kept her colors, layout and theme, but changed images, number of embellishments, Cuttlebug folder, left off the background stamping, and added a Spellbinders flourish. This is a standard A2 card.

Images are from the September release Doodles 2 - Thinking of You by Our Daily Bread designs. Thanks for stopping by today!!

Stamps: Thinking of You
Paper: Kraft, Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Memento Black
Accessories: SB Nestabilities and Flourish, metal dots, Cuttlebug EF, white gel pen

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Two Sneak Peeks!

Today I want to share two sneak peeks with you - one from a brand new stamp company! Both of these cards were inspired by today's SCS Inspiration Challenge 197.

My Rockin' Frog is from Totally Stampalicious, a new company owned by my friend, Joycelyn Turner, and her friend, Rebecca Kuhne. Joy asked several of us to help her in her company launch and release, and I am happy to do that! This set, along with three others, will be available for purchase on September 15th.

I chose this tye-dyed guitar tee for my inspiration. I used alcohol, felt, and two reinkers to make the Polished Stone background for my frog. I should have added MUCH more Mellow Moss!

My son turns 21 in November and I made this card for him. Can you see why?

Please check out the blogs and galleries of the other talented stampers who are helping launch Totally Stampalicious over the next few days. They have some great designs to share with you!

My next project is a one-panel card, with the ghost image from Silly Monsters, a new September 16 release by Chicken Girl Design Stamps, exclusively available at i {heart} papers. I wanted to show a close-up of this one so you could see the textured paper and the ribbon loops better:

I chose this cute kids' outfit: Boo Lettuce Edge Tee and Spin Art Pants for my inspiration for this Halloween card.

Thanks for stopping by today to see these peeks!

Stamps: Rockin' Frog Paper: Mellow Moss, Glossy White, Bordering Blue, Basic Black, Frances Meyer DP, Whisper White Ink: Mellow Moss, Brodering Blue, VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Clear EP, Nestabilities, metal dots, gingham ribbon, star punch, Cuttlebug EF Techniques: polished stone

Stamps: Silly Monsters (Chicken Girl Design Stamps) Paper: textured black, Whisper White, Basic Black, various DP Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black Accessories: Clear EP, paper piercer, chipboard glitter letters, grosgrain dotted ribbon, orange Prima flower, purple buttons, Nestabilities, distressing tool

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Tree With Flair!

I made this card for Featured Stamper Challenge 134 and never shared it on my blog, so I thought today - Unity's Friday Friends With Flair would be the perfect time, as Darlene is one of my online friends!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today and what Friends With Flair is all about. You might win some Unity!

Congratulations to Darlene {akronstamperdpk} for being chosen Featured Stamper 134!
She has so many pretty cards to choose from, and I finally settled on this one.

I changed the layout slightly, moved the pearls, changed images, and kept the color scheme and silhouette idea.

Be sure to check back later today for some FUN NEW STUFF from a brand new stamp company!

Stamps: Growing in Unity (Unity Stamp Co.)
Paper: Rose Red, Purely Pomegranate, Melon Mambo, Bittersweet DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Accessories: pink organdy ribbon, pearls (Kaiser), paper piercer, distressing tool

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happiness Always

I really like red. It is such a vibrant color, and I love to wear it. It makes me feel more alive.
Today's SCS Ways To Use It Challenge is all about red today. Here is what I came up with:

Fairly simple and quick - and with one of my favorite retired Stampin' Up! sets: Happy Harmony.

I had planned to use a whole different set today, but the red just wasn't working with it, so I pulled out a favorite. What do you think?

Stamps: Happy Harmony (SU!)
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, SU! DP
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Cuttlebug EF, organdy ribbon, grosgrain ribbon, red gems, Nestabilities, EK Success Scalloped Scallop border punch, paper piercer

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Healing Touch

For today's SCS Color Challenge 235:
Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

I love these colors together, and although I have a cute Halloween card in the works too, I wanted to start with this pretty image and sweet sentiment from Doodles 1 - Get Well from Our Daily Bread designs.

I was inspired by Amy's card HERE.
Thanks for the visit today!

Stamps: Get Well (ODBD)
Paper: Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant, Basic Black, DP by K & Co.(Madeline), DCVW (Old World Mat Stack)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, PTI Chai
Accessories: pearls, satin stitched ribbon, distressing tool, paper piercer, sewing machine
Techniques: piercing, distressing, sponging, sewing

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

New Stuff from IHP!

Today is a big day at i {heart} papers (IHP)! Not only is IHP releasing two more sets from the new line of Chicken Girl Stamps this month but Kate is also introducing a new design line called The Petal Press, designed by DT Coordinator, Tracy Schultz. I love her style and I’m sure you will too. It is *very* different from the CGD sets, so if cute animals aren’t your style then maybe you’ll love The Petal Press as much as I do!

It’s going to be a busy next few weeks, with sneak peeks of all three new sets beginning tomorrow and running through September 15. The full releases will be on September 16 so be sure to check the IHP blog every day for some samples.

And, of course, with a new stamp line comes some new DT additions. Please welcome some new faces (and a couple of familiar ones who are also helping out!):

Ashley Cannon Newell
Carly Robertson
Cathleen Torina
Gretchen Belknap
Jenyfur Pohl
Julie Lacey
Krysten Ng
Tiffany Johnson
Tracy Schultz – designer
Kate Baldwin – owner

I’ll be back later with a peek, but until then, I hope you enjoy this cute little bee from Hugs From a Bug.Congratulations to Lori {LMcAree} on being chosen as SCS Featured Stamper this week! Lori does wonderful work and I am so excited for her. I chose this BEE card to case.

I changed from landscape to portrait, added designer paper, changed images, added a button, but kept her theme and layout and Cuttlebug use (different folder) the same.

Images (Hugs From a Bug) and Nestabilities are available at i {heart} papers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Hugs From a Bug (Chicken Girl Design Stamps) available at i {heart} papers
Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Basic Black, unknown DP
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Copics
Accessories: Crushed Curry dotted grosgrain ribbon, button, Nestabilities, word window punch, Cuttlebug Mesh EF, Ranger Clear EP
Techniques: embossing

Sunday, September 6, 2009

I Found You

For SCS Inspiration Challenge 196 I chose this bag~

What a fun site to browse!

This is also for Unity's September KOM Challenge~ to use black, orange, purple, and green.

I had a lot of fun with this card, and the Que Sera Sera designer paper by K & Co. makes any card beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: August KOTM (Unity)
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Que Sera Sera DP by K & Co., Lime Rickey DP by Basic Grey, Chatterbox DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Boysenberry VersaColor
Accessories: scallop scissors, buttons, brads (The Paper Studio), dotted grosgrain ribbon, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, sewing machine, chipboard heart

Friday, September 4, 2009

Friday Friends With Flair!

Hip Hop Hangover has hopped its last hop and Friday's at Unity are now Friends With Flair!

Visit the Unity blog to see the list of participating blogs in the hop today and what Friends With Flair is all about. You might win some Unity!

For my card today, I used two stamps from Unity's Stylin' Stars, and a sentiment from the June KOTM. Designer paper is by K & Co. Click on the photo for a close-up of the tag texture! My card is cased from one made by Kandis Smith in the most recent issue of CARDS.

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Three for Thee!

The Bread Basket for Our Daily Bread designs is doing a challenge with the THREE new fun September releases from the Doodle Collection. Here are the challenge details:

1. Make a pocket card of any style, shape, with as many pockets as you want. There are numerous tutorials on SCS in the Resources Section that you can use, or come up with your own design.
2. Link your card to the ODBD Blog by Thursday, September 17, 8 PM EST. Winners will be announced on the ODBD blog on Saturday, September 19.
3. Anyone can play along, but only those using ODBD Stamps as the main focal point will be eligible to win the fabulous prize! Kelley is giving away one of each of the three new sets and they are just fabulous!

Here is my pocket card empty. Click on any photo for a close-up view.

You can find the tutorial for the Double Pocket Card HERE.

I made a little tag using Nestabilities and one of the set's verses from Proverbs 17:17, and added a restaurant gift card for a friend.

I used Doodles 3 - Friendship. The dragonfly image is stamped with VersaFine Black Onyx ink and then embossed with Black Sparkle embossing powder.

I sanded the edges of my paper for the SCS Ways To Use It Challenge 234 today.

Take a look at what these Bread Basket Sticks made for the challenge today:


You can find all the Bread Basket links in my left sidebar!
We hope you will join us and play along!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Three New Sets From Our Daily Bread Designs and Some News!

Today is the first of the month and you know what that means! New releases at Our Daily Bread designs! Today there are three new stamp sets that are so versatile for brightening someone's day! Take a look at the Doodles Collection:

Doodles 3 - Friendship

Doodles 2 - Thinking of You

Doodles 1 - Get Well

There are so many wonderful sentiments to mix and match with all of the ODBD stamp line!

I made my card with the Friendship set. I love the beautiful flourished dragonfly! And I have just the person to send this to today!

There are so many beautiful samples for you to see today from other Bread Basket members!
Check these out: *Connie* *Dawn* *Deb* *Grace* *Betty* *Lorelie* *Sandee* *Silke* *Angie*

Did you see any new names in that list? Well, today I have some news. I am stepping down as ODBD Design Team Coordinator and handing the reins to Grace Nywening so I can spend more time with my family and more time stamping! She will do a wonderful job! I have thoroughly enjoyed being the DTC since January, but know that Grace has things fully under control!

And check out our new Guest Designer for the next few months: Dawn Lusk!!
Dawn is a talented stamper and you will LOVE what she does with ODBD stamps!

Thanks for stopping by today!! I will have some more fun news soon and another Chicken Girl Design later today!