Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Hambo Sketch Challenge - Come Play Along!

It's a Hambo Sketch Challenge today, and we would love for you to play along!
Click here for details:

I used Basic Grey's Eerie designer paper and these Hambo stamps:
We All Scream - 2207
Bone Corner - 0602
Ghost Duo - 2219

Check out all the rules (there is only one!) and see the other samples HERE.

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

You Are Always in My Heart

Friends and family may be far away, but those close to me are always in my heart and on my mind!

It's Unity Stamp Co.'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 Unity's September KOTM:

{go ahead...wish}

The sentiment is stamped with Purely Pomegranate ink and the edges sponged with PTI's Chai distressing ink.

~Designer paper is by Indian Summer by Basic Grey~

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, October 23, 2009


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!

I totally did not get the memo (LOL) about "no card" - gotta pay better attention.
My card today is made with {birdie inspiration}
The sentiment is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink and then overstamped with Pumpkin Pie.

~Designer paper is by Twilight by Memory Box~
Pretty simple design, but I love the paper!

~and the quote is perfect~

I am lovin' life!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Harvest Blessings

Today's Ways To Use It Challenge 241 called us to use patchwork in our designs. I chose a simple nine grid patchwork, stamping the four corners, and using K & Co. Que Sera Sera designer paper for the other squares. I ran each section through the Cuttlebug using the Herringbone embossing folder.

I used Verve's Harvest Blessings, and stamped each leaf with Kaleidacolor Late November ink. I sponged the edges with Papertrey Ink's Chai and Chamomile Distress ink, then layered on VersaColor Pinecone and Paprika. The wreath was stamped with Pumpkin Pie, and before stamping I added Old Olive and Summer Sun to the mix. Diamond Stickles accent the wreath. The sentiment is stamped with VersaColor Pinecone.

Background layers are Memory Box Twlight designer paper. I added brads and organdy ribbon, which I heated to curl - all done!

I think my mojo left with the leaves on the trees last week -- it's been a whole week since I stamped~ changing of seasons or something, I guess! Thanks for taking a peek~

Stamps: Harvest Blessings (Verve)
Paper: Memory Box and K & Co. DP, Very Vanilla, More Mustard
Ink: Kaleidacolor November, VersaColor Pinecone, Old Olive, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, PTI Chai and Chamomile Distress Ink
Accessories: Diamond Stickles, Nestabilities, brads, organdy ribbon, Cuttlebug Herringbone EF, heat gun

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Just a quick post before work to show you an easy background to share space with designer paper. Simple design, easy to mail - and fun to make! Check out the Partridge in a Pear Tree set from Rubber Stamp Tapestry HERE.

To see how I made this card, and the list of supplies from RST, click HERE.

Have a great day!

Stamps: Rubber Stamp Tapestry: SHO20024 - Partridge in a Pear Tree Set; WOR38205B - Celebrate Block Stamp
Paper: Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy, Chocolate Chip, DP from my scrap basket
Ink: VersaColor: Burgundy, Green Tea, Bamboo, Pinecone
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Cordoroy buttons, burgundy grosgrain ribbon, satin ivory ribbon, corner rounde

Friday, October 16, 2009

Come for Coffee and New Releases!

I made this card for Tuesday's SCS Color Challenge 240: Chocolate Bay Appeal

Then it was 24 degrees outside with freezing drizzle, and I thought a cup of coffee would warm me up! Today it's 54 and forecast for high 60's this weekend. Nebraska weather is never dull!
It's Friday Friends With Flair at Unity Stamp Co., where addicted customers show off their Unity creations.

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! The hop begins around 10AM CST.

Today is also release day for the new Chicken Girl Design Stamps. There are two new CUTE holiday sets being released today! See my samples here and here. CGDS are carried exclusively by
i {heart} papers. Head HERE for more samples and info!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co. KOTM

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Naturals Ivory
Ink: VersaFine Sepia, Chocolate Chip, Copics
Accessories: Prima flower, glazed brad, EK Success wavy border punch, white cord, Diamond Stickles, Heidi Grace heart stick pin, rolodex punch

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I Love New Stamps.....and So Will You!

Hambo Stamps has got some FUN new stuff just released for Autumn!
Check out all the new designs HERE.

From now until Wednesday, October 14 (tomorrow), 5:00 PM CST,
I am holding a contest to see if you can guess my
favorite new Hambo release!

Post your guess here, and if you are right, you win that new image from me!
FUN stuff there!

Here is a card I made for last Friday's SCS Limited Supplies Challenge. My friend Wendy was the hostess and she challenged us to use just paper, ink, and stamps.
NO embellishments! Can you imagine? :)
Well, here is what I came up with:

Sometimes the paper is so cool, you hardly need any stamps! The LSC Challenge was perfect to show off this really cool new Basic Grey DP called Eerie and one of my Hambo Stamps sentiments called Halloween Definition, and let the paper do the rest!
This card is a standard A2 size.

Ok, so now I'm going to go put some fibers through that sentiment tag! (Sorry, Wendy! LOL)

And for a REALLY AWESOME Hambo card, check out what my friend Holly did with her One and Done Auction win HERE. It is so so CUTE! (And don't miss the pics of her new stamp room!) The next One and Done Auction is this Thursday! You won't want to miss it!

And if you are looking to win more Hambo, check out the current sketch challenge at Hogs & Sketches, our sketch challenge blog!


Stamps: Halloween Definition - 2206 (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: Eerie DP (Basic Grey), Kraft, Basic Black, Lovely Lilac
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black
Accessories: EK Success Scalloped Scallops punch, SB tag, corner rounder

Saturday, October 10, 2009

We Got Snow!

My friend Deb is in Hawaii this week. She is welcoming home her son, who has been in Iraq for the last year. His sisters, mom and dad all went over for awhile to help his wife of a year and a half welcome him home. Last Sunday, as I was wishing her well, she says to me, "I hope it snows while we are gone. Then I can appreciate the weather more." It had been a beautiful fall up to that point.

Today Deb got what she wanted, and boy, will she hear about it! :)
It started snowing just about the time the football game was over last night, and my daughter came home after marching the halftime show. It snowed all night and most of the morning. We don't have a lot of it, but it's THERE. And NOT in Hawaii! In fact, right now, it's 28 degrees in my back yard and 82 in Hawaii. Hmmmm.......

Tonight my daughter's high school band marches in an out-of-town field competition. Their time on the field is 9:45 p.m. I hope those trumpet players know about lips and vaseline and metal -- My daughter plays the baby bass drum.

When I was about five years old (and we had metal ice trays with a big handle on the top - I know some of you will remember those) I thought it would be cool to lick the ice tray out of the freezer -- it would be like a popsicle. NOT. It's a good thing tongues heal. And I am thankful for plastic ice trays!

To celebrate today's Nebraska snow, and 82 degrees in Hawaii, here is a card I made using one of the new September 16 Chicken Girl Design Stamps releases. Take a sneak peek (click on the photo for a close-up to see the scored background!):

Jannie Ho designed this set, and if you are not familiar with her work, you MUST check out her blog. She has the most delightful illustrations in children's books, not to mention a lot of other cool stuff on her blog. AND she has two new stamp sets coming out on the 16th, carried exclusively by i {heart} papers. I love these sets, and I know you will too!

My little polar bear has just tossed his first snowball of the season and he is ready for more! He has Diamond Stickles on his hat, feet (he is standing in snow, of course), and the snowball. Designer paper is Eskimo Kisses by Basic Grey, also available at IHP. I LOVE this paper!

Be sure to check out these team members' blogs this week for more peeks at this darling sets!


Thanks for stopping by today. I won't begrudge Deb her snow - or good weather. I mean, after all, her son has been in Iraq for the last year. And I thank him from the bottom of my heart.

Stamps: It's a Snowy Day (Chicken Girl Design Stamps)
Paper: PTI White, Pretty in Pink, Bravo Burgundy, Old Olive, Eskimo Kisses DP (Basic Grey)
Ink: VersaFine Onyx Black, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Accessories: snowflake brad (The Paper Studio), Pretty in Pink wide grosgrain ribbon (SU!), red snowflake ribbon (American Crafts), Scalloped Rectangle Nestabilities, snowflake sticker, Scor-Pal

Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Friends With Flair and New Stamps!

For SCS Ways To Use It Challenge 239: Around the World ~

My son will graduate from college in May and my daughter next May from high school, so we are planning a family trip to Europe to celebrate! One of the places in our top three choices is Italy. It was my favorite country in Europe the last time I went (a looooong time ago), and I would love to go back - especially to Tuscany!

So here is my Around the World card! I have been waiting to use some of my Debbie Mumm Travel Stack paper and this was a perfect challenge for it! My sentiment is from Unity's Everday Adorable and the cut out trees are from Tiny Trinity. This card is 5.25" square.

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!

Tomorrow begins Sneak Peeks of the new Chicken Girl Design Stamps. There are two new CUTE holiday sets being released this month and I will have peeks this week for you right here! CGDS are carried exclusively by
i {heart} papers.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Stamps: Everyday Adorable (sentiment) and Tiny Trinity (trees) by Unity
Paper: Debbie Mumm Travel Stack DP, Always Artichoke, Really Rust, Mellow Moss, River Rock, unknown DP (trees)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Chamomile Distress Ink (PTI)
Accessories: paper piercer, rust square brads, Cuttlebug EF, scallop scissors

Thursday, October 8, 2009

More Kraft Love

Here is another card I made on Tuesday for several challenges:

SCS Color Challenge 239: Mellow Moss, Kraft, White
Verve's VLVOCT01: With A {Twist} of Shabby (sketch)
Verve's Product Parade Challenge: Encouraging Words

There is a Mellow Moss Nestabilities layer behind the Kraft Pinking Circle that I sponged with Craft White ink (like the Kraft Pinking Circle). I love the new Dewfrost DP from Memory Box! It has such wonderful designs for winter and some for any occasion.

My flower medallion is stamped on Kraft with Craft White ink three times, and then layered for dimension. I did faux stitching with my paper piercer and white gel pen for a subtle look.

I hope you have a great day!

Oh - for you musical fans, my husband is playing Scrooge and my daughter will be the Ghost of Christmas Past, so I am excited for them -- and for us, that we will get to work together on a show!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Happy Birthday and Goodbye ---

Happy Birthday to Kelley Holland! Kelley is the owner of Our Daily Bread designs. The Bread Basket Design Team has some fun birthday cards for Kelley today, so check them out!
*Angella* *Angie* *Chris* *Connie* *Dawn* *Deb* *Debi* *Grace* *Lorelie* *Sandee* *Silke*

Here is the card I made to celebrate Kelley's birthday. I used May God Hold You, one of my favorite ODBD sets.

I have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with so many wonderful women on the ODBD team, but today is my last post as part of the Bread Basket. I am stepping down from the team to free up my schedule a bit for my family. I have so appreciated the wonderful scripture verses and images that Kelley carries, and I have loved getting to know the women (both ODBD alums and current Breadsticks!) that have been a part of the team with me!

This Irish blessing is for Kelley's birthday, but also for all of my team member friends as well! I wish them all God's blessings and thank Kelley for the wonderful opportunity I had to be a part of her company!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


No, I am not talking about Mac and Cheese -- although I do like that! I am talking about KRAFT paper! LOVE that! I go through a lot of it -- my favorite brands are PaperTrey Ink and Stampin' Up!

Today's SCS Color Challenge was to use Mellow Moss, any White, and KRAFT!
Here is what I came up with:

I stamped my image in Craft White ink, and then embossed with White Embossing Powder. The corners are pierced with an Ornare template. I added pearls to the poinsettia middles as well.
What do you think?

This week I am holding auditions for "A Christmas Carol: The Musical" (How many things are called "Fill in the Blank: The Musical"?? It's funny to me!). Anyway, it is the show based, of course, on Dickens' traditional story, and it is so much fun! It is a great musical to show your family -- it was made into a Hallmark movie starring Kelsey Grammer. I tell you though -- remember Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld???)? You should hear him sing Marley's ghost's song, "Link By Link." WOW! I never knew he could sing! Anyway, I am excited about this show -- it should be a lot of fun and my daughter and husband are trying out! More on this later this week!!

Have a great day!! I intend to! :)

Stamps: Gifts of Christmas (SU)
Paper: Kraft, Mellow Moss, unknown DP
Ink: Craft White
Accessories: Nestabilities Labels, White EP, moss grosgrain ribbon, white satin trimmed organdy ribbon, Hero Arts pearls, Ornare piercing template

Saturday, October 3, 2009


Here is my submission for today's SCS Inspiration Challenge 200. When I saw THIS WALLET, I immediately thought of this designer paper I had, and decided to make a Halloween card. The brad says "Boo!"

Images, ink, and Nestabilities are from Happy Halloween by Chicken Girl Design Stamps, available at i {heart} papers.

Today we are off to a marching band competition about 2 1/2 hours away. Our daughter is a junior and plays the baby bass drum! It is going to be a perfect day for it - a great crisp, fall day! MUCH better than yesterday's 50 mph winds we had for two days!

And on a side note - however it is definitely not a side thought - some of you know that my dad has been very ill for several weeks and was in the hospital. He is back at the nursing home now, but on thrice weekly dialysis treatments that are hard. I just wanted to mention that, because I have taken a leave of absence from some of the teams I am on, and wanted to let you know why you wouldn't be seeing some of those designs from me in October. To those that have sent notes to me, thanks for your concern and prayers! :)

Stamps: Happy Halloween (CGDS)
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Black, Whisper White, LSS DP
Ink: Palette Noir Black, C-1, C-3, C-5 Copics, Old Olive (collar)
Accessories: Nestabilities, orange grosgrain ribbon, black brads, Halloween brad

Friday, October 2, 2009

A Challenge, A Sale and A Sheep!

Meet Trophy Sheep! He (or she) is one of the newest Hambo designs available at Hambo Stamps. Pretty soon Trophy Sheep will be an old-timer, as new designs are on the way and soon to be released!

This card was made with Hambo's most recent sketch - a challenge which you can read all about at our new Sketch Challenge Blog: Hogs and Sketches! Monica has some terrific prizes to give away and I hope you will play along. There are even free digi images to use if you don't have any Hambo stamps yet!

Not only do we have a challenge and a sheep, but it's HOGtoberfest!!!

Starting Friday, Oct. 2 at 12:01am, and running through the weekend (ending at midnight EST on Sunday, Oct. 4), we're having a site-wide** 40% off sale! The sale price applies only to regularly priced stamps. Designs on the different sale pages (sale / retiring / seconds) are already marked down that much or more; you can still add these things to your order, but they will NOT receive an additional discount. **Only digital stamps that are combined with a rubber stamp order are eligible for the discount!**

Additional info can be found HERE. Don't miss this awesome sale! I LOVE Hambo!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Little Christmas "JOY"

It is too early for Christmas, for sure, but for me to send any stamped cards, I have to get them done a long time in advance!

Today I want to share two JOYful cards with you using Rubber Stamp Tapestry's Holiday Joy set. One of the cards shows traditional colors, and the other has a more vintage look.

Here is the traditional:

And here is the vintage look:

You can find the supplies needed to make this card HERE.

Be sure to check out the Basic Grey 6x6 sale at RST HERE. Love those papers!

And now for some Blog Candy fun, check out the new designs available today at Our Daily Bread designs and do the hop! You might win some cash to spend!