Sunday, December 30, 2012

Time to Thank You

Sometimes it's a challenge to use part of a pattern in some patterned papers for cards. This paper seemed to design the card itself.  I like the script and clock patterns next to the squared circle. The circle was the perfect size for a Thank You stamp.

I was able to use a smaller clock part of the paper for a button and some of the black and white chevron  ribbon for an embellishment.

Supplies Used:
Red Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
Black Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
All About Me 6x6 Paper ~Webster's Pages
Black & White Striped Twill Ribbon ~May Arts
Clear Button ~Close To My Heart
Thank You Stamp ~Will 'n Way
Tuxedo Black Dye Ink ~Memento

Especially FUR You

What a cute puppy, right? This is Bailey Christmas ~digital image by Hambo Stamps. The Hambo Hoedown Challenge for this week was Anything Goes.

He is so cute, I can't decide whether to use this tag as part of a Thank You note for one of this year's Christmas presents or save him for next year's gift.

Supplies Used:
Bailey Christmas Digital Image ~Hambo Stamps
Red Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
2x3 Tag Cut ~Artiste Cricut Cartridge
White Polka Dot Red Ribbon ~My Stash
B000  BV25  E23  E25  R20  R29  R89  YG67 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Holiday Tangled Pig

The Hambo Hoedown Challenge for this past week was to make an Easel Card. I've never made one so I thought I'd try.  I used the Pig Tangle ~digital image by Hambo Stamps.

I finally got to use some May Arts red & white twill striped ribbon. I really like the pattern but sometimes it is hard to incorporate into a design. I think the jolly pig turned out cute.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Supplies Used:
Green Paper ~My Stash
Red & White Striped Paper ~My Stash
Black Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
Polka Dots Embossing Folder ~Cuttlebug
Red & White Twill Striped Ribbon ~May Arts
Pig Tangle Digital Image ~Hambo Stamps
R20  R29  RV00  YG06  Y28 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Monday, December 10, 2012

You Light My Fire!

I'm considering giving this cutie to my Cutie!  The Hambo Hoedown Challenge for this week is to make a masculine card.  I used Dragon -digital image by Hambo Stamps.

I thought a simple card with bold colors would be perfect.  And you know I can't resist beady eyes.

Supplies Used:
Yellow Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics Juicy Pack
Purple Paper ~My Stash
Dragon Digital Image ~Hambo Stamps
Frame Cut ~Hero Arts
Corner Chomper ~We R Memory Keepers
Black Brads ~My Stash
BV13  YG00  YG06 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Sunday, December 9, 2012

U and Me 4ever

I made this card for the OWH Sketch Challenge #148

I had fun using distress ink on a tag cut and other paper elements. This stamp can be used with a ticket cut from the Artiste cartridge but I like it here on the tag.

This is my version of the OWH Sketch Challenge #149.

I really like being able to emboss a background to complement a shape I have cut.  The gear is a fun and unexpected shape.

Supplies Used:
A Happy Heart patterned paper ~My Mind's Eye 6x6 pack
Cranberry Cardstock ~DCWV
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Perfect Plumeria ~Versa Magic Chalk Ink
Cranberry Organza Ribbon ~My Stash
Pumice Stone ~Ranger Distress Ink
Frames Tags Borders Stamps ~Close To My Heart
Tag with Heart ~Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Corner Chomper ~We R Memory Keepers
Score Board ~Martha Stewart

This & That: Charming Collection Kit ~Echo Park Paper Co
Dark Turquoise Cardstock ~DCWV Harvest Gathering  Pad
Gear 2.5" ~Artiste Cricut Cartridge
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Year Round Sentiment ~OWH Hero Arts Clear Stamps
Clockworks Embossing Folder ~Cuttlebug

Miss You

This is my entry for the Delightful Inspiration December Layout Sketch Challenge.

I really like using text patterned paper as a background.  It adds some interest without taking away the focus from the rest of the elements.

This is my version of the Delightful Inspiration December Card Sketch Challenge.

I really like the crossword paper. I added my own "Across" and colored a gray gem to mimic the lights on the camera paper.

Supplies Used:
This & That: Charming Collection Kit ~Echo Park Paper Co
Turquoise Cardstock ~DCWV Harvest Gathering
Tea Dye ~Ranger Distress Ink
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Year Round Sentiment ~OWH Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set

This & That: Charming Collection Kit ~Echo Park Paper Co
Black Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
Gray Square Gem ~Webster's Pages
R89 ~Copic Sketch Marker
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Year Round Sentiment ~OWH Hero Arts Clear Stamp Set

Thanks a Bunch

I've been wanting to add more Cricut cuts to my cards lately so when I saw the OWH ODBD December Challenge that asked for flowers, I thought these would be perfect.  {Thank you Betsy for letting me borrow this cute cartridge}

I've also been wanting to see how I can use Copic markers with my cuts.  I tried to add some dimension to the flowers by putting a little color on the bottom.  What do you think? 

Supplies Used:
Flower 4 Simply Charmed Cartridge ~Cricut
Pink & Turquoise Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics Juicy Pack
Cream & Pink Herringbone Paper ~Love Story Pack Bazzill Basics
Thanks a Bunch stamp ~Dear Lizzy
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Ivory Satin Ribbon ~My Stash
Scallop Punch ~EK Success
Heavy Duty Vertical Slot Punch ~EK Success
Corner Chomper ~We R Memory Keepers
Pink Square Gems ~Webster's Pages
Herringbone Embossing Folder ~Cuttlebug
BG11  R81 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Thursday, November 29, 2012

YouER than You

I've seen some cute Mo Manning stamp images on some blogs lately so I thought I'd try one for myself.  Ruby is fun to color. I got to work on my shading. Practice Practice Practice

And who can resist a Dr. Seuss quote!

Supplies Used:
Mo Manning 'Ruby' Stamp ~Stamping Bella
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Prints Pack ~Stampin Up 6x6 Paper Pad
Admiral ~Bazzill Paper
Cranberry Ribbon ~My Stash
B91  B95  B99  E000  E01  E25  R85  RV00  Y35 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Ye Olde (Well, ye are!)

My mom has a friend she jokes with about how old they are and who's older. I recently acquired this Dragon digi.  As soon as my mom saw it, she knew her  friend would love it!

I had fun coloring him, making a tassel and distressing the papers.

Supplies Used:
World Traveler ~Teresa Collins 6x6 paper pad
Turquoise Cardstock ~DCWV Jewel paper pad
Purple Paper ~my Stash
Black Paper ~Bazzill Basics paper
Pumice Stone ~Ranger Distress Ink
Fontopia ~Cricut Cartridge
Timeless ~Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Oval Cutter ~Creative Memories
Gems, Floss ~my Stash
Dragon ~Hambo Stamps
BG01  BG07  BV11  BV17  V01  YG00 ~Copic Sketch Markers

Friday, November 23, 2012


I am so thankful for so many things, probably many of the same things you are thankful for as well.  Hambo Hoedown's Challenge for this week was to use Burlap.  I used Cornucopia - digital image by Hambo Stamps to decorate this burlap bag filled with Mulling Spices.

I had fun using a lot of different colors for this image.
And I am thankful for you !

Supplies Used:
Brown Cardstock ~DCWV Harvest Gathering Pack
Tea Dye ~Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink
2.25" Scallop Punch ~McGill
Cornucopia Digital Stamp ~Hambo Stamps
E000  E23  E25  E42  G43  G46  R29  V01  V06
Y19  YG00  YG06  YR02  YR09  YR68   ~Copic Sketch Markers

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I saw a card Sandy Allnock had made and really liked the sentiment. Here is my version. I was able to cut some images from the Cricut Stand and Salute Cartridge for a promotion had for Veterans Day.

{I had an opportunity to speak to some veterans at a local American Legion meeting last week about Operation Write Home.  I made about 40 AnyHero cards for them to write in and get back to me.  I had cut some star and star borders and thought they would be more military looking if I distressed them. Finally had a reason to get some Distressed ink!}

I crumpled up the boots, applied the ink and colored the soles with Copic markers. I mounted the second boot with foam mounting tape.  I really like how the ink works and am looking forward to learning more about Distressed Ink techniques.

Here is a card I did for the OWH Sketch Challenge #146 ~okay it is a very loose interpretation but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

I really like the look and feel of the boots after distressing.

Supplies Used:
Faded Jeans  Tea Dye ~Ranger Tim Holtz Distressed Inks
Brown Cardstock ~DCWV Harvest Gathering Paper Pack
Huckleberry Pie ~Bazzill Basics Patterned 6x6 Paper
Tuxedo Black ~Memento Dye Ink
Clear Letter Stamps ~The Paper Studio
Blue Seam Binding ~My Stash
E23  E29  BV25  W5 ~Copic Sketch Markers
Diamond Plate ~Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Stand & Salute ~Cricut Cartridge
E2 Machine  Cuttlebug Machine

Sunday, November 11, 2012

You Warm My Heart

The Hambo Hoedown Challenge for this week is to use gingham with Toaster -digital image by Hambo Stamps or any of their other cute stamps. 

I like the vintage feel of the image and paper.  I will also submit this card for the OWH Sketch #145.

Supplies Used:
Toaster Digital Image ~Hambo Stamps
Hometown Summer Paper ~Pink Paislee 12 x 12 Pack
Pink Cardstock ~DCWV Brights Pad
E21  E23  R20  W00  Y32 ~Copic Markers

Delightful Wishes

 Delightful Inspiration has a monthly challenge.  Here is my version of their layout sketch for November.

Operation Write Home also has a Midweek Throwdown Challenge to use Red, White & Blue.

Delightful Inspiration also has a card sketch, this is my version.  I have been wanting to do a card like this for quite some time.

This "Smoochy" card can be used as a Valentine card or just I Love You.

"Wishes" Card Supplies Used:
Light Blue & Navy Cardstock ~Bazzill Basics
Swiss Dots Embossing Folder ~Cuttlebug
Critter Party Stamp ~Penny Black
Maraschino Red Twine ~The Twinery
Light Blue Buttons ~JoAnns
B91  B95  B99  R20  R29  R89  W2  W5  Y13 ~Copic Markers
Corner Chomper  Cuttlebug Machine

"Smooches" Card Supplies Used:
Light & Dark Mauve Cardstock ~DCWV Brights Pad
A Happy Heart ~My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 Pad
Circle Cutter ~Creative Memories
1 3/4" Circle Punch ~EK Success
Perfect Plumeria Chalk Ink ~Versa Magic
Frenchie Stamp ~PSA Essentials
Chit Chat Stamp ~Paper Smooches
W5 ~Copic Marker
Corner Chomper

With Love

The Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge for November is to make a card using a rarely used tool or technique.  I don't use my Cricut machine very often when making cards so I thought this would be a perfect time. Plus I just had to use an image from the very pretty Folk Art Festival cartridge.

A new technique I tried was coloring a pearl sticker with my Copic marker to make it a different color.

Hope you will link a card for this challenge as well since ODBD donates postage if there are 25 and 50 linked cards.

Supplies Used:
Light & Dark Green ~DCWV Brights Pad
Palm Beach ~Webster's Pages 6 x 6 Paper
Folk Art Festival ~Cricut Cartridge
4 x 2.5" Hedgehog page 48  ~E2 Machine
Border with Love ~Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Dizzy Border ~Die-namics
Striped Ribbon ~ American Crafts
Green Rhinestone Stickers ~Heidi Grace
Pearl Sticker ~Crystal Stickers
BV25 ~Copic Marker
Sewing Machine  Cuttlebug Machine


It's time to send Operation Write Home Valentine's Day cards now.  This is my version of Sketch #144 on the Stars and Stamps blog.

Just to be sure the card can be used even after VD, I prefer to make Love You cards instead.  I like how the pattern resembles hearts.

Supplies Used:
Dark Mauve Cardstock ~DCWV Jewel Pad
A Happy Heart ~My Mind's Eye 6x6 Pad
Circle Cutter ~Creative Memories
Black Organdy Ribbon ~Ribbon Trends
Tuxedo Black Ink ~Memento Dye Ink
Chit Chat Stamp ~Paper Smooches

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holiday Card Workshop

I took a Holiday Card Workshop with Online Card Classes.  One of the classes was on coloring an owl, here is my version.

Do you like her pink eyeshadow?

 Another class talked about dry embossing. Here is my version.

I tried to find a pattern that matched the pattern in the heart image.

Another class talked about using several sentiments in a group and here is my version.

One thing that is important is to use stamps that are the same thickness; otherwise some of the stamps don't touch the paper.

I learned a lot of great techniques and am glad I can back over the classes and videos in my own time.

Copics: BV11  BV17  BV25  E23  E25  R20  R24  R46  RV00  R81  R85  Y35

Monday, November 5, 2012

You're Stuck with Me!

The Hambo Hoedown Challenge for this week is to use Neon Colors. I used Cactus - Digital Image by Hambo Stamps.

I finally got to use some webby ribbon I acquired a while ago.  It is spikey like the cactus and even though it is wide, the background shows through; showing off the detail. Love the beady eyes!

I got to use some bright Copic markers YG06  RV55  BG01  Y13  YG00  W2  B000

Hopefully it will be a fun Valentiney kind of card and is Bright enough!

Saturday, October 27, 2012


It's Hambo Hoedown Challenge time again.  Here's my entry with Lighthouse - digital image by Hambo Stamps. 

I embossed tiny hexagons on the lighthouse after coloring it with my Copic markers.  I also embossed hexagons on the paper I used for the land.  The waves were made with an EK Success Dotted Wave edge punch.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


If you know me at all, you know I just couldn't resist this beady-eyed snowman paper from MME called Merry.

I used it for a couple sketches featured on Artful Delight's Blog called Delightful Inspiration.  This is actually the layout sketch, but you know I make cards so here you go.

This one is for the card sketch which I turned on the side. The 6 x 6 pad is good to use for cards because the scale of the pattern is smaller.

I really like this recently acquired red, pink and white twine and thought it would make a cute tiny tassel and that it would go nicely with the little flag strips.

Two more to stamp, tuck and send off to Operation Write Home.  Do you recognize the words that are on the background paper?