Monday, December 14, 2009

Merry Christmas (Hambo Style)

I needed a quick Christmas card and decided to use the Hambo Pig with the "snow pig-man" ...Is that a word? LOL I used some vintage looking snowman paper as the backdrop. The sentiment is also from Hambo Stamps. what fun!

Copic Colors Used:
Scarf/Hat: BG72, BG75
Piggie: R000, R00, R11
Boots: R35, R37, R39
Snow pig-man: C00

Friends or Anemones?

I just love this saying from Hambo Stamps. I have had it for a while, but haven't used it yet. I think I was saving it for a very special card, so this one is it! The lobster stamp is also from Hambo Stamps. The paper is some really cool sparkly paper I got from a scrapbooking store at the Outer Banks. They had lots of really cool beachy papers (imagine that) and I am slowly working all of them into cards!

Copic Colors Used:
Tall Seaweed: YG00, YG01, YG03
Lobster: R22, R24, R27
Orange Coral: YR12, YR14, YR15, YR18
Yellow Coral: Y32, Y35, Y38
Blue Green Coral: BG72, BG75
Sand: E40, E41, E42
Starfish: E11
Clam: E51, E53
Background: BG0000
Shark: C0, C1, C2

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Copic Marker NEVER Touched This Card!

I know...can you believe it??? I didn't use a single Copic Marker on this card. I wanted to use this funny saying from Hambo Stamps, but couldn't find a good stamp image to go with it. I had to think a long time on this one. My Copics were calling my name...but I was strong and resisted! LOL

Instead I used my new Snowflake Shapeabilities from Spellbinders to create a multitide of snowflakes for the background and let the phrase be the focal point. I used some veleveteen white paper and some silver paper, but it doesn't show up too well in the photo. It is dimensional fun!!!

Now if we could just get some snow...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Pumpkin Trio

I refuse to admit that Fall may be waning... To celebrate my stubborn streak, I made this card from two stamps from Hambo Stamps. The sentiment has a third line that says "Happy Autumn." I cut it off and included it on the inside of the card. I used some of the Basic Grey paper from the Halloween line.

Copic Colors Used:

Pumpkins: YR12, YR14, YR18
Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
Stems/Vines: E31, E35, E37
Pumkin Eyes/Mouths: BV23, BV25, BV29

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Tilda With Candle

I adore this sweet new image from Magnolia Stamps. I couldn't wait to color her! I used some of the Basic Grey Figgy Pudding paper as the background paper and then pulled the colors from the paper to color Tilda. I wanted it to be soft, so I didn't use any really dark colors. I created a mask and used my air compressor to airbrush the background.

The ribbon was some velveteen holiday ribbon from my stash and I used the Martha Stewart branch punch for the foliage.

Copic Colors Used:
Dress: BG0000; B91
Petticoat: C00
Candle Flame/Shadow: Y32, Y35, Y38; Y28
Candle: R32, R35
Candle Holder: E31, E33
Socks: W00; YG0000
Hair: Y23; YR23; E35
Headband: R32, R35, R37
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Airbrushed Background: YG0000; YG91

A Bit Frosty Outside

This is another image I won in the "Won and Done" Auction over at Hambo Stamps! I just think these cute faces are great! It has been a bit nippy here for a few days, so I thought it would be fun to color up something that seems fitting given the weather we have been having. Now if it would just snow!

The blue swirly paper was found at a scrapbook store when I was on vacation. It is supposed to be waves, but I thought it would make for blowing snow as well.

Copic Colors Used:
Broom: E31, E33, E35; YR21, YR24
Frosty Hat: C3, C5, C7
Boy Cap/Scarf: B00, B02, B04
Girl Cap/Scarf: V01, V12, V15
Boy Shirt: YG13, YG17
Girl Shirt: RV10, RV02
Frosty Scarf/Hat Band: R32, R35, R37
Girl Hair: Y23; YR23; E35
Carrot Nose: YR02, YR04
Background Sky: BG0000
Window Frame: C00, C0, C2

Monday, December 7, 2009

Be Careful where you do the "Hokey Pokey"

This is one of the images I won on Hambo Stamps' "Won and Done" Digital Stamp Auction. Tim does such a great job of creating cute original works of art. If you haven't participated in one of the auctions, you need to check out their blog every Thursday! I have a few others that are in the works and will be posted soon!

Copic Colors Used:
Gators: YG93, YG95, YG97
Tub: E41, E42
Foam/Bubbles: C00, Co

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Why I Haven't Posted Much Lately!

One of my co-workers is getting married in January and as my wedding gift to them, I offered to make them a bunch of Thank You cards. Well, since I couldn't POSSIBLY do anything super simple, I had to color them with my Copic markers and do cool embossing on the papers, etc. etc.... Did I mention I was silly enough to volunteer to do 40....yes...40 cards for them?

I got swatches of their colors and used them for the background of the card. I used white satin ribbon to divide the colors and used my Swiss Dots and Swirls Cuttlebug embossing folders to give the paper some texture.

As for the cute image, I used my Copics (of course) and the swatch of sparkle across the bottom of the wedding dress and veil was my Twinkling H2O's.

Somebody please smack me next time I volunteer to do 40 of ANYTHING!

Copic Colors Used:
Flowers/Cumberbund: R37, R39
Skin/Faces: E0000, E000
Bride Hair: W7; Black 100
Groom Hair: W1, W3
Groom Bowtie/Shoes: Black 100
Tuxedo: W5, W7; Black 100

You Don't Send Me Flours....

I have been meaning to put a card together with this image and saying for some time, but it somehow got pushed to the back-burner. Both stamps are from Hambo Stamps and I just love the pun that is used. I kept this one super simple to feature the stamps. What a fun card to send to a friend!

Copic Colors Used: (this is a REALLY long list!)
Flour Sacks: YG91, YG93; B91

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wild About You

I needed a card for a very special guy that volunteers where I work. He gave me a really nice gift and I just had to make him a card to say Thank You. I had this image stamped up for some time, but had not had time to color him. The patterned paper was some I found at a scrapbook store when I was at the Outer Banks on vacation and it inspired me to use this image! Such a fun, whimsical card!

Copic Colors Used:
Changito (monkey): E53, E55, E57
Coconuts: E70, E71, E74
Palm Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
Palm Trunk: E31, E33, E35, E37

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Daisy Mouse Card

This cutie card was made for my Grandmother's Birthday. She loves birds, so I thought this stamp from Tina Wenke would be perfect for her!

The patterned papers are from my stash that I have had for years, but I wanted the card to be soft looking, so I thought it would work. The brad are from a collection I got at Michael's a while ago and I used the white Flower Soft to make the dandelions fuzzy.

Copic Colors Used:
Daisy Petals: W00, W0
Daisy Center: Y0000, Y00, Y11, Y13, Y15
Mouse: E51, E53, E55
Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
Shirt: R32, R35, R37
Ladybug: R22, R24, R29; C5, C7
Tiny Flower: V12, V15, V17
Bees: C5; Y35
Bird: B000, B12, B14

New Card!

I might be wondering if I was still around! I have been very busy doing a ton of things and I just haven't had time to do any card-making!

Here is a card I made using a few new stamps from Hambo Stamps. I thought this bucket of apples was cute and they sent me a tiny apple to go with it! I used some of the Basic Grey fall line of paper and several Cuttlebug embossing folders.

Copic Colors Used:
Basket: E13, E15, E17, E18
Apples: R22, R24, R27
Stems: YG13, YG19
White Gel pen to accent
Spica Clear pen for some sparkly apples!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Blog Comments on My Site

I am the LUCKY recipient of blog spam comments today. I have deleted them from the comment sections and have reluctantly added the word verification feature to avoid that in the future. I am sorry you will have to do that, but I want to avoid getting pages of spam comments.


This card is for a friend of mine who plays tuba and I couldn't pass up this digital image from Hambo Stamps to make him a card! I used a few of the Spellbinders Nestabilities to make the shapes and some bright lime green giant ric-rac from my stash. I thought it really brought out the green of the snail. I also brought out my Just-Rite Stamper to make the phrase. I can't wait to send it to him! I hope he doesn't check out my blog in the meantime....

Copic Colors Used:
Tuba: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Snail: YG11, YG13, YG17
Hat: V12, V15, V17
Shell: E70, E71, E74

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Reindeer Christmas

This was the fun image I won in the Hambo Stamps "Won and Done" auction that is held every Thursday! What a hoot! I was having trouble with the lighting on this one, so I apologize for the strange colored photo.

I had a lot of fun coloring this one and have been the winner of several other images that I will post as soon as I can get them colored! So many images to little time!!!

Copic Colors Used:
Reindeer: E31, E33, E35, E37
Hat: R32, R35, R37, R39
V91, V93, V95, V99
G21, G94, G99
R32, R35, R37
YR20, YR21, YR23
His nose is a red crystal...Just call him Rudolph!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Froggy Christmas

I recently saw a post on Dustin Pike's site asking for cards to be sent to a young boy who is battling cancer. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a good thing for someone! I used one of Dustin's new Mistle-Toads Digital Stamp set. They are hysterical. My personal favorite is the toad in the snow globe! I am looking forward to having some time to color it up!

Copic Colors Used:
Frog: YG11, YG13, YG17; YG 91
Hat: R37, R39, R59
Tongue: R32, R35, R37
Light Cord: YG97, YG99
Lights: B02, B04; Y35, Y38; R32, R35; YG13, YG17
Background: E0000
Clear Spica for lights

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Marching Band Girls

My oldest niece is a proud horn player in the Overton High School Band in Nashville, Tennessee. When I saw these images from Bella Stamps, I knew I had to have them so I could make her a card! The stamps are MUCH smaller than I expected, so they were quite a challenge to color with the Copic Markers!!! I am so proud of her! By the time this card posts, I will have flown home to Tennessee to see her march in a ball game and in the Contest of Champions! When I was in high school, our band used to march in the Contest of Champions, so it will be neat to be in that environment again!!!

Copic Colors Used:
Pants/Hat/Plume: C3, C5, C7, Black 100
Top: R22, R24, R27
Drum Side: R22, R24, R27
Drum Head: C0, C1, C2
Mallet Stick: E35
Horn: Y21, Y23, Y28
Hair: Y21, YR23, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Best Friends

I just loved the Magnolia Stamp of Edwin with the bike so much, I added the Tilda with bike and decided to pair them together for one card. I used some Basic Grey paper for the background. I used a plethora of Nestabilities for the ovals, circles, etc.!! I also played more with my air compressor!
Copic Colors Used:
Shirt: R22, R24, R27, R29
Jeans/Shoes: B91, B93, B95, B97; Also C00, C0 (Shoes)
Handlebars: Co, C1, C3
Bike Frame: YG00, YG01, YG03
Tire: W3, W5, W7
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Top: B91, B93, B95, B97
Shirt/Pants: R22, R24, R27, R29
Bike Frame: YG00, YG01, YG03
Tire: W3, W5, W7
Flowers: Y32, Y35, Y38; YG11, YG13, YG17
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Basket: E31, E33, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Airbrush: Sky-B000; Grass-YG01, YG03

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Boy's Best Friend

This image from Magnolia Stamps is so cute! I used some of the paper from Basic Grey (June Bug collection) with the cute doggies on it and decided to play with it a bit. I cut out some of the images (dog and bone) and popped them up on the card. I wrote "best friends" on the bone. I used my air compressor for the background. What fun that was!

Copic Colors Used:
Shirt: R22, R24, R27, R29
Shorts: C3, C5, C7
Tennis Shoes: C1, C2, C3
Tire: W3, W5, W7
Bike: YG91, YG93, YG95
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Airbrush Colors: Sky-B91; Grass-YG91, YG93

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Code Monkey Birthday

This card reminds me of my brother...He is a computer guru and we used to laugh at the scene from A Christmas Story when Ralphie comes down the stairs in his bunny suit! Since my brother works from home on a computer all day, I thought this would be the perfect card for his recent birthday! The stamp is from Stampendous and is one of the Changito line.

Copic Colors Used:
Monkey: E30, E31, E33, E35
Laptop: Y32, Y35, Y38
Bunny Slippers: RV21, RV23
Pajamas: YG11, YG13, YG17
Couch/Ottoman: B000, B00, B01

Lighthouse Birthday

I made this card for my mom to give to my brother for his birthday. I forgot to take a picture of it before I sent it, so I had mom scan it so I could post it here. I had the image all colored up and it was mom's idea to add some actual sand from the beach on the card. We glued some sand and a tiny shell we found on the beach to the card to give it some depth! I think it turned out really nice! Stamp by Stamps Happen, Inc.

Copic Colors Used:
Lighthouse Stripes: C3, C5, C7; Co, C1
Railings: Wo, W1, W3
Light/Windows: Y13, Y15
Sand: E41, E42, E43
Sky: B0000, B000, B00
Sea: B91, B93, B95
Gulls: C0, C1, C3
Border: R35, R37, R39

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Campfire Kids

I think this new digi-stamp from Hambo Stamps is a scream! I wish you could see all of the sparkle in the flames of the fire! The background paper is one of the new Basic Grey papers from the fall collection and I thought the tree branches in the top looked like more fire coming out of the image. The sentiment is also from Hambo Stamps, but I cut it apart so that it would be in a line. You might not be able to see it well, but I put a little brad above the one boy that says "Boo!"

Copic Colors Used:
Logs: E31, E33, E35, E37
Jeans: B91, B93, B95
Shirt 1: YG13, YG23, YG17
Shirt 2: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Shirt 3: E55, E57, E59
Fire Pit Rocks: Wo, W1, W3, W4
Boots: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Fire: Y32, Y35, Y38; YR15; R22, R05, R08
Hair 1: Y23; YR23; E35
Hair 2: C3, C5, C7
Skin: E0000, E000, E00; E02

Wishing Well

This cute stamp and sentiment from Hambo Stamps would make a great get well card, or just to simply wish someone well. I adore the cute bunny peeking out from behind the well. This one was fun to color. I love the look the little brads gave it, but they were a bugger to get in the ribbon. They ended up MOSTLY straight!

Copic Colors Used:
Well: W0, W1, W3, W5
Roof/Bucket: B41, B45
Wood: E31, E35, E37
Hedges/Grass: YG11, YG13, YG17
Bunny: E70, E71; R81, R83

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Vampire Batty

This card features one of Hambo Stamps' newest digi-stamps...I paired it with one of the cute sayings they have. I also used some of the new Basic Grey Halloween papers. I just love the greens and purples in this paper line.

Copic Colors Used:
Bat: V91, V93, V95, V97, V99
Nose: YG11, YG13, YG15
Claws: YR12, YR14

Leaf Pile Piggy

I am so glad that Fall is finally here and the temperatures are getting cooler! I LOVE this time of year!!!!

It has been a while since I last posted. I had a lot going on and last week I went on vacation to the Outer Banks. Boy was that fun and relaxing. I did quite a bit of coloring with my Copics, so now I am playing catch-up creating cards with the images.

This cute card features stamps by Hambo Stamps (both the image and the sentiment). The patterned paper is from the new Basic Grey fall collection. The papers are so yummy...

Copic Colors Used:
Pig: R000, R01, R11
Leaves: Y38; R46, R59; E13, E17

Friday, October 2, 2009

There is a great Sale at Hambo Stamps!


Monica and Tim are outdoing themselves this time! Check out this info I received from Hambo Stamps:

Presenting ... "HOGtoberfest"

Starting today, Friday, Oct. 2, and running through the weekend (ending at midnight EST on Sunday, Oct. 4), Hambo Stamps is 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!**

For more details and the rules, visit their website. This is a great time to add some of their adorable images to your collection!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Hambo Event

Hey there!

You will have to visit the Hambo Blog to see what they are up to tomorrow! They have a special event that sounds very fun and I know I will be participating as often as I can!

What a great idea Tim and Monica have come up with....

I will see you there!


The first ever Hambo Sketch Challenge is officially in the books.

Who won you say? Well, first I have to tell a quick story of how the winner was chosen...

I diligently wrote down all of the names on pieces of paper, folded them into small squares and tossed them on the table in front of my cat Eleanor. She promptly swatted the folded pieces of paper (a.k.a. cat toys in her mind) and picked one up in her mouth....

The winner is.........


If you will email Monica at Hambo Stamps and give her your addy, she will get your packet of Hambo GOLD on its way to your door!

Congratulations to you and a HEAPING thanks to everyone who participated! The cards were AWESOME!!!!!

Don't forget to check out the new blog addy and get working on your next challenge!

New "Hogs and Sketches" Address AND Challenge

You will have to check out the new site that is devoted to the Hambo Stamps Sketch Challenge! I have posted the new challenge for October and will announce the winner of the September Challenge later today.

Please visit the new site and get take a look at our new sketch! It is a simple layout, so I expect to see LOTS of entries.

Hambo Stamps is offering TWO prizes for this challenge, so get busy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Design Team Challenge

Hambo Stamps recently issued a challenge to the design team members to come up with a card inspired by a song...using Hambo Stamps of course!!

Being a classical music lover, I am not super familiar with the pop/rock/country music titles, so my first card was inspired by an aria from the opera Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Loosely translated, the title means "the clowns." Therefore I decided to use Hambo's cool digi-stamp of the clowns. I used the first few words of the aria "vesti la giubba" (put on your costumes) to help explain things a bit.

Copic Colors Used:
Noses: R22, R24, R27
Teals: BG01, BG02, BG05
Yellow Greens: YG11, YG13, YG17
Oranges: YR12, YR14, YR18
Reds: R22, R24, R27
Yellows: Y32, Y35, Y38
Border: YR0000, RV000

My second card was inspired by the song "Sea of Love" by the oldie goldie, but I immediately thought of the cool ocean and fish digi stamps. I wish you could see the sparkle of the Copic Spica markers used... The hearts were hand drawn....

Copic Colors Used:
Sand: E40, E41, E42, E43
Anchor: C0, C1, C3
Trunk: E53, E55, E57; C0, C1, C3
Rope: E51, E53, E55
Coral 1: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Coral 2: YG11, YG13, YG17
Coral 3: R32, R35, R37
Coral 4: V12, V15, V17
Coral 5: B00, B02, B04
Starfish: E93, E95, E97
Shell: C0, C1, C3
Fish 1: YR12, YR14, YR18
Fish 2: YR20, YR12, YR14
Hearts: R32, R35, R37

Monday, August 31, 2009

Yo-Yo Girl with Cats

This is an adorable stamp from Sugar Nellie. Being a cat fanatic, this one spoke to me, so I had to have it! The paper is from Basic Grey and the other goodies are from my stash.

Copic Colors Used:
Apron: RV0000, RV000
Dress: R81, R83, R85
Stripe: YG00, YG01, YG03
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Gray Cat: C1, C3, C5
Tabby Cat: YR20, YR21, YR23

Sunday, August 30, 2009

"Hogs and Sketches" Challenge

Welcome to the first Hogs and Sketches challenge for Hambo Stamps!
I will be hosting a monthly sketch challenge featuring the whimsical images from Hambo Stamps. Don't have any stamps from Hambo? Not to worry! You can use one of their FREE digi-stamps to create your card. You can find their free cat and pig images in their digital shop.

I am not much on hard-core rules and regulations, so I have kept it simple. Using the sketch below, you can upload one or more cards via Mr. Linky. You must use at least one Hambo Stamp (rubber or digital) on your card. Other than that, you can use anything your heart desires. Have fun with it!

What's in it for you? FREE STAMPS from Hambo Stamps! Monica has kindly offered to provide a prize package for one lucky participant. I will put all the names in a jar and draw the name of the winner on September 30th.

All samples must be posted to my blog using the Mr. Linky no later than midnight (EST) on September 29th.
Please use "hands1" in your keyword field so we can keep track of the different sketch challenges.

Here is the sketch layout:

Need some inspiration? Check out the samples below created by Hambo Design Team members!
Sample by MacKenzie Bruckler (MacKenzie's Blog)

Sample by MacKenzie Bruckler (MacKenzie's Blog)

Sample by Judy Rozema (Judy's Blog)

Sample by the Hambo Queen...Monica Hunter (Hambo Blog)

Sample by the Hambo Queen...Monica Hunter (Hambo Blog)

Sample by Melissa Edwards

Sample by Melissa Edwards

Now that you have the sketch and lots of fun inspiration...GET BUSY!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sweet Girl with Kitten

This is a new Sarah Kay stamp that I fell in love has a kitten...what more need I say??? I had this paper from Basic Grey (Lemonade Collection) and thought it would work well with this cute image. All other materials from my stash.

Copic Colors Used:
Pants: BG10, BG11, BG23
Top: R81, R83, R85
Stripe Top: YG0000, YG00, YG01; BG10, BG11, BG23
Patches: R81, R83, R85; YG0000, YG00, YG01
Bow: R81, R83, R85, R89
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Kitten: C00, C1, C3
Skin: E0000, E000, E00

Fall Tilda

I am in the mood for fall weather. It has been a fairly mild summer here, but I need some crisp fall air! I was hoping that this card might help the temperatures go DOWN! The patterned paper is by Heidi Grace Designs. All of the other items are from my stash. I used the large Nestabilities Circle and the large Pinking Circle for the backdrop.

Copic Colors Used:
Dress: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Apron/Socks: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Shoes/Broom Handle: E43, E44, E47
Bandana: R81, R83, R85, R89
Hair: YR20, YR21; E35, E37
Broom: Y21, Y26, Y28
Skin: E0000, E000, E00

Friday, August 21, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside

This adorable piggy is from the Hambo Stamps line and I love him! I used my snowflake cuttlebug embossing folder for the sky on a glossy white cardstock. The patterned paper is from Bo-Bunny and the dew drops and the yummy chocolate velvety ribbon is from my stash. I used my Stampin Up tag punch and wrote "Brr..." with a white gel pen.

Copic Colors Used:
Pig: R000, R01, R11
Hat/Scarf/Mittens: BG0000, BG000, BG01
Boots: E53, E55, E57
Snow Pig: W00, Wo

Chick Quartet

This is a hard-core quartet of chicks! They are the quintessential party chicks! The image is a digi-stamp from Hambo Stamps and the sentiment is a rubber stamp from Hambo Stamps. The paper, ribbon and brads are from my stash.

Copic Colors Used:
Blue Chick/Hat: B91, B93, B95
Green Chick/Hat: YG00, YG01, YG03
Red Chick/Hat: R32, R35, R37
Orange-Brown Chick/Hat: E93, E95, E97, E99
Feet/Beaks: Y32, Y35, Y38

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Halloween is For Suckers

I love this sentiment from Hambo Stamps and it will be equally fun to use with the vampire pig! I decided to use the same background paper from Heidi Grace Designs as I love the color palette. It was fun to color the suckers (also Hambo Stamps) using the purple and orange colors. The ribbon is from my stash. I colored nad cut out extras so I could pop up the sucker and ribbons on each. The ribbons were a beastie to cut out, but I wanted the extra dimension, so I suffered through! What we do for our art!!!!!

Copic Colors Used:
Suckers: V12, V15, V17; YR12, YR14, YR18
Bow: YG93, YG95, YG97
Stick: E30, E31
Clear Spica for sparkle on the suckers

Vampire Piggy

I couldn't resist coloring another Vampire Piggy and doing a different layout with him. There will probably be a few more using this cutie from Hambo Stamps. I thought this patterned paper from Heidi Grace Designs was too fun to pass up. I used the spiderweb cuttlebug embossing folder on the lime green paper to give it some texture. The shimmery brads are from Little Yellow Bicycle.

Copic Colors Used:
Cape: R22, R24, R27, R29; YG01, YG03, YG05
Pig: R000, R01, R11
Pumpkin: YR12, YR14, YR18
Candy: YG01, YG03

Fang You for the Treats

Is this not the most adorable trick-or-treater you have ever seen? This vampire piggy was so fun to color! The image is from Hambo Stamps and was colored with Copic Markers. I used some paper scraps from my stash and had a lot of fun with this color combo. The black rectangle was embossed with the Cuttlebug spiderweb embossing folder. I also used some "boogley-eyes" at the bottom to accent. I realize now that the eye paper rectangle in the upper left corner is upside down...Oh still looks fun! I added some spica pen to the neck of his cape and inside the mouth and eyes of the pumpkin....I just wish they showed up in the picture.

Copic Colors Used:
Cape: V05, V06; R43, R46
Pig: R000, R01, R11
Pumpkin: YR12, YR14, YR18
Candy: YG01, YG03
White Gel Pen for accents

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I has been a long time since I have posted anything and I am truly sorry! For those of you who know me, my job is with Eastern Music Festival and the summers are CRAZEEEE at best! While most folks are chillin' out in the summers, I am running in high gear until early August and then I collapse. I have had a full week off and am starting to feel a bit human now, so you can expect to see many more posts in the coming weeks. I am on vacation until September 1st, so I will be busy making lots of goodies for Hambo Stamps and playing with some new stamps I got at a convention in Winston-Salem!

My first post is one that I couldn't resist. Since I am mostly gray-headed now, I can relate to this one! The manatee stamp and the sentiment are both from Hambo Stamps.

Copic Colors Used:
Manatee: W0, W1, W3, W5, W7

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Party Sheep!

Another fun set of stamp from Hambo Stamps! The party sheep are hysterical! The paper is by Cosmo Cricket. I adore their paper! Such fun colors, but with a vintage feel to them. I used my nestabilities for the circles. Ribbon is from my stash.

Copic Colors Used:
Sheep: W0, W3, W5, W7
Party Hat: R32, R35, R37; YG13

What's up Chick?

This card features several stamps from Hambo Stamps that I just adore! What a fun set of "chicks" these are! What a perfect card to send someone just to say hello! The paper is by Basic is older paper called Recess. Even though it features numbers as the background, I thought it had a chicken wire kind of look to it that would be perfect for my chicks!

Copic Colors Used:
Chick #1: E11, E13, E15, E17, E19
Chick #2: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Chick #3: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44
Beaks/Feet: Y32, Y35, Y38
Nest: E53, E55, E57
Shadows: W0

Happy Hamiversary!

This card is for my grandparents 68th wedding anniversary. Amazing!

The stamp and sentiment are from Hambo Stamps. I think it is such a cute image. I cut out the shake and the bow and popped them up to give it some dimension. The images are colored with Copic markers. I used some paper and ribbon from my stash as well as the hearts cuttlebug embossing folder and some dew drops. The tag is from a die by Sizzix.

Copic Colors Used:
Piggies: R000, R01, R11
Bow: B000, B12, B14
Lipstick: R35
Table: E41, E42
Mug: W0, W1
Foam: E53, E55, E57
Straws: R32, R35
Chairs: B000, B12
Frame: R32, R35

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Stay Cool!

This combo of a digi-stamp and a two traditional stamps from Hambo Stamps was too good to pass up! The digital stamp of the winter scene complete with igloo and iceberg was probably not meant to be used in this way, but what fun is it if you do things the TRADITIONAL way all the time????? The snorkel boy is sitting exactly where I would like to be.... I am SO NOT a hot weather person, so this is my idea of a perfect way to stay cool!

I used the cuttlebug water drops embossing folder and finished it off with some cool ribbon from my stash.

Copic Colors Used:
Flippers/Snorkel: Y32, Y35, Y38
Swim Trunks: B60, B63, B66
Beach Ball: R32, R35, R37; YG11, YG13, YG17
Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Ocean: B91, B93
Mountains: E40, E41, E42
Igloo/Iceberg/"Snow": C0, C1, C2

Popsicle Stand Drama

This stamp from Hambo Stamps is such a fun one! I kept the card simple so the image was front and center! I added the big popsicle as an homage to what was no longer available at the stand! In real life, I would be the one emptying the wrappers! The paper was from a summer stack of patterned paper and I used the swiss dots cuttlebug embossing folder for the "grass."

Copic Colors Used:
Popsicle: R32, R35, R37
Popsicle Stick: E41, E42, E43
Stand: E53, E55, E57, E59
Chair: R32, R35, R37
Frame: W1, W3, W5
Cooler: YG11, YG13, YG17
Wrappers: Y32, Y35, Y38
Boy Hair: E31, E25, E29
Girl Hair: Y23, YR23, E35
Faces/Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Tape on Sign: R32, R35

Monday, July 6, 2009

In Memoriam: T. Scott Cunningham

One of my dear friends from high school passed away recently. I remember him most from my high school band days. He was one of the snare drummers and was always well respected.

T. Scott Cunningham was a year older than me and I have very fond memories of him. Not only was he a very successful percussionist in the band, he was also an extremely talented actor. He was always one of the shining lights in the Shelbyville Central High School productions. The one that stands out in my mind was "The King and I." I always knew that he would go on to be a great success, and he did.

I was looking through some of my high school memorabilia and found this fun photo of some of the band members after we won the MCI contest in 1980. Scott is at the bottom, 2nd from the left. What a celebration this was! The percussion section also won best in the competition...

Scott had many roles on the big screen and on television, but his passion was the theater. I wanted to create a very special sympathy card for his family and felt compelled to use one of the new digital stamps from Hambo Stamps. While their images are all humorous, I felt this one could be used in another way that would allow me to share my sympathy with the family, but also pay tribute to Scott and all that he left with us during his time here on earth.

Scott, may your spirit live on through all of the lives you touched.

Copic Colors Used:
Stage Floor: E31, E33
Stage Front: E31, E33, E35, E37
Curtain (gray): C1, C2, C3, C5, C7
Curtain (brown): E13, E15, E17, E19