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