Sunday, October 31, 2010

Cat in a Wreath

This is one of the new Christmas stamps from Hambo Stamps. Being a cat lover, I had to have this one! I used some of my new paper from Crate Paper and thought it would be a nice whimsical option for this cute image. I also used some snowflake brads to add some dimension. They don't show up very well in the picture...

Copic Colors Used:
Wreath: YG93, YG95, YG97
Hat/Gloves: R22, R24, R27
Cat: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Bow/Ribbon: RV91, RV93, RV95
Bead Garland: BG000, BG01, BG02

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Where's the Rest of this Moose?

If you are old enough to remember the movie Arthur with the late Dudley Moore, this might ring a bell. When I was younger my brother and I were fans of this movie and one of our favorite scenes was when Arthur was in the study looking up at a stuffed moose head and says "where's the rest of this moose?" We loved that one. When I found this moose stamp (can't remember the company) that is all I could think of. Since my brother's birthday was coming up, I finally managed to get a card put together using this image. I decided to cut a window in the card and have the moose's face showing through and when you open it up, you see the whole moose.

One of the other favorite lines was: "He's taking the knife out of the think he wants some cheese?" What a hoot. I will have to watch that one again sometime. One of my other favorite movies of his is an older obscure movie with Peter Cook called "The Hound of the Baskervilles." It is based on the novel, but only in the loosest terms! What a scream....I guess I am a sucker for that strange British style of humor.
The inside of the card is shown below.

Copic Colors Used:

Moose: E53, E55, E57, E59

Hooves: E44, E47, E49

On the back of the card as a signature, I used a funny stamp of a mouse sitting at a computer using a "human" instead of a mouse....I forgot to take a picture of it! Since my brother works with computers for a living, I just had to include that one as well. I will have to use it another time to make a card so I can share!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blueberry Girl

This is the second card I made for my co-worker. This time it was for her daughter. Again, the photo is kind of dark, but it was late and those new energy saving light bulbs don't put out enough light to do photography late at night. I will have to take them earlier in the day or put in some brighter bulbs! The image is from Mo's Digital Pencil. The background paper is from a pad of paper I have had for some time...can't remember the company.
Copic Colors Used:
Top/Shoes: RV91, RV93, RV95, RV99
Jeans: B91, B93, B95, B97
Bluberries: B63, B66
Bucket: C00, C1, C3, C5, C7
Hair: Y23, YR23, E33
Lips: RV13
Skin: E0000, E000, E00

Monday, October 18, 2010

Never lose your sense of wonder

Sorry if this is a bit dark. It was late at night and I couldn't get the lighting right. I was asked by a co-worker for two birthday cards for her daughter and son. This is the first of the two. On the inside I created text that said "I Hope you never lose your sense of wonder." I thought it would be a nice sentiment for her son. The image is by Mo's Digital Pencil. Since it was a card for a guy, I kept the layout super simple and let the image speak for itself.

Copic Colors Used:
Pants: E31, E33, E35, E37
Shirt/Patch: BG000, BG01, BG02
Vest/Shoes/Bag: BG72, BG75
Stalk: E30, E31, E33
Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
Skin: E0000, E000, Eoo
Hair: Y23, YR23, E33
Shadow: BG0000

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Milo Wants In

I needed a birthday card for my uncle. He has several cats and I thought this image from Mo's Digital Pencil would work perfectly! I paired it with some paper from Basic Grey that I thought would add to the whimsy.

Copic Colors Used:
Curtains: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Fence: W00, W0, W1, W3
Leaves: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Window Frame: E04, E08
Collar: R22, R24
Cat: YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
Birds: BG000, BG02, BG05, BG07
Sky: BG0000
Ears: R81

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Checklist

I have been on a stamping roll lately! I think it may be the fall weather (FINALLY!) and because I saw lots of "eye candy" at the stamp show in South Carolina last month. I was inspired to get busy and make up for lost time!

I wanted this "Halloween Checklist" stamp from Hambo last year, but it was out of stock. As soon as I saw they had it again, it was at the TOP of my list! I just think it is hilarious! I paired it with this adorable ghosty stamp and put it on some of the cool background paper I found at a stamp store (on the trip to SC). Several of my stamping buddies made a weekend out of the trip and stopped at several stores on the way down to the show. I found all kinds of new patterned papers to use!

Copic Colors Used:
Ghost: W00
Pumpkin: YR12, YR14, YR18; BV23, BV25
Tennies: YG11, YG13, YG17

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Tribe? has spoken

Here is another fun card I made with my own personal "take" on the tribe sentiment by Hambo Stamps! It was meant to go with Chief Hambooli, but I had to try something different!

I stamped and masked several of the surfer pig images to make my own "tribe." I don't know if 6 surfer pigs is really a tribe, but I think it is funny! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

I kept the color palette simple to match the paper and I love the end result!

Copic Colors Used:
Pigs: R0000, R000, R01
Shorts/Boards: R20, R22; BG10, BG11; YR01, YR02

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Warped Happy Birthday Card! I admit I am a little "off" when it comes to my sense of humor....and I am PROUD of it! lol

When I saw this fractured funny from Hambo Stamps, my crazy sense of humor kicked in. It is designed to go with a cute stamp of party pigs eating birthday cake (their mouths are full of cake). Well...that seems a bit normal to me. So, what I wanted to do was pair it with this fun beast who seems to have a smirk on his if he has been up to something!

Copic Colors Used:
Beast: YG0000, YG00, YG01, YG03
Spikes/Spots: V01, V05, V06
Horns: RV13, RV14; W0 (to tone it down a bit!)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Owl's it Goin?

Can you tell that I love this cute owl stamp from Hambo Stamps? I found this great paper with owls on it (I think it is from My Mind's Eye) and just had to get him out again! The sentiment is also from Hambo.

This was a super simple card to make. I love it when you get coordinating patterns that go together so well. It makes it SO EASY!

Copic Colors Used:
Owl: E53, E55, E57, E59
Beak/Talons: Y32, Y35, Y38

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just Chicken on You

I used some paper from Bo Bunny that seemed to scream "farm" to me. I wanted to make a quickie card to send to someone I have not heard from in a while. I thought the "Just Chicken on You sentiment would be perfect! The chicken (and the sentiment) are from Hambo Stamps. The chicken is from a set of three, but I decided to just use one of them for this pint-sized card.

I had a hard time getting the colors right on the chicken, so she turned out a bit funny colored (the photo didn't help any). Oh well...maybe she rolled around in some red-clay mud or something!

Copic Colors Used:
Chicken: W00, W0; E40, E41 (not feeling this color combo AT ALL!)
Beak/talons: Y32, Y35, Y38

Saturday, October 9, 2010

In Lieu of a Gift...

I just L•O•V•E this sentiment from Hambo Stamps! I was trying to decide what image to pair it with and thought this "Say Cheese" mouse stamp (also from Hambo) would go perfectly! Wouldn't it be great if we could "gift ourselves" this way frequently?

Not sure who made the patterened paper, it was from my scrap bin and it no longer had a label. It is probably an older Basic Grey paper (considering that is the majority of my collection!)

Copic Colors Used:
Cheese: Y32, Y35, Y38
Mouse: C00, C0, C1

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trick or TREAT

Definitely TREAT! This fun bag o' candy from Hambo Stamps is so much fun to color. I kept the design super simple to feature the stamp and the fun Halloween paper from Heidi Grace (I have had it in my stash since last year). I kept trying to put a sentiment or doo-dad on there, but it just looked better without! I tend to over-think things sometimes.

Copic Colors Used:
Bag: E51, E53, E55
Pumpkins: E93, E95, E97, E99
Stem: YG13, YG17
Candy: YR12, YR15; YG01, YG03; Y13, Y15; V05, V06; R32, R35
Shadow: C00 (doesn't show up much in picture)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my mom's birthday so I had to send her a very special birthday card. I know she has received it, so it is safe to post! (I accidentally posted another card before someone got it....color me embarrassed!)

I got this great stamp on a recent trip to a stamp show in SC. The stamp is from Art Impressions and I hee-hawed when I saw it...or should I say "CATerwalled?"

The sentiment that goes with it says "you say I'm catty like it's a bad thing." I had to send a funny card. I don't usually do "mushy" cards for her. She knows I love her a lot, so I enjoy making her laugh...thus the funny cards!

The patterned paper was from a pack of the New Basic Grey collection called Pyrus.

Copic Colors Used:
Dress/Hat: B91, B93, B95
Bow/Shoes/Flower: YR 12, YR14, YR18
Leaves on Hat: YG91, YG93, YG95
Feather: E40, E42, E43
Cup/Saucer: E41, E43, E44
Cat: YR20, YR21, YR23
Lips: R35, R39
Nose: R32

Fall Blog Makeover

I thought it was time to do a little makeover on my blog. I wanted to try out the new Design template feature in Blogger, so this is the result. The only thing that I still don't like is the header, but perhaps I can come up with something later!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Welcome to your new home

A dear friend and his wife are moving into a new home and I wanted to give them a card to wish them an uneventful move. Since it is now fall, I decided to use some cool paper I found at a stamp store during my recent trip to a stamp show in South Carolina. The picture doesn't do it justice...the leaves are embossed and shiny! I used a stamp from Stampendous (I think that is who makes it). Just a simple row of houses that I colored to match the paper. A super simple card, but I think it turned out nice.

Copic Colors Used:

YG91, YG93, YG95
YR21, YR23, YR24
BG72, BG75
YR12, YR14, YR18
E31, E33, E35, E37

Monday, October 4, 2010

Are you in need of Ribbon???

I am a serious lover (aka collector) of ribbon! If you haven't been to Hambo Stamps lately, you have to check them out. They have a nice BIG order of ribbon from May Arts. There are all kinds of grosgrain ribbons, satin ribbons, and some WICKED fun shapes for the holidays. And right now...THEY ARE 50% off! Yes....I said 50% off!

Go check em out. I have already placed my order and can't wait for them to arrive so I can PLAY!

I admire your optimism

This owl by Hambo Stamps reminds me of the character on the Tootsie Roll Pops Commercial (does that date me a lot?). I love this fractured funny (also by Hambo Stamps) and could just imagine this smarmy owl saying this. The inside says "I mean at YOUR age, isn't buying green bananas a gamble?" LOL is that funny or what!!!!

This would make a great card for someone who is getting up there in age! The paper is from a sample pad of one of the new Basic Grey lines...pyrus. I love the earthy, muted colors. Just my thing!

Copic Colors Used:
Owl: E31, E33, E35, E37
Beak/Talons: Y32, Y35, Y38

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Best Fishes to You

I found this cute paper at a stamp show in Winston-Salem in July. I thought it was too cute. I have quite a few "fishy" stamps and thought it would work great with this whimsical seahorse from Hambo Stamps. The sentiment is also from the Hambo collection.

I decided to step outside my typical color box and tried this cool combo. I didn't realize until afterwards that it looks a lot like the Miami Dolphins colors...I did not plan it that way, but I guess if you are a Dolphins fan...then this card is for you!!!

Copic Colors Used:
Seahorse: YR00, YR01, YR02; BG000, BG01, BG02