Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sending all my love...

It is Hambo Hoedown time again! This week we had a lovely basket of hearts and a wonderful sentiment to work with! In addition to the basket and the sentiment, we had to use flowers and lace. This card was DEFINITELY outside my comfort zone...but I think it turned out really pretty. If you played along with the Hoedown last week, you should receive these images to play along. If you didn't, then you can get them over at Hambo! This would be a perfect Mother's Day set! I believe the patterned paper is from a pack by Memory Box. I also used my favorite Cuttlebug embossing folder-textile texture to create some dimension behind the image.

You will LOVE all the other samples made by my fellow Bacon Bits! Go check them out!

Other Challenges with this card:
Little Red Wagon
My Mums Craft Shop
The Sisterhood of Crafters

Copic Colors Used:
Basket: W00, W0, W2, W4
Hearts: R81, R83, R85

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Sale over at Hambo Stamps!

You will have to go visit the folks at Hambo Stamps!...They are having a SALE! Woo Hoooo! Do a little jig over to their site and go hog wild!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Wishes

This is one of Hambo Stamps' newest digis called Flower Chick and I thought it was so fun! Since I wasn't going to be doing any real-life egg decorating, I decided to decorate this one! I decided to keep this one bright and fun! The paper is some I found in my stash and I am not sure who made it...I used my nestabilities circle die/scalloped circle die for the image and added some gel pen action for dots and faux stitching. There is some glitter pen on the stripes and dots of the egg, but it doesn't show up in the picture. It was late when I took the picture, so the lighting wasn't stellar either...

Copic Colors Used:
Flowers: RV23, RV25, RV29
Leaves: YG11, YG13, YG17
Chick: Y32, Y35, Y38
Beak: YR15, YR18
Egg: B000, B00, B01, B02
Dots on Egg: RV23, RV25
Wavy Lines on Egg: Y32, Y35, Y38; YR15

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's Good to Be the King!

Woo hoo! It's Hambo Hoedown time again!

This week features this awesome King making his official decree! If you played along last week, you should have received this regal fella. If you didn't get to play along, you can get him in the digital image shop over at Hambo Stamps!

To play along this week, you should use the King digi and provide your own "announcement" sentiment. I chose to keep it simple and just went for 'Tah-Dah!" You could use it for just about any kind of announcement! I used some Basic Grey paper for hte background and added some fun ribbon. I couldn't pass up using some rhinestones on his crown! He had to have some bling!!

You'll have to visit the Hoedown Challenge Blog to see the other fun cards created by the bacon bits and our guest designer! I am honored to be on the same crew!

Copic Colors Used:
Coat: R22, R24, R27
Hair:E39, E18; YR23
Trumpet/Shoes/Crown: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Banner: BG0000, BG000, BG01

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get Ogre It!

It's Hambo Hoedown time again! I am in LOVE with this cute Ogre digi stamp from Hambo Stamps! I immediately thought of some older Basic Grey paper that was from what I call the dinosaur collection (can't remember the actual name!) If you played along this past week, you got this digi and two sentiments. If not, then you can add him to your collection over at Hambo Stamps.

I know you want to play along this week....It is all about "distressing." Distressed edges, distress ink, anything distressed is the game! I did most of the edges on the layers to give it that rough and ready look! I also used some of the fun webbed weave ribbon that Hambo has! I thought it worked perfectly with this patterned paper!

You will have to join us over at the Hambo Hoedown to check out all of the fun Design Team creations! You will love them!!!

Copic Colors Used:
Ogre: YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97
Pants: E23, E25, E27 Top: E40, E41, E42
Suspenders: E23, E25, E27; C0, C2, C4

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunshine Thoughts

My mom asked me to make a get well card for a lady from her church. I decided to use a stamp I have had for some time (can't remember the company). I wanted to do something different, so I thought this pretty sun image would brighten her day. This was fun to color and I hope she likes it! I know it would make ME feel better!

Copic Colors Used:
Grass: YG00, YG01, YG03
Tree: YG00, YG01, YG03
Flower Leaves: YG07
Flowers: V05, V06
Sun: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR68
Sky: B000, B00
Dirt: E31, E32, E35
Path: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4
Clear Spica Marker for sun and flowers

Sunday, April 10, 2011


My co-worker's brother-in-law recently lost their dog.  She asked me to make them a card and I decided to use this image from Mo's Digital Pencil.  They have a young son and I thought this digi stamp worked perfectly.  The paper is from a pad by My Mind's Eye.  I kept the background simple so the focus would be on the image.  I hope this provided some comfort, or at least will serve as a reminder of the good memories.

Copic Colors Used:
Shirt/Socks/Belt/Collar: BG10, BG11, BG13
Pants: E23, E25, E27
Skin: E0000, E000, E00
Dog: E0000, E000; C00, C0; E31, E33
Nose: E31, E33
Hair: Y11, Y21; E31

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Do Penguins Hop?

I can't believe it is April already! March seemed to fly by and it is time for week 10 over at the Hambo Hoedown! For those of you who played along last week and got this adorable Penguin Bunny, you will have so much fun with this cutie! If you didn't get the chance to play along, you can get him over in the digi shop at Hambo Stamps!

This week, in addition to using this adorable image, the challenge is to create an easel card. I have seen these everywhere, but I have not made one myself. It was SUPER EASY! I will have to use this more often! It would be a great card to give someone-cause they can display it easily on a desk or any other surface!

The designer papers are from My Mind's Eye-Fine and Dandy Collection. I also used some of the Celery Sheer Pinstripe ribbon I got from Hambo Stamps. I have had this letter tiles for a LONG time, and finally decided to part with three so that I could add a sentiment to the card! I also got wild and wacky with my white gel pen on this one... I used a LOT of my spica marker for the ears and can even see it this time!

Wait until you see all of the awesome creations from the other Bacon Bits! You will be amazed!

Other Challenges with this card:
Digital Tuesday Challenge
Everybody Art Challenge
Tuesday Throwdown

Copic Colors Used:
Penguin: C3, C4, C5, C7; 100
Bunny Ears/Tail: R81, R83, R85
Beak/Feet: YR12, YR14, YR18
Egg: B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02
Dots: R81, R83, R85
Stripes: YR12, YR14, YR18

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Hop Winner!

I am overwhelmed with the number of comments I received! I couldn't pick one winner, so I did a random drawing. If I had my way, you would all win...but somehow I don't think the folks at Hambo would appreciate it! (They are generous....but we all have our limits!)

Drum roll please...Donna are the winner of the free digi for your post! Congrats! Send an email to hambodesignteam[at] and tell them which digi you would like to have for your very own! Tell them Melissa sent you! You have until April 11 to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments...I hope to see you lurking again real soon!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

The ONLY sale in town!

When I first saw this storefront digi from Hambo stamps, I knew IMMEDIATELY what I wanted to do with this one! I ADORE chocolate...and I hate the only sale that would bring me out is a sale on chocolate! And it would have to be a BIG sale! This cute Happy Lady digi from Hambo is perfect with this background image! When I was printing the digi storefront, I added the text to the image about the sale. That is one of the reasons I love digi can add your own text to images like this!

This one was a ton of fun, but I ended up printing the background a bit larger than I anticipated so it was quite the coloring project! However, I LOVE the way it turned out! The Designer paper is some from My Mind's Eye-Fine and Dandy Collection.

Copic Colors Used:
Awning: E23, E25, E27, E29; R81, R83, R85
Woodwork: E23, E25, E27, E29
Doors: BG10, BG11, BG13
Wall: E40, E41, E42
Stone/Sidewalk: C00, C0, C1, C2, C3-I used the rag technique on the street
Dress: BG10, BG11, BG13
Top: R81, R83, R85
Hair: Y23, YR23, E23
Skin: E0000, E000, E00

Saturday, April 2, 2011

One of my favorite TV shows...

I have to admit...I am a bit of a TV junkie...Most of the shows I watch are on USA network, but I LOVE the show NCIS! One of my favorite characters is Abby Sciuto, the forensic gal that is always dressed up in goth clothing. Now I have never dressed like this myself, but I like that her character has an alternative style of dress...but still kicks butt in the lab! Maybe I should send this to her!

When I saw this fun new Goth Girl digi from Hambo Stamps, I immediately thought of reminded me of a younger version...thus the sentiment!

I apologize for the picture quality....the flame paper is some old paper from a Harley Davidson collection and the silver in it was throwing off the picture...

Other challeges with this card:
Catch the Bug

Digi's With Attitude
Stamp Something

Copic Colors Used:
Shirt/Shoes/Hair: W4, W5, W7; 100
Bow/Skirt: R37, R39, R59

Friday, April 1, 2011

“Go Ahead! Laugh At Us!” Blog Hop

Welcome to the “Go Ahead, Laugh at Us!” Hambo Stamps Blog Hop! The Bacon Bits are here to help you start your month off right with a little April Fools laughter and fun.

If you arrived here from Talk to the Ham (Hambo's Blog), you are in the right place. If not, you will want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog – TALK TO THE HAM. We don’t want you to miss anything!

There will be all kinds of surprises hiding on the blogs today, so be sure to leave some comment love as you “hoof it” around the hop. One lucky commenter on the mystery hop will be in hog heaven and win a $15 gift certificate to Hambo Stamps! In addition, one lucky winner who posts to my blog will win a free digi stamp of your choosing! We love comments anytime, but the deadline for prize entries is Sunday, April 3 by 12 Midnight CST.

My card today is made with "Magnifying Glass" and "Caught a Bug" stamps from Hambo. I also used some of their delicious May Arts Ribbons: Light Blue Grosgrain, Celery Sheer Pinstripe, and Lavender Satin.

I wish you could see the cute magnifying glass...I took a piece of clear acetate and cut out the center and replaced it with the acetate. I popped it up and it looks really 3-D! I used my favorite white gel pen to create some faux stitching and a fun scalloped border punch from Martha Stewart.

Copic Colors Used:
Magnifying Glass: C4, C5, C7; 100
Handle: B000, B00, B02
Hand: E0000, E000, E00
Worm: YG11, YG13, YG17
Tongue: R32, R35

Before you head on over to the next blog, I have a fact for you about pigs...Since I am now a bacon bit, I have been trying to elevate my knowledge about my fellow swine....Did you know that pigs are #4 in animal intelligence behind chimpanzees, dolphins and elephants? That confirms that my fellow bacon bits are a group of smart folks!

Next up on the hop is Christy over at Inklings and Yarns. You will love what she has to show you today!

To make sure you don't miss any of the Blog Hop links, below are the participants:

Talk to the Ham (Monica)
Melissa (You are HERE!)