Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Far and Phew between

Happy Wednesday everyone! Like that Geico commercial with the camel... Whoop whoop! It's hump day!

Well, I will not be sharing a camel creation today, but a fun and cute little skunk from Hambo Stamps.  This set is darling and since it is a skunk, it can make for quick and easy cards to send with minimal coloring. 


For this card, I used some dp from Theresa Collins called Stationary Noted which you can find in the paper section at Hambo Stamps. The base of the card is white, while the black and dp panel are cut out with my circle dies off the sides.  The skunk is stamped with Memento black ink directly onto the white base and the flowers colored in to match the paper.  I added some SU! Gingham ribbon to finished it off with the sentiment stamped onto some coordinating paper and fishtailed at the top.

Check out all the new clear sets and digital images at Hambo Stamps - you will be sure to laugh and find one or two you will just need! Don't forget to check out the Hambo Hoedown challenge blog too here for this weeks challenge and play along for your free digital image!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek!
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Something New, Old, Borrowed, and Blue - Timeless Tuesday 231



Hi all!
There is no place like home and that is where I am again! I am back from my nearly 3 week road trip with my boys and had a wonderful time seeing family and friends.  I have never done a road trip this long, so it was an experience for all of us.  In total, I had driven 40 hours!!  I think I will stick to airplanes... : )



Welcome back to another Timeless Tuesday challenge and this weeks hostess is the wonderful Allison! She is challenging you to Something New, Old, Borrowed, and Blue!! Although this sounds like a wedding theme, it doesn't have to be.  Just follow the recipe:

OLD - something older from your product stash
NEW - the newest stamp that your just acquired
BORROWED - scraplift a "design" from our Flourishes Gallery (please link the project inspiration piece from our gallery)
BLUE - add something blue on it!





Here is the breakdown for my card using the recipe. 

NEW - Garden Fairies  A fabulous new release!
OLD - DP from Pink Paislee and Prima flowers I have had in my stash forever!
BORROWED - I lifted this design in the Flourishes Gallery from Tosh.
BLUE - Yes! That has been included! :)

Additional items used: Copics for the image, Flourishes Perfectly Pierced Victorian Oval Die, and Flourishes Classic Ivory Cardstock.  Once the image was colored in, I cut around it to pop it up on the Victorian die which in turn is also popped up over the fishtail.  I sponged in the center of the die with some Distress Inks in Antique Linen. The sentiment is stamped directly onto the dp and the card was finished off with some Prima flowers along the bottom of the center panel. 

Come play along and link up to the Timeless Tuesday challenge! You could win a little prize! Be sure to check out the other fabulous creations from the Timeless Tuesday Team! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Open with Caution...

It's Wednesday... hump day! Well, for me it is still vacation so the days seem to be running into one another.  The boys and I are now at the beaches of NC and so far having a great time.  We are visiting friends and that always makes vacation that much more fun!

I wanted to share with you a card I made using a hilarious image and sentiment from Hambo Stamps called Walker and Open with Caution.


This would make for a fun birthday card and I created it so it can be given to either a man or woman.  The inside sentiment is:


I used some patterned paper from American Crafts and colored the image with Copics.  I popped up the image in the center and sentiment.  The card was finished simply with some metal embellishments.



With it being Wednesday, be sure to stop by the Hoedown challenge blog for this weeks fun challenge and see all the fabulous creations from the Bacon Bits! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a looksy!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July! Timeless Tuesday 230



Hi all!

It's another Tuesday and that means another Timeless Tuesday Challenge! This weeks hostess is Katie and her challenge to you is Christmas in July! That's right... get those holiday stamp sets out and share your creations! But there is a catch! Your card must be semi-flat with no big, lumpy bows for easy mailing!



My creation this week was done using a very retired set called Peace.  It is a favorite of mine, but this challenge made me realize that it was time for some new favorites! :)  I made this card in the non-traditional sense with the colors I chose and kept it CAS.  This image really speaks alone and deserves to have its own spotlight.

I used  Color Made Easy in Emerald Coast for my cardstock color choice accented with some classic black cardstock.  The image was stamped directly onto the cardstock first stamped into Versamark ink and then with Black Momento.  I then used some EP in clear silver glitter before heating it with the heat gun for some sparkle.  Here is a closer look of the embossing.




Since this challenge was to keep it semi-flat, I did not pop up any of my layers and used some Color Made Easy black seam binding ribbon accented with some silver string. This will fit nicely in an envelope without too much bulk.  I completed the look with a few single rhinestones placed throughout.  The inside is stamped with the sentiment of : "let there be peace on earth."

Thanks for stopping by and we hope you play along! Be sure to check out the other fabulous creations from the Timeless Tuesday Team.

  • Allison Cope
  • Broni Holcombe
  • Cheryl Lea
  • Deborah Anton
  • Jenny Gropp
  • Judy Rozema
  • Katie Sims
  • Margaret Gilmer, our July guest designer

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    Monday, July 22, 2013

    Happy Anniversary!

    Happy Monday!

    The boys and I are still road tripping, visiting family and friends. We are having a great time and getting in the last bit of summer sun before school starts again! (Nnnoooooooo!)

    I wanted to share a special project I was asked to make by a friend to give her husband for their anniversary. I was happy to hear how her husband absolutely loved it!

    
     
     I love making stamped metal art and plan on making more upon my return home.  Thanks for stopping by and taking  a peek!!

    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

    Hoppy Birthday - Hambo Stamps

    It's Wednesday and that means half of another week is down! Wow! This summer is just flying by for us and hard to believe that school will be starting in just a short 3 weeks!! The boys and I are currently road tripping it along to a few places and enjoying seeing friends and family. We are essentially just starting our summer vacation as the kids were playing All Star baseball, so it had kept us playing ball rather than traveling. But it is all good!

    Today I want to share with you a fun card using Hambo Stamps Kangaroo clear stamp set. This image is just too cute!


    I colored in the image with Copics before cutting it out.  I then sewed around the center two panels using some dp from MME and added a fun little banner in the corner finished with some pink rhinestones.  I popped up the image in the middle, adding the sentiment directly onto the card, and completed the look with some twine and embellishment.

    Don't forget that with today being Wednesday, it's time to Hoedown at the Hambo Hoedown challenge blog! Come play along and earn your title of Queen of the Hoedown!

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!
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    Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Make it Mini - Timeless Tuesday 229


    Hi everyone!

    It's Tuesday and that means another fabulous challenge with the Timeless Tuesday Team! This week Jenny is our hostess and she is challenging you to make it mini! Yes... fun, mini 3x3 cards! (a minimum of 3) I LOVE mini cards for tucking into my kids lunchbox, into a gift bag, or even into your loves briefcase/folio for a nice surprise! : )


    These cards were great fun to make and I couldn't just plan on three coordinating styles! I went with 3 completely different looks and feel of these mini's.


    For these cards, I used the following sets: S'more Fun, In Nature, and Picking Wildflowers.  I colored in all the images with Copics and was able to attack my scrap drawers too complete the look of each card. Another great way to use your scraps! Make great mini cards to give away as a present or just keep for yourself for those times needing one.

    For the first card, I made this as a great little gift card for a something I would pick up on vacation, while the middle card is perfect for perking up someone who needs a little lift.  The third one is a simple card that can also double as a gift card which I embellished with some pearl "ribbon" to complete the look.

    Are you ready to show off your mini's? Get cracking and don't forget to link up at the Timeless Tuesday blog to show off your fabulous creations! And speaking of fabulous...don't forget to check out the awesome creations by the Timeless Tuesday team! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Allison Cope
  • Broni Holcombe
  • Cheryl Lea
  • Deborah Anton
  • Jenny Gropp
  • Judy Rozema
  • Katie Sims
  • Margaret Gilmer, our July guest designer
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    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    My Stapler... Hambo Hoedown



    Welcome back for another fun Hambo Hoedown challenge! Did the title make you laugh? Do you even know what I am talking about? lol!  I just love that movie "Office Space" and I thought the line that makes me laugh every time deserved to be the title for this challenge! :)



    This weeks challenge is to incorporate office supplies into your project or card.  I love this kind of challenge for two reasons: 1) it had great additional elements into the project and 2) I am an office supply junkie, so there is always something I can rummage for a project. :)


    For my card, I used Hambo Stamps Thumbprint stamp and coordinating sentiment which I thought would make for an interesting card with office elements.  I kept thinking fingerprints on a computer, coffee mug rings with fingerprint files, etc.  But I settled for a corkboard strip to staple up a little note and some tickets I have had from 7Gypsies.  The patterned paper is Echo Park's This and That collection which again, met this office supply theme pretty well. I used the dp as the main panel over the card and used some ribbon and metal accents to finish it off.  Something fun and out of the ordinary!

    We hope you come play along with us and remember that you can use any stamp image you would like as long as you follow the challenge.  Be sure to check out the other Bacon Bits creations for the week! Thanks for popping in and have a great day!

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    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Geekatude

    Hi all!

    I wanted to share this darling image from Tiddly Inks called Geekatude. Such a great image, as are all Tiddly Ink images, and this one reminds me of my boys; always sucked into the technology world when they are not playing sports. 


    I printed out this digital image and colored it in with my Copics.  I used the sketch from this weeks Deconstructed Sketch 108 for my layout.



    I used some patterned paper by Pink Paislee called Indigo Blue from Hambo Stamps.  The fun denim ribbon is from The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store which I then created a button from the coordinating paper as my embellishment.  The main image is then popped up for a little dimension. 

    Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek. Have a great day!

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    Flourishes Sneak Peek - Timeless Tuesday FTTC228



    Welcome to Day 1 of the Flourishes July Reveal Week!  Yeehaw!  Are you as excited as I am about seeing what Flourishes has to offer this month?!  We are simply giddy about introducing our first of FOUR new stamp sets this month.  Don't forget, you'll have many instances to WIN some of our new stamp sets for your very own! And this, our first new stamp set....


     
     
    
     
    ...are as though they are fresh clipped from the garden.  These breathtaking Dahlias would be a prize on any card or creation. Illustrated by Marcella Hawley, this 4 by 6" set features two gorgeous main images plus five all occasion sentiments, perfect for all kinds of creations.

    AND...here's one way to win this gorgeous new stamp set for your collection...
     
     


    You need to find out who today's Mystery Blogger is!  Hidden among the Design Team is one Designer who has this set to give away. Comment on that blog and you could win today's beautiful Dahlias stamp set!

    Now...on to our challenge...

    I am excited to be your hostess this week for this gorgeous sneaky peek and my challenge to see clearly on it.  In other words, use acetate in your project or card! :) That's right, time to dust off those unused clear sheets of "paper" to create something fabulous!

     
    For my project, I created a card using the acetate as its cover to highlight the image on the inside.  I cut my base layer for a 5.5"x5.5" size card and trimmed the top for just enough to fold over to act like the connection between the acetate and the card.  I used my scallop die to make that connection and adhered the acetate to that cut. Here is a side view:





    You can see that I have stamped my image on the inside panel with Memento Tuxedo Black, but I also stamped it again and colored it in with my Copics using the following collections in addition to a few single colors:



     
     


    Once the image was colored, I cut it out to pop it up over the stamped image on the inside panel.  I used some patterned paper from MME The Sweetest Thing for the chevron background over some basic black cardstock.  The sentiment was stamped directly onto the acetate using black Staz On ink and the card was finished with some black seam binding ribbon and self adhesive rhinestones.  Here is a closer look of the cut out image on the inside:



    Today we have both our Flourishes Finest Design Team AND our Friends of Flourishes Team sharing their "Seeing Clearly" inspirations with you!  Take a moment and leave some love on all of our designers' blogs for your chance to win this gorgeous new stamp set.


    Have fun hopping along and good luck!
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    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Age Spots

    Hello everyone!

    I hope you all had a fun and safe 4th of July (if you are here in the states) and today, hopefully you are relaxing.  That is of course, if your job gave you today off too! :)

    Before I get to my card, I just want to remind you all to be sure and subscribe to my blog via any of the following feeds located on the right.  With the ending of Google reader on the 1 July, there are different readers you can use in place of that.  I chose Feedly and Bloglovin' as those seem to be the most used, but some have chosen to use Flipboard or Old Reader.  In any case, I do hope you add my blog to your reader of choice!

    So I mentioned age spots... yes.. age spots. I have got a few, (I am admitting that) but luckily we don't show them with stripes!



    This is a fun image you will find over at Hambo Stamps new arrivals called Big Giraffe and Age Spots, perfect for a birthday or just for fun.  I kept this all on the same panel with the giraffe cut out with my oval nesties to be popped up.


    I thought this would be a fun look with some extra dimension to the front of the card.  I used some patterned paper from MME for the back strip and layering some plain black cs as the middle panel, followed by the image panel.  I colored the image with Copics  and finished it off with a small twine bow.  Simple and good for a chuckle! :)

    Thanks so much for popping in and hope you have a fabulous Friday!
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    Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Let's hear it for the Red, White, and Blue! Hambo Hoedown

    Welcome to another Hambo Hoedown Wednesday!
     
    This weeks challenge is to use red, white, and blue in your project. Perfect for the holiday. I couldn't resist inking up Uncle Ham again for this.
     
     
     

    For the layout, I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches here. Super fun and different.
     
     
    I colored my image with Copics and stamped the sentiment on the same panel.  I used some blue cs from my scrap pile along with some red cs for the curve.  I stamped along the blue using Sparkler in white Palette, but unfortunately it did not show as well.  Here is a close up:
     
     


    I then finished it off by putting some rhinestone and some Sakura glitter pen to highlight the fireworks. 

    Thanks for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July!!
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    Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Going Round - Timeless Tuesday 227



    Welcome back to another Timeless Tuesday Challenge! Judy is our fabulous hostess this week and she's got us going in circles with her challenge!

     

    Have you figured it out? Yep! This weeks challenge is to make a circle card! Shaped cards are something I certainly do not make often so it was a nice change from my usual square/rectangle shaped card.

     
    For my card, I used June's Flourishes release of Berry Sweet Frames.



     I stamped the image with Memento Black and colored it in with Copics.  I then cut out the image to be popped up on the frame.  The frame was also stamped in Memento Black and highlighted in a few spots with my Copics to match the color scheme.  The base of the card was cut using my scallop and plain circle nesties while the patterned paper is one from my scrap stash.  I used the coordinating sentiment from the set and punched it out using my SU! Oval punch and adding some red dots around it.  I finished up the card with some ribbon. Here is the Copic color collection used: plus R59



    Thanks so much for stopping by and if you haven't played along in yesterday's Mojo Monday 300 Celebration, you still can! Flourishes is one of many fabulous companies contributing prizes for this great event. More details can be found here on how to play along.  Don't forget to stop by the other Timeless Tuesday team members blog to see their fabulous creations and welcome our July Guest Designer, Margaret Gilmer! Have a great day!

  • Allison Cope
  • Broni Holcombe
  • Cheryl Lea
  • Deborah Anton
  • Jenny Gropp
  • Judy Rozema
  • Katie Sims
  • Margaret Gilmer, our July guest designer


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