This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

To the Moon and Back!

This week's Hambo Hoedown challenge is to use the Moonscape digi-image plus texture on our card. As soon as I saw the Moonscape image the verse "I love you to the moon and back" popped in my head so I went with that theme on my card. Here's what I came up with...

Close-up view:

I also used Hambo's Sweetheart Pig. Isn't he adorable?! The texture on my card is the satin ribbon and the silver star eyelets and pink stick-on gems, and the Sweetheart Pig is cut out and popped up on dimensionals. My "plan" was to emboss the black using the swirls embossing folder in the Cuttlebug, but...guess what I forgot to do! :)

Stamps: Moonscape and Sweetheart Pig (#4102) by Hambo Stamps, sentiment is computer generated<
Papers: Real Red, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white<
Accessories: red satin ribbon (Offray), Copic Markers, silver star eyelets (Doodlebug), pink stick-on gems (Bling IT! by Basic Grey), pop dots

Come on and play with us at the Hambo Hoedown!! It's lots of fun and you earn FREE digi-images for playing along!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hump Day Hop! Going "Goth"

Welcome to the May Hump Day Hop!!! You should have arrived here from the very talented Jennie's blog. If you didn't, go to the Bombshell Stamps Blog to start from the very beginning!

This month, our Hump Day Hop Hottie, Alison, challenged us to "goth"-up our Bombshells. Well, if you know me and my style, this is WAY out of my comfort zone, but, I gave it a try...and here is what I came up with...

A close-up:
I wasn't quite sure how to go about "gothing her up", but I decided to color her skin a very light gray (sort of "zombie-ish"). The black under her eyes came about because as I was coloring the image, an Alice Cooper song came on the radio...For some reason I'm thinking black with red are goth colors, but I'm not quite sure! ;) I also followed this month's Bombshell Sketch for this card.

Now, head on over to the fabulous Milo's blog to see what she's come up with!! Thanks for hopping with us!!!

Okay, here's the entire blog roll- just in case you get lost! :)

Bombshell Blog
Sparkly Engineer
Mary G.

Stamps: Lucky Bride (Bombshell Stamps)
Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, patterned papers (Stampin' Up!), GP11o white
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Label Fourteen Nestabilities, white gel pen, black glitter adornments (My Favorite Things!), Copic Markers, gold Spica pen

Monday, May 23, 2011


Howdy! And a Happy Monday to you!! I spent quite a bit of time in my hide-away yesterday catching up on some stamping. Here is a Bombshell card that I made using a yet-unused set that I had received:

Stamps: cowgirl and gun from Retro Cowgirl, Howdy sentiment from Western Gal (Bombshell Stamps), speckle stamp from Itty Bitty Backgrounds (Stampin' Up!)
Papers: Real Red, Apricot Appeal, Very Vanilla (Stampin' Up!), patterned paper from the Western Sky pack from Stampin' Up! (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel for sponging
Accessories: Copic Markes, key tag punch, modern label punch, pop dots, distressing tool, natural hemp, sponge, red stick-on gems (Bling IT by Basic Grey)

Both the Retro Cowgirl and Western Gal sets are available in rubber and digi. Check out the Bombshell Stamps website for more information.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Hoedown #16- Sumo and Chipboard

This week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge was a fun one!!! We were to use the Sumo digi-image, one of the accompanying sentiments plus use chipboard somewhere on the card. I rarely use chipboard, although I DO have a bunch of those chipboard square coasters that I've been, I pulled one of those out. covered it using patterned paper and Modge Podge, and used it on my card...and here's what I came up with:

Close up of the sumo image:

Paper: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white, patterned paper unknown (maybe CTMH?)
Ink: Always Artichoke (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: square chipboard coaster, Modge Podge, sponge brush, Copic Markers, Cuttlebug, Square Lattice embossing folder, round Nestabilities, medium oval and scalloped oval punches, pop dots, sponge, red line tape, metal coins (The Stampinton Company), glue dots

Head on over to the Hambo Hoedown Challenge blog and join in the fun! The more you play, the more FREE digi-images you get! Check it out!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

It's A Hambo Hop!!

Hambo Stamps is having a Customer Blog Hop! The theme is "Hamming It Up At The Movies". We were to create a card or project using Hambo Stamps that represents and depicts a movie title. You should have arrived here from Joy's blog. If not, head on over to the Hambo Blog - Talk to the Ham- to start the hop at the beginning!

I had gotten this adorable digi-image- Wee Henry Snorkel- and the first thing I thought about was the movie Jaws. Here's my take on the movie-themed challenge, which is really based on the movie Jaws 2:

I apologize for the picture being a little dark. It's been rainy here and I had a difficult time getting a good picture of it. Of course those cute little sharks (#3414) from Hambo really look harmless!!

Here's a close-up:

Stamps: Wee Henry Snorkel digi-image, Shark rubber stamp #3414 from Hambo Stamps
Papers: Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Basic Black (Stampin' Up), GP110 white, patterned paper from DCWV (Pocket Full of Posies pack)
Accessories: Copic Markers, Scissors, Liquid Applique, Heat Gun, computer generated sentiment

A prize will be awarded to one participant whose movie-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way! Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, May 25.

I hope that you've enjoyed my take on the movie challenge. Your next stop on the hop is the uber-talented Ree's blog so hop on over there for another fabulous movie scene!! Thanks for hopping with us!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hambo's Having a Hop!!!

Make sure you stop by tomorrow (Friday, May 20th) for Hambo Stamps' Customer Blog Hop!!! The theme for the hop is "Hammin' It Up at the Movies". What FUN!!! You can start hopping at 8am eastern (7am Central) and the fun starts at the Hambo Stamps' company blog Talk to the Ham.

Not only will you be inspired and entertained by the creations you'll see but there will be a prize for one person who visits each of the participants' blogs and leaves a comment.

So set aside some time to hop with us tomorrow!!! I'm sure we'll tickle your funny bone!! See you at the hop!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

If you came here from the multi-talented Cindy's blog for the Design D.I.V.A.S. Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop, you're in the right place, however, I don't have a card to share with you, and this is the reason why:

I broke a tooth and had to have a temporary crown put on yesterday. Now if you know me, I do NOT like the dentist...I've never had any sort of dental work done other than cleanings and a couple teeny tiny little fillings...and I do love my dentist- she's great, however I panicked when I heard I needed a crown. I had planned on making my OBG card after work on Tuesday but since I spent a good portion of the evening at the dentist, it just didn't happen. I apologize.

So, as not to mess up the blog hop order, I will now send you on your merry way to the fabulous Vicki's blog. I know she'll have something wonderful for you to see!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Bombshells- Hawaiian-style

Well, I was FINALLY able to actually be in my hide away and get some things caught up! Here are a couple of Bombshell cards made using the beautiful Hawaiian sets that they offer.

This card I submitted to the Desert Island Crafts Challenge blog. I used 4 of the items listed on the itinery: to use an image (stamped or digi), patterned paper, embossing and a punch.

This second card came about because I couldn't fit the Aloha image onto the card above, so I just made it's own card...

Check out these and other fabulous images at Bombshell Stamps.

***Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 25th. The Hump Day Hops are back!!! Our Hump Day Hop Hottie, Alison, has a fun challenge for us!!! You won't want to miss it!

Card 1:
Stamps: Hula Girl, Hawaiian Girl sets from Bombshell Stamps
Papers: Real Red, Garden Green (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white, patterned paper is from the Hello Luscious pack by Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Square Lattice embossing folder (Stampin' Up!), Copic Markers, Modern Label Punch, 1/16" hole punch, yellow brads from American Crafts, pop dots

Card 2:
Stamps: Hula Girl set from Bombshell Stamps
Papers: YoYo Yellow, Real Red (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white, patterned paper is from the Hello Luscious pack by Basic Grey
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Copic Markers, pop dots

Thanks for stopping by!!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hambo Hoedown 15- What's Up?

This week's Hambo Hoedown image is SO cute! Our challenge was to use the Balloon Girl digi-image but we also had to use bold and bright colors AND paper piecing. So many of the other sumbissions used clouds, so I didn't want to do the same thing. I found this paper in my vast collection of patterned papers and thought it was perfect for this challenge!! What do you think?

My camera is acting up- something must have gotten changed on it- and I can't get a clear picture of this so I had to scan it...sorry for the crooked scan! :)

Stamps: Balloon Girl (Hambo Stamps)
Papers: Concord Crush, Pumpkin Pie, Gable Green (Stampin Up!), GP110 white, patterned papers from the Frutti Fusion pack from The Angel Company
Ink: Green Galore (for sponging)
Accessories: sponge, pop dots, Copic Markers, 1/16" hole punch, green brads from American Crafts

Me and Ice Cream...

Summer is coming and when I think of summer I think of the ice cream man. There's something about getting an ice cream from the ice cream man that makes me feel like a kid again! Hambo Stamps has the cutest ice cream man image:

Isn't he CUTE?? Check out Hambo's stamps and digi-images. They're SO fun!!

Stamps: Ice Cream Man digi-image (Hambo Stamps)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Gable Green (SU), GP110 white, patterned papers from the Cheeky collection by Making Memories
Ink: Creamy Caramel for sponging
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, sponge, Copic Markers, gold stick-on beads, computer generated sentiment, Key Tag punch

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Hen Delivers! Hoedown #14

This week's Hambo Hoedown challenge was to use this adorable Farm Chicken digi-image plus use dots and stripes. Here's my take on the challenge:

Here's a close-up of the image:

The sentiment, which reads "The rooster may crow but the hen delivers the goods", was computer generated. Check out the Hambo Hoedown here, as well as Hambo Stamps here.

Stamps: Farm Chicken digi-image from Hambo Stamps
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Gable Green, Summer Sun (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white, patterned papers from Basic Grey
Ink: Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!) for sponging
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, Copic Markers, red gingham ribbon (Offray), Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon (Stampin' Up!), sponge, pop dots

Sunday, May 8, 2011

It was Angie!!

Yesterday the Meade Girls got together for a Chinese buffet lunch to find out who our secret sister was. I was SO surprised to find out that it was Angie!! I had NO idea! I had narrowed it down to 3 people and she was one of them, but I had no definite thought of who it was. She did a great job of mixing up the different style of cards to throw me off! I loved all of her cards. I found out that I had forgotten to post the last card that I got from her!! Sorry, Angie!! I do think this was my favorite of them all!!!

If you know the Meade Girls, we're ALL ribbon-a-holics. SOME of us need a 12-step program to help with our addiction! And it really doesn't help that there is a ribbon outlet just about an hour or so from here!! ;) I had to giggle when I opened this card:

Inside it sys "There's a show for hoarders!" That sentiment is SO true! I love ribbon and I DO have a lot (although I don't think ANYONE has as much ribbon as Amanda!!). I tried to take a picture of the inside but it kept coming out blurry...

Now, on to the reveal gift that she gave me. Take a look at THIS:

This "purse" is made of paper- paper that she scored to make it look like quilting! WOW!! The pocket on the outside held a Ghiradelli candy (which is long gone!).

Here's what she had tucked inside my cute little purse:

...a little manicure set, some travel tissues and a bottle of hand sanitizer. See- there's the proof that there actually was a Ghiradelli candy! :) (Yumm- and it tasted SO good!)

Here is the beautiful matching card:

I just love the way she did the "quilting" and those doilies are just so pretty!!

Angie, thank you SO much for making this round of secret sisters so fun...and you sure did a great job of keeping it "secret"! I'm really looking forward to the next round!! Scroll down to the next post to see the things that I sent my secret sister, Gloria.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Secret Revealed!

For the past 3 months, I've been keeping a secret!! I have been Gloria's secret sister, sending her several cards a month. We just recently "revealed ourselves" to our secret sisters at a lunch get-together of the Meade Girls. Since I was keeping a secret, I wasn't able to post my cards to my blog, but now, since Gloria knows it was me, I'm finally able to show you what I've made her over the past couple of months.

I sent her this card for Valentine's Day. The image is from Dustin Pike. Isn't he adorable!?! (The image is cute, too!) :D The cardstock- Pumpkin Pie and Real Red- are from SU and the patterned paper is Basic Grey (Lime Rickey). The sentiment is from Hambo Stamps' Eye Monster digi-image.

This is the second card that I sent her. She had started making aprons several months ago and it became an obsession with some of the Meade Girls...Jane wanted one in every color and style! :) So, I thought I would send Gloria an apron card. The apron image is from Gina K's Sew Pretty. All cardstock is from last year's Stampin' Up "In Colors". The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's "Lemonade" pack. The grosgrain ribbon is from Offray and the Old Olive buttons are SU. I do need to work on my cutting skills, though! Inside I tucked the poem "Grandma's Apron".

The Meade Girls LOVE to eat, and we always seem to be on a diet so I decided to use this yet un-inked stamp called "Light as a Feather" from the Happy Hoppers series. To go along with the card, I included a packet of Extra Mint Chocolate Chip sugar free gum with a cover. Cardstock- SU's YoYo Yellow, Soft Suede. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey.

The card:

The covered gum packet:

For St. Patrick's Day I sent her this card, along with a pack of Shamrock Nail Stickers (I figured if she didn't want to use them on her fingernails, she could always use them on a card!!) Isn't this guy adorable?? I found him online- it was a free digi-image, but I can't remember where I found it... Cardstock is from Stampin' Up- Soft Suede, YoYo Yellow. The patterned paper is from the Origins pack of DSP from Basic Grey. The image was printed onto GP110 white cardstock, and colored using Copic Markers. I found some green Magic Mesh in my stash so decided to use that, along with a strip of YoYo Yellow that I ran through the Cuttlebug using the Square Lattice embossing folder from SU. I hope it put a smile on Gloria's face. It did mine!

This next card I sent her along with a "bag" of bath "tea". I figured she might need a good long soak in the tub! Sometimes a girl's just gotta relax after a hard day of stamping! :)

The image is from Melon Headz Illustrating. It's just too cute! Cardstock is all from SU- Vintage Violet, Bashful Blue. The patterned papers are from the "Cheeky" pack of DSP from Making Memories. The image was printed onto GP110 white cardstock and colored using Copic Markers. It was cut out using my Cuttlebug and the circle Nestabilities. I added a few stick-on pearls for the 'bubbles'.

Unfortunately, I had to send Gloria a sympathy card. Her sister-in-law passed away right before Easter. Sympathy cards are so hard for me. I hope she liked this one.

All cardstock is from Stampin' Up! (Blushing Bride, Basic Black) and the patterned paper is from Basic Grey. The image was stamped onto GP110 using SU markers (Cameo Coral and Garden Green). The image and sentiment are from the Thoughts & Prayers set from SU. The ribbon is from my stash- some that I bought on my ribbon run to the Offray Ribbon Outlet in Hagerstown.

This is the last card that I sent to her "in secret". I found this digi-image online and had to order it! I thought it would make some nice "eye candy" for her! He's kind of my Cowboy Cassanova! :)

Close-up (Oh, my!):

This is the verse that I put inside the card (computer-generated):

The digi-image is from Victoria Case. The sentiments were computer-generated. Cardstock is Buckaroo Blue, Cranberry Crisp, and Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white and the patterned paper is from an old retired SU western pack. I colored the image using Copic Markers and used my Cuttlebug and Nesties to punch out the image and Cranberry Crisp layer. I used the Faux Tooled Leather technique on the Creamy Caramel panel. You can find my tutorial here. I just LOVE this card and I hope Gloria did, too!!!

This is my reveal gift that I gave her when I told her who I was. I am not good at altering items or making things other than cards, but I gave it a go. This is the card and envelope that I made for her:

I love the way this turned out. I used Stampin' Up's Sew Suite stamp set and matching patterned paper. Some of the buttons are the matching ones from SU and others are from my button stash. I also decorated the envelope to match using the dress form stamp and Melon Mambo ink on the front and on the flap I used some dressmakers stick-on ruler tape. Cardstock used is Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Border Blue (Stampin' Up!) and GP110 white.

Here's a close-up of the card:

For her main gift I decided to make her a name frame for her craft room.

It's a little plain but I wasn't sure what else to do with it. I tried tying some ribbon around the frame but that just didn't look right. The frame is from Walmart. Again, I used the sewing-themed patterned paper and matching buttons, which are attached to the outside of the frame in the corner using glue dots. The letters of her name are stamped using Melon Mambo ink and the retired Newsprint alphabet stamps. I used the Basic Black fine point marker to add faux stitches to the letters. Again, you can see that I used the adhesive ruler tape.

Here is a close-up of the frame:

On a recent trip to Michael's, I found this wall hook in the $1 bin. It is painted white but I attached the same sewing-themed patterned paper to it using a couple coats of Modge Podge.

I really hope that Gloria has enjoyed having me as her Secret Sister as much as I enjoyed having her! We will be starting another round of the Meade Girls Secret Sister again very soon and I can hardly wait!!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Tisket, A Tasket...

A tisket, a tasket, we have a little basket! That's the theme for this week's Hambo Hoedown #13. Our challenge was to use this adorable heart-filled basket digi-image and the sentiment to create a card, BUT...we also had to use flowers and lace.

This image, Heart Basket-digi, from Hambo Stamps, is perfect for many occasions- Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or just to say "I love you" for no reason! Hop on over to this week's challenge and see everyone else's take on this challenge!

Cardstock used is all Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Gable Green (Stampin' Up!), GP110 white and the patterned paper is Stampin' Up! Accessories used are lace from my stash that must be at least 10 years old!, mulberry paper roses (Recollections), Copic Markers, pop dots, glue dots, sponge, Gable Green ink pad (Stampin' Up!) and medium and scalloped oval punches.