Monday, September 30, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #192

Hi! Here is this week's sketch at the Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps blog, followed by my card

Image: "Pencil Pixie" Whimsie Doodles
DPs: "Dots & Stripes" American Crafts 6x6; "Divine" Prima 6x6
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sugar Creek Hollow DT Reveal: "Fall is in the Air" challenge

Welcome! It's time for a new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow; the theme is "Fall is in the Air" and we look forward to seeing your vintage or shabby chic creations!

Sugar Creek Hollow welcomes a Guest Designer for this challenge, Sue Butler. Be sure to click on her name to visit her blog and see more of her wonderful work!

I love the warm colors of autumn. I designed my card around a pretty image from Crafty Individuals:

Image: Crafty Individuals
Flowers and Leaves: Recollections
DP: Bo Bunny "Autumn Song" Collection 6x6 pad
Metal frame: Momenta
Embossing folder: Textured Lattice by Stampin' Up
Acorn sticker
Butterfly punch: Martha Stewart
Champagne mesh: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Stampin' Up brad
Have fun with your vintage or shabby chic creation; I look forward to seeing it at Sugar Creek Hollow! Thanks for visiting my blog and please do leave a comment. I love company and I love feedback!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Hambo Hoedown card

Hi! After a fantastic themed hop today at Hambo (scroll down to the my hop post!), now it's time to post my card for this week's Hoedown challenge! The digi is Wee Henrietta Popcorn, which was FREE to the Hoedowners and you can buy it at the Hambo Digi Shop HERE!

This week's challenge at the Hoedown is to pop up the design. Wee Henrietta is popped up on dimensional tape:

Hambo Images & sentiment: Wee Henrietta Popcorn and Stage
DP: Little Yellow Bicycle Fern & Forest; American Crafts Dots & Stripes
Hope you will join in the fun that's always happening over at the Hambo Hoedown! Thanks for stopping by.

Hambo's Time Machine Hop: Back to the '80's!

Welcome to my stop on "Hambo's Time Machine" blog hop! Today Hambo Stamps' friends and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict something cool from the 1980's! It might be a favorite book, news item, fashion fad, song, or something else that really stood out to us in looking back at the 80's! If you arrived here from the Hambo blog you're in the right place.

PRIZES!! One prize will be awarded to one participant whose 80's-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way and another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all of the blogs along the way! Winners will be announced at the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, September 25, as well as at the Hambo Hoedown challenge blog. Hambo loves comments any time, but the deadline for prize entry comments is Sunday, September 22 at 5 PM CST. Don't miss it!

Now, for my hop creation! My memories of the 1980's center around raising our son, Brian! I thought back on the cartoons, toys and books that he liked and how I could use Hambo images to represent one of Brian's favorites in a fun way. My card recalls a certain rowdy crew of animated characters that my son loved as a little boy:

Card ingredients:
Hambo Digital Stamps: Turtles  and  Buildings/Ledge
Word-generated billboard and sentiment
Alphabet rubber stamps
Ranger Distress Ink: Sage
DP: Little Yellow Bicycle Fern & Forest
Did you guess? My card is based on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, those fun "Heroes on a Half-Shell!" The first TMNT comic book came out in 1984, the year my son was born. The TV cartoon series started in 1987  and aired for 10 years (Wikipedia). So Brian grew up a TMNT fan, with all the requisite Halloween costumes, action figures, karate lessons, etc.!
I wanted the turtle image to stand out , so I just added touches of color to the background digi.  Pizza is the TMNT's food of choice and I think that narrow window on the background digi is PERFECT for a pizza sign! Yes, I know there are 4 TMNT's but you can never have too many turtles at a party, right?
Now, swing on over to LYN for another great trip back to the 80's that will jog your memory or show you something you missed! Have fun! Thanks for stopping by; hope you had fun at my blog! Please leave a comment! I appreciate it and you will be eligible for a prize if you comment at all the blogs on the hop!!  And thanks to Hambo Stamps for another creative themed hop!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hamster with heart!

The challenge at the Hambo Hoedown is to dust off our decorative scissors. I made this card with Hambo's new digi, Hamster Heart, and paper piecing. She's ready for a party!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9-11-13: OWH Birthday Bash Blog Hop!

Welcome! On this day of national remembrance, and as part of its month-long birthday celebration, Operation Write Home is hosting a bloghop sponsored by Stampers Best. If you arrived here from Julie's blog, you're on the right track! You can also click here to return to the start of the hop at any time. The blog hop team has created Any Hero cards using Stamper's Best stamps that benefit OWH. Click here to see their line of OWH benefit stamps (and their huge selection of other quality rubber stamps)!

I made two cards for today's hop. The first uses the Stampers Best "Turtley Awesome" rubber stamp set (designed by Sandy Allnock)!  At first, I wondered how I would use this cute stamp for an AnyHero card. Then I realized: no one could be more "Turtley Awesome" than our heroes! I hope this brings a smile to a hero's face and makes him or her feel appreciated! I like this colorful, starry "Fern and Forest" DP from Little Yellow Bicycle; it ties in with our hero theme but with unexpected colors.

Don't you just love those winsome big turtley eyes?

Image: Stampers Best "Turtley Awesome" rubber stamp set
DP: "Fern and Forest" by Little Yellow Bicycle
Tim Holtz "Rays" Embossing Folder and Ranger Distress Inks
Glossy Accents

Here is the second card I made for today, a more traditional patriotic style card with a Stampers Best silhouette stamp that I love, called "My Country" and the gorgeous BoBunny "Anthem" DP:

Image: Stampers Best "My Country" rubber stamp
DP: "Anthem" by BoBunny
Die: Spellbinders "Elegant Ovals" ODBD Custom Dies
Ranger Distress Ink
Tiny star buttons: JoAnn's
Ribbon: A.C. Moore

Thank you, Stampers Best, for your support of Operation Write Home, the heroes who are serving our country in harm's way, and their loved ones.

The fun continues: your next stop on the blog hop is Seongsook ! Enjoy and have fun making cards! YOU are "Turtley Awesome"!!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sugar Creek Hollow DT Reveal with Heather Hudson

Welcome! The new two-week challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is "My Rose Garden and our sponsor is the very talented Heather Hudson.

 Provided we have nine entries we will award winners' badges to one random winner and the Design Team's Top Pick.  The random winner will also receive a prize of their choice of three collage sheets from Heather's shop and the Top Pick will be in the running for a monthly Guest Designer spot.You will definitely want to visit Heather's Etsy shop, My Artistic Adventures, here!

I made this easel card for our Design Team reveal. The floral image dp and sentiment are from Heather Hudson.

Floral images & sentiment: Heather Hudson
Roses: Recollections (Michael's)
Small tags & sticker: Melissa Frances
Chipboard ticket: Prima
Rose "tile": Prima Vintage Trinkets
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Ranger Distress Inks
Really Reasonable Ribbon

In addition to Sugar Creek Hollow, I posted my card at Crazy 4 Challenges.

Thanks for stopping by.  I can't wait to see your vintage or shabby chic creation(s) posted at Sugar Creek Hollow! Have fun!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Cards in Envy challenge: Manly Cards

Here's my card for the current challenge at Cards in Envy: "Manly" cards. The image is from Digital Two for Tuesday.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a good weekend and come back soon.

Hambo Hoedown time

Welcome! Everybody who danced in the Hambo Hoedown last week and followed the rules received this cute digi, Headband Bunny, available at the Hambo shop! I think it's very funny. Our challenge this week is to use shades of gray, pink and yellow. It works!

Hambo Hoedown: always fun and punny, always with a twist or challenge, and a great way to get free digis!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Christmas paper-pieced card

Hi! I'm just going to make it under the wire at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown for the August Pick a Previous challenge. I chose their sketch #7 and adapted it for this A2 size, paper pieced card:

Image: My Favorite Things Pure Innocence

Monday, September 2, 2013

OWH Sketch Challenge #188

Here is this week's sketch at the OWH Stars and Stamps blog:

And here's a birthday card I made with it:

I trimmed off the DP name and can't find it, but it's two-sided DP from either A.C. Moore or Michael's! (orange stripes/numbers)
Rubber stamp: Hampton Arts (colored with Copics and cut out)
Have a good week! Come back soon.

OWH Labor Day VCMP: Challenge #4

Hi! Annette challenged us to use OWH Sketch 29 (as she and her DH are celebrating their 29th anniversary) to make a "love" card. I made one that I hope a hero will send to her fella back home:

Sentiment: MelonHeadz Illustrating
DP: "Thankful" 6x6 pad, Authentique
Mesh ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ranger Distress Ink

Thanks for stopping by Bits of Cheer!

OWH Labor Day VCMP: Challenge #2

Hi! Here's my card for Challenge #2, hosted by Diane, who challenged us to use elements with the letters O W and H. What a clever idea!

I came up with this little "Winter White Owl in a Holly print Holiday vest with a Heart, topped off with White trim". Thanks for the fun challenge, Diane!

Ho, ho, ho!

Anything Goes: Hambo Hoedown

Hi! Hope you've had a good Labor Day Weekend. Here is my card using "Bear Farmer - Digital Image by Hambo Stamps". The Hambo Hoedown challenge this week is Anything Goes.

Image and sentiment: "Bear Farmer" - Digital Image by Hambo Stamps
DP: "Thankful" 6x6 pad by Authentique
Seam binding: Really Reasonable Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

VCMP Challenge #7: Autumn card

Here's an autumn card for Challenge #7. I have only done two challenges so far and hope to get caught up a little bit during the holiday tomorrow! Hope everyone has been having a fun weekend!

Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things: Happy Fall, L'il Pumpkin!
Authentique "Thankful" 6x6 pad