C is for Candy Cane

Well, I didn’t get caught up on the Bugaboo ‘Christmas in July’ Challenge, I just got too far behind…but I did do one more. Today’s freebie JJ Xmas Cheer – Merry Christmas is awesome and awesomely perfect for the “C is for…” challenge.

I made a Clean and Simple card added a couple of rhinestones and a fun little card.

Bugaboo JJ Xmas Cheer - Merry Christmas


  • Image - JJ Xmas Cheer – Merry Christmas
  • Paper – Card (PTI)
  • Ink – Copics YG03, YG63, YG67, Y28, E00, E11, E21, E51, E31, E33, E35, E3BG0000, B02, C0, C5, C7, C9, R22, R24, R27, R29
  • Other – Basic Backdrop Die, Polka Dot Backdrop Die, Rhinestones

Thanks for stopping by!




Christmas Bugaboo Bingo

OK my dad had to have surgery this weekend and I didn’t get started with the Christmas in July Challenges at Bugaboo on day one. Soooo I am going to try to catch up the best I can – They are going to be OUT of order! Here is #5…

This card is for Wednesday’s Bingo Challenge – I went across the bottom row – Sparkley, Snowflakes, Bow


There are so many to choose from but I decided to go with Ava Fairy Special for this one – she is beautiful and fun.

Bugaboo Ava Fairy

My papers are from Papertrey Ink and she was colored up with Copics. You can’t really see it, but in order to meet the sparkley part of the challenge, I used Wink of Stella on her wings and Glossy Accents on the berries.

Thanks for stopping by!


Come Let Us Adore Him

How about a mid-month inspirational piece for this month’s Hambo Hoedown – Christmas in July Challenge.

For my project, I decided to finally try a mixed media piece on canvas (a fun little 4″x5″). I pulled out some of my my favorite Hambo Christmas images in rubber.


OK, so these always look easier when other people create them. They are messy and no where near perfect (which is very hard for me!!) so I don’t love it, but it was fun to try it…

The neat thing was that by stamping on tissue paper with Stazon, I was able to adhere the image to my canvas and, when it was dry, color it with my Copics – awesome!! I will probably try it again someday :)


  • Images - Manger – 4316 AND Adore Him – 4313 rubber stamps by Hambo Stamps
  • Ink – Acrylic paints, Copics
  • Other – Stencils, gesso, gel medium, mod podge

Thanks for stopping by!! Now go join the Hoedown!


Sunshine Mail and Zap Pow!

Zap Pow New Logo Cropped

OK – it is the 15th of the month which means it is time for another Sunshine Mail Challenge…!! The theme is “ANYTHING GOES” and this time it is sponsored by Zap Pow Designs.  This is a relatively new stamp company and they have some great, fun images!! I love them!!

For my card, I used the octopus image which comes with a clever little image… You Octo-Pi Our Heart.

zap pow

Come on over and join the challenge!!! AND if you want to get involved other ways, just go to Sunshine Mail Foundation and learn more!… and now I am off to mail my card into Sunshine Mail Foundation - that is the only way to qualify to win the challenge and a prize from Zap Pow Designs.

REMEMBER they send happy mail, but not necessarily holiday mail, so no holiday specific cards.

  • Images: You Octo-Pi Our Heart digi from Zap Pow Designs
  • Paper: White cardstock (PTI) and Raspberry cardstock (Recollections), DP (Digi paper by Doodle Pantry)
  • Ink: Copics – YG03, YG63, YG67, YG21, YG23, YG25, E74, E77, E79, V06, V09, RV25, RV29, C5, C9
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Dies and Polka Dot Backdrop Dies (AJVD), Glossy Accents

Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great Day!


Hello Monday!

I love this new image and this sentiment is so perfect for today’s card…It is another Monday and that means it is time for another sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps. I decided to do the sketch challenge (Sketch #74) this week but no tWist.

It is a fun, simple challenge this week so you definitely want to try it out. You have plenty of time to join in on the sketch challenge. This challenge will run through the 27th while the design team takes a break. :)

Sketch074-558x720This week’s card using an image called Birdbrain Needs Coffee. I hope you are you feeling inspired!

FTHS Coffee


  • Image: Birdbrain Needs Coffee digi by From the Heart Stamps
  • Paper – Dark Chocolate card (PTI), DP (My Minds Eye, Little Yellow Bicycle)
  • Ink: Copics Bird Y32, Y35, YR15, YR18, Coffee Cup B01, B02, B04, B05, Coffee/Beans E74, E77, E79
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Dies and Polka Dot Backdrop Dies (AJVD), gears


Thanks for stopping by!


FTHS – Christmas in July Blog Hop


I am soooo sorry for the delay!! I thought it was already posted then when I had the chance to check in, I realized it was scheduled to post in the pm not the am…Grrrrr….. Well, Happy Fourth of July!!I hope it is a great one!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. Our theme this month is “Christmas in July”. I think this going to be a trend this month and maybe I will be ready to go in December when it is time to mail them out!

Our designers are showcasing lots of awesome inspiration so enjoy!! As you hop along, please leave a comment on each entry. One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win an image of choice from the FTHS store for yourself and an image of choice for a friend. And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!

If you have arrived from Kelly’s Blog, you are in the right place; if not why don’t you start on the From the Heart Stamps blog so you don’t miss anything.

My card today uses Seven Christmas Birds - This one is so sweet!

FTHS Seven Birds

Card Recipe:

  • Image:  Seven Christmas Birds digi by FTHS
  • Paper: Vintage cream cardstock (PTI), Red card (Recollections), DP (My Mind’s Eye)
  • Ink: Copics - Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04, YR07, Y22, R24, Y27, E40, E43, E47, YG03, YG63, YG67, BG0000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B05
  • Other: Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (A Jillian Vance Design), Star Button, Twine

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday July 7th at 6am, EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday July 9th.

Now head over to MICHELLE H’s blog and let her show you some love!!

Thanks for stopping by and HAVE FUN!!


Christmas Magic

hambohoedownbuttonIt’s time for the July Hambo Hoedown. It’s a CHRISTMAS IN JULY themed challenge (going until July 30th at midnight.)

For today’s card, I used a digi called Hats Off. For some reason, this image just makes me think of Frosty the Snowman and his Magic Hat – the magic of Christmas as seen through children’s eyes is a wonderful thing – don’t cha think?

I used sort of traditional colors (I mean there is some read and green) but for fun, I threw in BRIGHT greens and black! It turned out fun… I love the summer but I am excited to have a Christmas card ready to go!

Hambo Hats Off

You can use any company’s image for this challenge but if you have a Hambo image, why not use it? If you don’t have a Hambo image (or even if you do), well…ALL CHRISTMAS STAMPS (Rubber and Digi) are on SALE through July. Score!!


  • Images: Hats Off digi by Hambo Stamps
  • Paper: Base –Limeade Ice (PTI); Red and Black Cardstock (Recollections)
  • Ink: FROSTY’s MAGIC Hat – C5, C7, C9, R24, R37, R29, Skin E00, E02, E21, E31, Reds – R22, R24, R27, R29, Greens – YG03, YG63, YG67, YG21, YG23, YG25, Jeans B23, B24, B29, Khakis E42, E43, E44, Shoes W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, W9, Gloves C3, C5, C7, C9, Snowman C0, B0000, BV0000, Carrot YR04, YR07, YR09
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Die and Polka Dot Backdrop Die (AJVD), Rhinestones, Wink of Stella


Thanks for stopping by!


Hope Floats

It is time for a new sketch at From the Heart Stamps #73 with a tWist -NO Patterned Papers…


OK there was no joking on this one. It was a CHALLENGE! I mean…NO design paper…at all? How to meet the challenge Twist? I had to create my own backgrounds.

My image is one of Faith’s new “Faithful Friends” Hope Floats. These images are pretty spectacular! They are sweet and the sentiments are too.

fths hope


  • Image:  Hope Floats digi by From the Heart Stamps; Words(Inkadoo)
  • Paper: Light Blue Cardstock, White Cardstock, Purple Cardstock, Turquoise Card (Recollections), Watercolor Paper
  • Ink: Copics – Skin E00, E02, E11, E21, Hair E33, E35, E37, E39, Jeans B01, B14, B24, B34, Shirt V22, V25, BG11, BG15, Shoes C3, C5, C7, Flower BV0000, YG95, Shadow W00, W1, W3, W5, W7; Evergreen Bough (Distress Ink), Dusty Concord (Distress Marker), Tuxedo Black (Memento), Concord Grape Acrylic Paint
  • Other: Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (A Jillian Vance Design), Circle Dies (Spellbinder), Buttons, Stencil (Jim Holtz)


Thanks for stopping by!


WOW! I won top three at The Cutie Pie Challenge!

top 3badge

Jelly Park and Post Pals…Win-Win!

jellypark badge

My card today is a special one for a sick little guy needing some fun post.

Jellypark has started something pretty great on their Facebook page and if you love their sweet images like I do, you should head over and check it out. I can tell from now having done my first card, it is a Win-Win!!

IMG_4362The Details are:

Earn free exclusive Jellypark digital stamps by making and sending cards to children at Post Pals! Post Pals is an award winning charity set up to send cards, letters, emails and little gifts to seriously ill children and their siblings in the UK.

To start, just post a message on their Jellypark FB Post Pals Club wall to say you would like to take part. They will then send you your first free stamp to craft with via private message on Facebook. Choose the child you would like to make a card for and have fun!  Once you have made your first card, post a quick picture of it up on the Jellypark FB Post Pals Club wall with the name of the child you are sending it to and they will send you the next image… There are 5 total.

Card Recipe:

  • Image: Freebie digi by Jellypark
  • Sentiment: Up, Up & Away sentiment from Papertrey Ink
  • Paper: White Card (PTI), Black Card (Recollections), DP (DCWV)
  • Ink: Copics - YG21, YG23,YG25, YG03, YG63, YG67, B00, B01, B02, B04, B06, B0000, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, Y15, Y17, Y19, R12, R14, R17, E00, E02, E11, E21, E35, W1, W3, W5, V22, V25
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Dies and Polka dot Backdrop Dies (AJVD) and Oval/Scalloped Oval Dies (Spellbinders), Buttons, Twine

Thanks for stopping by!!



Color Challenge – I {heart} Dance!

New Guest Designer WM

It is time for another Saturday Challenge at Bugaboo Stamps! This is my last challenge as a Guest Designer and it has been a really fun month!! The images are great to work with and the Design Team is fabulous!!

The theme for this week’s challenge is a COLOR CHALLENGE. I have to admit, these aren’t usually easy for me but I lucked up on the right paper and I think it turned out OK….Hop over to Catch the Bug for inspiration from the rest of the team!


I am not sure what happened this month. I love all of the images at Bugaboo, but for some reason, this month I kept reaching for Bugaboo AKV images – They are just so durn cute!! And this one is going to be perfect for a certain little Ballerina I know and love!

Bugaboo Ballerina 2


  • Image: AKV Ballerina – Ballerina 2 digi by Bugaboo
  • Sentiment: Ballerina Beauty Set (PTI)
  • Paper – White card(PTI), NAVY Blue card(scraps), DP(DCWV)
  • Ink: Copics Skin E00, E02, E21, Hair E33, E35, E39, Bow/Dress RV21, RV23, RV25
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Die and Polka Dot Backdrop Die(AJVD), Rectangle, Circle and Scallop Circle Dies(Spellbinders), Corner rounder, Swiss Dots Embossing folder(Cuttlebug), Pearls (I colored them to match the paper with a Copics B99)





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