Asian Plants

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Yahoo!! I was a Spotlight winner at Crafting by Designs and was invited to be a Guest Designer for their Asian themed challenge today.

For today’s card, I used a fun image from Doodle Pantry Stamps called Asian Plants. It even came with a couple of awesome sentiments. The inside sentiment says “The journey is the reward”. I love this set!

DP Asian Pla ts

I tried embossing a digi again so that I could watercolor without it smearing…I printed it on watercolor paper and heat embossed the outline. As long as you don’t print too many things at once and you literally catch it and dump the embossing powder, this is a really cool option for digi lovers! I colored it up with Inktense pencils. For the background I stamped “Tea-house” (Stampin’ Up Rubber Stamp) onto vellum with iced spruce Distress ink.

Other supplies: Basic back drop and polka dot backdrop dies (AJVD), Oval, Circle, and Oval Scalloped dies (Spellbinders), ribbon.

Hop over to Crafting by Designs and see what type of inspiration the DT came up with for you.

I am also entering this card into this month’s Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge #45.

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A Gift for a Friend…

Here is my project for this week’s sketch challenge with a tWist (#62) at From the Heart Stamps – the twist is to make anything but a card – thus I made a TAG.

Sketch0621-558x720I used Precious Gift, a digi by FTHS, and dug into my scraps for my DP. Then I pulled out my all time favorite embossing folder (the Happy Birthday folder.)

FTHS Precious Gift

I am pretty happy with this one – it is fun, and bright, and ready to slap on a gift bag. Now if I just remember I have it.

Card Recipe:

  • Image – Precious Gift digi by FTHS
  • Paper – Scraps
  • Ink – Copics: G0000, B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B06, YG03, YG61, YG63, YG67.Y15, Y17, Y19, YR12, YR15, YR18, R12, R14, R17, R59, R81, R83, R85, RV21, RV23, RV25, BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08, BV11, BV13, BV17, E29, E43, E44, E47, W1, W3, W5, W7, N0
  • Other: Eyelet, HBday Embossing Folder, Ribbons and Twines, Button, Rectangle Die (Spellbinders)




(Bottom Row – Buttons, Flowers, Ribbon and Twine)



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Ham and Bacon Bloghop Time!

Hambo House and Reptile

Woo Hoo! It is time for a blog hop with the Bacon bits and friends! We are having a “Ham & BACON” hop! Yep, that’s right, this time we are featuring a pig’s favorite actor …. Kevin BACON!!!

You should have arrived from JEANNIE’S BLOG, if so you are in the right place. If not, why not start at the BEGINNING so you miss NOTHING!

Hambo house front

If you can’t tell already, my Kevin Bacon movie is one of my all-time favorites… ANIMAL HOUSE (house, house)! This movie was sassy, and funny, and a little bit crude, but hey! it’s about fraternities – have you ever been in a fraternity house? Truly not much different from the Animal House! Tell me if you agree.

Hambo amimal house

I have been seeing the Pop-up-box Cards every where lately and decided I had to try that out, and what better project for it than the animal house – cause we need more than one animal right??

Hambo House

Guys, I have to tell you…My fellow bacon bit Jane is the queen of cutting, and after this card, I will appreciate her cards even more. Good grief Jane, this thing took some time! But in the end it was worth it!!

The brothers of Pi Iota Gamma or PIG are glad you came by. In order of appearance they are: Reptile (the Membership Chairman), Bailey Hug (the President), Possum-4211 (the Rush Chair), and Geronimouse (the Big Man on Campus) – Welcome to the HOUSE where ALL IS WELL (click)!

Thanks so much for joining us on the hop. Don’t forget to leave me some love and hopefully you’ve left some for everyone along the way cause there are prizes to be had! That’s right! A $15 digi shopping spree will be awarded to one randomly-drawn hopper who leaves a comment at each post along the way. The deadline for comments (for prize consideration) is Monday, April  14 at 10:00 PM EDT. We’ll reveal the winners on the Hoedown blog on Wed., April 16.

I am the last stop on the hop and I hope you had a lot of fun! I know we had fun creating for you! Have a great weekend!


You are my hero!

Not sure why, but today’s image from Hambo Stamps, called “Bird Hero”, has been calling to me for some time. I finally answered the call and it was a fun one to color! Don’t you LOVE him!Hambo Bird Hero

Today’s card combines this little guy with this week’s sketch challenge at Splitcoast Stamper’s Challenge (SC482). I decided to pull some of my stars and stripes papers from my stash for this one and I am pretty happy with the result.

SC482Card recipe:

  • Image - “Bird Hero” digi image by Hambo Stamps
  • Paper – I am not sure what brand these DP are from – it is from my old scrapbook stash; White cardstock base (PTI)
  • Ink – Copcis R20, R22, R24, R27, B32, B34, B39, Y32, Y35, Y38
  • Other – Circle and Inverted Scallop Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Basic Backdrop and Polka Drop Backdrop Dies (AJVD), Star Buttons, Red Twine


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From The Heart Stamps FRIENDSHIP Blog Hop!


Welcome to the March From the Heart Stamps blog hop. Today we are celebrating FRIENDSHIP!!

We the designers are pulling out some of the FTHS images that make us “think FRIENDS” and hope to inspire you along the way…

We have some great projects for you on today’s hop; and for your part, you must leave some “love” at each stop along the way -Prizes are on the line!… One random commenter will be selected on each blog to win the image that the designer used [MEANING the winner here gets Peace Like a River (Faithful Friends)]. Additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $5 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 uses one of Faith’s new sets – her Faithful Friends. They are each P-R-E-C-I-O-U-S! The one my card uses is Peace Like a River (Faithful Friends) and I absolutely love it! 

FTHS Peace Faithful Friends

Card Recipe:

  • Image: Peace Like a River (Faithful Friends) digi by FTHS
  • Paper: Scrap cardstops
  • Ink: Copics – Skin – E00, E02, E11, E21; Shirt – BG10, BG13, BG15, BG18, RV21, RV23, RV25; Jeans B32, B34, B39; Shoes - W00, W1, W3, Hair – E31, E33, E35, E37, E39; Shadow – W3, W5, W7
  • Other: Embossing folder (Darice), Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (A Jillian Vance Design), Ribbon (Recycled)

To go along with our Friendship theme, Faith has created an awesome, precious, must be collected  line of “Faithful Friends”.

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

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

Thanks for stopping by and HAVE FUN!!

Challenges for this card:


Mayde for Mother’s Day 2

LS Mayde Dusting Tag 7

Today’s coupon tag is my second one for my Mother’s Day project. It also uses another of Lacy Sunshine’s new Mayde images which we were challenged to use at the current Lacy Sunshine Facebook challenge. This image is Mayde Spring Cleaning Dust Bunnies

LS Mayde Dusting Tag 3

Two “coupons” down for my Mother’s day coupon book. Only 4 more to go!

LS Mayde Dusting Tag 4

I still need to create a cover and attached all the pieces into a coupon “booklet”, but I haven’t fully been inspired on that yet. I do have time though, right?

LS Mayde Dusting Tag 2
Stay tuned for the next “coupon”…

Card Recipe:

  • Image: Mayde Spring Cleaning Dust Bunnies
  • Paper: White card (PTI), Hot Pink and lime green textured card (Recollections)
  • Ink: Copics - Blue jeans – B21, B23, B24, B99; Shirt RV21, RV23, RV25 , YG21, YG23, YG25; Scarf – RV21, RV23, RV25 , YG21, YG23, YG25; Skin – E00, E02, E11, E21; Hair – YR31, Y32, Y35, Y38; Eyes – B00, B01, B02, B05; Duster – E31, E33, E35, E37, R81, R83, R85; Ladder – E31, E33, E35, E37; Dust – E50; Bunnies – C0, C1, C3, R00, YG03
  • Other Stuff: Basic Backdrop and Polka dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies, Oval and Scalloped Oval Dies (Spellbinders), hole punch, ribbons, twine, hot pink eyelet


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Little Flapper – Sunshine Mail

It’s the first of April… Happy April Fool’s Day!

No joking, I have decided to join my first of the month teamies in a great Sunshine Mail Challenge. The theme is once again “ANYTHING GOES” and this time it is sponsored by artbymiran. My card uses a darling image called Brittany 1920′s Flapper. Isn’t it cute, cute, cute?!!

Sunshine Mail Artbymiran

I pulled out one of my favorite sketches and some of my favorite fun, fun paper and I love this one!

I hope you join the challenge this go around!! 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 artbymiran.

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


  • Images: Brittany 1920′s Flapper digi set from Artbymiran
  • Paper: White cardstock (PTI), Brown cardstock from scrap, DP – 2wenty-thr3e (Cosmo Cricket)
  • Ink: Copics – Skin E00, E02, E21; Hair E30, E31, E33, E35, E37; Dress - Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28; Headband and necklace -  Y21, Y23, Y26, R22, R24; Shawl – E40; Shadows – W00, W1, W3, W5, Y21
  • Other: Oval and Scallop Oval Dies (Spellbinders)


Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great Day!

Bday Tag – Celebrate!

Today’s project is a quick tag for a birthday gift. It is pretty simple, but I got to play with several new toys in the making of it. That is a win all in itself right?! :)

Hambo Geranium

I printed a digi image from Hambo stamps called Geranium onto some watercolor paper and dried it with my heat tool (still needed to be careful or else it would run). Using my fine tip aqua pen, pulled color from the tips of my Inktense Pencils. (These are turning into one of my favorite new toys – they are vibrant, and easy to use!)

Then I cut out the colored image and adhered it to an embossed tag – Diecut Tag Sale # 3 from Papertrey Ink.

I added a few ribbons and twine to the top the dropped some small tags with “celebrate” and “wish big” (from the {die}luxe Tiny Tags Stamp and Die Combo by A Jillian Vance Design) from a pear pin (also from AJVD).

Quick and easy and lots of fun! I can’t wait to add it to a package!


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Mayde for Mother’s Day!

LS Mayde Laundy Tag 2 OK – the Lacy Sunshine Facebook challenge this time is to use one of Heather’s new Mayde images. They are all so precious that is was hard to choose which one to play with on this challenge so I chose more than one. This is the first one - “Mayde Laundry Day”.LS Mayde Laundy Tag 6 I thought it would be fun to create a Mother’s day coupon book. With coupons for a variety of things starting with chores. This first one is a coupon or a load of Laundry (haha!)

LS Mayde Laundy Tag 4

I used a tutorial to create a double pocket card but tweaked it a bit to turn it into pockets on both sides (one on one side and two on the other.) Eventually, I will create a cover and attached them all into a coupon “booklet” of sorts. But here is the first look…Notice the three pockets for the 3 Maydes. Oh Yeah! I love it when a plan comes together! I think this is going out sooo cute!

LS Mayde Laundy Tag 3Stay tuned for the next “coupon”. It’ll probably be this weekend cause I am on a roll now :)

Card Recipe:

  • Image: Mayde Laundry Day
  • Paper: White card (PTI), Hot Pink textured card (Recollections), Designer Paper (Making Memories)
  • Ink: Copics - Sky – B0000; Grass – G0000, G00, G12, G21, G61; Blue jeans – B21, B24, B99; Shirt (on line) R81, R83, R85 (on Mayde) RV21, RV23, RV25 , YG21, YG23, YG25 (Laundry) YG63, YG03;   Scarf – RV21, RV23, RV25 , YG21, YG23, YG25, Bubbles – B0000, BG0000, (shadows) C0, YG00, G00; Post – E31, E33, E35, E37; Laundry tub and board – E31, E33, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7; Skin – E00, E02, E11, E21; Hair – YR31, Y32, Y35, Y38; Eyes – B00, B01, B02, B05
  • Other Stuff: Basic Backdrop and Polka dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Label tab punch (Stampin’ Up), Circle and Scalloped Circle Dies, Oval and Scalloped Oval Dies (Spellbinders), hole punch, twine, lime green eyelet (Doodlebug Designs), ribbons


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Have a Blessed Easter…

My card today is for a little midweek inspiration using this week’s sketch AND the twist. This sketch is so much fun; however, with the twist, it was definitely a challenge…but fun still the same!


The twist was to create an interactive card. This is one of my favorite types of cards so I definitely had to play along! I decided to try a new interactive card - a flip-flop (swing) card. I have seen lots of tutorials for these, but one of the easiest to follow can be found HERE. Since it was the first attempt at a flip-flop card, I did have quite a few grrrr moments, but when I finally got it worked out, it was pretty easy! AND I L-O-V-E-D the final result!FTHS Egg Tulip front 2FTHS Egg Tulip front 3FTHS Egg Tulip side

For the inside (or flip part of the card), I wanted a sentiment that was more serious than cute so I “googled” Easter Sentiments. I found a great sentiment offered at the Joyful Dawn Blog that I thought would work perfectly.

FTHS Egg Tulip insideNow head over to the From the Heart Stamps Challenge and join in on the fun – you don’t have to do both the sketch and the twist; you can do either/or, but why not challenge yourself? Go ahead…I dare you :)

Card Recipe:

  • Image: Easter Egg Tulip digi by FTHS; Sentiment from Joyful Dawn
  • Paper: White card (GP), Lucky Limeade card (Stampin’ Up), Orange card (Stampin’ Up), DP Citrus Stack (DCWV)
  • Ink: Copics (Tulips) YR00, YR02, YR04, YG03, YG63, YG67; (Egg) Y15, Y17, Y19, YR04, YR07, YR09; (Bow) B01, B02, B04
  • Other: Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Labels Nine Dies (Spellbiners), Ribbon, Pearls, Wink of Stella (on the tulips), foam dots


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