Happy Red Nose Day

images It is Red Nose Day! – Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day will be held in the US today!! In honor of Red Nose Day, I pulled out one of my favorite Hambo clown…Clown Shoes Hambo ClownShoes2015 copyI decided to try paper piecing on today’s project. I also pulled out my new tag die from Mama Elephant. And I colored my twine to match the card with my Copics then I added an enamel dot.

Recipe:

  • Images: Clown Shoes digi stamp by Hambo Stamps
  • Paper: White Card (PTI), Blue card (Recollections) Digi Paper (Designer paper)
  • Ink: copics E33, E35, E35, E37, B24, B29, R24, R27, R29, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, W1, W3, W5, YR21, YR24, YR27,
  • Other: Basic Rectangle and Polka Dot Rectangle Background Dies (AJVD), Tag Dies (Mama Elephant), Happy Birthday Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Glaze Pens, Twine, Wink of Stella, enamel dot (Doodlebug Designs)

Have a FUN day!!

Lyn

Sending Smiles Kitten

For this week’s mid-week inspiration, I am finally posting my sketch challenge card from last Monday – I know, I know, not exactly a timely manner huh? But it is done now and I can check it off my list, which is ginormous because of the last week’s craziness…Is it Friday yet?

Sketch108

For my card, I used Kitten Flowerpot.

FTHS Flower Pot Kitten

Recipe:

  • Image – Kitten Flowerpot  digi image from FTHS
  • Sentiment – Sending Smiles clear stamp set by Technique Tuesday
  • Paper – White base (PTI), Green card (Scraps), Digi Paper
  • Ink – Copics YG01, YG05, YG07, YG09, YG13, YG17, YG63, YG67, RV13, RV23, RV25, R02, R05, E97, R24, R27, YR14, W1, W3, W5, B000
  • Other – Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Corner rounder

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Happy Birdie!

Today’s card is going to a sweet little girl for her upcoming 3rd “birdie”. I created it for this weeks sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps (#109) with the tWist of CUTE, CUTE, CUTE – I think I got that covered! It will also serve a “virtual” card for AAA Cards 1st Birthday!

Sketch109

I followed the sketch pretty closely and really like the results! Here is my card using Birdie and Balloons.

FTHS Happy Birdie copy

Now it’s your turn!

Recipe:

  • Image – Birdie and Balloons digi image from FTHS
  • Paper – White base (PTI), Blue green card (Scraps), Designer Paper (MME)
  • Ink – B000, B0000, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR15, YR18, R22, R24, R27, R29, YG17, YG23, YG25, Y15, Y17, Y19, BG13, BG15, BG49
  • Other – Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Fishtail Dies (MFT), Button

Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Monday all!

Lyn

From The Heart Stamps – May Blog Hop – For My Mama!

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. Our theme this month is “Mother´s Day” or “For a special Lady”. Our designers are showcasing lots of awesome projects that I can’t wait for you to see!!

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.

Mother’s Day?? So I am from the South as you know; and in the South it is Mama – and what an A-W-E-S-O-M-E, supportive, beautiful, wonderful, positive mama she is. Today’s Hop is in honor of Mother’s (read mama’s) Day and I really wanted to do something beautiful for this wonderful lady who I consider one of my best friends.

Sooo I went “window shopping” in the FTHS store and looked at all of the stamps until I found a few that I thought would be pretty great choices. Then I decided to “stew” on them for a while and see if inspiration would strike. Well, I stumbled upon this really cute, sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and then I looked at my possible images to see if one would fit.

FMS Final 184-001

I think I must have tilted my head a certain way, because all of a sudden, I decided I needed to fussy cut and layer up some flowers for my card……OK – I hate fussy cutting, so I went to photo shop, “trimmed” off the vase, popped two bouquets together and that’s a little less cutting I have to do!! Now I am ready to go with my Hop card using Mixed Bouquet.

FTHS Mixed Bouquet copy

I hope this makes you smile and even more, I hope it makes my mama smile!!

Recipe for my card:

  • Image: Mixed Bouquet digi by From the Heart Stamps
  • Sentiment: Best Mom Ever clear set by Simon Says Stamp
  • Paper: White Card (PTI), Blue and Brown card (Recollections)
  • Ink: copics (leaves) G21, G24, G28, (sunflowers) E43, E44, E47, E49, Y21, Y32, Y35, Y38, (roses) R56, R81, R83, R85, (purple flower) V20, V22, V25, (baby’s breath) C0, C3, (shadow) B01, B000, B0000
  • Other: Basic Rectangle and Polka Dot Rectangle Background Dies (AJVD), Circle and Scallop Circle Dies (Spellbinders), Elegant Lines Embossing Folder (Stampin’Up), Twine, Wink of Stella

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. And additionally, one commenter on the From the Heart Stamps blog will be selected to win a $15 gift voucher to the store!

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday May, 4th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday May 6th.

Now head over to MICHELLE’S BLOG and see what inspiration she has for you.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Lyn

Other challenges:

  • Creative Corner – For Mom
  • As You Like it – Favourite style of embossing (and WHY) (I LOVE dry embossing – it is quick and easy and beautiful or fun depending on the look you want. It also adds something to a plain piece of paper without adding the distraction of a design. I love CAS but don’t always like tons of “blank” space. Dry embossing allows for both!)
  • A Creative Need – Thinking of Mom

Hey There

Have you ever had creative block – where none of the plethora of design paper in your pile-o-paper inspires you? That has been my week…. SO for some mid-week inspiration at From the Heart Stamps, I decided to go very clean and simple and pull out an old technique TLC 496 Faux Blocking – It is simple but fun and I’m pretty happy with it!

FTHS Hello Bunny copy

Recipe:

  • Image: Bunny Hello digi From the Heart Stamps
  • Sentiment: Sending Smiles (Technique Tuesdays)
  • Paper: White card (PTI)
  • Ink: Copics (grass) YG03, YG63, YG93, (bunny) E40, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49, (pot) E95, E97, E99, E000, (skin) E50, E51, E21, E02, (hair) E31, E33, E35, E37 (flower) YG05, YG07, YG09, Y15, Y17, Y19, RV23, RV25, RV29, (sky) B000, B0000, Wink of Stella, Versafine Black Onyx

Challenge:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Woo Hoo! I made the TOP 3 at Digi Choosday!

digichoosday_blinkie

Happy Earth Day!!

Happy Earth Day!! It’s been forty-five years since the first Earth Day, an event to increase public awareness of the world’s environmental problems. Earth Day is honored around the world on April 22. So we are celebrating here at the Pigpen too! I thought it would be fun to do an Earth Day card today using two of Hambo’s digis – Trees and Caterpillar.Hambo TreesI decided to go rainbow with my caterpillar for a more “earthy” touch. I fussy cut it out (only the outline) and then colored the white between the legs to blend in with the grass so I didn’t need to go to the trouble of tediously cutting out those areas. I hope you have a great day; and don’t forget to do something nice for the Earth today… Recipe:

  • Images: Hambo’s digis – Trees and Caterpillar.
  • Paper: White cardstock (PTI), Green and Brown card (scraps) Vellum
  • Ink: Copics (trees) G05, G07, G09, G28, YG05, YG07, YG09, E33, E35, E37, E39; (grass) YG11, YG13, YG17; (sky) B000, B0000; (caterpillar) RV23, RV25, RV29, YR04, YR09, Y15, Y17, Y19, BG11, BG13, BG15, B01, B04, YG21, YG23, V22, V25, (shoes) R21, R22, R24, C1, C3, C5
  • Other: Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop Dies (AJVD)

Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

AWE… This little guy was a top three pick at Make My Monday Challenge

mmm top3

You Inspire Me!

It is Monday and time for a new sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps. Today’s sketch FTHS #106 is a fun CAS sketch that I thought would go great with a distressed ink watercolor background that Laura Bassen inspired.

Sketch106

The tWist was to use a two word sentiment; however, I had an awesome sentiment that went perfectly with the new Copic Markers Birdbrain image – so….today’s card goes out to my FTHS design team friends – they absolutely inspire me every week! Thanks Guys!

 FTHS Copic Markers BB copy

DO you have someone that inspires you in your life, either creatively or otherwise? Join this week’s sketch challenge and make your card with them in mind.

Recipe:

  • Image – Copic Markers Birdbrain digi image from FTHS
  • Sentiment – “Friends” clear stamp by Hero Arts
  • Paper – White base (PTI), Hot Pink card(Scraps), Time Holtz Water Color Paper
  • Ink – Copics (Bird) Y04, Y06, Y08, YG21, YG23, YG25, YR04, YR07, YR09, (Markers) C1, C3, RV09 (bird) YR23, YR27, Y32, Y35, Y38, (sky) B0000, B000, B00, B02, B05, (shadow) W1, W3, W5; Distress Ink, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Versafine Onyx
  • Other – Basic Backdrop Die and Polka dot Backdrop Die (AJVD)

Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Heartfelt Sympathy

Are you ready for another Monday sketch challenge at From the Heart Stamps? Today’s sketch FTHS #105 is a great one – the tWist was to make something quick – haha! I can’t make anything quick but I did have fun with it :)

Sketch105

Today’s card uses a new and in my opinion B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L image called Warbler and Magnolias. This image makes me smile.

FTHS Warbler and Magnolia copy

I used one of the small line stitch dies from Papertrey Ink and ran it through twice for two rows of stitching on the sentiment banner – I can now check that die set off my “need to use soon” list. (YAY!) I hope you enjoyed this card and that it inspires you to join in the challenge.

Recipe:

  • Image – Warbler and Magnolias digi image from FTHS
  • Paper – White base (PTI), Burgundy card(Scraps), Design Paper (DCWV)
  • Ink – Copics (tree branch) E71, E74, E77, RV10, RV63, RV66, (bird) YR23, YR27, Y32, Y35, Y38, (sky) B0000, B000, B00, B02, B05
  • Other – Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Fishtail Banner Die (MFT), Stitch Dies (PTI), Floss

Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

Happy Bday Hank – Sketch #104

It is MONDAY, the first Monday of the month, the month of April?! Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas; and now Easter has come and gone! What?!

When I was growing up, I remember saying that I couldn’t wait until ___(fill in the blank) and my mom would say to stop wishing away time, that when I got older time would get faster and faster. My mom just gets more and more right all the time…

Now it is time for a sketch challenge at FTHS (Sketch#104).

Sketch104

For today’s project, I am making a bday card for my favorite little guy in England – He is turning 6 (again, how is this possible?) This is the last bday in England – my cousin will be back in the states this summer for a three year stay in Rhode Island (thank you Air Force). So I won’t have to plan cards and packages quite so far in advance (which is awesome considering I am really not great at advanced planning).

Today I used one of From the Heart Stamps’ new images Party Hat Birdbrain – who doesn’t love a birdbrain and this hi-larious one will be a great one for my purposes.

FTHS Birthday BB

Recipe:

  • Image – Party Hat Birdbrain digi image from FTHS
  • Paper – White base (PTI), Blue green card (Scraps), Designer Paper (MME)
  • Ink – BG0000, BG10, BG15, BG53, BG57, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR04, YR07, YR09, YG03, YG663, YG67, B24, B29, W00, W1, W3, W5
  • Other – Basic Backdrop and Polka Dot Backdrop dies (AJVD), Fishtail Dies (MFT), Birthday Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug)

Challenges:

Thanks for stopping by!

Lyn

From the Heart Stamps April Blog Hop – Easter

FTHS Egg Risen up close 2

Welcome to our From the Heart Stamps blog hop. Our theme this month is “Easter or Spring”. Our designers are showcasing lots of AWESOME projects for your inspiration and I can’t wait for you to see it!

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. 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.

For my card today, I used Risen Easter Egg. I decided to go clean and simple and created a background for my image with an embossing folder. Since it was an Easter card, I kept the background white. I popped the image up with dimensional and put Wink of Stella on the butterflies for a little extra shine.

FTHS Egg Risen 4

Now “Spring” over to MICHELLE’s blog and let her share some inspiration with you!!

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Monday April, 6th at 6 am EST. Winners will be posted on the From the Heart Stamps Blog on Wednesday April 8th.

Recipe:

  • Image: Risen Easter Egg digi by From the Heart Stamps
  • Papers: White card (PTI)
  • Ink: Copics – V12, V15, V17, RV10, RV11, RV13, RV15, RV17, RV19, RV23, RV25, RV29, R21, R22, R24, YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, B0000, B000, B00, B02, B05, Y00, Y04, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y17, Y19, YG01, YG03, YG63, G0000, G00, G21, G24, G28, E40, E43, E43, E74, E77, E79
  • Other: Basic Backdrop Dies (AJVD) Swirls Embossing Folder (Cuttlebug), Wink of Stella, Pearls

Have a great time on the Blog Hop!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Lyn

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