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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #8

I am tickled to have finally found the time to participate in my very first Hambo Hoedown!  Yee Haw!!  This week's challenge Hambo Hoedown #8 is a Sketch challenge.  Since this is my first entry entry I chose to use a freebie from the Hambo Stamps site and then followed the Sketch from the challenge.  Here is what I came up with:

Isn't she adorable!?!  Actually I have a hard time convincing myself that this is a female cat because our family pet has the same coloring but is male - but I'm sure he wouldn't be caught dead in those flowered flip flops! lol

I am particularly proud of this card because my just turned 13 year old son, Jesse, did a majority of the coloring.  After adding the stripes he became discouraged and was going to toss it out.  I asked him if I could finish it and try to use it and this is the result.  I like it so much that I plan to reproduce a few more for Operation Write Home.  The coloring was done with Stampin' Up! markers, the dp was from my scrap pile, the card stock is all Stampin' Up!, and the sentiment I typed out in MS Word.

I am really looking forward to receiving my first FREE digital image email for next week's Hambo Hoedown!  Come back and check it out this time next week.  ;)

I will also be entering this card in:
OWH Stars & Stamps - Cards 4 Kids
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Cards for Kids
Creative Card Crew  - For a Child!
Phindy's Place  - All About Animals
Card Makin Mamas  - Animals

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

P.S. If you think Jesse did a good job with the coloring (he did everything but the drink and the flip flops) please leave him a comment - I will be sure to share them with him.  Thanks!

Cards for Men Challenge #7

This card is my first entry for Cards for Men.  This is challenge week #7 and they are calling for masculine cards (of course!) using embossing.  The embossing can be either dry (as I have done) or heat embossing. 

I actually made this card for Color Throwdown! challenge #134 but I didn't realize that the cutoff was so early.  I won't make that mistake again!  <tongue in cheek>  This is the color palette:

Card stock and fish stamp are Stampin' Up!  The fish were colored with SU markers and a blender pen (thank you DH for coloring the first set of fish so I could copy them!)  The dp was from a stash that was gifted to me and the embossing was done with my Cuttlebug and the Swiss Dots embossing folder.  The circles were made with with Nestabilities and my Cuttlebug.  The sentiment is digital and is from Whimsy Stamps called Great Day to Fish.

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

I am also entering this card in:
Wee Memories  - Anything Goes
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Cards For Kids

Wow!  For the first time ever I have been able to complete (and post) a challenge on the same day it was thrown down!  Whoo Hoo!  Thank you Lord for one last snow day of 2011!  In my world...Snow Day = stamping for OWH, how about you?

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make cards for our heroes to send home to their kids, they can be any occasion, birthday, etc.  I chose birthday because I also wanted to enter the first challenge over at Birthday Sundaes which is a brand new blog that is all about building your stash of birthday cards.  I invite everyone to check it out - it looks like it is going to be a lot of fun!

Can you believe it?  Yes!  I did use a digital stamp and I DID color it!  Big shock I know.  tee hee.  I used Stampin' Up! markers (Real Red, Gable Green, Green Galore, Blush Blossom, More Mustard, Really Rust, Black, and Bliss Blue.)  The card stock is also SU! (Real Red and Gable Green) except for the card base which is from my bulk stash.  The background paper is by Basic Grey and was a gift from a new Facebook friend, Ellen Deckinga - Thanks Ellen!  The digital image was free but I will have to look on my computer at work to tell you where I got it - Update:  The website for this freebie is Cuddly Buddly Crafts and you can get yours here.  The layout is an adaptation of S & S Sketch #06.

I love to read your comments and will happily visit your blog if you will leave me your address!

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

Creative Card Crew - No Stamps
Paper Cutz - Your Choice
Birthday Sundaes - Anything Goes Birthday

Sunday, March 20, 2011

S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Scallops

This week's challenge over at the S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to create a card using scallops.  I love scallops so this was an easy challenge for me.  The real challenge was which scallop punch to use!  Funny thing is with as many scallops that I already have I still want more!  For example, I don't have any square or rectangle scallops.    Here is what came up with:

This card was CASed from a gallery at Splitcoast Stampers made by LaLatty.  Thank you for the inspiration and the introduction to a grate color combination!  The stamped images were done in Lavender Lace, Apricot Appeal, and Cameo Coral.  I was thrilled to find a sample using this particular SU Stamp set and plan to make several more to send in my March OWH box going out this week.

Happy Stamping and God Bless,


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Mother's Day Card

March is the month for Mother's Day Operation Write Home anyway!  The deadline for Mother's Day cards is March 31st so it is no surprise that the S & S Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make Mother's Day cards, is it?  ;)

This card is made using a technique called "One Sheet Wonders."  The floral pattern was all hand stamped and then cut into specific pieces following a template.  You then match up these pieces with coordinating card stock, sentiments, and embellishments and wha-la you have 10 cards.  This is my first attempt at this technique and I wouldn't use it all the time but it is great for low mojo days, if you know what I mean!

The flowers were stamped in Regal Rose and Rose Romance and the leaves were stamped in Certainly Celery and Old Olive with a few Summer Sun ditties to fill in the blank spots.  The stamps are SU Watercolor Garden.  The sentiment is FREE and can be downloaded here.  The Certainly Celery card base was dry embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The ribbon, flower punch and brad are all SU as well.

If you would like more information about the "One Sheet Wonder" technique just let me know by leaving a comment and I will be happy to send you a link to a tutorial.

Happy Stamping and God Bless!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

S & S Sketch #58

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by today.  This will be a quick post as I am really close to the Sketch deadline!  I missed last week's deadline even though I had made the card in plenty of time...maybe I will go back and post it anyway because I really liked the card.  :)

This is the sketch I worked from:  #58

This looked a bit intimidating to me at first but once I got rolling on the 1" squares everything else just kinda fell together.  The colors are bold but I hope you like them.

All products are Stampin' Up! except for the sentiment which I picked up at Hobby Lobby.  I thought about posting this for the S & S Midweek Throwdown - Mother's Day but I still have a few days to come up with something new so I decided not to do double duty on this one.

The colors are pretty bold so I am wondering what you they work together ok?  

Happy Stamping and God Bless!