Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hambo Snowman Wishes to all of you!

I just get a big grin on my face when I look at this Hambo Winter rubber stamp from Hambo Stamps--It's called Snow Pig-3219 and I colored it up with Copics and gave it a place of honor on my recent CAS card!  I used an embossed card front run through my Texture Boutique with a snowman worshiping the snowflakes and then mounted my image on pop dots.  He's even got a jazzy green stickled hat and boots! I also used the Warm Winter Wishes-4710 sentiment which is one of my favorites.  I used a Spellbinder oval scalloped die on the sentiment and then glued some flower soft on the edges.  There's also a pile of it at the
bottom of Snow Pig.  I accented the larger snowflakes with some Inka-Gold in Silver, icicle Stickles on the snow dots and a large glittery snowflake attached to the image.  I just love the images you get at Hambo-they're so clear and detailed-very easy to print with and color in!  Thanks for visiting and come sit a spell again~Carolyn

Friday, November 23, 2012

Christmas Challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy~My Grafico

My Grafico  is sponsoring this Challenge at Seems a Little Sketchy this week.  We always have such neat ideas for sketches and it makes your time so much more productive when you have a blueprint on how to lay it all out!  You can turn the design, substitute say a flower with a ribbon bow, like I did-gives you many options that you know will work together.
One of our DT members was asked to go to their website and pick out an image/set of images for us to use this time and I think she did a great job.  Check out all our designs to get some inspiration!
I chose Santa for this 6x6 card and some of the accents are stickles on the bows of the presents and the ornament in his hand, some paper lace, coordinated Christmas papers, seam binding that I turned into a crinkly vintage bow by using walnut spray and added a button center.
Hope you all had a tummy filling Thanksgiving meal and now you're looking for ideas for all those Christmas cards!  Come back again soon!  Carolyn

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Feeling like Christmas Thanks to FRED, SHE SAID

I don't know why I try and make things more difficult for myself when I make cards-that wild imagination of mine I guess..Clean and Simple(CAS) cards test my senses because I'm always trying to say "what if I put..." but with this stunning digital image from Tracey (aka Fred, She Said) it just screamed to me to make it the focal point of the card.  This image is Pointy Poinsettia Flowers Pre-Colored and can be found here.  It's a great group with a set of the green leaves, and 3 different sizes of red poinsettias that I just stacked.  I chose to mount a button in the center but you could just as well use some bling or some stamens.  The edges have glitter from Create a Craft.  The front is a snowflake folder from Anna at a great Scrapbook swapping site called My Scrapbook Place .  We have loads of fun there-come visit and stay a spell.  The red paper "ribbon" is from my stash and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up.  I finished off the inside with a red top note die and it's just waiting to be mailed to a special friend.
Since Black Friday is almost upon us with all sorts of sales and I happen to be talking about Fred, She Said, this seems to be the time to let you know she is having an online sale worth 30% off purchases over $10--what a great time to use it to get some new Christmas digitals both B&W and pre-colored!  I know you can find something you'd like-
Everyone have a Blessed Thanksgiving and understand that the most important thing is not the food, or the day off from work, But the friends and family that you surround yourself with on this special day.   I would also say that I'm also very thankful for 2 friends Linda Weber and Pat Martin that came to my rescue and made by blog so Festive!  Carolyn

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Let me Paint you a Christmas Scene with Hambo Stamps

Even though this week we are all taking time to gather our Friends and Families to our homes and spend some quality moments with them on Thanksgiving Day, it won't be long before the mild temps are turning in to cold and there is frost on the windows...have you ever gone by a neighborhood and glanced those windows?  This rubber stamp by Hambo Stamps is called Christmas Window-4319  and it gives me the warm, fuzzy feeling that I feel when I'm in the cold and you know families are safe and warm inside their homes. It's a very detailed stamp but it's so pretty!  I paired it with a set of Icicles-3101 and the sentiment which can be found here-the number for it is 4710.  Because I wanted to make this card to reflect "the window on the world" idea, I took a few liberties with my Hambo stamp-usually I want it on the very front along with the other features.  But I wanted to create the illusion of looking into something. I love the brick dp and the snow banks that I added so that there was room for adding some thoughts.  There are some little crystals on the blue icicles.
I hope you, all of my new friends, will have a wonderful Holiday, share good food and hospitality, and wear your Stretchy Pants for the day!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Christmas time at Fred, She Said-Santa's Coming soon!

Welcome to the Fred, She Said Winter 2012 Blog Hop! The flakes will be flying in earnest soon...grab yourself a cuppa something warm and spend a while checking out the new Fred, She Said Winter images!   
If you have arrived from Zehra's blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the FSS Blog.  

Collect a secret word on each blog along the way, leave us some love on our posts and follow the directions at the end of the hop for your chance to win this FABULOUS PRIZE!
One winner will receive ALL of this:
Bearly Mine Designs - £15 gift voucher
$25 GC to CropStop (provided by Fred She Said)
$25 GC to
Fred She Said Store
Carolyn - me!  

I used the following ingredients on my card:
  • K & Company Christmas Tree Scene Paper
  • Christmas Wreath pre-colored digi from Fred, She Said with red Stickles on the berries
  • Embossed folder green cs from stash and rubbed with Inka Gold
  • Center stamp on wreath from stash
  • Red crinkled sheer ribbon with matted cardstock tickets with Christmas sayings
  • Inside liner is green with gold stars
Your secret word on my blog is  an
Your next stop on the hop is Michelle blog.  

Winners will be selected on November 23, 2012 at 12:01 EST.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hambo Christmas-HO HO HO- is in the Air!

Christmas is sneaking up on us so quickly!!  They are getting us all in the mood for getting our Christmas cards finished over at Hambo Stamps !  On Team Squeal, we are working in Rubber Stamps for the rest of the month of December.  I love the clear details that you get with them and here is an example where I used Reindeer Gift-4314 and Brown-Noser-4318 on a Christmas Plaid DP.  I decided to carry out the theme of Brown-noser by stamping two reindeeers matched like twins-their brown coloring is a little different but the clothes and presents are matching.  Well then comes along the reindeer that wants to be different so of course he's dressed different-has puffy paint for his fur jacket, trimmed in glitter, different colored outfit and a BROWN stickle nose.  I added  a shiny red metallic bow at the top corner of the die cut~Flower Soft around the outside of the red oval die cut~then I made a cluster of The Brown-Noser Hambo sentiment/Cranberry and green oversized buttons/2 printed Christmas Cardstock Tickets/and antiqued, crinkled brown seam binding.  That's when I saw the flower soft fluff on the leg of the reindeer-makes it look like his leg is broken!  He's fine~  Doesn't the festive polka-dots liner look cute?  It's also got a red top note die cut inside.  Hope you like my card and that it inspires you to get started! Carolyn

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Squiggle Fly "Oldies but Goodies" Challenge

What a great chance to use an image that I've had for awhile!  It's called Whimsy Sunflower Bunch by Sandy Sommerfeld and is so perfect for Fall cards!  There are numerous choices in the Squiggle Fly Shop.  Use any digital that is an old SF favorite and you can have a chance to win another one!

*Recipe for this card:
paper-SugarTree/Hautman Bros. Collection
Cardstock Sun-Bella Blvd "Clouds"
Stash-Hemp Twine, 2 Bronze charms
Stamps-inside, SU and random Turkey Stamp

Thanks for looking and join us at this fun site with lots of neat ideas!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Seems a Little Sketchy #26 Challenge with Delicious Doodles

Once again at SALS they are giving us a layout to use for this challenge and it's sponsored by Delicious Doodles !  For this one I've used their image called Kingfisher in the Rushes and it comes with either Dragonflies or Butterflies.  What a great digital for masculine cards or for someone that loves nature!  I extended the card so that I could put a sentiment on the side.  The Dragonflies have green stickles on their wings and buggy eyes and the Kingfisher has a black diamond stickles dot on his eye.  I distressed the edge of the card, used dew drops and an embossed card front to follow the pattern.  Hope you like and will be back soon!  Carolyn

Saturday, November 10, 2012

ScrapbookPlace Fall Blog Hop-inersary is here!

 Welcome to the ScrapbookPlace Fall Blog Hop-iversary!  Fall is here in full force – crisp, cool air, leaves on the ground, Halloween has come and gone.  What a beautiful time of year! 
A Hop-iversary you say… You’ve never heard of a hop-iversary.  Well let me tell you what it’s all about.  Not only are we celebrating fall BUT we are also celebrating the seven, yes SEVEN, years that ScrapbookPlace has been on the net.  In seven years, we’ve made lots of friends and shared lots of memories.  More importantly, we shared our passion – paper crafting!  You want to join us, click here:
We have a wonderful sponsor for our hop, Floppy Latte Digital Designs .  The images used in the creations you see in the hop today are from FLDD.  Check out the site, they have great digi images and great deals!  Run on over to Floppy’s blog and leave her some love too when the hop is over!   The image I used was falllamppost.
Leave some love at each blog and the main blog and you will be put in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Floppy Latte Digital Designs!    
If you have arrived from Teresa's blog, you are right on track. If you are just happening by, you will want to start on the ScrapbookPlace blog.
If you get lost along the way, here is the order:
Carolyn :

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Think Christmas with the Southern Girls Challenge

Time for another challenge here at Southern Girls, YAY!  This fortnight we want to see Christmas Projects.  Yep it is getting way closer to that time of the year and this is a great opportunity to get started on your cards for loved ones.

The Challenge is being sponsored by Delicious Doodles  and she will be awarding 2 prizes: one for gals in Australia/New Zealand, and the other for entries from the rest of the World.  
Her image that I chose to use was Poinsettia Corner.  I attached it to the outside of a card blank and fancy cut it down to highlight the beautiful flower.  The BP is from K & Company-I glazed the berry balls with Diamond Glaze.  The glow from the candles is already glazed and sparkly on the paper.  I accented the beads with Liquid Pearls and I used white Flower Soft for the snow.  There's plenty of room inside the Poinsettia flap for a greeting.  I hope this will entice you to start of YOUR Christmas cards-it means so much more when it's handmade!

Happy Birthday Tim Hunter~Hambo Stamps #1 Artist

Team Squeal is joining all the other Bacon Bits on Hambo Hoedown, wishing Tim the Very Best of Birthdays EVER!  We will actually be a day early BUT that is the Surprise!  Woot Woot!

He's always giving us such entertaining and unique digital and Rubber Stamp images that I was Thrilled to join in the fun and create a Birthday Card especially for him.

I used the neat Fall Rubber stamp called Crows-3820 and in order for them to "hold" the flying confetti ribbon, I cut their beaks and slipped the ribbon under them.  Highlighted with lemon Ice Stickles made them really show up! You'll find the sentiment that I used at the same location at Hambo Stamps--Just Be-Caws-3808.  I mounted it on a section of candles and then used the stickles on the flames.

Tim thank you for your creativity and the ability to put a smile on our faces!  Hope you have many more! Carolyn

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Squigglefly Challenge #43--Be Square~WINNER!!

This week's challenge on Squiggle Fly was to use at least 2 squares on your project.  I've been wanting to use this digital image by one of their Artists, Diana Garrison and her creation called Butterfly Beauties.  The Beauty of using a digital image is that you can alter the size of them to suit your needs.  Now I must say that a larger image would have been SO much easier to color with my copics but then I couldn't have used the square features!
I used the SQUARE Renaissance Spell Binder die, SQUARE mat buttons, SQUARE embossed grid folder that I ran through my Cuttlebug with deep blue cardstock, and <<chuckles>> an ELONGATED SQUARE image by Diana (otherwise known as a rectangle!).  Some accent features on this card are the iridescent Stickles that I used on the Moon and the pale yellow sheer ribbon with swirls to compliment the scroll work on the die.
The Challenge is even more interesting this week because there wasn't a winner in last week's contest--now 2 images are up for grabs!  Wish me luck!! Thanks for looking, Carolyn