Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hambo Halloween!

This will be my last Halloween card you will be seeing this year...and I'm glad, I'm over it now haha! But I definitely wanted to put this little Hambo digi bat to use, so I decided I could stand one more card ;) I originally made this card for a case challenge, but I didn't link up in time.

This digi is called "Fat Bat" and you can find him here.

The clouds were cut using PTI dies and I cut them twice, once with grey cardstock and then once on velum to make them look more cloud-like. The moon was cut with a SU circle punch. The background is from PTI's tin types background set.

The bat paper is from Making memories, the cardstock is a mixture between PTI and SU. Copics were used to color the bat. I hope you all have something exciting to do for Halloween! We don't get any Trick-or-Treaters since we live on a busy road, but here's hoping you get some cute ones :)

Thursday, October 27, 2011


One of the requirements of being on the Hambo Design Team is to do at least one challenge from Splitcoast Stampers a month. I chose to do this week's sketch challenge. It looks like this:

And this is the card that I created using the Hambo digital chess set:

I used to play chess with my dad growing up, and then when Phillip and I started dating, we used to play chess a lot. In fact, for his first Christmas gift as a couple, I bought him a cool Michael Graves chess set.

The patterned paper is from PTI, its called Men of Life. I actually got it in my Stamp-a-Faire gift bag, and have just now gotten around to using it. The sentiment is from PTI, too. I colored the chess pieces with Copics. This card will work for a masculine birthday card which is good because I don't usually have many of those! You can find the chess set here.

Halloween Treats

I found this great, easy Halloween treat idea through my mom's boards on Pinterest. They were easy and definitely turned out cute. Oh and did I mention that they are delicious?

In the Wilton aisle at Michaels they sell the sticks, and the little bags with ribbons, too.

My mom gave me the cute PTI tag set as a little October gift, it was great to get some use out of them :)

This recipe was really easy. It is one sleeve of Oreos and one 8 oz. pkg of softened cream cheese mixed together in the food processor then chilled. Next roll it into balls and chill again. Then put the sticks in and then dip them in the melted candy chocolates (you can get those at Michaels, too) add the eyes and let dry. You can also change it up and do orange to make them look like pumpkins. They were definitely a hit!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #39

This week's Hambo digital image is this cute little newscaster. You can check him out here. The challenge to use with this digi was to use newsprint on your card, which is the perfect combination with a newscaster, if you ask me ;)

I lucked out in this one, because I own a newsprint background stamp set that PTI makes! I wanted him to look like he was sitting at one of those desks in the news studio, so I made the small white mat go off the page.

I colored him with Copics, edged the sentiments so they'd stand out, and then added a little library clip and three red pearls at the bottom to finish it off.

I like that this card turned out so cute, yet masculine at the same time. My dad's birthday is coming up next month, so I think I'll save it to give to him :) The cardstock is a mix between SU and PTI. The library clip is SU. Go on over to the Hambo Hoedown here to check out what everyone else created with this great image :) Also, make sure to go check out the HOGtoberfest sale that's going on on the Hambo site! You can get 30% off all regular priced items throughout the store, but only through midnight tonight. Make sure to check it out now, because this will be Hambo's last sale of the year.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Color Throwdown #164 & CAS-ual Fridays #25

Is this cute or what??

The number die and "st" stamp are from PTI. The "October 31" came out of the PTI Halloween Sweets and Treats set.

My friend Christina has been using these adorable little stamps that she found in the Michael's dollar bin, so when I was there the other day, I had to check it out! They didn't have the exact ones she has been using, but they did have these 3 little guys. I just couldn't resist! The cardstock is all SU and the paper with the text is from Making Memories. This card is for my niece, Autumn, for her very first Halloween! Unfortunately I'm too late to link up for the Color Throwdown challenge, but the colors still turned out nicely together :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Make It Monday #37: Layered Mats & Frames

This week's Make It Monday was to use PTI dies together to create custom mats and frames.
Here's what I created using the new Mega Mat Stack #3 and Mat Stack #4.

I'm so pleased with how this card turned out! First I cut out two Mega Mat Stack #3 dies, and then cut a Mat Stack #4 into one of them. I stamped the SU woodgrain background over the full one, and PTI polka dot basics on the one with the Mat Stack #4 cut out of it.

I stamped and cut the little bucket spider out of PTI's Halloween Sweets and Treats stamp set and dies. The sentiment is also from that set. I tied the bucket on with baker's twine from The Twinery.

The cardstock is SU Perfect Plum, and the patterned paper came in that Making Memories Halloween pack that I've been using a lot of lately ;)

I made two of these cards, one for each of my PTI pen pals. One of them, Dana, actually was the one to give me the Sweets and Treats set for my birthday. Thanks, Dana! I have one more Halloween card to show you tomorrow, but I'm finally done making them. I may make a few tags for coworkers for some little treats I'm making them, but otherwise, gone is Halloween for me this year...on to Thanksgiving!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Freshly Made Sketch #7 and Market Street Block Party Challenge

This is my second post of the day. I decided to combine two challenges for this one. Freshly Made Sketches and the Market Street Stamps Block Party Challenge. Here is the sketch:

The Market Street Stamps Block Party Challenge was to make a birthday or anniversary card, so I made this one for my friend and PTI pen pal, Dana:

The papers and stamp set were from a prize package that I won on Sarah Jay's blog! She's one of the Market Street Stamps DT members, and I was thrilled to win :)

Isn't this pot just adorable? It is from the Comfort Food set. There are a lot of other cute images in that set, too, so you'll definitely be seeing more of it!

The paper is from a Pink Paislee set called Nantucket. I used to go there weekly when I was working on American Cruise Lines, and they got it down with this paper. I definitely reminds me of Nantucket.

The border punch, circle punch, and corduroy buttons are from SU. The aqua mist button is from PTI. I was just introduced to this sketch site and to Market Street Stamps through Suzanne. She is also the one who introduced me to PTI...and we all know how that went ;)

Color Q #107

Geeze, its been forever since I've done one of these! Its mostly because I do the majority of my cardmaking on Sunday afternoons...when the challenge is already past due! But I'm making it this week...with 20 minutes to spare, hehe. Anyway, here are the colors for this week's Color Q challenge:

You can check out the challenge here, too. And my card:

Isn't this little owl cute? He's a punch from SU. The witch hat came from a Halloween SU set from last year. The tag is Amuse and so is the sentiment. The clouds are PTI, borrowed from Suzanne (thanks, Suzanne!).

Here is the inside:

The fence is a Martha Stewart punch. The cardstock is a mixture between PTI and SU. The patterned paper is Making Memories (fence) and SU (owl's belly). The sentiment on the inside is from the JoAnns dollar bin and the bats from SU. This card is actually for my nephew, Liam. It turned out a little more feminine than I planned, but I think that it's still cute. He is going to be an owl for Halloween this year and my mom is making his costume, so I knew I wanted to use the owl punch for his card. I can't wait to see how cute he looks in his little costume!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #38

It's time for my third Hambo Hoedown post! This week they sent us the zombie bunny digi stamp to use and a sketch. Check it out here if you'd like to play along.

Here is the card I created with this sketch and Zombie Bunny. You can get him here if you'd like to give him a whirl yourself.

Zombie bunny comes with 3 cute sentiments, but I couldn't resist this one. The little spider web is from Recollections. The patterned paper is from Making Memories. The cardstock is from SU. I used the PTI tea dyes to edge the paper. And I colored the bunny with Copics.

It's hard to tell in this picture, but the inside of the pumpkin sparkles. I used one of my Spica markers for that.

This sketch was easy and had a great look to it. The tilt went especially well with the zombie aspect ;) Hopefully tonight when I meet with Suzanne for our weekly stamping get together, I can get finished with my Halloween cards and get them sent out this weekend. It will be here before we know it!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Quite the Pear

My niece, Autumn Grace Bryant, was born one week ago (on October 10th) at 9:35am weighing 8 pounds 6 ounces. This is a picture of my sister, Jamie, her husband, Alex, and Autumn. As you probably have realized I'm super happy she's here! (I've been making cards for her and my family like crazy ;)

Speaking of cards, here's one that I made for my mom a.k.a. Grandma ;)

How sweet is this mother and baby image (or in my case, grandmother/grandbaby)? It's from Hambo, and I couldn't resist its cuteness ;) I know my mom will appreciate it!

This cute saying is actually from the dollar bin at Michaels from g and company. The background paper I bought one sheet of quite some time ago at a local stamp store, so I can't recall who makes it. The button is from SU and twine from the Twinery.

The green rhinestones came with the stamp set, and the rickrack was cut with a PTI die. All the cardstock is SU and PTI.

I got to "meet" Autumn on Skype today, but I can't wait until I can actually hold her :) Only a couple more weeks and I'll be doing just that!