Mojo Monday Sketch #226

ABC Christmas Challenge #2 ~ Bears

If you’re here for the Green Eggs and ….Hambo blog hop, please scroll down a couple of posts or if you arrived to this post, click on Home and then scroll down to find the blog hop post and be sure to leave a comment and click to follow my blog as I’m giving away some crafty blog candy on Wednesday! 

Happy Tuesday to you! Wow! What incredible weather we’re having today here in Texas…over 70 degrees for the last day of January!   It’s so warm I had to take my socks off and really restrain myself from wanting to turn the air conditioner on! Ha, ha!

Today I’m sharing a card that I created for two challenges: Mojo Monday Sketch challenge #226 and ABC Christmas Challenge #2.

On Mojo Monday we were challenged to make a card using the provided sketches to create either a round card or a square card.   I went with a square. Normally I make the traditional A2 size cards. This card will still fit in an A2 envelope but it’s a square, 4 1/4″ square to be exact. 

For the second challenge of 2012 over on the ABC Christmas Challenge we were told to create a card with one or more bears on it AND to use one or more embellishments that start with the letter “B” such as bunting, banners, buttons, brads, bows, blooms etc.   I went with a cute Polar Bear digi stamp I bought online and Bling (rhinestones) on the snowflakes and a Bow.

Here’s the Mojo Monday sketches:
Card Supplies Used:
  • Polar Bear Digi Stamp from Angels Landing
  • Echo Park’s Holly Jolly Christmas papers from a 6×6 Paper Pad
  • Red & Green narrow Satin Ribbons for the bow
  • Felt snowflake ribbon
  • Clear Rhinestones 
  • Copic pens to color the Polar Bear:  R46 Strong Red, G05 Emerald Green, E29 Burnt Umber, R00 Pinkish White, R20 Blush, B05 Princess Blue (eyes) and B60 Pale Blue Gray (my favorite for coloring snow or white winter objects)
  • Clear Spica Glitter Pen to add a touch of sparkle on the hat pom-poms and the bear

And now I have two, count them TWO Christmas cards already made for the 2012 holiday season!  Maybe this year I won’t be scrambling around on December 20th trying to make a bunch of cards.

Off to enjoy the rest of this glorious day!  Time to take a walk. 

Hambo Hoedown ~ Caped Chick + CASE

Hambo Stamps sent me the cutest, most adorable digi stamp this week for participating in the last Hambo Hoedown Challenge–Caped Chick. And the challenge was to create a project using the Caped Chick digi and CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a project out of the Hambo Gallery. Boy, that’s a hard thing to do! Look through all the fabulous ideas and pick ONE to copy! I wanted to use some really bright papers with this caped SUPER chick and use the sentiment “Have a SUPER Bird-Day!” After going back and forth, I finally decided to CASE a card by Annika Ryan in the digi gallery over on the Hambo website. Here’s my card:

And here’s Annika’s card that I CASED:

Supplies I used on my card:
  • Printed papers from Echo Park’s 6×6 Paper Pad, Summer Days
  • Hambo’s Digi Stamp Caped Chick
  • Sewing Machine Zig Zag Stitching
  • Pre-punched paper scallop borders
  • Twine
  • Green Felt Button
  • Copic Markers to color the Caped Chick:  Y02 Canary Yellow, Y08 Acid Yellow, Y38 Honey, RV04 Shock Pink, RV06 Cerise, B01 Mint Blue and C2 Cool Gray #2

I enjoyed working with this week’s digi stamp from Hambo Stamps.  Did you know that when you participate in the challenge each week that you receive a FREE digi stamp by email for the next challenge!  And it’s easy to get started!  You can either purchase your first digi stamp or use one of the free stamps they offer on their website.

Happy Crafting!

Sketch Inspiration Sketches #304 + #305
Happy Sunday afternoon to you!  How about some cards made with sketches? I’m calling this Sketch Inspiration Sunday as I’m making cards with sketches from Sketch Inspiration….I’m trying to do all the sketches this year that are posted on Sketch Inspiration. So far so good. I got a bit behind last week, today I played catch up and did two cards from two sketches! Now I’ve already done the sketch for this week that was released today!!  Whoo Hoo!!! Both of these cards are thank you cards for Operation Write Home. 

 First, Sketch #304….my card:

The Sketch #304:

 And my card using Sketch #305:

The Sketch #305:

Supplies Used for Both Cards:  

  • Authentique 6×6 Bundle Papers “Gathering” Collection 
  • Unity Stamps “Heart & Soul” 
  • Memento Ink in Potter’s Clay

 Additional Supplies for Card Made with Sketch #304:

  • Anna Griffin “Calisto” Paper Tape Sticker Rolls
  • Prima Flower coated with Glossy Accents

Additional Supplies for Card Made with Sketch #305:

  • Memento Ink in Bamboo Leaves for the flower’s stem
  • Butterfly sticker from my stash
  • Martha Stewart 1/2 inch Craft Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Acrylic “Thank You” stamp

I have one more card I’d like to make for today and then if I have time I really, really want to stitch together some quilt blocks that I’ve had planned for several month.  The hubby would like for me to bake some Chocolate Chip Raisin Cookies….maybe I’ll have time to do it all.  It is only 2:30 in the afternoon.  Have a wonderful day!

Hambo Blog Hop! “Green Eggs and…Hambo”

 Blog Candy Alert!  I’m giving away a prize for today’s blog hop!!!


Welcome to “Green Eggs and ……Hambo” sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo customers and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict book titles! It might be our favorite book, or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from Judy’s Joy in a Jar you are in the right place! If not, you might want to start back at the beginning at the Hambo blog to make sure you are eligible for the hopper prize! A prize will be awarded to one participant whose book-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a hammin’ jammin’ way! Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the way. The winners will be announced on the Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, February 1.  To celebrate this blog hop, I’m also  giving  one commenter a prize from me!  Details at the end of this post.

My card creation for today’s blog hop was inspired by the book “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  It’s been a long time since I’ve read “The Secret Garden” but I remember that the little girl was an orphan and that she moved to a large manor with lots of rooms and gardens to live with her uncle. And that there was a secret garden that was locked.  At one point, she  made friends with a Red Robin who, I think, helped her to find the key to the garden–it was either buried or in a badger hole.   And she also found a little boy that lived in one of  the rooms of the mansion and they started playing and working in the secret garden.  I’m sure the garden began to flourish with lots of blooming flowers, which is what I’ve put on my card and perhaps Mary would have also found a cute little Hedgehog like this digi stamp from Hambo Stamps  and maybe she would have said….”So happy that I found you!”

Supplies & Tools Used:
  • Hambo Digi Stamp, Hedgehog
  • Printed Papers from Six by Six pad by My Mind’s Eye “Vanity Fair”
  • Lilac House Brads by Fancy Pants
  • White Satin Ribbon that I colored pink with Copic Marker R85
  • Beige Ribbon from my stash
  • Green Velvet Ribbon Trim from my stash
  • Straight Stitch & Zig-Zag Stitch with my Janome “Sew Mini” Sewing Machine
  • Hot Pink Sewing Thread
  • Petaloo Flowers
  • Stickles, Crystal
  • Copic Markers to color the digi image R85 Rose Red, R83 Rose Mist, R39 Garnet, R00 Pinkish White, YG03 Yellow Green, W1 Warm Gray #1 and W5 Warm Gray #5
  • Copic Marker BG000 Pal Aqua to color the white flowers

Before you head off to the next stop on today’s blog hop, be sure to leave a comment because not only will  you be eligible to win a prize from Hambo if you comment on all the blogs in the hop; BUT if you leave a comment here on my blog AND become a follower you’ll also be eligible for a prize from me! To put it simply,  I need followers.  When I first started my blog several months ago I didn’t put the follower gadget on my sidebar, as a result I have very few official “followers.”  So click to follow AND leave a comment and you just might win this:

Winterland 6×6 Paper Pad by Fancy Pants Designs, Paper Whimsies “Via Air Mail” by Sassafras, Fancy Pants Lilac House Buttons & Brads and Sassafras Cardstock Stickers

One random winner will be selected from those who are a follower of my blog  and left a comment for this post.  Edited 1/29/12:  Winner will  be notified by email by noon (central time) on Wednesday February 1st and I will also post it here on my blog. Note:  I changed the time of choosing my winner and notification to Wednesday to extend it through the full Hambo blog hop time frame.  Thanks!

Now dance on over to Michele’s Whimsical Creations for another great book!

ABC Christmas Challenge ~ Anything Goes

Well, you know me….I’m a procrastinator and this time, that trait combined with thunderstorms, rain and lightning (because I had to shut down my computer and internet) caused me to miss a challenge deadline. But that’s okay. I’m still going to share my card creation and then make sure that I do the challenge on time from now on! So, what was the challenge I missed? The first challenge of the ABC Christmas Challenge! I had checked out the site, knew I wanted to do the challenge and noted the date of the deadline. Except, there was a bit of confusion with that in their blog post. The deadline for the first challenge was stated as Wednesday, January 24th at 6 p.m. Except, on my calendar Wednesday is the 25th. Hmmm…typo? Maybe.  Originated in another country? Could be.  Perhaps I should have asked, but I didn’t. Anyway I had it in my mind that just to be safe, I’d create the card and post to my blog and link up to ABC Christmas Challenge on Tuesday the 24th. And that’s where the weather and my procrastination merged together. Now, if I’d just gone ahead and done the challenge over the weekend or last week all would have been fine, but no, I had to wait til the last day and that’s when the weather moved in and I cannot afford to have my wireless internet radio that sticks way up in the sky to be on during Texas lightning storms. So it was off and I could not do my blog post. BUT I want to do this challenge and do all the Christmas cards if I possibly can so I made the first card anyway and I’m sharing it on my blog. It just didn’t get linked to the challenge blog. Here’s what I created for an “Anything Goes” Christmas card  and in case you can’t tell…that’s the card in front of a couple of wood snowmen that sit in my window.

Supplies Used: 

  • Paper from Echo Park 6×6 Paper Pads “Season’s Greetings”
  • Noel & Snowflake Bo Bunny Brads
  • Lace, felt snowflake ribbon and red ribbon from my stash

The rain has finally stopped for now.  We’re expecting some light rain to continue for most of the day but the storms, I think, have moved on.  The next challenge is up on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog…maybe I’ll do it today, or tomorrow or this weekend…..

Stay warm and stay dry!