Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Hambo Stamps

There is something new in my house and it is brand-spanking new Hambo Stamps!

I am so excited to be able to share a little something from the new release with you today!  This is an adorable Penguin Skating and a fun sentiment that works for any type of bird!  

I used the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #131 for my layout.  The penguin was stamped on watercolor paper and watercolored with ink pads.  Plus I added a little silver gel pen on the skates...which you can see better in the detail shot.  

The other "Bacon Bits" have also created a little something to celebrate the new stamps, so make sure to check them out by hopping to Talk to the Ham and then hopping on from there!  Or you can jump to see what all of the new stamps are by visiting Hambo Stamps...I just know you are going to love them!  As an extra treat, if you place an order with one of the new stamps included, they are going to throw in a free surprise stamp!  So don't is only until October 31.  

Since I know I won't be posting until after Halloween...Happy Halloween!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering.

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Penguin Skating, Happy Bird-Day (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise (SU!), Heavenly White 100# (Paper Temptress), watercolor paper; Ink - Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Pretty in Pink, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron (SU!); Accessories - Pink Satin ribbon (Offray), Cuttlebug SNowflakes embossing folder (Provo), lace (unknown), dimensionals

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Wish

I really love Fall...the colors, the smell, the crispness of the air.  We had a totally Fall weekend this weekend and it was fantastic!  Got a date night with my Hubby to finally celebrate out Anniversary, went to a couple soccer games, visited a corn maze at night, sat by a bonfire, and went pumpkin picking (hay ride and all).  

So it is no wonder that with all of those Fall activities, I wanted to play with the Color It Autumn set from Paper Makeup Stamps.  This set is great for coloring...or not coloring like I did!  I did some masking to layer the images on a piece of Solar White Classic Linen from Paper Temptress.  Gives the card a lovely texture...which is easier to see in the detail shot.  My other panels were dressed up with Copper Ore Glimmer cardstock and Nero Incandescent cardstock...both are some of my favorites from Paper Temptress!  

The layout for the card is from the SCS Sketch Challenge #355 and the color combination came from the Color Throwndown #164 Challenge.  I dyed white taffeta ribbon with my Rich Razzleberry marker and added some olive pearls for some added detail.

This will be my last official card (and Company Blog Post) with Paper Temptress as my Design Team term is up.  I have so enjoyed representing Paper Temptress and have fallen in love with the cardstock.  I know I will be back for more!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Color It Autumn, Celebration Sentiments (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Olive Basis 80#, Copper Ore Glimmer, Nero Incandescent, Solar White Classic Linen (Paper Temptress); Ink - Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - white taffeta ribbon (SU!), edge punch (Friskars), Corner Rounder Punch (SU!), Olive Pearls (Oriental Trading), dimensionals

Saturday, October 22, 2011

What an Accomplishment

Last weekend my husband ran a Half Marathon as part of the Detroit Marathon.  I am always inspired by how many people get out there and run 13.1 miles (or the even crazier people running the 26.2 miles).  I walked a half marathon last year and no matter how you look at it, it is a huge accomplishment.

This card is not at all related to that beyond the "Accomplishment" part.  I obviously did not give this to my husband, but it would be perfect for a young or teenage girl whom may have made a small of large accomplishment.  

The School Girl Fairy is from Paper Makeup Stamps...there is a matching School Boy Fairy too!  I stamped her in Chocolate Chip ink on some pattern paper from Basic Grey that looks like notepaper.  I did some very fancy crumpling (haha), binder punch the edge, and then went over the image with a aquabrush to bleed the image.  Then I colored in portions of the image with some chalks.  I think it is a pretty cool look!

Well I hope that you can accomplish something today (big or small)!  I cheer for just checking something off of my To Do List (which is enormous right now as we prepare for a trip without children!!).  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - School Girl Fairy, What an Accomplishment Sentiment (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Rose Red, Garden Green (SU!), White Basics Paper Pad (Basic Grey), Other Pattern Paper (Basic Grey); Ink - Chocolate Chip (SU!); Accessories - Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Binding Edge Punch (EK Success), Hemp Twine, aquabrush, Stampin' Pastels (SU!), dimensionals

You Have Been Booed!

Does your neighborhood Boo or Ghost houses?  Ours did it a few years back, but that was it.  Well last night our house got "Boo"ed...funny part was that the family that "Boo"ed us didn't get the satisfaction of watching us find our package.  See our doorbell does not work and they tried a few times to no avail to get the doorbell to ring, finally gave up and sent me an email to let me know that we had a package on our front porch!  Funnier part is that our dog made no indication that there was somebody outside of our house trying to ring our non-functioning doorbell...but then again he is 11, so I can't expect the same guard dog type of activity he once gave us!

So in honor of being "Boo"ed, I made a Boo card to "Boo" you!!  Might have to give this to the house that we Boo...although there is no ghost on it, so I will have to think about that.  Anyway, this uses an adorable image from Hambo Stamps called Black Cat.  I love how he is peeking out from behind the pumpkin...kind of like he is saying Boo!  My son is going to be a black cat for Halloween, so whenever I get around to a scrapbook page of this Halloween, I will have to use this on it...kind of perfect.  

Anyway, I decided to make it a cloudy night for my Black Cat, by sponging ink over a scalloped circle to create a cloudy sky.  The paper is the Iridescent Cryogen White from Paper Temptress, so it has a nice sparkle for my cloudy night sky.  Then I put a fringed layer overtop to be the grass that the pumpkin is sitting on...but remember it is dark, so you can see the color of the grass...right?...or does it not make sense to have Navy grass?  I paper pieced the pumpkin and filled in the cat eyes and pumpkin face with a white gel pen and then colored over that with my desired color.  It sorta of works...the water-based markers kind of pick up the gel pen, so I have to do a couple of coats with drying in between.  I punched out the moon with a circle punch and hand-cut my cloud (not very well I might add!).  Also my layout is from the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #130.

I am late in posting this card (meant to post it on Thursday), but there is a Awesome Sale going on at Hambo Stamps...its HOGtoberfest (didn't ya know?!)!!  You can get 30% off ALL regular-priced items site wide!!  But hurry because it only lasts till Wednesday, October 26!!  Enjoy and thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Black Cat (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Night of Navy, Textured Crushed Curry, Green Galore (SU!), Iridescent Cryogen White (Paper Temptress), Orange Dots (BoBunny); Ink - Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Green Galore marker, Crushed Curry marker, Chocolate Chip marker (SU!); Accessories - 1" Circle Punch, Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Circle Punch (SU!), Vinyl Leather Letters (), Black Rhinestones (Darice), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals, white gel pen, Sharpie black marker

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bewitched & Belated

So you would think that someone such as myself that makes cards a lot would always be on time in sending said cards.  Well...that would be wrong! I am notoriously late in sending cards...I have no idea why.  I have the cards...sometimes the cards I make are for a specific why is it that they cannot make it in an envelope and out to the mailbox?  It is truly one of life's mysteries!

So this sentiment and witch from Hambo Stamps spoke to me!  See now I can have a Halloween type card for a belated birthday sometime in October...that is that I am not so late that I am into November!  The witch is called Witch's Brew and the sentiment is called Bewitched.  I watercolored the witch and gave her concoction and her hair a great sparkle with some orange stickles (you can see it better in the detail shot).

The layout for the card comes from the SCS Sketch Challenge #354 and the color choices fit in perfectly for the Hambo Hoedown Challenge #37 which was introduced today!  Make sure to check out the Hoedown and play along so you can get the next free digi!!

Now it is time to be off getting dinner ready for the night's activities.  Having children is exhausting sometimes trying to keep up with everything...but it is a good exhausting!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Witch's Brew, Bewitched (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Cast-a-Spell (SU!), watercolor paper; Ink - Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black, Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Corner Rounder Punch (SU!), Edge Punch (Friskars), Orange Stickles (Ranger), Sparkle Black Ribbon (JoAnns), Sparkle Black Faux Brads (Recollections), dimensionals, aquabrush

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's a Monster Mash with a Little Football!

Alright so I am not feeling especially chatty right now...a cold has been making its way through my family and apparently it might be my turn.  Ugh!  I was really hoping I was going to escape this one.  Unfortunately, my poor daughter has gotten all of them!!  So I will keep this short and sweet.

Today is the Monster Mash Blog Hop with Paper Makeup Stamps!  A chance for the design team and some customers to showcase one of my favorite lines, the Monsters!  You can use the following Link List to follow along and marvel at everyone's awesome creations:

As for me, I used the Football Fan Monster.  My layout is from the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #209.  The monster had to wear Maize and Blue in honor of my Michigan Wolverines!  Then I created my little football field...which I love how it turned out!

So make sure to hop along to all of the blogs so you don't miss a thing.  And while you are seeing all of these awesome monsters, take note of the ones you like, head to the Paper Makeup Stamps Store and put them in a cart.  The Monsters are on 15% off for one week using the promo code: MONSTERHOP...a perfect time to stock up if I do say so myself!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering! 

Engineering Details
Stamps - Football Fan Monster (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Early Espresso (SU!), Summer Grass (Pebbles Inc), watercolor paper; Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Night of Navy, Crushed Curry (SU!); Accessories - Blue and yellow twine (unknown), Argyle Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Provo), white gel pen, Edge Distresser, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

If a Monster Could Hoedown

Are you ready for a Hoedown?  I can't say I have ever been to one.  I have done some line dancing way back when, but that is a bit off topic!  I am not sure what happens at a real hoedown but at a Hambo Hoedown, Hambo Stamps throws out a challenge, you create a card (or project) within the challenge requirements using a Hambo image, link it up to the Hambo Hoedown post, email Hambo Stamps a photo of the card (important step), and they will send you a FREE digi just for participating!  How cool is that?!

So this week challenge is to create a project with an item that begins with the letter of your first name.  The design team was also given Flower Monster to work with as well (he is the freebie this week...or was it last week...I am new here remember?!).  I love, love this cute and there are two sentiments that go with him!  So I created my card based on the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #128 (which is revisiting an older sketch #7).  

Since my name is Andrea, I had to come up with an "A" item to put on my card...which I will admit I nearly forgot about!!  So "A" is kind of hard...I finally came up with Alphabet Stickers!  So I replaced the "If" in the sentiment with a giant "if".  My monster was watercolored with ink pads and an aquabrush.

So make sure to check out all of the details over at Hambo Hoedown and get creating!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Flower Monster Digi (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Dot Paper (Bo Bunny), Bunches (Fancy Pants Designs), Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy (SU!), watercolor paper; Ink - Old Olive, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie, Bravo Burgundy (SU!); Accessories - white taffeta ribbon (SU!), Black Vinyl Alpha Stickers (Thickers), Corner Rounder Punch (SU!), Rain Dots (Cloud 9 Design), dimensionals, aquabrush

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Wee Little Witch with Some News

Well today is the day that I get to finally spill the beans!  I am officially a "Bacon Bit" for Hambo Stamps (lot of pig jokes coming your way as it is the mascot for "Ham"bo Stamps!) from now through January.  I am so excited to have this opportunity and let me tell you, there is some great stuff over at Hambo Stamps and I cannot wait to show you.  Obviously I am so excited I am typing run-on sentences!!  

So in honor of my announcement today, I thought I would show off one of the cards I created to try-out for the team.  This uses Wee Henrietta Witch Digi...I know look at me go with the digis lately...and I even managed to not smear the image when I colored it.  Either I got lucky or I am learning!  Isn't little Henrietta the cutest?!  You need to see the other Wee Henrietta and Wee Henry digis...soo cute!  My card uses an old Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #104.  

Make sure to check back tomorrow for my first official Design Team post for the Hambo Hoedown...we are sure to get down and dirty ;)  Looking forward to a great four months!   Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Wee Henrietta Witch Digi (Hambo Stamps), All Year Cheer II (SU!); Paper - Cast a Spell Pattern Paper, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black (SU!), watercolor paper; Ink - Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Momento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Labels 8 and Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Black Rhinestones (Bazzill Basics), Black Sparkle Ribbon (JoAnns), dimensionals, aquabrush

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lovely Anniversary

Wow it feels like I may be starting to figure out how to get our new schedule working...only took me a month!  Sheesh!  Some days feel like some what controlled chaos...which probably turns into complete chaos on occasions.  I am definitely learning what nights I need to do crockpot meals!  Then my son is being bumped up a level in his swim classes, so the schedule will be changing again!  Ahhhh!  

But I can find my sanity with a little crafting, so I was happy to sit down and make a card for the latest Card Patterns Sketch #135...which by the way, Paper Makeup Stamps is sponsoring!!  So make sure to check it out and participate to get a chance to win some free PMS!  I also get to show off some of the amazing Paper Temptress cardstocks...make sure to check out all of the amazing cards and projects that the rest of the Paper Temptress Design Team has created on the Paper Temptress Blog.

I kept the design simple so that the Paper Temptress cardstock could shine.  The simple Love Heart from the Hugs & Kisses set from Paper Makeup Stamps was perfect.  I kind of blended my three circles from the sketch together and then accenuated them with pearls.  The heart was stamped on Iridescent Cryogen White with Versamark and embossed.  Then I colored over it with a marker and punched it out.  The beautiful Laser Silver Lustre cardstock that makes up the main face of the card is perfect since it has a subtle pattern to it. 

Well I will be back next week with some exciting news...can't let the cat out of the bag yet!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Hugs & Kisses (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Laser Silver Lustre, Azalea Mica/Metallic, Alpine Aster Glimmer, Iridescent Cryogen White, Brown Basis #80 (Paper Temptress); Ink - Versamark (Tsukineko), Melon Mambo Marker, Early Espresso (SU!); Accessories - Crystal Clear Embossing Powder (SU!), Pearls (Oriental Trading), Brown 5/8" Splitz Ribbon (Paper Temptress), Circle Nestabilties (Spellbinders), 1-1/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, Scalloped Edge, corner rounder Punches (SU!), dimensionals
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