Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Muddy Pig

I feel like I am still catching up!  Now that I think about it, I am not sure how much I shared on husband is a stickler about not announcing publicly when we go on vacation for obvious reasons.  But that means I have no idea if you even knew I was gone!  November has been a complete blur...we went on a 9 day kid-free vacation to Nicaragua (I will have to post about it later because it was amazing!), then we were home for a few days, then we went to Great Wolf Lodge which is an indoor waterpark resort up in Traverse City, Michigan, then we were home for a few days, then we went to my parents for Thanksgiving for a couple of days (and had to deal with my son getting the 24 hr flu on Thanksgiving!), and now I still feel like I am catching up!  So in my efforts of catching up, I realized I am behind on some design team get ready for some posts!

We will start off with a card that I submitted to Paper Crafts Magazine (wasn't accepted obviously since I am posting it) for Mother's Day.  I am not usually not this early, so don't get any ideas that I have actually changed!  I used the sketch that was part of the call for my layout.  The cutie muddy pig and perfectly matching sentiment are from Hambo Stamps.  I had some other ideas to make with this cute pig, but ran out of time...maybe some day!

Are you ready for some back later, the dirty dishes appear to have actually piled high enough to form a dirty dish figure that is calling my name.  A little creepy, so I best take care of that!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Mud Pig, Happy Mudder's Day Sentiment (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White (SU!), pattern paper (Basic Grey); Ink - Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsuineko); Accessories - Pink Pearls (Oriental Trading), Brown micro-check ribbon (Offray), Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Crest border punch (Friskars), dimensionals

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Always a Hare Late

I think I have mentioned it before, but I am perpetually late for sending cards for birthdays.  I actually remember one time I sent one early, completely forgot that I sent it, and then sent a late one because I am always late.  Funniest part was I sent the exact same card both times!  It just happen to be one of the few times I made duplicate cards.  

So in honor of always being a "hare" late in sending cards out, I chose to work with this adorable Roller Bunny and the great sentiment "Just a hare late..." from Hambo Stamps.  I used and old Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #125 for my layout and kind of stumbled upon my color combo.  I have the Basics White Paper Pad by Basic Grey and the notebook, grid, lined paper in there speaks to my engineering side, so I decided that I would use that.  Then I just liked how the Kiwi Kiss popped against the Gray (Black) and White.  I paper pieced the airplane with the same lined paper and I added some white fluff to his tail cuz' a bunny has to have a fluffy tail!

Now if only I could not be a "hare" late in starting my Christmas cards!  I am always working on them around the middle of December barely getting them out before Christmas!  Here is to looking ahead and getting started without putting it off!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Roller Bunny, Hare Late (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray (SU!), Basics White Paper Pad (Basic Grey), watercolor paper; Ink - Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko), Basic Gray, Kiwi Kiss, Pink Pirouette (SU!); Accessories - Sparkle self-adhesive Black brads (Recollections), white Fluff (Stampendous), Black and white bakers twine (unknown), Circle and Big Scalloped Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals, aquabrush

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Time to Party for a Surprise Birthday Blog Hop

Happy Birthday to Timbo, the man behind the pen (Pig Pen?) at Hambo Stamps!

The Bacon Bits are surprising Tim with a little birthday fun today and we would love to have you join us in celebrating! If you arrived from Melissa's blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened by, be sure to start at Karin's blog for the whole story and to have a chance at winning the birthday prize!

A little story for you:

Jose the Cow's Adventure Getting to the Party:  Jose the cow worked on an Eco-lodge in Nicaragua where he happily worked to help sustain the resort.  Upon hearing about Timbo's birthday though, he knew he would have to find a way to make it to the party.  First he knew he had to dress properly for such a  festive occasion, so he asked his farmer friend, Julio, to find him a fabulous tie.  Then Jose set out on his trip to Timbo's birthday party.  He had to pass by the Howler monkeys that howled "have a great time Jose", then the toucans that squawked "Have a safe trip!", and then the sloths that didn't say much of anything (well at least not until Jose had already passed by...they are slow after all!).  He found the zip-line and clipped himself in so he could fly through the is much faster to travel that way after all!  He had to make sure he picked up his hooves as he passed over the very active volcanoes...and plug his nose because the smell of sulfur is stinky!  He finally found his way to the airport and boarded a plane to the Unites States of America.  By the time he reached the party he was ready for a drink and a party!  Happy Birthday Timbo!!

Now off to Judy's Blog (can't wait to see what happens with her animal!), where you can see what happens next at Timbo's Birthday Bash! If you get lost, here is the order of birthday fun:


Thanks for stopping by to help celebrate Tim's birthday! Don't forget to leave some "hogwash" in the comments section and thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Farm Cow Digi (Hambo Stamps), computer generated sentiment; Paper - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Whisper White (SU!), pattern paper (BoBunny); Ink - Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Blush Blossom (SU!); Accessories - Apron Border Die (The Cat's Pajamas), Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals, blender pen

Monday, November 7, 2011

Snow One Should Miss a Blog Hop

It is that special time again...time for a Paper Makeup Stamps Blog Hop!  I love the new release Blog Hops...the sight of new stamps just make me happy!!

You should be arriving from Michelle's Blog (didn't she do an awesome job?!), but if you didn't make sure you jump back to the beginning at the PMS Blog so you don't miss a thing!

I get to show you another new Color Kid, Snowflake (I used the digi version).  Isn't she just the cutest cutting out a snowflake?  Makes me want to cut out snowflakes with my kids...although I will have to remember HOW to cut out snowflakes again!

I had some leftover snowflake pattern paper by Jillibean Soup from last year at Christmas time and used that for my color combo.  I used an older Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #79 for my layout.

So now you should be off to go visit Lisa M's Blog (you will love what she has in store for usual!).  Don't forget to join us at the Release Party tonight at 9 pm EST in the PMS are sure to have lots of laughs, fun, and a chance to win some prizes too!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Color Kid Snowflake (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Riding Hood Red, Early Espresso (SU!), Snowflake pattern paper (Jillibean Soup), watercolor paper; Ink - Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Crumb Cake, Blush Blossom (SU!); Accessories - Labels 5 Nestabililties (Spellbinders), Stardust Stickles (Ranger), Dotted Ribbon (SU!), aquabrush

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sneak Peek by a Mad Crafter

I get the opportunity to show off one of the great sets that is being released this month at Paper Makeup Stamps.  This one is all about gift giving and how to label that gift!  It is filled with gift giving labels and a bunch of solid images.  So if you give handmade gifts...this is right up your alley!  

The "Mad Crafter" sentiment really spoke to me as I do all of my stamping after the kids are in bed, so it is not that uncommon for me to be crafting after midnight!  I don't have any handmade gifts on hand right now and I truly didn't have time to make something, so I simply made a tag that I could later attach to a handmade gift.  

I used the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #213 for my layout and used some scraps of pattern paper.  Remember organza ribbon...nobody uses it anymore...but I still have a I used it here!  

Make sure to check out the PMS Blog to see what the other Design Team members came up with using this set.  Don't forget to then join us tomorrow at the PMS Blog for a Blog Hop in the morning and then for the Release Party at 9 om EST on the PMS Forum!  You are sure to have lots of fun!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Handmade Set Digi (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Rich Razzleberry (SU!), So Sophie Collection Pattern paper (Bo Bunny); Ink - None; Accessories - Circle and Big Scalloped Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder Punch (SU!), Organza Ribbon (Offray), dimensionals

Friday, November 4, 2011

Gift Wrapping Some Sneak Peeks

Can you believe that there are only a little over 50 days left until Christmas?  Ahhhh!  But then again, I probably wouldn't have it any other way than to cram everything into the last two months.  I actually probably cram most of it into the last 25 days...I just don't do well with working ahead.  

This little Gift Wrapper (part of the new Color Kids collection at Paper Makeup Stamps) is a Sneak Peek at the upcoming Release from Paper Makeup Stamps!  There are some great stamps in this release...I think I say that every release, but it is true!  

Anyway the Gift Wrapper would be perfect for Christmas, or totally not Christmas like I did here.  I used an old Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #134 for my layout and picked out my colors from the pattern paper I used.

Make sure to check out the other Sneak Peeks for the day and all of the Sneak Peeks leading up to the November 7th Blog Hop at the PMS Blog.  Then join us for a fun Release Party in the PMS Forum on the 7th at 9 pm EST!  I have one more sneak peek for you, so until then, thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Gift Wrapper Digi (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Melon Mambo Textured, Pretty in Pink, Garden Green (SU!), Sultry Paper Pad (Basic Grey), watercolor paper; Ink - Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Kiwi Kiss, Blush Blossom (SU!); Accessories - Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Pink Rhinestones (Darice), Hot Pink Satin Ribbon (Offray), Corner Rounder Punch (SU!), dimensionals, aquabrush

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Running Pretty

So do you write To Do lists so you can get the satisfaction of crossing the tasks off?  I totally do!  My husband is currently teasing me because I actually typed out my To Do list this time.  But there was just so many things that had to get done, it just helped me organize everything and get it out of my head.  I hate that feeling of having too much stuff running around my mind, so once I put it down on paper I feel like I can now let it go because I wrote it down.  Now I still have to complete the task, but I don't have to think about it anymore.

So to check one of my tasks off, I get to show off one of the stamps that I just had to have when I saw it: Ham on the Run by Hambo Stamps.  To make it even better, they have an awesome Fractured Funnies sentiment that just cracks me up to go with it.  I used the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #132 for my layout and the colors come from the Color Throwdown Challenge #165.  I left it very simple...remember that long To Do list I have mentioned?!  Anyway, I watercolored my naked pig with Cameo Coral ink.  

The rest of the Fractured Funnies sentiment, I Feel Pretty, is on the inside of the card.  True confession time...I have some experience with running naked during my college years.  There was a tradition at the University of Michigan called the Naked Mile and I may have participated once or twice!  So I couldn't help the feeling that the inside should read "Oh wait that was me!".  I am confident that will be what my friend receiving this will think too!  Ok true confession time is over now...onto regular blog posts without embarassing stories!

Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Ham on the Run, I Feel Pretty (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Cameo Coral, Tempting Turquoise, So Saffron, Old Olive, Rainbow Sherbert DP (SU!), watercolor paper; Ink - Cameo Coral (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Circle and Big Scallop Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Olive pearls (Oriental Trading), dimensionals

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Post Halloween

Happy Halloween!  Ok I meant to put this up yesterday, actually on Halloween, but didn't get around to it.  I hope everyone had a fun filled evening.  My kids had a blast, but my daughter is still tired today, so hopefully a nap will be in her near future! 

I had grand plans to make something super cute for my kids teachers for Halloween and ended up having to scale WAY back due to a 60 (not even kidding) or so item To Do List that needs to be completed before our vacation coming up!  So I went with some little Milk Carton containers with little bags of candy corn inside.  Nothing major, but it is the thought that counts right?!  

The stamp used is the Black Cat stamp from Hambo Stamps.  And now that I have pictures of my son in his costime, you see why I need to remember this stamp for whenever I make a Halloween 2011 scrapbook page...probably need to do Halloween 2008, 2009, and 2010 first though!  No time for specifics today, so just let me know if you are dying to know what I used.

My mother made the kids costumes and did an absolutely amazing job!  They were so stinkin' cute, I told my daughter when I dressed her up for her Halloween parade last week that I might die of cuteness on Halloween night when they are both dressed up.  So she proceeded to remind me that I was going to die on Halloween...always leaving off the "of cuteness" part!  Pretty funny but a little creepy at the same time! 

My only contribution to the kids costumes was to make kitty collars for them.  I love how they turned out...just decorated some chipboard and attached it to a d-ring I sewed onto a nylon strap.  Had to include a little bell too, because I just love when kitties had bells on their collars!  

Now onto November and all that comes with it...but first I need to get my To Do list done so I can enjoy our vacation!!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!
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