Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Year in Review

I have always wanted to do this every year, but it finally took a fellow crafty person (and Hambo Stamps design team mate) to encourage me to do so.  Karin from With and "i" for Paper is hosting a Year in Review Blog Hop with a chance to win a prize for participating!  So join along and create a blog post of your Review of your Crafty need to have it linked up HERE by tonight (yup I am late in getting my post up!).  So here are my favorites from this year:

January - Tied Up in Love (Billy and Bianca Love Bunnies by Paper Makeup Stamps)

February - Leaf Pile Scrapbook Page

March - Wipeout Cake (for more views of it, check out the post HERE)

April - Whoo's Having a Birthday (Webster the Owl by Paper Makeup Stamps)

May - Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake (for more views of it, check out the post HERE)

June - A Monster of a Father's Day (Me & Pops by Paper Makeup Stamps)

July - Dancing in the Rain (Emma Silhouette by Paper Makeup Stamps)

August - Party Time Spike (Spike by Paper Makeup Stamps)

September - Sympathy Butterfly (Everyday Miracles by Sweet n' Sassy Stamps, Beautiful You by Verve Stamps, Papers from Paper Temptress)

October - Football Monster (Football Fan by Paper Makeup Stamps)

November - Just a Hare Late (Roller Bunny by Hambo Stamps)

December - Adore Him (Manger by Hambo Stamps)

Hope you enjoyed my Crafty year in review (with a couple of cakes too).  Don't forget to join in for a chance to win a prize!  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering and Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Christmas Card...Just a Wee Bit Late

Nothing like posting a Christmas card after Christmas...but that is pretty much how I am rolling right now. I swear I need to get myself organized. Things are still a wee bit crazy right now so I think that organization this might be waiting until we move into our new house! Yup that has been the big thing going on...we are in the process of buying a house. Probably shouldn't be announcing this until we sign on the dotted line, but I am just too excited.

So due to my lack of organization, here is a late Christmas card. It was made for the SCS Clean and Simple challenge #149...and I actually posted it to SCS on the first day, just really late posting here! Oh well! The adorable stamps and sentiments are from Hambo Stamps. I actually managed to keep it simple too with just some select coloring.

Alright off to get some cleaning and planning done for our annual New Year's Eve party...most likely last one in our current house! Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Snow Globe of Joyful Carolers

Figured I better get in the couple of Christmas related cards I have made prior to Christmas actually being here.  Did it come faster for anyone else like it did for me?  I feel like I am just barely getting everything done in time this I am walking a fine line of not making it.  Ugh!  Next year I will plan further ahead...yup I said it...think I say it every year...maybe this time I mean it!

The snow globe idea for this card came from the SCS Technique Lover's Challenge #356 (to make a snow globe) and the adorable Snowman Carolers from Hambo Stamps just seemed to be a perfect fit!  I did actually use a window sheet to make the globe part look a little more like glass...not sure it really added too much to the card or not.  You can see it in the other shot of the card.

Not much else to say...thinking about all of the other stuff I need to do tonight and tomorrow.  One more Christmas card to go, so until then, thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Snowman Carolers, Joy Filled Sentiment (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Certainly Celery, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Whisper White (SU!), window sheet; Ink - Certainly Celery, Pacific Point, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Circle Nestabilities, Fancy Tags Trio (Spellbinders), Corner Rounder (SU!), Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder (Provo), dimensionals

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Get Your Merry On

So do any of you do the Elf on a Shelf thing?  I was so planning on getting one and doing it this year and still haven't gotten around to it.  Not sure I will attempt it this year or not.  I guess there is still time right?!  I am certain that our Elf would be of the mischievous type...just cuz that is so much more fun!!

This adorable Elf totally reminds me of the Elf on a Shelf.  The Elf and sentiment are from Hambo Stamps.  My layout for the card comes from the current Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #218.  I went for the traditional Christmas colors...funny my head I was following the SCS Color Challenge #352, but after I finished my card I remembered it was suppose to be Vanilla not White!  Oh well!!  It has been awhile since I have made a card, so I am feeling a bit rusty!

I have a confession too...I have decided not to make my Christmas Cards this year!  I know a shocker and it still bothers me in all honesty.  I designed a photo layout for cards, so I did do something creative!  But alas all of the traveling in November really messed me up for December and time just keeps escaping me!  Oh was bound to happen one of these years right?

I will be fitting a little bit of creating time before Christmas so there is still some to come.  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Elf, Get Merry Sentiment (Hambo Stamps); Paper - Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi Pattern Paper (SU!), watercolor paper; Ink - Real Red, Wild Wasabi (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - Scallop Circle Punch (SU!), Circle and Labels 8 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), gold twine (unknown), Signo white gel pen, Red Rhinestones (Me & My Big Ideas), Gold and Clear Star Gelly Roll Pens, dimensionals

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A PMS Winter is getting cold outside and that white stuff keeps showing up on the ground.  We haven't accumulated any snow yet, but we have a had a couple of mornings where it looks so pretty just melts by the end of the day!  Guess that is not all bad.  

To celebrate the start of winter, Paper Makeup Stamps is having a Blog Hop.  So hop along with us (the link list is below) and get some PMS winter inspiration!  

I went back to an oldie (ok I think it is only a year old)...Moody for Presents!  I colored the stamp directly with markers.  The card layout is from the Sweet Stop Sketch Challenge #137 and the Christmasy color combo is the current SCS Color Challenge #352.

Now don't forget to check out what all of the other artists have in store for you!  

And don't forget about the Paper Makeup Stamps Rubber Closeout can get 45% off all rubber stamps using the code CLOSEOUT45.  Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Moody for Presents, Season's Greetings (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso (SU!); Ink - Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso (SU!); Accessories - Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder (Provo); Scallop Border Punch, Ticket Corner Punch (SU!); Tags Trio (Spellbinders); sparkle red ribbon (JoAnn's), dimensionals

Thursday, December 1, 2011


I love online shopping!  I almost done with my kids Christmas shopping just from online shopping one night.  Something about relaxing in your pjs, looking for cheap prices, and knocking out quite a bit of shopping in one night makes me happy!  Do you do a lot of online shopping?  I can't really do clothes though online...I need to see them, feel them.  I still have lots of brick and mortar stores to hit before I am done, but it feels good to finally have a jump-start on my Christmas shopping!

This card has nothing to do with online shopping, but I love it nonetheless.  It too was submitted a while back for Paper Crafts Magazine and actually uses one of the Paper Crafts sketches from the big sketch call they had (but I didn't make it in time for that call).  Anyway it uses one of my favorite Monsters from Paper Makeup Stamps: Eye Pod.  The sentiment was printed by me (no stamp).  

Did you hear that Paper Makeup Stamps is retiring all of their rubber?  They are going to an all digi company.  So if you want some of the awesome Paper Makeup images in rubber form, you can get them for 45% off with the code CLOSEOUT45!  You can read all of the details on the PMS Blog and then go fill your cart at Paper Makeup Stamps!

Until my next late post, thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

The Engineering Details
Stamps - Eye Pod (Paper Makeup Stamps); Paper - Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake (SU!), Rockstar Mat Stack (DCWV); Ink - Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip (SU!), Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko); Accessories - paper distresser (Tim Holtz), Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), dimensionals, aquabrush
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