Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Queen's Ink Holiday Challenge

The Queen's Ink in Savage MD has put out a challenge.  We are to make an art project using the little houses that they supplied.  It was inspired by a recent issue of Cloth, Paper, Scissors and Ink About It.  So they want to build a little village of houses to docorate their shop.  This is my little house.  My craft room is just covered with glitter and you probably can see why.  lol

Monday, November 14, 2011

Zentangle class

This past weekend I took a Zentangle class at the Queens Ink in Savage Mills with my friend Mary ( .  It was more than I expected.  I really didn't think I would be able to do it.  They look so complicated.  But like anything else once you break it down into steps it was a lot easier than it looks.  Patti gave great directions on how to do each pattern.  All you had to do is figure out where you wanted to put each pattern on your tile (the 3 1/2" x  3 1/2" inch piece of paper you draw on) I was looking at the site and they actually sell a 20 sided numbered die that corresponds to a card with 20 patterns on it so if you get stuck all you have to do is roll the die.  lol  Maybe I need to look into that some more.  I tried adding color to one but I think I like the black and white ones better.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Hambo Blog Hop "Sing your Art Out"

Welcome to "Sing Your Art Out" sponsored by Hambo Stamps! Today Hambo friends, customers, and the Bacon Bits Design Team are bringing you fun creations that depict song titles! It might be our favorite song, or just one that was fun to design. If you arrived here from 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 song-themed creation tickles the Bacon Bits’ fancy in a singin' wingin' way!  Another prize will be awarded randomly to a hopper who comments on all the blogs along the hop. The winners will be announced on the Hoedown blog, as well as on the Hambo company blog, Talk to the Ham, on Wednesday, September 21.

My creation depicts the song Thank God I am a Country Boy by John Denver.  I used the digi image called Bear Farmer and the background digi called Farm.  I used my Copics to color all the images.  The papers I used is from a 6" x 6" tablet called Oxford by Basic Grey.  These are great papers.  Lots you could use on a masculine card.  Of couse you could use this as a masculine card if you didn't apply the paper lace on the bottom which by the way was cut using a die from Marianne Creatables.

Warm up those vocal chords and be prepared to sing! Now hop on over to Karin's blog -  for another great sing-along song!
Here is a list of all the blogs particapating in the blog hop.  Good luck and enjoy!!
Gloria -
Karin -
Debbie -
Dawn A. -
Bonnie -
Jen -
Lynn -
NoraAnne -
Lindsay -
Karen -
Libby -
Carla -
Dawn M. -
Paula -
Mary -
Jenn -
Paige -
Marcie -
Leslie -
Pat -
Beverly -
Yolanda -
Judy -

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hambo Hoedown 32

When I think of Autumn I think of browns, oranges, yellows and reds, so this week at the Hambo  Hoedown I did a card in oranges and yellows because we were to do a card in Autumn hues.  They supplied us with three flower images to make the card with.  I took those three images and using my Photoshop program, separated them and made a little cluster of flowers.  They kind of remind me of Cone Flowers.  I put happpy little faces on them with a sentiment that says "You make me Smile."  My card is a 5 1/2 x 5 1/2" card.  I added a decorative paper as a background from a 6" x 6" tablet called the Forever Fall Collection by BoBunny.  You should come play with us.  Just click on the link above and it will take you to the Hambo Hoedown site.  It is a progressive challenge so if you play this week you will recieve an image next week for free.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Today at Hambo Hoedown we were to create a card with demension.  No flat cards.  Well I don't know if this is going to qualify or not but I have raised the spaceship up on foam dots.  So it really isn't flat.  I used 3D Crystal Lacquer to cover all of the space ship.  He is shinnning.  I love this little image.  And can see me  using it a lot.  The little village is a Christmas image.  It is a stamp from Great Impressions.  Hopefully it doesn't look too Christmassy.  I brayered the sky and made more stars using one of my Stamps by Judith stubbies.  All in all it was a really fun card to make.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dylan's quilt finished

Back of quilt

Showing the quilting on front.

Finished quilt

Sewing the binding on.
I finally got Dylans quilt finished.  I had it quilted at Tomorrows Treasures with stars and swirls.  They did a great job.  He was pretty happy with it.  I decided to bind it with the same material as the border.  It had a lot going on.   Here are a few pictures. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Finally I am getting around to do another Hambo Hoedown challenge.  This geranium image is so pretty.  I used my Photoshop program and added a few more of them.  If one is good than three must be great,  right? I used my Copic's to color the image.  I tried to match the Pretty in Pink card stock from Stampin Up.  I think I got pretty close.  I used my Score It to make my score lines.  Hope you can see them.  I kind of covered them up with the bow which I made with my bow easy.  Anyway they are in the upper right corner.  All in all I thought it came out pretty good.  This will be sent to my friend who is in the hospital with her legs amputated.  She has diabetes and she needs a little cheering up. 

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nicoles Bridal Shower Card

I am not sure who makes this stamp that I used on this Bridal shower card.  All it says on the side of the stamp s G-3287 Santa Rosa CA.  I have had the stamp forever and this was the first time I used it.  The card is an A7 card measuring 5 x 6.5".  I really like this size card.  It gives you so much more room to work with than an A2 card.  I tried my hand at making a double bow.  So much for that.  lol.  Guess I need a little pratice.  The background paper is from American Crafts called The goods.  I love this paper and if I could remember where I got it I would probably get more.  So I better use it sparingly because there is no more.  The pink is Pretty in Pink from Stampin Up.  I used another of my favorite tools and that is the Martha Stewart border punch.  I just love her punches.  I got the flower from a company in Europe and the die cut is from Marianne Designs.  It is one of her Creatables.    I hope you enjoy this card as much as I did making it. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lady with cat

Just playing around and came up with this card.  The background paper was 6 x 6 so I had to cut it to fit on a  6 x 4.5 card and still have the border around it.  Then when I got it placed on the card I didn't like the fact that I could see the little line where I glued it together.  So out came the stickles.  I think it hid the slit pretty well.  The stamp I used is an art stamp by Loralie Designs.  She has such fun images.  They are pretty plain and you can add what you want to them--Like the design in her skirt, and the polka dots on her blouse. You get the picture.  On her blog she tells us that she never cuts her stamps apart.  She stamps the images (they come on a sheet of rubber) scans them and then prints them out when she wants to use them.  This way she can make them any size she wants.  What a great idea.  I wish I had done this to a lot of my stamps.  I don't know how much time I have spent cutting and mounting and now I end up with a lot of little stamps and a lot of space taken up in my craft room.  Enjoy the card.  It was fun to color. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Marks card

This card is for my nephew, Mark's birthday.  I was late sending it out.  Seems like I am doing that a lot this year.  I wasn't sure about the background papers.  They might be too femine. 
I am so far behind in posting my cards.  Its time to do what they say "Get r done".  This is a card I made for Mary (  I was really pleased with the way it came out.  I wanted to do something special because she is such a special person.  

I don't think you could do one of these cards without a stamp a ma jig. I guess if you wanted to cut and paste it you could, but thats not what I wanted to do.  And believe me I did a few before I finally got one that I thought was right.  I really like doing these cards even though they are a PITA.  lol

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sending Happy Thoughts

I am still playing around with the Hero Arts Stamps.  I posted the link to the Outlines Stamps and then started to look at the cards and wanted to try one.  So here it is.  Not sure about the colors in the flower.  I think I could have chosen better. 

Thinking of You

While having a wonderful time at Kathi's barbeque we were talking about a card that we saw at Great Scraps in Millersville MD.  They had used a Hero's Art stamp.  This card reminded me so much of the cards that does.  Matter-of-fact when I first saw it I thought it was an Outline Stamp but it was a Hero Art stamp called Layered Flowers.  So I had to try it.  One year at Christmas I made all my Christmas cards using an Outline Stamp that is a Christmas Ball.  I embossed, cut and layered until I could do it no more.  It was a lot of fun tho a lot of work.  So this is my take on the card we saw.  I can't remember the details except for the layered flowers. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

My New Found Love for Brayering

Last weekend, as an early birthday gift, Mom (aka Gloria) took me to a class with Michelle Zindorf.  Well that's all it took....I'm in love with a new technique...BRAYERING!

Here is a card I made yesterday using this technique. 

I hope you all enjoy looking at it as much as I did making it.

Thanks Michelle for being such a FANTASTIC teacher!!



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Love is like a butterfly

This card I made just so I could try out the new die that I got from Joans Gardens.  I know you are expecting me to say I love it.  Seems like I just love everything about stamping.  Well, I do.  lol  The oval with the flowers around it is a case from Linda Duke.  Gosh, she makes beautiful cards.  I got the flowers all colored with copics and then was pleased with the way I got them glued on, then what do I do--Glue the whole thing on at an angle.  Can you believe that??  Well, there was no taking it apart because of the type of glue I used so I guess it is going to stay that way. The card measures 5 x 6 3/4".  I usually make the A4 size but this larger size is really growing on me. 

Get well card

One of the girls that I stamp with is sick and so I made a card for her.  I love this image from Flourishes.  They make the most beautiful stamps.  This stamp set is called Spring Has Sprung. The cardstock is soft suede from Stampin Up.  The designer paper is from a 6 x 6" tablet called Botanical by Prima Marketing.  I cut a few swirls with my cricut to paste under the Spellbinders lables.  Not sure I care all that much for the pearls.  I think it would be better with some gold brads or something a little darker in color.  I just might change that.  But all and all I am pretty happy with the way it came out.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dylan's Quilt

Today I started a quilt for Dylan.  He wanted a Star Wars Quilt.  I have looked everywheres and I can't find any Star Wars material.  The closest I could find was material that had the solar system on it.  He seems happy with it so far.  I think it will turn out ok.  I plan to put a narrow black border around it and then a larger  one out of the material with the solar system on it.  Not sure yet what I will bind it with.  This quilt is called a dissapearing nine block.  It is a lot easier than it looks. Do you think it is bright enough? lol

Get well card

I had to make a get well card and I thought that this Stamp by Judith fit the bill. I just love this pig. He just looks so down. lol I colored the image with copics after I stamped it in Memento Ink. The paper I used is Mohawk Bright white. It is so much like the Stampin Up White. It has a real smooth texture and is just a dream to stamp and color with Copics on. The pink paper in the background is from a tablet called Sweet Nectar by K & Company.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Birthday Cards

Mae and Jr
Just thought I post a few of the birthday cards I received. They made me feel so special. Thank you everyone.

Thank You from Rose

Just look at this cute Thank You card that I received from Rose. I love how she made the grass and the little sheep have flocking on them.


Here is my Hoedown card for this week. I love this pig and I can see me using it again. I made a slider pop up card. I haven't made one of these in a long time. I printed the image on Mohawk bright white paper. I love using that paper with Copics. I can get a good blend with it. His jail cell bars is a bird cage that I cut with my Cricket and then cut the top and bottom off. Sometimes I just amaze myself. he he. So, where's my ribbon or twine you ask. Well I kind of played with the challenge and used my tag pull for the ribbon. I know I am so bad. Like always I enjoyed this one. These challenges make me think and try different things. As always the title of this card will take you to the challenge page of Hambo. Come play with us.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

As everyone knows, I have been dabbling in sewing. This is a beach bag that my daughter-in-law wanted me to make for her. It is a huge bag. Thats a 34 inch door. The inside is lined with a nylon waterproof fabric. The same as the orange on the outside. The orange on the outside is pockets and the inside is lined with pockets all the way around. It was a bear to do because of the thickness of the material, especially sewing the straps onto the body of the bag. But I "Gotter done" If I had had my new machine when I started I would have done a better job. It sews through anything. Love it!!!

A Gift from Donna

I have to tell you I have a neighbor that does the most amazing things with paper and anything else she can find. I have things made from metal that she has made and lots of paper art. Yesterday she shows up with this great tag that she made. I just love this art and wish from the bottom of my heart that I could do it. She always says "Oh, you can do it" No, I wouldn't know even where to start. Anyway I would want it to look like hers and you know it wouldn't. I just thought I would share this beautiful piece. Thank you, Donna.

Cards for a Bridal Shower and Flower Girl

A woman who works with a friend asked me to make a couple cards for a Bridal Shower. I completely cased these from another site and now I can't remember who's it was. I am so sorry for this. The images are from Mo's Digital Pencil. I colored the images with copics. I really liked the way these came out.

Crafty Secrets and Crackle

I bought some Crackle Accents from Inkssentials some time back and didn't use it. That is until now. I had made this card and thought it looked pretty good. Kind of like a cameo with the glossy accents on it and the more I looked at it I thought why not try to crack it. Heck why not try the Crackle accents. I made another card and used the crackle accents and sure enough it cracked. Maybe a little too much. lol I then inked it with Distress Ink called Old paper. The image is one from a set I got from Crafty Secrets called Garden Girls that I colored with chalks. It has so many cute images. Linda Duke uses these stamps and her things are so beautiful so when I see hers I think "I can do that" Ya, right. I get some cool stamps that way though.

Lili of the Valley

Here is another one. I just love the soft look of fading with the copic markers. So sweet. Just click on the title and it will take you to their site.

Today I have been playing around with some new stamps that I got from Lili of the Valley. ( They have the cutest images. I colored it with my copics and the paper is from a 6x6 pad called Sweet threads b y Basic Grey. I put some purple paper behind it so you could see the card better.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hambo Hoedown 20

Its Hambo Hoedown time again. This time we were to use red and teal and our choice of white, ivory or kraft. Really, my paper looked red until I stuck that teal ribbon on it and now it looks pink. Whats with that. lol This is a really cute image. I layered it in three levels. It really pops in the truest sense of the word. This is the last day to play this challenge but there is always next week. Come play with us. As always just click the title of this post and it will take you to the Hambo website.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Its that time of the week again and guess what---Woo Hoo I am queen of the Hoedown. Thank you Hambo. I am so honored. For this week we had a sketch to follow. Fun, That sure makes it easy. For my card I used some digital papers with little fishes because we have a lot of fishermen around here and Father's Day is just around the cornor. Yippy skippy one card done!!! I got the paper from a site called cadsdaypapers. I just printed it out 1/4 page size for the background paper and made it really small for the tie. It took me forever and a day to figure out how to do the word circle on Microsoft Word 2010. Not sure now I could find my way back to do another. Geez, why do they have to keep changing everything. For the horizonal piece of paper I used a ribbon. Hope that qualifies. Everything else is just about the same. Enjoy. I can't wait to see what everyone else has done. As always if you would like to play along just click on the title of this post and it will take you right to Hambo

Friday, June 3, 2011


Finally made a card. It has been a while but who could resist doing a card with this sweet image. It is the Hamboe Hoedown! We were to use buttons on this challenge. And there they are, for all the world to see. The paper I used on this card is from a new pack I just got. It is called Kitschy Kitchen by Melissa Frances. I just got it yesterday and couldn't wait to make something with it. I got it from a site called "A Cherry on Top" It has recipe cards and several other things like tags to go with it. The little cherry brad is one that I bought ages ago, probably from Michaels. If you want to play along in this challenge just click the link at the top of this post. Stop by and see all the new digis they have. Cute, cute, cute

Friday, May 13, 2011

Hambo Hoedown #15

Here is the challenge for Hambo Hoedown -- we are to use bright colors and paper piecing. I love to paper piece. I had never done paper piecing with a digital image before and it was really easy. Why did I think it wouldn't be?? Just print it on designer paper and cut. Couldn't be easier. I colored the rest of the card with my Copics. They give the richest colors. I added a little 3D Crystal Lacquer to the hearts and added Crystal stickles to the striped lines above the hearts. It added a little bling. I really enjoy these Hambo Challenges. If you want to play along just click on the title of this post and it will take you right to it.

The designer paper is from a 6x6 stack called Summer Days by echo park.

Farm Chicken

I didn't get my card in on time for the Hambo Hoedown but thought I would post it anyway. We were to use the Farm Chicken with dots and strips. When I looked at this chicken's face all I could imagine is the faces on the picture of American Gothic by Grant Wood. So I opened my Photoshop Elements and got to work trying to make something similar. I am not too good with this program so it took a while but I think I kind of captured it. lol Then I tried to figure out a catchy name that sounded similar but try as I could I couldn't think of a thing. All the images on this card are by Hambo even the church in the background. I colored them with Copics and did a little shading with Prisma colored pencils. Of course there is my sponged clouds. They seem to becoming a standard in my card making. lol

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

And speaking of special women. Happy Mothers Day, Meade Girls.

Hambo Hoedown

Well, I made it back from up north just in time for another Hoedown. Thank you everyone for the well wishes.

This week we are honoring special women in our lives. This card has to have lace and flowers on it to be able to be entered into the challenge. This is right up my alley. I love anything that glitters, has lace or flowers. Although this took me a while, I was having trouble with colors. I had way to much pink.

On this card I used a new die called High Tea Party Doily. It is from My Favorite Things. I love these new intricate dies. I have several and this is one of my favorites. The image was printed on Mohawk Bright White cover paper. I have really good luck with Copics on this type of paper. The flowers are from my stash and same with the designer paper. I punched the butterflies with a Martha Stewart punch and used Stickles to give them a little bling. I used oval Nesties to cut out the images. Added a few pearls and I was done. Thanks for coming to see my card. Hope you participate in the challenge and as Martha would say (I think she says this. lol) "Its a fun thing" or wait maybe that was "Its a good thing" Sorry Martha I can't remember.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Designer of the week

This week I am the designer of the week for Hambo Stamps. I am so thrilled to be asked. I can't tell you how honored I am. Thank you Hambo Stamps for thinking my work is good enough to be allowed to be the designer of the week. Their images are so easy to work with that anyones cards look great. So thank you for such a great product. These are the cards that I sent in for this weeks challenge. If you would like to participate just click on the title of this post and it will take you to the Hambo Hoedown. Fun, fun fun.

P. S. The one at the top is an extra one. I guess I couldn't stop after I got started. lol

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cased card from Ree

This is a card I cased from Ree at Her cards are so pretty.

Penguin Bunny

Its Hambo Hoedown time again and this time the challenge is to use an Easel card. I have been wanting to try making an Easel card with a Twist so this was the perfect time to try. As always if you click on the title of this post it will take you to the challenge. While I was playing I decided to try this on my Photoshop Elements program. I hadn't used it for a while and was a little rusty. After downloading the background paper and a few elements, I downloaded the Penguin Bunny. I used the magic wand to cut him out. (I wondered if I could do that. Yea! for me. ) I added some shadows to make it look like it was popped up. Printed it out and used my Copics to color him in. Then I added a few stamped images (hearts) the stems and leaves I drew in, cut out butterflys, and glossied up and stickled the flower hearts. I finally added a little flower soft to his ears and tail . I guess this would be a Hybrid project. Thanks for coming to look at my card. I really enjoy the comments.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

I recently got a design from It is a swan made with a flower punch. It looks really difficult at first but it is so easy to do. I even cased her card. I am such a copier. Anyway I really loved this swan when I saw her card and couldn't wait to do it. So here you go. The leaves are a die I bought from The flowers are a stamp from Purple daisy designs. She is amish so you would have to call her to order. Telephone number is 717-597-8803. What is so great about these stamps is that you can use a five petal punch to punch them out. The purple paper is from Stampin Up that I embossed using an Cuttlebug embossing folder and I outlined the blocks of paper with my Gold leaf pen. The doily is a die I got from They will even make a custom made die for any of your stamps. How great is that.