Saturday, August 31, 2013


Old McBear had a farm, E I E I O...
Time again for the Hambo Hoedown and this week it's down on the farm.  The image this week is Bear Farmer and the challenge is "Anything Goes".  Sometimes when the challenge is open, it's hard to come up with ideas.  This week was like that.  That's why I'm posting so late.  But I hope I did okay.


Stuff I Used:
Image-Farmer Bear digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Prismacolor Markers
Colors used-PM71 Beige, P72 Ivory, PM69 Yellow Ochre, PM2 Chinese Red, PM67 Sanguine, PM25 Chartreuse, PM29 True Green, PM17 Yellow Orange, PM109 Cool Grey 20%, PM100 Warm Grey 20%
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Punch-Fiskars Interchangable punch with Daisy Chain punch
Sentiment-Computer generated

I paper pieced the shirt with the DP.  I cut the image "out of the box" and popped it up on homemade foam squares along with the front sentiment.
I added a smaller image and more DP on the inside.

Now it's your turn.  Head on over to and join the fun.

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

I Have Something to Make you Well

It's time to say Thank You to our laborers out there. And that is what this week's DTBST challenge #192 is about at Sassy Studio Designs.  "Celebrate Labor Day"  I have a couple of SSD images that were perfect for this challenge. (there are more that I want to get that are perfect too)  So I went with the Nurse Heather Sassy.  What do you think?


Stuff I Used:
Image-Nurse Heather Sassy digital image by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Lips-R11, R14
Hair-E41, E43, E44
Uniform-B91, Y26, R27
Gloves/shoes/bra/earring-V12, V15
Background panel-scanned adhesive bandage labels
Cardstock-Recollections purple pack
Front sentiment-custom eye chart by
Inside sentiment-custom prescription by
Both of these sites are really neat.  You can make your own novelty eye chart and prescription.
BTW I didn't add an "e" to "well".  The site fills in any extra spaces with random letters and I forgot to erase it out before printing.

I popped up the image on homemade purple foam squares.  I added a smaller nurse and bandage labels to the inside. 

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Homework Journal

Well summer is almost over. And it's time for the kids to go back to school. My nephew started 3rd grade this week and my niece is now a junior in high school.  ( I remember when she was going to 3rd grade.)
So this week there's a new digital image at the Hambo Hoedown to go along with the "Back to School" theme.  It's "School Dog" and the challenge is to create a project that is "school themed".  This is what I made.

When I saw the image, I thought, this would be perfect for a "Homework Journal".  And that is what I made.

Stuff I Used:
Image-School Dog digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Prismacolor Art Markers
Dog-PM-71, PM-69
Pencil-PM-17, PM-2, PM-72
Hat-PM-40, PM-17
Glasses-PM-6, PM-48
Notebook-PM-40, PM-100
Sweater-PM-17, PM-40
Journal-Michaels 80 page journal

Homework title-Computer generated
DP-Recollections Back to School pack
Cardstock-Recollections Red
Gel Pen-Gelly Roll metallic gold, blue 

I adhered the DP/cardstock to the cover with Rubber Cement. I popped up the image on homemade black foam squares.
This was a fun project and challenge.  If you've taken a break from crafting for the summer or if you haven't joined in the fun at the Hambo Hoedown.  Now that the kids are going back to school, join in.  You could win some great images.  Or even just get free images for playing along.

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

My First ATCC

This was my first attempt at ATCs (Artist Trading Cards). This week's Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge at Sassy Studio Designs is to create ATC cards.
If you're not familiar with what an ATC is, here's a brief description from the site

ARTIST TRADING CARDS are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ X 3 ½ inch or 64 X 89 mm card stock.

they are originals, small editions and, most importantly, self-produced. anybody can produce them.
the idea is that you trade them with other people who produce cards, either at TRADING SESSIONS or wherever you meet another ATC trader in person.
it is important that you meet other people in person to trade - i.e. it is ok to trade by mail or to participate in editions but the main purpose of this performance is the trading session and the personal meeting.
It's not about money: participants in trading sessions and editions should not be charged any money: the point of the project is the exchange of cards as well as personal experience.
there are monthly TRADING SESSIONS at different places (zurich, calgary etc. see EVENTS) and you can start your own Trading Session wherever you live. there have been other TRADING SESSIONS at irregular intervals in other cities.

the project was initiated in 1997 by zurich artist m.vänçi stirnemann. since then several hundred people from all over the world have traded ATCs during TRADING SESSIONS (see GALLERY), through mail or by participating in COPY-LEFT EDITIONS and SISTER TRADING CARDS (STC).

Since the cards are only 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", I didn't want to try to fit an entire image on the card.  So I just cropped the image and made it a sort of  "bust" portrait.  I got the idea to make several ATCs to go on my card.  I made the ATCs  in different art styles.

Front of the card

Side flaps open

Fully open

ATCs on the front

Computer colored 

Zentangle style

ATCs inside

Paper strips

Andy Warhol style

Patrick Nagel style

Roy Lichtenstein style

Sentiment panel

Stuff I Used:
Image-Daphne Sassy digital by Sassy Studio Designs (August 2013 release)
Colored with Copics
Warhol-Y06, Y08, B21, B24, R22, R24, C1, C3
sweater-R22, B24
scarf, headband-Y15, B24
Lips-R24, R27
Eyes-W1, W3
Scarf/headband-YG05, YG07
Sweater-V15, V17
DP-DCWV Stack 8
Cardstock-Staples grey
Sentiment-Computer generated
Photo corners-Pioneer brand clear photo corners
Gelly Roll metallic black gel pen

Each of the ATCs are held in with clear photo corners.  So they can be removed.  This was a fun card to make.  My favorite artist is Patrick Nagel. I got interested in his art when I was in art school (Art Institute of Pittsburgh) back in the early 80's.  You'd recognize his art from the Duran Duran "Rio" album cover. That was the first ATC artist style I made. The others just came after that.

I hope I inspired you to create some ATCs and also join us this week for the Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.
Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Card "Built" for You

According to the plans, it's time for another challenge at the Hambo Hoedown.  This week's challenge is to "use something a carpenter would use" since this week's new image is "Carpenter".  This was a good challenge. At first I'm thinking ...screws, nails, glue.  Hummm This could be tough.  Then I came up with something.  What do you think?


Stuff I Used:
Image-Carpenter digital image by Hambo Stamps
Coloed with Copics
Skin-E21, E13
Hair-E23, E25
Gloves-toolbelt-E31, E33
Jeans-B91, B95, B99
Shirt-B21, BG18, orange Le Pen
Suspenders-R24, R27, silver Le Pen
Hard hat-YR04, YR09
Boots-E23, E25, Y26, YR24
Background-Valspar paint sample #5007-10
Ribbon-Orange flagging tape
Sentiment-Hambo Stamps

flagging tape

I added a hand drawn floor plan behind the image and popped it all up on homemade black foam squares.
I added a smaller image and another paint sample and more flagging tape to the inside.

I hope I built a satisfactory card this week.  And hope you'll join in the fun.  Head over to the Hambo Hoedown and get all the details.

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Katniss is Back

"Welcome, welcome, welcome."   It's time for the 190th Dare To Be Sassy Thursday challenge at Sassy Studio Designs.  Calling all tribute crafters. This week's challenge is "Summer Reading" (base your project on your favorite book).  I never really got into reading a lot of books.  But then I got hooked on "the Hunger Games".  I have read all three books in the series at least 3 times and have seen the first movie 3 times (also got the DVD at midnight when it came out. hahaha)  I have a count down on my phone for the next movie "Catching Fire" (100 days).  So it was obvious that for this challenge, my book of choice would be something with "the Hunger Games".  So this is what I created.




Stuff I Used:
Image-Katniss Girl of Fire digital image by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Lips-R11, R14
Eyes-B91, B95
Hair-C3, C5, C7, C9
Dress-C1, C3, B91
Background-copy of "Catching Fire" movie poster
Cardstock-Staples, Recollections
Circles cut with a Martha Stewart circle cutter & SLICE 12 x 12 glass cutting mat
Edge inking-Studio g pigment inks
Sentiment-Computer generated

I made a circle easel card.  I tried to tie in some things from the 2nd book (Catching Fire).
Tick Tock
3rd Quarter Quell
the clock (hence the round card)
the white dress

I popped up the Katniss image and sentiment on homemade tan foam squares.

I hope if you haven't read the book, this makes you want to read it. And if you have, that you will get everything.  I hope I have done it justice.

Thanx for looking and please comment.

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Steampunk Journal

It's time for a new progressive challenge at Paper Craft Planet Sassy Studio Designs. Have you been playing along with the previous challenges?  If not there's no time like now to start.  This month's image is the terrific Steampunk Amelia and the challenge is to make a "Steampunk" themed project.  If you don't know what Steampunk is, Google it or take a look at this video on YouTube.  It's quite interesting. So I wanted to make something other than a card this time.  This is what I created.

I have gotten into making books and journals lately.  If you are interested in learning how to do it.  Here is a video by SeaLemonDIY.
I used a Wheaties box as my cover. And have 65 folded sheets of grey paper inside.

 I covered it with 2 types of "leather-like" paper.

Stuff I Used:
Image-Steampunk Amelia digital by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Lips-R20, R22
Eyes-B21, B24
Hair-E31, E34, E25
Leather-E55, E57
Goggles-C1, C3, C5,B00, B02, E21, E23
Outfit-BG01, BG05, V04, V06
Hampton art GEL metallic gel pen silver 
DP-leather paper Hot off the Press, Textured leather paper Recollections, Turquoise suede Hot off the Press
Cardstock-M by Staples Silver
Die cut-Spellbinders Labels Four
Belt (strap) holes-Fiskars 1/16" hole punch
Ribbon place markers-Offray Spool 'O Ribbon Teal, Purple, brown
Book binding glue-LineCo PVA Neutral pH adhesive
Best Test Rubber Cement

leather and suede paper (didn't use the red or burgundy)

embellishment (on clearance for 99 cents)

I made the buckles from medium size die cuts folded in half and the centers cut out. I added thin strips of silver for the pins on the buckles.  I popped up the image on homemade tan foam dots.

I am also entering my project in this week's challenge at Paper Make Up Stamps Digi Make Over Challenge #101 (Anything but a Card)

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Card Full of Clowns

How many clowns fit in 1 card?  I don't know, but it must be less than are on this card, because they are bursting out.   This week's image is "Clowns" at the Hambo Hoedown.  And the challenge is to use 3 patterned papers.  So here is what I created.


side view

Stuff I Used:
Image-Clowns digital image by Hambo Stamps
Colored with Copics
R35, Y15, Y17, B02, B05, G02, G05, C1, C3, W1, W3
DP-Recollections Primary Pin Dot in Red, Green, Blue
Black paper
Sentiment-Hambo Stamps "Clowns"pack

When I saw the dotted paper, it looked "circusie" to me and seemed perfect with the image.  I cut the 3 colors of paper into 1/2" strips and glued them diagonally onto a piece of paper.  Cut it out to make the background.  I mounted the base image on thebackground and popped up the next 2 layers on homemade black foam squares.  I added a smaller image and another patterned paper strip to the inside.

You know you have pieces of paper laying around and need to use them up.  So why not go through them and create something for this week's challenge at the Hambo Hoedown.

Thanx for looking and please comment.  Don't make me send the clowns to your house.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hey Buckaroo

It's time to get "Krafty" for the next "Dare To Be Sassy challenge" at Sassy Studio Designs. That's right, this week's challenge is to "use so Kraft paper or cardstock" on your project. I have a cardstock pack that is all Kraft paper.  And to me it has a Western feel to it.  So I decided to use the "Cowgirl Debbie (Sassy Cowgirl)" image. And here it is.


Stuff I Used:
Image-Cowgirl Debbie (Sassy Cowgirl) by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Lips-R11, R14
Eyes-B41, B45
Hair-E35, E25, E27
Boots/gloves-E51, E53, E55
Hat-E51, E53, E55, R35, R37, R39
Shirt-R35, R37, R39, E23, E25, E27
Shorts-E23, E25, E27

DP-My Minds Eye  Life Stories Craft Cardstock
Cardstock-Recollections Spice Market & Kraft, the Paper Company Victorian
Twine-Darice 20# Hemp cord Brown
Sentiments-Computer generated
I popped up Cowgirl Debbie on homemade black foam squares.  And added a smaller image and more DP to the inside.

So saddle up cowgirls (and boys) and join in some "krafty" fun this week at Sassy Studio Designs "Dare To Be Sassy Thursday" challenge.  You could win free images.  And double your chances if you use a SSD image on your project.
Well it's time to hit the trail to the next challenge.

Thanx for looking and please comment

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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Flashback to the 80's Release

Are you ready for "like" a "totally righteous" and "fresh" release? It's a flashback to the 80's release and hop this month at Sassy Studio Designs.  And it's in conjunction with Corrosive Challenges. So break out your shoulder pads, mini skirts, leg warmers, Izods, Member's Only jackets, parachute pants, Wayfarers, stretch stirrup pants and over size tops.  Pop in your favorite Madona, INXS, Flock of Seagulls, Pet Shop Boys, Bryan Adams cassette. And join us as we Flashback to the 80's.
You  should have gotten here from Jasmine's blog (with Corrosive Challenges).  If not you can start at the beginning by going HERE.
Before we get to my project, I thought I'd share a few pics of me from the 80's.

Gotta love the acid washed jeans and Lisa's "Cosby" style sweater. (circa 1989)

Off to the Prom. Could Dorene's dress get any "puffier" or "shinier"? And what about my grey tails and mini mullet? (circa May 1987)  BTW I still have the car. (I bought it brand new in April 1985) 

Told you I still have the car.  Now it only goes out to car shows. (circa 2012)

Okay, let's jump in a Delorean and get back to the future and back to the crafting.  Here's what I created.


Stuff I Used:
Image-Rainbow Brite digital image by Sassy Studio Designs
Colored with Copics
Skin-E00, E11
Lips-R11, R14
Eyes-B02, B05
Hair-Y21, YR21, YR24
Dress-B21, B24, B91, RV34, RV19, R27, R24
Arm bands/socks-B21, B24, RV34, RV19, G00, G03, Y15, Y17, YR02, YR04, R27, R24
Numbers on background-B24, RV19, G03, Y17, YR04, R27
DP-DCWV the Stack 5
Cardstock-Recollections, the Paper Company
Bow-DMC floss #158
Ribbon-Recollections 5/8" Happy Birthday ribbon
Rainbow w/star-Darcie's Heart & Home Shrink plastic
Edge punch-ek success dotted scallop
Corner rounder-Fiskars squeeze 1/4" corner rounder
Inside sentiment-Computer generated

I added a smaller image and more colored DP to the inside.  This was a fun card to make. Lots of colors! And it was the first time I used the shrink plastic. If you've never used it before. It's a lot of fun. You just have to remember to make the image about 2 1/2 -3 times bigger than your finished size. And to make the image 30-50% of full color saturation.  It will get darker.

Now it's off to Mary's blog to see what she created.  If you missed anyone on the hop, here's the full list.

Do you want to win these "gnarly" images. DUH. So don't be a "Joanie", leave a comment on each person's blog and answer the trivia questions and you could win them. 

Well I gotta Book.
Leave some love and Hop on.
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