November 7, 2008


Happy Friday all!!! Today's Stamp Something Challenge is to stamp simply - no multiple layers, just one! So, I kept my card really simple using white card stock (hence the green background) and embossing my Christmas tree image and sentiment. I actually like doing these kinds of cards, I think they turn out very elegant most of the time! It also is pretty easy to put together!! Please make sure to stop by the Stamp Something site: it is our sixth anniversary and to celebrate, we are giving away some very awesome blog candy!! Besides, you don't want to miss out on the rest of the DT samples, they are all really gorgeous!! And, why not give the challenge a try and upload your take to the site? We would love to see what you create AND it puts you in the drawing for some fabulous candy! So, I will leave you with the recipe, as I have a very busy day ahead of me - tonight Tony and I are going to see Travis Tritt in concert, whoohooo!! But, have to get the house cleaned first, lol! So, enjoy your Friday and have a fabulous weekend!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Whisper White Card Stock
Ink - Old Olive, Ruby Red Craft Stampin' Pads
Stamps - Snow Swirled, Best Yet
Accessories - Alpine Ribbon, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

November 6, 2008


Oooh, Thursday already - you know what that means, right?! Time for another sketch challenge!! Please make sure you head on over to the site and check out what the rest of the DT gals did - lots of eye candy to see there, I am tellin' ya!!! I decided to use my Big On Christmas stamp set again so that I could add another card to the set. I am lovin' the sketch, and I am quite happy with how this card turned out!! Yep, I made my snowman glitter again - LOL! And, I even added some extra bling to the centers of all my snowflakes - the snowflake is actually from the Season of Friendship set, and is the perfect size for making backgrounds. If you click on the pic, you can actually see that I paper pieced the letters with the Dp and looks fabulous IRL! So, want to play along this week? Head on over to Tamara's site and upload your take on the sketch so we can all come and check it out!!! I will leave you with the recipe, since today I am shampooing carpets - I lead such and exciting life, I tell ya!!!! Have a great day!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Baha Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White card stock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Baha Breeze classic stampin' ink, Black Stampin' Write marker
Stamps - Big On Christmas, Season of Friendship
Accessories - White narrow grosgrain ribbon, Ticket Corner Punch, Two-way Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds

November 5, 2008


Happy Hump Day All!!! Well, I don't know about you all, but yesterday was a very exciting day!! I watched election coverage all afternoon and night and gone next to nothing done - LOL! What a historic day for all of us!!!! I hope you all got a chance to vote - I know I did! Okay, so now onto why you are really I am sharing a Santa Garland that I made for my upcoming Craft Fair. I have been making these in some shape or fashion for years as gifts so I thought I would try my hand and selling a few! They are hard to photograph though, so I apologize in advance if any of it is hard to see! This first picture is of the whole garland which consists of five panels, one each spelling out the word "Santa". Each panel is the size of a standard card and is made from both card stock and patterned paper. There is a score line between each panel to make it so that is folds flat for easy storage. I am also working on designing a cute box for this to be stored in, or maybe adding a ribbon to it that will tie together so stay tuned on that one. To make it better for you to see the deets, I did take some separate pics of the panels - here is the first one which consists of the first two letters. I used several different holiday stamp sets to put this project together, but it would be easy enough to just use one if you wanted to make this a class. However, I am teaching this as a class using all of them - heehee, my gals love it when we use more than one set! The letters are chipboard that I sponged with Garden Green and then stamped snowflakes on in versamark. I added some Iridescent Ice, heated it up with my heat gun, and they turned out really nice! The two scalloped green pieces are actually one of the scallop square punches cut in half - I like this effect!! Here are the second two panels following the same color scheme and using some more of the stamps. I stamped everything in Black Stazon and water colored all of the images, which I thought provided a more whimsical look - at least I hope it did, since that was my goal!! And, of course, I had to use some more of those wonderful felt flurries - ack, gotta order more, my stash is getting low, LOL! And, the final panel, which is quite simple yet stands out because of those gorgeous snowflakes with the added bling rhinestone in the center!! I am quite pleased with how this project turned out and I am working on a couple more variations so you will get to see those over the next week or so......I hope you don't get tired of them, heehee!!! So, I will leave you with the recipe of all the items I used in this project. I hope you like it! And, here is another pic of the whole garland from a different angle - I hope it gives you at least some idea of the whole project as one piece!! Have a wonderful day!
Garland Recipe:
Paper - Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, Whisper White card stock, Riding Hood Red Patterns Designer Series paper
Inks - Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red, Garden Green, Baha Breeze, Basic Black Classic stampin' pads, versamark pad
Stamps - Deer Friends, Winter Post, Season of Friendship(snowflake), It's a Stretch, Jolliest Time of the Year
Accessories - Felt Flurries, Whisper White narrow grosgrain ribbon, Rhinestone brads, Circle Scallop Punch, Square Scallop Punch, Scalloped Edge Punch, On Board Loads of Letters chipboard, Sponge, Mini glue dots, Sticky tape, Iridescent Ice, Heat Gun, Fresh Favorites II buttons, Blender Pen

November 4, 2008


It has been really cold here the last three or four days and we actually had our first fire of the season over the weekend, which totally put me in the mood to make Christmas cards. I have a craft fair coming up so I thought it might be good to make a few. I used my favorite set from the Holiday mini called Winter Post- it just really reminds me of the holiday season and family. So, I made a couple variations of this same card and thought I might make a set of six of these, two of each design - and this is the first two!! I am loving the Ski Slope DSP as well - it reminds me of snow! So, I decided that using my Felt Flurries again would be perfectly okay *wink* Here is the second variation of this card - I just flipped it vertical and added some different stitching, but is is basically the same card. I hope you like these because I have a feeling you will be seeing more of the same in the next few days since I am hooked on this stamp set - LOL! I will leave you with the recipe for both below! Have a fabulous day!! And, REMEMBER TO VOTE - THIS IS AN HISTORIC ELECTION!!!!
Card Recipe:
Paper - Baja Breeze, Naturals White card stock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Inks - Black Stazon ink, Rose Red stampin' write marker
Stamps - Winter Post
Accessories - Designer Label Punch, Ticket Corner punch, Mat stack and Paper Piercer, Stampin' Dimensionals, Mini glue dots, Felt Flurries, Fire Rhinestone brads (red)

November 3, 2008


Happy Monday all!! Guess what??!!! I actually sat down and stamped in my studio yesterday - I mean, I thought my mojo was gone forever!!! I have had a really hard time getting back into the swing of things since come back from vacation, so forgive me if this is not my best work - it WAS work, nothing seemed to come easy!! But, I have gotten over the hump now, so I think I will be okay - LOL! This card was made using one of my all-time fave Christmas sets Big On Christmas, I just love it!! I used some dazzling diamonds on my snowman face to add a little something as well as some of my favorite embellies from the mini -felt flurries!! I will leave you with a recipe for this one below.
Card Recipe:
Paper - Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Naturals White card stock, Ski Slope Designer Series Paper
Inks - Black Stazon ink, Baja Breeze classic Stampin' pad, Black, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green, and Ruby Red Stampin' Write markers
Accessories - Ticket Corner stamp, Baha Breeze striped ribbon, 3/4 circle punch, Ruby Red brads, Two-way glue stick, Dazzling Diamonds, Scalloped Edge Punch, Felt Flurries, White button (non SU!), Blender Pen, Mini glue dots
So, I bet you are ready for me to announce the winner of my blog candy finale??? Well, I used to select the winner and the winner is:
Random Integer Generator
Here is your random number:31
Timestamp: 2008-11-03 02:53:07 UTC

So, that would mean the winner is mochamama aka Cheryl!!! Whoohooo, how exciting - Cheryl is a regular visitor so I am very glad for her - you go, girl!!! Send me your addy and I will get ALL the blog candy into the mail tomorrow!! I decided to wait and mail them all at once figuring you all would not mind!! I mean, I would have been driving to the post office ALOT - heehee!!!! Congratulations to everyone who won and thanks so much to ALL of you for visiting my blog and leaving me such wonderfully sweet comments - I appreciate YOU!


**ETA - if you don't have a blog, but still comment, I will enter you in the drawing, so no worries!! I appreciate EVERYONE who stops by and visits!!**
Happy Friday all!!! Today I get to share with you my Stamp Something project of the week - this week's theme is fittingly Halloween somethings, yep do anything with a Halloween theme. So, my daughter wanted a wall hanging in her room of her being Tinkerbell so I decided that would be perfect for today's challenge. Isn't she cute?? Of course, I AM biased, but I think she is an adorable Tink! Not too much stamping, but lots of details - I did stamp versamark flowers on the background (from a tinkerbell stamp set of my daughters!) and added some bling, then covered it all in vellum. She loves it and is anxious for me to get it framed so that is on my list of things to do this weekend (does your list of things to do every grow smaller because mine DOES NOT, LOL!) I am not going to leave you a recipe for this one as it is pretty simple, but if you have any questions, just holler!! And, remember to get on over to the Stamp Something site and check out what the rest of the DT did for this week's challenge, they are amazing, I tell ya! And, upload your own take on this week's challenge, we always love to see them! It is really fun for me to go and check them all out (and I do) because I have discovered how many truly talented folks are out there! So, are you ready for the grand finale of blog candy??!!! I am excited that so many of you have joined in by sending me recipes this week - thanks to all who did, they all sound yummy and will be making their way into the pages of my new recipe book *wink*. But, before I show you the new candy, let me announce the winner for yesterday! Here is who selected for this one:
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:17

Timestamp: 2008-10-30 23:10:59 UTC

Which makes Erin the winner!!! Whoohoo girl! How fitting for a Stamp Something day - send me you addy girl, and I will have this in the mail to you!!!! So, now here is the grand finale to finish off my week of celebration for my blogaversary - are ya ready? Are ya sure?? Okay, here it is!!! For this blog candy, you will receive one of Gina K.s fabulous stamp sets, four studio G stamp pads, a whole package of patterned paper, and two full rolls of American Crafts ribbon!!
Now, you may wonder why I am giving away such a wonderful stamp set - well, I liked it so much, I ordered two, lol!!! Come on, you know you've done it too, heehee!! So, you all will benefit from my over ordering! It is a great set, you will love it! So, what do you need to do? Well, there are a few things you need to get done to qualify and here they are:
(1) Post a link on your blog to my site and leave me a comment here letting me know you did.
That's it!!! Not too bad, right?!! Thanks so much for all of you who leave me such sweet comments everyday - I love reading them, they make my day!! This blog would not even exist if not for you, so I appreciate each and everyone of you!!! So, Happy Halloween, and enjoy your weekend!! I will announce the winner for this blog candy on Monday - toodles!!!

November 2, 2008


Good morning all!! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and their extra hour today - lol!! I love when we fall back, that extra hour is awesome because I lie around being really lazy when I wake up knowing it is still early! Sorry I missed posting yesterday, but I don't have anything crafty to share at the moment as I am catching up on family time and we spent the whole day with the kids, ending with dinner at Olive Garden! We took them to see the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua which was hilarious - just what we needed, good fun and laughs! Then, we did a little clothes shopping and went to dinner - home around nine and to bed for me! I love to lie in bed and read and last night I did for about three hours which I would normally spend in my craft room! But, it was worth it!! So, I thought today I would share some Halloween pics - Kayla went to a Halloween party with our Church youth group. She was the game Twister - totally cute! Tyler chose not to go, he stayed home, so no costume for him! I painted circles on Kayla to match the game board and added some of my bold brights ribbon to her ankles and wrists - hey, I knew it would come in handy, lol!!
Here is the hat - totally adorable, huh?! She said that people kept asking her if they could spin her head - heehee!!! I think it is really cute!
These next two pics show Kayla playing the Twister game - she is soooo silly, but I love capturing this in photos because she is at that age when I don't know if she is going to be likeable or very very grumpy to be around - you who have girls know EXACTLY what I am talking about - LOL! Lucky for me, she was in a great mood and did not seem to mind that I took so many pictures of her - I mean, there wasn't even any eye rolling!!! And, no Halloween would be complete without having the wiener dogs decked out in the latest doggy Halloween fashions - Clyde was Sgt. K-9, which fits his personality perfectly, and Bonnie was the good witch, complete with matching hat - LOL! They aren't thrilled with them, but hey, I think they are adorable! Here they are together looking quite spiffy in their little outfits - although I have to admit, Clyde looks less than pleased at having to wear his outfit AND have his picture taken! Bonnie just sort of goes with the flow, she is much more easy going than he is - but he is my baby and will do it for me *wink* So, there you have it, Halloween at the Hobsons - pretty low key this year, which was fine with me as this is definitely NOT my favorite holiday! I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas though - my favorite time of year!!! I will back tomorrow with something creative to share as well as to announce the winner of my blogaversary candy - it's not too late, just link my blog on yours and you are entered in the drawing!! Enjoy your Sunday!!