A little while ago Libby Hickson asked me if I was interested in being a guest designer for Hambo Stamps. I had met Tim and Monica at a Copic Certification last year and of course was excited and honored to say yes!

For my sample I picked the digital image Silly birds of Hats. I printed it out on and cut it with a Neenah Solar White cardstock Classic Circle Nestabilities die. The image was colored with Copic Markers (sorry, I colored it during vacation and I can’t find the piece of scrap paper I wrote down the color codes).  The circle was then adhered to a piece of black cardstock, cut and embossed with the largest Eyelet Circle Nestabilities.

A 2″ x 5″ strip of Echo Park Summer Days paper was adhered to a 4 1/2″ x 5″ piece of a different paper pattern of the same line. The layers were stitched to a 1/4″ bigger piece of black cardstock. Turquoise ribbon was tied around the horizontal strip before the layers were adhered to the card base, a 5″ x 11″ piece of More Mustard cardstock, folded in half.

A another pattern from the same pack was cut and embossed with a smaller circle Nestabilities die and adhere to the upper right corner of the card base. A swirl was created out of Silver Kaisercraft Rhinestones on the upper left side before the image layers were adhered to the center with dimensionals.

The sentiment is also from Hambo Stamps. It was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Solar White cardstock before it was cut and embossed with Petite oval Nestabilities and adhered to the lower left hand side.

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I had a great time in Richmond helping Colleen with her Copic Certification class. During the morning I had time to color. I had brought this darling new Elf Bell Mouse stamp created by Meljen for Whimsy Stamps. That stamp is so much fun to color. How can you not love that face? LOL

I stamped the image in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on X-Press It blending card and colored it with Copic Markers (Bell: Y32, Y35, Y38, E97, E99, Ears/Tail: E01, E02, E04, Body: N1, N3, N5, N7, Shoes/hat: YG00, YG03, YG25, YG17, G28, Hat/Bow: R24, R27, R29, R39), cut and embossed it with Classic Circle Nestabilities and airbrushed the center with Copic Marker BG01. The image was layered on black cardstock cut and embossed with the largest Classic Scallop Circle Nestabilities die. To finish the main image off I added Cosmo Crystal Crafty Sparkles to the hat and Chunky Crystal Crafty Sparkles as snow underneath the mouse.

The mouse image is a pretty big, so after layering it on the biggest Classic Circle Nestabilities, I knew it was time to unpack my Grand Circle and  Grand Scallop Circle Nestabilities. I am so excited to own the new Grand Calibur and some of the new big dies.  I cut a circle of  Good Cheer Tinsel October Afternoon paper with the third smallest of the Circle Grand Nestabilities die and then cut a 3″ wide strip of Very Merry – Write the Cards OA paper with the same die. The layers were adhered and stitched to black cardstock cut with the next size up Circle Grand Nestabilities. White May Arts Silk Ribbon was tied into a bow around the center and topped with a Basic Grey Button and tiny bells I still have from my quilting days (used them on quilted Christmas stockings).

The card base was created out of two 7 1/4″ squares of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock. It was cut with the second largest Scallop Circle Grand Nestabilities die. The other layers were adhered to the base with Scor-Tape.

I kept the inside of the card pretty simple. Another black circle topped with Neenah White cardstock and a strip of Good Cheer Tinsel October Afternoon paper. Since the circles were too big to cut an attached card base (by folding cardstock in half and cutting the card that way), I thought it would be cute to have the card attached with a big brad so the card front swings open to reveal the inside. I just wish I had a fancier brad for that then plain old white.

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Usually I use today’s sketch just with a sentiment in the lower box.

But since I broke down and ordered Copic Sketch Markers for my birthday, I wanted to use them badly. I first used the flowers from Spring Solitude again, but because I had stamped them on a circle, they didn’t quite look right.


So I got my girl from She’s all That out and stamped her in Brown Palette Ink on a Whisper White Oval piece.

The oval was cut and dry embossed with my oval Nestabilities.

As you can see from the color of the sentiment, it didn’t come out quite as dark as I wanted.

So I went over the image with my E47 Dark Brown Copic. (I hadn’t had much time to play with them yet. but I can’t wait!!! ) Next I traced around her with B000 Pale Aqua. I went over it again with the same color for a little bit darker look. This color is super light. 


I added sparkle to the candle light and her pearls with the Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen.

The oval was layered on a Purely Pomegranate scallop oval cut with Nestabilities.

I added a small flower from the Pretties Kit to top right of the oval. First I colored the inner part with E47, then went over the entire flower with R39 Garnet Copic Marker. Stardust Stickle was added in the center and a half pearl from the Pretties kit was adhered with a bit of Crystal Effect.


My card base is a 4 1/4″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Soft Sky Cardstock folded in half.

I dry embossed the card front with my Texture Texture Cuttlebug Folder.

The Chocolate Chip strip measures 1 1/2″ x 4 1/4″.

Scallops were added with the corner rounder and holes were punched with the 1/16″ handheld hole punch.

Purely Pomegranate satin ribbon finishes the card off.

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