Marvin with Flowers

Welcome to the 3rd Day of the Valentine’s Blog Hop from The Stamping Bazaar and today is also a challenge day! Our challenge this week is to use stitching, faux or real, and on my card I changed out my thread and used red this time. 😀


Another different aspect of this card are the Prismacolor Pencils! After my last fiasco it was hard to get them out again but this time I was able to blend the colors better. I mainly used the pencils for blending with a little bit of the paper stump in the lighter areas. Now the only difficulties remaining to deal with is smearing and one heck of a hand cramp!

The three lovable digis illustrated by Marina Neira will be released this Saturday, January 22, but you can have to chance to win them now! There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters… so make sure to leave everyone luvs along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!

Here’s the complete blog hop list:

Barbara {me}
…and then it’s back to The Stamping Bazaar Blog.


DT Blog Hop: The Stamping Bazaar – Valentines Blog Hop Day #3
Challenge: Crafty Cardmakers (Spotlight on Pencils Challenge)
Challenge: Meljen’s Designs – Challenge #42 (Pink and Red)
Challenge: Oh, Alice! – Challenge #46 (mostly red)
Challenge: Guylou’s Inimitability Challenges (Red)
Main Stamp: Marvin with Flowers (TSB)
Patterned Paper: scraps
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seventeen
Prismacolor Pencils

Did you know? The Care Bears are a set of fictional characters created by American Greetings in 1981 for use on greeting cards. In 1983 they were transformed into plush teddy bears and made their debu TV appearance in 1983. Each Care Bear comes in a different color and has a specialized insignia on its belly that represents its duty and personality. Adding to the Care Bear family are the “Care Bear Cousins”, which feature a lion, rabbit, penguin, raccoon, and other such animals.
[Care Bears, Wikipedia.org]

Louisa and Leoncio

Welcome to Day 2 of the Valentine’s Blog Hop brought to you by The Stamping Bazaar and the fabulous Marina Neira! I made this card using Louisa and Leoncio which will be released this Saturday, January 22. Louisa is one of my favorite TSB characters so I was excited to see she had mate. I’m tring to get back to the basics with embellishments so I used a few of my “staples” on this card including lace and pearls. I’m always surpised at how well stitching will finish off the look of a card and alternating between stright stitching and zig-zag was fun.


There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters… so make sure to leave everyone your thoughts along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!

Here’s the complete blog hop list:

Barbara {me}
…and then it’s back to The Stamping Bazaar Blog.

DT Blog Hop: The Stamping Bazaar – Valentines Blog Hop Day #2
Challenge: Tuesday Throwdown – Challenge #32 (Valentines)
Challenge: Copic Creations – Challenge #42 (New digi)
Challenge: Wags ‘n Whiskers – Challenge #44 (With love)
Main Stamp:
Louisa and Leoncio (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Vintage (Creative Memories)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia
Copic Colors:
-lions: E43, E44, E47, E49, YR20, YR21, YR23, YR24
-clothes: R43, R46, R59, E41, E42, G40, G85, G99, B91, B93, B95
-other: W2, YR12, YR14, YR18, Y32, Y38

Did you know? Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids is an animated series created, produced, and hosted (in live action bookends) by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters. The show premiered in 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation “Hey hey hey!”, and his friends.
[Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, Wikipedia.org]

Chickie’s Valentine

Welcome to another fabulous blog hop from The Stamping Bazaar featuring three new designs by Marina Neira!! This week we’ll be featuring Valentine cutsies which will be released this Saturday, January 22!

For this first day, I made this card using Chickie’s Valentine and added simple embellishments to complement the cute Valentine design! I tried using Liquid Pearls for the heart and wings similar to the lasercut embellishments before, but I don’t like the solid effect. I think embossing or glitter will be better and will have to try that out nextime.


There will be lots of prizes given away each day for commenters… so make sure to leave everyone luvs along the way! Finally, at the end of the week one lucky winner will be chosen to win the entire set of three (3) digis!!

Here’s the complete blog hop list:

Barbara {me}
…and then it’s back to The Stamping Bazaar Blog.

DT Blog Hop: The Stamping Bazaar – Valentines Blog Hop (Day 1)
Chalenge: Stamp Something Challenges (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Phindy’s Place – Challenge #38 (Valentine Card)
Challenge: Delicious Doodles – Challenge #8 (3 Colors)
Challenge: Pattie’s Creations – Challenge #10 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Chickie’s Valentine (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Vintage (Creative Memories), Farm Fresh: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon) and scraps
Metal Die: My Favorite Things Die-namics Scalloped Edge
Copic Colors:
-chick: YR21, YR23, YR26, YR12, YR14, YR18, E04
-other: R02, R05, R08, E09, B32, B34

Did you know? Toss bombing is a method of bombing where the attacking aircraft pulls upwards when releasing its bomb load, giving the bomb additional time of flight by starting its ballistic path with an upward vector. The purpose of toss bombing is to compensate for the gravity drop of the missile in flight. A more dynamic variant of toss bombing, called over-the-shoulder bombing, or the LABS (Low Altitude Bombing System) maneuver (known to pilots as the “idiot’s loop”), is a particular kind of loft bombing where the bomb is released past the vertical so it is tossed back towards the target. the maneuver had allowed the bomber to change direction and distance itself from the target.
[Toss Bombing, Wikipedia.org]

Catch of the Day

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using punches! For this card I used my corner rounder punch and and clipped two opposite corners. The stamp I used was Catch of the Day from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love this color combination – the greens, browns and creams are soothing – and a chose larger hardware embellishments for a more masculine card.


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar – Challenge #11 (Punches)
Challenge: Top Tip Tuesday – Challenge #17 (Anything Goes)
Challenge: Inspiration Avenue Challenges (Favorite colors)
Challenge: Little Red Wagon – Challenge #61 (Leftover paper)
Main Stamp:
Catch of the Day (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Farm Fresh: Chicken Coop (October Afternoon)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Ten and My Favorite Things Die-namics Notebook Edge
Copic Colors:
B000, W02, E70, E71, E74, E77, E79, E04, B91, B93, B95, E41, E42, E43, YG63, YG67, G82, G40, E17, E18, E19

Did you know? Tapioca is a starch extracted from the Cassava root. It is a staple food in some regions and is used worldwide as a thickening agent, mainly in foods. Tapioca is gluten free, and almost completely protein free. The cassava plant has either red or green branches with blue spindles on them. The toxin found in the root of the red-branched variant is less harmful to humans than the green-branched variety. Therefore, while the root of the red/purple-branched variant can be consumed directly, the root of the green-branched variant requires treatment to remove the toxin. Commercially, the starch is processed into several forms: powder, fine or coarse flakes or meal, rectangular sticks, and the most common spherical “pearls”.
[Tapioca, Wikipedia.org]

Bikkie with Cookie

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using Lace & Ribbons! I chose to feature The Stamping Bazaar‘s Bikkie with Cookie, illustrated by Marina Neira, and used a soft color pallet. It’s indented to be used as a baby card so I colored Bikkie yellow for a neutral gender.


The lace is easily spotted and for the ribbon I used a thin white organdy ribbon behind the flowers and curled the ends. I also added two star-shaped hat pins and in the opposite corner two silver spacers, each with an added Dew Drop.


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar – Challenge #10
Challenge: Crafty Hos’ Challenge Blog (Baby Theme)
Challenge: Gingerloft Challenge #8 (Distressing)
Challenge: Whoopsie Daisy Challenges (Free & easy)
Main Stamp: Bikkie with Cookie (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Sweet Pea (TPS)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eleven
Copic Colors:
-bikkie: YR61, YR65, YR20, YR21, YR23, G21, G85
-other: G21, G85, B21, B91, C1, E41, E43, R30, R32

Did you know? The North Stoke Church, in the English county of West Sussex, has architectural features and internal fittings spanning hundreds of years, including some very old stained glass and wall paintings. In late 2007, two amateur archaeologists at the University of Sussex unexpectedly came across an ancient document giving the dedication of the church, which had been unknown since the English Reformation or before. They found a piece of vellum stuck to the back of one which was a letter written by the Bishop of Chichester Stephen Bersted to King Edward I in 1275, indicating that the church was dedicated to Mary the Virgin. Accordingly, a rededication ceremony was held at the now redundant church on 8 December 2007, at which it was officially renamed from North Stoke Church to St Mary the Virgin Church.
[St mary the Virgin’s Church, North Stoke, Wikipedia.org]

Baby New Year

Here’s another Happy New Year card this time featuring Baby New Year from The Stamping Bazaar and illustrated by Marina Neira. I have several fun New Year stamps that I’ll be using this week so stay tuned. ;D


Some of the details I added were roses, a rub-on pair of spectacles, sequined ribbon and metal hardware for the ticket label. I also used my cutting die with white felt instead of paper to add more texture.


Challenge: Paper Playtime – Challenge #31 (New Years)
Challenge: For Fun Challenges (New Years)
Main Stamp:
Baby New Year (TSB)
Patterned Paper: BW Evergreen (K&C)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Dahlia
Copic Colors:
-skin: E000, E00, E11
-hair: E37, E39
-clothes: W2, W4, W6, W8, R35, R37, R39, E50, E51
-other: B000, B000, B02, W2, W4, W6

Did you know? Father Time is usually depicted as an elderly bearded man, dressed in a robe, carrying a scythe and an hourglass or other timekeeping device. This image derives from many sources, including the Grim Reaper and Chronos, the Greek god of time. In various New Year’s Eve customs, Father Time’s image is used as the personification of the previous year, who “hands over” the duties of time to the Baby New Year.
[Father Time, Wikipedia.org]

Puppy with Present

The cool blues next to the vibrant reds reminds of cold winter days and frosty windows. I made this card using Puppy with Present from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira.


Challenge: The Corrosive Challenges #96 (Bling)
Challenge: Creative Belli Blog – Challenge #107 (Christmas)
Main Stamp:
Puppy with Present (TSB)
Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Circle
Copic Colors:
-puppy: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
-other: B000, B01, B32, B34, B37, C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59

Did you know? Czech is a West Slavic language with about 12 million native speakers; it is the majority language in the Czech Republic and spoken by Czechs worldwide. The language was known as Bohemian in English until the late 19th century. Czech is similar to and mutually intelligible with Slovak and, to a lesser extent, to Polish and Sorbian.
[Czech Language, Wikipedia.org]

Update: I was the winner for this challenge at the Creative Belli Blog!

Christmas Greyhound

I made this card using Christmas Greyhound and thought it would be a great one to show for Christmas Day. This cute dog was illustrated by Marina Neira from The Stamping Bazaar of course! So here’s to you wishing you a very Merry Christmas today!


Challenge: Creative Cowgirls – Challenge #3 (Christmas or Winter)
Challenge: For Fun Challenges – Merry Christmas
Main Stamp:
Christmas Greyhound (TSB)
Patterned Paper: Mitten Weather (CC)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels One
Copic Colors:
-dog: E51, E55, E57, E59, G82, G99
-other: R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, C3, C5, G82, G94, G99, BG000, BG01

Did you know? The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) is a year-long celebration of biological diversity and its value for life on Earth, taking place around the world in 2010. Coinciding with the date of the 2010 Biodiversity Target, the year was declared by the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2006. The 2010 Biodiversity Target is an overall conservation target aiming to halt the decline of biodiversity by the end of the year 2010. The International Year of Biodiversity is meant to help raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity through activities and events in many countries.
[International Year of Biodiversity, Wikipedia.org]

Merry Christmas Fishy

The challenge this week at The Stamping Bazaar Blog is to make a card or project using sparkly glitter! This was simple enough and I paired it up with cool blues into a chilly winter-y card. I made this card using Merry Christmas Fishy from The Stamping Bazaar designed by Marina Neira. I love the contrast of these colors together.


DT Challenge: The Stamping Bazaar – Challenge #9
Challenge: Stampavie and More – Challenge #122 (Red)
Challenge: Digistamps4Joy – Challenge #9 (Anything Goes)
Main Stamp:
Merry Christmas Fishy (TSB)
Patterned Paper: In Winter Wonderland (Martha Stewart)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Rectangles
Copic Colors:
-penguin: W0, W1, W4, W6, W8, R20, YR12, YR16
-other: R22, R24, R29, R89, C1, C3, G20, G21, G24, BG0000, BG01

Did you know? The Earth’s North Magnetic Pole is the point on the surface of the Northern Hemisphere at which the Earth’s magnetic field points vertically downwards. The North Magnetic Pole moves gradually over time and in 2009, it was moving toward Russia at almost 40 miles (64 km) per year due to magnetic changes in the Earth’s core. Because the Earth’s magnetic field is not exactly symmetrical, the North and South Magnetic Poles are not antipodal: meaning a line drawn from one to the other does not pass through the center of the Earth.
[North Magnetic Pole, Wikipedia.org]

Merry Mouse

Here’s another cute critter for Christmas illistrated by Marina Neira. I made this card using Merry Mouse from The Stamping Bazaar and went with a simple layout. As always, you can click on the images to make them larger and don’t forget to head on over to the Stamping Bazaar to pick up your free Gingerbread Plushie!


Main Stamp: Merry Mouse (TSB)
Patterned Paper: The Christmas Combo (DCWV)
Metal Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Scalloped Oval and Magnolia Doohickey Leaf & Swirl
Copic Colors:
-mouse: E04, R20, W1, W3, W5
-other: C1, C3, R22, R24, R29, R59, G21, G24, G28, B01, B000

Did you know? A Digraph or Digram is a pair of characters used together to represent a phoneme (single sound), such as “sh” in English. When digraphs do not represent a distinct phoneme, they may be relics from an earlier period of the language when they did have a different pronunciation, or represent a distinction which is made only in certain dialects, like wh in English. They may also be used for purely etymological reasons, like rh in English.
[Digraph, Wikipedia.org]