Tuesday 29 October 2013


I have done another non traditional baby card this week, I have absolutely loved the challenge over at Hambo Stamps hoedown, maybe it has something to do with me about to become a Grandma for the first time at Christmas. I have used the PIG INMATE digital image. I love this new baby birth announcement card and may even use it to announce the arrival of my Grandson when he comes!!      I can't wait!!!!!

ps...Ashley is my Son, the expectant father!

Wednesday 23 October 2013


The Hambo Hoedown challenge to make a non traditional baby card is still ongoing, so I made this card using the THIEF OF HEARTS digi image, and the SKYLINE and CLOUD rubber stamps, all from Hambo Stamps. I love it!!! and very fitting for how I am feeling now!.....

I found out some time ago now,that I am going to be a Grandma, and I suppose it never really hit home until my Son and his partner Louise, came to my house with a 4D video of our little boy inside the womb....OH MY GOODNESS!!! nothing could prepare me for how \I felt watching my unborn Grandson laying there looking so peaceful and content!! I cant stop feeling so tearful with so much emotion and the amount of love I feel for him. So my card is very apt....HE HAS STOLEN MY HEART AWAY ALREADY. Here is a little glimpse of him....GORGEOUS!!

Monday 21 October 2013

OH Bailey..You DEVIL!!

Monday is my Favorite day!....Why? you ask!, well firstly it is a day off work..hooooray!! and secondly I just love seeing what the challenges are at Splitcoaststampers, Mondays challenges are "Try a new technique" and "CAS", so I decided to go with the Clean and simple challenge where the title is "Candy and/or costumes". so I got to work on this cute little digi image called BAILEY DEVIL. Bailey is based on the Golden Labrador who belongs to Monica, the owner of Hambo Stamps, he looks such a cutie all dressed up in his devil outfit for Halloween.

Wednesday 16 October 2013

Dr Needles I.V.F

Today starts a new challenge over at the Hambo Hoedown, and this weeks challenge is to make a NON TRADITIONAL BABY CARD!!!!......Fan-tas-tic!!! When I saw what the theme was, I thought "Bring it on"!! give us more of these whacky challenges that get the old grey matter working!  I love a challenge that forces you to think outside the box, something different instead of the normal cutesy baby cards...L.O.V.E it!!
It didn't actually take me too long to decide what I was going to do for this theme, because as I was looking through my collection of Hambo Stamps images I saw the DR NEEDLE digi image and it got me thinking of one of my clients who is about to undertake I.V.F treatment, I can appreciate that this journey is a worrying and stressful time for those involved,  but I couldn't help giggling at the idea of this image on a "good Luck with your I.V.F" card, I know that Kay is the kind of girl who is up for a laugh, and I am sure this card will make her giggle too.
You NEED to hop over to the Hambo Hoedown challenge to see all the other fantastic samples of non traditional baby cards that my Hambo design team mates have come up with, each one very different and all ah-may-zing!! seriously!!... and hopefully you will join in with the challenge too I can't wait to see what ideas you have.

Wednesday 9 October 2013


This week I am still staying on the vellum theme, continuing from last week where at the Hambo Hoedown the challenge is to use vellum on your project. As it is nearing Halloween I thought it would be appropriate do do something with that theme in mind. I have used the SPIDER WEB digi image, cut it out (yes thats me again Lyn!!! lol) and put it behind a sheet of vellum to make it more muted, I then printed off the bigger spiders, added some glossy accents to them, cut them out and added a strip of transparency film to one of them, I then curved the film so that it actually sticks out from the card and wobbles about, I then stamped a few of the smaller spiders with the SPIDER rubber stamp, cut them out and gave them the glossy accents treatment. The inside of the card reads..."Just in time to wish you a Happy Birthday".
Note to self....Why do I always do these Halloween cards this shape!!!!!!

Wednesday 2 October 2013


The Hambo Hoedown challenge for the beginning of this new term at Hambo Stamps is all about vellum, it is beautiful magical stuff and it is my new love....(along with a gazillion other things!). So we have to incorporate vellum in our project with any hambo image. I chose the gorgeous delicate digi image called GERANIUM, it was a delight to color, I used promarkers, cut them out, then stuck them behind the vellum mason jar, made by stamping the jar from Paper Smooches crystal clear set. I then layered it onto the lovely spellbinders die cuts after doing a bit of sponging with pink ink, I then added the vellum "love" die cut. I love it, hope you do too. There are a few changes going on over at the hoedown, the challenges now run for two weeks, so.... even more time to make a gorgeous creation, hope to see you there!

I have also entered this card in the Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.

Tuesday 1 October 2013


"We interrupt this broadcast to bring you breaking news just in..........Jane Elizabeth France is staying on the design team at Hambo Stamps, she is delighted that they have asked her to stay on for the next term and is looking forward to all the new changes that are happening over at Hambo Stamps, and the Hoedown. Catch all the latest news and updates on the Hambo Blog Talk To The Ham"