Thursday, November 26, 2009

It's FRIDAY!!!

Hello!  It's Friday again and that means another HUMBLE PIE STAMPS' CHALLENGE WINNER AND A BRAND NEW CHALLENGE!!  Last week we asked to see your altered items and boy were we impressed.  Thank you to all our fantastic and ultra creative participants!!  Check out the submissions and the randomly chosen winner HERE.

This week's challenge is one I find very interesting.  The Bakers are asking you to share your MONOCHROMATIC CREATIONS.  They have been extremely busy in the kitchen this week developing some monochromatic samples to spark your interest and provide some inspiration.  Take a peek at their tempting treats HERE, you won't be disappointed!!

I tried my hand at providng HUMBLE PIE STAMPS BLOG visitors with a PEERLESS TRANSPARENT WATERCOLOUR SHEETS TUTORIAL this week.  If you'd like to learn the basics of using PTWS and check out my first tutorial attempt, click HERE.

This is the HUMBLE PIE image and card featured in the tutorial:

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and a to our neighbours to the south, a HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Another week come and gone!

Happy Friday everyone!

I have a few tidbits of information I'd like to share with you before I reveal my piece for this week's HUMBLE PIE STAMPS ALTERED ITEM CHALLENGE.

Phebe, the owner of  THE TOWN SCRAPPER (and exclusive retailer of Humble Pie Stamps) would like to invite you to her end of the year, amazing SALE-A-BRATIONALL ITEMS at THE TOWN SCRAPPER are BUY 1, GET THE 2ND (of equal or lesser value) FOR 50% OFF!  This phenomenal sale will continue until mid January 2010!  Phebe carries a variety of design papers (including Bo-Bunny, Cosmo Cricket, Imaginisce, etc.)and cardstock.  The stamps she stocks are unique, among them are CCDesigns, Magnolia, Whiff of JoyHUMBLE PIE and Chapel RoadNow, the aforementioned stamps are merely a few of the many you'll find at Phebe's.  She also offers an assortment of embellishments, inks, Spellbinders, Cuttlebug Embossing Folders, the Score-Pal and much more in terms of scrapbooking and card making supplies

Phebe's store is located in the beautiful little town of Petrolia, ON (about 20 mins from Sarnia) if you're able to shop in person.  If you are interested in finding out if she has a specific item in stock or would like to place an order (she does ship worldwide), you can reach Phebe either by phone at 519-882-0623 or e-mail at One important note, THE TOWN SCRAPPER will be closed from December 11-21, so be sure to place your order or visit prior to December 11 or after December 21.


This week's Humble Pie Challenge involves altering an item of your choice.  There is a wonderful prize package to be won by a randomly chosen challenge participant! 

 Here's my altered item for this week's challenge:

Tile/Coaster Recipe:

  • stamp-HUMBLE PIE'S CHRYSANTHEMUM FAIRY (designed by Sophia Landry)

I inked-up the fairy with StazOn Jet Black, stamped her on a tile and coloured her with Pebble Inc. chalks.  To seal the coloured image, I sprayed the surface of the tile with a matte-finish acrylic spray, sprinkling some fairy glitter (AKA Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter by Stampendous!) over the wet surface.  A second coat of acrylic spray was later applied.

As you may notice in the photo, some bleeding did occur.  I'm uncertain why the bleeding occured, as I have not encountered this issue in previous tile projects.  In previous projects, I had not used StazOn ink, however I don't think StazOn would the problem.  I believe I used the some acrylic spray previously, but wonder if maybe the very cool temperature of the garage (where I did the spraying) may be to blame.  Any ideas??

To view more Humble Pie Design Team members' altered item masterpieces, please click HERE.

Thanks for visiting and have a fantastic weekend!


Friday, November 13, 2009


Well, another week has come and gone.  I haven't managed to post much on my Blog over the past month or so, just can't seem to find the time.  There aren't enough hours in the day to get everything you'd like to accomplish finished (or even started for that matter), don't you find ?  I have been making cards for different occasions, but can't get them posted.  Enough rambling, let's get down to business....

This Friday, as we do every Friday at HUMBLE PIE STAMPS, we announce our latest CHALLENGE WINNER and fill you in on the NEW CHALLENGE now underway.  It is my pleasure to declare BENEDICTE of  Benedicte sin blogg the randomly chosen winner of the CIRCLE CARD CHALLENGE!  Congratulations Benedicte! To find out all the details and see the many delectable designs sent to the HUMBLE PIE kitchen click HERE

Our current challenge has been whipped-up by our Executive Chef, KIM.  This challenge is based on Kim's 'sketchipe' below.

To read the fine print regarding this week's SKETCH CHALLENGE, please click HERE.

This is my version of this week's CHALLENGE:

Card Details:

Maggie and the sentiment were printed from file, as we are awaiting the rubber.  Maggie was coloured using both Odourless Mineral Spirits and Reeves WC Pencils as well as Prisma Pencil Crayons.  Diamond Stickles were added to the white trim on her hat, and costume for a little glitter.  Black Diamond Stickles were used on her buttons and the pupils of her eyes.  I put a coat of Judy Kins' Diamond Glaze on the ornaments to add a some shine.
  • patterned design paper-Jolly by Golly by Cosmo Cricket
  • cardstock-unknown
  • flowers-Mulberry Street by Petaloo (white), Petaloo Box Blends (pink and centers)
  • brads-We R Memory Keepers' Glitter Brads
  • ribbon-k i Memories self-adhesive
Have a SUPER weekend!


Saturday, November 7, 2009



It is my pleasure to announce the winner of MY BLOG PRIZE, as part of the SWEETIE PIE STAMPS' LATEST RELEASE BLOP FUN!  We Bakers found the BLOP so very exciting and hope you enjoyed viewing the new SWEETIE PIE stamps and our creations, as well!  Now, without futher ado, the random winner (compliments of of my blog candy is the author of comment number 5, NANCY of MULBERRY STATION!  CONGRATULATIONS NANCY, you have won the items pictured below!  Please leave a comment on my blog and I will arrange to have your prize shipped to you ASAP!  The initial few comments were left by my fellow kitchen mates, they were not considered for the winnings. Sorry ladies!! ;(

The GRAND PRIZE WINNER OF 2 OF THE LATEST RELEASE SWEETIE PIE STAMPS (courtesy of The Town Scrapper) is  AMANDA B. at My Paper Passions.  Check out all the details HERE

Don't forget to check out our latest circular sensation challenge now underway at HUMBLE PIE STAMPS.  All those who take part in the challenge are placed in the draw for $10 of Maggie Money to be used to purchse your very own SWEETIE PIE STAMPS!!!



Friday, November 6, 2009



Today we are announcing the new weekly challenge at Humble Pie Stamps (it's a circular sensation), as well as our latest challenge winner!!  How much fun is that to start off a WARM (13-15 celcius, here in SW Ontario) November weekend?!

Thank yous must be sent out to our recent challenge participants!  Your creations inspired by Baker Kim's sketch were extremely enchanting!!  Please continue to share your delectable designs with us in the HUMBLE PIE kitchen!

This week's challenge was baked-up by another of our very talented kitchen mates, Maria the Baker.  Mmm, mmm did we have a blast with this one!  Maria and the rest of us Bakers are challenging everyone this week to develop a circular creation!  Come and join us in the'll be surprised at all the wonderful concoctions we've come up with!  Take a peek HERE...

This is my contribution to this week's special:

The SECRET Recipe:
The snowman and sentiment were printed-off  (as the rubber is in transit).  I used Prisma Pencil Crayons, odourless mineral spirits and blending stumps to colour the snowman and shade around the sentiment.  Black Diamond Stickles were used on the snowman's mouth and Cloud 9 Design's Rain Dots were used to accent his buttons and eyes.  Diamond Stickles were added to his body to add a little snowy shimmer.  The stitching was inked-up with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink.
  • patterned design paper-imaginisce Polar Expressions Glitter collection
  • cardstock-green is Crafts Etc!, red is core'dinations' Super Assortments Nostalgia
  • embossing-D'vine Swirls Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
  • stars icon-Wild Card Cricut Cartridge
  • bling-green rhinestones are KaiserScrapbook and red star is Bo Bunny Buttons and Bling
I really enjoyed working on this card!  Working on something that is neither square nor rectangular added a dimension to this project and made putting the card together a little more interesting.  If you haven't given a circular card a shot...why not take a step on the wild side and share it with us at HUMBLE PIE!! 

Just a little reminder, the HUMBLE PIE NEW STAMPS' RELEASE BLOP will soon end!!  Be sure to head over to Kim's Blog to begin the FUN.  Visit each of the blop stops, leave a message on each and you'll soon find yourself at the HUMBLE PIE STAMPS BLOG for the grand finale.  There are many prizes up for grabs, but you must play along before midnight tonight EST.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Welcome to our Humble Pie Stamps blop! We are so excited to introduce the new release of stamps in the SWEETIE PIE line, and the new and expanded Humble Pie Design Team to you!!

If you've arrived here any way other than from our blog hop, please go back to Kim's Kreative Korner to start at the beginning of the blop.  My blog is the second blog in the Blop lineup. Once you have visited all DT members' blogs, you will end up at the Humble Pie Stamps blog, where you register for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZEPhebe, owner of The Town Scrapper (the sole retailer of Humble Pie Stamps) is generously offering the FABULOUS GRAND PRIZE OF TWO OF THE ADORABLE, JUST RELEASED HUMBLE PIE STAMPS of YOUR CHOICE as well as A SURPRISE ASSORTMENT OF GOODIES!!!

1. Kim -
2. Tricia -
3. Phebe -
4. Ann -
5. Katie -
6. Kim S. -
7. Leah -
8. Lisa -
9.Maria -
10. Shelly -
11. Melanie -
12. Humble Pie Stamps -

But, before you go, take a few minutes to check out my blog today! I have some eye candy, and some blog candy to give away!  Today, as part of our Blop, I am offering a few ever-so-sweet stamped Humble Pie images, some Christmas design paper, and embelishments.

I am somewhat new to the stamping world.  I stamped my first images for Christmas cards in the early 90s and then gave it a second shot when I stamped my wedding invitations 10 years ago.   I consider myself a newbie to what I believe is now a novel approach to stamping and card making, in general.  My interest  in stamping was reignited about a year or so ago and I do not believe my enthusiasm for this craft will ever waver again.  There is such a multitude of stamping-related products and so much to learn!!

I am a Blog Manager for Humble Pie Stamps and love all that being a part of this terrific team of Bakers has provided me!  We haven't been around long, but we've already accomplished a great deal in the Humble Pie kitchen.  It 's a thrill to be involved with such a talented group of ladies!

For today's BLOP, I decided to play with one of our new snowman images and here is what I came up with:

Card Details:

  • images-the snowman and the sentiment are members of Humble Pie's Sweetie Pie line, snowflake is The Greeting Farm 

This "frosty" snowman image was coloured with Reeves Watercolour Pencils and Odourless Mineral Spirits.  Black Diamond Stickles were used to accentuate the snowman's buttons, mouth and eyes.  Diamond Stickles added some sparkle to the string of lights around his hat and body.  I added some shine to the hat and broom handle with Judy Kins' Diamond Glaze.  The snowflake was inked-up with VersaMark Ink.

  • design paper-imaginisce's Polar Expressions collection
  • cardstock-from unknown variety pack
  • ribbon-Go With The Grain 
  • brads- We R Memory Keepers Glitter Brads
What do you think? Wanna know how to win my blog candy prize? Leave me a comment today on this post to let me know you were here, that you did the hop and that you want to be entered to win the scrappy prize from me. You are only eligible if you comment here before 11:59 p.m. (EST) Friday, November 6. I will randomly pick and announce my winner on Saturday, Nov 7.

Thank you for joining us on the Blop today. Be sure to make your way to the next blog - Phebe's Blog, - which is your next stop. Don't forget to leave a must comment on each blog to be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE!

By the way, why not check out this week's Humble Pie Sketch Challenge?  There's still time to submit your creation and be eligible for the randomly drawn prize of $10 in Maggie Money.  The challenge is open until Midnight, Thursday November 5th (EST).

Have a WONDERFUL day!