Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Circus Themed Design Challenge!

It's a challenge Tuesday!!  This week our challenge hostess is Cindy Haffner, and she  has challenged us to create a Party theme card/project for a child's Birthday.

I used the Carousel Riley stamp from the NEW Circus Release over at the Riley and Co Company! He's been colored in with Copics and the card was made welding the label off of the Create a Critter Cart using the Gypsy and Cricut.  the cute little flower, ticket, popcorn, and inside sentiment are all also part of the new release.  I just added some adhesive gems that I got at Michaels and colored with my copics, and some stickles!

If you want to participate in this challenge all you have to do is create a card/project and upload it to your blog and/or to your SCS Gallery using the keyword Riley1111. 

Bes sure to check out the rest of the Design team designs and happy Tuesday! 
Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Design Teams blogs today so see what they created for this challenge.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day everyone!  I just wanted to share a card I made for my good friend who is overseas now in Afghanistan.  He left about 3 weeks ago bu I was lucky enough to get a chance to see him before he did when he invited me to his pre-deployment ball up at Fort Bragg!

I wanted to make him a little card just to show how much I appreciate everything he's done over there and hopefully he will get home safe and sound.

The digital stamp is from Sassy Studio Designs and part of the military honeys collection.  They just have the cutest little images and I love coloring them and hardly have a chance of making cards with them!  I tried to color her (using copics) in the look like me, but I didn't want to color the hair in too dark to lose the outline.

I used my gypsy and cricut to cut out an oval with the mini mongrams cart (just adjusted the size to 2.5"x4".  And used it as a frame.  The Frame around the sentiment was from the Heritage cart and the dog tags and ribbon were from the Stand and Salute cart.  I added some hardware brads that I got from Michaels and there you have it!  Inside I just decorated it with added some mini dogtags to for some interest.

I'm not one for using dimensionals but I figured I'd give it some depth!
Here's a pic of us at the banquet/ball

and I leave you guys with one of my favorite poems/quotes for the military:

"If you are able, save a place for them inside of you...and save one backward glance when you are leaving, for the places they can no longer go...be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always...take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying, and keep it with your own...and in that time when men decide and feel safe to call this war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind" - Major Michael O'Donnell

Riley Winner!

We've picked our winners.  Using the random number generator, my winner is... Hannahsbugsmom, Congratulations you are the lucky winner of an awesome Riley image of your choice!

Please email me at jhuangatc@gmail.com with your choice of Riley and your mailing address!

Thank you to everyone for participating in the Blog Hop! We had some problems at the store on the night of the release, but everything is working fine now at Riley and Company!

Have a Great Day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Come one and come all, It's finally here!!

Welcome to Riley and Company’s blog hop! Come join us as the Riley and Company Design Team takes you to the circus for tonight! If you didn’t start at the beginning of this hop, you might want to head on over to the Riley and Company blog so that you don’t miss out on anything!

Be sure to leave a comment on everyone’s blog as you travel from blog to blog as each of the Riley and Company Design Team members will be giving away one new Riley stamp to a random person who leaves a comment on their blog!

16 new Riley stamps and new sentiments AND accessories are NOW available from the Riley and Company Store.

For my first card today I used the Lion Tamer Riley.  I used the cricut create a critter cartridge for the circus tent cut and some stickles and brads to give it some interest.  I had so much fun coloring this image in and it's by far my favorite.  Riley just looks so dapper in his ring master outfit.  I punched a border using a fiskars punch just to tie in the blue and versamarked the grey background with some flourish stamps.

My second card is the Cannon Riley with one of the new sentiments.

Cannon Riley was matted on some navy and yellow cardstock which was cuttlebugged with the swiss dots folder.  Some dollar ribbon was added to tie in the colors and that's it!

Well that is about it from me for today, now it is time to hop on over to Sarah Gough and see some more cute Riley cards.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE what she makes along with all our other Design Team members!

Enjoy the rest of the hop and thanks for dropping by! Don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs, so that you have a chance to win! I'll draw the winner tomorrow at 10pm EST, good luck!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


Hey Everyone!  Final day of the sneak peek and the post I had ready and pictures didn't post!!!!  I'm stuck 5 hours away from home in Monroe, Louisiana for our baseball tournament with only my ipad so I did the best I could and was able to scrounge up the colored image of the riley stamp I used for today's card.  I colored him in with copics and used a Sakura gelly roll pen for the gold pole.  Once I get back to Alabama I'll be sure to post the finished product for today's sneak peek!  

Don't forget that tomorrow's blog hop starts tomorrow at 10pm Eastern time for the new stamp release over at Riley and Company.  You'll get to see all the great images and all the stamps can be purchased immediately following the launch of the blog hop!  Be sure to leave comments with each Design Team member for your chance to win some goodies!  

We're leaving for our first game right now so wish us luck during the tournament!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Day number four of the sneak peek.  I hope you guys are getting REALLY excited about the release on Thursday over at Riley and Company!  I used Clown Car Riley for this card and tried to step out of my comfort level of using colors and combinations I normally wouldn't.  I even used PATTERNED paper!  

The release is going to be a blast and I can't wait for everyone to see the WHOLE set.  And believe me, it's BIG.  There are 16 Riley images as well as an accessories and sentiment pack to match it.  These stamps are perfect for numerous occasions and I've had a ton of fun working with them (I just wish I had more time!)

See you guys tomorrow for the final sneak peek and I hope you guys are counting down the days of the release just as much as I have!

Monday, May 23, 2011


Get ready for the 3rd day of Riley sneak peeks!  Today, I used the Hula Hoop/Rings Riley.  When I was coloring him in (if you can only imagine how de-stressing it is for me to color a bunch of happy Riley mooses are after a long day outside) I thought about how the hoops looked like the Olympic Rings and decided to make a card for my friend who is an Olympic hopeful for games in London in 2012!  So here's my card as just a little bit of motivation to keep working hard and the eye on the prize.  Cuts were used using my Cricut and the Destinations cart, as well as Sure Cuts a Lot for the numbers.  Made a little gold medal and stickled it with some gold bling (drat for my elbow smearing it before it was completely dried).

Now I'm not one for dimensionals usually since it's not very mail-friendly, but I got a little frisky today and wanted to highlight Riley a bit more!

Remember everyone to stay tuned for the Riley release on Thursday night at 10PM EST hosted by Riley and Company!  I will be sitting on a bus headed to Monroe, LA tomorrow morning so these posts may be a little scattered on when I get them up!

Sunday, May 22, 2011


So here's my 2nd day of sneak peeks!  I had a little 6 year old helper for this one.  She picked out the colors and helped cut the paper and I think she did a fine job!  I used the juggling Riley stamp off of the upcoming stamp release this Thursday!  The sentiment is also part of the stamp release.  Slapped on some embellishments and we had a nice little card for her to give to her momma who she says is super busy "juggling a ton of things all at once!". 

If you're just tuning in, this is going to be the largest Riley stamp release ever!  There will be an accessories pack as well as word sentiments!  We're kicking off the festivities with a blog hop on Thursday night and there will be a chance to win prizes!  Hope everyone enjoys these sneak peeks!

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Now even this may be a more than simple card than I usually do, but no matter what, I couldn't get it just right with adding just a little bit more.  I needed a quick little "just a note" card, and I decided to counterbalance my usual palette of solid colors by using patterned paper.  Not just one..but TWO...gasp!  I loves the cute image so much I didn't want to detract too much away from it with being too fussy.  Besides, I've been super busy this past week with 5 baseball games every week and practice on days we don't.  I promise I'll be posting more often soon, and I have several belated birthday and thank you cards just waiting to be created! 

I used one of the releases from the new LIFE IS A CIRCUS stamp collection from Riley and Company!!  Tons of cute images that you'll be seeing in our sneak peeks over the next week.  The release is on Thursday, May 26th so get ready for the huge release!  I'll describe it more over the next couple of days to come with some more sneak peeks!  Be sure to check out my fellow Moose Mates and their sneak peeks! 

Sorry I have been missing in action recently!  It's been super busy with the closing of our regular season and tomorrow is our last home game.  It's been a very special year for me and this has been my favorite team ever.  I wanted to thank them by making a special little card for them and writing a little note....all FORTY FIVE of them!!!  So as you can see, I've been very busy coloring baseball Rileys!  Here it is mid-process

Let's just say I was exhausted and so was my copic E33.  I modified the image a little bit to give it more of a jersey like feel and the appearance of sleeves.  Then colored in the bats exactly like the ones my guys use.  Picture for reference....
This is W, he's a Cajun.  His Aunt gave me the best jambalaya recipe. 

The best way to tackle all those cards was to make a sort of an assembly line.  I used Sure Cuts a Lot and Inkscape to create the South Alabama logo and their numbers to customize each card.  They were matted on grey and navy cardstock with the grey background watermarked with a baseball stamp and versamark ink pad.  Some of the  moose even got eyeblack to match their respective recipient!

Here's a little closeup of a card and placed in their lockers.

I also made 50 red velvet baseball cupcakes and places them in boxes that used to hold baseballs.  They're ingenious for transporting cupcakes!
I'm completely wiped out and have a long day of festivities tomorrow (or should I say today).  It will be senior day and I have 10 seniors finishing up their careers.  Our coach is also retiring after 28 years as the head coach of South Alabama.  He's one of the most decorated college baseball coaches of all time and needless to say, it's going to be a special and moving day tomorrow.  Sniff, my kids are growing up...

Well now you know where I've been for the past week!  

Tune in tomorrow for a sneak peek of the upcoming Riley Stamp Release!!!  I can't believe it's already upon us!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sorry for the lack of postings!  Baseball has been keeping me very busy and on the move!  I've been in Florida 4 times, Louisiana, Mississippi, and up to Bowling Green Kentucky in the past 2 1/2 weeks.  Ahhhh!!! I plan on getting back in the swing of things over the next week and have tons of fun things to share with you!