Friday, September 30, 2011

Introducing.... New Bacon Bit #2

It’s Day 2 of “reveal” week, and we have a wonderful new designer to announce today for our Bacon Bits Design Team!

Please help me welcome MELISSA OETERS of Needful Things! 


We are thrilled Melissa is joining us on the digital team for the next four months, and hope you will hop on over to her blog and welcome her!

Here's a little about her, in her words:

Hi, I'm Melissa and I'm from a very small town located in the cornfields of Illinois.  I've been married for 24 years and we have 4 beautiful kids, plus 6 dogs and 1 fatty cat.  My love for arty things started when I was a little girl and continued, eventually moving into paper arts about 17 years ago.  My interest has become an addiction and I spend as much time as possible every day doing something arty.  The rest of my day is spent with my kids, goofing around with the dogs, volunteering / fostering for an animal rescue, and doing mounds of laundry.  I'm am over the moon excited to be on Hambo Stamps design team and I hope to inspire you with some of my Hambo creations.  Oink!!

Tomorrow is Day 3 of the reveal, and you won’t want to miss it! See you then!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Introducing.... New Bacon Bit #1

Today is the day when we celebrate a week-long announcement of the new Bacon Bits! The new design team is eager to begin and share their amazing artwork with you and we are tickled pink to have six brand new designers for the next four months!

Day 1 brings us KARIN MARTIN from With An “I” For Paper



In her own words, Karin says:

My name is Karin Martin and I live in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio with my sweet husband of 21 years. While I have enjoyed making crafts my entire life, I feel like I really found my niche in the crafty world when I discovered stamping and making cards. I have very little patience, so being able to sit down and complete something in a short period of time, brings me great satisfaction and joy. (No afghans or quilt making in my future! I don't know much, but this I know for sure.) Also, I love that they leave my home and bring happiness to whoever receives them. When I'm not stamping, I love to cook, entertain, read and travel.  I'm thrilled to be working with the cute and funny digis from Hambo Stamps. Oh, and Go Browns!

Now I'm going to send you over to visit Karin and leave her some love! Please let her know how excited you are that she'll be here to inspire you with our digital images!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow when we introduce you to another new member of the Bacon Bits!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Support our Troops!

Thanks to everyone who participated in last week's "Sing Your Art Out" blog hop -- whether as a card-maker or a hopper! I had so much fun, and I hope you did too! As promised, we've got some prizes to hand out. First up is the prize to the random hopper who commented on each of the blogs along the way ... and that prize goes to Yolanda! She wins a gift certificate to our digi shop for her efforts. Email me, Yolanda, to claim your prize. :)

The second prize goes to one of our stampers who showcased a song-inspired card or project ... and while ALL of the entries were great (and so funny!), Dawn is our winner, with her over-achieving "Monster Mash" Halloween wall-hanger! Congratulations to Dawn, who wins a Hambo store-wide gift certificate.

There's a new Hambo Hoedown challenge posted, and today's challenge is extra-special because we're partnering with Operation Write Home. They are celebrating a birthday with tons of great challenges and prizes. Of course, their overall goal is to collect cards to send to our troops, so that the troops have access to cards to send home to families and friends. You know, when you think about the times you would send someone a card, especially for birthdays, or to let them know you love/miss them ... well, the soldiers have all the same sentiments to express too, but it's harder for them to get to a card store. So that's what OWH's mission is all about.

For this week's Hoedown, you're to use this cute new "Pig Sub" digi (or ANY other Hambo design)...


.... and following OWH's card guidelines, create a card that would be appropriate for a soldier to send. It's very important that you DO follow their guidelines (A2 sized card, no glitter, no handwritten messages, etc.) because there is a very specific reason behind each of their requirements. Once you make a card following these guidelines, link it to our Hoedown blog and email us your photo so you can receive next week's digi image free. BUT WAIT! There's more! This is optional, but because we want to help OWH out and collect cards for the troops, if you'll MAIL your card(s) to us, with your name & email address inside the envelope, we'll reward you with an extra free digi image for your efforts. The cards sent to us (Hambo Stamps) should be postmarked by Sept. 28. The address is:

Hambo Stamps
OWH Challenge
4907 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA  23230-3609

Once all the cards are received, I'll forward them to OWH myself ... and I'd love it if I'm able to send them a BUNCH! 

We hope you'll play along with us this week, and not only have fun with the challenge, but also help out a great cause in the process. It's win/win!

And a special thank you to all of the people who operate OWH, from the shippers to the bloggers to the card-makers! We appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to our troops! From the depths of our hearts... THANK YOU!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sing Your Art Out! - Hambo Customer Blog Hop

I hope you're ready to rock & roll, twist & twirl, and shake & gyrate, because you're about to embark on the "Sing Your Art Out" Hambo Customer Blog Hop! Our hop will be featuring cards inspired by song titles, and we've got some great songs to share with you! Consider the hop like your own little jukebox and see how many of these songs you can sing by heart. And you don't even have to win a dance-off to get a prize! One lucky hopper who leaves a comment at every blog in this hop will win a Hambo shopping spree, so make sure you let us know that you danced on by!  We'll also be awarding one of the card-creators who played along, so if there is one stop that especially gets you up off your chair, let us know they have your vote! Winners will be announced here, as well as on our Hoedown blog on Wed., Sept. 21.

I'll start the hop off with a card that does double duty, because it represents two songs that I know got a lot of airplay in the 80s:


"Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel .... and "Sharp Dressed Man" by ZZ Top. Yep, both of these songs were hits when I was in high school, and I know I've belted 'em out in the shower more than once! My card features the "Dress Up" kids, as well as a portion of the "Sty-lish" pig sentiment. These kids aren't pigs at all (nor is that silk purse!) so I masked off the lower portion of the sentiment and hand-wrote "Stylish". I was hoping that tag looked a little like a price tag, because these designer, paper-pieced duds don't come cheap!

I couldn't stop at just one -- especially when I thought of a card that would tie in with this week's Hoedown challenge:


Can you guess this one? It's "Burning Down the House" by the Talking Heads! The Hoedown challenge this week was to use this House 2 digi image (or any other Hambo image) plus a household item. I chose a candle. I also used a real match to burn the edges of the computer-generated sentiment, so there's a chance I really WILL burn down my house if it wasn't snuffed well enough before I tossed it in the trash.

The complete "playlist" is below, so if you lose step at any point, you can come back here to catch the beat again:

Talk to the Ham - (You're here!)
Gloria
Karin
Debbie
Dawn A.
Bonnie
Jen
Lynn
NoraAnne 
Lindsay
Karen
Libby
Carla
Dawn M.
Paula 
Mary
Jenn
Paige
Marcie
Leslie
Pat
Beverly
Yolanda
Judy

And before you head off, remember that Hambo has a design team call open now. Details can be found HERE.
Now I think the next record is dropping, so hop on over to Gloria's blog to "hear" the next song!  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Be Our Guest -- Jen Del Muro!!

I'm excited to introduce today's very special Guest Designer - Jen Del Muro!! I'm sure you're all familiar with Jen; she's a Splitcoast "Dirty Dozen" alum, which speaks volumes for her talent, as does all of her design team work.

Today, Jen is showcasing autumn, with an awesome seasonal creation. Here's just a peek:


I hope you'll click on over to her "i-{heart}-2stamp" blog and see the rest of the wonderful card she made!

Thanks so much for guesting for us today Jen!

And don't forget to come back tomorrow for our "Sing Your Art Out" customer blog hop! The hop will be like a sort of jukebox, playing a fun medley of songs, so we hope you'll join us so we don't have to dance alone. :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Big Happenings!

There are some big things going on in Hamboland that I want to share with you, but first, I want to wish a very happy birthday to Jacki Jones!! Actually, Jacki's birthday celebration can be included in the Hamboland fun, because she has been one of our most loyal friends/customer/supporters through the years that we've been in business.


If you know anything about Jacki, you know she loves the color purple, so a card in her honor MUST include it! This particular card also features the Party Chicks -- one of my all-time favorite images -- along with the new "Good Party" Fractured Funny that ends like this:


I'm hoping this card made it to her in time, so that this blog post doesn't spoil the surprise. But then again, maybe the card has money inside, in which case it will be a big surprise to BOTH of us!! LOL  Happy Birthday Jacki!!

While we're waiting for her to share the cake (we might be waiting a while...), let's continue. The new Hoedown challenge has been posted, with this week's featured image ... House 2:

In keeping with a "house" theme, the challenge this week is to use a household item somewhere on your card. As for me, I'm trying to figure out how to attach the dust bunnies, so once I've got 'em nailed down, I'll share. In the meantime, hop on over to the Hoedown blog and see what our clever designers have come up with, including challenge guest designer Dawn Majerus' paper clip fence! SO clever!

Tomorrow we have another special guest designer working with our rubber stamps, so we hope you'll stop by to see who she is, and what's she's made. I've seen it, and trust me -- it's awesome! :)

Friday is our "Sing Your Art Out" Customer Blog Hop, starting right here on the Talk to the Ham blog. All of the cards in the hop will be inspired by a song title, and I'm expecting songs from lots of genres, so there should be something for everyone. AND there will be prizes handed out for some lucky hoppers, so that's just icing on the cake!

Speaking of cake, how's when's it coming Jacki?

Finally, I want to remind you that we have a Design Team Call going on NOW! All the details are on the previous blog post, as well as HERE. We'd love to add you to the "Bacon Bit" team -- even if you're a vegetarian! :)

Have a great day everyone!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hambo Stamps - Design Team Call!

Hambo Stamps is accepting applications from now until September 23, 2011 for new Design Team Members.

We are looking for designers for the next four-month term: October 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012. The new Hambo Team will be chosen and announced on or about September 28.

All designers must be comfortable working with rubber and digital images. Three designers will be chosen to work with the rubber line and three with digital images, although all designers may be asked to work with both at some point.

Please e-mail your application to:
hambodesignteam@gmail.com by September 23, 2011.
Put Hambo DT Application in the subject line.

Application Information:
Your contact info (full name, address, phone number and email)
Blog or Website Address
SCS Gallery Link
Current/Past Design Teams (You do not need DT experience)

Once we receive your application, you will be emailed two Hambo digital images with which to make your two required projects for the application. Projects are due by September 23, 2011, 10:00 PM CST. We are looking for designers that can work with deadlines. :)

Design Team Requirements:

*  An active, established blog with several postings each week.

* One project and posting per week on your blog and SCS Gallery, as well as the Hambo Yahoo Group Photo file.

* Participate in Hambo challenges, blog activities and new release Sneak Peeks/Blog Hops.
 
* Participate in at least one SCS challenge per month.

* Submit one project per month to print magazines for publication consideration (online magazines or Ezines excluded).

What you'll receive:

* Hambo Stamps red rubber and/or digital stamps each month of your term ~ some could be assigned but you will also be able to select some of your own choices too.

* The Hambo Stamps Design Team badge for your blog.

* Announcements & features on the Hambo blog (Talk to the Ham) and website as a Design Team Member.

* Consideration for extended contracts as they become available.

 
If you have any questions, please email Judy at hambodesignteam@gmail.com.