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Monday, May 12, 2008

Red and green and brown and blue, they're the Really Useful crew...

Does anyone else know that song? My days are filled with trains these days - watching Thomas videos (and getting their annoyingly catchy little songs forever stuck in my head!), playing with the engines, reading off the names of all the engines again and again from the pieces of paper that come with the engines, showing all the various Thomas toys they make & sell. My child is completely obsessed. So although this stamp isn't really a Thomas stamp, I still had to have it. It's a train with a face, close enough. :-) It's yet another cute Hambo stamp! I paired him with Beate's lastest sketch challenge (WSC47) and Kristina's latest color challenge (Color Inspiration #8). I'm not honestly sure I can make a card anymore without inspiration from challenges!! But I'm not entirely happy with how I colored this cute little train, so I may have to play with them again later this week (hopefully!). The thing I do like about this card, though, is my "polka dots" I created with brads. I wanted to use some DP on this card but I couldn't come up with any to fit the color challenge, so I "made" some. Yes I blew through a lot of brads on this, but I'm really trying to be less of a hoarder so this was a good exercise in Just Use Them Already!!! And I also like the liquid applique for the "steam". Thanks for stopping by - be sure to come back on Thursday if not before, I plan to attempt to introduce a new weekly feature then... :-) (and I'll post something in between now and then if the munchkins allow me some more stamping time this week!!)
  • Stamps: Train from Hambo Stamps (set of 3 stamps), Karen Foster snap stamps
  • Paper: Brilliant Blue, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
  • Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black
  • Accessories: Copic markers, Black glaze & silver glitter pens, Hodgepodge Hardware, grosgrain ribbon, SU brads, liquid applique, SU mat pack for brad placement


  1. ...All the different roles to play, 'round Tidmouth Sheds or Far Away...

    Yeah, that Thomas theme DOES stick in your head! I love what you did with the brads to make the polka dots. This Hambo train is too cute - it's in my collection to:)

  2. Thanks so it is stuck in my head again! I love this card. It is just too cute!

  3. Wow, it's nice to hear that another mother has a child as obsessed with trains (especially Thomas and Friends) as mine is. Does your son sing that song while sitting on the toilet? Mine home, at school, in public restrooms!

    Cute card, love the brad dots!

  4. This is so cute, Libby!! I love all the brads you've used, and I think it fits the theme well!! (My oldest went through a 'Thomas Phase', but none of the others did. Of course Brooke is more of a princess kind of girl).

  5. Thomas, he's the cheeky one! James is vain but lots of fun...

    Oh, Libby, I feel your pain and then some!!! We need to get our Carters together -- they can play Thomas while we stamp! Cute, cute card, BTW.

    Bet you can't wait for CHF's Thomas line to come out, either!

  6. Libby, you know I love this card. Look at all those brads! Awesome!
    Thanks for playing. Hugs and smiles

  7. This is awesome! I like your coloring and those brads...WOW!!!

  8. This is awesome...those brads are an awesome touch! And, I have Thomas (and about 1000 other train songs) permanently etched in my brain...

  9. Why did I say awesome twice? I am a dunce!

    BTW, just wait until your son finds out about all the real trains on'll never get your computer back!

  10. I don't know the song but I sure know this card is gosh darn cute!! I totally LOVE the brads! Wow! What a super fantastic idea! Every little kid I know is smitten with Thomas the Train. This is just so darling, Libby!


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