Thursday, December 29, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge 101

Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge was one I have needed for awhile.  I have quite a few ideas about using pennants or other hanging objects on a card, but I had never taken the time to figure out how I would make a card.  Thanks to this week's sketch, I have had a lot of fun making this card using a Verve stamp that has been nagging at me to use!  Here is a copy of the sketch:
Card Details:
  • Images from Lori Gardner's collection Wash Day from PcCrafter (no longer available)
  • Cloud background from Kaelynn Winn's collection Feathered Nest from PcCrafter (no longer available)
  • Plaid paper from Stack 7 from DCWV
  • Sentiment stamp from Verve Stamps
  • OWH Sketch 101
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I'm off to the Muppet movie!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Our Daily Bread December Challenge: Get Sentimental

For December Our Daily Bread is sponsoring a challenge for us to make cards with the theme Get Sentimental!
ODB will sponsor the price of two large size flat boxes of cards for Operation Write Home if we can link up at least 50 cards by the end of this month.  I am entering this card in the challenge to help meet our goal.  Thank you ODB for sponsoring us!

  • Sentiment is from Elegant Word Art
  • Digi images (rose and butterfly) are from Vintagerio
  • Pattern paper from K&C Company
Thanks for visiting my blog.  Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card


I found this great paper at Micheal's from Deja Views called Lucky Day.  I loved the metallic green diamonds and the aging done to the paper.  I am entering this card into OWH's Happy Birthday! challenge.  Since I had already made two cards for my upcoming box for OWH (and I don't want to add more for this box), and I couldn't choose which one to enter, I am posting both of them.  OK, I'm off to get my tree decorated!

  • Image Create with TLC
  • Paper from Deja Views
  • OWH Sketch 49
  • Sentiment computer generated 
  • Distressing with Ranger Antique Linen

Girl Birthday Card

I have made so many love cards lately that I thought I would take a break and make a few birthday cards.  I love this little girl image.  She's is a pre-colored digi from Cheryl Seslar.  I am entering her into OWH's Mid-Week Throwdown Happy Birthday.

  • Image from Cheryl Sesalr's collection Emma n Erin Birthday Wishes from One Stop Digi Shop
  • OWH Sketch 71
  •  Paper by DCWV
Since I have made two sets of birthday cards for my upcoming box, I am re-posting my two birthday cards for this challenge.   I still have to decorate my tree! 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Distress Inks and Hero Arts Wildflower Garden Stamp

I had to try out my Tim Holtz distress stains, so I played around last night and made this card for my next OWH box of cards.  Sandy won't recognize me, lol! 

  • Tim Holtz Distress Stains in Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, and Spiced Marmalade
  • Hero Arts stamp Wildflower Garden
  • Stamping Scrapping - sentiment stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Copics
  • Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain around card edges
  • Aqua Net hairspray to set the stains since they are water soluable
Hope everyone's holidays are going great!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Stamps, Stamps, Stamps, and a Digi

Part of my new Hero Arts stamps that I just received was a set with a dandelion and flowers.  I had a small dandelion stamp (also Hero Arts)  from awhile ago, and  I combined the two stamps by first stamping the large dandelion and then the smaller one on top to fill it out more.  I added a stamp from Rubber Stampede (in green) and then added some small florals in red with a stamp from Inkadinkado.  This card was CASED from a card I saw on a blog called Inspired By (here).  I just love her cards and since I am new to stamping, I can't help but card-lift her ideas!

  • Card idea from blog Inspired By
  • Word Art from Elegant Word Art
  • Stamps:  Hero Arts, Rubber Stampede, Inkadinkado
  • Clear embossing powder from a la Mode
  • Ranger distress inks Fired Brick, Forest Moss, Spiced Marmalade, Antique White (around edges)

New Hero Arts Stamp

I just received my new Hero Arts stamps (early Christmas!) and so I decided to make a few simple, fast cards out of one of the stamps. 

  • Hero Arts stamp sentiment
  • Micheal's dollar stamp - flower
  • Copics V93, BV00, BV002, Y21 + a water color pencil
  • Micheal's Reflections paper and pearls
  • Martha Stewart punch
  • Memento Tuxedo black ink

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My First Ever Copic-Colored Image!

I colored this image from the FairyDoodler's Teddy Bea line.  I just love her Teddy Bears.  Her images are the main reason I wanted to try Copics.  I have colored some of her digis in Photoshop, but I have never been very satisfied with how they turned out.  So, since Micheal's had them on sale, I decided to buy some and have a go.  I am now officially in love with Copics.  I have some on order with a site I really like to order from:  Creative Play Stamps.  They had them on sale also, so I outdid myself and I won't be spending money for quite a while.  I also bought the new Hero Arts stamps from them too and I am eagerly awaiting my early Christmas present.  (Thanks to the best husband on the planet!)  I am not going to make this little bear into a card.  I will color up some others, though, but this one will stay home with me.

Thanks for visiting my blog today. 

OWH Sketch Challenge 99

I went to Micheal's the other day and they had Copics on sale.  So I bought a few.  Well, not a few, but relatively few.  I decided to try coloring some black and white line art images from my PcCrafter collection.  They used to offer their images in 3 different formats, so once I figured out how to re-format WMF files into JPEG's, I was in business!  I am entering this card into Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 99.

  • Image from Kathy DiStefano Griffiths collection Countryside Collection from PcCrafter
  • Papers from Micheal's Reflections line
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Martha Stewart Heart Punch
  • OWH Sketch 99

Thursday, December 8, 2011

OWH Mid-Week Challenge - Make Your Own Background/Patterned Paper

Operation Write Home's Mid-week Challenge is Make Your Own Background/Patterned Paper.  I was fooling around with my embossing folders sometime last week and also watching StampTV with Gina K (link here) showing the distressed letterpress technique.  (She has a lot of videos demonstrating different techniques.)  I was stalling since I was still cranking out cards to get my box more full before I mailed it off for the Archway Challenge (which I got in the mail on Tuesday!).  Anyway, I thought "what the heck" and decided to ink up one side of a Tim Holtz embossing folder called Damask and just see what happened.  So I made it and tossed it into my scrap box (a food container from the Dollar Store) after not being too impressed since I couldn't feel any inspiration by what I had done.  The saga continues.... So this week rolls around and what do I see for our OWH Challenge?  Make your own background.  I was still so unimpressed by my previous efforts that I didn't even give that background I had made any thought at all.  So I was cruising around blogs trying to conjure up the MOJO when I went on the blog Inspired By and got inspired!  The picutres of her card are here at the I Love Mementos Blog.  She, Jill Foster,  had made a card using a Penny Black background stamp and I suddenly realized that it looked similar to the background I had made the week before.  Well off the races I have been and I have a card in almost every color of Tim Holtz Distressed Ink that I own! I added the color of the stamp pad to each photo.
Word art for my cards:  "you're amazing!" from Create with TLC.  "Always in my Heart" from Elegant Word Art.  Links to their sites are on my left side bar.

I really had a blast with this challenge -  thanks, Jan!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Googlie Eyes!

This little guy is the last card into my box that I shipped to Sandy today.  147 cards!  I made fewer duplicates, but I still ended up with a large flat rate box - not full though.  I had to make a googlie eye card because I just love these eyes I bought at JoAnn's.  Plus I love rolling them around and giving the frog a different expression!

  • Image from Fayette Terlouw's collection Get Framed from PcCrafter
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder Bricked
  • Heart paper from Echo Park
  • Spellbinders heart die
  • Computer generated heart and sentiment (font is LD Delightful)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Last Card of The Doodle Dragon Valentines

Well, my deadline is near for mailing my box of cards into OWH for the Archway Cookie Challenge, so I must stop the Card-a-Palooza with this cute turtle from Dustin Pike.  I have a few more cards to make for my box, but they will be by different artists. 

  • Image:  Doodle Dragon Studios - Dustin Pike
  • Heart border from Cara Bradshaw's collection Paisley Garden from PcCrafter
  • Split Coast Stampers sketch SC355
  • Sizzix Texture Plate

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Another Archway Valentine Card

I interrupted my Doodle Dragon marathon to make this cute little doggie image into a card.  One advantage of having too much paper in my stash allows me to pick something that goes with a pre-colored image.  I stitched around the card for added interest even though one card had to be trashed (after all of the other work involved in getting it to that point!) when my sewing machine's bobbin came out of place and my machine went haywire!  Well, at least 3 of these are going into my OWH box!

  • Vintagerio image
  • Stamp from Fiskars
  • OWH sketch 74
  • DCWV dotted paper
  • EK Success heart sticker
  • Spellbinder dies

Doodle Dragon Penguin Love!

This penguin is one of my favorite images from Doodle Dragon Studios (DDS), so he had to be part of the Card-a-Palooza that I am having for myself!  (I did take a break today, though, and I will post THAT OTHER CARD that snuck into my DDS marathon tomorrow!)  The little guy is popped up from the card to give some dimension to the card.

  • Image from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts
  • Dot paper from Micheal's Reflections line
  • Sentiment is computer generated
  • Spellbinders circle die
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder Rays

More Love

This is another card using an image from Doodle Dragon Studios (Dustin Pike).  I am having a great time making cards for kids with his digis!

  • artwork from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • sketch from Splitcoast Stampers SC352
  • EK Success punch
  • Papers from DCWV Stack 7
  • Sentiment is computer generated (JanieHmk font)
  • Sizzix embossing folder Large Dot
  • Spellbinders dies for circles and stars

Friday, December 2, 2011

More Dustin Pike Valentines

Fun, simple card using OWH sketch 19 as inspiration since my card doesn't follow the sketch exactly.  Cuttlebug embossing folder Heart Blocks, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, and some Glossy Accents on the balloon finish off my card.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Doodle Dragon Studio Card 2

My second card in my self-proclaimed Doodle Dragon Studios Card-a-Palooza.  I have never used this OWH sketch before, but now that I have all of the dimensions figured out, I think it will become another regular sketch in my card making efforts!

  • image - Dustin Pike
  • sketch OWH 17
  • Hero arts sentiment stamp
  • dotted paper from Jillibean Soup - Chilled Strawberry Soup

Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios Card-a-Palooza Starts Here!

I am making 7 to 8 different cards starring the characters available from Dustin Pike's fantastic imagination.  I am trying to use as many Operation Write Home sketches as I can.  I also had hoped to give this froggie some googly eyes, but it just changed him too much.  I have plans for another frog in my endless supply of PcCrafter artwork who will be sporting some googlies after my Card-a-Palooza is over!  For this little guy, though, some Glossy Accents make his eyes shine.

  • image - Dustin Pike
  • sketch - OWH 1
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Striped
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts
  • Glossy Accents
  • computer generated sentiment (Bradley Hand font)

Another Guy Love Card

Paula, from Handmade by Paula, offers some great free digis on her blog.  She graciously made this great old truck image available for download - you can see her name on the side of the front tire!  I paired this image (after coloring it in PhotoShop) with some word art from Elegant Word Art.

  • image - Paula, from the blog Handmade by Paula
  • Sentiment from Elegant Word Art
  • Paper by Cloud 9 Design
  • Sketch from Split Coast Stampers SC295 
  • Glossy Accents

One for the Guys

I really liked this image from Dustin Pike when I saw it in a mix of images I purchase way back in July of this year.  A blog I get a lot of great free word art from - Elegant Word Art - did a bunch of song titles a couple of months ago.  This Led Zeplin song title fit so well with this image I just had to use it.  Thanks, Bethany, for making such fun word art available for free!

  • image - Dustin Pike
  • word art - Elegant Word Art
  • sketch - Split Coast Stampers SC07
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts 

Another Sitting Animal!

I have been looking through all of my PcCrafter images and found this one from Rebecca Carter's collection My Honey.  He is so cute hugging that heart!  I am making this card look like a more general love card just in case my shipper, Sandy, doesn't need any more Valentine cards.  I am sending in my box next week to meet the Archway challenge deadline of the 10th, so my little huggie-bear may still make it as a Valentine!

  • image - Rebecca Carter's My Honey from PcCrafter (unavailable)
  • OWH sketch 47
  • Hero Arts stamp sentiment
  • DCWV Stack 7 papers

OWH Mid-Week Throwdown - Use a Digital Image

OWH's MWT is Use a Digital Image and since almost all of my cards use digis, it was easy to pick one I just made last night for today's challenge.  The image is from Digital Delights by Louby Loo.  My digi sentiment is from Create with TLC, but I don't know if this one was free or if I got it from her store or club.  I am obsessed with images that sit with a bent knee.  I especially love animals posed like this since they can represent anyone.  I think this card pretty much screams girl though!  To keep my posting short, I will list the ingredients below.

Thanks for visiting.  Comments are always welcome and appreciated!
  •  image - Digital Delights
  • sentiment - Create with TLC
  • Spellbinders Circle and Contemporary Hearts Pendants dies
  • Martha Stewart punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Musical Flourish
  • EK Success heart sticker
  • Heart paper from EK Success
  • Glossy Accents (on eyes)

Monday, November 28, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge 97

This week's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home is a fun way to use various elements in a collection.  For my card, I made a Valentine card using pre-colored digis from Laurie Furnell's collection Doodle Heart Valentine from PcCrafter.  I heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts to give some dimension to my card.

I also cut out parts of the flowers, butterflies, and hearts and layered them over the top of the printed images.  I don't often do this, but to add a little bling, I used some clear glitter glue on various small areas.  I will put a top coat of Glossy Accents to cover any glitter glue areas to make doubly sure no glitter can escape my card. 

I am looking forward to making more cards using this sketch since many of the clipart collections I have from PcCrafter artists have many coordinating elements which will be fun to place on the card!

I also have a really cute rubber stamp set from Heidi Grace that has ladybugs, hearts, and flowers in it.  Since the images are really simple, I think I am actually going to break out my watercolor water- brush and go for it!  Hopefully it will turn out!!

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I always appreciate comments!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

OWH Mid-Week Throwdown Challenge - Love You!

Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Throwdown Challenge is Love You!  I made this card for the challenge, and I just love how it turned out!  It has all of my favorites:  embossing, flowers, "metal", and lace!  Well, a lacy border anyway and the metal is gold embossing!

It was easy to come up with my card since I had the idea already from visiting Fred She Said and seeing their creations.  My card is a CASE from Fred She Said.  Here is their card:
I have my Christmas wishlist ready for some digis from their site, including the one I replicated!  (Fred She Said has supported OWH and there is a free image at the OWH website from them here.)

For my card, I used a heart image from Jeriann Sabin's collection Language of Love from PcCrafter and added the rose garland from Kaelynn Winn's collection Be Mine also from PcCrafter.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed and then the heart was dry embossed and distressed with  ink to blend the white paper my image was printed on. I also cut out another garland and (thanks to the Ritz crackers box) popped it as a second layer.  I didn't have a gold element to add to the sides of my paper, so I used a stamp and heat embossed it in gold.

Here is another photo to show the popped up rose garland a bit better.
Supplies used:
Clipart from
Craft Concepts Embossing Folder Budding Vine
Martha Stewart border punch
Distress Ink Ranger Antique Linen
I love you stamp - K&C Company
Swirl border stamp - Heidi Grace (I think!)
Script background paper - Micheal's Reflections

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Romantic Love Card

I love vintage images of flowers and I found some great ones at a subscription Vintage site called Vintagerio.  I was especially pleased to find some luscious flower bouquets that fit my Spellbinders Label 4 dies.  I used Tim Holtz's embossing folder Damask to dry emboss the white cardstock.  (It works best to first cut the window opening first so the embossing doesn't get flattened out.)  The heart rhinestones are from my stash. 

I added this photo so the embossing would show up more clearly. 

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tradewinds Matstack Card

I have to admit that I love metal!  The gold foiling on many of the papers from DCWV's matstack Tradewinds really won me over.  I purchased two pads so I could cut up the mats into whatever I needed.  In this case, of the same six pages, I made three cards because I cut out the butterfly, key, and map as one piece from three of the pages and popped it with double stick foam tape over the top of the same image on the other 3.  I heat embossed a Fiskars stamp in gold to go with the theme of the images.  A gold metallic cardstock from DCWV's Metallic Stack was used to frame my card.

Hope you like my card, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

OWH Sketch 8 Love Card

When I saw the mat stack from DCWV called Tradewinds, I knew I could make a lot of lovely cards from it.  I really like the gold foiling on the cardstock from this matstack, so I used some foil paper from a Micheal's Reflections matstack to cut out the Spellbinders lacy circle.  The dark blue cardstock is also from Micheal's Reflections line.  The love stamp is a rubber stamp from Micheal's dollar bin which I have heat embossed in gold.  The sentiment area looked a little bare, so I added some rhinestones from my stash for a little more bling.

This card will go into my box for OWH to help towards the Archway cookie challenge.

Thanks for visiting; comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Viva La Verve Sketch and Laurie Furnell

I am always on the lookout for uncomplicated sketches, and a sketch from Verve Stamps' Viva La Verve Sketch blog (VLVOCT2011 Week 4) is one that I will use again and again since I am very fond of circles!  I used a pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Doodle Heart -Valentine from PcCrafter.  (Laurie has her artwork at Aimee Asher now, if you like her work.)  Papers are from a Provo Craft Kids Slab from Jeff Goodsell.  I used some Viva Pearl Pen on the white dots of the heart paper.  The heart rhinestones are from my stash.  To add a little more interest, I layered the heart and the kitty's hands.

Thanks for looking.  Love to receive and appreciate any comments!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Two Thank You Cards

I decided to make some masculine type thank you cards.  I dug into my Naturals mat stack and started looking over the OWH sketches.  I ended up making two different cards.

My first card used OWH Sketch 71 and a rubber stamp from Stampendous which I have had for ages.  It is heat embossed in copper after I stamped it with VersaMark watermark ink.  I cut it out and framed it with Spellbinders Labels 3.  The sentiment looked kind of plain, so I punched around the die and made some fake stitching.  (On my other duplicates, I just taped the die down real well with painters tape and traced around the inside of the die with a black fine tip marker and then cut it out.  I thought the cleaner line looked better.)

My second card also used an OWH sketch - sketch 68.  The sentiment is a Fiskars' clear stamp which is heat embossed in copper.  I don't remember where I purchased the copper brad, but it would have either been from Micheal's or JoAnn's.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Another Valentine/Love Card for OWH

When I saw the paper with the "I love you" sentiment on it, I knew what card I wanted to make.  I finally got around to making it a couple of days ago.  I knew I wanted to tear the paper to expose the sentiment underneath and I knew I wanted a burgandy colored paper to tear.  I thought I would use a pink rose for the flower, but I found this lovely peony from Vintage Holiday Crafts, a site which offers free vintage images.  I chose a burgandy K&C Company paper with a slight pattern to it to tear and overlay the sentiment paper, which is from Me & My Big Ideas.  I tore the burgandy with the aid of a Fiskars' tear edger and distressed the edge with black ink.  I added a sheer black ribbon under the peony since the card needed just a little extra touch.  I put some glitter glue on the flower's middle and once that dried, I used Glossy Accents to seal it over so no glitter can possibly escape.

I really like how my card turned out, and I hope someone will make their sweetheart happy when they send it home!

Valentine Card!!

We are always extremely early with holidays at OWH!  Valentine's Day cards are due December 31st, so I am getting my cards ready to go in the next couple of weeks.  I used OWH sketch 37 for my card with a pre-colored digi from Colleen Parry's collection Bearing All Seasons from PcCrafter.  Papers used are:  background DP is from Me & My Big Ideas, and the heart cross piece DP is from Micheal's Reflections line.  Sizzix EF Hearts was used on the solid red.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut out the hearts and made the sentiment on my computer. 

Stay warm, we are in the 30's here!

OWH Any Occasion No Sentiment Card Challenge

OWH"s Midweek Throwdown Challenge is to make an Any Occasion No Sentiment Card (here).  I decided to make a masculine card using an image from Create with TLC.  I paired it with papers from DCWV's Natural mat stack.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 14, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge #95

I decided to go with a Valentine/Love card for OWH's Sketch Challenge #95.  I used Rebecca Carter's pre-colored digi from her collection My Honey from PcCrafter.  The sentiment was included in the set, so I used it on my card.  Papers are from an ancient Micheal's paper pad. 

A quick, cute card thanks to our sketch coordinator, Julie at OWH!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

OWH Valentine/Love Themed Challenge

I made this card for OWH's MWT Challenge Valentine/Love Themed cards.  The vintage postcard, yellow rose, and butterfly are all from The Graphics Fairy.  The background paper is from K&C Company's paper pad the Best of Brenda Walton.  The cross piece is a Martha Stewart punch.  The stamp is also from K&C Company.  I stitched around the outside in black thread and also distressed the edges of the postcard and background in black ink.

Thanks for visiting my blog!