Thursday, July 28, 2011

Opeation Write Home Mid-Week Challenge - Water

Operation Write Home's Mid-week Challenge is Water and I decided to make a sailboat card since Sandy indicated that summer themed cards may be getting out of date.  I used a pre-colored image from Dwight Kirkland's collection Lighthouses from and used OWH sketch 74 along with Cuttlebug embossing folders distressed stripe and herringbone.  The DP is from DXWV's matstack The Tradewinds.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Colleen Parry's Santas for Everyone

More Christmas cards!  I cut out a Santa from Colleen Parry's Santas for Everyone from PcCrafter and used OWH Sketch 72 for my card design.  Papers are from Micheal's paper pads and a pack of Christmas paper.  I used a Spellbinders die for the label and a Hero Arts sentiment.  I thought the Ho-Ho-Ho paper went really well with a Santa.

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Christmas in July continues (as does the rain)

I made another Christmas card for OWH using Laurie Furnell's image from her Christmas Sampler from PcCrafter.  The white cardstock is embossed with Sizzix EF Large Dots and the green is embossed with Sizzix EF Snowglobe.

I didn't add any further embellishments to this card because I liked it the way it was.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Card that Finally Got Made!

I wanted to make a card with this image from Dustin Pike and sentiment from Create with TLC for two reasons - one was for the challenge on Dustin Pike's blog and the other was to submit it as a card for OWH midweek challenge Cards 4 Kids.  Well, the best laid plans met up with a designing disaster.  I was so set on making the card in a certain way that when it came out looking awful, I couldn't get past that sticking point.  I burnt out and made another card for the challenge at Dustin Pike's site and started thinking about another kid card.  I just couldn't come up with anything because I couldn't let this little guy go!  Well, I did use another Dustin Pike image for my kid card.  He came out really cute - and lo and behold this card suddenly materialized in my head after checking out the sketches from OWH.  I used their sketch number 53 and I think my card should now be able to cause a chuckle or two!

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OWH Midweek Challenge - Cards 4 Kids

Operation Write Home's Midweek Challenge is Cards 4 Kids .  Dustin Pike's images always come to mind when I think of kid cards.  I thought this image along with the saying from Create with TLC (which fits so perfectly with this little bug!) makes a great card for a kid of any age.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Birthday Cards

I haven't made too many birthday cards for OWH.  I usually make a lot of cards without sayings in case someone wants to use it for a birthday card.  I found this stamp at JoAnn's, however, and since it was only $1 and OWH sketch 71 had just come out, I decided to buy it and make some cards.  I like to make sets of 6 or 8 of each card; I recently got a kick out of making different colors of the same card and I decided to do the same with this card as well since the background has different colors of confetti.  I added some Pearl Pen to the bottom of the saying which is stamped and cut out with Spellbinders labels 3.  The cross strip is embossed with Cuttlebug EF Divine Swirls. 

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Mojo Monday 200 and Shelly Comiskey

Mojo Monday has so many great sketches.  A lot of them are pretty complicated and the designers make such beautiful cards.  I  have to pick the sketches that are less involved, but I have acquired quite a few in my sketchbook binder to use for my OWH cards.  I think their sketch 200 is a very versatile layout and I will be using it often.   (I also use their stamps too, which are really nice and stamp really well.)

Details:  Image is from Shelly Comiskey's collection Santa's Helpers from PcCrafter.  The awesome sentiment is from Create with TLC.  I used Sizzix embossing folder Snowglobe to dry emboss the red cardstock.  To glam up the fairy a bit, I used Pearl Pen on her buttons, shoes, and some dots on her wings.  I couldn't help myself and just had to add some glitter, so I used a Scribbles paint that contains glitter, waited until it dried, and then applied Glossy Accents over top to double insure that the glitter would not flake off. 

I am really pleased with how this card turned out, and this card along with 7 others just like it are being added to my OWH box.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Animals Rule Challenge at Dustin Pike's Blog

Dustin Pike's blog has a new challenge called Animals Rule so I made this card to enter in the challenge.  I purchased a whole bunch of images from Doodle Dragon Studios during the Memorial Day Blowout, and this really fun image was among them.  When I started making my crafting area Christmas friendly for OWH Christmas cards, I found some paper with all of the lights and I remembered I had this image.  I did my coloring and made the sentiment in Photoshop.  Glossy Accents are on each light in the sentiment as well as on the lights in the strand Mr. Mouse is tangled in.  I think it came out pretty cute!

As usual, this card and seven more just like it will go to Operation Write Home.  

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge 78

Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 78 came at a perfect time for me.  I was looking over all of my Christmas clipart and really wanted to make a card with three images across.  I was thinking of using OWH Sketch 3, but I immediately knew when I saw this new sketch, it would better suit the card I wanted to make.

OWH Sketch 78
Laurie Furnell's collection Christmas Fun and Games from PcCrafter
Fiskars Stamp - embossed
Recollections Christmas Paper and Cardstock
Martha Stewart Edge Punch

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Christmas in July with Debbie Mumm

I made this card for OWH's mid-week challenge of Christmas in July, but I had only made it in my head and never made it until yesterday!  After mailing my gynormous box of cards on Thursday, I decided the only way I could make the July half and half challenge would be to make Christmas cards for one week and then general cards for the next week until Wednesday or Thursday of the last week of July to get the box out the door in time to make the deadline.  This card gave me a perfect start even if I missed the other challenge!

Details on this card:
OWH Sketch 35
Debbie Mumm CD - Winter Wonders
Embossing Folders:  Cuttlebug Distressed Stripe and Sizzix Dots
Recollections Jewell Collection cardstock

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Operation Write Home Miss You Card Challenge

I wanted to make one more set of cards for my box before sending it off to Sandy tomorrow.  (I had hoped to mail it today, but the best laid plans...)  I decided to make a missing you card simply because that side of the box wasn't completely full.  Eight more cards would help snug up that row of cards.  I also knew I wanted to make a beach type card because it would - hopefully - turn out unisex and Sandy has been asking for those.  Also, the sentiment I used from Elegant Word Art2 has been on my mind since I downloaded it a couple of weeks ago.  I knew I wanted to use the Cuttlebug embossing folder Scrollwork because of the oval center.  And THEN last night I received my order from JoAnn's and my Martha Stewart punch "branch" came!!!  Yahoo!  I have been wanting this punch FOREVER.  Additionally, I have been a big fan of Gina Jane Johnson's artwork since she was at PcCrafter eons ago.  She now has her own site Daisy Company where she sells her artwork as well as other artists' work.  The shell on my card is from her Dream, Believe, Imagine collection.  My card recipe is:

Martha Stewart punch Branch
Fiskars punch Tree
Sentiment:  Elegant Word Art
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Scrollwork
Spellbinders Ovals dies large and small
Bazzill Bahama and Lakeshore cardstock
Shell clipart from Gina Jane Johnson's Dream Believe Imagine from Daisy Company

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Another Vintage Masculine Card

The Create with TLC blog offered some vintage car digis that I knew would make excellent guy cards.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder called diamonds to embossing the kraft background.  The diamond paper just happened to coordinate with the car, YAY! and is from a K&C Company paper pad called Best of Brenda Walton.  I like the way this card turned out.  I used Operation Write Home's sketch 49 as a basis for my card, but I left out a cross piece since it didn't seem to work on this particular card.  I really am pleased with how this card turned out.

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Create with TLC and a Masculine Card

The Create with TLC blog offers so many wonderful vintage images and original digi sayings.  This bi-plane card is an example of the artwork and backgrounds that are offered FOR FREE!  Vintage artwork and sentiments are also available through her store.  I have been using her offerings more and more for my masculine cards since the cards come out so beautiful, though definitely guy friendly!

I printed the background image on kraft card stock and the plane on a mottled beige card stock after coloring it in Photoshop.

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OWH Sketch 64

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 64 really caught my attention.  I really really wanted to make a card for the challenge, but I just couldn't seem to get a handle on it.  I finally figured out a way to make it work for my wonky old brain - two sided designer paper!  I cut a panel 4.0 wide by 5.25 high and then cut 3/4 inches off one side and the bottom, flipped them over and stitched them back together with a little help from some blue painters tape and my trusty sewing machine.  I made a digital image for the sentiment and used a Spellbinders die to cut out that portion of my card.  I doubled the sentiment card stock and glued them together to give it more dimension.

I really like how this card came out, especially since the large panel has embossed and veneered flowers on it.  The paper is from K&C Company's pad Water Color Bouquet.

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Masculine Card

Masculine cards are always needed, and I thought this paper pattern would work well for a masculine card.  The buckle is a Spellbinder die and the embossed miss you stamp is from Fiskars.  It was difficult to take a picture without the shiny bits glaring back at me, the colors are richer than what shows up here.

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

New Card

I saw this word art at Create with TLC, and since I love puns, a card just had to be made!  The clipart is from Laurie Furnell's Star Spangled Summer 2 collection at PcCrafter.  Word art from Create with TLC.  The backgrounds are cuttlebugged with Spots N Dots and Swiss Dots.  I used OWH sketch number 1 for the layout.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

A Very Punny Card!

When I saw the free sentiment on Create with TLC's blog, I knew I had the perfect clipart to go with it.  The chicken is from Carolee Jone's Summer Picnic from PcCrafter.  The checked card stock is from Micheal's (thank you for bringing back some basic card stock patterns!).

When I showed my son and husband this card, they just groaned and looked at me funny.  Well, I think it is really cute and I hope one of our troops and their sweetheart thinks so too!

Cara Bradshaw's Never a Dull Moment

This is a CASE of a card I saw on the Stars and Stamps blog.  The little girl on my card is from Cara Bradshaw's Never a Dull Moment collection at PcCrafter.  I re-colored her in Photoshop to make her dress, what else? - purple!   The sentiment is embossed and is a stamp from Hero Arts.

Thinking of You

Another source of good sketches is the sketch gallery at SplitCoast Stampers.  This is sketch 85 using K&C Company's paper.  The blue cardstock is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder from their Cindy Loo set.

OWH Mid-Week Challenge

I made this card for OWH's Midweek Challenge to make a Fall card.  I have been so busy making cards, I never got around to posting on my blog and then linking to the challenge!  I am having a marathon posting session tonight to catch up!  The clipart is from Laurie Furnell's collection Scarecrows from PcCrafter.  I used OWH sketch 2 for the design and some papers from an older paper pad.

Mojo 70

Verve Stamps has a sketch blog called Mojo Monday.  I try to select the more simple sketches to add to my sketch binder, and this is one of them.  The flower elements I used on these cards are from K&C Company's Die Cut Cardstock & Acetate from Tim Coffey.  Some of the die cuts had glitter on the center of the flower, but a little Glossy Accents sealed that right in.  A good tip from a featured card maker on the Stars and Stamp blog! The sentiment is computer generated by me. 

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Teddy Bea from FairyDoodler

A cute card for OWH.  Teddy Bea is from FairyDoodler (link in my sidebar on the left).  I colored the image in Photoshop.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Surfing Dudley

Dustin Pike's Dudley Dragon is at it again!  This time he is surfing with the help of a crab! 

Down by the River with Carolee Jones

A couple of swinging frogs from Carolee Jone's collection Down by the River from PcCrafter.  Sentiment is from Create with TLC and the layout is OWH Sketch 2.

OWH Sketch Challenge 72

OWH Sketch 72 gave me an opportunity to use another double sided paper from K&Company's paper pad Watercolor Bouquet.  The large floral was already embossed and varnished which gives a nice texture to the card.  The sentiment block is a Spellbinder's die and the sentiment is embossed.

By the Sea with Tina Wenke

Tina Wenke's artwork is so sweet.  I couldn't decide which color to use for mats, so I used 4 different colors and made 2 cards of each!  Her artwork is available at PcCrafter.  Also used are Spellbinder's Hearts Circles and Fancy Tags dies.  An embossing folder from Crafts Concepts called Budding Vine was used to emboss the white background. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp.

Love Card

Using OWH sketch 8 was a fun challenge - I used a double sided paper from K&C Company's Watercolor Bouquet paper pad.  Also used is Spellbinder's Heart Circles die plus a computer generated sentiment on a Spellbinder's circle die cut.

Dudley Dragon Shows a Softer Side!

A fun card using Dustin Pike's Dudley the Dragon and OWH sketch 16.  Also used are CB embossing folder Divine Swirls and Glossy Accents on the butterfly.

Born to be Wild by Shelly Comiskey

This card is for OWH Sketch challenge 70.  I am very late getting my card done, but it I am very pleased with how it turned out.

The clipart for this card is from Shelly Comiskey's collection Born to be Wild from PcCrafter.

More Fun with Kraft Cards

I really like the look of kraft cardstock.  Last year I saw a card I knew I was going to have to CASE and these cards are the result.

Image from Clearly Vintage
Image from Debbie Crabtree's In Full Bloom from PcCrafter

Image from The Graphics Fairy

 Image from Sandi Gore Evans' Floral Boquets from Daisy Company

 Image from Vickey Morrisey's Antique Lace from Scrapbook Elements

The kraft cardstock is embossed with Craft Concepts embossing folder Venus.  The circles and lotus pendant are Spellbinders dies.

Links to the websites for the images are on my sidebars.  Thanks for looking!

Create with TLC and Kraft Cards

Create with TLC is a wonderful site(site here) with lots and lots of great word art and images.  I became intrigued by coloring with colored pencils after seeing it on the Hero Arts blog.  I began searching for images that I could easily color in.  Create with TLC has provided me with some new Mojo  and some fun images to color.   Both the image and the saying for these cards come from Create with TLC.

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I love K&C Company's Mat Pads!

I was cruising through my second home, Micheal's, when I saw this K&C Company's mat pad call Spring Blossom by Susan Winget, on clearance for $1.99!!  Of course I bought the last 2 they had, and proceeded to drool over the papers.  This card is a full image that I cut down to card size.  Two butterflies were lost from the top part of the page, but I cut them out, added some Crackle Glossy Accents and then reattached them with pop up tape.  I also used some flocking on the sunflowers and the pink flowers. To further doodle around on this card, I added some old, old (and I do mean really old - 14 years old!!) dimensional paint for the centers of the white flowers.  It was fun adding the dimensional elements to this card.

Happy Blogaversary, Sandy!!

I made this card for my Operation Write Home box, which is growing and growing (218 cards as of today) but still isn't full!  Yikes!  The image is from  CDAC's free images, and is called Old Blue from Anne Fenton.  Anne also has a blog called Anne's "Cards 4 U" where she offers many cute digital images for free.

I thought I'd share this card on Sandy's site as a masculine card to help celebrate her blogaversary.  I started making cards just one year ago, and Sandy has been my mentor (unknown to her, lol!) taking me from the simplest of my beginning cards to the more complex designs I sometime use.  This card is a bit of a throwback to a very simple card, but I wanted to really show the artwork and not let anything distract from it.

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