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.