Monday, October 31, 2011

OWH Mid-Week Challenge - Polka Dots

Even though I imagine the Mid-Week Challenges are set way in advance, I think Jan Hunnicutt must have been reading my mind by making the mid-week throw down a polka dot challenge.  I had just finished this card here when what do I see the very next day?  Ha!  Well since I absolutely love using polka dots on my cards, I didn't find it difficult to make another card using them!!  This card uses an image from Dustin Pike's set Dylan and features Dudley the Dragon playing with his hand-held video game.  This looks just like my son (except he really isn't green, lol!), so I hope our troops will enjoy sending this home to their own son.  I colored the image in Photoshop; maybe one day I will be brave enough to use Copics, but I think I would run out of ink before I got even one image colored just right!  My card design is  Split Coast sketch 7 and I used Spellbinders dies to cut the circles.  Stamp is from my stash.

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Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 92

I am behind on OWH's challenges!!  I made this card for OWH Sketch Challenge 92 and I really like this sketch a lot.  It's an Any Hero Card for my November box of cards for Operation Write Home.  I used a pre-colored image from Kathleen Pierce's collection Snow Daze from PcCrafter.  The sentiment was made on my computer.  The star paper is from Creating Keepsakes - Sandy Lion and the white paper is lightly embossed with a snowflake plate from Fiskars.  I cut out the snowman and popped him on 3M double sided tape.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Thank You Card - Pine Cone Branch from Hero Arts

I decided to make a wintery thank you card for my latest box of Operation Write Home cards.  I used a stamp from Hero Arts and inked it up with Ranger Ink's Walnut Stain.  Spellbinders Labels 3 die fit the image really well so I used that instead of a circle.  The plaid paper is from Paper Pizazz and the thanks stamp is from my stash, not sure who makes it.  The other cardstock is from JoAnn's.  The brads are from Micheal's Reflections line.

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Birthday Card - Hummingbirds & Blossoms

I made this birthday card for my latest box of cards for Operation Write Home.  I used a pre-colored image from Carolyn Shores Wright's collection Hummingbirds and Blossoms from PcCrafter.  The sentiment is computer made and the edge is punched with a Martha Stewart punch.  I added some rhinestones for some bling.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Digital Delights Dylan

I am absolutely obsessed with images that can be made to look as if they are sitting on something when they are cut out.  I hunt down as many of these as I can!  I found this little guy at Digital Delights.  His name is Dylan and he came pre-colored!!   I cheated a bit though and altered him a little in Photoshop.  OWH Sketch 47 is a great sketch for my little guy to perch on.  I used a Hero Arts stamp for the sentiment, Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots on the yellow square and paper from the Reflections line at Micheal's.  I think he is just the cutest thing and I hope someone will enjoy sending this card home to their little boy.

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At the Cabin with Leere Aldrich

I think this image of these two bears is so cute!  It can work for a guy or a woman.  I used OWH sketch 77 as my inspiration.  I didn't keep to the dimensions shown in the sketch because my image lost most of its power, but I think it still has the feel of the sketch.  I used a pre-colored image from Leree Aldrich's collection At the Cabin from PcCrafter.  The awesome starlight paper is from Creating Keepsakes Sandy Lion Sticker Designs and is from my stash, so I don't know if I can ever buy more.    I made the sentiment on my computer.  The circles were cut out with Spellbinders circle dies.

This card and 5 more like it are off in the mail to Sandy tomorrow.

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Busy Busy Bears - Boy Card

Girl cards are so much fun to make that sometimes the boys get neglected!  My shipper, Sandy, is always happy to get guy cards, so I made some for my box going out tomorrow.  Since I have a son, I bought Carolee Jone's collection Busy Busy Bears from PcCrafter eight (8!!) years ago.  Her little skater boy is still as cute as ever today.  I used OWH sketch 73 for my layout.  Tim Holtz's embossing folder Rays gives some texture to the background which is white cardstock with a little distressing from a dollar pad of ink from Micheal's.  I also used my Fiskars paper crimper (who knew I could use it on cards instead of just crimping the edges of my candy bar wrappers?) on the red cross piece.  A Spellbinder's die Inverted Scallop makes a bit of a bursting effect as well around my sentiment, which I made on my computer.  I also used some twine (first time for me, wahoo!) and I cut out and popped my little skater bear on top of the one I had already printed on the white cardstock.
I think I will post my card on the Sketch Challenge 73 blog entry in case anyone would like to CASE the idea of using an image in this way with this sketch.

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OWH Mid-Week Challenge - Thank You!

I made this card for Operation Write Home's Mid-week Challenge Thank You!  I used OWH Sketch 90 for my layout and a butterfly image from Prettyju's collection Pappliions3 from Cool Scraps Digital. I cut out the top wings as a second layer and added them on top.  Cuttlebug EF Distressed Stripes gives more texture to the background paper.  The stamp is from Hero Arts.

I added the photo below to show the colors better!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Create with TLC Show Your Stuff Saturday

I have used so many of the awesome word art digis offered by Pauline at Create with TLC.  She is sponsoring a blog hop called Show Your Stuff Saturday where we are invited to share something we have made using an item from her site within the past two weeks.  I paired her word art with a pre-colored image from Tina Ledbetter's collection Polar Friends from PcCrafter.   I used Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots and Snowflakes to add some texture.  I also used Split Coast Stamper sketch 298 for my design.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OWH Sketch Challenge 90

Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge this week has a great layout.  Thanks to the guest designer, I was able to translate the sketch into a card.  Thank you, Pam!  I can tell this layout will soon be a favorite since it has such bold, clean lines.  I used a pre-colored image from Teresa Kogut's collection Christmas Snowman from PcCrafter.  I just find this image so endearing, and, as with so much of the artwork from PcCrafter, there is a little heart on the snowman to add a little love to the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and I have to add here too, that what I love about Hero Arts is that they will offer a saying in different fonts which makes it much easier to make my cards look better when I can match type styles to the artwork I am using.  Thank you, Hero Arts!  The red snowflake paper is from Cloud 9 Design (JoAnn's open stock).  Also there is some Glossy Accents on the heart, lights, and bells on my image.

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Welcome Winter

I really like this image by Tricia Santry.  It is from her collection Welcome Winter from PcCrafter.  I paired it with an embossing folder Snowflakes from Sizzix and a Hero Arts stamp.  I used some blue Studio G glitter glue covered in Glossy Accents for some shine.  Spellbinders oval dies were used to cut out the pre-colored image and the window in the embossed paper.

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Operation Write Home Mid-Week Challenge - Masculine Cards

Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Challenge is Masculine Cards.  I wanted to make a love you card since my shipper, Sandy, always needs these types of cards.    I found this image at Vintagerio, a subscription site that sells public domain images.  The image was in black and white and I colored it in Photoshop.  I used Split Coast Stampers sketch number 85 for my layout.  The Hero Arts sentiment is heat embossed.

This card was my first attempt and I used kraft cardstock on the top dry embossed with Sizzix embossing folder Triad Leaves.  I distressed it with Ranger Peeling Paint ink to add some green to the brown.  I only made one of these because I liked how the cranberry cardstock I used on the top card brought out the sunset color better. 

I ended up making 9 of these cards because I really liked how they turned out.  Hopefully our troops will like it too!

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Christmas Cards - OWH Sketch 64

I really like OWH sketch 64. It gives me a reason to do some stitching on my cards.  I made this card in red and in green.
Supplies used:
Sizzix embossing folder Snow Globe and Sizzix die Holly with Berries
Papers are from Paper Pizazz and ANW Crestwood (gold)
Red metallic is from Micheal's Reflections paper pad
Green Mulberry paper for the leaves on the red card is from The Paper Company
The leaves on the green card is Dark Green Pearl from JoAnn's - no manufacturer named

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Operation Write Home's Challenge-Christmas Cards

Shelly Comiskey has the cutest images!  I used a pre-colored one from her collection Santa Claus & Co. from Daisy Co..  It was so cute I had to put it front and center so I used Mojo Monday sketch 107 to give it the spotlight.  The papers are from Micheal's.  I used Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots and Viva Pearl Pen to add some texture.  I am submitting my card for Operation Write Home's Mid-Week challenge - Christmas Cards

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Santas for Everyone

Colleen Parry's collection Santas for Everyone from PcCrafter has the cutest images and are shaped so they are easy to cut out.  I used OWH sketch 73 for my card design.  Sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts and is heat embossed.  Papers from Micheals and JoAnn's.  Spellbinders die for the circle.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

OWH Mid-Week Challenge - Any Hero Christmas Cards

Operation Write Home's Mid-week Challenge (here) was to make an Any Hero Christmas card.  I had this stamp from Inkadinkadoo and wanted to use it for some time now.  I thought it would look really nice heat embossed in silver.  I used a dark blue cardstock background lightly distressed with Ranger Faded Jeans ink to give a slight halo effect around the tree.  I made ornaments from Scribble 3D glitter glue and cover them with Glossy Accents so there is no chance any glitter can escape.  The sentiment is a stamp from Hero Arts which I also heat embossed in silver.

I plan to make several more of these to send in my upcoming box.

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