I like to make handmade cards and my dogs are with me every step of the way. I have cardboard boxes from Costco with pillows made up for them to sleep in while I make my cards, so I have boxes of dogs! Three of my little ones have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but I know they are still watching over me.
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
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.
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.
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!
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 Honeyfrom PcCrafter (unavailable)
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.
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image - Digital Delights
sentiment - Create with TLC
Spellbinders Circle and Contemporary Hearts Pendants dies
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!!
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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.
Clipart from PcCrafter.com
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
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
When I saw this little cow at Tiddly Inks I knew I had to have her. She is just so dang cute! I used a digital word art from Gingers House, a blog where the author offers free sentiments for scrapping or cardmaking. I used OWH Sketch 71 for my layout. The red cross piece is dry embossed with Sizzix EF Hearts. The paper is from my stash, I think it was from a Provo Craft paper pad (vintage 90's, lol). I cut out her bow a second time and added it as a second layer. I gave her some lip gloss with Glossy Accents. Spellbinders Labels 1 and Labels 1 Small were also used.
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Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 94 (here) certainly gave me a doomed-for-failure feeling when I first saw it. Then I saw Seongsook's examples and I immediately felt much better about making cards with this sketch. Since I have trouble "coloring outside the lines" I also had a revelation about all of the reminders on every sketch site I have visited: that the embellishment symbols are only placement holders for our embellishments. I think I have finally grasped that I don't have to copy the sketches exactly to follow them! Yay! Now I have a better chance of creating some MOJO when I get stuck trying to make a card!
I made a birthday card for my shipper since she has indicated that she needs some, so I chose to use one of my favorite (pre-colored) images from Rebecca Carter"s collection Birthday! from PcCrafter. I placed the bear and balloons as shown in the sketch. I am really pleased with how the composition turned out. The sentiment is computer generated and the paper is from Paper Pizazz.
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I got this cute elephant as a free image from The Digi Street and colored him in Photoshop. As soon as I got him I just knew the perfect sentiment to go with him. I had another free digi sentiment from Ginger's House that just fits perfectly with the flirty little smile of this elephant! I paired him with paper from my stash and embossed the pink cross strip with a hearts embossing folder from Sizzix. The heart rhinestones are from Micheal's Reflections line. The card design is OWH Sketch 74. I am entering this card in OWH's Our Daily Bread Designs Saturday Challenge - Valentines.
ODBD has generously offered to make a shipping donation based on the number linked up to this challenge. We are hoping for at least 50 cards can be linked up by the end of the month so we can get postage for two large flat boxes of cards. Thank you ODBD!
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Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Challenge this week is an Inspiration Challenge using the shirt pictured above. I chose to use a sketch from the Viva LaVerve sketch challenge which has been featured as a tutorial on the OWH Stars and Stamps blog here.
I used papers from a K&C mat pad called Abrianna. I bought this paper pad to use with this sketch quite a while ago, and now with this challenge I decided to take the time and follow the tutorial and make the card that has been wanting to be made for some months now.
The colors aren't as deep as they are in the shirt, but they are still in the same color family. I added some butterflies to my card because of the wings on the shirt. I think they look cute. I punched them out (Martha Stewart butterfly punch) of another paper from the same mat pad and inked the edges with Ranger distress ink. The scallop border is punched with an EK Success border punch. I also lightly distressed the rays with some Ranger distress ink to help the edges blend. The stamp is from my stash, and the ovals are Spellbinders dies.
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I made this card for OWH's Sketch Challenge 93 using Fairy Doodler's Teddy Bo. I colored him in Photoshop and cut him out and popped him with some 3M double sided tape. The striped paper is from Hot off the Press (JoAnn's open stock). The green cardstock is from DCWV Neutrals paper pad. The other green and yellow cardstock is from Micheal's Reflections line. The yellow button is from Oriental Trading Company. I distressed the white cardstock with Cuttlebug's embossing folder Distressed Stripes.
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