Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Two Challenges in One

I must be in a major Doodle Pantry mood lately because for the last three OWH sketch challenges, including this one, I have used a Doodle Pantry image.  I made this card for OWH Sketch Challenge 152 and for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge to make Missing You cards.

  • Pre-colored digi from Doodle Pantry
  • OWH sketch 152
  • Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies
  • Basic Grey papers
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
  • TPC Studios sentiment stamp 
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Memory Box Thank You Card

I used my new Memory Box dies for this card.  The dragonflies wings are cut from DCWV's Naturals matstack.  The stamp is from Hampton Arts and stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink.

Missing You

Another missing you themed card for my OWH box.  I tried a new technique with this card since I didn't like the embossing showing through the ribbon.  I used my Martha Stewart scoring board and lightly scored two lines the width of the ribbon.  I then only embossed up to the scored lines.  This kept the panel flat behind the ribbon when I adhered it.

  • OWH sketch 71
  • Pre-colored image from Janie Dawson's collection Westies and Scotties from PcCrafter
  • Spellbinders Labels 2 dies
  • Sizzix Cottage Style embossing folder
  • Recollections plaid paper
  • Creative Memories heart punches
  • Missing You stamps from dollar bin

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 151

Quick post of my Operation Write Home Sketch 151 Challenge card.

Here is the sketch:


My card details:
  • OWH Sketch 151
  • Doodle Pantry pre-colored digi from the Sea Shells collection
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart Double Link Trim border punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders Distressed Stripe and Mesh
  • My Favorite Things Dienamics Fishtail Banner dies
  • 3M foam tape to pop the shells
I think I am favoring blue lately on my cards because we see so little of it in the sky here in the Pacific Northwest.  Today we have a sliver or two of blue showing, thankfully.  I've started to forget what it looks like living in the constant twilight.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Tag Card

I love cards that use tags as design elements, however, I never feel I get them quite right, so I CASED a card that was featured with this poppy digi from Tiffany Doodles, since  I recognized the card maker as Jill Foster.  (Her blog is Inspired By, but the card appeared on Flickr through the Tiffany Doodles store link.)  I copied her color choices for the flowers and the background design somewhat.   I used different papers, but kept the torn element and embossing.  The sentiment is a stamp from Penny Black which is actually a single line stamp, but with the help of a baby wipe, I was able to stamp it twice and stack the sentiment.  I used Versafine Onyx Black for the stamp.  The brad is a Candi dot.

Tiffany Doodles Morning Glories

I haven't done any kraft and colored pencil cards in a long time, so I decided to use a digi from Tiffany Doodles for a missing you card.  Three of the flower heads are cut out and glued back on for added dimension.  I printed the sentiment along with the digi - fonts are Scriptina and Angsana New.  The overall card design is CASED from a card featured in the store with the digi.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Hi, Hello, Thinking of You

The Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home this week is to make a card with a Hi, Hello, Thinking of You sentiment plus an optional use of a die cut.  I just got this sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up! and it was nice to be able to use it for the first time with this challenge.

  • OWH sketch 122
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampin' Up!
  • Papers from Basic Grey and Authentique for the sentiment panel
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies
Since my banner dies were too short for this layout, I pieced them and the sentiment panel covers it up.   I also feel this card is a bit somber looking, but I was going for a gender neutral look, so I hope it works OK.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 150

I am far behind on the OWH challenges, having missed last week's sketch and Midweek Throwdown challenges.  I managed to get a card done tonight (6 actually) for this week Sketch Challenge 150.  This week's challenge has given me a great sketch to use in reaching my goal of half a large flat rate box of missing you cards for my next OWH shipment to  Sandy.

  • OWH sketch 150
  • Pre-colored digi from Doodle Pantry
  • Sentiment computer generated with font CK Jacques
  • Stampin' Up! banner die
  • Spellbinders oval dies
  • Echo Park pattern paper from Happy Days pad
  • Solids are from Recollections
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripes
Here is this week's sketch:

I am looking forward to getting this week's MWT challenge done and making some cards out of OWH sketch 149!

Embossing Folder Card

When I first started making cards I was so thrilled to use embossing folders, and I still love them.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder, Bird Call, on some paper that already looked distressed and added further distressing with Ranger Distress Inks Peeled Paint and Antique Paper.  The sentiment stamp is from Technique Tuesday.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

OWH Sketch 66 with Kenny K

I made the exact same card for Send a Smile for Kids, except for OWH, the six cards I'm making say missing you.

  • OWH sketch 66
  • Pre-colored digi from Kenny K
  • Prima paper pad Pulse
  • Creative Memories heart punches
  • Dollar Bin stamp, stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink
  • Edges distressed with Ranger Tea Dye Distress Ink

Stella Says Sketch 125

I thought I would use this cute sketch from Bugaboo Stamps from their Stella Says Sketch challenge 125 for the pre-colored image from Shelly Comiskey's collection Kitten Kaboodle from Daisy Co.  The stripe paper is from Sandy Lion, called Summer Stripes, sentiment stamp is from Impression Obsession stamped with Versafine Black Onyx ink, and I used MFT fishtail banner dies for the little banners peaking out.

OWH Sketch 146 Missing You

I colored this cute frog with my Copics, but neglected to notate the colors I used!  They were in the YG line though.

Card details:  OWH sketch 146, digi from Doodle Dragon Studios, Create with TLC sentiment, Basic Grey papers, Copics, My Favorite Things Dienamics Fishtail dies.

OWH Sketch 121 Variation

This card marks the start of a new box for Operation Write Home.  Most likely I won't get it filled until the beginning of January.  I have decided that this next box will have only three themes:  thank you, love you, and miss you.  Hopefully I'll be able to do that!

Details for this card:

  • OWH sketch 121 - variation with using a striped paper instead of piecing individual strips
  • Basic Grey paper
  • Spellbinders Ovals and Labels 18 dies
  • Swiss Dot and Baby's Breath embossing folders from Cuttlebug
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp

ODBD December Challenge at OWH - Include Flowers

The December challenge at Operation Write Home from our friends at Our Daily Bread Designs is to include flowers on our cards.  I used paper from Basic Grey, a Penny Black sentiment stamp, a Martha Stewart border punch, and a new punch from Fiskars called Petals.  The punch cuts out each petal individually and also has a round punch for the center.  I used Ranger Distress Ink in Fired Brick to distress each petal.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Thank You Cards with Simple Stamping

I like pretty simple, somewhat plain, thank you cards.  The card above uses Hero Arts Delicate Leaf Clusters and thank you stamps with Versafine Vintage Sepia ink on Basic Grey paper .  The card below uses Hero Arts Earth Flowers and thank you stamps along with a flying birds stamp from Art Impressions with Memories Sepia ink on a textured paper from Recollections..  The sentiment label was made from My Favorite Things Fishtail Banner dies.

I made six of each card for my OWH box, which should be going out tomorrow.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Smoochy from Tiddly Inks

I made my last card for the Valentine/Wanna Be a Valentine side of my next OWH box last night using this cute digi from Tiddly Inks called Smoochy.  I used a sentiment digi from Create with TLC and papers from my stash.  Her bow is cut out and popped on dimensional foam and I used Glossy Accents on her lips.  Circles are cut with Spellbinders and I used OWH sketch 36.

All I need are a few more missing you and thank you cards and the other half of my box will be done are ready to ship early next week.

Bee Mine

I just had to do a bee for Valentine's Day, so I used a digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios and colored him in PSE.  Papers are from Bella Blvd. and Basic Grey, sentiment stamp is from Verve, sketch is OWH number 41, and the circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sweet N Sassy Rhubarb

Rhubarb the Bear is such a cute fellow.  I've had this digi for awhile and since I'm still making love/Valentine's Day cards, I colored six of him and used OWH sketch 134 for my design.  Papers are from Crate Paper and the sentiment stamp is from Verve.   Circle die is from Spellbinders, digi from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.

Create with TLC 100 Hearts

I've always liked this sentiment from Create with TLC and so I decided to use OWH sketch 146 and add six more cards to my next OWH box of cards.  Hopefully I will have it filled by Monday so I can send it off to Sandy.  Papers are by Crate Paper and the banner die is from My Favorite Things.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Winter Themed Cards that are Fun

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write is to make winter cards that are fun.  I decided to use this little guy from Bugaboo Stamps instead of using one of my many assorted animals skiing, sledding, or causing winter mayhem that I have in my collection.  I just love the expression on his face and so I colored him up with my Copics and perched him on a MFT Fishtail Banner die using Split Coast Stampers sketch 313.  The other elements used on this card are:  Recollections paper, Sizzix Hearts embossing folder, and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp.

It's raining again today after a couple days break from the constant drizzle, so I'm pretty happy to stay inside and make more cards!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 148

This week's sketch challenge 148 from Operation Write Home features a tag as a design element.  I have plans to make some cards using this sketch using some actual tags, however, I immediately thought of this card, so I got it made today.  The digi is from Digi Stamp Boutique colored in Copics E00/E53/R20/E35/E17/G02/R24.  The sentiment stamp is from Verve and the papers are from the 6x6 paper pad Beautiful Moments by Carta Bella.  I also paper pieced her dress.  Tags really intimidate me, but at the same time, it is fun to be challenged to try something I usually shy away from.

Here is this week's sketch:

Penny Black and Hero Arts Thank You Card

I fell in love with this Penny Black stamp and finally broke down and purchased it.  I had visualized a Kraft card, but I couldn't get that figured out, so I went all out and stamped it on white cardstock and had a grand time coloring it with my Copics and then using Ranger distress inks Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, and Milled Lavendar.  Copics colors are:  B06/YR14/E17/V06/R24/G85/YR16, and the sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts.

Valentines Day Card with Repeating Pattern

I used some Recollections black and white paper for the background on this card, then punched out a heart using the same paper and colored it in Pickled Raspberry distress ink using a sponge dauber.  The sentiment stamp is from Verve and I used OWH sketch 146.

Thank You Card and OWH Sketch 85

 I think I like OWH sketch 85 entirely too much for thank you cards!  Since we can do multiples, and I usually make six of the exact same card, and then add to that, we can make upwards of 20 or more cards exactly the same, I sometimes make about 18 of the same sketch using different papers.and group them together in my OWH box since they really all are the same card.

Bugaboo and Send a Smile 4 Kids

I love Bugaboo images, and I made some cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids using some of the digis I got during their half-off Christmas sale.  I tried to make my cards suitable for older teenagers and a bit gender neutral as well.

Details:   OWH sketch 2, Sizzix embossing folder Large Dots, Copics, silver gel pen
 Details: Papers from my stash, Spellbinders oval dies, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Copics
 Details:  OWH sketch 15, sentiment computer generated using font PC Leefe, Copics, Recollections paper
Details:  Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles die, Basic Grey Paper, Stampin' Up! banner die, sentiment computer generated using font PC Leefre, Copics

Friday, November 23, 2012

More Send a Smile 4 Kids Cards

Two more cards for my Send a Smile 4 Kids box.  The first card uses a stamp from Stampendous colored with Copics and accented with Glossy Accents.  I CASED the layout I found on the Stampendous blog/store here.  I created the sentiment on my computer using font Scriptinia.  The seond card uses Operation Write Home's sketch 66, Prima papers, a Verve sentiment stamp, Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot,  and a pre-colored digi from Kenny K.

Pike's Playground Ho Ho Ho Challenge and Send a Smile 4 Kids

Over at Pike's Playground we have been challenged to make one more Christmas card for the Ho Ho Ho Challenge.  In addition to my OWH cards, I've just started making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids, a charity which provides handmade cards for children who are inpatient at children's hospitals.  The cards go to kids 0-19 years of age.  Apparently not too many cards come in for the older (teenage) boys and girls, so I am trying to gear my cards for that age group.  I think the Doodle Dragon images are so much fun and will be perfect for that age group.  The Christmas card deadline for this charity is December 1st, so I am finishing up my Christmas cards for them in order to mail them on Monday. When I saw the Pike's Playground challenge I did decide to make one more card!  I've also included all of the cards I've made for my Smile 4 Kids box using Doodle Dragon images in this post as well.

The card I made for the challenge is the first one below using a digi I just purchased during the Black Friday sale.  I am totally in love with this image - I think the reindeer footprints in the snow caused by the reindeer-footprint tire treads is just hysterical.  
Details:  OWH sketch 22, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Recollections papers.

Details:  OWH sketch 71, Spellbinders die, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Create with TLC digi sentiment, Recollections paper

 Details:  OWH sketch 49, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Recollections papers, Glossy Accents, Copics

Details:  Verve Sentiment stamp, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Ranger distress ink, image colored in PSE

 Details:  OWH sketch 1, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Darice embossing folder, Paper Pizazz paper, Glossy Accents, image colored in PSE

 Details:  OWH sketch 16, digi sentiment by Create with TLC, Cuttlebug embossing folder, snowflake paper from Me & My Big Ideas

 I had a blast making these cards, and I hope they bring some smiles to the kids who get them!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Miss You Puppy

I used this pre-colored digi from Kimberly Stewart's collection Playtime Puppies from Scrapbook Elements on a very similar card a couple of years ago.  Ive remade it with a few changes; six more cards for my OWH box! 

Supplies:  Paper from Recollections, EK Success border punch, Penny Black sentiment stamp.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

OWH Sketch 147 Challenge

I had this cute little sheep already sized for a larger circle than what was called for in this week's OWH Sketch 147 Challenge, but I think it came out just fine a bit bigger.  The digi is a pre-colored image from Cheryl Alger @ Sassy Cheryl.  Papers are Recollections, Basic Grey, and Bella Blvd.  Other elements:  Fiskars border punch and Spellbinders circle dies.

It was a bit nerve-wracking to cut and line up the rectangles.  To make it a bit easier, I cut them 4" X 1" and attached them together with Scor-Tape on the back.  The Scor-Tape is strong enough that I could them trim that down into two 1.75" x 5" panels.  A bit of strip piecing from my quilting days, lol!

Have a great week, we're in for more rain and more rain - but at least it isn't snowing!

Beautiful Moments - Carts Bella Paper

I have to admit that I have joined the 6x6 paper pad craze - like I need more paper!  It's nice to have the smaller prints, but I'm always buying 2 of each pad because I'm so used to making at least 4 (usually 6) duplicates of each card.  Ah well, as long as they are on sale....  Even with all of the lovely paper in this pad, I changed up the color palette by using a green paper from K&Company. 

The design for my card is a CASE from a card I saw on the web somewhere; I wish I had a reference for the site I saw it on.  I really liked the use of the oval with the a label die.  The CASE card had a stamped flower and script.  The Carta Bella pad Beautiful Moments had paper with  a corner piece with some script showing so I cut it out with a Spellbinders' Labels 18 die for the same effect.   Other elements on my card are made from a Fiskars border punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, and a Spellbinders oval die.  The sentiment stamp is from an unknown source.

Puppy Love

This little dog reminds me of a dog a babysit, named Mitzie, so I just had to make a card using a pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Puppy Love from PcCrafter.  The sketch is OWH #41, sentiment stamp is from Verve, and the background panel is embossed with Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots.

Valentine Dalmation

Another Valentine for my next OWH box using a pre-colored digi from Beth Logan's collection Valentine Dalmations from PcCrafter, Paper Pizzaz heart paper, OWH sketch 40 and a sentiment stamp from Verve.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Thank You Challenge

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to make thank you cards for our Heroes to send home to family and friends.  I made a series of cards for this challenge since that portion of my next OWH box needed some more thank you themed cards.
Details:  OWH sketch 112, Fiskars sentiment stamp, Basic Grey papers, Spellbinders Labels 18 and Oval dies.

Details:  OWH sketch 15, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Basic Grey papers.

Details:  OWH sketch 85, Hero Arts Sentiment stamp, My Favorite Things Fishtail die, Lifestyle Crafts oval dies, Basic Grey paper.

Details:  OWH sketch 100,  Stampendous sentiment stamp, Basic Grey papers.

November OWH Challenge from Our Daily Bread

The November Challenge for Operation Write Home from Our Daily Bread Designs is to use a rarely used tool or technique.  I have some Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangle dies that I have rarely used.  I bought them when I first started making cards thinking they would work great making quick work of a scalloped panel.  The only problem is, I always forget I have them!  I used them for this card, and they do work fabulously since the top and bottom scallops come out even, which can be a bit challenging when using a conventional border punch.

Card Details:
  • OWH sketch 68
  • Sentiment stamp from Technique Tuesday
  • Chickadee stamp from Magnolia
  • Papers from Basic Grey
  • My Favorite Things Dienamics Fishtail Flags dies
  • Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles and Circle dies
  • Versafine Vintage Sepia pigment ink