Saturday, March 31, 2012

It's a Dudley Kinda Day! Challenge

Over at Pike's Playground (here) the challenge is to use Dudley on a card.  I adore Dudley.  There is just something so endearing about this guy.  I chose this image and colored him in Photoshop.  I haven't tried my Copics with Dudley yet.  I had to order some extra greens and once they arrive, I think I may try coloring him that way.  I enjoy making him look bright and vibrant via Photoshop though, so I'll have to see what's in future with me and Dudley.

I made another card with Dudley for my 1/2 and 1/2 box for OWH's Muscle Card challenge.  This image was already pre-colored from the  March 2011 club.  I plan to make more cards starring Dudley plus other characters from Doodle Dragon Studios, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Card for Dad

I love this image I got from Dover Publications awhile back.  They offer free sample images every Friday from their extensive clip art collections.  I knew what card I wanted to make as soon as I saw it, and by a small miracle, I could actually pull off the card I saw in my mind's eye.  Yay!

  • Image from Dover Publications Sport and Fitness Illustrations
  • OWH Sketch 105
  • Sentiment computer generated (Font = Clarendon)
  • EK Sucess punch
  • Tim Holtz ruler for the hole punching plus my trusty tack
  • Prismacolor colored pencils
  • Artist's Loft colored pencil blender (just to keep the white from flaking off)
  • Spellbinder's circle dies

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Birthday Challenge at Spyder's Corner

In honor of Lyn's birthday over at Spyder's Corner she is having a challenge on her blog (here).  We just have to use a digi made by her and we will win an image of a magic tree!  I used this cute little sitting bear.  I just love how she looks.

  • Image from  Dragonsmoore 
  • OWH Sketch 47 
  • Copics 
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Reflections dotted cardstock
  • Sizzix embossing folder Cottage Style
  • Glossy Accents on eyes and those fab Mary Janes

OWH Sketch 114 Card Samples

I had a lot of fun coming up with different looks for this week's Sketch Challenge.  To keep this post short, I will list the details for each card after the picture.

  • Stampin' Up Extreme Skateboard stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Ranger Distrees Ink in Rusty Hinge (stamped onto an acrylic block on the side with the lines and then spritzed with water)
  • Checked paper from Basic Gray
  • Tim Holtz embossing folder Steampunk Gears
  • Vintage image from Creat with TLC
  • Sentiment computer generated (Font = CK Jacque)
  • Two-sided paper from Colorbok
  •  Hero Arts stamp
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Striped and star paper from American Crafts
Thanks for visiting my blog today!   

Saturday, March 24, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 113

As soon as I saw the sketch challenge from Operation Write Home, I knew what image I wanted to use.   Here is the sketch:

Could I get a card made during the week - NO!  I just couldn't come up with the papers and 1/4" accent piece.  I was going to make it a double challenge card and use yellow and green, but the yellow grosgrain ribbon just didn't make it.  I really liked the shirt in orange, so last night I started digging around my ribbon boxes (yes boxes!).  I found this ribbon I had bought out of the dollar bin at Micheal's about a year ago.  I had really liked the orange and green on it and how the stripes were horizontal.  Suddenly I also remembered the K&Company paper pads I bought off of clearance at Micheal's.  I really didn't care for the main papers, but the backs are a fabulous array of masculine looking colors and patterns.  Yay!  I found a match!  The vintage golfer image was a freebie sampler image from Dover Publications.  I printed it on some green marbled paper and colored it with my Copics.

  • Image from Dover Publications
  • OWH Sketch 113
  • Sentiment computer generated (Font = Tabitha)
  • Patterned paper from K&Company edamame
  • Copics

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Father's Day with Hero Arts and Paper Crafts Stamp It! 3 Ways

On page 83 of the current issue (it says display until March 12, 2012) of Paper Crafts Stamp It! 3 Ways magazine is a card idea that I am CASING for my next OWH box.  It shows three hot air balloons stamped like the way I did on my card.  I even went with the same color scheme.  Their card was not a Father's Day card and the background was masked with a free-hand cloud cut from cardstock and sponged with blue Ranger distress ink to look like clouds.  I used a marbled looking cardstock from Micheal's Reflections line since I love the way this looks when it is inked with my Copic markers.  It makes the colors more subdued and I think it goes well with the vintage look.  (And as luck would have it, Micheal's is not going to carry this type of cardstock anymore, sigh.)

  • Card idea from Paper Crafts Stamp It! 3 Ways magazine, page 83
  • Hero Arts stamp from the set Past Times (AC007)
  • Copics B04, G94, YR14
  • Reflections cardstock
  • Sentiment stamp from Hampton Arts
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Color Challenge

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps blog is a Color Challenge.  We are to use the colors yellow and green for a card.  I had this great pre-colored image from Leere Aldrich and it fit the color challenge perfectly!  I made another Father's Day card to go in my box for OWH.

  • Image from Leere Aldrich's collection At the Cabin from PcCrafter
  • OWH Sketch 16
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Argyle
  • Sizzix embossing folder Dots Large
  • Sentiment stamp from either Hero Arts or Inkadinkadoo

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Missing You

After watching OWH TV and hearing Sandy's appeal to West Coasties to make more missing you cards, I made some using one of my favorite OWH sketches.  Though the supply list for this card is long, it didn't take long to make it.  One helpful tip for anyone reading my post is to use a stabilizing piece of paper underneath the top papers.  I just use copy paper trimmed to 4.25 x 5.5 inches and glue one side of the top diagonally cut piece (which I have cut on the diagonal from a 4.0 x 5.25 piece of patterned paper or embossed paper) along the outside edge of the stabilizer.  I try to match the edges as closely as possible to make sure I am placing my top piece as straight as can be.  I then line up the second top piece along the center diagonal of the first piece.  The best part comes next when I  take it to my paper cutter and square it all up and trim it as needed to 4.0 x 5.25.  No worries about squareness or an odd size; I just crop it until it's straight!  Just make sure the pieces are securely glued to the stabilizer - don't want that to come loose!

  • Paper from K & Company
  • OWH Sketch 8
  • Sentiment computer generated (Font = Beautiful ES)
  • Spellbinders dies - Standard Circles and Heart Circles
  • Hero Arts/Sizzix stamp and die set Butterflies #3
  • Copics RV17 for butterfly
  • Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle on butterfly
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile

More Die Cuts from K and Company

I am continuing to use die cuts from K&Company for some of my cards.  They are beautiful and I find a challenge in showing them off in various ways.  These lilies are rather large, so I simply used an embossing folder from Ranger that embossing just the exterior edges of the background.  That allowed me to place the flowers center stage.  I simply added a stamped sentiment to finish off this card. 

  • Die cut from K&Company Merryweather
  • Sentiment Stamp from Fiskars
  • Ranger embossing folder

Doodle Dragon Studios Lion

Pike's Playground has a challenge to use a zoo animal.  I already entered a bear image, but rummaging around my Doodle Dragon files, I found this cute lion waving hello.  He looked like a OWH card just waiting to get made!  I colored him in Photoshop, though he would have been a lot of fun to color with my Copics.  Looks like this guy will have to return on another card at a later date!

  • Image from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH Sketch 1
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • DP from Recollections

Our Daily Bread Challenge at OWH - Tic Tac Toe

The monthly challenge at Operation Write Home's Stars & Stamps blog is sponsored by Our Daily Bread.  They have generously offered to sponsor a challenge once a month and pay the shipping costs for up to two large flat rate boxes of cards providing we post 50 cards for the challenge.  This month's challenge is called Tic Tac Toe.  We get to pick three elements from a grid.  The choices must be in-line or on a diagonal.  I chose to use brads, a digital image, and die cuts, and to make a guy card.  Skater dude is cut out and popped up with 3M double-sided tape. 

  • Image from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios - colored in Photoshop
  • Spellbinders Sprokets dies
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Diamond Plate
We are almost at 50 cards posted, so hopefully we will reach our 50 card goal soon.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Pike's Playground Challenge - My Life is a Zoo!

This week's challenge (here) at Pike's Playground couldn't be more accurate for me this week!  We are to use a zoo animal or any animal for this challenge.  I picked this adorable bear image and colored him in Photoshop.  Since Father's Day is our next special event for OWH cards, I made him into a Dad card to use for Father's Day or any day.  I just love this guy - it reminds me of fishing with my Dad when I was a kid.  I was even moved to try out a Sizzix Sizzlits alphabet that I have never, ever used to cut out the letters for Dad.  I really like how they are raised up a bit and cast just a bit of shadow.

  • Image from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH Sketch 33
  • DP from Provo Craft
  • Sizzix Sizzlits alphabet Playground

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hambo Hoedown Challenge - Stripes!

I wanted to make a card using a Hambo image for my next OWH box of cards, so I took a trip on over to their blog to see what was going on before I started a new card.  They had the cutest digi!  He is called Bailey Hug.  I hadn't played in last week's challenge, so I went to their store (link here) and bought this little guy because he is just perfect for OWH!  I decided to make his card to fit their current challenge which is Stripes.  I love stripes and I always buy paper off the rack at JoAnn's and Micheals to fit my obsessive need for more paper!  I added an additional greeting because the Hero sending this card can only send a hug since he or she is away from home.

  • Digi Bailey Hug from Hambo Stamps
  • OWH sketch 37
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Ranger Distress ink antique Linen
  • Stripe paper from DCWV
  • Cardstock from Coredinations (Atmosphere) and Micheal's Recollection (kraft brown)
  • Glossy Accents (on both hearts and collar)
  • Copics (E31, E35, E55, E57, E59), (W7), (R27), (BG01, BG05)
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts

Dustin Pike and Cards for Emily

Dustin Pike from Doodle Dragon Studios has generously offered some digital images in exchange for a card for a little girl named Emily.  The details are on his blog here.  There is a blog for Emily also and that link is here.  Please take a moment to read about this sweet little girl who has been through more than anyone should have to go through and make a card for her to brighten her day.

I decided to use one of the images Dustin offered on his blog.  I colored it with Copics and, using Photoshop, created a big sparkly flower from the flower on the pony's head.  A girl can't have enough sparkle!  The inside of my card looks like this:
I used the same flower I borrowed from the pony and some word art from Create with TLC.  I hope my card can bring a little sunshine to Emily's day.

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH Sketch74
  • DCWV floral paper
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • Scribbles glitter glue cover with Glossy Accents
  • Copics (V06, V17), (W7, W8, W5), (Y19), (E55), (R83, R81, R85)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Miss You

Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge for this week is Miss You.  This is the first card in my next box of cards for OWH, which I intend to send on its way by April 15th to meet the Father's Day deadline of April 30th well ahead of schedule.  After all of the butterflies and flowers, this box will have a lot of masculine cards in it besides just the Father's Day cards.  To start it off, I chose this image to use since it makes a pun and baseball season should be well on its way by the time our Heroes get their next box from OWH.

  • Pre-colored image from Leere Aldrich's collection Family Frenzy from PcCrafter (no longer available)
  • OWH Sketch 53
  • Striped paper from Recollections
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders Seeing Spots and Distressed Stripes
  • Computer generated sentiment (Font = CK Greeting Card)
Thanks for visiting; hope you are having a crafty day!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Any Hero Cards

Well, today has been a very odd day.  I intended to take my box of cards to the post office, but the weather has been totally schizophrenic.  It snowed very heavily this morning for about two hours and then stopped for about an hour and then it started to snow again and stopped and snowed and stopped.  The sun came out and then it snowed again.  We don't get much snow where we live here in Washington, so it's difficult to know if I can get down the hill to go into town and make it to the post office.  Because the snow was sticking really well, I knew the temperatures were at freezing levels and that could mean a lot of sideways cars and block streets.  So, I decided to stay home at about 11:30 this morning during the latest blast of snow.

The crazy weather gave me a chance to make a few more Any Hero cards to put in my box since I hadn't finished packing it last night.  I used this week's sketch and thought I would share my cards since I think this layout really makes a nice Any Hero card.

  • OWH Sketch 112
  • Micheals Reflections Stars cardstock (bottom row) and DCWV stars and squares & stars from a Stars and Stripes mat pad (top row)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Stars
  • Free sentiment digi from OWH

Monday, March 12, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 112

This week's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home has another excellent sketch.  I can tell I will be using it over and over.  I decided to make a Father's Day card and it will leave tomorrow in my half and half box. I am also going to go make some Any Hero cards from this sketch to go with my box.  I will hopefully get what I come up with posted tomorrow after a trip to the post office!

Here is the sketch:

  • Black and white image from Dover Publications Wetlands Plants and Animals CD-Rom & Book
  • Copics E55 and E35
  • OWH Sketch 112
  • Recollections plaid paper from Bold Basics; cardstock Cool Water paper pack
  •  Spellbinders oval dies
  • Studio G - Hampton Arts - sentiment stamp
  • Ranger Antique Linen distress ink
I am really pleased with the artwork from Dover Publications.  They allow up to 10 images in the same project.  I don't make more than 4 or 6 duplicate cards, so that should not be a problem for me. 

Paula's Mom Digi

This is my last Mother's Day card going into my half and half box for OWH.  I have 126 Mother's Day card and 120 general cards all ready to go.  I used Paula's digi which she kindly offered to OWH cardmakers for free on her blog Handmade by Paula.  Thanks, Paula! 

  • Mom digi from Paula from her blog Handmade by Paula
  • Butterfly from Dover Publications
  • Flowers are from Prima
  • Viva Pearl Pen
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Scrollwork Frame

OWH Mother Digi

I wanted to use two free digis for my last two Mother's Day cards.  This card uses the digi offered free on the OWH site here.  I am pleased with how my card turned out, though I am so burned out on butterflies and flowers I can hardly see straight! 

  • OWH digi
  • Patterned paper from DCWV Best of Brenda Walton
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Copic RV10 and Smooch Siren and Taffy

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 21

The Doodle Pantry is having a fun challenge on their site (here) where the theme is to use a Doodle Pantry image.  We get a free digi set just for playing along!  I have a bunch of Doodle Pantry images, but I wanted to continue making Mother's Day cards, so I took a quick jump over to their store and purchased another image (tough life I lead!) and got the digi I used on this card for FREE!  How cool is that?  I especially liked the bluebells because so many of my Mother's Day cards have been pink or purple and I wanted to make some cards that were blue.  This card is a "Mom" card in case Sandy has enough Mother's Day cards. 

  • Pre-colored image Bluebell from Doodle Pantry English Bluebells
  • OWH Sketch 74
  • Craft Concepts embossing folder Budding Vine
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Spellbinder dies
  • Cardstock from Reflections - Cape Cod pack
  • Sentiment is computer generated (font = Scriptina)

Friday, March 9, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 111

I can hardly believe it is Friday already!  I am getting my sketch card done with only a day to spare.  Geeze!  I made another Mother's Day card using Mom as a sentiment so it can work for another occasion if Sandy gets too many Mother's Day cards.  Here's the sketch:

The link to the Stars & Stamps blog post is here.

We are going to have more rain this weekend, so I plan to make a few more Mom cards for my 1/2 and 1/2 box.  I want to use Sandy's digi that she generously made for us to use and one by Paula that has a space to add an element in place of the "O" in Mother.  After that, I am calling it quits on my box and I will send that bad boy packing on Monday!   Father's Day here we come!!

  • Pre-colored image from Carolyn Shore Wright's collection Flights of Fancy from PcCrafter
  • OWH Sketch 111
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Musical Flourish
  • Spellbinders dies
  • Background paper from Paper Pizaaz
  • Cardstock from Bazzill Basics Brandywine

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown - Mother's Day Cards

Our Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is to make a Mother's Day card.  I am nearly at the end of my 1/2 and 1/2 box for the Mother's Day Challenge, and I am getting pretty slow since I am fatiguing on the theme.  I still have about three more designs that are banging around inside my head trying to get out, so I think I will push mailing my box out until next week since my schedule is pretty busy for the next three days.  A comment about the striped paper - I made the striped paper in Photoshop, and the stripes are purple, not blue as my camera insists they are! 

  • Sizzix and Hero Arts Stamp & Die Cut set - Sizzix Butterflies #3
  • Splitcoast Stampers sketch 373
  • Spellbinders Mega Ovals Large die
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Script
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz embossing folder Damask
  • Sentiment is computer generated (font = Scriptina)
  • Scribbles glitter glue cover with Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Ranger Distress Ink Purple Dusty Concord

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Laurie Furnell Bouquet for Mom

I used a pre-colored image from PcCrafter artist, Laurie Furnell, to make this card. I love the daisies and the sign gave me a perfect spot to put "Mom" so this card can work for Mother's Day or just as a card for Mom.

  • Artwork from Laurie Furnell's collection Garden Sampler from PcCrafter
  • OWH Sketch 17
  • Sizzix Large Dot embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder
  • Scribbles glitter glue cover with Ranger Glossy Accents

Mom Card in Blue

Since almost all of my Mother's Days cards are pink or purple, I decided to make some blue cards.  It's my favorite color, so I used some paper I've been hoarding since I like it so much.   I embossed the sentiment to make it stand out better.

I made another variation using a striped paper.
I am almost to the end of my 1/2 and 1/2 box.  I should have my box of cards out to Sandy by Thursday, yay!

  • Paper from Provo Craft mat stack
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Sentiment stamp from Studio G
 Thanks for visiting my blog!

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Challenging Mother's Day Card

Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 110 is a great sketch that I enjoyed making a card out of.  I decided to make a Mother's Day card to keep filling up my Mother's Day side of my half and half box.  I visited Dustin Pike's blog and saw he had a really neat challenge Bling it On!, so I decided I would scour his artwork and find an image that would work for Mother's Day and for the sketch. 

I found this cute bear holding a bunch of daisies and knew I had a great match.  I used a daisy image from Dustin Pike as well for the flowers attached on the right.  To add the bling, I used some Scibbles glitter paint with a good thick layer of Glossy Accents over top to make sure no glitter can possibly escape.
I took a picture of my card laying down so the bling would show up better.

I hope you like my card.  I had a lot of fun creating it - Dustin's images always make me smile.

  • Pre-colored image from Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Operation Write Home Sketch 110
  • Dotted paper from Recollections
  • Scirbbles glitter glue 
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Sentiment is computer generated (font - CK Greeting Card)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

K and Company Die Cut Card - Flower and Bee

This is the latest card I have made using the K&Company die cuts.  (I may not have mentioned that I purchased two packs of the same ones so I could make 4 cards out of each die cut.)  I think I will make one more set of cards out of another die cut that has a tulip, but for today, I will try and get our current sketch made into a card, and for that I am traveling to the world of Dustin Pike!

  • Paper and die cuts from K&Company Susan Winget Meadow
  • Sentiment stamp from Hampton Arts
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Ranger Crackle Glossy Accents on the bees wings and regular Glossy Accents on the flower centers
  • Scribbles glitter glue for the flowers that didn't come with glitter - also covered in Glossy Accents
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink

K and Company Die Cuts - One Flower Equals Two Cards

This flower die cut from K & Company was very large, so I cut it half and made two cards out of it.

  • Background paper from K&Company Julianne Vintage paper pad
  • Flower die cut from K&Company Susan Winget Meadow collection
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH Sketch 70
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Tim Holtz ruler (it has a fabulous set of holes for punching holes - I used a thumbtack with a plastic head on it)
  • White Sakura gel pen for fake stictching (it doesn't show up very well in real life either, but somehow it adds to the card anyway)

K and Company Die Cuts Mothers Day Cards

I really should combine the next two card postings in one post, but I get such a kick out of seeing each one with its own post.  (Does that make me a card nerd?)  Ah well, I am in love K and Company's papers and now I am crazy about their die cuts.  They have glitter on them, but it is hardened and I always add a layer of Glossy Accents just to make doubly sure no glitter can escape.

  • K & Company paper and die cut - Susan Winget Meadow
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamp (Micheal's)
  • Split Coast Stampers sketch 313
  • Scribbles glitter glue (half of the die cuts came without glitter)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents

Mother's Day Card Using Paula's Digi

Another Mother's Day card for my 1/2 and 1/2 box of cards going to Operation Write Home really soon.  I used a fabulous free image that our very own Paula offers on her blog Handmade by Paula.  The digi is offered here.  She also has a link on her left sidebar for all of the free digis she has made for OWH crafters to use on their cards for Operation Write Home.  Thanks, Paula, for taking such good care of us!

  • Sentiment from Handmade by Paula
  • OWH Sketch 16
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Rhinestones from Darice

Snow Dog

This is a picture I took yesterday of one of my two big dogs after it stopped snowing.  They are my walking dogs, lol!  They drag me out of my craft room and take my for a walk.  Isn't he cute?  I wish his face would show up better, but black dogs are notoriously hard to photograph.   This handsome fellow is Bear and my other big dog is Anna.  We rescued Bear from Craigslist a couple of years ago from a family going through financial hardship.  He is part Newfoundland and part Shepard.  He is the biggest (90 lbs.) lovey-dovey.  A lucky day in our household when we took him home.  ♥

And yes, he and Anna live with those little small dogs and everyone gets along.  The little dogs boss the big dogs around, lol!  I also have a cat, Moe.  I think I need to add my other dear pets to my blog page....