Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sunburst Card

Eight cards for my next OWH box using a sketch from Verve (Viva la Verve!).

  • Papers and die cuts from K&Company
  • Sketch from Verve - Viva la Verve April 2011 week 4
  • Stampin' Up window punch and Hero arts sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Mega Oval die and Fiskars sentiment stamp
  • Spellbinders Foliage die  
  • Ranger Stickles with Glossy Accents over top
  • Fiskars scallop border punch

CAS Masculine Card

I really like how this card turned out using my new Stamper's Best Indian motorcycle stamp. 

  • Stampers Best Indian motorcycle stamp
  • Impression Obsession sentiment stamp
  • Momento Rich Cocoa dye ink
  • Basic Grey papers
  • Split Coast stampers sketch 7

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Monkeys!

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is Monkeys!  I immediately thought of all the monkey images I have from Dustin Pike, so I paired a monkey from him with a sentiment from Create with TLC.

  • Monkey digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studio colored in Photoshop
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 71
  • DCWV and Recollections papers
  • Spellbinders Labels 2 dies

Magenta Bird

I saw this little bird stamp from Magenta recently and I just had to have it! 

  • Bird stamp from Magenta
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Pattern paper from DCWV

Sending Smiles

A quick card using OWH sketch 2 and a pre-colored digi from Cheryl Alger AKA Sassy Cheryl.

  • Pre-colored digi from Sassy Cheryl
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • OWH sketch 2
  • Sizzix/Basic Grey embossing folder Four Petal Flower
  • Recollections dotted paper

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 127

This week's Sketch Challenge 127 at Operation Write Home has a great sketch which I will be using often.  From what I have seen in the thumbnails, it makes a great vertical or horizontal layout. 

This week's sketch:

  • Pre-colored image from Rebecca Carter's collection Rabbit Garden from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 127
  • Provo Craft patterned paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Spellbinders Mega Oval die
  • Verve stamps sentiment stamp

Friday, June 22, 2012

Two Any Hero Cards

I have finished my box of cards for Operation Write Home's Duty, Honor Cards and WR Memory Keepers challenges.  I will be taking my box to Sandy's card making party tomorrow.  I made 17 Any Hero cards to meet the 5% or more requirement of Any Hero cards since my box has 221 cards for our Heroes to send home to their families.

This cards uses a sentiment from Create with TLC and OWH sketch 122.  The star paper is from DCWV and the embossing folder is from Cuttlebug called Stars.

I used OWH sketch 15 for this card.  This sketch is definitely becoming one of my all time favorites!  The pre-colored image is from Beth Logan's collection Patriotic Picnic from PcCrafter.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts, and the striped paper is from DCWV,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Doodle Pantry Challenge 24 plus OWH Color Challenge

June has been a busy month with my son graduating from high school and my daughter's birthday.  I have also been working like a mad woman to get my OWH filled in time to take to Sandy's OWH card party sponsored by a local scrap store (LSS), Scrap That.  With everything that has been going on, I almost forgot to make a card for the current Doodle Pantry Challenge!  Luckily for me, the current Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is a Color Challenge.  We are challenged to use the colors blue and yellow, which works perfectly with Doodle Pantry Challenge 24, which is to use a Doodle Pantry image on a card.

I just love this little cowboy chickie and the crosspiece featuring the digi paper that came with the set.  Six of these will go into my OWH box.

  • Pre-colored digi, dot paper, and sentiment from Doodle Pantry
  • OWH sketch 30
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Striped
  • Spellbinders Labels One and Labels One Small

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sending You Hugs - CASE card

I am CASING a card I saw over at SplitCoast Stampers.  The two cards I saw featured a large flower cutout with this Hero Arts sentiment and used this layout.  I have a thing for daisies and blue gingham, so I decided to make a more old fashioned looking card for my OWH box.

  • Pre-colored daisy image from Lucy Hampton's collection Daisy Days from Daisy Company
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder With Love
  • Checked paper from Recollections
  • Scribbles glitter glue with Glossy Accents over top

Missing U!

I love this sentiment stamp from Hero Arts.  I am trying to use it with any papers from my stash that have alphabets on them.  I also have a lot of digis which feature alphabets as well, so I am going to be using this stamp a lot for my OWH cards. 

  • OWH sketch 60
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Sizzix embossing folder Large Dots
  • Provo Craft patterned paper

OWH Sketch Challenge 126

This week's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home has a great layout for those long, narrow images.  In searching for an image for this card, I realized I have a lot of great floral images that work fabulously with this sketch.  It will be fun to put our newest layout to work!

Here is this week's sketch:
  • Pre-colored image from Tricia Santry's collection Blooming Seasons from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 126
  • Sentiment computer generated (Fonts = Centurian and Angsana New)
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Recollections checked paper
  • Stickles and Glossy Accents over top
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Hello to OWH Sketch 35

I've used OWH sketch 35 in the past and I've always been really pleased with how my cards have turned out.  I really liked this little squirrel and butterfly by Peggy Jo Ackley and since I'm challenging myself to use all of the OWH sketches in one year, I decided to use this layout for this wonderful image.

  • Pre-colored image from Peggy Jo Ackley's collection Woodland Picnic from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 35
  • K&Company papers
  • Hello sentiment stamp - unknown origin

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Debbie Mumm's Everyday Angels

Debbie Mumm became a contributing artist for PcCrafter back in the day.  Her images are always so homey and fun at the same time.  I decided to make a card using one of her images after being inspired by this week's OWH Midweek Challenge to use "things with wings."

  • Pre-colored image from Debbie Mumm's collection Everyday Angels from PcCrafter
  • Verve Sentiment stamp
  • OWH sketch 124
  • Spellbinders doubled ended tags

Another Rebecca Carter Card

I love this image from Rebecca Carter.  This is the first time I have ever created anything using this image, but I have always wanted to do something.  Now that I make cards for Operation Write Home, I can have fun making a card with her!

  • Pre-colored image from Rebecca Carter's collection Teddy Bears from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 2
  • Floral paper from Recollections
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots

Rebecca Carter's Teddy Bears

One of my favorite artists from PcCrafter was Rebecca Carter.  I decided to make a series of cards featuring her artwork.

  • Pre-colored digi from Rebecca Carter's collection Teddy Bears from PcCrafter
  • OWH Sketch 74
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamp
  • Recollections dotted paper
  • Spellbinders circle and scallop circle dies
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Swiss Dots
  • Glossy Accents over top of Scribbles glitter glue on the flower centers

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Things with Wings!

This week's Operation Write Home Midweek Challenge is to make a card using things with wings.  I made a card using a pre-colored digi from Gina Jane's collection Fairywood (link here).    I love this little fairy and I am so glad this week's challenge gave me a reason to stop stalling and make a card with her.

  • Pre-colored digi from Gina Jane's collection Fairywood from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 107
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Patterned paper from K&Company
  • Glossy Accents over top of Scribbles glitter glue on the wings

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 125

This week's sketch challenge is giving me a chance to use some really cute small stamps that I have been trying to figure out how to use.  I love this sketch, I just wish I loved cutting out those little rectangles!

  • Heidi Grace image stamp
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • Stampin Up punches
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder
  • Copics B04
  • DCWV patterned paper

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time for the Beach!

It must be the total lack of sun we are having right now that is behind my making so many cards featuring orange!  I didn't realize how many I've made lately using it.  I just love this hippo from Dustin Pike, so I colored him in Photoshop and onto a card he went!

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH Sketch 32
  • Recollections striped paper
  • Stampin' Up window punch
  • Sentiment stamp is from my stash, unknown origin

Doodle Dragon Dinosaur

I have been making a bunch of "grown-up" cards for the past week and I started missing making kid cards.  I went through some of  the Dustin Pike images I have and decided to color some of them in Photoshop and make some kid cards.

  • Digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios - colored in Photoshop
  • Miss you sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Scrapbook Diva leopard print paper
  • Spellbinders Wonky Squares die

Hero Arts Thanks so Much

I just received a new stamp set made by Hero Arts called Made with Love.  I love the large size of the sentiments and I couldn't wait, so I made some simple thank you cards for my Operation Write Home box.

  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Reminisce striped paper Robyn

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Basic Grey Sentiment Only Card

I have become a fan of a discount store called Tuesday Morning.  I found a Basic Grey paper pad called Granola there for $3.99!  It is full of masculine patterns and colors.  (Don't tell Sandy, but I bought two of them!)  I have so many cards that want to get made when I look at this collection, that I started making this card while making another one at the same time.  Craziness!!

  • OWH Sketch 112
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp from Year Round Sentiments set
  • Basic Grey pad Granola
  • Navy cardstock from Recollections
  • Spellbinders Labels 18 and Classic Oval dies

Summertime Fun with Bev Luedecke

After all of the stamped cards I made last week, I wanted to do a kid card.  And as is usual in my case, what I thought was going to be a simple, fun card had me pulling my hair out trying to get the papers to work with the image.   I had some cardstock pulled that I thought would go really well with this image, but I was extremely disappointed to see a very dull, lifeless card staring back at me.  I finally settled on a deeper palette and a yellow border to get my card to "come alive."

  • Pre-colored digital image from Bev Luedecke's collection Summertime Fun from Daisy Co.
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • Cuttlebug embossing folders Divine Swirls and Sizzix Large Dot
  • OWH Sketch 1 
  • Glossy Accents on the eyes and water

Thinking of You

No Copics were injured in the creation of this card!!  I don't have a list of the colors I used since I made six of these and I changed each on slightly each time.   I stamped the image on a patterned paper to give the appearance of a watery background.

  • Inkadinkadoo stamp
  • Sentiment stamp from Kaiser Kraft
  • Tim Holtz embossing foder Distress Frame
  • Ranger distress ink Distress Denim
  • Paper Adventures paper Bubble Wash
  • Copics

I Love Penny Black!

I should have called this posting "I love Copics," but it's kind of a chicken or the egg type of deal.  I have always liked Penny Black stamps but I never could do good coloring, so I never bought any.  Now that I have Copics, I can color the way I want to and get the results I've been wanting.

My card design is lifted from a card I saw on the web, but I don't have the blog name. (I thought I did, but I can't make it come up.)

  • Penny Black Poppy Poem stamp
  • Copics YR68, R24, G94, G24
  • Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen and Vintage Photo
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Distress Stripe & Ranger Walnut Stain distress ink
  • Love You text paper by Me & My Big Ideas
  • Grid paper from DCWV Heirloom stack
  • Textured orange background paper is from my stash and it's probably from Provo Craft

OWH Sketch 46

While being frustrated over another card, I grabbed this K&Company floral paper and decided to make a card with it.  It is shiny and the pattern isn't my favorite, so I decided to use it as a solid and place it in the background of my card.  I often use embossing folders to give plain paper some interest.  In this case, I think the pattern performs the same job. 

  • OWH Sketch 46
  • K&Company papers
  • Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments stamp

Making a Cloudy Sky

I had another card in mind for this little owl, but that went out the window and so he landed on this card instead.  He was making steady progress through the grass, but the sky looked really bland, so I took the plunge and tried the masking technique featured on OWH's blog not too long ago about using a mask to ink in a cloudy sky.  I also remembered how Sandy Allnock uses clouds as sentiment tags, so I punched some clouds and add them too.

  • Owl digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • Copics
  • Unity sentiment stamp
  • Fiskars Grass and Cloud punches
  • Ranger Distress ink in Faded Denim

Hero Arts Wildflower Garden

Somewhere in my travels on the Web I have seen stampers commenting about red on kraft.  I was trying different ink colors to use with this stamp when I tried Memento's Rhubarb dye ink.  I decided to try it on some kraft cardstock just to see how it turned out.  I wasn't too impressed until I used a white gel pen to fill in the centers of the flowers.  A white border really helped to lift the card and make it pop more.

  • Hero Arts Wildflower Garden stamp
  • Stampendous sentiment stamp
  • Memento Rhubarb dy ink
  • White gel pen 

I'm Stamping!

After seeing so many beautiful stamped-image cards made by OWH card makers, I couldn't take it anymore and I have been buying some stamps so I can try some new techniques.  I saw this stamp featured on the blog Inspired By and I really liked the simple design and the way the blog owner, Jill Foster, colored the flowers.  The patterned paper is an oldie from my stash, but it had an already distressed look to it, so I simply stamped on top and my Copics did a great job staying true to color.

  • Penny Black rubber stamp Fireworks
  • Hero Arts Year Round Sentiments
  • Copics
  • Provo Craft paper

Monday, June 4, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 124

This week's challenge sketch 124 at Operation Write Home is a terrific sketch, one which I will be using quite a bit since I have some large stamps that I love and want to really show off.  I purchased some Rubber Stampede leaf stamps recently and this is the second card I have made, this time using the maple leaf.

My card used a lot of techniques, but it came together quickly and I will be making five more for a total of six of this card for my next OWH box.

  • OWH Sketch 124
  • Rubber Stampede stamp Big Maple 
  • Penny Black stamp Letter Background
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp - Year Round Sentiments
  • Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa dye inks
  • Ranger Distress inks Forest Moss and Rusty Hinge
  • Spellbinders Double Ended Tags 
  • Ancient Provo Craft speckled background paper from a mat stack, distressed with Rusty Hinge
Creation of Image Panel:
  • Stamped maple leaf onto 3.25"x3.25" sized 110lb white cardstock with Forest Moss then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
  • Stamped letter background with Rich Cocoa dye ink over top, slightly wiping excess off of embossed image.
  • Using sponge dauber, distressed image panel with Rusty Hinge.
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Kit Card for Card Making Party

I bought 2 Tim Holtz idea-ology paper pads from a discount store called Tuesday Morning.  They were only $4.99 each and since the designs were very masculine, I decided to go ahead and get two of them.  So, in my quest to "use it up" if I must obsessively buy paper,  I made card kits to take to a Vancouver, WA card making party in June. 

  • OWH sketch 60
  • Papers from Tim Hotz paper pad idea-ology
  • Fiskars sentiment stamp

Sentiment Only Card

I have been focusing on some sentiment only cards since I bought so many K&Company paper pads on clearance that it has become a secondary mission with me to use up all of the paper I have from them!

  • Two-sided paper from K&Company
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 111
  • Craft Concepts embossing folder Budding Vine
  • Martha Stewart butterfly punch

Our Daily Bread Challenge - Shaped Cards

This month's Our Daily Bread challenge is to make a shaped card.  I had this little girl digi left over from some cards I made a little while ago and I was looking at her thinking I could try coloring her hair black since I had just finished watching a YouTube video on coloring black hair.  I then remembered the ODB challenge and thought I could made a pretty cute card out of her for the challenge.  So here she is!

  • Bugaboo digital image
  • Papers from Recollections
  • Spellbinders Labels 8 die
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • Stampin' Up window punch
  • Copics

Just as an added note:  because I didn't want to make my card a top fold, I cut a regular A2 card with the Spellbinder Label 8 die leaving the folded edge of the card on the outside of the die so the fold would stay intact.  I matched the edges to the completed card front when I adhered it and my card still folds from the side.  Just so my card can still hang outside the envelope!

Friday, June 1, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 123

I saw Paula's post on this week's OWH Sketch Challenge and decided to simply CASE her card because I have had the OWH Hero Arts stamp set ever since it came out, but I have never inked it up.  I liked her card using it on this week's sketch challenge so much I decided to just put all of my excuses aside and make some cards. 

  • Hero Arts sentiment and clock stamp
  • Clock background paper from DCWV
  • Banner paper from K&Co.
  • Sentiment paper from gcd Studios
  • Ranger distress inks