Tuesday, July 31, 2012

CAS Thinking of You Card

When I purchased this digi from Tiffany's Doodles, I saw this card featured along with it.  These dahlias are actually a bouquet in a bottle, but through the wonders of Photoshop Elements, I was able to resize them and make the black outline a different color.  I rarely use yellow in my cards and I was really pleased to be able to CASE a card that used yellow.  I was going to use a stamp to conventionally stamp the sentiment, but I couldn't get it to come out black enough to really stand out from the image.  I noticed on the CASE card that they had used black cutout letters.

  • Digi from Tiffany Doodles
  • Computer generated sentiment
  • Copics Y19 and YR14

Boy Missing You Card

Boy cards can be in short supply for OWH, so I try to make some for all of my boxes. 

  • Pre-colored image from Gina Jane's collection Bears All Year from PcCrafter (also available from Daisy Company)
  • Verve sentiment stamp
  • Stampin' Up window punch
  • Spellbinders oval dies
  • Checked paper from my stash, probably Provo Craft

I Brake for Stamps Fall Card

I am trying to make more cards with just a sentiment on them instead of always using an image.  I really like this sentiment stamp from I Brake for Stamps. 

  • OWH sketch 55
  • Sentiment stamp from I Brake for Stamps
  • Copics R24 and YR14 for the heart
  • Leaf paper from Paper Pizzaz and plaid paper from K&Company

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Hero Arts All the Way!

I really like this stamp from Hero Arts.  I've had a prototype on my desk for over a week just bugging me to stamp more cards to color, so today I did!  Six of these are ready to go for my next OWH box.

  • Hero Arts Butterfly Flowers stamp
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Mementos Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Copics:  R24,29; B04,06; YG63,67; Yr16; Y19

Autumn Has Arrived at OWH

We are into the Autumn season for our Operation Write Home cards.  I used this image last year and I decided to use it with a different sketch again this year.  I think it is so beautiful and poignant at the same time - it just personifies missing someone.

  • Pre-colored digi from Jeriann Sabin's collection Autumn Harvest from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 99
  • Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession
  • Basic Grey orange paper Sugar Rush Sweet and Sour
  • Recollection navy background card stock

Using up those Scraps

Because I am one of those crazy people who love their paper so much, I decided to use one of OWH's sketches to use them up.  This card features the leftover paper from my previous card paired with a different digi and sentiment.

  • Pre-colored image from Victoria Piebanga's collection Gerbera Daisies from Daisy Company
  • OWH sketch 121
  • Papers from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Craft Concepts embossing folder Garden Swirl
  • Computer generated sentiment with fonts ES Centurian and Angsana New


I love hydrangeas and when I saw a collection of floral images at Daisy Co. a couple of years ago (before my card making days) I bought it because the images were just so beautiful. 

  • Pre-colored digi from Sandi Gore Evan's collection Floral Bouquet from Daisy Co.
  • Papers from K&Company Best of Brenda Walton
  • Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles

Friday, July 27, 2012

For You, Bear

This St. Bernard from Shelly Comiskey is so darn cute and the expression on his face is exactly how my big dog, Bear, looks when he wants some pets.  I made a succession of miss you cards using this image.

  • Pre-colored image from Shelly Comiskey's collection Fur-Ever Friends from PcCrafter
  • OWH Sketch 118
  • Impression Obsession sentiment stamp
  • Fiskars border punch
  • Paper Pizzaz paper
  • Pre-colored image from Shelly Comiskey's collection Fur-Ever Friends from PcCrafter 
  • OWH Sketch 116
  • Sentiment computer generated with font Segoe Print
  • Sizzix Hearts embossing folder
  • Cuttlebug Wedding Suite embossing folder
  • Paper Pizzaz dotted paper
  • Pre-colored image from Shelly Comiskey's collection Fur-Ever Friends from PcCrafter 
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH Sketch 121
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Sizzix Hearts embossing folder
  • Paper Pizzaz dotted paper

Sketch 120 - Miss You All the Time

Another sketch 120 card.

  • OWH sketch 120
  • Hero Arts Sentiment stamp - heat embossed
  • DCWV Tattered Time papers
  • Spellbinders Double Sided Tags
  • Basic Grey paper for the tag

Thank You Card Sketch 112

I'm trying to use up some of the papers from DCWV's Naturals mat stack.  The foiled papers are very dominant in design and I think they work well with this sketch.

  • OWH sketch 112
  • DCWV Naturals mat stack
  • Thank you stamp - unknown - heat embossed
  • Authentique paper for the sentiment oval
  • Spellbinders Labels 18 and Oval dies

OWH Sketch Challenge 130

This week's sketch from Operation Write Home (link here) really made me think a long time about my design.  This card didn't even finish the way it started, but I am pleased with how it turned out.  Because it is so pink, I only made one for this time of year. 

  • OWH sketch 130
  • Image and sentiment stamps from Hero Arts
  • EK Success punch

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Favorite Sketch - OWH Sketch 120

I really like Sketch 120 since I have so many beautiful papers from K&Company that I hate to cut up.  This sketch really lets the larger florals have a way to be seen while still providing some structure in the layout.

  • OWH sketch 120
  • K&Company papers
  • Sentiment stamp from my stash - unknown 
  • Spellbinders Grommet Tags
I added a butterfly on this one card (I made 13 of these) to cover a blank spot in the background.  The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart.  I punched the butterfly from the same paper and mounted it on black cardstock and then trimmed it out.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

OWH Sketch 129 Challenge

I am nearing completion of my box for OWH.  I have half a box of general cards, but the other half is lagging behind in love you and thank you cards.  I also need to make a few more missing you cards as well.  This week's 129 sketch Challenge makes a great sentiment only card and I will be using it again!

  • OWH sketch 129
  • Papers from K&Company - various paper pads
  • Digi sentiment from Elegant Word Art
Here is this week's sketch:

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge - Color Challenge

This week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home is a Color Challenge.  We are to use two or more complementary colors to make a card.  I chose the colors orange, green, and purple. 

  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Autumn Blessings from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 53
  • Recollections dotted papers
  • Sentiment stamp from Stampendous
  • Window and Modern Label punches from Stampin' Up
  • Viva Pearl pen in orange
 Thanks for visiting my blog!  I have five more cards to assemble and the Pearl Pen should be dry by now, so I am off to finish my cards.  Have a great day!

Not Up to the Challenge

This card was supposed to be for our current Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home.  I misread the post and thought it said to use a primary with a complementary color.  Since I like how orange and blue look together and I had this paper I've been hoarding forever, I thought of this card.  It didn't fit the challenge, but I like that I used up some of my hoarded stash!

  • Poppy digi from Leere Aldrich's collection Nature All Year from PcCrafter, colored in Photoshop Elements
  • Digi sentiment from Create with TLC
  • OWH sketch 15
  • Paper from my stash


I really like this image from Gina Jane.  It reminds me of my son when he was younger!

  • Pre-colored image from Gina Jane's collection Leap Frog from PcCrafter now available at Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 40
  • DCWV striped paper
  • Hello stamp from my stash
  • EK Success border punch

Skater Boy

I used some patterned paper that could be appropriate for a birthday themed card since it has the look of confetti.  I thought this card could go either way and not languish in the OWH box if no one had a child with a birthday coming up.

  • Pre-colored image from Gina Jane's collection Leap Frog from PcCrafter and now available at Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 52
  • Cuttlebug EF Distressed Stripes
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • EK Success border punch

One for the Boys

I'm focusing more on boy cards after reading Sandy's post about how many girl/girly cards come in.  Since I have so many nice boy-themed digis, I thought I'd make a bunch of cards for them.

  • Pre-colored digi from Beverley Luedecke's collection Sports from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 37
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • Recollections star paper
  • Cuttlebug Wedding Suite embossing folder

Carolee Jones Baseball Bear

I got this awesome background paper at my Local Scrapbook Store (LSS).  Big thanks to Sandy for reminding us about visiting them on a regular basis!

  • Pre-colored digi from Carol Lee Jone's collection Busy Busy Bears from PcCrafter (recolored in Photoshop Elements)
  • OWH sketch 30
  • Me & My Big Ideas paper
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Labels 1 dies

Kid Cards

I made some kid cards for my OWH box, which is almost ready to mail by next week.  I haven't been posting, so I am going to make my posts short so I can get back to filling up my box!

  • Pre-colored digi from Beverly Luedecke's collection Sports from Daisy Co.
  • OWH sketch 51
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Seeing Spots
  • DCWV striped paper
  • Spellbinder circle and square dies

Saturday, July 14, 2012

AEIO Love U Hero Arts!

This saying is becoming one of my all time favorites from Hero Arts.  It's part of our OWH Year Round Sentiments.  I'm having a lot of fun finding ways to get text with an image to go with the AEIO theme.

  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp from Year Round Sentiments set
  • DCWV papers
  • Dress die from QuiKutz
  • Spellbinders Mega Oval die

Friday, July 13, 2012

Stella Says Sketch Challenge 114

I am entering this card into Bugaboo Stamps Stella Says Sketch Challenge 114.  Here is the sketch:

I thought the Elephant Topper digi would work great with this sketch since it gives him something to be behind and over.  He's such a cutie!

  • Bugaboo digi Elephant Topper
  • Stella Says Sketch 114
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • Martha Stewart Punch
  • Recollections plaid paper
  • Copics W3, W5, W8, R20
I made another card with a slight variation.  In total I will have three of the card above and three of the card below for my next Operation Write Home box.

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OWH Sketch 128 Challenge

This week's sketch challenge at Operation Write Home features a sketch that has a layout  I have been wanting to try for a very long time but have never gotten around to doing.  No excuses now!

Here's the sketch:

  • OWH Sketch 128
  • K&Company paper
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamps
  • Marha Stewart punch
  • Mementos Potter Clay to distress panel and butterflies
  • Glossy Accents

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fall Card

  • Pre-colored digi from Carolee Jone's collection Grate Fall Critters from PcCrafter
  • Hero Arts Sentiment stamp
  • OWH sketch 1
  • Spellbinders circle and square dies
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Wedding Suite
  • Basic Grey patterned paper

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Card for Two Challenges

Today's Midweek Throwdown Challenge is Christmas/Winter in July.  I found this cute image in my PcCrafter Hugware collection and realized he would work for another OWH challenge from July's Our Daily Bread Challenge - Cool Colors, so I am entering my card into both.  A big thank you to Our Daily Bread for continuing to support us by paying for the shipping of up to two large flat rate shipping boxes of cards depending upon the number of entries we link up. 

  • Pre-colored image from Tina Ledbetter's collection Snowboarding Cats and Dogs from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment is computer generated with font CK Man's Hand
  • OWH sketch 2
  • Martha Stewart border punch
  • Papers from my stash

Tuesday, July 10, 2012


I was looking on Splitcoast Stampers the other day trying to get some inspiration when I saw a really pretty card made by Angela.  I checked out her blog called From the Tool Shed.  (The card I CASED is shown on her blog here.)  I really liked the layout she used and knew I had some butterfly images that were just waiting for a card and now I had a nice layout for them.

  • Pre-colored digi image from Dover Publications 
  • Sentiment stamp from Kaiser Craft
  • Pattern paper from K&Company
This card is the first one I have made using my new card stock.  I just love it - no more bendy cards!

Little Bear from Beccy's Place

This little bear was a free digi from Beccy's Place.  He looks so woebegone that I thought he personified missing someone.

  • Digi from Beccy's Place
  • Sentiment computer generated using font Angsana New
  • OWH sketch 35
  • Stripe paper from Cloud 9
  • Copics B93, B95, YG63, E33, E35, E37, E53

Doodle Dragon Warm Thoughts

Just a bit of humor for this card.

  • Digi from Doodle Dragon Studios colored in Photoshop
  • Sentiment computer generated using the font CKMansHand
  • Dotted paper from Recollections

OWH Sketch 15 Obsession

OK, I realize I'm a little obsessed with this sketch! 

  • Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Country Mice from PcCrafter (available as a rubber stamp from High Hopes Rubber Stamps)
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamp
  • EK Success border punch
  • Paper from my stash

Bugaboo Love

Bugaboo has about 5 or 6 different pots of flowers and this one of hearts and I bought them all because I thought they were really cute.  I used another favorite OWH sketch and a Hero Arts stamp.

  • Digi from Bugaboo Stamps
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
  • OWH sketch 15
  • Copics YR14, YR16, B28, B24, Rs7, RV17, and YG67
  • Striped paper from DCWV

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer into Fall

We are heading into the fall season at OWH and that means sunflowers to me since they bloom here in September and October. 

  • OWH sketch 15 (one of my favorites)
  • Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Angel Bears from PcCrafter
  • Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts (love the big size!)
  • Paper from Colorbok

Born to be Wild with Shelly Comiskey

By some weird working of the universe, the paper I picked up at my LSS (on clearance no less!) matched this crocodile from Shelly Comiskey.  I used a saying from Create with TLC for a bit of humor.

  • Pre-colored digi from Shelly Comiskey's collection Born to be Wild from PcCrafter
  • OWH sketch 92
  • Sentiment from Create with TLC
  • Paper from Far and Away - Wasabi Sushi

Any Hero Card with BoBunny

I seem to be using some of the same OWH sketches over and over lately, but I really like them and since I have more than one idea....well what the heck!


Miss You from Paula

I have had the Lego papers for ten plus years, so I am using them all up.  I'll have about 12 cards like this with different background colors for my next OWH box when I'm finished.  Paula, from Handmade by Paula, offered the sentiment as a free digi on her site and it works perfectly with the dp.

  • OWH sketch 83
  • Provo Craft Legos papers
  • Miss You digi sentiment from Handmade by Paula
  • Spellbinders circle dies
  • Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder

Bugaboo Thank You

Thank you card using Bugaboo image, thank you stamp from Stampendous, OWH sketch 44, and Copics.