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

Be Mine Valentine

I decided to use another cute pre-colored digi from Rebecca Carter's collection My Honey from PcCrafter for my next card.  Pattern papers are from Basic Grey, sentiment stamp from TPS Studios, oval die from Lifestyle Crafts, and I used OWH Bonus sketch #1 for the layout.

Non Traditional Valentine

I decided to use a non-traditional color scheme of blue for this card using OWH sketch 26.  The stamp is from Hero Arts stamped with Momento Lady Bug Red and Versafine Onxy Black inks.  The bear digi is from Rebecca Carter's collection My Honey from PcCrafter.  Striped paper is from Paper Pizzaz, and the white cross piece is embossed with Sizzix embossing folder Hearts.

Missing You Once Again

I really like sketch #135 from Operation Write Home for this particular stamp from Wordsworth by Rubber soul.    The papers are from WR Memory Keepers, except for the sentiment panel paper from Basic Grey, and the heart was punched with a Fiskars punch.

Valentine Card - Wild Thing!

Verve Stamps had some of their Valentine/Love stamps on sale and since I have an upcoming birthday, I decided to celebrate a bit early and get some stamps to help out in making Valentine's Day cards for OWH.  The deadline for Valentine's Day cards is December 31st this year, so I am getting ready to make some Valentine's Day specific cards for my next OWH box.

  • Pre-colored digi from Dustin Pike's Doodle Dragon Studios
  • OWH sketch 37
  • Sentiment stamp from Verve
  • Recollections heart paper
  • Sizzix embossing folder Hearts

Hero Arts You Are My World

One of Operation Write Home's fundraiser stamps from Hero Arts includes this great sentiment.  I like how large it is and the slightly distressed look.  I paired it with some papers from K&Company and used Split Coast Stampers sketch #375.  The circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.  The sentiment is heat embossed gold embossing powder.

Monday, November 5, 2012

OWH Sketch Challenge 145

 Here is this week's sketch:

Our new sketch is one I look forward to using in different ways.   First though, I had to make a card with a sitting character.  Give me a crosspiece in  sketch and I'll perch something on it!  For some reason, the colors on this card are not showing properly.  The grays look kind of brown and in real life they are just a soft gray.  The dress color isn't as coral as it appears and the distressing isn't as pink either.  In real life the colors are closer together. 

  • Digi from Marina Neira at Tickled Pink
  • Copics W0.3.5.7;YG25;RV10;R20.22.24.27
  • Basic Grey paper
  • TPS Studios sentiment stamp
  • Ranger distress ink Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose
  • Glossy Accents on her eyes
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Elegant Word Art

Another in a continuing series of love themed cards for my next OWH box.

  • Sentiment from Elegant Word Art 
  • Rose and butterfly from Vintagerio
  • Sketch from The Sweet Stop Sketch 167
  • Cuttlebug embossing folder Textile
  • Spellbinders Labels 1 dies

Friday, November 2, 2012

Year Round Love Card

While we are making lots of Valentines and look-a-like Valentines cards for Operation Write Home, we still need to make love cards for anytime of year too.

  • OWH sketch 137 - altered a bit
  • Basic Grey papers
  • EK Success border punch
  • Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp
  • Versafine Black Onyx ink
  • My Favorite Things dienamics die Decorative Doily Duo