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.