I like to make handmade cards and my dogs are with me every step of the way. I have cardboard boxes from Costco with pillows made up for them to sleep in while I make my cards, so I have boxes of dogs! Three of my little ones have gone over the Rainbow Bridge, but I know they are still watching over me.
OK, I decided no more shilly-shallying around. I needed to do my challenge card right away this week for Operation Write Home's Midweek Throwdown Challenge Thank You. No more missing deadlines! Besides, this card has been hollering at me to get made ever since I saw the CAS challenge at SplitCoast Stampers and the featured cards there had color blocking using a template and sponged inking. (The link to the card that caught my eye is here. The link to the card maker's blog is here. She shows other cards using this technique too.) I, being the resourceful (lazy) person I am, knew I had some old, old, old paper that would approximate that look.
Inkadinkadoo image stamp
Hero Arts sentiment stamp
Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink
Paper is eons old, and is probably from a ProvoCraft mat stack
OK, after linking my card, my two big dogs want their walk. Hopefully it won't rain!
I tried another idea for the new OWH Bonus Sketch using a more heavily patterned background paper and a busier image. I like this card, but a calmer looking card is more my style, so I only made one instead of my usual four or six.
Pre-colored digi from Laurie Furnell's collection Angel Bears from PcCrafter
I have been obsessed with this feather ever since I downloaded it from The Graphics Fairy. I could never figure out how to present it so it would look nice. I had a sudden bolt of inspiration and used OWH sketch 15 to give it a chance to be a big part of the card design.
Feather image from The Graphics Fairy
Sentiment stamp from Impression Obsession (heat embossed)
Last week's Midweek Throwdown Challenge was to make a love you card. I procrastinated and then when the blog hop was on I was so overloaded with ideas I never made any cards all weekend. I made this card yesterday, but never got pictures and posting done until today, so I missed the challenge!
Pre-colored digi from Tina Ledbetter's collection Everyday Friends from PcCrafter
I purchased some 12x12 papers from a store called Tuesday Morning recently. The package holds 12 of the same design, but for $2.99 I couldn't complain over the price. This particular package (because you know I bought a bunch of other ones too!) had the page divided up into three sections of 4x6 "cards." I really liked the image on this section, so I trimmed it down to fit the sketch. The gridded background paper is the back side of the smaller image panel.
We have a new bonus sketch at Operation Write Home. I know I will be using this sketch a lot! I'm also entering this card into the Our Daily Bread Five Elements Challenge. I've used (1) digital image, (2) stamped sentiment, (3) die cut, (4) brads, (5) patterned paper.
OWH Bonus Sketch
Sentiment stamp from Hero Arts
Pre-colored digi from Jeriann Sabin's collection Language of Love from PcCrafter
I made a bunch of cards using OWH sketch 120 because I went a little crazy at the clearance area in Micheal's recently. I bought a bunch of different K&Company paper pads which were being discounted to less than $2.00 each. I love K&Company's florals, and couldn't pass up such great deals. Sketch 120 is a great way to showcase the larger floral designs featured in the 12x12 sized papers.
K&Company 2-sided papers front and back, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Mega Oval die.
K&Company 2-sided papers front & back, Hero Arts sentiment stamp, Spellbinders Grommet Tags die, Martha Stewart punch.
I chose to make an Any Hero card using sketch 120. The sentiment and image stamps are from Stamper's Best. I colored the eagle with white watercolor pencil and the beak with Ranger Wild Honey distress ink. The star paper is from DCWV and I ran a gold metallic gel pen around the inside of the Spellbinders Mega Oval die before removing the cardstock.
We were challenged to follow a sketch over at Pike's Playground's Sketchy Challenge this week. I was going to color this cute little guy with my Copics, but my E31 marker ran out of ink! Luckily I have a refill on order, but it wouldn't get here in time. Instead I colored him up in Photoshop Elements. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.
I felt like making a kid card today, so I made this one using artwork from Tammy DeYoung. I purchased her collection from pcCrafter; however I believe this set is available at Aimee Asher - link is on my left sidebar.
Pre-colored image from Tammy DeYoung's collection Plant Smiles, Grow Giggles from PcCrafter
I was really pleased to see a tropical color scheme for the Midweek Throwdown Challenge at Operation Write Home' Stars and Stamps blog. It fit in perfectly with my need to get my Doodle Pantry challenge card done and posted before next week's deadline on the 24th. Doodle Pantry's challenges are terrific because they give about four weeks for the challenge to get done and they give you a free digi set!
Pre-colored digi and sentiment from Doodle Pantry's Quirky Parrot set
OWH sketch 19
Cuttlebug embossing folder Distressed Stripes
Pattern paper from my stash that I have been hoarding
I am going to blame the wonderful weather we have been having for me making my challenge cards and then flaking out and not taking pictures and posting until after the challenges are over, lol! I completely missed this challenge too, but I had a lot of fun coming up with a card using an image from Dustin Pike and word art from Paulette from Create with TLC.
Pre-colored image from Dustin Pike's blog as a freebie
Maybe it was the upcoming Mother's Day holiday or just the brown centers of the sunflowers that made this card go brown. I don't really know, except while making this card I was filled with memories of going with my Mom when she visited her friends and they would drink coffee and chat. The brown color is what brought back so many memories. Maybe all of those kitchens from long ago had a lot of brown - I seem to recall many of them had brown and yellow color schemes.
Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Folkart Sampler 2 from PcCrafter
Tammy DeYoung's artwork is one of my favorites. She was an artist with PcCrafter, but luckily for us, she is now at Aimee Asher, so her cute and sometimes whimsical images are still available, Yay! Here is a link for her set My Robot. Some of her images are available as black and white line art so they can be colored. Most are pre-colored, like this one, for some quick, fun cards.
Pre-colored image from Tammy DeYoung's collection My Robot available from Aimee Asher
I was almost filled up a medium box for OWH when this challenge came out - working on another card which I realized looked striking similar to this week's sketch, so I used that card for my entry into OWH Sketch Challenge 120. I did, however, want to make a card specifically for this challenge since I had just purchased the Basic Grey papers I used on this card and I thought the sketch would do a great job of showing them off. So a week, later, here is my sketch card! Better late than never!
I made a slight adjustment to this week's sketch from Operation Write Home. I did this for two reasons, one is that I am in love with sitting images that I can perch on my cards. The other is that I am going to use this sketch A LOT!
I am still trying to get a few more cards done from last weekend's Operation Write Home's Virtual Cardmaking Party Rebel Challenge (make cards instead of scrapbooking for National Scrapbooking Day). Sheila from 2 Paw Prints challenged us to make an owl card. We get extra points for a punny sentiment. I knew what card I wanted to make right away. I just needed to find the time to make it!
(Somehow my camera picked up some digital noise and the right panel looks like it has wrinkles in it, but it doesn't, and retakes won't make it go away either. I think it might be the slight checked nature of the background paper is fooling the camera lense somehow.)
Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Owl Seasons from PcCrafter
The Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day) continued on Sunday with even more great challenges. Beth from Bunny Scrap is hosting Challenge 6 which is to use a die when making our card. I knew right away which card I would make because a couple of days ago I saw this image when looking through my clipart from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2. I wanted to use this chicken on a die and cut out the lower portion so it could hang over. I also had the perfect sentiment from Create with TLC to use with it.
Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2 from PcCrafter
I was outside almost all of Sunday enjoying the SUN! which we rarely see here in Western Washington so I wasn't in attendance for Sunday's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day). Actually, this challenge was issued on Saturday evening, so I am a bit behind. Yvonne from her blog Penguin Papers hosted Challenge 4 which is to make a card using bright colors. I was thrilled to make a card for this challenge because I had these adorable digi girls from Cleverly Cute Stamps, all colored up from a frenzied up-till-2:00am coloring session. I am new to Copics, so once I started, I just couldn't stop and I made 8 of them in all different hair and dress colors. Because I still can't get over the thrill of coloring them, I have posted all of them, save one because it is a true duplicate. I'm hopeless, lol!
Digi from Cleverly Cute Stamps
Paper from Basic Grey
Copics (I didn't keep track of my colors - I think I used every one I had!)
Spellbinders dies Labels 4
I just realized my card looks like this week's sketch 107, so I am going to post this card to the sketch challenge. I am going to make another card, though, because I thinks the new sketch is going to be an amazing go-to sketch for me. I already have my new card planned out - I just need the time to make it!
I finally was able to figure out a paper piecing card for today's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day). Sherry Hickey from Bits of Cheer is hosting Challenge 1 which is to paper piece a card for a child. I don't know what guardian angel was looking out for me because I didn't even notice that the card was for a child. I saw paper piecing and immediately felt the hand of doom. I am not very good with scissors! This card came about because I had made a hash of another card a couple of days ago and the background paper was all cut out for a card. I suddenly remembered the QuickKutz dies I had ordered from Scrapbuck.com. (They were only $1 each, so I ordered a bunch so I could do some paper piecing without scissors.) Inspiration struck, and I came up with this card.
The second challenge for today's Virtual Cardmaking Party from Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel (make cards instead of scrapbooking on National Scrapbooking Day) is one that is right up my alley. The challenge is sponsored by Carol from Our Little Inspirations. She has challenged us to use something we have been hoarding. I have been hoarding this paper for eons! I thought I had one sheet left, so I was saving it and saving it, and saving it! Ha, ha, ha!! The joke is on me because when I went to look for it, I found out that I didn't have the one 12x12 sheet like I thought. I had THREE of them!! That will teach ME to hoard. Geesh.
I am going out of order for Operation Write Home's Be A Rebel Challenge Virtual Cardmaking Party. I am hopping into the third challenge since I knew exactly what card to make and I could visualize it easily. The third challenge is to use food as a focal image and is being sponsored by Lisa from Stamping with a Mission. Thanks Lisa for giving us such a fun challenge!
Pre-colored image from Laurie Furnell's collection Star Spangled Summer2 from PcCrafter